Want to go back in time to the days of royalty in Rajasthan? Then, pick this package by MakeMyTrip as it includes a visit to hordes of forts and palaces. Begin your venture with a visit to City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall Museum and Amber Fort in Jaipur. Further, you go on a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur, covering the striking Jaswant Thada. This customisable Rajasthan package then takes you to Jaisalmer across the bewitching Thar Desert. Among the places you see in the Golden City are Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon Ki Haveli and Nathmalji Ki Haveli. An excursion to the sand dunes of Sam during sunset is another highlight of this package. Your magical vacation ends with a visit to City Palace, Saheliyon Ki Bari and Museum of Folk Arts in Udaipur
Tour of Mehrangarh Fort
Evening visit to Monsoon Palace
Arrival in Jaipur and Half-day Sightseeing
With your arrival at the Pink City - Jaipur, you would find yourself amidst myriad colours and vivid landscapes. The city is a cultural bonanza with its bustling streets, mouth-watering food, scintillating sunsets and various historical monuments. The city has evolved as a contemporary muse; the old and the new evoke the sense of calmness in the middle of chaos. On the first day, you would arrive at the Jaipur airport/railway station. Thereon, you would be transferred to the hotel. Comfortably check-in and relax for a bit. Later, visit the City Palace Museum, a junction of splendid courtyards, rich gardens and grand buildings; the majestic palace is right in the centre of the Old City. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur?s most renowned relic. Nearby City Palace is Jantar Mantar, an observatory established by Jai Singh II in 1728 that groups a collection of bizarre colossal figures. Apart from this you would get to explore the Pink City area. Later, you would return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay. Note: In case you wish to cover some of the sightseeing points on the next day, it would be arranged.
Today, visit the Amber Fort, a gorgeous monument built out of yellow sandstone that has detailed marble interiors which add an artistic angle to it. This would be followed by the Albert Hall Museum, a museum housed in the Albert Hall and blends details of English and North Indian architecture, as well as huge friezes honouring the world?s prominent cultures. In the afternoon, you would get to return to the hotel and relax for a bit. In the evening, you could visit the local markets and shop for souvenirs. At night, return for a comfortable overnight stay to your hotel.
Transfer from Jaipur to Jodhpur
This morning, drive to Jodhpur, which is about 6 hours away by road. Arrive in the Blue City ? Jodhpur, a place soaked in the love and romance of the bygone era. Jodhpur which is known by many names like the Sun City or the Blue City; the fact that it stays sunny even during the winters or it is literally blue are some things that fascinate people a lot. Check-in at the hotel and visit the Mehrangarh fort ? one of the largest forts in India. The view from the palace is spectacular and defines the reason for why Jodhpur is known as the Blue city. Visit Jaswant Thada, an elegant white marble structure above a beautiful lake. Just a few minutes away from the Mehrangarh Fort, it?s a refreshing and peaceful spot away from the chaos of the main city. Later, head to the local market, where you can sample some scrumptious food, buy yourself some ethnic wear, get a lot of pictures clicked, interact with the locals and a lot more. As the day comes to an end, retire to the hotel for a cosy and relaxing overnight stay.
Transfer from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer
Visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, a beautiful beige structure which houses the essence of royal experience. Then continue your journey into the heart of the Thar Desert to the citadel of Jaisalmer, where on arrival you will check-in at the hotel. It is a city which marvels beautiful culture and it is one of the most exotic places. The narrow streets of the old town conceal magnificent havelis, all carved from the golden-honey sandstone ? hence Jaisalmer is also known as the Golden City. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to unwind at the hotel. At night, enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Today, set out for a city tour of Jaisalmer. Explore the magnificence of Nathmalji-Ki-Haveli and Patwaon ki Haveli, the Fort with three beautifully sculptured Jain temples. In the evening, visit the Sam sand dunes, 41 kms west of Jaisalmer. Enjoy the camel ride/camel cart ride to the Sunset Point and Sam Sand Dunes. As the day comes to an end, enjoy a cosy overnight stay at the hotel.
Transfer from Jaisalmer to Udaipur
Today you would have an early start for a full day drive (approx. 9-10 hours) to the stunningly beautiful destination of Udaipur. It is home to many royal families, artificial lakes, temples and unique monuments. After reaching Udaipur, check-in at the hotel and spend the evening at leisure soaking in the serenity the place has to offer. At night, enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Today, explore the beautiful sights of the city at leisure. Start your day with a visit to the Saheliyon-Ki-Bari or Garden of the Maidens - a wonderful heritage garden. The next destination would be the Museum of folk arts which has a remarkable collection of Rajasthani folk art. You could experience a variety of cultural performances and exhibits under one roof that showcases a different side of India?s rural heritage. Later, proceed for the City Palace - one of the largest palaces in Rajasthan. The palace was originally built by Maharana Udai Singh, and has been featured in many Indian and international films. The museum on the premises is also a remarkable visit as it tries to preserve the history of the people of Mewar and Udaipur. In the evening, proceed for Monsoon Palace, also known as Sajjan Garh. This white marble structure sitting on top of a hill offers a gorgeous view of the surroundings and is a great place to see the sunset in Rajasthan. A visit to the Monsoon Palace at sunset is a must for some memorable and picture perfect moments.
Departure from Udaipur
Today, you would be driven back to Udaipur railway station/airport for your return train/flight.
Communication and Etiquettes:
To greet people in India fold your palms in front the chest and say “Namaste”. While saying it bow your head slightly – in this way you will signify your respect to another person. The word Namaste comes from the Sanskrit words “Namah te” and means “I bow to you”.Indians say that the real meeting between people is the meeting of their minds. They believe greeting each other with Namaste welcomes their minds to meet.
In India handshake is common among men mostly. Western woman may offer her hand to a westernized Indian man, but usually not to others. Traditional Indian women can shake hands with other women, but normally not with men.
Mysterious Indian head wobble is a non-verbal equivalent of a multipurpose Hindu word “Accha”, which can mean anything from “Good” to “I understand”. Usually head wobble is used by Indian people to respond in the affirmation. For example, if you ask if you can order taxi and a person will wobble his or her head in reply, that will mean “Yes”. Sometimes head wobble could mean “Thank you” or simply be a sign of friendliness. The head wobble is more prevalent in south regions of India like Kerala; moving on the north you’ll notice that this gesture is less common there.
In traditional Indian culture pointing footwear at people is seen insulting, or touching people or objects with your feet or shoes. If you occasionally do so, you should apologize straight away. On the other side, touching with a hand elder person feet is a sign of respect in India.
Head is considered as the most sensitive part of body in Indian culture, and it is recommended to avoid touching another person head to prevent offending him or her.
Indian people are not used to express their romantic feelings in public. Kissing and hugging outside could be misunderstood in traditional Indian society.
If you visit Hindu temples in India, dress in loose, covering your hands and legs, clothes. Women in this case are required to cover their hair. Remember to take off your shoes before entering temple or mosque. It is polite to take off shoes while visiting somebody’s house or even somebody’s shop in India too.
Try to dress modestly while travelling in India. It is recommended both for men and women to choose loose clothes covering shoulders and knees. It is generally known that India has very conservative dress standards, especially in rural areas. Here you can hardly find a man wearing shorts or a woman wearing skirt above the ankles. In urban places like Mumbai and Delhi western dress style, including jeans on woman, is prevailing. Liberal views on dress are typical for Goa too: it is all right here to wear anything you want for night party, but still, in day time it will be better to dress more suitable for Asian mentality. Anyway, if you’d like to show respect to Indian culture and to feel yourself comfortable, you might find appropriate to dress yourself “locally”. Kurtas (loose men shirts) and cotton pants would be good option for men, and salwar kameez (tunic and loose trousers) for women.
Food and Drinks:
Indian food is amazing. It is literally exploding with millions of flavors. Hot, sweet, bitter, spicy, fresh, fragrant – it may lead you to one of the biggest culinary adventures in your life. Here are some of our “directions” on your way to it. First of all, we would recommend you to choose western customers oriented restaurants and cafes, because meals here would be less spicy than in the “real” Indian one. Here you may also expect high service and secure hygienic conditions. We would advise you to order well roasted or boiled dishes and to avoid dishes made from raw ingredients. Don’t eat food or pass objects with your left hand. The left hand is considered to be unclean in Indian culture as it is using for some bathroom purposes.
Drinks. Drink only bottled water, such as Kinsley, Bisleri and Aquafin, and avoid adding ice into your drinks. Be careful with freshly squeezed juices: if prepared in a good restaurant or juice center, it can really bring you much satisfaction, but if you decide to buy it from street juice maker, it may probably cause some stomach upsets.
Money and Shopping:
The unit of Indian currency is the rupee; it is divided into 100 paise.24 hour banking facilities are available at international airports. Travellers cheques are exchangeable at most hotels; they are acceptable in sterling or American dollars.ATMs are common in most towns and cities in India. However, we recommend you to carry some cash or travellers cheques with you in a case the power goes down, you lose your plastic or ATM is out of order. To exchange currency you must present your passport. It is good to remember, that in India exchanging money except through authorized channels is illegal. It is also not allowed to take rupees out of India.
Bartering is part of shopping experience in India. The more touristy a place, the higher it’s asking prices will be, and the greater it’s price flexibility. Our advice would be “Bargain, bargain and, again, bargain while shopping in India”.
Tipping is very common in India. If a person is offering a small service to you, he or she expects a tip for it. A service in a hotel might justify a tip of Rs20. In a restaurant a 5% tip is quite enough. Rickshaw and taxi drivers should be also tipped.
If you need transportation in India, contact your tour operator or your hotel stuff to hire a taxi or a car with private driver. Driving on your own could be uncomfortable due to intense traffic and typical Indian street chaos. Travelling in public transport could be also challenging in India: you will be really fortunate if you could get a seat there. Optionally, if you need to get on the market or on the beach you may use notorious Indian rickshaw.
India is not a violent country when it comes to robberies. However, in touristic places mostly could be a lot of thieves waiting for the right opportunity to make their profit on somebody’s carelessness. To avoid this we recommend you not to flash your valuables around and make sure you carry them safety in your bag. It is better to leave your documents and jewelry in the safe of your hotel room. Wise decision will be not to put large denomination of money in the purse, but to keep them “close to skin” in a special little bag for money. Be careful with Indian monkeys too. Some of them may annoy you wishing to get your food or some attractive objects you hold in hands.
Despite rapid economic growth, India still faces poverty and begging. In every touristic place you will see beggars asking for your money and behaving very often in confronting and persistent way. The best thing probably would be ignoring them, as most of beggars simply do their business and prefer to beg instead of working. If you would like, you may give Rs10-RS20 to a child or elder person on when leaving the place, nor arriving, to prevent being mobbed.
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