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India. Rajasthan adventure. Raja's palaces and trip to the desert

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Tour description

Rajasthan is known as the most colorful state of India. Here picturesque desert meets ancient cities, unique landmarks and vivid bazaars. 

  • Try the most delicious chicken and flat bread in the Muslim neighborhoods of old Delhi
  • Conquer the main fortresses of India - the Red Fort in Delhi, Amer Fort and Kumbhalgarh in Udaipur 
  • Watch traditional dances and unusual religious ceremonies in Pushkar
  • Ride a boat in the most romantic city of India, Udaipur
  • Explore the famous Palace of the Winds in the capital of the rajas, Jaipur
  • Travel caravan style in the real desert and immerse yourself in traditional local life

Tour departures

16 October 2022 - 29 October 2022

The price of the tour includes

All accommodation during the entire trip All transportation including 3АС class trains (with sleeping benches, sheets and air conditioners), buses, specially rented vehicles and public transportation of all kinds Food during our stay in the desert Professional guide, professional desert guide and a cook during our desert trip.

What is NOT included

Flight to Delhi and from Delhi back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals) Insurance (mandatory) Tickets to museums, palaces, forts and other attractions ($75) Food ($7-12 per person per day) Indian visa ($25).

Tour itinerary

Day 1-2

Lotus temple, Red fort, The main mosque of India, India Gate

We arrive in Delhi and check into a hotel in the old city. After a short rest, we leave for the famous Bahai's Lotus Temple. Built in 1986 in the shape of a lotus flower, it belongs to the Bahai religion that originated in Iran in the 19th century. This religion is based on the recognition of the equality of all religions and people of all races. Unusual teaching - and a very unusual temple. To get a rest from the heat we head to the Lodi gardens, the favorite park of Delhi`s locals. Also, here we will see tombs of several Islamic rulers of the 15th century. 

Next, we head to the symbol of the country - the India Gate, and then walk along the main boulevard to the area of government buildings. It boasts presidential palace and several monumental buildings of the ministries. But just a few centuries ago, the administrative center of Delhi was located in the Red Fort, which was built under the same ruler Shah Jahan who ordered the construction of Taj Mahal. He transferred his capital to Delhi from Agra in 1638. We explore the fort, examining the banks of the Yamuna River, sophisticated buildings of white marble and mosaics. 

Walking out into the city, we plunge into the most colorful bazaar of old Delhi, Chandni Chowk. The area has changed little since the days of Shah Jahan. Through the bustling shopping streets we walk to the country's main mosque - Jama Masjid. The view of the city from here is amazing! If there is time, in the evening we will go to the cinema to watch the latest Bollywood hit. This is a must-do experience in India!

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Day 3

Wind palace , Royal palace and observatory, Bazaar

In the morning we leave for Jaipur, the capital of the most vibrant Indian state of Rajasthan. After 3 hours we arrive by train in the city and check into the hotel. After lunch we begin our walk in the old center, known throughout the world as the Pink City. Let's start with the legendary Palace of the Winds, built in 1799. You will immediately recognize these small red windows with latticework, because you saw them in so many photos! The palace was part of Zenana - the female half of the royal househol. The windows allowed women to watch what was happening on the main street of the city, while remaining unnoticed from the outside. 

Nearby is the royal palace, where we will see how the local Rajas lived. The family of the former Raja still occupies a small part of this palace, which is closed for visitors. Next, we head to the Jantar Mantar Observatory, built in the 18th century. It boasts the largest sundial, a sun clock in the world! We walk around the old market. Jaipur is famous for its quality silver jewelry, textiles and traditional leather shoes.

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Day 4

Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort

Today we will see three fortresses in the vicinity of Jaipur. Let's start with the immense fort Amer, which is located on a mountain above a small lake. Walk into narrow secret galleries, then find yourself in front of marble palaces and gazebos, only to plunge into narrow corridors again. And the views!.. We go down to the small town of Amer and walk along the quiet streets where tourists do not come. 

Then we head to the neighboring Jaigarh Fort, which is connected with the Amer by a secret underground tunnel. This place boasted the center for the production of cannons. The largest cannon on wheels of early modern times is still on display here. 

We walk through the lush inner garden and set off to explore another gem - Nahargarh Fort. It is located above both previous forts and offers stunning views of Japur. Here we will enjoy the most unforgettable sunset.

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Is this trip for you?

This trip is of easy physical grade. It consists of walks in cities and small towns, and a one day long caravan style walk and camel ride in the desert. We will spend one night in comfortable train (with sleeping benches, sheets and air conditioning), one night in a sleeping bus and take several shorter bus and train rides. Accommodation in twin/double rooms of simple comfortable hotels, most of them will have hot water and wi fi internet. One night will be spent in tents in the desert.

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