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Rajasthan Camel Safari 13 Nights / 14 Days


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Duration :13 Nights / 14 days
Places : Delhi->Agra->Jaipur->Jaisalmer->Rohetgarh->Udaipur->Delhi/Mumbai

Travel Itinerary


Day 1 – Arrive DELHI


Arrive Delhi. After you have cleared customs and immigration formalities, you are met outside the International Arrivals Hall and transferred to the hotel. (check in at noon).

In the afternoon depart for a tour of India's capital. Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes a walk through Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), once the imperial avenue down which Shah Jehan rode at the head of lavish cavalcades, is today bustling with shops, stalls and silversmiths' ateliers. Nearby is the Red Fort, built in 1648 during the reign of Shah Jehan in red sandstone, which gave the fort its name. Jama Masjid is India's largest mosque, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century.

Sightseeing of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate, built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy, today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, an unique circular building with huge colonnades, which houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament. One of Delhi’s most striking monuments is the 70-meter high Qutb Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 – Drive DELHI to AGRA


After an early breakfast, depart on the 4-hour drive to Agra. On arrival check in at the hotel.

In the afternoon visit the red sandstone Agra Fort, which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Jamuna River, enclosed by forbidding 20-m high walls, with a 12-m moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture. The highlight of your trip will probably be a visit to the Taj Mahal, the greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world.

Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice, constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 – Drive AGRA to JAIPUR


After breakfast depart on the 6-hour drive to Jaipur. En route stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted sandstone city, which was the glorious but short-lived imperial capital of Akbar, the greatest of Mughal emperors. Lying on a rocky ridge, it is today a haunting complex of empty palaces, forts and mosques. A variety of architectural styles are found, since craftsmen representing many schools were employed. Continue on to Jaipur. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 – In JAIPUR


After breakfast visit Amber, the capital for 6 centuries before Jaipur was built, lies 11 km north of Jaipur. Rising majestically on the slopes of a hill, this 11th century fort and palace complex is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles - the earlier constructions in the inner apartments designed by the Hindu founder are austere, while later constructions abound in the rich flourishes characteristic of Muslim influence. The Diwani-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience) affords a view of the strategic location of Amber. The Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) is the finest example of the artistic exuberance of the day - panels of alabaster, fine inlay work, a shimmering Hall of Mirrors, renowned for its fine mirrorwork.

The Sukh Nivas (Hall of Pleasure) has 17th century air conditioning. Elephants carry you up the ramparts of the fort. In the afternoon explore Jaipur, one of the best-planned cities in India, built of rose-pink sandstone by the great astronomer-king Jai Singh II in 1727. The City Palace stands in the centre of the city. Part of it is still the Maharaja's residence, while most of the complex has been developed into a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings, royal apparel and an armoury.

Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) is the landmark of Jaipur. It stands on one of the main streets, a curious building, elaborate and fanciful, built of pink sandstone with a delicate honeycomb design. Rising five storeys high, it is composed of semi-octagonal overhanging windows, each with its perforated screen, which allowed the ladies of the court to look onto the main street without being seen. Jantar Mantar observatory built by the founder of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The huge stone instruments were devised to study the movements of the sun, moon and planets and are incredibly accurate. There is time to wander through the colourful bazaars, a veritable collector's paradise where you can watch ancient craft forms. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 – Fly JAIPUR to JODHPUR


Early morning transfer to the airport for flight IC 7471, departing Jaipur at 0720 hours and arriving Jodhpur at 0800 hours. You are met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel.

In the afternoon take a tour of the city. Jodhpur is the land of the valiant Rathore kings, whose courage was a match for the tyranny of the Thar Desert. A bleak scarp rears up 120 meters from the desert valley. Straddling the rocky crevices is the massive Jodhpur Fort, its sheer walls reflecting the strength of its warrior builders. The fort is entered through seven gates, each a formidable barrier. Overnight at the hotel

Day 6 – Drive JODHPUR to POKHARAN, camel safari to CHANDAN


After breakfast depart on the 3 hour drive to Pokharan, where you begin your camel safari. The first day's ride covers some 10 km to the small settlement of Chandan. Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 7 – Continue CAMEL SAFARI from CHANDAN to LATHI


After breakfast continue the camel safari to the village of Lathi. The distance covered today is some 30 km. Stop en route for a picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 8 – Continue CAMEL SAFARI from LATHI to THAYAT


After breakfast in camp, continue the journey through the Thar Desert to Thayat. You will get first-hand experience of the harsh lifestyle of the inhabitants of the desert. Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 9 – End CAMEL SAFARI, drive THAYAT to JAISALMER


After breakfast, bid goodbye to your camel drivers and camp crew. Vehicles await you at Thayat for the drive to Jaiselmer which lies in the western extremity of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 – In JAISALMER


After breakfast spend the day exploring this ancient city, which stands on a low range of hills, surrounded by a stone wall three miles round. Within its walls lie temples, forts and palaces, all built of yellow sandstone. The Jain Temples in the fort are decked with deities and dancing figures in mythological settings. The library attached to these places of worship contains some of the most ancient manuscripts in India, some dating back to the 12th century, written on palm-leaf in black ink with hand painted wooden covers. Down in the city are the renowned havelis or mansions of Salim Singh, Nathmalji and the Patwas, every house boasting superb latticework in innumerable and intricate designs. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 – Drive JAISALMER to ROHETGARH


After breakfast depart on the 7-hour drive to Rohetgarh, a warm fortified home still alive with traditions of old. This 16th century stronghold of the Champavats lies an hour (40 km) away from Jodhpur. There is time to visit the family cenotaphs, wander around the village picking up bargains in leatherware, fabrics, metalware and silver jewellery.

In the afternoon visit the Bishnoi villages. The Bishnois are a fascinating community which follows the 29 (bish-noi) tenets laid down by the 15th century Guru Jambeshwar. They fervently believe in the sanctity of animal and plant life so all animals live near their villages without fear. When a Bishnoi dies, he is sometimes buried in the sitting position and often placed at the threshold of the house or adjoining cattleshed. A Bishnoi believes he will later be reincarnated as a deer, hence the herds of blackbuck often seen near their villages. Overnight at Rohetgarh

Day 12 – Drive ROHETGARH to UDAIPUR


After breakfast depart on the 6-hour drive to Udaipur. En route visit the famous Jain temples of Ranakpur which lie buried in a shady glen and cover a vast area. The central temple is called Chaumukha (four-faced) and is the most complex and extensive of Jain temples in India, covering an area of over 40,000 sq. feet (3,600 sq. meters). Its 29 halls are supported by 1,444 pillars, none of which are alike. Subsidiary shrines in the shape of side alters throng around in all directions, including a temple dedicated to the Sun God which displays erotic carvings. On arrival in Udaipur check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 – In UDAIPUR


After breakfast, sightseeing of Udaipur includes a visit to the City Palace, which stands on the crest of a ridge overlooking Lake Pichola. The largest palace in Rajasthan, it was built at various periods but still preserves the harmony of design, enhanced by massive octagonal towers surmounted by cupolas. Now a museum, it is a labyrinth of courtyards richly decorated with inlaid mirror-work, galleries covered with frescos, temples and roof gardens, which afford a wide panorama below.

Sahelion-ki-Bari (Garden of the Handmaidens) is a good example of the Hindu art of landscape gardening on a princely scale. Ornamental pools with finely sculptured cenotaphs of soft black stone are surrounded by a profusion of fountains. The Jagdish Temple in the old town was built in the mid-17th century and has a remarkable bronze statue of Garuda, the mythical bird, facing his revered master Lord Vishnu. The shops and craftsmen's ateliers in the narrow streets of the bazaar justify endless walks. The city is dominated by Lake Pichola. The steel blue waters of the lake, artificially created in the 14th century, reflect the white phantom Jag Nivas Palace (now the Lake Palace hotel), which was built in 1746 as the summer residence of the rulers, and Jag Mandir, said to be built by Maharana Karan Singh for his friend Prince Khurram, who was later to become emperor Shah Jehan. Huge seamless stone slabs of translucent thinness where used. The rooms were embellished with inlaid stones - onyx, jade, carnelian, jasper and agate. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 14 - Fly UDAIPUR to DELHI or MUMBAI, depart INDIA


After breakfast, the day is at leisure. Late afternoon transfer to the airport for the flight to Delhi or Mumbai. Connect with your onward flight

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