Heritage Of India – Rajasthan

Trip Style: Leisure Journeys (Culture)

Adventure Level: EasyThis is the 'easiest' of our trekking adventures. A moderate level of fitness is required and a flexible, open-minded approach is essential. There treks are shorter in duration and at lower or up to 3000 m altitude. You may be hiking up to 5- 6 hours a day.

Area: Rajasthan , Uttar Pradesh

Best Season: October – April

Overview

The princely state of Rajasthan is packed with palaces, forts, temples and countless other site. Your first stop will be Taj Mahal – arguably the most enduring monument to love in the world. A myriad of colours and sights await you at Jaipur. Visit countryside villages by jeep for an insight into the traditions and culture outside of the cities. Take an exciting safari into Ranthambhore where you will look for the elusive and endangered tiger. Relax in the lakeside city of Udaipur and venture into the desert by camel for sunset in Pushkar before returning to Delhi.

Highlights & Itinerary

Highlights

  • Live like a Maharaja at a restored fortified palace.
  • Go on a jungle safari in search of the Tiger and other animals.
  • Marvel at the famous Taj Mahal , Palace of winds and other lovely forts and palaces.
  • Ride on a camel cart and experience day to day life in Rajasthani village.
  • Camping on a lake shore resort

Itinerary

DAY 01:DELHI / AGRA                   

Travel by train to Agra (approx 3 hours) taking one of India’s fastest airconditioned trains. Agra stands on the bank of the river Yamuna and was once the capital of the Moghul Empire. It flourished under Akbar, and Shah Jahan added many of the buildings in and around Agra Fort and, of course, the Taj Mahal.

Explore the city by cycle rickshaw.

Agra Fort, started by Akbar and finally completed four generations later by Aurangzeb, there is a fusion of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, leading to the emergence of a distinctive Indian style.

Overnight stay at a hotel

Meal Plan: XXX


DAY 02: AGRA/ BASSI

 

A car / bus ( depending on group size) takes you to the small town of Bassi (approx 4 hours). Travel on by jeep right into the centre of the village. A walk through the area shows local crafts people at work and give you a chance to meet and talk with villagers. You stay here tonight in a heritage property which belongs to one of Rajasthan’s royal families.

Overnight at a Heritage hotel.

Meal Plan:  B/fast + Dinner only


DAY 03: BASSI / JAIPUR

Onwards to Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan, which was planned according to an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture on a grid system. It thus remained one of the most organised cities in India for many years.

Visit the City Palace, home to the Maharaja of Jaipur, and the city’s best museum as well as the façade of the Hawa Mahal, the ‘Palace of the Winds’. There is much to occupy your time in Jaipur, perhaps a visit to the marble and sandstone chhattris of the rulers of Jaipur by the lake at Gaitore – the cenotaph of Sawai Jai Singh II stands out for its delicate carvings and beautiful shape.

Overnight stay at a heritage hotel

Meal Plan: B/fast Only


 

DAY 04: JAIPUR / RANTHAMBORE

Visit Amber, the former capital of Jaipur state and stronghold of the Kachhawaha Rajputs, you visit its magnificent palace. It is no wonder that it remained their capital for almost 700 years. You can walk to the gates of the palace, where you are greeted by the grandeur of Rajput architecture.

Later at noon drive to Ranthambore National park.

Ranthambore is one of the best examples of the country’s tiger conservation projects. The best chance of sightings is between September and May. During this period water is scarce and the animals must stay close to the lakes and river. It is little wonder that this was once one of the best hunting areas of the Maharajas.

Bon fire with cultural dance and puppet show can be organized in the evening.

Overnight stay at a jungle resort

Meal plan: B/fast + Dinner only


 

DAY 05: RANTHANBORE

We include a game drive this morning into the Reserve, in search of the wildlife which, as well as tiger, includes sloth bear, langur, jackal and fox as well as crested hawk eagle, crested serpent eagle, jacana, parakeet and white-breasted kingfisher. The park itself is very picturesque with lakes, rivers and forests surrounded by steep cliffs and rocky outcrops.

In the afternoon there is another opportunity to do a game drive to get a chance to see more wildlife and views. The vehicles used for game drives are open top canters, with up to 20 seats and ideal for spotting wildlife. Due to regulations aimed at keeping traffic to a minimum in the parks we cannot guarantee exclusive use of the canters.

Meal Plan: B/fast + Lunch + Dinner


 

DAY 06: RANTHAMBORE / BUNDI

Travel to the small rural town of Bundi (approx 4 hours drive). Explore the town on foot through its narrow streets, there are all kinds of shops and a busy market place. Visit the baoris (step-wells) and watch people go about their lives. Built in the 16th and 17th centuries Bundi Palace is a classic example of Rajasthani architecture with interesting murals.

Overnight stay in a hotel

Meal Plan: B/fast + Dinner Only


 

DAY 07/ 08: BUNDI / BASSI ( RURAL HERITAGE STAY)

Today travel for 4 hours to a small town of Bassi,  enroute absorb the scenery and mingle with your fellow passegers. On arrival in Bassi travel on by jeep visiting rural villages as you go. Camp overnight on a lake shore, this is a permanent camp and the tents have bathrooms, electricity and hot water (Can be cold in Nov/ Dec  but quilts are provided).

Next day travel on and visit more villages as you get into the feel of local life here. Overnight is at a fortified mansion and you will be welcomed as one of the family, immerse yourself in local customs and culture.

Please note: This town of Bassi is not the same Bassi we visit on Day 4 of the itinerary. There are two Bassi’s.

Overnight stay at a permanent campsite & Heritage hotel.

Meal Plan:  B/fast + Dinner only


 

DAY 09: BASSI / UDAIPUR

Drive to Udaipur (approx 4 hours), sometimes called the ‘Venice of the East’, with beautiful lakes and grandiose palaces that line the shore, it is an oasis in this stark and arid state. Founded in 1568, the City Palace dominates the lake and the old town.

You visit the City Palace, now a museum, where the views over the lake and the Jag Niwas ‘floating palace’ are spectacular.

In the evenings the sunset is spectacular, as the changing colors of the sun wash over this most romantic of cities.


 

DAY 10: UDAIPUR / DELHI

Just north of Udaipur is a complex of 108 unprepossessing temples at Eklingi, the oldest of which is dedicated to Shiva and dates from the 8th century.

Udaipur is famed for its tie-and-dye fabrics and the fine miniature paintings of the Mewar School. Its bazaars and shops are fascinating to wander around or it’s possible to hire bicycles and explore the nearby hills and villages.

Later in the evening board overnight train to Delhi.

Meal Plan: B/fast + Dinner (packed)


 

DAY 11: DELHI

Arrive Delhi early morning.

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Trip Notes

ADVENTURE LEVEL

This non-strenuous trip is suitable for anyone in reasonable health. Rajasthan is still developing , so be prepared to leave city expectations behind; not everywhere has air conditioning and rail journeys can be delayed; a little patience and a sense of humour are essential. Fog can occasionally cause delays and affect sightseeing in winter months.

DELAY & UNEXPECTED HINDRENCE

Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as printed in the brochure and detailed below, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of alterations to flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops may vary from those outlined.

The decision to partake in any activity not listed as an optional activity is entirely at your own discretion and risk. If you do have any complaint about or problem with, any such optional activity your claim should be directed to the activity provider and not to Freedom 2 Be.

ACCOMMODATION

We use a variety of accommodation in this trip to North India. Wherever possible we try to ensure that this is in keeping with the itinerary and the region that you are visiting. We have graded the hotels on this trip as AA – Hotels, lodges or guesthouses, usually with en suite facilities. These are generally simple hotels with adequate amenities. Whilst comfort levels are perfectly acceptable, there are generally no added facilities.

ROOMING ARRANGEMENTS

Most trips prices are based on sharing a twin room. Therefore, if you’re a solo traveller you’ll be paired with someone from the group, unless you decide to pay a single room supplement.  Details of this supplement can be found in the pricing.

PACKING LIST

Please remember, India is a conservative country, and local sensibilities should be respected – halter neck or sleeveless tops or brief shorts are not acceptable for ladies – though you will see some tourists wearing them. Below is a suggestion of what you might find useful to take on this trip. It is not an exhaustive packing list. If you need further advice, please call us or consult your nearest specialist outdoor clothing and equipment store.

  • Lightweight, cotton clothing is most suitable
  • Lightweight windproof/waterproof outer shell – for cold early mornings
  • Warm mid-layer (fleece or wool), hat, gloves and a scarf are essential – game drives in the morning are cold!
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun-hat
  • Trainers/sandals for relaxing
  • Swim wear
  • Sunglasses, high-factor sunscreen and lipsalve
  • Waterbottle
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Torch

A laundry service may be available, but we recommend you take biodegradable detergent so you can wash clothes as you choose

Most trips prices are based on sharing a twin room. Therefore, if you’re a solo traveller you’ll be paired with someone from the group, unless you decide to pay a single room supplement.  Details of this supplement can be found in the pricing.

Kids

Children above the age of 10 with strong sense of adventure are accepted on this trip. These trips encourage children to understand the interconnectedness between humans and nature.

Children under 12 sharing their parents’ room receive a discounted price. There are no babysitting facilities along the route, but extra bedding and special dishes can be arranged with advance notice.

Best for:     10 Years and above

Family friendly accommodation:       Extra Beds Available

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