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India Cultural Journey with Camel Safari

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 - 12 day(s)
Group Size: 10 - 35 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Camel Riding  
Season: October - March
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1499 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1499 US Dollar (USD)

Rajputana, the modern-day state of Rajasthan, has been the scene of some of India's most famous battles and infamous court intrigues, and is home to its finest forts and palaces while Jaiselmer the Land of the Bhatti princes, born of the moon, is by far the oldest Rajputh capital, dating from 1156 AD. The skyline holds kiosks with parapets, balconies and terraces. The beauty of the Jain temples (12 to 15th centuries) leaves visitors breathless. "A destination, an adventure, one cannot afford to miss in ones lifetime. "A perfect getaway also for the romantics and the honeymooners".

Day 1: Arrive Delhi.
On arrival meeting, assistance and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon, proceed for half day guided city tour of Old Delhi. Drive past the magnificent Red Fort, built at the zenith of the Mughal Empire in India. The centuries - old international market, place that sprawls at its feet is still one of Delhi’s most important commercial hubs: Chandni Chowk, or “Moonlight Square”. Walk through the bustling silver market and the wholesale spice market. The sounds, smells and colors of the bazaar, and the throngs of people who animate it make this an unforgettable spectacle. Visit Jumma Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia, and Mahatma Gandhi's memorial, before returning to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2: Delhi - Jodhpur.
Morning, after breakfast, transfer to airport to board your flight to Jodhpur. Later on arrival, meeting, assistance and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon venture in the wilds for a village Safari in Jeeps. Visit traditional villages, viewing traditional handicrafts like weaving, shoe making, pottery etc. See the villager's in their traditional and colorful attires, before driving to a nearby wild life sanctuary to see Black Bucks, Chinkaras, Peacocks etc. These animals are protected by the Bishnois Tribe, found mainly in this region. Return to hotel for overnight stay. Included: (B).

Day 3: Jodhpur.
Morning, after breakfast, proceed for guided half day city tour of Jodhpur, visiting Jaswant Thada, Mehrangar Fort and Jodhpur town. Afternoon, is at leisure. Overnight stay. Included: (B).

Day 4: Jodhpur - Jaiselmer.
Morning, after breakfast, transfer by surface to Jaiselmer city. On arrival check-in at your hotel. Afternoon proceed on a guided city sightseeing tour of Jaiselmer city, visiting the Patwon-Ki and Salim Singh Havelis, which is around 300 years old and once housed the Prime Minister of Jaiselmer State. Also visit Gadisar lake, which once provided the entire water supply to the city. Next stop takes us to the 800 year Fort built of golden yellow sandstone by Prince Jaisal on the Trikuta Hill. Within its walls defended by 99 turrets lies the old city, which is nearly a quarter of modern day Jaiselmer. Visit the ancient 10th century Jain Temple. Walk thru the narrow yet fascinating by lanes of the old city before returning to hotel for overnight stay. Included: (B).

Day 5: Jaiselmer - Desert Camp.
Morning transfer by surface to Jaiselmer and onward by Jeep to the Desert Camp located approximately 50 km from Jaiselmer, in the heart of the desert, from where you begin your desert safari. Today you do half day safari on camel back and return to camp for dinner and overnight. Included: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Safari.
Morning after breakfast proceed on camel backs for a full day Safari. We carry packed lunch today. You visit a few desert villages, to see the nomadic lifestyle of these people. Later in the evening, return to Desert camp for campfire, dinner and overnight. Included: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Desert Camp – Jaiselmer.
Morning, after breakfast, transfer by jeep to Jaiselmer city. On arrival check-in at your hotel. Afternoon visit the ancient city of Lodurva, once the capital of the Bhatti rulers, now deserted. See the house of Queen Moomal, the Kalpa Vriksa (tree of life) Toran Dawar, ancient temples and water tanks. Return to your hotel for overnight stay. Included: (B).

Day 8: Jaiselmer – Jodhpur.
Morning, after breakfast, depart leisurely by surface for Jodhpur. On arrival check-in in hotel. Afternoon visit Mandore Gardens - set on a plateau are the ruins of the ancient Marwar Capital now surrounded by beautiful gardens. See the Hall of heroes and the Shrine of 300 million Gods. Return to hotel for overnight. Included: (B).

Day 9: Jodhpur - Ranakpur – Udaipur.
Morning, after breakfast, depart by surface for Udaipur, the lake city of Rajasthan. En-route stop and visit The Ranakpur group of Jain Temples. See some of the finest stone carvings and sculptures of this 15th century temple complex. Later on arrival check in your hotel. Balance day at leisure. Overnight in hotel. Included: (B).

Day 10: Udaipur.
Morning after breakfast, proceed for a guided excursion to Nagda, Eklinji and Nathdwara temples. Eklinji built in 734 AD is a complex of 108 temples enclosed by high walls, devoted to the Deity of the Maharanas of Mewar, while Nathdwara built in early 18th century is a simple shrine, but one of the most celebrated of the Vaishnava shrines of Lord Krishna. Nagda was the first capital of Bappa Rawal and has a magnificent torana exquisitely carved with graceful Apsaras (celestial dancers). The 10th century Temple sphere is resplendent in their intricate carvings.

Afternoon, proceed for guided city sightseeing tour of Udaipur city, visiting the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Sahel-ion-Ki-Bari, Fathesagar Lake, Rana Pratap Samarak and Sajjan Niwas Garden, before returning to hotel. Evening, enjoy a boat ride across lake Pichola. Return to hotel for overnight stay. Included: (B). Note: Option of staying back for dinner at Lake Palace hotel is possible but on additional cost.

Day 11: Udaipur – Delhi.
Morning, after breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Delhi. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Afternoon proceed for half day guided tour of New Delhi. The buildings designed by Edward Lutyens, architect of modern Delhi - are truly majestic. The Presidential Palace, Parliament House and India Gate are all reminiscent of the British “Raj”. Visit a modern Hindu Temple before driving through Delhi’s beautiful tree - lined avenues and the Diplomatic Enclave en-route to the 12th century, 234 foot high fluted minaret of Qutab Minar. Finish your tour visiting Mughal Emperor, Humayun's tomb. Evening is free to explore the exotic markets, boutiques and art galleries of Delhi (vehicle with driver at disposal). Overnight stay in hotel. Included: (B)

Day 12: Depart Delhi.
It's time to say goodbye. In time transfer to international airport to connect flight for onward journey.

Tour Guide Credentials:
English speaking professional guide under licence by Department of Tourism, Government of India. Other language guides are also available on request at extra cost.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation for 11 nights, in cities, in 4/5 star and Heritage hotels in a/c standard rooms on twin sharing basis inclusive of daily breakfast
- Non air conditioned tented accommodation with all meals during safari at Desert Camp in Jaiselmer
- Transportation by a/c car at Delhi and for travel Jodhpur - Jaiselmer - Jodhpur and Udaipur
- Transportation by non a/c jeep to Jaiselmer - Desert camp - Jaiselmer
- English-speaking guide for sightseeing tours in Delhi,Jodhpur, Jaiselmer and Udaipur inclusive of entrance fees at monuments of visit
- One camel per each person during safari including baggage cart
- Boat ride in Udaipur
- Taxes: Presently applicable for hotel, road, toll, state bridge, driver's daily allowance and gasoline etc.

Optional: You have the option of extending your stay and visit Agra and/or Jaipur.

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