Best of Rajasthan

Introduction

Rajasthan is regarded as a ride on the sands of time. India's quintessential land of maharajas and medieval forts, palaces and tigers, and kaleidoscopic festivals, Rajasthan really is the jewel in India's crown. Far Horizon takes you onto a journey of vibrant and historical state of Rajasthan. Walk through the ancient alleys; listen to stories of the age of chivalry and excellent architecture taste; soak in the rich culture; take delight in the flavoursome food and treat your eyes and ears with lively folk music and dance, along with the thrilling experiences of spotting tigers and leopards in their natural habitat.

We have also added some special elements of Delhi with its majestic Mughal heritage and Agra where Taj Mahal defines its exquisite proportions.

Highlights

  • Combined charm of Old & New Delhi
  • Royal Palaces and Forts of Rajasthan
  • Interaction with the Bishnoi Tribal people in Jamba
  • Jeep Safari in Jawai Bandh in search of the elusive Leopards
  • Unesco World Heritage sites including the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Thrill of seeing the Royal Bengal Tiger in the Ranthambore National Park

Destinations Covered

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Arrive Delhi

    Delhi

    After clearing immigration and customs, we step into the receiving area where we will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Arrive and check-in to the hotel.

    Overnight at the Hotel (No Meals)

  2. Day 2 Delhi

    Delhi

    Today morning proceed to explore the Old Delhi.

    On the tour of “Old Delhi,” you will head out to explore this exotic locale with its narrow dirt roads, myriads of people and inexpensive and colourful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. Drive past the Red Fort, and visit the Jama Masjid, one of the largest Muslim mosques in India. A bicycle rickshaw would take you into the heart of Chandini Chowk (the silver square - so named because of the silver merchants).

    We then drive to the outskirts of New Delhi to explore the Qutub Minar, on the way our guide will point out the Raj-era architecture in the city centre, including the renowned India Gate and Edwin Landseer Lutyens’ and Herbert Baker’s monumental governmental building on Raisina Hill.

    Qutub Minar, a victory minaret was built by the first invading Persian, Qutub-ud-din, a millennium ago in South Delhi. One of Delhi’s most visited and striking monuments, the 72-meter (230 feet) high tower which majestically towers over the wide plains of Delhi. 

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  3. Day 3 Delhi - Jodhpur by flight & drive to Jamba

    Jamba

    This morning after breakfast, transfer to Delhi airport to connect with flight to Jodhpur.

    On arrival, we drive approximately three hours and head into the hinterland to a region known as Jamba.

    You will spend two nights at the Clement Dune Retreat. This is an exclusive property, set atop a 100' high sand dune with panoramic views of the Thar Desert. The Resort features exquisite examples of traditional Rajasthani architecture used throughout, with stonework and carvings using local design and sustainable materials and, most importantly, utilizing the skills of local craftsmen. It has individual deluxe cottages, a swimming pool and a beautiful restaurant.

    This evening the musician and dancers from nearby villages will come to dance away the evening.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, D)

  4. Day 4 Jamba

    Jamba

    After breakfast, go 4 wheeling cross-country on dirt and sand roads to continue your exploration of “Jamba-ji’s” land. These excursions introduce you to traditional Rajasthani hospitality, as well as give you a chance to witness rural Rajasthani life up close. The villages are built with painted adobe walls, and village life continues unaffected by the big cities nearby.

    Bishnoi villages are immaculate, scrubbed daily by brightly clad women who are weighted down by silver jewellery and festooned with bangles right up to the length of their arms. By contrast, their tall men dress entirely in white, their large turbans loosely swathed around dark skinned, weathered faces.

    Return to the retreat for lunch.

    Later in the afternoon, we will also have an opportunity to go on a camel cart safari.

    Return to Resort in time to watch the setting sun light up the desert.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  5. Day 5 Jamba - Jodhpur (approx. 2.5 hours’ drive)

    Jodhpur

    After an early breakfast, check-out and drive to the Khichan village to witness the perfect example of the bird and human relationship, where over 15000 demoiselle cranes come to the village during the months of winter and villagers feed them grains.

    Thereafter, continue on your drive to Jodhpur and check-in to the hotel on arrival.

    This afternoon, explore the city’s beautiful palace Mehrangarh Fort has been in existence since 1459 and is one of the most astounding constructions and architectural marvels. The towering building has extremely high walls and gates, and the closer it is explored, the smaller you begin to feel! Inside the fort is a network of courtyards and palaces, (including a museum that houses a splendid collection of items from the Maharajas), salvaged to display their long history of warding off attackers.

    You can visit the bustling Clock Tower bazaar to get a flavour of this historic city.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  6. Day 6 Jodhpur / Jawai (approx. 3½ hours’ drive)

    Jawai Bandh

    After breakfast, drive to Jawai Bandh, heart of an untrammelled wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  7. Day 7 Jawai

    Jawai Bandh

    This morning proceed for a thrilling experience of spotting Leopard; take in the breath-taking natural beauty of the rocky outcrops and surrounding Jawai Lake as the palette of colours change during sunrise and sunset. The other animals that could be spotted are wolves, hyenas, nilgai, sloth bear, jackals, hanuman langurs, crocodiles, pythons, chinkara antelopes and jungle cats. Over 207 species of birds visit Jawai area throughout the year, the winter months are especially good for sighting the migratory water birds and demoiselle cranes.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  8. Day 8 Jawai / Udaipur (approx. 3 hours’ drive)

    Udaipur

    After breakfast, drive to Udaipur, known as the Venice of the East, the city of lakes and one of India’s most romantic destinations.

    Arrive and check-in to the hotel.

    Enjoy the pleasant boat ride on the Lake Pichola in the evening.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  9. Day 9 Udaipur

    Udaipur

    Today morning post breakfast visit the Jagdish Temple, the largest and most venerated temple in Udaipur. Built in 1651 A.D. by Maharaja Jagat Singh, the temple is decorated with friezes and enshrines a black stone image of Vishnu.

    Walk about the Garden of Maidens (Sahelion Ki Bari), which consists of an ornamental lotus pool with delicately carved cenotaphs of black and white marble and soapstone.

    Explore Maharajah’s City Palace, an imposing edifice of granite and marble, standing atop a ridge overlooking the blue waters of Lake Pichola and the exquisite Lake Palace.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  10. Day 10 Udaipur / Jaipur (approx. 6 hours’ drive)

    Jaipur

    Note: We also have flight option from Udaipur to Jaipur

    Today we proceed to Jaipur, the largest city of Rajasthan which is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. 

    On arrival, check-in to the hotel.

    Evening is free to explore the colourful markets of the pink city.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  11. Day 11 Jaipur

    Jaipur

    Full day sightseeing of Jaipur including a visit to the Amber Fort and a photo stop at the Palace of the Winds, the Hawa Mahal in the morning.

    Visit Amber Fort a UNESCO World Heritage site built by the Kachhawah Rajputs as their capital from 1037 to 1728 and considered the pinnacle of Rajput architecture. We tour the unoccupied citadel this morning, to admire the fresco-covered portal, the impressive room of mirrors, walls of jewel-encrusted marble, and the royal apartments offering beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding valleys.

    We continue on to Jantar Mantar, the incredible open-air Royal Observatory (ca. 1728) housing oversized astronomical instruments and a UNESCO World Heritage site; and City Palace, former residence of the Maharajas of Jaipur, built in the shape of the city itself and now converted to a museum that houses the rulers’ magnificent art collections.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  12. Day 12 Jaipur / Ranthambore (approx. 4 hours’ drive)

    Ranthambore

    This morning we embark on a drive to Ranthambore.

    After lunch at the hotel, proceed for the first game drive in the Ranthambore National Park.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  13. Day 13 Ranthambore

    Ranthambore

    On today’s morning and afternoon game drives, we’re sure to see more game (though tiger and leopard sightings are not guaranteed).

    The park’s varied landscape of beautiful lakes, lush grasslands, deep ravines, wooded valleys, and open scrub also features picturesque ruins of old fortifications and the thousand-year-old Ranthambore Fort, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L, D)

  14. Day 14 Ranthambore / Bharatpur by train & drive to Agra

    Agra

    With packed breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to Sawai Madhopur Railway Station to board the train to Bharatpur.

    On arrival at Bharatpur, drive to Agra.

    Later this afternoon, proceed to visit the “Mehtab Bagh” situated north of the Taj Mahal complex on the opposite side of the Yamuna River, in the flood plains. The garden complex, square in shape, is perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank. The most important attraction of Mehtab Bagh is the Taj Mahal itself. This is a unique spot as you can get a picturesque view of The Taj from here.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  15. Day 15 Agra

    Agra

    Early this morning, savour a travel highlight as we embark on a tour of the Taj Mahal, the magnificent tomb of white marble built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who had implored her husband to build a monument symbolizing their undying love for each other. Some 20,000 labourers and artisans from around the world spent 22 years constructing what became Mumtaz’s mausoleum, which was begun in 1632. Along with its exquisite symmetry, the Taj features striking examples of pietra dura; a decorative art in which craftsmen embed precisely cut semi-precious stones in marble to form dazzling patterns.

    Return to the hotel & have breakfast.

    Post lunch visit the imposing Red Fort of Agra (also known as Agra Fort), comprising of fairy tale palaces, two beautiful mosques, audience halls, pavilions, courtyards, and gardens all surrounded by a massive wall, a moat, and yet another wall. A creative, architectural, and strategic masterpiece, the Fort is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In a cruel twist, Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal and whose grandfather built the original Fort and who also assumed the throne himself, was imprisoned here at the end of his life by his own son – in a room looking out on the Taj Mahal across the river.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  16. Day 16 Agra – Delhi drive (approx. 4 hours’ drive) & departure

    Delhi

    After a relaxed breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Delhi international airport to connect with flight to onward destination.

    (B)

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