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Day 5, 3rd January 2019: Jaisalmer
We started out with an early morning sunrise towards the gorgeous Gadisar lake, an artificially built lake that is flanked by beautifully carved temples and shrines.
Jaisalmer being the golden city of Rajasthan finds its pride in one of its most popular landmark, the Golden Fort or more commonly the local translation called as Sone Ka Quila, a name that goes perfectly with its appearance being amidst the golden sands of the Thar Desert.
On a perfectly pleasant afternoon, we head to Patwon ki Haveli, which gets its name from the owner, Guman Chand Patwa which is a combination of five different Havelis or mansions. It is now featured as a musuem which has an array of artworks, furniture and intricate carvings.
The Jain temple at another corner not far away is not any shy of flaunting its wonderful carvings all around on all fours of where it stands!
The evening comes to a close, with the sun ready to set its rays down, but there is so much more planned on the cards for the day. Jeep riding and camel riding on the sand dunes followed by an amazing sunset on the cold evening set us back after a tiring day to the Swiss tents in the middle of the sand dunes which had wonderful facilities which didn’t fail to impress.
Day 6, 4th January 2019: Jaisalmer to Jodhpur
The Taj Umaid Bhavan Palace which rests high on the pedestal of the city of Jodhpur, is the residence of Maharaja Gaj Singh II, The Palace counts among the most opulent homes ever built and has over three hundred and fifty rooms.
Day 7, 5th January 2019: Jodhpur to Ranakpur
Several hundred feet above the skyline of Jodhpur stands the Mehrangard Fort, which is one of the largest forts in India. Now a museum built from a former palace, which is enclosed by thick imposing walls of burnished red sandstone, the museum displays weapons, painting and elaborate royal palanquins.
The Ranakpur temple with it’s distinctive domes rises majestically from the slope of a hill. 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple. The pillars are all differently carved and no two pillars are the same. It is also said that it is impossible to count the pillars.
Day 8, 6th January 2019, Udaipur
The place and location that marked the highlight of the trip was the grand City Palace, Udaipur. The palace houses a museum, but a greater part of it is still a royal residence. It has a modern look in comparison to other Rajasthan palaces and museum and exhibits a much higher level of complexity in terms of it’s architecture. It incorporates an impressive array of courtyards, gardens and buildings.
Fahteh Sagar Lake and Saheliyon-ki-Bari: Another quiet picturesque lake artificially built is a beauty and gives the city of Udaipur a justified tagline of city of lakes. Saheliyon-ki-Bari which is a stone’s throw away is a prime garden spot which has lush green lawns and marble art.