GOLDEN BLUE DESERT TOUR ( eX - JODHPUR) 04 N - 05 DAYS

Welcome to Blue City –Gate Way to the Thar Desert.The former capital of Marwar state was founded in 1459 by RaoJodha who claimed descent from Lord Rama (the hero of the epic Ramayana).

Duration:  04 Nights \ 05 Days

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

 Day 01: Arrival Jodhpur

Welcome to Blue City –Gate Way to the Thar Desert. On arrival at Airport/ Railway Station in Jodhpur, our local representative 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.

 Jodhpur: The former capital of Marwar state 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 the 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.

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 and world famous for painted wooden furniture. 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, turbans, tie-n-die, silver jewelry & most important while your tour to villages you can buy Durries directly from the weavers.

Overnight stay at hotel in Jodhpur.

 Day 02: 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.

 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 at Hotel in Jodhpur.

 Day 03: 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.

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 stay at hotel in Jaisalmer.

 Day 04: Jaisalmer – Sam (45 kms)

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.

 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 05: Sam – Jodhpur (345 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.