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HIGHLIGHTS OF RAJASTHAN

Day 1 - DELHI / UDAIPUR or MUMBAI / UDAIPUR

Morning, transfer to the airport to board the flight for Udaipur.

Leave Delhi for Udaipur Mumbai for Udaipur.

Udaipur the city of Dawn, is the Jewel of Mewar - a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia Dynasty for 1200 years. Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavour of a heroic past, epitomizing valour and chivalry. Their reflection of these buuilding in the placid waters of the Lake Pichola is an enticing sight.

Meeting and assistance on arrival at Udaipur Airport and transfer to hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities.

In the evening, njoy a Boat cruise on Lake Pichola on which the majestic Lake Palace Hotel is situated. See the ghats along the lake and the interesting buildings on the banks. The view of the city palace from the lake is spectacular. Dock at the Jagmandir island where Shah Jehan was once given sanctuary by the Maharana of Udaipur.

Overnight in Udaipur


Day 2 - UDAIPUR

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning guided tour of the city visiting the City Palace, a majestic architectural marvel which is perched on a hill and towers over Lake Pichola. The Palace is a majestic conglomeration of courtyards, pavillions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. Each palace within is an outstanding creation of art. Visit the Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum which has an interesting collection of Indian folk art including costumes, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, musical instruments and deities. Later visit Saheliyon-ki-bari the "Ladies Garden", with its rich foliage and intricately designed fountains.

Afternoon at leisure for independent activities.


Day 3 - UDAIPUR / KUMBHALGARH / RANAKPUR / UDAIPUR

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day excursion to Ranakpur and Kumbalgarh.

Ranakput: In a quiet and picturesque glen which runs into the western slopes of the Aravalli hills, lies the remarkable 15th century Jain temples. Though over 500 years old, the temples here are superbly preserved in a near-perfect condition. In the centre is the main "Chaumukha temple" dedicated to Adinath. The most distinctive features are the 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, of which no two are exactly alike. Every conceivable surface is carved and every corner and angle is engraved with Jain images.

Continue driving toKumbhalgarh.

Cradled in the cluster of thirteen mountain peaks of the Aravalli ranges, the formidable medieval citadel - Kumbhalgarh stands a wary sentinel to the past glory. Rising from a prominent ridge, 914 meters from sea level, the fort was built in the 15th century AD by Maharana Kumbha and is the principal fortification after Chittaurgarh, lying 90 kms north-west of Udaipur.

Visit the massive fort, encompassed by a 36 km long wall, has seven majestic gates and seven ramparts, one within the other. Rounded bastions and soaring watch towers strengthen the crenallated walls of the fort making it an impregnable structure. Within the fort are many magnificent palaces and an array of ruined temples. The most picturesque of the palaces is the "Badal Mahal" or the Palace of the Cloud. It offers a superb bird's eye view of the countryside surrounding the fort as well as of other ruins within the fort.

Overnight in Udaipur


Day 4 - UDAIPUR / JAIPUR


Morning, transfer to the airport to board the flight for Jaipur.

Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan, is colour washed pink - the colour associated with hospitality in Rajput culture. This Pink City of fairy tale palaces, rugged fortresses perched on barren hills and broad avenues is picturesque. The first planned city of its time, Jaipur is encircled by a formidable wall.

Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities. The day can be spent relaxing at the hotel or spending time doing shopping.

Overnight in Jaipur.


Day 5 - JAIPUR

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, proceed on an excursion to Amber Fort. Drive past by Hawa Mahal, known popularly as the Palace of Winds, is a facade built for the Ladies of the Royal household in the 19th century. The Amber Fort, the capital of the erstwhile State of Jaipur until 1728 is perched on a hill. It has halls of Public and Private audience, a Sheesh Mahal (hall of mirrors) various marble palaces which are marvelous examples of ancient Rajput architecture. The Temple of Amba (Mother Goddess), the patron deity of the Royal family is at the entrance to the palace. Ride an elephant to ascend the hill on which the Fort is situated.

In the afternoon, visit the the City Palace - the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles which houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords of different shapes and sizes with ornate handles. It has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Also visit the Jantar Mantar - an astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 18th century which is remarkable for its accuracy even at the present times.

Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 6 - JAIPUR / DELHI (265 kms / 5 hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel

Late morning, drive for Delhi and on arrival, check in to the hotel or drive to the airport.

 

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