THE PEARLS OF RAJASTHAN
Delhi - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Jaipur - Delhi
Flight to Delhi
START INTO TALES FROM 1001 NIGHTS
Arrival at new Delhi and first Impression of a different world . !
MELTING POT OF HISTORY AND PEOPLE
The capital of India awaits us with 1300 years of history and the way of life of the 20th century . In new Delhi we will pass broad avenues , villas set within large gardens and see the India gate 42 mtrs high , where 90000 names of fallen Indian soldiers of both the worldwars are immortalized. Qutb-minar , although in new Delhi , is a monument of the 12th century and rises elegantly within the mosque complex qutb - ul - Islam .old Delhi was one of the capitals during the mughal dynasty. The red fort and Asia's biggest mosque jama masjid are amidst bustling lanes right out of the medie vial age.an overnight train takes us to bikaner . A train ride in India should not be issued by anyone who not only wants to amire the architectural wonders but would to get a touch of the local populace too.
Bikaner lies at the edge of the thar desert . The Rajputs built a huge palace seen from a far distance by caravans which crossed the desert with their valuable goods A unique camel breeding farm is setwithin the sand dunes and as the sunsets we watch the camels return against a burning red sky .
Bikaner - Jaisalmer
THROUGH THE DESERT
A long drive through a picturesque landscape an colourful villages offers us many images of the calm peaceful , simple but proud life of different rajput clans and the silent beauty of the desert . Every now and then we pass sari-clad women elegantly balancing heavy waterpots on their heads and maybe even a camel caravan , though these are becoming fewer year by year .
Today we venture out into jaisalmer on a very distinct mode of transport - high up on majestic camels .in the narrow cobbled alleys - no wider than a streched arm - cluster the havelis or the mansions of the rich , with stone carving and lattice work of breathtaking intricacy . Their balconies jutting out from either side of the lanes almost touch overhead. The fort , built on the highest point of the tricuta hill , has been named oasis of jaisal by the travellers on the caravan routes from west asia .
Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
LEGEND IN STONE
Following the ancient silk route we are greeted from far by the majestic fort of jodhpur , sprawled across the 125 mtrs high hill . It is the most impressive and for midable one in the fort studded rajastan . the different palaces within the fort are artistically decorated and painted and have delicately carved lattice work windows of red sandstone . from every corner we have a fantastic view of the town with its blue painted Brahmin houses or of the memorial of maharajah jaswanth singh on the opposite h ill . umaid bhavan palace , built just before India's independence like a copy of the white house in Washington d .c has been the residence of the jodhpur rulers since the 1930's and today is also a hotel - and what a hotel !! in the afternoon stroll across the picturesque marketplace with its charming old clock towers .
Jodhpur - Pushkar - Ajmer
HINDUS AND MUSLIMS IN UNITY
Before noon we reach ajmer , a holy city for all Muslims inside the dargah (mosque ) is the tomb of the Sufi saint khwaja -din - chisti , who came to ajmer from Persia in 1192. Only a few kms away lies the picturesque Hindu town of pushkar having its significance rooted in myth . According to the sacred scripts , Brahma - the creator - on passing this place one day let slip from his hand a lotus flower and the water spurted forth forming the sacred lake . Around the lake you might go shopping for exotic local handicrafts .
Ajmer - Amber - Jaipur
THE PINK CITY
At amber , the old capital of the jaipur rulers , a short elephant ride takes us up to the fort and palaces . They are a superb example of rajput architecture , stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake which reflects their terraces and ramparts . Afternoon sight seeing in jaipur , the pink city , founded by maharaja jai singh ii and later decorated with pink sandstone as a welcome for prince Edward . Jai singh ii was a famous and well - versed astronomer . He built jantar mantar , an observatory with interesting instruments which have not lost their validity upto date . Besides the observatory stands the city palace of jaipur , partly a museum and partly the residence of the royal family of jaipur .
Jaipur - Delhi
MEMORIES YOU'LL NEVER FORGET
In the morning we board a train from jaipur to delhi . After
arrival your desired onward itinerary starts or we gourmet at a farewell dinner
before your flight back home .
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