31 January 2020
In Northern India sits the enchanting state of Rajasthan. A land of Maharajah’s palaces, medieval forts, and the elusive Bengal tiger. Rajasthan is awash with all the vibrant colours of India and the people that make this country so special. The ultimate way to capture the essence of Rajasthan is with the helping hand of the experts in immersive travel.
Intrepid travel specialises in guiding the curious explorers among us through new and exciting destinations that shape our perspective on the world and open us up to new experiences. Taking people of all ages from all walks of life, with a desire to forge connections with the world around them, Intrepid guides its guests on immersive adventures through the world’s most engaging destinations.
The idea of travelling India may seem daunting at first but fear not, your expert local leader will be on hand at all times to give you insider knowledge on the area and guide you through its highlights to create a memorable experience in this captivating state.
Wander through hills, past shimmering lakes and admire marble palaces in India’s most romantic city, Udaipur. Often referred to as the Venice of the East, this lakeside paradise has a distinctly European feel, that is unique to India, and an unmistakable air of romance.
Watch the sunset over the horizon from a rampart on Fort Madhogarh, a former royal residence and a heritage hotel where you will have the privilege of staying during your time here.
Embark on a tiger spotting safari through the lakes and dense jungle of one India’s finest national parks, Ranthambhore.
Meet and interact with local friends of Intrepid Travel on the border of Pushkar Lake and the vast emptiness of the Thar Desert, and share a meal together while gaining an insight into the local way of life.
Complete the quintessential India experience with a visit to the iconic Taj Mahal and marvel at this feat of architectural wonder.
Intrepid aims to give guests a balance between scheduled activities and time spent at leisure to explore the sights and activities that appeal most to them along each step of the journey. Therefore, it’s recommended that you spend some time researching before the trip, so you know what you’d like to tick off while you’re there.
Make sure to pack light - you’re on an adventure after all – so you want to feel free to move between transport and hotels unhindered by heavy luggage. It’s important to prepare for a range of weather conditions as the temperature goes form hot and humid in the day to cool at nights, especially in the desert, so layers are essential.
There’s a few long travel days on the trip which are a great opportunity to spark up a conversation with the locals and connect with your new environment, or better get to know your fellow travellers while taking in the beauty of your surroundings as they pass by. The trip covers a large area of India, so you’ll see a diverse world unfolding before your eyes as you pass through – it’s all part of the Indian experience.
Day 1 and 2: Upon arriving in India you’ll spend your first two days navigating the urban metropolis of Delhi, visiting its significant temples and grabbing a bite to eat in a communal kitchen.
Day 3: Take the air-conditioned train ride to Agra to see the work of art that is the Taj Mahal
Day 4: Visit rural Rajasthan today to see local craftspeople at work and stay in the magnificent heritage property of Fort Madhogarh.
Day 5 and 6: Visit the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and get amongst the crowds at the city’s bazaars. Admire the Rajput architecture of the Amber Fort and walk through the Sheesh Mahal within it, the walls of which are completely covered in mirrors.
Day 7: Explore the 10th-century ruins of Ranthambhore National Park and by evening take a 4WD safari to search for tigers, hyenas, jackals, deer and all manner of exotic birds. Between 1 July and 30 September, the trip will be diverted to Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary.
Day 8: Travel to Bundi and take a walking tour through its narrow streets as well as visiting the 16th century Bundi Palace.
Day 9: Take the local train to Bassi before crossing through the countryside to Paangarh Lake where you’ll spend the night in a permanent tented camp within serene surroundings.
Day 10: Drive past tranquil villages in an open-top jeep on your way to your heritage stay in Bijaipur where you’ll enjoy an authentic local meal.
Day 11 and 12: Take in the hills, lakes and white marble palaces of Udaipur. A popular centre for arts, dance and music, you’ll have plenty to keep you entertained in Udaipur including a visit to the City Palace.
Day 13: Enjoy a meal with a local family in Pushkar and learn about their life in the desert city, after a walking tour through the city’s bustling ghats and scenic temples.
Day 14: Return to Delhi ready for your flight home.
If you’re ready to connect with the wider world through an enlightening travel experience, get in touch with your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits, including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to support you before, during and even after your trip.