Best of Rajasthan 1

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Best of Rajasthan 1st

(8 Nights /9 Days)

Places Covered : Jaipur via Ajmer-Pushkar-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Bikaner-Jaipur

This package discovers the two most ethnic and celebrated erstwhile princely state. Bikaner founded by the Rajput rulers five hundred years ago is located deep in the desert. It holds some of the most awesome architectural wonders like - Bhanwar Niwas, Jaswant Bhawan, Junagarh fort and Kami Bhawan.Mandawa lies in the Shekhawati region and is known for its numerous Havelies ornated with beautiful frescos. It has also become a major center for ethnic handicrafts.

Day1-
Arrival at Jaipur:Arrival at Jaipur Airport / Railway Station / Bus Station and transfer to Hotel and check-in, in Hotel Teej. Night Stay in Hotel.

Day2-
Jaipur:After Break Fast Drive to Amber fort. Make your ascent to the palace fortress on the gaily-caparisoned elephant back (optional). Tour the chamber & hallways of the palace, which are famous for the excellence of their design & decoration. Afternoon tour of Jaipur known as “ The pink city of Rajasthan “ visit the unique Jantar Mantar observatory, which was built in 1700’s, yet even today still looks futuristic or almost surrealistic: the city palace & its museum, the Hawa Mahal or the palace of winds. Night Stay at Hotel.

Day3-
Jaipur -Ajmer/Pushkar:After Break Fast Drive to Ajmer. After arrival Ajmer, visit to the Ajmer city – The Dargah, the Dargah is the tomb of Sufi saint, Khwaja Muin-uddin Chisti, who came to Ajmer from Persia in 1192. Construction of the shrine was completed by Humayun. Constructed of white marble, it has 11 arches and a Persian inscription running the full length of the building. It has a marble dome and the actual tomb inside is surrounded by a silver platform. The tomb attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year on the anniversary of the saint’s death Adhai-din-ka Jhonpra one of the finest example of Indo-Islamic architecture, this mosque was a Sanskrit college in the 12th century. In 1193 AD Mohammad Ghori destroyed the college and a mosque was built in its place. The mosque was built on pillars and surprisingly no two pillars are alike. After the tour of Ajmer drive to Pushkar. The sister city of Ajmer, Pushkar is just 11 km away from the city. The road to Pushkar passes through the Nag Pahar or the snake mountain. Pushkar is an ancient city. The city is considered by Hindus to be one of the most sacred places in India and has, perhaps, the only existing temple in Asia, dedicated to Lord Brahma. Life in the city is very much related to the Pushkar Lake. Mythology says that this ancient lake was formed when a lotus flower fell in the valley from the hands of Brahma. The famous Pushkar fair is held every year on the Kartik Purnima day. This fair is famous as a bazaar for the animals particularly the camels. But the folk dancers and the folk musicians add traditional colour in the fair, which gives a new leash of life to the town. Check-in, in Hotel Sarovar Night Stay Sarovar.

Day4-
Pushkar - Jodhpur:After Break Fast Drive to Jodhpur. Arrive by noon and check-in, at Hotel Ghoomar. Afternoon, visiting Mandore gardens set on a plateau are the ruins of the ancient Marwar capital now surrounded with beautiful gardens. See the pillared ‘hall of heroes’ and the ‘shrine of the 300 million gods’ return to the old city walk through Sojati gate, which leads to Sadar bazaar with its ornate clock tower. Night Stay at Hotel Ghoomar.

Day5-
Jodhpur - Jaisalmer:After Break Fast Drive to Jaisalmer – Gateway to the desert beyond, home of the Rathores of Marwar. Visit the fort, rising up a hilly scrap, built on the advice of a hermit which over looks the city in, the image of a long sentinel. Inside the fort are a number of palaces added by successive ruler. Also visits the Jaswanthada, richly carved white marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh ii, which preserves the genealogy of the rulers of Jodhpur along with their life-size portraits. Afternoon depart for Jaisalmer. On arrival check in at hotel Moomal for Night Stay.

Day6-
Jaisalmer:Morning, sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of Great Indian Desert. Visit fort, built by Maharawal Jaisel in 1156 ad – one of the 2nd oldest in Rajasthan situated on triangular mount 76 meters above ground level, Jain temple of 12 century BC, Gadhisar tank, folk museum, Patva-ki-Havelis, Salim Singh Havelis and Diwan Nathmal ki Havelis, Badal Niwas palace Return to hotel through narrow cobbled streets. Afternoon drive to Sam located 45 km west of Jaisalmer to have the feel of Thar Desert and sand dunes. Camel ride (optional) on these dunes is a lifetime experience. Return back to Jaisalmer for Night Stay at Hotel Moomal.

Day7-
Jaisalmer -Bikaner:After Break Fast Drive to Bikaner. Arrive by after noon. Check-in at the hotel Dhola Maru, Bikaner. Night Stay in Hotel.

Day8-
Bikaner:After Break Fast Drive to Sightseeing of the city of Rao Bikaji, a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur Jodhaji, founded this desert town in the north of the state in 1488. Visit the Junagarh fort constructed between 1571 & 1611 by Raja Rai Singh, the 6th Ruler of Bikaner. Also visit Lalgarh Palace museum & camel breeding farm (closed on Sunday). Night Stay at Hotel Dholamaru, Bikaner.

Day9-
Bikaner -Jaipur:After Break Fast Drive to back for Jaipur and arrive by after noon departure for onward destination Airport / Railway Station / Bus Station and Tour Ends.

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