Rajasthan the largest state of India was previously called Rajputana, that is the land of Rajputs or princes. Throughout history this land has produced many brave kings and queens who has incecently fought for the glory and independence against foreign invassions. The numerous forts and palaces of Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh and many more are silent witness of this glorious past and heroic deeds. The rich art and architecture of the land is visible not only in the elaborately decorated temples and palaces, but also in the beautiful handicrafts and colourful festivals and dances. Many ancient Indus Valley Civilization and Vedic Civilization sites are also located in Rajasthan. But there are more attractions of this land than history. Some of the greatest businessmen and traders of India are from Rajasthan. The ancient Aravalli hills runs right across the state dividing it into the arid and the fertile region. Mount Abu is the highest peak and only hill station of the state. The Great Indian desert or the Thar desert covering more than half the state lies in the arid part with cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner. Udaipur, the city of lakes, and Jaipur, the pink city and the state capital lies in the more fertile region of Rajasthan. Forest and tiger reserves of Ranthambore and Sariska and wetland and bird santuary of Keoladeo National Park near Bharatpur also lies in the wetter side of Rajasthan.
Rajasthan mostly being a dry land, has more extreme temperatures with hot days and cold nights. The night temperatures in winter can go below freezing point in the desert regions. So, remember to pack both light clothes and warm inners. The road in some places can be unmetalled but overall the tour is a relatively easy one.
The itinerary lists the places we will be covering during the trip. Where we stay and how much we travel in a day is just indicative and is subject to change depending on weather condition.
Neemrana is situated on the Golden Triangle of India, between Delhi and Jaipur, and is an ancient
historical town of Rajasthan's Alwar district. It is now an industrial hub, is also known as the
mini-Japan in India beacause of the Japanese Industrial Estate here. Till 1947, the 16th century
hill fort of Neemrana was home to the ruling family of Chauhans, descendants of the Rajput prince
Prithviraj Chauhan. A little distance away in Kesroli, there are fort, Buddhist Vihara, statue etc.
which are the oldest heritage sites dating to Mahabharata times.
You will receive a warm welcome on arrival. Check in to hotel. Meet the team. Local sightseeing. Overnight stay in hotel.
Bhangarh is a village and fort in Rajsthan that is famous for its historical ruins and also as the most haunted place of India. The Bhangarh Fort is located on the border of the Sariska Reserve in the Aravali hills at the base of the hill slopes. Bhangarh is also a pre-historic site. The and fort and town around it was built during the 17th century by Bhagwant Das, ruler of Jaipur, for his second son Madho Singh. It is a well protected site and nobody is allowed inside after sunset and before sunrise. According to the natives, there are two legends regarding the history of this fort city which is reported to be haunted.
Sawai Madhopur is the city nearest to Ranthambore national park. Ranthambhore is one of the largest national parks in northern India. Ranthambore National Park lies at the edge of a plateau and is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. It is named after the historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the park. Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these animals in their natural jungle habitat. The majestic fort, built in the 10th century, towers over the entire park area. Padam Talao: This is the largest of the many lakes located in the park. A red sandstone Jogi Mahal can be found at the edge of the lake. A gigantic banyan tree, considered to be India's second largest, is also near the lake.
Bundi is a small city in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan state of India. It is of particular architectural note for its ornate forts, palaces, and stepwell reservoirs known as baoris. The city lies near a narrow gorge, and is surrounded on three sides by hills of the Aravalli Range. A substantial wall with four gateways encircles the city.
Chittorgarh is a city in the Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan. It was the capital of the Sisodia Rajput Dynasty of Mewar. The city is named after the Chittor Fort, the largest fort in India and Asia. The fort was initially named Chitrakut and is surrounded by a huge wall with seven gates. The fort stands witness to the fiercely independent nature of the rajputs of Mewar. It was under siege three times and everytime the men gave up their live fiercely defending their independence while the women and children committed Jauhar (give up life in sacred pyre). Chittorgarh has the history of being the only place which resisted invasion when all other Rajput strongholds and fallen. This place is also famous for being the land of the devotional Hindu female spiritual poet, Meera Bai, whose Bhakti music compositions are recited even today. Thus this land is also called the 'Bhakti aur Shakti ki nagari' meaning the city of devotion and strength.
Udaipur is a major city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the former Rajputana Agency. Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodia clan of Rajput founded the city 1553, and shifted his capital from the city of Chittorgarh to Udaipur. Udaipur, with its picturesque landscape, lakes, and historic palaces and architecture, is a major destination for most tourists.
Kumbhalgarh is a fortress of the Mewar Rajputs, located on the Aravalli Hills near Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan. It is a World Heritage Site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan. It was built during the 15th century by Rana Kumbha. Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of the valliant Rajput warrior Maharana Pratap, who fought for the honour and independence of Mewar till his last breath. This fort was occupied until the late 19th century. It is now open to the public and is spectacularly lit for sometime every evening. It is the most important fort in Mewar after Chittaurgarh. The fort has the largest wall complex in the world, over 38 km long, and the second largest fort in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh Fort.
Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert. The city is known as the 'Sun City' for the bright and sunny weather it enjoys all the year round. The old city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. However, the city has expanded greatly outside the wall over the past several decades.
Pushkar is one of the oldest town in India. It is 14 km away from the Ajmer city in Ajmer district of Rajasthan and is a sacred pilgrimage site for the Hindus. The heart of the town is the Pushkar lake surrounded by many temples and beautiful scenery. The lake has 52 ghats where pilgrims can take bath in the lake's sacred water. The Brahma temple and the Savitri temple are the most famous here. The annual Pushkar camel fair held for seven days in Oct-Nov is also very famous. The town is situated on the slopes of the Aravalli's ranges, the oldest mountain ranges in the world. The area is surrounded by sandy fields with small dunes, beautiful hills with enticing sunrise and sunset, small villages amidst flowing crop fields, all adding to the aura of the town. Nearby city of Ajmer is also a popular tourist destination and Kishangarh, 27 km from Ajmer, is known for its miniature paintings called Bani Thani.
Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of Rajasthan. It is also known as the Pink City,
because lots of historic buildings that are constructed with pink sandstone. Visitor attractions
include the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort,
Jaigarh Fort, Galtaji, Govind Dev Ji Temple, Garh Ganesh Temple etc. There are statues depicting
Rajasthani culture around the city. Jaipur has many traditional shops selling antiques and
handicrafts. Overnight stay in hotel.
End of trip. Local shopping and you go back with loads of memories.