This package is available from Rs. 54,320 total price per person on twin sharing. Price is valid until March 2013.
Delhi – Jaipur – Pushkar – Udaipur – Pali – Jodhpur
Rajasthan is one of India’s most mesmerising states. The colourful cities rise from the barren desert like a vibrant oasis where historical monuments, ancient temples and royal palaces fight for attention. Narrow streets reveal bustling bazaars packed with colourful fruit, spices and saris. Step away from the cities and rural Rajasthan offers fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities; take a night safari to track down leopards in their natural habitat.
This 12 day itinerary offers you a chance to see the best of Rajasthan, from city life to wildlife.
Day One: Delhi
On your arrival in Delhi you will be transferred to the Banyan Tree homestay where you will enjoy the warm hospitality of your host Mamta Sharma. The homestay is an oasis of calm with the whole city bustling close by. Suggested activities for the day include discovering the Indian art of Henna application*, participating in an Indian cooking class* or shopping in the local art and craft shops**.
Day Two: Delhi
Spend your second day in Delhi exploring and discovering some of its most famous sites. Visit the Lotus Temple**, Qutub Minar**, Lodhi Garden** and the Red Fort**. Your own private driver will be available all day to take you directly to the sites you choose to visit. When you have had your fill of Delhi’s historic sites come back home to relax in the garden or enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool, sweat it out in the gym or play a game of croquet.
Day Three: Jaipur
Today is an early start to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s famous ‘Pink City’. You will reach Jaipur by late afternoon where you will check into your next homestay, Madhu Pushp Bhawan. This majestic Rajasthani house is full of history and heirlooms, with a large lawn, fountain and pagoda where you can relax. Spend the rest of the day with a walk around the colourful bazaars of Jaipur and the City Palace complex with the delicate Palace of Winds and an interesting medieval observatory**. Evening is free to roam the markets of the old city or see a bollywood movie at the art deco cinema hall of Raj Mandir**.
Day Four: Jaipur
You can start your day with an early morning yoga session***. After breakfast head out to the magnificent Amber Fort** where you can have the experience of traveling on elephant back to the top of the hill where the fort is situated. Spend the afternoon can be spent visiting the battle fort of Jaigarh** and Tiger fort**. Have an evening of entertainment and elaborate dinner at Choki Dhani**.
Day 5: Pushkar / Udaipur
Start early for Udaipur, stopping en-route in Pushkar. In Pushkar visit the Brahma Temple** which has the only shrine dedicated to Lord Brahma in the world. See the sacred Pushkar Lake with it’s 52 ghats and array of temples along its banks. Pushkar Camel rides** are also possible.
Travel on to Udaipur and for an evening check in to your beautiful and award winning homestay Pahuna Haveli where your hostess will be ready to greet you. Watch a video of this homestay. She will help you plan your itinerary for the next few days in Udaipur.
Day 6: Udaipur
After Breakfast, spend visit the Sahelion Ki Bari, Jagdish Temple, a great example of architecture and art and also a great spot for souvenir shopping. Especially popular purchases are jewellery, clothing and paintings. Also see the Rana Pratap Memorial & Bharatiya Lok mandal before enjoying lunch at a restaurant recommended by your hostess. In the afternoon enjoy the spectacular City Palace complex, visit a crystal gallery and watch the sunset on a boat ride on Lake Pichola where you can visit the Jag Mandir. End the day with the sound and light show in the City Palace**
Day 7: Pali
Today is an early start as you leave the cities for rural Rajasthan, reaching your next homestay early afternoon. Castle Bera is a beautiful heritage Haveli. The cream white walls of the castle gives a beautiful panoramic view of the village and rocky hills around and your carved wooden bed in a royal Haveli roomwill allow you to relive the charm of age old Indian royalty.
After you have relaxed and settled in head out for an evening safari on a 4WD*** where you have great chance of spotting a leopard. Have an enjoyable dinner with a cultural program by local musician***.
Day 8: Pali
Leave for an early morning wildlife safari where you stand a good chance of seeing crocodiles and migratory birds. Enjoy morning tea at the Jawai Dam, where you will have a picnic*** overlooking the dam and the chance to visit the village and local temples. The evening calls for a vigorous ‘Tel Malish’*** a massage done by a local of the region. You will have the opportunity to take another safari to spot leopards and other animals like Blue Bulls before enjoying a relaxed dinner.
Day 9: Jodhpur
This morning is an start to Jodhpur arriving early afternoon.Check into your next homestay Surya Kunj. This lovely homestay has a roof terrace where you can sit and enjoy the views of Jodhpur from all directions, from the fort to the Umaid Bhawan Palace. When you are settled in your host will take you to the Bishnoi village where you can enjoy lunch. In the evening explore the Mandore Gardens, Balsamand Lake and busy local markets.**
Day 10: Jodhpur
Today is a Full day sightseeing including a half day at the Camel camp* and the afternoon at the impressive Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Jaswant Thada.**
Day 11: Delhi
Today you will return to Delhi ready for your journey home tomorrow. Take the opportunity to visit any sights you missed at the start of your trip such as Delhi Haat, Chattarpur Mandir, Purana Qila and the Bahai temple. Spend a relaxed evening at homestay where you may wish to enjoy the spa treatments* they have available for you.
Day 12: Delhi
Your journey through Royal Rajasthan ends today as you return home, hopefully with many memories, souvenirs and photos from your trip.
Your Rajasthan holiday tour includes:
Eleven days accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, with your choice of a delicious home cooked Indian meal at either lunch or dinner time daily. A private driver will be available for all ground transfers which includes airport pick up and drop off, inner city travel and sight seeing throughout the day. You will also be able to enjoy complimentary internet access, laundry services and tea or coffee anytime during the day as part of the package. Complimentary activities in homestays include the use of pool and croquet facilities in Delhi, the yoga session in Jaipur and the wildlife safaris, village walk and Tel Malish in Pali.
Royal Rajasthan – A 12 Day Itinerary
This package is available from Rs. 54,320 INR total price per person on twin sharing. Prices is valid until March 2013.
You may want to add on:
- 2 nights in Agra to visit the Taj Mahal and many other Mughal monuments.
- 2 nights in Nainital for some trekking and mountains
- 2 nights in Corbett National Park for wildlife safaris
ABOUT: Mahindra Homestays have prepared this special nine day itinerary, which can be tailored to suit your requirements. Instead of sharing your experience with a large group of tourists you will be able to enjoy your own private tour using local drivers and staying with Indian families in their beautiful homestays. Enjoy their warm hospitality and delicious home cooked cuisine as they share local highlights that you won’t find in any guidebook. This itinerary combines fantastic value with responsible tourism.
*Suggested activities within homestay – on chargeable basis. Will need prior booking.
**Suggested activities or sightseeing in destination – not included in package price. Subject to timings and availability and weather. Mahindra Homestays is not responsible for any changes or uncontrollable factors
***Complimentary activities in the homestays that are part of the package.
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