Drive to Jodhpur stopping at Mount Batten Lodge
Drive to Jodhpur (approx 5hrs) en route stop for lunch at Mount Batten Lodge and visit Ranakpur Jain Temple. The renowned Jain temple at Ranakpur is dedicated to Tirthankara Adinatha. According to the local legend Dharma Shah, a local Jain businessperson, started construction of the temple in the 15th century following a divine vision. The temple honours Adinath, the first Tirthankar and founder of the Jain religion. The town of Ranakpur and the temple are named after the provincial ruler monarch Rana Kumbha, who supported the construction of the temple.
Day Visit to Ranakpur Temples
Ranakpur is a relatively small village located in western India, but it is home to a stunning Jain temple. The temple is supported by 1,444 intricately detailed marble pillars and can be easily recognized by its distinctive domes and cupolas from its façade. The building has been renovated and is considered one of the greatest wonders in all of India.
Dine at Umaid Bhawan Palace on a complimentary basis this evening
Orientation Visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace
Spend some time exploring Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the world's finest and most perfectly preserved Art Deco buildings. Built in the 20th century, this huge building is divided into three sections. These constitute a luxury hotel, royal residence and museum showcasing the history of the Jodhpur Royal Family.The former capital of the state of Marwar, the majestic city of Jodhpur was once a key member of the powerful Rajput alliance of principalities. The mighty Mehrangarh Fort epitomises this power and towers over the city, standing upon a steep-sided plateau.
Lying beneath the fort, Jodhpur's old city is a maze of medieval streets, littered with glittering blue houses. Traditionally built to denote the homes of members of the highest caste, it is these colourful structures that have led to Jodhpur being known as the 'Blue City'.
You will be staying at Umaid Bhawan Palace, bed and breakfast