- Places: Jaipur, Ranthambore, Pushkar, Ranakpur, Udaipur
- Activities: sightseeing.
This trip takes you around the best cities of Rajasthan, full of Indian heritage and local culture. Through this trip one will get a chance to visit various Forts, Archaeological sites and many more historic monuments. Journey commences from Jaipur popularly known as Pink city and has a mixture of local architectural features, along with traditional Indian architecture. Also, one will visit Ranthambore, one of the finest tiger reserves of the country and a habitat for the royal predators in the untamed.
The final days of the journey takes one through Udaipur known to be the pearl of India, the entrancing "City of Dawn". It is the land of the Rajputs, faithful to its glorious history and traditions. Here are lakes that come as a surprise in sandy Rajasthan and forested hills where wildlife still abounds. The voyage finds its destiny in Udaipur.
Day 1: In Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur, we will check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay will be followed by the dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: Full day city tour of Jaipur city and the Amber fort. Sightseeing places in Jaipur:
- City Palace: City Palace, Jaipur is palace complex, which was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha clan, and now houses a museum. It is located in Jaipur city in Rajasthan state in India. It is an impressive and vast complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732 by Swai Jai Singh II and later additions were made by subsequent rulers.
- Amber Fort: Amber Fort is located in Amber, 11 km from Jaipur, Rajasthan state, India. It was the ancient citadel of the ruling Kachhawa clan of Amber, before the capital was shifted to present day Jaipur. Amber Fort is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) elements, and its ornate and breathtaking artistic mastery. The fort borders the Maota Lake, and is a major tourist attraction in Rajasthan.
- Hawa Mahal: Hawa Mahal is a palace in Jaipur, India. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. It forms part of the City Palace and extends the Zenana or women's chambers, the chambers of the harem. Its original intention was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict "purdah" (cover). The Hawa Mahal is an example of Rajputana architecture, which was strongly influenced by Mughal architecture. It has five stories and is constructed of red and pink sandstone, highlighted with white quick lime.
- Jantar Mantar: The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja (Ruler) Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734. It is modelled after the one that he had built for him at the then Mughal capital of Delhi. He had constructed a total of five such facilities at different locations, including the ones at Delhi and Jaipur. The Jaipur observatory is the largest of these. In the Evening, we will have Dinner at Chokhi Dhani.
Day 3: Jaipur - Ranthambore (180 km, 5 hrs journey). After an early breakfast, we will depart to Ranthambore. In the afternoon, we will go for Safari. Overnight stay will be followed at the hotel followed by the dinner.
Day 4: Ranthambore – Pushkar (250 km, 6 hrs Journey). After breakfast, we will drive to Pushkar. On arrival, we will check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is reserved for sightseeing tour. Overnight stay will be followed at the hotel followed by the dinner.
Sightseeing places in Ajmer – Pushkar:
- Dargah sharif: The Dargah Sharif of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti is situated at the foot of the Taragarh hill, and consists of several white marble buildings arranged around two courtyards, including a massive gate donated by the Nizam of Hyderabad, a mosque donated by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Akbari Mosque, and the domed tomb of the saint. The Emperor Akbar, with his queen, used to come here by foot on pilgrimage from Agra every year in observance of a vow he had made when praying for a son. The large pillars, erected at intervals of two miles (3 km) the whole way between Agra and Ajmer, marking the daily halting places of the royal pilgrim, are still extant.
- Brahma Temple: Pushkar is a town in the state of Rajasthan in India near Ajmer, about 23 Kilometers away, and is an important tourist destination. Pushkar is famous for the Pushkar Lake and the 14th century Brahma temple dedicated to Brahma, God as the Creator of all creation. This is the most celebrated site for the worship of Brahma. Pushkar is also famous for its annual Pushkar Camel Fair.
Day 5: Pushkar – Ranakpur (240kms 6hrs journey). Leave from Pushkar to Udaipur. Sightseeing. Overnight in Aranya Vaas. Sightseeing places in Ranakpur:
- Ranakpur Jain Temple: Light colored marble has been used for the construction of this grand temple which occupies an area of approximately 60 x 62 meters. The temple, with its distinctive domes, shikhara, turrets and cupolas rises majestically from the slope of a hill. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple. The pillars are all differently carved and no two pillars are the same. It is also said that it is impossible to count the pillars. Also all the statues face one or the other statue. 30th Nov Ranakpur/Udaipur via Kumbhalgarh (110 km): If possible do some sightseeing and then leave from Udaipur In route visting Kumbhalgarh Fort
Day 6: Udaipur. Full day city tour of Udaipur city. Sightseeing places in Udaipur:
- City Palace Udaipur: Standing on the east bank of Lake Pichola is a massive series of palaces built at different times from 1559. The balconies of the palace provide panoramic views of "Jag Niwas" (the Lake Palace Hotel), Jag Mandir on one side and on the other the city of Udaipur. Its main entrance is through the triple-arched gate - the Tripolia, built in 1725. The way now leads to a series of courtyards, overlapping parations, terraces, corridors and gardens. There is a Suraj Gokhda, where the maharanas of Mewar presented themselves in the times of trouble to the people to restore confidence.
- Jag Mandir: Another island in the Lake Pichola, which is known for its garden courtyard. Shah Jahan took refuge here while revolting against his father, at present converted restaurant run by HRH group of hotels.
- Jagdish Temple: A temple situated in the middle of the city - a big tourist attraction, the temple of Jagannath Rai, now called Jagdish-ji, is a major monument. It is raised on a tall terrace and was completed in 1651. It attaches a double storeyed Mandapa (hall) to a double - storied, saandhara (that having a covered ambulatory) sanctum.
- Fateh Sagar Lake: Fateh Sagar Lake is situated in the north of Lake Picholas. It was originally built by Maharana Jai Singh in the year 1678 AD, but later on reconstructed and extended by Maharana Fateh Singh after much destruction was caused by heavy rains. In 1993-1994, the water vanished from the lake, but in 2005-2006, the lake regained its water.
Day 7: Udaipur/End of tour. At the end of our tour, we will be dropped back at the Railway Station.
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