Rajasthan Adventure

11 Days | Discover northern India on an 11-day adventure through colourful Rajasthan

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Discover India at its most colourful amid the deserts, bazaars, and forts of Rajasthan. This is a land where massive hilltop fortresses loom over ramshackle cities and where markets are awhirl with locals dressed in the brightest shades of scarlet, gold, and rose. From the heady whirlwind of Delhi to a night under the stars at a desert camp, to the beauty of sunrise at the Taj Mahal – this journey through Rajasthan promises to be a true adventure.

Trip overview

Map of Rajasthan Adventure including India
Start
Delhi, India
Finish
Delhi, India
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
India
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
HHSR
This trip generates 47.38 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.

Why you'll love this trip
  • The Taj Mahal is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, with its poetic history and beauty having the power to surprise even the most jaded travellers.
  • Discover the rich history and architecture of the Amber Fort, with the expertise of a local guide. The kaleidoscopic magic of the Hall of Mirrors is unforgettable
  • India is famous for its great sleeper trains and you'll be tucked up nicely in your own padded bunk
  • The Thar Desert is a vast space, but the locals treat it as their own back garden. Relax watching the sunset and sleep under the stars
  • A hot air balloon experience above Jaipur is extraordinary. Float high over the spectacular palaces and forts with the ultimate bird's eye view
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support 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.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip involves some long train journeys and an overnight train, which can be tiresome. Entertaining chaiwallahs (tea vendors), food vendors, and conversations with the locals make this a rewarding experience. For your own security, take a lock for your hand luggage on the sleeper train journey.
  • If you decide to spend the night camping in the desert, be aware that there are no structured toilet or shower facilities. Please bring along water, face wipes, hand sanitizer, or other essentials you feel you may need.
  • 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 best way 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.
  • Long-distance and overnight trains can often be delayed and occasionally cancelled due to heavy fog between Dec-Feb. Please see the transport section of the essential trip information.

Itinerary

Map of Rajasthan Adventure including India

Inclusions

Meals

1 breakfast, 2 dinners

Transport

Auto rickshaw, Bus, Car, Cycle rickshaw, Jeep, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private vehicle, Shuttle Bus

Accommodation

Camping with basic facilities (1 night), Heritage Property (3 nights), Hotel (5 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Activities
  • Thar Desert - Overnight Desert Camp
  • Jaisalmer - Leader-led walking tour
  • Jodhpur - Leader-led walking tour
  • Jodhpur - Meherangarh Fort
  • Nimaj - Leader-led village walk
  • Jaipur - Leader-led walking & market tour
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Agra Fort
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Visit to the Jama Masjid Mosque
  • Delhi - Leader-led Old Delhi walking & rickshaw tour
Add on activities
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR600
  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR600
  • Delhi - Red Fort - INR600
  • Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure - INR3350
  • Delhi - Delhi Food Walk Urban Adventure - INR3750
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema - INR400
  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR800
  • Jaipur - Jantar Mantar Observatory - INR200
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD280

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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 exclude Day 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. Itinerary change alert:
There's no overnight train from Delhi to Jaisalmer at the moment so you'll take an early Day train from Delhi at around 4:30am on Day 2 which will arrive in Jaisalmer around 10:30 pm. After arrival, you'll check into your hotel for the night. All the included activities on Day 2 in Delhi will be moved to the afternoon of Day 10 once you arrive back in Delhi.
We'll resume to the original itinerary with the overnight train on Day 2 once the original train schedule is reinstated.

4. 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.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 6 reviews submitted.
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Robert · Traveled December 2023
Intrepid has the recipe: Superb local guides that will make your trip better! Great locations, No stress, no logistical worries, great food recommendations and once in a lifetime pictures and memories. Too easy!
Review submitted 03 Jan 2024

Rebecca · Traveled November 2023
As a person who typically prefers to plan my own trips I was apprehensive to book a group tour - and am SO GLAD that I did. Mostly because of our tour guide, Anil. His personality, temperament, knowledge, kindness, and openness added so much to this India adventure. I'd tour with Intrepid again!
Review submitted 13 Dec 2023

Paul · Traveled February 2023
Although not for the faint hearted (a lot of travel) this is a terrific trip offering a tremendous variety of locations and heratage properties one would never have found on your own. I feel that I have experienced India very deeply.
Review submitted 07 Mar 2023

Annalise · Traveled November 2022
Rajasthan Adventure: Amazing 11 days! Mukendra was the most incredible local guide. I was the only traveller on this trip and he made it feel tailor made to me, kept me safe, kept it fun. He made it an unforgettable trip for all the right reasons. Memories to last me a lifetime ❤️
Review submitted 11 Nov 2022

Hanada · Traveled April 2022
I knew nothing about India before this, I absolutely fell in love and want to come back. Angali was our tour leader and she made India truly incredible.
Review submitted 15 Apr 2022
Rajasthan Adventure
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