- Weekend gateways
Arrive in Jaipur. This afternoon you will tour the city visiting the City Palace and the Palace Museum. Walk to the adjacent Jantarmantar built in the 17th century and drive past the Hawa Mahal, Stay overnight.
City Palace Located in the heart of the Pink City Jaipur, the City Palace was where the Maharaja reigned from. This palace also includes the famous 'Chandra Mahal' and 'Mubarak Mahal', and other buildings which form a part of the palace complex. The palace is located towards the northeast side of central Jaipur and has many courtyards and buildings. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732 AD by Sawai Jai Singh II. He ruled in Amer and planned and built the outer walls of the palace and later rulers added to the architecture of this palace. These additions have been known to take place right up to the 20th century. The urban layout of the city of Jaipur was commissioned to Vidyadhar Bhattacharya and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. The architectural styles are largely based on a fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European styles. Today, the 'Chandra Mahal' has been turned into a museum which is home to unique handcrafted products, various uniforms of the rulers and many more things pertaining to the royal heritage of the City Palace.
The palace museum holds the architectural heritage as well as the weapons, royal clothing and artifacts which have a great relevance and a higher hold with the history. The light decoration at night is also mesmerizing in nature.
Jantar Mantar is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Raja Jai Singh. Located in the city of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar draws its name from Sanskrit terms 'yantra' and 'mantra'. The former term means instrument while the latter means formulae. Built between the period of 1728-34, the Jantar Mantar is based on the astronomical studies conducted by Sawai Jai Singh and his men around the world. One of his men brought a manual which was a copy of La Hire's "Tables". Accordingly, Jai Singh ordered the construction of the observatories based on the information provided in this manual. Jai Singh had to make choice regarding the material used for the construction of the observatory. He had the option of using either metal or masonry instruments and he preferred the latter to the former. Infact, he himself designed the stone and masonry instruments of the observatory. Rs. 40 per person for Indians Rs. 15 per person for students Rs. 200 per person for foreign tourists
The Hawa Mahal Jaipur is the beautiful many windowed extension of the City Palace that is said to resemble the honeycomb structure of a bee’s nest. Since the construction of the Hawa Mahal Jaipur in 1799 the building has become the iconic structure of the city and the pink sandstone palace is considered as the finest example of Rajput architecture.The Hawa Mahal Jaipur translated into English means the Palace of the Winds and this name is in reference to the clever cooling system which propagates a gentle breezes through the inner rooms even during the intense Rajasthan summers. This ingenious design has been completely lost after a recent renovation in which windows were installed behind each of the lattice openings, so today the palace of winds has no wind.
This morning, you will drive just outside the city to visit the Amer Fort. Here, you will see magnificent palaces with walls covered with mirrored mosaics. Enjoy an elephant ride at Amer, Stay overnight.
Early this morning, you will drive to the imposing walled city of Bikaner (321 kms / 7-8 hrs), Later today, you will visit the unusual Junagarh Fort; unlike all the major forts in Rajasthan, which are on hilltops, this one was built on the desert plains itself, also visit the National Camel Breeding Farm and see the spectacular desert sunset in the background, Stay overnight.
Junagarh Fort is a fort in the city of Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. The fort was originally called Chintamani and was renamed Junagarh or "Old Fort" in the early 20th century when the ruling family moved to Lalgarh Palace outside the fort limits
National Research Centre on Camel is more of a breeding nursery, which has about 230 camels of 3 distinct breeds. The on-site camel milk outlet offers samples to try as well as lassis.
This morning, you will drive to Deshnok, to visit the Karni Mata Mandir. Later you will drive to the desert town of Jaisalmer (332 kms / 7-8 hrs). The evening is at leisure, Stay overnight.
This sanctuary is known for its sizable populace of rats that are the lasting occupants here. There are around 20,000 rats that live in the sanctuary premises and undoubtedly pull in the consideration of numerous voyagers. The temple is sculpted from stones and marble, which features silver gates, built by Maharaja Ganga Singh, and a hanging mesh that protects rats from birds.
Today, you visit the spectacular Jaisalmer Fort. Later, walk around the countless havelis spread across Jaisalmer which are reputed as the city's real showpieces. Late evening, you will visit the Sand Dunes to witness the spectacular sunset, Stay overnight.
It is in, one of the largest forts around the world. Due to its location at the golden stretches of the Thar Desert, this fort is also known as the ‘Sonar Quila’ or the ‘Golden Fort’. Elevated to about sixty feet, the entrance is made from the finest quality rosewood.
This morning, you will be transferred to the Blue City of Jodhpur (285 kms / 6-7 hrs). Late this afternoon, you will visit the imposing Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada, Stay overnight.
It is one of the largest forts in the country. It is situated at the top of a 410 feet elevated hill and guarded by massive walls. The intricate carvings on the walls of the fort, the sprawling courtyards, its impressive history, striking palaces, museums and galleries allures tourists from all over the world.
It is a cenotaph or an empty commemorative tomb built in the honour of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. This cenotaph was constructed in the year 1899 and is decorated with precious white marbles. Jaswant Thada is embedded with beautiful outlook and picturesque view of the mighty majestic Mehrangarh Fort.
Today you will drive to Udaipur (259 kms / 6 hrs) visiting Ranekpur enroute. Ranekpur is known for its exquisitely carved Jain temples and the famous hall of 1444 pillars. Later this evening, you will enjoy a boat ride on the picturesque Lake Pichola, Stay overnight.
Pichola Lake is one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes of Rajasthan, India. Located in the heart of the city, Pichola Lake is the oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur. In 1362, the beautiful lake was built by Pichhu Banjara during the ruling period of Maharana Lakha. Talking about the dimensions of Pichhola Lake, it is extended to 3 miles in length, 2 miles in width and has depth of 30 feet.The beauty of this lake has not separated anyone to attract towards it. The lake looks more enchanting with its scenic surroundings. Maharana Udai Singh must have been certainly captivated by the charm of this pristine lake with the perfect backdrop of lush green hills as when he founded the city of Udaipur, he enlarged this lake. He also constructed a dam made in stone that falls under the 'Badipol' region on the shore of this lake.Pichola Lake is enveloped by lofty Palaces, temples, bathing ghats and elevated hills on all its sides. In the southern part of this lake, there is a hill that is known as Machhala Magra and one can see glimpse of Eklinggarh Fort from here. The City Palace of Udaipur broadens along the eastern banks of this lake. Built by Jagat Singh, Mohan Mandir is situated in the north-east corner of Lake Pichola
This morning proceed on a sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting the City Palace and museum; Jagdish temple and the Sahelion Ki Bari. Evening free for shopping & leisure activities. Stay Overnight.
This magnificent palace was built by Maharana Udai Singh, the beauty of which can’t be described in words. An accumulation of several buildings with balconies, towers, and dome built all over, the City Palace also have a crystal gallery, which showcases royal artifacts and the world’s largest private collection of crystals. It is one of Rajasthan’s royal palaces which offer splendid views of Lake Pichola. Mewar Sound and Light Show is the must watch show which gives you a great experience.
Jagdish Temple is a large Hindu temple in the middle of Udaipur in Rajasthan. A big tourist attraction, the temple was originally called the temple of Jagannath Rai but is now called Jagdish-ji. It is a major monument in Udaipur. The Jagdish Temple is raised on a tall terrace and was completed in 1651. It attaches a double-storey Mandapa (hall) to a double-storey saandhara (with a covered ambulatory) sanctum. The mandapa has another storey tucked within its pyramidal samavarna (bellroof) while the hollow clustered spire over the sanctum contains two more, nonfunctional stories.Lanes taking off from many of the sheharpanah (city wall) converge on the Jagdish Temple. It was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651. It is an example of Māru-Gurjara Architecture.
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport/railway station. Tour ends with sweet memories...
You'll be centrally located in Jaisalmer with a stay at Golden Haveli, minutes from Gadi Sagar Tank and Jaisalmer Fort. This hotel is within close proximity of Bhatia Market and Patwon-ki-Haveli.
Make yourself at home in one of the 41 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and DVD players. 24-inch LCD televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as desks and coffee/tea makers.
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as an outdoor pool or take in the view from a rooftop terrace and a garden. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services. Guests can catch a ride on the shuttle (surcharge), which operates within 1 km.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. Breakfast is available for a fee.
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