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Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Bikaner – Jaipur – Magnificent Rajasthan Tour
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Arrive in Jodhpur | Sightseeing in JodhpurOn arrival at Airport or Railway Station you will be transferred and Check-in at the Hotel. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and is also known as the blue city as most of the houses of the old city are painted blue. The old city is surrounded by a 10 km long wall, which has 101 bastions and seven gates. On your tour of Jodhpur, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, which was built on a steep hill. The fort is among the best in India with exquisitely latticed windows in residential complexes. Later proceed to Jaswhant Thada, a royal cenotaph built in white marble. You also stroll down the markets of Jodhpur. Stay overnight at the hotel in Jodhpur.
Jodhpur to JaisalmerToday, check out of the hotel and drive to the next destination ‘Jaisalmer’. Founded by Maharana Jaisal Singh, a Rajput Singh in 1156 AD, the city derives its name from the ruler itself. A part of the Great Indian Thar Desert, the city is dotted by several Havelis that were built by the royal merchants of the city.
Sightseeing in JaisalmerThere are three beautifully sculpted Jain temples from the 12th-15th century A.D., and five interconnected palaces, which you can explore during your visit. At the center of the fort is Raj-Mahal, now known as Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum & Heritage Centre. Visit Salim Singh ki Haveli, built around 300 years ago, and Patwon-ki-Haveli, which is the largest and most elaborate mansion of its kind in Jaisalmer, followed by a visit to Nathmal Ji ki Haveli, a grand mansion that blends Rajput and Islamic architecture. Later, drive past the beautiful Gadisar Lake and Badal Vilas, the present residence of erstwhile royal family. Part of this palace is used as a restaurant and hotel. Upon arrival in Jaisalmer, check into the hotel. The rest of te day is free for leisure activities. Stay overnight in the hotel.
Jaisalmer to Bikaner (Drive)This morning proceed to city tour of Jaisalmer. Visit Sonar Fort- housing a fourth of city’s residents, Patwon Ki Haveli-one of the most exquisite havelis with a beautifully latticed facade, Salim Singh Ki Haveli- just three centuries old and is still lived in. Its arched roof is held up by well executed brackets in the form of peacocks. Nathmalji Ki Haveli built by two architect brothers is also worth admiring. Overnight at hotel.
Sightseeing in BikanerEnjoy an excursion to Karni Mata Temple, 30 miles south of Bikaner in Deshnoke. The temple is dedicated to Karni Mata…a mystic who lived in the 15th century and who is considered an incarnation of Durga. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple depicts Karni Mata as Durga after slaying the buffalo-demon Mahishasura. The temple was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the early 20th century in the late Mughal style. The entrance is lavishly decorated with beautifully sculptured marble panelling full of intricate patterns, and delicately worked doorways, colonnades, pavilions and balconies. The oddity of this temple is that many well-fed rats reside here and receive homage. The high priests have gone to great length to protect the rats whose bodies are believed to house the souls of Karni Mata's departed devotees.
Bikaner to Jaipur (Drive)Today in the morning, check out of the hotel and drive to the city of Jaipur. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and retire for the day. In the afternoon, leave the hotel and visit the famous ‘City Palace’. The impressive granite & marble structure offers a perfect blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture. There is museum inside the City Palace, which is known as Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, and you’ll feel delighted to see the artifacts and items of the former royalty. For display, there are an array of royal possessions, including arms, costumes, inscriptions and paintings. A tour to the palace is incomplete without visiting the Govind Devji Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Later, visit Jantar Mantar- an observatory, where you will find a good collection of complex instruments that were once used for astronomical studies. It is one of the largest observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh II and also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, check out of the hotel and return back home with everlasting memories from the trip.
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