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Classic Rajasthan

Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
12
Avg user rating: 
5
Asia, India | 16 days
Trip code: 
HHSC
What's included: 

Transport - Metro, Private vehicle, Bus, Auto rickshaw, Jeep, Train, Overnight sleeper train

Accommodation - Hotel (10 nts), Heritage Property (2 nts), Deluxe permanent tent (1 nt), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)

Meals - 3 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

Trip Highlights: 
Taj Mahal
Tigers in Ranthambhore
Forts, palaces & temples
Camel ride in Pushkar
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Itinerary for Classic Rajasthan

(Departures in 2014-15)
  • Day 1-3 - Delhi
  • Day 4 - Agra
  • Day 5 - Rural Heritage Stay
  • Day 6/7 - Jaipur
  • Day 8 - Ranthambhore
  • Day 9 - Bundi
  • Day 10/11 - Rural Heritage Stay
  • Day 12/13 - Udaipur
  • Day 14/15 - Pushkar
  • Day 16 - Tour ends
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Day
1-3
Delhi

Delhi

Take an overnight flight - on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Namaste! Welcome to India.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 2.

You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

India's capital is an exciting, busy, and often chaotic city but it's also one of the most interesting in the world with historical sites from different eras, museums and galleries, shops and endless bazaars!

There are plenty of things to see and do in free time. Visit the World Heritage-listed Mughal masterpiece of Humayun's Tomb. This was the first garden tomb in India, built way back in 1570. Wonder at the tall brick minaret of Qutub Minar, which was started back in the 1100s. Explore the mighty Red Fort of Delhi. Part palace and part fort, it plays an integral part in the history of the city with former residents ranging from royal families to British soldiers.

Join your group leader on an excursion into the sights and sounds of Old Delhi! Set off on the city's modern metro system, then get a taste of India's famed public transport with a cycle rickshaw ride through chaotic streets, such as the famous Chandni Chowk. Make a visit to the Jama Masjid, Delhi's oldest mosque and one of its most impressive buildings, then visit the Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) to learn about the Sikh religion.

Included Activities

  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid

Optional Activities

  • Delhi - Qutb Minar - INR250
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR250
  • Delhi - Red Fort - INR250

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

Day
4
Agra

Agra

Take one of India's faster air-conditioned trains to the Mughal city of Agra (approx. 3 hours)

Hop on to your cycle rickshaw for a tour of the city - a truly fun and Intrepid way to see the monuments of Agra. Note that during summer and winter months on days when the weather is particularly hot or subject to dense fog, the cycle rickshaw tour will be replaced with battery powered rickshaws.

Visit the Taj Mahal - a masterpiece of shimmering white marble set amid beautiful formal gardens. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz, this 'teardrop on the face of eternity' (as it was described by writer Rabindranath Tagore) lives up to all expectations.

Visit Agra Fort on the banks of the Yamuna River. Built in 1565 by Emperor Akbar, the fort was originally designed to be a military structure. It was converted to a palace in Emperor Shah Jahan's time and eventually became his prison after he lost power in 1658.

See Akbar's Mausoleum - a beautiful sandstone and marble tomb built for the greatest of the Mughal emperors.

Included Activities

  • Agra - Cycle rickshaw tour
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Red Fort

Optional Activities

  • Agra - Akbar's Mausoleum - INR125
  • Agra - Additional entries to Taj Mahal - INR750

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
5

Rural Heritage Stay

Take a local bus to Bassi, a small town in the middle of rural Rajasthan (approx 4 hrs).

Travel by private jeeps right to the heart of the village where you stay.

On an exploratory walk through the village, you'll see local craftspeople at work and have plenty of opportunity to meet with the villagers.

Stay in a beautiful heritage property that belongs to one of the royal families of Rajasthan.

Included Activities

  • Heritage Stay - Village walk

Accommodation

Heritage Property (1 nt)

Day
6/7
Jaipur

Jaipur

Travel in private vehicles to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, via the Amber Palace (approx 2 hrs).

Stop at the old capital of Amber and explore the hilltop fort complex known as the Amber Palace.

A friendly, busy town crammed with palaces and bazaars full of jewellery, textiles and folk-based arts, Jaipur is a firm favourite with travellers.

Make a stop at India's most photographed building after the Taj Mahal, the Hawa Mahal or 'Palace of the Winds'.

Take a walk to the city's crowded and colourful bazaars, which sell a wide variety of artisan goods. Semi-precious stones are the local speciality - be sure to wander by the stalls at least once.

Go to Jaipur's Royal City Palace - one of India's finest - and spend time exploring the various rooms and apartments.

Visit one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur.

Discover the extravagance of a Bollywood blockbuster, with all the Hollywood-style elements of action, romance, drama and music (sometimes all rolled into one), at the spectacular Raj Mandir Cinema.

Included Activities

  • Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal

Optional Activities

  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR300
  • Jaipur - Observatory - INR200
  • Jaipur - Bollywood movie at the Raj Mandir Cinema - INR300

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)      

 

Day
8
Ranthambhore

Ranthambhore

Travelling by private vehicle, head north-east to Ranthambhore (approx 5 hrs).

Ranthambhore National Park is one of the original Project Tiger reserves, although with its lakes, crags and ruined pavilions, it's well worth a visit in itself.

One of the biggest and most renowned national parks in northern India, Ranthambhore 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.

Explore Ranthambhore 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.

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

Included Activities

  • Ranthambore - National Park Safari

Optional Activities

  • Ranthambore - Fort tour - INR200

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
9

Bundi

Take private vehicles to the small rural town of Bundi (approx 4 hrs).

A delightful town teeming with Rajasthani life, Bundi's narrow streets are packed with shops of all kinds and the downtown market is an interesting spot to mingle with the local people.

This is a fantastic place to explore on foot and there's plenty of time to visit the baoris (step-wells) and experience local street life down in the bazaars.

Explore Bundi Palace and its famous murals. Built during the 16th and 17th centuries, it's a classic piece of Rajasthani architecture.

Included Activities

  • Bundi - Bundi Palace

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
10/11
Rural Heritage Stay

Rural Heritage Stay

Take a slow but interesting train journey with rural villagers and locals to the small town of Bassi (approx 3 hrs).

Please note: This town of Bassi is not the same Bassi you visit on Day 4 of the itinerary. There are two Bassis!

Enjoy a drive in open jeeps out into the countryside visiting rural villages - a special and unique experience indeed!

Be treated to a night of luxury in a wonderful heritage stay, a fortified mansion still run by the erstwhile local landlord and his family. It is a perfect place to take a break and immerse yourself in the local culture and lifestyle. The place is warm and people and staff friendly, welcoming all their guests and treating them as part of the family.

Spend the night camping (in relative luxury!) beside a lake and under the stars. Our tents have attached bathrooms, electricity and hot & cold running water. It gets cool in the months of November & December, but quilts are provided. (no AC or heating)

Please note during the monsoon period (April - September) you do not camp and spend both nights in the heritage stay.

Included Activities

  • Heritage Stay - Village jeep safari

Optional Activities

  • Heritage Stay - Henna painting - INR125

Accommodation

Heritage Property (1 nt), Deluxe permanent tent (1 nt)

 

Day
12/13
Udaipur

Udaipur

A short journey by private vehicle takes us to Udaipur (approx 4 hrs).

Udaipur undoubtedly lives up to its reputation as India's most romantic city. Rolling hills, white marble palaces and lakes come together appealingly and it's a centre for artists, dancers and musicians. The shopping is also superb, with miniature paintings being the speciality.

On arrival in Udaipur, take a walk around town to help gather your bearings. Explore Udaipur's twisting alleys filled with silver, shoes, bags, leather goods and miniature paintings.

Visit City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India, and check out the unbelievable treasures within - from vivid murals to antiques and royal utensils.

Enjoy a half hour boat ride on the famous Lake Pichola and see marvels like Lake Palace and Jag Mandir Island (seasonal depending on the water level in the lake).

Be part of a musical concert combining seven traditional Rajasthani folk dances.

Included Activities

  • Udaipur - City Palace guided tour

Optional Activities

  • Udaipur - Lake boat ride - INR250
  • Udaipur - Cultural performance - INR100

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

 

Day
14/15
Pushkar

Pushkar

Depart from Udaipur by air conditioned train to Ajmer (approx 6 hrs).

Take private vehicles from Ajmer to our hotel in Pushkar (approx 45 mins).

Pushkar is one of the India's holiest places. It's also a market centre for many of the local village people and a great place to sit back and relax.

Head out to explore Pushkar's main bazaar and many sidestreets - some great bargains can be had, as some of the cheapest clothes and jewellery in northern India can be found here. Walk around the lake, with its bustling ghats and temples, to watch the devout as they worship at the holy waters. Visit the only Brahma Temple in India.

The highlight of our visit to Pushkar is a camel ride out into the local desert area. For those who don't want to ride a camel, there's a camel cart option.

Early risers can make the sunrise hike up the hill to the Savitri Temple for magical views over the town. There could also be a wonderful steaming glass of chai waiting for you if the chai man is there - certainly well worth the trek.

Board the overnight train to Delhi (approx 9 hrs). Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned, a great way to travel long distances and still get maximum time in each place. Beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blanket provided but some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. Please note you may be sharing with locals in a same gender/mixed gender situation.

Included Activities

  • Pushkar - Camel safari

Optional Activities

  • Pushkar - Savitri Temple - Free

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)

 

Day
16

Tour ends

After arriving in Delhi, transfer to our hotel.

Back at the hotel you can use group day rooms until midday.

Your adventure ends and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.