11 Nights 12 Days
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Plan your holiday to visit the desert state, Rajasthan, which is popular for its opulent places and ancient forts. With no dearth of history, the cultural state attracts a number of tourists every year. Ancient forts, scenic palaces and the unforgiving Thar Desert dot the state of Rajasthan. Visit the some of the historical places and palaces of Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and more.
On your arrival at the Jaipur Airport, our representative will transfer you to the hotel. The “Pink City” Jaipur is popular widely and numerous visitors come to visit thist city every year. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides and crowned by formidable forts and majestic palaces, mansions and gardens. Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is sub-divided into nine rectangular sectors symbolizing nine divisions of universe. Also, Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with 'Shilpa Shastra'- epochal treatise of Hindu architecture.
Spend rest of the day at leisure, free for independent activities. Stay overnight at the hotel.
After having your breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Amber Fort, here you will enjoy the Elephant Ride to reach atop of the palace. This journey on embellished elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience (Subject to availability). Visit the Hall of Victory or Jag Mandir, Sheesh Mahal – a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces.
Continue your journey with the city tour of Jaipur and visit Maharaja's City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it is now converted into a museum. One of the major attractions of the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers. Later visit the Jantar Mantar. During the tour you will also have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.
Come back to the hotel for overnight stay.
(Breakfast and Dinner)
Have your breakfast in the morning and proceed to Bikaner. The city was once a major trading post between Africa, West Asia and the Far East. The arts prospered receiving the patronage of a wealthy merchant community. The city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. This afternoon you will visit Camel Breeding Farms; Junagarh Fort, a formidable structure encircled by a moat and having some beautiful palaces within. The fort and its palaces are profusely decorated with magnificent stone carvings. Visit the village of Deshnoke, where the famous Mata Karni Temple is situated. The 600-year-old temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple plays host to thousands of rats that form the major attraction here. The rats are considered sacred and worshipped accordingly. Stay overnight at the hotel.
After having the breakfast, check out and drive to Jaisalmer - a fairy-tale town in the Thar Desert founded about 800 years ago by Raja Jaisal. Unlike any other city, this desert fortress is one of Rajasthan's most exotic and unusual towns. Jaisalmer, an important ancient trading centre because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes, is often described as the 'golden city'. The havelis, built by merchants of the 19th century, are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone and are still in a beautiful condition. The fort built by Rawal Jaisal in the 12th century, stands on the 80 meter high Trikuta hill, with beautifully carved Jain temples. Jaisalmer is also famous for its embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, antique and stonework and the sand dune desert camel safaris.
Afternoon is free, walk around the colourful and bustling bazaars for personal exploration or shopping. Overnight stay at your hotel.
After having the breakfast, proceed for the city tour of Jaisalmer. Visit the famous Haveli’ (mansions) known for their frescoes. The merchants grew prosperous and commissioned great havelis, or mansions, to flaunt their ever-growing status in society. The most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer havelis is the Patwaon Ki Haveli. Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Nathmal Ki Haveli are the other two havelis that are open to visitors. Within the fort complex lie the beautifully carved Jain Temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries. In the evening, proceed for the excursion to Sam Sand dunes. Sam Sand Dunes is the closest point to witness the total sandy desert. You can also see the patterns and motifs created by the shifting sands and air. Moreover, Sam Sand Dunes also provide you with an unforgettable experience of camel rides and the sunset.
Return to your hotel for the overnight stay.
After the breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to Jodhpur. The city is located at the edge of Thar Desert. Jodhpur is still one of the leading centres of wool, cattle, camels, salt and agricultural crops. Also Jodhpur is popularly known as the 'Blue City’ because of the beautiful houses painted with indigo color mostly belonging to the Brahmin caste. Visit the Meherangarh Fort, which was impregnable for the rocky base it is built on. Explore Jaswant Thada, the white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II built in 1899. Also visit Sadar Bazaar and Clock Tower markets where you can see the vegetable, spice, Indian sweets, and textile and silver markets. These colourful markets with tiny shops dot the narrow lanes replete with woodcarvings, wrought iron, lacquer work, silver and ivory ornamentation and leather handicrafts. Afternoon is free to walk around, in the colourful and bustling bazaars for personal exploration or shopping. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Have the breakfast in morning, check out and drive to Mount Abu. You’ll drive through valleys in the remote and peaceful Aravalli Range to Mount Abu. The biggest draw of this charming hill town is the famous Dilwara Temples, worth a visit for their outstanding architecture, intricate white marble carvings and elegant sculptures. En route you will visit the Ranakpur Jain Temple. On arrival, check in to the hotel and after taking some rest go for sightseeing tour of Mount Abu. Visit Dilwara Temples, carved out of white marble, these temples are dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras (enlightened souls). The oldest temple, the Vimal Vasahi temple, was built in 1031 AD and is dedicated to the first of the Jain Tirthankaras. Visit the Nakki Lake, set amidst the misty hills, makes for a pretty picture with colourful tourist boats gliding past. Toad Rock, a uniquely-shaped rock, adds to the charm of the picturesque lake. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Have your breakfast, check out and drive through valleys of the remote and peaceful Aravalli Range to Udaipur. We'll continue driving south, arriving Udaipur, known as the “City of Sunrise”. Nestled among the lush hills of the Aravali, it has inevitably been dubbed the 'Venice of the East'. It is a kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carries the flavour of the heroic past, epitomising valour and chivalry. In the evening you will enjoy a leisure boat ride on Lake Pichola. The beautiful stretch of water surrounding the two marvellous structures the Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir is the life line of Udaipur city. The lake is surrounded by many exquisite palaces, temples, hilly terrains, bathing ghats and many gardens. The city palace extends along the eastern shore of the lake and you can go for a boat ride from Bansi Ghat. (Subject to water level in the lake). Stay overnight at the hotel.
After having the breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur. The city is also a centre of historic arts and crafts of Mewar. You will visit the City Palace built in 1725, the grand City Palace is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola. See the Jagdish Temple, built in 1651 by Maharaja Jagat Singh, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city. Later visit Sahelion Ki Bari that is a small ornamental garden built in the honour of Royal Ladies for recreational purpose. Next is the visit to Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum. The museum is the best place for those interested in puppetry. Short amusing puppet shows are staged throughout the day. In addition, the museum runs short courses in puppet making and theatre. The Udaipur trip will be followed by visit to Eklingji & Nagda Temples - built in white marble with a double storied porch on the bank of Lake Bageela - 22 kms from Udaipur. Stay overnight at the hotel.
After having the breakfast at the hotel, check out and drive to Ranthambhore, En route visit the Chittorgarh Fort which is a huge and colossal structure. There are a number of magnificent monuments inside the fort. Tour must include Rana Kumbha Palace, the most imposing monument in the Chittorgarh Fort. Rich heritage and architecture define this palace. After Lunch drive to Ranthambhore. The main tourists' attraction here is the royal Bengal tiger. The area of Ranthambhore Park hosts 30-32 tigers, showing a healthy ecosystem. It includes around a thousand chitals, 800 neelgais, a rattle and a slothbear, many sambars, few chinkaras, blackbuck and many crocodiles & python. It houses birds like cormorants, miniwets, darters, drongos lapwings, anoles, cormorants, kingfishers, stone curlews and eagles & thousands of peacocks and peahens. The landscape is dotted with ancient Banyan Trees, Dhok & Pipal trees. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Wakeup early in the morning for Game Drive in Canter by an open bus with capacity of 20 seats. The drive into the Park where your naturalist will talk to you about the wildlife found in this Park. Ranthambhore National Park is probably the best place in the world to see wild tigers and is the only dry deciduous tiger habitat in the world. In game drive your naturalist will help you explore the park in the search of the Royal Bengal Tiger.
Return back to the hotel for breakfast and lunch, then in the evening once again enjoy the game drive. Return back to the hotel for overnight stay.
After the breakfast, check out and drive to Jaipur Airport for your onwards journey.
Validity : Till 13th Nov 2015
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