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Travel number: 19
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Rajasthan- the Land of the desert, camels and palaces

21 days Multi Active Cultural Tours

Reiseverlaufskarte zu Rajasthan- the Land of the desert, camels and palaces

Number of participants: from one participant

Requirements: 2 von 10

A simple cultural trip without great physical requirements. Open-mindedness and flexibility are required!

Rajasthan, also known as the Land of Kings, is the largest state in India in terms of area. It is located in the west of the country and most of it consists of the large uneconomical Thar Desert, which invites for camel safaris and nights under the stars.

When you think of India, images of Rajasthan automatically come to mind: women in colorful robes, rampant, historic cities and ancient forts!

Rajasthan’s capital is Jaipur and at the same time the largest city in the state. Its colourful activities, old palaces, large castles and above all the shopping facilities make the city an unforgettable cultural experience.

On this varied three-week tour you will get to know all aspects of Rajasthan (from the Thar Desert, via the Barathpur Bird National Park to India’s oldest mountain range, the Aravalli Chain). You will get an unadulterated insight into the traditions and religions of Hindus, Muslims and Jains while cycling, hiking, riding a camel or driving from place to place with your driver and guide.!

Of course, the visit to the famous Taj Mahal at the end of our tour is not to be missed.

Day 1 Arrival in Delhi

We welcome you at the airport and bring you to your hotel (overnight stay at the hotel). After a breakfast and some peace and relaxation we go on a little exploration of New Delhi with the metro and the rickshaw, the best way to get to know Delhi. In the evening, a very special surprise dinner awaits us! B/-/D

Day 2 Delhi Sightseeing by Bike And drive to Mandawa (5 Hours)

Early in the morning we visit Old Delhi with its narrow streets, the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort in the form of a guided bike tour.

Afterwards we set off for the five-hour drive to the trading town Mandawa with it’s marvelous Havelis (mansions). We are already in Rajasthan! (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 4 Drive to Bikaner and Visit of Temples, Forts, The Rat Temple in Deshnok and the Camel Farm

After the drive we visit the atmospheric old town of Bikaner. We visit the magnificent Havelis (old mansions), Jain Temple and the Laximath Temple. Built in the 16th century, the fort features magnificent decorative interiors and richly sculpted palaces, temples and 37 pavilions within the walls.

Afterwards we go to the nearby Deshnok to the unforgettable rat temple and to the state camel farm, 10 km away. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 5 Drive to Jaisalmer

Today we set off on a six-hour drive to the western tip of Rajasthan to Jaisalmer. The desert city is one of Rajasthan’s most popular tourist destinations with its sand-yellow fortification wall.

In the afternoon we visit the fortress and enjoy the view of the desert as well as the visit of the castle. In the evening we make our way to Gadi Sagar, a landscaped water basin that invites you to go boating. The beautiful sunset can be enjoyed. On the way there we can visit the Folklore Museum. On request, can participate in a Bollywood dance workshop, please include at registration! (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 6 Camel Safari

In the morning we visit a Haveli, an old manor house. Then the car takes us far into the desert. Our camels are already waiting for us here. We ride through the ever-changing panorama. Afterwards we go to a magnificent sand dune. We marvel at the sunset and enjoy the night under the open starry sky. (Overnight in the open air on mattresses) B/-/D

Day 7 Camel Safari End and drive To Pushkar (4 hours)

After some more riding on the Camel we return to Jaisalmer. Then we will drive to the holy town Pushkar. Here we will visit the holy lake and the only Brahma Temple in the world. (overnight in hotel) B/-/-

Day 8 Pushkar to Yoga Ashram

After some free time in Pushkar till Lunch (we can enjoy a hike up to Savitri temple hill), we drive to the Yoga Ashram Shri Jasnath. Located 3 hours away from Pushkar and in the middle of a Rajasthan village, in this still touristically unknown ashram yoga is lived! We are welcomed with a delicious dinner and later take part in the fire ceremony. (Overnight in the Ashram) B/-/D

Day 9 Day in Ashram

Today we enjoy a very relaxed day at the Ashram! We can take part in two yoga sessions, get to know the Ashram residents, help with cooking or visit the village. There is also the possibility to take Ayurvedic massages (overnight in the ashram) B/L/D

Day 10 Drive to Jodhpur and Jodhpur Sightseeing

It goes to the blue city of Jodhpur (2 hours). Today we visit the famous Meherangarh Fort and the memorial towns of Jaswant Thanda, from where we have a beautiful view of the fort. Later we look at the mighty umaid Bhawan palace. and walk through the old town and visit the market at the tower clock! In addition, we take part in an Indian cooking course in the evening (overnight in the hotel) B/-/D

Day 11 Drive to Mount Abu

We drive for about 5 hours to the only real high-altitude resort of Rajasthan: Mount Abu. Located at 1220 m, there is the Dilwara Jain Temple. They are considered the finest temples of their kind in the world. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 12 Visit of Temples

Today we use the day to visit the Dilwari temples as well as the Hindu temples in the surrounding area. The Atri Rishi Guru Shikkar, located on the highest point of Rajasthan (1772 m), offers us beautiful views. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 13 Drive to Udaipur and visit the City Palace and Jagdish Temple, as well as the Bagore Ki-Havelis

Today we have a slightly shorter drive (3 hours) to Udaipur, the most romantic city in India. We visit Lake Pichola in the form of a boat tour and the fascinating city palace located on the north shore. Afterwards we go to the nearby Jagdish Temple. In the evening we take the gondola to the sunset point! (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 14 Day hike and visit of the Monsoon Palace

Today we have a day hike to near by villages and the hilly countryside of Udaipur. Later we visit the Monsoon Palace on top of a mountain.. From here we have a wonderful view of Udaipur. If you like, you can take a miniature painting course tonight (at an extra cost) (overnight stay in the hotel) B/-/-

Day 15 Drive to Ranthambore National Park

Today we can observe the rural life during the 7 hours car journey. in the afternoon we arrive in our relaxing Resort B/-/D

Day 16 Jeep Safari

Today we will take two jeep safaris to observe the flora and fauna of Rajasthan. Who knows, maybe we’re lucky and even spot tigers? B/-/D

Day 17 Drive to Jaipur

After a 3 hours drive we reach the “Pink City” and capital Rajasthan: Jaipur. Today we visit the city palace and the Observatory Jantar Mantar. We can watch an original Bollywood movie at Rajmandir Cinema and admire the sunset from Tiger Fort. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 18 Sightseeing in Jaipur

Today we visit Jaipur in a very special way: by bike! In this way, we get to know corners of the city, where no other tourist comes and get to know the city life quite authentically. In the afternoon we visit the Amber Fort. In the evening we can attend the Puja ceremony at The Govind ji Temple. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 19 Drive to Agra

After the four-hour drive to Agra we stop at Keoladeo National Park in Barathpur. The bird park, with over 364 different bird species, invites you for a visit with the rickshaw. Waterfowl from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia hibernate in the swamp landscape. Originally, this area was used as a hunting ground for the Maharaja of Bharatpur. Afterwards we stop again in Fathepur Sikri, a magnificent, long-abandoned palace complex. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 20 Visit of the Taj Mahal and  Street Food Tour in Agra

Early in the morning at sunrise we visit the famous Taj Mahal. The tomb was erected by the Mughal Prince Shah Jahan as a sign of his love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died at the birth of his 14th child. Afterwards we can either have fun shopping or we can visit other sights in Agra (Red Fort, Baby Taj Mahal). In the afternoon we go on a guided and delicious Street food tour. (overnight stay in the hotel) B/-/-

Day 21 Trip to Delhi

We return to Delhi (3 hours). From here it goes to the airport or for another night to the hotel. F/-/-

included services:

  • 17 x overnight stays in the typical middle class hotel with breakfast (Rantambore 2 x dinner)
  • 2 x overnight stay in yoga ashram with full board and three yoga classes
  • 1 x overnight stay in the desert on mattresses under the open starry sky
  • Camel safari on its own camel with simple vegetarian full catering
  • Air-conditioned bus/innova or similar vehicle with English-speaking driver for the entire trip
  • Bicycle tours in Delhi and Jaipur
  • Sightseeing in Delhi with metro and rickshaw
  • Special dinner in Delhi
  • Cooking class with dinner in Jodhpur
  • Streetfood Tour Agra
  • 1 x guided hike in Udaipur
  • 2 x Jeepsafari in Ranthambore National Park
  • English-speaking travel companion

non-included services:

  • Entrance fees
  • unmentioned meals
  • Visa
  • tips

Best time is from September to March

from 2499 € per person for 2 participants

About the region

In Rajasthan, the desert state, it is hot and dry almost all year round. Only the winter months from November to February are a little more pleasant. In any case, take a headgear with you to protect yourself from the strong sunlight.

Rajasthan attracts the most tourists, so tourism is the livelihood of many locals. Often this can also become unpleasant. Especially in the big cities and tourist strongholds, people are heavily pressured to buy something. Often beggars or children come to ask for money, sweets or pens. Here it should be well considered who you give something to.

On our camel safaris good seated meat is required. The ascent and descent is quite adventurous.

During the safari, people sleep on mattresses under the stars. Otherwise, our accommodations are nice, clean accommodations with air conditioning in the 3 to 4 star area.

The distances between the individual places can sometimes be a little longer with up to 6 hours.