07 Nights/ 08 Days
Travel Dates: 22 & 26 Sep 2017
Day 01: Arrive Jaipur
Welcome to your ‘Rajasthan – Durga Puja’ tour’. On arrival at the airport in Jaipur, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Note: Lunch will be served in the hotel till 2:45 pm.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax.
In the evening, proceed to Chokhi Dhani for a glimpse of village life followed by a traditional Rajasthani dinner.
Chokhi Dhani is a popular attraction and a Rajasthani village themed resort , situated in the outskirts of Jaipur. The idea behind this landscaped area is to give a closer look of rural lifestyle by connecting Rajasthani tribes from all parts of the world and restoring the culture and tradition of Indian villages. Later, return to your hotel.
Overnight in Jaipur. (L, D)
Day02: In Jaipur
After breakfast, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting the fabulous Amer Fort, City Palace and Jantar Mantar.
The Amer fort is also known as the Amber fort. The construction of Amber fort was started by Raja Mansingh in the 16th century and was completed by Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th Century.The palace here has been wonderfully built and has an intelligent design. The palace has a four storied layout and each level has its own courtyard. It consists of the Diwan-e-Aam, or ‘Hall of Public Audience’, the Diwan-e-Khas, or ‘Hall of Private Audience’, the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over a water cascade within the palace.
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 beautiful wall paintings, with precious stones and mirrors inlaid in the walls.
En-route to Amer visit the ‘Palace of Winds’, otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. It was named so because it was a high screen wall built to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen. 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.
Later, visit the City Palace.
The City Palace, which includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings, is a palace complex in Jaipur. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum but the greatest part is that it is still a royal residence. It is a seven-storeyed building and each floor has been given a specific name. Mubarak Mahal, meaning the Auspicious Palace, was built with a fusion of the Islamic, Rajput and European architectural styles.
Walk to the adjacent Jantar Mantar or Astronomical Observatory. The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Sawai Jai Singh, as he was particularly interested in learning about astronomy.
Later, return to your hotel.
The rest of the evening is at leisure for independent activities.
Overnight in Jaipur . (B, EL, D)
Day 03: On to Jodhpur (Approx 337 kms / approx. 8 hours)
After breakfast, proceed to the Marwar capital city of Jodhpur. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. This city is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert.
On arrival, check in to your hotel.
The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this beautiful city.
Overnight in Jodhpur. (B, EL, D)
Day 04: In Jodhpur
After breakfast, proceed on a half day sightseeing tour of Jodhpur, visiting places like the Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.
Mehrangarh fort is the most magnificent and one of the largest forts in Rajasthan, situated on a 150 m high hill. It was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. There are seven gates, which one has to cross before reaching the fort. These gates still bear the marks of the various battles fought in the past. 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.
To the left of the Mehrangarh Fort complex is the Jaswant Thada, built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in commemoration of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II in 1899. The Jaswant Thada is a white marble memorial, built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. The sheets are extremely thin and polished so that they excrete a warm glow when illuminated by the sun.
After the sightseeing return to the hotel for lunch.
In the evening, proceed to Osian Village for a glimpse of dessert life followed by a Rajasthani dinner.
The ancient city of Osian is located at the border of the Thar Desert. It is famous for its architectural temples that date back to medieval age. It has more than 100 temples belonging to the Hindus and Jains. Among these temples, the Surya (Sun) Temple, Sachiya Mata Temple, Harihara Temple, and a Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira are of prime importance.
Overnight in Jodhpur (B, L, D)
Day 05: On to Udaipur via Ranakpur (255 kms / approx. 6 hours drive)
After breakfast, transfer from hotel in Jodhpur to hotel in Udaipur, en route visit the Ranakpur Jain Temples.
The shrine in Ranakpur is dedicated to the Jain religion. The temples are called the Ranakpur Jain temples in memory of Rana Kumbha who was also the Maharana who laid the foundation of the Kumbhalgarh fort in Rankapur. The architecture of this temple is Maru gurjara style.
On arrival, check in to the hotel in Udaipur.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Udaipur (B, EL, D)
Day 06: In Udaipur
After breakfast, proceed on a full day sightseeing tour of Udaipur, visiting places like the City Palace and Saheliyon ki Bari.
Built by the Sisodia clan in 1559, the City palace in Udaipur is a complex of various buildings that has been fortified over the period of 400 years. The palace displays musical instruments, various clothing items, paintings and other such antiques which were used by the Royal family. The famed Helmet and the sword of Maharana Pratap, the savior of Mewar, have been preserved here.
Saheliyon Ki Bari also known as ‘Garden of the Maids’ was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. It is a major garden and a tourist place which has fountains and wonderful flora surrounding them. The fountains are fitted with bright colorful lights which are illuminated at night and which provide a delightful view of the water.
The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities.
Overnight stay in Udaipur. (B, EL, D)
Day 07: Onto Pushkar (Approx 278 kms / approx. 5 hours drive)
After breakfast, proceed to Pushkar en route visit the most famous Brahma Temple, Pushkar Lake and Ajmer shrine.
It is believed that Brahma performed sacrifices at Pushkar lake on Kartik Purnima (the full moon day of the Kartik month of Hindu calendar). Sacred to Brahma, Pushkar has a temple dedicated to him, which is the only one of its kind in the world. It is assumed that a dip in the waters of Pushkar and worship at his temple ensure salvation.
Also visit the Pushkar Lake. The Pushkar Lake is one of the few holy places in the world which has a Brahma temple. It is believed that Shiva brought water from all the lakes of India to this lake. There are 500 Hindu temples around the periphery of the lake.
Then, drive to Ajmer shrine which is an important religious institution.
On arrival, check-in to your hotel in Pushkar.
The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities.
Overnight in Pushkar. (B, El , D)
Day 08: Depart Pushkar * On to Jaipur ( 140 Kms /approx. 3 hours drive )
Today bid farewell to your ‘ Rajasthan Durga – Puja’ tour, as you are transferred from your hotel in Pushkar to the airport in Jaipur, for your onward journey.
|Ex – Jaipur|
|Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis||22999|
|On Triple Sharing||22499|
|Child Between (5 – 12 Yrs) with extra bed (or mattress)||20999|
|Child Between (5 – 12 Yrs) with no bed (or mattress)||16999|
|Child Between (2 – 5 Yrs) Without Seat in Vehicle||399|
|On Single Occupancy||36999|