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Rajasthan by train - 15 days | 14 nights

Highlights of the programme :
  • Total immersion in local life insured
  • Bikaner and its medieval splendor
  • Jaisalmer and its citadel, a true open-air museum
  • Safari in Ranthambore, a former royal hunting reserve

 


ITINERARY

Jour 01 Delhi
Arrive in Delhi. Reception at the airport. Transfer and overnight at the hotel.
Jour 02 Delhi - Bikaner
Panoramic tour of Delhi, the Capital of the Indian Empire and nicknamed the "City of Seven Cities." Delhi, with wide tree-lined Victorian avenues has many faces depending on the neighborhood which is crossed. Morning visit Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; visit theoldgloryof the Red Fort which was once the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal empire and the bustling shopping district of Chandi Chowk. Then Visiting New Delhi Qutb Minar minaret, the tallest minaret in the world. Then Connaught Circus, the heart of public life in New Delhi, Rajpath and India Gate, Parliament and President House. In the afternoon, transfer to railway station to board the "Awadh Assam Express" leading to Bikaner. Night train berths. Overnight on board.
Jour 03 Bikaner - Jaisalmer
Morning arrival in Bikaner. Reception and transfer to the hotel for breakfast. Nicknamed the Red Bikaner, this city  formerly an important important commercial center crossed by caravans from the Far East and Arabia, was founded in 1488 by a son of the king of Jodhpur. Today Bikaner retains its medieval splendor. Visit the Fort of Bikaner, Junagarh Fort built in the 16th century and the old city defended by impressive fortifications seven kilometers long. True unassailable eagle nest, this fort houses beautifully decorated  palaces beautifully decorated. Bikaner is known for its camel farms considered among the best in the world and has a center, the Camel Research Farm, at the forefront of medical and genetic research. By late afternoon, transfer to the station to catch the "Bikaner Jaisalmer Express" to Jaisalmer. Night train berths. Overnight on board.  
Jour 04 Jaisalmer
Morning arrival in Jaisalmer. Reception and transfer to the hotel for breakfast. After some rest, visit this fascinating medieval city of yellow sandstone founded in 1156, lost in the depths of the Thar Desert. The city is built on a hill overlooking the desert, allowing him to watch over a large distance. Nevertheless, it is surrounded by a rampart of five kilometers with a hundred bastions. Jaisalmer has its historical importance and its wealth to its role on the stage caravan route between India and Persia, Arabia and the West. By late afternoon stroll on a camel in the dunes to watch the sunset. Overnight at hotel.
Jour 05 Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Morning excursion to the cenotaphs of the rulers of Jaisalmer built in the former royal garden, located on a hill near a small lake below. Then back to Jaisalmer and visit two small Jain temples built in the center of the citadel. Recognizable by their stupas, they are adorned with beautiful and intricate carvings. Then, stroll through the old city markets and bazaars abound. In the late afternoon, transfer to the station to get to Jodhpur by the "Delhi Jaisalmer Express." Evening arrival, reception at the station and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel. 
Jour 06 Jodhpur
Visit Jodhpur, the Blue city, town famous for Mehrangarh Fort built in 1459 on a bluff overlooking the city from 125 meters. After passing several doors, one finds several palaces where lived the great maharajas of Jodhpur. This former capital of Merwar is nicknamed the Blue City because most houses in the old city are painted that color.Visit Jaswant Thada the royal centotaph. Beautiful white marble mausoleum in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, nicknamed the Taj Mahal of Rajasthan. Then walk to the fortified in the colorful and lively Bazaar, Sardar Bazar, around the Clock Tower. Overnight at hotel. 
Jour 07 Jodhpur - Ajmer - Pushkar
Early morning transfer to railway station to board the 'Ajmer Jodhpur' train. Upon arrival at Ajmer, continue by road to Pushkar. Meaning "Blue Lotus" Pushkar is a holy place by excellence. As important as Varanasi, it has the privilege of having the only temple of Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. This site is exceptional for the provision of its crescent moon marble temples, which appear to float on the lake.   Pilgrims come to pray throughout the year. Every year in November, takes place there one of the largest cattle fairs: the famous Pushkar Fair, where hundreds of thousands of villagers flock from everywhere to the great camel fair Overnight at.  hotel.
Jour 08 Pushkar - Ajmer - Udaipur
The morning walk along the ghats before hitting the road for Ajmer.  Transfer to the station to catch the train "Ajmer Udaipur Express" reaching Udaipur.  Evening arrival, reception at the station and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel. 
Jour 09 Udaipur - Chittorgarh
Known as the Venice of the East, Udaipur was founded in 1559 by Maharaja Udai Singh II in a plane perfectly mastered by defense and by Beauty, three sparkling lakes and green hills of the Aravalli. Visit the City Palace. Imperial with 250 feet of frontage, during his ceremonies beautiful fountains , apartments, and its rooftop garden welcomed the guests, this immense palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal influences. It offers panoramic views of Lake Pichola and its two islands. Continue to the Jagdish temple of the 17th century and visit the Sahelion Ki Bari (Garden of honor Maharani ladies), an ornate garden fountains and marble kiosks. Then boat ride on Lake Pichola where you can admire the magnificence of the royal palace and the city. Then transfer to the Udaipur station and boarding the "Chetak Express" to Chittorgarh. Reception at the train station and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel. 
Jour 10 Chittorgarh - Bundi
Chittorgarh, the ancient capital of Mewar, is the symbol of Rajput mind, bravery and faith and equally popular for Maharani Padmini devi  the beautiful devout wife of Maharana Ratan Singh. Explore this impressive fortress considered the largest in India and the best preserved of the state of Rajasthan. It was founded in the 7th century and represents a symbol of heroism and Rajput resistance against the relentless attempts to invasions of Mughal rulers. This is where the Rajput warriors, repeatedly gave their lives, preferring death to dishonor and submission of the enemy. Today, the site, known as Chittor, lies majestically on nearly three hundred acres and contains many monumental ruins have largely inspired writers for centuries. In the afternoon, transfer to the station to catch the "Mandasor Meerut Express" to Bundi. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel. 
Jour 11 Bundi
Morning tour of the city with the fort and palace Taragarh. The fort, built in 1534, is accessible by an impressive gateway that provides a magical view of the surroundings.  Visit the palace of Bundi the one which contains painted pavilions a gallery of murals in the turquoise and green hues that adorned the palace. Walk in the heart of a city where stands one of the finest wells degrees of Bundi, the Raji Ki Baoli.  Overnight at hotel. 
Jour 12 Round - City - Park
Morning at the station in Kota transfer to take "Dayodaya Express" to Sawai Madhopur. Reception on arrival and drive to the Ranthambore National Park. In the afternoon, the first safari truck all-terrain open in the park. Overnight at hotel. 
Jour 13 Ranthambore - Jaipur
Morning game drive in open truck in the park off-road. The former royal hunting reserve covers an area of ​​about 390 square kilometers where we discover forests, lakes and majestic plains. This park was created in 1955 to ensure the survival of the tiger and, of course, many other species that sustain this large predator: chinkaras, and other chital deer, wild boar, etc. We also see leopards, hyenas, jackals, bears, monkeys, crocodiles and a large number of birds. In early afternoon transfer to Sawai Madhopur Railway Station and ride aboard the "Indore-Jodhpur Ranthambore Express" to Jaipur. Arrive late afternoon and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Jour 14 Jaipur
Morning visit the Amber Fort situated a few kilometers from the city. Amber was the capital of Rajasthan before being dethroned in 1728 by Jaipur This former fortress built atop a rocky outcrop, is available on elephant back or jeep. Back to Jaipur and visit the capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur, or the Heart of Rajput chivalry, built in 1727, is known as the Pink City because of the color of its walls. Visit the City Palace and its magnificent museum containing many treasures, the Astronomical Observatory and its amazing instruments that still admired today. Judgment to the legendary Palace of Winds, Hawa Mahal, with multiple openings. Built in 1799 and close to the City Palace, this amazing architectural fantasy was built for the women of the royal families so they can attend the processions without being seen. In the afternoon, ride pedicab to take the pulse of the old city of Jaipur where markets wisely aligned under the arches along the avenues and colorful bazaars shopping abounds. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 Jaipur - Delhi
After breakfast, drive to Nahargarh, the Tigris fortress built by the Maharaja for his new unofficial women. Panoramic view of the pink city. Then visit the Jaigarh fort. Very nice collection of weapons of Maharaja with the widest cannon on wheels in the world. In the early afternoon, transfer to Jaipur railway station to board the Express to Delhi. Welcome on arrival and transfer to the airport for the return flight.

SUGGESTED HOTELS

You will find below our selection of hotels for this trip. Hotels indicative, subject to availability. The choice of the class of accommodation to you. You will be able to specify it in your quote.

Hotel Palace Heights - Delhi

Ideal location in the heart of Delhi at Connaught Place. Quality services and courteous. Decent rooms and spotlessly clean. The hotel offers all the modern comforts for a 3 * hotel.

Heritage Inn - Jaisalmer

Nice hotel not far from Jaisalmer. Small bungalows around a beautiful garden. Pool and spa center. Large rooms well decorated and quiet. Rooms for practical bathroom. The Garden Restaurant Offers a fine served buffet table or kitchen.

Pal Haveli - Jodhpur

Ideal location for this beautiful haveli close to the Clock Tower and bazaars. As soon as one enters, the noise outside is allowed and is a haven of peace, away from the buzz of the city. The welcome is friendly and attentive service. The interior is very nice and large rooms are beautifully appointed. The rooftop restaurant offers a beautiful view of the city and the fortress. Breakfast tasty and filling.

 

Pushkar Palace - Pushkar

A small buildings along the Pushkar Lake with a beautiful view of the ghats. Near the center, this hotel is ideally located and quiet. Spacious, very well equipped and very clean. Welcoming, attentive and eager to please. Rooftop terrace for a wonderful view.

Amarkothi Hotel - Udaipur

A good 3 * very well maintained with rooms elegantly decorated. Courteous and friendly staff. More: Most sights are near the hotel.

Padmini Haveli - Chittorgarh

Charming haveli which was converted into a hotel by a couple of tour guides. The Indian family which is the caretaker is warm, attentive and informative. Very clean rooms, rustic, very well decorated. It just feels at home.

Bundi Haveli - Bundi

Authentic hotel in the city center. Spacious rooms, old world décor with lots of charm. Pleasant and helpful staff. Beautiful roof terrace.

Pugmark Resort - Ranthambore

Une disposition originale pour cet hébergement style cottage autour de magnifiques jardins. Personnel sympathique et serviable. Les chambres sont confortablement meublées avec toutes les commodités. Parfait emplacement pour visiter le parc national de Ranthambore. 

Khandela Haveli - Jaipur

Former residence of the Maharaja converted into a hotel, this beautiful haveli combines traditional royal hospitality with modern comforts. Spacious rooms with refined decoration surrounding a patio. Restaurant and rooftop pool. A charming place where it feels good.

Suggested Activities

You will find below our suggestion for activities to do throughout your journey. Do not hesitate to contact an advisor Aryavrit Travels for any specific request.

Ayurveda massage

Ayurveda invites us to stay in harmony with nature, in touch with the elements of nature by practicing yoga and meditation which help us to purify and nourish our body and mind. A massage  on the eye  helps to rebalance the body and its functions. Enjoy your visit to the birthplace of Ayurveda to experience a massage in the purest tradition.

Cooking lessons

You fell for tandoori chicken, Kerala fish curry, samosas, the thali, the dal, biryani? Do not leave without having learned to cook these dishes. We offer courses in vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. At the end of the session, you are invited to examine and taste your own the prepared dishes.

Henna session

Mehndi usually refers to the art of drawing with henna on the skin. It is an ephemeral equivalent of tattooing. In Rajasthan, mehndi is an fplk art and it is common for women to get as sophisticated as those of newlyweds drawings. Attend a session to decorate your hands with henna and why not take the opportunity to keep track of your visit!

Yoga

Immerse yourself in the practice of Yoga and meditation which helps you to know your body and mind. An experienced yoga teacher will teach you the various techniques of "pranayama" (breathing), "asanas" (positions) and 'dhyana' (meditation). A unique opportunity in the purest tradition.

Film show

Indians like to say that what unites them is a passion for cricket and love of cinema. India is the largest film industry in the world in terms of production and the number of entries. Attend the screening of a film, it's a unique experience and share a moment of jubilation.

Local family

What could be more authentic than sharing a moment with a local family? An opportunity to understand the Indianess from very close which is worth reading several books on India. A unique opportunity to  learn about the customs of your hosts, with whom you share a traditional meal. A moment of conviviality, memorable exchanges that will only add magic to your stay.

Vintage car

Experience the charm side with a vintage ride in Rajasthan. These old cars of the maharajahs take you as a prince through the main streets of the cities. A timeless adventure not to be missed.

Cricket match

Catch a game of cricket, a sport that is truly thrill the crowds in India. Unknown in France, cricket crystallizes all the passions in the Indian subcontinent, where millions of fans follow live matches of their national team. The best players are idolized as real stars, like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev considered one of the best cricketers of all time.

Polo match

Polo on horseback or elephant, a unique show in Jaipur, Jodhpur or Delhi. Sport in vogue in India, polo on horseback is still today one of the spearheads of the sport in the Indian aristocracy. Polo on elephant back, meanwhile, is not a sport as such. Nevertheless, it attracts large crowds because of the originality of a rapid game with elephants struggling to move on the ground. Very entertaining!

Ballooning

Take a step back to admire the pink city Jaipur, it is possible. Climb aboard the platform of your balloon and fly over the capital of Rajasthan and the impressive Amber Fort which is necessary not far from it. In the early morning light, the emotions are at their peak by the glipse by the history of vastness and beauty which has exisred here for last many centuries.

Bike ride

We invite you to immerse in unusual: a bike ride on the roads of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Cycling is a way to meet people, a tool to reach out to the population, which allows you to be closer than at the window of an air conditioned car. Let yourself drift along with your meetings, you will appreciate the paths which reserve surprises, all more enjoyable than the other.

Horseback ride

Expect a complete change: in the saddle on the beautiful Marwari horses with amazing earrings shaped like a crescent moon, discover the breathtaking surroundings and go out to meet the locals. A walk to discover treasures, off the beaten path.

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