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Folklands and Forts of Rajasthan - Summer - * Ex - Jaipur  07 Days / 06 Nights
Jaipur | Jodhpur | Udaipur
   
PRICE USD 340
(Without Airfare)
*
Day 01
Arrive Jaipur

Welcome to your 'Folklands and Forts of Rajasthan tour' On arrival at the airport / railway station in Jaipur you will be met and transfered to the hotel.
Jaipur - the city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the 'pink city'.
Later, proceed on a city tour of Jaipur, visiting the fabulous City Palace and Jantar Mantar.
Later, visit the City Palace, which is a splendid example of the foresight that Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had. It includes the Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings, is a palace complex in Jaipur. is a palace complex in Jaipur. 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 is that it is still a royal residence. It is a seven-storeyed building and each floor has been given a specific name. Mubarak Mahal, meaning the Auspicious Palace, was built with a fusion of the Islamic, Rajput and European architectural styles
Later, visit Jantar Mantar also known as Astronomical Observatory, which exhibits a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Sawai Jai Singh, as he was particularly interested in learning about astronomy. It has been inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Overnight in Jaipur.
None ( meals on your own)
Day 02
Jaipur

After breakfast , drive outside Jaipur to the ancient capital of Amer to see the fabulous Amer Fort followed by a visit to Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort .
The Amer fort is also known as the Amber fort. The construction of Amber fort was started by Raja Mansingh in the 16th century and was completed by Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th Century. The palace here has been wonderfully built and has an intelligent design. The palace has a four storied layout and each level has its own courtyard. It consists of the Diwan-e-Aam, or 'Hall of Public Audience', the Diwan-e-Khas, or '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 a water cascade within the palace.
Thereafter, enjoy a photo- stop at the `Palace of Winds', otherwise known as Hawa Mahal . It was named so because it was a high screen wall built to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen. Constructed of red and pink sandstone, the palace sits on the edge of the City Palace, and extends to the Zenana, or women's chambers.
Hawa Mahal - Is the Palace of Winds with 953 small windows called jharokhas decorated with intricate web work. It is really an elaborate facade behind which the ladies of the court used to watch the daily goings on in the street below.
The Fort at Nahargarh, stands tall on the edges of the Aravalli hills that overlook the city of Jaipur. The view from the top of the fort is splendid. Small buildings and colorful ones dot the landscape. On the other side there are fields. This fort along with the Jaigarh Fort and the Amer Fort combined provided a great secure area for the city of Jaipur.
The Jaigarh Fort literally means the fort of victory. The fort here, served more as a military fort than a residence of the Royals. The Fort in collaboration with the Amer Fort was used to man the borders of the erstwhile kingdom of Amber. It has thick walls built from red stone and spreads across three kilometres.
The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities.
Overnight in Jaipur. (B)
Day 03
Jaipur - Jodhpur (337 km / approx 6 hours drive)

After breakfast, proceed to Jodhpur, en route you will stop at the holy city of Pushkar to visit the famous Brahma Temple. Life in Pushkar, today, revolves around its lakeside ghats, temples and vibrant, colourful bazaars, and it is this harmonious mix of the spiritual and commercial elements, that draw millions of tourists and devotees to Pushkar.
On arrival, check in to the hotel in Jodhpur.
The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city.
Overnight in Jodhpur. (B)
Day 04
Jodhpur

After breakfast, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur, visiting places like the Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.
The Mehrangarh Fort is the most magnificent and one of the largest forts in Rajasthan, situated on a 150 m high hill. It was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. There are seven gates, which one has to cross before reaching the fort. These gates still bear the marks of the various battles fought in the past. On the wall, adjacent to the Lahapol or 'Iron Gate” are 15 handprints, the sati marks of the widows of Maharaja Man Singh who threw themselves upon his funeral pyre in 1843.
To the left of the Mehrangarh Fort complex is the Jaswant Thada, built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in commemoration of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II in 1899. The Jaswant Thada is a white marble memorial, built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. The sheets are extremely thin and polished so that they excrete a warm glow when illuminated by the sun.
The rest of the day is at leisure. One can opt to visit the clock tower and the local markets in Jodhpur.
Overnight in Jodhpur. (B)
Day 05
Jodhpur - Udaipur via Ranakpur (300 km / approx 6 hours drive)

After breakfast, proceed to Udaipur, en route visit the Ranakpur Jain Temples.
The shrine in Ranakpur is dedicated to the Jain religion. The temples are called the Ranakpur Jain temples in memory of Rana Kumbha who was the Maharana who laid the foundation of the Kumbhalgarh fort. The architecture of this temple is Maru gurjara style. On arrival, check in to the hotel in Udaipur.
The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities.
Overnight in Udaipur. (B)
Day 06
Udaipur

After breakfast, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting the City Palace and Saheliyon ki Bari.
Built by the Sisodia clan in 1559, the City palace in Udaipur is a complex of various buildings that has been fortified over the period of 400 years. The palace displays musical instruments, various clothing items, paintings and other such antiques which were used by the Royal family. The famed Helmet and the sword of Maharana Pratap, the savior of Mewar, have been preserved here.
Saheliyon Ki Bari also known as 'Garden of the Maids' ,was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. It is a major garden and a tourist place which has fountains and wonderful flora surrounding them. The fountains are fitted with bright colorful lights which are illuminated at night and which provide a delightful view of the water.
The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities.
Overnight in Udaipur. (B)
Day 07
Depart Udaipur

Today, bid farewell to your 'Folklands and Forts of Rajasthan' tour, as you are transferred to the airport / railway station in Udaipur, for your onward journey.
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