Rajasthan’s Forts, Temples & Palaces

Duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days  

Places to Visit: Delhi – Jaipur – Ajmer- Pushkar- Bikaner – Jodhpur – Delhi. 

DAY-01: Delhi arrival:

Meet and assist with our GRAND INDIA TOURS representative at airport and transfer to pre booked hotel in New Delhi. If you are arriving in Morning New Delhi so can check in at hotel first and there is option available for the city tour or something related tour activity like shopping, etc. or day can be free for you without any transportation for any activity, just stay at hotel. 

DAY-02: Departure 07:30 hrs. for Jaipur:

Today after breakfast, proceed to Jaipur and you will be visiting 2 places “JAL MAHAL PALACE & CHOKHI DHANI. Delhi to Jaipur is 6 hours drive reach Jaipur’s Jal Mahal Palace before check in to hotel. 

Jal Mahal (meaning "Water Palace") is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber. Spend there ½ hour at that palace and later check in to the hotel and go for the lunch, rest of the time for relax at hotel. 

Evening @ 19:00 HRS you will be dropping at Chokhi Dhani.   

Chokhi Dhani, a Rajasthani village themed resort, situated in the outskirts of Jaipur, is a representation of the culture, traditions and lifestyle of village life in Rajasthan. you will find a different theme for each day, a festive celebration every time in a different manner with a purview of real rajasthani village culture in fun, entertainment, games, thrill, shopping, rajasthani diet, Rajasthani Kalbeliya Dance or Ghoomer or other folk dance , music and much more to look... to feel... to breathe... to taste... to experience.... whereas Chokhi Dhani Resort is not merely a modern resort with many facilities, but an experience to the Royal culture of Indian history. Warm hospitality in line with the Rajasthani tradition of "Padharo Mhare Des" transports you to the era of Thakurs, the village lords. It is an ideal place for a perfect vacation. 

Later back to the hotel for overnight stay in Jaipur. 

DAY-03: Jaipur City Tour:

Get ready @ 8 am after breakfast to visit the following places in Jaipur, RAJASTHAN: 

> Amber Fort: @ 09:00 hrs.

The aesthetic ambiance of this formidable fort is seen within its walls on a four level (each with a courtyard) layout plan in well turned out opulent palace complex built with red sandstone and marble consisting of the Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience", the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over the water cascade within the palace. 

> Jaigarh Fort: @ 11:00 hrs.

The fort, rugged and similar in structural design to the Amber Fort, is also known as Victory Fort. It has a length of 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) along the north-south direction and a width of 1 kilometre (0.62 mi). The fort features cannon named “Jaivana”, which was manufactured in the fort precincts and was then the world's largest. 

> Nahargarh Fort: @ 12:00 hrs.

Nahagarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the pink city of Jaipur the view of the city from the fort is breath taking. Along with Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort it formed a strong defence ring for the city. 

> Hawa Mahal: @ 13:00 hrs.

"Palace of Winds" or “Palace of the Breeze”), is a palace in Jaipur, India. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Its unique five-storey exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate latticework. 

Lunch Break @ 13:30 to 14:30 hrs. start continues to: 

> City Palace Complex: @ 14:45 hrs.

City Palace, Jaipur, which includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings, is a palace complex in Jaipur city, the capital of the Rajasthan state, India. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence. 

> Jantar-Mantar (Jaipur’s Observatory): @ 15:45 hrs

The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja (King) Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734. It is modeled after the one that he had built for him at the Mughal capital of Delhi. 

Sightseeing places is finished later there is option to get back to the hotel for relaxation or you can be free for the shopping in the traditional place called ‘PINK CITY”. Jaipur markets are open till 20:00 hrs. Throughout the year for the shopping. Jaipur is also known as a shopping paradise. 

Overnight stay in Jaipur.

DAY 04: Jaipur – Ajmer  - Pushkar (By Road)
Today after breakfast proceed to Ajmer & Pushkar by road. Reach Ajmer check in to the hotel and

Being surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains, Ajmer is an oasis wrapped in the green hills. Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage centre for the Hindus as well as Muslims. Especially famous is the Dargah Sharif-Tomb of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, which is equally revered by the Hindus and Muslims. Ajmer is a centre of culture and education. Ajmer is also the base for visiting Pushkar (11 km.), the abode of Lord Brahma, lying to its west with a temple and a picturesque lake.

Visit at: Dargāh Sharīf of Khwāja Mu'īnuddīn Chishtī is situated at the foot of the Tārāgaṛh hill, and consists of several white marble buildings arranged around two courtyards, including a massive gate donated by the Nizām of Hyderabad, a mosque donated by the Mughal emperor Shāh Jahān, the Akbarī Mosque, and the domed tomb of the saint.

Later proceed to Pushkar, check in at hotel for Overnight stay.

DAY 05 : Pushkar - Bikaner
Today after breakfast leave hotel and proceed to Pushkar city tour (4 hours complete tour) in the morning. Pushkar
is often called "Tirth Raj" - the king of pilgrimage sites - and has in recent years become a popular destination for foreign tourists.

Pushkar is one of the oldest cities of India. It lies on the shore of Pushkar Lake. The date of its actual origin is not known, but legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation. It is mentioned that Brahma performed penance here for 60,000 years to have a glimpse of Vishnu.

Visit in Brahma Temple: The most important temple in Pushkar is the Temple of Lord Brahma, one of the holy trinity of Hinduism. In fact it is the only Hindu shrine in the world where Lord Brahma is worshipped. The temple enshrines a life-size idol of Lord Brahma. & Pushkar Lake: The prime attraction of Pushkar is the Pushkar Lake which is considered sacred like the Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. Pushkar has become a place of Hindu pilgrimage because of this holy lake. Legend has it that this lake was consecrated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe when a lotus dropped from his hand into the vale and a lake emerged in that place.

Later you proceed to Bikaner. After 5 hours journey you will be checking at hotel.

Stay overnight in Bikaner.

DAY-06:  Bikaner City Tour:

Today after breakfast go the city sightseeing and visit following places in Bikaner:

Junagarh Fort

The fort was built by Raja Rai Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner who reigned from 1571 to 1612. Rai Singh had conquered part of Marwar and had been granted territory in Gujurat and Burhanpur by the Mughal emperor Akbar as a reward for his services as military commander.

Laxmi Niwas Palace

The Laxmi Niwas Palace is a former residential palace of the king of the former Bikaner state, Maharajah Ganga Singh in Bikaner in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was designed by the British architect, Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob in the year 1902.

Lalgarh Palace

Lalgarh Palace was built between 1902 and 1926 according to Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles. The building was commissioned by Maharaja Ganga Singh (1889–1925) in memory of his father Maharaja Lall Singh and was designed by the British architect, Sir Swinton Jacob.

Bhandasar Jain Temple

Out of the 27 beautiful Jain Temples adorning the landscape of Bikaner city, this temple dedicated to 5th Tirthankar Lord Sumatinath is considered to be the most beautiful and also the highest. This temple was built by a Jain merchant Bhanda Shah.

Kolayat

Kolayat is a famous pilgrimage spot with a temple dedicated to Kapila who, according to his devotees, sat in meditation near the lake. One week before Pushkar Festival and till one week later this lake is more interesting if you like to see Sadhus. Pushkar will have some Sadhus but Kolayat will have many hundreds.

Camel Festival (Available only on January, throughout the year)

The Bikaner Camel Festival is an event organized by the Department of Tourism, Art and Culture, of Bikaner, Government of Rajasthan. It takes place every year in the month of January. At this festival the "ships of the desert" are seen at their best. Some spectacular and unusual camel performances like camel races, camel dances, and the bumpy, neck shaking camel rides take place at this event.

After sightseeing return to hotel for overnight stay in Bikaner. 

DAY-07:  Bikaner – Jodhpur (By road)

Today after breakfast check out from hotel to proceed to Jodhpur. Visit Enroute to:  

Karni Mata Temple (Rat Temple)

The world famous shrine of Karni Mata can be found in the town of Deshnoke 30 km south from Bikaner on the road to Jodhpur. Karni Mata is worshiped as an incarnation of Goddess Durga. This temple is famous for rats which can be seen everywhere in the temple.

Check in to the hotel in Jodhpur.

About JODHPUR
it was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert.

The city is known the Sun City for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the Blue City due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur lies near the geographic centre of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists.

Late afternoon you can be see the Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur: The fort is situated 400 feet (122 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. A winding road leads to and from the city below. The imprints of cannonball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. To the left of the fort is the chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda, a soldier who fell on the spot defending the Mehrangarh fort.

After Mehrangarh Fort sightseeing return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day-08: Jodhpur – Delhi (By Air)

Today wake up bit early in the morning have breakfast and check out from the hotel. Visit to the following places in Jodhpur and later transfer to the airport to catch the flight for New Delhi:

Umaid Bhavan Palace:
One of the fascinating palaces of Jodhpur is the Umaid Bhavan palace. Maharaja Umaid Singh constructed it in 20th century. A part of the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a museum.

Jaswant Thada:
Jaswant Thada lies to the left of the Mehrangarh fort complex. It is a royal cenotaph made up of white marble. It was built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some rare portraits of the former rulers of Jodhpur are also displayed here.

Reach Delhi airport meet & assist with the GRAND INDIA TOURS representative and later transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

DAY-09:  Delhi City Tour:

Full day Delhi City tour start 7 am visit the following places in Delhi or New Delhi: 

> Birla Temple: @ 08:00 hrs.

Also called The Laxmi Narayana Temple. The temple is adorned with many shrines, fountains, and a large garden. The temple is one of the major attractions of Delhi and attracts thousands of devotees on the Hindu festivals of Janmashtami and Diwali. 

> India Gate:

The India Gate is the national monument of India. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It was built in 1931. Originally known as All India War Memorial, it is a prominent landmark in Delhi and commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for the British Indian Empire, or more correctly the British Raj in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War.

> Parliament House:

The Parliament of India is the supreme legislative body in India. Founded in 1919, the Parliament alone possesses legislative supremacy and thereby ultimate power over all political bodies in India. 

> Jantar Mantar:

The Jantra Mantra (literally the 'instrument and formula' and often called the Jantar Mantar), is located in the modern city of New Delhi, Delhi. It consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, from 1724 onwards, and is one of five built by him, as he was given by Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah the task of revising the calendar and astronomical tables. 

> Rajghaat:

Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Gandhiji's cremation on 31 January 1948. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end. It is located on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi in India on Ring Road officially known as Mahatma Gandhi Road. 

> Red Fort:

The Red Fort usually transcribed into English as Lal Qil'ah or Lal Qila) is a 17th century fort complex constructed by the lal qila in the walled city of Old Delhi (in present day Delhi, India) that served as the residence of the Imperial Family of India. It also served as the capital of the Mughals until 1857, when Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was exiled by the British Indian government. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. 

> Jama Masjid:

Delhi, is the principal mosque of Old Delhi in India. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, and completed in the year 1628 AD, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India. It lies at the origin of a very busy central street of Old Delhi, the Chawri Bazar Road. 

> Qutub Minar:

The Qutub Minar is a tower located in Delhi, India. It is the world's tallest brick minaret with a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft). Construction commenced by Qutb-ud-din Aibak who won Delhi from Prithviraj under Muhammad Ghori as his commander in chief, and finished by Iltutmish. 

> Lotus Temple:

The Bahá'í House of Worship in Delhi, India, popularly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flowerlike shape, is a Bahá'í House of Worship and also a prominent attraction in Delhi. It was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent. 

 > Akshardham Temple:

Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India. Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spirituality, and architecture. 

Evening free for personal shopping. Stay overnight in Delhi. 

DAY-10: Departure from New Delhi:

Delhi Departure transfer to AIRPORT or RLY. STN.

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