MAGICAL RAJASTHAN

EXPLORE THE UNSEEN

Secrets of Rajasthan

The secrets of Rajasthan can best be explored by being a guest in some very special heritage properties. Overnight stays in ornate ‘havelis’ that are now heritage hotels enable us to witness the lifestyle of a maharaja, surrounded by grandeur. Visits to villages allow us to connect with the local people who in some cases still live a way of life that has changed little in centuries. The cities of Agra – home to the magnificent Taj Mahal, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur will impress with their magnificience, whilst Karauli, Bijapur and Dera Kharwa  will give you the chance to explore their rich cultural legacies. We also seek out India’s exotic wildlife, including the magnificent tiger, on an adventure to Ranthambore National Park. This is indeed the Rajasthan of your dreams!

1399$ / Person

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  • Tour Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
  • Starts/Ends: New Delhi
  • Cities Covered: Delhi – Agra – Karauli – Ranthambore – Bijaipur – Udaipur – Dera Khairwa – Jodhpur – Jaipur
  • Tour Guide: Yes, escorted by a tour guide
  • Hotels: 14 Nights on twin sharing basis in Historic hotel, Comfortable hotel, Luxury tented camp, Comfortable lodge.
  • Meals: 14 Breakfasts

TOUR DETAILS

Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Your airport representative will be waiting for you in the arrival hall, located after passing through the customs area and beyond the travel desks and exchange counters. Most flights arrive in Delhi in the late evening, so there is nothing arranged for this day. If you have arrived early, you can have the first impressions of Delhi by having a walk in the neighborhood.

Early this morning you will leave for Agra, home to India’s most famous site – the majestic Taj Mahal. You will also visit the nearby Agra Fort – a huge complex built of red sandstone by Akbar in 1565 and partially converted into a palace during the time of Shah Jahan. (Driving time: approximately 5 hours)

From Agra you will make your first stop at the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. This magnificent ghost town was capital of the Mughal Empire between 1571 and 1585. Built during the reign of Emperor Akbar it was abandoned shortly after his death due to a lack of available water.

 

You will then drive down to Karauli, where you will arrive mid-afternoon. Karauli is a 600-year-old city founded by Yaduvanshi Rajput kings – descendents of Lord Krishna. You will stay for a night at a sprawling palace belonging to the family that once ruled Karauli. Bhanwar Vilas Palace was built as a royal residence in 1938 by Maharaja Ganesh Pal Deo Bahadur when he was the ruler of Karauli. The City Palace is a real highlight, with the fort and the palace being the official residence of the royal family of Karauli until 1938.

In the morning you will be travelling to Ranthambore (approx 4 hrs).

 

Ranthambore National Park is one of the original Project Tiger reserves & one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in northern India, Ranthambore was once a famous hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur – today it’s a major wildlife tourist attraction.

 

Take 4WD safari vehicles and go searching for tigers and other wildlife inside the park in afternoon.

 

Explore Ranthambore Fort. Founded in 944, few of the buildings inside have survived the ravages of war and time, but among the remaining ruins, two pavilions – Badal Mahal and Hammirs Court – give an idea of its old grandeur.

NOTE: Ranthambore National Park is closed between 1 July and 30 September each year. On those trips affected, we’ll visit nearby Mansingh Sanctuary.

In the morning you will drive to Bundi, a small town founded in the 14th century on the foot hills of Himalayas. Bundi today is known for its series of step-wells (‘baoris’), old houses, narrow streets, and the remarkable Taragarh Fort. You will stay overnight in a comfortable tented camp at Ummaid Bagh Resorts or similar that is full of historic ambiance. This is sure to be one of the real highlights of this trip.

Your next stop is Bijaipur, where you will stay a night in Castle Bijaipur. This 16th century castle is now converted into a heritage hotel run by the local ruling family. It offers 24 rooms of varying sizes and decor simply furnished using local materials.

 

On the way, visit Menal – a temple complex that has been referred to as a ‘mini Khajuraho’, with its elaborate erotic carvings.

 

*Note: Because of the limited number of rooms at Castle Bijaipur, on occasions you may instead stay overnight in deluxe tented camp nearby, which is under the same ownership and is equally opulent.

En route to Udaipur you will visit Chittorgarh, probably India’s greatest medieval fort. Three times in its long history, powerful enemy forces sacked Chittorgarh. On each occasion the men rode out from the fort to certain death, while the women committed ‘johar’ by throwing themselves and their children on to a huge funeral pyre.

 

After visiting Chittorgarh Fort, you will continue your journey towards Udaipur which is also known as “Venice of East”.

 

Udaipur is a beautiful city built around the shores of Lake Pichola and full of fascinating temples, ornate palaces and impressive ‘havelis’ (merchant homes). The charming setting of the Lake Palace on Jagniwas Island is unforgettable. During your stay, you will visit the Jagdish Temple, City Palace, Garden of Maids.

On your journey between Udaipur and Jodhpur you will stop to spend a night in Dera Khairwa which  is a 15th century fort-palace located in the village of Khairwa in the Pali District.

 

The rulers of Dera Khairwa belong to the noble clan of Jodha-Rathores, who are related to the founders of the city of Jodhpur. During your time here you can imagine what it must have been like to be part of the ruling class in the India of yesteryear, surrounded by elegance and opulence.

Established in the 15th century on the edge of the Great Thar Desert, Jodhpur was an important trading centre. Many of the buildings were painted blue, as historically this was an indication that the home belongs to a high caste Brahmin.

 

You will visit the imposing Meherangarh Fort,  Jaswant Thada – Royal Crematorium , clock tower and the bustling Sadar Market, located at the foot of the hill. This market is a great place to stroll around at leisure, with several alleyways leading off to various bazaars selling all sorts of fruits, vegetables, spices, textiles, and handicrafts.

 

Next morning you will travel to the surrounding countryside and visit the various different caste villages. These are home to people such as the Bishnois, the protectors of trees and animals, and the Meghwals, who are skilled weavers and potters.

After breakfast you will travel by road (7 hours) for Jaipur – the colourful capital of the state of Rajasthan, as well as a vibrant and exciting town. The rest of the evening is free to relax.

 

Next day you will explore the colorful Jaipur – The City Palace is an amazing complex with various courtyards and connecting buildings, as well as fascinating museums displaying royal costumes and weaponry.

 

Your guide will also take you to the Old Bazaar, Jantar mantar – observatory and Hawa Mahal, better known as the Palace of the Wind. This five-storey façade with its pink, honeycombed sandstone windows is one of Jaipur’s best-known landmarks.

 

You will also explore the stunning medieval Amber Fort. This fort was built in 1592 and is a superb example of Rajput architecture. Several hours are needed to explore this huge fortification.

After breakfast you will be driven back to Delhi, where you will arrive around lunch time. You will enjoy an orientation drive around the city that takes you to India Gate and past the President’s House and Parliament House.

 

Next morning after breakfast, you will start the half day tour of Delhi including Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar & The Lotus Temple. If your flight leaves in the evening you may wish to book additional accommodation so you have a room until departure. Most flights leave Delhi in the evening. Your tour leader can assist you with transfers to the airport. This Secrets of Rajasthan tour will end up after dropping you off to the airport.

 

If you are staying longer in Delhi or going to any other part of India, please let us know before so that airport transfers can be arranged accordingly.

What's Included

  • Airport transfers on Day 1 & Day 15
  • AC cab/mini van for full tour & sightseeing in every city
  • 14 Breakfasts
  • 14 Nights accommodation in Historic hotel, Comfortable hotel, Luxury tented camp, Comfortable lodge on twin sharing basis
  • Elephant ride to Amber Fort, Jaipur (if available).
  • All parking, Toll Tax, Road Tax, Driver & Fuel throughout the day
  • English-speaking guide fees for all major monuments

What's Not Included

  • Anything not specified in the Inclusions above.
  • Monument Entrance Tickets
  • Wildlife Safari game drive at National Park
  • Portage, laundry, telephone calls, meals (other than included breakfasts), snacks, drinks
  • Camera fees
  • Tips / gratuities

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