" Day 21 to 22"
This morning we will drive from Jaisalmer to another famous Rajasthani city, Jodhpur. En route to Jodhpur we will make an included visit to the Sambhali Trust project (a charitable project that works for the empowerment of women and girls in Rajasthan), where we will learn about the efforts of the project and make a group donation from the kitty.
After our visit we will make our way to our accommodation, rooms that have been set up by local families in their own homes for visitors. We will be splitting up into 2 or 3 small groups for our homestays.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.
On the following day we will be in and around Jodhpur. In the morning we will have an included visit to the Mehrangarh Fort and Palace, and the afternoon is free to explore the city independently.
Freely explore the blue city of Jodhpur and visit the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, the largest fort in Rajasthan : Included in Kitty
Stay overnight in a guest rooms of a local family's home, and experience a slice of true Indian hospitality : Included in Kitty
Visit and support the Dragoman-supported Sambhali Trust near Jodhpur, and see the excellent work they do to provide local women and girls with education and vocational skills : Included in Kitty
Visit the Jaswant Thada, a beautiful marble cenotaph next to a picturesque lake built in memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II : INR 55
Learn all about Rajasthani cuisine at a cooking class at our guest house or home stay in Jodhpur : INR 1000
Explore the museum of the Jodhpur Royal Family in the Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the world's largest private residences : INR 50
Explore the nearby Mandore Gardens and ancient ruined fort : Free
Go out on an exhilarating zip-lining excursion over the gardens of the Mehrangarh Fort : INR 1800
Jodhpur, situated on the edge of the Thar Desert, is affectionately known as the "Blue City" of Rajasthan due to its many indigo coloured houses in the old town. These are best seen from the ramparts of the mighty Mehrangarh Fortress, which looms above the bustling city. Built in the late 15th Century CE, the colossal fort of Mehrangarh is the largest in the whole of Rajasthan, and has never been taken by force. The fort complex itself is huge and spreads over the hill looking over Jaipur - it houses the Maharaja's Palace as well as a number of temples, extensive gardens and some of the most well-stocked museums and galleries in all of India. Elsewhere in the city, Nai Sadak is the place to head for shopping, and the Sardar Market is a riot of sights, sounds and smells that's a baffling assault on the senses. Also in Jodhpur are the historical sites of Jaswant Thada, built at the end of the 19th Century and constructed entirely out of sheets of marble, and Mandore, the ancient capital of Marwar.
About Sambhali Trust:
The Sambhali Trust is an organisation near Jodhpur that provides underprivileged Rajasthani women and girls (and now also some boys) with educational, vocational, and social skills to help them to become confident and financially independent. Even though the destructive 'caste'- system is officially abolished in India, it is still a huge issue in the region. They specifically work with 'Dalit' women and girls, who usually have little or no access to education or basic health services. They do not even have the right to choose their husband and manage that relationship. In addition to helping break the cycle of poverty and financial dependence on family members, the Sambhali Trust gives these women a voice and a support network to nurture their hopes, dreams, and ambitions. The Trust also does everything to get the girls into schools and pay for their education. There is also a sewing school, where the Trust helps the women to establish their own small tailoring shops in their own villages. We visit the Sambhali Trust to see all the work they do on our trips between Delhi and Mumbai, and provide a donation on our visit.
There are no meals included on this day.