Walking & Biking Tours
Duration : 11 Days / 10 Nights
Destination Covered : Delhi - Udaipur - Ranakpur - Kumbalgarh - Ghanerao
- Narlai - Sodawas - Rohet - Luni - Jodhpur
Day 01: Arrival / Delhi
night arrival. Meeting and assistance upon arrival as our
representatives welcome you and escort you to your car.
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
Day 02: Delhi / Udaipur (9W 3401 - 0545 / 0810 Hrs)
this morning transfer to the airport to board your flight to
Welcome 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.
Meeting 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 a princess.
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
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
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..
After 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
Upon arrival we check into the fine Aodhi Lodge - a property of
the Royal family of Udaipur.
Afternoon, we 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
Overnight: Aodhi Lodge (Deluxe Room)
Day 04: Kumbalgarh / Ghanerao (40 Kms)
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.
Afternoon suggest walks through the primitive town to witness
traditional styles of living and occupation.
Overnight: Ghanerao Castle (Deluxe Room)
Day 05: Ghanerao / Narlai (35 Kms)
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
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 night's ads an air of romanticism to this wonderful
The 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.
Overnight: Rawla Narlai (Standard Room)
Day 06: Narlai / Sodawas (55 Kms)
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 with colour.
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.
Beyond 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
Overnight: Sodawas Kot (Standard Room)
Day 07: Sodawas / Rohet (90 Kms)
a leisurely breakfast we will drive to Rohet.
Upon arrival check in to the hotel Rohetgarh
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.
The food 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 cuisine's, 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.
This 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.
Overnight: Rohetgarh - Heritage Property (Standard Room)
Day 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.
Upon arrival 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.
Besides 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
Overnight: Fort Chanwa
Day 09: Luni / Jodhpur (40 Kms)
is at leisure for your independent activities
Afternoon drive to Jodhpur
Upon 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 India's 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 colours.
Overnight at Umaid Bhawan Palace
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We do hope the flavor of India will
remain on your taste buds for all times to come and hopefully would
kindle an indelible fondness for the country and her people; Thank you
for being our guest, and as we say in India 'Please Come back Soon"