Classic Rajasthan

The enchanting northern state of Rajasthan is awash with all the colours of India. On our classic adventure we discover the fierce history of massive forts and the opulence and splendour of Maharajahs' palaces. Stroll markets, search for the elusive Bengal tiger, enjoy a shared meal with a family in Pushkar, and soak up the culture of the local people. This is truly the essence of Rajasthan.

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• This is our most popular trip to Rajasthan and one of the top selling trips in our entire range. Opulent, whimsical and endlessly fascinating – Rajasthan will no doubt capture your imagination and your heart too.
• Don't worry if you find the idea of travelling to India daunting at first - your local leader will be on hand to give you all the insider info to help you have a memorable experience of this captivating, but sometimes challenging, country.
• Walk through past hills, shimmering lakes and marble palaces of Udaipur – India’s most romantic city and one of our favourites.
• Watch the sunset from a rampart on Fort Madhogarh, one of our heritage hotels (and a former royal residence) that will be your accommodation while here.
• Keep your adrenaline charged with an evening tiger-spotting safari among the lakes and jungles of one of India's best known national parks - Ranthambhore.

Departure Dates

27 March 2020
24 April 2020
21 June 2020

04 September 2020

Other departures available between January – December 2020, seasonal surcharges may apply.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to India. If you have the day free, joining one of our Urban Adventures is a great introduction to the city. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. 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. After the meeting, head out for your first optional dinner together with your group.

 

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

    Optional Activities

  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR500
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR500
  • Delhi - Culture Vulture Urban Adventure - INR2500

Meals Included

  • There are no meals included on this day.

    Special Information

    If you are travelling before or after your trip with us and would like to book an Urban Adventure in advance, please contact your booking agent or use this link: http://www.urbanadventures.com/?aff=2226. While on tour with us, your leader can assist in booking other Urban Adventures.

     

    Day 2: Delhi

    In the morning, navigate the city’s metro system to discover Old Delhi on a walking tour. Hitch a ride on a traditional cycle rickshaw through a typical Indian traffic jam in the streets around Chandni Chowk marketplace. Visit Delhi’s oldest mosque of Jama Masjid, which is also India’s largest. Escape from the frenetic pace of the city streets by ducking into a Sikh temple, Sheeshganj Gurudwara, to observe the spiritual side of this bustling metropolis. The communal kitchen welcomes all, and there's a chance to have a simple meal here together. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the sights of Delhi. Many past travellers have recommended the Delhi Food Walk or Home Cooked Delhi tours with Urban Adventures as a great way to safely (and deliciously!) explore the tastes of India.

    Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

    Included Activities

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

Meals Included

  • There are no meals included on this day.

     

    Day 3: Agra

    Travel to Agra by one of India's express air-conditioned trains (approx 3 hours/230km). Steeped in Mughal heritage, Agra has a wealth of gardens, temples and open rooftops. Visit the Taj Mahal and learn why Emperor Shah Jahan built it as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz. Buzz around Agra in a motorised rickshaw and explore inside the spectacular sandstone walls of the Red Fort, built to encompass the imperial city of the Mughal rulers in the 16th century. If you have time, move on to Akbar's Mausoleum to honour the great emperor. For a meal that makes a difference while in Agra, consider visiting Sheroes Hangout, a remarkable social enterprise that supports survivors of acid attacks.

    Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

    Included Activities

  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Agra - Red Fort guided tour

Optional Activities

  • Agra - Additional entries to Taj Mahal - INR1300

    Meals Included

  • There are no meals included on this day.

    Special Information

    Read more about Sheroes Hangout here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/sheroes-hangout-india/

     

    Day 4: Madhogarh

    Take a local bus to Bassi, a small town in the middle of rural Rajasthan (approx 4 hours/210km). Then travel by private transport to your accommodation for the night (approx 45 min/20km) in Madhogarh. On a walk through the village, see craftspeople at work and meet some of our local friends. In the evening, stay in the beautiful heritage property of Fort Madhogarh, which has belonged to one of Rajasthan’s royal families for centuries. Dinner is included here tonight.

    Accommodation

  • Heritage Property (1 night)

    Included Activities

  • Madhogarh - Village walk
  • Madhogarh - Dinner at Fort Madhogarh

Meals Included

  • Dinner

     

    Day 5: Jaipur

    Travel on by private vehicle to Jaipur (approx 90min/50km). On arrival, take a walk around the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Get among the crowds of the city’s bazaars to shop for artisan goods and semi-precious stones. Set on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, visit the Amber Fort, an excellent example of Rajput architecture. The Sheesh Mahal inside the fort is a must-see. As the walls are completely covered in little mirrors, the hall illuminates with the light of a single match. After the tour, you'll have further free time to spend as you wish.

    Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

    Included Activities

  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Walking & market tour

    Meals Included

  • Breakfast

     

    Day 6: Jaipur

    Today is a full free day that you can jam pack with experiences of your choice. This morning, you could take an optional hot air balloon ride. Floating across the skyline of Jaipur in a hot air balloon is a highlight of the trip for many travellers. Jump on a rickshaw to Hawa Mahal, also known as the 'Palace of the Winds’. Alternatively, head to Jaipur's Royal City Palace or the observatory of Jantar Mantar to see a collection of intriguing astronomical instruments. After a long day of exploration, perhaps head to the Raj Mandir Cinema to experience a Bollywood film.

    Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

    Optional Activities

  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR600
  • Jaipur - Jantar Mantar Observatory - INR200
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema - INR400
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD260
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Wind) - INR200

    Meals Included

  • There are no meals included on this day.

    Special Information

    The balloon activity must be booked in advance. Please see Important Notes for more information.

     

    Day 7: Ranthambhore National Park

    Continuing on from Jaipur by private vehicle, head to Ranthambhore (approximately 5 hours/200km). Ranthambhore National Park was once a famous hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, and was one of the original Project Tiger reserves. Explore the ruins of the park’s 10th-century fort, and in the evening take a 4WD safari in search of tigers and other wildlife, such as hyenas, jackals, deer, langurs, marsh crocodiles, wild boars and birds.

     

    Ranthambhore National Park is closed between 1 July and 30 September each year. On trips departing during this time, you'll visit nearby Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary. Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary is located approx. 16km from Ranthambhore and due to its hilly terrain isn't as affected by the monsoon. Tigers also inhabit this area and spottings are more favorable at this time of year as they move here away from flooded areas of Ranthambhore.

    Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

    Included Activities

  • Ranthambhore National Park - Evening wildlife safari

    Meals Included

  • There are no meals included on this day.

    Special Information

    We require a scanned copy of your passport bio page at time of booking to secure a permit for your Ranthambhore National Park visit. Authorities at Ranthambhore NP follow a strict booking process whereby permits are issued on a first come first serve basis. If we do not receive correct passport details in time we cannot guarantee you on the tiger safari.

    The safety of our travellers is our highest concern and your tour leader has the authority to cancel or reschedule the jeep safari if they believe the vehicles available do not meet our safety standards.

     

    Day 8: Bundi

    Next, travel to Bundi by private vehicle (approx 4 hours/150km). Navigate Bundi's narrow streets on an insightful walking tour, including wandering through the downtown market. Stop in at Bundi's intriguing and intricate step wells (baori), an architectural marvel and once the source of water for the town. Check out the 16th-century Bundi Palace with its famous murals before checking into our next heritage stay for the night.

    Accommodation

  • Heritage Property (1 night)

    Included Activities

  • Bundi - Stepwell
  • Bundi - Palace

    Meals Included

  • There are no meals included on this day.

     

    Day 9: Paangarh Lake

    Take off from Bundi and take a local train to Bassi. Cross the Chittorgarh countryside to Paangarh Lake. Enjoy the view out to the 15th-century fort and unwind with a cup of chai while watching sunset over the lake. You'll spend tonight in a beautiful permanent tented camp, right on the lakeshore - a truly relaxing experience away from the chaos of India's cities.

    Accommodation

  • Permanent Tent (1 night)

    Meals Included

  • There are no meals included on this day.

     

    Day 10: Bijaipur

    This morning we drive in an open-top jeep out into the countryside past tranquil villages. You might be lucky enough to spot some native wildlife as we drive through the region. Meet some villagers and maybe even get a henna tattoo - a temporary but very traditional souvenir. Arrive at our next heritage stay and enjoy a meal of authentic local specialties.

    Accommodation

  • Heritage Property (1 night)

    Included Activities

  • Bijaipur - Village tour

    Optional Activities

  • Bijaipur - Henna tattoo - INR150

    Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

 

Day 11: Udaipur

Depart the heritage stay and begin your next journey by private vehicle takes us to Udaipur (approximately 4 hours/180km). Take in the city’s hills, lakes and white marble palaces, or delve into its twisting alleys and bazaars filled with silver, leather goods and miniature paintings. A popular centre for artists, dancers and musicians, there’s plenty to entertain you here. After a city walk with your leader, the rest of your day is free.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

    Included Activities

  • Udaipur - City walk

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

     

    Day 12: Udaipur

    Visit Udaipur's City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India. Some suggestions for your free time after the tour include an optional boat ride on the picturesque Lake Pichola (seasonal) to marvel at the island palaces off Jag Nivas and Jag Mandir and seeing a cultural performance that combines seven traditional Rajasthani folk dances in the evening.

    Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

    Included Activities

  • Udaipur - City Palace

    Optional Activities

  • Udaipur - Cultural performance - INR120
  • Udaipur - Lake boat ride - INR400

    Meals Included

  • There are no meals included on this day.

     

    Day 13: Pushkar

    Take a six-hour air-conditioned train to Ajmer and then a private vehicle to your hotel in Pushkar, a place synonymous with Rajasthan. Enjoy a walking tour to visit the bustling ghats and temples around Pushkar Lake, and watch as the devout worship by the holy waters and at the Brahma Temple. At lunchtime, share a meal with a local family and learn about their life living in this desert city. The rest of the day is free for you to explore further.

    Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

    Included Activities

  • Pushkar - Walking tour
  • Pushkar - Home-cooked lunch

Meals Included

  • Lunch

    Special Information

    Please note that due to animal welfare concerns, we will no longer be including a camel ride in Pushkar on this trip.

     

    Day 14: Pushkar - Delhi

    Early risers can hike up to the Savitri Temple for amazing sunrise views over the town this morning. Board the Shatabdi Express train, departing Ajmer around 2 pm for the trip back to Delhi, arriving at around 10:40 pm. Transfer to the hotel on arrival for your final night of the trip.

    Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

    Optional Activities

  • Pushkar - Savitri Temple - Free

    Meals Included

  • There are no meals included on this day.

 

Day 15: Delhi

There are no activities planned for the final day and you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.
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