In Mini Rajasthan cultural tour you to experience the colorful and rich culture of Rajasthan in various cities. One would be amazed with vibrancy and colors of these cities.
Jaipur, also popularly known as the ‘Pink City’, is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. The structure of Jaipur resembles the culture of the Rajputs and the Royal families.
Jodhpur, stronghold of the fierce Rathore clan, was founded in 1459 by Prince Jodha. It is also known as the Blue City.
Jaisalmer, a princely state in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert. Known as the "Golden City," it's distinguished by its yellow sandstone architecture.
Bikaner is the city is known for the 16th-century Junagarh Fort, a huge complex of ornate buildings and halls.
Day 1: Arrival at Jaipur and half day local sightseeing
On the start of the tour, out representative will receive you at Jaipur airport / railway station. You will then check-in in the hotel. Later we will proceed for half day local sightseeing of Jaipur city.
Places to visit:
Sisodia Rani ka Bagh: Bagh means Garden. Come here for fresh air and a relaxing wander about the multi-tiered gardens. The Sisodia Rani ka Bagh is a royal garden, located a little away from Jaipur. The garden is famous for its flora wealth, natural attractions and for relaxation. This garden holds beautiful water fountains, pavilions, flowerbeds, galleries, murals, water channels and much more.
Birla Mandir Temple: The Laxmi Narayan temple or the Birla temple is very famous among those who love architecture. Although not very old, this temple is famous for its grand architecture and serene beauty.The temple is constructed in white marbles and is unique when compared to the ancient temples of yester years.
Day 2: Jaipur Local Sightseeing
After breakfast, we will start our full day sightseeing of the Pink City.
Places to visit:
Amber Fort Palace: Amer fort or Amber fort is located a little away from the main city of Jaipur. It is an important tourist destination in this city.
Gaitor Ki Chhatriyan: The Rajputs were a very chivalrous race. Women were held in great esteem in their society. This royal crematorium has several exquisitely carved cenotaphs which are all in memory of these imperial ladies. The cenotaphs are either built with marble or with the local stones that were available in Jaipur
Jal Mahal: Jal Mahal is one of the most popular attractions of Jaipur city. Built using red sandstone, Jal Mahal is a five storied building. Of the five stories, four floors remain under water when the lake is full.
City Palace: The City Palace, Jaipur was established at the same time as the city of Jaipur, by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, who moved his court to Jaipur from Amber, in 1727.houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, and continues to be the home of the Jaipur royal family. The palace complex has several buildings, various courtyards, galleries, restaurants, and offices of the Museum Trust.
Jantar Mantar: The Jantar Mantar monument in Jaipur, Rajasthan is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II, and completed in 1734.It features the world's largest stone sundial, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is located near City Palace and Hawa Mahal.The instruments allow the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. The observatory is an example of the Ptolemaic positional astronomy which was shared by many civilizations.
Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind: Hawa Mahal ("Palace of Winds" or "Palace of the Breeze") is a palace in Jaipur, India. It is constructed of red and pink sandstone. The palace sits on the edge of the City Palace, Jaipur, and extends to the zenana, or women's chambers. The structure was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. He was so inspired by the unique structure of Khetri Mahal that he built this grand and historical palace. It was designed by Lal Chand Ustad. Its unique five-story exterior is akin to the honeycomb of a beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas decorated with intricate latticework. The original intent of the lattice design was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life and festivals celebrated in the street below without being seen, since they had to obey the strict rules of "purdah", which forbade them from appearing in public without face coverings. This architectural feature also allowed cool air from the Venturi effect to pass through, thus making the whole area more pleasant during the high temperatures in summer.
Day 3: Jaipur to Jodhpur
After early breakfast, we will start our journey to Jodhpur. After reaching Jodhpur, you will check-in the hotel and in the evening you will visit the local market.
Places to visit:
Ghanta Ghar: The clock tower is a popular landmark in the old city. The vibrant Sardar Market is close to the tower, and narrow alleys lead from here to a bazaar selling vegetables, spices, Indian sweets, textiles, silver and handicrafts.
Day 4: Jodhpur Half-day Sightseeing – Jaisalmer
On the fourth day, we will do half-day local sightseeing of Jodhpur city and later proceed to Jaisalmer. We will visit Jaisalmer War Museum on the way.
Places to visit:
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum: Prime compartment of Umaid Bhawan Palace is the palace museum, which is the repository of the very essence and spirit of the land. The museum contains a massive collection of arms, furniture, clocks and China vases.
Mehrangarh Fort: Magnificent Mehrangarh, one of Rajasthan's finest forts, looks down protectively over the city, from the hilltop. The fort is situated at an altitude of about 125 metres and is spread over an area of 5 sq. km with seven gates. One could drive up or walk to the top of the small and not so steep hill. Driving or walking up, the sheer rock face from where emerges the tall and massive sandstone wall of Mehrangarh looks awesome indeed.
Jaswant Thada: One of the popular landmarks and tourist attractions in Jodhpur, Jaswant Thada is a royal cenotaph that is positioned on the left side of the Mehrangarh Fort complex. A 19th century structure (built in 1899), it was erected in the memory of Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur.
Jaisalmer War Museum: The Museum displays war exhibits which include vehicles and equipment captured during the course of operations in 1965 and 1971.
Day 5: Jaisalmer Local Sightseeing
On fifth day, we will proceed for full day local sightseeing of Jaisalmer.
Places to visit:
Jaisalmer Fort: Counted amongst the largest fortifications on this planet, Jaislamer fort is the true pride of the Rajput legacy which once governed Jaisalmer. It was the time of 1156 AD, when this majestic fort came in to existence and that too under the reign of a Rajput ruler. This world heritage site boasts of huge yellow sandstone walls, owing to which, it is also known as Golden fort (Sonar Quila)
Kothari's Patwaon-Ki-Haveli: One of the most popular attractions in Jaisalmer, the Patwon Ji ki Haveli is a remarkable piece of architecture and is also the most stunning havelis in the city. Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Salim Singh-ki Haveli, Near Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer India Built of red sandstone, the haveli adds to the charm of the city of Jaisalmer nestled on the brink of the eternal desert. The architecture of Salim Singh Ji Ki Haveli was inspired from the dancing pose of a peacock. The main cupola roof is a vibrant blue shade. The main stem of the building is arched like a giant ship. Numerous rooms, corridors and frescoes are built in the haveli. The appeal of the building clearly are the 38 balconies.
Gadisar Lake: One of the most popular attractions of Jaisalmer, Gadsisar Lake is located on the outskirts of the city and boasts of a serene surrounding. It is believed that the place had some amount of declivity, it was chosen by Maharwal Gadsi Singh, the then Maharaja of Jaisalmer, in the year 1400 A.D for forming a water conservation tank.
Sam Sand Dunes: t is the ideal place to enjoy the serene desert experience and mesmerizing sunset.
Day 6: Jaisalmer – Bikaner
After breakfast we will start our journey to Bikaner. After reaching Bikaner, you will check-in in the hotel. Later you can visit local market of Bikaner to explore the Namkeen varieties.
Day 7: Bikaner Local Sightseeing
Today we will do the full day local sightseeing of Bikaner city.
Places to visit:
Junagarh Fort: Junagarh fort was built by a Mughal army general, Raja Rai Singh, in 1593. The courtyard of the fort along with the balcony, kiosks and windows are perfect examples of the artisanship of that time. The beautiful cutworks and dots on the red stones and the marbles are fascinating. The various parts of the palace-the Dewan-iI-khas, the Phool Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Badal Mahal and Anup Mahal-reflect the glorious architecture of Bikaner.
Lalgarh Palace and Museum: A.k.a. Sadul Museum to preserve the glory of the yesteryears of Rajasthan in general and Bikaner in particular.
Karni Mata Temple: Karni Mata Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Karni Mata at Deshnoke, 30 km from Bikaner, in Rajasthan, India. It is also known as the Temple of Rats. The temple is famous for the approximately 25,000 black rats that live, and are revered, in the temple.
Day 8: Departure
Our 7 day long tour comes to an end today. We will see you off at Bikaner until we meet again on our next tour.