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Rajasthan: Taj, Temples & Tigers

Group Tour

15 Days From £2,845

Overview

This tour has been designed to give you a balanced, varied and full experience of the state of Rajasthan and of India.

From Delhi we will visit the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra before criss-crossing our way south to Udaipur, taking in some of the most famous highlights this part of India is so well known for on the way. We will also show you the other side of this colourful state - the rural villages, out of the way temples, hidden lakes and spectacular hilltop forts - all the while providing ...

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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

14 x Breakfasts
13 x Lunches
13 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

On this tour we will use coaster minibuses, jeep safari vehicles, and an 02 class AC train.

 

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 12

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act for all bookings

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

3 nights x Premium
11 nights x Superior

ACCOMMODATION

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip.

In Rajasthan you will experience some of the finest accommodation the subcontinent has to offer including wonderful converted palaces, castles and forts. You will not be disappointed and indeed the accommodation that we use in Rajasthan is one of the main joys of visiting the land of Kings.  

However please remember that heritage properties are old buildings, and although possessing great character, certain facilities are sometimes not quite up to Western standards and therefore patience is occasionally required.  

 

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Low

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-5hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

MODERATE/HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-6 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

VERY HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 4-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

Rajasthan: Taj, Temples & Tigers
EXPAND ALL ITINERARY DAYS
COLLAPSE ALL ITINERARY DAYS

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN DELHI

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN DELHI

The tour starts around one o’clock at the hotel in Delhi, India’s bustling capital. After a group briefing and introduction over lunch, we will take a drive through New Delhi. Visiting Rajpath and India Gate as well as Humayun’s tomb, one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments, commissioned by Humayun's son Akbar and designed by the Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiya. This evening we will head to the lively Connaught Place for dinner.

The Claridges or similar
Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2: DELHI – AGRA

DAY 2: DELHI – AGRA

Departing early this morning we will drive south to Agra. After checking into our hotel and having lunch, we’ll visit the mighty Agra Fort, a vast riverside complex comprised of exquisite palaces and mosques. From here we’ll head to the iconic Taj Mahal for sun set – an extraordinary time of day to visit as the marble takes on gold and pink hues making for a wonderful and atmospheric time to see this stunning mausoleum. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.

Trident or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: AGRA – RANTHAMBORE

DAY 3: AGRA – RANTHAMBORE

After breakfast we’ll depart Agra and visit the fortified city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built by the great Mughal Akbar, and abandoned in 1585 due to water shortages, the well-preserved remains make for a fascinating stop. From here we’ll continue our journey to Sawai Madophur where the vast wildlife reserve of Ranthambore National Park is located, and our home for the next two nights.

Juna Mahal or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: IN RANTHAMBORE

DAY 4: IN RANTHAMBORE

Early in the morning, while the mist is still rising, we’ll head into the park for our first game drive and the chance to take in the natural beauty of Ranthambore, where the possibility of seeing a tiger - as well as many other wild animals - is as high as anywhere in India. After this we’ll return to our hotel for breakfast and a relaxing morning. After lunch we’ll head back in to the park for another game drive and the chance to spot some more wildlife. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.

Juna Mahal or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: RANTHAMBORE – JAIPUR

DAY 5: RANTHAMBORE – JAIPUR

This morning we’ll drive north-west to Jaipur. Often referred to as the 'pink city', Jaipur was first painted terracotta pink in 1876 to celebrate the visit of the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria to the city. We will arrive to Jaipur in time for lunch then head to the fascinating and beautifully ornate City Palace Museum, built by the founder and namesake of the modern city Jai Singh II. We’ll then visit Jantar Mantar, the UNESCO listed Royal Observatory, before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

Khandela Haveli or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: IN JAIPUR

DAY 6: IN JAIPUR

Our day starts with a visit to the imposing Amber Fort, the Rajput masterpiece perched on a hillside overlooking the city. This colossal fort was built by Raja Man Singh I in the 16th century and is known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu and Rajput elements with its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths. After lunch we’ll have the rest of the afternoon free to visit the local bazaar or relax at the hotel. Dinner this evening will be at your own expense.

Khandela Haveli or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7: JAIPUR – JODHPUR

DAY 7: JAIPUR – JODHPUR

This morning we start the day with a charming rickshaw ride around Jaipur with the Pink City Rickshaw Company, an initiative that supports local women from low-income communities to earn a living. We will ride with the ladies to some local spots around the city then join them for some chai before leaving the city behind. Next, we continue west stopping for lunch and visting some sites of interest along the way. We will arrive in Jodhpur in the evening. Today will involve 6-7 hours of driving.

Haveli Inn Pal or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: IN JODHPUR

DAY 8: IN JODHPUR

After breakfast we will visit the imposing Meherangarh Fort. Rudyard Kipling described the fort as ‘the work of giants’ and it’s easy to see why when viewing its impressive location on a hilltop some 400 feet above the blue city’s skyline. In the afternoon we’ll look around the colourful bazaar and labyrinth of streets that make up the famous ‘blue quarter’ of this historical city. Dinner tonight will be at a good local restaurant.

Haveli Inn Pal or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: JODHPUR - BHENSWARA

DAY 9: JODHPUR - BHENSWARA

After a busy few days we will have a relaxed morning in Jodhpur. A change of pace now as we delve 'off the beaten track' into rural Rajasthan leaving the hustle and bustle behind us moving onwards to the sleepy villages of Bhenswara. We will stay at Ravla Bhenswara, one of Rajasthan’s most interesting heritage properties. Surrounded by arid hills and farmland the region here is populated by the Rabari people, a semi-nomadic shepherd tribe. This is a very different area of Rajasthan that contrasts to the busy and hectic cities that we have seen so far. You are free to enjoy the facilities at the hotel and there is the option to book a massage or cooking demonstration. Optional activities at Ravla Bhenswara are at your own expense and can be paid for locally.

Ravla Bhenswara
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: IN BHENSWARA

DAY 10: IN BHENSWARA

This morning we will take a stroll through the surrounding villages, pop into a school and meet with some of the locals. Today is a great opportunity to see another side of the Rajasthan. In the afternoon we’ll embark on a ‘shepherd safari', taking vintage jeeps through the region to visit the nomadic Rabari people and learn a little about their way of life, before continuing on a night time drive where we will spot wildlife in the surrounding hills and enjoy a sundowner together.

Ravla Bhenswara
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: BHENSWARA – JOJOWAR

DAY 11: BHENSWARA – JOJOWAR

Today we will drive to Jojowar and check in to our beautiful heritage hotel. After lunch we will head to Khamli Ghat to catch the train to Phulad Junction. Made famous by Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, ‘The Man Who Would Be King’, this wonderful train journey of approximately two hours, takes you high up through the spectacular Khamli Ghats and onto the central Aravalli plateau. This journey offers fantastic views and offers an authentic local experience. Our transport will be waiting for us at the station to take us back to Jojawar.

Rawla Jojawar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: JOJOWAR - UDAIPUR

DAY 12: JOJOWAR - UDAIPUR

After breakfast we’ll drive to Udaipur, a journey of approximately three hours, stopping en-route for a tour of Ranakpur, the famous complex encompassing a fortress and a marble Jain temple. After checking into our hotel, the rest of the afternoon will be free for you to explore the beautiful lake front ‘white city’. This evening we’ll enjoy a cultural dance performance at Baogore ki haveli before having dinner at a good local restaurant.

Lake Pichola or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: IN UDAIPUR

DAY 13: IN UDAIPUR

This morning we’ll take a guided tour of some of the key sites in Udaipur such as the City Palace, the Jagdish temple and the beautiful gardens at Saheliyon-ki-Bari. To allow for greater flexibility lunch will be at your own expense today, and this afternoon will be free to wander through the alleys and narrow streets, to take a cooking lesson or a miniature painting class. We’ll meet later in the day to take a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola, before heading out for dinner at a local restaurant favoured by Wild Frontiers clients.

Lake Pichola or similar
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14: UDAIPUR - DELHI

DAY 14: UDAIPUR - DELHI

This morning we'll take an early morning flight to Delhi to make the most of our final full day of the tour. On our return to the capital we visit part of the old town to explore another side of this unique city. Tonight, the group will enjoy a farewell dinner together.

The Claridges or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15: TOUR ENDS IN DELHI

DAY 15: TOUR ENDS IN DELHI

The tour ends after breakfast and those on the group flight will be transferred to the airport.

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION USED ON THIS TOUR

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Superior

Superior

Superior

Superior

Superior

Superior

Accommodation displayed here should be taken as a guide only. *Please refer to the Detailed Itinerary of your individual departure for more information.

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to itineraries and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit. For more information, please see our responsible travel page.

The Pink City Rickshaw Company

This is a not-for-profit initiative aimed at providing innovative employment opportunities for women from low-income households in and around Jaipur. The goal of the company is to empower these local women, breaking the stereotype of a woman’s role in India, by providing them with the opportunity to develop a career in what would ordinarily be a very competitive and male-dominant industry, and drastically improving their livelihoods.  All the rickshaws are electric, taking a big step to help fight India’s pollution problems.  This modest tour offers the perfect opportunity to respectfully observe daily life whilst also supporting a forward-thinking, eco-friendly form of tourism that also strives to empower women in the area.

Wild Frontiers, through our foundation, have funded the purchase of two new electric rickshaws and trained five local ladies to be driver/guides. Continuing our support of the project and its sustainability, on this tour we enjoy a rickshaw tour with the Pink City Rickshaw Company through the backstreets of Jaipur.
www.pinkcityrickshawcompany.com

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.
 

Flight Code Departing Arriving
BA 257 London Heathrow (LHR) 19:25 Delhi Airport (DEL) 08:20
BA 256 Delhi Airport (DEL) 10:20 London Heathrow (LHR) 15:20

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com 

For this tour UK passport holders currently require a visa for India.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Goa

Fly down to Goa and spend a few days relaxing by the beach, and soak up the cultural heritage of this area by visiting the old churches in Panaji. Allow 3-5 days

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

The temperature should be very pleasant at this time of year, with a day time average of around 25-30C dropping in the evening to around 10-15C. Some warm clothes are advised for the early morning and evening activities.

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour, as many of the activities are optional.

 

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.

On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. If you choose to purchase the Wild Frontiers bespoke policy through Travel & General (currently available to UK residents only) then please note for this trip the minimum required level of cover will be the Standard policy. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £200 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 8350 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

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