Day 03: Samode:
Samode according to the Rajputana Gazetteer of 1879 was a large and flourishing town. The Zamindars (landlords) of Samode the principal thakurs of the state of Amber were the Nathawat clan from Chomu, a branch of the house of Amber, tracing their relation to the Jaipur Maharaja the fabled Prithviraj Singhji the 17th prince of the house of Kacchwaha Rajputs. Gopal Singhji one of his 12 sons was awarded Samode, a noble feudatory of the Amber & Jaipur principality. It was among the wealthiest territories in the Amber kingdom. The Zamindari eventually passed within the clan to the hands of Behari Das, a Rajput warrior in Mughal Service. After 6 generations in the hands of his descendants Samode was relinquished to the Raj.
In 1757 the territory was returned to the Nathawats (the hereditary title of 'Rawal Sah
eb' still rests with the present family).
For the 1st half of it's existence Samode Palace was a little more than a fortified stronghold in the rugged Rajput tradition. Only in the early 19th century under Rawal Berisal did the castle begin to take on the lavish aspects it is now known for. He was an eminent statesman who reached distinction as the principal signatory (on behalf of the Jaipur Maharaja) of the historic 1818 treaty making Jaipur a protectorate of British East India Company. He later became Chief Minister of Jaipur and wielded absolute power.
Samode Palace quite clearly began expanding at the time of his reign and continued under his descendant Rawal Sheo Singh who was the Prime Minister of Jaipur state for several years during the middle of the 19th century. He is credited with the Palace's most fabulous addition - the extravagantly florid had painted Darbar Hall and the overlooking gallery which forms the breathtaking Sheesh Mahal or the hall of mirrors.
Drive to Samode village and check in at Samode Palace. The fairytale palace perfectly recreates the nostalgia of its princely past when every aspect of it evoked a unique style!
Reaching the Shekhawati heartland, take a walking tour of the colorful town which has some of the best preserved frescoed "havelis" (mansions). Overnight at hotel.
The day's activity includes a traditional Rajasthani lunch and an excursion to nearby towns of Lachhmangarh and Fatehpur for the better appreciation of the Shekhawati region popularly known as 'the largest open air art gallery of the world'!
Day 06: Bikaner:
Reach the 'Camel City' Bikaner and check in. After a brief leisure, visit the well-preserved Junagarh fort. In the evening visit the unique camel-breeding farm.
Day 07: Jaisalmer:
Drive through the Thar Desert and finally reach Jaisalmer (the Golden City) and check in at your hotel. Evening free and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08: Jaisalmer:
City tour of Jaisalmer and in the evning visit Sam - The Sand Dunes. Evening return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 09: Rohet:
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.
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
Transfer to Rohetgarh. Take a less popular route and reach Kheechan village for the rare sight of thousands of migratory birds in the desert. Drive further and visit the ancient town of Osiyan on the way. Finally reach Rohet Garh Palace (a charming heritage hotel) and check in. Day completely free to move around the village of Bishnoi community.
Day 10: Rohet:
In the morning take an excursion to Jodhpur and visit Mehrangarh fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Sardar Market and Old Town. Back at Rohet evening free on your own.
Day 11: Udaipur
The hotel is in fact a white marble palace that seems to float miraculously on the still waters of Lake Pichola. Probably the most romantic hotel in the world, this 250-year old palace offers guests a unique blend of serenity and opulence. Founded in 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh, the Lake city of Ud
aipur is often referred as the 'Venice of the East'.
Drive through forested and tribal areas of Aravalli ranges and visit superb Ranakpur Jain temples on the way. At Udaipur check in your hotel. Remaining day at leisure.
Day 12: Udaipur:
After breakfast move out for a half day sightseeing trip of City Palace and Saheliyon ki Bari. Rest of the time free to explore the interesting Jagdish temple on your own. Take a boat ride sightseeing tour of Lake Pichhola at sunset.
Day 13: 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 !
Transfer to Dungarpur. Arrive and check in Udai Bilas Palace- a beautiful lonely palace. Later visit Juna Mahal having stunning interiors with a series of colorfully painted chambers.
Day 14: Dungarpur:
Day free to relax at Udai Bilas Palace with overnight stay..
Day 15: Deogarh:
After a leisurely breakfast, drive towards Deogarh visiting Eklingji and Nagda on the way before finally checking in. Stay overnight in Deogarh Mahal.
Day 16: Deogarh:
The whole day on your discretion. Suggested visit to Molela village (famous for terracotta crafts) or Kumbhalgarh Fort. Option of taking a unique safari on horses to the villages in this region of rugged terrain.
Day 17: Jaipur:
Transfer to the Pink City - Jaipur. On arrival check in the hotel. Evening free to walk in interesting old bazaars.
Day 18: Jaipur:
After breakfast move out for a sightseeing tour of the City Palace Complex, Jantar Mantar and Amber Fort. Evening at discretion to try one among several options - shopping, visit a farmhouse for local Rajasthani dinner or taking a walk through the streets lined with great heritage buildings. over night stay in the hotel.
Day 19: Fateh Pur Sikri / Agra:
Early morning drive to fatehpur sikri to see the abandoned town and later drive to Agra .Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 20: Agra :
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Agra which includes the
most beautiful monument of love - The Taj, Agra Fort and few other attractions. Later checkout from the hotel and transfer to New Delhi. Arrive and check in. Remaining day free for shopping or at leisure.
Day 21: New Delhi:
After a leisurely breakfast move out for a daylong sightseeing of Old Delhi (Shahajahanbad) which includes the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk & Jama Masjid along with other attractions. Drive past the impressive boulevards and buildings such as President's Residence and others in Lutyen's Delhi (New Delhi). Evening free to move around the busy Connaught Place.
Day 22: - Departure:
Morning intime checkout from the hotel and transfer to International airport to board the flight back to your country.