Rajasthan With Ganges Tour

RAJASTHAN- The state of Rajasthan is associated with the astounding legends of heroism and romance still echoes from its royal fort and palaces that stands majestically on hilltop to narrate the tale of a chivalry and audacity. The magic of vibrant Rajasthan - its rich heritage, colorful culture, exciting desert safaris, shining sand-dunes, amazing variety lush forests and varied wildlife - makes it a destination nonpareil. Rajasthan is often portrayed as one vast open-air museum, with its relics so well preserved that it delights even the most skeptical traveler. Rajasthan India comprises of forts and palaces, wildlife’s. All this makes Rajasthan a wonderful destination to explore. Travel Rajasthan in order to explore the exquisite craftsmanship of bygone era. Tourism in Rajasthan makes state one of the most visited state of India.

UDAIPUR- One of the most beautiful cities of Rajasthan, located on the banks of Lake Pichola, also known as a 'Jewel of Mewar'. The most romantic city of India can take the tourist into paroxysm of heaven. The center of attraction vibrates around the shimmering blue waters and the royal white marble palaces constructed with unique artistic insight.

JODHPUR- Popularly called the “Blue City of Rajasthan”; Jodhpur is second largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. It is an island of marble palaces from the desert by an immense wall, with eight gates facing different directions. Jodhpur is famous for its magnificent fort and palaces. The city is situated at the edge of the Thar Desert with Jaisalmer on its west, Bikaner on its north side.

PUSHKAR- Located 11km from Ajmer, according to Hindu mythology the town is the creation of Lord Brahma - the Creator of the Universe. A temple dedicated to Brahma has been built here. Pushkar also hosts one of the most colorful cattle fairs in the country. A very important pilgrimage spot for Hindus, Pushkar is famous for its lake.

RANTHAMBORE- It is located in the foothills of Aravali Ranges near the small town of Sawai-Madhopur. It is one of the India's foremost illustrations of Project Tiger. A fine example of Project Tiger, Ranthambore was declared a National Park in 1980.

JAIPUR- Jaipur is remarkable for its marvelous architecture and town planning as it is for the lively spirit of the people who inhabit it. The city presents a unique synthesis of culture that has to be experienced in order to be appreciated. The old Jaipur painted in Pink, the lively spirit of fanfare, festivity and celebration of the people adequately match the colorful and intricately carved monuments. 

AGRA- The Land of culture and heritage. Agra is the city of the inimitable Taj Mahal. Agra is famous for its marble inlay work, leather goods, brasswares, finely worked precious and semi-precious stone jewellery and ornate zari embroidery.

ORCHHA- The meaning of the place, Orchha is ‘a hidden place’ and it perfectly justifies this small village hidden by the forests. Its grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time a rich legacy to the ages. It is a major tourist attraction of Madhya Pradesh because of the number of beautifully built palaces, temples and cenotaphs built in the 16th and 17th centuries reflecting the rich Bundela art and architecture.

KHAJURAHO- It is a city well known for its temples and sculptures. The exuberance of Indian spirit represents a paean to life, love, to joy-perfect in execution and sublime in expression. The Khajuraho temples are internationally famous for the erotic sculptures that adorn the walls. 

VARANASI- It is one of the oldest living cities in the world. It probably derives from the two rivers that flank the city, the Varuna to the north and the Asi to the south. Many still use the anglicized forms of Banaras or Benares, while pilgrims refer to Kashi. The city of Banaras is situated on the west bank of the holiest of all Indian rivers, the Ganga or Ganges. The relationship between the sacred river and the city is the essence of Varanasi - 'the land of sacred light'.

Tour Destination:- Udaipur-Jodhpur-Pushkar-Jaipur-Ranthambore-Agra-Orccha-Khujurao-Varanasi

Travel Duration:- 13 Nights/14 Days

DAY 1: UDAIPUR:- Arrive in Udaipur and later transfer to the hotel. Time to relax. In the evening enjoy the boat ride on the picturesque Lake Pichola.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2: UDAIPUR:- Full day sightseeing of The City of Lakes-Udaipur.

SIGHT SEEING UDAIPUR
LAKE PICHOLA- This lake presents the picturesque beauty of Udaipur. Encircled by numerous palaces on all sides, it houses various islands where the famous Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas are situated.

Maharaja Jagat Singh II built Lake Palace- the palace. It is situated on Lake Pichola, and it appears to be floating on the lake.

CITY PALACE- The largest palace of Rajasthan, it represents the architectural and artistic evolution of Mewar over the centuries. The palace is divided into various sections, each with its own distinctive 

style.

SAHELIYON KI BARI- This garden was the picnic spot for the 48 royal ladies who were offered to the prince as dowry. The gardens here have lush green lawns & beautiful fountains in the shape of birds - presenting a wonderful sight!

JAGDISH TEMPLE- One of the largest and popular Vishnu Temples of Northern India, this temple has exquisite carvings and four other smaller shrines dedicated to other deities.

AHAR- An ancient capital of Mewar, Ahar is the favorite haunt of archaeologists and research scholars. It houses various famous monuments and temples like the Royal Cenotaphs, Adinath Temple, and Mahavira Temple.

Overnight in hotel.

DAY 3: UDAIPUR – JODHPUR:- Next morning drive to the Blue City of Rajasthan- Jodhpur. On reaching, transfer to the hotel. Later visit the city.

SIGHT SEEING JODHPUR
UMAID BHAWAN PALACE- Maharaja Umaid Singh, a perfect example of early modern period architecture, constructed Umaid Bhawan Palace. Umaid Bhawan palace forms the grandest private royal houses of the world. Some portion of this grand palace has been converted into a luxurious hotel and a museum. 

JASWANT THADA- It lies quite close to the Mehrangarh Fort complex. It was built in 1899 AD in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and houses the cenotaphs of a number of Rajput royals. The main cenotaph has rare portraits of many Rajput rulers on display. 

ARCHITECTURAL SPLENDOR OF JODHPUR- Given the rough terrain it is not surprising that the architecture of the city was influenced by it. Desert architecture is noted for two distinct traits, the need to guard against the heat and to fortify itself against invasions. Fortifications tend to merge with the color of the land, providing it with a natural camouflage.

THE MEHRANGARH FORT- Fort at Jodhpur is such that the fort walls and the sheer basalt escarpment are not distinguishable, one from the other. Huge gates at the entrance are fitted with iron nails to prevent elephants from bringing them down. The palaces and the mansions within the complex are more delicately designed. The chief palaces you can see in the fort are the Phool Mahal, the Moti Mahal, the Jhanki Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal and the Sadar Vilas.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 4: JODHPUR - PUSHKAR:- Drive to the holy city of Pushkar.

SIGHT SEEING PUSHKAR
It is a well-known Hindu pilgrim center. The main feature of Pushkar is its lake, which according to Hindu legend was created from a lotus flower dropped by Lord Brahma. and the Brahma temple. Pushkar is better known for the cattle fair.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 5: PUSHKAR - JAIPUR:- Today, drive towards Jaipur- the pristine jewel in the desert sands of Rajasthan. Transfer to hotel. After lunch visit the Pink City viewing.

SIGHT SEEING JAIPUR
HAWA MAHAL- One of the most common and popular tourist attractions in Jaipur. This five-storey building was used as a veil by the royal women folk to watch the proceedings on the road below. 

CITY PALACE- In the heart of the old city is former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The palace also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit, acquired by Sawai Jai Singh II to study astronomy in detail.

JANTAR MANTAR- A stone observatory, largest of Jai Singh’s five remarkable observatories. The observatory was built to study the movement of stars. The observatory is built in stone and marble. 

AMER PALACE- A beautiful complex of palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens and temples built by Raja Man Singh. Tourists often ride on the elephant back to the Singh pool and the Jaleb Chowk. Other tourist attractions are Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Govind Deoji Mandir, Rambagh Palace, Kanak Valley and Laxmi Narayan Temple.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6: JAIPUR - RANTHAMBORE:- Today, drive towards Ranthambore- the largest national park of Rajasthan. Transfer to hotel and evening time to relax.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 7: RANTHAMBORE:- After breakfast visit.

SIGHT SEEING RANTHAMBORE
RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK- this wildlife sanctuary is famous for its Tigers and is favorite with photographers. Tigers, the park's pride makes it one of the best places in the country to observe them. Apart from that a large numbers of Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Gazzelle, Boars, Mongoose, Indian Hare, Monitor Lizards and a large number of birds.

For the wildlife savvy, Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary has an intense diversity of flora and fauna with 300 trees, 50 aquatic plants, 272 birds, 12 reptiles and 30 mammals to count a few.

Best time to visit- the ideal time to visit the sanctuary is during the months of October-March and April –June.

RANTHAMBORE FORT & JOGI MAHAL- The park got its name from the Ranthambore Fort, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the heart of the Park. The fort, which dates back to the 10th century and is probably the oldest existing fort in Rajasthan, was a vital citadel for control of Central India and particularly the Malwa plateau.

The entry point to the Ranthambore National Park goes straight to the foot of the fort and the forest rest house, JogiMahal. Also it has the second-largest Banyan tree in India.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 8: RANTHAMBORE – FATHEPUR SIKRI - AGRA:- Drive towards The Land of culture and heritage – Agra enroute visiting FathepurSikri

FATHEPUR SIKRI- Once the capital of the Mughal emperor Akbar, a deserted, red sandstone city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. Continue further to Agra, transfer to hotel. Evening free for leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 9: AGRA:- After breakfast visit Agra viewing.

SIGHT SEEING AGRA
TAJ MAHAL- It is the most beautiful monument in Agra. The beauty and grandeur of the TajMahal has made it one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife-MumtazMahal, the TajMahal is regarded as one of the most beautiful monuments in the world. A beautiful gift from a Mughal emperor to his deceased wife, the TajMahal is a symbol of love and beauty. 

AGRA FORT- Built in red sandstone, this huge fortress on the bank of the Yamuna. The fort house has many beautiful palaces and mansions, which include JahangiriMahal, KhassMahal, Diwan-i-Khass and Diwan-i-Aam.

ITMAD-UD-DAULA TOMB- Also known as Baby Taj, this tomb is a daughter's tribute to her father. Built in 1628 by Nurjahan in memory of her father MirzaGhiyas Beg.

SIKANDRA FORT- It is 4 kms from Agra where Akbar built his mausoleum.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10: AGRA - ORCHHA:- After breakfast drive to old and beautiful town- Orchha. Transfer to hotel and after lunch visit Orchha.

SIGHT SEEING ORCHHA
JAHANGIR MAHAL- A 17th century mansion, is remarkable for its vivid and fine Indo-Islamic style of architecture. 

CHHATRIS- The cluster of the Chhatris along the KanchanaGhat of the Betwa River is one of the imposing and attractive features in Orchha. These Chhatris are the memorials of the rulers of Orchha.

ORCHHA FORT- The Fort Complex is the main attraction of Orchha, it is located on an island on the Betwa River. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11: ORCHHA - KHAJURAHO

Drive to Khajuraho, a unique thousand-year-old heritage temple complex in Madhya Pradesh.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 12: KHAJURAHO:- After breakfast, visit Khajuraho viewing.

SIGHT SEEING KHAJURAHO
KHAJURAHO GROUP OF TEMPLES- These temples are known for their Nagara architectural style and are listed as UNSESCO World Heritage Sites. Dating back to 950 AD, the temples are inscribed with ornamental carvings, mostly erotic. KandariyaMahadev Temple being the best of them all. The temples promoted integrity and acceptance between the Jains and Hindus.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 13: KHAJURAHO - VARANASI:- After breakfast drive to the city of Varanasi situated on the west bank of the holiest of all Indian rivers, the Ganga or Ganges.  Transfer to hotel. Evening free for leisure.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 14: VARANASI:- After breakfast visit,

SIGHT SEEING VARANASI
Early morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. The Ganga Ghats are the main centre of religious activities and rituals and also form one of the main attractions of Varanasi. The Alamgir Mosque, blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture, is another important attraction of Varanasi. 

Some of the important temples are Durga Temple, Vishwanath Temple, SankatMochan Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple and The Bharat Mata Temple. Other attractions of Varanasi are the Benaras Hindu Universality, the Archeological Museuwm and Buddhist Stupas. Evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats.

Later in the evening, travel back by car/flight/train towards onward destination.

Rajasthan at a Glance

  • Capital City: Jaipur
  • Population: 68,548,437
  • Area: 342,239 sq km
  • Geo Location: North-West
  • Average Climate: 10°C to 45°C
  • Best time to visit: November – March

Udaipur at a Glance

  • Population: 3,067,549
  • Area: 13,883 sq km
  • Geo Location: Northwest
  • Average Climate: 3°C - 32°C
  • Best Time to Visit: September - March
  • STD Code: 0294
  • Airport: Maharana Pratap Airport

Jodhpur at a Glance

  • Population: 3,685,681
  • Area: 22,850 sq km
  • Geo Location: Northwest
  • Average Climate: 7°C - 43°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 02931
  • Airport: Jodhpur Airport

Pushkar at a Glance

  • Population: 14,789
  • Area: N.A
  • Geo Location: Northwest
  • Average Climate: 8°C - 25°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 014581

Jaipur at a Glance

  • Population: 6,663,971
  • Area: 14,068 sq km
  • Geo Location: Northwest
  • Average Climate: 4°C - 30°C
  • Best Time to Visit: September - March
  • STD Code: 0141
  • Airport: Sanganer Airport

Ranthambore at a Glance

  • Population: 1,338,114
  • Area: 10,527 sq km
  • Geo Location: Northwest
  • Average Climate: 20 °C - 35 °C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - May
  • STD Code: 07462

Agra at a Glance

  • Population: 17, 75,134
  • Area: 1,880.40 sq km
  • Geo Location: North
  • Average Climate: 1°C - 32°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 0562

Khajuraho at a Glance

  • Population: 1,762,857
  • Area :
  • Geo Location: Central
  • Average Climate: 4°C - 35°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 07686
  • Airport: Khajuraho Airport

Varanasi at a Glance

  • Population: 3,676,841
  • Area: 1,535 sq km
  • Geo Location: North
  • Average Climate: 5°C - 20°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 0542
  • Airport: Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport

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