Rajasthan

RAJASTHAN, THE “LAND OF KINGS” IS KNOWN FOR ITS VIBRANT COLOURS AND AMAZING RANGE OF EXPERIENCES. LOSE YOURSELF IN RAJASTHAN’S FORTS, HAVELLIS, PALACES AND GAITORS. EXPLORE JUNGLES LOOKING FOR TIGERS OR RIDE A CAMEL INTO THE DESERT TO SLEEP UNDER THE STARS.

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Dundlod – In the region called Shekawati. Dundlod’s most amazing site is the Seth Arjun Das Goenka Haveli, which has been beautifully restored so you feel like you are stepping back in time when you enter. Nearby is also a gaitor featuring some rich painted details, as well as a fort that combines Mughal and Rajput architecture.

 

Mandawa – A town full of havellis that you can walk easily around to visit them all, including Jhunjhunwala Haveli which features a room covered in gold. Mandawa’s fort and some havelis have now been transformed into heritage hotels, so an overnight stay can be quite a unique and authentic experience.

 

Bikaner – A unique fort with amazing details in the palace decorations makes Bikaner a great stop on the way to Jaisalmer. Bikaner can also be an alternative to Jaisalmer if you want to do a camel trek. Nearby in Deshnok is the Karni Mata temple, where thousands of holy rats are worshipped

 

Jaisalmer – Rajasthan’s glorious Gold City, named for the golden sandstone that it is built from. Jaisalmer Fort is a living city in itself and is a bustle of homes, temples, shops, hotels and restaurants. Below the fort, havelis are tucked away. When you are done with the city, take a camel trek and stay overnight in the desert. Around Jaisalmer there are other amazing places- such as the Royal Gaitor and a restored Jain temple. Or you can visit the abandoned desert villages of Kuladara and Khara.

Jodhpur – The iconic “Blue City” has the largest and most spectacular forts in Rajasthan. Lose yourself in Merangarh Fort for a few hours and look down on the blue houses and across to Umaid Bhawan, the royal palace. Don’t miss Jaswant Thada, a beautiful memorial set in lovely gardens and next to a lake with views back to the fort and town. The Mandore Garden with its temples and chhatris is also a must see. Make sure you grab a box of Jodhpur’s famous sweets for the rest of your travels.

Ranukpur – Deep in the countryside Ranukpur’s main attraction is it’s amazing Jain Temple which is one of the largest in India. The temples interior is full of the most intricate carvings, including 1444 columns, none of which are alike. Ranukpur is a great place to stop and rest in the quiet countryside.

 

Kumbhalgarh – Set in a remote location Kumbhalgarh’s fort is imposing and majestic. It’s massive walls house over 360 temples, the highlight of which is the Vedi temple, close to the fort entrance. Climb up to the palace for spectacular views back down to the temples and countryside. There is also a wildlife sanctuary that you can take safari in.

 

Udaipur – The “White City” and also known as the Venice of India, Udaipur is set amongst shimmering lakes and considered the most romantic city in India. Walk the streets around the busy Lake Picholo and visit the huge City Palace, or take a boat ride to see the city from the lake as you circle the island palaces. Visit the Monsoon Palace high atop the mountain for an eagle eye view and watch the sunset. Take a drive to the smaller more quiet lakes for some peace and extra romance.

Chittorgarh – Chittor’s fort is the largest and greatest in all Rajasthan. Chittorgarh suffered three great attacks two of which lead to the sad event of Jauhar; where the royal women and children threw themselves upon funeral pyres rather than be captured. Set aside four hours to walk it, or hire a rickshaw!

 

Ranthambhore – Best known for its famous National Park which is home to around 30 tigers. Try your luck spotting one on a jeep safari, and if not just enjoy the scenery and all the other animals that live there. Deep in the park is yet another fort to explore.

 

 

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Jaipur

JAIPUR IS A CITY ALIVE WITH CULTURE, ART AND HISTORY.

THIS IS NOT A CITY FOR A QUICK STOP OVER!

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Don’t miss doing the “Old City” walk. This includes the first three iconic sights of Jaipur on our list. In between you can enjoy the bazaars that line the streets and maybe buy a treasure or two.

Hawa Mahal – Nestled in the heart of the old Pink City is Jaipur’s iconic Palace of the Winds. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh for the royal women to watch life in the city. Climb it’s five storeys for fabulous views over the old city.

 


City Palace –
 a beautiful complex of buildings and courtyards, the City Palace still serves as home to the Royal family. Public areas are rich in art and are filled with artifacts and other treasures from royal history, including the largest silver vessels in the world.

 


Jantar Mantar –
 Next to the City Palace is this observatory built in 1728 by Jai Singh. Set in a beautiful garden, it is filled with buildings which are more like sculptures, that were used to observe the stars and astrological events. It is now listed as a World Heritage Site.

 


Jal Mahal –
 Another of Jaipur’s icons. The Water Palace was built in 1799 as a summer palace for the royal family. Have a photo stop on the way to the forts and come back at night to see it lit up.

 

Amber Fort and Palace – Arrive in the morning and you can take an elephant ride up to the main fort gate. Inside the palace is divided into four sections, each with its own purpose and each one uniquely decorated.

 

 

Jaigarh Fort – Sitting above Amber Palace, Jaigarh is stunning and a must see on a visit to Jaipur. There are spectacular views of the surrounding hills and the city. Make sure you see the puppet show!

 


Nahargarh Fort –
 Also known as the Tiger Fort this completes Jaipur’s trio of major forts. Save Nahargarh for sunset and watch the city light up below you. Then sit back and enjoy the night view with drinks and food from the restaurant.

 

Birla Lakshmi Temple – A beautiful white marble temple with stained glass windows that sits below Moti Dungri Fort. Take time to walk the outside and see all the statues of Hindu gods, and find those of other religions such as Jesus and Confucious.

 


Royal Gaitor –
 Nestled at the base of Nahargarh Fort is this quiet place housing the cenotaphs of the royal family. The tombs are beautifully carved and each one has its own story to tell.

 

 

Sun Temple – Wander up the hill past other temples and listen to holy men singing their prayers as you make your way. The real joy though is the dozens of monkeys who will keep you company, especially if they know you have some peanuts for them.

 


Sisodia Rani Bagh –
 On the outskirts of Jaipur, this beautiful garden built for Queen Sisodia Rani is a wonderful oasis and escape from the noise of the city. See it on the way to Galta and Surya Mandir.

 

 

Galta and Surya Mandir – A quiet complex of temples set amongst the hills and jungle just outside the city. Head past the great sacred tank and climb up the hillside to see the famous monkey temple.

 

 

Shopping – Whether its in the bazaars of the old city or the many shops all over, shopping in Jaipur is fun! From textiles to pottery to jewellery and much more. Come ready to take home some unique treasures to remember India by.


AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO SEE AND DO IN JAIPUR!

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