GEMS OF RAJASTHAN

Royal palaces. Ancient hill forts. Expansive landscapes. Colorful cities. Rajasthan is home to fascinating sights, so many that you could spend months exploring. There is no better way to explore the Land of Kings state than with Monograms, and we’ll show you the gems. Your 7-day Monograms vacation includes private guided sightseeing, a Local HOST® in each city, breakfast daily, 3 dinners, private ground transportation, and superior accommodations.

Your journey through Rajasthani heritage begins in Udaipur, the “City of Lakes.” Tour the massive City Palace and lose yourself in its maze of courtyards, pavilions, and narrow corridors. Cruise on Lake Pichola and stop for a short visit to see the island palace of Jag Mandir. Walk amongst history at the Ahar Cenotaphs, constructed in honor of past royalty and rulers of Mewar. End your day with a tasty walking tour through the royal city’s historic food stalls with dinner.

Continue to Jodhpur on the edge of the Thar desert. Here, visit Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, which works to restore the natural ecology of the desert area and contains plants native only to Rajasthan. Step into the glorious past of Mandore Gardens, an abandoned town still housing ancient temples and memorials, before sampling some of Jodhpur’s best cuisine for dinner. The next day, tour magnificent Mehrangarh Fort high above the plains and soak in the views below. Your private tour of Jodhpur also takes you to Jaswant Thada, the marble memorial for Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, and Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, home to a large range of historical artifacts from the royal family.

In the “golden city” of Jaisalmer, visit Patwon ki Haveli, Gadisar Lake, and Bada Bagh. Explore Jaisalmer Fort, India’s last living fort, built in 1156 and home to an estimated 4,000 people today. In the evening, travel outside the city to the Sam sand dunes in the Thar Desert. Enjoy a jeep safari through these golden dunes, then settle in for a private dinner under the stars.

And did we mention that in addition to the services of a Local Host, we’ve included your sightseeing, breakfasts, and transportation between towns? Think of the headaches and hassles involved with planning, organizing and getting to each destination on your own! So what are you waiting for…now’s your chance to experience Rajasthan with Monograms!

Insider Benefits Included in Your Vacation

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a local expert in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know and would help you put your signature on your vacation.

YOUR VACATION INCLUDES

6 NIGHTS
Hotel accommodation
9 MEALS
Buffet breakfast (B) daily; 3 dinners (D)
LOCAL HOST®
In Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer
SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
Visit City Palace in Udaipur; Cruise on Lake Pichola with visit to Jag Mandir; Royal food walking tour; Visit Ahar cenotaphs; Visit Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park Scenic; Visit Mandore Gardens; Cultural walking tour of Jodhpur; Visit Mehrangarh Fort; Visit Jaswant Thada; Visit Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum; Visit Patwon ki Haveli; Photo stop at Gadisar Lake; Jeep safari at Sam sand dunes; Outdoor dinner at Sam sand dunes.
TRANSPORTATION
Private vehicle transfers between cities

ITINERARY AND MEALS

DAY 1 Udaipur, India. Welcome to Udaipur. Known as the “City of Lakes,” the beautiful city of Udaipur is built around three lakes and is made of a maze of narrow lanes, exquisite palaces, and gardens. Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

DAY 2 Udaipur. Your full-day sightseeing starts this morning with a visit to the massive granite and marble City Palace with its courtyards, pavilions, terraces, and narrow corridors. Cruise on Lake Pichola (water levels permitting) with a short visit to the island palace of Jag Mandir. Then, visit the Ahar Cenotaphs. These archaeological structures of historical significance were constructed in honor of past kings, queens, and other rulers of Mewar. Tonight, join your Local Host on a walking tour through this royal city’s historic food shops and stalls, and taste a variety of celebrated regional delicacies like dhokla, kachori, and namkeens. (B,D)

DAY 3 Udaipur–Jodhpur. This morning, travel to Jodhpur which sits on the edge of the Thar desert. This afternoon, visit Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, created in 2006 with an aim to restore the natural ecology of a large, rocky wasteland. The incredible park contains distinctive volcanic rock, sandstone formations, and plants native only to Rajasthan. Also see the Mandore Gardens, an abandoned town which still houses ancient temples and memorials that reflect the town’s glorious past. Tonight, your Local Host takes you on a cultural walking tour through the city, followed by dinner. (B,D)

DAY 4 Jodhpur. Today’s sightseeing starts with a visit to the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, which sits 393 feet above the surrounding plains. The view will reveal why Jodhpur is known as the “Blue City.” Next, visit Jaswant Thada, commemorating Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and beautifully constructed from thin marble sheets that allow sunlight to filter in. Then, spend time at the stately Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, which houses a large range of historical artifacts belonging to the royal family and charts the history and heritage of the palace. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. (B)

DAY 5 Jodhpur–Jaisalmer. This morning head west to charming Jaisalmer. As you enter Jaiselmer, you will feel like you have stepped back in time. This afternoon visit Patwon ki Haveli, a complex of five separate havelis owned by five brothers, known for its ornate wall paintings, intricate yellow sandstone balconies, and arches. Also see Gadisar Lake, a man-made water reservoir constructed by the first ruler of Jaisalmer, Raja Rawal Jaisal. (B)

DAY 6 Jaisalmer. Start your day by exploring India’s last living fort, Jaisalmer Fort. Nearly 4,000 people are estimated to still live today inside the walls of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then visit Bada Bagh, a garden complex featuring a series of royal cenotaphs of Jaisalmer Maharajas. Enjoy a bit of free time before heading outside the city to the abandoned village of Kuldhara, established around the 13th century and later deserted in the early 19th century. Travel by the Jeep through the Sam sand dunes in the Thar Desert, and enjoy tonight’s dinner here under the stars. Return to Jaisalmer late this evening. (B,D)

DAY 7 Jaisalmer. Your vacation ends with a transfer to Jaisalmer Airport this morning. (B)





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IADG: Bikaner & Jaipur | 9 days
DAYS 1-6 Like days 1-6 of IADF

DAY 7 Jaisalmer–Bikaner. Travel to Bikaner and along the way, stop at the Karni Mata Temple, otherwise known as the rat temple. This afternoon, visit massive Junagarh Fort, a formidable complex housing 37 pavilions, mirrored palaces, and exquisitely decorated balconies, chapels, and courtyards. The evening is at leisure. (B)

DAY 8 Bikaner–Nawalgar–Jaipur. This morning, drive east to the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, often referred to as the world’s largest open air art gallery because of the numerous fascinating painted havelis found here. Stop in Nawalgar, a vibrant town home to hundreds of the finest frescos in the area. Continue to Jaipur, known as the “Pink City,” and visit the amazing Amber Fort. Tonight, enjoy a special evening full of Rajasthani heritage and cuisine with dinner accompanied by live music and dancing. (B,D)

DAY 9 Jaipur. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


HAND-SELECTED HOTELS

We’ve carefully screened and selected the right hotels at your destination. Hotels included in your vacation package:
Udaipur: Radisson Udaipur
Jodhpur: WelcomHeritage Bal Samand Lake Palace
Jaisalmer: Sairafort Sarovar Portico
Bikaner: Vesta Bikaner Palace
Jaipur: Lemon Tree Premier, Jaipur