Off the Beaten Track in Rajasthan | Walking Holidays | Escorted Tours

There is a certain magic about travelling through Rajasthan: imagiRanthambore National Park Wildlife Reserve Tigersne camel herds crossing the yellow desert sands; graceful women balancing brass pots for fetching water; stark fortresses on deserted hills and enchanting doorways decorated with painted elephants and peacocks.

  • Indian Railway journey
  • Ranthambore National Park jeep safari around the tiger reserve
  • Historical forts, temples and havelis
  • Walks into rural communities, villages and farms
  • Wander through the bazaars of Jaipur
  • Explore the Amber Fort by jeep
  • Discover the magnificent Mehrangarth Fort in Jodhpur
  • Meet with some of the hill tribes in Rohetgarh
  • Jain temples of Ranakpur
  • Wilderness walks in in the hills around Kumbalgarh
  • Lake Pichola, temples and palaces in Udaipur

Rajasthan is arguably India’s most beautiful state. One of its best kept secrets are its unusual hotels - converted from castles, palaces, forts and ornate havelis, many of which are still the home to India’s oldest monarchies.

Experience a blend of culture, elegant hotels, sightseeing and guided walks that include rural communities, temples, villages and nature reserves. Journey along a route that takes in the diverse range of sights and experiences Rajasthan has to offer: Delhi to Ranthambore National Park (hailed as one of India’s finest wildlife locations), the colourful bazaars of Jaipur, remote villages, Samode, Pushkar, Jodhpur on the edge of the desert and Udaipur.

Designed with the discerning traveller in mind, this holiday should appeal to anyone seeking a touch of adventure as well as an introduction to the history, culture and rural communities of Rajasthan as we travel in style through this fascinating landscape.

Walking Grade: Grade: Easy to ModerateGrade: Easy to Moderate

Day 1: Sunday 17th November: Flight to India

Arrive at either Manchester or London Heathrow airport under your own arrangements. Please check-in at least three hours before departure time. Flight times are the latest known and subject to confirmation by the airlines.

Day 2: Monday 18th November: Arrival Delhi

Arrive Delhi. Met on arrival by our agents, who assist us with arrival formalities.
Transfer by private coach to your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure

Your evening meal is taken in the hotel.

Accommodation: The LaLit, New Delhi

Meals: Dinner,

Day 3: Tuesday 19th November: Delhi - Ranthambore National Park

Breakfast at the hotel.

Met by our representative the hotel, with assisted transfer to Railway station. We board the train to Ranthambore (Sawai Madhopur Railway station).

Train from Delhi/ Sawai Madhopur Railway station
Departure: Delhi 13:15 By Train: Kota Jan Shtabdi (12060)
Arrival: Sawai Madhopur 18:00

Assisted transfer to your hotel for check-in upon arrival.

The forests around the Ranthambore Fort were once the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Today, we visit the Ranthambore National Park, a famous tiger reserve and an outstanding example of Project Tiger's ongoing conservation efforts.

This is one of the most popular parks for tiger sightings, a photographer's dream, dotted with lakes around which wildlife abounds. Ranthambore, hailed as one of India's finest wildlife locations, is also categorized as a heritage site, not least because of the picturesque ruins of the old fort dotted around the park grounds.

Dinner and overnight at The Tigress in Rathambore

Accommodation: The Tigress, Ranthambore

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 4: Wednesday 20th November: Ranthambore National Park

We rise early for a game drive around the Ranthambore National Park via open-air jeeps, where we are best placed to witness the native tiger population at their most active. Following our expedition, we return to our hotel for breakfast, with the remainder of the morning spent at leisure.
Lunch at the hotel, before another game drive at Ranthambore National Park.

Alternatively, we can also follow a trail around Ranthambore Fort.

Uncover the iconic history of Rajasthan at the ancient Ranthambore Fort, constructed in 994 AD. Situated at an elevation of approx. 656 feet above sea level, explore the towers, walls, cenotaphs and monuments of this striking heritage landmark.

The fort houses the ancient Ganesha temple that draws thousands of devotees every year, an essential attraction of any visit to Ranthambore. Equally as memorable is the location of the fort itself, with time to enjoy a picnic lunch as you marvel at the breath-taking views before you.

Accommodation: The Tigress, Ranthambore

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Day 5: Thursday 21st November: Ranthambore – Samode

Following breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Samode (198 kms/ 5 hour's drive approx.). Upon arrival in Samode we check-in at Samode Bagh for two nights.

Samode Bagh (‘Bagh’ meaning palace) is a garden paradise contained within 20 acres of beautiful grounds. This romantic hideaway combines warmth and luxury with an atmosphere that is quiet, relaxed and elegant - where you can be as active or contemplative as you wish. Included within the grounds are a collection of air-conditioned tented camps, where the tents are luxuriously furnished with every comfort. A 200ft long row of fountains, fed from natural springs, is a feature of the garden.

With acres of extensive palace grounds to explore, we felt it best to leave the rest of the afternoon at leisure before our visit further out into the country the following day.

Dinner and overnight at Samode Bagh in Samode.

Accommodation: Samode Bagh

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 6: Friday 22nd November: Samode

After a leisurely breakfast, we stride out for a (approx.) 8 km walk through rural countryside and villages, including a farm visit where we visit a warm, hospitable local family for morning tea.

Our walk culminates at the Samode Bagh’s sister hotel, the Samode Palace, one of India’s most charming and romantic hotels. Here we take part in a conducted tour of its history, led by expert local guides. Following our tour, we return to Samode Bagh by coach for an (optional) lunch at our hotel.

The afternoon is free to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy an optional afternoon tea in the gardens, or a swim in the pool.

Dinner and overnight at Samode Bagh in Samode.

Accommodation: Samode Bagh

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 7: Saturday 23rd November: Samode – Jaipur

Following breakfast in the hotel, we travel by coach to the rose-tinted city of Jaipur (45 kms/ 01:30 hour's drive approx.). Short transfer, before checking in at the hotel.

Known as “The Royal City of Victory”, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state of Rajasthan and its people. The city is surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort, as well as the beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. There is a timeless quality to Jaipur's bazaars and its people, with the palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour now living monuments - accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city".

We take part in a heritage walk in the pink city, capital of the colourful state of Rajasthan. Starting from the magnificent Tripolia Gate, make your way through the bustling streets and bazaars of Jaipur as you meet the beautiful old temples and painted havelis (grand townhouses) on your way to the Albert Hall Museum (visit not included).

Follow the route straight ahead, with the Tripolia Gate behind you as you encounter two very interesting buildings – the 18th century observatory buildings (featuring the world’s largest stone sundial) and Maharaja Public Library. Here you’ll find gorgeous temples on either side of the roads dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman and the many forms of Lord Krishna. All around you, the walls of city streets where you wander are decorated with intricate murals as you continue to Jaipur College, an impressive terracotta toned structure.

Proceed through the ‘Thatheron Ka Raasta’ – a famous lane used almost entirely by metal craftsmen. The air is filled with the sound of their traditional trade; you’ll also discover collections of miniature paintings, manuscripts and other interesting rare items along the way.

End your walk at the Albert Hall Museum, a beautifully designed that is a blend of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture. This museum provides a splendid introduction to the arts, crafts and history of Rajasthan.
There is a fine collection of handicrafts, metal ware, ivory, woodcarving, jewellery, textiles, pottery, sculptures and paintings beautifully displayed in this museum.

Dinner and overnight at The Lalit in Jaipur.

Accommodation: The Lalit, Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 8: Sunday 24th November: Jaipur

Today we have two possible routes we can follow, depending on conditions and our group’s preferences:
Walk on the Jaipur Wall early in the morning
Early this morning set off on an exciting walk across the ramparts of the Amer Fort, the erstwhile royal capital of Jaipur state. This unique walk offers you a panoramic view over the ancient city of Amer.
Note: route covers uneven surfaces underfoot.
Tunnel walk from Amer Fort to Jaigarh Fort
Trek from Amber Fort to Jaigarh Fort through a ‘secret’ tunnel. This 325-metre long, eighteenth century tunnel connection between the forts was originally constructed as of allowin royal family, noblemen and others to evacuate undetected.

Later proceed on an excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the region. Now a deserted complex, we can still get a strong sense of its original splendour in the majestic ramparts rising steeply along the contoured hillsides. We travel up & down the Fort by Jeep, where a local guide details the history behind this beautiful complex.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner and overnight at The Lalit in Jaipur.

Accommodation: The Lalit, Jaipur

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 9: Monday 25th November: Jaipur - Rohetgarh

Following breakfast, drive to Rohetgarh (335 kms/ 07-08 hours approx).

Upon arrival, private transfer for check-in at your hotel.

Dinner and overnight at Rohet Garh Heritage Hotel in Rohetgarh.

Accommodation: Rohet Garh Heritage Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 10: Tuesday 26th November: Rohetgarh

Following breakfast at the hotel, we visit various traditional villages on a drive through the countryside where we almost certain to spot grazing black buck and chinkaras and migratory birds dotting the skies. Out in the country we observe the traditional practices that go into the local craftwork, including a visit to Bishnoi Village, where we experience rustic Rajasthani life.

Following our tour of the villages, we visit Jodhpur (45 Kms/ 01 Hr approx.) for a visit to the magnificent Mehrangarh, one of Rajasthan's finest forts, overlooking the city from its hilltop. Over 5km long, sat upon on a hilltop 125 metres off the ground – the fort is undeniably an impressive sight, and is still under care of the Maharaja of Jodhpur to this day. There are seven gates that lead into the fort, opening up into a series of courtyards and palaces. The palace apartments are decorated with marvellously carved panels and latticed windows and have evocative names such as Sukh Mahal (Pleasure Palace), Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), the Phool Mahal (Flower Palace) and the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). These palaces are a testament to the opulence of Indian royalty with their collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs (used when the Maharajas rode their elephants in processions), miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. The Chamunda Devi Temple, dedicated to goddess Durga, stands on the southern end of the fort.

Continue visit to Jaswant Thada, located a short distance from the fort, which is a white marble memorial, dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The cenotaph, built in 1899, was followed by the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs that stand nearby. There are some beautiful marble jali (lattice) work and fine views from the terrace in front of the cenotaphs.

After our visit of some of the area’s grandest buildings, we end today’s tour with a heritage walk around the Old City.

Following visit, drive back to Rohetgarh.

Dinner and overnight at Rohet Garh Heritage Hotel in Rohetgarh.

Accommodation: Rohet Garh Heritage Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 11: Wednesday 27th November: Rohetgarh to Kumbalgarh

Breakfast at the hotel before out drive to Ghanero (approx. 110 kms/02 - 2.5 Hrs), where we meet up with the local guide for today’s circular walk of the surrounding hills, visiting tribal villages and farming communities (Three hours walking approx.). On our return to Ghanero, our coach is waiting to take us to Kumbalgarh.
On our way to Kumbalgarh (approx. 45 kms/1 hrs), we stop-off en-route to visit Ranakpur. Ranakpur boasts some of the most exquisite Jain temples in the country, famous for their intricate friezes and sculptures. It is one of the most sacred Jain sites across India. Erected on a raised platform, the temple is surrounded by 66 subsidiary shrines. It has 1444 beautifully carved pillars, of which no two are alike.

Upon arrival in Kumbalgarh, check- in at your hotel. There is an optional lunch in the hotel and free time in the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight at The Aodhi in Kumbalarh. We stay here for two nights in deluxe rooms.

Accommodation: The Aodhi, Kumbalgarh

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 12: Thursay 28th November: Kumbalgarh

Breakfast at the Hotel.

The rocky hills and verdant scenery of Kumbalgarh are a marked difference from what we have come to expect from Rajasthan and, starting from the hotel, we follow a well-defined footpath through wilderness area in the company of our local guide. From here, there are wonderful views of the surrounding countrysi and as we enter a narrow fertile valley, cultivated by local hill tribes, keep an eye out for the old oxen-led Persian water wheels. The walk (five hours approx.) ends at Ghanero, where our coach is waiting to take us back to the hotel at Kumbalgarh.

Later on we explore Kumbalgarh Fort, strategically located on a 1100m high hilltop, with truly impressive views over the surrounding area. During the walk we encounter the enormous castle ramparts and a wealth of temples, palaces and gardens.

Dinner and overnight at The Aodhi in Kumbalarh.

Accommodation: The Aodhi, Kumbalgarh

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 13: Friday 29th November: Kumbalgarh to Udaipur

Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a spot of sightseeing before our drive to Udaipur (approx 85 kms/02 hrs), whereupon arrival we check-in at the hotel.

Udaipur, the ‘City of Lakes’ is the capital of the former kingdom of Mewar, which being established around 1567 A.D. is one of the oldest surviving dynasties in the world. Mewar illustrious history makes its presence felt in the city of Udaipur, akin to an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan. The scenery is a beguiling tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples, havelis and gardens, reflecting the changing styles, fashions and cultural influences felt over the centuries. Udaipur is located in the Aravali ranges of the royal state of Rajasthan, and set on the edge of three lakes, with narrow lanes meandering through it – the beautiful old city is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’,

From here, we embark on half-day sightseeing tour of Udaipur, which commences with a visit to the City Palace, standing on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola, surrounded by crenulated walls. Built in 1567, it is composed of 4 major palaces and several minor palaces that form a single façade. Its main entrance is through a triple arched gate, the Tripolia, built in 1725, leading to a series of courtyards, corridors and gardens.

From here we delve into the City Palace complex of Udaipur where we encounter Jagdish one of the city’s most famous temples of Udaipur is built in an Indo-Aryan style of architecture and. The temple was built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, who ruled Udaipur during 1628-53, and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Laxmi Narayan), the preserver of the Universe. It is celebrated for being the largest temple in the city of Udaipur. The gateway of this temple can be sighted at a distance of 150 meters from the Bara Pol of the City Palace.

Continue to Saheliyon-ki-Bari (Garden of the maids of honour), a small ornamental garden which was a popular relaxing spot forroyal ladies strolling through the ground. The garden has many fountains throughout its pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.

This evening, we embark on a boat ride over Lake Pichola, a picturesque setting that, as the story goes, entranced Maharaja Udai Singh and inspired him to build Udaipur. The lake is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. The two island palaces, Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas (Lake Palace), that float on the lakes surface are truly breath-taking.

Dinner at and overnight at Fatehgarh in Udaipur.

Accommodation: Fategarh, Udaipur

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 14: Saturday 30th November: Depature to UK

After breakfast in the hotel, transfer by private coach to the airport at Udaipur for connecting flights from Mumbai and Delhi. Hold luggage is checked through to UK at Udaipur.

Our agents provide assistance at the airport for the flight to UK.

Meals: Breakfast,

Hotels in Rajasthan

Langdale Hotel in SamodeDestination hotels with an illustrious history are one of the most compelling features of visiting Rajasthan. This is a region with an auspicious history, nowhere more evident in the elegant places you stay in.

Rajasthan's 'Heritage Hotels' are designated with the retention of intricate and historic features in mind, while offering a high level of hospitality to guests. Not only do these hotels strike an eye-catching first impression, but you may also find that staying in these places contribute to a greater sense of immersing yourself in the culture and history of this fascinating region.

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

Once the private hunter grounds of the kings of Rajasthan, the Ranthambore tiger reserve offers day-trips out to see the famous Bengal Tigers of Ranthambore in their natural jungle habitat - we visit at the start of the Tiger season (from November to May). The park has been lauded for its conservation efforts, with a steadily growing population of majestic Bengal Tigers brought back from severe threats to their species brought on by poaching and loss of habitat.

 

 

Availability Status: Available To Book

Price per person, sharing a twin/double room including international flights £3450
Single person supplement, occupying a double room £650

What The Standard Price Includes

  • International Return Flight from UK to Delhi
  • Domestic Flight Udaipur to Delhi
  • Day Trips Out in the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
  • Welcome Reception
  • Air-conditioned Private Coach with Driver Throughout the Tour
  • Meals (as shown in the itinerary)
  • Guided walking programme
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Accompanying Tour Leader
  • All Currently Applicable Taxes including Government Service Tax
  • Boat Ride on Lake Pichola
  • Bi-lingual Local Guides
  • Rail Tickets for Delhi/Ranthambore in AC Chair Car Class

Not Included

  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities to your guide, which are optional

Please Note: For reasons of safety, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary to make changes to the programme without advance notice. Every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible.

Outbound

Sunday 17th November: Flight to New Delhi
Arrive at the airport, Manchester or London Heathrow, under your own arrangements for the flight to New Delhi. Please check-in at least two hours before departure time.

Depart London Heathrow:

  • Depart London Gatwick: 11:30
  • Flight Time: 2:10
  • Arrive Indira Gandhi Airport: 14:40

Flight time: 2hr 10
Carrier: British Airways BA2586

Depart Manchester:

  • Depart Manchester: 07:00
  • Flight Time: 2:30
  • Arrive Venice Marco Polo: 10:30

Flight time: 2hr 30
Carrier: Jet2

Return

Saturday 15th September: Return Flight to UK
Transfer to Udaipur airport for the internal transfer to Mumbai and the final connecting flight back to the UK.

London Heathrow Destination: 

  • Depart Udaipur: 07:00
  • Arrive Mumbai: 08:30

Flight time: 1hr 30

  • Depart Mumbai: 13:05
  • Arrive London Heathrow: 17:40

Flight time: 10hr 05
Carrier: Jet Airways 9W 118

Manchester Destination:

  • Depart Udaipur: 19:30
  • Arrive Mumbai: 21:10

Flight time: 1hr 40

  • Depart Mumbai: 02:30
  • Arrive Manchester: 07:55

Flight time: 10hr 55
Carrier: Jet Airways 9W 130

Flight times are the latest known and are subject to confirmation from the airline. All flight times are local time (BST+5:30).

November Weather

Average Temperatures
29 C° high
13 C° low
Average Rainfall
8 mm / month
0 days / month
Average Sunshine
9 hours / day

Useful Information

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR). £1 will get you (roughly) 0.011 Indian Rupees, with the average price for a cup of coffee in Jaipur being (on average) between 100 and 300 Rupees. You'll find ATMs everywhere in Rajasthan, except perhaps the smaller towns you visit. Exhanging money at the airport or prior to your departure will generally give you a better rate than any local money changers.

Language: Marwari, long considered a dailect of India's principle language, Hindi, is an autonomous language originating and spoken across Rajasthan. English is mainly spoken by those in the Education, Tourism and Hospitality sectors.

Timezone: We'll be travelling during Indian Standard time (GMT+5:30).

How Fit Do I Need to Be? Occasionally we will offer a range of activities to suit the preferences of the group, with some more hiking-orientated and other activities more akin to sightseeing tours. The tours should not present problems for anyone of normal fitness but they are not suitable for those who are slow, need support or are low on stamina.

By keeping group sizes at a manageable level, we can cater to a range of comfort levels while out on the path, but we generally find that you are more likely to get the most out of these tours if you’re at a good level of fitness prior to your departure.

Dressing for the Indian Climate: Bringing lightweight, breathable clothing is a great policy for the warm, sub-tropical climate, even in winter, the temperature rarely drop below 15 or 20 degrees. Avoid bringing anything revealing for use in India, cultural norms generally dictate modesty in appearance, and though most Indian's will be polite enough not to mention the faux pas - it does create an unfavourable impression. A sturdy set of walking shoes/boots will be the technical items of gear necessary, and are especially practical for the uneven paths we follow further out into Rajasthan's more rural areas.

Power Plugs and Sockets in India: A variety of plug sockets are used throughout India, from the two-pronged European socket to the three-pinned rounded variety that used to be used in the UK. Although there are dedicated UK to India plugs that will put you in good stead, we advise bringing a multi-purpose adapter.

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