Real Rajasthan

16 Days | Discover delicious curries, desert skies and a decadent Wonder of the World

5 out of 5 based on 43 reviews submitted.
18 to 35s
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EUR 495 €
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

If you’re looking for an authentic slice of the real Rajasthan, this epic 16-day adventure through India is all you could ask for. Camp under the starry night sky in between desert sand dunes, explore Jodhpur’s markets, learn how to cook your new favourite dishes with a cooking class in Udaipur, traverse Pushkar’s bazaars and Jaipur’s temples and witness the Taj Mahal in the morning light – you can tick that Wonder of the World off the bucket list! With all of this and more, India will definitely exceed all expectations. Get ready for tasty feeds, chaotic streets and enough sensory stimulation to last a lifetime.

Trip overview

Map of Real Rajasthan including India
Start
Delhi, India
Finish
Delhi, India
Theme
18 to 35s
Destinations
India
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
HHYJ
This trip generates 53 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Prepare yourself for one very memorable night out in the Thar Desert, where you’ll share a feast at sunset and bunk down to camp between the sand dunes under a blanket of desert stars.
  • Witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Taj Mahal – bathed in the morning light. Take your time here, taking in the majesty of this manmade wonder and learn all there is to know from a local guide.
  • Sit down and feast your eyes on an optional Bollywood blockbuster in the coolest cinema in the country – the stylish Raj Mandir Cinema in Jaipur.
  • Experience an authentic Indian market at Jodhpur’s Sadar Bazaar – practice your haggling skills and make sure you bring an extra empty bag for all the trinkets you'll find at one of India’s oldest markets.
  • See Delhi from a new perspective on a bicycle rickshaw ride through the chaotic streets of this epic city. Take in the beauty of Jama Masjid and rub shoulders with the locals in Sheeshganj Gurudwara, where all are welcome despite religion, caste or gender.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Positive Change for Marine Life. Donations help them to nurture ocean health with community-led conservation initiatives that inspire coastal restoration, sustainable fishing practices and waste-management. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip is built for travellers who likes a mix of free time and included activities. As such, there will be loads of opportunities to tailor your trip how you like. Please consider spending money for optional sightseeing (including transport to and from sights) and any activities you want to do.
  • You’ll cover a lot of distance in this vast country, which involves some long bus and train rides. Sleeper trains are also a great way to travel long distances while still getting maximum time in each place. Beds are padded berths with sheets, pillow and blanket provided (although some people prefer to bring their own sleeping sheet). You may be in the same carriage with locals of the same or opposite gender. For your own security, take a lock for your hand luggage. Read about what it's like travelling on overnight trains in India, and around the world, here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/overnight-train-travel-around-the-world/

Itinerary

Map of Real Rajasthan including India

Inclusions

Meals

1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle, Public bus, Overnight sleeper train, Train

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Guesthouse (5 nights), Camping (basic facilities) (1 night), Heritage Property (4 nights)

Activities
  • Thar Desert - Overnight Desert Camp
  • Jaisalmer - Leader-led walking tour
  • Jodhpur - Leader-led walking tour
  • Udaipur - Leader-led walking tour
  • Pushkar - Leader-led walking tour
  • Jaipur - Leader-led walking & market tour
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Delhi - Visit to the Jama Masjid Mosque
  • Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
Add on activities
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR600
  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR600
  • Delhi - Red Fort - INR600
  • Jaisalmer - Folklore Museum - INR10
  • Jodhpur - Bishnoi villages day trip - INR750
  • Jodhpur - Meherangarh Fort - INR600
  • Jodhpur - Meherangarh Fort Elevator - INR50
  • Udaipur - Lake Pichola boat ride - INR600
  • Udaipur - City Palace - INR300
  • Udaipur - Cooking class - INR600
  • Pushkar - Brahma Temple - Free
  • Pushkar - Sunrise at Savitri Temple - Free
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema - INR400
  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR1000
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD280
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Dance Class - INR500
  • Agra - Agra Fort - INR650

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 3 (Camping) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate from September 1st to April 30th and last approximately 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$260pp (subject to change). Flights are subject to availability and weather conditions (tickets are fully refundable in case of bad weather).
3. Please provide your full name exactly as it appears on your passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport. Fees may apply for adding or amending details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases, you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 43 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Rute · Traveled March 2024
Ce voyage condensé du Rajasthan, d'Agra et de Delhi a été très riche en émotions, en odeurs, goûts et couleurs. Sur le plan relationnel, ce voyage m'a permis de rencontrer des personnes incroyables. Sur les plans sociologiques et philosophiques, la découverte du Rajasthan, de ses habitants et ses mœurs m'a sûrement changé à jamais. Cette partie du monde peut paraître si riche et si pauvre, si belle mais si difficile. Sa visite peut être vécue comme une épreuve ou juste comme des vacances, mais elle vaut dans tous les cas la peine d'être vécue. Merci à notre guide Parul pour sa bienveillance, sa bonne humeur et son excellent sens de l'organisation.
Review submitted 28 Mar 2024

Rachel · Traveled March 2024
I great way to see Rajastan. Our tour leader Parul was fantastic and went put of her way to make sure we all had an amazing experience. Thanks Parul! Budget approx 5,000-6,000 rupees for activities not included and around that again for food/drinks.
Review submitted 28 Mar 2024

Conrad · Traveled March 2024
This trip was a dream! Explore all of Rajasthan’s highlights at a comfortable pace. Our group leader Parul was a bright light of knowledge and enthusiasm.
Review submitted 25 Mar 2024

Jess · Traveled March 2024
Excellent whistle stop tour of Rajasthan if you are on a budget. I felt fully safe throughout while also feeling I truly experienced Indian culture. The price is basic so expect some basic accommodation. Our leader Parul was fantastic.
Review submitted 27 Mar 2024

Alana · Traveled February 2024
This tour was amazing! Our leader Harsha was fantastic, caring, and made our safety paramount throughout. The tour is fast paced but this means so many activities can be done. I felt I gained a truly authentic experience of India and have made the best memories. I would highly recommend this tour!
Review submitted 06 Mar 2024
Real Rajasthan
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EUR 495 €