12 Days Best of Rajasthan Tour – 11 Nights/12 Days private guided tour of Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Udaipur & Ranthambore – includes pick/drop from/to Delhi Airport/ Hotel, 11 nights stay in quality Hotels, Breakfast, AC Car Driver & Guide.
Explore the land of Maharajas – the colorful state of Rajasthan. This tour starts at Jaipur, where we will visit Amber Fort, Maharaja’s City Palace, Armoury Museum, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds. Next we will visit Bikaner which was once a major trading post between Africa, West Asia and the Far East. We will visit the Camel Breeding Farms; Junagarh Fort and the famous Mata Karni Temple at Deshnoke where rats are worshiped! We will travel to Jaisalmer – a fairy-tale town in the Thar Desert where we will explore the forts and its beautiful Jain temples. Enjoy the evening walking through the colorful bazaars. The next day we will visit the Patwaon Ki Haveli which is known for frescoes before moving to Sam Sand Dunes to witness sunset.
From Jaisalmer we will travel to the 15th century city of Jodhpur, which stands at the edge of Thar Desert and is famous as Blue City. We will visit Meherangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Sadar Bazaar and Clock Tower markets. On our way to Mount Abu we will visit the Ranakpur Jain temples which are hidden in the dense forests of the Aravalli hills.
At Mount Abu we will explore the Dilwara Temples built in 1031 AD, and visit Nakki Lake which is an artificial lake built at a height of 1200 Mts! We will drive through valleys of the remote and peaceful Aravalli Range to Udaipur which is known as City of Sunrise, and enjoy a leisure boat ride on Lake Pichola, visit City Palace which was built in 1725 and the beautiful Jagdish Temple built in 1651 by Maharaja Jagat Singh.
Later we will visit Sahelion Ki Bari, Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum which has an attractive collection of folk dresses, puppets, ornaments, dolls, masks, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings, and visit to Eklingji & Nagda Temples on the bank of Lake Bageela. The next day we will drive to Ranthambhore, En route visit the Chittorgarh Fort and later enjoy an Early Morning Game Drive through Ranthambhore National Park in search of the ever elusive Tiger.
Tour Plan Details:
DAY 01 Arrival at Delhi – Arrival at Delhi Airport. We will start our journey by cab to Jaipur and transfer to hotel. Jaipur, widely known as the ‘Pink City was colored in pink to welcome Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria of England who visited India in 1883 A.D. The city was founded in 1727 A.D by one of the greatest ruler Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides and crowned by formidable forts and majestic palaces, mansions and gardens.
Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is sub-divided into nine rectangular sectors symbolizing nine divisions of universe. Also, Jaipur is the first planned city designed in accordance with ‘Shilpa Shastra’- epochal treatise of Hindu architecture.
Evening, Rest of the day is at leisure, free for independent activities. Overnight stay at your hotel.
DAY 02 JAIPUR – Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel; later proceed for an excursion to Amber Fort, here you will enjoy the Elephant Ride to reach atop of the palace (Subject to Availability and optional) this journey on embellished elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the Royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. Inside the Fort visit the Hall of Victory or Jag Mandir, the famed Sheesh Mahal – a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium.
Continue your journey: with the city tour of Jaipur- visiting Maharaja’s City Palace, the former Royal residence, part of it is now converted into a museum. A small portion is still used by the Royal family of Jaipur. One of the major attractions of the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum, housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers.
Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world, having 17 large instruments; many of them are still in working condition. During the tour you will also have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal – the Palace of Winds.
Overnight stay at your hotel.
DAY 03 JAIPUR – BIKANER (350KMS) – Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Bikaner. Bikaner which was once a major trading post between Africa, West Asia and the Far East. The arts prospered receiving the patronage of a wealthy merchant community. The city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world.
This after noon you will visit Camel Breeding Farms; Junagarh Fort, a formidable structure encircled by a moat and having some beautiful palaces within. Situated at a height of above seven hundred feet above sea level, it towers over the city and can be seen from a distance. The fort and its palaces are profusely decorated with magnificent stone carvings. 30 kms south of Bikaner is the village of Deshnoke, where the famous Mata Karni Temple is situated.
The 600-year-old temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple plays host to thousands of rats that form the major attraction here. The rats are considered sacred and worshipped accordingly. You have to be very careful while entering the inner sanctum, because it is believed that if you accidentally step on a rat, a gold replica has to be made to compensate for the lost life.
Overnight stay at your hotel.
DAY 04 BIKANER – JAISALMER (350KMS) – Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer – a fairy-tale town in the Thar Desert founded about 800 years ago by Raja Jaisal. Unlike any other city, this desert fortress is one of Rajasthan’s most exotic and unusual towns. Jaisalmer, an important ancient trading centre because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes, is often described as the ‘golden city’.
The havelis, built by merchants of the 19th century, are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone and are still in a beautiful condition. The fort built by Rawal Jaisal in the 12th century, stands on the 80 meter high Trikuta hill, with beautifully carved Jain temples.
The annual desert festival takes place in January and February each year and is a riot of color and activity. Jaisalmer is also famous for its embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, antique and stonework and the sand dune desert camel safaris.
Afternoon is free, walk around the colorful and bustling bazaars for personal exploration or shopping. Overnight stay at your hotel.
DAY 05 IN JAISALMER – Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel; proceed for the city tour of Jaisalmer. Visit the famous Haveli’ (mansions) known for their frescoes. Jaisalmer’s strategic position on the camel terrain route brought great wealth.
The merchants grew prosperous and commissioned great havelis, or mansions, to flaunt their ever-growing status in society. Made of local golden-yellow sand stone and wood, some of the havelis are still in excellent condition. The most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer havelis is the Patwaon Ki Haveli.
Five Jain brothers built the Haveli between 1800 and 1860. Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Nathmal Ki Haveli are the other two havelis that are open to visitors. Built in 1156 by the Bhatti ruler, Jaisal, THE FORT here stands atop the 80 m high Trikuta hill and 3 walls and 99 bastions surround the fort.
Over the centuries, the golden sand stone fortress witnessed many battles between the Bhattis, the Mughals and the Rathors of Jodhpur. Within the fort complex lie the beautifully carved Jain Temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries. The Maharawals (rulers) of Jaisalmer were devout Hindus but were tolerant of Jainism, and encouraged art and religion. There are 7 temples in the complex.
In the evening, proceed for the excursion to Sam Sand dunes. Located at a distance of 42 kilometers from Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes is the closest point to witness the total sandy desert. You can also see the patterns and motifs created by the shifting sands and air. Moreover, Sam Sand Dunes also provide you with an unforgettable experience of camel rides and the sunset. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 06 JAISALMER– JODHPUR (300 KMS) – Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Jodhpur. The 15th century city of Jodhpur, stands at the edge of Thar Desert and is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. Jodhpur is a resplendent city, with a blend of modern and traditional buildings.
The city is totally dominated by a massive fort sprawled across 125- meter high hill known as Meherangarh Fort, founded by Rao Jodha in 15th century. A flourishing trade center in the 16th century, Jodhpur is still one of the leading centers of wool, cattle, camels, salt and agricultural crops. It boasts of some of very fine reminders of its glorious past palaces, temples and other elegant monuments of architectural and historical significance.
Also Jodhpur is popularly known as the ‘Blue City’ because of the beautiful houses painted with indigo color mostly belonging to the Brahmin caste. You can get a magnificent view of this Blue city from the ramparts of the Meherangarh Fort. Visit the Meherangarh Fort, which was impregnable for the rocky base it is built on. It totally dominates the city and within its walls are the royal palaces, priceless jewels and a striking collection of arms. Also visit Jaswant Thada, the white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II built in 1899.
Also visit Sadar Bazaar and Clock Tower markets where you can see the vegetable, spice, Indian sweets, and textile and silver markets. These colorful markets with tiny shops dot the narrow lanes replete with woodcarvings, wrought iron, lacquer work, silver and ivory ornamentation and leather handicrafts.
Afternoon is free to walk around, in the colorful and bustling bazaars for personal exploration or shopping.
Overnight stay at your hotel.
DAY 07 JODHPUR– RANAKPUR – UDAIPUR (260 KMS) – Enjoy your breakfast in morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Udaipur. You’ll drive through valleys in the remote and peaceful Aravalli Range. The Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan have a range of natural and cultural bounties which makes it an excellent destination.En route you will visit the Ranakpur Jain Temple.
The Ranakpur Jain temples are hidden in the dense forests of the Aravalli hills in a peaceful setting and are one of the five holy Jain pilgrimages and they were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch RanaKumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved with no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 Kg and their sound echoes in the entire complex.
After lunch drive to Udaipur. Also known as the “City of Sunrise”, Udaipur is set along the banks of the shimmering lake Pichola and is one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan. Nestled among the lush hills of the Aravali, it has inevitably been dubbed the ‘Venice of the East’. It is a kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carries the flavor of the heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Udaipur was founded in 1568 A.D. by MaharanaUdai Singh; the city is a harmonious Indian blend of whitewashed buildings, marble palaces, lakeside gardens, temples and havelis.
In the evening you will enjoy a leisure boat ride on Lake Pichola. The beautiful stretch of water surrounding the two marvelous structures the Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir is the life line of Udaipur city. Lake Pichola is about 4 kms in length and 3 kms wide. Jagniwas was earlier the summer retreat of the prince of Mewar and is now a five-star Hotel Lake Palace. All the palaces in the city are constructed to have a magnificent reflection in this lake. This lake was created in the 15th century and widened later. The lake is surrounded by many exquisite palaces, temples, hilly terrains, bathing ghats and many gardens. The city palace extends along the eastern shore of the lake and you can go for a boat ride from BansiGhat. (Subject to water level in the lake). Overnight stay at your hotel.
DAY 08 IN UDAIPUR – Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, and proceed for sight seeing of Udaipur. Udaipur is also a centre of historic arts and crafts of Mewar.
During the tour you will visit the City Palace built in 1725, the grand City Palace is actually a conglomerate of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola. One of the largest, most beautiful palaces in the state of Rajasthan, it is now a museum, royal residence and a luxury hotel. This intricately designed monument is an architectural wonder in granite and marble; Jagdish Temple built in 1651 by Maharaja Jagat Singh, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located in the centre of the old city.
The temple has a black marble image of Lord Vishnu, which is unusual for the northern part of the country, where statues of Gods are normally in marble. Later visit Sahelion Ki Bari that is a small ornamental garden built in the honor of Royal Ladies for recreational purpose. Next is the visit to BhartiyaLok Kala Museum. BharatiyaLok Kala Mandir is home to an attractive collection of folk dresses, puppets, ornaments, dolls, masks, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. The museum is the best place for those interested in puppetry. Short amusing puppet shows are staged throughout the day. In addition, the museum runs short courses in puppet making and theatre.
The Udaipur trip will be followed by visit to Eklingji&Nagda Temples – built in white marble with a double storied porch on the bank of Lake Bageela – 22 kms from Udaipur. Overnight stay at your hotel.
DAY 09 UDAIPUR-CHITTORGARH-BUNDI (270 KMS) – Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Bundi. En route visit the Chittorgarh Fort which is a huge and colossal structure. The entrance to the fort is provided through seven gates with the main gate, Ram Pol (gate of Ram). As per the legend, Bhim, a Pandava, started the construction of the fort. There are a number of magnificent monuments inside the fort. Tour must include RanaKumbha Palace, the most imposing monument in the Chittorgarh Fort. Rich heritage and architecture define this palace. It is believed that the palace has underground basements where Rani Padmini and other women performed Johar.
After Lunch drive to Bundi. Overnight stay in Bundi
DAY 10 BUNDI – RANTHAMBORE (145 KMS)
(PARK CLOSED FROM 01 JULY TO 30 SEPT)
After breakfast, visit the Taragah Fort and Chitrashala.Later you will drive to Ranthambore National Park. The Park covers a huge area of 400 kms of dry deciduous forest and has three lakes – Rajbaug, Padam and Malik and the fort at the entrance. The town gets its name from two hill ranges, “Ranas” and “Thambore” which meet there.
The main tourists’ attraction here is the royal Bengal tiger. The area of Ranthambhore Park hosts 30-32 tigers, showing a healthy ecosystem. For a relatively small area, the park has a rich diversity of fauna and flora – species list includes 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, and 272 birds, 12 reptiles including the Marsh Crocodile & amphibians and 30 mammals.
It includes around a thousand chitals, 800 neelgais, a rattle and a sloth bear, many sambars, few chinkaras, blackbuck and many crocodiles & python. It houses birds like cormorants, miniwets, darters, drongos lapwings, anoles, cormorants, kingfishers, stone curlews and eagles & thousands of peacocks and peahens. The landscape is dotted with ancient Banyan Trees, Dhok&Pipal trees. The forest is typically dry deciduous type, with Dhok, being the most prominent tree.Overnight stay at your hotel.
DAY 11 – RANTHAMBHORE
0630 hrs: Early Morning Game Drive.
Early morning Game Drive in Canter (Open Bus 20 Seater) into the Park where your naturalist will talk to you about the wildlife found in this Park. Ranthambhore National Park is probably the best place in the world to see wild tigers and is the only dry deciduous tiger habitat in the world. In game drive your naturalist will help you explore the park in the search of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Overnight stay at your hotel.
DAY 12 – RANTHAMBHORE – JAIPUR (200KMS)
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Jaipur and transfer to Airport or Railway Station.
Optional: If you would like to enjoy a tour of Delhi, we can do that on Day 1. your stay at Delhi will allow you to relax and get comfortable before we start our journey to Jaipur the next day by car. Also, if you require, we can end this tour at Delhi Airport/Hotel to your convenience.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis
- Daily breakfast included
- Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures
- Chauffeured air-conditioned vehicles for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
- English speaking guide will be provided for sightseeing and excursion tours
- All currently applicable taxes
- Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, camera / video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
- Local payments in domestic currency, such as entry fees to monuments, tips and gratuities
- Any ride, monument entry fees
- Domestic / International air fare
- Indian Visa Fees
- Any other services not mentioned in Price Inclusions above.
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