India

Wonders of Rajasthan

This family adventure covers the highlights of Rajasthan but also includes lesser known gems where you can give the children a real taste of life in rural India. There is so much to see in Northern India that we can’t include everything in a 2-week itinerary but as ever if you want to amend the itinerary to include different places, please let us know. Note that Ranthambore National Park is closed in July or August so if you are travelling then we will need to change the itinerary around.

Highlights

  Ride a cycle rickshaw around Delhi
  Cycle through rural Rajasthan
  Take a boat ride on Pichola Lake
  Help feed and paint elephants
  Search for tigers on safari
  Visit the Taj Mahal at dawn

15 days from £1,250 pp

Plus international flights from £450

A 2-week holiday in Rajasthan for a family of four (with an English speaking chauffeur) will usually cost a minimum of £5,000 plus flights based on character hotels.

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Wonders of Rajasthan day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 Delhi
Arrive into Delhi. After you have passed through customs you will be met by a Stubborn Mule Travel representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax after your flight.


Day 2 Delhi
Your guide will meet you for a full day tour of Delhi. After taking the subway to Old Delhi you will climb on board a rickshaw to be immersed immediately into the colour and mayhem of the old city. Your tour takes in the majestic Red Fort, the exquisite 17th century Jama Masjid Mosque and the lively markets of Chandni Chowk. Holy cows jostle for space with rickshaws on the busy roads and the children will be agog at it all.

In the afternoon enter the calm and serenity of New Delhi with its impressive colonial buildings and wide tree-lined streets. You will visit the Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb, both exquisite World Heritage sites.


Day 3 Delhi – Udaipur
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Udaipur. (If you would prefer, you can also take an overnight train on the evening of day 2). When you arrive you will be driven to your hotel and the rest of the day is free for you to explore by yourselves.

Set around the vast Pichola Lake and dominated by dramatic palaces, Udaipur is perhaps Rajasthan’s most picturesque city. High whitewashed houses and narrow winding alleys lend it an almost medieval charm. The huge City Palace, still the residence of the Maharana, is carved out of yellow sandstone and stands on the banks of the Lake Pichola. From here there are fabulous views over the lake and the Lake Palace Hotel, made famous in the James Bond Film ‘Octopussy’.


Day 4 Udaipur
A morning city tour of Udaipur with a guide. Top on the list of places to visit is the vast City Palace which is fantastically impressive. However, this is perhaps not a place to linger too long with children, as the galleries of mosaics, glass figures and painted miniatures, whilst stunning, are not necessarily going to be of great interest to younger visitors! There are however many tiny corridors leading to terraces, hanging gardens and courtyards so perhaps let the children follow their noses through the labyrinth.

Nearby is the Jagdish temple, a wonderfully intricate temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu that is a centre of constant activity. Dreadlocked holy men with long beards and flowing robes sit in the shade whilst devotees light candles and give offerings of garlands of orange carnations.

In the afternoon take a boat ride on Lake Pichola with wonderful views of the activity on the ‘ghats’ used by local people for washing and bathing. You will pass the famous luxury Lake Palace hotel, and stop to visit the ‘pleasure island’ of Jag Mandir.


Day 5 Udaipur – Chittorgarh
This morning drive a couple of hours to Chittorgarh, one of Rajasthan’s most dramatic forts. Perched on a hilltop this covers a massive 700 acres and dates back to the 7th century. You will explore the fort with a guide and then in the afternoon, if you are interested, we can arrange a cycling excursion through the surrounding countryside. Follow quiet backroads through peaceful farmland and local villages, with stunning views across the fields to the fort.

You spend the night in a traditional Rajasthani merchant’s house.

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Day 6 Chittorgarh – Barli
A morning drive to to Barli where you stay in a beautifully restored medieval fort.

It is great fun to explore the village of Barli by bullock cart. As you make your way through the narrow streets you will receive a friendly greeting from all the inhabitants, especially the children. You can see traditional potters and shoe makers at work, visit a local temple, and see the memorials to local rulers. It is a great insight into the traditional lifestyles still followed by people throughout rural India.


Day 7 Barli – Jaipur
A morning drive to Jaipur.

In the afternoon head out of town to the magnificent Amber Fort, sitting high on a bluff with wonderful views over the hills around. The fort is huge and beautifully decorated with intricate carvings and delicate paintings. There are lots of nooks and crannies that the children will be able to explore. The fort is also very popular with local families and Indian tourists so you will probably receive lots of requests to have your pictures taken, an interesting reverse of the normal tourist experience!


Day 8 Jaipur 
This morning rise early (before the worst of the traffic, and also when it is cool) for a cycling tour of the backstreets of Jaipur. This is fascinating as you will be cycling around whilst the city is coming alive, with children running errands in the street and market stalls getting set up for the day. The ride lasts around 2-3 hours and you will be back at your hotel for a late breakfast.

You will then be able to head out again for a morning sightseeing, including the City Palace, the principal residence of the former royal family.

In the afternoon you will take an excursion to Elefantastic, a wonderful centre where you have the chance to learn all about Indian elephants and can feed, paint, wash and finally ride your very own elephant. This is an amazing experience that is very popular with children of all ages (as well as adults!).


Day 9 Jaipur – Ranthambore
After breakfast you have a 4-hour drive to Sawai Madhopur, near Ranthambore National Park. In the afternoon visit the magnificent old Ranthambore Fort, now populated only by monkeys and situated on a rocky outcrop with breath-taking views over the forest and national park below. You may feel like you have seen enough forts, but this is entirely different as the building is completely in ruins and is a fabulous place for the children to climb at will and explore endless hidden corridors and towers.
We could also arrange a safari this afternoon to maximise your chances of seeing a tiger.


Day 10 Ranthambore
Today you have morning and afternoon game drives in Ranthambore National Park. This park is one of the few places in India where there is a good chance of seeing a tiger so keep your eyes peeled! There are also leopard, nilgai, wild boar, hyena, bear and many different types of deer which will maintain the excitement if the tigers prove elusive.


Day 11 Ranthambore – Karauli
After breakfast drive through rural Rajasthan to the small rural town of Karauli where you will stay in a Maharaja’s residence. The drive takes around 2.5 hours.


Day 12 Karauli
A full day to explore Karauli. This is not a place frequented by most travellers to India, but is all the more rewarding for that. The village hosts a fascinating and lively bazaar full of handicrafts, stone carvings, colourful bangles and handmade wooden toys – a great place for children to hone their haggling skills. There is a wonderful City Palace, a treasure trove of beautiful architecture where you probably won’t see another tourist and can get lost for hours in the small passages and lavishly painted rooms.

In the morning take a walking tour of the town and later ride on a camel cart through the narrow market streets.


Day 13 Karauli – Agra
After breakfast depart for the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. A bird sanctuary might not usually be top of the list for many children but we can arrange a cycle rickshaw for you to ride around the reserve, which is great fun.
You will then continue to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built by the Moghul Emperor Akhbar nearly 500 years ago, the city was abandoned only 15 years after completion because of a lack of water supply and is immaculately preserved.

From here it is a short drive on to Agra.


Day 14 Agra
In the early morning visit the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most beautiful buildings. It is magical to see this monument at dawn when it is at its quietest and most serene. We do not usually include a guide at the Taj but you can rent an audio tour which is excellent and we find the most successful way for children to get the most out of their visit. You can take your time to explore and then return to your hotel for a late breakfast.

The rest of the morning is free for you to relax. Alternatively we can arrange for you to visit a nearby sanctuary which houses rescued dancing bears.

In the afternoon take a city tour, first visiting Agra Fort. This is a masterpiece of design and construction that sits on the edge of the Yamuna River just upstream from the Taj. The fort’s colossal walls rise over 20m in height, measure 2.5 km in circumference and enclose a maze of buildings that form a small ‘city within a city’. Shah Jehan, the builder of the Taj Mahal, spent the last 12 years of his life here under house arrest. From the balcony of his rooms he could stare across the river at the Taj Mahal which he built in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Later you cross the River Yamuna and visit Itimad-ud-Daulah’s tomb – better known as the Baby Taj. Albeit not on the scale of the Taj Mahal itself, this peaceful building also features the marble inlay work for which Agra is famous. Finally you will visit Mehtab Bagh, a formally laid out Moghul garden which offers stupendous views of the Taj Mahal, especially around sunset.

In the evening take the train back to Delhi for your final night.


Day 15 Delhi
Transfer to the airport in time for your international flight.

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