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The Mughal rulers that have great love for the art during their rise built a number of beautiful structures in the major cities of their terrain. They built these beautiful structures in various places like Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Agra and many more. The royal state of Rajasthan is dotted with various forts and palaces that narrate the legacy of its rulers with their splendid architecture. All the major cities of Rajasthan have forts and palaces as an integral part of their landscape. The beauty of the palaces and forts of Rajasthan is matched by no other state palaces and forts in grandeur and scales.
The top most palaces and forts to visit in Rajasthan are Mehrangarh Fort, Jaisalmer Fort, Junagarh Fort, Agra Fort, Amer Fort, Jal Mahal Fort and the Red Fort showcasing the perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.
Arrive Delhi Airport this evening. You will be met at the airport by our representative who give you a warm welcome with fresh flower garlands and transfer to your hotel by air conditioned Vehicle. Your room is available for immediate occupancy. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Morning we fly to Jodhpur, the enchanting forts, temples, other royal residences and settlements retain its medieval character and comprise the town’s multifaceted attractions. On arrival at Jodhpur we proceed to our hotel for check in, After breakfast we visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, Perched on a 150 m high hill its sprawl is the most formidable and magnificent fort in Rajasthan which dominates and offers spectacular vistas of the blue-hued city. On the way down from the fort we tour Jaswant Thada – the graceful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The main memorial has been built like a temple with intricately carved marble stone that is sculpted by the genius artesian. A visit to this structure is through the rocky hills giving it a secluded and a mystic aura.
Post lunch we leave to visit Mandore Gardens– the ancient capital of the Pratihara Rajputs, whose most remarkable monuments are the royal cenotaphs, particularly those of Jaswant Singh and Ajit Singh (XVII – XVIII centuries). A sanctuary dedicated to 300 million divinities shelters statues natural size local heroes. Later we take a walk along the flourishing spice market of Jodhpur, the aroma of the rich variety of spices take your breath away. Overnight stay at the hotel.
This morning our drive takes us to The Kuchaman Fort, built atop of 1000 feet high rock cliff is now a heritage hotel. An exotic mix of the modern and ancient. An amazing contrast of the severity of its exterior and the sheer delicacy of the beauty of its interior. As you go winding up and undulating mountain road, towards the massive portals of this magnificent fort you travel back, back in time, only to be swallowed into the inside of this ancient world of strange mysteries, of secret chants and mantras, of classical music and ragas, and of fine arts and murals. The view at night of the lit-up city and the Aravalli hills and Sambar lake in the distance is enchanting.
The Kuchamani folk artists and crafts persons have stalls in the Meena Bazaar, within the fort complex, selling exquisitely made handicrafts. The fort also houses a museum of weapons and armour. A major part of the collection is in gold or silver with floral and geometrical motifs. The hall of the palace houses the beautiful miniature paintings, murals and gilded work. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Today we head towards the old walled city of Jaipur – Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, this ‘pink city’ is meticulously constructed on the lines of the Shilpa – Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. The palaces and forts of the yesteryears, which were witnesses to the royal processions and splendors, are now living monuments.
On arrival we check inn to our hotel. After wash and change we visit the dramatic hilltop fortress at Amber – ascend the imposing fort on a decorated painted elephant. We wander among glittering inlays and the Hall of Mirrors. Later we tour the Maharajah’s City Palace, now partly a museum display a unique fusion of Mughal and Hindu architecture, and house a rare collection of paintings, Rajput armoury and costumes. We stop to view the elegant Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds– this elaborate building, now little more than a façade, is encrusted with delicate screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world.
Evening we explore the city and indulge in shopping for gemstones, silver jewellery, Paintings, blue pottery and hand printed textiles that Jaipur is renowned for. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel we drive 4hrs to Fatehpur Sikri – which has been described as “the world’s most perfectly preserved ghost town”. Built by Akbar in the late 16th century, Akbar intended his city of Fatehpur Sikri to serve as an imperial capital, an alternate to the overcrowded city of Agra. Completed in 1585, the city was abandoned after only 15 years because of insufficient water supply. Thereafter it remained deserted, and almost perfectly preserved. Here the early Mughal fusion of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles was embodied in spacious courtyards, wide palaces, and open pavillions, quarried from the local sandstone and cooled by numerous water channels, ponds, and tanks.
Later we continue our drive to Delhi (4hrs), On arrival we proceed to the airport to connect our onward flight.