Offbeat Rajasthan Tour
Trip Highlights :- Delhi | Pushkar | Jojawar | Udaipur | Jodhpur | Dabdi | Osian | Sodakore | Jaisalmer | Sam | Bikaner | Mandawa | Jaipur | Delhi |
Tour duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Frescos and Wall paintings : Shekhawati has earned the sobriquet "open art gallery of Rajasthan" as the region has the largest concentration of frescos in the world. Shekhawati is a semi-arid historical region rich in culture and history. Be it the small houses of the local people of this town or massive havelis built by rich merchants, all are adorned with beautiful frescos and wall paintings capturing in them changing traditions of Art, Economy and Politics. Most Havelis were constructed during 18th to early 20th century, influenced by Persian, Jaipur and Mughal schools of painting. In the earlier days, mythology dominated the themes of the frescoes of the havelis displaying for the most part, local legends, animals, portraits, hunting, battle and wrestling scenes. 19th century saw the themes being changed dramatically to reflect the British (Raj) colonial influence on the Indian culture and economy. The traditional subjects gave way to pictures of Locomotives, Planes, Cars, Gramophones and English 'Sahebs' in hunting attire were painted. The Shekhawati landscape is dotted with so many havelis that tracking them is something like a treasure hunt.
Delhi : On the path of rapid growth and progress today, Delhi has evolved from the fabled "seven cities" established between the 13th and 17th centuries. The haunting Landmarks of yesteryears co-exist with the modern marvels of today. Ancient Forts, Mughal Architecture is juxtaposed with the state of the art architecture, modern residential projects, sky scrapers and commercial hubs of today. City boasts of some of the finest museums and centers of art and excellence. The shopping centers here offer rich heritage of traditional Indian craft as well as rich, fashionable and contemporary ensemble of products.
Pushkar : On the edge of the desert lies the tranquil town of Pushkar. In a narrow dry valley, overshadowed by impressive rocky hills, which offer spectacular views of the desert at sunset. The lake is almost magically beautiful in the early morning or late evening light, is one of the most sacred lakes of India and an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus. The celebrated Pushkar fair, transforms the quiet village to a colourful week of heightened activity. The holy lake has 52 ghats and pilgrims taking a ritual dip in the lake is a common sight. Every year thousands of devotees throng the lake around the full moon day of Kartik Purnima in October-November, to take a holy dip in the lake. A huge and colourful cattle fair - the Pushkar fair, is also held during this time. Dance, music and colourful shops spring up during this fair.
Jojawar : Jojawar is an endeavor to provide an inquisitive mind glimpses into Rajasthan's rich cultural heritage and natural beauty packed with warmth of a traditional family and enthusiastic villagers. Jojawar is one of the Village in Kharchi (Mar.Jun) Mandal, Pali District , Rajasthan State . Jojawar is located 47.5 km distance from its District Main City Pali . It is located 258 km distance from its State Main City Jaipur .
Udaipur : Capital of the legendary Sisodias of Mewar, who fought the fiercest battles against the foreign intruders, Udaipur was built on the shores of Lake Pichola by Udai Singh II in 1559, when his former capital, Chittorgarh was sacked by the Mughal emperor Akbar. The 5 lakes that dot Udaipur have earned for it the sobriquet of 'The City of Lakes'. The history savants throng the city to explore its palaces, havelis and museums while its fabled lakes and beautiful surroundings make it a hot spot for the honeymooners. The picturesque city has lured many Hollywood and Bollywood big shots to shoot here some of the legendry movies here.
Jodhpur : Jodhpur, the erstwhile kingdom of Marwar, is its cultural capital. The city of Jodhpur, popularly known as the Sun City, Blue City and also the Gateway of the inhospitable Great Indian Desert Thar, had a colourful and glorious past. The history of Jodhpur is the history of the Rathore clan which ruled over this land for over six centuries and endowed it with traditions of higher values and rich heritage. The chief of the Rathore clan, Rao Jodha, 13th in the line of succession from Rao Siha, after wandering in different parts of Marwar for 15 years, succeeded in recapturing Mandore in 1453, lost by his father Rao Ridmal, founded Jodhpur - formerly known as Marwar, in 1459. Rao Jodha was crowned in 1453 and six years later laid the foundation of Jodhpur and built Mehrangarh fort. Sturdy, beautiful and the fame of Rathores, the Mehrangarh fort, remained inaccessible and impossible to capture in the battlefield. The 36th ruler of Marwar, Maharaja Umaid Singh (1918-47) is known as the maker of Modern Jodhpur. He introduced the concept of a Welfare-State. The regular droughts made the people of his State economically challenged and forced them to rush to other States. The foresighted Maharaja Umaid Singh ordered the construction of a new palace on the mountains area of Chhitar in 1929, which provided employment to 3000 people for 14 years. Construction of hospitals, railway stations, library and museum, stadium, cinema hall and dams.
Dabdi / Osian : Is an ancient town located in the Jodhpur District of Rajasthan state in western India. It is an oasis in the Thar Desert, 65 km (40 mi) north of the district headquarters at Jodhpur, on a diversion off the main Jodhpur – Bikaner Highway.. Osian is famous as home to the cluster of ruined Brahmanical and Jain temples dating from the 8th to 11th centuries. The city was a major religious centre of the kingdom of Marwarduring the Gurjara Pratihara dynasty. Of the 18 shrines in the group, the Surya or Sun Temple and the later Kali temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the main Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira stands out in their grace and architecture.
Sodakore : A small village located near Jaisalmer, for tourists village safaris are conducted here and also interacting with the locals and vibrant village community.
Jaisalmer : In the remote westernmost corner of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is the exemplary desert town, its golden, sand-coloured ramparts rising out of the arid Thar like a scene from the Arabian Nights. The town remains one of India's most popular destinations. Villagers dressed in voluminous red and orange turbans still outnumber foreigners in the bazaar, while the exquisite sandstone architecture of the "Golden City" is quite unlike anything else in India. Getting lost in the narrow winding streets of Jaisalmer is both easy and enjoyable, though the town is so small that it never takes long to find a familiar landmark.
Sam Dunes : The Sam sand dunes are located 42 kms away from Jaisalmer. The best time to visit the sand dunes is during the sunset. However, it can be also crowded during the evening as lots of tourists come to take photographs and witness the Sun setting in the backdrop of dunes. Camel safaris are available and there are some safaris which allow for a night stay at the dunes. Camp fires and cultural programmes are held in the evening.
Bikaner : Bikaner is also known as the Camel city, the city is famous for the best riding camels in the world. Bikaner takes its name from the prodigious Rao Bikaji, who boldly fought desert clans for 30 years to carve out the kingdom in 1486. Bikaji was the son of the Rathod Raja of Marwar (Jodhpur) Rao Jodha. The son fell out with the father, when was questioned before a darbar about his expansionist dreams and lead his own lineup of horsemen further North, to victoriously set up Bikaner. Bikaner is rich in culture and tradition and is one of the exponents of Rajasthani art and music. The famous people of Bikaner are the great patrons of performing and fine arts.
Mandawa : In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan lies the beautiful small town Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis. The compact and busy little market town of Mandawa was settled and fortified in 18th century by the dominant merchant families of the region. The wealthy businessmen of the village constructed many havelis and baolis with colored painting adorning their walls. Later on, with the migration of these merchant families, their old settlements remained in total obscurity with no one to look after them. Despite the time lapse and ignorance about these visual and architectural extravaganzas, their attraction did not fade and today they are some of the major attractions for the tourists visiting Rajasthan. Structures of this place reminds one of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era.
Jaipur : Capital of Rajasthan - the 'Pink City'. Jaipur means "the city of victory" & was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and designed by architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya in accordance with the principles of town planning set down in "Shilp Shastra" an epochal treatise on the Hindu architecture. This colorful city is enriched with royal tradition & culture, attractive monuments, Forts, Palaces- like the Magnificent City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amer, Nahargarh and Jaigarh fort which are some of the most exquisite blend of Hindu architecture. City today has a population of more than 5 million residents. Presently, Jaipur is a major business and tourist centre with all the requisites of a metropolitan city.
Welcome to the political and Cultural Capital of India … Delhi. Traditional welcome at the airport by our representative and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
After a early breakfast proceed half day sightseeing tour of Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British Empire. Visit the India Gate and the grand Government buildings, the President's House, Mahatama Gandhi Memorial and also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple and the 11th century Qutab Minar. After lunch we leave for Pushkar. On arrival check in to the hotel and freshen up. An interesting dinner under the stars with the Rajasthani cultural folk music and dances awaits you. Overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast, go for a full day sightseeing and visit the Brahma temple (said to be one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity) Pushkar Lake, Man Mahal and Savitri temple in Pushkar. Also visit the famous Dargah Sharif of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moin-u-ddin Chisti in Ajmer. Afterwards return to Pushkar and relax at hotel after a full day of sightseeing and shopping. Overnight at the resort in Pushkar.
After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel and enjoy a beautiful drive to Jojawar. Check in to the hotel and lunch at the hotel. After lunch we proceed for an amazing insight into the village life and its surroundings on the back of the famous Marwari Horses. Return back well in time to enjoy the Rajasthani dinner, dance and music, a perfect end to a lovely day. Overnight stay at Hotel.
A very exciting day awaits you; after breakfast we start the day with train Safari which is one of the major attractions at Jojawar. The train safari takes you through the beautiful & scenic Aravallis passing through tunnels and bridges overlooking the dazzling lake and the forest around it. This gives a good insight into the local tribal life. The train journey will be followed by the Jeep safari organized to the neighboring tribal and Rebari settlements where one could interact and peep into the rich rural culture of Rajasthan and later visit a famous tribal horse lord temple where high tea is served just around sunset. Enthusiasts could also opt for four wheel driving. A real exciting day comes to an end and we look forward to a beautiful dinner under the stars. Overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast we drive to Udaipur, the city of lakes. The city was built in 1559 A.D. by Maharaja Udai Singh and has been described as the most romantic spot in the continent of India. Visit the City Palace museum, the Jagdish temple, Sahelion Ki Bari (Queen's resort for their friends) Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk art museum) and the Pratap Memorial. We will also visit the Shilpgram, a tribute to the Rajasthani rural life and the craftsmen. PM - Boatride at Lake Pichola. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast proceed by road to Jodhpur. En-route visit the Ranakpur Jain Temples. Ranakpur is widely known for its marble Jain temple, and for a much older Sun Temple which lies opposite the former. In general, the Jain temples of Ranakpur present a distinct style of their own. The ceilings of the temples are adorned with foliate scrollwork and geometric patterns. The top and bottom part of the domes are joined by Brackets with figures of deities on them. Arrival in Jodhpur and visit the Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Check out of the hotel after an early morning breakfast and start the day with the morning sightseeing of Jodhpur which includes the massive Mehrangarh fort (This massive Mehrangarh fort came first and around it grew the city of Jodhpur protected by a high stone wall with seven gates and countless bastions) en-route Osian. On arrival at the resort we begin our adventure of the camel safari. Packed lunch will be served in the afternoon arrival at village Bikamkor with a packed lunch. On arrival you will be met by our Safari staff and Camel riders. Then start your Camel Safari for village Dabdi, a two hour ride. Just before sunset, arrive at your exclusive mobile safari camp. Enjoy an evening under the stars followed by a candlelit dinner. Overnight stay at the Dabdi dunes. Distance covered-9 kms.
After breakfast we will start our safari through the Thar Desert. After a four hour ride we approach the oasis village 'Khetasar' where we visit the local weavers and the potters. Here lunch will be served by the oasis or at a village hut. After lunch resume the safari for the resort covering a total distance of 25 Km. Alternatively for those not wanting to proceed to the resort by camel, Jeeps will be waiting to take you to the resort and there the afternoon can be spent enjoying the swimming pool located on the highest sand-dune. Evening folk entertainment followed by dinner. Overnight at the resort in Osian.
After breakfast take a short tour of the famous Osian Temples and then proceed to Sodakore. Osian temple is a cluster of ruined Brahmanical and Jain temples dating from the 8th to 11th centuries. The city was a major religious centre of the kingdom of Marwar during the Pratihara dynasty. Of the 18 shrines in the group, the Surya or Sun Temple and the later Kali temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the main Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira stands out in their grace and architecture. Arrival at the nature resort in Sodakore which offers Organic food, farm fresh dairy and poultry products. In the evening enjoy the village safaris interacting with the vibrant village community and a walk around the Amla Orchard. Overnight at the resort with cultural dinner.
Check out of the resort after breakfast and proceed for sightseeing of Jaisalmer which includes the golden-hued Jaisalmer fort, Nathmalji ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli. After sightseeing of Jaisalmer proceed for the Sam Sand Dunes, the perfect place to enjoy & experience a desert life. Enjoy the sun set on the back of Camel in the dunes followed by dance, music, cocktails and dinner in the dunes under the stars. Overnight at the camp in Sam.
Breakfast and check-out. Drive to Bikaner enjoying the small villages and rural sights of Rajasthan with its sand dunes. Overnight stay in Bikaner.
After breakfast visit the Junagarh Fort, constructed between 1588-1593 by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Mughal Emperor Akbar's army followed by the Karnimata Temple at Deshnok; famous as the rat temple. Also visit the prestigious camel breeding farm in the evening around 1530hrs and proceed to Mandawa, a small and bustling town in the Shekhawati region lying north of Jaipur. Its importance lies in the splendidly frescoed havelis or mansions - mostly constructed by the prosperous merchants, between the 18th and 20th centuries. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast check out of the hotel and visit the beautiful Havelis of the Shekhawati region on the way to Delhi. Arrival in Jaipur by the evening and check in to the hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, this morning take an excursion to Amber Fort, the former royal capital. On the way, take a photo-stop at Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, a four-storied structure of pink sandstone with semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main street of the old city. It was built in 1799 so that veiled royal women could see the royal processions, unseen by the world through its 593 stone screens.
Visit Amber Fort, situated outside the city, it is perhaps the most beautiful example of Rajput forts, this complex stands amidst wooded hills, with its threatening battlements reflected in the motionless waters of the Maota Lake below. You can have the unique experience of riding on a decorated elephant to the top of the hill. One of the premium examples of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital of the Kachhawaha rulers. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh and additions were made later by Sawai Jai Singh. Here are the personal chambers of the Queens with windows having latticed screens so that the ladies could look at the events of the Royal court in privacy. There is also the Jai Mandir or the "Temple of Victory", with its well-known Sheesh Mahal, the sparkling "Hall of Mirrors". Within the Palace are the Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience" and the Sukh Niwas where a cool breeze blows across channels of water for the purpose of air-conditioning.
Return to city and visit City Palace complex, located in the heart of Jaipur known for its blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the museum houses the rare and rich collection of Ornaments, 15th century Arms & Weapons, Royal Costumes, Carpets, Sanganeri block prints, Kashmiri Pashmina Shawls, folk embroideries and Decorative Art objects of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture. Complex has several palatial structures like the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, Badal Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Ji Temple and the City Palace Museum and is divided into two parts- One part Sawai Man Singh Museum and other is still the Residential Palace of the former Maharaja.
Another monument near the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh-I, the founder ruler of Jaipur. It is an astronomical treasure house, with solar device that give accurate predictions till date, it is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening spend some time in the colourful bazaars in the city, for shopping or buy some souvenir. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast check out of the hotel and proceed to Delhi International Airport as per your further flight.
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1. Accommodation in Single / Double room in 05 Star or 04 Star category hotels on CP Basis (Room + Breakfast Basis) inclusive of all presently applicable taxes.
2. Welcome Garlanding upon arrival in India at New Delhi airport.
3. All Arrival / Departure transfers from hotel to airport and vice - versa
4. Monument entrance fees to places of visit as per the itinerary
5. Accompanying English speaking Guide.
6. Cycle rickshaw ride in Old Delhi, evening boat ride in Udaipur's Lake Pichola, Camel ride at Sam Dunes in Jaislamer, Tonga ride in Bikaner and Elephant joy ride in Jaipur's Amber Fort.
7. All Transfers, City sightseeing/excursions and long drives as per itinerary using chauffeur driven air-conditioned Car / Mini Van / Coach.
8. 01 bottle packaged drinking water per person per day
9. All presently applicable interstate & toll taxes
1. Return international air tickets from the city of origin.
2. Travel Insurance and Indian Visa.
3. Personal expenses such as: Any Meals other than specified above / Drinks / Laundry bill & Telephone calls at hotel. Tips for Guides & Driver / Camera Fees at the monuments or any other expenses not included in the clause "inclusions".