UDAIPUR – RANAKPUR – JODHPUR – JAISALMER – BIKANER – JAIPUR – AGRA – DELHI TOURS
DAY 01: UDAIPUR-RANAKPUR–JODHPUR (280 KM/6 HRS)
In the morning, we shall leave for Jodhpur and en–route stop to visit Ranakpur.The Jain temples at Ranakpur are dedicated to Adinath, the first tirthankara of Jains. The temples are very sacred and must visit for followers of Jain religion. But it is not only religious significance but the temples are also known for intricate carving on stone. The most interesting feature is that there are no less than 1400 pillars in the temple and none of the pillars is similar to each other as these are all carved in a different pattern. The domes of the temple are also richly decorated. We now continue our drive to Jodhpur. The city is also known as gateway to Thar desert and the blue city as most of the houses in the old Jodhpur are painted in blue color. This crowded desert city flutters with beauty, warmth and romance. A visit to Jodhpur is a romantic journey into the past with forts, palaces, temples, culture, tradition, spices, fabric, color, and flourishing handicrafts. Arrive at Jodhpur and check–in at hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 02: JODHPUR–JAISALMER (310 KM/6 HRS)
Morning city tour of Jodhpur. The city is also known as the blue city as most of the houses are painted in blue. A visit to the city is a an experience which will last a life time it takes you into the past with its fort, palaces, monuments, temples, tradition and handicrafts. We first visit Mehrangarh Fort which stands a hundred feet above a cliff and dominates skyline of Jodhpur. It is made of red sand stone and looks invincible and impressive. It is so huge that Rudyard Kipling called it “the work of giants”. It is definitely one of the best preserved forts in Rajasthan. The Palaces within the fort are known for intricate carvings and courtyards. There is a good collection of musical instruments, royal costumes, royal palanquins, and cannons.
Also visit Jaswant Thada which is beautifully set against the hilly background and glistening lake. The tour continues to visit beautiful Mandore gardens, located 9 Km away from the city.
Afternoon departure for Jaisalmer which is an architectural dream, situated amidst the lonely yellow silence of the desert. Popularly known as the Golden city, Jaisalmer was founded by Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king. Jaisalmer is known for its elaborately carved havelis and 12th century fort. The golden city is scattered over the desert land of Rajasthan and is a combination of ancient and the medieval era architecture. Overnight stay.
DAY 03: JAISALMER
After breakfast, we explore golden city and start with our visit to Jaisalmer Fort which is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan. The fort is made of yellow sandstone and it is a massive structure in the desert town. The architecture of fort is an amalgamation of Rajput and Islamic style. This is undoubtedly a breath–taking sight to watch as it appears to rise from the arid sands of Thar. The fort is actually still alive with people still abiding within its walls.The fort complex consists of a palace and numerous beautiful Jain temples. Nearby is Patwon ki Haveli, one of the largest havelis in Rajasthan. It is a group of five small havelis with beautiful intricate carvings on the windows. Even today, you can sense the old world charm and royalty of these havelis. We will also visit Nathmal ki Haveli which gives visitors a glimpse of Marwari community lifestyle. The carvings on the walls are a visual treat to the eyes.
Later in the afternoon, get ready for an excursion to the sand dunes, few kilometer away from Jaisalmer City. Enjoy the sun set across the horizons of never ending sand dunes on the back of a camel in the desert. It is now time to return to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 04: JAISALMER–BIKANER (330 KM/6 HRS)
We leave for the eloquent desert city of Bikaner in the morning. It dwells on the ancient caravan routes that originated from Africa and West Asia. The city was founded by Rao Bikaji and renowned for sculptured temples and wonderful palaces in red and yellow sand stones. Arrive Bikaner and check–in at hotel.
Afternoon, we go for city tour of Bikaner by first visiting Junagadh Fort which was constructed in 1556 AD by Raja Rai Singh. The major attraction lies in its arcades, Darbar halls, royal rooms, and Jarokhas or screen windows. The fort is surrounded by almost one kilometre long wall which has 37 bastions. If time permits, you can also visit Camel breeding farm or Karni Mata Temple at Deshnok, the Temple of rats. Overnight stay.
DAY 05: BIKANER–JAIPUR (330 KM/6 HRS)
After breakfast at hotel, we depart for Jaipur. Jaipur (also known as the pink city)is the capital of Rajasthan, and was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1727. It is one of the first planned cities of India and is rich in culture and heritage. After arriving in Jaipur, check–in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to explore the pink city bazaar for shopping or just to take a leisurely walk. Overnight stay
DAY 06: JAIPUR
In the morning, we go for excursion to Amer Fort which is perched on a hill. The architecture of the fort is a unique blend of Rajput and Hindu style. Amer is the former citadel of Kachwahas of Amer who had ruled the city. It is a thrilling climb to the fort as its done sitting on an elephant’s back. The Fort is known for cobblestoned pathways with enormous fortification. There are beautiful buildings inside the fort including Sheesh Mahal (palace of glass), Jai Mandir and Sukh Niwas.
Afternoon visit City Palace, the former royal residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Even today, the royal family abides in a part of the palace that is cordoned off for the visitors. It is quite different from other Rajput palaces and forts as apart from the Rajput architecture you can also observe smithereens of Mughal architecture. Not far away from the city palace is Jantar Mantar which possesses various astrological instruments that have impressed astronomers all over the world. Here you will see the largest sundial in the world and one of the best preserved observatories. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 07: JAIPUR–ABHANERI–FATEHPUR SIKIRI–AGRA (250 KM/6 HRS)
After breakfast, get ready to depart for Agra, home to Taj Mahal. But, before reaching Agra, stop en-route at Abhaneri to visit the Chandbauri step well. Continue drive and another stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the best preserved Mughal Palace city in India which was built by Akbar in 16th century. He used the best craftsmen in the country to build the city but unfortunately had to abandon it a few years later after the water system failed. After exploring Fatehpur Sikri, proceed to Agra and check–in at the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 08: AGRA-DELHI (200 KM/4 HRS)
In the morning, we begin exploring the city of Agra, first visiting one of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World, “Taj Mahal” It is a mausoleum built by Shah Jahan for his beloved Mumtaz Mahal. It took no less than 22 years to build this architectural wonder and was finally completed in the year 1653. The interiors of Taj Mahal are adorned with highest quality inlay work incorporating semi–precious stones. Taj Mahal is undoubtedly a treat to your eyes and spectacle to watch. Then visit Agra Fort which had been the seat of power of the Mughal dynasty for many centuries. The huge awe–inspiring facades of the fort are a symbol of strength, power and resilience of the might empire. Finally visit Sikandara. Then leave for Delhi and transfer to airport to catch flight for onwards destination.
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