Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
Arrive in Delhi by evening, transfer to hotel for night stay.
Day 2: Delhi, Mandawa( Nawalgarh ) 275km, 5h30- (short walk in villages)
Early departure to Mandawa , located in Shekawati region of rajasthan. Visit the .painted Havelis ( traditional houses built by sandstone) of Mandawa, with beautiful frescoes and elaborated architecture , charming market town with narrow lane built in the XVIII century, Visit the fortress of Nawalgarth built in 1737 by Nawal Singh, Overnight at the hotel.
Evening sub. to time availability take one hour of Stroll to explore the village.
Day 3: Mandawa ( Nawalgarh) — Bikaner, 190km, 5h30
In the morning transfer to Bikaner, en route visit the beautiful havelis of Fathpur famous for its murals painting and then continued to Bikaner, a former stage of the caravan route. Check into your hotel. Later visit the Lal Garh Palace, Juna garh fort built by Raja Rai sigh between 1589 and 1593. Camel breeding farm, If time allows visit Jain temple of Bandsar yellow stone carving with vibrant painting. night in hotel.
Day 4 : Bikaner to jaiselmer. 268 km. 6h.
Leave early in the morning to visit the famous temple of rats ( the Karni Mata temple) at Deshnookh, after visit road to Jaiselmer located deep inside the thar desert.
A Golden city, built by Raja Jaisel Rajput ruler in the year 1156 AD , once an important halt for caravans of the Silk route that crossed the Thar desert to visit the province of Sindh in Pakistan, Late afternoon visit Gadisar to enjoy the sun set, fort and Jain temple, Night in hotel.
Day 5: Jaiselmer and Sam sand dune.. (Afternoon 3-4 hours of trek in Dune)
Morning visit, Patwon ki Haveli and salim singh Haveli built by the traders of that era, out of those existing Havlis one haveli is converted into a museum and other houses the works of local craftsmen of that era., Afternoon drive to Sam. En route stop a while to get glimpse of stunning Bara Bagh Or garden is the memorial where the nobles and their families were cremated. Trek on amazing sand dune for 3-4 hours including camel ride ( in option ) and later stunning sun set view against the dune is amazing. Night in camp ( camp with cot and attached bath )
Day 6: Khuri — ( Morning Trek village to village and afternoon Trek in Dune)
Morning departure to starting point of trek, 3 hours of trek through village to village to have the insight of locals culture and to interact the peoples, On arrival check in Camp, With cot After lunch leave to the sand dune that offers enchanting experience to Travellers. Trek for 2-3 hours on dune to explore the scattered village, its clay huts thatched by straw, decorated camels and colourful market, camel safari ( in option ) is imperative to explore the pulsating soul of colourful Rjasthan villages. As per different faces of the days one can feel the changes of red and golden sand hue in to burnt yellow shade, Ochre and deep blue, you can enjoy evening under starlit sky. Night in camp with cot.
Day 7: Khuri – Jodhpur. 280 kms. 6-7h
Morning departure to Jodhpur, the city where powerful Rajput clan of Rathore has strong hold. Stand at the edge of Thar Desert . Visit impressive Mehrangar fort, built in the 15th century , and the Jaswant Thada a white marble tomb, then stroll in the Sadar Bazar of blue city. Jodhpur is fondly referred to as the ‘blue city ’ because of indigo coloured houses in the old town ,Traditionally , blue signified home are Brahmanas . One can view nicely these houses from the ramparts of the Meharangarh which looms high above the buzzing
city. Night in hotel.
Day 8: Jodhpur, Pushkar, 160 kms.
Leave to Pushkar , check in hotel and visit the holy town . It is very important pilgrimage centre of Hindu and its saying that devotee should visit at least once in life time, There are large number of Sadhu who mainly congregate around the lake and temples. Sevaral Ghats runs to the lake where pilgrims are constantly taking bath in holy water of lake, During festival time day is visit the world famous spectacular Camel fair. Night in hotel.
Day 9: Trekking in Pushakar: Day trek to explore the rural of Pushakar- Rajasthan.
Morning around 8 Am, drive to the starting point. You will trek through various remote villages, Interact with the local tribal peoples and have insight of their culture. One can spot the desert wild life in wild area or simply in farm land. Lunch packed will be served somewhere in Oasis under tree shade to protect from the fierce sun, Evening back to Pushakar.
If the date fall to Pushakar festival, in that case trekking day will be replaced to visit the festival.
Day 10: Pushakar–Jaipur 146 kms.
Departure for Jaipur, the capital of Rajputana. Visit the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds. astronomical observatory or Janter — Mantar built by Raja Jaisingh in 18th century. If time llows next to is city palace the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. Rest of the time is to stroll through the bustling bazaars of the Pink City, dinner and night in hotel.
Day 11: Jaipur.
After breakfast excursion to the Amber Fort located at the distance of 10 kms at the out skirt of Jaipur city. One can take the Elephant ride to the ramparts of the fort as did the Maharajas of the time where you will visit the palace and temple dedicated to Goddess Kali , After visit back to city, In the afternoon explore colourful bazzar or one can watch Bolly wood movie in famous Raj Mandir cinema, night in hotel.
Day 12: Jaipur – Agra via Fatehpur Sikri, 220 kms.
Departure to the cities where power of the great Mughals has been exercised .En route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the city of red sandstone became the impossible dream of Emperor Akbar. Lunch on the way, Following the journey to Agra., afternoon visit Taj Mahal, one of the most famous monuments of the world, built in the seventeenth century by the Emperor Shah Jahan as a token of eternal love ,night in hotel.
Day 13: Agra-Delhi and departure. 220 kms. Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi.
Early morning visit to red Fort and drive to Delhi, En route stop for Lunch in Simple Indian Restaurant, On arrival in Delhi as per time availability, visit spice market and colorful streets of Chandani chowk in old Delhi by Tricycle rickshaw to mingle with real Indian folk. Take outer view of Red fort and Grand Mosque, En route to airport drive to get the glimpse of India gate and president house.
Or Simply take the time to buy the souvenir, evening farewell dinner in the city. Transfer to the airport and fly out toward your destination, No hotel in Delhi.
Some important notes for travelling in Rajasthan:
1: Unexpected circumstances:
Itinerary / hotels are sub to change in case of strike , civil war threaten , you may be will lose expected places you have prepared for but will explore unexpected and for sure will not disappointed.
In case of Vehicle break down another mode of transport will be managed at the earliest possible, In that case you are requested to keep patience. And co-operate with the situation ,while travelling to rural and isolated Area replacing vehicle can take time due to lac of communication or distance to pass the message with the other vehicle those who are driving toward the nearest town or the place from where one can have telephone facilities. Or from where one can be connected by Mobile phone . Also you can be transferred by the other type of vehicle what ever is available at the moment as of local bus till you will be not having the proper mode of transport .
2: Accommodation and meals:
Accommodation is sub. to your budget ( standard, 3 star or 4 star category and heritage hotels ) and choice as shown in cost table, during the trek ( deluxe Tent ) at fix camp at sam dune and Khuri with attached toilet and bath.
Indian meals is served, bit on spicy side, Breakfast and dinner will be served at the hotel, Lunch packed or in local restaurant or in hotel sub to the schedule.
3: Mode of Transport:
Sub to the number of person in group, for 2-3 Indigo car, 4-5 Toyota Innova , for more than 5 persons Tempo travellers or mini bus .
4: Trekking and short walk:
Day 2nd for an hour of walk through villages in Mandava, day 5th 3-4 hours at sam dune at Jaiselmer, day 6th 3 hours in morning toward Kuri and 3 hours in afternoon at Khuri dune , day 9th full day trek at Pushakar.
5: Camel ride :
On day 5th and 6th Camel joy ride possibilities are at botht the places of Sam dune and Khuri sub. to extra charges @ of about 500rs. Per person per ride. It will last m maximum till 2 hours.
6: Day Bag:
Take a spacious day bag having capacity to pack the things for day use as of water bottles, camera , sun cream or medicine pack those needed to serve during the day
6-1: Travel bag:
Take a flexible travel bag type of duffle bag or suite case ( medium size ) . You will fill this bag with the things you don’t need during the day. While traveling the baggage will be loaded on the roof or in the back of the vehicles, hence the day use essential should be packed in day sac or in bag.
6-2: Security of yours bags:
While flying airline is the responsible your bags , if any dispute occur related to your baggage should be directly solved between you and airline.
During the tour luggage will be transported by car , Minibus , buses subject to the group size , Yours bags should strong enough to adopt such mode of transport , Himalayan Frontiers will not be responsible for any damage happen during the trip. During the trip you will be responsible of your own baggage.
5: Free day:
When you will be having free day in any city, you have possibilities to organize any visit by your own to the choice of your places / to the monuments for the period you wish ( half or full days ), To make such a arrangement one need to contact our local representative in advance to avoid inconvenience.
8: Travel insurance:
This is mandatory for all clients travelling on any tour or independent itinerary arranged by us. You are responsible for obtaining adequate insurance covering expenses of unexpected, the loss of baggage, medical expenses, helicopter (air or ground) rescue, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment of the itinerary.
Those who wish to extend their tour to any destination in India or neighboring country ,Please contact us in advance, Such arrangement should be done prior to your arrival.
10: Tipping :
There is a tradition of tipping in India but its not mandatory, you may not leave a tip if you don’t want to or are not satisfied by the services of your service provider, infect its a gratitude to your service provider, In other hand as Himalayan tourism is very much seasonal and short lasting, this is a bonus to the local team which add in to their seasonal economy and plays major role in carrier of all the assisting teams that includes drivers and hotel staff, Tipping became a tradition hence is very difficult to deviate from the system.
11: First aid kit:
Preparation of relief of sun burn, Lip salve, Anti septic cream, Antihistamine cream (for relief of insect bites), Anti diarrhoea (flagyl or any other), Anti headache (aspirin, paracitamol, zimalgin), Anti vomiting (avomin), For stomach-ache (baralgan,trigan or other diagnose) Dettol, wash proof Dettol plaster, Bandage and cotton, Balm, Anti cramp spray, Pills to purify the water, Scissor and knife are must in the medical kit. According to your physical condition you are requested to consult your doctor to complete your medical kit.
11-1: Paludism (Malaria):
India is ranked in zone 2 on the risks scale (maximum of 3) above all during the Monsoon (from june to september). To travel in zone 2 requests an anti-paludal treatment, which will be a part of the topics to consult with your doctor before your departure. Kindly take into account that all the mosquitos are not vectors and sting only during the night, And think to bring a mosquito repellent.
No vaccine is mandatory. However, you have to be up-to-date for classical vaccines. The typhoid, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B are strongly advised. Hepatitis A passes on water and hepatitis B transmits by sexual relations or saliva.
Vaccine against Japanese encephalitis is recommended if you travel in rural farming areas and under special circumstances, such as a known outbreak of Japanese encephalitis.
Vaccine against yellow fever in only obligatory if you have travelled before in some countries of Africa and South America.
12 : General information on Clothing:
Due to wide range of temperature and climate conditions, it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing. For protection against cold and freshness of morning and evening a layered clothing is better than a few thick ones, so choose your cloths accordingly. Cloths should be preferable be made from natural materials which allow the body to breath better. You will be offending people if you walk around in skimpy or tight fitting clothes. Although there are normally opportunities to wear shorts, it is strictly forbidden to be with short in any religious places as monasteries and temples. We would advise women to wear shirts or loose trousers, men should not wear singlet.
12-1: What you should pack for the culture tour.
While travelling during winter season morning and evening are fresh hence required a light Pull over, Raincoat ( occasionally required ) light polar ,light clothing, Sun hat, short and long sleeves Shirts , Loose trousers, ( wearing short is not allowed at holy spot ), swimming suite, a pair of sport shoes, sandal , few pairs of socks, Sunglasses / Spare glasses or contact lenses, , toilet kit, A small sewing kit, Safety pins, torch or flash light with spare batteries, Camera with spare films and batteries, battery Charger, day sac, water bottle, personal medical kit as per your medical advisor. Anti-mosquitos spray. fanny pack to keep safely your important doc as passport, insurance paper, credit cards, money , Multifunctional knife, lighters, wooden pencils and pen, string of 4-55 meters to dry the clothing or other purpose, French English dictionary and a note book.
Many metropolitan cities is India are not that much conservative, but still in certain part of cities and in rural it is better to dress conservatively, One should not try to attract attention towards themselves due to their dressing style, while entering to religious site one should take off shoes, don’t dress short and half sleeves and are required to cover the head. Mobile are required to be in silent mode, hugging and kissing will shock the people hence restricted in public , To be respected ,respect always local culture.
14: Field team : Guide and driver:
You will be guided by a professional English speaking guide, Language guide can be provided by paying extra charges ( on prior notice / subject to availabilities ) . Drivers ( additional service of assistant driver in case of minibus required ) and guide will be there to assist you at their best.
15 : Mobile phones:
Mobile phone may will probably work in cities in India so it may be worth to bring to be in touch with your own at least by SMS.
Generally hot and dry. Hence the best time to traveling Rajasthan is the autumn to beginning of Spring.
Winter Temperature Max: 27 Â° C, Minimum: 10 Â° C
Summer temperature Max: 40 Â° C, Minimum: 35 Â° C ( Monsoon period )
Autumn Temperature Max: 38 Â° C, Minimum: 33 Â° C ( Post monsoon Sep-Oct.)
17: International airline Options:
Rajasthan (north India) is accessible from capital city of India hence Various companies operates to new Delhi.