- Welcome to your ‘Rajasthan Delight Ex-Jaipur’ tour. On arrival at airport in Jaipur, you will be met and transferred to the hotel.
- The afternoon is at leisure.
- In the evening, proceed to Chokhi Dhani for a glimpse of village life and have a traditional Rajasthani dinner.
- Chokhi Dhani, a Rajasthani village themed resort, situated in the outskirts of Jaipur, is a representation of the culture, traditions and lifestyle of village life in Rajasthan. Overnight in Jaipur
- After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amer to see the fabulous Amer Fort.
- Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amer Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power.
- The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenelated walls lattice the surrounding area.
- A jeep will take you to the fort and once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls. Many of the rooms have delightful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls. Most fascinating, perhaps, is the Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) where a single lamplight is reflected in the many mirrors, lighting up the room.
- En route to Amer you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below.In the afternoon, you will visit the city of Jaipur.
- Among the highlights to be seen while touring Jaipur include the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armoury, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings.
- Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory made by the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1726 and is one of the five such astronomical wonders built by Sawai Jai Singh and makes accurate predictions even to this day. The rest of the evening is at leisure. You can wander about the local markets.
- Overnight in Jaipur
- Today, after buffet breakfast, you will proceed to the Marwar capital city of Jodhpur, sprawled around the impressive cliff top Mehrangarh Fort.
- On arrival, check-in to your hotel.
- Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. The city is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert.
- The rest of the evening is at leisure for independent activities. You can explore the local textile and antique markets on your own.
- Overnight in Jodhpur
- In the morning, after breakfast, proceed to visit the Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.
- The Mehrangarh Fort is sprawled across a 125-meter high hill and is the most impressive and formidable fort in the fort-studded Rajasthan.
- On the wall, adjacent to the Lahapol or ‘Iron Gate’ are 15 handprints, the sati marks of the widows of Maharaja Man Singh who threw themselves upon his funeral pyre in 1843.
- Inside the fort, which is still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, visit its various palaces with their delicate friezes and respective museums, displaying treasures of the royal family.To the left of the Mehrangarh Fort complex is the Jaswant Thada.
- It is a 19th century royal cenotaph built in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. The cenotaph has two more tombs within it.
- Near to this are the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs.Jaswant Thada is an example of architectural brilliance. It is a white marble memorial, built out of intricately carved sheets of marble.
- There is also beautiful marble jali work on the cenotaph and it is the definitive tomb with a view. The rest of the evening is at leisure for Independent activities. Overnight in Jodhpur
- After buffet breakfast, you will be driven from Jodhpur to Udaipur, en route visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples, an exceptionally beautiful excursion through the rugged, wooded hills of Rajasthan to the Jain Temples of Ranakpur in the Aravalli Valley, to see one of the best complexes of Jain religion which is particularly noted for the grandiose Scale of its architecture and the highly decorated ceilings, walls and 1444 different pillars.
- The priests of the temples did all the temple designing and their generations are still continuing the work. Post Lunch,continue your journey to Udaipur. Arrive Udaipur and check-in to the hotel. Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan.
- As capital of the old Mewar State it was the only Rajput stronghold to uphold its Hindu allegiance in the face of Muslim invasion. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, culminating in the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the world.
- Overnight in Udaipur
- After buffet breakfast, you will proceed for a tour visiting the City Palace, which overlooks the Lake Pichola (boating on direct payment).
- The City Palace was built in 1725 of granite and marble with filigreed balconies, ornate windows and craftsmanship in glass. The royal palace walls stretch over a mile on the eastern side of the lake.
- Within the palace is a maze of courtyards, apartments and decorated halls. The rooms are covered with frescoes, displays of royal processions, stone and glass mosaics and ornamental doors and painted windows.
- The marble throne in the coronation rooms was last used during the time of Maharana Sangram Singh II (1710-30) and nearby is the Sun Window installed by Maharaja Bhim Singh (1778-1828). This is the divine symbol of the house of Mewar, which traces its lineage to the Surya Vansha, descendants of the Sun. Each palace within is an outstanding creation of art.
- Visit the museums and the hall of public audiences, the private chambers of the royal ladies at the palace. You would also have sometime to explore the enchanting city bewitching in all its details – narrow streets lined by vivid coloured stalls, gardens, temples and palaces – every feature, mirrored in the placid blue waters of Lake Pichola.
- Also visit the Saheliyon ki Bari or Garden of the Maids. Saheliyon Ki Bari was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. The gardens set below the embankment of the Fateh Sagar Lake have beautiful lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant- shaped fountains.
- These fountains are fed by the water of the lake gushing through ducts made for the purpose. Each water channel has its distinct sound and the mingling of these sounds complement the ambience of the place. The rest of the evening is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Udaipur
- After breakfast, drive to Ajmer. En route, visit the famous Brahma Temple, which is said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity.
- It’s marked by red spire, and over the entrance gateway is the hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is said to have personally chosen Pushkar as its site.
- Also visit the Pushkar Lake. Then drive to Ajmer where Ajmer Sharif is an important religious institution which has for centuries pilgrims from all over world .
- There is no doubt that the boundless grace and blessing of khwaja shall continue.
- Overnight in Ajmer/ Pushkar
- Today, bid farewell to your ‘Rajasthan Delight Ex-Jaipur’ tour, as you are transferred to airport in Jaipur for your onward journey.
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