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Ramble 'round Rajasthan in Delhi, Jodhpur, Pushkar and Agra

Get some India in-de-ya. Delhi starts the show and finishes it, too. In between you get sand-dune camping, Jodhpur’s markets, an Udaipur cooking class, Pushkar’s bazaars and Jaipur’s temples. You’ll also get enough sensory stimulation to last a lifetime. India does exactly what it says on the box. Cows are more important than you. The Taj is the best thing you'll ever see. And yes, the people really do smile that much.

India has embraced the power of the horn: short blasts let the drivers know you're there, long blasts tell someone to hurry up and continuous beeps from motorbikes happen for no reason whatsoever.


Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
New Delhi, India
Country
India
Code
GIRA
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
3 reviews
Ages
Min 18 , Max 39
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Enjoy camping under the stars in the mighty Thar Desert of Rajasthan.

  • Scour Jodhpur’s markets for excellent trinkets and gifts

  • Cook up a storm at a tasty Udaipur cooking class,

  • Relax by a holy lake in Pushkar

  • Spy the greatest monument to love in Agra

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a longer trip in a hot, dry and dusty landscape.

  • We travel by overnight train from Delhi to Jaisalmer

  • There are other long travel days in this itinerary.

  • We ride camels into the thar Desert for our overnight camping.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

JOINING POINT HOTEL:
Hotel Perfect
16A/2 WEA Near Karol Bagh Metro Station
Karol Bagh
New Delhi
110005 INDIA
Phone: +91 1142502294

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.

Optional Activities
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR500
  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR500
  • Delhi - Red Fort - INR500
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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 an option for 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.

Board an overnight train to Jaisalmer (approx 19 hrs). Our sleeper trains along the way are clean and air-conditioned, and are a great way to travel long distances and still get maximum time in each place. Beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blankets provided but some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet. Please note you may be sharing with locals in a same/mixed gender situation. It's advised to bring your own food on this train.
Included Activities
  • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Arrive this morning in Jaisalmer from the overnight train.
Check into your guesthouse before you take an orientation walk to get a feel for this amazing desert town.

Pack a small overnight bag for our travels today and leave your big luggage at our hotel until our return.Today brings an opportunity to ride camels out over the sand dunes to spend a night under the stars in the beautiful Thar Desert. We get driven by jeep to the camel camp, meet our guides and ride through the desert to our camping spot for the night (up to 3 hours).After our ride we set up our camp and our guides will get a camp fire going to cook dinner. We truly are under the open sky here, with mattresses, pillows, sheets and blankets provided for camping out.Wake up early the next morning for an amazing desert sunrise before a simple breakfast. Then we ride our camels again (up to 90 min) back to our drop off point to return by jeep to the city.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Please note that during winter months (Dec/Jan) temperatures in the desert can drop below zero. Your leader will monitor the weather forecast to decide whether this activity will be able to go ahead. Should weather conditions prohibit us from camping, we will take a day trip to the Thar Desert instead of the overnight stay. Some travellers have also preferred to bring sleeping bags for camping in winter months. We recommend that travellers to India during this time of year bring adequate warm clothing, including thermals as even in the cities the temperatures can be low and hotels often are not centrally heated.
Included Activities
  • Jaisalmer - Camel safari & overnight desert camp
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please be aware that due to overcrowding of local transport in the Jaisalmer region, there may be some adjustments to the order of activities and type of transport used from days 3 - 6. Your leader will advise you of any changes at the Welcome Meeting on Day 1.
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.

Maybe visit the Jaisalmer Folklore Museum. Located on the banks of Garsisar Lake in the Mehar Bagh Garden, its wide variety of exhibits offer a great experience for visitors.
Optional Activities
  • Jaisalmer - Folklore Museum - INR10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a free day exploring Jaisalmer further. Discover Jaisalmer's narrow twisted alleys, which are full of markets and ornately carved houses.

After a big day exploring, find a good spot on one of the fort's 99 bastions and watch the sunset into the desert.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a bus across the desert to one of Rajasthan's largest cities, Jodhpur (approx 6 hrs). Today's a long travel day, so make sure youve got your music player primed and your book ready.

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


Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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 tribes people of rural Rajasthan.
Optional Activities
  • Jodhpur - Village Day Trip - INR700
  • Jodhpur - Meherangarh Fort - INR600
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a local bus to Udaipur (approx 8 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.

Included Activities
  • Udaipur - City Walk
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
There's plenty to see and do in your free time here:

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).

If time, 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.

Join the famous Spice Box cooking school and spend a half day learning the secrets of Indian cuisine. With lessons on preparation and cooking, you'll be able to whip up a full Indian meal in no time.




Optional Activities
  • Udaipur - Lake Pichola Boat Ride - INR300
  • Udaipur - City Palace - INR250
  • Udaipur - Cooking Class - INR500
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Check out the Monsoon Palace. Formerly known as the Sajjan Garh Palace, this palatial hilltop residence overlooks Lake Pichola. It was originally named after Maharana Sajjan Singh (1874–1884) of the Mewar Dynasty, who built it in 1884.

Explore Shilpgram, a rural arts and crafts village, which depicts the lifestyles of the tribal people of western India with displays of traditional mud huts and artistic performances.

Be part of a musical concert combining seven traditional Rajasthani folk dances.
Optional Activities
  • Udaipur - Cultural dance show - INR150
  • Udaipur - Monsoon Palace - INR300
  • Udaipur - Shilpgram craft village - INR25
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by train to the city of Ajmer (approx 7 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.

Included Activities
  • Pushkar - Walking Tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.

Optional Activities
  • Pushkar - Brahma Temple - Free
  • Pushkar - Savitri Temple - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR:
In 2016 the Pushkar camel fair will be held in early November. Please check important information for trips that will be in Pushkar for the fair

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 ti
Head south west this morning for around two hours to the historic town of Roopangarh. Stay in the stunning Roopangarh Fort, a converted fortress turned into a hotel. Take an interesting Heritage walk around this small and friendly town.
Included Activities
  • Roopangarh Fort & village walking tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by local bus to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur (approx 4 hrs).

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


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.

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.


 
Included Activities
  • Jaipur - Walking Tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
For many travellers a hot air balloon experience is one of the highlights of  Jaipur. Ballooning can be done over Jaipur on the morning of day15 between Sep & Jun. For additional information please see the important notes section of your trip notes.

Plenty of options for your free time in Jaipur

Make a photos stop at India's most photographed building after the Taj Mahal, the Hawa Mahal or 'Palace of the Winds'.

This afternoon, why not travel out to the old capital of Amber and explore the hilltop fort complex known as the Amber Fort.
Optional Activities
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort - INR500
  • Jaipur - Hawa Mahal photo stop - INR200
  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR400
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie - Raj Mandir Cinema - INR400
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD250
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Head east by public bus to Agra (approx 2.5 hrs).

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.



Optional Activities
  • Agra - Taj Mahal - INR1000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today perhaps return to the Taj Mahal at sunrise, then explore the spectacular Red Fort on the banks of the Yamuna River
Jump on the train for the journey to Delhi (approx. 3 hours)
Maybe find time for a quiet drink in this teeming metropolis tonight
Accommodation
  • hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Agra - Agra Fort - INR550
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You have a free rest of the day to explore Delhi. Your leader will be on hand to give you some suggestions.
Optional Activities
  • Culture Vulture Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2500
  • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2500
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
End things on a sweet note, with a taste of our favourite treats – sandesh,rosogolla and chanar payesh. Swap Facebook deets with your new travel mates and then it’s over and out after breakfast.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Camel, Private vehicle, Public bus, Sleeper train, Train

Accommodation

Sleeper train, Guesthouse, Hotel, Heritage hotel

Included Activities

  • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Jaisalmer - Camel safari & overnight desert camp
  • Udaipur - City Walk
  • Pushkar - Walking Tour
  • Roopangarh Fort & village walking tour
  • Jaipur - Walking Tour

Reviews

Our Rajasthan in Depth trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.

Rajasthan in Depth, September 2016

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Rajasthan in Depth, September 2016

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Important notes

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Indian authorities have announced that all 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from circulation. ATMs will not operate on 9-10 November 2016.
Until new notes are issued, you should not accept any denomination higher than 100 rupees (around AUD 2)
Please ensure you receive change from any purchases in 100 rupee notes or smaller.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available for purchase on thsi trip. this single supplement covers all nights with the exception of night 2 on the overnight train and night 3 in the Thar desert camp.

HOT AIR BALLOONING JAIPUR
Hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate mornings from September to June and morning and evening from September to March. Morning flights depart around sunrise and evening flights late afternoon and last 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 in cash - INR/USD/AUD/GBP only please
Flights are subject to weather conditions and tickets are fully refundable.

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