16 Nights / 17 Days
Travel Destinations Covered:
Delhi – Chomu – Bijainagar – Khejarla – Jaisalmer – Khimsar – Pachewar – Ranthmabore – Karauli – Bharatpur – Agra – Delhi – Departure
Tour Program in Brief:
Rajasthan Villages and Wildlife Tour is an over two week holiday, which goes off the usual tourists’ circuits (including Rajasthan Village Tour) in this culturally rich and vast state of India. The tour adds birds of Bharatpur and tiger of Ranthambore alongwith the villages of Bijainagar, Khejrala, Khimsar, Karauli and Chomu – quaint and quite uncommon in a routine Rajasthan Holiday involving forts, palaces, folk dances and things royal and rajasthani. The Tour begins and ends with Delhi and also clubs Agra’s magnificence, The Taj.
Day 1 Delhi
Arrive Delhi Upon arrival, traditional welcome & transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 Delhi
After breakfast start your day with rickshaw ride at Old Delhi, the transport of Old Era. It is totally a different & unique experience to visit the Old Crowded Market where you can witness the lifestyle of the locals stays in this area & also visit Ch andni Chowk, one of the country’s best known wholesale markets for textiles, electronic goods and watches. After rickshaw ride proceed to visit the highlights of Delhi sightseeing tour i.e. Red Fort (from outside), Jama Masjid, India Gate, President House (From Outside) Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 Delhi – Chomu (250 Kms /4.3 Hours)
After Breakfast check – out & drive to Chomu. Chomu Palace, a reflection of the Royal Palaces of India, is a 300 year old elegant fortified palace hotel and one of the places to visit in Rajasthan. It revives the gracious lifestyles of the princes of Rajasthan and the heritage of India. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Rest of the time free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 Chomu – Jaipur – Chomu (35 Kms /1 Hour one-way)
Morning after Breakfast proceed for an excursion tour to Jaipur. Later visit Amer Fort & enjoy ride on a caparisoned elephant up to the Amber Fort established in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh of the Kachwaha dynasty. Within the Amber Fort are ornate palaces, courts, stairways, pillared pavilions & palaces & drive past the stunning artistry of the five- story façade of the Hawa Mahal. Afternoon visit the City Palace, the museum houses textiles, arms, carpets, paintings and manuscripts and other artistic paraphernalia. Astronomical observatory, built by Maharaja Jai Singh the founder of Jaipur, and pass through Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). Later in evening spend few hours to discover a Community of Local Puppet maker (real artisans, not a puppet factory). Return to the hotel & Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5 Chomu – Bijainagar (250 Kms /5 Hours)
After breakfast check out & drive to Bijainiwas. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Later in evening proceed for Bullock cart safari to visit a village to experience true rural life. Later return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 Bijainagar – Khejarla (150Kms / 4 Hours)
After breakfast check out & drive to Khejrala. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Later proceed for the half day city tour to visit Fort Khejrala. Later in evening apply Heena on hand as in India no function or ceremony is complete without applying Heena on hands and feet of women. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 Khejarla – Jaisalmer (350Kms / 7.3 Hours)
After visiting experience village tour on camel cart which passes through the village lanes, to cenotaphs of the nobles of the ruling family of Khejarla. Later visit the Temple of Goddess Durga where you could experience a breathtaking sunset view. Later drive to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer – founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., the remote location of Jaisalmer kept it almost untouched by outside influences, even during the days of the Raj. Jaisalmer was the last to sign the Instrument of Agreement with the British. In Medieval times, its prosperity was due to its location on the main trade route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Africa and the West. Ages have gone by and the monuments of Jaisalmer have withstood the buffeting winds of the desert all through. Jaisalmer is a marvel of beautiful culture and harsh climatic conditions, together amounting to a memorable experience. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8 Jaisalmer
Morning after breakfast half-day city tour to visit Jaisalmer Fort, Havelis (Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli), Gadi Sagar & Museum. Afternoon return back to hotel & around 1600 Hrs again start Excursion to Sam Sand D unes where you will enjoy an hour Camel Ride to see the sun set, return back to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9 Jaisalmer – Khimsar (350 Kms / 7 Hours)
After breakfast check out & drive to Khimsar. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Later rest of the time free at leisure. In evening enjoy Rajasthani folk dances along with Rajasthani dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 Khimsar – Pachewar (280 Kms / 7 Hours)
After breakfast proceed to visit Khimsar Fort. Later drive to Pachewar. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Later proceed to visit Todarai Singh (Small Town) – This small town is 50 kms from Pachewar where one can see ancient Step wells and temples with beautiful carving can be visited by Jeeps or cars. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 Pachewar
After breakfast visit proceed to visit to explore Pachewar village has a lake which attracts many birds, cenotaphs, blue pottery kiln, metal toy makers and interesting surroundings. It is a treat to go for a walk through the village, seeing some traditional artisans at work. Here, you will get to see the timeless skills of village craftsmen and watch people going about their daily lives.
The houses in Pachewar are mud-plastered and are decorated with white lime paste. Inside is the informal courtyard which is the centre of the family activity. Every family has goats and livestock that freely roam around in the courtyard. Family elders may be relaxing on the low cotton woven cots, while women are busy at some work and the children run in and out of the home. This is the quintessential picture of a rural home in India.
You could also enjoy a cookery lesson in one of the local houses, and learn how to really make the most of Indian spices. Return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 Pachewar – Ranthambore (160 Kms / 4 Hours)
After breakfast drive to Ranthambore. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Rest of the time free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13 Ranthambore
Morning at 0600 Hrs visit National Park to view wild life by Canter (3 Hrs). Return back to hotel & have your Breakfast. Time free till Lunch for personal activities at hotel & After Lunch at 14.30 Hrs start another Safari (3 Hrs). Evening return back to hotel around 17.30 hrs. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 Ranthambore – Karauli (100 Kms / 2.3 Hours)
After breakfast check out & drive to Karuali. Karauli – was officially founded in 1348 AD by the Yaduvanshi Rajput, Raja Arjun Pal. This holy city was originally known as Kalyanpuri, after the local deity Kalyanji. Legend has it that the princely state of karauli (17 Gun salutes) was established by Raja Bijal pal Jadon, The 88th descendent of lord Krishna, as far back as 995 AD. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Later in afternoon proceed to visit The Mahavir Jain temple & Kaila Devi temple.Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15 Karauli – Bharatpur (160 Kms / 4 Hours)
After breakfast check out & drive to Bharatpur. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. In evening proceed for Rikshaw ride to visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary – One of the finest bird parks in the world, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Keoladeo Ghana Natiuonal Park) is a reserve that offers protection to faunal species as well. Nesting indigenous water- birds as well as migratory water birds and waterside birds, this sanctuary is also inhabited by Sambar, Chital, Nilgai and Boar. Later return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 16 Bharatpur – Agra (60 Kms / 1.3 Hours)
Morning after breakfast drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, – constructed by Akbar in 1569 to honor Sufi saint Salim Chisti. Akbar’s court occupied this city till it was abandoned due to non-availability of water but still in a state of perfect preservation. Continue on Agra. Upon arrival, check into hotel. Rest of the time free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17 Agra – Delhi (203 Kms / 4 Hours)
Delhi – Onwards destination After breakfast proceed for half day city tour of Agra visiting world famous Taj Mahal- (closed on Fridays) built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beautiful wife Mumtaj. Continue onto Agra Fort-built by Mughal emperor Akbar to commemorate his victory in war. Later drive to Delhi International Airport to board on flight for your onwards destination.
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Note: The driving hours given above from one city to another are based on the normal conditions of the roads and may vary. Any break for Food / Tea / Toilets / Sightseeing on the way will take extra time than the above given hours.