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Rural Rajasthan

18 days from £3940 per person

A unique opportunity to experience the rural towns and villages of princely Rajasthan, this itinerary focuses on the many ancestral homes for which this state is famous. From palaces to colonial bungalows, forts to hunting lodges, this is a leisurely journey through traditional India. From Delhi continue to quaint Bundi, remote Bhainsrorgarh and the market town of Shahpura. Heading south, visit Udaipur en-route to the splendid palace at Dungarpur continuing to Narlai and Rohet. End in peaceful Chhatra Sagar enjoying the location and abundant birdlife.

Route: Delhi – Bundi – Bhainsrorgarh – Shahpura Bagh – Udaipur – Dungarpur – Narlai – Rohet – Chhatra Sagar – Jodhpur – Delhi

Itinerary Highlights

Shahpura Bagh is an oasis of Rajasthani comfort. This family property has welcomed travellers for many years with warmth and hospitality and provides a true flavour of the region.

Bucolic Bhainsrorgarh is a fascinating place in which to spend a few days. Stay in the imposing 200 year old fort and explore this traditional and little-visited section of the state.

Udai Bilas Palace is one of the most opulent in Rajasthan. Combing Art Deco and Rajput styles, this regal home is owned by the Maharaja and benefits from an enviable location.

Itinerary: Rural Rajasthan

Today depart the UK on the Virgin Atlantic flight to Delhi. (N)
Delhi is India's capital and a city of two halves. Old Delhi - the heart of Muslim India between the 17th and 19th centuries - is an historic district of grand mosques, majestic forts and crumbling monuments. In contrast 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. (B)
Accommodation in Delhi: Le Meridien New Delhi (or similar)
Upgrade option: Claridges Hotel 
Alternative upgrade option: Imperial Hotel
This morning travel by train from Delhi to Kota where you will be met and driven to the small town of Bundi. Little visited, Bundi has much charm, is over 650 years old and is dominated by the towering Taragarh Fort and palace complex which clings to the hill-side and overlooks the town. (B)
Accommodation in Bundi: Bundi Vilas (or similar)
After breakfast leave Bundi and continue through the countryside to Bhainsrorgarh. Located south-west of Kota, this impressive, rambling 18th century fort is surrounded by its own village and sits high on a promontory jutting out into the River Chambal. Small and friendly, Bhainsrorgarh offers a welcoming ‘home’ in southern Rajasthan - a rural area which is yet to be fully discovered. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Bhainsrorgarh: Bhainsrorgarh Fort Hotel (or similar)
Today explore the area surrounding Bhainsrorgarh. The 8th century Baroli Temple and nearby tribal villages are particularly fascinating. Alternatively, you may just wish to leisurely enjoy the fort and spectacular rooftop terrace, boat on the River Chambal or explore the small but charming village. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Bhainsrorgarh: Bhainsrorgarh Fort Hotel (or similar)
This morning leave Bhainsrorgarh and continue to the small market town of Shahpura. The history of Shahpura dates back over 400 years and the original house was granted to the present family by Shah Jehan. Accommodation is elegant with a mixture of Rajasthani and colonial furnishings and there is also a beautiful swimming pool in the grounds. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Shahpura: Shahpura Bagh (or similar)
At leisure to enjoy and explore Shahpura Bagh at your own pace. Activities here include bicycle rides, walks by the lake, visits to the local temples and nearby town or the chance to explore a neighbouring 17th century fort. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Shahpura: Shahpura Bagh (or similar)
This morning it is a picturesque drive through the Aravalli Hills to 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. Later visit the City Palace, an impressive complex of several palaces which overlook Lake Pichola and are still owned by the Maharaja of Udaipur, as well as the intricately carved Jagdish Mandir temple. (B)
Accommodation in Udaipur: Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Leela Palace Hotel (or similar)
After breakfast drive to the 13th century town of Dungarpur and stay for two nights at the turn of the century art deco Udai Bilas Palace. Surrounded on three sides by Lake Gaibsagar, Dungarpur is a birdwatchers paradise with a wide variety of ducks, moorhens, waders and ibises at the lake as well as tropical green pigeons and grey hornbills in the wooded hillsides. Dungarpur also remains the main home of the Bhil tribal people. (B)
Accommodation in Dungarpur: Udai Bilas Palace (or similar)
Today explore Dungarpur, including a visit to the June Mahal—a 13th century palace which is located on a hillside above the town. Housing colourful rooms which are beautifully decorated with frescoes, miniatures, glass and mirror inlay work, a collection of some 50 scenes from Karma Sutra is also hidden behind two cupboards doors in the Maharaja's private suite. (B)
Accommodation in Dungarpur: Udai Bilas Palace (or similar)
Today return via Udaipur and to the bustling rural village of Narlai which is hidden away in the heart of the beautiful Aravalli Hills. On your arrival in Narlai stay for two nights at 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 Kumbhalgarh Fort, which guarded the historic border between the kingdoms of Udaipur and Jodhpur and the 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)
This morning drive to Rohet Garh a 16th Century fortified home situated on the edge of the Great Thar Desert, just 40kms south of Jodhpur, this lovely, family run fort is very much a family concern and is a place of great charm and character, steeped in family history. (B)
Accommodation in Rohet: Rohet Garh (or similar)
At leisure to may be visit Roop Raj Durries in nearby Salawas. In the afternoon enjoy a village jeep safari visiting the local Bishnoi tribal villages and farming communities. The Bishnoi are an ancient Rajasthani tribe, who worship nature in all its manifestations: women suckle motherless deer, die to save trees and go hungry to provide food for animals. (B)
Accommodation in Rohet: Rohet Garh (or similar)
After breakfast you may wish to visit Jodhpur, home to the dominating Meherangarh Fort before driving to charming Chhatra Sagar for a two night stay. Comprising of thirteen luxurious tents set on a dam overlooking a lake, Chhatra Sagar is a special hotel and is undoubtedly one of the most peaceful and unique hideaways in Rajasthan. (B/L/D)
Accommodation: Chhatra Sagar
Due to its location, surrounded by farmland and small villages, a stay at Chhatra Sagar provides an opportunity to experience rural Rajasthan in a way that few other properties allow. Accompanied by one of your hosts visit nearby farms, local temples and meet the neighbouring villagers. Alternatively, remain at Chhatra Sagar where there is excellent birding on and around the lake. (B/L/D)
Accommodation: Chhatra Sagar
Today leave Chhatra Sagar and transfer to Jodhpur Airport in good time to catch the flight to Delhi where you will stay overnight at Le Meridien Hotel. Alternatively upgrade to the Claridges Hotel or the Imperial Hotel. (B)
Accommodation in Delhi: Le Meridien New Delhi (or similar)
Upgrade option: Claridges Hotel 
Alternative upgrade option: Imperial Hotel
Today transfer back to Delhi Airport to catch the Virgin Atlantic 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
  • Train travel as specified
  • 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

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