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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.

Duration

15 days, 14 nights

    • Permanent tent (1 night), Heritage Property (3 nights), Hotel (10 nights)
    • Auto rickshaw , Bus , Cycle rickshaw , Jeep , Metro , Private vehicle , Shuttle Bus , Taxi , Train , Van
    • Delhi - Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
    • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
    • Delhi - Jama Masjid
    • Agra - Taj Mahal
    • Agra - Agra Fort
    • Agra - Red Fort guided tour
    • Madhogarh - Village walk
    • Madhogarh - Dinner at Fort Madhogarh
    • Jaipur - Amber Fort
    • Jaipur - Walking & market tour
    • Ranthambhore National Park - Evening wildlife safari
    • Bundi - Stepwell
    • Bundi - Palace
    • Bijaipur - Village tour
    • Udaipur - City walk
    • Udaipur - City Palace
    • Pushkar - Walking tour
    • Pushkar - Home-cooked lunch
  • To confirm a booking please make sure you have provided the following MANDATORY information to Intrepid:
    Salutation & Full name.
    - Date of birth.
    - Contact email/phone number.
    Hotel Taj Princess 15 A/25 WEA Ajmal Khan Road Opposite Jesa Ram Hospital Karol Bagh Delhi 110005 INDIA Phone: +91 11 2574220
    The Hotel Taj Princess is located in the Karol Bagh district. The hotel has a rooftop terrance, restaurant and free WIFI. Each room has private ensuite facilities.


    1. Intrepid requires 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.

    2. This trip travels back to Delhi on the afternoon of day 14 arriving into the capital around 11pm. Please do not book departure flights out until at least 4am on day 15 to allow for delays

    3. A Single Supplement is available on this trip and covers all nights.

    4. The Pushkar Camel Fair is held in late Oct early November, please see the climate and seasonal information in these Trip Notes for more detail.

    5. Hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate from September 1st to April 31st and last approximately 60 mins. Return transfers, tea and coffee plus light refreshments and a certificate of flight are included in the cost. You can register your interest and pay your tour leader at your joining meeting on day 1 of your trip. Payment must be made by cash in either INR/AUD/USD/GBP only and is USD$260pp (subject to change). Flights are subject to availability and weather conditions (tickets are fully refundable in case of bad weather).

    6. Due to animal welfare concerns we no longer include camel riding on this itinerary.
    read more in http://www.intrepidtravel.com/trips/HHSC/tripnotes

  • 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.
    Meals :None

    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.
    Meals :None

    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.
    Meals :None

    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.
    Meals :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.
    Meals :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.
    Meals :None

    Day 7 : Ranthambhore National Park
    Continuing on frm 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.
    Meals :None

    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.
    Meals :None

    Day 9 : Paangarh Lake
    Take off from Bundi and 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.
    Meals :None

    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. 
    Meals :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.
    Meals :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.
    Meals :None

    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.
    Meals :Lunch

    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.
    Meals :None

    Day 15 : Delhi
    There are no activities planned for the final day and you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time.
    Meals :None

  • Welcome Meeting: 6pm Day 1 @ Hotel Taj Princess 15 A/25 WEA Ajmal Khan Road Opposite Jesa Ram Hospital Karol Bagh Delhi 110005 INDIA Phone: +91 11 2574220

  • None

    Tipping at own discretion

Language

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Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

12

Organised by Intrepid Travel

Activity ID: W-41749

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