Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, for both domestic and international tourists. Rajasthan attracts tourists for its historical forts, palaces, art and culture. Every third foreign tourist visiting India also travels to Rajasthan as it is part of the Golden Triangle for tourists visiting India.
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: Transfer From Jaipur To Pushkar Via Ajmer
After breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Pushkar (160Km /2½ hrs). Enroute visit Ajmer-e-Sharief Dargah, Adhai-Din-Ka Jhonpara, Ana Sagar. Arrive Pushkar further 14kms from Ajmer. Check into your hotel. Visit various temples and Ghats and holy Pushkar Lake. 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. Overnight stay at Pushkar.
Travel from Jaipur to Pushkar
Day 4: Transfer From Pushkar To Jodhpur
Early morning check out from your hotel and visit the famous Brahma temple, Pushkar Lake & various Ghats. Transfer to Jodhpur (205Kms/4Hrs). On arrival check-in to your hotel. Evening free for own activity. Indulge in shopping or explore the sumptous local cuisine. Overnight stay at Jodhpur.
Travel from Pushkar to Jodhpur
Day 5: Jodhpur Half Day Sightseeing - Transfer From Jodhpur To Jaisalmer
Take an early breakfast and check out from hotel. Proceed for half day city tour of Jodhpur covering Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Mehrangarh Fort & Jaswant Thada. Umaid Bhawan Palace still serves as a residence to the royal family while two parts of the palace are converted into hotel & museum. Vintage Car collection and Clock collection over different periods of history are the highlights of this Museum. Mehrangarh Fort stands on top of a raised hillock that is 400 metres above the level of its surrounding terrains. Within the fort visit the famous Jai Pol (victory gate) and Fateh Pol. Exquisitely designed palaces like Moti Mahal (Jodhpur Zenana), Sheesh Mahal, Takhat Vilas and Phool Mahal speak of the architectural splendour of the royals. Mirror work, intricate ornamentation, beautiful glass panel and impressive woodwork adorn these palatial buildings. Jaswant Thada is an imposing marble cenotaph built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II around 1899 known for multilevel gardens, intricately carved gazebos and architecture. Later we drive towards the desert city Jaisalmer (285Kms/5hrs). Upon arrival check into your hotel or desert camp. Spend your evening at leisure. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.
Travel from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer
Day 6: Full Day Jaisalmer Local Sightseeing
Post breakfast proceed for full day local sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer covering Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon-ki-haveli, Nathmal-ki-haveli, Salim singh-ki-Haveli & Gadisar lake.
Jaisalmer Fort is considered as the glory of Jaisalmer and it is located in the center of the city. It is also known as 'Sonar Kila' or 'Golden Fort' because this yellow sandstone fort shines like gold at sunset. Inside the fort complex, tourists can find several architectural buildings which include palaces, houses and temples all made up of soft yellow sandstone. The most visited places of this fort are the Raj Mahal, The Jain temple, Laxmikanth Temples, Tazia tower, Jawahar Palace etc. The Jain Temple is a must see as these are distinctive architectural style, beautifully carved and completely made up of yellow sandstone.
Patwon Ki Haveli-: The Haveli of Patwon is situated near the Patwa campus and is Jaisalmer's first mansion. There are five havelis in the entire complex, which was built by Guman Chand Patwa in 1805 for their five sons. It took 50 years to build this yellow sandstone building. The Havelis are dipped in an enchanting shade of gold and famous for its exquisite carvings, fine wall paintings, beautiful jharokhas (balconies), archways and gateways.
Nathmal Ki Haveli -: Nathmalji's haveli is located in the center of Jaisalmer city. It is famous for its architectural style, which is the fusion of Rajput and Mughal design. This mansion was built by Maharajal Barisal in the form of residence of Diwan Mohata Nathal. In the attractive temple of the building, shapes of birds, elephants, flowers, bicycles, steam engines and soldiers were made. Tourists can see many emerging images of cattle, horses, and flowers on the building's walls.
Gadsisar lake -: A man-made water reservoir, the Gadisar Lake was once the only source of water in Jaisalmer. Constructed by the first ruler of Jaisalmer, Raja Rawal Jaisal, it is surrounded by temples and ghats (banks). Spend some peaceful time in the serene surroundings of the lake or choose to go boating as well. One can also see many migratory birds on the lake.
Sam Sand Dunes - 40Kms from Jaisalmer City, Sam sand dunes offer the most unique way of experiencing Rajasthan. This place offers a plethora of activities like Camel Safari, Jeep Safari, Camping in tents with live music, folk dance performances and mouth watering Rajasthani cuisine in the tranquility of the Desert. Both Sunrise & Sunset are worth watching.
Overnight stay in Jaisalmer hotel or desert camp.
It takes 2-3Hrs to cover the entire Jaisalmer Fort and is open till 5PM (all days).
Jain Temples located inside Jaisalmer Fort entry closes at 12PM.
Entry Charges for Patwon ki Haveli (9AM to 5:30PM) - Adult Rs 100/- & Child Rs 60/-
Entry Charges for Salim Singh ki Haveli (9AM to 5:30PM) - Adult Rs 50/- & Child Rs 50/-
Entry Charges for Gadisar Lake (6AM to 7PM) - Adult Rs 20/- & Child Rs 20/-
Entry Charges for Maharaja Palace Museum (9AM to 5:30PM) - Adult Rs 100/- & Child Rs 50/-
Entry Charges for Jain Temple (7:30AM to 12PM) - Adult Rs 50/- & Child Rs 30/-
Day 7: Transfer From Jaisalmer To Bikaner - Half Day Sightseeing Of Bikaner
After breakfast chec.k out from hotel proceed to Bikaner (330Kms/6Hrs). On arrival check into your hotel. Visit Junagarh Fort, the only fort built on plain unlike other forts built on hilly terrain and remained almost unconquered throughout its history. Inside the fort there are 37 palaces, temples and pavilions. All these structures are marvels in red sandstone. Each palace in the Junagarh fort complex was built by a different ruler over the centuries. Popular architectural attractions in the fort are - Anup Mahal, Rang Mahal, Gaj Mandir, Durga Niwas and Prachina Museum. This museum has one of the best collections of Armory belonging to the Middle age. Later visit Lallgarh Palace & Asia's biggest Camel breeding farm to watch different breeds of Camels. Return back to hotel by evening. Overnight stay at Bikaner.
Travel from Jaisalmer to Bikaner
Day 8: Transfer From Bikaner To Jaipur - Departure From Jaipur
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur Airport or Rly Station (330Kms/6Hrs) for onward journey. Tour ends and memories begin.