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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 (8 nts), Heritage Property (4 nts), Deluxe permanent tent (1 nt), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)

Meals - 3 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners

Trip Highlights: 
Admire the Taj Mahal
Discover the many faces of Delhi
Forts, palaces & temples
Camel ride in Pushkar
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2013 Itinerary

(Departures in 2013)
  • Day 1-2 - Delhi
  • Day 3 - Agra
  • Day 4 - Rural Heritage Stay
  • Day 5/6 - Jaipur
  • Day 7 - Ranthambhore
  • Day 8 - Bundi
  • Day 9/10 - Rural Heritage Stay
  • Day 11/12 - Udaipur
  • Day 13/14 - Pushkar
  • Day 15 - Tour ends
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Day
1-2
Delhi

Delhi

On arrival in Delhi make your way to the hotel, where you can rest after your flight. The rest of today has been left free, either for you to relax around the hotel or to explore the city. The present metropolis of Delhi is at least the eighth city to have been founded on this site; its predecessors have been largely razed to the ground. Today the city is famous for its two contrasting faces: the bustling and vibrant Old Delhi, with Mosques, temples shops and market stalls all squeezed into narrow streets and the wide boulevards and imposing buildings of New Delhi. For those wishing to explore some of the city’s sights your leader will be on hand to offer advice and make suggestions. The following day you will explore the sights and sounds of this city as a group. Get around using the modern metro system and try a cycle rickshaw; visit Jama Masjid the oldest mosque in Delhi and then the Sheeshgang Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) to learn about the Sikh religion. Hotel – 2 nights

Day
3
Agra

Agra

Travel by train to Agra (approx 3 hours) taking one of India's fastest airconditioned trains. Agra stands on the bank of the river Yamuna and was once the capital of the Moghul Empire. It flourished under Akbar, and Shah Jahan added many of the buildings in and around Agra Fort and, of course, the Taj Mahal.

Explore the city by cycle rickshaw. Visit the Taj Mahal. This stunning building was built as a mausoleum for Shah Jahan’s beloved wife, Mumtaz, after she died giving birth to their 14th child, and must surely be the world’s greatest monument to love. Architects from as far afield as Europe were commissioned to take part in its creation. Constructed of white marble inlaid with thousands of pieces of coloured and semi-precious stone, its staggering architecture makes the Taj Mahal one of the world’s most beautiful buildings.

At nearby Agra Fort, started by Akbar and finally completed four generations later by Aurangzeb, there is a fusion of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, leading to the emergence of a distinctive Indian style. Hotel – 1 night

Day
4

Rural Heritage Stay

A local bus takes you to the small town of Bassi (approx 4 hours). Travel on by jeep right into the centre of the village. A walk through the area shows local crafts people at work and gives you a chance to meet and talk with villagers. You stay here tonight in a heritage property which belongs to one of Rajasthan's royal families. Overnight Heritage Property 1 night

Day
5/6
Jaipur

Jaipur

Onwards to Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan, which was planned according to an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture on a grid system. It thus remained one of the most organised cities in India for many years. Today however, this is the India that most people imagine; streets crammed with traffic, sacred cows dodging the cars and buses, camels waiting at traffic lights along with auto-rickshaws and bicycles. Jaipur has been called the ‘Pink City’ since it was painted pink (by law, buildings in the old city must still be painted a deep pink) when the Prince of Wales visited the city in 1876. 

Visit Amber, the former capital of Jaipur state and stronghold of the Kachhawaha Rajputs, you visit its magnificent palace. It is no wonder that it remained their capital for almost 700 years. You can walk to the gates of the palace, where you are greeted by the grandeur of Rajput architecture. You can also visit the City Palace, home to the Maharaja of Jaipur, and the city’s best museum as well as the façade of the Hawa Mahal, the ‘Palace of the Winds’. There is much to occupy your time in Jaipur, perhaps a visit to the marble and sandstone chhattris of the rulers of Jaipur by the lake at Gaitore - the cenotaph of Sawai Jai Singh II stands out for its delicate carvings and beautiful shape.  Hotel – 2 nights 

Day
7
Ranthambhore

Ranthambhore

Head north-east (approx 5 hours) to arrive in Ranthambhore. This National Park is a Project Tiger reserve. Once a famous hunting ground for Maharajas, today it is a major wildlife attraction. You go searching for tigers in a 4WD vehicle, spotting other local wildilfe as you go. Please note Ranthambhore is closed between 01 July and 30 September each year when we will visit nearby Mansingh Santuary instead. You can also visit Ranthambhore Fort, founded in 944 it has been ravaged by time but you can still imagine its original grandeur. Hotel – 1 night (B)

Day
8

Bundi

Travel to the small rural town of Bundi (approx 4 hours drive). Explore the town on foot through its narrow streets, there are all kinds of shops and a busy market place. Visit the baoris (step-wells) and watch people go about their lives. Built in the 16th and 17th centuries Bundi Palace is a classic example of Rajasthani architecture with interesting murals. Hotel – 1 night (BD)

Day
9/10
Rural Heritage Stay

Rural Heritage Stay

Travel by slow train today to the small town of Bassi (approx 3 hours) enroute absorb the scenery and mingle with your fellow passegers. On arrival in Bassi travel on by jeep visiting rural villages as you go. Camp overnight on a lake shore, this is a permanent camp and the tents have bathrooms, electricity and hot water. Can be cold in Oct/Nov but quilts are provided. (no camping in April to September due to monsoon). Next day travel on and visit more villages as you get into the feel of local life here. Overnight is at a foritified mansion and you will be welcomed as one of the family, immerse yourself in local customs and culture. Please note: This town of Bassi is not the same Bassi we visit on Day 4 of the itinerary. There are two Bassi's. Permanent Camp – 1 night (D); Heritage Property – 1 night 

Day
11/12
Udaipur

Udaipur

Drive to Udaipur (approx 4 hours), sometimes called the ‘Venice of the East’, with beautiful lakes and grandiose palaces that line the shore, it is an oasis in this stark and arid state. Founded in 1568, the City Palace dominates the lake and the old town. You visit the City Palace, now a museum, where the views over the lake and the Jag Niwas ‘floating palace’ are spectacular. Udaipur is famed for its tie-and-dye fabrics and the fine miniature paintings of the Mewar School. Its bazaars and shops are fascinating to wander around or it’s possible to hire bicycles and explore the nearby hills and villages. Just north of Udaipur is a complex of 108 unprepossessing temples at Eklingi, the oldest of which is dedicated to Shiva and dates from the 8th century. At nearby Nagda there are decorative 10th century temples with wonderful carvings and elaborate friezes. In the evenings the sunsets are spectacular, as the changing colours of the sun wash over this most romantic of cities. Hotel – 2 nights (Day 12, B)

Day
13/14
Pushkar

Pushkar

Travel by train (approx 6 hours) to Ajmer, then a short drive (45mins) takes you to the peaceful lakeside town of Pushkar. Although renowned for its cattle and camel fair at the time of Kartik Purnima (November’s full moon) when thousands of people and animals arrive, for most of the year it remains a quiet and tranquil place. Pushkar’s lake is one of the most sacred in India and beside it is one of the very few Brahma temples in existence in the country. Its importance as a place of pilgrimage is illustrated by the fact that devout Hindus should visit it at least once in their lifetime and that consuming meat and alcohol is prohibited here. At the end of the monsoon season the lake is full and the reflections of the temples and ghats in the water are stunning. Throughout the day people come to the shore to make their pujas (prayers) to their gods. Take a camel ride out in the desert to complete your Pushkar experience. Board the overnight train to Delhi (9 hours).  Hotel – 1 night;  Overnight train – 1 night

N.B. The itinerary will slightly differ here during Pushkar Camel Fair Festival departures.

Day
15

Tour ends

Arriving in Delhi transfer to hotel where you have use of a day room until noon. The trip ends in Delhi for Land Only clients. Those on group flights transfer to the airport and fly home. (D)