Want to go on a holiday where the journey is as enchanting as the sites you visit? Then, come to Rajasthan with this package to drive through the varied sights and sounds of the state. Before the journey begins, go on a grand sightseeing tour of Jaipur, covering Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort. From the Pink City, drive through the desert to reach Jaisalmer. During your time in the Golden City, you get to see traditional Rajasthani architecture at Patwon Ki Haveli, Nathmalji Ki Haveli and Jaisalmer Fort. This Rajasthan holiday package also includes an excursion to the sand dunes of Sam at sunset! Later, the road takes you to the Blue City of Jodhpur for a tour of the vast Mehrangarh Fort and the amazingly carved Jaswant Thada.
Visit to City Palace Museum
Evening camel ride
Arrival in Jaipur and Half-day Sightseeing
With your arrival at the Pink City - Jaipur, you would find yourself amidst colours and vivid landscapes. The city is a cultural bonanza with its bustling streets, mouth-watering food, scintillating sunsets and various historical monuments. 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. Also visit Hawa Mahal, Jaipur?s most renowned relic. The top offers astonishing scenes over Jantar Mantar and the City Palace in one direction and over Sireh Deori Bazaar in the other. Nearby City Palace is Jantar Mantar, an observatory established by Jai Singh II in 1728. Apart from this, you would get to explore the Pink City area. Later, you would return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Morning at Leisure | Sound and Light Show at Amer Fort
Spend the morning at leisure or choose from our activities. In the afternoon, visit the grand Amer Fort, located 11 kilometres away from Jaipur. Amber was the ancient capital of Kachawaha dynasty before Jai Singh founded Jaipur. It is a gorgeous monument built out of yellow sandstone that has detailed marble interiors which add an artistic angle to it.
Enjoy a sound and light show at the Amer fort in the evening. You get to see the rich historical background of the Jaipur city and the rulers of Jaipur and enjoy the narrative of the fort’s glorious past, voiced by Amitabh Bachchan.
It is suggested that you spend the rest of the day at leisure while relaxing at your property and gearing up for the long drive to Jaisalmer the next day.
Overnight in Jaipur hotel.
Transfer from Jaipur to Jaisalmer
Early in the morning, you would be taken for a long drive to Jaisalmer which is around 9 hours away from Jaipur. It is a city which marvels beautiful culture and it is one of the most exotic place. 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. You would reach Jaisalmer by late evening, so it is suggested that you check-in to the hotel and enjoy a comfortable and cosy overnight stay to unwind yourself for the adventures that are in store for you on the next day.
Full-day Sightseeing in Jaisalmer | Camel Ride at the Sam Dun
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 built between the 12th and 13th Centuries and five interconnected palaces. 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.
Stay overnight at hotel in Jaisalmer after the excursion.
You may also wish to opt for Dune Bashing instead of a Camel Ride which is available as an add-on activity.
Jaisalmer 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. As the day comes to an end, retire to the hotel for a cosy and relaxing overnight stay.
Departure from Jaipur
Today, drive all the way back to Jaipur in time for your return flight/ train.
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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