Inner Rajasthan

Day 01 DELHI - ALSISAR 242kms 6hrs

Morning drive to Alsisar (30 km from Mandawa). Arrive and transfer to hotel.
This small town has many Havelis and temples. The terrace of the rugged fort provides a panoramic view of the town. See the extraordinary frescos on the walls of the houses.

Day 02 ALSISAR – BIKANER 185kms 4hrs
Morning drive to Bikaner. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Visit Junagarh Fort and the Camel Breeding Farm.
The city is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing the old palace, temples and a mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh it is a beautiful and well maintained fort with several Palaces, distinguished by balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. Among them are Karan Mahal, Anup Mahal & Badal Mahal. An enormous arched doorway leads to the Joramal temple. The royal chapel, Har Mandir, is where royal marriages and birth were once celebrated.
Lalgarh Palace, in the city, is carved out of red sand stone, and has been converted into a Heritage hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 BIKANER- MANVAR 4x4 trek 170kms 6hrs
This morning carry a packed lunch from Bikaner and proceed by 4x4 soft top Mahindra jeep to Manvar via Phalodi, and the desert are of Charkada-Jamba. Arrive Manvar and check in to Desert camp (Swiss cottage deluxe tents with separate seating area and bedroom with two beds, small table, lantern, Rose petal bowls, western WC, etc.)
PM explore Thar desert by 4 x 4 jeep and also visit Manvar sandunes. The dunes are large extents of shifting sands, the wind heaps the sand into hills or deep hollows, varying in size from 3 to 15km. Enjoy sunset with the changing colors in the desert, then proceed to the camp site, pitched in the middle of the dunes. Dinner at camp site with Rajasthan music around the camp fire. Overnight in the tents.

Day 04 MANVAR – ROHET 155km 6hrs
Drive to Rohet via Jodhpur. Jodhpur sightseeing will include Mehrangarh Fort, founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 when he moved his capital from nearby Mandore. There are Palaces housed within this daunting structure among which are Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada, built in 1899, in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. This imposing marble memorial is made of thin marble sheets, which allows sunlight to filter in. Lunch in Jodhpur at Umaid Bhawan Palace and visit the Museum there. After lunch proceed to Rohet - 45 km 1 hr from Jodhpur
Arrive Rohet & check in to hotel.
PM Proceed for Jeep safari / village safari which allows guests the opportunity to visit small villages including the Bishnoi tribe, famous as the earliest environmentalists. Also visit homes of the local weavers, potters and gypsy tribes, who would be as curious about the visitor as the visitor is about them. En route view the wildlife of this region, like black buck, blue bull and spotted deer. Overnight at Rohetgarh Castle

Day 05 ROHET – BHENSWARA 70km 2hrs
Morning drive to Bhensawara . Arrive Bhensawara & check in to Rawala Bhensawara. The Rawala (castle or manor) was built by Thakur Jagat Singhji Rathore (Champawat) founder of Bhenswara about 240 years back. Built in a typical Rajput architectural style, this Rawala has been refurbished as per the likes of the residing Thakurs of Bhenswara with an uplift in the early 1940s by the late Thakur Madho Singhji who added modern comforts to his ancestral residence which enabled his successors to convert it into a heritage hotel personally run by them. A discerning traveler to this aristocratic house is their esteemed guest. The Rawala has well appointed rooms and suites with traditional décor. The village of Bhenswara is situated on the northern bank of the river Jawai which orginates from the Aravalis and flows down to the Rann of Kutch. A few kms away stands the old mighty mountain range of ESRANA with granite rocks and boulders. The village has a population of about 5000 people of different caste and clan.
PM : Leopard Safari - see leopard, hyena, wolf, jackal, blue bull, chinkaras porcupine, hare, etc. Also visit a Rabari (shepherd) village enroute .   Overnight at Rawal Bhensawara.

Day 06 BHENSWARA – KORTA 50km 1hr
Korta is beautifully situated in the foothills with panoramic landscapes and sandy tracks. This is the home of the Marwari horses.    The Rajputs were born to be horse riders. The tradition was strongly enforced in ancient times when the cavalry formed the most important flanks of the army. The Marwari horses are a special indigenous breed - hardy, agile, sensitive, sturdy and intelligent. All the Marwari horses used here are bred and trained in their own thikana stables which can boast of being “the home of the Marwari breed” due to the finest pedigree horses of our past records whose bloodline can still be traced.
Arrive Korta , Check in at Korta Stud farm. Full day horse safari around Korta which allows guests the opportunity to visit small villages including the shepherds, potters and gypsy tribes in their homes. Lunch enroute. The smooth running of an exclusive and exciting horse safari requires team work and a fully equipped backup team carrying all necessary requirements, including medical, follows the group and meets up during halts. Each horse has a groom to take charge of saddling-unsaddling, etc and to look after the guests as well as the horses.

Day 07 KORTA – RANAKPUR - KUMBALGARH
After breakfast drive to Kumbalgarh. En route visit Rankpur, situated in a remote and peaceful Aravali valley and famous for its carved marble Jain temples, the most famous being the Adinath temple which has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, no two of which are alike. Lunch can be arranged at the nearby Maharanibagh Orchard Retreat (belonging to the Maharaja of Jodhpur). From here there is an option to take a forest trek to Kumbalgarh (12km 3hrs). This is a hilly trek through the sanctuary and passing a crocodile lake.
On arrival at Kumbalgarh, visit the famous Kumbalgarh Fort built in 1458 AD as a last stand for the forces of Mewar. The Palace is encircled by a true example of a Rajput fighting Fort and has survived many battles remaining the only unconquered Fort.  Overnight in the Luxury of The Aodhi Hotel, within walking distance of the Fort and the only inhabitation in the area.

Day 08 KUMBALGARH – UDAIPUR 90km 3hrs
Drive to Udaipur & check in at hotel. PM free

Day 09 UDAIPUR
Visit City Palace  -built in 1725, Jagdish Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Bhartiya Lok Kala Kendera (folk museum), Saheliyon ki Bari (Garden). Evening boat ride on Lake Pichola .Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 UDAIPUR-CHITTORGARH – BIJAIPUR 160km 5hrs
Morning drive to Bijaipur, en route visiting Chittorgarh. Arrive Bijaipur and check in to Castle Bijaipur The forests here have tiger and leopard, but even these did little to deter the Maratha and Mughal armies who camped and waged battle in its vicinity- making Bijaipur of strategic importance. Located 40 km from Chittorgarh, this Sisodia principality is now more easily accessible, and far less hostile to its visitors. Begun in the 16th century, the castle has architecture reminiscent of the great palaces of Chittorgarh, though the furnishings are a contemporary rendition. Overnight at Castle Bijaipur.

Day 11 BIJAIPUR –PUSHKAR 225km 4hrs
Morning drive to Pushkar . Arrive Pushkar & check in to hotel .
PM. Sight seeing of Pushkar visiting Ghats & Brahma Temple . Overnight at the hotel

Day 12 PUSHKAR – JAIPUR – 140km 3hrs
Morning drive to Jaipur .Arrive Jaipur & check in at hotel. Afternoon tour of Jaipur, known as “THE PINK CITY OF RAJASTHAN” -visit the unique Jantar Mantar Observatory which was built in the 1700s, yet even today still looks futuristic or almost surrealistic, the City palace and its museum, the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 JAIPUR – FATHEPUR SIKRI –AGRA 250km 5hrs
After breakfast drive from Agra to Jaipur, en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri — the deserted red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and Palace in the 16th Century. Continue your drive to Agra and check into hotel .Overnight at Hotel .

Day 14 AGRA - DELHI 200km 4hrs
Morning sight seeing tour of Agra city visiting the impressive Agra Fort, the local bazaar and of course, the most perfect architectural monument in the World, the Taj Mahal.   After lunch drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi & check in to hotel

Day 15 DEPARTURE DELHI
You will be transferred to airport in time for your international flight back home.


OTHER OPTIONS

1. Delhi – Agra (1 Night) – Jaipur (2 Nights) – Alsisar (1 Night) – Bikaner (1 Night) - Manvar(1 Night) – Rohet(1 Night) – Bhensawara (1 Night) – Korta (1 night) – Kumbalgarh (1 Night) – Udaipur (2 Nights) & from Udaipur take a flight for Mumbai / Delhi

2. Delhi – Agra (1 Night) – Jaipur (2 Nights) – Alsisar (1 Night) – Bikaner (1 Night) - Manvar(1 Night) – Rohet(1 Night) –Korta (1 night) – Kumbalgarh (1 Night) – Udaipur (2 Nights) & from Udaipur take a flight for Mumbai / Delhi