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Folklore of heroism and romance resound from the formidable monuments that majestically stand to tell the tale of a bygone era. The magic of vibrant Rajasthan - its rich heritage, colorful culture, exciting desert safaris, shining sand-dunes, amazing variety lush forests and varied wildlife - makes it a destination nonpareil. Rajasthan is often portrayed as one vast open-air museum, with its relics so well preserved that it delights even the most skeptical traveler.
Feast your eyes on spectacular sand-dunes, take the tiger trail, or just watch the birds in the wetlands. Traveling to Rajasthan can be a lifetime experience for anyone. The below mentioned rajasthan backpacking tour plan covers forts, palaces, desert safaris in charming sand dunes and the mouth-watering cuisines of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is the most colorful state of India and it presents a perfect combination of natural beauty, old culture, romantic sites and chivalry. Be it solo backpacking tour or group backpacking tours in Rajasthan; we at backpacker tourist can custom make the trip as per your interest.
Day 01 : Delhi: Arrival at Delhi | Delhi Backpacking Tour
You will be met on arrival at the International airport. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.
DELHI, the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. Delhi is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land and a window to the kaleidoscope - that is India. Overnight catch the connecting train to Jaisalmer.
Train Details : Jaisalmer Express / 4759 : Departure : 1725 hr
Day 02 : Jaisalmer: Arrival : 1210 hr | Rajasthan Backpacking Tour
Reach Jaisalmer and your car and driver will meet you at the station. Proceed to the hotel.
Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with its awesome splendor, dominating the amber-hued city.
The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 AD when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital -Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill.
Proceed to the sand dunes in the evening for a camel ride at sunset. Your dinner will be Rajasthani Cuisine prepared in front of you and you will co-ordinate with the chef for the details. Overnight will be at Jaisalmer.
Day 03 : Jaisalmer Tour | Rajasthan Backpacking Tour
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of The Golden City - Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert. Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies.
Visit the JAISALMER FORT – The oldest living Fort in the world. (This is the highlight of the tour) See the Patwon-Ki-Havelies, Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli and Gandhi Sagar Tank. Also visit Barabagh Hill. Jaisalmer being an old historic city was a part of the ORIGINAL SPICE ROUTE. Look for authentic spices in the market and know them. In the evening proceed to a royal family home and taste some local delicacies. (Option of street photography is tremendous in this sector). Overnight will be at Jaisalmer.
Day 04 : Jaisalmer – Jodhpur: By Road 330 km/6 hr | Rajasthan Backpacking Tour
Proceed in the morning after a leisurely breakfast and reach Jodhpur. Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the Ramayana. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.
Afternoon sightseeing / photo tour of Jodhpur - gateway to the desert beyond, home of the Rathors of Marwar, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, rising up a hilly scarp, built on the advice of a hermit, overlooking the city in the image of a long sentinel. Inside the Fort are a number of palaces added by successive rulers. In this palace you would see different miniature paintings & cradle room. After this you would visit Jaswant Thada Memorial.
Enjoy the THALI DINNER – this is where in one flat round shaped utensil you will be served the full course. It is visually appealing and very wholesome. If you like any particular dish, the cook (note that he is not a chef but an expert from a fafily of cooks so his recipes will be old and authentic). Overnight will be at Jodhpur.
Day 05 : Jodhpur: Full Day Jodhpur sightseeing Tour with participation at cultural activities during dinner.
Day 06 : Jodhpur – Udaipur: By Road 260 km/6 hr | Rajasthan Backpacking Tour
Proceed to Udaipur. En-route, visit the RANAKPUR TEMPLES, dating back to the 15th century. 200 pillars, none of which are alike, support its 29 halls. The Temple abounds with intricate friezes and sculptures. Includes visits to two more Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God with its erotic sculptures. Lunch on the way will be at MATRACHAYA again rich in local contents and example of simple and wholesome cooking.
Reach Udaipur and check in at hotel.
The city of Dawn, Udaipur is a lovely land around the azure lake, hemmed in by the lush hills of the ARAVALLIS. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, Udaipur is a fascinating blend of sights, sound and experiences and inspiration for the imagination of poets, painters and writers.
Its kaleidoscope of fairy-tale palaces, lakes, temples, gardens and narrow lanes strewn with stalls, carry the flavor of a heroic past, epitomizing valor and chivalry. Their reflection in the placid waters of the LAKE PICHOLA is an enticing sight.
Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years. Relax in the evening. Overnight will be at Udaipur.
Day 07 Udaipur Tour
Proceed for sightseeing tour of Udaipur, stopping first at City Palace. Here you will marvel at rooms with mirrored walls and ivory doors, colored glass windows and inlaid marble balconies and the Peacock Courtyard. Also visit the lovely Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens, the Jagdish Temple and the local folk Museum or the VINTAGE CAR COLLECTION.
Proceed for Evening Motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - the other island palace in the middle of the lake. Spend some time at the Jag Mandir Palace. Overnight will be at Udaipur.
Day 08 : Udaipur – Jaipur: By Road : 300 km/7 hr | Rajasthan Backpacking Tour
Proceed for Jaipur after early breakfast. Stop at DEOGARH or KISHANGARH for lunch. (Taste the PANIPURIS – hard whole wheat dumplings filled with a mix of boiled potatoes, chick peas, tamarind extract and green chili) This lunch will also be made out of local produce. You will have first hand experience of making ROTIS FOR KINGS here. Drive to Jaipur.
JAIPUR - The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains its character and history - A beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. It is popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens. Reach Jaipur and check in at hotel. One may proceed for Jaipur street photography or relax at hotel. Overnight will be at Jaipur.
Day 09 : Jaipur Walking Tour : Rajasthan Backpacking Tour
Day 10 : Elephant Festival : Day at Elephant Festival in Jaipur. Evening post snacks drive towards Mathura. O/n Stay at Mathura
Day 11 : Holi Backpacking Tour : Morning, guest will be transferred to Vrindavan where the festival of Holi will be celebrated. One may see other pro and amateur photography covering this event at Vrindavan and also could see people from different part of India visiting this place to celebrate this festival. O/n Mathura
Day 12 : Mathura – Agra : Morning drive towards Agra. Arrival and check in at hotel. Proceed for city tour in Agra. Evening photography in and around Taj to capture the setting sun and Taj. O/n Hotel
Day 13 : Agra : Day at Agra.
Day 14 : Agra – Delhi : Morning after breakfast, proceed towards Delhi. Afternoon free at Delhi.
Day 15 : Delhi : Explore Delhi
Day 16 : Departure
Note : The above mentioned is one of the most popular Rajasthan Backpacking Tour plan during Holi festival. We at the backpacker tourist are more than willing to craft Rajasthan Backpacking Tour as per your interest; please feel free to contact us for more information / travel advise on backpacking tours of Rajasthan