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A Trek through the Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan

14 days from £2480 per person

Stretching over 350 miles from Gujarat to Delhi, in southern Rajasthan the beautiful Aravalli Range is heavily forested and is the source of several important rivers. This journey, perfect for keen walkers, explores the region around the Aravalli Hills and includes a unique three day trek from the pretty village of Narlai, through the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and ending at the striking temples of Ranakpur. The walk is led by a specialist guide with stays in comfortable hotel accommodation. Prior to the trek a visit is made to Jodhpur and the journey concludes in beautiful Udaipur.

Route: Delhi – Jodhpur – Narlai – Desuri – Bagho Ka Bagh – Kumbhalgarh – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Delhi

 

Itinerary Highlights

The rural village of Narlai is set deep in the heart of the Aravalli Hills making it the perfect base for day walks and visiting the neighbouring villages of Ghanerao and Desuri.

Set amongst rolling hills and one of the most important forts in Mewar, the imposing 38km wall of Kumbhalgarh is the second largest in the world after the Great Wall of China.

Over 500 years old, the main temple at the Jain complex of Ranakpur is an astonishing architectural monument and held up by 1,444 carved pillars – each of them unique.

Itinerary: A Trek through the Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan

Depart the UK on the British Airways flight non-stop to Delhi. (N)

Arrive into Delhi, India's capital and a city of two halves. Old Delhi was the heart of Muslim India between the 17th and 19th centuries and is an historic district of grand mosques, majestic forts and crumbling monuments. Neighbouring New Delhi, with its large government buildings, wide tree-lined avenues and pretty white-washed bungalows was purpose-built in the 1930s by the British as a colonial capital and remains the epicentre of Indian political power. (N)

Accommodation in Delhi: Le Meridien New Delhi (or similar)
Upgrade option: Claridges Hotel (or similar)

After breakfast begin a morning tour of Old Delhi with your guide to explore the area's dense network of bustling alleyways, homes, bazaars and mosques visiting famous Chandni Chowk market, the beautiful Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and Rajghat. In the afternoon continue to New Delhi which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is today home to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the Indian President, Rajpath and the imposing India Gate. (B)

Accommodation in Delhi: Le Meridien New Delhi (or similar)
Upgrade option: Claridges Hotel (or similar)

This morning transfer to Delhi Airport and fly to the attractive ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur. Rajasthan's second city and gateway to the great Thar Desert, Jodhpur is an atmospheric, colourful and vibrant city defined by the mighty Meherangarh Fort, one of the finest in India, and charming old city of winding lanes and tumbledown buildings. (B)

Accommodation in Jodhpur: Ratan Vilas (or similar)

Today explore Jodhpur with your guide and start the day with a morning visit to the Meherangarh Fort. Wonderfully well maintained, the fort offers a fascinating insight into the historic life of the city and contains many palaces and temples whilst the views from the ramparts are spectacular. Leaving the fort, visit cenotaphs of members of the royal family before taking a walking tour through the lanes of the old city. (B)

Accommodation in Jodhpur: Ratan Vilas (or similar)

Today leave Udaipur and drive to the bustling rural village of Narlai which is hidden away in the heart of the beautiful Aravalli Hills. Our recommended accommodation in Narlai is the delightful Rawla Narlai which was once a favourite hunting lodge of the Jodhpur Royal family. (B)

Accommodation in Narlai: Rawla Narlai (or similar)

At leisure to explore Narlai and the surrounding area. You may wish to visit the Jain temple complex at Ranakpur where some of the temples date from the early 1400s or the nearby small rural town of Ghanerao with its pretty red sandstone havelis. Founded in 1606, Ghanerao is also historically one of the breeding centres of the Marwari horse. (B)

Accommodation in Narlai: Rawla Narlai (or similar)

Make an early start this morning and drive to the nearby village of Desuri. This is the starting point of today’s trek and is a moderate walk over relatively flat terrain through semi deciduous forest and small rural hamlets. Arrive at the Ghanerao Jungle Lodge in the afternoon where you will stay overnight. Later, should you wish, it is also possible to visit a nearby Garasiya tribal village. (B/L/D)

Accommodation in Bagho Ka Bagh: Ghanerao Jungle Lodge (or similar)
Alternative option: Ghanerao Royal Castle (or similar)

Today leave the hotel and travel by car to nearby Ghanerao – the starting point for today’s more strenuous uphill trek. Walk through forest to a small reservoir known as ‘Crocodile Lake’, before continuing through the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary and arriving into Kumbhalgarh in the afternoon where a visit to the historically important fort can be made. (B/L/D)

Accommodation in Kumbhalgarh: Wild Retreat (or similar)
Alternative option: Dera Kumbhalgarh (or similar)

This morning it is an early start for the moderate downhill trek to Ranakpur. Walk back through the forests of the national park and visit the temple of Parshuram Mahadev which is dedicated to Lord Shiva then continue towards the beautifully preserved Jain temple complex at Ranakpur. (B)

Accommodation in Ranakpur: Fateh Bagh (or similar)

After breakfast visit the temples at Ranakpur. The most famous of the temples here was built in 1439 and is particularly beautiful but all are renowned for their intricate carvings and architecture. Later continue through the Aravalli Hills to the city of Udaipur. With its white marble palaces, languid deep blue lakes, well-tended gardens and a back-drop of endless green hills, Udaipur is one of Rajasthan's most attractive cities. (B)

Accommodation in Udaipur: Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel (or similar)

After breakfast visit the City Palace, an impressive complex of several palaces which overlook Lake Pichola and are still owned by the Maharaja of Udaipur. Places of interest here include the Mor Chowk court, Manak Mahal, Chini ki Chitra Mahal and the Queen's Palace. Also visit the Fateh Prakash Palace and its unique Crystal Gallery and grand Durbar Hall. From the City Palace return on foot to the old town and the intricately carved Jagdish Mandir temple ending the day with a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola. (B)

Accommodation in Udaipur: Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel (or similar)

Today, after breakfast, transfer to Udaipur Airport in good time to catch the flight to Delhi. (B)

Accommodation in Delhi: Le Meridien New Delhi (or similar)
Upgrade option: Claridges Hotel (or similar)

Today transfer back to Delhi Airport to catch the British Airways flight non-stop to the UK. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car with English speaking driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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