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DAY 01 (TUE / FRI)
Check in at Jaipur Railway station
Reception at 18.30 hrs
Departure for Bikaner 19.00 hrs
Dinner on board at 20.00 hrs
DAY 02 (WED / SAT) BIKANER – HAAT – GAJNER
Arrive at Bikaner at 06.00 hrs
Breakfast on board 07.00 hrs
Departure for sightseeing of Fort 08.30 hrs
Lying in the north of the desert state, the city is dotted with scores of sand dunes. Bikaner retains the medieval grandeur that permeates the city's lifestyle. More readily called the camel country, the city is distinguished for the best riding camels in the world and hence boasts of having one of the largest Camel research and breading farm in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here. A camel besides doing transportation duties, also works on wells. These are built on high plinths with slender minarets on each of the four corners and can be noticed even from a distance.
Departure for Haat at 11.00 hrs.
Departure from Haat for Gajner 12.15 hrs
Arrive Gajner at 13.15 hrs
Lunch at Gajner at 13.30 hrs
Gajner is an incomparable Jewel in the Thar. Built by the great Maharaja Ganga Singhji of Bikaner on the embankment of a lake with a generous dose of flora and fauna. Basically a hunting and relaxing lodge, the maharaja and the family shared their passion with their exclusive guests and hosted exotic holidays for them.
Around the palace is a thick forestation that attracts the guests to take up a simple walk around admiring the migratory birds in winters like imperial sand goose, antelopes, black bucks and the animal species that wander around in the form of Nilgais, chinkaras, deers etc. The hotel is spread in a large area, and the ambiance around is as raw and authentic as it was before.
Safari at 15.45 hrs
Arrive at Lalgarh Palace for Tea at 16.15 hrs
Lalgarh Palace, a architectural masterpiece in red sandstone, the palace was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the memory of his father Maharaja Lal Singh. The palace has beautiful latticework and filigree work. Sprawling lawns with blooming bougainvillea and dancing peacocks make it a not-to-be missed visual treat. Part of the palace has been converted into a luxury hotel and a museum known as Shri Sadul Museum. The museum covers the entire first floor of the palace and houses well preserved old photographs and trophies of wildlife. Timings 10.00 hr. to 16.30 hr.
The Shri Sadul museum covers entire first floor of the palace. The museum was established in 1076 and there's a reasonable collection of artifacts and personal pocessions of the Bikaner Maharajas and a brass vessel known as a tokna used to collect revenue which was transported by camel to Bikaner state treasury.
Return and board train at 18.30 hrs
Dinner on board 20.00 hrs
Departure for Tal Chhaper at 23.30 hrs
Overnight on board train
DAY 03 (THU / SUN) GAJNER – PADHIYAR – NAWLGARH
Arrival at Padhiyar Railway station at 04.00 hrs
Departure at 07.15 hrs
Arrive at Tal Chhaper and sightseeing at 07.30 hrs
The Tal Chhapar wildlife sanctuary in Rajasthan, India is known for the black-buck that is a flat saline depression with its own ecosystem. A number of migratory birds visit this region especially the harries. These birds visit this region during the month of September.
Departure at 09.00 hrs
Arrive Ramgarh at 11.00 hrs
Departure for Nawalgarh via Sikar at 11.15 hrs
Sightseeing of Ramgarh Havalis (Mahanser) at 11.30 hrs
This town was founded by the Poddars in the late 18th century. The Poddars left the town in discontent against the then ruler of Churu. Unlike the frescoes on the havelis in the other towns and villages of Shekhawati, the finest frescoes depicting scenes from the Ramayana in Ramgarh can be seen on the ceiling of a chhatri or cenotaph built to commemorate a Poddar scion.
The Shani Temple, dedicated to the deity Saturn (or Saturday God) is devotedly painted with fine frescoes. The Ruia, Poddar and Bagaria Havelis are worth a visit. Ramgarh is also internationally-famous for wooden Shekhawati furniture and artistic tables, chairs, cupboards and items of everyday use are in great demand in India and abroad.
The area is surrounded by sand dunes and life is quite difficult around this town in the summer months.
Sightseeing of Mandawa Havalis and Cenotaphs at 12.30 hrs
Founded in the mid 18th century Manawa skyline today is dominated by an imposing mirage like fort now a heritage hotel that is maintained in the classic medieval theme with the modern luxuries. The painted archway is painted with interesting forms of paintings of Lord Krishna and his cowherds. The sprawling architecture houses a different theme in different wings. The spacious rooms are adorned by intricate interior wall paintings and mirror work with open terrace that offers a panoramic view of the whole town. The women folks of the Mandawa family who lived in a royal style once used this floor. The ambiences of those years still linger around the rooms. The Mandawa family has a unique collection of their preserved paintings and antiques that adorn the main huge hall in the centre of the castle, originally the durbar hall and now an exotic lounge. The ceremonial costumes of the family collection and the precious arms with handle of jade and beautiful curios brought by the British as a gift for the nobles are well placed like a showcase of a museum. The hotel is well equipped with modern facilities in an ethnic set-up. A night stay is an experience in itself with thematic evenings and oriented and medieval cuisine. The warm hospitality is touching.
Lunch at Mandawa Castle at 13.30 hrs
Departure for Nawalgarh and sightseeing at 16.00 hrs
Founded in the 18th Century by Nawal Singh, it has some of the finest frescos in the Shekhawati region. A huge fort with colourful bazaar and numerous havelis with elaborate architecture makes it an interesting destination for a 1day / 1 night stay. There are a few prominent havelis like Anandilal Poddar Haveli, Aath Haveli, Hodh Raj Patodia Haveli etc., which are to be visited, and so are the two forts and the palace hotel Roop Niwas that is a beautiful heritage property and is renovated with modern facilities. The Palace offers spacious painted rooms, Luxurious interiors, graceful hospitality and great thematic evenings with sumptuous cuisine. The registered painting in their Art Gallery is a treat to the o visuals.
Tea break at Nawalgarh 17.30 hrs
Return and board train at 19.00 hrs
Dinner on board at 19.30 hrs
Overnight on board train
DAY 04 (FRI / MON) NAWALGARH - JAIPUR
Arrive Jaipur at 06.30 hrs
Breakfast at 07.30 hrs
Disembark at 08.30 hrs