Most travellers relate Rajasthan with the dry & arid land of its great Thar desert; however, in patches, just around the corner and completely out of the blue, Rajasthan is vividly green and full of life too. Green Rajasthan is typically a 15 day trip that takes travellers through some of Rajasthan’s wildlife sanctuaries and takes them closer to communities that are involved in innovative projects to sustain and preserve the delicate balance of Rajasthan’s ecosystem.
The trip also connects our travellers to many indigenous tribes of the Rajasthani people and provides ample opportunity for observing and understanding many traditional art & craft forms. A lingering dash of Rajputana elegance & luxury is also involved in the folds of our Green Rajasthan trip.
Arrive at Delhi and proceed on a guided tour of Lutyens New Delhi. We take you through this beautifully planned quarter of the city that is home to important, and architecturally relevant structures such as the Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhavan (president’s residence) and India Gate. We finish the tour of Delhi with sunset at the Qutb Complex, which is home to the Qutb Minar, the tallest minaret in India and the Iron Pillar which is one of the wonders of India. Spend the night in the capital city of India.
Wake up early next morning to go on a guided history walk through old Delhi. Visit the various eateries in the narrow crowded lanes of the legendary Chandni Chowk and taste Delhi through its delicacies (Karims – the most authentic Mughlai eatery). Visit the Kinari bazaar - tightly packed stalls selling bewildering array of tinsel and sequins. Dariba Kalan is the lane of jewellers and silversmiths. Rickshaw ride is the best way to explore if you feel tired of walking in the narrow lanes.
Board an afternoon train to Bharatpur 2060 exp 1320/1543. Arrive and transfer to accommodation near the park. If time permits, we can have a quick stroll around this wonderful natural paradise before retiring for the night.
Wake up early in the morning to hear the orchestra of birds in the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Drive after lunch to Ranthambore National Park (5.5 hours drive) home to one of the largest populations of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Spend the night at a cozy guesthouse/homestay inside the National Park.
Early next morning, embark upon another safari in your quest to spot the majestic Bengal tiger and thereafter leave for Bijaipur (6.5 hours drive). On the way, take a small pit-stop at Bundi, famous for its medieval fort. You have the rest of the evening free to discover Bijaipur at your leisure.
The next morning, go for an early morning village safari around Bijaipur, a rocky area dominated by green fields and forests. After seeing the picturesque terrain of Bijaipur, drive to Udaipur (3 hours drive). Explore the city at your lesiure in the evening before an retiring for the night.
Spend the entire day in Rajasthan’s most romantic city, Udaipur. This side of Rajasthan has been widely photographed and showcased but is still worth savouring. Your day will consist of a boat ride on lake Picola, Bazaar Walks and Guided tours of the City.
Leave early in the morning for Kumbhalgarh (4 hours drive), which is nestled within greenery and serenity. Visit the Kumbalgarh Fort, which is at one of the highest points in the Aravalli range and encloses many temples, palaces, gardens and water-storage facilities. The fort was renovated in the last century. Overnight in Kumbhalgarh.
The next morning begins with a day excursion to Ranakpur – an 8 hour trek. The trek takes you through the wild side of amazing forests and hills. Chances of spotting wildlife is quite high. Arrive in Ranakpur and visit the famous Jain temples which have been preserved since 15th century. In the evening drive back to Kumbhalgarh and enjoy a well-deserved night of rest.
Narlai located mid way between Udaipur-Jodhpur takes you back in time. Here, an extremely authentic Rajput stay - Rawla (villa) nestled in the village bustling with activity and bursting with colors awaits you.
The next morning, drive towards Jodhpur (3hrs drive) and spend the rest of the day exploring Jodhpur, a city punctuated amply by gardens, monuments and legends. We visit the massive Meherangarh fort, Jodhpur’s old town and the Mandore gardens before settling down at your hotel for a relaxed evening and night.
After breakfast on the following morning, explore the Bishnoi villages around Jodhpur and learn about their lifestyle, which is devoted to the environment and protection of wild life.
On the 12th morning, we drive to Jaisalmer (6.5 hours drive), the city which is at the heart of the vast Thar desert. On the way we make a pit-stop at Pokharan, a traditional pottery village. Try your hand at pottery and take back what you mould. At Jaisalmer we explore the fort and interact with the locals, before settling down for the night.
You next day will consist of guided tours of the Golden Fort, Jain Temple, Gadisar tank and Havelis. From late afternoon onwards, you’ll have the rest of the day free to explore the city at your leisure.
Spend the penultimate day of your holiday walking through the wonderful streets of Jaisalmer until your departure to Delhi by train. The train ride passes through desert sands, rustic landscapes and colourful settlements – a fitting last glimpse of Rajasthan.
Arrive in Delhi on the 15th day and prepare for onward journey.
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