Jaipur 1215 hrs Arrive and transfer to hotel. PM City Tour of Jaipur -Visit ‘Hawa Mahal’ (Palace of Winds) an elaborate building encrusted with delicate honeycomb screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could view the world outside. Jai Singh’s Observatory built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur
who, besides being a prince was also Soldier, astrono1mer and builder. City Palace, a part is now a museum that contains fine Rajput and Moghul paintings, rare manuscripts and an armoury, old carpets, and even amazingly embroidered clothes of the Maharajas and the Maharanis. Overnight: At Hotel
Breakfast at hotel AM Excursions to Amber fort - Just 7 miles north of Jaipur is Amber with it’s a honey-coloured fortress-palace in the Aravalli Hills which can be mounted by
elephant (additional cost). It has been described as “the sleeping beauty of Rajasthan”. The sombre exterior belies the richness of the royal apartments, which open on to striking views of the gorge. It also possesses a Chamber of Mirrors. The Hall of Victory presents a galaxy of decorative art - panels of alabaster with fine inlay work of the tenderness hues. Overnight: At Hotel
Check out and depart for Jodhpur by road which is 332kms/08hrs approx Jodhpur PM Arrive and check in at the hotel Jodhpur -This bustling desert city is the second largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur and has landscape dominated by the massive Meherangarh Fort topping a sheer rocky ridge. Overnight: At Hotel
AM After early breakfast, checkout from the hotel and Visit Jodhpur -393 feet above
the flat surrounding plain soars a bold bluff on which was built the massive ‘Meherangarh’ (Majestic) Fort. Inside the fort, there is a whole series of courtyards and palaces. The fort also houses some fine pieces of Rajput miniature paintings, armoury, elephant howdahs, and palanquins. On the rampart, stand cannons, of Gaj Singh. On the road down from the Fort see Jaswant Thada, the blinding white marble cenotaph (chhatri) of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and Clock Towers which stands in the city centre. Take a glimpse of the famous Umaid Bhavan, which is converted into a Hotel but a part of the palace is still a Royal Residence. It has a small personal collection of authentic bone china crockery and antique watches. Thereafter depart for Jaisalmer by road 295kms/07hrs approx Jaisalmer PM Arrive and check in at the hotel Jaisalmer - Founded by Prince Jaisal in 1156, Jaisalmer grew to be a major staging post on the trade route across the forbidding Thar Desert from India to the West. Set in a sea of golden tinged sand, Sonar Kila, a golden fort rises out of a rock of topaz. The entire living area of Jaisalmer lies within the gigantic citadel walls. Overnight: At Hotel
Breakfast at hotel City tour of Jaisalmer - Visit the silent 12th century Fort built by Prince Jaisal and the Palace. The uniqueness of this fort is that it is the only ‘living fort’ in Rajasthan – people still reside within the fort walls. The fort stands at the highest point (100 meters) above the marketplace. Also visit the Jain Temples (12th-15th centuries) which
lie within the fort complex. Some of them have quaint but impressive figures of Jain saints of white marble and of red Contd… Meherangarh Fort Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer is evident in the elaborate facades of the yellow sandstone desert havelis (mansions) which glow softly in honey tones. Visit intricately carved Havelis built by Merchants; the largest and most elaborate of the famous havelis of Jaisalmer is Patwon ki Haveli. Patwas were the merchants trading in rich brocades, gold and silver embroidery, sequins and ribbons. This family eventually expanded their business to include opium, banking and revenue collecting. A brief stop at Gadhi Sagar is a must – a man made pond; a luxury in the centre of the Thar Desert! PM Excursion Sam -42 kms of Jaisalmer a place
where one can experience the pace and space of desert life. Ride to the smooth, silky sands of Sam sand dunes where the Raikas (camel drovers) travel with their animals over vast distances and know every waterhole and pasture in their region. They are the best guides. The Raika is a handsome, romantic figure, and in local legends and folk songs, he is referred to as the Messenger of love or the carrier of good or bad tidings. It is recommended that you co-incide your visit by sunset- so you can enjoy a camel ride around the sand dunes by
sunset. Overnight: At Hotel
After breakfast, depart for Jodhpur by road which is 295kms/07hrs approx Jodhpur PM Arrive and check in at the hotel Overnight: At Hotel
AM After early breakfast, depart for Udaipur by road which is 259kms/6hrs approx Enroute visit Ranekpur Temple -100 kms. From Udaipur, in a deep, secluded valley at Ranekpur are the most magnificent Jain temples in India. It is an extensive complex covering 3,600 sq. meters and has 29 halls with 1,444 pillars, each unlike the other, intricately covered with delicate carvings. The main temple is Chaumukha Temple or four-faced temple, dedicated to Adinath, the Revealer of Truth. Udaipur Arrive and transfer to hotel PM Boat ride on Lake Pichola - This Lake takes its name from the small village of Picholi on its West Bank. In the lake are several islands. On two of them the maharanas of Udaipur constructed pleasure palaces, the Jag Mandir and the Jag Niwas (Subject to water level) Overnight: At Hotel
Breakfast at hotel AM City tour of Udaipur - Visit the City Palace, once the home of Mewar’s
rulers, is today a museum. It consists of several flawlessly integrated palaces, which overlook the clear blue of Lake Pichola. Visit Sahelion-ki-bari (Garden of the Maids of Honour) the scene of royal parties for centuries. Drive around Fateh Sagar Lake excavated in the late 17th century by Maharaja Jai Singh and past the Kala Mandir (Puppet Museum) and the Cenotaph of Maharana Pratap. And of course last but not the last - the Jagdish temple. For those interests a visit to the crystal gallery inside Fateh Prakash Palace is a must - many exquisite crystal pieces are on display - from entire dinning and drawing rooms sets to small object d’arts. Most of them have never been used, as they arrived long after the person ordered them died, or lost interest! PM Visit Eklingji and Nagda -22 kms. North
east of Udaipur is the village of Kailashpuri known for its 108 temples surrounded by a
high-fortified wall. This 16th century complex is known as Sri Eklingji Temple dedicated
to Lord Shiva. The sanctum is of four-faced Shiva image of Black Marble. Close by is the
village of Nagda, which has three old temples, The Jain temple of Adbudji with its interesting architecture the Sas Bahu or Mother and Daughter in Law temple which has
fine intricate architecture and carvings including some erotic figures.
Overnight: At Hotel
AM After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Airport for your destination flight.
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