Overview

Covering various destinations of Rajasthan, this itinerary helps to visit every aspect that Thar Desert has to offer. From the roaring madness of metropolis Delhi to the small town of Pushkar, Snuggled in the laps of the Aravali hills and beautified by the serene lake. The ancient ruins or the flooded markets, the Jewels of Rajasthan will have an effect on you.

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Itinerary

Covering various destinations of Rajasthan, this itinerary helps to visit every aspect that Thar Desert has to offer.

 

Day – 01 Delhi

Arrival in Delhi. .
Transfer to the hotel.

 

Delhi, known locally as Dilli  and by the official name National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT), is the largest metropolis by area and the second-largest metropolis by population in India.  Located on the banks of the River Yamuna, Delhi has been continuously inhabited since at least the 6th century BC. Owing to the migration of people from across the country, Delhi has grown to be a multicultural, cosmopolitan metropolis. Its rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed Delhi into a major cultural, political, and commercial centre of India.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day – 02 Delhi

After breakfast, leave for full day sight- seeing of Delhi, travelling through the by- lanes of Mughal city of Shahjahanabad (old Delhi) bypassing the buildings of colonial era (New Delhi) which includes Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humanyun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar and Raj Ghat.

 

Red Fort : The Red Fort is a 17th century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the walled city of Old Delhi . It served as the capital of the Mughals until 1857, when Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled by the British Indian government. The British used it as a military camp until India was made independent in 1947. It is now a popular tourist site, as well as a powerful symbol of India's sovereignty: the Prime Minister of India raises the flag of India on the ramparts of the Lahori Gate of the fort complex every year on Independence Day. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

 

Humanyun’s Tomb :Of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal. The tomb of Humayun, second Mughal Emperor of India, was built by his widow, Biga Begum (Hajji Begum), in 1569-70, 14 years after his death, at a cost of 1.5 million rupees. It was later used for the burial of various members of the ruling family and contains some 150 graves. It has aptly been described as the necropolis of the Mughal dynasty.

 

Qutub Minar : The Qutub Minar is  the world's tallest brick minaret with a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft). Construction commenced by Prithviraj who won Delhi from the Rajputs and finished by Qutubuddib and Iltutmish. The Qutub Minar is notable for being one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. It is surrounded by several other ancient and medieval structures and ruins, collectively known as Qutub complex. Today, this impressively ornate tower has slight tilt, but otherwise has worn the centuries remarkably well. Its no longer possible to climb the tower.

 

Jama Masjid : It is the largest mosque in India and considered as one of the largest in Islam was the final architectural work of Shah Jahan completed in 1658. Jama Masjid is situated at the heart of Muslim life in Old Delhi. Its striped minarets and three onion shaped domes dominate Old Delhi and are worth the climb for a breathless panorama of the city. The vast open courtyard with a water tank in a the middle for washing before prayer, accommodates up to 20,000 worshippers, though on most days prayers take place inside the main prayer hall to the west(facing Mecca).

 

Raj Ghat : Raj Ghat  is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Gandhi's cremation on 31 January 1948. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end. It is located on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi. A stone footpath flanked by lawns leads to the walled enclosure that houses the memorial.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day – 03 Delhi/ Jaipur

After Breakfast, leave for Jaipur. Jaipur is 260 km away from Delhi, a 5 hr drive.

 

Jaipur : Popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. During the British rule in India, Jaipur was the capital of the princely state of Jaipur. Founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber. Jaipur is the first planned city of India, located in the semi-desert lands of Rajasthan. The city which once had been the capital of the royalty now is the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal families. At present, Jaipur is a major business centre with all requisites of a metropolitan city.

 

City Palace: City Palace forms one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur. The beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign. Among the various forts and palaces of Jaipur, City Palace stands apart, with its outstanding art and architecture. City Palace complex covers a huge area, which is divided into a series of gardens, courtyards and buildings. Initially, Raja Jai Singh built the outer wall occupying a huge area. The additional grand buildings were constructed later by the succeeding rulers. A part of the exquisite Palace still makes home for the former Maharaja/ King. The premises consists several buildings like Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Mukut Mahal, Maharani's Palace, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

 

Jantar Mantar Observatory: Between 1727 and 1734 Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur constructed five astronomical observatories in west central India. The observatories, or "Jantar Mantars" as they are commonly known, incorporate multiple buildings of unique form, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. These structures with their striking combinations of geometric forms at large scale, have captivated the attention of architects, artists, and art historians worldwide, yet remain largely unknown to the general public.

 

Hawa Mahal(“Palace of  Winds”): is a palace in Jaipur, India. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Its unique five-storey exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate lattice work. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict "purdah" (face cover).Built of red and pink sandstone, the palace is situated on the main thoroughfare in the heart of Jaipur’s business centre. It forms part of the City Palace, and extends to the Zenana or women's chambers, the chambers of the harem. It is particularly striking when viewed early in the morning, lit with the golden light of sunrise.

Overnight stay at the Hotel.

 

Day -04 Jaipur

After Breakfast , leave for sight-seeing of Jaipur which includes visit to Amber Fort with Elephant Ride and Bazaar Walk in the by- lanes of the old City.

 

 Amber Fort :Located in Amber, 11 km from Jaipur. It was the ancient citadel of the ruling Kachhawa clan of Amber, before the capital was shifted to present day Jaipur. Amber Fort is known for its unique artistic style, blending both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) elements, and its ornate and breathtaking artistic mastery. The fort borders the Maota Lake, and is a major tourist attraction in Rajasthan. The entire fort complex is constructed of white and red sandstone. The Fort is unique in that its outside, an imposing and rugged defensive structure, is markedly different from its inside, an ornate, lavish interior influenced by both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) styles of ornamentation. The walls of the interior of the fort are covered with murals, frescoes, and paintings depicting various scenes from daily life. Other walls are covered with intricate carvings, mosaic, and minute mirror work. Enjoy the amazing Elephant Ride while ascending up the hill while visiting Amber Fort.

Leave for evening Bazaar Walkin the by- lanes of city.

 

Jaipur is a city of vibrant colors and markets (bazaars). Jaipur's colorful markets offer a great break to stop and shop on you tour. While moving through the markets, you will come across the vivacious culture of this region. Jaipur is the perfect place to shop for Handicrafts, antiques, jewelry, gems, pottery, carpets, textiles, metalwork and leatherware. In Jaipur, there are many markets to present you the art and craft of Rajasthan. Kishanpol Bazar, Haldiyon Ka Rasta, Mahiharon Ka Rasta, M.I. Road, Jauhari Bazar, Bapu Bazar, Nehru Bazaar are the main markets of Jaipur. One cannot define in words, the assortment of products, which these markets offer. You have to visit the city to experience the actual range of stuff. Shopping is an electrifying activity in Jaipur. If you don't visit these markets of Jaipur, you will be definitely at amiss. Without a shopping spree in Jaipur's markets, no trip to Jaipur is complete.

Overnight stay at the Hotel.

 

Day – 05 Jaipur/ Pushkar

After breakfast, leave for Pushkar(150 km/ 3hr)

 

Snuggled in the laps of the Aravali hills and beautified by the serene lake, Pushkar is a nature-lover's paradise. The sacred Pushkar Lake which according to a legend was created by Lord Brahma, the 52 ghats and 500 temples has added a mythical charm to the place making it a place of Hindu pilgrimage. The illustrious cattle fair that is the largest in the world has also made Pushkar internationally famous and hence Pushkar is cited as 'the land of fairs and festivals.' Pushkar is also known as 'the rose garden of Rajasthan' because of its fragrant roses whose essence is exported all over the world. The tranquil and spiritual ambience of Pushkar, the dwindling lanes, the rooftop restaurants and the colorful fairs and festivals make a tourist fall in love with the place. The prime attraction of Pushkar is the Pushkar Lake which is considered sacred like the Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. Pushkar has become a place of Hindu pilgrimage because of this holy lake. Legend has it that this lake was consecrated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe when a lotus dropped from his hand into the vale and a lake emerged in that place.

Leave for visiting the various Ghats and temples built around the lake post lunch.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day – 06 Pushkar/Jodhpur

After breakfast, leave for Jodhpur(220 km/5 hr drive).

 

Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert.
The city is known as the Sun City for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the Blue City due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur lies near the geographic centre of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a thick stone wall.

 

Arrival and check-in at the hotel. Leave for half day sight- seeing of Jodhpur which includes Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.

 

Mehrangarh Fort -  Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur city in Rajasthan state is one of the largest forts in India. The fort is situated 400 feet (122 m) above the city, and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. The museum in the Mehrangarh fort is one of the most well-stocked museums in Rajasthan. In one section of the fort museum there is a selection of old royal palanquins, including the elaborate domed gilt Mahadol palanquin, which was won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in 1730. The museum exhibits the heritage of the Rathores in arms, costumes, paintings and decorated period rooms.

 

Jaswant Thada– The Jaswant Thada is an architectural landmark located in Jodhpur. It is a white marble memorial built by Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of Maharja Jaswant Singh II.The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun's rays dance across their surface. Within this cenotaph, there are also two more tombs. The Jaswant Thada is a traditional cremation ground of Jodhpur rulers. The grounds also include exquisitely carved gazebos, a beautiful multi-tiered garden, and a small lake.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day – 07 Jodhpur/Ranakpur/Udaipur

After breakfast, leave for Udaipur (275 km /6 hr drive), en-route visiting Ranakpur.

 

The Ranakpur temples are an excellent manifestation of Jainism. Ranakpur is famous for its intricately carved Jain Temples. It is, in fact, one of the holy places belonging to the Jain community in India. The Jain Temples of Ranakpur were constructed in 15th century AD. Among the Jain Temples, the centrally located temple of Rishabhji is a marvel to look at. Spread over an area of 48, 000 square feet, this Ranakpur temple possesses 1444 pillars and 29 halls. These marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple. The pillars are all differently carved and no two pillars are the same. It is also said that it is impossible to count the pillars. Also all the statues face one or the other statue. There is one beautiful carving made out of a single marble rock where there 108 heads of snakes and numerous tails. One cannot find the end of the tails.

Enjoy lunch at Ranakpur and reach Udaipur by late afternoon.

 

Udaipur, formally known as the city of lakes and Venice of East. Udaipur lake city offers five gorgeous lakes, beautiful green gardens, fantabulous fountains, awe inspiring palaces & forts, stunning Aravalli mountain range and old mansions converted heritage hotels. City of Lakes-Udaipur is a lovely blend of water, lush green hills that set fire and passion in poet. Its palaces are straight out of a fairy-tale book, lakes, forts, palaces, temples, gardens, mountains and narrow lanes lines withdrawn with stalls, relives the reminisces of a heroic past, valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the Lake Pichola is excitement that defines imagination.

Spend the evening enjoying  the boat ride in beautiful picturesque Lake Pichola.

 

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.  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. 

Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day – 08 Udaipur

After  breakfast. Leave for full day sight- seeing of the Udaipur city, which includes City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Crystal Gallery Museum.

 

City Palace - The City Palace in Udaipur was built in a flamboyant style and is considered the largest of its type in Rajasthan, a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, and was built on a hill top that gives a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding, including several historic monuments such as the Lake Palace in Lake Pichola, the Jag Mandir on another island in the lake, the Jagdish Temple close to the palace, the Monsoon Palace on top of an overlooking hillock nearby and the Neemach Mata temple. These structures are linked to the filming of the James Bond movie Octopussy, which features the Lake Palace and the Monsoon Palace. The subsequent publicity has resulted in the epithet of Udaipur as "Venice of the East".

 

Fateh Sagar Lake - It is the second artificial lake of Udaipur, the first being Jaisamand lake. Located in the north of Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake lies just besides the entrance to Moti Magri Hill. Built in 1678 by Maharana Jai Singh, Fateh Sagar Lake got its name from Maharana Fateh Singh, who later made additions to it. Talking about the statistics of Fateh Sagar, the lake extends to the length of 2.4 km, 1.6 km. in width and deep to the extent of 11.5 meter. During the monsoons, the lake covers the total area of around 1 sq km.

 

Saheliyon ki Bari (Courtyard of maidens) – It is a Major garden and ppular tourist space in Udaipur. It Lies in northen part of the city and has fountains and kioska, a lotus pool and marble elephants. It was built by Maharaja bhopal Singh. ‘Saheliyon ki Bari’ was laid for a group of fourty-eight women attendents who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. The gardens set below the embankment of Fateh Sgar Lake have beautiful lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant- shaped fountains. Thes Fountains are fed by the water of lake gushing through ducts made for the purpose. Each water channel has its distinct sound and the mingling of these sounds compliment the ambience of the place.

 

Crystal Gallery : Founded by Maharana Sajjan Singhji, Crystal Gallery is situated in Fateh Prakash Palace. It has a wide collection of crystal items collected from different parts of the world. The gallery was opened to the public in 1994. Exhibits include dining table, dressers, fountains, washing bowls, decanters, perfume bottles, sofa-set, various colored crystal objects, mirrored tabletops, a crystal bed and a fabulous jewel-encrusted carpet.  

Overnight stay at the Hotel.

 

Day – 08 Udaipur

Board flight to Delhi to catch your next flight back home.