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Rajasthan is located in the north-western part of India and is known for its beautiful location and landscape. The word ‘Rajasthan’ literally translates to ‘the land of kings’ and has a very rich history that is worth exploring. Its rich history of kings and queens and mighty wars, valour of the Rajput men and grace of the women of that time,piques interest in its visitors. The rich cultural history has also led to the creation of a number of palaces and lakes, the aesthetic beauty of which continues to remain unmatched in the world. With Jaipur as its capital, the state has many small, big and beautiful cities to visit such asUdaipur, Bikaner, Kota, Jaisalmer among others.
Rajasthan is home to the world-famous inhospitable That Desert, which is popularly known as the ‘Great Indian Desert’ because of its vast expanse. Besides being known for its exceptional beauty and rich traditions, Rajasthan is a popular pilgrimage spot for lakhs of Indians. Besides its many palaces, it has the sacred shrine of several Hindu gods and goddesses. Some of these holy places include Khatu, Jhunjhunu, etc. You can witness the real opulence and grandeur of this majestic place in its forts and palaces located on hilltops and points from where you will get the most beautiful panoramic views you have ever witnessed. The Ajmer Fort in Jaipur, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and the Jaisalmer Fort or Sonar Quila are the three most visited forts in Rajasthan. The traditions of Rajasthan are one of its kind with ‘KhammaGhani’ as their welcome greeting. The dhoti-kurta and turban for men and vibrant lehengas for women are clothes that you will not witness anywhere. The mirrorwork, embroidery and sowing are intricately done by hands.
As one of the biggest states in India, Rajasthan will welcome you with open arms to enjoy the warmth of the place.
Enjoy the royal comfort living of the Maharajas or kings.
Experience hospitality in a very regal fashion.
Explore and buy famous jewellery and carpets of Jaipur.
Listen to the traditional folk music of Rajasthan
Visit the historical havelis and discover their stories.
Witness the vastness of Thar desert and get mesmerized by its vast unknown.
Visit the popular city of Agra and the Taj Mahal, which has been on the seven wonders of the world.
Begin your tour by the most royal experience in the capital of India. In Delhi, enjoy the royal hospitality with the putting of the holy teeka, wearing of garlands and turbans and drinking a glass of wine. New Delhi is a historical place in India which had been ruled by a number of invaders before the British raj was established. The journey begins in the evening after you board the Palace on Wheels at Safdarjung Railway Station in New Delhi. You are greeted with a ceremonial welcome and are free to explore your grand Palace on Wheels along with other travellers. Enjoy the dinner in the Palace itself in the two grand restaurants.
On your first day of travel, your first destination is the pink city of Jaipur. The city is known for its unique pink architecture that was established in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. It is the capital of Rajasthan and is thusan ideal first stop. Among the rich cultural heritage,you will visit places like HawaMahal, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar and City Palace. What will mesmerize you the most are the colourful myriad windows, the storehouse of artefacts, unique jewellery and famous carpets, the mirror glass work on doors and painted map of various Hindu pilgrimages. A one of a kind experience would be the elephant ride in Amber Fort.
To explore a different side of royalty, the next destination is SawaiMadhopur, named after its majestic king and is located in close proximity to the Ranthambore National Park. Experience the wilderness that is home to a number of diverse species. This national park is primarily known for its majestic tiger, who is the highest tourist attraction of this place. Explore some ruins and tales associated with it, amidst the national park. The next destination, Chittorgarh Fort, is considered to exuberate chivalry, valour and honour. It is considered to be a place close to the hearts of Rajputs who witnessed the grit of their queen in the act of Jauhar.
Udaipur, the city of lakes, was named after its dynamic ruler, RanaUdai Singh. The beautiful lakes an endless stories of romance of its rulers has grabbed the title of the romance city. For someone interested in architecture,the Jag Niwas has an interesting amalgamation of Rajput architecture and Mughal interiors. Other captivating places include the Lake Palace, the Jag Mandir, Sahelionki Bari (Garden of Maidens) and a number of other forts and temples. Your experience will be serene and add a new positivity within you. Udaipur is also the shopper's paradise with unique handicrafts, fine marble mementoes and beautifully depicted miniature paintings.
On the fifth day, you are in the golden city of Jaisalmer, which is a city as old as 1156. It has been aptly named after the beautiful colour of its sand and the warmth that comes with it. The bustling city is also an architectural delight with its uniquely carved balconies, ornamental facades and intricate windows. Jaisalmer attracts a lot of people to the Jaisalmer Fort, which has a massive sandstone wall, a reflection of the era of majestic rulers. You will witness women in colourful traditional attires across the vast expanse of the sand, a view worth watching. You will be visiting a number of havelis, which you will not get tired of because of their different architectural designs. You can also enjoy a fun-filled camel ride.
The second-largest city in Rajasthan is Jodhpur, established in 1459, by the Rajput king RaoJodha. The city shines with glory and valour. Having bright and sunny weather, it is also called the Sun City. This tourist destination features many palaces, forts and temples. It also has the stark and sundry landscape of the Thar Desert. You will be experiencing the epitome of royal living when you visit the regal Mehrangarh Fort and the lavish UmaidBhawan. You will explore some age-old artefacts like the royal cradles, palanquins and diverse classical music instruments.
Bharatpur is a once fortified location, and that is now referred to as the iron fort. The highlight of your journey to Bharatpur will be the opportunity to visit the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, which is a UNESCO declared world heritage site. Here, you can explore a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is flocked by several unique birds migrating from different parts of the world. What will add adventure and excitement to your visit will be the rickshaw ride by train rickshaw-pullers through the sanctuary. It will be an unforgettable experience.
For the last destination, you will be witnessing the royal romance of Agra. While the city of Agra is a beautiful destination in its own, the main point of attraction should be the Taj Mahalwhich is a historic symbol of love. It has witnessed the rise and disintegration of various empires, the host of which will definitely interest you. It has been one of the seven wonders of the world. Other parts of Agra worth visiting are the LalQuila and the Red Fort of Agra. The beautiful location will be etched in your memory.
After travelling and visiting Agra, the train will take you back to New Delhi, the starting juncture of the journey.