ROMANTIC TOUR OF RAJASTHAN

The package includes the Kashmir of Rajasthan ie. Mount Abu- a perfect destination to beat summer. Package also includes Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaiselmer..

Duration:  07Nights \ 08 Days

Destination Covered:Mount Abu (2 Nts) – Udaipur (2 Nts) – Jodhpur (1 Nt) – Jaisalmer (2 Nts) – Jodhpur (Drop)

Day 01: Arrival Abu Road

Welcome to Abu Road or Mt. Abu – the Hill Station of Rajasthan. On arrival at Railway Station/Bus Terminal our Driver will be waiting to welcome you and to take you to your hotel. Check-in at Hotel.

Your hotels have been carefully chosen and are ideally located.

Mount Abu: The Pilgrims Hill - the Land of Temple’s, Lake & Romance.  The Only hill station of Rajasthan, Abu is popular summer resort and a center of pilgrimage. Situated on a 1,220 metres high isolated plateu, Abu is an ancient place mentioned in Mahabharata. The Rajputs are said to have originated here from sacrificial fire pf a yajna. The bracing environs, relaxed life, shaded woods, temples, beautiful rooks formations shaped by rain and wind, lake and many vantage points and beauty spots make it a much desired hill station.

Later Afternoon or By Evening visit

ShriRaghunathji Temple: Situated near Nakki Lake, it is believed that ShriRamanand, the famous Hindu preacher, placed the image of ShriRaghunathji on this spot in the 14th century.

Honeymoon Point:  Until recently known as the Anandra Point, this place provides a pleasant view of the verdant valley and plains. It looks especially beautiful at sunset, when it acquired on aura of serenity.

Sunset Point: Spectacular sight of the setting sun when the hills are covered in the golden glow can be viewed from here.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Mount Abu.

Day 02: Mount Abu

After breakfast, spend a day in prime sites of Mount Abu.

Sightseeing places:

Gaumukh Temple:Gurushikhar holds the honor of being not only the highest peak of Mount Abu but the whole of Aravali mountain range, Situated at a height of 1722 meters from the sea-level, Gurushikhar provides a breathtaking panoramic view of Mount Abu town and green Aravali range. If you are traveling through the beautiful Mount Abu region in Rajasthan, you should ensure that you pay a visit to Gurushikhar for postcard picture quality views of the town of Mount Abu and the Aravali Range, Gurushikhar is also home to many beautiful and historic temples. Coming to the peak of Gurushikhar, you must make sure that you visit the temple of Guru Dattatreya. Many Hindus in the Western Indian regions believed that Dattatreya is a God. They believe that Dattatreya is an incarnation of the Divine Trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. The word Datta means "Given," Datta is called so because the divine trinity has "given" themselves in the form of a son to the sage couple Atri and Anasuya. He is the son of Atri, hence the name "Atreya." Nearby is an historic bell which was inscribed with 1488 V.S (1411AD.) Unfortunately the old bell has disintegrated and had to be replaced by a new one.

If you go to the peak just a little to the north-west of Gurushikhar, you can visit the shrine dedicated to Ahilya, the mother of Dattatreya. Like those from the taller Gurushikhar peak, the views are simply enchanting.

To get to the peak of Gurushikhar, you need to travel the approximately 7 kms long DelwaraAchalGarh road. It you are already traveling through the Mount Abu region, this is a very short trip to see the panoramic views offered of both the town and the lush green Aravali Range. A visit to Gurushikhar also gives you the ability to enjoy a visit to the historic temples and shrines.

Nakki: A tiny lake,picturesquely set amid hill. The lake is dotted with several islets approachable by a boat. Of particular interest are strange rock formations around the lake. Especially notable is the Toad Rock which looks like a real toad about to jump into the lake. Other are Nun Rock and Parrot Rock etc. Set in the heart of legend that it was scooped out by the goad with their finger nails or “Nakh”. It is the only artificial lake in India that is 1200 mts. above sea level.

Delwara Jain Temple:These beautifully carved temples built between 11th and 13th century A.D. are sheer elegance in marble, dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras. The VimalVasahi temple is the oldest of these dedicated to the first Tirthankara. Built in 1031 A.D. (by Vimal Shah-a merchant and representative of then Gujarat ruler), it is a superb example of temple architecture. The central shrine has an image of Rishabhdev and large courtyard with 52 small shrines, each housing a beautiful statue of Tirthankara with 48 elegantly carved pillars form the entrance to the courtyard. The LunVasahi Temple, dedicated to the 22nd Tirthankaras-Neminath, was built in 1231 A.D. by two brothers-Vastupal and Tejpal, Ministers of Raja VirDhawal, a ruler of Gujarat-belonging to the Porwal Jain community. With door casings, pillars, architraves, and sculptures on porticos, the temple is a fine specimen of craftsmanship.

Adhar Devi Temple: The temple is chiseled out of a huge rock reached by a height of 360 stairs. A favourite tourist spot of goddess Durga.

ShriRaghunathji Temple: Situated near the ‘Nakki’ lake is the temple dedicated to ShriRaghunathji with a beautiful image of the deity that was placed here in 14th century A.D. by ShriRamanand the famous Hindu preacher.

Garden and Park: Beautifully laid parks and gardens are interspersed throughout the hilly paradise. Ashok Vatika, Gandhi park, Municipal Park, Shaitan Singh Park and Terrace Garden are some of the noteworthy gardens.

EXCURSION:

Achalgarh: An impressive fort with some beautiful Jain temples enclosed within. Among the noteworthy temples are AchaleswarMahadev Temple (1412 A.D.) and Kantinath Jain Temple (1513A.D.). The latter has gold plated image. MandakiniKund and a sculpture of ParmarDharavarsh are situated close to the AchaleswarMahadev Temple. The Fort was built in the 14th century A.D. by RanaKumbha and is approachable by a motorable road

Gurushikhar: The highest peak on the mount (1722 mts. above the sea level) allows a bird’s eye view of the sylvan surroundings of Mount Abu. A small Shaivite shrine and a temple of Dattatreya standing on the shikhar are worth a visit.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Mount Abu.

Day 03: Mount Abu – Udaipur (185 kms)

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Udaipur.

On arrival, check-in at hotel in Udaipur.

Udaipur: Is often called the “Venice of the East” and the most romantic city in the state of Rajasthan. Udaipur nestles like a gem in a valley surrounded by green hills, reflected smooth and white in the clear blue waters of Lake Pichola. Visit the city Palace which once was the home of the Mewar rulers. Most of the Palace is converted into a museum and a luxurious hotel. Wander through the markets and bazaars to get a feel of the city.

Enjoy Boat Ride at Lake Pichola in the evening.

Lake Pichola: The legendary lake the entranced MaharanaUdai Singh. It is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Set splendidly in the lake are two inland palaces, Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas (Lake Palace).

Overnight stay at hotel in Udaipur.

Day 04: Udaipur

After breakfast, visit the Romantic Lake city.

Sightseeing places:

City Palace: Completely white and majestic, the city Palace stands on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls, its main entrance is through the triple arched gate, the Tripolia, built in 1725. There is SurajGokhada, the Balcony of the Sun, where the SuryavanshiMaharanas of Mewar presented themselves in time of trouble to the people to restore their confidence. The More Chowk or the Peacock Courtyard gets its name from the vivid mosaics in glass which decorates its walls. The ChiniChittrashala is noteworthy for its blue and white ceramics.

Jagdish Temple: Built 1651 A.D. BY MaharanaJagat Singh I with imposing sculptured figures. It is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur.

BharatiyaLok Kala Museum: This Indian folk arts museum displays a rich collection of folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings.

Saheliyon-Ki-Bari: This garden of the maids of honour, brings to the fore the unique life-style of the royal ladies who once strolled in these gardens. This spectacular garden has numerous fountains in four pools embellished with delicately chiseled kiosks and elephants.

Pratap Memorial: Erected in the memory of MaharanaPratap at MotiMagari or Pearl Hillock overlooking FatehSagar Lake. A bronze statue of MaharanaPratap is placed on the top of this hill.

To Shop in Udaipur: Udaipur is an ideal place for shopper’s hunters. Items, including folk toys, shimmering tie-and-dye sarees and garments, hand painted textiles, silver jewellery, wall hangings and wall paintings are strongly recommended. The terracotta images of various gods and goddesses made in Mollela village near Nathadwara are also available in Udaipur.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Udaipur.

Day 05: Udaipur – Ranakpur – Jodhpur (270 kms)

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Jodhpur. En-route visit Ranakpur.

Ranakpur:Ranakpur is one of the five holy center of the Jain community. In a quiet and picturesque glen which runs into the western slopes of the Aravalli hills is a remarkable complex of Jain temples of Ranakpur, one of the five main holy places of the Jain sect. Though over 500 years old, the temples here are superbly preserved in a near-perfect condition. In the centre is the main temple dedicated to TirthankaraRishabdeo with a chaumukha or four-faced shrine dedicated to Adinath. The most distinctive features are the 29 halls of the temple, which contain 1444 pillars of which no two are exactly alike.

Later continue drive to Jodhpur.  On arrival check-in at hotel.

Jodhpur: The former capital of Marwarstate, was founded in 1459 by RaoJodha who claimed descent from Lord Rama (the hero of the epic Ramayana). The city as built as a result of warring brothers. Exploring the city promises you a delightful encounter with an array of tempting art and craft creations as also the unusual lifestyle and costumes of Jodhpuris. The roads are wide but crowded with pavement stalls. The women-folk wear wide gathered skirt; slightly shorter than seen in Jaipur and a hip length jackety modestly covering front and back with three-quarter length sleeves brightly coloured and aesthetically designed.

Later afternoon visit Palace, Clock Tower &Sardar Market

UmaidBhawan Palace: The only palace to be built in the mid 20th century, it was meant to be a famine relief project which gave employment to citizens for 16 long years. An enormous and impressive sandstone structure, some parts of the palace is today run as a hotel while a part of it is still retained by the erstwhile royal family.

Evening you can browse through Clock Tower &Sardar Market, A prime attraction of the city, is the Clock Tower and the colourfulSardar Market near it. Narrow alleys lead to quaint bazaars selling fresh vegetables, spices, textiles, antiques, silverware and handicrafts.

To Shop in Jodhpur: A Shopper’s paradise, Jodhpur boasts of array of handicraft items. The internationally known Jodhpur breeches, locally called Jodhpur’s, are a favourite buy. Besides, you can go for embroidered leather shoes, knowm as JodhpuriJutis, Bed covers, cusion covers, old textiles, silver jewelry & most important while your tour to villages you can buy Durries directly from the weavers.

Overnight stay at hotel in Jodhpur.

Day 06: Jodhpur

After breakfast, sightseeing of Charming Blue City.

Sightseeing places:

Mehrangarh Fort: Spread over 5 km on a stiff rugged hill and looking down from a height of about 100 metres, the fort appears invincible and impenetrable from outside but houses some of the most intricately adorned palaces with exquisitely carved panels and latticed windows. MotiMahal. PhoolMahal, Sheesh Mahal, Silehkhana and Daulatkhana are some of the important palaces to visit and view the collection of palanquins, hawdahs, royal cradles miniatures, musical instruments, costumes, colourfulpagaris and furniture.

JaswantThada:A cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble lies very close to the fort. Built in 1899 in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, the cenotaphs also house portraits of the rulers of Jodhpur. It has extremely rare 15 cm thick milk white marble slabs.

Later drive to Jaisalmer. On arrival check-in at hotel at Jaislamer.

BadaBagh: Surrounded by densely grown trees and on the bank of an artificial lake are the royal cenotaphs with orname carving on the ceiling and carved images of former rulers on horse-back. Also view the beautiful sunset in the desert.

To Shop in Jaisalmer: Mirror work embroidered articles, Woollenpattue and other items made of good quality, locally produced, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewellery and curios.

Overnight at the hotel in Jaisalmer.

Day 07: Jaisalmer

After breakfast, visit the marvelous Golden city.

Jaisalmer:RawalJaisal laid the foundation of this city in 1156, Trikuta hill was chosen for the site of the new city and Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Lodurva and established this new capital. The BhatiRajputs of Jaisalmer were feudal chiefs who lived off the forced levy on the caravans that crossed their territory enroute Delhi or Sind. These caravans, laden with precious cargoes of spices and silk brought great wealth to this town. Because of its remote location.Jaisalmer for years remained untouched by outside influences and during the British Raj, the Rulers of Jaisalmer were the last to sign the instrument of Agreement with the British.

Sightseeing Places:

The Fort: The golden-hued Jaisalmer Fort Kella can be seen miles away before reaching the town. The fort stands almost 30 metres over the city and houses on entire living area within its huge ramparts. Walking through the narrow lanes is an experience worth savouring. It is approached through Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoota Pol and Java Pol. Also within it are many beautiful havelis and a group of Jain temples dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries.

Jain Temple: Within the Fort complex are many beautiful Jain temples, dedicated to Rishabdev, Sambhavnath and Parswanath the Jain Thirthankars.

HAVELIES:

Nathmalji-Ki-Haveli: Carved by two brothers in the 19th century, the intricate architecture in stone is the epitome of skill and beauty. Paintings in the miniature style adom the interior walls.

Patwon-Ki-Haveli: Five storeys high with extensive corridors and chambers all supported by exquisitely carved pillars, it is one of the largest and most elaborate havelis in Jaisalmer.

Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli: Distinctive for its blue cupola roof, this extraordinary mansion in yellow stone is covered entirely with intricate carvings and has an elavorate projecting balcony adoming the top storey.

Tazia Tower: Declicatepagada like Tazia Tower rises from BadalMahal. Tazias are ornately decorated bamboo, paper and tinsel replicas of a bier carried in procession during Mohurram by the Muslims.

Gadsisar Lake, a rainwater lake, now a picnic spot ideal for boating. All around the lake are many small shrines and a spectacular variety of birds can be seen here.

 Later Afternoon drive to Sam, 45 kms from Jaisalmer city.

Sam Sand Dunes: No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the most picturesque dunes of Sam. The ripples on the wind-caressed dunes, that create enchanting mirage, are surely a delight for a trigger-happy photographer. You can also enjoy the camel ride at the dunes.

Overnight stay in tents at Sam OR back to your hotel at Jaisalmer. (On the choice of client)

 Note: If client choose for tent, they have to check-out from the hotel at Jaisalmer city by afternoon

 Day 08: Sam – Jodhpur ( 345kms)

After breakfast, check-out from the Tents or Hotel and Drive to Jodhpur. (Depending on your flight or Train timing, you will be taken to airport or railway station for your return Destination)

 Transfer to the Jodhpur Domestic Airport or Railway Station to board for your next Destination

It''s time to say goodbye to all the new friends you have made. We hope you take back many happy memories of your Tour.