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  • 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
  • The Thar Desert is a vast space, but the locals treat it as their own back garden. Have the chance to take a guided camel ride into the sunset and sleep under the stars
  • A hot air balloon experience above Jaipur is extraordinary. Float high over the spectacular palaces and forts with the ultimate bird’s eye view

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.

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Our guide Pradeep was excellent. His organisation and attention to detail was commendable. His dealings with everyone he met including our group members were respectful, friendly and helpful. I loved the variety of the trip and enjoyed all the different aspects of India that we saw.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi

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.

Day 2 Delhi

In the morning, set off on the city’s modern metro system to explore the sights and sounds of Old Delhi on a guided walking tour. Experience the chaos of an Indian traffic jam as you inch your way through the streets around Chandni Chowk marketplace in a traditional cycle rickshaw. Visit Jama Masjid, Delhi's oldest and India’s largest mosque, and then stop by the Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) to learn about the Sikh religion.

Day 3 Agra

Board one of India's express air-conditioned trains to Agra (approximately three hours). Rich in Mughal heritage, Agra is a city of gardens, temples and open rooftops. Visit the Taj Mahal, a white marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz. Zip around Agra in a motorised rickshaw and explore the spectacular Red Fort, whose sandstone walls were built to enclose the imperial city of the Mughal rulers in the 16th century. If you like, continue on to Akbar's Mausoleum to pay your respects to the great emperor.

Day 4 Fatehpur Sikri - Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary - Bharatpur

Travel by private vehicle for two hours to Fatehpur Sikri, which is a fortified city built by Emperor Akbar in 1569. A highlight of the settlement is Jama Masjid, a striking mosque featuring elements of both Persian and Hindu design. Afterwards, drive to Bharatpur by private vehicle to visit to Keoladeo National Park (approximately two hours). Once the domain of royal duck shooters, this World Heritage-listed park is home to over 350 species of bird. Explore the sanctuary in cycle rickshaws pedalled by local amateur bird-spotters.

Day 5 Jaipur

Take a local bus to Jaipur, a journey of around six hours. Once you arrive, be treated to an orientation tour of Jaipur, known as the ‘Pink City’. A highlight of the walk is seeing the Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal). Get among the crowds of the city’s bazaars to shop for artisan goods and semi-precious stones. In the evening, perhaps sit back and enjoy the extravagance of a Bollywood blockbuster at the iconic Raj Mandir Cinema.

Day 6 Jaipur

For many travellers, a hot air balloon experience is one of the highlights of Jaipur. Ballooning can be done over the city on the morning of day six between September and June. For additional information, please see the important notes section of the Essential Trip Information. Visit Jaipur's Royal City Palace and/or one of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. Later this afternoon, we’ll visit the Amber Fort. Set on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, the fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture. Entering the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) is also a particularly memorable experience.

Day 7 Mandawa

In the morning, head to Fatehpur by local bus (approximately 3.5 hours). We then travel further by private vehicle to Mandawa (2 hours) A remote town in the centre of the Shekhawati region, this was once a trading outpost on the ancient caravan routes from China and the Middle East. Enjoy a guided tour of Mandawa's ornate havelis (private residences), with some of them crumbling at the foundations and others well preserved. There’s plenty of time to explore this thriving market town and its surrounds before spending the night in a beautifully restored haveli.

Day 8 Bikaner

Take the four-hour journey to Bikaner via a combination of private jeeps and buses. Once an important staging post on the great caravan routes, the city still contains many bazaars, palaces and a historic fort within its impressive walls. Visit Junagarh Fort, which was built by Raja Rai Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner (AD1571 to 1612). In the evening, there's the option to travel to a nearby farmhouse and enjoy an evening of traditional Rajasthani food, music and dance.

Day 9 Bikaner

After an early morning walking tour of Bikaner, spend free time exploring bazaars before visiting the city’s famous ‘Rat Temple’. Travel out to the 600-year-old rat kingdom of Karni Mata Temple, which is believed to be home to the reincarnated followers of the Hindu goddess, Durga. Locals believe that it's particularly favourable if one of these rats takes a shine to you and scurries over your bare feet. For the squeamish, just stand still or view from afar.

Day 10 Jaisalmer

Catch an early morning local train from Bikaner to Jaisalmer, which may take up to six hours. We travel in general class, where seating is unallocated and carriages are fan-cooled only. Stock up on plenty of food and water beforehand, as temperatures can get fairly warm on this long trip. The standard of the train is pretty basic, but it can be a fantastic way of meeting the locals and like-minded travellers. Once there perhaps explore the markets, ornately carved houses and museum before the sun goes down.

Day 11 Thar Desert

To get a taste of nomadic life, take a three-hour camel ride into the desert to watch the sunset behind sand dunes. While here we visit a Hindu Temple, a Jain temple, step wells, a small rural market and the sand dunes. In the evening local musicians will join us at the campsite for a performance. Dinner & breakfast are included during our stay here.

Day 12 Jaisalmer

Head back into Jaisalmer by camel in the morning and enjoy a free day. The city is one of the oldest Rajasthan capitals and dates as far back as AD1156, so it’s teeming with history. Perhaps explore the Jain Temple, the Jaisalmer havelis or Folklore Museum. With imposing parapets and towers at every turn, the Old Town is full of intricate stonewalls that lead to the havelis. These private mansions once homed Jaisalmer’s nobility and resemble small palaces. Tonight we sleep in a haveli-converted hotel; a comfortable base after a long day.

Day 13 Jodhpur

In the morning, travel to Jodhpur byrail (approximately 6 hours). The city is known for its antique shops and the best lassi in India. Enjoy an orientation walking tour around the ‘Old City’ and visit Sadar Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in India. It’s built around a clock tower amid spice and vegetable markets, juice sellers and sari materials. This is a great place to test your haggling skills. The evening is then free to do as you wish.

Day 14 Jodhpur - Overnight train

This morning explore the colossal Mehrangarh Fort and take in the views from its ramparts, which dominate the city's skyline. Afterwards, possibly visit the nearby Bishnoi villages where you’ll find a welcoming, nature-loving community. Perhaps take a village safari tour, where you’ll come across wildlife and learn why the Bishnoi are so protective of their land. This evening, board an overnight train to Delhi for a comfortable trip of around 11 hours. Notes: Sleeper trains are clean and air-conditioned, and are a great way to travel long distances so maximum time can be spent in each place. Beds are padded berths and sheets, pillow and a blanket are provided, but you may prefer to bring your own sleeping sheet. Please be aware that you may be sharing with locals in a same gender/mixed gender situation.

Day 15 Delhi

Arrive at the Delhi train station early in the morning. There are no activities planned for today and you’re free to depart once we’ve arrived. Train delays can occur so please don’t be surprised if we’re late. Due to potential delays, we recommend booking any international flights for after 2 pm today.

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Sep-30-2018Oct-14-2018$ 1,455NoSold Out Reserve
Oct-07-2018Oct-21-2018$ 1,177Yes7 spots left Reserve
Nov-04-2018Nov-18-2018$ 1,177Yes7 spots left Reserve
Nov-25-2018Dec-09-2018$ 1,440Yes11 spots left Reserve
Dec-09-2018Dec-23-2018$ 1,440Yes9 spots left Reserve
Dec-16-2018Dec-30-2018$ 1,540Yes5 spots left Reserve
Dec-23-2018Jan-06-2019$ 1,495Yes9 spots left Reserve
Dec-30-2018Jan-13-2019$ 1,495Yes7 spots left Reserve
Feb-06-2019Feb-16-2019$ 1,125Yes12 spots left Reserve
Feb-13-2019Feb-23-2019$ 1,125Yes12 spots left Reserve
Feb-27-2019Mar-09-2019$ 1,125Yes12 spots left Reserve
Mar-06-2019Mar-16-2019$ 1,125Yes12 spots left Reserve
Mar-13-2019Mar-23-2019$ 1,125Yes12 spots left Reserve
Apr-10-2019Apr-20-2019$ 1,125Yes11 spots left Reserve
Aug-07-2019Aug-17-2019$ 1,070Yes12 spots left Reserve
Sep-18-2019Sep-28-2019$ 1,070Yes12 spots left Reserve
Sep-25-2019Oct-05-2019$ 1,070Yes12 spots left Reserve
Oct-02-2019Oct-12-2019$ 1,070Yes12 spots left Reserve
Oct-16-2019Oct-26-2019$ 1,070Yes12 spots left Reserve
Oct-23-2019Nov-02-2019$ 1,110Yes12 spots left Reserve
Nov-06-2019Nov-16-2019$ 1,110Yes12 spots left Reserve
Nov-13-2019Nov-23-2019$ 1,110Yes12 spots left Reserve
Nov-20-2019Nov-30-2019$ 1,110Yes12 spots left Reserve
Nov-27-2019Dec-07-2019$ 1,110Yes12 spots left Reserve
Dec-11-2019Dec-21-2019$ 1,110Yes12 spots left Reserve
Dec-18-2019Dec-28-2019$ 1,110Yes12 spots left Reserve
Dec-25-2019Jan-04-2020$ 1,110Yes12 spots left Reserve
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Details
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 12
Accomodations
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night),Heritage Property (4 nights),Hotel (7 nights),Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Start City
Delhi
End City
Delhi
Guides All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
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Finish point

  • Hotel Pooja Palace
  • 15A/11 W.E.A. Puja Park
  • Karol Bagh
  • Delhi
  • 110005
  • INDIA
  • Phone: +91 9810014574

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