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Rajasthan Tour Packages
Wander through the mystique arenas of Rajasthan, a precious Indian gem of the desert region, with its off-the-beaten track small towns, to its grand cities, eloquent with their marble splendours etched in palaces and temples, rich wildlife, and the famous Pushkar fair held for the extremely popular sale of cattle, thereby providing a glimpse into the life of these rural people. Go along the Thar Desert safari with a ride on camelback, titled as `the ship of the desert’, on the sand dunes, or watch the tribals sing and dance in gay abandon! Behold, this is the Rajasthan Holiday Package!!
The tourists may visit attractive havelis with intricate stone carvings, the world-renowned Dargah of the famous Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chisti at Ajmer, the ‘open art galleries’ as Mandawa’s painted havelis , the Chittorgarh fort that bears testimony to the sacrifice of the legendary beautiful and brave Rani Padmini, as well as other historic ruins, which though muted now, give evidence to the tales of Rajput sacrifice, heroism and chivalry, to win your hearts!
The ‘pink city’ of Jaipur has most houses and buildings made of pink stone, the enlightening `Hawa Mahal’, a magnificient museum, the Amber Fort where you can depend on a glorius elephant to take you up to the entrance, Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory on the World Heritage list, and Jaipur’s captivating City Palace which sprawls across a huge area and is a big tourist draw! Udaipur, ringed in by the Aravalli range, is known as the state’s most romantic city, and is famous for its lake palace set in the midst of Lake Pichola, where the James Bond film ‘Octopussy’ was partly filmed, and where the tourists can take a boat ride, visit the aesthetically-built temple of Lord Vishnu and a beautiful garden, Saheliyon Ki Bari, made for the pleasure of the queen’s maids-in-waiting. Listen to the heart beating to the earthy locales on the Rajasthan Holiday Package!
The astoundingly enchanting Ranakpur Jain temples,is an enigma in marble with the stone images of dancing deities and design work protruding an artistic niche in itself, appearing to be a kind of a fine lace spread all over. With the shift of the sun’s rays during the day, the colour of the pillars in the prayer hall changes from golden to pale blue! Jodhpur has the Umaid Bhavan, one of the world’s largest palaces, and the Mehrangarh Fort, a regal marvel. Jaisalmer is renowned for the Golden Fort, built upon a hill in its’ golden sand, besides more Jain temples, and a lake! Bikaner has a camel breeding farm, historical temples and the Junagadh Fort. The Nawalgarh Fort or Bala Kila at Mandawa is inviting towards the tourists, while its’ attractive Roop Niwas Palace having curvacious gardens inlaid with fountains,is a Heritage Site. There is plenty of wildlife to be explored at Ranthambore Sawai Madhopur sanctuary and if the stars are in favour, the tourists might get to see that endangered species called the `tiger’, including the Ranthambore Fort and lakes!
The Rajasthan Holiday Package has two luxury trains, lending a touch of elegance to your travels, known as the Palace-on-Wheels and the Royal Rajasthan-on-Wheels, with ambience befitting royalty and huge windows to let you enjoy the scenery undisturbed. You will be spoiled for cuisine and liquor in these trains, personalised service, luxurious cabins, besides an excellent spa and gym on board!
Rajasthan is stretched with vast shopping locales for an extensive range of merchandise, such as clothes, sarees, linen and fabric in that ethnic and traditional `bandhini’, tye and dye , in cotton, silk, chiffon and georgette, pottery, lacquer, curios in semi precious stones and ornated marble, paintings in `batik’ and varied art, crafted wooden furniture in vibrant colours, and hand-painted, jewellery in gold, diamond and polki diamond, silver and authentic gems . The traditional craft of `Thewa’, painted ornaments in gold and silver and `naqashi’ jewellery, a replica of Mughal art, would be a unique purchase!
Visiting the Jewel of the Desert as Rajasthan is called, the culinary desires of the tourists would be enticed with the earthy rustic core dishes such as dal bhatti, bajra roti and kheer, along with delicious Indian vegetarian food in desi ghee and minimal oil for all tastes. There is also a varied range of International, Continental, North Indian and South Indian dishes available on the menu, along with fast food corners.
Being a desert region with hot days and cool nights, the summer is unbearingly hot but a `Eureka’ enough, though in winter the pleasant days are definitely tempting and even the nights, though cold, are enjoyable, for an escapade! Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan with a lake, a mammoth Wildlife Sanctuary, a centuries’ old Achalgarh Fort, a temple carved out of solid rock, and many Jain temples including the charming complex of Dilwara Temples, a symphony in white marble, but resting at a phenomenal height above sea level and having a salubrious climate.
Guaranteed that the tourists would come back asking for more and more and would take out time for a repeat visit to this enchanting desertland on the Rajasthan Holiday Package!