Teerth Travels
Colors of Rajasthan
Best of Central
Rajasthan by Rail
Madhya Pradesh with Gujarat Tour
West India TP 1
West India TP 2
West India TP 3
Colors of Rajasthan
Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days  
Places Covered :
Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jodhpur - Mt.Abu – Udaipur - Rankpur - Devgarh – Jaipur – Delhi – Depart.
Day 01 : Delhi
  Arrival in Delhi Air port
Delhi the Capital of the Republic of India is a fascinating city with complexities and contradictions, where the past co-exists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Delhi is not only the present metropolis of India but also a necropolis. Located on the banks of the river Yamuna, Delhi has witnessed the rise and fall of many cities over the last five millennia.
  Over night in Delhi.
Day 02 : Delhi / Mandawa
  Breakfast at the hotel.
Leave Delhi for Mandawa (280kms/6hrs) by car.On arrival Check in at the hotel.
Mandawa- the medieval fort of Mandawa founded in the 18th century, dominates the town with a painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna & his cows. Shekhawati is a colorful fantasy having a fascination uniquely of its own. The open-air art gallery, as it is popularly called, is famous for its plethora of painted havelis, all commendable pieces of the rich artistic tradition of the region.

PM: Explore the Havelis and the street with Saraf havelis.
  Overnight in Mandawa
Day 03 : In Mandawa
  Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day to explore the beautiful havelis of Mandawa, Nawalgarh & Dudlod.
  Overnight in Mandawa
Day 04 : Mandawa / Bikaner
  Leave Mandawa for Bikaner (180kms/4hrs).
Bikaner's history dates back to 1488 AD when a Rajput prince Rao Bika ji a descendent of the founder of Jodhpur (1459 AD). Rao Jodha Ji established his kingdom here. Bika Ji chose a barren land called "Jungladesh" and shaped it into an impressive city, called Bikaner after the founder's name. Archeological surveys and excavations have established beyond doubt that civilization flourished here even before the Harappa period. Excavated statues, coins and carvings of stones and clay stands as testimony to this fact.

PM: Visit the Jangarh Fort, built in 1593AD by Raj Rai Singh and is one of the best forts of Rajasthan .It comprise of 37 palaces with pavilions, mosaic courtyards, carved balconies, kiosks and windows. The Shish Mahal, the Garden Darbar Hall, the 17th century Karan Mahal , Anup Mahal and The Phool Mahal bring to life the grandeur of a bygone era. The Fort museum has a rare collection of Sanskrit Persian manuscripts and miniature painting.
  Overnight in Bikaner
Day 05 : In Bikaner
  AM: Excursion to Deshnok

The 600-year-old Karni Mata Temple at Deshnok, 30kms from Bikaner, is dedicated to Karni Mata an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The most intresting thing about the temple are the rats who scamper freely within the sanctum sanctorum of the temple are regarded sacred and are fed by priests and devotees owing to the belief that they will be reincarnated as holy men.

PM: Free at leisure.
  Overnight in Bikaner
Day 06 : Bikaner / Jodhpur
  Leave Bikaner for Jodhpur by surface (250kms/6-7hrs) on arrival transfer to hotel.

With the majestic Mehrangarh Fort towering over opulent palaces, colorful bazaars and the sands of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur epitomizes all the romance and feudal splendour of Rajasthan. Now the second largest city in the state, Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, the Rathore ruler of the kingdom of Marwar. Strategically located on the overland trade route, it soon becomes a flourishing trade center. Its merchant class, known as the Marwaris, has retained their entrepreneurial skills and continues to run many of India’s leading business houses. The special riding breeches, known the world over as jodhpurs, were designed here.
  Over night in Jodhpur
Day 07 : In Jodhpur
  AM: Visit the Mehrangarh fort is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Invincible from the outside, the fort has four gates approached by a winding road. Within the fort are some magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels with latticed windows?

PM: Jeep safari through the Bishnoi villages.
  Over night in Jodhpur
Day 08 : Jodhpur / Mt.Abu /)
  After breakfast leave for Mt Abu (265km/7hrs) by Car. On arrival transfer to hotel.

Rajasthan’s only hill station, Mount Abu has one of India’s most spectacular sights - the Dilwara Jain Temples. This group of five marble temples is situated on a hill 3km northeast of the town. The two most outstanding are the Vimala Vasahi Temple and the Luna Vasahi temple, which have incredibly intricate and delicate carvings. The sculptural details on the various doorways, archways, pillars, niches and ceilings of both these temples are simply breathtaking, the marble worked so finely that in places it is almost translucent.

The Vimala Vasahi Temple, dedicated to the first Jain tirthankara, Adinath, was built in 1031 by Vimala Shah, a wealthy prime minister of the Solanki Kings of Gujarat. Inside, graceful nymphs and musicians, spirited horses and elephants adorn ceiling in the main hall. The inner sanctum has a statue of Adinath in tranquil meditation, while 52 carved niches images of the other tirthankaras. The focal point of Mount Abu is Nakki Lake, ringed by colonial mansions dating to the late 19th century, and the summer palaces of Rajput rulers. The curiously shaped Toad’s Rock overlooks the lake, and Sunset Point, southwest of the lake, offers some spectaculars views from a stone terrace.
  Over night in Mt-Abu
Day 09 : In Mt.Abu
  AM: Visit Achalgarh Temple, 11kms away dedicated to Shiva, with the interesting carved statues on the banks of the Mandakini tank.

Late afternoon: Enjoy a boat ride in the Nakki Lake.
  Over night in Mt-Abu
Day 10 : Mt Abu /Udaipur by car (130kms/3-4hrs)
  And on arrival check in at the hotel.

Udaipur city includes a visit to the City Palace that stands on the crest of a ridge overlooking Lake Pichola. The largest palace in Rajasthan, it was built at various periods but still preserves the harmony of design, enhanced by massive octagonal towers surmounted by cupolas. Now a museum, it is a labyrinth of courtyards richly decorated with inlaid mirror-work, galleries covered with frescos, temples and roof gardens, which afford a wide panorama below. Sahelion-ki-Bari (Garden of the Handmaidens) is a good example of the Hindu art of landscaping on a princely scale. Ornamental pools with finely sculptured cenotaphs of black stone are surrounded by a profusion of fountains. The Jagdish Temple in the old town was built in the mid-17th century and has a remarkable bronze statue of Garuda, the mythical bird, facing his revered master Lord Vishnu. The shops and craftsmen’s ateliers in the narrow streets of the bazaar justify endless walks.

In the evening take a boat ride on Lake Pichola. The steel blue waters of the lake, artificially created in the 14th century, reflect the white phantom Jag Nivas Palace, now the Lake Palace hotel which was built in 1746 as the summer residence of the rulers, and Jag Mandir said to be built by Maharana Karan Singh for his friend Prince Khurram, who was later to become emperor Shah Jehan. Huge seamless stone slabs of translucent thinness where used. The rooms were embellished with inlaid stones - onyx, jade, carnelian, jasper and agate.

Excursion to Ekling and Nagda
The temple of Eklingji is 22km from the city of Udaipur.and was built in 734 AD. The temple complex has 108 temple shrines small & medium sized, some beautifully sculpted. The main temple is dedicated to lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the Mewar rulers. In the sanctum sanctorum is the four-faced image of lord Shiva in black marble.
Near the temple of Eklingji is Nagda, the ancient capital of Mewar dating back to the 7 century AD. At Nagda are the remains of the Sahasra Bahu temple, dedicated to Vishnu.It is popularly referred to as Sas Bahu temples of the 9th & 10th century AD, now in partial ruins but still with interesting architecture and Carvings.
  Over night in Udaipur
Day 11 : Udaipur
  Full day visit Udaipur.  
  Over night in Udaipur
Day 12 : Udaipur / Rankpur / Devgarh
  Excursion to Rankpur
Set in a secluded, wooded valley of the Aravali Hills, the 15th century Ranakpur temple complex, dominated by the great Adinath Temple, is one of the five great holy places of the Jain faith. The grand scale and sheer architecture complexity of the white marble temple, along with its exquisite sculptural ornamentation, distinguish it as perhaps the single most impressive example of Western Indian temple architecture. The temple has an unusual four-sided plan, with four separate entrances. Each entrance leads through a veritable forest of columns, and a number of beautifully ornamented halls and chapels, to the central sanctum containing a four-faced image of Adinath.

Each of the temple’s 1,444 pillars is carved with different patterns of floral motifs, and the play of light and shadow on the pillars, as the sun moves from east to west each day, is one of the glories of this monument. Equally stunning is the superb filigree carving on the concentric ceiling pendants, and the exuberant grace of the goddesses who from the support brackets. On one of the columns facing the sanctum, a carved panel with two figures on it depicts Dharna Shah, the builder of the temple, who was a minister of the maharana of Mewar, and his architect, Depa.
After Lunch leave for Deogarh (125km/3hrs.) by Car on arrival transfer to hotel.
Deogarh town is nestled among one of the oldest mountain ranges of the world-the Aravalis. The surrounding rugged, rocky hills are dotted with beautiful lakes and a number majestic old forts. Tales of battels fought by the chundawats, one of the premier chieftains of mewar.(Udaipur) still echoes in the village folklore.
Deogarh famed for it’s miniature paintings,The deogarh school,Bears, aclose affinity to the mewari art form.Examples of this tiles are depicted in the Murals and frescoes, which adorn the fort was. One can also viwe a collection of over 200orginal paintings owned by the presant Rawatshahib,who is him self a historian and connnoisseur of art.

PM: Jeep safari through the Villages.
  Over night in Devgarh
Day 13 : Devgarh
  Full day visit Devgarh.  
  Over night in Devgarh
Day 14 : Devgarh / Jaipur
  After breakfast leave for Jaipur (280km/ 6hrs) by car on arrival transfer to hotel.
Visit ALABYRINTH of fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces and historic sights, Jaipur is often called the “Pink City” because its prominent buildings are washed in this colour. Tradition and modernity exist side by side here. On its colorful streets, motorbikes jostle for space with camels, and turbaned village elders rub shoulders with youngsters in jeans. Jaipur’s old walled area has the City Palace, an astronomical observatory and bazaars that sell everything from shoes to jewellery. Recent additions include a multi-arts center, but the focal point remains the Hawa Mahal.

A whimsical addition to Rajasthan’s rich architectural vocabulary, the fanciful Hawa Mahal or “Palace of Winds” was erected in 1799 by the aesthete Sawai Pratap Singh (rular.1778 – 1803). Its ornate pink façade has become an icon for the city. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the Hawa Mahal, seen from afar, looks like the mukut (crown) that often adorns the god’s head. Visitors can climb up the winding ramp to the top, and a gateway towards the west leads into the complex. Within are administrative officers and the Archaeological Museum, which houses a small collection of sculptures and local handicrafts, including some utensils dating back to the 2nd century BC.

Sawai Jai Singh II was a keen scholar, statesman and patron of the arts. He was awarded the title of “Sawai” (“one-and-a-quarter”), a metaphor for one who is extraordinary, by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb when he was just 11 years old. With the help of a gifted Bengali engineer, Vidhyadhar Chakraverty, Jai Singh built a new capital south of Amber and named it Jaipur (“City of Victory”). Work began in 1727 and took six years to complete. Surrounded by a crenellated wall pierced by seven gates, Jaipur is laid out in a geometric grid of streets and squares and is one of India’s finest example of a planned city.
  Over night in Jaipur
Day 15 : Jaipur
  Full day visit Jaipur.  
  Over night in Jaipur
Day 16 : Jaipur / Delhi / Depart
  After breakfast, leave Jaipur for Delhi (256 kms/5-6hrs) by Car.
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