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Classic Rajasthan


12 days 11 nights

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Category North India Classic Tours

  • Group Size 2-10 persons
  • Difficulty Level 2
  • Trip Starts From Delhi
  • Trip Ends At Delhi
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Delhi Udaipur Jodhpur Jaisalmer Jaipur Agra
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Overview

Rajasthan- as the name suggests is the land of rajas or the kings. The stories about their wars and heroism, friendship and rivalry and the queens and concubines are still told today. The forts and castles still stand with their glory of the bygone era. Rajasthan, in fact is a huge open-air museum with many relics that are well preserved for the new generations and its visitors. In this trip, we learn about Rajasthan's glorious history, witness the majestic forts and castles, experience the cultural heritage and rich traditions, embark on safari to the sand dunes and also meet the friendly ethnic communities.

This amazing trip begins in Delhi- the capital city of India then a short flight whisks us to Udaipur- the City of Lakes. From there, the trip continues to Jodhpur- the home to the largest fort of India and the golden city of Jaisalmer where we will enjoy camel safari in the sand dunes. Another short flight brings us to Jaipur- the capital of Rajasthan and the last stop is Agra- the home of Taj Mahal before we travel back to Delhi.

Attractions:

  • Delhi: Rajghat- the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, Red Fort- the capital of 17th century emperor Shah Jahan who also built Taj Mhal, Jama Mosque that can hold 20,000 people at a time, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib- the sacred place of worship for Sikh and Akshardham- the latest addition of Delhi.
  • Udaipur: City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir.
  • Jain Temples of Ranakpur.
  • Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort, Jasbant Thada, Ummaid Palace and the Bisnoi tribal community.
  • Jaisalmer: Camel Safari in the sand dunes and Jaisalmer Fort.
  • Jaipur: Amer Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal and the markets.
  • Chand Baori Stepwell and the abandoned capital of Fatehpuri Sikri.
  • Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
  • Enjoy Indian cuisines and traditional dances.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is basically a cultural sightseeing and suitable for travelers of all ages. There are some days of long drive (5-6 hours) but roads are generally in good condition. The trip features boating and camel ride experiences. Although there is no hiking or trekking in this trip, you need to able to walk and climb the stairs when visiting the forts and castles. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1~Arrive in Delhi

You are welcomed by our local representative at the arrival gate and get transferred to the hotel in the city for check-in. Take rest to recover jetlag and travel fatigue.

Meals : Dinner
Day 2~Explore Old Delhi and New Delhi

After breakfast, with our guide and driver, you will set out to explore the attractions of Delhi. We first visit Old Delhi which is the former center of Mughal power offering ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling markets. Begin from Raj Ghat which is a shrine built in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi who is considered to be the father of India. 

Continue on to the Red Fort which was built in 1648 by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who is famous for his great edifice of love, the Taj Mahal. Also, see the biggest mosque in India the Jama Masjid, constructed by Shah Jahan in 1658 that can accommodate 20,000 devotees at one time. You will take cycle-rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk to see the vibrant markets.

In the afternoon, we visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, situated in the heart of New Delhi's Connaught Place area. It is one of the most important Sikh temples. Originally the bungalow of Raja Jai Singh of the 17th century, the Gurudwara and its pool (also called Sarovar) are now a place of great worship for Sikhs. 

The last stop of the day will be at Akshardham Temple Complex which is the latest addition to the architectures of Delhi, opened in 2005. The complex features a pavilion for cleansing ritual, a water show, a thematic garden, three exhibitions and the main temple which rises 141-foot high, spans 316-foot wide, and extends 356-foot long. Intricately carved with flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities, the temple is an extravaganza work of 7000 artisans and 3000 volunteers!

Tonight, you are invited for an Indian welcome dinner.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3~By flight to Udaipur- the city of lakes

After breakfast, transfer to the airport in time for flight to Udaipur.  Udaipur city was built as the capital of Mewar Kingdom of Rajasthan in the mid-sixteenth century. Udaipur, surrounded by Aravali Range that separates it from Thar Desert, is a popular destination in Rajasthan and is known for its history, culture, scenic locations and the palaces. The city has a sophisticated lake system and so it's also called the "City of Lakes" and for its natural beauty, it's called the "Kashmir of Rajasthan". 

Upon arrival, you are met at the airport by your local guide and then transfer to the hotel for check in.  Late afternoon, we will visit a local family at their home where you will join the Indian culinary demonstration followed by dinner.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4~Explore Udaipur

After breakfast, we set off for the exploration of the city. We first visit the City Palace- the largest palace of Rajasthan. The palace features surmounting balconies, towers and cupolas and rises over the Lake Pichola. A part of the complex is still occupied by the present king of Udaipur while the rest is converted into hotels and historic museum open for all tourists. The museum displays the belongings of kings such as their wardrobe and weapons showcasing the royal lifestyle of Udaipur rulers. The Peacock courtyard, the ivory doors of the chambers, mirrored walls and marbled balconies fascinate the visitors to the palace.

Our next stop will be at Jagdish Temple of 17th century. Owned and managed by the royal family of Udaipur, this temple is 79 feet tall and surrounded by four other smaller temples. Supported by 50 pillars, the temple is undoubtedly a brilliant piece of Indian architecture.

Later in the afternoon enjoy boat ride on the beautiful Lake Pichola that sprawls along the shores of the City Palace. Built in the mid-14th century to serve the drinking water and irrigation needs of Pichola village, the lake is now a popular destination for recreation. As the boat slowly cruises into the center of the lake, enjoy incredible views back towards Lake Pichola and you will actually get a true sense of just how majestic this complex is.

Visit Jag Mandir on the southern end of the lake, also known as the “Lake Garden Palace”. You will have some time to explore its beautiful architecture. The views back across Lake Pichola towards the City Palace in Udaipur are also spectacular from here. In the evening, you will enjoy the views of silhouetted boats and palaces in the shores in the setting sun on the tranquil waters of the lake.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5~Udaipur-Jodhpur

(172 miles, 6 hours)

Today, we have a long day of drive. About 63 miles from Udaipur, we will stop at Ranakpur village to visit its famous Jain temple (Open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. for tourists). This exquisite temple is built from light colored marble and covers an area of 40,000 square foot. Supported by 1444, exquisitely carved pillars and with its distinctive domes, shikhara, turrets and cupolas rising majestically from the slope of a hill fascinates anyone traveling via Ranakpur. 

Upon arrival in Jodhpur, check into your hotel and balance of the day is at leisure.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6~Jodhpur sightseeing and excursion

After breakfast, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, which is one of the largest forts in India and truly a pride of India. The fort houses a number of palaces inside, with extensive patios. The main palaces are: Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Takht Vilas and Jhanki Mahal.

Our next destination is Jaswant Thada-a royal cenotaph built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. A white marble memorial, the cenotaph is adorned with exquisite carvings.

The tour continues to Ummed Palace, it is one of the famous places to be seen in the whole of Rajasthan and is a testimony of what architectural beauty should be like.

In the afternoon, we will take a jeep safari to meet the Bishnoi community and get a close peek into the unique tribal life of the area. The Bishnoi tribes are known for their respect for the environment and devotion towards conservation of local flora and fauna and particularly the endangered blackbucks. The trip offers an opportunity to see the skills of tribal people in making traditional crafts such as rugs-weaving, pottery etc. You will have an opportunity to taste traditional food and opium tea and enjoy Kalbeliya, a folklore dance performed by the gypsy tribes.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7~Jaisalmer- The Golden City

 (184 miles, 6 hours)

After breakfast, we leave for Jaisalmer- nicknamed as the Golden City. The city stands on the ridge of yellowish sandstone in the middle of the Thar Desert. Upon arrival, check into your hotel.

In the evening, we will go for the excursion to Sam Sand dunes (26 miles) - one of the most authentic desert dune sites in India. Sam has vast magnificent sweep of stretching sand dunes with scarce vegetation. The band of dunes is about 1.25 miles long and is definitely one of the most picturesque in the region. Some of the sand dunes are 100 to 200 ft. tall. You can enjoy the seclusion with afternoon sun setting in the horizon. Experience the camel ride to the sunset point.  

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8~Jaisalmer - Jaipur

If you are keen on photography, leave before dawn to a hill across the fort from where you can have a perfect shot of the fort that glows like gold during sunrise time!

This morning, discover the grandeur of this ancient city as you tour Jaisalmer Fort and the group of seven Jain temples that sit inside the fort complex. The temples are richly decorated with carvings in the 12th-century Dilwara style. Visit the palace museum where you will get an insight into Rajasthani culture and royalty, then stroll through the bazaars. Visit the 300-year-old Salim Singh ki Haveli, which is known for its peacock-shaped roof, and Patwon-ki-Haveli- one of Jaisalmer’s most famous attractions.

Return to the hotel to freshen up and then you are transferred to the airport in time for flight to Jaipur.

Overnight at Jaipur.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9~Jaipur sightseeing

Begin the morning with an excursion to the Amber Fort. From the base of the fort, we will switch to a locally available 4WD jeep to ferry us to the top of fort. Optional: you may take an elephant ride (subject to availability and costs about $15) to the top with pride, like the Maharajas did back in their time. Amber Fort -the residence of Rajput Maharajas and their families is known for its artistic Hindu style elements with its large ramparts and series of gates and stone-paved paths. This massive structure that dominates Jaipur's skyline is constructed of red sandstone and marble. 

Next, we will visit Hawa Mahal, the most well-known landmark of Jaipur which is not really a palace but a sandstone screen from where the ladies of the court could watch the proceedings on the road below without being seen. Our next stop is at the City Palace- situated in the heart of the city. It's a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The place is now a museum except for one section where the royal family still resides.

Nearby is the Jantar Mantar, only one of the five observatories constructed by Jai Singh that shows his passion for astronomy. The Central Museum situated in the Ram Niwas Gardens, has a large collection of costumes, woodwork, brassware, jewelry and pottery.

This afternoon you are free to stroll and shop around the beautiful bazaars of Jaipur.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10~Jaipur - Agra en route visit Chand Baori Stepwell and Fatehpur sikri

We have a long day today; so, we have an early start. About 60 miles from Jaipur city, we will take a detour of Chand Baori, an ancient stepwell, built in between 800 and 900 A.D. The land of Rajasthan is extremely dry and drinking water was always scarce. So, the king Chanda ordered the construction of the step well that could conserve water as much as possible for his people. The stepwell consists of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 stories and extends 100 ft. deep into the ground. It's one of the most fascinating architecture of India and worth visiting.

Our next stop will be at the abandoned capital of Fatehpur Sikri that lies 25 miles before Agra. Built by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar during 1570 and 1585, the citadel is one of the finest examples of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Shortly after its completion, as the small, spring-fed lake that supplied the city with water dried, and probably its border with the Rajputana areas in the North-West, which were increasingly in chaos, the emperor abandoned Fatehpur Sikri, moving his capital to Lahore, currently in Pakistan.

We will arrive in Agra late afternoon. Check into your rooms and rest of the time is at leisure.

Optional: Visit Taj Mahal by moonlight. Taj Mahal is open for moonlight visit with prior permission. It’s open from 2 days before and until 2 days after of the full moon night but closed on Friday.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 11~Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and drive to Delhi

Wake up early morning before dawn to visit the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal at sunrise is very beautiful and has less traffic and will be quieter at this time. As you approach the mausoleum, it appears as if it is floating on the horizon, overwhelming, spectacular, and incredibly beautiful! As the day breaks, the mausoleum bathes in the golden glow of the rising sun; the beauty of the Taj Mahal holds your gaze and makes you speechless! It was built in the mid-17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, allowing 22 years and using labor of 20,000 men to build. The white marble was transported by fleet of 1000 elephants from 200 miles away. The Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. You will spend about 2 hours at this amazing creation and then return to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, visit the Agra Fort which is another example of impressive Mughal architecture that became the base of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Initiated by Emperor Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River and other major constructions were done by Emperor Shah Jahan. The Agra Fort is a massive fortified city extended in 94-acres (380,000 m2) of land, with its chord lying parallel to the Yamnuna River and its walls seventy feet high. It's ironic that towards the end of his life, Shah Jahan, who built Taj Mahal, was imprisoned in the fort by his son and was left to die while watching the Taj Mahal for the remainder of his days.

Mid-afternoon, we drive back to Delhi (4-5 hours).

Meals : Breakfast
Day 12~Depart Delhi

After breakfast, you have free time until it is airport time for your flight to next destination.

Meals : Breakfast

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Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation for (11) nights on twin-share basis in the mentioned hotels or similar.
  • Meal as per mentioned in the itinerary.   
  •  Services of English speaking local guide for the sightseeing as per the itinerary.
  •  One-time entrances to the monuments as per the itinerary.
  •  Transport will be using air-conditioned Tourist vehicle.
  •  Camel safari at Sam Dunes.
  •  Visit to Bishoni village.
  •  Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi.
  •  Boat ride on Lake Pichola, Udaipur.
  •  Cooking demo at Udaipur.
  •  All current Government taxes are included in the above price, which are subject to change without any notice. 

Cost Does Not Include

  • International/Domestic air fare, visa fees, airport tax or any kind of insurance cover.
  • Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, camera fees etc.
  • Car at disposal or any sightseeing on leisure days unless specified above.
  • Early check in or a late checkout room (s) at any hotel (s) unless specified above.
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in flight and train schedule; cancellation of flights/trains, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, etc.
  • Any porterage at hotel (for baggage on arrival and departure from the hotel).
  • Camera/video camera fee at monuments.
  • Any other item not specifically mentioned above as 'INCLUDED'.

General Conditions:

  • The prices are on Per Person basis, Nett & Non-Commissionable.
  • Upon confirmation of the booking we would require 50% of the total invoice and the balance amount can be paid 60 days prior to the date of arrival.
  • Class of travel on trains may change based on availability at the time of booking.
  • All flight/train timings are based on current schedule and are strictly subject to change.
  • All prices are subject to any revision of tax and tariff structure.

This itinerary is a private tour idea

This itinerary is a private tour idea only. The price is indicative based on suggested hotels. You may request for the change in the itinerary and the hotels of your preference and we will be happy to provide you the final quote via email.

Trip Difficulty Level

This is basically a motor vehicle based tour, suitable for travelers of all ages with normal health conditions. Some monuments, forts or castles visit might require climbing stairs. Please, do not expect elevators or escalators. Subject to availability, you may have an opportunity to experience elephant, camel, and/or canoe rides.

This trip does not involve any strenuous hiking or climbing, however, we have some long day drives. But we will have ample opportunities to stop on the way to stretch our legs. Although, no major preparation is necessary for this trip, it’s recommendable that you start a soft training program such as walking, jogging, cycling, or aerobics about a month ahead of the trip to keep yourself physically fit.

Life on the Trip

A sightseeing day, depending on the season, starts between 8.30 am to 9 am. You are met by your Guide at the hotel lobby and proceed for the sightseeing. You will have the lunch break around noon to 1 pm. After lunch, embark on the tour that will last for 2 to 3 hours and then you are brought back to your hotel. Your guide and driver will be happy to drop you somewhere else if you want some time on your own. When you are traveling from one city to the other, usually you will spend 4-5 hours on the road with occasional stops for photography, drinks, and snacks.

We will try our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a general guideline or an indicative of the scope of activities. Depending on the local conditions and other variables; the sightseeing order may change. During the tour, you will have time enough for photography and to interact with the locals. The guide and driver will be flexible and will do their best to help you enjoy the trip the way you like.

Accommodation

Rajasthan has many choices of accommodations for every budget but our choice of accommodations are first class at deluxe properties with all modern amenities that include a private bathroom with hot and cold shower, central air-conditioning, phone, mini refrigerator, restaurants, and more. Our preferred hotels in Rajasthan are usually former castles or Haveli's (large stately homes/mansions).

Tour Guide

All our trips are led by local guides who are university graduates, and are trained and certified by the Indian tourism authorities. They are knowledgeable, friendly, and flexible. They will show you the wonders of the areas that you would never discover on your own and also share their knowledge on Indian history, culture, and religion. Your guide carries the necessary vouchers for the hotels and will buy admission tickets where necessary. The tour guide and the driver are not the same person.

Transportation

Depending on the group size, Far & High will use air-conditioned SUV's, Mini Van's, or coaches for all transfers and tours. Our drivers are friendly locals with years of experience in driving vehicle in tourism and hospitality industry. Your driver may have limited English speaking skills.

International and Internal Airfares

You may purchase your international airfare to India and return on your own. If you do need any help with this, you may certainly feel free to contact us and we will take care of the internal airfares for you. The local airport taxes may or may not be included in the airfare.

Booking

When you have decided that you would like to travel with us, it advisable to initiate reservation as early as possible so that we can secure the reservation in the preferred hotels as well as the flights. A deposit of US$ 300 is requested along with the completed trip application forms and passport copies.

If any ground suppliers or hotels need a deposit to secure the reservation, we will request a second part payment will be due to cover those deposits. The balance of your payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. Credit card payment other than the initial deposit attracts an additional fee of 3.5%.

We will email you a detailed trip dossier with your confirmed list of hotels, services, and travel notes within 2-3 weeks upon booking.

Cancellation

  • 90 days prior to departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
  • 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than 30 days: 100%.

Travel Protection Plan

While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, flight cancellation, missed connection, or loss of baggage. That may cause interruption or delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation, or medical transportation when you get ill or if you are involved in an accident while you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High’s Tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses, that being said, we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions with Travel Insurance.

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