Get off the beaten track in a 15-day exploration of rural Rajasthan. Imposing forts, captivating temples, impressive stepwells and barren red hills characterise southern Rajasthan. A journey through this intriguing region provides an opportunity to meet local farmers, see a myriad of wildlife and discover a region that has always been at the forefront of creative art and architecture.
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Overnight flight to Delhi. (N)
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the boutique Manor Hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure. (N)
Take a morning urban heritage walking tour of Hauz Khas to discover the unique blend of designer-shops and cafes juxtaposed with the age-old rural ambience of a village. In the afternoon, enjoy a tea tasting tour and learn about the various climatic conditions favourable for tea production. (B)
Travel to Jarar for a 2 night stay at the Chambal Safari Lodge, set amongst a 35-acre plantation of large shady trees. (B, L, D)
Take a river safari and view the wildlife along the Chamba River. The boatmen are skilled at manoeuvring close to birdlife and animals without disturbing them. Large reptiles can be found along the banks and dolphins splash in and out of the river. (B, L, D)
Morning drive to the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, known for its array of forts, palaces and mosques. Continue to Ramathra for 2 nights at Ramathra Fort, the ancestral home of Ravi and Gitaniali who restored the property into the heritage hotel that it is today. (B)
Day at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities at Ramathra fort or enjoy a walk to the small local temple and village. Alternatively take a leisurely bike ride in the countryside or a jeep safari (B)
Drive to Ranthambore National Park, one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's conservation efforts in Rajasthan. The park covers an area of 400 square kilometres and was once the private hunting grounds of the maharajas of Jaipur. Two nights at Khem Vilas. (B, L, D)
Wildlife drives in the early morning and late afternoon in search of the elusive Bengal tiger. Although well known for its tiger population, Ranthambore is also home to sambars, panthers, marsh crocodiles, sloth bears and leopards, as well as being a bird watcher's paradise. (B, L, D)
Take another early morning wildlife drive before travelling to the picturesque town of Bundi for 2 nights at Bundi Vilas. Bundi was once the capital of a major princely state during the heyday of the Rajputs but dwindled with the rise of Kota during Mughal times. (B)
The medieval atmosphere of Bundi is still retained today, and the town's legacy is well preserved in the massive Taragarh Fort, which towers over the town in the narrow valley below. Today you will get to visit the fort as well as the traditional murals of Bundi Palace. (B)
Visit one of Rajasthan's lesser-visited gems, Chittorgarh Fort, en route to Udaipur for 3 nights at Bujera Fort. Amongst the finest examples of Hindu medieval forts, Chittorgarh has some well-known landmarks of Indian history including the Vijay Stambha, or 'Victory Tower'. (B)
Explore the sights of Udaipur including the City Palace and Lake Pichola, or enjoy the facilities of Bujera Fort. The City Palace is one of the largest palace complexes in the world. Lake Pichola is home to the famous Lake Palace which appears to float on the water. (B)
Transfer to the airport for the international flight. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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Bujera Fort is a 14-room fortress located in the Aravalli hills, on the west side of Lake Pichola. Created by interior designers Richard Hanlon and Trish McFarlane, the decor is focused on the sophistication and comfort of an English country house combined with traditional Indian design. The hotel operates a 'farm to fork' policy and serves continental and Indian food made with locally sourced or home-grown ingredients.
Features: 14 rooms, Wi-Fi, restaurant, library, bar, courtyard, swimming pool.
Room amenities: Double poster...
Bundi Vilas is a 300-year-old havelli (or mansion), now transformed into a boutique hotel with seven rooms. The rooms have been renovated to retain
some of their original features, but now offer modern amenities such as en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. From the restaurant terrace on the roof, there are views of the town with its blue painted houses as well Jait Sagar Lake in the...
The Chambal Safari Lodge stands in the midst of a 35-acre plantation of large shady trees. The lodge consists of eight independent cottages with small covered verandas, built on raised red sandstone platforms in the woodland. All the cottages have en suite bathrooms. Great care has been taken to use locally sourced materials and craftsmen as much as possible. In keeping with the eco-friendly approach, the lodge does not use electricity generators and has limited electric connections. The kitchens serve home-cooked meals with fresh, organically grown ingredients. Most of the produce is from the lodge's own farm or is procured directly from the local...
Khem Villas is a jungle camp, located on the outskirts of Ranthambore. It is 200km from Jaipur, which takes approximately 2 hours by train and 4 hours by road. The Sawai Madhopur Railway Station is located 13kms from camp. The camp is established on land that Goverdhan (the owner) purchased in 1989 and converted into a wilderness area planting indigenous trees and creating open grasslands and small water bodies. From camp it is common to see jackals, jungle cats, hyenas, desert foxes and hares as well as a large number of birds.
Accommodation is divided into three categories - rooms, tents and cottages. In the main building the 4 air-conditioned bedrooms are self-contained with en suite bathrooms. The upstairs rooms benefit from large bay windows with views over the surrounding wilderness areas. Tents are erected on a wooden platform and natural materials like bamboo and wood give...
Originally built by the Maharaja of Karauli, Ramathra Fort is the ancestral home of Ravi and Gitaniali who lovingly resorted the property into the wonderful heritage hotel that it is today. Located just south of the golden triangle in the princely state of Karauli, it is a 4-hour drive from Jaipur and just 2 hours from Sawai Madhopur en route to Agra.
The hotel has six suites and six luxury tents, all with views over the magnificent countryside of Rajasthan. Each suite features its own bedroom, an elegant sitting area with a fireplace, custom furnishings and a private terrace or open courtyard. The six luxury tents, set against the fort's rampart walls surrounding a courtyard, have a spacious interior with a sleeping chamber, a sitting room, a private bathhouse attached and a private porch furnished with a table and chairs. There are no televisions or electronic equipment in the...
Set among verdant, geometric greenery, the Manor is a unique property, offering the luxury and serenity of a boutique hotel. With fewer than twenty guest rooms all decorated with simple elegance, teak floors and fabrics of earthy tones the hotel is a welcome oasis. The emphasis here is on personal service and relaxation. The hotel is a no smoking establishment except in the beautifully designed bar. There is also an excellent restaurant serving fine local and European cuisine...
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