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Royal Rajasthan Explorer

A fascinating journey into the land of the desert forts and palaces
Delhi - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra
10 Nights 11 Days
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General information:
Appropriate trip season: August – March
Shabbat in Chabad Hous Pushkar 

Highlights:
  • Boat cruise in Pichola Lake – Udaipur
  • Jeep Safari tour – Bishnoi villages
  • Camel ride in Pushkar
  • Elephant ride in Jaipur
  • Rajasthani Dance performance
  • Bollywood movie show in Raaj Mandir
  • Rickshaw ride – Delhi
Day 01: Arrive Delhi/Mumbai – Udaipur
On your arrival at Delhi/Mumbai airport, our representative will welcome you before transferring you to the domestic airport for a short connecting flight to Udaipur. From Udaipur airport, you will be taken to your hotel, where you will relax for the rest of the day.
Overnight at hotel in Udaipur
Day 02: Udaipur
The morning will begin with a sightseeing tour of Udaipur, including City Palace, which was built in 1725. The grand City Palace is actually a collection of eleven palaces overlooking the sprawling Lake Pichola. One of the largest, most beautiful palaces in the state of Rajasthan, it is now a museum, royal residence, and luxury hotel. This intricately designed monument is an architectural wonder of granite and marble.

You will also enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola. The lake’s main attractions are two palaces built on the islands of Jagniwas and Jagmandir. Lake Pichola is about 4 km long and 3 km. wide. In the past, Jagniwas was the summer retreat of the princes of Mewar, but today it is a five-star hotel. The palace extends along the eastern shore of the lake.

Overnight at hotel in Udaipur
  • Udaipur Still ruled by a much respected Maharaja whose magnificent City Palace forms the heart of the city, Udaipur is one of the most mpressive cities in Rajasthan. Set at the southern end of the Aravalli Hills, Udaipur overlooks Lake Pichola with the world-famous Lake Palace appearing to float on the water. Over 400 years, successive Maharaja’s have created an architectural gem in the City Palace, with the original structure overlaid with countless courtyards, balconies and halls. The city has plenty to offer and is a great place to practice haggling, with crafts, textiles and miniature paintings particularly good buys in Udaipur’s stalls and shops.

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Day 03: Udaipur – Ranakpur – Jodhpur (Surface: 140 Kms/ 06 hrs)
Drive to Jodhpur, visiting the famous Jain Houses in Ranakpur en route. After sightseeing, you will drive on to Udaipur. From there, you will visit a Bishnoi village. The Bishnoi are an ancient tribe that follows a unique tradition. Many Bishnoi villagers are weavers and potters, preserving their natural, authentic lifestyle. The members of the tribe view visitors with great wonder and curiosity, just as we view them.

After your visit to the village, you will check in at your hotel in Jodhpur. Jodhpur is a beautiful city, also known as the “blue city” because its houses are painted blue. Downtown, on a steep rocky hill 125 meters high, is the towering fortress of Mehrangarh – “The royal Fortress”, which provides a wonderful lookout point over the city. Below the fort is the market of Jodhpur, Sadar, which is one of the most colorful markets of Rajasthan. On its market stalls, you can find leather goods, spices, colored fabrics, saris, traditional clothing, jewelry, incense, and more.

Later, you will enjoy a guided tour of the massive Mehrangarh Fort, the most magnificent fort in Jodhpur. Located on a hill that is 150m high, it was built in 1459 by Rao Jodha, chief of the Rathore clan. Inside the fort are a number of attractions, including several palaces, galleries, and a museum. To the left of the Mehrangarh fort is Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph of white marble, built in honor of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some rare portraits of the former rulers of Jodhpur are also on display here.

Overnight at hotel in Jodhpur
 

Day 04: Jodhpur – Pushkar (Surface: 170 Kms/ 05 hrs)
In the morning, after breakfast, you will drive to Pushkar. On the way, you will enjoy the beautiful, unique route, along which you can observe various forms of wildlife, including deer and monkeys. When you arrive, you will check in at your hotel before taking a short tour of the main bazaar in Pushkar. The Pushkar bazaar is a great place to buy souvenirs, clothing, and handicrafts. Towards evening, you will enjoy a walking tour near Lake Pushkar, where you can view the spectacular sunset
Overnight at hotel in Pushkar
  • Every November in accordance with the lunar cycle, the normally tranquil lakeside town of Pushkar changes completely thanks to the camel festival. Thousands of colourful Rajasthanis come to trade and race camels or to enjoy the annual celebrations as the desert transforms into a huge tented city. The festivities are concentrated during a one week period but the day’s preceding the fair are just as exciting as the participants arrive from all corners of Rajasthan .

Day 05: Pushkar (Friday)

You will rise early and walk up to the mountain overlooking the Pushkar River to view the spectacular sunrise. After returning to the hotel for breakfast, you will take a long, enjoyable camel ride. This will be followed by a tour of the desert surrounding Pushkar and its remote villages.

After returning to the hotel, you will be free for the rest of the day to prepare for Shabbat.
Overnight at hotel in Pushkar

  • Riding on camels This trip is a historical journey back in time Beginning of the journey will be in the deserts surrounding Pushkar We will go through the desert ' reaching remote villages and experiencing ancient life as it was centuries ago. In the villages we'll visit with local families, and will be exposed to their special way of life
  • On Sabbat we'll be guests at the Chabad House Pushkar, where we will eat the Shabbat meals and experience the unique atmosphere of the Sabbath. About 200 Israelis are gathered at the Chabad House and play together the "Yedid Nefesh" And "lecha Dodi" and then they all sit down to Shabbes dinner, rich with melodies and singing.

Day 06: Pushkar
After Shabbat prayers and the Shabbat meals, you will take a walk near the central market of Pushkar. There, you will enjoy a traditional Rajasthani dance performance, including fire and snake dances, during dinner.
Overnight at hotel in Pushkar
  • Pushkar - is indeed a very small town in terms of India, but it is a pilgrimage site for many Israelis too. At the height of the season in Pushkar there are about 500 Israelis. at the market's main street you will find signs in Hebrew, inviting Israeli's to eat falafel and to surf the Internet. The average Israeli is in Pushkar for two weeks, and usually spends most of his time in smoking ... and eating.

Day 07: Pushkar – Jaipur (Surface: 140 Kms/03 hours)
Drive to Jaipur - the capital of the state of Rajasthan, also popularly known as the “pink city” because the buildings in its old, walled city are all constructed from pink-colored sandstone. Jaipur owes its name, foundation, and careful planning to the great warrior-astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II (1699-1744), who laid out the city, with its surrounding walls and six rectangular blocks, according to the principles of town planning set down in an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. In 1728 he constructed the remarkable observatory, which is still one of Jaipur’s main attractions. Visit the Galtaji Temple, which is popularly known as the “Monkey Temple” due to the large tribe of monkeys that lives here. You will also visit the famous milk market of Jaipur
Evening enjoy Bollywood movie show at Raj Mandir.
Overnight at hotel in Jaipur

Day 08: Jaipur
In the morning, after breakfast, you will take an excursion to the splendid Amber Fort, an architectural masterpiece of great historical significance. Begun in the 16th century and built from red sandstone and marble, the seemingly rough exterior gives no hint of the warm and opulent ambiance of the interior, as you’ll discover this morning. Here you will also get an opportunity to climb up to the fort on the back of a decorated elephant. From there, you will visit Jaipur’s milk market and the old city of Jaipur, which is very colorful and has a bustling market. Here you can view a range of various Indian saris, jewelry, copper art, and wood carvings.

In the afternoon also visit the splendid City Palace & Museum, which opens a door into the opulent world of the Rajput princes and the treasures with which they surrounded themselves. Jantar Mantar, the world’s biggest stone observatory, was built between 1727 and 1733. You’ll be amazed by the “tools” used to study the heavens in those days – and how they still provide accurate information even today.

You will also visit the Palace of Winds, also known as Hawa Mahal, a five-story wonder that has a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes, and spires. 

Overnight at hotel in Jaipur

Day 09: Jaipur – Agra (Surface: 240 Kms/05 hours)
Drive to Agra, and on the way you will visit Fatehpur Sikri. Built by Akbar in 1569 as a ceremonial capital, this is one of the most important sites from the Mughal era. Unfortunately this magnificent city was eventually abandoned, due to the scarcity of drinking water, and Akbar returned to Agra.
After sightseeing continue your drive to Agra. On reaching Agra, you will check into your hotel. 

Later, visit the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most admired architectural masterpieces. Witness the majestic marble-domed mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, to symbolize his undying love for her.  also visit the massive Agra Fort, with its splendid remains of sandstone and marble palaces.

Overnight at hotel in Agra
  • "Taj Mahal" - This is a mausoleum built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate his wife Parsee who died during the birth of their 14th child. The construction of the Taj began in 1630. 20 000 laborers worked for 23 years until the job was completed, thousands of elephants carried the red sandstone, and the building blocks were brought in from neighboring countries.
  • Agra Fort is located 2.5 miles from the Taj Mahal, and is actually a walled royal city. The most important kings of India lived in the fort, and every king immortalized his reign with a building which was characterized by the spirit of the period. Visiting the fort is a fascinating architectural historic journey.

Day 10: Agra – Vrindavan - Delhi (Surface: 200 Kms/04 hours)
In the morning, drive to Delhi, visiting Vrindavan on the way. Vrindavan is one of the most popular cities for Indian pilgrims. Its narrow streets are usually crowded with thousands of pilgrims. From there, you will proceed to Delhi, where you will check in at your hotel
Overnight at hotel in Delhi

Day 11: Delhi + Depart
Morning  we visit the “Judah Chaim” Synagogue. Jews have lived in India since ancient times, and their communities are even mentioned in the Talmud. Later set out to explore and experience the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 20th centuries, the Old Delhi. A Persian couplet inscribed on a wall in the magnificent Red Fort (from outside) says, “If on earth be an eden of bliss, it is this, it is this, none but this." No doubt the emperor whose home it became found it pretty blissful, with its many plush private apartments and trappings of Mughal grandeur, wealth and power. Constructed in 1639 AD, this UNESCO World Heritage Site will amaze you with what you find inside it today.
And speaking of grandeur, the nearby Jama Masjid Mosque, the largest in India, has a courtyard that can hold 25,000 worshippers.
Followed by Rickshaw ride. A poignant visit to Rajghat, the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation and a memorial to this humble man who so changed the world.
Afternoon we explore India’s bustling capital city the New Delhi visiting the Vijay Chowk, “Victory Square”, stopover at the Presidential Palace with its intriguing combination of classical and Indian design elements and the India Gate memorializing Indian soldiers who died in World War I. And lastly visit the Qutab Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world. Also, visit to Humayun’s Tomb.
Overnight at hotel in Delhi
Later, you will go to Delhi’s international airport in time for your flight back home.
  • Delhi, this bustling capital, on the surface it is very much a symbol of developing, modern India but scattered throughout the city are testaments to Delhi’s intriguing past. The vast Red Fort and the Jama Masjid Mosque, one of the largest in India, remain central to the old city’s structure and are a wonderful introduction to the architectural splendors of northern India. Between the two run the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, where spice traders continue to ply their pungent wares in a scene unchanged for centuries The designation of New Delhi as the British capital in 1911 heralded the construction of wide tree-lined streets and colonial architecture designed by Lutyens. Open parkland and imposing colonial buildings are connected by a series of vast boulevards that contrast markedly with the winding alleys of Old Delhi.

 

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