Rajasthan Heritage Tour

  7 Days / 6 Nights

   Jaipur – Jodhpur – Udaipur

Rajasthan Heritage Tour, a week long holiday trip to majestic & royal Rajasthan, covers three most popular tourist destinations – Jaipur, Jodhpur & Udaipur. Welcome to the world famous land of Raja- Maharajas, Rajasthan! Royal and chic are the two words that are attached to Rajasthan. Undoubtedly, ‘the land of the brave Rajputs’, as Rajasthan is popularly described, is a treasure of mind blowing historical cities with breathtaking attractions. Visit Rajasthan and memory of its glorious history, vibrant culture, royal palaces, gargantuan forts and beautiful temples will surely become your treasure! Reflecting the rich cultural heritage of thousands of years, the attractions of royal Rajasthan are draped with timeless grandeur and beauty. A colorful desert offers exciting camel safari, fairy tale palaces and havelis invite you to luxury, invincible forts tell stories of bravery and romance, beautiful temples, adventure sports, attractive handicraft products plot to burn a hole in your pocket that you cannot resist buying them, tantalizing cuisine and much more ... So many good reasons to visit Rajasthan! Echoing the royal stories of the royal people who lived in the magnificent palaces, these royal abodes have been converted into heritage hotels. These majestic establishments give you a real taste of "royalty". Offering perfect picturesque locations, majestic grandeur, state-of-the-art amenities and services and a romantic ambience, some of the famous heritage hotels are Lake Palace & Shiv Niwas Palace in Udaipur, Umaid Bhawan Palace & Ajit Bhawan in Jodhpur and Ram Bagh Palace and Jai Mahal in Jaipur. Rajasthan Heritage Tour is unique in a way that during inter-city travel, it takes a tourist to a Hindu pilgrimage (Pushkar) and a Jain pilgrimage (Ranakpur). To experience the essence of Rajasthan, you will be exploring markets at each destination and, also, enjoying several activities like elephant ride, boat cruise etc.

Day 1

Jaipur arrival

On arrival at Jaipur airport (Sangner) or railway station, you will be greeted by our representative and taken to pre-booked hotel. Check in at the hotel to spend evening in leisure in Jaipur. Call it the Pink City or ‘city of Maharajas’, Jaipur never fails to surprise a visitor by its grandeur and magnificent appearance. The royal city of the Rajput is the largest & capital city of Rajasthan. Several Rajput rulers and kings have spent considerable amount of time in Jaipur and, as a result, numerous monuments in the form of gigantic forts, enchanting palaces, beautiful temples, gorgeous mansions and organized market places were constructed. The tourists exploring Jaipur have the most delightful time of their life exploring these magnificent pieces of Rajput architecture. The central part of Jaipur, built by the Mahrajas is painted in pink. It imparts a definitive disparate charm to the city and makes the city pretty and picturesque. Full day Jaipur tour is a lifetime experience as the city houses many historical monuments built by the Rajput who lived the most lavish life here. The Rajput royalty has also left behind some of their luxuries to experience even today. The capital city of Rajasthan has a contemporary lifestyle where all modern facilities co-exist with ancient touch and aura intact. One can actually see a Mercedez Benz and a camel on the same road in the middle of the traffic. It’s not only worth watching but also is the best way to explain the blend of the lifestyles that this city boasts of.

Overnight stay is scheduled in Jaipur hotel.

Day 2

Pink City sightseeing

Highly popular among the tourists, it is a private full day guided Jaipur tour today. The guided tour of Jaipur will commence from 8:30 AM. Jaipur tour guide meets you in the lobby of the hotel. Start the tour with a visit to Amber Fort. Amber Fort is located on a hill outside the city of Jaipur and beautifully reflects in the lake below. Amber Fort is a complex of palaces, temples, gates and gardens with an impressive decoration testifying the grandeur of the time when the city was former capital of State. The fort is not in Jaipur but at a place called Amer that is 11 km from Jaipur. The walls of Amber Fort are pieces of admiration for being extremely high and formidable. A lot of colourful paints and mirrors are involved in the making of the walls and major interiors of the fort. Inside the fort, you can admire the world famous Jai Mandir Temple with its dazzling Sheesh Mahal or Hall of Mirrors. The walls and ceiling of the Mahal are covered with a magnificent series of mirrors, which reflect any trail of light, illuminating the entire room. The fort offers an excellent view in the evening when it glitters with lighting. While visiting Amber Fort, you will be taken to the main gate on the back of an elephant. This maharaja-like elephant ride is an experience for lifetime.

The next monument happens to be Panna Meena Ka Kund. It is one of the several water harvesting and storage arrangements prevalent in the region. Jaipur is known for having a lot of step wells that were built in the Rajput era to fill the scarcity of water in the city. One of the popular step-wells of the city is Panna Meena Ka Kund. This one is a beautiful and an innovative step-well built in the desert area. It was built to collect water for using in the case of emergency during the dry seasons. It is a great place to chill, relax and admire the structure of the well. The architecture of the step-well is unique in the sense that one cannot come up from the same steps that one uses to go downstairs. The step well is safe enough to explore.

After visiting Panna Meena Ka Kund, drive back to the city centre. On the way to Jaipur city, stop at Jal Mahal for taking few photographs. It is one of the fabulous monuments of the city. Jal Mahal lies amidst Man Sarovar Lake. The sight of the palace is the most delightful one ever. Half of the palace is inside the water which can be explored too and the other half is visible over the lake. The Jal Mahal in Jaipur has five storeys with four storeys under the lake and one storey above. Lot of migratory birds chirping around the palace make for a gorgeous sight too. The sight of the palace looks incredible in the daytime and during the evening time, it is even prettier because of the lights all around.

From hereupon, continue your drive to Jaipur city centre. The heart of Jaipur is home to cluster of several historical monuments. Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jaipur. Hawa Mahal is an iconic spot of the city that can safely be called as the landmark of Jaipur. The five-storey Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 BC. It is a masterpiece of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately carved windows. It has 953 huge windows making it quite airy. Hawa Mahal was constructed for the Rajput women to check out the celebrations happening in the city without coming down on the streets. Owing to this, Hawa Mahal has so many windows. It has no stairs. There is a connecting slope to these storeys to move around different floors. It is constructed in Rajput architectural style.

After a short break for lunch at a popular local restaurant, you will visit City Palace and Jantar Mantar. The most enchanting palace of Jaipur city is the City Palace, built in traditional Rajput style but subtle elements of Mughal and European architectural styles. The palace was once the residence of the King of Jaipur. It features carved arches, carved columns and two carved marble elephants guarding the entrance. It is a magnificent palace with a huge veranda like most of the Rajput palaces in the state. The colourful palace looks beautiful with different floors, windows, colour combinations and other things. The interiors of the palace are adorned with a lot of intricate detailing that catches the attention. There is a museum inside the palace displaying Rajput era history, valour, bravery and story through the artefacts, weapons and handicrafts.

Adjacent to City Palace is located Jantar Mantar, a solar observatory. Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the biggest observatory of the country. It is built primarily of sandstones and few metal dials. Maharaja Jai Singh II, having keen interest in astrology, built this observatory. Anyone having interest in the space, cosmology and astrology, will surely like to visit Jantar Mantar. It has some amazing collection of geometric devices for observing stars, sun, constellations and measuring time. One would surely have a great time inside the observatory while exploring all the devices.

After sightseeing of historical monuments, market visit will be carried out. Visiting the handicraft market of Jaipur is one of the best experiences to take back from the city. The artisans of the city make some exquisite products like blur pottery pieces, lac bangles, gem jewellery, Bandhani textiles, miniature paintings, wooden furniture, puppets, juttis, rugs, carpets etc. Among the famous markets of Jaipur are Johari Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, Chandpole Bazaar, Kishanpole Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Sireh Deori Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, MI Road Bazaar and Aravalli Bazaar. A tour to some of these markets is included in this trip.

After exploring colourful markets of Jaipur, the full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur ends with a visit to Govind Dev Ji Temple at the time of evening ‘aarti’. This temple is located in the City Palace complex. The idol of the presiding deity of the temple is visible from City Palace too. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna or Govind Dev Ji. This is a very famous temple, one of the seven temples of the Thakur of Vrindavan. Hence, this is a very important temple.

By 7:30 PM, Jaipur sightseeing comes to an end and you will transferred to hotel for overnight stay in Jaipur.

Day 3

Jaipur – Pushkar - Jodhpur

After breakfast, depart for Jodhpur. On the way to Jodhpur, stop at Pushkar, one of the most famous Hindu pilgrimage sites. Pushkar, known to be city of Lord Brahma, is visited by the pilgrims to have a holy dip in Pushkar Lake and have ‘darshana’ of the deity in Brahma Temple. Surrounded on three sides by hills & sand dunes on the fourth side, Pushkar Lake offers a beautiful view. Annually, a week-long religious gathering and camel fair takes placer in the months of October or November. Pushkar alone has more than 400 temples and is said to be the only place with a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma, one of the most important members of the Hindu Holy Trinity. Lord Brahma is known as ‘The Creator'. During your stopover in Pushkar visit Pushkar Lake, surrounded by more than 300 years old 52 ghats. Thereafter, visit Brahma Temple. Only Hindus are permitted to enter into the temple. If your tour dates coincide with Pushkar Fair, it will be lucky chance to enjoy Pushkar Camel Fair. The fair culminates on Kartik Purnima. Post lunch, depart for Jodhpur. On arrival at Jodhpur, you will directly be transferred to pre-booked hotel.

Jodhpur, a popular tourist destination & second largest city in Rajasthan, was once the capital of Marwar. Home to many beautiful palaces, forts and temples, Jodhpur is located on the edge of the Thar Desert. The city is known as the Sun City for bright and sunny days through out the year. It is also mentioned as the Blue City, due to the Indigo-colored houses of the Brahmins around Mehrangarh Fort. The city is reputed all over the globe for its cordially warm hospitality. Jodhpur is located near geographic center of Rajasthan, making it an ideal base for a trip to a region frequented by tourists. The old town of Jodhpur is surrounded by a thick stone wall. The wall has six huge gates called Nagauri Pol, Merati Pol, Sojati Pol, Jalori Pol, Siwanchi Pol and Chand Pol.

Overnight stay is scheduled to be Jodhpur hotel.

Day 4

Jodhpur tour

Guided tour of Jodhpur will commence in the morning, soon after salubrious breakfast. Popular tourist attractions in Jodhpur are Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thadaa, Ummed Bhawan and Mandore Garden.

Mehrangarh Fort, perched on a 150 meter high hill, is the most formidable and magnificent fort in Rajasthan. Rao Jodha was built in 1459 AD and subsequent rulers too added to this over the centuries. Gun battle scars struck by the army of Jaipur are still visible on its walls. A museum within the fort is located in the midst of Ummed Public Garden. The museum houses a rich collection of armory, textile, local handicrafts, miniature paintings, portraits of sovereigns, manuscripts and images of Jain Tirthankars. Umaid Public Garden houses a zoo and a public library. This building and garden were developed during the reign of Maharaj Ummed Singh.

Maharaja Ummed Singh who built Ummed Bhawan Palace was fascinated by Western lifestyle, fashion and architecture. So, he brought together the services of two architects - Henry Vaughan Lanchester & Edward Lutyens to build a 347-room Ummed Palace. It happens to be India's last great palace and the largest private residence in the world.

About 5 miles from Jodhpur is located erstwhile capital of Marwar region, Mandore. It was abandoned due to security threats and royal family shifted into Mehrangarh Fort. Here one will find the ‘Dewals’ or cenotaphs of former Jodhpur rulers. Unlike typical chhatris (cenotaphs) of Rajasthan, the ‘Dewals’ were built along the lines of a Hindu temple- four storeys high with fine columns and an elegant arrow, all built in red sandstone. The most impressive is the Dewal of Maharaja Ajit Singh (who reigned from 1678 to 1724). These cenotaphs are set in beautiful landscaped gardens.

After visiting historical monuments, you will be taken to Jodhpur market, known for spices, handicrafts and jewellery. Overnight stay is scheduled to be Jodhpur hotel.

Day 5

Jodhpur – Ranakpur - Udaipur

After breakfast, depart for Udaipur, the second-most popular tourist destination of Rajasthan. On the way to Udaipur, stop at Ranakpur to visit world famous Jain temples, known for intricately-carved beautiful architecture. Visit the temple of Adinath whose architecture is of great beauty. Have lunch here in a nice restaurant and continue your drive to Udaipur.

Udaipur, known as ‘the city of lakes’, is a dream destination of the visitors. The city combines picturesque landscape and glorious heritage. Udaipur, located in a valley of green hills of Aravali, surrounds the shores of the wide blue Lake Pichola.

On arrival at Udaipur, you will be transferred to Udaipur hotel to spend evening in leisure and have overnight stay.

Day 6

Udaipur tour

One of the most beautiful cities of Rajasthan, Udaipur is also named as ‘romantic city of Rajasthan’. It is sprawling between lakes and hills. After breakfast, full day guided sightseeing tour of Udaipur will be carried out. The first monument to be visited in Udaipur is famous City Palace. Thereafter, explore the garden of royal maids (Sahelion Ki Bari) and theater of royal holidays in the past. Visit of a school of miniature painting. Late afternoon, have a boat trip on Lake Pichola to observe the beauty of Jag Palace (Lake Palace) from close quarters. In the evening, you will be taken to Bagore Ki Haveli, a large mansion turned into a museum. Here, enjoy delicious dinner while watching mesmerizing puppet show. Later, in the evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 7

Udaipur - Departure

After breakfast, you will be in-time transferred to either airport or railway station for your onward journey…..

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