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Off the beaten track Rajasthan

Delhi, Agra, Ramathra, Ranthambore National Park, Bundi, Shahpura, Delwara nr Udaipur & Delhi

There is no better way to unlock the mystery and romance of Rajasthan than to get into the countryside and stay in former Maharajah’s palaces. Largely bypassing the major cities, this itinerary takes you to the furthest reaches of Rajasthan.

Please note that our guide prices are based on traveling during low season. If you are interested in traveling during high season, between October and March, or peak season, which takes place during the festive period, then prices are likely to be higher. Get in touch with our India specialists who will be happy to tailor your trip to your dates, interests and budget.

At a Glance

  • A real treat for wildlife enthusiasts, Ranthambore comprises over 1300sqkm of wild jungle

  • An opportunity to experience Indian hospitality in family-run camps and heritage properties

  • Ideal for country lovers, discover hidden gems like Bundi, once home to Rudyard Kipling

  • Expert guides throughout, get an authentic insight into the culture and history of Rajasthan

  • Get a real insight into rural life with visits into villages

Adventure, History, Off the beaten track, Couples

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

Description

This itinerary is designed for a second time trip to Rajasthan, heading into areas that are off the beaten track, but offer a more in depth experience of the destination for those with a eager interest in the Indian way of life.

Begin your journey in Delhi with a stay at The Claridges, ideal for those not partial to large international hotels. Here at every corner there is something new to discover. Take a full day to explore both Old and New Delhi, from the Red Fort, rickshaws through Chandni Chowk, the Jama Masjid Mosque, Rajpath & Humayun's Tomb. We can give you some excellent restaurant recommendations where you can sample some authentic Rajasthani cuisine.

From Delhi to Agra, with one night staying at the comfortable ITC Mughal. It is in Agra where you can visit the one of the several wonders of the world; the impressive Taj Mahal. A romantic masterpiece, it was designed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Your next stop is Ramathra Fort, one of the best historic forts that has been turned into a place to stay. You will feel the peacefulness at once, and there are countless things to see and do such as wander into local villages, head out on a boat at the nearby lake, or see the fort at Utgir or the caves temples of Ghanteshvar and Kurka.

There is a little known off-road link between Ramathra and Ranthambore National Park which takes you through the buffer areas as your bags are taken directly in your vehicle. This gives you a fantastic introduction to the wildlife of the park. Stay at Khem Villas, a delightful little hideaway with an amazing atmosphere and delightful hosts. You will have the chance to see a great deal of wildlife, including the Royal Bengal tiger. We arrange game drives twice a day, in jeeps, and suggest you have about 3-4 game drives whilst staying in the park.

You then venture into Southern Rajasthan's rural heartlands; very few tourists travel to these areas, so it is wonderfully authentic. Bundi, with its towering Taragarh Fort, is as interesting as some of Rajasthan's more well known cities. You will see some intricate paintings and murals which are some of the finest in Rajasthan.

From Bundi villas, to Shahpura Bagh, a romantic ancestral Fort and an ideal rural stopover. The activities here are great fun and give you the chance to really get under the skin of this rural area. Enjoy sundowners over Dhikola Fort before some delicious home cooking under the stars.

Before heading back to Delhi, you will spend two nights just outside Udaipur at the romantic RAAS Devi Garh. Enjoy a City tour of Udaipur followed by an exclusive sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola, a romantic way to end the day.

Finally fly back to Delhi from Udaipur and spend one more night in Delhi at The Trident Gurgaon; your final stop on this enchanting journey through the cities and unique towns of Rajasthan. Please note, this is only a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your needs.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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1 night Fly to Delhi
2 nights

Delhi, India

The Claridges
1 night

Agra, India

ITC Mughal Agra
2 nights

Ramathra

Ramathra Fort
3 nights

Ranthambore

Khem Villas
2 nights

Bundi

Bundi Vilas
2 nights

Shahpura, India

Shahpura Bagh
1 night

Udaipur, India

RAAS Devi Garh
Fly from Udaipur to Delhi
1 night

Gurgaon, Delhi, India

The Trident Gurgaon
Fly home from Delhi

Location & Directions

Delhi, Agra, Ramathra, Ranthambore National Park, Bundi, Shahpura, Delwara nr Udaipur & Delhi

The Claridges is centrally located in New Delhi, close to all major sights. From Delhi you take the train to Agra, for a one-night stay at ITC Mughal. Your next destination Ramathra Fort is also in a rural location set in its own grounds. Khem Vilas, your resort at Ranthambore is located on the edge of the park and around 13km from the station. From Ranthambore you travel to Bundi. Your hotel is located below the old palace and is centrally located – exploring the town is easy to do from here. Moving on you reach Shahpura Bagh, which is set midway between Jaipur and Udaipur. From there, RAAS Devi Garh is your next stop further south. Devi Garh is set in the village of Dewala near Udaipur. Fly back from Udaipur to Delhi and enjoy your final night at The Trident Gurgaon. The hotel is located close to the airport.

When to go

Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away from European winters.

Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It is the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degrees C to 45 degree C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you dont mind the temperature in the high 30s. In western Rajasthan the temperature may reach at high as 45 degrees C, particularly in May and June so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.

The second season - technically the "Monsoon" (although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall) extends from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. 90% of the rain Rajasthan can expect occurs during this period. Lakes and rivers will be higher from mountain run-off and flowers and grasses come to life, bringing added color to the landscape.

The Post-monsoon period is from October to November. The average maximum temperature is 33 degree C to 38 degree C, and the minimum is between 18 degree C and 20 degree C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny during and perfect for exploring and relaxing.

The fourth season is "winter", and runs from December to March. With day time temperatures still in the high 20's during the day this a very popular time to travel. Hotels are at the their busiest over the Christmas and new year period. Be aware though that December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also fairly standard to expect some fog in the major cities of Northern Rajstasthan and Delhi in December and January.

With regards to game parks, you're more likely to see tigers in the warmer months if if you can take the heat as the bush is less dense and animals will be closer to water. Ranthambore National Park is closed during the monsoon season (July to September).

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

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