Rural Heartlands of Southern Rajasthan

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DELHI – NEEMRANA – KESROLI  – RANTHAMBORE NP – BUNDI – BHILWARA – BIJAIPUR – DHARYIWAD – DUNGARPUR – UDAIPUR – MUMBAI

South Rajasthan Tour. Once you enter the rural heartlands of southern Rajasthan, any doubts of it being a desert state fade away. Thanks to the bright colors in the landscape; right from vast plateau base to green belt showcasing some of the rarest flora and fauna, from waterways to placid lakes, the surprises are endless.

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The region between Alwar and Udaipur is one of the most remote areas of Rajasthan. It is home to a collection of forts some you will stay at like Neemrana Fort Palace and Hill Fort Kesroli, and others you will visit with an impressive pedigree like the outstanding Chittorgarh Fort, and a wide range of natural and historical attractions. We have designed this tour for those inclined towards rural life and the unhurried pace that characterizes small town living in India, Most of the places you stay in are delightful old forts, still surrounded by small villages.

See the deserted palaces at Alwar, spy a tiger at the famous Ranthambore National Park and visit lesser-known temples, and travel through the small tribal villages scattered around this region. The tour also includes the princely city of Udaipur, which provides a counterbalance, and contrast to the rural heart of this tour.

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International flights & VIP meet at aircraft door included - more Special Value inclusions listed below

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Itinerary

DELHI – NEEMRANA – KESROLI  – RANTHAMBORE NP – BUNDI – BHILWARA – BIJAIPUR – DHARYIWAD – DUNGARPUR – UDAIPUR – MUMBAI

DAY 01 – DEPART FOR DELHI
Depart you chosen airport today bound for Delhi, arriving tomorrow.

DAY 02 – ARRIVE DELHI – Haveli Dharampura
Arrive Delhi today. VIP meet at aircraft door, assistant through baggage control, then outside the airport to meet our local representatives, where you will be meet at the arrivals door then transferred to your hotel. 

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

DAY 03 – DELHI (B)
Today, after breakfast, you will enjoy a full day private guided sightseeing tour of New & Old Delhi taking in all the major sights.

This afternoon explore the famous Chandni Chowkh Bazaar. For lunch today, you can experience the famous street food here, in fact, Chandni Chowkh is often called the food capital of India.

DAY 04 – DELHI TO NEEMRANA (B) – Neemrana Fort Palace
After breakfast, you will drive to the village of Neemrana (2.5 Hrs) where you will stay at the 15th century Neemrana Fort Palace a beautiful heritage hotel, emerging out of the blue as a towering symbol of vitality in the heart of bareness. 

DAY 05 – NEEMRANA TO KESROLI (B) – Hill Fort Kesroli
This morning you drive to Kesroli (2.5 Hrs) – a small village in Alwar District. Here, on a hilltop is situated a 600-year-old fort, now being run as a small heritage hotel. On arrival, check-in at hotel

DAY 06 – KESROLI TO RANTHAMBORE NP (B) – Sher Bagh
Drive to Bharatpur (2.5 Hrs). En route visiting Alwar Fort and Deeg (subject to being open as they are now privately owned).
Late afternoon board your train to Swai Madhopur home to Ranthambore NP. Arrive in the evening, then transfer to your hotel.

DAY 07 – RANTHAMBORE NP (B)
Morning and Afternoon Game Drives in Ranthambore National Park.

DAY 08 – RANTHAMBORE TO BUNDI (B) – Hadoti Palace
Drive to Bundi (3 Hrs). On arrival, check-in at your hotel. This afternoon take a private guided tour of Bundi visiting the famous Bundi Palace, Taragarh Fort, Sukh Mahal (Kipling’s Place) and the step-well.

DAY 09 – BUNDI (B)
This morning you will be taken to visit Bardoli – one of the oldest and the most beautiful temple complex of Rajasthan dating back to the 9th century. This afternoon visit Bhainsrorgarh an impregnable fort, dramatically positioned between two rivers.

DAY 10 – BUNDI TO BHILWARA (B) – Shahpura Bagh
Drive to Bhilwara (3 Hrs). On arrival at leisure.

DAY 11 – BHILWARA (B)
Leisure day to relax by the pool or explore the local village.

DAY 12 – BHILWARA TO BIJAIPUR (B) – Castle Bijapur
After breakfast depart for Bijaipur (3 Hrs). On arrival at leisure or perhaps enjoy a horse safari (available as an extra excursion for trained riders only).

DAY 13 – BIJAIPUR TO DHARIYAWAD (B) – Fort Dhariyawad
Drive to Dhariyawad (3 Hrs) visiting the magnificent Chittorgarh Fort en route. On arrival in Dhariyawad check-in at your hotel.

DAY 14 – DHARIYAWAD TO DUNGARPUR (B) – Udai Bilas Palace
This morning you can visit a typical tribal village, inhabited by the Bhils. Continue beyond the village, to the nearby Sitamata Wildlife Reserve (alive with wildlife and legend) Spread over an area of 425 sq km.

This afternoon you set off for the 13th-century town of Dungarpur (3 Hrs), in the heart of the Aravalli Hills. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

DAY 15 – DUNGARPUR (B)
Morning at leisure. This afternoon you may wish to drive up to the old palace to see the colourful and vibrant frescoes, miniature paintings, glass and mirror inlay work which adorn the walls of some of the rooms and which are among the finest examples of their kind. 

DAY 16 – DUNGARPUR TO UDAIPUR (B) – Udai Kothi
Drive to Udaipur (2 Hrs). On arrival, check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 17 – UDAIPUR (B)
Explore the gems of the city today. Visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and Sahelion Ki Bari. After lunch, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola.

DAY 18 – UDAIPUR VIA MUMBAI HOMEBOUND (B)
Fly to Mumbai. Today India bids you farewell with your transfer to the international terminal.

Rural Heartlands of Southern Rajasthan

Rural Heartlands of Southern Rajasthan

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Special Value

  • When you book our Rajasthan Highlights Tour we will give you a free gift a DVD film called ‘Mystic India’
  • International flights included
  • VIP meet at aircraft door on arrival
  • Useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
  • Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
  • Meals as per itinerary (BB = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • Sightseeing of Old & New Delhi
  • Stay in the 14th century Hill Fort Kesroli
  • Stay in the 15th century Neemrana Fort Palace
  • Visit Alwar Fort
  • Visit the town of Deeg
  • 02 Game Drives in Exclusive Jeep in Ranthambore National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of Bundi city
  • Sightseeing of Chittorgarh Fort
  • Explore small Village and interact with locals
  • Chance to experience a Horse Safari
  • Sightseeing of Dungarpur
  • Sightseeing of Udaipur
  • Evening boat ride on Lake Pichola, Udaipur

Our tour features the following locations

DELHI: The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world-class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.

NEEMRANA: Neemrana is a beautiful heritage hotel, emerging out of the blue as a towering symbol of vitality in the heart of bareness. A great fortress, bathed in the jewel-encrusted rays of the Rajasthani sun, stands tall between two emerald-green mountains, echoing the richness of Rajput tradition.

KESROLI: This delightful, small, seven-turreted fort dates back to the 14th century and sits in the open countryside, encircled by a distant ring of hills.  It is a short, solid structure with massive walls and ramparts which one can walk along or sit and watch the sunset over a quiet drink.  Inside is a pretty garden surrounded by beautifully decorated and original rooms which abound with Rajput furniture and fabrics.

RANTHAMBORE NP: Considered to be one of the best national parks in India to see the Bengal tiger in its natural habitat, and ideally accessed either by train from Delhi or fits in nicely during a Golden Triangle tour between Agra and Jaipur. Ranthambore National Park presents a secluded oasis full of tropical dry deciduous forests and some of the most beautiful creatures you’ll ever see. Other sightings include leopard, jackal, Indian wolf, sloth bear, fox, blue bull antelope, sambar deer, chital, langur, crocodiles and an incredible variety of birds. Safaris are restricted to the mornings and evenings, so you have enough time to explore the surrounding area, visit 10th-century fortresses, discover abandoned settlements or simply enjoy the amenities offered by your luxury resort. Don’t forget to capture vivid images of your experiences, for Ranthambore is also considered to be a photographer’s dream. It presents incredible wildlife sightings, offers luxurious accommodation and also has adequate internal transportation facilities. The Tigers sighted here have found their ways to several books and movies as having the countless ruins and structures surrounding the park.

BUNDI: It takes mere moments to get attracted to Bundi’s charm. Shielded by the outcrops of the Vindhya Range, this is a place of immense natural beauty. It remains untouched by modern development and offers enriching glimpses into India’s rich yet simple past. Bundi flourished as a capital of the Hadachauhan Kingdom in the 1200s, and this led to the creation of numerous royal houses, a grand palace, stunning murals, picturesque bazaars, mammoth water tanks and exquisite carvings. Those crumbling havelis might be slowly losing their old-world charm, but they still narrate tales of their former glory. Bundi’s populace believes in keeping things simple, focusing on enjoying and leading a fulfilling and enriched life, proud of what it’s managed to achieve. And this feeling of accomplishment shines through its blue coloured houses, beautiful traditions and friendly people.

BHILWARA: A trip into Bhilwara reveals the town’s rich multi-cultural vibrancy and its fascinating arts and crafts tradition. Sit with the Joshis and watch a traditional Phad, a painting depicting mythology and history comes to life. Visit Ram Dwara, the revered ancient temple. The old city palace reveals the integration of Rajput & Mughal traditions in architecture while the geometrical symmetry of the baoli (step well) inspires a serenity that lingers.

BIJAIPUR: The Bhils tribe inhabit this area. They are believed to be fine archers and in fact, Bhil bowmen even found a reference in the great epics Mahabharata and Ramayan. The Bhils were originally food gatherers, however, with the passage of time they have taken up small-scale agriculture, city residence, and employment.

DHARYIWAD: Dhariyawad is 120 km away from Udaipur, Rajasthan and is surrounded by sub-tropical forests. It is famous for the rich presence of tribal bhils. Fort Dhariyawad was constructed by the second son of Maharana Pratap which is now a heritage hotel. A 16th-century splendour, the Fort Dhariyawad, was constructed at the behest of Sahasmal, the second son of Maharana Pratap- the greatest warrior of the Mewar region.

DUNGARPUR: Dungarpur is as beautiful a place as any. It is a traditional Rajasthani excursion, one that takes you deep into that beautiful culture, introduces you to an untouched village and brings you closer to folk music and traditional dances. A trip to Dungarpur is characterised by the stunning Juna Mahal, a seven-storied wonder full of miniature paintings, intricate mirror work, and frescoes. Nature lovers are sure to have a blast at the Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary, known for sightings of leopards, spotted deer, sambhar and giant flying squirrel. Most tourists visiting Dungarpur tend to stay at the Udai Bilas Palace, one of the premier palace hotels in the country with a great collection of classic cars. The palace grounds are among the top places to see migratory birds, and sightings of white painted storks, peafowl, grey hornbill and egrets are quite common. There are a few ancient ruins in the vicinity such as the 8th-century Arthuna temple and the 14th-century Rishabdeo temple that are worth exploring. The latter is particularly impressive, boasting of a semi-precious stone studded idol and stunning carvings.

UDAIPUR: Udaipur is considered to be the most romantic destination in India, and no matter how much you hear about this legendary city, it always manages to leave you stunned and speechless. The glittery Lake Pichola is as beautiful as they get and those temples, grand palaces, shimmering Havelis and colourful streets set the scene for one of the most memorable holidays of your life. You’d remember some of its sights from the 007 movie Octopussy when our hero swims up to a heavenly palace in the midst of an incredibly romantic lake. You’d expect a city so popular to lose its charm, but Udaipur holds onto its magic, that sense of mystery surrounding its monuments and palaces and the sense of tranquillity that simple boat rides on the lake are bound to offer. Udaipur also enjoys a lively arts scene, exciting shopping and delightful countryside destinations that promise memorable day tours.

MUMBAI: A stay in Mumbai is not included in this tour, you will fly home from this international airport. Speak to us about extending your tour by an extra night to enable sightseeing of the city. Mumbai the city of dreams. One of the best and most cosmopolitan cities of Asia. The commercial lifeline of India. Home to Bollywood, the second largest film industry in the world. A place where some of the biggest slums share the area with sprawling metropolises. The epicentre for fashion and Indian wine. A trip to Mumbai is everything you’d expect from a major metropolis, yet so much more. It’s a humbling experience, to say the least. But it’s also fascinating, edgy and exciting. Those colonial-era relics, incredible bazaars, hidden wine cafes and enclaves of peace and serenity really do have a way of putting you at ease.

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