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.
The colossal Mehrangarh Fort dominates the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, towering 125 metres above the old town. This immense fortress provided security and shelter for the population from 1460.
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.
The magical Lake Palace in Udaipur appears to float on Lake Pichola. Now a luxury hotel, the palace was built in the 18th century by Maharana Jagat Singh II as a winter residence.
Day 1 Depart the UK
Today depart the UK on the British Airways flight to Delhi. (N)
Day 2 Arrive Delhi
Arrive into Delhi and stay for two nights at Le Meridien New Delhi. Alternatively upgrade to the Claridges Hotel. 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. (N)
Day 3 Delhi
After breakfast commence 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)
Day 4 Delhi to Jodhpur - by air
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. Stay for two nights at Ratan Vilas. (B)
Day 5 Jodhpur
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)
Day 6 Jodhpur to Narlai - 160kms
Today leave Udaipur and drive 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)
Day 7 Narlai
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)
Day 8 Narlai to Desuri
Desuri to Bagho Ka Bagh – Trek 11kms
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. Alternatively stay at the Ghanerao Royal Castle. Later, should you wish, it is also possible to visit a nearby Garasiya tribal village. (B/L/D)
Day 9 Bagho Ka Bagh to Kumbhalgarh – Trek 18kms
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. Stay overnight at the Wild Retreat or Dera Kumbhalgarh. (B/L/D)
Day 10 Kumbhalgarh to Ranakpur – Trek 18kms
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. From here continue towards the beautifully preserved Jain temple complex at Ranakpur and stay overnight nearby at Fateh Bagh. (B)
Day 11 Ranakpur to Udaipur – 100kms
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 where you will stay for two nights at the Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel. 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)
Day 12 Udaipur
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)
Day 13 Udaipur to Delhi - by air
Today, after breakfast, transfer to Udaipur Airport in good time to catch the flight to Delhi. Stay overnight at Le Meridien New Delhi or upgrade to the Claridges Hotel. (B)
Day 14 Delhi to the UK
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
- 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
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