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.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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