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FORTS  &  PALACES

Thousands of years of a fairly turbulent history have left their mark on India, and perhaps the most prominent reminders of the country’s past are the many forts and palaces which lie scattered across India. Moated and turreted, thickly walled and exquisitely decorated with mirror and marble, pietra dura and paint, these citadels have fulfilled functions ranging from the purely practical to the unabashedly ornamental. They have been, like Jaipur’s Amer Fort or the Gwalior Fort, bastions meant to keep out invaders; or they have been, like the City Palace of Jaipur, the Red Fort of Delhi or the Mysore Palace, a no-holds-barred display of the wealth and grandeur of those who ruled.

And best of all, they still stand- proud and imposing, forts and palaces which figure right up there at the top of any tourist itinerary. A tribute to India’s history, a peek into its past- a sight not to be missed.

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Pataudi Village

Highlights :
Just sixty kilometers (one and half hour) from Delhi , lies the home of the cricket legend Nawab Mansur Ali Khan – better known as Tiger; his wife Sharmila Tagore of Bollywood fame, and their celebrity son Saif Ali Khan.

Tread the luxury of sprawling gardens at The Pataudi Palace, an oasis in the verdant countryside of Haryana. The noble, white palace built by Nawab Ibrahim Ali Khan, was designed by Heinz in 1935, stretching the proportions and scale of the grand residences of Imperial Delhi

Stunning verandahs frame vast skies with views over the garden of roses and cypress. The bedrooms are spacious, royal, dream spaces with old-style baths, while the table is fine Nawabi cuisine with Bhopal-Rampur savours. A magnificent conference room retains the flavour of historic meetings where you too can confer.

When To Go : All year, particularly winter.

Things To See & Do : Stunning verandahs frame vast skies with views over the garden of roses and cypress, beautiful Golf Course, spacious & royal bedrooms with all modern amenities.

Getting There :
The Palace is located in Pataudi, Haryana about one and a half hour drive from Delhi. The best way to reach is to drive or hire a cab.
Location : P. O. Hasanpur District, Gurgaon, Delhi, India.
Distance : Delhi - 60 kms, Gurgaon - 26 kms.
Places Nearby : Delhi,Jaipur

Amenities :
Facilities :
The Pataudi Palace Resort in Gurgaon has a grand arrangement for recreation. The beautiful Golf Course of the resort attracts numerous vacationers as well as business tourists throughout the year.
Accommodation : Pataudi Palace Resort of Gurgaon in Delhi offers chicly decorated, centrally air conditioned rooms. The rooms are well equipped with all the modern amenities. The guest rooms in the resorts are well furnished and decorated with style. The Resort in Gurgaon is sure to treat the guests with all the comfort required.

Suggested sketch program :
(can be tailor-made on request)

Day 1 : You will be transferred from Delhi to Pataudi in a private, air-conditioned, chauffeur-driven vehicle. On arrival check-in at the Pataudi Palace, home of the cricket legend, the Nawab of Pataudi. It is an oasis in the verdant countryside of Haryana (on the outskirts of Delhi). Stunning verandahs frame vast skies with views over the garden of roses and cypress. The bedrooms are spacious, royal, dream spaces with old-style baths. Spend the day at leisure. Stay overnight

Day 2 : Return to Delhi in a private, chauffer-driven, air-conditioned vehicle.

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Mandawa

Highlights :
In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajsthan lies the beautiful small town Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and Havelis. The camel, ship of the desert, has an important part to play in the life of people in Rajasthan desert and an encounter with the sand dunes of Rajasthan atop this stately beast is an enthralling experience.

The structure of the palace reminds of the cultural and social importance of this region in the past. Of the havelis, the most important are the Chokhani, Ladia, Binsidhar Newatia, and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli. Another haveli, the Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, is known for its curious paintings. There is a painting of a boy holding a telephone and a European woman in a car driven by a chauffeur. The Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli is famous for its erotic images, now mostly defaced.

When To Go : The summers are very hot in Mandawa whereas winters can be chilly and the temperature can be fall below 10 C. The best season to visit this place is winter i.e. October to March.

Getting There : The fort town of Mandawa is well connected with the other places in region through a good network of roads.
Location :
Mandawa is situated in the north Indian state of Rajasthan around 190 km from Jaipur, the capital of the state.

Things To See & Do : The Havelis, Chokhani, Ladia, Binsidhar Newatia, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Binsidhar Newatia Haveli & curious paintings.

Where to Stay :  Castle Mandawa, Mandawa

Castle Mandawa Palace, the best accommodation in Mandawa offers a comfortable stay. The room are well furnished. The palace turned heritage hotel is owned & managed by the Royal family of Mandawa.

Accommodation :
Total 70 rooms including standard, deluxe, luxury suite & royal suite categories. All the rooms are equipped with all modern amenities.

Services & Amenities :
The hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant. The other services offered are 24 room service, forex, travel desk, swimming pool (3 km away at Desert Resort), cultural show, theme dinner, horse safari, camel safari, village safari etc.

Suggested sketch program :
(can be tailor-made on request)

Day 1 : Delhi-Mandawa
Morning drive to Mandawa arriving by lunch time. Check into hotel. Afternoon tour of the "Hawelis" famous for their frescoes. Hawelis were homes of the Marwari trading community who displayed their immense wealth by building elaborate mansions. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 : At Mandawa
After breakfast begin a six-hour camel safari for Dhakas, a Rajasthani hamlet on the sand dunes, at a distance of about 18 km. Arrive camp. Evening explore the nearby villages. A relaxed evening around the campfire enlivened by the rhythm of dances performed by the locals. Overnight in tented accommodation.

Day 3 : Mandawa-Delhi
After an early breakfast we start out on our second leg of the camel safari, about a six-hour safari to Khotia, another hamlet. Picnic lunch at Khotia. Drive back to Delhi.

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Shekhawati

Highlights :
This is a semi desert region in north Rajasthan and it is situated entirely in the triangle between Delhi-Bikaner-Jaipur.

Shekhawati is a region and not just a town or fort; it takes its name after its ruler Rao Shekha. Shekhawati means the garden of Shekha. The towns of Shekhawati are eminent for their amazing painted havelis.

The semi desert region of Shekhawati is a colorful fantasy having a fascinating uniquely of its own. The open air art gallery, as it is popularly called is famous for its plethora of painted havelis, all commendable pieces of the rich artistic traditional of this region.

When To Go : Rainy season starts from July to September, and very humid. The ideal time to visit the place is from September to March.

Getting There :
Location :
North-East Rajasthan. The Shekhawati region lies north of Jaipur. It is spread across the district of Churu, Jhunjhunu and Sikar, in north Rajasthan on the Haryana border.
Distance : Jaipur (185 km), Bikaner (230 km)
- By Air - Jaipur, which is 150 km away is the nearest airport from Shekhawati. Jaipur is connected by frequent flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Udaipur and Jodhpur. The Sanganer airport at Jaipur (150 km) is the nearest airport from Shekhawati, which is well connected daily to all the metros of India.
- By Rail - The Shekhawati Express runs daily between Delhi and Jaipur stopping at Jhunjhunu, Mukundgarh and Shikar. Jaipur-Loharu Express connects Delhi and state capital Jaipur respectively to all three stations.
- By Road - Shekhawati has a good network of roads and the region is well connected to Jaipur, Bikaner and other cities of Rajasthan by road. The region can easily be reached by frequent buses and cars from Jaipur.

Things To See & Do : Havelis of the Rajputs and the Marwaris, The Havelis, Shikar, Nawalgarh, Dundlod, Jhunjhunu, Harsh Nath Temple (11 kms), Lachhmangarh Fort.

Where To Stay :  Roop Niwas Palace or  the Castle Mandawa
Accommodation :
The heritage hotel like the Roop Niwas Palace, the Castle Mandawa located in the region are a storehouse of antique furniture and wall paintings.
Amenities : The heritage hotel offers you a lot of facilities and also makes arrangement for camel, jeep or horse safaris to the nearby places of tourist interest in the Shekhawati region.

Suggested sketch program :
(can be tailor-made on request)

Day 01 : Delhi / Neemrana
After breakfast drive to Neemrana & check in at Neemrana Fort, constructed in 13th century AD and now a Heritage hotel. Time free to explore the Fort and enjoy evening tea on its ramparts. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 : Neemrana / Shekhawati
After breakfast drive to Shekhawati, also known as open-air-art-gallery of Rajasthan. Check in at the Hotel. In the evening enjoy PUPPET SHOW at the hotel with bonfire.

Day 03 : Shekhawati / Delhi
After breakfast sightseeing of PAINTED HAVELIS that are old mansions of traders profusely decorated with frescos. Later drive to Delhi.

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