Classic Rajasthan - For Solo Travellers

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The enchanting northern province of Rajasthan is awash with all the colours of India. On this new adventure, designed for solo travellers only, discover the grisly history of massive forts, and the opulence and splendour of Maharajahs' palaces. Stroll bustling markets, search for the elusive Bengal tiger, enjoy a sunset camel safari and soak up the culture of...

Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • Explore the sights, sounds, scents and colours of India with a group of solo travellers
    • Keep your adrenaline charged with a tiger spotting adventure among the lakes and crags of Ranthambhore National Park
    • Ride camels through the desert in Pushkar, gaining insight into the life of rural Rajasthan
    • Ballooning over Jaipur while the sun rises is an unforgettable experience
    • The hills and shimmering lakes of Udaipur make it India’s capital of romance
    • A trip to India wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal – a masterpiece of Indian architecture
    • Enjoy a variety of accommodation, from a fortified mansion to camping under the stars

What's this trip about?

    The enchanting northern province of Rajasthan is awash with all the colours of India. On this new adventure, designed for solo travellers only, discover the grisly history of massive forts, and the opulence and splendour of Maharajahs' palaces. Stroll bustling markets, search for the elusive Bengal tiger, enjoy a sunset camel safari and soak up the culture of the local people. Enjoy the true essence of Rajasthan.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - max of 12 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CityOperator does not provide
End CityOperator does not provide

Travel Themes

  • High Adventure
  • Singles Travel

Destinations

  • Asia
  • India

Attractions

  • Agra
  • Delhi
  • Jaipur
  • Rajasthan
  • Udaipur

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1 Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to India. Your adventure begins with an airport transfer and a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you have any free time before the meeting, perhaps visit the World Heritage-listed Mughal masterpiece of Humayun's Tomb or the tall brick tower of Qutub Minar....

Day 2 Delhi

In the morning, navigate the city’s metro system to discover Old Delhi on a guided walking tour. Hitch a ride in a traditional cycle rickshaw through a typical Indian traffic jam in the streets around Chandni Chowk marketplace. Visit Delhi’s oldest mosque of Jama Masjid, which is also India’s largest. Then head to the Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) to learn about the Sikh religion.

Day 3 Agra

Travel to Agra by one of India's faster air-conditioned trains (approximately 3 hours/230 kilometres). Steeped in Mughal heritage, Agra has a wealth of gardens, temples and open rooftops. Visit the Taj Mahal and hear about why Emperor Shah Jahan built it as a memoria...

Day 4 Rural Heritage Stay

Take a local bus to Bassi, a small town in the middle of rural Rajasthan (approximately 4 hours/210 kilometres). Travel by private transport to your accommodation for the night (approximately 45 minutes/20 kilometres). On a walk through the village, see craftspeople a...

Day 5 Jaipur

Travel by private vehicle to Jaipur (approximately 90 minutes/50 kilometres). On arrival, take an orientation tour around the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Get among the crowds of the city’s bazaars to shop for artisan goods and semi-precious stones. Set on a hilltop overloo...

Day 6 Jaipur

This morning, perhaps take an optional hot air balloon ride. Floating across the skyline of Jaipur in a hot air balloon a great way to start the day, and is definitely a journey highight. Take a cycle rickshaw to Hawa Mahal, also known as the 'Palace of the Winds’. Ot...

Day 7 Ranthambhore National Park

Continue on to Ranthambhore (approximately 5 hours/200 kilometres) via private vehicle. Ranthambhore National Park was once a famous hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, and became one of the original Project Tiger reserves. Explore the ruins of the park’s 10th...

Day 8 Bundi

Travel to Bundi by private vehicle (approximately 4 hours/150 kilometres) and navigate its narrow streets on a walking tour. Wander through the downtown market and engage with the locals. Visit intricately carved baoris (step wells) and explore the 16th-century Bundi Palace – be sure to check out its famous murals. 

Day 9 Rural Heritage Stay

Travel via local train to the small town of Bassi (approximately three hours). Head to Castle Bijaipur by jeep, where you’ll spend the night. This fortified mansion is still run by the local landlord and his family. Enjoy a meal of local Bassi cuisine with your travelling companions in the evening, and relax in the castle for the rest of the night.

Day 10 Bijaipur

Take another local train journey (approximately three hours) and then enjoy a drive in an open-top jeep through the countryside to visit pastoral villages. The area is teeming with wildlife, and your guide will point out some native animals. While in the villages, per...

Day 11 Udaipur

Continue on to Udaipur via private vehicle (approximately 4 hours/180 kilometres). Take a walk to soak up the city’s hills, lakes and white marble palaces, or explore the cities winding alleys and bazaars filled with silver, leather goods and miniature paintings. A popular centre for artists, dancers and musicians, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in Udaipur.

Day 12 Udaipur

Visit Jaipur’s City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India. Enjoy an optional boat ride on the famous Lake Pichola (seasonal: depending on the water level in the lake) and marvel at the island palaces off Jag Nivas and Jag Mandir. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a traditional concert that combines seven traditional Rajasthani folk dances.

Day 13 Pushkar

Take a six-hour air-conditioned train to Ajmer and then a private vehicle to your hotel in Pushkar. Enjoy a walking tour to visit the bustling ghats and temples around Pushkar Lake, and watch as the devout worship by the holy water. A highlight of this trip is a camel ride out into the surrounding desert area. For those who would prefer not to to ride, there’s a camel-cart option.

Day 14 Delhi

Early risers can hike up to the Savitri Temple for amazing sunrise views over the town; there may even be a steaming glass of chai waiting for you at the top, if the chai man is there. You’ll have free time to enjoy the rest of the morning in Pushkar. The Shatabdi Express train departs Ajmer around 2 pm for the return trip to Delhi, arriving at around 10.40 pm.

Day 15 Delhi

There are no activities planned for the final day and you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time.

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Last Updated: 12/3/2021

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Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns. For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/contact-us/safety SAFETY FOR WOMEN TRAVELLERS: Women should exercise caution when travelling in India. Reported cases of sexual assault against women are increasing; recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas and cities show that foreign women are also at risk. While the risk of an incident occurring on your trip is very low, below are some things you can do for your safety and peace of mind when travelling: - Respect local dress codes and customs, perhaps dressing more conservatively than you do at home - Avoid isolated areas, including beaches, unlit city streets and village lanes when alone at any time of day - Avoid travelling alone on public transport, or in taxis or auto-rickshaws, especially at night - If you have to use a taxi get them from hotel taxi ranks and use pre-paid taxis at airports. Try to avoid hailing taxis on the street. Some cities (including Delhi and Chennai) have special taxi services for women with women drivers - If you’re being collected at the airport by a driver make sure they have properly identified themselves before you set off. - When leaving your compartment on overnight trains (ie. going to the bathroom), ask a male travel companion to accompany you where possible For further information and advice, visit: www.gov.uk/government/policies/supporting-british-nationals-overseas/supporting-pages/advice-for-women-travellers www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/women.html http://www.intrepidtravel.com/women-safety-india TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD: Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware! PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY: While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing. SEAT BELTS: Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts. FESTIVALS - HOLI & DIWALI: Travelling in India and Nepal during Holi can at times be unsafe - drinking and drug use is more widespread during this holiday. Your leader/guide will advise your group on what places to avoid on the day. It may be necessary to alter your itinerary for the day. Diwali (a lunar festival generally held from mid October to mid November every year) is celebrated by local people letting off fireworks in the street. It can be very noisy for several days with extra pollution caused by fireworks. As there are no restrictions on buying fireworks in India there are often injuries caused by people exploding them inappropriately. During this festival your leader/guide may be required to alter your itinerary to avoid large crowds gathering and using fireworks. CAMEL SAFARI: Please note that helmets and professional riding equipment can't be provided on the camel safari. HERITAGE HOTELS: On this trip you will be staying in some heritage hotels and traditional guesthouses - these are one of the charms of this trip, but occasionally their staircases, balconies and passages etc don't always comply with western safety standards. Please don't expect elevators in these properties as they are preserved in their original state. The high levels of air pollution in New Delhi (and across urbanised India) may aggravate bronchial, sinus or asthma conditions. Children, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions may be especially affected. Please ensure you bring the required medication with you if you have any of these type of medical conditions. You can check the pollution index levels for many cities on the following website: http://safar.tropmet.res.in/ Your tour leader can assist you locally in purchasing face masks if required.
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Finish point

  • Hotel Clark International
  • Saraswati Marg, Block 5,
  • Karol Bagh
  • New Delhi
  • 110005
  • INDIA
Trip ID
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