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Camel Safari Tours


Duration : 17 Days / 16 Nights
Destination Covered : Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Badabagh - Baisakhi - Ramkunda - Roopse - Ludharva - Chatrayil - Sand-dunes - Kanor - Amarasagar - Moolsagar - Masordi - Jessieri - Dedha - Deegasar - Kuldhara - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Jaipur - Delhi

In the 16th century camel caravans crossed the mountains to the N along well-trodden paths, laden with precious jewels and spices. Today's Camel Safaris attempt to recreate something of that spirit of adventure. The Thar desert in Rajasthan with its vast stretches of sand, dotted with dunes and its own specially adapted shrubs and wild life is ideal territory, Our expert navigator and the villagers on the way add color to an unforgettable experience if you are prepared to sit out the somewhat uncomfortable but adventurous ride. You would not only have the thrill but will have opportunity to gain the first hand experience of rustic environ, to admire the real Rajasthan and an opportunity to mingle with the local villagers.

This Tour Itinerary can be customized according to your travel needs & requirement.


Travel Plan
Qutub Minar, DelhiDay 01: Arrive Delhi
Day 02: Delhi
Day 03: Delhi - Mandawa
Day 04: Mandawa - Bikaner
Day 05: Bikaner - Jaisalmer
Day 06: Jaisalmer - Badabagh - Baisakhai - Ramkunda
Day 07: Ramkunda - Roopse - Ludharva -Chatrayil
Day 08: Chatrayil - Salkha Beri of Kanoi - Sand dunes
Day 09: Sand dunes - Kanoi - Masoordi - Jeseiri
Day 10: Jeseiri - Dedha - Deegasar - Kuldhara
Day 11: Kuldhara - Moolsagars - Amarsagar - Jaisalmer
Day 12: Jaisalmer
Day 13: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Day 14: Jodhpur
Day 15: Jodhpur - Jaipur
Day 16: Jaipur
Day 17: Jaipur - Departure India Holidays

Day 01:
Arrive Delhi

On arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel where we will be holding the rooms on ready occupancy basis.

Delhi: The capital of India, Delhi has been centre of political turmoil since 13th century. The day includes a visit to the Yogmaya Temple, the temple complex of Laxmi Narayan, the famous Chattarpur Temple and the Bahai Temple, also known as the Lotus Temple. Raj Ghat in Delhi, the cremation site of Mahatama Gandhi, Father Of India, is much like a sacred temple to every patriotic Indian heart too. Enjoy a bit of astrological predictions and findings in the evening at Old Delhi, after which you are free to do shopping and relax. Ride a cycle rickshaw through the crowded streets of the markets of Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India in Old Delhi. In New Delhi, you can visit Dilli Haat, best place to look at Indian handicrafts and drive over the Rajpath, the site for Republic Day Parade of India to India Gate, a tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their nation. You can see the President's House from outside and visit the 16th century Humayun's Tomb, Safdarjung's Tomb and Qutub Minar.

Dinner and overnight stay will be at Delhi.

Day 02:
Delhi

In the morning take a city tour of OLD DELHI covering Jama Masjid - The largest mosque in Asia, Red Fort - The red stone magic, Gandhi memorial - The memoir of father of the nation. In the evening take a city tour of NEW DELHI covering Rastpati Bhawan, Humayun Tomb, Qutub Minar - The Place of Gods, India Gate - The memorial of martyrs, Parliament House - The Government headquarters. Also enjoy the sound & light show in the evening.

Old Delhi: (Shahajahanabad)

Red Fort: Built in Red Sand stone this imposing fort is 3 kms in perimeter with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters at places. When the Red fort was being built Yamuna used to flow on its one sides and there were deep moats on the other. Today Yamuna flows almost a kilometer away from the fort and the moats has dried up. In the evening the Delhi Tourism organises a light and sound show which narrates the history of Delhi in context of the Red Fort.

Jama Masjid: One of the Architectural gift given by Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques not only in Delhi but in India. Completed in 1658 this Mosque has three gateways, Four angle towers and two 40 m high minarets. You can enter the mosque but take precaution to take off your shoes and make sure that you are properly dressed before entering. One can also go to the top of minarets. From here you can have a birds eye view of Delhi.

Raj Ghat: 4 km away from Janpath to the N-East of Feroz Shah near Delhi Gate at Ring Rd on the bank of Jamuna situated Rajghat. Jawaharlal Nehru Rd also ends opp. Rajghat. On 31st Jan. 1948, Mahatma Gandhi's last rites was performed here. The memorial stone of Gandhi is square in shape made of black stone. His last ward- 'Hey Ram' is inscribed on it. Ordinary people, VIPs, foreign tourists all come here at Rajghat to pay their homage to him. On every Friday (the day of his death) a prayer is being held. Except Monday, a regular feature of projecting Gandhi philosophy in picture, sculpture and photos from 10-00 to 17-00 is being performed at Rajghat. Besides, there is Gandhi Memorial Museum projecting his life and the philosophy of Sarvodaya Movement in film from 9-30 to 17-30 except Thursday and on Sunday at 16-00 in Hindi and 17-00 in English.

Another Gandhi memorial is Gandhi Balidansthal or assassinated spot at Tis January Marg of the city. On 30 Jan. 1948 on his way to prayer at Biral Bhawan , he was assassinated by bullets. Hence, this memorial. India Holidays

New Delhi: (Lutyen's Delhi)

Rashtrapati Bhawan: Modern New Delhi, or New Delhi as it is called, centers around the Rashtrapati Bhawan. It is architecturally a very impressive building standing at a height, flowing down as it were to India Gate. This stretch called the Rajpath is where the Republic Day parade is held. The imposing plan of this area conceived by Lutyens does not fade in its charm with the numerous summers or winters that go past. For lovers of flowers and beauty, the annual spring opening of the glorious, meticulously tended Mughal Gardens at the stately Rashtrapati Bhawan is a bonanza topped by an amazing assembly of roses in perfect bloom-perhaps the best in the whole of India. Mughal Gardens is indeed a place to see.

Mughal Garden: Mughal Garden is located to the west of Rashtrapathi Bhavan. This elegant garden was designed by Lutynes. The garden which occupies an area of 13 acres, is divided into three sections (rectangular, long and circular gardens) and is a blend of the formal Mughal style with the design of a British Garden. The garden with Mughal style canals, fountains and terraces at different levels with flowering shrubs and Western style lawns, hedges and flower beds is a visual treat especially during the blossoming season. The garden grows a variety of trees and flowers like roses, marigold, bougainvillea, sweet william, viscaria etc among many others. Buddha Jayanti park built to commemorate 2500 the anniversary of the birth, enlightens and par nirvana of the great son of India - Gautama Buddha is an extensive garden.

Humayun's Tomb: Built by the wife of Humayun, Haji Begum in the mid 16th century, this red sand stone structure is considered to be the predecessor of Taj Mahal. The structure is one of the best example of Mughal Architecture. Humayun's wife is also buried in the red and white sandstone, black and yellow marble tomb. The entry in the complex is free on Fridays.
India Gate: A memorial inscribed with the names of the valiant Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in World War I. The green, velvety lawns at India Gate, particularly, are a popular evening and holiday rendezvous for young and old alike. A must visit place in New Delhi.


Qutab Minar: In 1199, Qutbuddin raised the Qutab Minar either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. From a base of 14.32 mtrs. it tapers to 2.75 mtrs. at a height of 72.5 mtrs. It is still the highest stone tower in India, one of the finest stone tower in India, one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised and Delhi's recognised landmark. It was completed by the Sultan's successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The tomb of Iltutmish, which he himself built in 1235, is nearby, Its interiors are profusely decorated with calligraphy, though the dome has collapsed.

Dinner and overnight stay will be at Delhi.
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Day 03:
Delhi - Mandawa

By Road: 260 kms. / 05 hrs.

Morning after breakfast check-out the hotel and then drive towards Mandawa.

Reach & check-in at the hotel.

Afternoon visit beautiful HAVELI'S and FRESCOES.
Mandawa: Mandawa is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. It is part of Shekhawati region. Mandawa is situated 190 km off Jaipur in the north. The town lies between latitude 28°.06' in the north and longitude 75°.20' in the east. Mandawa is known for its fort and havelis. The fort town of Mandawa is well connected with the other places in region through a good network of roads.

Dinner and overnight stay will be at Mandawa.

Day 04:
Mandawa - Bikaner

By Road: 200 kms. / 04 hrs.
Morning after breakfast check-out the hotel, thereafter drive towards Bikaner.
Reach & check-in at the hotel.

Afternoon city tour covering JUNAGADH FORT, JAIN TEMPLES and CAMEL BREDDING FARM etc.

Bikaner: If ever beauty has bloomed in a desert, it has been at Bikaner. Founded in 1488 AD by Rao Bika Ji, it's located in north west part of Rajasthan state in INDIA. The imposing palaces, beautiful and richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sand stones display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization. It's lust for "dessert" or affection for "desert" that tickles every heart to visit Bikaner.

Junagrh Fort: This fort was built by Raja Rai Singhji, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, who ruled form 1571 to 1612 AD. Raja Rai Singhji could Marshal the revenues of a Kingdom increased by the conquest of half Marwar and grant of half Gujrat and made use of ample funds from Jodhpur and Western Deccan for the construction of this fort. A contemporary of Mughal Emperor Akbar and Emperor Jehangir, he held a very high rank in the Imperial court. As a reward for this services as military commander, he was granted fields of Gujrat and Burhanpur by the Emperor. During his tenure in imperial service he traveled far and wide which gave him vision and great ideas about art and architecture and we can see how meticulously these ideas were incorporated in the architectural styles of his building in Junagarh fort.

Bhandreshwar Jain Temple: This temple is oldest existing structure in Bikaner. The beautiful temple was erected near Laxminath temple in 1514A.D. by two brothers Bhandeshwar and Sandheswar and named after them. This marvel piece of architecture is dedicated to 23rd teerthankar "PARSVANATH JI".The seth was very particular about every penny in his personal life but when it came to religious point he ordered hundreds of maunds of Ghee (Clarified Butter) and coconuts to be freely used in the foundation.

This temple is Carved in red sand stone and white marble - its famous for carvings ,wall paintings , structural beauty and artisticly designed statues. The rich mirror work, decor and frescoes of Bhandashah: and their gold leaf paintings are noteworthyIndia Holidays

Camel Bredding Farm: Camel constitutes a vital species of the desert ecosystem. It utilizes various adaptive mechanisms that are most suited to desert life. It can survive in hot climate with high solar radiation and sustain on coarse fodder ,salty and thorny bushes. Considering the importance of the species in development of arid and semi-arid zones, the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has established National Research Center on Camel (NRCC) at Jorbeer,Bikaner(8 kms).It came into existence on 5th July,1984. Bikaner is the home tract of camel breed Bikaneri that is true representative of single humped Indian camels (Camelus dromedarius).

This government-managed farm is unique and largest in Asia. There are hundreds of camels here and the scenario in late afternoon is great when camels come back from grazing. It's here that you can see what an interesting animal the camel is. You can have some thick camel milk while listening to a Raika or Rebari, a camel breeder's tribe telling you about camels and camellore and how they are bred. The gamboling baby-camels make a very enchanting sight. The British army had camel corps drawn from Bikaner during World War I.

The experimental results under progress have indicated that a well built adult camel weighing about 6-7 quintals could haul 18-20 quintals for 4 hrs. covering a distance of 20 km. at an average speed of 5kph without showing any signs of distress. The slender riding camel can cover up to 100 km in a day at an average speed of 15 kph. Camel milk is very rich in vitamin C and keeping quality is good. Camel hair are utilized for making animal cover clothing, rough cloth, ropes, blankets, carriage bags, belts, wallets, etc.

Since vegetable matter content of camel hair is between 4-5%, its worthwhile to blend it with polyester, wool, silk waste. The translucent structure of camel hides makes them useful for making items of tourist interests such as lamp shades, toys, drums, containers and other decorative objects. The aim objective of NRCC is directed towards making camel an economically viable proposition for camel-rearers.

Dinner and overnight stay will be at Bikaner.

Day 05:
Bikaner - Jaisalmer

By Road: 330 kms. / 07 kms.India Holidays

Morning free to enjoy city atmosphere.

After lunch check-out the hotel and drive towards Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer: The name JAISALMER evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. Founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., the remote location of Jaisalmer kept it almost untouched by outside influences, even during the days of the Raj. Jaisalmer was the last to sign the Instrument of Agreement with the British.

Very few cities can boast of the magnificence that surrounds Jaisalmer. There is a fort that seems to rise out of a desert haze, its yellow sandstone walls and bastions taking on a golden hue in the afternoon sun, which is why it is aptly called Sonar Kila or the Golden Fort.

Reach & check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day relax at hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay will be at Jaisalmer.



Day 06: Camel Safari
Jaisalmer - Badabagh - Baisakhai - Ramkunda

Morning after breakfast start camel safari tour by camel from BADABAGH: The site of royal cenotaphs of Bhatti Rajput Kings (The then rulers of Jaisalmer) Have lunch at BAISAKHAI: a typical village, visit a Hindu temple then proceed to RAMKUNDA, a holy place with beautiful landscapes & Hindu temples.

Bada Bagh: Bada Bagh which literally means 'Big Garden' is located on the Ramgarh road. It was commissioned by Maharawal Jait Singh in the early 16th century and completed by his son Lunakaran after his death. The site itself consists of a tank, a dam and a garden. Nearby you will find the Govardhan Stambh (pillar) on which are engraved the names of the dam and the water tank which are called the Jait Bandh and the Jaitsar respectively, dedicated to the man who constructed them. The Jait Bandh is a colossal structure, about 1,200 feet in length and 350 feet in width and built out of solid blocks of stone, as are the stepwells.

Baishakhi: Only 16kms. from Jaisalmer, a Tirth (religious palace) for Hindus, attracting a number of devotees on full Monday of Baisakh every year for holy dip. A temple dedicated to Lord shiva is originally of early pratihar period and seems to be restored in 16th Century.

Ram-Kunda: A temple, 11 kms and 1 Km. off the ramgarh route, Shrine dedicated to God Rama & Krishna, constructed during the reign of Maharawal Amar Singh in 17th Century.
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Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 07: Camel Safari
Ramkunda - Roopse - Ludharva -Chatrayil

Morning after breakfast proceed to LUDHARVA via ROOPSI, a mixed cast village with mud and stick houses. Have Lunch at Ludharva, visit Jain temple & proceed to CHATRAYIL, a traditional and typical muslim village, Reach Peerawal.

Luderwa: Further beyond Amar Sagar, 15 km northwest of Jaisalmer, are the deserted ruins of Lodhurva, which was the ancient capital before the move to Jaisalmer. It was probably founded by the Lodhra Rajputs, and passed to the ruler of Devagarh, Bhatti Devaraja, in 10th century. In 1025, Mahmud of Ghazni laid siege to the town, and it was sacked various times over subsequent decades, prompting Jaisala to shift the capital to a new location, resulting in the foundation of Jaisalmer in 1156.

The Jain Temples, rebuilt in the late 1970s, are the only reminders of the city's former magnificence. The main temple enshrines an image of Parasnath, the 23rd tirthankar, and is finely wrought in silver and surrounded by fine sculptures

Dinner and overnight stay at tents.

Day 08: Camel Safari
Chatrayil - Salkha Beri of Kanoi - Sand dunes

Morning after breakfast proceed to SALKHA: a traditional Rajput village. Have lunch and proceed towards SAND DUNES. Via BERI of KANOI: a place packed with water wells. Here you can see how the ladies are balancing the water pots on their head as well as their colourful dresses.

Reach sand dunes.



Sam Sand Dunes: Sam Sand Dunes, 42 away km from Jaisalmer, is the most popular excursion to see the total sandy bush less desert. It has a truly glorious stretch of sweeping sand dunes. It is best to be here at sunrise or sunset, and many camel safaris spend a night at the dunes. The best way to see this and other sights around Jaisalmer is to take a came safari. The standard trip lasts for 4 days and three nights, and offers the opportunity to explore the area in authentic and leisurely fashion, with entertainment by folk performers, visits to villages, and chatter from colourful guides thrown in. However you can also day trip and go by car. Hordes of tourist arrive just before sun set. Camels can be hired easily and you may be able your favourite picture with a lone camel on a desert track and the setting sun in the backdrop. Despite the tourist throng, the place has not lost it magic. The desert festival held sometimes in February each year is a big draw and it is full of fun, colour and laughter, cultural events and competitions.
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Dinner, desert folk music, campfire is at sand dunes.

Day 09: Camel Safari
Sand dunes - Kanoi - Masoordi - Jeseiri

Morning after breakfast proceed to MASOORDI via KANOI. A typical carpenters village. Here you can see and buy beautifully carved wooden items. Arrive MASOORDI and have lunch. After lunch proceed to JESEIRI: water tank surroundings by Oasis and beautiful landscape.

Dinner and over night near that tank.

Day 10: Camel Safari
Jeseiri - Dedha - Deegasar - Kuldhara

Morning after breakfast proceed to DEEGASAR via DEDHA: A Rajput village and the life style of Rajputs.

Have your lunch at Deegasar: a place surrounded with beautiful landscape and a small lake.

Proceed further for Kuldhara via a small Rajput Dhani: A typical group of houses where people stay while cultivating their agriculture fields.

Arrive KULDHARA: where you will see planning of villages in ancient times.

Dinner and overnight stay at Tents.

Day 11: Camel Safari
Kuldhara - Moolsagars - Amarsagar - Jaisalmer

Morning after breakfast leave for Jaisalmer via MOOLSAGAR and AMARSAGAR.
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On arrival check in into hotel.

Rest of the day free to relax.

Mool Sagar: Situated 9km west of Jaisalmer, this is another pleasant, but rather neglected , small garden and tank. It belongs to the Royal family of Jaisalmer and was originally built as a cool summer retreat. In the lemon groove there's a small Shiva temple carved from two pieces of sandstone.

Amar Saggar: 6 kms. on way to Luderwa the natural spot developed by Maharawal Amar Singh is a water reservoir in 1688 AD. The dams were constructed to hold rainwater. Several terraces are formed where summer palaces, temples are constructed & Garden developed. On the south of the lake stands the exquisitely carved Jain temple constructed by Himmat Ram Bafna, the descendant of famous patwas.

Dinner and overnight stay will be at Jaisalmer.

Day 12:
Jaisalmer

Full day city tour covering PATWON KI HAVELI, SALIM SINGH KI HAVELI and GADI SAGAR TANK.

Patwon Ki Haveli: The Haveli built between 1800 and 1860, was built by five Jain brothers who made their fortunes by trading jewellery and fine brocades. This Haveli is divided into five apartments.

The first Haveli is a private museum and shop, featuring displays of old furnishings and household items. The second and fifth Havelis are government run. They are empty but you can wander around and soak in the atmosphere. Only the ground floor is open on the second Haveli. The third Haveli is an antique shop and the fourth, a private residence, is not open for public.

Salim Singh-ki-Haveli: This private Haveli was built by Salim Singh who was the prime minister when Jaisalmer was the capital of a princely state. A part of the Haveli is still occupied. India Holidays

There are stone elephants before the Haveli; these were traditionally erected before the homes of the prime ministers. This mansion is erected with no mortar or cement - the stones are connected with tongue-and-groove joints.

Gadisar lake: This tank outside the city walls, once held the town's water supply, and, befitting its importance in providing precious water to the inhabitants of this arid city, is surrounded by small temples and shrines. A wide variety of waterfowl flock here in winter. The tank was built by Maharaja Gadsi Singh, taking the advantage of a natural declivity that already retained some water.

Dinner and overnight stay will be at Jaisalmer.

Day 13:
Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

By Road: 285 kms.
Morning after breakfast check-out the hotel and then drive towards Jodhpur.
Afternoon free to enjoy the city atmosphere.

Jodhpur: Jodhpur, the heart of Rajasthan and the majestic jewel of her eternal crown, iluminate the Thar, enriching the desert with enterpreneurship, scholarship and art.

According to Rathore tradition, the clan traces its origins back to the Hindu god, Rama, hero of the epic Ramayana, and thence to the sun. So the Rathore's belong to the Suryavansha (solar race) branch of the Kshatriyas, the warrior caste of Hindus. Later, breaking into historical reality, in 470 A.D. Nayal Pal conquered the kingdom of Kanauj, near modern Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The Rathor capital for seven centuries, Kanauj fell in 1193 to the Afghan invader's led by Muhammad Ghori.



The fleeing ruler, Jai Chand was drowned in the Ganga. But his son Siyaji, had better luck. An expedient marriage alliance between the Rathore Sihaji and the sister of a local prince enabled the Rathors to consolidate themselves in this region. In fact, they prospered to such a degree that they managed to oust the Pratiharas of Mandore, nine km to the north of present day Jodhpur.He later set himself up as an independent ruler around the wealthy trading centre of Pali, just south of Jodhpur. His descendants flourished, battled often, won often, and in 1381 Rao Chanda ousted the Parihars from Mandore which then became the Rathore seat of government.Rathore fortunes then turned for better. Rao Chanda's son and heir, Rainmal, won praise for his capture of Ajmer and was then entrusted with the care of his orphaned nephew, destined to inherit the Mewar throne of Chittor. Rainmal may well have had his eyes on this fine, hilltop fort. But court intrigue and treachery stopped him. In 1438 he was doped with opium, and finally shot dead. This triggered bitter feuds, ending with Mewar and Marwar becoming separate states.Rathore legend continues in various versions. One is that Jodha, one of Rainmal's 24 sons, fled Chittor and finally, 15 years later, recaptured Mandore in 1453. Five years later he was acknowledged as ruler. A holy man sensibly advised him to move his capital to hilltop safety.India Holidays

By 1459, it became evident that a more secure headquarters was required. The high rocky ridge nine km to the south of Mandore was an obvious choice for the new city of Jodhpur, with the naturaly enhanced by a fortress of staggering proportions, and to which Rao Jodha's successors added over the centuries.

Rao Ganga Singh of Jodhpur (reigned 1516-32) fought alongside the army of the great warrior king of Mewar, Rana Sanga, against the first Mughal emperor, Babur.

But over the next half century, the rulers of Jodhpur allied themselves with Babur's grandson, Akbar. Several rulers of Jodhpur became trusted lieutenants of the Mughals, such as Raja Surender, who conquered Gujarat and much of the Deccan for Akbar, and Raja Gaj Singh, who put down the rebellion of the Mughal prince, Khurram, against his father, Jahangir. With the support of the Mughals, the court of Jodhpur flourished and the kingdom became a great centre of the arts and culture. In the 17th century Jodhpur became a flourishing centre of trade for the camel caravans moving from Central Asia to the parts of Gujarat and vice versa. In 1657, however, Maharaja Jaswant Singh (reigned 1638-78) backed the wrong prince in the great war of succession to the Mughal throne. He was in power for almost twenty-five years with Aurangzeb before he was sent out to the frontier as viceroy in Afghanistan. Aurangzeb then tried to seize his infant son, but loyal retainers smuggled the little prince out of his clutches, hidden, they say, in a basket of sweets.

Political Strife: The kingdom of Jodhpur then formed a triple alliance with Udaipur and Jaipur, which together threw off the Mughal yoke. As a result,the maharajas of Jodhpur finally regained the privilege of marrying Udaipur princesses something they had forfeited when they had allied themselves with the Mughals. A condition of these marriages, however, was that the sons born of the Udaipur princesses would be first in line to the Jodhpur throne. This soon led to considerable.jealousy. Nearly a century of turmoil followed. The state of affairs was such that a young Rathore prince, when asked ,where Jodhpur was, simply pointed to the sheath of his 'dagger and said, "Inside here".

In the 1870's, a remarkable man came to the fore in Jodhpur: Sir Pratap Singh a son of Maharaja of Jodhpur, he himself ruled a neighboring kingdom called Idar, abdicated to become Regent of Jodhpur, which he ruled, in effect, for nearly fifty years. Sir Pratap Singh was a great warrior and the epitome of Rajput chivalry. He became an intimate friend of three British sovereigns. At Queen Victoria's durbar he is said to have presented her not with mere jewels, like everyone else, but with his own sword, his most valuable possession as a Rajput warrior. Sir Pratap Singh laid the foundation of a modern state in Jodhpur, which Maharaja Umaid Singh (reigned 1918-47) built upon. The kingdom of Jodhpur was not merely the largest of the Rajput states, but also one of the most progressive.
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Dinner and overnight stay will be at Jodhpur.

Day 14:
Jodhpur

Today enjoy city tour of MEHRANGARH FORT, JASWANTHADA and UMAID BHAWAN.

Mehrangarh Fort: Situated on a steep hill, Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forts in India. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous palaces in the fort narrates a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures. Mehrangarh Fort, spreading over 5 km on a perpendicular hill and looking down 125 meters, presents a majestic view on city horizon.

It was built on advice of a saint in 1459 to establish an impregnable head-quarter. This Fort is one of the best in India with its exquisitely latticed windows, carved panels, elaborately adorned windows and walls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, royal costumes, furniture and the cannons on the fort's ramparts are well preserved.

Jaswant Thada: Close to the fort complex, lies Jaswant Thada. This 19th century royal cenotaph built in white marble in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and three other cenotaphs, stand nearby. The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh holds the rare portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur. A visit inside the cenotaphs, with some villagers of the region, would bring forward the reverence they still hold for their brave kings.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 15 - Jodhpur - Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur, on arrival check in into hotel. Afternoon free to relax or enjoy the city atmosphere. Overnight at hotel

Day 16 -Jaipur
Morning an excursion to Amer Fort, with joy ride on an Elephant. Afternoon city tour covering Hawamahal, Royal observatory, City palace, Johari Bazaar.
Overnight at hotel.
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Day 17 -Jaipur - Delhi
Today drive back to Delhi, on arrival proceed to hotel where we will be holding a few rooms for wash and change. After wash and change have your dinner and be transferred to Airport to catch International flight.