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October 26: Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Hotel Vasant Continental or similar. Rooms will be available from 12 noon. If time permits, enjoy the afternoon sightseeing in New Delhi.
Delhi: The old city, built by Shah Jehan in the 17th century, stands today as an epitome of the whole history of Indo- Islamic architecture. New Delhi, designed and constructed by the Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker is a mixture of east and west. The public buildings in red sandstone are in the Moghul style. It has a circular Parliament House and an imposing Central Secretariat in two blocks which stand at the approaches to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the residence of the President of India. Delhi is today the political, economic and cultural capital of the World's largest democracy and has also become one of the greatest tourist centres of the World.
Sightseeing of New Delhi : Visit Humayun's Tomb aptly called predecessor of the Taj Mahal. Drive past Safdarjung's Tomb, the Qutab Minar, 72 meters high and one of the perfect towers of the Persian World. Nearby, amidst the ruins of the Quwut - ul - Islam Mosque stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of the weather and not rusted over 1500 years. An orientation drive through New Delhi includes the Embassy area, Government Buildings and Birla temple. Drive past Jantar- Mantar Astronomical observatory and through Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping centre.
October 27: At 10am, transfer to airport in time for flight to Jodhpur leaving at 12:55pm and arriving at 2:15pm. Arrive in Jodhpur and transfer to Hotel Ranbanka Palace or similar.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon sightseeing in Jodhpur, including a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort.
Jodhpur: This former capital of Marwar state was found by Rao Jodha Singh. A flourishing trading centre in 16th century, today the city has grown to become the second largest city of Rajasthan and is still one of the leading centres for wood, cattle, camels, salt and agriculture in Rajasthan. However, the past is never far behind and the city boasts of some very fine reminders of this glorious past -- Palaces, Forts, Temples and other elegant monuments of architectural and historical value.
Mehrangarh Fort: From its towering height of 400 ft, atop a steep hill, Mehrangarh Fort is Jodhpur's most remarkable monument, enclosing within its mighty ramparts a complex of ethereal palaces notable for their exquisite lattice work. Work began on this massive citadel, in 1479 by Rao Jodha, founder of Jodhpur. Certain halls in the palace have been made into a museum with a display of the royal collection of arms, palanquins, howdahs, cradles, miniature paintings, and personal heirlooms. From here, the view of the city is breathtaking.
Diwali: Today is the Diwali festival, celebrated to honor the Indian god Rama. People will celebrate with noisemaking and merriment. The whole town will be lit with earthen lamps, while firecrackers burst in the sky. The Festival of Lights is held and celebrated every year in honor of Lord Rama's (one of the Indian Gods, the hero of the Ramayana and a reincarnate of Lord Vishnu) return to his capital Ayodhya after the exile of fourteen years. Thousands of years have passed by, and yet so ideal is the kingdom of Rama that it is remembered to this day. Consequently, to commemorate the return of Ram, Sita and Lakshman to Ayodhya people celebrate Diwali with the bursting of crackers and by lighting up their houses with earthen diyas (lamps) or other lamps in the grandest style, year after year. On the Diwali day prayers are offered to Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed God and to Goddess Laxmi - the Goddess of wealth. It is believed that the Goddess of wealth would grace your home/business on this day. It is worth taking a walk in the market areas - the shops are beautifully decorated and are crowded with people in lovely dresses and costumes. At night the whole town is lit up with earthen oil lamps, candles and fireworks reverberates with the sound of crackers and sounds of joy and happiness.
October 28: In the morning have time to relax or do more touring of Jodhpur. After an early lunch drive about 3.5 hours to Korta and transfer to Korta Escape – comprised of simple but nice cottages built in a vast open area surrounded by agricultural fields and overlooking several hills. The property is run by a charming Rajput family who welcomes you to this isolated area.
Korta itself is a small village comprising of about 1500 people – half of which are tribals belonging to the Rabbaris and Raikas (Shepherds and Camel breeders). This small village has several ancient Hindu and Jain Temples which are visited by several people from far and near.
After settling into your cottage, have a look at the Marwari Horses which you will be riding.
October 29: In the morning try out the horses and ride in and around Korta. There are several dirt tracks, dry river beds and open fields. You will also get a chance to visit the homes of the tribals and may be offered some tea. On the way back for lunch, visit the village and the temples.
In the late afternoon, again go for a short two hours ride to look for the Nilgai Antelope (the largest in India).
In the evening before dinner, you will have a chance to see some local village dances to the accompaniment of music.
Overnight Korta Escape.
October 30: Ride to Orda Dam (about 35 kms). The ride on this day takes you across several villages and a unique temple dedicated to a saint and here you can see statues of several horses in various colors commemorating fallen warriors. You will also visit a snake charmer's village. The terrain is mostly soft and sandy and the landscape is interesting. You get close to the hills and can see the shepherds and camel men grazing the sheep, goats and camels. The Orda Dam is actually a large reservoir supplying water to the farmers for irrigation purposes. Depending upon the water level in the Dam, the Camp would be set up close to the Dam from where you may get a good view of the surroundings.
Overnight in tented camp.
October 31: Ride to Siyana Village (about 35 kms). The ride on this day passes through several villages and scrubland and you are likely to come across large families of nomads living near some of the villages. The terrain today is most of the time hard ground.
This part of Rajasthan has remained cut off from the tourist circuit and as a result retains its traditional charm. The small shepherd villages that one passes through still retain their originality in terms of housing structures, attires and social customs.
Arrive Siyana and transfer to Siyana Garden Cottages – just outside the village.
Siyana is a small hamlet situated in south west Rajasthan, bordering the great Thar desert. The village of Siyana featured in David Attenborough’s epic “Life of Mammals” as the place where a leopard wandered at night past the silent houses!
November 1: Ride to Maylawas (about 23 kms). The ride on this day takes you across terrain which is a unique mixture of Aravali hills bordered by sand dunes and agricultural land. The run-off from these hills has created picturesque ravines in these dunes and has carried sand into neighboring countryside, making this area perfect for riding. The south west part of Rajasthan is still untouched by western influence and offers a good insight into the traditional way of life. The rock formations in the Aisrana Range of the Aravali hills need a special mention as they are unique and wonderful to watch against the backdrop of the setting sun.
Camp will be set up in an area with a view of the Aisrana Range of hills.
Overnight tented camp.
November 2: Ride to Merda Uparla village (about 8 kms from camp). The ride on this day takes you to a tribal village located at the base of the Aisrana range. The tribals of this village are mainly Rabari shepherds, some Raikas (camel men) and Bhils (who have lived here before the Aryans came into India). Their houses are unique structures and so is their attire. The riding terrain is soft and sandy most of the time and very good for riding. Return to camp for lunch.
In the afternoon, another short ride.
Overnight tented camp.
November 3: Ride to Bhenswara (about 35 kms). For about 8 kms you first travel northwest along the base of the hills and the riding is a bit slow until you get to Narnawas village. After Narnawas you head north into an open country and the terrain is mostly sandy with patches of hard ground. You pass several small villages and then the dry Jawai river before you get to Bhenswara. Arrive Bhenswara and transfer to hotel Rawla Bhenswara.
The Rawla was built by Jagat Singh Ji the founder of Bhenswara about 240 years ago and each subsequent chieftain has changed the Ravla according to his own tastes. Thakur Madho Singh Ji (1922-1996) added many modern comforts. In 1993 the Rawla was transformed into a heritage hotel.
The hosts, Kr. Shivpratap Singh and his family, live in the same Rawla and are more than happy to entertain and swap tales with their guests. They make a great effort to keep the cultural heritage of their family alive.
November 4: After an early breakfast, drive to Pushkar (about 5 hrs).
Arrive Pushkar and transfer to Pushkar Resorts - which is a very luxurious resort and is like an oasis in the desert.
Pushkar: Excitement, gaiety and keen sense of competition fill the air as the long journey to Pushkar begins. Spirited columns of people with camels, horses, bullock-carts, cars and jeeps head for Pushkar soon after Diwali.The origin of Pushkar is lost in myth. It is believed that Brahma, the creator, was in search of a place to perform a Vedic yagna (sacrifice). As he pondered, a lotus fell from his hands and water gushed from the spot. Today, the faithful bathe in the holy waters of the Pushkar lake on Kartik Poornima (full moon in November). And on its banks, a mammoth 200000 people and some 50000 cattle become a part of the annual Pushkar fair.The fair offers a matchless opportunity to trade in cattle and leather goods. Women shop for bangles, clothes, utensils and sundry household items.The most dramatic events of the festivities are the cattle auction and the camel race. Sports involving the camel - the friend of the desert folk of Rajasthan - are legion. The brightly-dressed locals add their own color to the festivities.
November 5: A full day at the Pushkar fair. The fair offers a matchless opportunity to trade in cattle and leather goods. Women shop for bangles, clothes, utensils and sundry household items.
The most dramatic events of the festivities are the cattle auction and the camel race. Sports involving the camel - the friend of the desert folk of Rajasthan are legion. The brightly-dressed locals add their own color to the festivities.
Overnight at Pushkar Resorts
November 6: After breakfast, drive to Jaipur (about 3 hrs). Arrive Jaipur and transfer to Hotel Narain Niwas Palace or similar. Spend the afternoon sightseeing, including the founder's observatory and the City Palace museum.
Jaipur: The rose-pink capital of Rajasthan, is surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts. Enclosed by embattled walls, the city was built early in the eighteenth century. The Maharaja's palace stands in the centre of the city amidst lovely gardens. Houses with latticed windows line the streets, their rose-pink color lending enchantment to the scene and almost magical at sunset. Jaipur is aptly called the "Pink City of India". It takes its name from the famous Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who founded the city in 1728. A keen astronomer, he built an observatory which still exists and is equipped with quaint masonry instruments of remarkable size. This observatory (called Jantar Mantar) is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen skilled in the art of cutting precious stones and famed for its garnets and rubies. It is equally well known for brass inlay work, lacquer work and the printings of muslin.
City Sightseeing: The City Palace which now houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, painting and an armory; the Jantar Mantar observatory- built in the 17th century by Jai Singh- with a sundial 90ft.high; the Museum amidst the Ram Niwas Palace Gardens founded in 1876 with a large collection of antiques; the palace of Winds, a landmark of Jaipur made of pink sandstone and of unique design.
November 7: Another day of fascinating sights in Jaipur, including riding elephant at the Amber Fort.
Amber Fort: 12 Kms. from Jaipur lies the city of Amber with an ancient imposing fort cum Palace overlooking the lake at the entrance to a rocky mountain grove. Built in the 17th century, the palace is a distinguished specimen of Rajput architecture and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Jai Mandir (hall of victory) is so delicately ornamented with fine inlay work that it glows. The fort of Jaigarh, crowning the summit of a peak is of amazing beauty and grandeur.
Fly to Delhi at 5pm, landing at 6:05pm, and transfer to a hotel for dinner and preparation for international flights home.
This itinerary is flexible and may change at your guide's discretion due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.