Explore classic Rajasthan on a solo-traveller-only adventure tour through magical India

The enchanting northern province of Rajasthan is awash with all the colours of India. On this new adventure, designed for solo travellers only, discover the grisly history of massive forts, and the opulence and splendour of Maharajahs' palaces. Stroll bustling markets, search for the elusive Bengal tiger, enjoy a sunset camel safari and soak up the culture of the local people. Enjoy the true essence of Rajasthan.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Delhi, India
Finish
Delhi, India
Country
India
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
STHHSC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Explore the sights, sounds, scents and colours of India with a group of solo travellers

  • Keep your adrenaline charged with a tiger spotting adventure among the lakes and crags of Ranthambhore National Park

  • Ride camels through the desert in Pushkar, gaining insight into the life of rural Rajasthan

  • Ballooning over Jaipur while the sun rises is an unforgettable experience

  • The hills and shimmering lakes of Udaipur make it India’s capital of romance

  • A trip to India wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal – a masterpiece of Indian architecture

  • Enjoy a variety of accommodation, from a fortified mansion to camping under the stars

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is for solo travellers only. If you're planning an adventure with a friend, family member or partner, we've got heaps of other trips you can travel on! If you're planning to travel on your own, with a group of other solo travellers, this trip might be just what you're looking for

  • Intrepid requires a copy of your scanned passport bio page at time of booking to complete bookings for Ranthambhore National Park visit.

  • There are a number of long travel days on this trip. Some journeys take between six to eight hours, but are a great opportunity to get to know locals, fellow travellers and the diverse scenery.

  • It’s important to prepare for hot sticky temperatures during the day and cooler climates in the evening, particularly in the desert. Layers are the one of the best ways to tackle this disparity in weather.

  • We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

  • From April 2017, the main dome of the Taj Mahal will undergo mud pack therapy to restore its original colour. It is expected the dome will be covered in iron scaffolding during the process which is expected to last a year.

Itinerary

Namaste! Welcome to India. Your adventure begins with an airport transfer and a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you have any free time before the meeting, perhaps visit the World Heritage-listed Mughal masterpiece of Humayun's Tomb or the tall brick tower of Qutub Minar. Perhaps head out for some dinner with your new travelling companions in the evening. 

Note: We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
In the morning, navigate the city’s metro system to discover Old Delhi on a guided walking tour. Hitch a ride in a traditional cycle rickshaw through a typical Indian traffic jam in the streets around Chandni Chowk marketplace. Visit Delhi’s oldest mosque of Jama Masjid, which is also India’s largest. Then head to the Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) to learn about the Sikh religion.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR500
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR500
  • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2500
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Travel to Agra by one of India's faster air-conditioned trains (approximately 3 hours/230 kilometres). Steeped in Mughal heritage, Agra has a wealth of gardens, temples and open rooftops. Visit the Taj Mahal and hear about why Emperor Shah Jahan built it as a memorial to his wife, Mumtaz. Buzz around Agra in a motorised rickshaw and explore inside the spectacular sandstone walls of the Red Fort, built to encompass the imperial city of the Mughal rulers in the 16th century. If you have time, move on to Akbar's Mausoleum to honour the great emperor.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Agra - Red Fort guided tour
Optional Activities
  • Agra - Additional entries to Taj Mahal - INR1000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a local bus to Bassi, a small town in the middle of rural Rajasthan (approximately 4 hours/210 kilometres). Travel by private transport to your accommodation for the night (approximately 45 minutes/20 kilometres). On a walk through the village, see craftspeople at work and meet some of the locals. In the evening, stay in the beautiful heritage property of Fort Madhogarh, which has belonged to one of Rahasthan’s royal families for centuries.
Accommodation
  • Heritage Property (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Madhogarh - Village walk
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Travel by private vehicle to Jaipur (approximately 90 minutes/50 kilometres). On arrival, take an orientation tour around the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Get among the crowds of the city’s bazaars to shop for artisan goods and semi-precious stones. Set on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, visit the Amber Fort, an excellent example of Rajput architecture. The Sheesh Mahal inside the fort is a must-see. As the walls are completely covered in little mirrors, the hall illuminates with the light of a single match.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning, perhaps take an optional hot air balloon ride. Floating across the skyline of Jaipur in a hot air balloon a great way to start the day, and is definitely a journey highight. Take a cycle rickshaw to Hawa Mahal, also known as the 'Palace of the Winds’. Otherwise, you may like to head to Jaipur's Royal City Palace or the observatory of Jantar Mantar to see a collection of astronomical instruments. After a long day of exploration, perhaps head to the Raj Mandir Cinema with your travelmates to experience the glamour of a Bollywood film.

Note: 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR400
  • Jaipur - Jantar Mantar Observatory - INR200
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema - INR400
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD250
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Continue on to Ranthambhore (approximately 5 hours/200 kilometres) via private vehicle. Ranthambhore National Park was once a famous hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, and became one of the original Project Tiger reserves. Explore the ruins of the park’s 10th-century fort, and in the evening take a 4WD safari in search of tigers and other wildlife.

Notes: The safety of our travellers is our highest concern and your tour leader has the authority to cancel or reschedule the jeep safari if they believe the vehicles available do not meet our safety standards.

Ranthambhore National Park is closed between 1 July and 30 September each year. On those trips affected, we'll visit nearby Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary. Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary is located approximately 16km from Ranthambhore and is due to its hilly terrain isnt as affected by the monsoon. Tigers inhabit this area and spottings are more favorable at this time of year as they move away from flooded areas of Ranthambhore.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ranthambore National Park - Evening safari
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Intrepid requires a copy of your scanned passport bio page at time of booking to complete bookings for Ranthambhore National Park visit.
Travel to Bundi by private vehicle (approximately 4 hours/150 kilometres) and navigate its narrow streets on a walking tour. Wander through the downtown market and engage with the locals. Visit intricately carved baoris (step wells) and explore the 16th-century Bundi Palace – be sure to check out its famous murals. 
Accommodation
  • Heritage Property (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bundi - Stepwell
  • Bundi - Palace
  • Bundi local guide
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel via local train to the small town of Bassi (approximately three hours). Head to Castle Bijaipur by jeep, where you’ll spend the night. This fortified mansion is still run by the local landlord and his family. Enjoy a meal of local Bassi cuisine with your travelling companions in the evening, and relax in the castle for the rest of the night.
Accommodation
  • Heritage Property (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bijaipur- Village tour
Optional Activities
  • Bijaipur - Henna painting - INR150
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Take another local train journey (approximately three hours) and then enjoy a drive in an open-top jeep through the countryside to visit pastoral villages. The area is teeming with wildlife, and your guide will point out some native animals. While in the villages, perhaps treat yourself to a henna tattoo. Spend the night under the stars camping beside a lake.

Note: During the monsoon period (April to September) we do not camp, but spend both nights in a heritage hotel.
Accommodation
  • Permanent Tent (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Continue on to Udaipur via private vehicle (approximately 4 hours/180 kilometres). Take a walk to soak up the city’s hills, lakes and white marble palaces, or explore the cities winding alleys and bazaars filled with silver, leather goods and miniature paintings. A popular centre for artists, dancers and musicians, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in Udaipur.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Udaipur - City Palace
  • Udaipur - City walk
Optional Activities
  • Udaipur - Lake boat ride - INR400
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Visit Jaipur’s City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India. Enjoy an optional boat ride on the famous Lake Pichola (seasonal: depending on the water level in the lake) and marvel at the island palaces off Jag Nivas and Jag Mandir. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a traditional concert that combines seven traditional Rajasthani folk dances.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Udaipur - Cultural performance - INR120
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Take a six-hour air-conditioned train to Ajmer and then a private vehicle to your hotel in Pushkar. Enjoy a walking tour to visit the bustling ghats and temples around Pushkar Lake, and watch as the devout worship by the holy water. A highlight of this trip is a camel ride out into the surrounding desert area. For those who would prefer not to to ride, there’s a camel-cart option.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pushkar - Walking tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Early risers can hike up to the Savitri Temple for amazing sunrise views over the town; there may even be a steaming glass of chai waiting for you at the top, if the chai man is there. You’ll have free time to enjoy the rest of the morning in Pushkar. The Shatabdi Express train departs Ajmer around 2 pm for the return trip to Delhi, arriving at around 10.40 pm.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Pushkar - Savitri Temple - Free
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Optional Activities
  • Delhi - Home-Cooked Experience Urban Adventure - INR4000
  • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2500
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

3 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Auto rickshaw, Bus, Camel, Cycle rickshaw, Jeep, Metro, Private vehicle, Shuttle Bus, Taxi, Train, Van

Accommodation

Deluxe permanent tent (1 night), Heritage Property (3 nights), Hotel (10 nights)

Included activities

  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Agra - Red Fort guided tour
  • Madhogarh - Village walk
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Walking tour
  • Ranthambore National Park - Evening safari
  • Bundi - Stepwell
  • Bundi - Palace
  • Bundi local guide
  • Bijaipur- Village tour
  • Udaipur - City Palace
  • Udaipur - City walk
  • Pushkar - Walking tour

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Important notes

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Intrepid requires a copy of your scanned passport bio page at time of booking to complete bookings for Ranthambhore National Park visit.

1. This trip travels back to Delhi on the afternoon of day 14 arriving into the Capital around 11pm. Please do not book departure flights out until at least 4am on day 15 to allow for delays
2. 2. A single supplement is available on this trip. A single room is available for all nights of the trip.
3. Pushkar Camel Fair departures usually run in early Nov. More details will follow
4. In 2015 Intrepid has returned to Ranthambhore National Park after suspending our visits in 2014 due to vehicle safety concerns. The majority of vehicles have now been assessed and upgraded. Safety of our travellers is our highest concern and your tour leader has the authority to cancel or reschedule the jeep safari if they believe that vehicles available do not meet our safety expectations.

JAIPUR HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHTS
Hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate mornings from September to June and morning and evening from September to March.
Morning flights depart around sunrise and evening flights late afternoon and last 60 mins. Return transfers, tea and coffee plus light refreshments and a certificate of flight are included in the cost.
You can register your interest and pay your tour leader at your joining meeting on day 1 of your trip.
Payment must be made by cash in either INR/AUD/USD/GBP only and is USD$250pp (subject to change)
Flights are subject to weather conditions and tickets are fully refundable in case of poor weather.

TAJ MAHAL DOME RESTORATIONS
The main dome on the Taj Mahal will undergo mud pack therapy due to begin in April 2017. It is likely the entire dome will be obscured by iron scaffolding. Portions of the white marble façade will be covered in mud and plastic sheets during the cleaning process. The restorations will be carried out in sections and the work on the dome is expected to last one year.

Essential trip information

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