Hidden Rajasthan

India

Culture

Rural villages, grand forts & wildlife

13 days £2,095 pp This is the per person group tour price, based on 2 sharing. The price is subject to change with exchange rate and flight cost fluctuations.
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Intro

Delve beneath layers of Rajasthani culture in its fort cities and rural villages. Head to the desert village of Rohet and meet the nearby nature-loving Bisnoi community. In charming Deogarh, explore the countryside by local train and by foot. Set forth into the Aravalli Hills and take a jeep safari looking out for leopards that roam free. Walk part of the ‘Great Wall of India’, with the imposing Kumbhalgarh fortress walls extending to 36km. Mingle with royalty in Shahpura Bagh before finally heading down to the lake city of Udaipur via Chittorgarh.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Admire the stunning Mehrangarh Fort
  • Jodhpur’s blue buildings and magnificent forts
  • Spend the night under the stars in Rohetgarh
  • Rural villages of Rajasthan
  • Leopards of the Aravalli Hills
  • Boat ride on Lake Pichola
  • Splendours of the lake city of Udaipur

Places Visited

Delhi - Jodhpur - Rohetgarh - Deogarh - Bera - Kumbhalgarh - Shahpura - Udaipur - Chittorgarh

What's Included

Airport pick-up and drop-off
Internal flights and train journeys
Ground transport
Drivers and guides
Accommodation
Some meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan)
Entrance fees to sites & parks
Itinerary
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Day 1 : Arrival

Arrive in Delhi, where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Delhi.

Meal plan: n/a

The old India Gate holds a historic importance in Delhi, and was once the entrance point to the old city. Nearby is the opulent Presidential Palace, situated just outside the old city. Old Delhi boasts the impressive Red Fort - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and symbol of India’s Mughal past as well as her sovereignty today. The area is very atmospheric and visitors can stroll around the magnificent Humayun’s Tomb and its stunning gardens watching the tomb change colour as the sun starts to set.

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Day 2 : Jodhpur - Rohetgarh

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Jodhpur. Visit Mehrangarh Fort and explore some of the city's important sites. Later, drive to Rohetgarh. Overnight in Rohetgarh.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is located 335 kilometres (208 mi) west from the state capital, Jaipur. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert. The city is known as the Sun City for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the "Blue City". Jodhpur lies near the geographic centre of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a thick stone wall.

Mehrangarh Fort is situated 400 feet (122 m) above the city, and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. The imprints of cannonball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. To the left of the fort is the 'chhatri' (umbrella) of Kirat Singh Soda, a soldier who fell on the spot defending the Mehrangarh fort. There are seven gates, which include Jayapol (victory) built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over the Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Fattehpol (victory) gate was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh to mark the defeat of the Mughals. The palm imprints upon these still attract much attention even today. The museum in Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most well-stocked museums in Rajasthan. In one section of the fort museum there is a selection of old royal palanquins, including the elaborate domed gilt Mahadol palanquin, which was won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in 1730. The museum exhibits the heritage of the Rathores in arms, costumes, paintings and decorated period rooms.


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Day 3 : Rohetgarh

Enjoy a morning jeep safari ride around Rohetgarh and nearby villages. In the evening take a walking tour of Rohetgarh. Overnight in Rohetgarh.

Meal plan: Breakfast

A village safari in Rohetgarh offers the chance to observe rural desert life. Visitors can explore the enigmatic Thar Desert by camel and stay in luxurious desert camps perched on sand dune peaks. 

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Day 4 : Rohetgarh - Deogarh

After breakfast at the hotel you will depart Rohetgarh for Deogarh. After arriving in Deogarh there will be time to freshen up before taking a jeep safari of the local area. Overnight in Deogarh.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Deogarh is a small farming village known for its Gupta monuments which are situated on a hill fort on the Betwa River. The temple itself is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and depicts all ten incarnations. It is now mostly in ruins and its special features include two carved figurines of the water goddesses Ganga and Yamuna and three large panels with depictions of the Vaishnava mythology. It is also the earliest known Panchyatana temple in North India.

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Day 5 : Deogarh

Today you will take a scenic train ride through local surroundings. The evening is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Deogarh.

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 6 : Deogarh - Bera

Transfer to Bera in the morning. Take an evening game drive by jeep. If you're lucky you may spot some leopards. Overnight in Bera.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Bera is a dusty village in Southern Rajasthan located amidst the Aravalli mountain range. Surrounded by bodies of water, it is famous for its leopard population.

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Day 7 : Bera - Kumbhalgarh

Morning safari ride. Later, drive to Kumbhalgarh to visit Kumbhalgarh Fort. Overnight in Kumbhalgarh.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Kumbhalgarh was built in the 15th Century by Rana Kumbha and is supposed to be the largest and most elaborate out of the 32 fortresses he designed. Legend has it that it took him several attempts to build the fort and it was only after a human sacrifice that he was successful. Today, the main gate, Hanuman Pol, contains a shrine and a temple to commemorate this. Its wall is claimed to be the second largest in Asia and according to folklore, Maharana Kumbha used to burn massive lamps that provided light for the farmers who worked in the valley.

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Day 8 : Kumbhalgarh - Shahpura

In the morning set off for Shahpura Bagh. The evening is free to relax and enjoy at your leisure in the beautiful surroundings. Overnight in Shahpura Bagh.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Sitting halfway between Jaipur and Udaipur, Shahpura is a quiet town with friendly inhabitants. It is surrounded by plains and lakes that were dug to bring water to the area by the ancestors of the people who live there.  Nearby is a temple dedicated to the God Seetaram. 

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Day 9 : Shahpura

Today is free to relax and explore your beautiful surroundings. Overnight in Shahpura Bagh.

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 10 : Shahpura - Udaipur

After breakfast, proceed to Udaipur. En route, stop for a visit of Chittorgarh Fort. Overnight in Udaipur.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Lying on the banks of the Berach River, Chittorgarh is well known for its splendid fort, a 700 acre complex that stands on a mountain plateau. The city symbolises the epitome of the Chattori Rajput (Hindu warrior caste) as the inhabitants always chose death before surrender. The fort has been under siege three times during its long history and during each siege Jauhar (the self-immolation of Rajput women) was committed to avoid capture and dishonour at the hands of the Muslim invaders. The city hosts the biggest Rajput festival ‘Jauhar Mela’ which commemorates the bravery of the Rajput ancestors.

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Day 11 : Udaipur

In the morning proceed on a guided tour of Udaipur, with visits to the City Palace Museum, Crystal Gallery and Jagdish Temple. Later, enjoy a private boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight in Udaipur.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Udaipur is often called ‘Venice of the East’ or the ‘City of Lakes’, and was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 AD. According to legend, Udai Singh was guided to establish his capital on the very spot that a holy man was meditating on near Pichola Lake. Surrounded by Aravali Ranges, forests and lakes, this place was less vulnerable to external invasion than Chittaurgarh. Maharana Udai Singh died in 1572 and was succeeded by Maharana Pratap, who valiantly defended Udaipur from Mughal attacks. Maharana Pratap is the most revered Rajput icon who gallantly fought the Mughals in the battle of Haldighati in 1576. Mewar continuously defied foreign invaders and has a history of bloody battles, until the British intervention in the 19th century, when a treaty was signed to protect Udaipur. Upon gaining independence, Udaipur merged with the union of India.

The Lake Palace (Jag Niwas), located in the middle of Pichola Lake, is the finest example of an architectural and cultural marvel. The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake, along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above, enhances the beauty of this magnificent city. This is one of the largest palace complexes in the world. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, crafts and its famed miniature paintings. The Shilpgram festival is a great crowd-puller during New Year celebrations.


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Day 12 : Udaipur - Delhi

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to connect with your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Delhi. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Day 13 : Departure

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for onward flight.

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Reviews

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Christine Barratt , Tailormade Rajasthan

This is our second fabulous trip with Travel The Unknown and we were not disappointed. Rajasthan's vibrant colours of turbans and saris, the noise, the spicy aromas, the silence in the hot air balloon over rural Jaipur, the majestic forts and palaces of ancient times, sighting leopards in the wild, all far exceeded our expectations and the heritage homes and hotels we stayed in, whilst being of high standard in every way, still had a friendly family touch. Thanks so much to Rahul and the team for such a memorable trip. Six weeks on and we still can't stop talking about it. I can't wait for the next one!

John & Christine Gregory , Tailormade India

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Joan Edmunds (USA) , Tailormade India

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Sue Clyde , Tailormade Rajasthan & Kerala

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