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.
Shahpura Bagh is an oasis of comfort on a journey through Rajasthan, The family property has welcomed travellers for many years with warmth and hospitality.
The marble Jain temples at Ranakpur are incredibly ornate and delicate. Over 1444 exquisitely-carved pillars support the building, which honours the founder of the Jain religion.
Chhatra Sagar is a romantic camp, beautifully situated at the edge of a large lake. Relax, walk, unwind, visit the local villages and enjoy the abundant birdlife.
Day 1 Depart UK
Today depart the UK on the Virgin Atlantic 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 or the Imperial 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. (B)
Day 3 Delhi to Kota – by train
Kota to Bundi – 40 kms
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. Stay overnight in Bundi at Bundi Vilas. (B)
Day 4 Bundi to Bhainsrorgarh – 100kms
After breakfast leave Bundi and continue through the countryside to Bhainsrorgarh Fort where you will stay for the next two nights. 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)
Day 5 Bhainsrorgarh
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)
Day 6 Bhainsrorgarh to Shahpura Bagh – 200kms
This morning leave Bhainsrorgarh and continue to the small market town of Shahpura where you will stay for two nights at the charming Shahpura Bagh. 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)
Day 7 Shahpura Bagh
At lesiure 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)
Day 8 Shahpura Bagh to Udaipur – 200kms
This morning it is a picturesque drive through the Aravalli Hills to Udaipur where you will stay overnight at the Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel. Alternatively upgrade to the Leela 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. 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)
Day 9 Udaipur to Dungarpur – 140kms
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)
Day 10 Dungarpur
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)
Day 11 Dungapur to Narlai – 260 kms
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)
Day 12 Narlai
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)
Day 13 Narlai to Rohet – 100kms
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)
Day 14 Rohet
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)
Day 15 Rohet to Chhatra Sagar – 160kms
After breakfast you may wish to visit Jodhpur, home to the dominating Meherangarh Fort before 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)
Day 16 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)
Day 17 Chhatra Sagar to Jodhpur – 115kms
Jodhpur to Delhi – by air
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)
Day 18 Delhi to the UK
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
- 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
The price above is a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and season. If you wish to travel alone we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements and will provide a proposal on request
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