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The first stop of the Palace-on-Wheels is Jaipur, one of the most well planned cities of the world of its time. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II founded this capital city of Rajasthan, popularly known as the Pink City, in 1727 A.D.
To explore the city, an air-conditioned coach takes you to Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, which is a remarkable five storeyed building along the main street of the old city in pink splendour with semi-octagonal and delicate honey, combed sandstone windows. This is followed by a visit to Amber Fort, eight kms away where rides on caparisoned elephants add to the ambience. Shop for Jaipur’s famous jewellery, handicrafts, carpets blue pottery and textiles. Near Ajmeri Gate is located Rajasthali – the only Rajasthan Govt. Emporium selling genuine handicrafts at fixed price. City Palace, home of the erstwhile royal family. Right across the road from the City Palace is the Jantar Mantar, the largest observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh II.
With an insightful journey through the royal pages of history, it is time to see some of the famous jewellery and carpets that Jaipur is renowned for. After an eventful day you spent exploring the magnificence of Jaipur, it’s time to head back to your luxurious abode.
The pride and glory of Rajasthan. The town for its glorious fort, which can be singled out for its glorious past and valor. The fort is perched on 180 meter high hill, covering an area of 700 acres, and can be reached through several gates. The fort is studded with several historical monuments and memorials; the important ones are The Fort - Situated on a hill and spread over 700 acres, it is believed to have been constructed by Bhim, once of the heroes of Mahabharata. Highlight here include yhe Padal Pol, where Prince Bags Singh died during the second attack on this fort; the Bhairon Pol and the Hanuman Pol, where the young Rathore Prince Jaimal of Badnore and his associate Kalla were killed during an attact by Akbar; and the Ram Pol, which commemorates the gallantry of the 15 years old Patta of Kelwa, who died at this spot.
Known as the victory tower, it is a 37 meter high structure with 9 stories. It was built by Maharana Kumbha in commemoration of his victory over the Muslim ruler of Malwa and Gujrat, in 1440.
Rana Kumbha's Palace
This is believed to be the place where Princes Padmini and other royal ladies committed ‘Jauhar’. Though only the ruins remain, the architectural wonders of the palace can still be perceived.
The 'Golden City' was founded in 1156 A. D. by Rao Jaisal. Located in the heart of the Thar Desert, few cities in the world can match its magnificence. It was the domain of Bhati Rajputs, who were known for their valor and chivalry. They levied taxes on the caravans laden with precious silks and spices that crossed the territory en route Delhi on Sind. Jaisalmer soon became rich, so much so that the merchants, who also served as ministers in the royal courts, came to command more power than the rulers themselves. No wonder the large mansions of the merchants, built adjacent to each other in the nature of medieval desert cultures, are so profusely decorated that the palace, in comparison, appears to pale. Traces of this former opulence are seen in the majestic buildings built here in luminous sandstone. While the havelies and the palace, along with the temples, will warrant the mandatory visits, Jaisalmer is incredible for the experience it brings alive of a medieval township caught in a time warp, as you move up its ancient cobbled streets. For most part, its incredible sculptors were Muslim cragsmen show were induced, on their journeys to the patrons in others parts of India, to stay. The results are an architectural purity that, because of Jaisalmer's incredible isolation, is not seen elsewhere.
Built in 1156 A.D. by the Rawal Jaisal the Fort (often called sonar qila) crowns the 80m high Trikuta Hill. About a fourth of the old city's population resides within the fort walls; the fort has 99 bastions around its circumference. There is a group of five Jain Temples within the fort built between the 12th and 15th centuries.
Patwon Ki Haveli
It is the most elaborate and magnificent, best known for its latticed facade.
Salim Singh Ki Haveli
It was built about 300 years ago and is still lived in. It has a beautiful arched roof with carved brackets in the form of peacocks.
It had once supplied water to the city; the temples and archways around it have been built by a courtesan. Puppet shows are held her in the evenings.
Camel Safari, Mud houses and Desert solitude. The sand dunes offer you a memorable experience in the land of the Rajputs. Enjoy the ride on camel back and let the place itself take you to its mesmerizing heights.
Get closer to the local way of living with a close view of thatched straw roofs, camels, narrow streets and the local bazaar. Shop at Rajasthali - the only Rajasthan Govt. emporium, for fine pattu shawls, mirror work & embroidered articles, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewellery and curious.
At the evening, organize a campfire with the fellow of Rajasthani folk dances and songs.
Early next morning, the Palace arrives in Bharatpur, the capital of Maharaja Suraj Mal. After breakfast pay a visit to the world famous bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the nesting place for thousands of Egrets, Siberian Cranes, migratory Water Fowl and other species of birds.
The Siberian Cranes, who stand tall on ground with an approximate height of 1.35 meters, are the most distinguished visitors of this park. They visit the Park during winters, stay here until March and head back home to Siberia for breeding.
The rickshaw ride with the trained rickshaw-puller guide, through the sanctuary adds wonder to that indescribable experience of watching a huge variety of bird species, lakhs in numbers at one place.
Ranthambore National Park - One can almost sense a life of the wilderness in Sawai Madhopur, a city named after its founder Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I. Visit is arranged to the Ranthambhore National Park, wherein are located the ruins of a 10th century fort. This wildlife sanctuary is considered to be the country’s best for observing and photographing the activities of the tiger. The park, covering an area 392 sq. kms is home to more than 300 species of birds. Tigers, Leopards, Caracals, Jungle Casts, Sambhar, Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, Langoor, Wild Boars, Peafowl, etc. Three beautiful and artificial lakes i.e., Padam Talab, Rajbagh and Milak Talab & many anicuts are part of this Park inviting many migratory birds like Greyleg, Ruddy Shelduck, Pintails and many others. The park provides a rare and exquisite experience of seeing Nature and its flora and fauna at its best are among those constituting the carnivorous population here. Sawai Madhopur is known for its exclusive toys, ethnic ornaments and costumes you leave for Chittaurgarh, when one gets an opportunity to watch the colorful countryside passing by in the daylight.
The 'city of lakes’ is perhaps the most romantic and beautiful cities of India. In contrast to Its desert neighborhoods it stands out with an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid blue lakes, gardens and temples surrounded by hills and mountains. It was founded by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1559 AD on the shores of Lake Pichola. The most striking landmarks of the city are City palace and Lake Palace. It developed scientifically; the old city was surrounded by fortified bastions with entry through 11 gates. Ruins of these fortifications are still there, and the more recent palaces can be visited. In fact, a number of the former royal homes are now excellent hotels, allowing you a glimpse into Rajasthan's princely life with all its attendant splendors.
Udaipur is known for its fairytale palaces that nestle along the banks of a lake, or completely cover islands in its midst. The Sisodia rulers of Chittaurgarh who ruled here obviously had more leisure to exercise their taste than at Chittaur where much of their time was spent at war. It situated on the edge of three lakes, its narrow streets lined with shops and craftsmen's ateliers encourage hours of window- shipping for tourists. Udaipur stands out for its heritage, crafts and performing arts and its school of miniature painting is noteworthy.
The Luxury Coach will take you to Udaipur, The City Palace - It was built in 1725 and the largest palace complex of Rajasthan, 304 meters in height and 244 meters in length was started by Udai Singh and subsequently built upon by later rulers. The main parts of the palace are now preserved as the City palace Museum with a large and varied collection of artifacts. Enter the City palace Museums through the Ganesh Deari. It is the largest palace complex of Rajasthan, 304 meters in height and 244 meters in length.
Saheliyon Ki Bari
The garden of the maids-of-honor. Beautiful lawns, gardens and fountains can be founded here, Jagdish Temple: Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple was built in 1651 A. D by Maharana Jagat Singh I.
Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal
A museum of folk art. Puppeteers regularly put up shows here.
The monument is homage to Rana Pratap and his faithful steed. There is also a Japanese rock garden in the vicinity.
Built by Maharana Jai Singh. Officers the visitor a cruise on its waters or a row across to the island-garden, Nehru-Park.
Jodhpur, a city ringed by a high stone wall with seven gates and several bastions. This second largest city of Rajasthan, founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D. is known for its rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort - It was founded by RAO Jodha in 1459 when he shifted his capital here from nearby Mandore. There are palaces, housed within this daunting strecture among them are Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. It is one of the most stunning hill forts of Rajasthan. Mehrangarh appears to rise from the bluff-coloured sandstone hill itself , so well built into the base that it is difficult to tell where the hill ends and the walls begin. Founded in the 15th century by the Rathore Rajputs when they shifted their capital from nearby Mandore to Jodhpur (or the region known as Marwar) Mehrangarh from the outside is impressive, and certainly forbidding. There is a surprising lightness to it though, once actually within the fort.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Umaid Bhawan Palace that holds one in awe. It is also known as Chhittar Palace because of the particular type of sandstone used to build it - which does not decay in the rains. Portion of the palace have been converted into a hotel and museum.
Constructed out of thin sheets of marble which allow the sun to filter in, was built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh 11 in 1899.
It is 9 kms of the city, was once the the capital of ancient Marwar and now hosts the cenotaphs built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh and Maharaia Ajit Singh. Crowned with soaring spires, these are embellished with sculptured relifs reflecting the glories of ancient Marwar. Its Hall of Heroes depicting popular Hindu and folk deities is worth a visit. The 16 figures here are carved out of one single rock.
After lunch at a Palace hotel, return to the Palace on Wheels. While in Jodhpur shop for exquisite handcrafted articles including the famous breches, embroidered shoes, metal curious, silverware, paintings and tie and dye fabrics.
The deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its 'ruins' are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal.
Built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D., the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-I-Am, Diwane-I-Khas and Musamman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment, besides Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal. Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father. Also visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father.
Enjoy the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The Monument of Love in the warm glow of Sunset, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori's hands cut off, and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughal brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry.
As you drive through the city witness the local life and bazaars (markets) and the hustle bustle of everyday India, Agra is famous for Marble Items, overnight stay at Agra.