Classic Rajasthan Trip Notes

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  • Trip code : IHHSC
  • Trip length : 16 Days
  • Trip starts in : Delhi
  • Trip ends in : Delhi
  • Maximum group size : 12
  • Ages : 15+
  • Meals : 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation : Deluxe permanent tent (1 nt), Heritage Property (4 nts), Hotel (8 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
  • Transport : Auto rickshaw, Bus, Jeep, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle and Train

 

highlights1

  • Camp under the stars in Bijaipur
  • Scout India's Brahmin-blue roofs of Bundi
  • Rub shoulders with holy men in Pushkar
  • Fall in love with India's romantic Udaipur
  • Admire the Taj Mahal of Agra
  • Discover the many faces of Delhi
  • Catch a Bollywood blockbuster in Jaipur
  • Experience a taste of rural Rajasthan

Travel to India and visit the enchanting northern province of Rajasthan. One of the most beautiful places to visit in India, Rajasthan is awash with colour and the nostalgia of a romanticised era. On our classic adventure we discover the grisly history of massive forts and the opulence and splendour of Maharajas' palaces. Stroll bustling markets, enjoy a sunset camel safari and soak up the culture of the local people. This is truly the essence of Rajasthan.

 

daily-itinerary1

Day
1-2

Delhi

Chaotic Delhi is awash with historical sites, museums and markets. Visit the wonderful walled city of Old Delhi and see one of its most impressive buildings, the Jama Masjid. Join the crowds to explore the bazaars; everything is for sale here from fireworks and silks to copper and spices.

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.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day
3

Agra

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

Hop on to your motorised rickshaw for a tour of the city - a truly fun and Intrepid way to see the monuments of Agra.

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.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day
4

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 we 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.

Accommodation: Heritage Property

Day
5-6

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 photos 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.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day
7-8

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.

Visit the the "Palace of Happiness" - Sukh Mahal, once used as the summer palace of the Maharajas of Bundi State. This small palace is set on edge of the stunning Jait Sagar lake is known for Rudyard Kipling's stay in 1892. this is where he found inspiration for the story 'Kim'.

Visit the Royal Chhatris of Bundi. Meaning umbrella or canopy, these Royal Chhatris are an important part of India architecture.

Accommodation: Heritage Property

Day
9-10

Rural Heritage Stay

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

Be treated to a night in a heritage property, 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.

Please note: This town of Bassi is not the same Bassi we 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!

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) we do not camp and spend both nights in the heritage stay.

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

Day
11-12

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.

Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts)

Day
13-14

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.

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

Day
15

Delhi

After arriving in Delhi, transfer to our hotel.

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

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

Please note we will arrive at the Delhi train station early in the morning, however train delays can occur. We recommend you do not book any international flights until after 12pm.

 

included1

  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Agra - Motorised rickshaw tour
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Bundi - Bundi Palace
  • Bundi - Royal Chhatri
  • Bundi - Sukh Mahal Palace
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid, Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Heritage Stay - Village jeep safari
  • Heritage Stay - Village walk, Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour
  • Pushkar - Camel safari
  • Udaipur - City Palace guided tour
  • All accommodation listed
  • Transport throughout the tour for all included activities
  • All meals as listed

 

not-included1

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Flights
  • Pre & post tour accommodation
  • Meals not stated in the above

 

optional-extras

  • Delhi - Qutb Minar - INR250
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR250
  • Delhi - Red Fort - INR250
  • Agra - Akbar's Mausoleum - INR125
  • Agra - Additional entries to Taj Mahal - INR750
  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR300
  • Jaipur - Observatory - INR200
  • Jaipur - Bollywood movie at the Raj Mandir Cinema - INR300
  • Heritage Stay - Henna painting - INR125
  • Udaipur - Lake boat ride - INR250
  • Udaipur - Cultural performance - INR100
  • Pushkar - Savitri Temple - Free

This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are for entrance only and don't include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by us nor included in price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Imaginative Traveller. You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form or a receipt for some optional activities.

 

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Standard

For those of you who dream of experiencing a location in depth and comfort but are mindful of budget. Ideal for those that enjoy the quirkier side of a destination without roughing it. Join inquisitive travellers of all ages for an fun, informative experience.

Style Facts

  • Comfortable tourist class hotels
  • Family Homestays
  • Private and local transport
  • More inclusions than Basic tours
  • Fully trained and experienced leaders

Discovery

Discovery tours are all about exploring & experiencing the world with like-minded people, dipping your toe beneath the usual tourist surface & discovering the real essence of a region. They are genuinely innovative, exciting & imaginative tours that offer that little bit more to travellers.

This tour is operated by our partners Intrepid.

 

visa1

A necessary bugbear of adventure travel, visas can appear complicated, costly and confusing to apply for. Imaginative Traveller recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine.

The Visa Machine ‘live and breathe’ visas and have the expertise to provide current and accurate information and arrange the correct visas for your trip, quickly and at a good price.

Please click here for more information.

 health-and-fitness

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Imaginative Traveller reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

 

Money1The official currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR).The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), which are readily available in most towns.Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange, so please bring clean bills, and small denominations are most useful.While traveller's cheques have security advantages exchanging them can be a lengthy process, commissions can be high and they can be difficult to change in rural areas, on weekends and public holidays. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels/establishments.

Food

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

Budget for meals not included: USD 300.00

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

 

travel-insurance

You must have extensive travel insurance as a condition of booking with us, and without evidence of a valid policy you won’t be allowed to start your trip. Please click here for more information

 

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Responsible tourism is at the heart of Imaginative Traveller. For 20 years we have taken customers to places around the world in social and environmentally responsible manner, ensuring everyone involved respects and maintains the natural and often delicate balance of the destination.

As travellers ourselves we are well aware of the impact that tourism can have and whilst economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, it should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment. It is our aim to provide journeys that have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit. We do not believe that, as visitors, we should impose our own cultures on others; rather that we should experience foreign cultures and appreciate them for what they are.

We believe giving something back is essential. We therefore work with our customers and the people we visit to ensure the benefits go directly to contribute to local cultures and environmental conservation. This is not only good the communities we visit but it also gives our travellers more enriched adventures.

For further information about responsible travel please click here.

 

other-important-information

Ranthambhore National Park

Due to recent accidents and a failed safety audit of tourist vehicles at Ranthamhbore National Park we have removed this destination from our itinerary until further notice. From 1st January 2014 this tour will spend an additional night in Bundi to replace the night at Ranthambhore.

Passport Details and National Parks

Please provide your passport details to Intrepid at least one month before travelling. Please note that if you do not provide your passport details you may be denied entry to any National Parks that are visited along this itinerary, or you may be charged a fee by the local government as passport details are now a requirement for entry into all national parks in India.

Pushkar Camel Fair 

In 2014 the Pushkar camel fair will be held between approx 30 October - 6 November. The Pushkar Camel Fair is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant festivals in India, and can be a true highlight, but please note the fair is based on the lunar calendar, so the fair dates can vary and it can be hard to confirm the exact festival dates.We will do all we can to ensure that travellers booked on departures that coincide with the fair will get an opportunity to see the best of the festival, but due to the uncertain and flexible nature of this festival we cannot take responsibility if the dates of the fair are changed resulting in your visit not coinciding with the fair.Pushkar hotels typically raise their rates considerably during the fair so departures across this period will be subject to a surcharge. Unfortunately, although we make bookings months in advance, Pushkar accommodation tend to overbook at this time so we ask for a flexible approach from our travellers who choose to travel at this time.

Festival in India

Please note travelling during major festivals such as Holi and Diwali can, at times, cause disruption the the published itinerary. 

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