Rajasthan-Off the Beaten Track

Delhi – Udaipur – Ranakpur – Jodhpur – Manvar – Jaisalmer – Keechan – Khimsar – Chhatra Sagar – Shahpura – Samode – Ranthambhore – Bharatpur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Delhi

22 Days/21 Nights


Day 1 Arrive Bengaluru

Day 1 Delhi Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport, you will be met by a Go India representative and transferred to your hotel, where you will be assisted with the check in. Overnight at hotel.


Day 2 Bengaluru – Srirangapatna – Mysuru

Day 2 Delhi Morning will be at leisure. In the afternoon, proceed to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated amidst sprawling lawns and lush gardens, this enormous yet elegant structure inspired many of the subsequent pieces of Mughal architecture, including the Taj Mahal. You will also drive around India Gate and other stately buildings in New Delhi to witness the colonial grandeur of Lutyens’s Delhi. Overnight at hotel.


Day 3 Mysuru – Kabini

Day 3 Delhi After breakfast, drive down to Old Delhi to savor some old world charm and also experience the chaos of serpentine streets clogged with rickshaws, hand- driven carts and jostling pedestrians. The streets are also full of small shops and legendary restaurants. This walled city is home to some of the greatest monuments of the Mughal Era such as the Red Fort and Jama Masjid. The Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in the world. The Red Fort was built in red stone by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1638. Later visit The Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Spend the rest of the day shopping or at leisure. Overnight at hotel.


Day 4 Kabini – Wayanad

Day 4 Delhi – Udaipur Catch your late morning flight for Udaipur. On arrival, you will be met by a Go India representative and transferred to your hotel, where you will be assisted with the check in. Situated at the foot of the Devi Garh Fort is the Delwara village. The history of this region is soaked in rich culture, chivalry, and martial valour. A citizen’s forum named Nagrik Vikas Manch was launched here by a partnership between Devi Garh and an organization called Seva Mandir. This forum has done wonders in its task of improving the lives of the local folks. Overnight at hotel.


Day 5 Wayanad

Day 5 Udaipur The day begins with a visit to the City Palace, which is the largest in Rajasthan. The City Palace and its subsidiary palaces bear a striking resemblance to the Windsor castle in England. You will also see the lovely medieval-era Jagdish Temple and Sahelion-Ki-Bari or the ‘Gardens of the Maids of Honor’. In the evening, proceed to visit the Eklingji and Nagada temples. Housing a manifestation of Shiva, the god who guards the fortunes of the rulers of Mewar, Eklingji is a wonderful marble complex of 108 temples, the first of which was built in A.D. 734 by Bappa Rawal, legendary founder of the Sisodia clan. The entire complex, most of it rebuilt in the 15th century, has a wonderfully uplifting atmosphere. At a short distance in the west from Eklingji, are the famous ruins of the temple of Nagda, the old capital of Mewar founded by Nagaditya in the sixth century. The famous temples of “Sas-Bahu” (mother-in-law and daughter –in law) are enviable specimens of fine architecture. Overnight at hotel.


Day 6 Wayanad – Beypore – Kozhikode

Day 6 Udaipur- Ranakpur- Jodhpur After breakfast, proceed by road to Jodhpur (about 06-07 hours). On the way, you will stop at Ranakpur to check out the awe-inspiring marble Jain temples here, built in the 15th century. The temple complex is positioned in an isolated valley on the western side of the Aravalli Range. These temples are acclaimed world-wide for their intricate and superb architectural style. Completely built in light-colored marble, the temple has an enormous basement and is supported by more than 1400 exquisitely carved pillars. On arrival, you will be met by a Go India representative and be assisted with your check in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.


Day 7 Kozhikode – Kochi

Day 7 Jodhpur After breakfast, visit the 5-km long Mehrangarh Fort. This hilltop fort is one of the most impressive and formidable structures in Rajasthan. Later, visit the Jaswant Thada, a white marble cenotaph built in 1899 AD in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh-II. There are three more cenotaphs here. Spend the rest of the day at leisure with a car at your disposal for shopping or some more sightseeing. If you are adventurous you could even try the fun activity of Zipping. Overnight at hotel.


Day 8 Kochi – Alleppey – Kumarakom

Day 8 Jodhpur – Manvar In the morning, leave for Manvar by road. It’s a roughly 2.5-hour long drive. You will reach in time for lunch and after lunch, go on a jeep safari to experience local village life. Visit the homes of local communities such as bishnois, rajputs and meghwals. Also, check out the homes of craftsmen such carpenters, cobblers and metalsmiths. You may also spot desert wildlife and climb sand dunes. In the evening, check in at the Tent. You may also want to experience a camel ride into the majestic desert. It’s a different experience altogether to traverse the desert on a camel – the ship of the desert. Dinner will be served at the Camp. Overnight at camp.


Day 9 Kumarakom – Thekkady

Day 9 Manvar – Jaisalmer After breakfast, proceed for Jaisalmer by road (about 03 hours). On arrival, you will be met by a Go India representative and get assisted with your check in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.


Day 10 Thekkady – Madurai

Day 10 Jaisalmer The day begins with a sightseeing tour of the enchanting city of Jaisalmer. The top highlight would be the trip to the fort built centuries ago by Rawal Jaisal. A large chunk of the population still lives here. You will also visit Jain temples of the 12th to the 15th centuries as well as the Patwon ki Haveli. It’s an old five-storey mansion with carved pillars and murals. In the evening, visit the sand dunes and Lodurva village. At Lodurva, you will explore ancient Jain temples at Lodurva village and enjoy the view of a spectacular desert sunset from camelback.



Day 11 Madurai – Kanadukathan

Day 11 Jaisalmer – Keechan – Khimsar After breakfast, proceed for Keechan by road (about 03 hours). On arrival, head to the small village of Keechan, which is protected by sheaths of sand dunes and dotted with old havelis, Keechan’s landscape is a treat to the eye. This remote village in West Rajasthan plays host to thousands of Demoiselle cranes in the winters. Locally known as kurja, these cranes migrate here from their breeding grounds on the Central Asian steppes. The village of Keechan feeds around 500 kg of grains every day to the cranes. The local villagers have formed small organizations and are doing a terrific job of protecting nature. Later, proceed by road to Khimsar (about 04 hours). On arrival, you will be assisted with check- in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.


Day 12 Kanadukathan – Thanjavur

Day 12 Khimsar – Chhatra Sagar Enjoy an early morning proceed for jeep safari to witness local village life. Later, head to Chhatra Sagar by road (about 05 hours) and upon arrival, you will be assisted with check-in at the hotel. Lunch and Dinner will be arranged at the resort. Overnight at hotel.


Day 13 Thanjavur – Puducherry

Day 13 Chhatra Sagar Watch birds, go on nature walks and sit around the bonfire as you listen to old folklore. Jeep safaris are also available. Enjoy the warm hospitality and tuck into delicious Indian meals, especially Rajasthani dishes prepared in the family kitchen. Lunch and dinner will be arranged at the resort. Overnight at hotel.


Day 14 Puducherry – Chennai

Day 14 Chhatra Sagar – Shahpura After breakfast, proceed by road to Shahpura (about 05 hours). On arrival, you will be assisted with check in at the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the surroundings and visit the local ruling family. There are over 250 small lakes here as well as larger ones such as Nahar Sagar, Umaid Sagar and the Arvardh Dam. Together, these lakes form a huge verdant wetland attracting hundreds of varieties of birds. Visit local villages and go fishing or boating. Also, soak in the serenity of Rajasthan’s rural life by relaxing in the gardens. In the evening, you may visit the ancient Ram Dwara Temple and witness Rajput as well as Mughal traditions. Spend one night at SHAHPURA BAGH (inclusive of breakfast and dinner).


Day 15 Depart Chennai

Day 15 Shahpura – Samode After breakfast, proceed by road to Samode (about 04 hours). On arrival, you will be met by Go India representative and get assisted with check in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.


Day 15 Depart Chennai

Day 16 Samode After breakfast, head to Jaipur and check out the city’s world famous architectural jewels. The Amber Fort here is one of the most fascinating of Indian Forts. The fort’s Palace of Mirrors, Hall of Public Audience and the well-maintained gardens offer glimpses into the majestic bygone days. Similarly, the City Palace is another mighty structure with several courtyards and gardens. Some of the most captivating sights here are Mubarak Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Badal Mahal and the Sri Govind Dev temple. The huge silver vessels displayed at the City Palace are recorded in the Guinness Book as the largest single silver objects. The Jantar Mantar is yet another marvel. This observatory has many buildings of unique geometrical forms, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. Also, visit the colorful bazaars of Jaipur. Go India recommends buying of locally made souvenirs from local craft shops contributing not only to the economic wellbeing of the craftsmen but also to the preservation and restoration of art forms and local skills. In the evening, you return to Samode. Overnight at hotel.


Day 15 Depart Chennai

Day 17 Samode – Ranthambhore National Park After breakfast, proceed by road to Ranthambhore National Park (about 04 hours). On arrival, you will be met by a Go India representative and assisted with check in at the hotel. Lunch and dinner will be arranged at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.


Day 15 Depart Chennai

Day 18 Ranthambhore National Park Go for a Game Drive to the national park early in the morning and return to your hotel for breakfast. Have lunch at the hotel and in the afternoon proceed again for a Game drive. The evening is at leisure. Overnight at hotel.


Day 15 Depart Chennai

Day 19 Ranthambhore National Park – Bharatpur After breakfast, leave for Bharatpur by road (about 04 hours). On arrival, you will be assisted with check in at the hotel. In the afternoon, proceed to Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan, India, it’s a famous avifauna sanctuary that houses thousands of rare and highly endangered birds, including migratory birds like the Siberian Crane during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a declared World Heritage Site. Overnight at hotel.


Day 15 Depart Chennai

Day 20 Bharatpur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra After breakfast, proceed by road to Agra (about 02 hours) en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri. It was the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign from 1571 till 1585 and is regarded as the crowning glory of his architectural legacy. On arrival, you will be met by a Go India representative and assisted with check in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.


Day 15 Depart Chennai

Day 21 Agra – Delhi Give a spectacular start to you day by visiting the Taj Mahal. Its opaque dome beautifully glows in the light of the morning sun, would be visiting Taj Mahal, to view the glowing light of morning sun over its opaque white dome. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1560, in the loving memory of his queen, Mumtaz Mahal. Return to your hotel and have breakfast. After breakfast, visit Agra Fort. This huge fort was built by different generations of the Mughal dynasty. In the afternoon, proceed for Delhi by road (about 04-05 hours). On the way, there is an optional visit to the Agra Bear Rescue Facility. The Wildlife S.O.S, a recognized non-profit charity registered in India and USA, rescues animals in distress. It is running a special project called India Bear Rescue to save Indian bears from the despicable trade of roadside bear dances. Overnight at hotel.


Day 15 Depart Chennai

Day 22 Depart Delhi Today a Go India representative will assist with your transfer to the international airport for your onward flight.


NOTE:

Not included is travel insurance, tips and any expense of personal nature Extensions

PACKAGE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit the monuments of Delhi
  • Visit the Delwara Village, City Palace and temples in Udaipur
  • Visit Jain temples in Ranakpur
  • Explore Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur
  • Experience village life in Manvar and other places
  • Enjoy camel rides
  • Spot Demoiselle cranes at Keechan
  • Visit Amber Palace and Jantar Mantar
  • Visit Ranthambhore National Park
  • Visit Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri

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