March 26, 2019
11-Day Colours of India Tour With Ayurvedic Massages & Slow Cooked Food
Written By KV Singh
Day 1 : Jaipur : Hotel Mahal Khandela ( www.mahalkhandela.com )
This boutique heritage hotel is located in the best & quietest part of Jaipur city. It has an open courtyard,plenty of open spaces and a lush-green garden. The rooms are tastefully done and the services are top notch
After breakfast & accompanied by our guide take a full-day tour of the city visting the Jantar Mantar ( the Observatory ), the City Palace Museum,the Palace of Winds, Sisodia-Rani-Garden. Take a memorable cycle-rickshaw ride through the bazaars of old Jaipur,its spice and bangles markets.
In the evening your Tour Operator and his wife will host you to a gala dinner on the roof-top of their boutique hotel and serve you unlimited quantity of drinks. Enjoy succulent kebabs and slow-cooked food dinner. This memorable evening will be enlivened with folk music & dances and puppet show.
Gather in the hotel’s drawing room for a photo session with the family.
Overnight at your Hotel Mahal Khandela
Day 2 : Jaipur : Hotel Mahal Khandela ( www.mahalkhandela.com )
After breakfast take an excursion to forts of Amer,Jaigarh & Nahargarh. Climb up Fort Amer on an elephant ! Fort Amer is truly a marvel of military architecure & planning and is on UNESCO World Heritage Sites List. On return see the Albert Hall Museum and the all-white lovely Birla Temple. After lunch enjoy a swim in your hotel’s pool. Afterwards take a 45-50 minute ayurvedic massage.
Around 6:30 PM drive 22 km to the 150-year old Castle Kalwar – owned by a scion of the noble family of Kalwar. The owner is a former general of the India Army and he and his wife are gracious hosts. Enjoy bar-be-cue and dinner by the castle’s pool.
Return to your hotel Mahal Khandela for overnight stay.
Day 3 : Khandela ( www.castlekhandela.com ) : This heritage castle with ornate rooms and great decor and a rich collection on display of armoury,paintings and coins is an ideal place for walks around. The rooms are large & tastefully decorated. First-rate vegetarian & non-vegetarian bar-be-cue is served.
Castle Khandela is located in the heart of Shekhawati region of India. It is best known for its handicrafts,frescoes on the residential homes called havelis.
After breakfast drive 90-km to the beautiful town of Khandela in the heart of Shekhawati region – India’s wonderland of heritage. On arrival enjoy complimentary beer in the company of the owner of boutique heritage Castle Khandela. Take a walking tour of the town. Enjoy bar-be-cue and lunch at the lovely castle.
In the afternoon take a thrilling jeep safari through the villages around stopping now & then to visit a low-cost school,craftspersons at work. Visit the cenatophs of the former rajas of Khandela. Drive back to Jaipur. Dinner & overnight at your hotel.
Day 4 :Kishangarh-Pushkar ( www.araambaghpushkar.com )
After breakfast drive 140-km to Pushkar, a temple town most sacred to Hindus. This is the only place where there is a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. Check into the sprawling and beautifully landscaped Araam Bagh Pushkar
After lunch visit the sacred pond to see the religious rituals being performed by priests for devotees who converge here from all over India.
See a memorable aarti being performed to Lord Brahma in the evening. After walking tours of the town return to your resort for relaxation,dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5 : Pushkar-Kishangarh ( www.royalkishangarh.co
After breakfast take an excursion to Kishangargh – 35 km from Pushkar. Kishangarh is an ancient town made world-famous for its 16th century miniature paintings collectively called Kishangarh School of Paintings. The theme of these paintings in the life of Lord Krishna much revered by Hindus wherever they are in the world.
Arrive at the Maharaja-owned Phool Mahal Palace situated by a man-made lake. Visit Fort Kishangarh – magestic structure that has a rich collection of armoury. Inside the fort is a studio where students learn the art of making miniature paintings on paper and silk cloth.
Lunch at the Phool Mahal Palace.
In the afternoon visit the temples scattered around. Take a walk in the lanes of the town.
Return to Pushkar for dinner & overnight stay.
Day 6 : Khimsar : Hotel Khimsar Fort
Perform meditation in the morning.
After breakfast drive 110 km to Khimsar location of the 16th century exquisitely constructed Fort Khimsar. This is now also a resort. Check into the resort for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon take an excusion to the Sand Dune Village situated amidst a seemingly endless expanse of wasteland. See here how the dunes have different shades of colours. Visit also several Hindu & Jain temples in and around Khimsar.
Enjoy dinner by the pool-side of the resort.
Overnight at the Fort Khimsar
Day 7 : Jodhpur : Hotel Polo Heritage ( www.poloheritage.com )
This heritage property has beautiful rooms,a large pool to swim,a great ayurvedic spa. You would love its ambience,large lushgreen lawns and great personal touch not to speak of delicious food that would be laid out for you.
Leave the Fort-hotel after breakfast for your next destination – Jodhpur – India’s famous Sun City. Check into a heritage hotel. After lunch visit Jaswant Thada,the Mandore Gardens and the old parts of the city on a walking tour.
Enjoy an ayurvedic massage.
Dinner & overnight at your hotel The Polo Heritage
Day 8 : Jodhpur : Hotel Polo Heritage ( www.poloheritage.com )
After breakfast visit the world-famous hill-top Mehrangarh Fort that has a museum housing rare collection of ancient manuscripts,paintings,armoury,royal dresses,silverware and artifacts.
Visit the majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace that has often been voted the best hotel of the world.
After lunch take a trip to Osian town. It has numerous exquisitely temples dedicated to Jainism. Return to your Polo Heritage Hotel for dinner & overnight stay.
Day 9 : Jaisalmer : Hotel Garh Jaisal Haveli
This property is made of yellow sand stone with intricate carvings on the facade and inside areas. You would greatly like its haveli character,exquisitely decorated rooms and courteous services.
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer located in the heart of India’s Thar Desert. Lunch enroute.
Check into a resort or haveli. Jaisalmer has the incredible hill-top situated Golden Fort that has 99 bastions and several beautiful temples inside it. Take a tour of the city visting the lovely sandstone merchants’ mansions : Nathamal-Ki-Haveli,Patwan-Ki-Haveli and Salam-Singh-Ki-Haveli. Also visit the Lakshminath Handicrafts Gallery.
See the amazing sunset over the dunes.
Dinner & overnight at your hotel.
Day 10 : Sam Dunes : AC Tented Accommodation
Perform meditation in the morning.
After breakfast drive 45-km to the Sam Dunes for a stay in ac tented accommodation.
Check here. At the Sam Dunes take a camel safari over the dunes around. Visit the National Desert Park.
In the evening see a great desert folk dance & music during your dinner.
See million stars as the night falls.
Overnight in the tent.
Day 11 : Jaislamer – New Delhi
After breakfast check out from your ac tented accommodation and leave for the airport to board your plane for New Delhi. Here you will be received by our representative and transferred to IGI Airport for your plane abroad. Alternatively if you wish to be dropped in a location in New Delhi we would be happy to do that at no extra cost to you.
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