Delhi – Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur - Chittorgarh – Jaipur - Delhi
Stay: 1 nt Jodhpur, 2 nts Udaipur, 2 nts Jaipur
On Arrival at Delhi International airport, you will be received & welcome by our representative than you will be transferred to domestic departure terminal to board the flight to Jodhpur. You arrive at Jodhpur, meet & warm welcome by our representative than transfer to hotel. Check in and freshen up.
Jodhpur - Once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar, it was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha and is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. The graceful palaces, forts and temples bring alive the historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city.
Later visit the magnificent Mehrangarh fortress which dominates the town. Continue further to Jaswant Thada, the white marble memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs also stand nearby. Evening explore the hustle and bustle of the local market in old town. Stay overnight at hotel.
Morning Breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Udaipur (275 kms/7 hour approx) en-route, visiting the famous Ranakpur Jain temples. Three storeys high, with 27 halls and domes supported by over a thousand pillars, it is one of the most significant Jain sites in India. Evening arrive in Udaipur and check-in to your hotel.
Udaipur – also known as the City of Lakes,it is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the former Rajputana Agency. The Guhils (Sisodia) clan ruled the Mewar and its capital was shifted from Chittorgarh to Udaipur after founding city of Udaipur by Maharana Uday Singh. The Mewar province became part of Rajasthan after India became independent. Apart from its history, culture, and scenic locations, it is also known for its Rajput-era palaces. The Lake Palace, for instance, covers an entire island in the Pichola Lake. Many of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels. It is often called the "Venice of the East". Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar in this city are considered some of the most beautiful lakes in the state. Stay overnight at hotel.
Morning breakfast at hotel. Spend the day on a sightseeing tour of Udaipur, starting with the City Palace. The entrance to the City Palace complex is through the 'Hathi Pol' (elephant gate) along the main street of the old city, past the Jagdish Temple. The paintings, mosaics, intricately carved 'Chhatries' and the architecturally brilliant façade all contribute to making a visit to the City Palace a truly memorable experience.
Continue to Crystal Gallery, it has a rare collection of Osler's crystal ordered from England by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877. Also visit the Sahelion-ki-Bari, the garden of the maids of honour that was constructed for forty-eight young ladies in waiting who were sent to the royal house as a part of a lavish dowry. This evening enjoy cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola (subject to water levels). From the beautifully decorated boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - another lovely island palace in the middle of the lake. Watch a spectacular sunset over the lake, which will be a fitting finale for the day (subject to weather conditions). Stay overnight at hotel.
Morning breakfast at hotel, and drive down to Jaipur around 415 kms / 6 hrs. Reach and check into hotel.
Jaipur's past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, ea76ch crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city". Except for the busy traffic of bicycles, cars and buses, little seems to have changed. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people. With its historical past, Jaipur revives legends of the ancient Rajputs. The dresses of the women and the turbans of the men add colour to this fascinating city. Evening free, stay overnight at hotel.
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven just outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. An elephant / Jeep will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress (Elephant ride is subject to availability). 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. Come back to your hotel after your excursion.
In the afternoon you will proceed for city tour 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. 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. It is extremely intricate in its pink sandstone carving. The cool wind blows through its facade of windows and latticed screens through which the queens of the court once viewed the streets of the city. You will also have the opportunity to wander about the local markets. Stay overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel than transfer to Jaipur airport to board the flight to Delhi. On arrival at delhi, you will be picked up by our representative and half day sightseeing of the capital city “Delhi”.
India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers the remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a specious, garden city, tree-lined with a number of beautiful parks.
Proceed for half day sightseeing of Delhi covering Red Fort, India Gate, President House, National Museum etc.
Evening transferred to Delhi International Airport for departure.
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