Delhi – Jaipur – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Bikaner
Post arrival at the Jaipur/Delhi Airport, you will board the cab to Jaipur which is about 300 kms from Delhi upon arrival it will be almost evening and tour will start from the next day.
A bright sunny day is a good start, today you will marvel the citadel Nahargarh Fort, The Jaigarh Fort, Amber Palace and The Jal Mahal The Palace submerged into water.
The tour continues to the urban city of Jaipur where lies:
Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds)
Albert Hall the Museum
Jantar Mantar the Observatory
A city tour of Jaipur (pinkcity) in oldschool rickshaw is a good way to check out the colors its named after.
As the tour ends in the evening you will embark on the journey to Jodhpur.
Mehrangarh Fort: The Jodhpur city was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan. Jodha succeeded in conquering the surrounding territory and thus founded a state which came to be known as Marwar. As Jodha hailed from the nearby town of Mandore, that town initially served as the capital of this state; however, Jodhpur soon took over that role, even during the lifetime of Jodha.
After a nice shower and a good meal, it would be a great start for the day.
It’s time to Behold one gigantic fort that was built circa 14th century and had been the home of Rao Jodha. A complete tour with the historical education of a millennia will be so much fun to learn as you walk the palace.
Umaid Bhawan Palace: is one of the world’s largest private residences. A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owner Gaj Singh. The palace has 347 rooms and is the principal residence of the former Jodhpur royal family. A part of the palace is a museum.
Kaylana Lake: An artificial lake, built by Pratap Singh in 1872. The lake spreads over an area of 84 km². In ancient times this region had palaces and gardens made by two rulers of Jodhpur – Bhim Singh and Takhat Singh.
As this day ends another start and you will head towards Jaisalmer “the Golden city”.
Nicknamed “The Golden city”. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, and is crowned by the ancient Jaisalmer Fort. This fort contains a royal palace and several ornate Jain temples.
Jaisalmer Fort: Built in 1156 by King Rawal Jaisal, Jaisalmer Fort dominates the countryside in the far northwestern corner of Rajasthan, near the border of India and Pakistan. The magnificent complex, also known as Sonar Kila (“Golden Fort”) for its gleaming golden sandstone walls and buildings, flourished on the east-west caravan route connecting India and Central Asia to the Middle East and North Africa. Merchants built elaborately designed havelis among the numerous palaces, temples, bazaars, and residences inside the walls of the complex. The superb architecture within the fort was protected by double fortification walls and circular bastions, key physical components used for defense and battle. Additional features of the fort include a pitching wall to hold the clay soil of the hill in place, a toe wall, and the mori, a pathway between the inner and outer fortification walls that allowed soldiers and horses to move throughout the structure in times of war. The fort is deteriorating, and in recent times, human activities, especially the introduction of modern plumbing, have accelerated this deterioration. The need for extensive water-management infrastructure could not have been foreseen by the builders of this desert city. Yet, as tourism has increased and homes have been converted to guest houses, water drainage has become a real problem. The increase of water at a site built for a dry, arid climate caused water seepage into the clay rich soil under the fort, destabilizing it and setting off the collapse of 87 of its 469 structures. In addition, changing weather patterns—increasingly frequent and severe monsoons—are endangering the fort.
Rest of the day at Leisure.
Lodhruva Jain Temple: is dedicated to the twenty third Tirthankar Parshwanath and is also a popular Jain pilgrims for Jains from Rajasthan and Gujarat. You can also see some very interesting donations made by the rich Jains living outside the country. Lodurva was also the official capital of the Bhatti dynasty before it was shifted to Jaisalmer. Not only is the temple in pristine condition, it’s also a very peaceful place to be in. The carvings on the stones. The play of light and shadows, the majestic Tree of Life, and the rich history of the place makes it a must-visit for everyone traveling to this part of country.
Gadsisar Lake: Gadisar Lake is a man-made lake that was built during 1400 AD by the first king of Jaisalmer, Raja Rawal Jaisal. It was later revamped during the then rule of Maharwal Gadsi Singh. The lake was originally constructed to store water which later used to be supplied to the whole town of Jaisalmer. During those times, water in this region used to be a scare resource, and hence this lake was also considered holy. You can notice several shrines that were built during that period all though the banks of this lake. Though, in the current times, the original idea of supplying the lake water to the town is not true, the lake still retains enough rain water throughout the year.
Desert Camping and Safari: This small town of Rajasthan is wonderfully nestled at the spirit of Thar Desert Camp as a stunning jewel, standing arrogant of a fascinating past and rich cultural legacy that is entwined in the tale of Rajputana courtesy and honor. The great Thar Desert, Jain temple, and striking sand dunes. If, you wish to enjoy the majestic land, it is a right time to get going.
Formerly the capital of the princely state of Bikaner, the city was founded by Rao Bika in 1486 and from its small origins it has developed into the fourth largest city in Rajasthan. The Ganges Canal, completed in 1928, and the Indira Gandhi Canal, completed in 1987.
Junagarh Fort: unagarh Fort is located amidst the Thar Desert and was built by Raja Rai Singh in 1594. Located on a sprawling land of 5.28 hectare, this place is studded with temples, palaces and pavilions. Its 986m-long wall, with 37 bastions, is surrounded by a (now dry) moat. Within the vicinity of fort, there are 7 palaces, viz. Bikaneri Havelies, Phool Mahal (“Flower Palace”), Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Ganga Mahal, Badal Mahal and Bikaneri Havelies. Bikaner tour is incomplete without witnessing these grand palace and huge walls.
A temple of the royal family called “Ratan Behari temple” is also housed in Junagarh Fort; this shrine is a must visit during Gangaur festival and Dussehra. There is a museum as well which was established in 1961 by Maharaja Dr. Karni Singhji. It exhibits many Persian and Sanskrit manuscripts, jewels, royal costumes, farmans (royal orders), portrait galleries, costumes, enamelware, silver, palanquins, howdahs and war drums.
The structure of Junagarh Fort is made of red sandstone and marbles. The fort depicts the grand living style of the Maharajas.
Bhandasar Jain Temple: Jain temple is one of the oldest temples in Bikaner, and was built in the 15th century. It is decorated with mirror work, frescoes and leaf paintings. The temple is built of red sandstone and is divided into three floors. One can see the skyline of Bikaner by climbing to the topmost floor of this temple. It is believed that the temple was made with 40,000 kilograms of ghee instead of mortar, which locals insist seeps through the walls on hot days.
National Camel Research Centre: is one of the best places in India to learn about camels. This research centre was established in 1984 by the government and since then has also functioned as a breeding farm, museum, and a popular place for tourists to learn more about these animals and to experience a different variety of cuisine, made from camel milk.
Lalgarh Palace and Museum: This vivid palace was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob and built by Maharaja Ganga Singh. This grand architecture was built using red sandstones. The Lalgarh Palace is a classic example of Indian, European and Mughal architecture, and is famous all over for its lattice sandstones. The palace also houses a museum and the fourth largest private library in the world. The complex features magnificent pillars, elaborate fireplaces, Italian colonnades and intricate latticework and filigree work. The Karni Niwas wing houses the Darbar hall and an art Deco indoor swimming pool.
It has been a pleasure serving you see you soon again 🙂