Rajasthan a land of bewildering diversity of cultures, religions and traditions. This diversity has been captured in this package, giving the macro perspective towards this land of wonders. From the camel rides of Jaisalmer to the boat rides of Udaipur. Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner, the cities that narrate the success stories of bravery of the soil and the delicacy of the stonework and the might of the forts.
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 Bikaner
After breakfast transfer to Bikaner (330Km / 6 hrs). Enroute visit Asia's biggest Camel breeding farm to watch different breeds of Camels. On arrival check-in to your hotel. Overnight stay at Bikaner.
Travel from Jaipur to Bikaner
Day 4: Full Day Bikaner Sightseeing
After breakfast proceed for full day city tour of Bikaner situated in the northern region of Rajasthan. Bikaner displays its ancient opulence through palaces and forts, built of red sandstone, that have withstood the passage of time. The city boasts of some of the world’s best riding camels and is aptly nicknamed ‘camel country’.
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 the best collections of Armory belonging to the Middle age.
Lalgarh Palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the year 1902 in memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh Ji. The red sandstone construction is a stupendous example of the architectural brilliance of the past. Mughal, Rajput and European architectures blend excellently well. Most of the palace apart from the museum is not accessible to the public as this palace has been converted to a luxury hotel. Take a look at the fourth largest private library in the world. Visit The Shri Sadul Museum on the first floor of Lalgarh palace. The lives and the passions of the three successive kings of Bikaner are reflected in the art museum.
National Research Centre on Camel is a must visit to observe camels in their best habitat. There are over 400 camels of over four breeds including baby camels. This is also a well known breeding ground for camels. Enjoy Camel ride and shop for souvenirs for your loved ones.
Karni Mata Temple (Rats Temple) at Deshnok - This Hindu temple is 600 years old and is located in a small town of Deshnok, which is 30 kilometres to the south of Bikaner, Rajasthan in India. The rats here are revered and draw many devotees from different parts of India. The rats are allowed to move freely all around the temple and food that has been nibbled on by the rats is considered to be honourable.
Evening free for own activity. Shop for famous kundan ornaments, bangles, leather mojris, quilt & snack items. Overnight stay at Bikaner.
Entry fee for Junagarh Fort Museum - Adult Rs 50/- & Child Rs 30/-
Entry fee for Prachina Museum - Adult Rs 30/- & Child Rs 30/-
After breakfast check out from hotel & proceed to Jaisalmer (330Kms/5hrs), also known as Golden City because of the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in every architecture giving a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area. Upon arrival check into your hotel or desert camp. Jaisalmer offers unique camping options in Thar desert. These Desert Safari Camps are equipped with all the modern amenities in a tranquil setting and provide visitors experience of a lifetime. Get a warm welcome with Arti & Tika, accommodation in swiss tents. Indulge in activities like camel ride, desert safari (at own cost). Make your evenings special with the folk music, dance, bonfire & sumptuous Rajasthani cuisine. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.
Travel from Bikaner 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 Jodhpur
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Jodhpur (330 kms / 6 hrs). On arrival check in to your hotel and relax. Evening free for own activity. Overnight stay at Jodhpur.
Travel from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur
Day 8: Jodhpur Full Day Sightseeing Tour
After breakfast proceed for full day Jodhpur city tour covering Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Kaylana Lake and Mandore Garden.
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. This beautiful fort is also home to few temples such as the Chamundi Mataji Temple and the Nagnechiji Temple.
Jaswant Thada - an imposing marble cenotaph built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II around 1899 known for multilevel gardens, intricately carved gazebos and architecture.
Mandore Gardens is located 9Kms away from city and exhibits old Mandore Palace, Mandore Fort & Ravan temple.
Evening visit Kaylana Lake and enjoy boating. Spend some leisure time Shopping at the famous Clock tower market & Sarafa bazaar, known for precious metal work, antique coins and some of the best clothes merchant in the country. Overnight stay at hotel in Jodhpur.
Last entry to Umaid Bhawan Museum & Mehrangarh Fort closes at 16:00PM
Entry tickets for Mehrangarh Fort - Adult Rs 100/- & Child Rs 30/-