Heritage Streets

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14

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$1870 USD /Person

About tour

A Rajasthani man has two things always going upwards - his moustaches & his pride! None other place in India is as proud of its heritage as the Royal state of Rajasthan. With the most magnificent forts & palaces of India, dotted over the entire Rajasthan, this place is a travel through the history. With the careful maintenance & preservation, each and every monument reminds of the golden era of the Rajpoot rulers, their kingdoms, and their lavish & proud lifestyles. There is no bragging in saying that Rajasthan has richest heritage in the entire India.

Embark on this spiritual journey of India on a 14-days tour to one of India’s most sought-after cultural & historical sites. With all the logistics arranged for you, explore off-the-beaten-path wonders and world-renowned landmarks on this comprehensive experience of the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra & Jaipur) and the northwest state of Rajasthan (Bharatpur, Ranthambore, Pushkar, Jodhpur & Udaipur).

One day you will be getting thrilled on a jungle safari at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, and another day you will be getting mesmerized by the romantic setup of the “city of lakes” - Udaipur. From the vivid blue houses in Jodhpur to the dreamy intricacy of the Taj Mahal, each architectural wonder you'll encounter on this journey tells the story of a fascinating past, complemented by the culturally-rich modern society that surrounds it.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Delhi

Arrive by flight at Delhi before noon. Welcome to the chaos of Delhi. Love it or hate it, but you cannot just ignore it. It is capital of India and the base location to explore North India. The largest city of India, Delhi is considered to be the city with a heart. The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures.

The private car will pick you from Delhi Airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in. In the late afternoon head out for some Delhi exploration. We will cover the central Delhi this day, which is the seat of the country’s political power. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan (the official residence of the First Citizen of India – the President) and the Parliament of India. Visit Rajpath (which means the "King's Way”), a ceremonial avenue that is located in the heart of New Delhi. Then visit India Gate, which is like the “Arc de Triomphe” of India. It is a memorial to 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War. Since 1971 it has served as India's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and as a memorial of the unsung heroes of the wars.

Reach back hotel by late evening. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Delhi.

Meals: None

Day 2 : Delhi

Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast to start your day. Then head out for exploring Delhi. A mixture of history with a taste of everyday Delhi, today’s itinerary covers all aspects of this former capital of the Mughal Empire. Stop off at the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Humayun’s Tomb. Built in 1570, it is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Then visit the magnificent Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. After that visit the bustling Chandni Chowk – one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Enjoy an eco-friendly rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk, and feel like a local. After that visit the towering Qutub Minar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a 73-metre (239.5 feet) tall tapering tower of five storeys. Qutb ud Din Aibak, founder of the Delhi Sultanate, started construction of the Qutb Minar's first storey around 1192.

Afterwards visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most prominent Sikh temples, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, India and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru – Guru Har Krishan, as well as the pool inside its complex, known as the "Sarovar."

Have dinner at a nice restaurant. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Delhi.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3 : Agra

After a nice breakfast, check out from hotel. The private car will drop you at Delhi train station. Board the AC train for Agra. Welcome to the Agra city of Wonderful Taj Mahal. Agra is blessed with one of the Seven Wonders of the World the “Taj Mahal”. City with its rich culture, history and architectural work stands in the top of the tourist destination in India.

Reach Agra before noon. The driver will meet you at Agra train station. On arrival visit Agra Fort, a historical fort, which remained the main residence of the Mughal emperors till 1638. After visiting the fort check-in at your hotel and relax. In the afternoon head out for lunch at nice restaurant. Later visit the "jewel box" which is often  is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal - Baby Taj "Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula". In the evening stroll along the local market area - the best place to see shades of India. Overnight stay at hotel in Agra.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4 : Bharatpur

Early in the morning, visit the majestic Taj Mahal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Taj Mahal looks really mesmerizing at the sunrise.

After breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Bharatpur famous for Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (AKA Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary). It is a home to over 360 bird species, including aquatic birds, visitors from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

After a couple of hours’ drive reach Bharatpur by noon. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. In the late afternoon visit Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary. Enjoy an eco-friendly rickshaw ride at the bird sanctuary. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Bharatpur.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 : Ranthambhore

After a delicious breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Ranthambore, one of the best tiger reserves of the country, known to have "friendly" tigers and chances of sighting one here is reasonably better than many other tiger reserves of India. Once a private game reserve of the royal House of Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the world’s best known wilderness areas. With an area of 392 kilometres square, Ranthambore National Park is a natural habitat for a variety of exotic species. It is an absolute delight for birdwatchers and an ideal place to watch animals in their natural habitat.

After a 6-7 hours drive you'll reach Ranthambore. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. Evening is at your leisure. Have a sumptuous dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Ranthambore.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6 : Ranthambhore

Early in the morning head out for jungle safari at 6:00am. Ranthambore National Park is one of the finest tiger reserves in India. It is in every sense a perfect place for wildlife photography. Later come back to hotel, have breakfast and relax.

Have lunch at the hotel. In the late afternoon head out for another jungle safari around 3:00pm, this time on a different path. Maybe you get a good chance of sighting the Indian tigers. Spend some time watching the peacocks and other animals in their natural habitat. The forests around the Ranthambore Fort were once, the private hunting grounds of the Kings of Jaipur.

Evening is at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay will be at your hotel in Ranthambore.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 : Jaipur

After breakfast check out from hotel, and head towards the Pink City - Jaipur, famous for its broad avenues, massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and royal culture. It will be around 04 hours drive. You'll drive through the countryside of Rajasthan, thus a good way of seeing the culture of the region. On the way you'll be seeing many cows, the traffic will surprise you. Reach Jaipur by afternoon. Check-in to hotel on arrival.

In the evening head out for a guided walk tour through the Pink City market. Jaipur is also known as the shopper’s paradise. Jaipur's colorful markets offer a great break to stop and shop on your tour. Take in the glint and sparkle of the rows of shops selling hand-crafted bangles and other decoration items. While moving through the markets, you will come across the vivacious culture of this region.

Reach back at the hotel by late evening. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jaipur.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 : Jaipur

After breakfast head out to explore the virant city Jaipur. Visit the historic heritage sites of Jaipur - Hawa Mahal ("Palace of Winds" - a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside); followed by Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), It is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, and completed in 1738 CE.

Afterwards visit the City Palace. It houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, and continues to be the home of the Jaipur royal family. The palace complex has several buildings, various courtyards, galleries, restaurants and offices of the Museum Trust.

In the afternoon stop by to visit Jal Mahal, a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. It was built in the 17th century. Then visit the grand Amer Fort (or Amber Fort), also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the principal tourist attraction in the Jaipur and the current structure was built during the late 16th century by Rajput Kings. This magnificent fort comprises an extensive palace complex, built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, and white marble, and is divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard. In the evening visit Nahargarh Fort, which provides a beautiful bird's eye view of entire Jaipur city. There is a food court and a restaurant "Padao" at the top of the fort with an excellent view.

Later in the evening enjoy dinner at a nice restaurant. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jaipur.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9 : Ajmer-Pushkar

After breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards the holy, spiritual & peaceful town of Pushkar. Pushkar has a magnetism of its own – it’s quite unlike anywhere else in Rajasthan. It’s a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town and devout Hindus visit at least once in their lifetime. It is famous amongst Hindus for having the only temple of Lord Brahma in the whole world.

Reach Pushkar by noon. Check-in at hotel on arrival. Then head out to visit Pushkar town. The main street is one long bazaar, selling anything to tickle a traveler’s fancy, from hippy-chic tie-dye to didgeridoos. Despite the commercialism and banana pancakes, the town remains enchantingly small and authentically mystic. Visit the famous and unique Brahma Temple. Then visit Pushkar Lake and hangout at the Pushkar market. Dinner & overnight stay will be at the resort in Pushkar.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10 : Jodhpur

After breakfast check-out from hotel and drive to Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan. It is a reminiscence of the bygone era. It is also called the “Blue City” as it looks completely blue in color from an aerial view because of its vividly painted blue walls and blue houses. Its mighty Mehrangarh fort overlooking the city is an architectural masterpiece in itself, and is among one of the largest forts in Rajasthan. Jaswant Tada and Umaid Bhawan Palace are also among the top attractions in Jodhpur. Because of its proximity to Thar Desert, it is also known as "Gateway to Thar".

Reach Jodhpur by afternoon and check-in at hotel. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jodhpur.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 : Jodhpur

After breakfast set out to explore Jodhpur. Visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, regally set on a sandstone hill built by Rao Jodha in 1459. Rising perpendicular and impregnable from a rocky hill that itself stands 120m above Jodhpur’s skyline, Mehrangarh is one of the most magnificent forts in India. After that visit Jaswant Thada – the milky-white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, sitting above a small lake 1 km northeast of Mehrangarh, is an array of whimsical domes. It serves as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar. The cenotaph is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These sheets are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when illuminated by the sun.

Afterwards visit the lavish Umaid Bhawan Palace, a marvel built by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Rathore Dynasty. It was the last royal palace built before the Independence of India. Its foundations were laid in 1929 and completed in 1943. Today it is part palace, part hotel and part museum.

In the evening visit the local market. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Jodhpur.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 : Udaipur

After a nice breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Udaipur – the City of Lakes. Udaipur is known as a standout amongst the most romantic destinations of India and also known as the ‘Venice of the East’. It has a romantic setting unmatched in Rajasthan, or perhaps in all India – built around tranquil Lake Pichola and Lake Fatehsagar, with the purple ridges of the Aravalli Range stretching away in every direction. Magnificent palaces, temples, havelis (traditional mansions) and countless narrow, crooked, timeless streets add to the stunning juxtaposition of humanity and awe-inspiring natural surroundings.

On the way visit 8th Century Hindu temple Eklingji, which is a great example of ancient architecture. Then visit Nagda Temple (a.k.a. Sas Bahu Temple). The temple of Sas is comparatively larger than that of the Bahu. The 'Bahu' temple has an octagonal ceiling, which is adorned with beautifully carved eight intricate female figures. Reach Udaipur by late afternoon. Check-in at hotel on arrival and relax. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Udaipur.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 : Udaipur

After breakfast head out to explore the charms of Udaipur. Start with a visit to Fateh Sagar Lake (one of the most beautiful lake in Udaipur). Then visit the Sahelion ki Badi, which was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry.

Afterwards visit City Palace Complex. It was built over a period of nearly 400 years, atop a hill, in a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, providing a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Also visit the beautiful Jagdish Temple inside the City Palace Complex.

Then visit Bagore-ki-Haveli, a historic haveli (mansion) that stands magnificently on the waterfront of the surreal Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Built in the 18th century by Amar Chand Badwa, the then Prime minister of Mewar kingdom, Bagore Ki Haveli has been restored over the period of time and is now converted into a museum. In the evening watch the Dharohar Folk Dance Show at Bagore-ki-Haveli. See Rajasthani folk dancing, with nightly shows of colorful, energetic Marwari, Bhil and western Rajasthani dances, as well as traditional Rajasthani puppetry.

Return to the hotel in the evening. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Udaipur.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 : Udaipur

After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Udaipur Airport. The private car will drop you at airport to catch your flight for Delhi.

To all the good things, comes an end. Bid farewell with the memories of amazing fun-filled 14 days of Rural Heritage Retreat, worth remembering for the lifetime!

Meals: Breakfast

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Important Notes

Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday. Please select your travel date accordingly.

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Travellers Reviews

Heritage Streets, March 2019

Zoe Lang

Highly personalised tour

We had a tour for 3 people at the 'comfort' level, and I can't imagine what additional service comes with the luxury level, because we were extremely comfortable. Himanshu and his team arranged beautiful hotels for us (including personalising according to our request of smaller hotels where we could get to know the staff), and everywhere we went we had local guides who really knew the monuments and had great pride in their city. We always had wonderful food (our favourite was when Himanshu took us on a street food tour of Jaipur), but were very well looked after and no one got sick throughout the entire trip. One of our tour members was an older lady who was not very fit, but our driver was able to take us basically door to door most of the time, so she was fine despite the heat. Our driver Amrish was amazing - incredible service but also a very safe and considerate driver; our car trips between cities were some of the best memories of the trip. 

Everything about our trip was personalised according to our tastes - what we wanted to see, what kind of food we wanted to eat, how long we wanted to be out and about each day - I have never been so well taken care of on a holiday. It was a wonderful way to see this beautiful country, and I came back filled with happy memories. 

Himanshu and his crew has built an amazing business around making India truly shine for visitors. He is very flexible, was always easy to work with in the lead up to our trip, and there were so many personal touches throughout our holiday that just made it so special. I would absolutely recommend using BoutIndia for a truly unique and memorable experience that is completely tailored to your desired comfort level.

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