GEMS OF RAJASTHAN TOUR 08 NT - 09 D - EX JAIPUR

Welcome to Rajasthan - the Land of Palace’s, Haveli’s & Forts. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and has earned universal renown as the ‘Pink City’, and pink it is, with beautiful constructed palaces, havelies and forts......

Duration:08 Nights \ 09 Days

Destination Covered:Jaipur (2 Nts) – Udaipur (2 Nts) – Jodhpur (2 Nts) – Jaisalmer (2 Nts) – Jodhpur (Drop)

Day 01: Arrival Jaipur

Welcome to Pink City - the Land of Palace’s, Haveli’s & Forts. On arrival at Airport/ Railway Station in Jaipur, our local representative will be waiting to welcome you and to take you to your hotel.

Your hotels have been carefully chosen and are ideally located.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Jaipur.

Day 02: Jaipur

After breakfast, spend an exciting day in Pink City.

Jaipur: This famous city is the capital of Rajasthan and has earned universal renown as the ‘Pink City’, and pink it is, with beautiful constructed palaces, havelies and forts. Tall, rugged men with handle-bar whiskers sport bright-pink turbans. Jaipur, which means the city of victory, was built exactly 269 years back and is 262 km by road from Delhi. A strong wall encircles the old city and even today has a suggestion of formidable strength, its function of protecting all within is obvious.

 

Sightseeing Places:

Amber Fort: At a distance of 11 Kms from Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction of the fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar''''s army and is a superb example of Rajput architecture. At Amber Fort Elephant ride from the foothill to the Fort entrance.

 

City Palace: The City Palace is a historic landmark. The carved arches are supported by grey-white marble columns studded with floral motifs in gold and coloured stones. Two elephants carved in marble guard the entrance, where retainers whose families have served generations of rulers are at hand to serve as guides. The palace interior houses a Museum containing select collection of various types of Rajasthani dresses, a fascinating amoury of Mughal and Rajput weapons swords of all shapes and sizes, with chased handles, some of them inlaid, enameled, encrusted with jewels and encased in bold and magnificent scabbards. It also has an Art Gallery with a fine collection of paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persina, Latin and Sanskrit, acquired by Sawai Jai Singh-II for his study of planets and their movements.

 

HawaMahal: Also known as The Palace of Winds, was built by the poet-king SawaiPratap Singh, the HawaMahal is the most strikingly designed monument in Jaipur. What is seen from the SirehDeorhi Bazaar is the multiniched five storey backside of the complex. It was conceived to provide adequate vantage position behind delicate stone-carved jail screens to the palace women for watching the royal processions passing through the bazaar below.

 

JantarMantar:JantarMantar is one of Jai Singh’s five remarkable observatories. Constructed with stone and marble its complex instruments whose setting and shapes are precisely and scientifically designed represent the high-points of Medieval Indian astronomy. The two Ram Yantras used for gauging attitudes are unique in their isolation. This is the largest of five observatories founded by Sawai Jai Singh-II various parts of the country.

 

Birla Temple: Birla Temple forms one of the major attractions of Jaipur. Birla Temple of Jaipur looks stunning, when it is brightly lit in the night. Birla Mandir, in pure white marble, dominates the skyline of southern part of Jaipur. The enormous temple was built during the year 1988, by Birla Group of Industries, one of the business tycoons of India. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan), the preserver and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. Due to this reason, Birla Temple is also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple.

 

To Shop in Jaipur: Visit the famous Markets of Textiles, Gems, Carpets, and handicrafts. Jaipur is an ideal place for buying souvenirs.

 

Overnight stay at Hotel in Jaipur.

 

Day 03: Jaipur – Ajmer &Pushkar - Udaipur (400 kms)

After breakfast, check-out from Hotel & drive to Bikaner. En-route visit Ajmer &Pushkar.

Ajmer:The DargahIn the heart of the city is the tomb of Saint KhwajaMuin-ud-din Chishti, popularly known as Dargah Sharif. The shrine of KhwajaMuin-ud-din Chishti is considered today, a second Mecca/Medina for the Muslims of South Asia.

Pushkar: According to legend, the origin of Pushkar dates aback to the time when Lord Brahma was on his way in search of a tranquil land to perform a Yagna. A lotus fell from the hands of the lord into this valley. A lake sprang up on this spot and was dedicated to him. A Brahma temple located here is a popular place of pilgrimage.

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

Overnight stay at hotel in Udaipur.

Day 04: Udaipur

After breakfast, visit the Romantic Lake city.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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, visit the 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.

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.

Later Afternoon visit the traditional villages around Jodhpur City

Village Safari: Jeep safaris around Jodhpur countryside are one of the most interesting part of your Jodhpur visit. You visit the Bishnoi villages, the potter house, the weaver house and even other tribals like Raikas, Pitals. You can see these people in their traditional costumes. The houses in old traditional style called Dhanis. While driving around the country side you can see the wild life like chinkaras, blue bulls, even at the time of winter around the lake side you can see the migratory birds which fly all over from Siberia and come to this region. Jeep safaris can be fun because the pace can be varied to suit one’s needs

Overnight stay in the hotel at Jodhpur.

Day 07: Jodhpur – Osian – Jaisalmer (300 kms)

After breakfast, check-out from hotel and drive to Jaisalmer. En-route visit Osian.

Osian: In a deserted valley stand the temples of Osian. The road winds through undulating terrain between small hillocks punctuated by desert stretches and a few hamlets. From a distance, one gets a picturesque view of the ancient township on a gentle rise. Of the fifteen-odd temples, three are outstanding-earlier Surya or Sun temple, and later kali temple; Sachiya Mata Mandir and the main Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira.

Later continue your drive for Jaisalmer. On arrival at Jaisalmer check-in at hotel.

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.

Evening visit Gadsisar Lake &BadaBaga.

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.

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.

Overnight at the hotel in Jaisalmer.

Day 08: Jaisalmer

After breakfast, visit the marvelous Golden city.

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.

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.

 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 09: Sam – Jodhpur (370 kms)

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.