Explore classic Rajasthan on an adventure tour through romantic India

The enchanting northern province of Rajasthan is awash with all the colours of India. On our classic adventure we 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. This is truly the essence of Rajasthan.


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

Why we love this trip

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

  • Ride camels into 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?

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

  • Make sure your luggage is light and compact enough to be able to carry it up and down multiple flights of stairs (ie. in train stations, hotels without elevators).

  • 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.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Namaste! Welcome to India. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. 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. 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.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR500
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR500
  • Delhi - Home-Cooked Experience Urban Adventure - INR4000
  • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR2500
  • Delhi - City Food Crawl Urban Adventure - INR3500
  • Delhi - Culture Vulture Urban Adventure - INR2500
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 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. Escape from the frenetic pace of the city streets by ducking into a Sikh temple to observe a more spiritual side of this bustling metropolis.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel to Agra by one of India's express air-conditioned trains (approx 3 hours/230km). Steeped in Mughal heritage, Agra has a wealth of gardens, temples and open rooftops. Visit the Taj Mahal and learn 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 (approx 4 hours/210km). Travel by private transport to your accommodation for the night (approx 45 min/20km) in Madhogarh. On a walk through the village, see craftspeople at work and meet 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. Dinner is included here tonight.
Accommodation
  • Heritage Property (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Madhogarh - Village walk
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Travel on by private vehicle to Jaipur (approx 90min/50km). On arrival, take a walk 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, take an optional hot air balloon ride. Floating across the skyline of Jaipur in a hot air balloon can be a highlight of the trip. Travel by rickshaw to Hawa Mahal, also known as the 'Palace of the Winds’. Alternatively, 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 to experience the glamour of a Bollywood film.

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.
Continuing by private vehicle, head to Ranthambhore (approximately 5 hours/200km). Ranthambhore National Park was once a famous hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, and was 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ranthambore National Park - Evening safari
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
he 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 approx. 16km from Ranthambhore and is due to its hilly terrain isn't as affected by the monsoon. Tigers inhabit this area also and spottings are more favorable at this time of year as they move away from flooded areas of Ranthambhore
Travel to Bundi by private vehicle (approx 4 hours/150km). Navigate Bundi's 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). Another heritage stay awaits us tonight.
Accommodation
  • Heritage Property (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bundi - Stepwell
  • Bundi - Palace
  • Bundi local guide
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Cross the Chittorgarh countryside to Paangarh Lake, spending the night sleeping in a permanent tent camp. On arrival, unwind with a cup of chai while watching the sunset over the lake and serene Vindhya Range. Enjoy a view out to the 15th-century Pangarh Fort, perched atop a hill to the north side of the lake.

Accommodation
  • Permanent Tent (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Return to Bundi and take a slow train journey with local villagers (approximately three hours) to Bassi (same name as a previous destination, different place!) followed by a drive in an open-top jeep out into the countryside to visit pastoral villages. As the area is teeming with wildlife, your guide should be able to point out some native animals. While in the villages, perhaps get a temporary souvenir in the form of a henna tattoo. Enjoy a group meal of local Bassi cuisine in the evening, and relax in our heritage stay for the night.


Accommodation
  • Heritage Property (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bijaipur- Village tour
Optional Activities
  • Bijaipur - Henna painting - INR150
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Our next journey by private vehicle takes us to Udaipur (approximately 4 hours/180km). Take a walk to soak up the city’s hills, lakes and white marble palaces, or delve into its twisting alleys and bazaars filled with silver, leather goods and miniature paintings. A popular centre for artists, dancers and musicians, there’s plenty to entertain you here.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Udaipur - City walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Visit Udaipur's City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India. Enjoy an optional boat ride on the famous Lake Pichola (seasonal) 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)
Included Activities
  • Udaipur - City Palace
Optional Activities
  • Udaipur - Cultural performance - INR120
  • Udaipur - Lake boat ride - INR400
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 the visit to Pushkar is a camel ride out into the surrounding desert area.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pushkar - Walking tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
For those who don't wish to ride a camel, there’s an option to travel by camel cart.
Early risers can hike up to the Savitri Temple for amazing sunrise views over the town this morning. There might 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 trip back 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

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

Included activities

  • Delhi - Old Delhi walking tour
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • 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 walk
  • Udaipur - City Palace
  • Pushkar - Walking tour

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Important notes

1. Intrepid requires a copy of your scanned passport bio page at time of booking to complete bookings for Ranthambhore National Park visit.
2. 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
3. A single supplement is available on this trip and covers all nights.
4. The Pushkar Camel Fair is held in late Oct early November, please see the climate and seasonal information in these Trip Notes for more detail.
5. 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 availability. Tickets are fully refundable in case of poor weather.

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