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Spectacles of the Thar
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“The Blue City of Jodhpur” has a rich history and land of may marvels makes it a place worth visiting in your tour. Key attractions are: the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, the Umaid Bhawan Palace- part museum, part royal residence and part hotel, cenotaph and royal crematorium built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh and fascinating bazars.

  1. Jaisalmer, the exuberant past, culture, dunes and the heritage of “The Golden City” has so much to offer. The exquisite fort and the havelis with their enchanting architecture, the magical beauty of the sand dunes, the haunted trail, sunset boat ride at the lake, colorful markets and the flavorful local food.

  2. Bikaner, is famous for the magnificent palaces, forts, lakes and desert safaris. Also known as the “Camel Country” as it serves as the breeding ground for some of the best riding camels in the world. Your visit is incomplete without tasting the “Bikaneri Bhujia”- crispy, light weight, spicy, mouth-watering snacks.

  3. Mandawa, is often known as Open Art Gallery because of the outstanding forts and havelis. Mandawa is a delight for those with a combined love for art and shopping. Must look out for paintings, cloth art, brilliantly encarved wood art, metal utensils and bangles.

Itinerary Details

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Spectacles of the Thar Itinerary
  • Fly from Delhi to Jodhpur. Our representative will meet you at the airport and brief you on the program. Transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Visit the most famous Clock Tower or Ghanta Ghar to see the local shops. Return back to the resort for dinner and overnight stay. (D

  • After breakfast, leave for sightseeing to Mehrangarh Fort. There is a museum inside which has huge collections of artefacts, miniature paintings and other antiques. Next proceed to visit Jaswant Thada, a white marble cenotaph and Umaid Bhawan Palace which is a spectacular building and a paragon of Indo Sarcenic style of architecture. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. (B, D)

  • Depart after early breakfast for Jaisalmer, arriving in 5 hours. After few hours of relaxation leave for guide to tour of the Golden city. Visit the Jaisalmer Fort, splendid havelis- Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Nathmal Ki Haveli. Spend the evening at Gadisar lake – can opt for the boat ride to view the beautiful sun setting beyond the horizon. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel (B, D)

  • Full day at Jaisalmer. Enjoy the dunes of the golden city today. Optional excursion to Desert National Park. Camel safari and overnight in a desert camp, enjoying the fire dance, local tribal dance, music performances, puppet shows during the evening on the dunes. Dinner and overnight at the camp on the dunes. (B, D)

  • After leisurely breakfast, you proceed for Bikaner arriving in 5 hours. Later in the afternoon, visit Forts and Palaces of Bikaner with your tour guide, starting with the magnificent Junagarh Fort and extending to many interesting sights like Anup Mahal, Badal Mahal and Har Mandir where weddings were celebrated. Later you visit Lallgarh Palace, princely Rajput palace of red sandstone. The rest of the time is spent at Junagarh Fort Museum, Camel breeding farm, havelis and Bhandeshwar Jain Temple. After a long day, you spend the night at the hotel. (B, D)

  • After breakfast, you checkout from your hotel and drive to the royal city of Mandawa, arriving in 3.5 hours. Later in the day, after you’ve freshened up, your guide will take you for a guided tour of the Mandawa fort which is famous for beautiful frescos, colourful bazaars, exquisite carvings and mirror work, and the majestic havelis or mansions that are well known for their lavishly painted walls. (B, D)

  • Breakfast, depart for Delhi to board your flight for onward journey. (B)

Activities

  1. Visits to forts, palaces and vibrant markets

  2. Desert safari

  3. Camel safari


Possible Extensions

  1. Visit to Kuldhara- “the haunted village” in Jaisalmer

  2. Jeep safari in the dunes

  3. Sand surfing

  4. Quad biking

  5. Desert National Park excursion


What’s Included

  1. 6 nights’ Accommodation

  2. Daily breakfast and dinner

  3. English speaking guide

  4. Air-conditioned vehicle

  5. Monument entrance fees

  6. Airport transfers


Things to Carry

  1. Travel documents

  2. T-shirts, Loose fitting shirts

  3. Long Skirts, Culottes

  4. Long loose-fitting trousers

  5. Shawl/ Scarf or anything you can throw over your shoulders for entering temples

  6. Something warm to put on in the evenings

  7. Comfortable and lightweight footwear, strong hiking/walking sandals

  8. Protection from cold air, sun- sunglasses, hat and sunscreen

  9. Camera – you will need extra storage for digital photos

  10. 3-way adapters – we use 220 volts and rectangular pins

  11. Bathroom slippers

  12. Medication and toiletries (lodge provides basic toiletries)

  13. Mosquito/insect repellent


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