RURAL RAJASTHAN

 

Complete tour of Rajasthan in 17 nights 

ABOUT THE JOURNEY

 

Rajasthan’s name translates to ‘The land of the kings’ and this route takes one into a time warp, exploring the timeless sands of its rural landscapes. This route begins in the capital of India, Delhi, from where it drives one to the ‘open-air art gallery’ of Rajasthan, Mandawa from where it heads into the expanses in Gajner. From Gajner it takes one to the desert town of Jaisalmer. The desert sands lead one to the blue city, Jodhpur. It will let one explore the wild at the Jawai Leopard Camp from where it proceeds to the city of lakes and palaces, Udaipur. From Udaipur, it will go to Shahpura Bagh. The path will then wind its way to the capital of the land of kings and the pink city, Jaipur, then onward via the royal Samode Palace, the city of victory, Fatehpur Sikri, to the home of the Taj Mahal, Agra. The journey ends back in the capital Delhi.

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Arrival in Delhi

 

Upon arrival in Delhi, our representative will provide assistance at the airport and will transfer the guests to the hotel. After the check-in formalities, they may choose to rest or to explore the city for the remainder of the day (if they arrive during the day time).  

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Delhi

 

The guests will have a late start on this day. The morning will be free to relax at the hotel after a long journey. They will drive around the capital area, called “Lutyens Delhi” and then visit the Mughals’ architectural gem in Delhi, the Humayun’s Tomb. The day will end a little outside central Delhi at the beautiful religious buildings of Qutb Minar, which date from the onset of Islamic rule in India.

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Delhi

 

Following breakfast they will go on a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. They will have a photo stop at Red Fort from the outside, and Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. Here they will take a ride in a rickshaw and on the Delhi Metro from Chandni Chowk up to Jor Bagh. Following lunch and a walk around Lodi Gardens, they will head to the National Museum, the government’s impressive collection of artefacts from the annals of India’s long enviable history. Late in afternoon, proceed to the tranquil meditation hall of the B’ahai House of Worship, also known as the Lotus Temple, built in December 1986 to resemble a budding lotus flower, hence the name.

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Delhi-Mandawa

4 hour drive, 257 kms

 

Following breakfast the guests will be driven to a tiny hamlet in the midst of the desert, Mandawa. Mandawa is famous both for its imposing fort and beautiful Havelis. It is located at the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. They will take a tour of the village and end the day with a dinner at the hotel.

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Mandawa-Bikaner-Gajner

4 hour drive, 225 kms

 

The day will begin a drive to Bikaner. Upon reaching Bikaner at mid-day, they will do a tour of the city with a visit to the Junagarh Fort, one of Rajastahan’s most remarkable fort complexes with almost forty bastions punctuating its ramparts. Following the visit they will head to the hotel in midst of a remote area which is a short drive outside Bikaner, in Gajner.

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Gajner-Jaisalmer

6 hour drive, 300 kms

 

This day the guests will get a late start on this day. They may relax at the palatial hotel and its environs. Afternoon, they will embark on a long a drive to the desert city of Jaisalmer. Once a strategic trading route, this remote desert outpost is dominated by a magnificent fort. They will spend the night in Jaisalmer.

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Jaisalmer

 

The guests will go on a sightseeing tour of the city of Jaisalmer, beginning with the Jaisalmer Fort. Within the fort, there is a palace and quite a few Hindu and Jain temples. Jaisalmer is replete with the fairy-tale architecture of the Havelis boasting gorgeously carved stone doorways, jail screens and balconies. After the Havelis, they can have lunch. Following lunch, they will go on a camel safari into the timeless dunes of the Thar Desert.

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Jaisalmer – Jodhpur

5 hour drive, 280 kms

 

The guests will drive to Jodhpur after breakfast and can have lunch on the way. Upon reaching Jodhpur, they will check-in at the hotel and they will then go the grand Umaid Bhawan Palace for high-tea. They will spend the night in Jodhpur.

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Jodhpur

 

The day will begin with a tour of the Blue City, Jodhpur. The defining feature of this otherwise low-rise cityscape, rising 400 feet above the city, the Mehrangarh Fort is at once colossal and delicate, imposing and organic. After fort, they will visit a clock tower called Ghanta Ghar and the market adjoining it is known for its silver art, textiles and spices. The Jaswant Thada, close to the Clock Tower is an intricately crafted cenotaph was built in 1899 in honour of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.

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Jodhpur – Jawai Leopard Camp

3 hour drive, 160 kms

 

The day will begin with a drive to the Jawai Leopard Camp, lying at the heart of an untrammelled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free. Following lunch at the camp, they will go on a Jeep safari into the wilderness to spot the elusive leopard.

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Jawai Leopard Camp – Udaipur

3 hour drive – 150 kms

 

The day will begin with another Safari in to the wild. After which they will drive to Udaipur. Udaipur as a city is one of India’s most beautiful sights and is also known as “The City of Lakes”. Focussed around Lake Pichola, palace-cum-hotels are scattered around the city that is surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains. The guests will enjoy a private boat ride in the scenic Lake Pichola. They will have dinner at the Ambrai, a picturesque restaurant in the Amet Haveli overlooking the lake and the surrounding landscape.

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Udaipur

 

After breakfast the guests will embark on a sighseeing tour of the city of Udaipur. On the peaceful banks of Lake Pichola, City Palace stands majestically, boasting panoramic views of the lake and city. Just next to the entrance of the City Palace stands the imposing Jagdish Temple. The beautiful ‘Saheliyon-Ki-Bari’ or the Garden of the Maidens on the banks of the Lake Fateh Sagar is a spectacular getaway. They will then take a trip to the magnificent Shri Eklingji Prabhu Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, it traces its history back to the founding of the Mewar dynasty in the 8th century.

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Udaipur – Shahpura

4 hour drive – 220 kms

 

The guests will have a relaxed start on this day and drive to Shahpura. After checking in at Shahpura, they can take a walk in the rustic streets of the town and experience the rural ambience of the place. They will spend the night at Shahpura Bagh.

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Shahpura – Jaipur

6 hour drive, 280 kms

 

They guests may have an early start on this day. After check-out and breakfast, they will drive to Jaipur. En route they will stop at Pushkar and walk around the town. They will then proceed to the Pink City, Jaipur where they will spend the night. Those who wish may choose to visit the local markets for which Jaipur is renowned. They may also visit the Raj Mandir Cinema and those who want to watch a colourful Bollywood movie may do so.

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Jaipur

 

The day will begin after breakfast with a visit to the Old City of Jaipur. The guests will see Hawa Mahal from outside and can click some pictures, the grand royal City Palace and the severnteenth century astronomical observatory, the Jantar Mantar, they will head to the grand hill-fort, the Amber Fort. Later, they will have lavish lunch with Elephant ride at Dera Amer. Evening will be free at leisure.

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Jaipur – Samode

1 hour drive – 42 kms

 

This day, the guests will drive from Jaipur to Samode Palace after breakfast. The 475-year-old palace is a splendid example of regal Indo-Saracenic architecture. Now it functions as a luxury hotel where the guests will spend the rest of the day. They will visit the palace, walk around the village and absorb the regal, yet rustic ambience of the place.

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Samode – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra

6 hour drive – 260 kms

 

After an early breakfast, the day will begin with a drive to Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri or ‘The city of victory’, is one of the best-preserved examples of Mughal architecture in India. This magnificent fortified medieval city was the short-lived capital of the Mughal Empire. After the visit, they will then head to the City of the Taj Mahal, Agra. The evening will be free for leisure.

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Agra – Delhi

4 hour drive – 260 kms

 

The day begins with a visit to the marvel in marble, the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast, they will the visit the Agra Fort which is another splendid example of Mughal architecture. They will head back to Delhi after lunch. In Delhi, they will go to the hotel for dinner and wash and change. They will then head to the airport to board their flight back home. They will be assisted by a Tushita representative during the departure proceedings.

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