Best of Rajasthan ... Essence of India
- Day 1
Upon arrival at Udaipur, meet & greet by our representative and transfer to hotel for check in
The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure water lakes, hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravalis. Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences - an inspiration for the imagination of the poets, painters and writers. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavour of heroic past, epitomising valour and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichhola is an enticing sight
Later in the day, sightseeing of Udaipur assisted by our local guide
Dominating the city's skyline is the monsoon palace of Sajjan Garh. It offers a panoramic overview of the city's lakes, palaces and the surrounding countryside.
Situated 3 kms west of Udaipur near the Havala village is the Centre's Shilpgram - the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex surrounded by the Aravallies. The Rural Arts and Crafts Complex is conceived as a living ethnographic museum to depict the lifestyles of the folk and tribal people of the West Zone. Within this complex, huts of the member states are constructed incorporating traditional architectural features of different geographical and ethnic groups residing within the West Zone of India comprising of five Federal States.
Explore the thrill and excitement of the most beautiful gift of humans to the city of lakes. Though Man Made, the lakes of Udaipur offers ultimate and mesmerizing natural picturesque experience to the vacationer.
Overnight at Udaipur
- Day 2
After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a sightseeing trip covering the city highlights ...
A majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake on a hill surrounded by crenallated walls, it is a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces corridors rooms and hanging gardens. The main entrance is through the triple arched gate.
The crystal gallery is one the most lustrous attractions for tourist showcasing the rare and precious crystal from the royal treasure. The gallery is nearly 129 years old (at the time of writing) with the magnificent collection of Oslers Crystals.
Sahelio Ki Bari
Sahelion Ki Bari' was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. The gardens set below the embankment of the Fateh Sagar Lake have beautiful lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant- shaped fountains.
A top the Moti Magri or pearl hill, overlooking the Fateh Sagar lake is the memorial of the Rajput hero Maharana Pratap with a bronze statue of the Maharana.
Reached by a steep, elephant-flanked flight of steps, 150m north of the City Palaceï¿½s Badi Pol, this busy Indo-Aryan temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651. The wonderfully carved main structure enshrines a black stone image of Vishnu as Jagannath, Lord of the Universe. Thereï¿½s also a brass image of the Garuda (Vishnuï¿½s man-bird vehicle) in a shrine facing the main structure.
The local market area extends east from the old clock tower at the northern end of Jagdish Temple Rd, and buzzes loudest in the evening. Itï¿½s fascinating as much for browsing and soaking up local atmosphere as it is for buying. Bara Bazar, immediately east of the old clock tower, sells silver and gold, while its narrow side street, Maldas St, specialises in saris and fabric. A little further east, traditional shoes are sold on Mochiwada.
Overnight at Udaipur
- Day 3
Udaipur to Jodhpur - Enroute visit Ranakpur
After breakfast, depart for Jodhpur [270 kms - 5 to 6 hours drive]
Enroute visit Ranakpur
The Ranakpur Jain Temple were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. Ranakpur Temples are acclaimed world-wide for their intricate and superb architectural style. These temples form one of the five major pilgrimages of the Jains.
Later continue drive to Jodhpur
Jodhpur, one of the three sculpted cities of Rajasthan, opening its commercial heart for everyone who wants to dive deep into the sea of Rajputana culture, Flanked on the western side by the Mehrangarh Fort and on the eastern side by the majestic sandstone palace of Umaid Bhawan. Located on the foothill of a sandstone hillock, the city of Jodhpur seems like an oasis in the vast desert
On arrival check in at hotel
Later, assisted by our local guide, visit Mandore Garden & the vibrant market of Jodhpur famous for street food & traditional Indian cloth
Mandore was the capital of Marwar prior to the founding of Jodhpur. Its gardens, complete with rock terraces and home to playful grey langurs, contain a variety of dark-red cenotaphs of Jodhpurï¿½s rulers.
Toorjiï¿½s Step Well
Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorjiï¿½s Step Well) was built in Jodhpur the 1740s by a Queen, Maharaja Abhay Singhï¿½s Consort, continuing an age old tradition that Royal women would build public water works. Interestingly this well was submerged and full of debris for decades.
Shopping in Jodhpur is an exciting and rewarding shopping experience for the visitors. It is the home Place of many talented and skilled craftsmen. They include textile dyers, metal engravers and die-makers. Jodhpur still, probably, has the last of the tailors of the classic 'Jodhpur' breeches.
Overnight at Jodhpur
- Day 4
After breakfast, day at leisure for Jodhpur local sightseeing assisted by our local guide
The Majestic Mehrangarh Fort
The majestic Mehrangarh Fort is one of India's largest forts and located in the picturesque city of Jodhpur. The work of building the fort originally commenced in 1459 on the behest of the founder of Jodhpur - Rao Jodha but much of the fort as it stands today was built in the era of Jaswant Singh. This magnificent fort is spread over 5 kms. and is located on top of a hill which is all of 125 meters high.Tohonor and memorialize momentous triumphs there are three stately gates to the fort. Once inside the fort visitors can't help marveling at some astonishing palaces which are a living testimony to the high standard of craftsmanship prevalent in those days. The Moti Mahal which is made of elaborately carved stones is the dwelling place of the royal throne of Jodhpur which is popularly referred to as the SringarChowki in local parlance.
To the left of the Mehrangarh Fort complex is the Jaswant Thada of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. It is a 19th century royal cenotaph built in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. The son of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, Maharaja Sardar Singh, in the memory of his father, built the Jaswant Thada. The cenotaph has two more tombs within it. Near to this are the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs. Famous Jaswant Thada in Jodhpur, India is an example of architectural brilliance in India. It is a white marble memorial, built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. The carving shows the genius of the sculptors. These stones are extremely thin and polished. As a result, the outside surface of the monument emits a warm glow when the sunrays fall on its surface.
Umaid Bhavan Palace & the Museum
Maharaja Umaid Singhji was very fascinated by western lifestyle. So, he hired the services of a well-known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester to get Umaid Bhavan palace constructed. A part of the palace now houses the Umaid Bhavan Palace. The museum is very well maintained, displaying an exclusive range of items belonging to the Maharaja and the royal family.
Rajasthan's famous Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum is highly recommended for its display of items ranging from weapons to an array of stuffed leopards to antiques to some fascinating crockery to various trophies. The major attraction of Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum is the Grand Throne room, a private room and wooded panel library.
Later in the afternoon go for a Village Safari by Jeep
Visit Weavers village,Potter's and block printers village and Gudha village where you can spot wild life
Salawas - is a small village 22 kms from Jodhpur & is famous for durries (rugs) made by local craftsman. The durry (rugs) weaved out of cotton or wool, spreads colourful tradition & heritage from its primitive form of weaving in the village of rajasthan. Make your home a cozier place by adding to it the magical glamour of India with the colourful folklore of the durry.
Singhasni ï¿½ This village is famous for pottery. You can see the villagers creating amazing shapes out of mere lump of clay. The whole demonstration is like a magic, anywhere you look around, there is a evidence of a potters houseas they use their pottery (esp. pots) in making internal walls.If you want you can be instructed by the tourist guide and craftsman on how to spin the wheel, from clay and set the pots out to dry. The drying pots resembles as if piles of cannonballs giving the entire view of a village like a battlefield.
Guda- is scenic beauty marked with Khejri trees and deer. Also in the village is the gudabishnoi manmade lake, around the lake you can see numerous migratory birds like domicile, cranes etc, blackbucks and chinkaras. This pond is drinking point for the antelopes blackbucks and the migratory birds. This village is a kind of desert oasis. It is the perfect place to experience the tradition & customs of tribal life.
Overnight at Jodhpur
- Day 5
Jodhpur to Jaisalmer
After breakfast, depart for Jaisalmer [280 kms - 5 to 6 hours drive]
Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is a desert city nestled in the foothills of Trikuta and it is famous for its imposing forts, exquisite palaces and havelis that showcase Jaisalmerï¿½s distinguished ï¿½jaliï¿½ work (stone lattice work), truly depicting the aesthetic sense of the medieval Rajput warriors. One of the most favored tourist destinations in Rajasthan, the city is frequented by domestic travelers as well as by foreign tourists. Jaisalmer, in the heart of the Thar Desert was founded in the 12th century by Maharaval Jaisal. Hence the fort- city came to be known as Jaisalmer.
On arrival check in at hotel
Day at leisure for local sightseeing assisted by our local guide
When things start to feel too dry and dusty in Jaisalmer, hire a rickshaw and head out to this amazing lake just minutes from the city. Popular with locals and tourists alike, Gadsisar lake is a surprisingly big reservoir. During the winter season, the lake attracts large numbers of migratory birds perfect for watching; while at any time of year it's the perfect place to unwind and cool off. A nice variety of shrines and temples surround the lake, adding another dimension to an afternoon spent exploring Gadsisar lake.
Which literally means 'Big Garden', is located on the Ramgarh road. It was commissioned by Maharawal Jait Singh in the early 16th century and completed by his son Lunakaran after his death. The site has three different things of interest - a garden, a tank and a dam. In the vicinity itself you will find Govardhan Stambh (pillar). It is believed that these are based on the name of the man who constructed them.
Evening at leisure
Overnight at Jaisalmer
- Day 6
After breakfast, day at leisure for Jaisalmer local sightseeing
Jaisalmer Fort is a monument worth visiting and worth retaining in your conscious mind. Like various other cities of Rajasthan, in Jaisalmer too you will find different facets of its own glorious heritage. Though you can find historical monuments scattered all over the city, the Jaisalmer Fort will immediately command your attention. Made of sand stones and locally known as Sonar Quila, the Jaisalmer Fort is a dominating structure amidst sands. With its 99 bastions, the fort presents a breathtaking spectacle in the afternoon sun. In fact the fort is a part of the desert citadel, walking up and down the cobbled and narrow lanes, one gets the feeling of a different age altogether.
Salem Singh Ki Haveli
It is at an unhurried pace that the havelis (houses of rich merchants) should be seen and admired. These havelis are the pride of Jaisalmer architecture, a part of the national heritage. Salem Singh haveli, at the eastern end of the city, is an Arabian Nights structure, which, like a wild flower, blossoms at the top.
Patwon ki Haveli
Near the city center is the Patwon ki Haveli, built by Guman Chand Patwa and his five sons, dealers in brocade, gold and silver embroidery with business stretching between Afghanistan and China. The five suites built between 1800 and 1860 are virtually the showpiece of Jaisalmer's legendary architectural wealth. The carving on stone far surpasses in beauty the work on brocade and gold.
Later in the evening, depart for an evening in the desert
The most picturesque dunes are located some 40 km from Jaisalmer. No travel to Jaisalmer is complete without a visit to these fascinating dunes. Wind-caressed slopes are marked with ripples creating an enchanting mirage, a visual illusion of extraordinary splendor. Occasionally you can see the dunes shifting with the strong desert winds-an astonishing feat of nature. Watching sunset on the dunes can become etched on your memory-such an unforgettable spectacle with the great ball of light rising from behind the low hills of sand amid a perfectly still scene. Enjoy a camel ride during sunset and later dinner with local folk entertainment
Transfer back to Jaisalmer hotel for overnight stay
- Day 7
Jaisalmer to Bikaner
After breakfast, transfer to Bikaner [330 kms - 5 to 6 hours drive]
If ever beauty has bloomed in a desert, it has been at Bikaner. Found in 1488 AD by Rao Bika Ji, it's located in North West part of Rajasthan state. The imposing palaces, beautiful and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization.
On arrival check in at hotel
Later Bikaner Sightseeing assisted by our guide
Junagarh Fort - One of the most imposing forts of northern India ï¿½Junagarh Fortï¿½ has remained unconquered till date. This fort was built in 15th century by one of the most able and trusted generals of Akbar, Raja Rai Singh. It has a 96 mt long wall, with 37 bastions and 2 entrances.
Lalgadh Palace - Designed by a Britisher for Maharaja Ganga Singh, this palace displays a magnificent blend of oriental and European style. The Palace has beautiful lattice work and filigree work, Sprawling lawns with blooming bougainvillea and dancing peacocks make it a not-to-be missed visual treat.
The Ganga Golden Jubilee Temple - It is one of the best in Rajasthan, houses an interesting collection of sculptures, terracotta ware, paintings and also musical instruments.
Karni Mata temple - Or the ï¿½temple of ratsï¿½ is a very famous temple situated at Deshnoke which is 30 km away from Bikaner. The temple is famous all over India for having 20,000 black rats that live in the temple and are revered. Many people visit this temple from far off places just to pay their respect to these rats and get their desires as reality. The temple witnesses a huge number of visitors and curious tourists from all over India just owning to the presence of these ï¿½ratsï¿½.
Overnight at Bikaner
- Day 8
Bikaner to Jaipur
After breakfast, depart for Jaipur [340 kms - 5 to 6 hours drive]
Jaipur is the first planned city of India, located in the desert lands of Rajasthan. The city that once had been the capital of the royalty, now serves as the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal family. The city of Jaipur, painted in pink, grasp the appreciation of every visitor. One can see that hoary charm still alive in the avenues of Jaipur. The active streets of Jaipur get plenty of visitors, every year at their footsteps. The Ancient Testimonials in the form of mind-blowing monuments remind one of the past ages. The city comprises the famous structures like Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort, the best architectural examples of India. Artistic temples and gardens of Jaipur, marks the atmosphere of serenity and aestheticism to the lands of Rajasthan. The lively city observes its ethnicity by celebrating various festivals like Kite festival, Elephant festival and many others, of Indian origin. All theses features make Jaipur, one of the most sought after tourist destinations of Rajasthan
On arrival check in at Hotel
Later visit Johri Bazaar and Evening light & sound show at Amer Fort
Jaipur is a major centre of jewellery production, and is especially known for precious, semi-precious stones and traditionally designed jewellery. The best place to purchase them is at Johari Bazaar, the jeweller's market of the city. Various necklaces, pendants, earrings, rings, bracelets and other pieces of jewellery made of gold studded with precious stones like diamonds, emeralds, rubies and pearls are displayed to mesmerize you with their sheer beauty and glitter.
Light & Sound show at Amer Fort
Witness the history of famous Amber Fort (Amer Fort) brought to life during an amazing cultural performance ï¿½ the Amber Fort Light and Sound Show. From Jaipur, head to nearby Amber Fort to watch a stunning spectacle mixing music, sound, light and folklore narratives to paint the unique story of the 600-year-old royal fort. Learn about the history of the town of Amer, its traditions and the grand lifestyle of the royal family.
Overnight at Jaipur
- Day 9
After breakfast, day at leisure for Jaipur sightseeing assisted by our local guide
This is one of the most fascinating palaces in Jaipur. Take an Elephant ride to the former capital of the Royals. The Amer Fort looks stunning, all-built in white marble and red sandstone. The whole ambience in and around the Amer fort and palace is so enchanting. Surrounded by mountains, the fort has a wall running to about 12 kilometres around.
Renouned Fortresses Jaigarh & Nahargarh
Jaigarh Fort is located on the top of the hill, by the name of Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles). It is also known as the 'Victory Fort', located at a comfortable distance of 15 kms from Jaipur. It is considered as one of the spectacular forts in India. Nahargarh Fort is the first of the three forts built by Maharaja Jai Sawai Singh of Jaipur. The Fort stands at the top of rugged point of the Aravalis and offers a spectacular view of the City.
City Palace : Museum and Architecture
The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. City Palace complex covers a huge area, which is divided into a series of gardens, courtyards and buildings. Initially, Raja Jai Singh built the outer wall occupying a huge area.
Jantar Manter : An 18th century stone observatory
Jantar Mantar at Jaipur is the largest stone observatory in the World and this feature makes it a special destination. It is one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur.
Hawa Mahal : Profusion of windows & stone screens
The splendid Rajputana architecture of Hawa Mahal, speaks the glory of the royal family. The small screened balconies and arched roofs with hanging cornices enhance the beauty of the Palace. The Pyramidal outline and replication of pattern makes it more attractive in appearance.
It is the oldest museum of the state and functions as the State museum of Rajasthan. It is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The building was designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, assisted by Mir Tujumool Hoosein, and was opened as public museum in 1887. The museum has a rich collection of artifacts including paintings, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, and works in crystal
Overnight at Jaipur
- Day 10
Jaipur to Ranthambhore
After breakfast, transfer to Ranthambhore [175 kms - 3 to 4 hours drive]
Deriving its name from one of India's oldest, largest and most stunning fortresses that stands imperially, an imposing structure 700 feet above the fertile forestland, the Ranthambhore National Park is a widely acclaimed Tiger sanctuary
Nestled in the south-eastern region of Rajasthan, this National Park ï¿½ former hunting ground of the game loving Maharajaï¿½s of Jaipur has today been converted into a core participant of tiger conservation, being an integral battlefield of Project Tiger.
On arrival check in at hotel
Afternoon to Evening safari at Ranthambhore National Park
Jeep safari is the best way to observe wildlife within Ranthambhore National Park. Jeeps with groups of tourists, accompanied by a trained guide are allowed into the park at fixed times during the morning and evening. The jeeps have to follow a fixed route and leave the park by the end of the appointed time.
The open grasslands, forested areas and ruins of monuments within Ranthambhore National park provide many opportunities for wildlife viewing while on a jeep safari of National Park Ranthambhore. Tigers can be seen hunting deer, their primary prey, on the open grassy regions. A glimpse of a magnificent Royal Bengal Tiger is a sight that cannot be forgotten.
Overnight at Ranthambhore
- Day 11
Ranthambhore to Jaipur / Departure
Morning safari at Ranthambhore National Park
Transfer back to hotel for breakfast
Later transfer to Jaipur airport for departure flight
Round the Year Destination - Extension recommended to Agra, Delhi & Goa
Tour Inclusions [Best of Rajasthan]
2 nights Udaipur
2 night Jodhpur
2 nights Jaisalmer
1 night Bikaner
2 nights Jaipur
1 night Ranthambhore
Chauffer driven AC Vehicle for transfers & sightseeing as per itinerary inclusive of fuel, toll, parking, taxes, allowances, etc
Breakfast at all Hotels
Dinner at Jaisalmer Desert
Sightseeing at all cities assisted by English speaking guide
Novel local experiences
At Udaipur : Visit to Crystal Gallery, Vintage Car Museum, Boat ride
At Jodhpur : Village Safari
At Jaisalmer : Evening at the Desert with Sunset Camel Ride & local entertainment
At Jaipur : Light & Sound show
At Jaipur : Elephant ride at Amer Fort
At Ranthambhore : Jungle Safaris
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