Day One: An 18th Century Palace & a Camel Ride
Deli or Agra to Surajgarh. After breakfast you journey through the vastness of the Rajasthan desert to Surajgarh, a fascinating Rajasthani village practically untouched by time. On arrival check in at Surajgarh Fort for your overnight stay. The Fort is an 18th century fortified palace owned by the son of the Princess of Jodhpur. In itself, the Fort is an amazing experience. The comfortable and attractive accommodations, the magnificent food and the enchanting local entertainment of this luxury palace in Rajasthan will make you feel like a maharaja (or perhaps a maharani).
The Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is popularly known as an open air museum. Surajgarh is at the heart of it and boasts of many havelis. Walking and camel cart tours are organized to the havelis. In the evening, visit the old mansions around the fort and walk the quaint bazaar of this hamlet. Your "guide" is not really a guide at all, but more like a local person with knowledge of broken English but with endearing personality who will show you around once-grand mansions that have become home to many families.
Day Two: The Mansions of Nawalgarh
Surajgarh to Delhi OR Jaipur. After Breakfast your driver will take you to some of the interesting Mansions of the region famous for its wall paintings. Founded in 1737 by Thakur Nawal Singh, a warrior-statesman, Nawalgarh boasts of some of the finest frescoes in the region. The town exudes an Old World charm and the colorful bazaar has the largest number of painted havelis in Rajasthan. The fort, now a little disfigured, is still worthy of your attention.
There are numerous havelis to see here. Prominent among them are the Aath (eight) Haveli Complex, Anandi Lal Poddar Haveli, Jodhraj Patodia Haveli, ansidhar Bhagat Haveli, Chokhani Haveli, and Hotel Roop Niwas Palace. These havelis still bear witness to the rich and prosperous Marwari era of the 19th century. The stone walls, split by four gateways, were erected to encircle the town.
Later, drive on to either Jaipur or Delhi according to the itinerary we have planned for you.