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    To the land of Royals, Desert and Dal

TOUR OVERVIEW

Rajasthan has evoked very elaborate, colorful and majestic images of heritage and grandiose in the collective imagination of everyone. The largest state of India, Rajasthan has always been associated with the royalty and hence with sturdy forts, lavish palaces and exquisitely carved monuments.

However, this vast expanse of land has so much more to offer. The sand dunes of the Thar desert form the unbelievably romantic setting on a full moon night. Camp under the stars with nothing but slippery, silken sand beneath your tents in Jaiselmer.

The folk music and tales of this state has travelled far and wide, being adapted with time and tastes. But hear them on the soil they were born, is a priceless experience. Get mesmerized with the Kalbelia dance resembling the movements of the King Cobra or lose all worries humming with the sarangi.

Get sucked into the old world of kings and queens visiting the lavish palaces of Jaipur and Jodhpur. Visit the painted havelis of Shekhawati region and take village walks to get a peek of rural Rajasthan. Witness the rural empowerment activities across the state while you get overwhelmed and overfed by the Rajasthani hospitality.

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Day 1 - 04 Nov 2017

Arrive in Jaipur and proceed to Pushkar. Apart from being the holy place for the only Bramha Temple in India, Pushkar at this time of the year is the most sought after place in Rajasthan. Yes, we are talking of the famous Pushkar Fair. Post Lunch, enjoy the fair activities in the mela ground. Overnight at Pushkar.

Day 2 - 05 Nov 2017

After an early morning visit to the Pushkar lake and breakfast, we move to Jodhpur. We visit the Bishnoi village en route. The Bishnois appeared in the collective conscience of the country after the infamous black buck hunting episode by a certain “star”. But they have been living in tandem with nature, respecting earth, trees and wildlife, for centuries. Today we understand their way of living. May be, we will be able to take home some key lessons of living with, and not against, nature.

We indulge in a bit of shopping today at the bazaars of Jodhpur. Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 3 - 06 Nov 2017

We start our day early and avail sightseeing at the Mehrangarh fort and other palaces around Jodhpur – also called the Blue City due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Post lunch, we proceed to Jaiselmer. Overnight at Jaiselmer.

Day 4 - 07 Nov 2017

The Golden City lies in the heart of the Thar Desert, located on the westernmost frontiers of India. Today, we visit the marvels of architectural finery in Jaiselmer. We end the day by rolling on the sand dunes and riding the camel. Go camera crazy. Become the desert rose.

And we spend the night camping amidst the silken, golden sand dunes where a lavish dinner and a cultural performance await us. Overnight at the Desert Camp.

Day 5 - 08 Nov 2017

Rajasthan is full of surprises. So after the camels, forts, havelis and sand dunes, we take you to visit our beautiful winged friends at Kheechan and our mousy friends at the Karni Mata Temple. Reach Bikaner today and relax. Overnight at Bikaner.

Day 6 - 09 Nov 2017

Start out by visiting the palace and the bazaars of Bikaner. Do not forget to buy the famous Bikaneri Bhujiya. Post lunch, leave for Shekhawati. History has it that in the 18th and 19th centuries, Marwari merchants constructed these grand havelis in the Shekhawati region. Steeped in wealth and affluence, these merchants got busy outdoing others in building more grand edifices – homes, temples, step wells which were richly decorated both inside and outside with painted murals. Go for a city walk today. Overnight in Shekhawati.

Day 7 - 10 Nov 2017

After breakfast, see the painted havelis of Nawalgarh. These are the only havelis in Rajasthan with frescos. Proceed to Jaipur after lunch at an organic farm. Evening visit to Nahargarh to relive the Rang De Basanti nostalgia.

Day 8 - 11 Nov 2017

We explore Jaipur today with all its monuments and pinkish glory. Evening at leisure. You can indulge in shopping in Bapu Bazaar/Johari Bazaar area. Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 9 - 12 Nov 2017

Visit the artists who make the block prints and the blue pottery. See the art taking form. Ask questions. You can also take part in a half day workshop on blue pottery and block printing. Marvel at the process. Trip ends post lunch where we drop you to airport for your flights back home.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on double sharing basis at all mentioned places.
  • All meals (breakfast+lunch+dinner+evening tea)from Lunch on Day 1 to Lunch on Day 9
  • Transport in an AC vehicle throughout the trip.
  • All entry and permit charges
  • Guide at Bishnoi village, Jodhpur, Jaiselmer and Jaipur.
  • Camel ride at the sand dunes in Jaiselmer

Exclusions

  • Tips
  • Shopping
  • Food other than inclusions – Breakfast on Day 1 and Dinner on Day 9 are not included.
  • Personal expenses
  • Flights to Jaipur and back, from your city of residence.
  • Guides other than mentioned.
  • Any other ride/activity not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Art workshop at INR 750/- per person (please let the lead know in advance if you want to participate.
  • 5% GST

Terms & Conditions

  • REFUNDS/CANCELLATION:

    • If cancelled 90 days or more in advance, cancellation fee is 12% of the trip amount.

    •  25% of the trip cost if cancelled 89 – 60 days in advance.

    •  50% of the trip cost if cancelled 59 to 16 days in advance.

    • Last 15 days – no show – entire amount will be forfeited.

    • If you use our services to book flights, cancellation charges of the flights will apply.

    Option of Deffered trip:

    You have an option of parking the paid amount with us for a future trip, if you wish to cancel joining this trip 60 days or more in advance.

     Following conditions apply:

  • You need to choose the trip you would like to go with instead (the deferred trip) within 2 months of deciding to cancel.

  • The travel start date of the deferred trip should be within 6 months from the day you decide to cancel.

  • There can be only one such change and once you decide the deferred trip, the cancellation policy of that trip applies.

  • You cannot choose a short trip (less than 5 days) as a deferred trip.

Disclaimer

  • Please read the itinerary thoroughly. And consider asking questions. We do not promise what we cannot deliver and we like when our guests know what they are signing up for.
  • We are staying in a mix of heritage homestays, hotels and desert camp.
  • There is fair bit of walking involved – Bishnoi village, narrow lanes of Shekhawati, Palaces, shopping in Jaipur. The distances aren’t much so if you daily walk or indulge in some form of workout, you dont have to worry.
  • The trip covers a lot of Rajasthan, but do not expect to visit every place in the state. It is the largest state in the country and the distances are mind boggling.
  • We have tried and planned your meals at great restaurants/cafes/organic farms/bishnoi village etc., but there will be instances where we will need to have lunches on the way from one city to another.
  • Evenings in Jaipur are for shopping and the trip lead will drop you at a designated spot. It is not possible for the vehicle to get in the narrow lanes of pink city, so the transport between the bazaars (auto/cycle-rickshaw) will be on you.
  • F5 Escapes is in no way responsible for any untoward incident happening due to the ignorance/negligence of the guests, natural/man-made calamities, accidents or any other events that are out of human control during the trip.
  • All our trips are well-researched, including identifying access to medical facilities. In case of a medical emergency, F5 will assist the traveler in getting medical attention.
  • The trip is NON-SMOKING and NON-ALCOHOLIC.
  • F5 reserves the right to cancel the trip under certain conditions – in such a case, the amount will be refunded in full.

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