Rajasthan Adventure

From £860 for 15 days
           (See Reviews)
Trip Overview

Travel to India and discover the country at its most colourful amid the deserts, bazaars and forts of Rajasthan. This is a land where massive hilltop fortresses loom over cities and where markets are awhirl with locals dressed in the brightest shades of scarlet, gold and rose. Take time out to experience the local traditions of remote villages. From the whirlwind of heady Delhi, to a night under the stars on a desert camel safari, to the beauty of sunrise at the Taj Mahal - this journey through Rajasthan promises to be a true adventure.

Essential Info
Starts: New Delhi
Ends: Delhi
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IHHSR
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: India
What's Included

Meals

1 Breakfasts included
2 Dinners included

Transport

Auto rickshaw,Bus,Camel,Car,Cycle rickshaw,Jeep,Metro,Overnight sleeper train,Private vehicle,Shuttle Bus,Train,Van

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night),Heritage Property (4 nights),Hotel (7 nights),Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Trip Highlights

•   The Taj Mahal is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, with its poetic history and beauty having the power to surprise even the most jaded travellers

•   The world famous Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary is home to hundreds of bird species. Share in the delight and knowledge of local amateur bird watchers, you’re pedalled around the park in a cycle rickshaw

•   Discover the rich history and architecture of the Amber Fort, with the expertise of a local guide. The kaleidoscopic magic of the Hall of Mirrors is unforgettable

•   The Rat Temple in Bikaner is a place even the squeamish will appreciate. If brave, pay homage to the goddess of the temple but beware that rodents will probably run across your feet

•   India is famous for its great sleeper trains and you’ll be tucked up nicely in your own padded bunk

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Direction
Price GBP
Availability
20th August 2017
3rd September 2017
New Delhi - Delhi
£965pp 
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Good
10th September 2017
24th September 2017
New Delhi - Delhi
£965pp 
G
Good
1st October 2017
15th October 2017
New Delhi - Delhi
£965pp 
G
Good
8th October 2017
22nd October 2017
New Delhi - Delhi
£985pp 
G
4 spaces
22nd October 2017
5th November 2017
New Delhi - Delhi
£985pp 
G
Good
5th November 2017
19th November 2017
New Delhi - Delhi
£985pp 
G
Good
12th November 2017
26th November 2017
New Delhi - Delhi
£985pp 
G
Good
19th November 2017
3rd December 2017
New Delhi - Delhi
£985pp 
G
Good
26th November 2017
10th December 2017
New Delhi - Delhi
£1,030pp 
G
Good
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Itinerary & Notes
Namaste. Welcome to Delhi. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. When you arrive for the welcome meeting, please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you have time, perhaps visit the World Heritage-listed Humayun's Tomb, the 12th-century Qutub Minar or the Red Fort. India's capital is an exciting city with abundant historical sites, museums and bazaars. Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time for the meeting, 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 ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Additional Activities

Delhi - Humayun's Tomb
500 INR
Delhi - Qutub Minar
500 INR
Delhi - Red Fort
500 INR
Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure
2500 INR
Delhi - City Food Crawl Urban Adventure
3500 INR
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Reviews
       
A great itinerary, but taken much too fast - too many 1-night stops, none longer than 2 nights. I gathered from the leader (Vivek, who was consistently excellent) that this same or a similar itinerary used to be taken more slowly but was changed at the request of clients with short attention-spans. But what's the point of flying all that way only to skimp on what you came to see? If you've only a fortnight to spare there are plenty of other Golden Triangle Plus tours to choose; this well-chosen itinerary was more specialist - one for architecture and history enthusiasts - and to rush it was to waste too much of it. This was especially frustrating in December, when the day's timetable was all too frequently on the lines of: dawn or pre-dawn start, c4 hour journey, 2-3 hours for lunch and unpacking, guided tour 2-3 hours, dusk at 5-5.30pm - after which there was no more daylight and so no time to see anything else on our own, or indeed to do anything much unless we cared to risk getting lost (or potentially worse) in unfamiliar and barely lighted sidestreets. With another early start the next day it became difficult to remember even where we were, let alone where we'd been. And of course there was little of the free time I'm used to with Imtrav and that makes all the difference between travelling and day-tripping. As it was we were having to decide between sites to visit: fort or rat temple in Bikaner, for instance - who goes out of their way to visit Bikaner and then doesn't, at the very least, glance into the rat temple before thinking better of it? 2 nights at most stops, and 3 at a few, should have been a minimum requirement. Perhaps long and short versions of the same itinerary could be offered? Not everyone likes to risk travelling alone in India, so it would be good to have a few packaged alternatives to the go-there-do-that-get-the-hell-out tourist-trap routine - especially on routes that promise more imagination than the standard coach tour, as this one does. I can certainly say that the speed wouldn't have mattered so much if the chosen destinations had been less worth while. None of these objections had anything to do with Vivek, whose efficiency, patience, flexibility and good humour were exemplary: one of the best tour leaders I've met.

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