Rajasthan Gujarat Temple tour
This Tour is about Rajasthan & Gujarat Temples in India for which we are covering Gujarat places- Ahmedabad, Dakor, Shamlaji, Amba Ji & Rajasthan Place: Mount abu, Ranakpur, Kankroli, Srinathji, Eklingi, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Ajmer, Pushkar, Jaipur. Mainly focus to cover Krishna Temples of Rajasthan & Gujarat with some historical places.
Tour Name: Rajasthan Gujarat Temple tour
Tour Duration: 08 Nights 09 Days
Day 01: Arrival Ahmedabad
Morning arrival at Ahmedabad. Meet to Greet and transfer to hotel. Later visit Akshardham Temple – Akshardham is situated in the capital city of Gandhinagar, which lies near Ahmedabad. The magnificent temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. It was constructed on the directions of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS Sanstha. The complex of this temple is the largest in Gujarat. Akshardham temple was inaugurated in the year 1992 and has become a major tourist attraction in India, during the last decade. It has a sprawling 23 acre area and is chiseled out in pink sandstone. The Swetambara Temple Hatheesing temple was built outside delhi gate in 1850 by a rich jain merchant Sheth Hatheesing. This is the best known of Ahmedabad’s many ornate jain temples. It is dedicated to Dharamnath, the fifteenth Tirthankar whose status stand in the main sanctuary Built by pure marble profusely decirated with rich carving, Gandhi Ashram The beautiful ashram complex of Ahmedabad, with shady trees populated by thousand of paraketers, Beaters, sunbirds, squirells, offers a refuge from the loud streets of the city and is one of the foremost tourist attraction of Ahmedabad. This ashram was Gandhi’s headqquartersduring the long struggle for Indian independence. His ashram was founded in 1915 and still makes handicrafts, handmade paper and spinning wheels. This ashram is open from 8.30 AM to 6.30 PM. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Ahmedabad – Dakor – Shamlaji – AmbaJi – Mt Abu
Morning 5.00 O’clock depart for Dakor. Visit Dakor Temple – Dakor is famous for Ranchorji temple of Lord Krishna. Ranchor is the name given to Lord Krishna when he fled from the battlefield in Mathura while fighting against Jarasandha.
Later visit Shamlaji Temple – The temple of Shamlaji stands on the banks of the river Meshwo, in veneration of Lord Vishnu. The river Meshwo meanders over its rocky bed in the valley immediately below, and the waters of a splendid natural lake, of great beauty sparkle amid the well-wooded hills.
Amba Ji – A holy town in the beautiful backdrop of Arasur Hills, Amba Ji in the Indian State of Gujarat boasts of a rich legacy. A venerated place, where in all sects of Hindu religion pay their reverence, Amba Ji stands as the embodiment of female supremacy. Though this legendary town is dotted with an impressive lineup of lovely temples and shrines, Amba Ji Mata temple atop of the Gabbar transcends all other with its extreme devoutness. With its aesthetic appeal this holy abode of Mother goddess attracts people from far off places.
Continue drive to Mt abu. Overnight Stay at Hotel.
Day 03: Mount abu – Ranakpur Jain Temple – Kankroli – Srinathji – Eklingi – Udaipur
Morning proceed to visit Nakki Lake & Delwada Jain Temples than drive Ranakpur to visit Ranakpur Jain temples – the pilgrimage center of Rajasthan a few of the numerous temples are Chaturmukh temples than visit Kankroli Temple – Kankroli is a small town, located at a distance of 65 kms from the city of Udaipur. Kankroli is mainly known for its temple, which is sited on the banks of renowned Rajsamand Lake. Kankroli Temple is popularly called as temple of Dwarikadhish. Dwarikadhish is one of the names of Lord Krishna. This Temple is the most significant temple of the Vaishnavas and Vallabhacharya sect. The chief deity of Kankroli temple is believed to have imported from Mathura, the hometown of Lord Krishna.
Later proceed for Shrinathji. Shrinathji Temple of Nathdwara is actually a temple of Lord Krishna with his image carved out of a single block of black marble. Set amidst idyllic hills, it is said to be the second richest temple in the world. The royalty of Udaipur pray at the temple and as the head of his clan, the Maharana is also called as Shriji among his people.
Than visit Eklingi Temple – The western face is of Lord Brahma, northern one is of Sree Vishnu, eastern one of Sun God and the southern one is of Rudra or Lord Shiva. In 734 AD Bappa Raoel built this temple. The height of the temple is 50ft and it is very beautiful. The door is made of silver and the Nandi is also made of silver, besides, there are 10-faced Kali, Parvati, Ganesha and many other idols of Hindu gods and goddesses in these temples.
Continue drive to Udaipur. Overnight stay at Udaipur.
Day 04: Udaipur City Tour
Morning after breakfast visit city palace, Jagdish Temple later visit Fateh Sagar Lake,an artificial lake built by Maharana Jai Singh in 1678. The lake, however, got its name from Maharana Fateh Singh who made additions to it after a lot of destruction was caused by torrential rainfall. Fateh Sagar is about 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) long and 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) wide, with three intake channels and an overflow channel that is brought to use in the rainy season. Three verdant islands dot the lake, the largest being Nehru Park, a favorite picnic destination of the locals. All the islands can be reached by taking a boat ride on the lake. Sahelion-ki-badi (Girl Friends Garden or Honoured Girls Garen) just adjoining the east of the embankment of Fatehsagar lake was constructed in its present from by Maharana Fateh Singh after the original garden had been washed away on account of the breach of its old embankment. O/n stay at Udaipur.
Things to do in Udaipur: Boat ride on Lake Pichhola.
Day 05: Udaipur – Chittorgarh
Morning after breakfast drive to Chittorgarh. On arrival check in to hotel later visit the major attractions – forts & its towers, temples like Kalikamata Temple, Vijay Stambh – the victory tower, Kirtistambh – the tower of pride, and the Padmini Mahal. Chittorgarh Fort has a historical importance & is known as the pride of Rajputs. The huge fort is located on the top of a 180m high Hill, it covers an area of 240 hectares. There are seven different gates between the roads. Vijay Stambh, the nine storied tower, known as Vijay Stambh or Victory Tower has a wonderful view of the city. It was built in 1440 by Maharana Kumbha when had defeated Mohamed Khilji. Kirti Stambh, The tower of fame is 22 m high & has 7 stories; it was built in 12th century by a very rich Jain businessman. The other interesting places are Padmini Palace, where Ala-ud-din saw the reflection of the beautiful queen Padmini. Kalika Mata Temple, built in 8th century for Sun, and now since 14th century it is dedicated to Kalika Mata. Meera Bai Temple; where the famous Meera Bai worshiped Lord Krishna. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 06: Chittorgarh – Ajmer – Pushkar
Morning proceed for Pushkar. Enroute visit Ajmer, visit of Arhai-din-ka-Jhonpra (two-and-a-half-day shelter) is considered as the first important Islamic structure to be built in India. According to the legends, Arhai-din-ka-Jhonpra was a Sanskrit College initially and Mohammed Ghori converted the college into a mosque within two and a half days, hence the name. According to another legend, the structure is named after a festival, which carried on for two and a half days. The monument has seven arched walls with Islamic calligraphy, though most of it now remains in ruins. Ana Sagar Lake – This beautiful lake was built by King Anaji (AD 1135-1150), the grandfather of Prithvi Raj Chauhan at a picturesque site located to the north of Ajmer. Daulat Bagh Gardens, which was created by Jehangir, is located next to the lake. Baradari or the marble pavilion was added to the lake by Shahjahan. Dargah of Garib Nawaz – Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti – The dargah of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti is located at the foot of a small and barren hill in Ajmer.
Continue drive to Pushkar. Visit Brahma Temple, the only temple where Lord Brahma is worshipped, is one of the main attractions of Pushkar. The temple holds special importance for the followers of Hinduism. The temple houses a life-size four-armed idol of Lord Brahma—the creator—in the antralaya (vestibule). The temple is also characterized by its white marble floor and stairs. The walls of the temple are studded with silver coins. The coins are put by the devotees to mark the births or deaths of the loved ones of the devotees who came here to offer prayers. O/n stay at Pushkar.
Day 07: Pushkar – Jaipur
Morning after breakfast drive to Jaipur. Check into hotel. Later visit City Palace – A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.
Jantar Mantar– This wonderful astronomical observatory is famous throughout the world. It bears the hallmark of exceptional astronomical development of the medieval period. Hawa Mahal– This was constructed for ventilation for the women who used to watch the royal march through the screens of this building. This was built by poet king Sawai Pratap Singh. Galtaji- This place is surrounded with natural springs. This is an ancient pilgrimage center having the famous Galtaji Temple dedicated to Sun-God. Govind Devji Temple- This temple of Lord Krishna draws devotees from across the country. O/n stay at Jaipur.
Day 08: Jaipur – Amber Fort – Delhi
Morning after breakfast drive to Amber Fort – Elephant ride ascent to the fort later drive to Delhi. Overnight stay at Delhi.
Amber fort palace – amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds it’s ultimate expression. Continue sight-seeing.
Day 09: Delhi Airport / Railway station Drop
Transfer to Delhi Airport / Railway station for onward journey.