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Road Trip to Rajasthan

Experience the life of kings and royalties in Rajasthan. Known as the "Land of Kings", Rajasthan is the most vibrant, colorful and an architecturally magnificent state of India. Forts, Palaces, vintage cars, folk dancing and absolutely mouth watering local delicacies, Rajasthan is the perfect blend of heritage and chivalry. A road trip in Rajasthan is almost like stepping back in time. You will drive through ancient villages, passing royal havelis, forts, palaces and eating some dust too as you drive through the desert! No matter where in Rajasthan you go, a road trip in Rajasthan is going to be one of the most memorable, colorful, exciting and luxurious journey of your life!

Destination Highlights

Day 1

Delhi-Jaipur (Distance 289Kms/5hrs drive by road)

delhi-tourMorning drive to Jaipur. Jaipur city was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1727. It is a magnificent planned city built of nose-pink colored stones that is why it is also called as “Pink City”. Check-in at the Jaipur hotel. After lunch you can proceed for local sightseeing.

Day 2

Jaipur City-Tour of Jaipur

City Palace – The palace was built between 1729 and 1732, initially by Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. It includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces which now houses museums.

Hawa Mahal – “Palace of Winds” or ‘Palace of the Breeze”. It was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivities while unseen from the outside. Constructed of red and pink sandstone, the palace sits on the edge of the City Palace, and extends to the zenana, or women’s chambers.

Jantar Mantar – Built by King Jai Singh II between 1727 and 1734, literally means “calculation instrument”. There are 14 structures in total, which measure time, predict eclipses, and track stars. The most impressive one is the huge Samrat Yantra sundial. At a height of 90 feet (27 meters), it has a shadow that moves roughly the width of a person’s hand every minute.

Evening visit of Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur The Ethnic Village Resort)

Capturing the spirit of Rajasthan and ensuring the perfect Rajasthani experience is Chokhi Dhani, a unique Village Resort. Chokhi Dhani literally means a “fine hamlet” i.e. a quintessential village that offers an ideal pastoral experience. Away from the urban life the idyllic cottages and suites in the resort give the right blend of traditions – modern amenities in typical ethnic environment.

“Food is the universal love that all of us discover sooner or later, and we try to satisfy this love by treating ourselves with different varieties and rich food around the world.”

There are various performances at Chokhi Dhani Ethnic Village area with Rajasthani theme apart from the developed Rajasthani culinary delights.

Day 3

Jaipur-Udaipur (Distance 420Kms/7hrs drive by road)

udaipur-road-tripMorning drive to Udaipur. Famously called the ‘Venice of the East’ and ‘The City of Lakes’. Udaipur is a stunning location and has a rich cultural background and a great history. The palaces reflect the architectural grandeur prevailed during the period of Rajputs and the scenic landscape is descriptive of how nature could be generous where it chooses to be. Check-in at the Udaipur hotel. After lunch you can proceed for local sightseeing.

Day 4

City Tour of Udaipur

City Palace – City Palace was constructed in the year 1559 by Maharana Udai Mirza Singh. The palace is situated on the banks of Pichola Lake. City Palace houses 11 magnificent palaces with the courtyards, terraces, pavilions, hanging gardens were all constructed during various periods and by various rulers.

Lake Pichola – Lake Pichola was created in 1362. Rana Udai Singh II extended the lake in 16th century. The picturesque lake is surrounded by huge hills, magnificent palaces, temples and bathing ghats. Sunset views are stunning. Boat cruise offers lovely views of the town, particularly in the evenings as you watch the sun go down on your eyes, you will find the city lit up.

Bagore Ki Haveli – Bagore Ki Haveli is situated near Pichola Lake. The 18th century construction was built by Amir Chand Badwa, Chief Minister at the Royal Court of Mewar. This was converted into museum retaining the royal touch to the building. The antique collections include the stuff used by Rajputs such as jewellery boxes, hand fans, copper vessels and so on. When you are there, make sure you present yourself for the shows conducted here in the evenings.

Return to the Hotel. Overnight at Udaipur.

Day 5

Udaipur-Jodhpur (Distance 254Kms/4hrs 30mins drive by road)

jodhpurMorning drive to Jodhpur. Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan. The city is known as the “Sun City” for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all the year round. It is also referred to as the “Blue City” due to the vivid blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Check-in at the Jodhpur hotel. After lunch you can proceed for local sightseeing.

Day 6

City Tour of Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort – The impregnable Mehrangarh Fort, which rises above the city, is one of the largest forts in India. One of the highlights is the museum, which houses an outstanding collection of fine and applied arts from the Mughal period of Indian history. It even has the only professional museum shop in India.

Jaswant Thada – Jaswant Thada lies to the left of the Mehrangarh fort complex. It is a royal cenotaph made up of white marble. It was built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some rare portraits of the former rulers of Jodhpur are also displayed here.

Jodhpur Flying Fox – Located in the north of Mehrangarh Fort. Adventure lovers can’t pass up the unique opportunity to go zip-lining with Mehrangarh Fort as the backdrop. The circuit has six zip lines and takes around 1.5 hours to complete. Groups of up to 12 people depart at appointed times.

Clock Tower and Old City Markets – A trip to Jodhpur wouldn’t be complete without visiting the bustling Old City. The Old City’s famous landmark, the clock tower, stands at the heart of it – and it’s still working! Next to it, Sadar Market retains a traditional village bazaar feel. It’s chaotic and colorful, and sells almost everything (including handicrafts, spices, saris and fabric).

Day 7

Jodhpur-Jaisalmer (Distance 307Kms/5hrs 30mins drive by road)

jaisalmerMorning drive to Jaisalmer
. Jaisalmer is named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king who founded the city in 1156. Jaisalmer is sometimes called the “Golden City of India” because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in every architecture of the city gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area. Check-in at the Jaisalmer hotel. After lunch you can proceed for local sightseeing.

Day 8

City Tour of Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort – It was constructed by Raja Jaisal. Jaisalmer fort is famously known as the “Golden Fort” also known as “Sonar Qila”. Colourful shades of the setting sun and golden hues of the desert ambience give a fairy tale look to this mega structured fort. The interior of this fort is amazing. It is a ‘working fort’ meaning that unlike every other fort in India, there are people living and working within its walls.

Bada Bagh – Bada Bagh means ‘Huge Garden’. Maharawal Jait Singh’s period saw its construction, which was in the beginning of 16th century. His son Lunakaran completed the construction after the death of his father. The garden served as a memorial where the nobles and their families were cremated. The garden offers a stunning view.

Patwon Ki Haveli – Patwon-Ki-Haveli is located in the main city. It was built by a famous trader named Guman Chand and his sons. This massive five-storied construction has five intricately decorated huge suites. The large corridors and the decorated walls are excellent representations of the art form that prevailed. The entire construction is made of yellow sandstone. Out of the five havelis, one is converted into a museum.
Return to the Hotel. Overnight at Jaisalmer.

Gadisar Lake – It was constructed by the first ruler of the land, Raja Rawal Jaisal and later reconstructed by Maharawal Garsi in the year 1367. The people of the desert city depended on this tank for their water needs. You will find temples, Holy shrines and Chattris around the banks of this lake. The artistically carved entrance made of yellow sandstone offers breathtaking view. Boating is allowed here and hence you could take a trip round the lake to enjoy the serene atmosphere.

Sam Sand Dunes – To have a feel of the desert, you need to undertake Desert Safari. Sam Sand Dunes is the ideal location to set off for the Desert Safari. You will love the safari on camelback that would take you along crests and troughs and you could watch the picturesque sunset on the desert. Jeep safaris are available as well.
Return to the Hotel. Overnight at Jaisalmer.

Day 9

Jaisalmer -Bikaner (Distance 330Kms/5hrs 30mins drive by road)

bikaner2Morning drive to Bikaner. The city was established in the year 1488 by Rao Bika Ji, a Rajput prince. The city is known for producing great warriors. The excavations from this city prove that the civilization was at its peak here even before Harappan civilization. Imposing palaces, forts and stunning temples with great architecture boast of the finesse of the Rajput civilization.Check-in at the Bikaner hotel. After lunch you can proceed for local sightseeing.

Day 10

City Tour of Bikaner

Junagarh Fort – Junagarh Fort was constructed in the year 1593 by Raja Rai Singh. It is believed that crocodiles were bred in the water moat surrounding the formidable fort. The picturesque courtyards beautify the fort. The amazing architecture inside the fort inspires you. Some of the attractions inside the fort are Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Dungar Mahal, Diwan-e-khas and Ganga Mahal.

Lalgarh Palace – 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. The massive lawns houses peacocks, which are a sight to watch when they dance. You could find library, cards room and billiards room among various other rooms. Lalgarh Palace is a feast to your eyes and architects’ delight.

Gajner Palace – Gajner Palace is located on the banks of a lake. Maharaja Ganga Singh Ji constructed the palace. The royal family used the palace to retreat after hunting. The red sandstone construction is a glowing example of stunning architecture. The palace is situated in the thick of forest and you could view migratory birds flock in great numbers. It is a perfect place to spend a quiet evening as you could stretch to watch the night sky and the lake silent and stunning.

Jain Temple Bhandasar – It is here where tourists will find an unusually ornate two-storied Jain temple. Known as Bhandreshwar (Bhandasar) Temple, its name is taken from the wealthy merchant, Bhandasa Oswal, who commissioned the construction in 1468. The stunning temple interior includes a series of vibrant paintings adorned with gold leaf patterns. Marble pillars bear floral arabesques and stories depicting the lives of the 24 Jain Tirthankars.

National Research Centre on camel – India’s only camel breeding farm is located in Bikaner, a remote city in the Northwestern area of Rajasthan. Started in 1975, nearly half the camels bred in India come from this farm including those used in the camel regiment of the Indian Army. Formally named the National Research Center on Camel, the center is more popularly referred to as the Government Camel Breeding Farm.

Return to the Hotel. Overnight at Bikaner.

Day 11

delhi-tourBikaner-Delhi (Distance 450Kms/7hrs 30mins drive by road)

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