Be dazzled by the sights, sounds and spirit of Rajasthan

Prepare to be dazzled by the most colourful part of India - Rajasthan. Everywhere you go you'll encounter the whole kaleidoscope: orange turbans, purple saris, mounds of scarlet spices in the markets and golden sand dunes beneath a deep blue sky. Explore the white lakeside city of Udaipur, the blue city of Jodhpur and the bright lights of Mumbai. Travel though the Thar Desert on a camel train heading into the sunset, discover remote caves at Ajanta, visit decadent palaces, and head into the backstreets of Pushkar to soak up the atmosphere. Lose the rose-tinted glasses and experience the true colours of India on this revealing trip.


Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
Mumbai, India
Country
India
Style
Basix
Theme
Overland
Code
HDOF
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22

Itinerary

Today is a free day to explore Delhi. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.

In Delhi we will stay in a local hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we start our journey with a 400km drive to Bikaner. The drive will take us most of the day, stopping en route for lunch.

In Bikaner we will either stay in a local hotel or camp at an eco-lodge a short distance outside the city.

Drive time - 10 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, borders and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Day 18
Today we continue our journey with a drive of 385kms to ancient Rajasthani city of Jaisalmer, stopping at the Karni Mata (Rat Temple) en-route.

We base ourselves in Jaisalmer for the next 3 nights, staying in a comfortable local hotel.

Drive time - 5-7 hours, depending on the length of the visit to Karmi Mata.

Day 19
This morning is free time to to explore more of Jaisalmer. In the late afternoon we wil head out on an included camel safari into the Thar Desert - exploring the desert with local Rajasthani camel drivers is the most authentic way to experience the area!

Tonight we camp out in the desert, sleeping under the stars.


Day 20
This morning we will return from the our camel safari. The rest of the day if free to relax or explore more of Jaisalmer and the surrounding area.

Tonight we return to our hotel in Jaisalmer.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (3 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning we will drive 285kms from Jaisalmer to another famous Rajasthani city, Jodphur. En route to Jodphur we will make our 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 that has been set up by local families in their own homes for visitors..

Drive time - 5-7 hours, depending on the length of the visit to the Sambhali Trust.

On the following day we will be in and around Jodphur. In the morning we will visit the Meherangarh Fort and Palace, before splitting up into 2 or 3 small groups for our homestays.
Accommodation
  • Homestay (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Day 23
After breakfast we set off for a 260km drive to Udaipur, visiting the Jain Temple at Ranakpur en route. We will have 3 nights in Udaipur, giving us plenty of time to discover this amazing, romantic Rajasthani city.

In Udaipur we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Drive time - 6-7 hours, depending on the length of the visit to Ranakpur Temple

Days 24 - 25
We will have 2 free days for exploration of the sites of Udaipur and relaxing on one of the many roof-top terraces in the city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (3 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Day - 26
Leaving Udaipur, we will be joined by a local cook who will accompany us during the next few days whilst we are wild camping.

Today will mostly be spent travelling the 220kms to Mandu, via the backroads of rural Rajasthan. We are well off the tourist trail here and tonight we will wildcamp, perhaps on the edge of a local village.

Drive time - 8 hours

Day - 27
Today we will visit Mandu, an extensive and largely abandoned hill-top fort from the Mughal era. We will then spend the afternoon driving to our wild camp spot near Kharwand Dam, en route towards Ellora. Drive time - 5 hours.
Accommodation
  • Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Day 28
Today we drive to Ajanta, arriving in the afternoon. We will visit the complex of 29 ancient Buddhist temples cut into the rock face. We then continue driving to Ajanta where we will camp for 2 nights in the grounds of a hotel.

Drive time - 7-8 hours

Day 29
Today we will visit the ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves - a set of a small temples in the rock face dating from the 6th to 11th centuries.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Day 30
Setting off early, we will say goodbye to our local cook and drive 400kms to Mumbai, arriving late afternoon.

Tonight we stay in a comfortable hotel.

Drive time - 9 hours.

Day 31
Please note that if you are leaving the trip in Mumbai, there is no accommodation included this night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Camel, Overland vehicle

Accommodation

Bush camp (no facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (3 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (7 nights)

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