Real India on Wheels
Real India on Wheels is a journey through the most popular destinations of Rajasthan alongwith popular heritage sites of Delhi and Agra. Here, you travel between destinations in a train, where you interact with locals while you pass through some of the most pristine countryside areas. The itinerary is best suited for travellers on a budget and those looking for local experiences and a bit of adventure of travelling in trains and local cabs. Real India on Wheels is a definitive real India experience where you get a glimpse of craft, culture, heritage, cuisine alongwith some authentic experiences.
Real India on Wheels Highlights
- Travel across Rajasthan to its popular heritage destinations, i.e., Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur
- Spend a day in Agra visiting Taj Mahal, one of the original seven wonders of the world
- Visit UNESCO heritage sites in Delhi, Agra and across Rajasthan
- Experience pristine countryside and rugged desert areas through Indian Railways
- Explore Old City areas, visit craft centres, experience ethnic cuisine and enjoy heritage experiences
- 12 Nights Accommodation with Breakfast
- Bazaar Walk in Old Delhi
- Evening Excursion to Sam Sand Dunes with Dinner and traditional performance
- Village Safari in Jodhpur
- Udaipur Bazaar and Ghat Walk
- Historic Walk through Amer
- Train Tickets as per the itinerary
- Airport Transfers in Delhi
- Point to Point Transport as per the itinerary
- Delhi-Jaisalmer Flight Cost
Day 01 - Delhi
Arrival at Delhi
Arrival at Delhi, the capital of India and a popular arrival point for international travellers and a renowned heritage destination. Here, you will be met by your driver for the hotel transfer. Most international arrivals are late evening, leaving little time for exploration. So, spend the rest of the day resting and recuperating from your international flight.
Day 02 - Delhi
Explore UNESCO Heritage Sites of Delhi
Today, start at 8 AM to visit UNESCO heritage sites and prominent monuments of Delhi. You start with Qutab Minar in South Delhi, a 240 ft Minaret, one of the tallest in the world. After spending half an hour at the Qutab Minar, you travel another 20 minutes to visit Bahai Temple in South-East Delhi (popularly Known as Lotus Temple), a unique lotus shaped temple with no deity. From Bahai Temple, you proceed northwards to visit Humayun’s Tomb (16th century tomb of Mughal emperor Humayun and a UNESCO world heritage site). Thereafter, you drive past India Gate (War Memorial), Parliament House and Presidential Palace before stopping over for lunch.
After lunch, you proceed to Old Delhi areas in Central Delhi to visit Red Fort (dated 17th century, residence of Mughal emperors for over 200 years and a UNESCO heritage site). After spending an hour and a half at Red Fort, you return to the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure on your own.
Expert Tip: If you are staying around South Delhi area, you may visit Hauz Khas Village (you may take the Delhi Metro) for dinner (Hauz Khas Village is renowned for its pubs, lounges and speciality restaurants). Uber is readily available for returning to the hotel.
Day 03 - Delhi
Old City Heritage Walk
Today morning you arrive at Old City area of Delhi (You may take Delhi Metro) for the heritage walk of the Old City. You will walk through local bazaar and explore cultural landscape of the area. You walk through narrow bylanes, with every lane seem to follow its own shopping theme. There is a Silver market, wedding market, Spice market and the list is endless. There is even a lane dedicated for Paranthas (Paranthewali Galli). You spend a couple of hours exploring, sampling some street food, some street photography and marvelling at a 21st Century Old Delhi with shades of 17th century Old Delhi. The rest of the day you spend exploring Delhi on own.
Day 04 - Jaisalmer
Arrive at Jaisalmer. Evening Desert Experience
Today morning you take a flight to Jaisalmer, only flight you will take during the trip. Jaisalmer lies on the western edge of Rajasthan in heart of Thar desert. Jaisalmer is home to the only living fort in India besides offering the desert experience.
You take local transport to the hotel. After some rest in afternoon around 3 PM you will proceed for the Desert excursion to Sam Dunes (45 kms) for Camel Ride followed by evening entertainment with traditional Dinner. You return to hotel by 10.
Day 05 - Jaisalmer
Today, you explore Jaisalmer on your own. You may start by walking through the Jaisalmer fort and seeing communities thrive inside the fort like it has been for over 600 years. You walk through the Jaisalmer town where you will find astrologers, curio shops and many little things that make the India experience unique. In the afternoon, you may visit the erstwhile heritage residences (Havelis) of Jaisalmer. In the evening, you may take local transport to visit Cenotraphs and Jain Temples within a 10 km radius of Jaisalmer.
Expert Tip: Lunch or dinner at restaurants inside the fort is recommended for excellent views and the sheer character they offer.
Day 06 - Jodhpur
Travel to Jodhpur. Afternoon exploration of Mehrangarh Fort
Today, early morning, you take a train to Jodhpur.
14809 - JSM JU Express - Jaisalmer (JSM) - 6:45 AM - Jodhpur JN (JU) - 12:45 PM
Jodhpur is a heritage destination, renowned for its massive Mehrangarh Fort, the old city character, Umaid Bhawan Palace and wide-ranging experiences around it.
Upon arrival at Jodhpur Railway Station, you take local transport to the hotel. In the afternoon, you visit the old city of Jodhpur for the Mehrangarh Fort. The old city (as everywhere) is full of buzz and life around the narrow streets and bazaars with Mehrangarh towering above everything.
Mehrangarh Fort is home to a museum, royal residence, galleries, royal armoury and a temple. It is also a hub of adventure activities, with zipline offering a bird's eye view of the Fort and entire Jodhpur.
Expert Tip: You may dine at one of the restaurants overlooking the Mehrangarh Fort. The Fort is lit in the evening offering stunning views.
Day 07 - Jodhpur
Half Day Village Safari at Jodhpur followed by a visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Today you undertake a half-day village safari around Jodhpur visiting Salawas (22 kms - Weavers village - renowned for their Dhurries (Rugs and Carpets - locally Known as Panja dhurries), Kakani (12 kms - potters and block printers village) and Gudha village (11 kms) to interact with local Bishnoi families engaged in craft making for many generations).
You return in the afternoon to visit Umaid Bhawan Palace, a massive 20th century palace with an awesome museum that showcases royal wares. The museum offers an insight into the lifestyle and extravagance of the royals of Jodhpur.
Day 08 - Udaipur
Proceed to Udaipur via Ranakpur
Today, you travel to Udaipur via Ranakpur. Ranakpur is a renowned 15th century Jain Temple complex having an incredible 1444 pillars and an excellent luncheon stopover enroute. From here, you depart for Udaipur (85 kms from Ranakpur - 2 hours), considered one of the most romantic destinations of the world and renowned for its lakeside heritage character. You arrive at Udaipur by late afternoon / evening. The rest of the evening is for you to explore Udaipur on your own.
Expert Tip: Udaipur has many charming restaurants around Lake Pichola area offering views of the lake and the Lake Palace, and you may look to spend your evening at one of these.
Day 09 - Udaipur
Today, in the morning, you explore the old city of Udaipur through a guided walk of the bazaars and bathing ghats. You visit the ancient Jagdish Temple, Ghantaghar (Clock Tower), Jewellery and Fabric market, Shoe market, Utensils market, Vegetable market, Potters Colony, leaf workers and metal workers back over 2-3 hours of a leisurely walk.
Thereafter, in the afternoon, you may visit the City Palace (museum), do boating in Lake Pichola around the Lake Palace, visit the Vintage Car Museum, visit the Craft Centre (Shilpgram) and walk around to capture the lakeside heritage character of Udaipur.
Expert Tip: You may watch the Light and Sound show in the evening at "Bagore ki Haveli" that depicts the history and heritage of the area.
Day 10 - Jaipur
Travel to Jaipur
Today, you take an early morning train to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and a major heritage destination.
12991 - UDZ JP EXP - Udaipur City (UDZ) - 6:00 AM - Jaipur (JP) - 1:30 PM
Upon arrival, you take a local transport to the hotel. Later in the afternoon, you visit the old city for the City Palace (Royal Residence), Hawa Mahal (Royal Gallery) and Jantar Mantar (Observatory and a UNESCO world heritage site). Thereafter, you may spend some time in the old city exploring its craft heritage (Jaipur is renowned for its jewellery, handcrafted shoes, textile crafts, etc.) and return to the hotel after enjoying some ethnic dining (Jaipur is renowned for its authentic Rajasthani cuisine).
Day 11 - Jaipur
Amer Fort Heritage Walk
Today morning, you depart for a historic walk of Amer Fort (dated 16th century) and one of the UNESCO heritage sites. Amer Fort is spread over several levels and it takes a couple of hours to fully cover it. Amer Fort offers stunning views of the countryside and the guided walk offers a complete insight into the history and heritage of the fort and city of Jaipur.
The rest of the day is for you to explore on your own. You may visit Sanganer (16 kms), known for its papier mache or explore one of the many markets of Jaipur for some shopping.
Day 12 - Agra
Travel to Agra. Visit Taj Mahal
Today, you travel to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, one of the original seven wonders of the world and a UNESCO world heritage site.
2089 - AF Jan Shatabdi - Jaipur (JP) - 8:10 AM - Agra Fort (AF) - 12:25 PM
You arrive at Agra by lunch time and in the afternoon, you visit the Taj Mahal and spend 2-3 hours marvelling at the 17th century monument. Even after visiting so many monuments of Rajasthan, Taj Mahal may seem to be the definitive wow moment of your India holiday.
Day 13 - Delhi
Visit Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri before departure to Delhi
Today morning, you visit other UNESCO heritage sites in and around Agra, i.e., Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, both large 16-17th century complexes, part of the erstwhile Mughal empire and fine examples of Mughal Architecture. Thereafter, the car hire will drop you straight to Delhi Airport (210 kms - 4.5 hours) for your onward international departure.
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