There is a certain magic About traveling through Rajasthan which is unequalled by any Elephant ride at Amber Fort Jaipurother place in the world. Everything in Rajasthan is breathtakingly beautiful impressive and fascinating. Amazing legends of heroism And romance still resound from its equally amazing architecture that still stands to narrate its tale of a bygone era.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Delhi - Transfer To Agra - Agra Sightseeing
From Delhi airport/railway station, you will drive to Agra (210 kms / 3.5 hrs) - the city of Taj Mahal. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Later, leave for the half day sightseeing of Agra which includes the famous 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 by evening for overnight stay.
Day 2: Transfer From Agra To Jaipur Via Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast proceed to the Jaipur (240Kms/5Hrs). Jaipur is popularly known as "Pink City". Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri - once the capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Also visit the Buland Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world. On arrival at Jaipur, check into your hotel.In the evening visit Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir) & Chokhi Dhani – An Ethnic Village Resort. Enjoy Rajasthani cuisine with live folk dance and music. Return back to hotel. Overnight stay at Jaipur.
Travel from Agra to Jaipur
Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: Bikaner Half Day Sightseeing - Transfer From Bikaner To Jaisalmer
After breakfast check out from 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 the best collection of Armory belonging to the Middle age. Later visit Lallgarh Palace & Asia's biggest Camel breeding farm to watch different breeds of Camels. Later proceed to Jaisalmer (330Kms/5hrs). Its also known as Golden City because of the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in every architecture ogiving a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area. Upon arrival check into your hotel. 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 & Half Day Jodhpur Sightseeing
After breakfast check out from your hotel and proceed to Jodhpur (285 Km / 5 hrs). Visit Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort and 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. Check-in to your hotel. Evening free for own activity. Overnight stay at Jodhpur hotel.
Travel from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur
Day 8: Transfer From Jodhpur To Udaipur Via Ranakpur
Post breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Udaipur (250Kms/5Hrs). Enroute visit the famous Ranakpur Jain Temple. These 15th-century marble temples have been superbly preserved in a near-perfect condition for over 500 years. There are four subsidiary shrines, 24 pillared halls and 1,444 columns in all, which are intricately carved yet no two of them are alike. Upon arrival at Udaipur, check-in to your hotel. In the evening take a breathtaking boat tour over the picturesque Lake Pichola (at your own cost) to admire the royal buildings around the Lake and enjoy the scenic sunset view. From the lake you have a wonderful view of the City Palace stretching along the east bank, while the south bank has pleasant gardens running down to the waterside. Overnight stay at hotel in Udaipur.
Travel from Jodhpur to Udaipur
Day 9: Full Day Udaipur Sightseeing Tour
Post breakfast proceed for full day Udaipur city tour. Visit Udaipur City Palace, the largest royal complex in Rajasthan and former home of the Kings. The Palace is now an assortment of Mahals, courtyards, pavilions, corridors, terraces, rooms and hanging gardens. Prime attractions of City Palace are Amar Vilas, Fateprakash Palace, Krishna Vilas, Manak Mahal, Mor Chowk, Sheesh Mahal, Zenana Mahal & Rang Bhawan. See the ancient paintings, Royal attire and souvenirs from historic battles. Visit Jagdish Temple built by Maharana Jagat Singh and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Visit Vintage Car Museum: located just a few kilometers away from the magnificent City Palace Vintage Car Museum is an awesome place for automobile and car lovers., Fateh Sagar Lake: one of the major tourist spots in the city surrounded by the Aravalli Hills, it is the second largest artificial lake in the city and is known for its scenic beauty, take a photo stop at Nehru Garden: Constructed in an Island at the heart of Fateh Sagar Lake, major attraction of the garden is a floating restaurant, in a boat shape, Maharana Pratap Memorial: a marvelous bronze statue of Maharana Pratap sitting on his faithful horse Chetak overlooking the Fateh sagar lake. & Gulab Bagh. Proceed to Sahelion-KI-Bari -also known as the Garden or the Courtyard of Maiden. Saheliyon Ki Bari was the gardens set below the embankment of the Fateh Sagar Lake. It has beautiful lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant- shaped fountains. Drive pass Sukhadia Circle. Visit Bhartiya Lok kala Museum - a museum of folk and art, it displays a rich collection of folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls. In the evening take a breathtaking boat tour over the picturesque Lake Pichola (at your own cost) to admire the royal buildings around the Lake and enjoy the scenic sunset view. From the lake you have a wonderful view of the City Palace stretching along the east bank, while the south bank has pleasant gardens running down to the waterside. Overnight stay at hotel in Udaipur.
Entry charges for City Palace & Museum (9:30am to 5:30pm) - Adult Rs 300/- ; Child Rs 100/-
Entry charges for Vintage Car Museum (9am to 9pm) - Adult Rs 250/- ; Child Rs 150/-
Entry charges for Crystal Gallery (9:30am to 6:30pm) - Adult Rs 300/- ; Child Rs 100/-
Entry charges for Bagore ki Haveli (9:30am to 5:30pm) - Adult Rs 50/- ; Child Rs 25/-
Puppet Show Charges at Lok Kala Mandal - Adult Rs 40/- & Child Rs 20/-
Day 10: Departure From Udaipur
After breakfast, check out from hotel and transfer to Udaipur Railway Station / Airport for your onward journey.