2020 Agricultural Safari through India
This incredible journey through India by Safari Vehicles, captivating forts, palaces, bustling cities, and countryside’s, would take you through some of the best kept jewels of India.
2020 Agricultural Tour
A unique, historic and romantic adventure
Exclusively curated and tailor-made for you, this memorable journey begins with your arrival in Delhi- the capital city, it remains the best starting point for exploring Northern India; Agra- visiting the poem on marble, the city and the Taj Mahal; to Bishangarh experiencing the royal living in a 150 years old fort; to the Pink city Jaipur with its touch of the erstwhile royalty; visiting; Jodhpur most amazing blue as it can get with splendour; Narlai famous for its various Hindu & Jain temples Udaipur is a cool oasis in the dry heart of Rajasthan
$11,990Per person twin share
Departs: 13 September 2020 - Australia to MumbaiBook now
- Safari style motorcade travel across the amazing urban and rural landscape of India ,visit local farms across India.
- Visiting Khari Baoli, a street in Delhi Asia's largest wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, nuts, herbs and food products like rice and tea
- Flower and vegetable market visits
- Sikh temple kitchen where almost 15000 people are fed for free!
- The famous Taj Mahal at sunrise!
- Visit and interract with local rural school children in more than one destination
- India is the second largest producer of milk second to United State; spend time at a dairy farm of a small village to know how little hamlets contibuted to this ‘White Revolution’
- Stay in one of the most amazing & luxurious Palatial ex residence hotel of India
- Milk market in Jaipur where the farmers/sellers/agent assemble (from 100 kms radius) to sell/buy milk in wholesale/retail for daily use
- Local Indian culinary experiences
- Vegetable, fruit market & grain market; water reservoir suppling water to public in Jodhpur
- Stay at the hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Jodhpur; local artisan interraction/visits; visit dam near Narlai
- See the tradtional method of irrigation (rahat), now defunct though, using pulley/chains and bullocks
- Evening temple ritual in one of the agrarian palace temples in the rural Rajasthan
- Accommodation: 13 nights on twin occupancy in the hotel listed on bed and breakfast except additional meals as mentioned in the meals columns above (no alcoholic, aerated drink or sparkling water)
- Entrances: One time entrance fees to all monuments as mentioned in the above program
- Transportation & transfers: Transport in chauffer driven air-conditioned Tempo Traveller vehicles for the itinerary above including transfers.
- Guide: Private & exclusive sightseeing tours (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur & Udaipur) as per above outline program with services of a professional English speaking guide.
- Village walk; dairy farm visit & see local artisans in Bishangarh
- Return jeep ride at Amber Fort & savour local delicacies in Jaipur
- A dinner at a special place in Jodhpur
- Hike to Elephant rock in Narlai
- Ranakpur Jain Temple visit
- Temple prayer ceremony at RAAS Devigarh
- Special dinner in Jodhpur
- Jeromy Nolan traveling with the group as tour leader including accommodation (single occupancy room), internal flights, meals and other services as per the group plan
- Private meeting and assistance at Delhi airport on arrival
- All applicable taxes and GST @ 5 % on total tour cost
You will ride in a cycle rickshaw through thick traditional architecture- typical of the medieval times, visit Jama Masjid, Bangla sahib Sikh temple and it’s kitchen, the Spice market (Khari Baoli). You will walk through the 400 year old web of alleys held together with great big meshes of electric cables and the infused with the smell of brewing tea, simmering breakfast curry.
One of the most interesting areas to visit is the Old city. Mughal Emperor Shahjahan earlier founded it as Shahjahanabad in 1939. It remained as the capital of the Mughals. The walled city once housed nobles and members of the royal court in their magnificent mansions along the most elegant mosques and gardens. When you pass through its four hundred year old web of alleys held together with great big meshes of electric cables and infused with the smell of brewing tea and simmering breakfast curry, you see a mind boggling co-existence of the past and the future, competing for your attention.
Later, you would be visiting New Delhi, which is a complete contrast to the Old city. The urban and chic Delhi! The Delhi of 21st Century and the most promising financial centres of the world. Visit Humayun’s tomb, driven past the Parliament buildings, India Gate, visit the Birla House where Mahatma Gandhi was shot. Here you learn about the greatest leader of India’s independence. We also visit a Sikh temple and there commercial kitchen that serve 15000 lunches to anyone each day.
The Imperial in Heritage Room
Delhi - Agra
This morning, you will visit the flower market of Delhi time permitting; else driven with you vehicle/chauffeur and driven 5 hours to Agra. On arrival you will check-in at your hotel.
Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. Visit of Agra fort; Explore the local market of Agra.
Agra - Bishangarh
The day has arrived for your rendezvous with the most romantic monument of the world. Very early morning, visit the Taj Mahal and stay until sunrise.
The Taj Mahal represents the finest and most sophisticated example of Mughal architecture. Its origins lie in the moving circumstances of its commission and the culture and history of an Islamic Mughal empire's rule of large parts of India. Masons, stonecutters, inlayers, carvers, painters, calligraphers, dome builders and other artists worked for 20 years to build from white marble and semi-precious stones. The Taj Mahal is a perfectly symmetrical planned building, with an emphasis of bilateral symmetry along a central axis on which the main features are placed.
Return to your hotel, have breakfast, checkout and the Safari continues, we visit a local farm that produces Mustard seed and Grain. (Driving time 4-5 hours to Bishangarh). On arrival, check-in at your hotel.
Alila Fort Bishangarh
Explore the village & interact with the local people, know their lifestyle; have a look at a local dairy where you can learn about the entire process from the collection of milk from nearby villages, to the process from boiling to packing and transportation of milk products to different locations.
Also, see the various artisans at work engaged in producing their little work to be sold in the market.
Alila Fort Bishangarh
Bishangarh - Jaipur
After a leisurely breakfast, we continue our Safari to Jaipur. We travel through farmland and visit a local town of Fatehpur; here we visit a local machinery dealer and have lunch with local farmers before visiting a local grain dealer.
As we continue onto Jaipur we visit a 5th generation family farm, farming Wheat, Mustard Seed and Maize We continue across the Agriculture state of Rajasthan, before our arrival into the Pink City Jaipur and checking into our Palace The Taj Rambagh, which is an actual Palace that is still owned by the Royal family, which is a real experience in itself.
On arrival, check-in at your hotel.
Each part of Jaipur has a history and the city is culturally quite rich. Jaipur is a place where you will find everything, insanely famous for shopping, imitable material culture, rich heritage, narrow alleys full of character and life, timeless quality in the streets and food. The city is absorbing and unique. Jaipur is a city of Royal residence and provides a wonderful experience and would soak in the allure of forts and palaces. The bright colors, the handmade bangles, chunri and saris, flowers, food, footwear sold on its streets and bazaars amazes the keen photographers every minute. The city enriches you with its history, tradition, religion and architecture.
In the afternoon, you would walk into the narrows lanes of the old city, seeing the life of the city dwellers assembling for work far and wide. During the walk you will see the variety in street food, daily market, vegetables, fruits and small houses with varied architecture. At your palace home, enjoy a heritage walk in this beautiful and most amazing palace of the country getting to know your home for 2 days better culminating with a glass of champagne at the famous Polo bar!
Free night to enjoy the ambience of this palace hotel
Rambagh Palace in Palace Room
After an early breakfast, with your guide, you will be driven to Amber Fort stopping en-route at 2 interesting stops with great photo opportunities.
The first is the photo stop of the Hawa Mahal-Palace of Winds or the Pink Palace. A palace built in the form of a high wall to screen royal ladies as they watched street festivities.
After this quick stop at a short distance is your next stop at the roadside milk market called doodh mandi (doodh = milk & mandi=bazaar/market). If you reach early in time, the market is bustling with milk with buyers (buyers, sellers, agents) with most of the men folk dressed in traditional Indian rural clothes. The market actually comes alive around 6 in the morning and stay until 8 or even until 9 in the morning but the best time would be 8 am or even earlier.
Amber Fort: Around half an hour's drive from the city centre, like something out of a fairy tale, Amber Fort is set on a hill top overlooking the Maota Lake. It was the original home of Rajput royalty until Jaipur city was constructed, and contains a number of breathtaking palaces, halls, gardens, and temples. Inside, the elaborate mirror work adds to the grandeur.
In the interests of the welfare of the elephants, we as a policy discourage elephant rides up to the Fort
Drive in the local jeeps to the fort and driven back in the same jeep. You may also try the local delicacies of Jaipur namely Kachori’s and Lassi before being driven back to your hotel.
Rambagh Palace - Palace room
Bijaynagar - Udaipur
Our Safari travels across Rajastan and its agricultural land,we experience the sights and locals as we travel will to our next and another wonderful destination Jodhpur .
Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodhaji, and is arguably one of the wealthiest cities in North India. The city's slow paced life is punctuated with the strong presence of Indian Army's frenetic activities, which gives it a contrasting feature. Today it is the state's second-largest city, where every building is painted the same light blue hue, earning Jodhpur the nickname "blue city". Towering above are the impenetrable walls of the Mehrangarh Fort, that rise like sheer cliffs from the rocky outcrop on which it is built. From its ramparts, enjoy postcard views of the ancient blue city below and in the distance, the grand Umaid Bhawan Palace, residence of the current Maharaja and a magnificent heritage hotel.
Upon arrival you will check-in at your hotel which is in the heart of Old Jodhpur, the most amazing place to stay.
RAAS Devigarh - Palace Suite
Start the day visiting the most amazing fruit & vegetable market in Paota, Jodhpur. The hustle-bustle of selling and buying takes you back to the era of olden days...continue driving up toward the Mehrangarh fort. You would be able to see the whole of Jodhpur from this magnificent fort and a vantage point for an overview which your guide would explain in detail. Before you reach the fort, you will en-route stop at this magnificent royal memorial Jaswant Thada.
One of the largest forts of Rajasthan, Mehrangarh Fort was the seat of the Rathore rulers from the House of Marwar. The fort stands a hundred feet in splendour on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons. Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all Rajasthan. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “the work of giants”. Today, it is acknowledged as one of the best preserved fort in India. Covered palanquins dressed with lacquer paintwork, Akbar the Great’s sword and elaborate elephant howdahs are just some of the curios you can expect to find within Mehrangarh Fort’s galleries. This walled vault of palaces and courtyards is fortified with seven gates and is located at a neat 400 feet above the blue city; the management is controlled by the Maharaja of Jodhpur.
Back to hotel for afternoon/relax and later in the evening walk to the old city where you see the smaller retail grain market which is both retail and wholesale. Later walk down the old city is amazing passing through the old houses and people on the street seeing the life of the people, busy in their daily chores of life. End the walk will be at the clock tower which in itself is not less than a ‘live museum’. Colours all around, spices, shoes being sold on the streets, dental treatment being done and whole lot of sight to surprise and great photo opportunities. The Sojat Gate market is famous for Sojati is renowned for its traditional bandhani boutiques; a distinctively Indian tie and dye treatment for textiles. Endless lines of shops adorn this road and everything from copper utensils and lacquered bangles to readymade Jodhpuris and classic mojaris (Rajasthani footwear) can be found here.
Finish your day with having dinner at a heritage restaurant which also houses wonderful vintage cars including the likes of Pontiac 8 1933!
Jodhpur - Narlai
After leisurely breakfast you will driven to Rawla Narlai- a tiny hamlet (approx 2-3 hours). On arrival in Narlai you will check in at your hotel.
While the enclosed premises of the boutique property house the ‘Rawla’, it is ‘Narlai’, the village & its environs, which in fact combine to form the entire ‘resort’. Think of ‘Rawla Narlai’ as a masterpiece that allows you to extract whatever story you want from deep within its canvas.
Activities & sightseeing go hand in glove here as every pursuit takes you to a different locale with its own unique charm. Be it a mesmerizingly surreal dinner at the 16th century step-well, high tea at the lake, riding thoroughbred ‘Marwari’ steeds that once mounted the royal cavalry & polo team, a village & crafts tour, or the leopard spotting adventure, everything’s on the menu here.
Also, for those who enjoy ‘a walk on the wild side’, a saunter in the jungle or trek up the granite rock can be great fun. Depending on the activity, your mode of transport (other than your own legs if you chose to walk) could vary from bullock-carts & horses to four-wheel drives.
We also take a safari to look for Leopards that are in the surrounding area.
Early morning walk-up to the ‘Elephant rock’, climb 700 steps to witness the mesmerizing scene of sunrise & a statue of white elephant.
Return to hotel for breakfast, check-out & get ready to be driven to your onward destination Delwara (near Udaipur) -route visiting Ranakpur Jain temple (self exploration and visit without guide since guides are not allowed in this complex).
En-route stop at little rural spot to see the traditional method of irrigation practised in India called the ‘rahat’ using the pulley & bullocks.
On arrival, check-in at RAAS Devigarh.
Delwara - Udaipur - Delwara
Go for a day excursion visiting the City Palace complex, the Jagdish temple & walk past the old city of Udaipur exploring the local artisans on work. Later, you would be driven back to the RAAS Devigarh.
Udaipur is of lakes, and lake palaces. Udaipur, the stunning city of sun is a treasure of flamboyant palaces, majestic forts and streets brimming with craftsmen, variety of other shops, jewelers, and cute little shops selling souvenirs and busy in its daily life. It is considered India’s most romantic, tranquil city with good reason. The elevated hills and the beautiful lakes make a picture-perfect backdrop to the Udaipur city. It is in the city of Udaipur James Bond grappled with the villain, Octopussy. The Taj Lake Palace Hotel was chosen to be the backdrop for the film Octopussy. What centuries ago was the modest home of a Maharana now covers the entire island and is off-limit to non-guests. The city flaunts her riches, filled with pride and elegance, which battles were fought after, she has seen pains and glories, has lapped up nature, arresting and impressive, flashes her colors by day and glitters her jewels at night. Like most of these old cities, the inside traffic can be challenging for weak hearted: scooters, motor-rickshaws, cows, pedestrians and even cars try to make their way through the labyrinth. That’s the ‘wonder that is India’!
Overlooking Lake Pichola, the City Palace, built over years, can be accessed through the old city which has street selling knick-knacks or from the other side of the palace. The Tripoli Gate opens into magnificent courtyard where, every evening, an impressive sound and light show throws the spotlight on the history of Mewar. Inside stands a host of palaces, museums and splendid courtyards, such as the Mor Chowk with its inlay of colored mosaic. The enormous complex of the old palace standing on a low ridge called Rana Magri (Rana’s Hill) overlooking lake Pichola on the west is a tribute to the constructive genius and architectural taste of the Maharana's of Mewar, ranging from Rana Udai Singh II to the present 76th Custodian of House of Mewar, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar. City Palace and its complex is evidence to the elite lifestyle of the later kings of Mewar, as opposed to the former and well-known warrior Maharana Pratap, who fought a lot of successful battles against Akbar and his allies all his life.
After leisurely breakfast, we visit the local town of Delwara to discover local village life and Agriculture in the local area,the rest of the day will be at leisure to enjoy the facilities offered by RAAS Devigarh; unwind before the last leg of the tour. In the evening, participate in a ritual of the temple prayer ceremony.
Delwara - Udaipur - Delhi
After leisurely breakfast you will be driven to Udaipur airport for your flight to Delhi (Flight TBA) connecting to your international flight.
No transfers envisaged at Delhi airport in this point in time.
$11,990Per person twin share
Departs: 13 September 2020 - Australia to MumbaiBook now
The fine print
$1000-00 per/person, full payment 45 days prior to departure
International air fares, airport taxes, visa charges or any kind of insurance cover
Any separate arrivals or departures. The transfer is considered in a group together
Any usage of vehicle except mentioned above/day at leisure
Any meals not mentioned in the program
Expenses of a personal nature i.e.: telephone calls, drinks, laundry, tips etc
Any liability arising owing to last minute changes in the program due to reasons beyond our control for instance; political disturbances, natural phenomenon, change in schedule of flight or train, any VIP movement etc
Camera/video fees at various monuments
Cost arising out of any last minute request by the guest for additional arrangements
Any other items other than mentioned as ‘included’
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