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Royal Rajasthan

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Overview

Duration: 13D/12N

 

Destinations: Jaipur – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Pushkar – Delhi

 

This is a standard itinerary which can be easily customised based on your interests, no. of pax, time and types of accommodation.

 

Experience the royal grandeur of Rajasthan where you will be spell-bound by regal palaces, majestic forts, intricate designs and frescoes of haveli mansions and mesmerized by the barren desert, beautiful lakes and temples. The Rajasthan program takes you to a number of destinations within the princely state that capture the rich heritage of the bygone era of the Maharajas and Maharanis.

 

Best time to travel: October - March

 

For trip customisation, pricing query and bookings, email us at hello@crimsonasia.my.

Program

Day 01   Arrival in Jaipur

 

Meeting assistance on your arrival at airport and transfer to hotel.

 

Day 02   Jaipur (B)

 

Jaipur was established by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743) and painted pink by Maharaja Man Singh II when Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, visited Jaipur in 1876. The Royal heritage of Jaipur lives in its architecture and culture. The city in pink is symbolic of the hospitality that reigned in the Rajput culture. 

 

After breakfast, visit hillside Amber Fort on a jeep ride and the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). Drive back to Jaipur and stop at the façade of the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Continue to the City Palace Museum & Jantar Mantar-the largest stone observatory in the world. Drive through the pink rose residential & business areas before you are escorted back to the hotel.

 

--Amber Fort: Considered as one of the best hilltops fort in India which makes it a major tourist spot in Indi. This fort is a typical example for Rajput's life style in Rajasthan and it has a unique artistic style which combines both Hindu and Muslim elements. The ascend to the fort by jeep ride is full of unbeatable view and fun.

 

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--Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace): It is the most famous and beautiful part of Amber Fort. The walls and ceiling of this hall is carved with beautiful paintings and flowers and that too made with pure glass. The reason why this hall was made by glass because in ancient days the queen was not allowed to sleep in open air but she loved to see the stars shining. So, the king ordered his architects to make something which could solve the purpose. The most stunning thing about this hall is that if someone burns two candles, then the reflection converts that small light into a thousand of stars.

 

--City Palace Museum: Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the early 18th century, the monolithic City Palace is an architectural feather in the delightful cap of Jaipur. A haunt where the Royal family had stayed for centuries, the palace today is a much-visited tourist spot in the region.

 

--Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace): Also called "Palace of Winds", it is an example of beautiful ancient architecture that is situated in Jaipur.

 

hawa mahal jaipur image from unsplash

 

--Jantar Mantar: It is the largest stone observatory in world that still in service today. It is the most significant, most comprehensive, and the best preserved of India’s historic observatories. UNESCO transcribed the site to the World Heritage List in 2010.

 

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 03   Jaipur – Mandawa (Drive 170 Kms – 4 Hours) (B)

 

After breakfast drive to Mandawa, a remote feudal principality in the centre of the Shekhawati region. Mandawa was a trading outpost for the ancient caravan routes from China and the Middle East, the township grew as large community of traders settled here.  On arrival, check in at the hotel.

 

In the afternoon, we visit the Havelis - the Havelis are mansions of the erstwhile rich Marwari traders. Beautiful Shekhawati paintings and frescoes inside and outside of the havelis.

 

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 04   Mandawa – Bikaner (Drive 200 Kms – 4 Hours) (B)

 

After breakfast drive to Bikaner. Upon arrival check in at hotel.  

 

Bikaner is a city in Rajasthan, east of the border with Pakistan, surrounded by the Thar Desert. The city is known for the 16th-century Junagarh Fort, a huge complex of ornate buildings and halls. Within the fort, the Prachina Museum displays traditional textiles and royal portraits. Nearby, the Karni Mata Temple is home to many rats, considered sacred by Hindu devotees.  

 

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In the afternoon, we proceed for the sightseeing tour of Bikaner. We visit Junagarh Fort, an enormous fort built in the 15th century by one of the most reliant generals of Akbar the Great, Raja Rai Singh and till date, it has never been conquered; and Lalgarh Palace built in red sandstone for Maharaja Ganga Singh. The palace shows a wonderful blend of Rajput, Mughal and European architectural style. Visit famous Havelis or huge mansions of Kotharis, Rampurias, Vaids and Dagas. In the evening, enjoy a visit to a camel breeding farm and the famous Karni Mata Temple (Rat Temple).

 

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 05   Bikaner – Jaisalmer (Drive 330 Kms – 06 Hours) (B)

 

After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer. Upon arrival check in at hotel.  

 

Jaisalmer is a former medieval trading center and a princely state in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert. Known as the "Golden City," it's distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture. Dominating the skyline is Jaisalmer Fort, a sprawling hilltop citadel buttressed by 99 bastions. Behind its massive walls stand the ornate Maharaja's Palace and intricately carved Jain temples.  

 

Overnight stay at hotel.   

 

Day 06   Jaisalmer (B)

 

After breakfast, proceed for full day sightseeing of Jaisalmer which includes colourful bazaars, Jaisalmer Fort, Gadisagar Lake, Patwan Ki Haveli, Deewan Salim Singh ki Haveli, Deewan Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli and camel safari at Sand Dunes.  

 

--Jaisalmer Fort - Known as Sonar Quila or the Golden Fort – it rises from the sand and merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience. The setting sun in its most colourful shades gives it a fairy tale appearance. It is simply magical as the bastions envelop the entire township consisting of the palace complex, the intricately carved havelis of rich merchants, several temples and the residential complexes of the armies and traders placed strategically on the trade route.

 

jaisalmer golden fort rajathan image from pixabay

 

--Gadisar Lake - This is a rain water conservation lake built by Maharawal Gadsi in 14th century. It was once the main source of drinking water for the entire town of Jaisalmer. Now a tourist spot, there are many small temples and shrines around it. A wide variety of water birds can be seen here especially in winter.  

 

--Patwan Ki Haveli - a cluster of apartments - this is one of the largest and most elaborate of Havelis in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. It is five storeys high and is extensively carved. A part of this beautiful building is owned by the Department of Archaeology and Museum. There are remnants of some paintings on the walls inside as well as some mirror work.  

 

--Deewan Salim Singh Ki Haveli - this haveli is actually worth seeing from outside only. It was built in the first half of the 18th century and a part of it is still occupied. Salim Singh was the prime minister of Jaisalmer a princely state in 19th century AD. The mansion has a beautifully arched roof with superb carved brackets in the form of peacocks. It is just below the hill near the fort.  

 

--Deewan Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli - Two architect brothers built it in the 19th century. Interestingly, while one concentrated on the right building, the other concentrated on the left and the result is symmetrical structures. Paintings in miniature style monopolize the walls in the interior. Mighty tuskers carved out of yellow sandstone stand guard to the haveli.  

 

--Camel Safari at Sand Dunes – Evening enjoy camel safari (1 hour) at Sand Dunes approximately 40 kms from Jaisalmer city.

 

Overnight stay at hotel

 

Day 07   Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (Drive 285 Kms – 5 Hours) (B)

 

After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. Upon arrival check in at hotel.  

 

Jodhpur is another city in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). Set on a rocky outcrop, the fort overlooks the walled city, where many buildings are painted the city’s iconic shade of blue.  

 

jodhpur blue city rajasthan image from unsplash

 

Overnight stay at hotel.  

 

Day 08   Jodhpur (B)

 

After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur. Full day visit Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Clock Tower & local market. Later in the afternoon proceed to Bishnoi Village by Jeep Safari.  

 

--Meherangarh Fort: Meherangarh Fort is situated on a 150 m high hill where one can see the panoramic view of Jodhpur. In fact, it is the most magnificent fort in the whole Rajasthan. The fort is amongst the popular tourist places in India.   

 

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--Jaswant Thada: Jaswant Thada is a royal cenotaph built in 1899 in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, who was the 33rd king of Jodhpur. Jaswant Thada is an architectural marvel, built with expertly carved sheets of white marble. The marbles are very thin and polished and carved in such a way that the outside surface emits a glow during day time. 

 

--Clock Tower & Markets: The century-old clock tower is an old city landmark surrounded by the vibrant sounds, sights and smells of Sardar Market, which is marked by triple gateways at its north and south ends. The narrow, winding lanes of the old city spread out in all directions from here. Westward, you plunge into the old city's commercial heart, with crowded alleys and bazaars selling vegetables, spices, sweets, silver and handicrafts.   

 

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Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 09   Jodhpur – Udaipur (Drive 250 Kms – 05 Hours) (B)

 

After breakfast drive to Udaipur. Stop en route to visit Ranakpur. You finish the day in Jodhpur where you check into your hotel.  

 

--Ranakpur Jain Temple: It is one of India's biggest and most important Jain temple complexes. The main Temple, the Chaumukhamandir (Four-Faced Temple), is dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain tirthankar (depicted in the many Buddha-like images in the temple), and was built in the 15th century in milk-white marble. An incredible feat of Jain devotion, this is a complicated series of 29 halls, 80 domes and 1444 individually engraved pillars. Also, exquisitely-carved and well worth inspecting are two other Jain temples, dedicated to Neminath (22nd tirthankar) and Parasnath (23rd tirthankar), both within the complex, and a nearby Sun Temple. About 1km from the main complex is the Amba Mata Temple. 

 

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Continue drive to Udaipur. Upon arrival check in at hotel.

 

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 10   Udaipur (B)

 

This morning, you first wander through the markets and bazaars to visit the Jagdish Temple. Followed by a visit to the City Palace. Then relax on a one-hour long shared motor boat ride on Lake Pichola. Afterwards you will head to Garden of the Maids of Honour and a folk art museum. You finish your tour by driving past Fatehsagar Lake.  

 

--City Palace: Udaipur City Palace is one of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan, located peacefully on the banks of Lake Pichola. This majestic City Palace is the most-visited tourist attraction of Udaipur and often distinguished as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Initially, Maharana Udai Singh built this superb wonder, but the present form of the Palace is the result of subsequent additions by his successors.    

 

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--Lake Pichola: The lake reflects the cool grey-blue mountains on its rippling mirror-like surface. It was enlarged by Maharana Udai Singh II, following his foundation of the city, by flooding Picholi village, which gave the lake its name. It is a perfect place to immerse in the amazing view of the Palace against sunset light. 

 

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--Garden of the Maids of Honour: Also called "Saheliyon Ki Bari", this small, quaint ornamental garden was laid out for the enjoyment of 48 women attendants who came as part of a princess' dowry and has beautiful, well-maintained fountains, kiosks, marble elephants and a delightful lotus pool. 

 

--Folk Art Museum: The highlight of a visit to this small but charming museum is a brief demonstration of puppetry, an ancient tradition of storytelling in this area of Rajasthan. Puppets in vibrantly-coloured clothing are skilfully manipulated by expert puppeteers to act out the rich mythology of the region. The rest of the museum is devoted to folk art from the region. Folk dance performances and puppet shows are performed daily around 6pm in the evening.    

 

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 11   Udaipur – Pushkar (Drive 280 Kms – 5 Hours) (B)

 

After breakfast drive to the desert oasis of Pushkar, a town that clings to the side of the beautiful Pushkar Lake, considered by Hindus to be extremely holy. Hundreds of small temples are built on the periphery of the lake with wide stone steps or ‘ghats’ leading down to the lake where pilgrims and sadhus come to pay their respect.  

 

Upon arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 12   Pushkar – Ajmer (Drive 1 Hour), Ajmer – Delhi (Ajmer Shatabdi at 1545/2240 Hrs) (B)

 

Explore the only Brahma Temple in entire India though Brahma is considered to be the Hindu God of Creation. At sunset Pushkar turns into one of the most exotic places on earth when a magical quality of light hovers over the lake, bouncing off the surrounding white-washed temples and bathing ghats.  

 

--Pushkar Lake: Dominating the Pushkar city center, the holy lake is a sacred lake of the Hindus. The Hindu scriptures describe as it as "Tirtha-Raj" – the king of pilgrimage sites related to a water-body and to the mythology of the creator-god Brahma, whose most prominent temple stands in Pushkar. It is said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower.   

 

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--Brahma Temple: one of very few existing temples dedicated to the Hindu creator-god Brahma in India and remains the most prominent among them. Although the present temple structure dates to the 14th century, the temple is believed to be 2000 years old.    

 

Thereafter straight drive to Ajmer Railway Station to board the train for Delhi. Meeting assistance on your arrival at Delhi railway station and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

 

Day 13   Delhi departure (B)

 

After breakfast check out from hotel and proceed for full day sightseeing of Old Delhi to see Jama Masjid and then a unique glance at local life by an exploration to the bustling local bazaar of Chandni Chowk on rickshaw. Pass by Red Fort before drive pass to New Delhi which include Raj Ghat, drive along the city landmark of India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings and stop for photo opportunity there. Finish today with an insight into the local religion at a colorful Hindu Temple- Laxmi Narayan Temple.  

 

--Jama Masjid: India's largest mosque and the centerpiece of Old Delhi, this colossal place of worship was commissioned by Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal. Capable of holding some 85,000 worshippers, the view from the mosque's minaret (open to the public) is one of the finest available views of the chaos of Old Delhi.

 

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--Chandni Chowk: The largest trading center of North India and there are a number of by-lanes in Chandni Chowk Market, each specializing in a particular field. For example, the parathewali gali is famous for its delicious parathas, the textile lane for its textiles and so on.

 

--Red Fort: Emperor Shah Jahan built Delhi's most magnificent monument. In 1638 Shahjahan shifted the Mughal empire's capital from Agra to Delhi. Construction of the fort began in 1639 and completed in 1648. The name Red Fort comes from the massive red sandstone walls that surround it.

 

--Raj Ghat: a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end.

 

--Qutub Minar: Built in the early 13th Century, it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Qutab-ud-Din Aibak, Muhammad Ghori’s chief general and Turkish slave laid the foundation of the world’s tallest brick minaret with a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft). It tapers from 2.75 meters in diameter at its peak to 14.32 meters at its base.

 

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Later in the evening straight drive to International airport to board the flight for onward journey. 

 

***Program Ends***

 

Inclusions:

--Entrance Fees

-- Activities

-- Accommodation in hotels on twin-sharing basis and breakfast

-- Train fare from Ajmer to Delhi

-- Local English-speaking guide service

-- Meeting and assistance by local representatives

-- Private Transfers and Transport

 

Exclusions:

-- International flight

-- Visa Fees

-- Travel Insurance

-- Meals unless stated above

-- Tipping

-- Personal expenses

-- Optional activities

-- Excess baggage charges

 

For queries/bookings for this tour, pls email us at hello@crimsonasia.my .

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