Tailor made Rajasthan tour, India

“Tailor made 2 week trip exploring Rajasthan, going way beyond the usual tourist spots. Combining luxury with real life, stay in a palace one day and homestay the next.”

Highlights

Delhi | Udaipur | Rohet | Ranakpur Jain temple | Jaisalmer | Jodhpur | Jaipur | Agra | Fatehpur Sikri | Taj Mahal

Description of Tailor made Rajasthan tour, India

Your trip starts in the vibrant capital city of Delhi where you’ll get to see the contrasting Old and New cities. Then it's time to experience the Indian railway system, with an overnight sleeper train to Udaipur.

Known as the White City, Udaipur’s enchantingly beautiful, with white marble palaces reflected in the blue waters of Lake Pichola. Next we take you for an overnight stay in a heritage hotel in Rohet, stopping enroute at the impressive temple complex at Ranakpur.

Then onto the stunning city of Jaisalmer, a UNESCO world heritage site deep in the heart of the Thar Desert. From here to Jodhpur, 'the Blue City', visit the main sites including the impressive Mehrangarh Fort (maybe try a 'zip wire' ride!). Then it's off to the Pink City of Jaipur, where you'll stay in a colonial villa and explore the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), the 18th Century Jantar Mantar observatory and visit Amber Fort.

Next we travel to the abandoned Murghal city of Fatehpur Sikri, a red sandstone ghost town full of palace buildings, before arriving at Agra in time to see the Taj Mahal at sunset. You’ll also see this iconic landmark at sunrise the following day. Finally, back to Dehli for one last taste of Indian history, taking you to the maginificent Red Fort.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Arrive Delhi and transfer to homestay.
Day 2:Tour of Delhi, including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, the bazaars of Chandni Chowk, Lutyens buildings, India Gate ... then sleeper train departing 7pm for Udaipur. (B)
Day 3:You arrive first thing in the morning. After settling into your hotel you have a half day city tour of Udaipur, including City Palace. You stay in a lakeside haveli (mansion). (B)
Day 4:Today we take you to Rohet Garh, visiting Ranakpur Jain temples on the way. It will take between 5-6 hours. You stay in a fort tonight. (B)
Day 5:This morning you'll head out on a day excursion by jeep to the Bishnoi villages. The Bishnoi are a tribe known for their care of nature. (B)
Day 6:Today its a long drive to Jaisalmer - about 7 hours. But it's worth it. You stay in a hotel in the walls of Jaisalmer Fort. (B)
Day 7:A full day city tour of Jaisalmer - the fort, Jain temples and its gorgeous havelis and mansions. (B)
Day 8:Drive to Jodhpur - about 6 hours. Stay at the Ajit Bhawan, a Rajput palace hotel. (B)
Day 9:Today you have a half day tour of Jodhpur including Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant thada and clock tower. (B)
Day 10:We drive you to Jaipur this morning. It's a long day of about 6.5 hours, but you'll end in a lovely welcoming homestay a colonial villa. (B)
Day 11:A full day tour in Jaipur including the Palace of the Winds, the Jantar Mantar observatory and Amber Fort. (B)
Day 12:To Agra via the impressive empty city of Fatehpur Sikri. You'll reach Agra in time to see the Taj Mahal at sunset. (B)
Day 13:Rise early to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Then after breakfast you can see Agra Fort and the Baby Taj before we head back to Delhi (about 5 hours). You're in another lovely homestay tonight. (B)
Day 14:We will collect you in time to get you to the airport for your flight home.

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Departure information

This trip can be taken all year round but the best time to travel is October to mid-April.
Our top tip:
Long chauffeur driven journeys, so spend two nights in one place when you can. A well stocked MP3 player is handy.
Trip type:
Tailor made
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome, but almost double the cost.
Accomm:
Eclectic mix of heritage hotels, homestays and converted palaces.
Included:
Accommodation, breakfasts, all transport, chaufeur guide, tours, entrance fees.
Meals:
You can always do dinner in the hotel, but your driver guide will direct you to favourite eateries.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Tailor made holidays

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and postcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tailor made Rajasthan tour, India

The company offering this trips eco-rates many of the property it sells. Two of the places you stay on this trip are homestays, and as such they are an particularly excellent way of getting an insight into life in India. It also helps local people to benefit more directly from tourism in their locality. The homestays are locally owned and run, they employ local people, they use local services and buy from local shops. Being small homes with caring owners, they also take great case to minimise fuel usage (eg lighting) and water usage as they understand how important such resources are for their community.

There are also two additional experiences which can be added to this trip to make it even more special. One is a cooking class in Udaipur – a really excellent way to get involved in Indian culture and traditions, and the other is a trip to the Bishnoi villages near jodhpur. The Bishnoi people were some of the world’s first eco-warrriors. Their beliefs tell them to respect nature, be kind to animals, and not to cut down trees. Meet some of the local people and find out more about their views on mother nature.

Every booking with this company brings funds to a charity which supports grassroots projects in various countries. The charity backs children’s orphanages, wildlife conservation and health centres amongst other things.

To help with carbon offsetting but also backing poverty alleviation and improve environmental biodiversity, we automatically plant trees on behalf of every client that travels with us. Currently this is done in a very degraded area of northern Malawi, where we plant quick growing exotic trees to provide firewood to the local population so that they don’t chop down the indigenous forest.

The company gives written guidelines to every traveller on how to travel sensitively with regards to local people, and as regards to environmental responsibility. This includes all policies relevant to each trip. No overseas guides are used on any trip run by them, all local guides are used – often supplemented by indigenous guides too where suitable.


Reviews of Tailor made Rajasthan tour, India

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


History and culture. I enjoyed the amazing hotels we stayed in that were beautiful locations and historical.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Due to distance between locations, ensure there are two nights at every hotel. There is significant time spent driving (in a car) between each location. If flying from Delhi during December / January be aware of fog delaying / cancelling flights.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We visited local communities (e.g. Bishnoi, Samode) but not sure how it benefitted them. Reduction in environmental impact or conservation wasn't apparent.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


7/10
Amazing cultural experiences.

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