Rajasthan is known for its great natural beauty and its golden desert along with historic forts and palaces, art and culture. The state is also part of the Golden Triangle, which includes the cities of Delhi and Agra.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Jaipur
Arrive at Sanganer International Airport in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan - popularly known as the “Pink City”. Our representative shall assist you and transfer to hotel. Check into your hotel and relax. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 2: Jaipur Full Day Sightseeing
After breakfast start for full day local sightseeing in Jaipur popularly known as "The Pink City" dotted with grand palaces, hilltop forts, lively bazaars and a host of eateries.
Visit Amer Fort, located 11 kms from the Jaipur city. Enjoy an elephant back ride (on direct payment basis) available only from 8AM to 12Pm. The Amber Fort Palace has four levels, each having a courtyard.The main complexes within the fort are Diwan-i-Aam, a hall meant for public, Diwan-i-Khas, a hall for private audience, the splendid Sheesh Mahal or the Mirror Palace, Jai Mandir and the Sukh Niwas, a complex that had natural air conditioning and this could happen because of the wind that blew across a water area built within. A popular attraction is a carving known as ‘magic flower’ which is carved on a marble panel on a pillar in the Sheesh Mahal. Seven beautiful designs are carved on it including a lotus, lion’s tail, scorpion, hooded cobra, fish tail, cob or corn and an elephant trunk. You will have to cover the panel partially with your hands to view each of the design.The Maota Lake looks splendid from the fort.
On return from Amer fort, take a photo stop at the Jal Mahal or Lake Palace of Jaipur. Boating is a popular activity in Lake Man Sagar. Later proceed to the Royal Gaitor; the intricately carved marble cenotaphs of Maharajas of Jaipur.
Post lunch visit City Palace & Museum. There are two parts of the palace, one which is opened for the public and also has a museum, and the other for the residence of the royal family, the descendants who live here even now.The magnetic beauty of the City Palace attracts many tourists throughout the year. The palace has impressive palaces like Chandra Palace and Mubarak Palace, museum, beautiful frescos, mirror works, coloured stone inlays and the astonishing peacock gate. Other prime attractions are Pritam Niwas Chowk, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Bhaggi Khana, Maharani Palace and the Govind Dev Ji Temple, an 18th century structure.
Later proceed to Jantar Mantar (Observatory) - one of the five astronomical complexes constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The advanced instruments in Jantar Mantar were useful in predicting eclipses, location of stars and the exact orbiting movements of the earth around the sun.
Take a photo stop at Hawa Mahal. A unique feature about Hawa Mahal is that it does not stand on a foundation, the tallest such building in the world. Since there is no foundation, the structure stands at a leaning position at 87 degrees. Its best view is from outside because that is how you get to admire its magnitude and imperialism.
Visit Laxmi Narayan temple or Birla temple devoted to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Birla Mandir is considered as one of the finest temples in India. The 3 domes of the temple signify the 3 religions that originated in this country.
Evening free for leisure to explore the local markets of Pink City and enjoy the sumptuous Rajasthani cuisine. Overnight stay at Jaipur.
Elephant Ride at Amer Fort is available only from 9:30AM to 1PM
Laxmi Narayan Temple is closed from 12PM to 4PM everyday
City Palace Museum & Jantar Mantar timings are 9.30AM to 5PM. Last entry closes at 4PM
City Palace Museum a vast complex and takes around 2-3Hours to complete. So good walking shoes or flat footwear are preferred.
Entry Charges for City Palace Museum - Indian National Adult - Rs 130/- ; Child - Rs 50/-
Entry Charges for Jantar Mantar - Indian National Adult - Rs 50/- ; Child - Rs 15/-
Entry Charges for Hawa Mahal - Indian National Adult - Rs 50/- ; Child - Rs 5/-
Entry Charges for Amer Fort - Indian National Adult - Rs 100/- ; Child - Rs 10/-
Day 3: Full Day Excursion To Ajmer & Pushkar
After early breakfast start for full day excursion to Ajmer & Pushkar. Drive to Ajmer (145Kms/2.5Hrs). It is a pilgrimage center for the shrine of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.
Visit the famous dargah of Moinuddin Chishti also known as Ajmer Sharif Dargah or Ajmer Sharif. Later proceed to the mosque Adhai-Din-Ka Jhonpara, commissioned by Qutb-ud-Din-Aibak, on orders of Muhammad Ghori, in 1192. Proced to Ana Sagar Lake - an artificial lake situated in the city of Ajmer and spread over 13Kms. There is an island in the center of the lake which is accessible by boat.
Ajmer also serves as a base for visiting Pushkar (15 km), an ancient Hindu pilgrimage city. Visit the various ghats, holy Pushkar Lake, Rangji temple, Man Mahal & Savitri Temple. There are more than 400 hundred temples in Pushkar but the main attraction being the temple of Lord Brahma, the only temple in India dedicated to Brahma. Return to hotel by evening. Overnight stay at Jaipur.
Brahma Temple remains closed from 1:30PM to 3PM
Ajmer Sharif remains closed from 3PM to 4PM
Boating is available in Ana Sagar Lake till 8PM. Boating Charges 160-200INR per person
Day 4: Transfer From Jaipur To Ranthambore National Park
After breakfast transfer to Ranthambore(155kms/3Hrs). On arrival check-in to your hotel. Visit Ranthambore Fort built in 994 A.D. atop high creek 200 meters above sea level. If time permits enjoy an afternoon canter safari (at own cost) to spot tigers. Overnight stay at Ranthambore.
Travel from Jaipur to Ranthambhore National Park
Day 5: Jungle Safari & Transfer From Ranthambore To Agra - Half Day Agra Sightseeing
Early morning proceed for Jungle Safari (at own cost) in Ranthambore National Park. Return to hotel. Soon after breakfast, drive to another historical and romantic city - Agra (255 kms/ 5-6hrs). On arrival check-in to your hotel.
After little rest, proceed for local sight seeing of Agra by covering the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. “Taj Mahal” is one of the UNESCO World's Heritage Site ,built by Shah Jahan, is the memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.
“Agra Fort” built in red sandstone with its magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and the beautiful gardens. This is where Emperor Shah Jahan was kept under house arrest by his third son Aurangzeb and spent the last year of his life viewing the Taj Mahal from across the river Jamuna.
Return to hotel in evening. Overnight stay at Agra.
Travel from Ranthambhore National Park to Agra
Day 6: Transfer From Agra To Jaipur Via Fatehpur Sikri - Departure From Jaipur
Post breakfast transfer to Jaipur (240Kms/5Hrs). Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri - once the capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Also visit the Buland Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world. Get a drop to Jaipur Airport / Railway Station for your onward journey.