Rajasthan Guided Walking Holiday

Culture & history in the heart of India's Golden Triangle

Code: RJWHW

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • History

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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £3,198.00 - 11 to 12 nights

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Holiday overview

Download Rajasthan 2019 Trip Notes

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

Price includes

  • 11 nights en-suite accommodation
  • Full board from lunch on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • A full programme of guided walks led by a specialist local leader
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees, train, and air-conditioned minibus/coach travel
  • Tips

In pictures...

Accommodation

From the elegant hotel in Agra, to the luxury resort at Ranthambore and the heritage hotel at the hill station on Mt Abu, our selection of 4 – 5 star hotels will surely be one of the highlights of your holiday.

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Gurgaon - Le Meridien - 1nt

Our first night in India is spent at this hotel, located near the Delhi border 

 Jaypee palace Agra

Agra - Jaypee Palace Hotel - 1nt

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. Located in the main tourist district of Agra, this provides great access to the major attraction of the Taj Mahal. The hotel has a pool and spa facilities.

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Ranthambore - Shergarh - 2nts

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. 

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Jaipur - Narain Niwas - 1nt

A heritage hotel, once residence of former rulers, the house has been converted into a curious mixture of old and new featuring exquisitely decorated walls and ceilings. 

 WelcomHotel bedroom

Jodhpur - ITC WelcomHotel - 2nts

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

 Bikaner Palace hotel bedroom

Mount Abu - Bikaner Palace Hotel - 2nts

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.

Shikarbardi Hotel Udaipur

 

Udaipur - Shikarbadi Resort - 2nts

A former royal hunting lodge, now a peaceful haven with breathtaking views over the Aravalli hills. It has its own deer park where spotted deer, wild boar, and monkeys can be seen. All rooms face the deer park and the interiors of the rooms offer glimpses of life gone by. There is an outdoor pool.


On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

Itinerary

Guided Walking & Sightseeing in Rajasthan

Download Rajasthan 2019 Trip Notes

The perfect mix of walks and sightseeing. This is one of our easier walking holidays with a relaxed pace to ensure you get the most from your holiday in this magical part of the world. Walks range from approx 1.5 to 5 miles (2km-8km) and include historical city tours, birding and wildlife walks, desert walks and walks on rugged terrain in a hill station. Walks in wildlife reserves will be mostly through dry tropical/deciduous forest. Trails may be uneven and care should be taken whilst walking.

Day 1

Depart UK

Day 2 - Delhi

The India Gate New DelhiArrival in Delhi in the early hours. A gentle introduction to this frenetic city, and some time to relax after the journey. Optional visit to Qutub Minar, a minaret which forms part of a UNESCO site. Overnight Delhi (1 nt).

Day 3 - Agra

Taj MahalTravel to Agra (approx. 3.5 hrs). A walking tour in the afternoon will introduce us to the UNESCO listed red-walled Agra Fort. More of a palace than a fort, it was from here that the Mughals ruled India for over 70 years until in 1638 the capital was moved from Agra to Delhi. Agra Fort was once home – and then prison – to Shah Jahan – builder of the Taj Mahal which we will visit next.

The Taj Mahal’s perfectly proportioned and ornately decorated white marble structure was built as a mausoleum to Jahan’s favourite wife – Mumtaz Mahal. Set in extensive gardens and fronted by a large rectangular reflecting pool, the site has a tranquil feel despite the number of visitors. Overnight Agra (1 nt).

Days 4-5 - Keoladeo Ghana National Park & Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary

Tiger at Ranthambore National ParkToday we set off for Bharatpur where we’ll walk in the Keoladeo Ghana National park, an area known worldwide as one of the best places for birdwatching. We’ll be accompanied by an experienced birder who will help us spot the birds. We continue to Ranthambore by train (2 nts). We’ll enjoy a full day vehicle safari in Ranthambore  National Park, one of the premier tiger spotting sanctuaries in the world. Ranthambore is also home to many other species including Sambar deer, langur monkey, jungle cats, leopard, sloth bears and over 270 species of birds.

Day 6 - Jaipur

Amer FortA drive of approx. 4 hours takes us to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan where we stay one night. The principal attraction in the area is the 400 year old Amer fort. Perched on a hilltop, this impressive site comprises a complex of opulent courtyards and palaces made from red sandstone and marble. A series of cobbled paths weave through tranquil gardens, past towering ramparts and to impressive gates. A guided walking tour will take you through the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), the Diwan-i-Aam (hall of public audience) and to the Sukh Niwas where temperatures are cooled using a clever system of waterfalls and natural breezes. 

Day 7 - Jaipur to Jodhpur

Hawa Mahal

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.

Following our exploration of Jaipur we’ll board a train to Jodhpur. Travelling on an Indian train is all part of the experience; buy a cup of chai or some snacks from a vendor, sit back, relax and watch India roll by. (2 nts).

Day 8 - Rao Jodha Rock Park & the Desert

Meherangarh FortWe start the day with a walk in the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park accompanied by a naturalist guide who will explain how a wasteland over-run by introduced invasive plants was turned back into natural habitat. Walking trails will take you to areas planted with native desert species. We will end the walk at Mehrangarh Fort - one of the best preserved forts in India.The soaring bastions and exquisite hand-carved windows are right out of a fairy tale and offer a superb setting for a walk. Later, we drive out to the little desert town of Osiyan, where we have a desert walk topped off by a traditional Rajasthani dinner.

Days 9 -10 - Mount Abu

Mount AbuThe next two days will be in and around Mount Abu (2 nts) – the highest peak in the Aravalli mountains and site of Rajasthan’s only hill station. This summer retreat is blessed with a scenic, verdant landscape – a complete contrast to the desert. The moderate climate here is perfect for walking. We will take the ‘Tiger Path’ - the original route up Mount Abu - with beautiful views of the forest-covered Aravalli hills, Abu town and Nakki Lake.

Day 11 - Udaipur

City Palace of UdaipurA morning drive takes us to Udaipur (2 nts), a city set around a series of artificial lakes and home to some lavish royal residences. The grandest of them all is the City Palace which we will explore. Built from marble and granite, this is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan; it took over 400 years to complete. The site houses 11 palaces built by different rulers and countless courtyards, pavilions, terraces and gardens. The palace overlooks Lake Pichola and is most famed for its intricate peacock mosaics. The scale and beauty of the ornately decorated rooms inside are a wonder to behold.

Day 12 - Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary

Jaisamand lakeApprox. 50km from Udaipur is the Jaisamand wildlife sanctuary – an area of dense woodland surrounding the second largest man-made lake in the world. We’ll walk through this area which is rich in birdlife including hornbills, fantails, weavers and kingfishers. The lake is home to crocodiles and turtles while on land you might spot flying squirrel, chital (spotted deer), wild boar, hyena, langur monkey, pangolin, jungle cat and if you are very lucky, a leopard. Less well-known than the big-draw national parks, Jaisamand attracts fewer visitors which adds to its tranquil charms.

Day 13

Return Flight

 

General Information

Passport

To enter India, a passport valid for at least 6 months and with at least two blank pages is required.

Visas

British, Australian, Canadian and US citizens require an e-visa to enter India. This can be done online. Please visit the following website for further information: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html Current cost is $60 (non-refundable) plus a 2.5% credit card charge. You will need to upload a photo and complete the application form online. Please remember to take a copy of the e-visa with you. You can apply for the e-visa minimum 4 days in advance of your travel date, with a window of up to 120 days. The e-visa should be emailed to you within 4 days.

Other nationals should check with their nearest embassy or consulate for details of entry requirements.

Health advice

Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk

Vaccinations are sometimes advised for diphtheria, hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and polio. Dengue and malaria are both caused by mosquito bites and are prevalent in hot and humid conditions. There are occasional, seasonal outbreaks of dengue fever. Travellers should vigilantly protect themselves against mosquito bites.

Climate

Rajasthan has a tropical desert climate. Our tours operate in the months of the year when it is cooler and is officially classed as winter, so it can be quite cool at night, particularly in the hilltown area of Mount Abu. Given that this is a desert state, rainfall is minimal, and it can be arid or sub-humid.

Money

The Rupee (Rs) is the official currency for India. The import and export of local currency is prohibited. Sometimes smaller shops and stalls will not accept notes larger than Rs 500. It is best to carry some smaller notes with you too. In major cities, debit and credit cards are generally accepted, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. However, in smaller towns and villages, choice is generally narrowed to cash or MasterCard and Visa. Travellers cheques are widely accepted and can be changed at banks and larger hotels. Currency can also be changed at banks, airports or authorised money changers. US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are the easiest currencies to exchange. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.

Time

GMT +5.3 hrs

Tipping

Tips are included on this holiday.

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Dates & Prices

Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
30 Sep 2019 RJWHW - Rajasthan
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 30 Sep 2019, 10:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 30 Sep 2019, 11:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Delhi Indira Ghandi International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 12 Oct 2019, 7 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Oct 2019, 5:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Udaipur
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
12 £3,799.00 £3,798.00 Book before end of January 2019 and get in the draw to win your holiday back Book Now
1 Oct 2019 RJWHW - Rajasthan - Without Flights 11 £3,199.00 £3,198.00 Book before end of January 2019 and get in the draw to win your holiday back Book Now
20 Oct 2019 RJWHW - Rajasthan
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 20 Oct 2019, 10:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 20 Oct 2019, 11:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Delhi Indira Ghandi International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 1 Nov 2019, 7 a.m.
  • Arrive: 1 Nov 2019, 5:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Udaipur
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
12 £3,799.00 £3,798.00 Book before end of January 2019 and get in the draw to win your holiday back Book Now
21 Oct 2019 RJWHW - Rajasthan - Without Flights 11 £3,199.00 £3,198.00 Book before end of January 2019 and get in the draw to win your holiday back Book Now

Prices are per person

Price includes

  • 11 nights en-suite accommodation
  • Full board from lunch on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • A full programme of guided walks led by a specialist local leader
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees, train, and air-conditioned minibus/coach travel
  • Tips

Other important information

  • Single room: £999
  • Non-member associate fee £10

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