Rajasthan provides a royal rendezvous to its visitors in the glorious land of deserts, forts & palaces. The state displays a beautiful blend of vibrant colors and royal life. The magnificent forts, grand palaces, desert safaris and exciting events perfectly demonstrate the best of Rajasthan tourism.
Desert love is a desert circuit itinerary of Rajasthan that covers famous destinations such as Jodhpur (Forts and Temples), Jaisalmer (Fort and Sand Dunes) along with Jaipur & Bikaner.
This tour provides us strong vignettes of Indian culture, customs and rituals to understand the uniqueness of the land steeped history. India is among the most stunning nations on the planet. It really is unique in many techniques be it geography, tradition, traditions, beliefs, festivals, meals and people.
|Alila Fort Bishangarh
|Narendra Bhawan Bikaner
|The Serai Jaisalmer
- Accommodation at listed hotels in Twin / Double sharing basis.
- 02 Nights accommodation in Jaipur at listed hotel on bed & Breakfast basis.
- 02 Nights accommodation in Alsisar at listed hotel on bed & Breakfast basis.
- 02 Nights accommodation in Bikaner at listed hotel on bed & Breakfast basis.
- 02 Nights accommodation in Jaisalmer at listed hotel on bed & Breakfast basis.
- 02 Nights accommodation in Jodhpur at listed hotel on bed & Breakfast basis.
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- Transportation by Air-conditioned vehicle.
- 01 Bottled mineral water during long drives .
- Facilitator for assistance on initial arrival and final departure
- Garlanding upon arrival in India.
- Enjoy Jeep ride / Elephant ride to climb up to Amber Fort , Jaipur.
- Jeep Safari at Bishnoi Village, Jodhpur.
- English speaking local guides during sightseeing tours.
- Monument entrance fees
- Currently applicable taxes.
- Meals not mentioned as being included
- Beverages with meals
- Indian Visas
- Entrance fee
- Items of a personal nature
- Tips & gratuities
- Travel insurance
- International air taxes
- Items not mentioned as being included
B&B:Bed and Breakfast
Welcome to the Pink City - Jaipur!
You will arrival at Jaipur airport. Upon arrival, you will be met by our welcome ambassador and drive to Bishangarh where you will be assisted with Check-in at Alila Fort hotel.
After breakfast, enjoy the full day visit of Jaipur City.
Jaipur - enthralling, historical Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. The city’s colorful, chaotic streets ebb and flow with a heady brew of old and new. At the city’s heart, the City Palace continues to house the former royal family, the Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory, maintains a heavenly aspect; and the honeycomb Hawa Mahal gazes on the bazaar below. And just out of sight, in the arid hill country surrounding the city, is the fairy-tale grandeur of Amber Fort.
The sites includes the following:
Amber Fort: The Amber Fort was built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. It gives extensive views over a deep narrow valley and the wider plains beyond.The Fort was completed in the early 18th century, it was was once, the capital of the Mina tribes, believed to be the original inhabitants of this region. The fort, sprawled along the Maotha Lake, boasts of a massive complex gateways, courts, stairways and pillared pavilions, and palaces that recall the glory and wealth, of Amber's association with the Mughals
Hawa Mahal (photo stop): Visit the palace of wind (Hawa Mahal) with 953 windows and niches which were made so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people.
City Palace: City Palace occupies the center of Jaipur. It now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armoury, manuscripts, paintings etc.
Jantar Mantar (Royal Observatory): It was built (1728-34) by king astrologer Jai Singh II. The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading.
After breakfast, drive towards Alsisar.
Alsisar is a small town in the north-western part of Jhunjhunu district, Rajasthan, India. The area surrounding the town is an arid semi desert. One can easily witness the finest Rajput architecture rich of fresco carvings and historical depictions on the walls of Alsisar Mahal. The Rajput hospitality is another attraction of this Shekhawati town.
On arrival check-in at hotel and evening free to explore local market.
After breakfast, discover the marvelous heritage of Alsisar, and enjoy the heritage walk in Alsisar village and Jhunjhunu, it also offers to explore other important historical sites, temples and buildings.
“Here art is everywhere, admire the beauty etched and painted at each turn” The remarkable, life-size and legendary frescoes of Shekhawati created by ancient artists of Rajasthan in 17th and 18th century are a must visit tour for the travelers in Rajasthan. The entire Shekhawati region is replete with numerous havelis covered inside out with frescoes. Alsisar offers to see a picturesque story book in the form of painted walls of the village. These trails would take you through the painted streets, lanes and havelis of Alsisar. Old Havelis and cozy lanes are the focus of a trail that leads visitors through beautiful tales of ancient times and success stories of the Alsisar’s merchants who went abroad to make money to the huge buildings adorned with impressive paintings.
Return back to hotel.
After breakfast, drive towards Bikaner.
Vibrant deserts, fabulous forts, desert safaris make Bikaner a blooming beauty in the Thar desert. The city is adorned with gigantic and spectacular forts and palaces that tell the world about the opulence of its rulers. Such strong are these forts that even after so many years of their construction, they stood tall unspoiled and withstood the passage of time. The origins of Bikaner can be traced back to 1488 when a Rathore prince, Rao Bikaji, founded the kingdom. Legend has it that Bikaji, one of Rao Jodhaji’s five sons, left his father’s Durbar in annoyance after an insensitive remark from his father, the illustrious founder of Jodhpur.
Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel and relax.
In the evening, visit Karni Mata Temple. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Karni Mata at Deshnoke, 30 km from Bikaner, in Rajasthan.
The temple is famous all over India for having 20,000 black rats that lives in the temple and are revered. These rats are considered holy and are called as “kabbas”. Many people visit this temple from far off places just to pay their respect to these rats and get their desires as reality. The temple witnesses a huge number of visitors and curious tourists from all over India just owning to the presence of these “rats”.
Later check in at hotel.
Morning after breakfast visits Junagarh Fort, has remained unconquered till date.
Junagarh 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. The structure of Junagarh Fort is made of red sandstone and marbles. The fort depicts the grand living style of the Maharajas.
Later visit Camel Breeding Farm - Various breeds of camels are studied at this research center as they are very important for the fragile eco-system of the desert. There is a museum in this research centre which depicts the research and developmental aspects of camels. Facilities like camel riding and Safari are also available. One can also enjoy beverages and ice-creams made of camel milk. It is also known as Camel Breeding Farm and was established in 1984 by the central government.
Evening free to explore local market and the village.
After breakfast, drive towards Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer traces its inception to the 12th century. History tells us of Rawal Jaisal, the eldest heir of the Rawal of Deoraj, was passed over for the throne of Lodurva and a younger half-brother was crowned king. This 'Golden City’ is located close to the Pakistan border and in close proximity to the Thar Desert. The city’s most prominent landmark is the Jaisalmer Fort, also called Sonar Qila (Golden Fort). Unlike most other forts in India, Jaisalmer Fort is not just a tourist attraction. It houses shops, hotels and ancient havelis (homes) where generations continue to live.
On arrival check in at hotel
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer.
Visit Jaisalmer Fort: It is the main attraction of this picturesque desert city, built in 1156. Two hundred and fifty feet tall and reinforced by an imposing crenulated sandstone wall 30 feet high, it is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan. Also visit the intricately carved havelis or mansions.
Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli (1885) was built for the prime minister. It is partly carved out of rock by two craftsmen, each undertaking one half of the house. Highly decorative façade with attractive front door guarded by two elephants.
Patwon Ki Haveli (1805) is a group of five, built for five brothers. Possibly the finest in town and have fine murals and carved pillars.
Camel Ride on Sam Sand Dunes: Near Sam village, there is a band of sand dunes now fenced to avoid the encroachment of further land by the district authorities and it is one side of the Border road. The sun rise and the sun set at the Dunes have its own specialty. In Sam village one can see weaving of blankets etc. and is purely a Muslim Village.
Return back to hotel.
After breakfast, drive towards Jodhpur.
Jodhpur history revolves around the Rathore Clan. Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore clan, is credited with the origin of Jodhpur in India. He founded Jodhpur in 1459. The city is named after him only. It was previously known as Marwar. Jodhpur was the largest state in Rajputana in terms of land area at the time of the British Raj, and it continued to prosper, as did the Marwaris, who were the merchants of that time. When India achieved independence in 1947, the state joined the union of India, and became part of the larger state of Rajasthan, with Jodhpur being its second-largest city.
On arrrival check in at hotel.
Your sightseeing begins with splendid Rural Jeep Safari.
Enjoy the excursion to Bishnoi village by 4X4 Jeeps. The Bishnoi's are a community of Rajasthan who are famous for their rich cultural Rajasthani Life and there true love for nature and animals. A memorable outing in jeeps will lead you to various traditional village seeing in order to witness local handicrafts viz shoe makers, pottery hand weaving and also men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver Jewellery, en-route watch and photograph wildlife black buck, chinkaras, peacock etc. freely moving in abundance protected by "Bishnois" Protectors of wildlife and tree. We will carry a picnic lunch for you which will be served to you during the safari.
Later visit to the splendid Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.
Mehrangarh Fort: Mehrangarh fort is about 5 km from Jodhpur Town. Guarding the city below, crowning a perpendicular cliff, the fort was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD when he shifted his capital from Mandore. Standing sentinel to the city below, it over looks the rugged and rocky terrain and houses a palace intricately adorned with long carved panels and latticed windows exquisitely wrought from red sandstone.
The apartments within, have their own magic -the Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana with a rich varied collection of palanquins, howdas, royal cradles, miniature paintings of various schools, folk music, instruments, costumes, furniture and an impressive armory.
Jaswant Thada: Built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, in 1899, the imposing white marble memorial marks the site of a royal crematorium. The cenotaph houses portraits of successive rulers. These four cenotaphs commemorate notable acts of bravery and generosity of the four successive rulers.
DAY 11 : END OF ITINERARY
After breakfast, check out from hotel and drop at Jodhpur airport to connect flight for onwards journey.