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Rajasthan Highlights

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Rajasthan Highlights

Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Destinations Covered : Mumbai-Jodhpur-Ranakpur-Mount Abu-Udaipur-Chittorgarh-Kotah-Bundi-Ranthambhore-Jaipur



Day 01 - Arrive Mumbai
Assistance and transfer to the hotel. 
Check-in time is 12’Noon.

Day 02 - Mumbai
Morning excursion to Elephanta Caves by motorlaunch.
The rock-cut Hindu temples at Elephanta, at Gharapuri island 6 miles across the harbour provide an exciting glimpses of Indian rock-cut architecture, and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses dating from 600 AD.  Huge panels depict episodes relating to Lord Shiva, the central one being the most imposing one – a five metre bust of the god, represents Trimurti, the celebrated trinity of Elephanta : there's Lord Brahma the Creator, Lord Vishnu, the preserver and Lord Shiva the Destroyer.

Afternoon city sightseeing tour.
Mumbai is Political capital of  Maharashtra and regarded as commercial capital of India. Gateway of India built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the royal visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911, the  Prince of Wales Museum, a magnificent structure, built in a Indo- saracenic architecture houses a good collection of ancient Indus Valley artifacts dating back to 2000 BC, and  some priceless Tibetan and Nepali Art.  Buddhist Tankhas, scrolls and over 2000 miniature paintings from Art Schools of India. Flora Fountain, Victoria Terminus, St. Thomas Cathedral, Crawford Market, Malabar  Hill,the Hanging Gardens and Dhobi Ghat (Washerman’s village) are some of the other attractions.

Day 03 : Mumbai-Jodhpur flight : 1045-1300 hours
Transfer to airport for flight to Jodhpur
On arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jodhpur.
Jodhpur was once the capital of Marwar Sate.  It  was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha when he shifted his capital from Mandore.  The Mehrangarh  Fort spreading over 5 km, the largest Fort in India is located on a 150 m high perpendicular hill with a majestic view of the city and Umaid Bhawan Palace. The fort appears rugged and impenetrable from outside but houses some of the most intricately adorned palaces with exquisitely carved panels and latticed windows,.  The Museum within the fort has rare collection of time furniture, paintings, palanquins, treasure, weapons, cradles and turbans and many other objects.  Moti Mahal, Pearl Palace, the Palace of Flowers and Hall of Mirrors are notably the best preserved areas of the fort.  A collection of royal cenotaphs, built in while marble, lies very close to the fort.  Built in 1899, the cenotaph also houses portraits of rulers of Jodhpur.

Day 04 : Jodhpur-Mount Abu drive, 275 km
Morning drive to Mount Abu visiting enroute Ranakpur Temples.
In 15th century, Rana Kumbha of  Mewar gave a large stretch of land in a quite and picturesque valley, deep in the Aravallis, to the Jains.  This area came to be known as Ranakpur, this is one of the five main holy places of the Jains.  Although over 500 years old, these temples are well preserved almost in perfect condition.  The central dome houses Chaumukha (four face) temple, dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankar (saint).  This temple is the most complex and extensive in design.  It  has  29 halls ,  80 domes and 1444 pillars and no two pillars are alike.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 05 : Mount Abu-Udaipur drive, 180 km
Morning sighseeing tour of Mount Abu.
Situated in the midst of towering forests,  its sylvan setting is complete with the mango, bamboo, eucalyptus, date-palm, silk, cotton and lime trees.  Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan and is also a pilgrimage as the famous Dilwara Jain temples are located here. Built during 11th and 13th century AD, the temples are remarkable in its extra ordinary architectural marvelous.  The fineness of marble stone carving is beyond imagination and perhaps superior to Taj Mahal of Agra. Gaumukh, a natural spring that flows through a sculpted cow’s head, Nakki Lake, Sun-set point are the other places of interest.

Afternoon drive to Udaipur. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Day 06 :  Udaipur
Morning sightseeing tour of Udaipur,
Udaipur, city of lakes, is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in all of Rajasthan. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh ji,  the city’s epicenter of tourist activities is Lake Pichola.  Lake Palace hotel built on the lake in white marble is a luxury hotel.  The City Palace on the banks of the lake Pichola has several carved balconies, arches and decorated pillars, Zenana Mahal, Crystal Gallery in Fateh Prakash, Durbar Hall and Shambhu Niwas.  Other sites worth visiting are Jagdish temple, Sahelion-ki-Bari (queen's resort for the friends) and Fateh Sagar Lake.

Afternoon at leisure.

Day 07 : Udaipur-Chittorgarh-Kotah drive, 290 km
Morning drive to Kotah visiting enroute Chittorgarh.
Chittaurgarh, a place known for the heroism of Rajputs.  Equally well known were the Maharani of Chittaur Padmini whose beauty led the Sultan of Delhi, Allauddin Khilji to attach the fort.  A fierce battle was fought and the Maharani with her entire entourage committed sati. The Fort lies on a 180 metre high hill and is spread over 700 acres. The Vijay Stambha, or Tower of Victory was built in 1440 to mark victory of Rana Kumbha.  Kirti Stambha is dedicated to Shri Adinath, the first Jain tirthankara.

Arrive Kotah, check-in at the hotel.

Day 08 : Kotah-Bundi-Ranthambhore drive, 200 km
Morning visit Kotah.
Kotah, known as the industrial capital of Rajasthan, it has a few traces of its past still left.  The fort overlooking the mighty Chambal river is the major tourist attraction.  Built in mid 13th century, the legend has it that its foundation was laid on a slain body of a Bhil chieftain, the community originally inhabited at this place.  The other attractions are Jag Mandir, Brij Vilas Palace and royal cenotaphs.

Afterwards, drive to Ranthambhore stopping enroute at Bundi for a visit.
Bundi is famous for the palaces and fortress which have a fairy tale picturesque location. Isolated and independent, the entire township appears like a miniature painting. Of special interest here are the Diwan-I-Am, Hathi Poo and the Naubat Khan.  Chitra Shala provides a colourful glimpses of history – the walls and ceilings of this place are completely covered with paintings of the Bundi School. Phool Sagar houses a collection of murals done by the Italian prisoners of war.  Bundi is also known for its baolis or step wells. Unique in Rajasthan, the step wells served as water reservoirs for the months of summer when there was a scarcity of water.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Day 09 : Ranthambhore
Morning and afternoon jeep safari to view wildlife.
410 km of desert ecology speckled with dhok, ronj, salai, bear and palm trees, surrounded by the Vindhyas and Aravalis, the Park with thick forest with nullahs and waterfalls is an oasis of biomass. The three major lakes – Rajbaugh, Milak talao and Padam talao serve as watering holes for the creatures that inhabit the park studded as it is with Rajput pavilions and palaces and Ranthambhore Fort.  The wildlife spotted here are the tiger, leopard, sambar, blue bull, chital, chinkara, hyena, jackal, fox, caracal, jungle cat, ratel, sloth bear, langur and wildboar.  Over 300 species of bird can be seen. 

Day 10 : Ranthambhore-Jaipur drive, 185 km
Morning drive to Jaipur and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 : Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, set in a picturesque location.  Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.  Built in the 16th century  by Raja  Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting sections. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol andTemple of Kali  are some of the prominent areas of interest.  Elephants are provided to ascend the fort.
Afternoon city sightseeing tour.
The city was planned and built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer 260 years ago. The City Palace, the home of the erstwhile royal family, the Observatory,  Ram Niwas  Gardens, Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and Birla Temple are the most important tourist sites.

Day 12 : Jaipur-Delhi drive, 260 km
Drive to Delhi and on arrival, transfer to international airport for onward flight.



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