Tour Activities - The Royal Rajasthan
Rajasthan has a long and colourful history and a vibrant modern culture. Vast deserts which stretch to the horizon, glorious forts and palaces - many still occupied by the descendants of their founders - brightly turbaned camel herders - these are iconic images of this fascinating state.
Street musicians, artisans and traders flock to the busy cities of while out in the countryside, the hot desert sun ensures that life is never conducted at too hectic a pace. Don’t forget to visit following cities to experience Rajasthan.
The “Pink City of India” which is also capital city of Rajasthan
Jaipur has many sightseeing highlights including the City Palace, the former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles, and the Palace of Winds, an elaborate faade from which the ladies of the royal house would watch parades and festivals. Just out of town is the Amber Fort in the Aravalli Hills - a superb example of Rajput (Medieval Hindu) style architecture.
A slow elephant ride takes you to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings. The walled Pink City still houses bazaars offering the local handicrafts of textiles, silver ware and precious gems. An evening excursion can be arranged to the tastefully recreated Chokki Dhani Rajasthani village where you can dine in a relaxed atmosphere.
The charasmatic “Blue City of India”
Known as the “Blue City” for the characteristic plea indigo colour of its traditional homes, a day in Jodhpur can include a visit to the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, built atop a 400 ft. promontory. Below the fort, visit the Jaswant Thada, a graceful marble cenotaph built 1899 for Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, and monuments to other Maharajahs of Jodhpur.
A half day jeep trip out into the Bishnoi villages gives an insight into the lifestyle of this conservation minded community. They preserve the local wildlife, including the Black Buck. You can also visit small Dhurrie weaving centres where brightly coloured throw rugs are created.
The most “Romantic City of Rajasthan”
Udaipur is built on the shores of Lake Pichola and dominated by the Lake and City Palaces. This region is famous for the schools of miniature painting done with one or two hair brushes, recreating the scenes of the old Mughal courts, processions and Hindu deities.
You can view the private collections of the Maharajah within the main Udaipur Palace, take a boat ride on Lake Pichola to bring back the images of the days when the Maharajahs ruled.
City of Architectural Elegance
Jaisalmer - Rajasthan - “City of Architectural Elegance”The golden city of Rajasthan is best known for its architectural marvels like Havelis, forts, and handicraft items. The perfect amalgamation of heritage, history, culture, temples, and colours. Be it the luxurious tents for night camping, day tours in the narrow alleys full of bazaars, and aesthetic desert dates, Jaisalmer is truly an ingot, attracting tourists for ages. While the Jaisalmer Desert Festival during February, Murgh-e-subs which is an authentic chicken delicacy, desert safaris on camel backs make for an interesting Jaisalmer experience. Puppets, stonework products, ornaments, and mirror products make Jaisalmer a sizzling souvenir destination.
World's Largest Cattle Fair
Pushkar - Rajasthan as a town of festivals and fairs, Pushkar in Rajasthan is a hotbed of all cultural celebrations. Being one of the oldest cities in India, Pushkar is known as the Rose Garden of Rajasthan as beautiful roses blossoming here are exported all around the world. The Brahma Temple snuggles in the picturesque Pushkar valley, the holy Pushkar Lake, Varaha Temple, Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Savitri Temple, Rangji Temple, Pap Mochini Temple, Sri Panchkund Shiva Temple, Atmateshwar Temple, and Man Mahal are important destinations to visit in Pushkar. The best thing to do in Pushkar is to hop on to a hot air balloon and get astounding aerial views of one of the sacred regions of Rajasthan.
Border between Mewar and Marwar Kingdoms
The place of iconic warriors and sacrifices known for its citadels, forts, and majestic ruins. Chittorgarh Fort is the largest fort in India and is famous for Rani Padmavati’s ‘Jauhar’ (self-immolation of a group of women) to prevent Alauddin Khilji from capturing the fortress. The tales of betrayal and bravery is etched all over the Chittorgarh province in Rajasthan. The maze-like tunnels, impressive walls, and intricate architecture of Rana Kumbha Palace in Chittorgarh Fort is a noteworthy attraction. Although ruined, its legacy is cherished to date. Meera Temple, Kalika Mata Temple, Padmini Temple, and Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary are famous attractions in Chittorgarh.