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Rajasthan Guided Walking Holiday

Bada Gumbad and Sheesh Gumbad Complex at early morning in Lodi Garden Monuments, Delhi, India
Duration: 12 nights
Type: Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 1
from £3,599pp £3,399pp with flights

A wealth of culture and historical splendour await in the stunning Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The beautiful desert state of Rajasthan boasts a wealth of treasures waiting to be discovered by anyone willing to step off the beaten path. From the rich bird life of Keoladeo Ghana National Park and the wildlife of Ranthambore National Park to the wondrous beauty of the world-famous Taj Mahal, this stunning area will reward all who visit.

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience India’s rich culture and vast variety of landscapes
  • Watch the sun set over the legendary and beautiful Taj Mahal
  • Discover a wildlife lovers’ paradise in Ranthambore National Park
  • Walk amongst the historical buildings in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks and sightseeing led by a specialist Local Leader
  • 'With flight' holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • Half Board with en-suite accommodation - 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 evening meals
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • All transport and tips

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Departure from the UK


We arrive in Delhi early morning and transfer to our hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure: should you wish, there is an optional visit this afternoon (at additional cost, payable locally) to Qutub Minar, a towering minaret which forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Crowne Plaza Okhla, New Delhi - Rajasthan

This 5-star hotel offers a comfortable stay and somewhere to relax on arrival in India. Located in South Delhi and near to the international airport, the hotel comprises over 200 well-appointed rooms. With modern facilities, the en-suite rooms feature TV, Wi-Fi and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has a spa offering traditional Indian therapies and an outdoor pool.


Our adventure begins as we travel south to Agra (approx. 3½ hours) for a walking tour of its fort, once home to the Mughal emperors who ruled most of the Indian subcontinent and large parts of Central Asia. Distance: approx. 2 miles (3km). At the height of their power, the Mughal empire accounted for one quarter of the world’s GDP and encompassed a quarter of the world’s population.

We continue to the internationally renowned monument of the Taj Mahal, where we experience the unforgettable sight of the Taj Mahal at sunset. Thought by many to be the most beautiful building in the world, the Taj Mahal welcomes over 3 million visitors each year. This architectural wonder was created by the 17th century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

We take our time to explore this stunning site and to get some fabulous photos of this magnificent monument at sunset.

Please note that depending on the local weather conditions, we may visit the Taj Mahal before the fort.

Jaypee Palace Hotel, Agra - Rajasthan

Located in the main tourist district, this hotel provides great access to the Taj Mahal. An exquisite blend of red sandstone and marble set within landscaped gardens, this hotel offers a mix of Mughal and contemporary architecture with modern amenities such as a pool and spa.


We depart early morning for our journey to Bharatpur and our visit to one of the world’s best places for bird watching – Keoladeo Ghana National Park. An experienced bird watcher will guide us on a leisurely-paced walk around the sanctuary, helping us to spot some of the park’s wildlife. Distance: 2½ miles (4km) with no ascent.

After lunch, we continue by train (approx. 2½ hours) to the world-famous tiger sanctuary of Ranthambore, staying nearby.

The next day, we enjoy two vehicle safaris into Ranthambore, one of Rajasthan’s largest national parks and one of the world’s most famous tiger sanctuaries. The park was once the hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur; it is now a popular destination for wildlife enthusiast, as it’s one of the best places in India to see tigers in the wild. Watch out too, for leopards, hyena, deer, chital, langurs, macaques, wild boar and much more.

Shergarh, Ranthambore - Rajasthan

Located just outside Ranthambore National Park, Shergarh is a 5-star hotel. Each room overlooks the landscaped gardens and has its own style bringing alive the flora and fauna of the region.


After breakfast we’ll drive to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital (approx. 4 hours). After checking in and lunch at the hotel, we drive to Amer where we enjoy a walking tour of the impressive 400-year old Amer fort and Jaigarh fort, built to protect Amer. Distance: 1½ miles (2½ km) with generally little ascent except a somewhat steep ½ mile (1km) ascent to Jaigarh fort.

Indana Palace, Jaipur - Rajasthan

Experience a world of maharajas and maharanis. Indana Palace has been designed to echo the palaces of Rajasthan: interiors feature marble, intricate wood work and gold leaf detail. This detailing is complemented with modern comforts and conveniences. The styling of the en-suite guest rooms echos that in the public spaces and feature a number of amenities including complimentary toiletries, TV, safe and tea/coffee making facilities.


The morning will be spent on a walking tour in Jaipur where we will start to appreciate why it is known as the ‘Pink City’. We’ll visit the City Palace in the heart of the Old City – an ornately decorated complex built on a grand scale. Parts of the building are still home to Indian royalty today. We’ll also visit Hawa Mahal, a red and pink sandstone palace which sits at the edge of the City Palace. Also known as the ‘Palace of the Winds’ it was constructed to allow the ladies of court to view proceedings through latticed windows without being seen themselves. Then it’s on to the Jantar Mantar, an interesting collection of some 20 astronomical observation instruments built from carved stone which date back to the 18th Century. The site includes the world’s largest stone sundial. Distance: 2½ miles (4km).

Following our exploration of Jaipur we’ll travel to Jodhpur, with a packed lunch on the coach. This is a fairly long drive (~8hrs) but is on excellent highways and will include breaks en route.

ITC Hotel Jodphur - Rajasthan

Situated on the edge of the Thar desert, the ITC Hotel is an oasis of luxury offering relaxation against the backdrop of the arid landscape. The hotel has a full range of wellness and spa facilities including a pool, and the rooms are spacious and well appointed.


We start the day with a walk in the Rao Jodha rock park accompanied by a naturalist, ending in the superb setting of the Mehrangarh Fort, with its soaring bastions and elaborately carved windows. This is one of the best-preserved forts in India. Distance: 2½ miles (4km).

This afternoon we drive out to the small desert town of Osiyan, where we can explore something of rural Rajasthan – desert dunes, interspersed with green fields – on our desert walk. Distance: 1½ miles (2½km).

We return to the town, where we have time to wander around the market and temple, before we round the day off with a special traditional Rajasthani dinner.

ITC Hotel Jodphur - Rajasthan

Situated on the edge of the Thar desert, the ITC Hotel is an oasis of luxury offering relaxation against the backdrop of the arid landscape. The hotel has a full range of wellness and spa facilities including a pool, and the rooms are spacious and well appointed.


An early morning start as we head for the hills and verdant slopes of Mount Abu. The contrast between the desert scenes of yesterday and the green scenes today is that of two different worlds, and very much part of Rajasthan’s charm. The hill station of Mount Abu has long been the escape for many, a haven from the heat of the desert plains. At an altitude of 1,200m, the area’s cooler climes, and a landscape of rivers, lakes and waterfalls, make this the perfect place to explore on foot. Later this afternoon, we’ll hike along the “Tiger Path” - the original route up Mount Abu. This is an enjoyable walk along quiet trails, offering beautiful views of the Aravalli Range. Distance: 3 miles (5km).

On our second day we’re treated to a walk in the hills that surround Mount Abu. We are guided by a local naturalist to ensure that we see the very best of the area. We’ll be walking inside the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, which encompasses an area of over 328 sq km. Our walk will showcase the best parts of the Aravalli Ranges. It is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna and we may even be lucky enough to spot a sloth bear.

Our walk will end at the fabulous Dilwara temples. Built by the Jains in the 11th and 14th centuries, the marble carvings are particularly spectacular. The walk includes some short sections of scrambling and uneven tracks. Distance: 5 miles (8km).

Bikaner Palace Hotel, Mount Abu - Rajasthan

Bikaner Palace Hotel features traditional Rajasthani architecture and offers large open courtyards, extensive grounds and an outdoor pool. Each bedroom has a contemporary design with a central focus on the Rajasthani canopy over the bed.


A fitting finale to our holiday, we journey to our final destination: beautiful Udaipur, or the City of Lakes. Surrounded by the Aravalli Range, this charming city is recognisable to many as the setting of the lake palace in the James Bond film, Octopussy.

After checking into our accommodation, we have a little time to relax before we take a walking tour to explore the city in the afternoon. We take in many of the city’s famous sites, including the Udaipur City Palace. Distance: 1 mile (2km).

Lakend Resort Hotel, Udaipur - Rajasthan

Located on the shore of Lake Fatehsagar, this luxury hotel offers stunning views during our time in the City of Lakes. The en-suite guests rooms are spacious and modern, and feature views of the lake, the Aravalli Range and the hotel gardens. Amenities include air-conditioning, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar and safes.


We venture off the beaten track, to the little-known Jaisamand wildlife sanctuary, approx. 50 km from Udaipur. The tropical dry forest is rich in bird life and is home to flying squirrel, deer, boar, pangolin, hyena and wild bear. The lake, Jaisamand Lake, was created in the 17th century and is the second biggest manmade lake in the world.

We’ll be led on the walks by a local naturalist, who is also Deputy Conservator of Forests for the Rajasthan government; and there will be plenty of time spent searching for wildlife. Distance: 4 miles (6½km) with minimal ascent.

From Jaisamand, we head to Bagh dhada, stopping at the lovely Jagat temple en route, where we’ll have an opportunity to stretch our legs again on a short walk before heading back to Udaipur for our final night’s celebrations. Distance: 2½ miles (4km).

Lakend Resort Hotel, Udaipur - Rajasthan

Located on the shore of Lake Fatehsagar, this luxury hotel offers stunning views during our time in the City of Lakes. The en-suite guests rooms are spacious and modern, and feature views of the lake, the Aravalli Range and the hotel gardens. Amenities include air-conditioning, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar and safes.


After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight.


Itinerary Map Rajasthan

Crowne Plaza Okhla, New Delhi - Rajasthan

This 5-star hotel offers a comfortable stay and somewhere to relax on arrival in India. Located in South Delhi and near to the international airport, the hotel comprises over 200 well-appointed rooms. With modern facilities, the en-suite rooms feature TV, Wi-Fi and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has a spa offering traditional Indian therapies and an outdoor pool.

Jaypee Palace Hotel, Agra - Rajasthan

Located in the main tourist district, this hotel provides great access to the Taj Mahal. An exquisite blend of red sandstone and marble set within landscaped gardens, this hotel offers a mix of Mughal and contemporary architecture with modern amenities such as a pool and spa.

Shergarh, Ranthambore - Rajasthan

Located just outside Ranthambore National Park, Shergarh is a 5-star hotel. Each room overlooks the landscaped gardens and has its own style bringing alive the flora and fauna of the region.

Indana Palace, Jaipur - Rajasthan

Experience a world of maharajas and maharanis. Indana Palace has been designed to echo the palaces of Rajasthan: interiors feature marble, intricate wood work and gold leaf detail. This detailing is complemented with modern comforts and conveniences. The styling of the en-suite guest rooms echos that in the public spaces and feature a number of amenities including complimentary toiletries, TV, safe and tea/coffee making facilities.

ITC Hotel Jodphur - Rajasthan

Situated on the edge of the Thar desert, the ITC Hotel is an oasis of luxury offering relaxation against the backdrop of the arid landscape. The hotel has a full range of wellness and spa facilities including a pool, and the rooms are spacious and well appointed.

Bikaner Palace Hotel, Mount Abu - Rajasthan

Bikaner Palace Hotel features traditional Rajasthani architecture and offers large open courtyards, extensive grounds and an outdoor pool. Each bedroom has a contemporary design with a central focus on the Rajasthani canopy over the bed.

Lakend Resort Hotel, Udaipur - Rajasthan

Located on the shore of Lake Fatehsagar, this luxury hotel offers stunning views during our time in the City of Lakes. The en-suite guests rooms are spacious and modern, and feature views of the lake, the Aravalli Range and the hotel gardens. Amenities include air-conditioning, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, minibar and safes.

What to Bring

Suggested Kit List

As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum. These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others. You’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.

  • Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and spare bootlaces
  • Walking socks
  • Walking sandals
  • Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved light-coloured shirts with collars to protect from the sun.

We recommend wearing walking boots on all our walks, as these provide the best ankle support and grip. Modern ‘approach shoes’ offer appropriate levels of grip and may be worn on some low-level walks, but users should be aware that they offer less ankle support. Lightweight trainers are not recommended for any walks.

Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor).

  • Warm fleece, scarf/buff hat and gloves
  • Torch
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
  • Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
  • Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
  • Lightweight survival bag
  • Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Universal travel plug

Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets

Essential Equipment

  • Passport (and copies)
  • booking confirmation
  • insurance cover note
  • HF Holidays’ registration form

Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.

Optional Equipment

  • walking (‘approach’) trainers
  • trekking poles
  • camera
  • umbrella
  • binoculars

Please note that your HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety.

What to Bring

Lonely Planet, Rajasthan, Deli & Agra (Oct 2017)

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Duration:
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Type:
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Walking Grade:
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