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Adventure Tours

Classic Rajasthan Adventure Tour

From €1135pp tour-only
Depart From
Delhi, India
Departure Date
Regular departures throughout the year
Duration
15 Days
Destination
Rajasthan, India
Price
From €1135pp tour-only
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Explore classic Rajasthan on this adventure tour through 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.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • This is our most popular trip to Rajasthan and one of the top selling trips in our entire range. Opulent, whimsical and romantic – Rajasthan will no doubt capture your imagination and your heart too.
  • Don't worry if you find the idea of travelling to India daunting at first - your local leader will be on hand to give you all the insider info to help you have a memorable experience of this captivating, but sometimes challenging, country.
  • Walk through past hills, shimmering lakes and marble palaces of Udaipur – India’s most romantic city and one of our favourites. Read more about why here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/venice-of-the-east-india-udaipur/
  • Watch the sunset from a rampart on Fort Madhogarh, one of the heritage hotels (and a former royal residence) that will be your accommodation while here.
  • Keep your adrenaline charged with an evening tiger-spotting safari among the lakes and jungles of one of India's best known national parks - Ranthambhore.
  • Visit our local friends in their home on the border of sacred Pushkar Lake and the evocative Thar Desert. Share a meal together and gain insight into local life.
  • Could any visit to India be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal? 

Please note that this tour is operated by an external company and the standard of accommodation and comfort is below that offered with Shandon Travel's own India tours. For our 5* tour of Rajasthan, please see this link.

We include some key sights in each destination as well as aim to provide some free time for you to make your own discoveries. Past travellers have found that some research before they travel on what they are most interested in seeing and doing has allowed them to maximise their time in each place.

While there is no guarantee you will see a tiger during your safari in Ranthambhore, you may also have a chance to see a variety of other wildlife, including hyenas, jackals, deer, langurs, marsh crocodiles, wild boars and birdlife.

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. We are covering a lot of this vast country during the trip, so the journey is all part of the India experience.

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.

Day 1: Delhi

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 - INR2700
  • Delhi - City Food Crawl Urban Adventure - INR3500
  • Delhi - Culture Vulture Urban Adventure - INR2500

Day 2: Delhi

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

Day 3: Agra

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

Day 4: Madhogarh

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

Day 5: Jaipur

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

Day 6: Jaipur

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 - INR500
  • Jaipur - Jantar Mantar Observatory - INR200
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie at Raj Mandir Cinema - INR400
  • Jaipur - Balloon Safari - USD260

Day 7: Ranthambhore National Park

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

Special Information: Intrepid requires a scanned copy of your passport bio page at time of booking to secure a permit for your Ranthambore National Park visit. Authorities at Ranthambhore NP follow a strict booking process whereby permits are issued on a first come first serve basis. If we do not receive correct passport details in time we cannot guarantee you on the tiger safari. 

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 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

Day 8: Bundi

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

Day 9: Paangarh

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)

Day 10: Bijaipur

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

Day 11: Udaipur

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

Day 12: Udaipur

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

Day 13: Pushkar

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. Share a meal with a local Pushkar family and learn about their life living in the desert.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities:

  • Pushkar - Walking tour

Meals Included: Lunch

Day 14: Pushkar - Delhi

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

Day 15: Delhi

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 - INR2700

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Transport: Auto rickshaw, Bus, 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

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Flights from Ireland- we'll find the best fare for your chosen travel dates and departure airport
  • Travel insurance

Please note that this tour is operated by an external company and the standard of accommodation and comfort is below that offered with our own India tours. For our 5* tour of Rajasthan, please see this link.

Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

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