Today early morning you experience the life of this ancient
Experience the early morning rituals of the Hindus
being performed, thousands of people taking a bath in the
holy river believing they will be free from the circle of rebirth.
It is interesting to see the pilgrims offering sweets, flowers
and holy water to the Sun God.
Later also do the half day sight seeing of Varanasi, visiting
various famous Temples. Overnight in the Hotel.
After breakfast enjoy half day sight seeing of Delhi you will
drive past President's Palace and India Gate (42m high), built
to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the
1st world war. Later visit Humayun's Tomb, and the Qutub
Minar, the highest sandstone minaret in the world (73
Later drive to Samode. On arrival check in at the Hotel.
After breakfast drive to Pushkar. Pushkar is set in a valley
just about 14 km off Ajmer. Surrounded by hills on three
sides and sand dunes on the other, Pushkar forms a
fascinating location and a befitting backdrop for the annual
religious and cattle fair (in Nov), which is globally famous.
No pilgrimage is considered complete without a dip in the
holy Pushkar Lake. Pushkar has as many as 400 temples
and 52 Ghats and the only temple in the country that is
dedicated to Brahma is to be found here.
After breakfast visit the Jaisal Castle. Within the Castle visit
the Jain Temples and the Palace.
Later walk back into the city to visit the Havelis (mansions of
the rich merchants). These Havelis have beautifully carved
facades, jali screens and windows overhanging the streets
below. Visit Salim Singh Haveli (17 century), which is
especially attractive with peacock brackets. Nathumal Haveli
(1885) was built for the Prime Minister. Patwon Haveli (1805)
is a group of five, built for five brothers. They have fine
murals and carved pillars.
After breakfast visit Mehrangarh Fort situated on a 37m-
sandstone hill built by Rao Jodha in 1459. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph built in 1899 for Maharajah Jaswant Singh II. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight in the Hotel.
After breakfast visit Ranakpur, the wonderful 3 temples of the Jain sect dating back to the 14th/15th century. The unforgettable main Temple dedicated to Adinatha the first Tirthankar (1439) built in marble took 65 years to complete. It is one of the five holy Jain pilgrimage centres, and has one of the best temple complexes.
Later in afternoon visit Nakki Lake and Sunset Point. It provides a lovely view of the setting sun, South-West of Nakki lake, where the sun gradually drowns itself in the azure sky between two mountain peaks, steps lead up to high terrace which offers an awe inspiring view of the setting sun.
After breakfast visit Dilwara temples. Dilwara temples enshrine various Jain tirthankaras, saints. Built between the 11th and 13th century, are famous for their superb carvings in marble. Below the path is the Achleshwar temple, with a Nandi said to be made of the five metals-gold, silver, copper, brass and zinc, called Panchadattu, and weigh more than 4 tons. The temple is believed to have been built in the 9th century.
Later drive to Udaipur. On arrival check-in at the Hotel.
Udaipur is the city considered to be a romantic city - with its lakes, gardens, temples and palaces - an Oasis in the Thar Desert. The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.
On arrival in Udaipur, visit the City Palace built on the bank of the Pichola Lake, by Maharana Udai Singh in 1570. The Jagdish Temple - (1651) a fine example of the Nagara style of temple architecture. Sahelion-ki Bari an ornamental pleasure garden specially made for the ladies of the palace in the 18th century. It has beautiful fountains, trees and flowers.
Later check-in at the hotel. Later in the afternoon enjoy Private boat ride on the Pichola Lake. Overnight in the Hotel.