Royal Rajasthan Heritage

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DELHI – MANDAWA – BIKANER/GAJNER – NAGAUR – JAISALMER – JODHPUR  – DEOGARH – NARLAI – UDAIPUR – MUMBAI

5 star Rajasthan Tour. Our Royal Rajasthan Heritage Tour not only includes stays at some of Rajasthan’s top heritage hotels it will unfold stories of folklore, heroism and romance. You will witness formidable monuments that majestically stand to tell the tale of a bygone era. The magic of vibrant Rajasthan offers you a Royal Rajasthan Holidays that divulges its rich heritage, colourful culture.” Why not time your tour to include the now-famous World Sacred Spirit Festival which is held in Nagaur and Jodhpur each February. for more details about this music festival, read our blog ‘WSSF

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Rajasthan is often portrayed as one vast open-air museum, with its relics so well preserved that it delights even the most sceptical traveller. This special tour is loved by travellers who are enthusiasts in the bygone era of Royalty and the famous Royal Rajasthan. You will visit the famous Shekhawati region with its painted Havelis, experience the deserts of Jaisalmer. Enjoy the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur an amazing Art Deco Palace, experience and stay in small village locations where we feel the true experience of India unveils itself, get out and meet the local villagers. Not forgetting the romantic city of Udaipur where you will stay at the famous Taj Lake Palace Hotel. In Fact, during this tour, you will stay at some of Rajasthan’s best hotels.

This tour is ideal to include the World Sacred Spirit Festival which is held in Jodhpur and Nagaur. Dates for 2018 are:

Nagaur Fort – TBA February
Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur – 16th & 17th February

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International flights & VIP meet at aircraft door included - more Special Value inclusions listed below

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Itinerary

DELHI – MANDAWA – BIKANER/GAJNER – NAGAUR – JAISALMER – JODHPUR  – DEOGARH – NARLAI – UDAIPUR – MUMBAI

DAY 01 – DEPART FOR DELHI
Depart you chosen airport today bound for Delhi, arriving tomorrow.

DAY 02 – ARRIVE DELHI – The Imperial Heritage Hotel
Arrive in Delhi today. VIP meet at the aircraft door, assistant through baggage control, then outside the airport to meet our local representatives, where you will be met at the arrivals door then transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

DAY 03 – DELHI (B)
Today, after breakfast, you will enjoy a full-day private guided sightseeing tour of New & Old Delhi taking in all the major sights.

The majestic Red Fort, the towering Qutub Minar, the unique Jama Masjid and the Rashtrapati Bhavan are some of the most popular monuments visited by tourists. 

This afternoon explore the famous Chandni Chowkh Bazaar. For lunch today, you can experience the famous street food here, in fact, Chandni Chowkh is often called the food capital of India.

DAY 04 – DELHI TO MANDAWA (B) – Castle Mandawa
Drive to Mandawa (5.5 hrs) on arrival check-in at your hotel.

The rest of the day is then at leisure to relax, or walk out and explore the town.

DAY 05 – MANDAWA (B)
Today you are taken on a guided tour of Mandawa situated in the heart of the Shekhawati region.

DAY 06 – MANDAWA TO BIKANER (B) – Narendra Bhawan
Drive to Bikaner (4 Hrs). On arrival check-in at your hotel.

DAY 07 – BIKANER/GAJNER (B)
Enjoy a city tour of Bikaner visiting Junagarh Fort and Karni Mata Temple. This afternoon you will drive to Gajner for lunch at Gajner Palace. Return to Bikaner then at leisure. If you wish we can include incude a visit to Kalimat Temple, the Rat Temple. Its not for everyone but interesting non the less. If you dont mind rats, its worth the visit.

DAY 08 – GAJNER TO NAGAUR (B) – Ranvas
Drive to Nagaur (2.5 Hrs) and on arrival check-in at your hotel.

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax at the hotel

DAY 09 – NAGAUR (B)
Explore the Nagaur Fort today and later relax at the hotel. (Time your tour right and you can include the famous ‘World Sacred Spirit Festival’ WSSF which is held each February. It’s a popular festival so early booking is essential. Read more about is in our Blog ‘World Sacred Spirit Festival

DAY 10 – NAGAUR TO JAISALMER (B) – Suryagarh
Drive to Jaisalmer (06 Hrs). On arrival, check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to relax at your hotel.

DAY 11 – JAISALMER (B)
Explore the city visiting the Jaisalmer Fort, the Havelis, and the Gadisar Lake; then this evening enjoy a camel ride at the Sam Dunes

DAY 12 – JAISALMER TO JODHPUR (B) – Umaid Bhawan Palace
Drive to Jodhpur (6 Hrs). On arrival, check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to relax at your hotel.

DAY 13 – JODHPUR (B)
Today’s sightseeing takes you to see some of the most interesting sights of Jodhpur, like Mehrangarh Fort, then on to see Jaswant Thada. Later return to your hotel and then the rest of the day at leisure to relax at your hotel.

Time your tour right, travel in February and include the World Sacred Spirit Festival

DAY 14 – JODHPUR TO DEOGARH (B) – Deogarh Mahal Heritage Hotel
Drive to Deogarh. (4 Hrs). On arrival, check-in at your hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure to relax at your hotel.

DAY 15 – DEOGARH (B)
Today enjoy a local train ride to see the countryside where you get a chance to interact with locals.

DAY 16 – DEOGARH TO NARLAI (B) – Rawla Narlai
Drive to Narlai (2 Hrs). On arrival check-in at your hotel and relax for the day. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax by the pool or explore the local village

DAY 17 – NARLAI (B)
Enjoy a jeep safari to the local villages today, or choose to relax at this beautiful hotel.

DAY 18 – NARLAI TO UDAIPUR (B) – Taj Lake Palace Hotel
Drive to Udaipur (3 Hrs) visiting Ranakpur Temples and Kumbalgarh Fort en route.

On arrival in Udaipur, check-in at your hotel and relax for the day.

DAY 19 – UDAIPUR (B)
Explore the gems of the city today. Visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, and Sahelion Ki Bari.

After lunch, enjoy a popular boat ride on Lake Pichola.

DAY 20 – UDAIPUR VIA DELHI HOMEBOUND (B)
Today India bids you farewell with your transfer to the airport for your homebound flight via Delhi.

Special Value

  • A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India’
  • International flights included
  • VIP meet at aircraft door on arrival
  • Useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
  • Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
  • Meals as per itinerary (BB = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • Sightseeing of New & Old Delhi
  • Sightseeing of Mandawa
  • Sightseeing of Bikaner
  • Sightseeing of Nagaur
  • Sightseeing of Jaisalmer with camel ride in Sam dunes
  • Sightseeing tour of Jodhpur
  • Sightseeing tour of Deogarh
  • Jeep Safari in Narlai
  • Visit to Ranakpur Temple and Kumbalgarh Fort in between Narlai – Udaipur
  • Sightseeing of Udaipur
  • Evening common boat ride in Lake Pichola

Our tour features the following locations

DELHI: The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.

MANDAWA: The Shekhawati region of Rajasthan was originally the stronghold of Rao Shekhaji, who founded a dynasty here & gave it his name. Mandawa, a remote feudal principality in the center of the Shekhawati region, was a trading outpost for the ancient caravan routes that stopped here from China & the Middle East.

BIKANER: The dusty town of Bikaner often pales in front of the glittery forts and palaces of Jaipur and Udaipur, but this off-the-beaten-path adventure is the perfect place to enjoy some of the best camel safaris on the planet without ever having to distance yourself from the medieval splendour and royal residences that make Rajasthan so unique. Popular things to see in Bikaner include the Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, Devi Kund, Camel Research Farm and the 600-year-old Karni Mata Temple. The weird thing about this temple is that it is full of rats that scamper freely within the premises and are also considered to be sacred by priests and devotees as reincarnations of ancestors.

NAGAUR: Nagaur is one of the most picturesque of Rajput townships. The town is cordoned in by massive ramparts and has to be entered through stately gates. However, what makes the place extraordinary is the presence of a virtually unpublicized abandoned fort in the center of town which has been under restoration thanks to a Getty Trust project.

JAISALMER: While many cities in Rajasthan are bathed in colour, the pink city of Jaipur or the Blue city of Jodhpur and while most are defined by their architecture, the Golden City of Jaisalmer is that rare beauty that is always remembered for its glittery desert experiences. There are enough ancient splendour and grand architecture to keep you entertained, but all that grandeur somehow manages to pale out in front of starry skies, desert oases, sleepy villages, untouched sand dunes and camel rides. There’s no shortage of things to do here. The striking Jaisalmer Fort, its ninety-nine bastions and those stunning merchant-built houses (Havelis) surrounding this ancient citadel are sure to occupy a large chunk of your itinerary but make sure you reserve a night or two for a desert camp experience, perhaps one of the most regal adventures of your life. Wildlife enthusiasts will fall in love with the neighbouring Desert National Park, a heavenly oasis known for its chinkara, desert fox, and blackbuck sightings.

JODHPUR: The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort is littered with beautiful palaces and ancient mosaics and is perhaps the best place to understand how different dynasties left their imprints on India’s architecture, history and culture. Sheesh Mahal, the Hall of Mirrors makes use of huge mirror pieces to create a mesmerising sight while the artistic treasures of Phool Mahal and Daulat Khana leave you speechless with their beauty and ingenuity. Once you’re done enjoying the best of architecture and 16th-century walls, dive into the city’s rich culture. Discover hidden hamlets of traditional Rajasthan in a desert safari, sip on some authentic masala chai (spiced tea) or just have a blast shopping in those labyrinth alleys of Sardar Market, striking bargains on everything from beautiful shoes to pottery pieces.

DEVGARH: Devgarh located in between Jodhpur and Udaipur around 3 hours to both. Devgarh is a lovely atmospheric town. It has an old fort and a magnificent palace with murals illustrating the local school of miniature painting.

NARLAI: Narlai, a small village in Rajasthan, is located at a distance of 36 kms. from Ranakpur. Surrounded by the Aravali ranges, this is probably the perfect spot to base yourself while in the area. You know you’re in Narlai the moment your eyes fall on that colossal elephant statue, promising an incredible experience at one of its many Hindu and Jain temples. The Adinath Temple and its stunning murals are sure to be the highlight of your tour and the Narlai Fort, now a heritage resort, is also worth exploring. Rawla Narlai, a premier hotel here, is splendidly designed to combine the best of ancient regalia and modern-day comfort and its tents give you the true experience of living in a Rajasthani caravan, without ever taking you way from luxuries or pampering amenities.

RANAKPUR: Tucked away in the lush Aravali Mountain, Ranakpur is located at a distance of just 96 kms. from Udaipur. The town is incredibly serene and peaceful, and it paints a beautiful story of India’s culture. Ranakpur’s star attraction is a 15th-century temple that is one of the most fascinating examples of Jain architecture in India. A spectacular white marble wonder rises out from the midst of the forest and the sheer complexity of its architecture is mind-numbing. No wonder it was 65 years in the making! What makes it even more unique is that it has 1444 beautifully carved pillars and no two carvings are the same. The Chittorgarh Wildlife Sanctuary also beckons visitors with wolves, leopards, hyenas, sloth bears, jackals, antelopes, and sambhars.

KUMBALGARH: The state of Rajasthan is home to glorious monuments of a bygone era, narrating stories of India’s rich heritage and artistic beauty. Cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, and Jaipur have become famous hotspots for travellers from all over the world, but Kumbhalgarh isn’t the first destination that comes to mind while planning your North India itineraries. Big mistake! This historic town is home to the iconic Kumbhalgarh Fort, the fort that was never conquered in the history of India, not even by the great Mughal Empire! Full of intricately carved temples, grand palaces and beautiful wall paintings demonstrating superb artistry, this ancient stronghold is full of stories of romance, valour, betrayal, and courage. The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is slowly becoming an equally popular destination for those in search of solitude and solace, and a huge hit among birdwatchers and wildlife lovers. Common sightings include wild boars, crocodiles, panthers, flamingos, and egrets.

UDAIPUR: Udaipur is considered to be the most romantic destination in India, and no matter how much you hear about this legendary city, it always manages to leave you stunned and speechless. The glittery Lake Pichola is as beautiful as they get and those temples, grand palaces, shimmering Havelis and colourful streets set the scene for one of the most memorable holidays of your life. You’d remember some of its sights from the 007 movie Octopussy when our hero swims up to a heavenly palace in the midst of an incredibly romantic lake. You’d expect a city so popular to lose its charm, but Udaipur holds onto its magic, that sense of mystery surrounding its monuments and palaces and the sense of tranquillity that simple boat rides on the lake are bound to offer. Udaipur also enjoys a lively arts scene, exciting shopping and delightful countryside destinations that promise memorable day tours.

What our clients say

“A Friend Recommended Mystic India to us as she had traveled with them in 2012. I cannot fault the service that Mystic India provided. They ticked all our boxes and even exceeded our expectations. They gave us a mobile phone to use whilst in India, so if we wanted to call our driver at any time to arrange a different meet time we could. Fantastic Idea, we really felt special and definitely made the most of our time in India”

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