Rajasthan Adventure Trip Notes

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  • Trip code : IHHSR
  • Trip length : 15 Days
  • Trip starts in : New Delhi, India
  • Trip ends in : New Delhi, India
  • Maximum group size : 12
  • Ages : Min 15
  • Meals : 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation : Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt), Camping (with facilities) (1 nt), Heritage Property (4 nts), Hotel (7 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
  • Transport : Bus, Camel, Cycle rickshaw, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Shuttle Bus, Train

daily-itinerary1

Day
1-2

Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to India.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.

Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). 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.

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: Swati Hotel or similar (2 nts)

Day
3

Agra

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

Agra is home to one of the world's most recognisable monuments, the Taj Mahal.

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.

See Akbar's Mausoleum - a beautiful sandstone and marble tomb built for the greatest of the Mughal emperors.

Accommodation: Royale Residency Hotel or similar (1 nt)

Day
4

Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

Jump on a local bus to Fatehpur Sikri (approx 2hrs)

The magnificent deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, but was abandoned after 15 years due to the scarcity of water. A highlight of the settlement is Jama Masjid, a striking mosque featuring elements of both Persian and Hindu design. The main entrance of the mosque is the impressive 54-metre high Buland Darwaza, the Gate of Victory, constructed to commemorate Akbar's military victory in Gujarat.

Bharatpur is home to the famous Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary.

Once the domain of royal duck shooters, the World Heritage-listed Keoladeo Ghana National Park is now regarded as one of the world's most important bird sanctuaries with over 400 different species identified. Even for non-bird fanciers, the forests and wetlands in the area are a welcome respite from the noise and chaos of Indian cities.

Take cycle rickshaws pedalled by local amateur bird-spotters to explore the sanctuary.

From mid-May until mid-August the Keoladeo Bird Park will be closed. During this period our trip will visit the town of Deeg - a small rural town rarely visited by tourists.

Accommodation: Birder's Inn or similar (1 nt)

Day
5-6

Jaipur

A friendly, busy town crammed with palaces and bazaars full of jewellery, textiles and folk-based arts, Jaipur is a firm favourite with travellers.

Travel out to the old capital of Amber and explore the hilltop fort complex known as the Amber Fort.

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: Arya Niwas or similar (2 nts)

Day
7

Shekhawati

A remote town in the centre of the Shekhawati region, Mandawa was a trading outpost for the ancient caravan routes that stopped here from China and the Middle East. Thakur Nawal Singh, the Rajput ruler of Nawalgarh and Mandawa, built a fort to protect this outpost in 1755.

Explore Mandawa's ornate havelis (private residences), some crumbling in decay and some wonderfully restored and preserved, making the town a fascinating outdoor museum.

Staying in a beautifully restored haveli, there's plenty of time to explore this thriving market town and its surroundings.

Accommodation: Mandawa Haveli or similar (1 nt)

Day
8

Bikaner

Travelling by local bus, head deeper into the Thar Desert to the fortified town of Bikaner (approx 3.5 hrs).

Once an important staging post on the great caravan routes, Bikaner still contains many bazaars within its impressive walls, as well as a superb fort and palace.

Visit Junagarh Fort, which was built by Raja Rai Singhji, the sixth ruler of Bikaner (1571 to 1612 AD).

In the evening, travel to a nearby farm and enjoy an evening of traditional Rajasthani food, music and dance.

Accommodation: Harasar Haveli or similar (1 nt)

Day
9-11

Jaisalmer/Camel Safari

Looking like a scene from The Thousand and One Nights as it rises from flat desert surrounds, Jaisalmer is a centre for nomadic tribespeople who come to trade in the narrow twisting alleys full of markets and ornately carved houses.

To get a taste of nomadic life, ride camels out into the desert (approx 2.5 hours) to watch the sun set behind the rippling sand dunes. Sleep under the open sky on cots with mattress and blankets, our camel drivers cook up a typical Rajasthani meal as we relax and maybe sing songs with the camel boys around the camp fire. This is a taste of life as a desert nomad and definitely a memorable experience.

Discover Jaisalmer's narrow twisted alleys, which are full of markets and ornately carved houses.

Accommodation: Nachana Haveli or similar (2 nts), desert camping or similar (1 nt)

Day
12

Osiyan

An ancient Thar Desert town, Osiyan is dotted with temples such as the Mahavira temple and the Sachiya Mata Temple.

We take an orientation walk of Osiyan.

Tonight we stay in a camp not far from Osiyan Town

Accommodation: Camping at Osiyan or similar (1 nt)

Day
13-14

Jodhpur

Jodhpur is known for its antique shops and the best lassi in India. And yes, it is where those famous trousers come from.

Visit Sadar Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in India. Built around a clock tower amid spice and vegetable markets, juice sellers and sari materials, Sadar Bazaar also has numerous vendors with carts selling everything from Bollywood soundtracks to armfuls of sparkling bangles.

Explore the colossal Mehrangarh Fort and take in the great views from its ramparts, which dominate the city's skyline.

Take a tour of the nearby Bishnoi villages. The Bishnoi are a peaceful nature-loving community and no trip to this region is complete without experiencing the fascinating traditions of the tribespeople of rural Rajasthan.

Board the overnight train to Delhi (approx 11 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: Polo Heritage Hotel or similar (1 nt), Overnight Sleeper Train (1 nt)

Day
15

Delhi

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
  • Bikaner - Junagarh Fort
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal
  • Jodhpur - Meherangarh Fort
  • Keoladeo - Bird sanctuary entrance
  • Mandawa - Haveli tour

optional-extras

  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR260
  • Delhi - Qutb Minar - INR260
  • Delhi - Red Fort - INR250
  • Agra - Akbar's Mausoleum - INR125
  • Jaipur - Bollywood movie at the Raj Mandir Cinema - INR350
  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR330
  • Jaipur - Observatory - INR220
  • Jaisalmer - Folklore Museum - INR10
  • Jodhpur - Trip to Bishnoi villages - INR250

not-included1

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

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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.

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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.

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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, Intrepid 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.

Money1

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.

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.

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FESTIVALS IN INDIA

Please note travelling during major festivals such as Holi and Diwali can, at times, cause disruption the the published itinerary. Please see the 'Safety' section for more details.

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