Rajasthan – The Land Of Forts & Kings
Places Covered: Jaipur (2nights) – Udaipur (2nights) – Jodhpur (1night) – Jaisalmer (1night) – Jodhpur (1night) – Onward destination
No. of days: 7nights/8days
Day 1: Jaipur: Arrive in Jaipur and check into a hotel. After settling down at the hotel set out to explore Jaipur.
Begin the city tour with a visit to City Palace, which has served as the royal residence and capital from 1727 onwards. Descendants of Royal family still live here. There is a big museum which is open for public viewing. After a visit to City Palace move to Jantar Mantar, a collection of 19 architectural astronomical instruments built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734.
Return to the hotel and have dinner. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 2: Jaipur: After breakfast at the hotel embark on a full day city tour. Start the day with a tour to Amber Fort, the earlier capital of Jaipur Royal Family. Take an elephant ride to reach the top of the hillock, location of Amber Fort. Take a full tour of the Fort, made in red sandstone. Take a look at Diwan-i-Am Hall, Sheesh Mahal, Jas Mahal, the Queen’s chambers, King’s place, courtyard, and the hidden passage.
After completing the tour you should go to Jaigarh Fort, seen as one complex with Amber Fort. A hidden passage or subterranean passage connects the two. This is located on a hillock, referred to as Cheel ka Teela, and overlooks Amber Fort and Maota Lake. After a visit of Jaigarh Fort go on to visit Nahargarh Fort. Sawai Jai Singh II got this built in 1734.
Go on to have a look at Jal Mahal, located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. Have lunch at one of the restaurants afterwards. After lunch, take a tour of Albert Museum, which functions as the state museum.
The Museum, which was opened to the public in 1887, is named after King Edward VII. It has a huge collection of coins, paintings, arts and crafts, international art works and many more. Later, if time permits, go on to explore Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds. This was built specifically for women from royal family. They could see the activities in the market and on the road.
You are free to explore the markets again in Jaipur. You can also go back to Amber Fort to enjoy light and sound there.
Have a nice dinner. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 3: Jaipur – Udaipur: Check out after breakfast and start for Udaipur, a long drive of over seven hours. On the route stop at Chittorgarh, a historical place famous for its association with Maharana Pratap.
One of the largest forts of India is in Chittorgarh. Have a tour of this fort after a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Look at how massive the fort looks and try to gauge how the Mughals tried to take over it.
Later, move to Udaipur, some two hours journey from Chittorgarh. Check into a hotel on arrival in Udaipur. Rest of the day at your own leisure. Option is to have walks in the hotel campus or go on to the local markets.
Have a nice dinner. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 4: Udaipur: After breakfast embark on a full day sightseeing tour of Udaipur. Start the day with a tour of the City Palace of Udaipur. It gives a great insight into the historical facts of the Udaipur ruling family. Give some time to explore Government Museum located close to City palace. Thereafter, take a boat and go or boating in the Lake Picchola. Also enjoy boating in Lake Fatehsagar. Jag Mandir is a nice place to rest for some time.
After a nice lunch go on to visit Eklingi Temple, temple of the Maharanas. Set on the banks of Lake Bagela near the Eklingi Temple is the small hamlet of Nagda, one of the earliest capitals of Mewar. The twin temple complex, though in ruins now and often referred to as Saas Bahu Temple, is a charming place to visit for tourists.
Afterwards, go and visit Saheliyon ki Bari which was once used by women of royal family for their leisure and entertainment purposes. Towards the evening go and enjoy Bagore Ki Haveli light and sound show.
Have a nice dinner at one the restaurants. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 5: Udaipur – Jodhpur: Check out after breakfast from the hotel and transfer to Jodhpur, a drive of around 3.5 hours. Settle in your room and get refreshed to start a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur.
Start with a visit to Mehrangarh Fort. Set on a rocky outcrop, Mehrangarh Fort, built in the 15th Century, overlooks the walled city where most of the buildings are painted in blue, giving Jodhpur the iconic name ‘Blue City’.
The fort has now been turned into a museum where lots of paintings, artworks, weapons, cannons and royal belongings can be seen.
Opposite to the fort, at a walking distance of hardly 10 minutes, is Jaswant Thada, a cenotaph built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in memory of his father. This is a beautiful monument built in white marble with a peaceful ambiance and a nice garden.
After a well deserved lunch resume the sightseeing of the city. Go on to explore Rao Jodha Desert Park. This lies at the foot of Mehrangarh Fort and is spread over 70 hectares. You can enter the Park from close to the main Fort gate. There are well laid pathways to trek the entire area of the Park. You must enjoy a tour of the zip lines, called Fly Fox.
Finally before you head to the hotel, go and visit Clock Tower, locally called Ghanta Ghar. This is one of the oldest markets of Jodhpur. After a tour of the market and an exhausting day out, return to the hotel. Have a nice dinner. Overnight in Jodhpur.
Day 6: Jodhpur – Jaisalmer: Start for Jaisalmer after an early breakfast at Jodhpur hotel. It takes a little more than five hours to reach the desert city of Jaisalmer. Just before Jaisalmer stop and visit Jaisalmer War Memorial. You can get a lot of information on the Indian Army. There is a lot of information about the Indo-Pak wars.
Check into a hotel on arrival in Jaislamer. Have a nice lunch and relax for some time.
In the afternoon start for Sam Sand Dune. On the way, stop at Kuldhara Abandoned village. This village is often referred to as ghost village. It is said this village became deserted all of a sudden. Enjoy Sam Sand Dune desert and enjoy camel ride. Sunset from the dune looks amazing.
Attend cultural show in the evening organized at various camps. Have your dinner there. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Jaisalmer.
Day 7: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur: After breakfast visit Jaisalmer Fort, locally known by the name ‘Sonar Quila’. Located on Trikuta Hill; Jaisalmer Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage listed monument, was built by Rawal Jaisal in 1156. There is a museum and Jainese temples in the Fort. Have a comprehensive tour of the Fort.
Afterwards, go on to visit Patwon Ki Haveli, the most important among the havelis in Jaisalmer. It is actually a cluster of five small havelis. The first among these havelis was commissioned and constructed in the year 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa and is the biggest and the most ostentatious. A number of paintings and mirror works can be seen on the walls of these havelis.
Visit Vyas Chhatri, the cenotaphs, located at the edge of the town. Go on to visit Gadsisar Sagar Lake. Have lunch and leave for Jodhpur. This is a five hour drive.
Check into a hotel on arrival in Jodhupur. Overnight in Jodhpur.
Day 8: Jodhpur – New Delhi – Onward destination: Check out after breakfast. Visit Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the largest royal residences in the world. It was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in Chittar Sandstone with the intention of providing public relief and employment during a long period of drought.Drop at Jodhpur airport for afternoon flight to Delhi from where you catch flight for your desired onward destination.
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