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RAJASTHAN AND TAJ MAHAL

14 Night overland journey tracing the History, Culture of Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle.
Tour Cost: On Request
Single Supplement: On Request
Date: TBA

Program Overview: Considered as one of the most intriguing destinations in the world, the vibrancy of Rajasthan’s contemporary culture was shaped by its fascinating history. Around 4000 BC people of Mediterranean origin assimilated with indigenous people of this region and built the famous Harappan Civilization. By 2000 BC a series of natural calamities, drying rivers and drought forced them to abandon their cities and retreat to southern Hinterland. The ones who remained adopted a semi nomadic lifestyle, settling down wherever herding and agriculture was possible. For the next two thousand years Rajasthan became a melting pot of cultures – native people began assimilating with traders, invaders and immigrants of Eurasia, Greece, Ancient Persia, Bactrian and Central Asia and developed a distinct cultural identity rooted in Hinduism. By 700 AD they split into several ethnic groups ruled by their respective Rajput Dynasty who built innumerable fortified towns across the desert region. The coming of the Turks in 1000 AD set the stage for 700 years of Indo Islamic saga which ended with the British after reaching its zenith under the Moguls who built the Taj Mahal.
If menacing forts, gracious domes, Hindustani music, royal elephants, camel caravans, turbaned men, dancing gypsies, snake charmers and vibrant culture is your preferred theme, then this is the right trip for you!

Highlights:
Scholar Najaf Haider presents a historical overview of Indus Valley and Rajasthan as cross roads at the National Museum and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Delhi.
Visit Bharatpur National Park-a famous avifauna sanctuary and Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
ide camels into the Thar desert to experience the life of nomadic people.
Understand battlement architecture and the life of Rajputs by visiting Jaisalmer Fort, Mehrangarh Fort, Kumbalgarh Fort and Amber fort.
Stay in India’s best heritage hotel, the Rambugh Palace and experience the opulent life of Rajputs, Moguls and the British.
Indulge your senses in music, dance, fine arts and cuisine and of course the Taj Mahal.

Itinerary at a glance:
Day 01 Arrive New Delhi
Day 02 New Delhi
Day 03 New Delhi-Agra
Day 04 Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Bharatpur then short Train ride between Bharatpur & Ranthambore by Jan Shatabdi Express
Day 05 Ranthambore
Day 06 Ranthambore-Jaipur
Day 07 Jaipur
Day 08 Jaipur-Bikaner
Day 09 Bikaner-Jaisalmer
Day 10 Jaisalmer
Day 11 Jaisalmer-Jodhpur
Day 12 Jodhpur-Ranakpur-Kumbalgarh
Day 13 Kumbalgarh-Udaipur
Day 14 Udaipur
Day 15 Udaipur-New Delhi by Air
Day 16 New Delhi-Departure

ACTIVITY PARTICULARS:
Travel between locations by air-conditioned bus or train with a maximum of 4 to 5 hours between locations.
Typical day would begin after breakfast. Return to the hotel for lunch and a brief rest before setting off on the afternoon trip.
Interactions and performing art sessions are usually in heritage sites and outdoor natural settings. Most days would include pre-dinner reception hours when the group gets together to share experiences.
A half day excursion will include two to three hours of walking, climbing stairs and standing in the heritage site.

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