TOUR NO-27 E: JAIPUR-JODHPUR-JAISALMER (7D/6N)

JAIPUR

Jaipur popularly known as the 'Pink City' is the capital city of Rajasthan. Jaipur Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, after whom the city is named. The designing of the city was entrusted upon a young architect, Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, who gave shape to the plans and ideas of Jai Singh. The city was built following the principles of Shilpa Shastra and the science of Indian Architecture. The city was built in the form of a rectangle divided into blocks, with roads and avenues running parallel to the sides. In 1876 Jaipur was coloured in terracotta pink to welcome the Prince Albert, and thus the name "Pink City" was attached with the city.. Jaipur is a renowned handicraft centre and is known for producing exquisite gold jewellery enameled or inlaid with precious or semi-precious stones, blue pottery, carvings on wood, stone and ivory, leather article and handmade paper. It is worldwide famous for its unique Architecture, Astrology, Forts, Monuments, Palaces, Culture, Art and Craft.


SIGHTSEEING PLACES IN JAIPUR

AMBER FORT

Amber fort was the capital of Kachhwaha's of the old state of Dhundhar, for over 6 centuries. Amber fort stands atop a range of craggy hills about 11 Kms from Jaipur city. Amer Fort was built by Raja Man Singh<1592> and is known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu and Rajput elements. The picturesque location of the fort and its reflection in the blue waters of Maota Lake is trully spellbinding. The aesthetic ambiance of this formidable fort is seen within its walls on a four level layout plan. A particular attraction at Amber Fort is the "magic flower" fresco carved in marble around the mirror palace which is identified by two hovering butterfly depiction. The flower has seven unique designs of fish tail and each is viewed by a particular way of partial hiding of the panel with hands.

JALMAHAL

Jal Mahal or Water palace was built by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 in the midest of Man Sagar Lake and about 6 Km from Jaipur, on the way to Amber fort. The palace and the Lake around it were renovated by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber. Jal Mahal was constructed in the Mughal-Rajputana Style of architecture as a pleasure resort. It is five storey building made up to red sandstone. Four levels of the building submerge under water when the lake is full and only the top most level remains visible and can be accessed with the help of boat. The building has chhatris on each corner while the terrace has been designed as the typical Mughal Garden. The palace looks mesmerizing in the evenings when the entire structure is immersed in flood lights. A number of migratory birds can also be seen around the Jal Mahal during winter.

CITY PALACE

City palace is a palace complex, situated in Jaipur and incorporates an impressive array of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The palace was built between 1729 and 1732, by Sawai Jai Singh II.The Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-I-Khas, Diwan-e-Arm, Govind dev ji Temple are some of the significant structures in the complex. The magnificent Chandra Mahal, occupies the centre stage and is still the residence of erstwhile ruling family. The outer courtyards have architectural beauties like Mubarak Mahal, servant obhadra, Diwan khana and Pritam Niwas, these have been converted into a museum known as the maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. The most interesting exhibits at city palace includes, the two huge silver urns known as Gangajalis, which are placed outside the Diwan-I-Khas or the 'Hall of Private Audience'. The silver Urns find mention in 'Guiness Book of world Records', as being the largest silver objects in the world.

HAWA MAHAL

Hawa Mahal or the 'Palace of Winds' was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh for the royal ladies to enjoy the procession and day to day activities from the cool confinement of this majestic facade, and designed by Lal Chand Ustad.The five storeyed semi-octagonal is noted for its elaborate and fanciful architecture. The entire structure is made up of 953 small casements each with small lattice worked pink window, small balconies and arched roofs with hanging cornices. Cool breezes enter through the window and keep the inner atmosphere extremely pleasant and airy.  Its 953 small windows called jharokha. Hawa Mahal Built of red and pink sandstone.

JANTAR MANTAR

Jantar Mantar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in outside the gateway of the Jaipur city palace complex. The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by King Sawai Jai sing II in 1728. The name is derived from jantar, instrument, and Mantar, formula, therefore jantar mantar means literally 'calculation instrument'. Sawai Jai Singh constructed a total of five such facilities at different locations, including Jaipur, Delhi, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved.Some of the instruments used for measuring Local time, the altitudes of stars and constellations, the sun's declination, meridian and altitude.


JODHPUR

Jodhpur is a district and District headquarters of the state of Rajasthan. Jodhpur stands at the edge of the Thar Desert. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan after jaipur. The city is known as the Sun City for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all the year. It was founded in 1459 A D by Rao Jodha-Chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs. The city is encompassed by a high wall, 10 km long with 8 Gates and Innumerable Bastions. The fort and palaces of Jodhpur are unsurpassed in beauty and grandeur. Jodhpur is famous for handicrafts like embroidered leather shoes (Juttis), tie-and-dye fabric, Lacquerware, Jodhpuri baggy trousers, carpets, antiques and Marble souvenirs from makrana.


SIGHTSEEING PLACES IN JODHPUR

MEHRANGARH FORT

Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forts in India, built around 1460 by Rao Jodha. The fort is situated 410 feet (125 m) above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards.

There are seven gates, which include Jai Pol (meaning the gate of victory), built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Loha Pol is the fourth and most historic gate. Leading to the palace and residence of the maharajas, this was the most protected amongst the lot. On close observation tourists can find the handprints of the various queens who committed Sati here on the death of their husbands. The imprints of cannonball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. Phool Mahal is a part of Mehrangarh fort and was built in the 18th century by Maharaja Abhaya Singh. The main highlight of the room includes the gold used for the construction besides the paintings and portraits on display. The Phool Mahal, which once served as a private pleasure room for kings.

The museum in the Mehrangarh fort is one of the well-stocked museums in Rajasthan. In one section of the fort museum there is a selection of old royal palanquins, including the elaborate domed gilt Mahadol palanquin which was won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in 1730. The museum exhibits the heritage of the Rathores in arms, costumes, paintings and decorated period rooms.

UMAID BHAWAN PALACE

Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur is built by the Maharaja Umaid Singh between 1928 and 1943.The design of the palace was made by an Englishman Henry Vaughn and the palace is an eye catching structure in white and pink sandstone. It contains three hundred and forty seven rooms. The construction of the palace utilized approximately one million square feet (90,000 m²). Over three thousand artisans were employed in the construction of this palace. Umaid Bhawan Palace set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens. Umaid Bhawan Palace was called Chittar Palace during its construction due to use of stones drawn from the Chittar hill where it is located.

The Umaid Bhavan palace was converted into a heritage hotel in 1977, Managed by Taj Hotels. This monument is divided into three areas, namely a heritage hotel, museum and the Maharaja's royal residence. In a part of the palace the royal family of Jodhpur still lives. In another part of the palace is a well-maintained museum. Rare artifacts and articles belonging to the private attics of the kings and queens, collection of antique clocks, Glassware and other miniatures those are on display.

JASWANT THADA

Jaswant Thada is a royal cenotaph built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, and serves as the burial ground for the rulers of Marwar. It is situated about 4 kilometres away from the heart of Jodhpur city on the left side of Fort Mehrangarh. It is made of white marble memorial built out of intricately carved sheets of marble that shows the intelligence of the sculptors. These sheets are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when illuminated by the sun. The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh exhibits pictures of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur

BALSAMAND LAKE

Balsamand Lake is the lifeline of Jodhpur and was built in the year 1159 AD. An artificial lake, it spreads on an area of 50 mts and is 15 mts deep and boasts of a plush fruits garden surrounding it. Situated around 7 kms away from the city on Jodhpur-Mandora road, the lake is a popular picnic spot and tourist can enjoy relaxing among the nature.

JAISALMER

Exotic beauty, paramount in historical value, pleasant gift of nature and Jaisalmer is at the epitome of beauty. Jaisalmer, a city nicknamed as Golden City in Rajput clans, is the most attractive tourist spot in Rajasthan. This fantastic city, forming a part of the Great Indian Desert, was founded in centuries back by Rawal Jaisal of the Yadav community and the name Jaisalmer means the hill fort of Jaisal. Acclaimed all over the world as world's most beautiful golden sand deserts, passion filled romantic desert sand dunes and the breathtaking picnic spot with majestic fort, Jaisalmer is the favorite location for advertising fraternity. This medieval has grown into fame as a romantic gateway for exotic enjoyments and breathtaking views. Magnificent palaces, Golden fort, ancient imposing temples and havelis provide this wonderful place a permanent spot in the tourist map of India. This city breasts many medieval period Jain temples as well. The city is enriched with the exquisite collections of arts, textiles and crafts. The majority of the inhabitants are Rajputs, who have renowned as great warriors. The annual desert fair celebrated with festivities, camel shows and adventurous rides is a real attraction for the tourists.


SIGHTSEEING PLACES IN JAISALMER

JAISALMER FORT

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from where it derives its name. The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, and has been the scene of many battles. Made entirely of sandstone, the fort was initially used as a barrier as for protection from foreign invaders.

Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the "Sonar Kila". The fort encompasses Jain temples, royal palaces and the famous Ancient temple of Laxminath. This fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.

Jaisalmer Fort palace Museum and Heritage Centre is a popular tourist attraction highlighting various heritage and historical items available for public view. Located within the Jaisalmer Fort, the museum is located at one of the highest point in the fort, thus commanding excellent views of the temples, royal courts and fortresses lying close by.

PATWNO-KI-HAVELI

The Patwon-ki- Haveli is an interesting piece of Architecture and is the most important among the havelis in Jaisalmer. This is precisely because of two things, first that it was the first haveli erected in Jaisalmer and second, that it is not a single haveli but a cluster of 5 small havelis. The first among these havelis was commissioned and constructed in the year 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa and is the biggest and the most ostentatious. It is believed that Patwa was a rich man and was a renowned trader of his time. He could afford and thus ordered the construction of separate stories for each of his 5 sons. These were completed in the span of 50 years. All five houses were constructed in the first 60 years of the 19th century. The whole building is made yellow sandstone, the main gateway of the Patwon Ji ki Haveli is in brown color. This is the largest Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. This haveli is presently occupied by the government, which uses it for various purposes. The office of the Archeological Survey of India and State art and craft department is situated in the haveli itself. 

SALIM SING-KI-HAVELI

Salim Singh ki haveli has been built on the remains of an older haveli built in the late 17th century. The new building was built in the year 1815 and was occupied by the Mehta family of Jaisalmer. They were the most influential family of their time. This haveli was commissioned by Salim Singh, the then Prime Minister of the kingdom when Jaisalmer was the capital. The haveli has a distinct architecture. The roof has been constructed in the form of Peacock. The haveli is situated beside the hills near the Jaisalmer Fort. Like other havelis in Jaisalmer, this too has tuskers guarding the gateways. These are made of sand stones and look very close to the original in appearance. The haveli consists of as many as 38 balconies and they all have distinct designs for themselves.

GADISAR LAKE

The Gadisar Lake is a good place to sit, relax and admire the beauty of nature. Originally a Man-made rain water conservation lake, the Gadisar Lake is today a popular tourist attraction of Jaisalmer.The Lake was built in the 14th century by Maharawal Gadsi Singh to meet the water requirements of this arid region. Considering its importance for sustenance, many small temples and shrines were constructed around the Gadisar Lake, hence transforming it into a pilgrimage centre in Jaisalmer. The most popular among these temples is the Tillon ki Pol, a Krishna Temple which houses a statue of Lord Vishnu. One can spend some peaceful time in the serene surroundings of the lake or choose to go boating as well. Boating and watching calm water in their natural surroundings can be a great experience with everyone at Gadisar Lake. If you happen to visit the Gadisar Lake in the winter, then you will be surprised and treated to a sight of various migratory birds that come from the nearby Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. There is also a Desert Culture Centre, a museum located near the lake which preserves the culture, heritage, history, traditional art and music of the region, since its inception in 1997. It was established by N.K Sharma, a teacher, historian and author of "The Golden City", a famous book on Jaisalmer.

SAM SAND DUNNES

At a distance of 45 kms from Jaisalmer lies the small village of Sam. Camel safari, sand dunes and camping are some of the main attractions here. Sam Sand Dunes, a pristine natural beauty, is located at the outskirts of Jaisalmer at the boundary of Thar Desert. This is an amazing stretch of breathtaking and sweeping sandbanks. The major attractions of this place are the majestic and extolling views of sunset and sunrise. The best time to visit this place is during the annual desert festival held during the months of January and February, when the various cultural programmes add more zing to the otherwise dull scenery of the area. One will be confused and excited with the illusion generated by the cripples of sand dunes in the desert breezes. These sand dunes offer eye catching pleasures to the visitors. The place is an ideal spot for the great experience of camel safari. This marvelous place becomes vibrant during the desert festival with festivities, color and show.

JAIPUR-JODHPUR-JAISALMER (7D/6N)

DAY 1: Arrival at Delhi Airport/Railway Station. Pick up and Transfer to Jaipur (260 Kms/6 Hrs). Jaipur popularly known as the 'Pink City' is the capital city of Rajasthan. Jaipur is worldwide famous for its unique Architecture, Astrology, Forts, Monuments, Palaces, Culture, Art and Craft. Overnight stay at jaiipur.

DAY 2: After Breakfast sightseeing of Jaipur. Visit Amber Fort and enjoy an elephant Ride, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

DAY 3: Morning drive to Jodhpur (335 Kms/8 Hrs). Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. The fort and palaces of Jodhpur are unsurpassed in beauty and grandeur. Afternoon arrival at Jodhpur. Visit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. Overnight stay at Jodhpur.

DAY 4: After breakfast Sightseeing of Jodhpur. Visit Umaid Bhavan Palace and Balsamand Lake. Afternoon drive to Jaisalmer (290 Kms/7 Hrs). Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.

DAY 5: After Breakfast Sightseeing of Jaisalmer. Magnificent palaces, Golden fort, ancient imposing temples and havelis provide this wonderful place a permanent spot in the tourist map of India. Visit Jaisalmer fort, Maharaja Havelis (Patwno-Ki-Haveli and Salim Sing Ki-Haveli), Gadisar Lake and evening drive to Sam Sand Dunnes for a Camel Ride and the spectacular view of sunset in the Desert. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer.

DAY 6: After Breakfast drive to Jaipur (580 km/12 Hrs). On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

DAY 7: Morning drive to Delhi (260 Kms/6 Hrs). Afternoon arrival at Delhi and Transfer to Delhi Airport/Railway Station. Tour End.


JAIPUR-JODHPUR-JAISALMER (7D/6N)

ADULT (ABOVE 11 Years ) : 000/- per person
CHILDREN (5-11 Years ) : 000/- per person
CHILDREN (Below 5 Years ) : FREE

PACKAGE COST INCLUDES:
  • All sightseeing & Transfer by A/c Vehicle as per the Itinerary
  • A/C Room Accommodation on Triple Sharing / Family Basis
  • All sightseeing entry fee and Delhi Metro Rail Ride
  • English-Malayalam speaking tour Manager as per the Sightseeing Itinerary
  • All Taxes, Parking charges and Driver Bata.

PACKAGE COST EXCLUDES:
  • Air-Rail Ticket, Food, Portage and Laundry
  • Camel Ride, Horse Ride, Boat Ride, Elephant Ride
  • Anything  that is not mentioned above in the Includes

* Package Cost Valid for Minimum 27 Persons



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