If there is one thing Rajasthan abounds in, it is forts and palaces strewn all across the landscape. Some forts and palaces are relatively old and have a distinctive North Indian style of architecture whereas the more recent ones show Mughal and Persian as well as European influences. Regardless, each one is magnificently grand, a silent testimony to the vision of the rulers and their riches. For instance, the modern palace in Jodhpur has a room entirely gilded in gold leaf paint, a pointer to the extravagant lifestyles of lordly maharajas. The maharajas have gone but their legacy endures.
If you had the time and leisure you could go on a detailed visit to each Fort and Palace. The Chittorgarh Fort is undoubtedly the most magnificent, located in the South of Rajasthan whereas the Jaisalmer Fort is something else. You would need to be prepared to spend on travel and hotels if you wish to find out and admire all the forts. A better way is to go for a special Rajasthan Forts and Palaces tour that takes you from Delhi to Samode, Mandawa, Gajner, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Rohet, Udaipur, Deogarh, Jaipur, Bharatpur and then onwards to Agra and finally Delhi. Your tour organizer arranges surface transportation, local excursions, food and pleasant stay in comfortable hotels, leaving you free to enjoy your 17 nights 18 days extravaganza.
Day 01: Delhi Arrival
Your tour representative meets you and takes you to your hotel where you relax for the night.
Day 02: Delhi
Post breakfast you embark on local sightseeing to Lotus Temple, Iskcon Temple, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid. Shop, dine locally and explore the lanes before retiring for the night.
Day 03: Delhi to Samode
In the morning your tour operator takes you to Samode where you check into your room and prepare to explore royal Samode Palace and havelis.
Day 04: Samode Excursions
The crisp cool air of the morning finds you on your way to explore the beautiful havelis and the 400-year-old Palace, now a heritage hotel. You get your first taste of Rajasthan here.
Day 05: Mandawa
Early in the morning, your group leaves for Mandawa where you arrive by noon. A Rajasthani style lunch and some rest are followed by a visit to the havelis where you admire the beautiful Shekhawati miniature paintings.
Day 06: Gajner
After breakfast you leave for Gajner, close to Bikaner in the Thar Desert. You explore Gajner Palace and then head out to the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary that takes up the entire day. Return to Gajner for rest after viewing some folk dances and music.
Day 07: Bikaner
Day seven takes you to Bikaner to visit the Junagarh Palace where the Shish Mahal takes your breath away. The Grand Durbar Hall, Anup Mahal and Karan Mahal are equally impressive.
Day 08: Jaisalmer
From Bikaner, you go on to Jaisalmer, the Yellow City and check into your hotel. The day is free for you to explore Gadisar Lake, the innumerable Havelis or the winding lanes.
Day 09: Jaisalmer Excursions
After a hearty breakfast, your group leaves for Jaisalmer Fort built of yellow sandstone where you find palaces, havelis and a temple, all located on a hilltop overlooking the city.
Day 10: Rohetgarh – Jodhpur
You visit Rohetgarh as guests of the royal family after visiting Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur along with the modern Umaid Bhavan Palace and Jaswant Thada.
Day 11: Udaipur Arrival, Ranakpur
Morning and the group heads towards Udaipur after visiting the Ranakpur Jain temple. Check into your hotel and prepare to explore the Palaces and Lakes of Udaipur.
Day 12: Udaipur Excursions
This is a lovely day that will take you to beautiful places such as the Sahelion ki Bari, Lake Pichola, Ja Nivas, Jag Mandir and the City Palace.
Day 13: Deogarh
Next morning Yo go on to Deogarh about 80 kilometers from Udaipur and are welcomed by the royal family of Deogarh Palace. Admire the frescoes of the palace and the miniature paintings.
Day 14: Jaipur
Next day you set out early for Jaipur, the Pink City where you check into your hotel room and relax. Spend the evening shopping for clothes, jewelry and handicrafts or just wander the bazaars.
Day 15: Jaipur Excursions
Today is a wonderful day promising lots since you visit Fort Jaigarh, Nahargarh Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal along with Amber Fort from where you view Jaipur and understand why it is called the Pink City.
Day 16: Bharatpur
Next day it is time to go on to Bharatpur and visit the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the finest bird sanctuary of India, home to over 250 species of migratory birds and 4000 local species.
Day 17: Agra
From Bharatpur you will go on to Agra, visiting Akbar’s city, Fatehpur Sikri.
Day 18 Agra Excursions & Departure
The magnificent Taj awaits and then you go on to the tomb of Itmad Ud Daulah before finally moving on to Delhi to conclude a hugely satisfying tour of the Palaces and Forts of princely Rajasthan.