Day 01 : Jodhpur
Arrive Jodhpur & transfer to hotel. Check into hotel. Visiting Fort, Palaces, Armoury and Jaswant Thada. Overnight stay at hotel.(Meals:D)
Day 02 : Jodhpur – Jaisalmer 285 kms /6 hrs
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer. Check into hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.(Meals:B & D)
Day 03 : Jaisalmer
After breakfast, tour of Jaisalmer visiting Jaisalmer Fort, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli, Patwon-ki-Haveli, Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Jain Temples etc. Overnight at the hotel.(Meals:B & D)
Day 04 : Jaisalmer – Bikaner 333 kms / 8 hrs
In the morning drive to Bikaner. Check into hotel. The rest of the day is at Leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.(Meals:B & D)
Day 05 : Bikaner
This morning you will visit the Junagarh fort built in 15th century, later visit the National Camel breeding farm the only one of its kind in whole of Asia. Rest of the day is free for shopping. Overnight at hotel.(Meals:B & D)
Day 06 : Bikaner – Jaipur 354 kms / 8 hrs
In the morning drive to Jaipur. Check into hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.(Meals:B & D)
Day 07 : Jaipur
This morning visit the Amber fort, built in 16th century, enjoy an elephant ride at Amber. Drive past the Hawa Mahal, a Palace of winds. Overnight stay at hotel.(Meals:B & D)
Day 08 : Jaipur
After breakfast transfer to Jaipur airport or railway station for onward journey.(Meals:B)
Earlier called the Chintamani fort, the fort was built in 1459 by Rao Jodha the founder of Jodhpur on the summit of a steep hill called the Bakharchiriya or bird’s nest. The citadel was fortified by eight Pols or gates (now reduced to seven) regulating entry into the premises. The expansive ramparts of the castle span some 10km, and if you stand atop the fort, you do get a bird’s eye view of the city with its whitewashed homes. Bakharchiriya was an apt name for the hilltop on which the fort now sits, is perched on top of Meherangarh and from there you get a commanding view of the landscape. In fact from that vantage point, you can even sight the Kumbhalgarh fort situated a good 125 km away. The fort stands 122 metres above the plain and rises on sheer bare rock. It is fortified by walls ranging from seven to twenty-four metres in thickness, and rising upto a height of 40 metres.
To the extreme right of the fort complex is located the Nagnechiji temple, the family temple of the Rathore dynasty. The Nagnechiji idol was brought to Marwar in the early 14th century by Rao Dhuhad, and after Meherangarh was constructed the idol was placed there.
Chamunda Devi Temple
Adjacent to it is a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, called the Chamunda Devi Temple. The idol of Durga was brought by Rao Jodha (the founder of Jodhpur) himself, but it was destroyed in a gunpowder explosion in 1857. It was reconstructed by Takhat Singh who reigned between the years 1843 and 1873. The precincts of the fort house two tanks as well, which was the main source of water to the residents of the complex. The Gulab Sagar or Rose-Water Sea is the larger of the two and situated to the south of the complex. The other tank is called the Rani Talao or Queen’s Lake which, as the name suggests reserved for the ladies of the zenana (royal ladies).
Umaid Bhavan Palace
The palace built by Maharaja Umaid Singh who ruled from 1911-47 was the last expression of princely architectural extravaganza during the British Raj. It was in 1925 that Umaid Singh went to London in search of an architect and commissioned the firm of Lancaster and Lodge to build the palace. The foundation stone was laid in 1929 at Chittar Hill- a sight dictated by astrological considerations.
Jaisalmer Fort :
Rising like a sunbeam from the golden sands of the desert, Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort of Rajasthan. A sight to behold, this living fort is one of the marvels of Rajasthani Architecture, especially of the stone carver's art.
Evoking a vision of chivalry and valor, these havelis were built by wealthy merchants. Famous for their intricately- carved facades, the workmanship of Jaisalmer's Havelis present a beautiful amalgam of Rajput architecture and Islamic art.
Unusaual and mystic! It is a Salim Singh ki Haveli. The top most storeys of this haveli are destroyed yet the surviving structure has peerless grandeur. You indeed would be enticed with the intricate workmanship and designed Jharokhas.
Patwaon - Ki - Haveli is another dimension to the Jaisalmer havelis. It is a five storey edifice which was constructed in 1800 AD and 1860 AD. This is the largest of its kind and is one of the grandest mansion in Jaisalmer.
Nathumal Ki Haveli is two identical looking portions which are combined by a common facade. The projected balconies are the sheer example of Jeweller's art applied to stone carvings.
The origin of this artificial water tank dates back to 1156 AD. Surrounded by small temples and shrines, it also gives a view of the exquisite archway, Teelon ki Pol - one of the main entrances to the lake and the city.
Vyas Chhatri :
Also known as the city of Sunset Point, it houses the cenotaph of Sage Vyas who compiled the famous epic Mahabharata. Moreover, it gives you a bird's-eye view of the picturesque beauty of Jaisalmer.
Excursions from Jaisalmer
Sam Sand Dunes
Sam Sand dunes are the major attractions of Jaislamer. It is 3 kms long and 1 km wide and is half a kilometer high. The sam sand dunes are unreliable and they are picturesque. Sam Sand dunes are just the place to surf the golden sands of Rajasthan through a safari.
Desert National Park
Located at a distance of 40 kms from Jaisalmer, Desert National park is a perfect example of unusual ecological bio diversity. Thar desert is the teeming with wildlife and have some resident species which include Chinkara, Hare Desert fox, black buck, wolf and desert cat.
This is a 300 year old Jaisalmer Haveli. It has a beautiful blue cupola roof with carved brackets in the form of peacocks. This is an amazing mansions in yellow stone and has an amazing projecting balcony on the top storey.
The tourist attractions in Bikaner are the 16 the century Junagarh Fort which has never been conquered. Successive rulers later added thirty-seven palaces, pavilions and temples to the original structure and each has been skillfully built to connect with the previous buildings. The museum in the fort houses valuable collection of miniature paintings dating back to several centuries. Lalgarh Palace, a major part of which is now a luxury hotel, was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob for Maharaja Ganga Singh almost 90 years ago and has interesting combination of European luxury and oriental fantasy. Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum houses brilliant specimens of Harappan civilization, the Gupta and Kushan era.
Excursions from Bikaner
Excursions can be made form Bikaner to the beautiful Jain Temple, Bhandasar Jain Temple dedicated to the 23rd thirthankara, Parsvanathji.Bikaner has a Camel Breeding Farm which is one of its kind in Asia managed by the Government of India. Devi Kund is a royal crematorium with several cenotaphs with decorative Chattris built in memory of the rulers of the Bika dynasty. Deshnok's Karni Mata Temple devoted to Karni Mata is known for giving a spiritual status to rats, which roam around freely. Kalyatji Temple is dedicated to Kapil Muni and is famous for the fair it hosts during the month of Kartik.
The Hawa Mahal or the 'Palace of Winds :
The Hawa Mahal, or the 'Palace of Winds' is arguably Jaipur's best-known monument. It is unlike any other Rajput monument - fort, palace or temple. The magical structure seems straight out of the Arabian Nights - an oriental fantasy in stone.
City Palace :
Situated in the heart of Jaipur, the City Palace covers one-seventh of the town, and the plan of the palace is similar to that of the city. The palace has a high wall or sarahad that surrounds it on all sides.
Jaigarh Fort :
Jaigarh or the 'Fort of Victory' is perched atop Chilh ka Tola (Hill of Eagles), 400 feet above the Amber Fort. The walls of the fort are spread acrossr three kilometres. The biggest ever canon on wheels, Jaivan, is the crowning glory of Jaigarh.
Jantar Mantar :
Jantar Mantar, built between 1728 and 1734, literally means the 'instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens'. Jai Singh, the brain behind the grand project, chose to build the monument in stone with marble facing. This was the biggest of all his observatories and the only one built out of stone.
Amber Fort :
Also pronounced Amer, Amber served as the capital of Jaipur State in its heydays. It was here that the Kachhawaha Rajputs of Jaipur established them way back in the 11th century before moving on to the Pink City of Jaipur in 1728. Amber (Jaipur) was also the most prosperous and powerful of all the Rajput states of Rajasthan.
Nahargarh Fort :
In 1734, seven years after his new capital was built, Jai Singh II began to build this small fort, which is also known as Tiger Fort (Nahar: tiger, Garh: fort). It stands tall on a steep rocky face with massive walls and bastions. The fort provides a bird's-eye view of the Pink City, sprawled all around it. Jai Singh II named it Sudarshangarh (sudarshan chakra was Lord Krishna's discus).
Please note the avaliable special attractions are mentioned in the itinerary.