Package - Royal Rajasthan (14 Nights & 15 Days)

Package - Royal Rajasthan (14 Nights & 15 Days)

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Overview

Overview :

Rajasthan is one of the 26 states of the republic of India, is situated in the north western part of India. It covers 342,239 square kilometres (132,139 square miles) is the largest state of the Republic of India in terms of area. Rajasthan lies between latitudes 23 degree 3' and 30 degree 12', north and longitudes 69 degree 30' and 78 degree 17', east. The southern part of Rajasthan is about 225 km from the Gulf of Kutch and about 400 km from the Arabian Sea.  Rajasthan is bounded by Pakistan in the west and north-west; by the State of Punjab in the north; by Haryana in the north-east; by Uttar Pradesh in the east, by Madhya Pradesh in the south-east and Gujarat in the south-west.

Inclusions : Inclusions 1 Night Accommodation in Delhi on twin sharing basis As per packages Inclusions 2 Night Accommodation in Jaipur on twin sharing basis As per packages Inclusions 1Night Accommodation in jodhpur on twin sharing basis As per packages Inclusions 2Night Accommodation in Jaisalmer on twin sharing basis As per packages Inclusions 1Night Accommodation in Bikaner on twin sharing basis As per packages Inclusions 2Night Accommodation in Mount Abbu on twin sharing basis As per packages Inclusions 1Night Accommodation in Udaipur on twin sharing basis As per packages Inclusions 1Night Accommodation in puskar on twin sharing basis As per packages Inclusions 1Night Accommodation in Sawai Madhopur on twin sharing basis As per packages Inclusions 1Night Accommodation in Ranthambhore on twin sharing basis As per packages, Inclusions 1Night Accommodation in Agra on twin sharing basis As per packages Inclusions Daily breakfast Inclusions All Transfer and sightseeing as per itinerary by A/c indica

Itinerary :

Day 1 : Arrival at Delhi
Arrival at Delhi airport, transfer to hotel, check-in at hotel, Delhi city tour covering places like Jama Masjid, Red Fort, India Gate, Humaun Tomb, Qutub Minar, Overnight at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA

Day 2 : Jaipur
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur the fabled Pink city, check-in at hotel, sightseeing of Jaipur covering Jantar- Mantar (observatory), Hawa-Mahal (palace of wind), City palace, Overnight stay at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA

Day 3 : Jaipur
After breakfast, visit Amer fort & enjoy caparisoned elephant ride on the fort, treat your curiosity with JAIBAN (the largest cannon on the wheel) in Jaigarh fort, day at your own. Overnight stay at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA

Day 4 : Jaipur - Bikaner
After breakfast, drive to Bikaner (a flourishing trade route of medieval period), check- in at hotel, visit Junagarh fort, Karni Mata temple, day at your own. Overnight at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA

Day 5 : Bikaner-Jaisalmer
After breakfast, drive to Jaisalmer ”the Golden city”, check-in at hotel, visit Sam sand dune, enjoy camel safari and feast your eyes with cultural bonanza in the undulating sea of sand. Overnight at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA

Day 6 : Jaisalmer
After breakfast, enjoy city tour of Jaisalmer covering The Golden fort or Sonar Killa, trace the former opulence in the havelis called Patwon ki haveli, Salim singh ki haveli & Nathmal ki haveli. Overnight stay at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA

Day 7 : Jaisalmer-Jodhpur
After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur, check-in at hotel, visit the Mehrangarh fort; an illustrious work of magnificence, Jaswant Tada the Taj Mahal of Mewar, day at your own. Overnight stay at hotel..
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA

Day 8 : Jodhpur-Mount Abu
After breakfast, drive to Mount Abu; on the way enjoy the temple architecture at Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh; famous for fort & its wall, check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA

Day 9 : Mount abu
After breakfast, city tour covering Dilwara Jain temple famous for its intricate carving & artistic sculpture & Adhar Devi temple, Nakki Lake. Overnight stay at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA

Day 10 : Mount Abu-Udaipur
After breakfast, drive to Udaipur called as Venice of the East, check-in at hotel, Udaipur city tour covering Jagdish temple, City palace & Sheliyon ki bari, day at your own. Overnight stay at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA

Day 11 : Udaipur-Pushkar enroute Chittorgarh
N.A
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA

Day 12 : Pushkar-- Sawai Madhopur
After breakfast, drive to Swaimadhopur, check-in at hotel, enjoy city tour of Sawaimadhpur, enjoy the rustic & colorful life. Overnight stay at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA

Day 13 : Sawai Madhopur-- Ranthambhore
After breakfast, visit the tiger reserve; enjoy jungle safari trailing tigers and other inhabitants of reserve. Overnight stay at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA

Day 14 : Ranthambhore--Agra
After breakfast, drive to Agra “the Eden of love”, enroute visit Fatehpur Sikari, check-in at hotel, city tour of Agra covering the Taj (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) & the fort. Overnight stay at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA

Day 15 : Agra-Delhi
After breakfast, drive back to Delhi to connect flight for further journey with colorful memories of Rajasthan with the glorious glimpse of dazzling Taj.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional: NA

Khuri Village is approximately 40kms from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The village is surrounded by sand-dunes, and has a few basic home-stays.

Begin the walk from Khuri village. Walk along the small mud-houses, seeing life in the village. Along the untarred road, you can see men squatting in front of the house chattering, children playing, a few camel being tended by their owners and cows lazing, while the women work in the house. Talk to the villagers – they are friendly and open – and get to know more about their lives.

The village has a handicrafts store where you can have a look at crafts material made by local artisans. There is a pottery house near the handicrafts store, where you can see a few men working with soil. Watch them prepare the mud, spin the wheel and bring out fine shapes from a lump of soil.

Leave the village behind and walk towards sand dunes. You walk through a plane area with a few shrubs here and there. Look out for birds here – you will see a lot of them chirping and fluttering. Most common are sparrows and White Cheeked Bulbuls.



A kilometer’s walk will take you to the sand dunes. Get on it and walk around at will. The fine sand is a pleasure to walk on, as your feet sinks at every step. You can find beauty in the patterns made by wind on the sand next to you, or in the expanse of the desert stretching far into the horizon. You will spot a few sprinting Black Bucks if you are lucky.

There would be a few camel drivers walking with their beasts, looking for customers for joy-rides. If you have never been on a camel, use the opportunity. Where-ever you are, return to the sunset point at the eastern part of the ridge when the sun is about to set. You can see a long stretch of the golden sand of the dunes from here as the sun is moves below the horizon.

After watching the sunset, walk back to the village, where the walk ends.

Travel to Rajasthan had never really been something I'd thought about when considering trips in India. Places like Goa, Taj Mahal and the various temple have been what came to mind. During my trip in 2001 I was quite attracted to the southern temple architecture. However this time we were starting from New Delhi and my partner had a wish to see Tigers.

We started the trip to Rajasthan from Agra, but due to a number of reasons, we needed to wind our way back almost to New Delhi through some beautiful country before getting on the main road from New Delhi to Jaipur (like road blocks by local protesters called the Gujjars, who to my eyes at least, seem to have quite a few things to protest about). The image below is typical of the scenery outside of towns, which are commonly filthy as only a medieval township with no sewerage, garbage disposal and modern plastics and other non-degradable things can be. If ever you feel like we need to go back to the past, just visit a village in India to cure you of that notion.

As you can see, the road is quite narrow. But we met trucks loaded (over loaded) with stuff on tight corners as well as cows and people walking along on these roads.


                     


Motorcycles in Australia complain when cars don't leave them enough room on the roads, man I'd love to see how they'd react here where everyone big pushes everyone smaller off the road.

There are some horrific twisted wreckages on the sides of the road to testify to the fact that despite the low speeds forced by the roads bad things do happen here!

Still ... the lovely scenery out the window made up for it!

Even when you make it out onto the new national highway ("the very good road" says our driver) speeds are limited by the various obstacles making their way across the roads. Take a closer look to see the details in this image. As well as the cows and the 125cc motorbikes you can also just make out an "auto rickshaw" up there in the distance. All these things are speed limited to 35Km/H here ... so nope it ain't fast traveling here.

All along the way to Jaipur you can find evidence on the sides of the road of the historical forts and "maharaja nature of government" in the area. These ranged in size from smaller to the very beautiful and impressive "Amber Fort" and over looked the passages through the countryside. Prior to gunpowder these impressive forts would be (and were) undefeatable.


Just before you get to Jaipur we stopped on the Delhi side of the Amber fort for our hotel.

Amber fort essentially marks the boundary of old Jaipur and so the village we stayed in was probably not (or is not) considered part of Jaipur (I' not sure).

Either way I was much happier staying there than in Jaipur itself. For one, the views to Amber fort were spectacular.

(Aside: you know, I like wide angle lenses. but I hate the distortion they create when angled back. Just about every time I take a shot like this I regret that I sold my shift lens. But that's another blog page). By the standards of some of the budget hotels I stayed in on my trip the Amer view was just perfect. Not such a "artificial luxury" hotel (seemingly favored by wealthy and annoying American Tourists), but being comfortable and beautifully decorated. See my pages on the hotel itself.

From here (sadly we just stayed overnight) we traveled out to our hotel near Ranthambore national park. The hotel there was a classic case of "over promise and under deliver" (as well as over charge for the food to make up for the (management perception of) "under charging". The pool was not quite like the brochure...


           


but then that seems to be India ... over promise (and over charge the stupid tourists) and under deliver on quality and or services. Personally I'd be happier if they kept the expectations lower and surprised us with what they had ... but then, perhaps no one would go then?

Once in the Ranthambore park it all became worth it

... well for us at least. The beauty of the landscape was just breath taking (more so after the deforestation and devastation wrought upon the land by the human habitation just outside).

The park is not quite "lush" but certainly there was much greater amounts of available water. The area had once been the hunting grounds of the "Maharaja" and its clear why. The area is packed with beautiful "game animals". Hunting these was forbidden (well, except the Maharaja ;-) which seems to have been good for everyone (the animals included).

In the middle of the park is actually a famous fort called Ranthambore fort. The remains of outposts can be seen everywhere, as well as some nice hunting lodges along the way.

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