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19 Days Camel Safari Tour through the desert of Rajasthan
(19 Days / 18 Nights)
(Delhi - Jaipur - Bikaner - Siana village - Bungri - Jaisalmer - Osian - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Delhi)
(to view the route of this tour on a Map please click here)


The best time to do a camel safari through the desert regions of the royal Rajasthan is from October to March.
This type of camel safari also offers ample opportunity to encounter wild animals in the desert, like chinkara gazelles, desert foxes, rabbits, vultures, eagles, hawks, cranes.

Day 01. Flight to India (Delhi)
Around midnight arrival in Delhi. The cosmopolitan City and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travellers. You are met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to your Hotel.

Red Fort Delhi

Rajghat Delhi

Cooks tent at campsite

Red Fort Delhi Rajghat Delhi Cooks tent at campsite

Day 02. Delhi - Jaipur (about 270 km / 6 hrs)
In the morning we drive to the Pink City, Jaipur. This city owes its name, foundations and careful planning to the great warrior and astronomer, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and famous for its handicrafts and precious and semiprecious stones.

Day 03. Jaipur
After breakfast we drive to the ancient capital of Amber, laying 11 km. away from Jaipur. Amber was the ancient capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for 6 centuries before it was moved to newly created Jaipur. We will ascend to the Palace Fortress on the back of an Elephant. Enroute to Amber we will visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), built in 1799 AD, it contains 953 small casements with each having its own balcony. The windows enabled cool air to circulate and the ladies to watch processions below without being seen. In the afternoon we visit the City Palace that is still the formal residence of the royal family, built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. In the museum of the City Palace we visit the private collection of the Jaipur Maharajas. We continue to Jantar Mantar, a stone observatory, and the largest of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. Its complex instruments reveal us the secrets of medieval Indian astronomy. Later we have a walk through the colourful Bazaar of Jaipur and visit a factory to see the famous block printing work being done since centuries in Jaipur. In the evening we drive through the new city of Jaipur and visit "Laxmi Narayan Mandir", a Hindu temple made out of white marble. We might have an opportunity here to observe a prayer ceremony. Today we have dinner with a presentation of Indian music and dance.

Hawamahal

Citypalace Jaipur

Jantar Mantar Jaipur

Hawamahal Citypalace Jaipur Jantar Mantar Jaipur
Day 04. Jaipur - Bikaner (about 330 km / 5 - 6 hrs)
After breakfast we drive to Bikaner. After a short break in Bikaner we visit the Junagarh Fort (1571-1611 AD) constructed of red sandstone and marble with kiosks and balconies embellishing the structure at intervals. This imposing Fort and its palaces are an unforgettable experience for us. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 05. Bikaner - Siana (about 60 km / 2 hrs)
Today we proceed to Siyana Village. On the way we visit the Karni Mata Temple (Rat Temple).

Today we spend whole day in the village and take part in the next village activities:
01 - Meeting with the council.
02 - Visit the village school (Anyone interested can teach in school)
03 - Visit to the village temple and participate in the prayer ceremony (Pooja / Aarti).
04 - Visiting a hospital in the village.
05 - Working in the field with farmers or simple observation of their work.
06 - Participation in the daily routine work of a family on request.
07 - To accompany a shepherd at work on request.
08 - Anyone interested can learn about cows / milking water buffalo / goats.
09 - Upon request, a lecture by a learned speaker on topics such as local history, culture,
Tradition and life are arranged in the desert.

Note: The above activities can be divided into two parts.

Overnight stay in the village with the family of villagers in their huts or in small houses (very simple conditions). All meals are served by the host family. Some of the Photographs of the new House in the village are available at the following Page:
Rural Village Home Stay in Rajasthan !

About our villages:
Villagers of Siyana Village are the most important group of people who do a certain job since eternal times. There are Rajputs, Jats, Bishnois, Brahmins or Charan. Although these people are engaged in different activities, Most of them are still engaged in the work of agriculture and have pets of their own needs.
India meets its demand for livestock (55%) for meat goats and sheep from Rajasthan. Group of camel-breeders who live in the desert called Raika are also very interesting. They are known as nomads. These people move from place to place, and if we're lucky, we'll meet these people in the desert of Rajasthan.

Junagarh Fort

rajasthan village tour

Bikaner Karni Mata Temple

Junagarh Fort Rajasthan Village Tour Bikaner Karni Mata Temple

Day 06. Camel Safari (from the village Siyana)
After breakfast at home with the family, we begin the Camel Safari from Siyana village to Sainsar Village (18 km). Lunch will be served during the safari around noon. Around noon we stop for a short break and after lunch we continue to the camp in Sainsar. Dinner is served at the camp in tents / under the open sky.

Day 07. Camel Safari
Breakfast at the camp and we start the camel Safari from Sainsar to Meghwalon-Ki-Dhani (26 km). Lunch will be served en route during the safari. Arrival at Meghwalon-Ki-Dhani. Dinner is served at camp / under the open sky. Overnight in tents.

Rajasthan Village Tour

Rajasthan Village Tour

Rajasthan Village Tour

Rajasthan Village Tour Rajasthan Village Tour Rajasthan Village Tour

Day 08. Camel Safari - Bungri - Jaisalmer (about 258 km / 4-5 hrs)
Breakfast at the camp and we begin a short camel Safari from Meghwalon-Ki-Dhani to Bungri (10 km). Lunch will be served after finishing the the Safari in Bungri. From Bungri we drive to Jaisalmer. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.

Day 09. Jaisalmer
Sightseeing of the medieval city of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer's crenellated golden sandstone walls and its narrow streets lined with exquisitely carved buildings makes this city unique. Jaisalmer is famous for its carved havellis (grand mansions). We have a walk through the old city and visit the Fort and the Jain temple. In the afternoon we drive around 40 km away from Jaisalmer to Sam dunes where we enjoy the sunset before we drive back to Jaisalmer.

Day 10. Jaisalmer - Osian - Jodhpur (about 300 km / 7 hrs)
Early morning drive to Jodhpur via Osian. Osian is a great centre of Hindu and Jain religions. The oldest temple here was constructed in 1178 AD. After visiting the temple we drive to Jodhpur. The city was once the capital of the princely state of Marwar (Land of death). Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Jodhpur is also known as the blue city as most of the houses of the old city are painted blue. The old city is surrounded by a huge 10 km long wall which has 101 bastions and seven gates.

Day 11. Jodhpur
Today we will visit the Mehrangarh Fort (majestic fort). Mehrangarh Fort was built on a steep hill and is among the best in India with exquisitely latticed windows in residential apartments within. Then we also visit the Jaswant Thada, a royal cenotaph built in white marble. After the sightseeing we have a walk through the Bazaars of Jodhpur.

Jaisalmer

Jain Temple Osian

JodhpurFort

Jaisalmer Jain Temple Osian Jodhpur Fort

Day 12. Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur (about 265 km / 5-6 hrs)
Today we drive to Udaipur. Enroute we will visit Ranakpur. Ranakpur is known for its superbly carved marble Jain Temples. An enormous basement of this temple covers 48,000 sq. feet. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls. The total number of columns is 1,444, all of which are intricately carved, no two being alike. The Ranakpur Jain Temples were built during the 15th century. We have a lunch in Ranakpur before proceeding further for Udaipur. Arrival in Udaipur in the evening. Udaipur is called the romantic city of Rajasthan. This city is built around shimmering, clear, blue water lakes which reflect the green hills of the Aravali ranges. Rest of the day at leisure..

Day 13. Udaipur
Today we visit Udaipur, also known as the city of sunrise. We start our sightseeing with the visit of Sahelion-Ki-Bari. This Garden of the Maids of Honour is well laid out with extensive lawns and shady walks. After the visit of Garden of Maids we visit a Museum of folk art. This museum has a rich collection of Folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments and paintings on display. After a break we proceed to City palace, the biggest Palace in India, where 4 generations of Maharajas added their contribution, is so carefully planned and integrated with the original buildings that it is difficult to believe that it was not conceived as a whole. The museum of the palace includes the beautiful peacock mosaic and miniature wall paintings of Indian mythology. Today we have an opportunity to visit a traditional painting school and see the famous miniature paintings done. In the evening we have a Boat ride on the lake Pichola. The famous Lake Palace of Udaipur was the summer residence of the former rulers. The James bond Film Octopussy was shot here and made this palace more known in the west.

Ranakpur-temple15

Udaipur

Udaipur City Palace

Ranakpur Temple Udaipur Udaipur City Palace

Day 14. Udaipur - Pushkar (about 285 km / 5 hrs)
A ride of about five hours will take us to Pushkar. Pushkar being one of the most religious places for Hindus has the atmosphere of an ancient religious town. The only temple of God Brahma is in Pushkar thus making Pushkar an important pilgrimage city for Hindus. Pushkar has become famous in the world due to its Pushkar Festival which takes place in the month of November when the whole of Pushkar is transformed into a spectacular fair ground where thousands of pilgrims come to bath in the holy water of Pushkar lake and the biggest cattle and camel markets take place here where Farmers, breeders and camel traders buy and sell.
(if this tour takes place during the time of Pushkar Festival we spend 2 nights stay in Pushkar instead of one and therefore the duration of this Tour will be extended for one more day making it 20 days tour)

Day 15. Pushkar - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (about 385 km / 7 hrs)
Today we leave Rajasthan, the biggest state in India and drive through a series of fields, small towns and villages in direction of Agra. Enroute we make a stop and visit Fatehpur Sikri, which was once an imperial capital frozen in time, constructed by Akbar the Great in the 16th century. This wonderful city constructed by red sand stones was abandoned as abruptly as it had been built. It has been generally stated that it was due to failing in the water supply.
Late evening arrival in Agra. Rest of the day at leisure.

Pushka Lake ghat

Brahma Temple pushkar

Buland Darwaza

Pushka Lake ghat Brahma Temple pushkar Buland Darwaza Fatehpur Sikri

Day 16. Agra
We start today our sightseeing by a visit to the Agra Fort, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. The construction of this massive structure began in 1565 under Akbar's reign and continued till the time of his grandson's reign, Shah Jahan who built the impressive imperial quarters and mosque. After the visit of Agra Fort we proceed to visit the most beautiful monument of India, the Taj Mahal, an enduring monument to love, with a continually fulfilling beauty. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a tomb and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel of the Palace), who died at the age of 39 giving birth to her 14th child.

Taj Mahal Side

Agra Taj Mahal

Agra Diwan I Am

Taj Mahal Side view Agra Taj Mahal Agra Diwan I Am

Day 17. Agra - Delhi (about 200 km)
In the morning, after having our Breakfast we drive to Delhi. Arrival in Delhi in the afternoon. The rest of the day at leisure. (opportunity for the last shopping or enjoy a massage in the Hotel)

Day 18. Delhi
In the morning we have sightseeing in Old Delhi. We take a Rickshaw Ride parallel to the Red Fort through the old city and famous Silk Road and Silver Bazaar. Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes "Rajghat", the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated and Jama Masjid, the great mosque of old Delhi. Today we also visit the famous "Humayun Tomb" which is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India and "Qutub Minar". "Qutub Minar" is 71 meter high and consists of five stories. In 1199 work began on this tower which was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world. This tower was damaged twice and repaired in 1326 and 1368. Before we proceed to the Hotel we drive through the embassy area in New Delhi where we visit the India Gate and see some impressive Government Buildings.

India Gate

Humayun Tomb

Jama Masjid Delhi

India Gate Humayun Tomb Jama Masjid Delhi
Day 19. Flight to Home Destination
Around midnight flight to home destination.
(End of Tour)

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We provide you the accommodation as per your budget mentioned above in the table of hotels category for any of the booked tour. Hotels provided by us are from budget to luxury class hotels. The criteria for selecting hotels by us remains the best value of your money. We also provide you wherever possible accommodation in heritage hotels. Heritage Hotels are old Palaces, Forts and Grand mansions of Maharajas which have been later renovated and converted into Hotels. Rooms are decorated all individually. Rooms are comfortable, romantic and present the flair of olden Maharaja days. 

Our Services Include:
      Accommodation in double rooms on twin sharing basis with bath and WC in the
         chosen category. 
      Rooms on the departure day.
      American/continental Breakfast.
      Rickshaw Drive in Delhi.
      Elephant Ride in Amber.
      Boat ride on the holy river Ganges.
      One Dinner will be with a presentation of Indian music and dance in Jaipur.
      Services of qualified local guides (English speaking or languages of your choice)
         at every place of sightseeing.
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         representative.
       All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an air-conditioned Car with
         driver. For groups an individual air-conditioned bus (Except Standard Hotels) will be
         provided.

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         beverages.
      Camera Fees (Still or Movie).
      Any Flight Charges.
      Monument Entrances.
      Unspecified Meals etc.
 
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