Rājasthān, Known as “The land of kings”, is the largest state of the Republic of India by area. It is located in the northwest of India. It comprises most of the area of the large, inhospitable Great Indian Desert (Thar Desert), which parallels the Sutlej–Indus river valley along its border with Pakistan. The state is bordered by Pakistan to the west, Gujarat to the southwest, Madhya Pradesh to the southeast, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to the northeast and Punjab to the north. Rajasthan covers 10.4% of India, an area of 342,239 square kilometres (132,139 sq mi).
Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the state. Geographical features include the Thar Desert along north-western Rajasthan and the termination of the Ghaggar River near the archaeological ruins at Kalibanga of the Indus Valley Civilization, which are the oldest in the Indian subcontinent discovered so far.
One of the world’s oldest mountain ranges, the Aravalli Range, cradles the only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu, famous for Dilwara Temples, a sacred pilgrimage for Jains. Eastern Rajasthan has the world famous Keoladeo National Park near Bharatpur, a World Heritage Site known for its bird life. It also has two national tiger reserves, Ranthambore and Sariska Tiger Reserve, and a famous temple in Khatu, Sikar district, dedicated to Khatu Shyam Ji. Rajasthan was formed on 30 March 1949, when the region known until then as Rajputana, consisting of erstwhile 18 princely states, two chiefships and the British district of Ajmer-Merwara.
Rajasthan attracted 14 percent of total foreign visitors during 2009–2010 which is the fourth highest among Indian states. It is fourth also in Domestic tourist visitors. Endowed with natural beauty and a great history, tourism is a flourishing industry in Rajasthan. The palaces of Jaipur and Ajmer-Pushkar, the lakes of Udaipur, the desert forts of Jodhpur, Taragarh Fort (Star Fort) in Bundi, and Bikaner and Jaisalmer rank among the most preferred destinations in India for many tourists both Indian and foreign. Tourism accounts for eight percent of the state’s domestic product. Many old and neglected palaces and forts have been converted into heritage hotels. Tourism has increased employment in the hospitality sector.
Rajasthan is famous for its forts, intricately carved temples, and decorated havelis, which were built by Rajput kings in pre-Muslim era Rajasthan. Rajasthan’s Jaipur Jantar Mantar, Dilwara Temples, Chittorgarh Fort, Lake Palace, miniature paintings in Bundi, and numerous city palaces and havelis are an important part of the architectural heritage of India. Jaipur, the Pink City, is noted for the ancient houses made of a type of sand stone dominated by a pink hue. In Bundi, maximum houses are painted blue. At Ajmer, the white marble Bara-dari on the Anasagar lake is exquisite. Jain Temples dot Rajasthan from north to south and east to west. Dilwara Temples of Mount Abu, Ranakpur Temple dedicated to Lord Adinath in Pali District, Jain temples in the fort complexes of Chittor, Jaisalmer and Kumbhalgarh, Lodurva Jain temples, Bhandasar and Karni Mata Temple of Bikaner are some of the best examples.
Rajasthan is divided into 33 districts and seven divisions:
- Ajmer Division: Ajmer, Bhilwara, Nagaur, Tonk.
- Bharatpur Division: Bharatpur, Dholpur, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur.
- Bikaner Division: Bikaner, Churu, Sri Ganganagar, Hanumangarh.
- Jaipur Division: Jaipur, Alwar, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Dausa.
- Jodhpur Division: Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jodhpur, Pali, Sirohi.
- Kota Division: Baran, Bundi, Jhalawar, Kota.
- Udaipur Division: Banswara, Chittorgarh, Pratapgarh, Dungarpur, Udaipur, Rajsamand
Rajasthan is connected by many national highways. Most renowned being NH 8, which is India’s first 4–8 lane highway. Rajasthan also has an inter-city surface transport system both in terms of railways and bus network. All chief cities are connected by air, rail and road.
By Air: There are three main airports at Rajasthan- Jaipur International Airport, Udaipur Airport, and Jodhpur Airport. These airports connect Rajasthan with the major cities of India such as Delhi and Mumbai. There are two other airports in Kota and Jaisalmer, but are not open for commercial/civilian flights yet.
By Rail: Rajasthan is connected with the main cities of India by rail. Jaipur, Kota, Bikaner, Ajmer, Udaipur and Jodhpur are the principal railway stations in Rajasthan. Kota City is the only Electrified Section served by three Rajdhani Expresses and trains to all major cities of India. There is also an international railway, the Thar Express from Jodhpur to Karachi. However, this is not open to foreign nationals currently.
By Road: Rajasthan is well connected to the main cities of the country including Delhi, Ahmedabad and Indore by State and National Highways and served by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) and Private operators.
2N Mount Abu-3N Udaipur
Udaipur – Mt.Abu (Approx 3 Hrs)
Arrive at Udaipur airport / Railway Station and proceed to your hotel in Mt. Abu. Evening free for relaxation. Overnight in Mt. Abu
Mt.Abu – City Tour
Enjoy the sightseeing of Mt. Abu which includes Dilwara Temple, Prajapita Brahmakumari Ashram,Sunset Point. Evening free for leisure. Overnight in Mt.Abu. (B) Optional: You can enjoy boating in Nakki Lake at an addtional cost
Mt. Abu – Udaipur (Approx 3 Hrs.)
Proceed to City of Lakes – Udaipur, enroute visit Nathdwara temple. On arrival at Udaipur, check-in to your hotel. Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Udaipur. (B)
Enjoy your visit to City Palace and Museum,Jagdish temple, Saheliyon ki Bari, Fateh Sagar, Moti Magri – Pratap Smarak.Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Udaipur. (B) Optional : You can enjoy a sound and light show at the city palace at an addtional cost
Day is free at leisure for your to explore Udaipur. Overnight in Udaipur. (B) Optional: Visit Eklingji – Nagda. Eklingji is a lovely marble temple complex. Late in the evening, take a boat ride on Lake Pichola at an addtional cost
Udaipur – Hometown
Today proceed to the Udaipur airport/ railway station to board the flight/train to your next destination or hometown with fond memories to cherish for a lifetime! (B)
Price / Inclusion
|CITY NAME||HOTEL NAME STANDARD||HOTEL NAME FIRST||HOTEL NAME SUPERIOR|
|MOUNT ABU||PALANPUR PALACE OR SIMILAR||PALANPUR PALACE OR SIMILAR||PALANPUR PALACE OR SIMILAR|
|UDAIPUR||SHILPI RESORT/RAM PRATAP SIMILAR||SHIKARBADI HOTEL/ROYAL RETREAT OR SIMILAR||FATEH GARH/ TRIDENT OR SIMILAR|
- Accommodation in above mentioned or similar hotels
- Meals: Breakfast (B)
- Transfers and Sightseeing as per the itinerary by AC Vehicle (Indigo or similar)
- Any Air/Rail fare.
- Any meals other than specified above
- Any meals other than specified above.
- Any sightseeing other than specified above,optional activities
- Entrance fees for any sightseeing and Guide charges
- Any items of personal nature like tips,laundry,telephone calls etc.
- GST 3.09% on total land cost
- High season surcharge applicable.
- Itinerary and price is subject to change.
- Vehicle is not at disposal.
- If the above hotels are not available similar category hotels will be used
- Additional charges will be applicable for extra sightseeing.
- The quotation is based on Standard room.
- You can upgrade to a higher room category by paying an extra cost depending on availability.
- Hotel check in is 1400hrs. and checkout would be 1000hrs depending on hotel policy Early check-in and late check-out subject to availability
- Ac Indigo or similar vehicle will be provided for transfers and sightseeing.
- Ask us for other vehicle options
- Upgrade your vehicle to higher category starting from INR 3000 Per Person
Itinerary : GLIMPSES OF RAJASTHAN 6 Days