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Thinking of booking Gujarat and Rajasthan tour packages? Here is our extract from the best of Gujarat and Rajasthan tour packages for your convenience. The sands blowing the tales of the bloodied skirmishes and Rajputana valour, the imposing forts looming atop the steep hills standing as guards of time, the opulence of palaces, iridescent lakes, the scenic hill stations, the stunning ungulates in the deserts, the land of the Maharajas and Maharanas – Rajasthan welcomes you like a royal with a warm hospitality and gives you a similar send-off for you to come back and rediscover the charm of the undisputed India’s gem. Its regal heritage aside Rajasthan is many things to many people and is visited for many reasons. Make sure to indulge in the following while planning a Rajasthan tour.
Forts, palaces and lakes
The biggest attractions of all in Rajasthan are the several specimens of its fortified excellence. The magnificent ramparts watching over the cities, gargantuan gates that offer ingress to the horses and elephants through the winding accesses of the forts. The insides decked with glittering giant chandeliers, intricate glasswork, chairs made out of the finest timber, halls full of gewgaws in iron, brass, copper, pearls, stones, brought in from across the globe, pillars carved out of marble, and an endless ceiling acting as a sanctum for these valuables. Rajasthan has a remarkable number of forts and palaces overlooking the lakes, moats and hills. Some of them forgotten with time while some have been restored and turned into world-class heritage hotels. Among the places to visit in Rajasthan are the marque set of Amber fort in Jaipur set in red sandstone, the spectacular Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur, the golden-hued bulwark in Jaisalmer, the pride of Chittorgarh, and the old fort of Junagarh. Apart from the impregnable might of the forts, the landscape of Rajasthan is dotted with grand palaces with stories of sybaritic lives of the kings and the rulers of the land.
Make sure to strike off from your list the Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur, the sheer splendour of which has been captured in many movies and is rented for ritzy weddings of the well-heeled. Have a dekko at the City Palace in Jaipur – striking yet gone trite with too much of commercial hardsell. And not to be missed is the picture postcard-perfect, lavish City Palace by the banks of the shimmering Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
The famous craftsmanship
The arts and handicrafts encouraged and patronised by the kings continues to exist and can be seen in various forms strewn across the streets of the state. Still an inspiration for many designers, the vibrancy of Rajasthan is inescapable. The famous bandhini, the tie n dye style of which made it to the creative studios of fashion houses or the jutti which made it to the shoe closets of many. The bazaars here brim with colour and bustle. Head to Mirza Ismail Road in Jaipur for stunning pieces of pottery and intricate stone sculptures and other artefacts. Then there are centres for the complex work on gemstones and marble. A stopover to one such can be found in many Rajasthan packages. Precious stones and exquisite handiwork is available at tourist rates. Nehru Bazaar is where to find the best of textiles and local fabric. Get a bargain on juttis and some good old bandhini saris. For brasswork explore the Tripolia bazaar and discover rare finds on lac jewellery which is another Rajasthani takeaway. You can even encounter a lac bangle being made and feel the warmth of a freshly moulded one in your hands. Visit the Shilpgram in Sawai Madhopur for a diverse range of village art and craft.
A peek at the wildlife
A rare sight of the elusive tiger, a pack of deer huddled by the rivulet, exotic birds perched on the branches overhead, the wildlife of Rajasthan is unparalleled with such sightings with a backdrop of crags, lakes and deciduous trees. Among the things to do in Rajasthan are visiting the national parks, wildlife reserves and sanctuaries. The name that tops the list is Ranthambore National park in Sawai Madhopur. Famous among the wildlife enthusiasts across the globe, this one is probably the most-frequented for being home to tigers. Today it’s managed by the royal house of Jaipur. One can spot hyena, leopard, jackal, wolf, blue bull antelope, crocodiles and more. The landscape is adorned with one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan. Another important mention is the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary for over 370 species of migratory birds such as raptors, geese, ducks and more. Explore the ecosystem of the Thar desert at the Desert National Park to see blackbuck, desert fox, saker falcon and the endangered Indian bustard. Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar sits in the lap of Aravallis and is home to jungle cats, chitals, rhesus macaque, harbour quails and more apart from tigers. Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary in Bikaner, Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur, Ramgarh Sanctuary in Bundi and Nahargarh Bioolgical Park in Jaipur are a few other hubs to spot the unison of fauna and flora.
Pickup at morning from arrival point and proceed to Dwarka, Check-in at Hotel after refreshment Visit Dwarkadhish Temple (According to Mahabharata, Krishna settled here after he defeated and killed his uncle Kansa at Mathura This mythological account of Krishna's migration to Dwarka from Mathura)Bet Dwarka – Nageshwar Jyotirlingas (Nageshvara is one of the temples mentioned in the Shiva Purana and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas) and overnight stay at Dwarka Hotel.
After breakfast check Out from the hotel & drive to Somnath. En-route visits of Porbandar – Kirti Mandir (It is the memorial house kept in memory of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi), Sudama Temple (This temple is dedicated to Sudama who was the childhood friend of Lord Krishna). Later continue to drive Somnath, Visits Famous Somnath Temple,It is believed to be the first among the twelve jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. and Bhalka Tirth.It is the place where Krishna was hit by an arrow shot by a hunter named Jara, after which he is said to have left the earth for the heavenly abode, an act referred to in the Puranas as Shri Krishn Neejdham Prasthan Leela Overnight Stay in Hotel at Somnath.
After breakfast & drive to Diu, The town of Diu lies at the eastern end of Diu Island. visit Local sight-seen of Diu Visit to
Diu Fort : The fort and the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa were chosen as the two wonders from India, among the seven from across the world, out of a list of 27 monuments built in 16 countries during the Portuguese rule. The fort is built on a hillock next to the sea. There are only remains now, but the fort must have been a very romantic place.
St. Paul’s Church : The first church built in Diu, in 1593
Naida Caves : Naida caves create a natural sunlight show which sparkles big orange rocks. A labyrinth-like structure gives it a mesmerizing beauty which is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers
Nagoa Beach : Nagoa beach and offshore lighthouse are popular tourist destinations, and the coast is a popular recreational area for parasailing, boating and jet skiing. Off late water sports activities are suspended by the authorities.
Return back to somnath and Overnight Stay In Hotel.
In morning check Out from the hotel & drive to Sasan Gir. Sasan Gir is the home of the Asiatic Lion. Visit Gir Interpretation Zone at Devaliya (During Rain sanctuary will be closed). Later proceed to Ahmedabad En-route sightseeing of Virpur,It is the birthplace of saint Jalaram and had a temple dedicated to him here which is popular among pilgrims. Overnight stay at Ahmedabad Hotel
After morning breakfast visit Adalaj Step Well – A seven-storied structure in the shape of a well, Akshardham, Sabarmati Ashram(This was one of the many residences of Mahatma Gandhi who lived at Sabarmati (Gujarat) and Sevagram (Wardha, Maharashtra when he was not travelling across India and was not in prison.He stayed in Sabarmati and Wardha for a total of twelve years along with his wife Kasturba Gandhi) , Kankaria Lake(which has many public attractions such as a zoo, toy train, kids city, tethered balloon ride, water rides, water park, food stalls, and entertainment facilities), Sardar Vallbhbhai patel Museum, Overnight stay in Hotel at Ahmedabad
After breakfast, we will leave for Ahmedabad. En-route, we will visit the Ambaji temple. Ambaji temple is situated about 45 km from Mount Abu and is an important temple town with millions of devotees visiting the temple every year. It is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. The shrine of Amba is regarded as a revered shrine by the Shakta Shaktism sect of Hinduism. It is believed that the Heart of Sati Devi has fallen here. overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast in the morning, we will proceed to visit in and around Mount Abu. We will first visit the Adhar Devi Temple that is carved out of a huge rock and can be reached by a flight of 360 stairs. Further, you will visit the famous Dilwara Jain temple of mount Abu built in 20th Century and is a splendid example of indo-colonial style of 30s. Later, we will visit the Nakki Lake, this small lake was scooped out by a God using only his nails (or nakh). Later, we will visit the sunset that offer a stunning view of the setting sun. The picturesque hills, peaceful surrounding and the pleasant climate altogether make it a favourite spot for everyone who visiting the Mount Abu. An overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast proceed to Udaipur, check-in at hotel after refreshment visit the
City Palace : It was built over a period of nearly 400 years, with contributions from several rulers of the Mewar dynasty. The City Palace in Udaipur was built in a flamboyant style.
Bagore ki Haveli : One of the famous attractions of Udaipur, Bagore Ki Haveli is a haveli that stands magnificently on the waterfront of the surreal Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat.
Saheliyon Ki Bari : It lies in northern part of the city and has fountains and kiosks, a lotus pool and marble elephants.
Jagdish Temple : A big tourist attraction, the temple was originally called the temple of Jagannath Rai, It is a major monument in Udaipur.
Pratap Smarak : Maharana Pratap Memorial is a historic site that is dedicated to the great Maharana Pratap Singh and his loyal horse Chetak.
Fateh Sagar Lake : It is an artificial lake named after Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur and Mewar
Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal : It is a cultural institution based in Udaipur. It engaged in studying folk art, culture, songs and festivals of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and to popularise and propagate folk arts, folk dances and folk literature.
Shilp Gram : Shilpgram is a rural arts and crafts complex, Shilpgram is an ethnographic museum that depicts the lifestyles of the folk and tribal people of the region.
Overnight Stay at Udaipur.
After breakfast Check-out from hotel, and drop at Udaipur Railway Station.