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Heritage Tour of Rajasthan
Delhi - Rohet - Jaisalmer- Daspan- Bhadrajun-| Mount Abu- Dungarpur- Dhariyawad - Devigarh - Deogarh
- Jaipur - New Delhi - Day = 17
Day 01: Rohet:
Reach Jodhpur by flight from New Delhi/Mumbai and further drive straight to Rohetgarh- a charming village encompassing a heritage hotel of the same name. Rest of the day at leisure.
Rohet Garh is 40 km short of Jodhpur on Udaipur-Jodhpur route. Past centuries come to life at the historic boundary walls of Rohet - the fortified desert home of the descendants of the 16th century Rathore of Champawat clan. A home, where, inspire of the inroads of modernity, aristocratic norms are still revered and where one can, even today, experience the famed warm and courteous Rajput hospitality. Frescoes on the tall gateway, brightly painted in the traditional style herald the entry into the portico decorated with the artifacts and trophies of many years. An interesting village safari is one of the highlights to visit Rohet Garh. During the day you have the option of either taking a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur city or join a safari to Bishnoi villages.
Day 03: Jaisalmer:
Reach Jaisalmer by road and check in. Explore the Golden city on your own in the evening. Transfer on camels to desert camp in a village outside Jaisalmer.
Day 04: Jaisalmer:
Hospitality business in Jaisalmer by starting the Jaisal Castle Hotel at 12 room Hotel in Jaisalmer Fort which was built in 1165 A.D. It was from here that began the new world famous concept of the "Golden Thar Experience. Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhati Rajput, laid the foundation of this city in 1156 A.D.. Trikuta was the hill chosen and Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Lodurva and established this new capital. The Bhati Rajputs of Jaisalmer were feudal chiefs who lived on the forced levy on the caravans that crossed their territory en-route Delhi. These caravans, laden with precious cargoes of spices and silk brought great wealth to this town. Because of its remote location, Jaisalmer for years remained untouched by outside influences and during the British raj, the rulers of Jaisalmer were the last to sign the instrument of agreement with the British. This included apart from traditional royal hospitality and entertainment, camel safaris and desert camps. As word of our excellence spread across the world the need arose to expand and this, in 1980 resulted in the restoration of a 130 year old ancestral Place belonging to Maharaja Shivdan Singh Ji in to Jaisalmer's first deluxe heritage Hotel Narayan Niwas Palace, named after Maharaja Narayan Singh Ji, father of Maharaja Mahendra Singh Ji. This today is the flagship of not only the company but the entire hospitality industry of Jaisalmer.. Today we operate with excellence, the Narayan Niwas Palace, The Jaisal Castle, Jaisal Tours and the Narayan Bagh Resort, geared towards providing the ultimate Thar experience.
Half day guided sightseeing of Jaisalmer and further transfer to a village outside Jaisalmer to spend the day in rustic desert atmosphere. Night stay in desert camp.
Day 05: Daspan:
Daspan, enroute visiting jailor Fort Daspan was founded in 1713 AD by grant of a jagir of two villages from the then ruler of Marwar. Upon arrival check-in at Castle Durjan Niwas, built in the early 19th century. Though built in the Indo European style, it adapts itself well to the Rajput life style, with the ladies apartments being separated from the gents apartments. This village presents the most untouched picture of Indian villages. You may see a whole range of crafts being practiced right in front. Move around in the region for colorful bazaars in nearby Sindhari town, beautiful temples all around and unspoiled village life. Take this less frequented route to the unexplored parts of Thar Desert and reach Daspan. Check in the highly personalized atmosphere of Castle Durjan Niwas in this village. This village presents the most untouched picture of Indian villages. You may see a whole range of crafts being practiced right in front.
Day 06: Bhadrajun:
Drive through very untouched and virgin scenery of villages, farms and tribal settlements and reach the very peacefully located castle of Bhadrajun for the night stay.
Day 07: Mount Abu:
Reach Mount Abu - Rajasthan's only hill retreat blessed with pleasant climate all through the year. Your first day here will be spent leisurely walking around its lake and appreciating its greenery.
Day 08: Mount Abu:
This club was built more than a century back. Today, it is an exclusive resort in the lap of a lush valley and surrounded by beautiful mountains. The rooms are well furnished and the resort offers all modern facilities.Cama Rajputana Club Resort is a grand club with a history of over 125 years. The club was restored and recreated to become a luxurious resort with great views and most modern business facilities. There are good recreational facilities with finest hospitality services to make it pleasurable for work and pleasure. The hotel has 42 luxurious rooms and 2 suites, all with fabulous views and all the modern facilities. Visit the Dilwara Jain temples, unparalleled in every aspect of creativity and artistry on marble. The marble here is so finely carved that it seems almost translucent!
Day 09: Dungarpur:
Drive through tribal dominated areas and reach Dungarpur. Stay in the most amazing suites of a palace still inhabited by the royal family - a rare opportunity to be entertained by the royal family and closely see the princely lifestyle. Day free at leisure.
Day 10: Dungarpur:
Unlike the more recent Udai Bilas, the Old Palace or Juna Mahal as it is locally known, is no longer occupied. It is still owned by the family and can be visited only on invitation. Almost as old as the town itself, the construction of the palace was started sometime in the turbulent 13th century amongst the superb natural defenses of a rocky peak some 1500 ft. from the sea level Kuchaman Fort now a heritage hotel resort is easily accessible from Delhi and Jaipur. It is of a special significance, as it remained unconquered by either the Marathas or the Mughals.
The Fort's formidable ramparts, innumerable terraces, balconies, and viewing points along with its rich and interesting history, makes it a great holiday destination with a difference !Visit the stunning interiors of Juna Mahal Palace. Walk around the town in free time. The place has largest concentration of Bhil tribal population in Rajasthan.
Day 11: Dhariyawad:
Dhariyavad was founded in the mid-16th century by Sahasmal, The second son of the greatest warrior of Mewar region - Maharana Pratap. located in the south of Rajasthan the area is surrounded by subtropical forests of the Aravali hills. The two rivers flowing through the region - Jakham and Karmoi add to the beauty of the landscape. The Sitamata wildlife sanctuary is close by and just 40 kms away is Baneshwar, where the annual (February) fair is one of the most colorful gatherings of the bhills - the indigenous tribes of the region.
Established in the 16th century, more recent additions blend a European flavour to the overall Rajput ambience. From here, horse safaris are a wonderful way of exploring the forested countryside.
The fort is a combination of both rajput and European architecture and has large rooms reflecting a traditional rajasthani ambience. Horse and jeep safaris, visits to the nearby sites of interest and performance by local musicians are all a part of the entertainment offered to the visitor here. Further, the adventure enthusiasts can have the pleasure of trekking and safaris through the unspoilt natural environs.
Reach Dhariyawad and stay in its beautiful fort. The fort is adjacent to Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary. Take a horse safari to explore the forested region and Bhil tribal settlements.
Day 12: Devigarh:
In a few hours drive, check in one of the most beautiful heritage hotels of India located in the outskirts of Udaipur city. After some leisure you may have a half-day sightseeing of Udaipur city.
Day 13: Deogarh:
Driving through Eklingji/ Nagda and visiting the Molela (famous for its terracotta art) village, finally reach Deogarh Mahal - a charming palace having tastefully decorated rooms. Evening at leisure watching spectacular cultural performances.
Day 14: Deogarh:
Deogarh Mahal is a heritage hotel in Deogarh, Rajasthan. It is conveniently placed, just a few hours drive from the lake city of Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh fort, Chittaurgarh, and Ranakpur. One can make it a base for visiting these nearby places or for going on horse safaris, bird watching, jeep drives, rural rails and to experience first hand, the regal Rajasthani hospitality.
The Deogarh experience is a unique blend of tradition and modernity. The hotels is in fact among the 'most liked' and appreciated heritage hotels in India. In its short run in the hospitality industry, it has won for itself many awards and accolades, the prestigious 'Tatler award' by the Conde Naste Traveler, for best hotel under 100 pounds is just one of these.
Deogarh Mahal is an imposing structure built in the 17th century. It stands atop a hill and offers a commanding view of the Aravalli mountain range and the numerous lakes, strewn across the countryside. With its greying battlements, domes, turrets, jharokhas and huge gateways, At a height of about 2100 ft above sea level, it is cooler than surrounding Rajathan. Take an excursion to Kumbhalgarh fort or Ranakpur temples. Later, explore the Deogarh town on your own.
Day 15: Jaipur:
One of the earlier Thakurs of Bissau Shyam Singh was an
outstanding if somewhat unconventional ruler -An Englishman who visited his court in 1808 had this to say "At his palace I saw four Shekhawat Chief's and cousins - they were plain men, and seemed to be living in great harmony. While some of the others bore strong marks of the effect of opium especially noticeable in their eyes, one of them Shyam Singh seemed remarkably mild and well mannered but scarcely had I crossed the desert when I heard that Shyam Singh had murdered the three others at a feast, stabbing the first with his own hand". This story may or may not be authentic but is quite typical of times and conditions prevailing in that particular era.
Bissau Palace is an elegant traditional hotel built in 1919 and recently renovated. Close to the walled city and overlooking the Tiger fort the Bissau offers an oasis of calm, care, comfort and respite from the 'heat and dust' of the city.
The guest rooms are spacious and comfortable. A gracious hotel with old-world charm and reputation for excellent cuisine and service. An atmosphere pregnant with intrigue, excitement, tragedy. Turreted ramparts enclosing a world of wealth.
To his credit, however, it must be maintained that Shyam Singh was at his best a brilliant general and tactician who hired the services of French mercenaries in his fight against the British and the Jaipur State. Most of the armory displayed here were a part of Shyam Singh's 'personal effects'. After arrival at Jaipur, take a city sightseeing trip. In the evening walk through many interesting lanes of Jaipur, which are full of shops of artisans, temples and traditional houses.
Day 16: Jaipur:
Morning walking tour of some interesting streets and squares of the Pink City to catch glimpses of the habitual patterns of its people which even includes attending heart-rending prayers at Sri Govind Devji temple. Elephant ride to Amber Fort during the day. Visit to a farmhouse for local Rajasthani dinner.
Day 17: Departure:
Drive to New Delhi and check in. Day free for shopping or at leisure. At appropriate time transfer
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