Arrival / Delhi
Late night arrival. Meeting and assistance upon
arrival as our representatives welcome you and escort you to your
Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our
representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the
documents to you.
Welcome to India, or as we say "atithi
devo bhava" (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for
giving us the opportunity to serve you!
Overnight at The
Imperial - a 5* Downtown Hotel
Delhi / Udaipur (9W 3401 - 0545 / 0810 Hrs)
morning transfer to the airport to board your flight to Udaipur
to Udaipur, the famed City of sunrise Founded in 1567 by
Maharana Udai Singh, from the lineage of the legendary Sisodias of
Mewar - the decedents of the sun God. A city where the sun truly
never set, where tradition and a strict code of heroism were happily
united with a love of fine living. A city that has come to be an
oasis of romance in the warrior state of Rajasthan.
and assistance upon arrival check into the hotel Lake Palace, which
is a palace on an island girdled by hills. Built on a rocky island
over lake Pichola over two and a half centuries ago, once it was the
summer palace of the rulers of Mewar. Today the pleasure palace is a
luxury hotel like no other in the world. To stay here is an un
missable privilege, affording as it does a glimpse of pleasure that
once were the sole preserve of princes. The Lake Palaces Hotel
amazes and delights you at every turn. It is pure white marble,
every ancient inch of it - slender carved columns, fountains,
filigreed screens, marble from the pinnacles of its domed Chatris to
the bottom of its swimming pool, created for the private frolics of
After wash & change we proceed on a tour of
this "Lake City". Udaipur is a cool oasis in the dry heart
of Rajasthan. It is probably the most romantic city in a state where
every city has some romantic or exotic tale to tell. The huge city
palace towering over the Lake Pichola is the largest palace complex
in Rajasthan. Though it is a conglomeration of buildings built by
successive rulers, it manages to retain a surprising uniformity of
design and affords very fine view of the lake and the city from the
upper terraces. The Jagadish temple next to the city palace
enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu and his vehicle- a
mighty bird called garuda - in a brass image. The temple is a very
fine example of Indo-Aryan Art.
Evening we enjoy a boat
cruise on the serene and beautiful Lake Pichola. The island palace
on the Lake called Jagmandir Palace is quite fascinating. The Palace
provided inspirations and ideas to the builder of the Taj Mahal. The
banks of the lake provide interesting glimpses of the daily bathing
and the laundry that takes place here. Looking across the lake, with
the city and its great palace rising up behind the island palace, is
a scene of rare beauty.
Overnight at Lake Palace - a
5* Taj Group Hotel
Day 03: Udaipur
/ Ranakpur / Kumbalgarh (98 Kms)
breakfast we ride out to Kumbalgarh. Enroute we visit Ranakpur.
The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the
liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The
basement is of 48, 000 sq. feet area that covers the whole complex.
There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and
eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total
number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved with
no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute
in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing
sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kg
whose sound echoes in the entire complex. The main temple is of
Chaumukh or four-faces temple dedicated to Adinath..
the tour of Ranakpur Jain Temples we continue our ride to
Kumbalgarh. We would have photo stop several times as we walk
through the countryside as well as interact with primitive tribals.
Upon arrival we check into the fine Aodhi Lodge - a
property of the Royal family of Udaipur.
explore the beautifully preserved and one of the most majestic forts
of India. 13 mountain peaks surround the impregnable fortress of
Kumbalgarh (54 Kms) at a height of 3281 ft. Seven towering gateways
pierce the massive walls of this prominent fortress of Mewar. The
young Udai Singh founder of Udaipur took shelter here from his
treacherous uncles. These impregnable walls dotted with cannonballs
defeated Emperor Akbar.
Overnight: Aodhi Lodge (Deluxe
Day 04: Kumbalgarh / Ghanerao
Following a leisurely breakfast drive to Ghanerao
Upon arrival at Ghanerao we check into the Royal Ghanerao
Castle, a property of the Royal Family of Mewar. We stay at the
Ghanerao Royal Castle to step back into the past and re-live it.
Here truly time stands still to let you bask in the sunshine of the
bygone era. Besides all modern comforts the royal family here have
endeavoured to recreate the lifestyle of the thakurs (feudal lords)
in all past glory. Situated in the picturesque `Godwar` region of
Rajasthan, Ghanerao was founded in 1606 A D Today, standing sentinel
over the villages, The Ghanerao Royal Castle is a truly magnificent
edifice of red sandstone havelis (mansions), marble citadels and
some miniature paintings on walls, the village is strewn with old
temples, step walls and marble archways. The old fort to the south
of the castle pock, marked with cannonballs and destroyed time and
again, but stubbornly refusing to be vanquished.
suggest walks through the primitive town to witness traditional
styles of living and occupation.
Overnight: Ghanerao Castle
Day 05: Ghanerao /
Narlai (35 Kms)
After breakfast we will drive to Narlai. We
would have opportunities to stop a few times for interactions with
the extremely friendly tribals as well as witness their homes and
lifestyles unchanged for centuries.
Upon arrival check in
to the Hotel Rawla Narlai Situated in the Narlai village, Rawla
Narlai, is a 17th century fortress renovated over the years to have
15 exquisite double rooms. Rawla Narlai is full of surprises; it is
situated in the heart of a typical Rajasthani village bustling with
activity and bursting with colours. But, inside the Rawla (fortress)
there is only serenity and stupendous view of a gigantic350 ft
single rock of granite dotted with caves and temples and crowned by
a statue of a white elephant - proud guardian to the open desert on
one side and the crumbling Aravali hills on the other. Maharaja and
Rani Swaroop Singh, and their sons oversaw the careful restoration
of this hunting lodge, with aesthetics, comfort, and atmosphere that
will embrace your senses. Comfortable rooms and modern bathrooms
blend with the ancient way of Narlai, while offering a warm and
homely atmosphere. The charming rooms are all stylised from
references from the past adding more to your experience at Rawla
Narlai. The chef prepares you a delicious meal, garnished with care
made from Secret Recipes handed down for generations to the Royal
family. In the evening bathe in the moonlight under the starry sky,
listening to hypnotic and chanting rhythms by local musicians who
will rekindle the sprit in you. The peace and calm of the gentle
rustling leaves, the sun bathed courtyards and the star lit nights
ads an air of romanticism to this wonderful fortress.
village of Narlai is one of the most exquisite well-preserved tribal
settlements of India. You would find your walk through the maze of
lanes and bye lanes and incredible experience. You need to come back
to your fortress by late afternoon, to enjoy the magical sunset as
well as the ethnic décor and charm of your amazing hotel.
Afternoon, we would have an escorted stroll through the
small town, bustling with activity and bursting with colour- perhaps
pausing to see the rich handicrafts or even to design your own
silver Tabiz, a ancient lucky charm, both for women and men- worn
around the neck, at the silversmith.
Narlai (Standard Room)
Day 06: Narlai / Sodawas
Wake up to the sounds of this 17-century village,
and take in the spiritual energy from descending from the Shiva
Temple, deep in a primal cave, on the hill overlooking your room.
You may hear whispers of the early morning chanting coming from the
many temples and mosques. At breakfast you are encouraged to feed
the harmless monkeys, if they come down from the hills, as a token
of prayer to Lord Hanuman. After breakfast we have an escorted
stroll through the small bazaar, bustling with activity and bursting
After breakfast we will drive to Sodawas.
Sodawas was given in Jagir (Fief) to Late Thakur Bishan
Singhji by His Late Highness Maharaja Shri Umaid Singhji of Jodhpur
in the Year 1943 along with two other villages, before which it was
a 'Khalsa' Village, meaning for Three Decades it was under the
direct rule of Marwar State (Jodhpur).
Upon arrival you
enter through a grand gateway into the Sodawas Kot, which is still
owned by the family of Thakur Bishan Singhji. The Kot has ten
bedrooms and every modern amenity. The family drawing and dining
rooms have been opened to receive guests in true Rajput Hospitality.
Traditional Rajasthani Cuisine, for which the House is well known
for, is served with a mild and delicate blend of spices adapted to
your taste. The family will join you and will give you an
opportunity to discuss their traditions, culture and the rich
heritage of Marwar erstwhile State of Jodhpur. Folk Music and dance
are performed in the evening especially for us. The beautifully
designed stables will interest Horse lovers. Once the much loved
stallion and mare of the Late Thakur Sahib were stabled here.
the Kot walls the guest encounters breath taking green fields of
mustard and wheat; and in the village, one can see artisans working
on the local crafts of the region.
This afternoon we walk
through the main boulevard, which is wide enough to take a bullock
cart. We visit the local school here to witness the kids sitting in
rows on cotton mats. We also visit the colourful bazaar as well as
the village temple to witness the day to day. Life here is very
simple and uncomplicated and traditional virtues still intact.
People here may be very poor, but they are extremely friendly and
hospitable, willing to share out their meagre possessions with you.
Sodawas Kot (Standard Room)
Sodawas / Rohet (90 Kms)
Following a leisurely breakfast we
will drive to Rohet.
Upon arrival check in to the hotel
At Rohet, one is transported in to a world of the
past, a world of honour and of chivalry, of glory and of pride; a
world of vibrant colours and spectacular magnificence. Past
centuries come to life at the historic boundary walls of Rohet- the
16th century fortified deserted home of a Rajput clan. Within the
precincts of these time weathered walls is our hotel, the impressive
Rohetgarh Fort- a bastion of proud Rajput traditions bathed in the
ambience of unmistakable Rajasthani culture where one can, even
today experience the famed warm and courteous Rajput hospitality.
Frescoes on the tall gateway, brightly painted in the traditional
style, using traditional motifs and colour schemes herald your entry
to this charmed world the bygone era. The gateway leads to a
compound where a profusion of flowers frame the archways in welcome.
The portico is a warm and informal place decorated with the
artifacts and trophies of many years. Exquisitely carved furniture,
delicate hand block prints, original paintings and photographs
decorate your rooms, which though redolent with the romance of a
bygone era, provide all the modern amenities. Antique hunting
riffles, shields & spearheads, daggers and original paintings
form the backdrop of the dinning room. The swimming pool here is in
beautiful settings and is an oasis in a dessert.
at Rohetgarh is special; each recipe is both traditional and
typical, handed down the generations and jealously guarded to retain
its pristine flavours. You savour only the very best of Rajasthani
cuisines, food favoured by the Royalty. The 16th century
descendants of the Rathore ruling family still live here and host
the guests. The members of the Royal family interact with the guests
and interesting stories and anecdotes are narrated.
afternoon, we would explore Rohet, which is a fascinating small
feudal town, which seems to be straight out of the Arabian Nights.
There is no proper road here - only one main dusts trail. On either
side are typical thatched houses and shops of all kinds - colourful
bangles, silver jewellery, potters, fruit vendors on carts, dress
shops, tailors etc.
Late afternoon we enjoy jeep safaris
to visit the heart of Rajasthan villages where traditions centuries
old still permeate life styles. One can witness the opium
ceremony - a ritual by which guests are welcomed. Gaily
attired men and women carry on their chores and one can catch a
glimpse of their norms and customs. The smoothened mud floors of the
village huts remind one of the simple and traditional living here.
As evening descends upon our hotel, the darkness of the
night is lit up by the flickering flames of fire around which the
rhythmic movements of the folk dancers assumes shape in brilliant
colours; truly an electrifying experience.
Rohetgarh - Heritage Property (Standard Room)
08: Rohet / Luni (18 Kms)
a leisurely breakfast we drive to Luni. You would have opportunities
to stop on the way to view local lifestyles.
check in to Hotel Fort Chanwa, which is an exceptional example of
elegance and symmetry in Indian architecture of the last century.
The entire fortress is carved out of the famous red sandstone of
Jodhpur and with its ornately carved latticework friezes and
intricate "Jharokas"; it exquisitely captures the romance
and grace of a bygone age. The fort is composed of a lyrical complex
of courtyards towers, water, wheels, stables, passages and
unexpected stairways to secret pavilions and panoramic roof tops
spanning the village below and the Thar horizon beyond.
all modern comforts that discerning tourists would seek
(airconditioned rooms, en suite facilities) the palace hotel is
equipped with a health Club, Swimming Pool, Croquet, Jaccuzi, Steam,
Sauna and Traditional Massages.
This evening, we would
explore the tribal village of Luni, which is a fascinating small
feudal town, which seems to be straight out of the Arabian Nights.
There is no proper road here - only one main dust trail. On either
side are typical thatched houses and shops of all kinds
colorful bangles, silver jewelry, potters, fruit vendors on carts,
dress shops, tailors etc.
Overnight: Fort Chanwa
09: Luni / Jodhpur (40 Kms)
Morning is at leisure for your
Afternoon drive to Jodhpur
arrival check in to Umaid Bhawan Palace which built in 20th century
conceived by Maharaja Umaid Singh as a centerpiece of his massive
famine-relief scheme, giving employment to hundreds of people for
nearly 16 years. This opulent edifice in sandstone is still the
residence of the former rulers with a part of it running as hotel
and remaining part as a museum. The palace captures the imagination
of a visitor by its sculpted lawns with sandstone pavements and
bouquets of bougainvillea bushes. The name of the palace has been
derived from the sandstones being used in its construction. These
rocks do not wear out how harsh the weather might be. It took 25
years and 3000 men to give shape to this stupendous expression. The
Palace was designed as a smooth combination of European classical
elements interlaced with oriental ones. Massive sandstone boulders
were cut from a quarry at Surasagar near Jodhpur and transported by
a special narrow-gauge train to the construction sites. Master
masons chiseled these rough stones into blocks of five and seven
tons. The blocks were then fitted into an interlocking fashion with
no mortar or cement being used in the construction. Furnished with
fashionable Art Deco interiors by the Polish artist and decorator,
S. Norblin, the palace consumed one million square feet of the
finest marble. The world of Umaid Bhawan Palace contained everything
that the royalty required a private cinema hall, a luxurious
swimming pool inlaid with tiles depicting the zodiac, gigantic royal
suites, a soaring rotunda, fancy ball rooms, a majestic durbar hall,
billiards room, ballrooms, banquet halls, libraries, staff quarters,
servant quarters. In 1977, Umaid Bhawan opened as one of India's
grandest luxury hotels.
This evening, we would ride horse
carriages to the Clock Tower Bazaar. This is one of Indias
largest and most colourful wholesale markets especially with respect
to clothes, fabrics, spices, vegetables etc. It is a fantastic
experience to walk through the place observing and photographing
this incredible spectacle of vibrant lifestyles and incredible
Overnight at Umaid Bhawan Palace
10: Jodhpur / Delhi (9W 3312 - 1400 / 1520)
This morning we
proceed on a guided tour of Jodhpur. Our tour includes the massive
fort. In olden days this must have been impregnable since its rocky
base is scraped straight down making it nearly impossible to ascend.
Once inside, royal palaces abound with fascinating history and
priceless jewels, on to the armoury and Jaswant Tara - the Royal
Following the tour transfer to the airport to
connect your flight to Delhi
Meeting and assistance upon
arrival and transfer to your hotel The Imperial
Home Visit &
A Farewell Dinner with an Indian Family: This evening, we would
visit an Indian family for an Indian home experience. The evening is
designed to give you a feel and insight into Indian
family life as well as experience typical Indian hospitality and
home made Indian food.
Overnight at The Imperial - a 5*
Day 11: Delhi /
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight -
Thank you very much for traveling with us!