- Guided tour of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Kumbhalgarh & Udaipur city (Entrances on direct payment)
- Visit Osian Temple
- One Jeep Safari in Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
- Visit Nathji Dwara Temple
- Guided tour of Udaipur
- City Boat ride on Lake Pichola
- Excursions to Local Dhanis, Weavers Home in Jamba
- Dune drive in Jamba
- Camel Safari in Jamba
- One Sundowner during the stay at Jamba (Snacks with tea/coffee)
- One Unique dining experience during the stay at Jamba
The only hill station of Rajasthan, its cool atmosphere and lush green surroundings make it a source of comfort from the sultry dessert climate of Rajasthan. According to the Puranas, the name of Mount Abu is the dimunitive of Arbudaancha, which translates to the “forest of Arbhuda” - a snake from Hindu mythology. The hill station once served as a summer resort for the Rajput Kings of the region.
In the distant reaches and vast expanse of the Thar Desert, far off the beaten tourist trail is the unique village called Jamba. It is located in Phalodi Tehsil of Jodhpur district in Rajasthan, India. This is a perfect place to get away from the big cities and enjoy the solitude of the desert life.
Kumbhalgarh is a city in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan, 102 km west of Udaipur.This is a quite unique and an interesting destination, which attracts tourists from not only all over the country but also all around the globe for its massive citadel built in 1443 AD, and for the wildlife sanctuary nearby.Kumbhalgarh is a great hunt for photographers and people who have an inclination for jungle safari. Trekking to Kumbhalgarh Fort is a great excursion. It is the second most important fort of Rajasthan after Chittorgarh.
Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is the crown jewel of the state of Rajasthan. It is surrounded by the beautiful Aravalli Hills in all directions, making this city as lovely as it is. This 'Venice of the East' has an abundance of natural beauty, mesmerising temples and breathtaking architecture which makes it a must-visit destination in India.
Ahmedabad - Mount Abu (Approx. 240 Kms/ 5 hours drive)
Today drive from Ahmedabad to Mount Abu.
On arrival , check in to hotel.
Simple beauty, delicately styled temples, incarnation of the natural beauty - Mount Abu is one of the renowned Jain pilgrimage locations in India and is the only hill station in the state of Rajasthan. Mount Abu, the oasis among the deserts in Rajasthan, is located a height of 1220 meters from sea level and is enclosing a serene and beautiful lake. It is placed at the pinnacle of a granite table peak on Aravalli ranges and is surrounded by thickly populated green forests.
Later, on your own, you can explore Dilwara Jain Temples, one of the finest Jain temples, known world over for its extraordinary architecture and marvelous marble stone carvings. Some experts also consider it architecturally superior to the Taj Mahal. It seems fairly basic temple from outside but the temple interior showcases the extraordinary work of human craftsmanship at its best. These temples were built between 11th to 13th century AD. The beautiful lush green hills surrounding the temple gives a very pleasant feeling. The ornamental details of marble stone carvings is phenomenal and unmatched.
Also explore Mount Abu Archaeological Museum at Raj Bhawan, established in the year 1962. A house of rich collection of archaeological excavations dating back to 8th-12th century A.D., the museum is one of the major tourist attractions in Mount Abu. Jain bronze carvings and brass works displayed in the museum is noteworthy.
Later, you can enjoy a boatride at Nakki Lake (on direct payment) surrounded by beautiful hills at an elevation of 1200 meters. According to one of the legends, this is a sacred artificial lake dug out using nails by gods for the protection against demon ‘Bashkali’.
Lunch and dinner on your own.
Overnight at the hotel (No Meals)Accomodation
Mount Abu - Jamba by road (Approx. 403 kms / 8 hours drive)
Today, after breakfast checkout and drive to Jamba via Jodhpur.
En-route, explore Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur with a local guide.
Mehrangarh Fort has been in existence since 1459 and is one of the most astounding constructions and architectural marvels from its day and age. The towering building has extremely high walls and gates. 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 regally out of pride for their long bout of warding off attackers.
After visit, continue your drive to Jamba.
On arrival , check into Dera Dune - The Clement Retreat, a retreat, set atop a 130 feet high sand dune with panoramic views of the Thar Desert.
In the distant reaches and vast expanse of the Thar Desert, far off the beaten tourist trail is the unique and inspirational Dera Dune - The Clement Retreat. This is a perfect place to get away from the big cities and enjoy the solitude of the desert life. Magnificently perched atop stabilized sand dune, it is a wonderful base to explore this remote area of Rajasthan and, most importantly, to interact with the living cultures of rural India.
Spectacular sunsets from the sun deck call for a quiet moment with the rare colors that tint the western horizon. The eastern front is equally haunting in the early hours of the morning. Each is an individual experience with the superpowers of nature.
Dinner at the Retreat.
Overnight at Dera Dune - The Clement Retreat (B, D)Accomodation
After breakfast at the Retreat, enjoy a desert jeep safari, an AC 4WD in the desert, to explore small village communities. This excursion will take you into the living cultures of Rajasthan’s desert, giving you a chance to see close up life in rural Rajasthan. The villages are built with painted adobe walls, and village life continues unaffected by the big cities nearby.
The Bishnoi tribes that inhabit this region are a fascinating community. All Bishnois follow the 21 (bis-noi) tenets laid down by the 15-century guru Jambeshwar. They fervently believe in the sanctity of animal and plant life so wildlife finds a natural sanctuary around their villages.
Interact with the weavers, specialized in making woollen rugs of camel hair and hand-knotted carpets have geometric motifs and formal designs.
Later, enjoy your lunch at the Retreat and relax by the Poolside.
No visit to the desert can be complete without the mandatory camel ride, so be adventurous and make sure you give it a try. Take an exciting camel safari to nearby dune to for a witness the beautiful sunset while enjoying the sundowner.
Tonight the Retreat will offer you a unique dining experience.
Overnight at Dera Dune - The Clement Retreat (B, L, D)Accomodation
Jamba - Kumbhalgarh by road (Approx. 315 Kms. / 6 hours drive)
This morning, check out from the Retreat and drive to Kumbhalgarh.
En-route visit Osian town, popular due to its oasis-like appearance. This ancient township is dedicated to retaining the past. The most notable about Osian’s remarkable style is the great attractions of the fifteen beautifully preserved and sculpted temples. Created in the 8th and 9th centuries, no two temples are alike out of this incredible group. Wandering inside these breathtaking buildings, you’ll find some of the most beautifully decorated walls, shrines, sculptures and original use of stone.
On arrival in Kumbhalgarh, check into the hotel.
With a local guide, visit Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site under the group - Hill Forts of Rajasthan, built in the course of the 15th century by Ran Kumbha. The fort has the second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. This gigantic fort enclosed by a huge wall stretching for 30 kilometers has numerous palaces and temples. The fort has seven grand gates and ramparts, one within the other. The panoramic view of the forests and hills from the top of the fort is impressive.
Lunch and dinner on your own.
Overnight at the hotel (B)Accomodation
Today morning, embark on an exciting Jeep Safari to Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary to witness the diversified wildlife. The sanctuary surrounds the fort and is spread over an area of 586 km. Spreading across the Aravalli Range, Kumbhalgarh sanctuary covers parts of Rajsamand, Udaipur and Pali districts. The sanctuary is natural abode to various animals like Wolf, Leopards, Sloth bear, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle cat, Sambhar, Nilgai, Chausingha etc. It also boasts of a wide range of flora.
Afternoon is at leisure.
Lunch and dinner on your own.
Overnight at Hotel (B)Accomodation
Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur by road (Approx. 98 Kms./ 2 hours drive)
Today drive from Kumbhalgarh to Udaipur.
En-route, visit Shrinathji Temple, Nathdwara, dedicated to one of the avatars of Lord Krishna - Shrinathji. Nestled on the banks of river Banas, the temple is designed in lines of the Nanda Maharaj Temple in Vrinadavan and famous for the Shringar of the deity where the idol is dressed in a new dress every day. The Shrinathji image of Lord Krishna celebrates the seven-year-old child version of Krishna. The story behind this temple is a mixture of legend and reality.
Later drive to Udaipur and check-in to the Hotel.
Udaipur: Watermarked by whimsy and splendor, the Venice of the East holds stage as one of India’s truly seductive cities. Udaipur is an international destination unto itself, with splendid Lake Pichola lapping against shimmering white buildings, and the Aravalli hills closing in to savor the view. Packed with princeliness and passion, Udaipur is raw Rajput dreaming, with palaces, havelis and temples at every turn. This evening enjoy a sharing boat ride on Lake Pichola, watching the sunset on the magical Lake Palace, the lovely City Palace complex and scenic Udaipur. Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel (B)Accomodation
Udaipur - Ahmedabad by Road (Approx. 258 Kms / 5.5 hours drive)
Today you can explore the key sights of Udaipur. 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.
Explore the rest of the 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.
Walk about the Sahelion Ki Bari, which consists of an ornamental lotus pool with delicately carved cenotaphs of black and white marble and soapstone.
After lunch on your own, depart to Ahmedabad.
OR You can fly from Udaipur to Ahmedabad. (Morning flight) Flight: Udaipur / Ahmedabad: Spice jet SG 3783 - 0850/1000