Remote Rajasthan, Tigers, and The Taj Mahal
This is a brilliant itinerary for those who want to turn Rajasthan on its head, avoid the chaotic busy cities and turn instead to the heart of the rural countryside, moving in a loop through remote and little visited southern Rajasthan. You won’t miss the most famous sites though, taking in romantic Udaipur on the banks of Lake Pichola, Delhi, the Tigers at Ranthambore and of course, the legendary Taj Mahal at Agra. It’s a busy itinerary and of course, if you have more time it can be slowed down or extended further. It’s perfect for those who enjoy the countryside more than the towns but don’t want to miss the Taj Mahal and Udaipur.
- Marveling at the Taj Mahal would be a highlight of any itinerary, anywhere in the world.
- Explore Jaipur like a local.
- Get way off-the-beaten-track in Rajasthan and enjoy incredible scenery, magnificent forts, and palaces as well as timeless villages at places such as Bundi, Bhainsrorgarh and Ramtha.
- The thrill of tiger spotting at Ranthambore National Park.
DAY 1 ARRIVE UDAIPUR
Arrive and transfer to your hotel in lovely Udaipur, on the banks of Lake Pichola. After settling in you’ll enjoy an evening boat trip across the lake to view the famous Taj Palace Lake Hotel (you can stay here too if you wish of course).
DAY 2 UDAIPUR
A full day exploring the sights and sounds of Udaipur, including the City Palace complex and exploring the markets and bazaars of the old city. Boat ride to Jagmandir Island Resort.
DAY 3 UDAIPUR TO BHAINSRORGARH
A long 5-hour journey today to get deep into rural southern Rajasthan, an area yet to be really discovered and so, for now, it remains unexplored and unexploited. Check in at your hotel, a renovated former fort perched on a cliff with sweeping views of the Chambal River.
DAY 4 BHAINSRORGARH
During your time at Bhainsrorgarh, members of the family in residence will act as your host; they'll tell you stories from their family history as well as about life in India today. The pretty gardens, replete with bougainvillea are the perfect resting spot and the calm river is beautiful to explore by boat at dawn and dusk. The arranged walks with picnics are second to none and exploring the surrounding village is like being in a time warp.
DAY 5 BUNDI
A 3-hour drive today takes you to the little visited, but lovely fort town of Bundi. Your hotel is in the heart of the small and pleasant old town and your afternoon is free to look around at leisure. The main attraction is the imposing Garh Palace, previously the home of the former Maharaja. It is an architectural marvel with 300-year-old paintings and murals. You may also be interested in the famous stepwell, which are terraced stone step wells, once used to store rainwater during the long dry season.
DAY 6 & 7 JAIPUR
A 4-hour journey will take you to the pink city, Jaipur. Over the course of one and a half day, you'll go PINK like a local and get under the skin of the city exploring Amber Fort, Panna Meena step well, Roadside view of Water Palace as entry is restricted, City Palace, Wind Palace, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall, Monkey Temple, Royal Gaitor, a stunning sunset view at Nahargarh fort with a bird's eye view of Jaipur city, experience the tuk-tuk ride in the old city and walking tour of the old city, back street & alley as you observe workers polishing stones in cozy workshops, try authentic street food, taste traditional local sweets and yes, you can't image leaving Jaipur without having had a glass of delicious lassi at Lassiwala.
DAY 8 RANTHAMBORE
A 4-hour journey today will take you to Ranthambore, the safari park, famous for its tiger sightings. On arrival check into your comfortable jungle camp and take a safari into the park to try and spot tigers and much of the other wildlife living within this large park.
DAY 9 RANTHAMBORE
An early morning safari will give you a different perspective on this park. Very keen wildlife spotters might like to return in the afternoon, or there is much else to explore locally and your chauffeur will happily oblige in taking you further afield. The safari camp itself is a pleasant place to relax.
DAY 10 & 11 RAMATHRA
Your drive today will take you to Ramathra Fort, your base for the next few days. It’s a superb hotel offering both suites and luxury tents inside the fort, all beautifully decorated, with lovely gardens, a bar, and fantastic food. There are walking trails locally, bird watching, villages to explore and boating on the nearby lake.
DAY 12 AGRA
A 4-hour drive this morning will take you to Agra the gateway city to the magnificent and timelessly beautiful Taj Mahal, set on a bend of the holy Yamuna River.
DAY 13 AGRA AND THE TAJ MAHAL
You will rise early this morning to visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. The pink and purple hues of the early morning sky make a dramatic backdrop to the Taj Mahal, and the site is less crowded, making for a more peaceful experience of the majestic building. The first rays of sunlight glittering off the marble of the building are truly spellbinding. Later today you depart Agra for the short journey to Delhi. On route, there is a chance to explore Agra Fort.
DAY 14 DELHI / DEPARTURE
The historic city and its modern face. Visit Qutub Minar and Humayun's Tomb. Explore by cycle rickshaw and walk through Chandni Chowk, filled with twisting lanes and crowded bazaars. Later, transfer at the Delhi airport to board your flight for onward destination.
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