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Rajasthan with Leopards
Jaipur, Shahpura, Udaipur, Jawai, Jodhpur, Delhi
Best for: Culture History, Off the beaten track, Safari
A great combination of wildlife and culture, this itinerary takes you on a tour of Rajasthan’s historic and colourful cities, coupled with tracking leopards in the rural wilderness of Jawai, whilst staying in some of India's most magnificent properties.
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This 14 night itinerary is perfect for those with an interest to visit Rajasthan’s most memorable landmarks, coupled with a desire to step off Rajasthan’s common tourist trail to explore rural villages and an untamed wilderness home to a fantastic array of wildlife, including the elusive Indian leopard.
Starting in Rajasthan’s bustling capital, you continue south to the pretty lakeside city of Udaipur, with a few days stop in the rural town of Shahpura en route. From Udaipur, you break away from the commonly travelled tourist route as you travel to the luxury tented camp of Sujan Jawai, to spend some days seeking out leopards amongst Jawai’s rugged wilderness. The final stop is Rajasthan’s ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur, before you catch an internal flight to Delhi for one final night ahead of heading home the following morning. We have also included some of the most extraordinary properties India has to offer, including an impossibly romantic hill-top fort palace, a Royal home and some lavishly restored havelis.
Days 1 - 4 : Jaipur, India
Stay at Sujan Rajmahal Palace for 3 nights
Your trip begins in Rajasthan’s capital of Jaipur, a rose-tinted city brimming with history and culture. Upon arrival, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the Sujan Rajmahal Palace, a luxurious hotel located right at the heart of Jaipur’s old town. The following day, explore Jaipur with a local specialist guide, visiting the Jantar Mantar observatory, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), the historic City Palace and the bazaars of the old city. Your second day in Jaipur takes you a little more off-the-beaten-track as you enjoy a guided walk to the settlement of the Meena Tribe, before ascending the Aravalli Hills on a historic path. The path offers breath-taking views of Jaipur’s spectacular Amber fort, which you will then visit later in the afternoon.
Days 4 - 6 : Shahpura, India
Stay at Shahpura Bagh for 2 nights
On the morning of day four, you will be driven approximately four hours to the quiet town of Shahpura. Surrounded by green hills, vast fields and shimmering lakes, it is the perfect place to unwind and gain an insight into daily life in rural Rajasthan. You will be staying at Shahpura Bagh, a beautiful heritage property that was once the summer home of the rulers of Shahpura. Spend the time enjoying excursions to the local area, including village walks, boating and birdwatching and relaxing by Shahpura Bagh’s lavish outdoor swimming pool.
Days 6 - 9 : Udaipur, India
Stay at Raas Devi Garh for 3 nights
From Shahpura, it is a three hour drive to the beautiful lakeside city of Udaipur. You will spend the next three nights at Devi Garh, a wonderfully romantic hill-top fort palace located just outside of the city. That afternoon is at your leisure before spending the next day touring the city’s main attractions with a private guide, including the City Palace, Saheliyon-ki-bari and Jagdish Temple. The following day, explore Udaipur’s beautiful countryside on a rural cycling tour and enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Udaipur’s Lake Pichola that offers stunning city views.
Days 9 - 12 : Jawai, India
Stay at Sujan Jawai for 3 nights
Today, you will be driven approximately three hours to Sujan Jawai. Your accommodation for the next three nights, Sujan Jawai is a luxury tented camp set amidst the stunning wilderness of Rajasthan’s Aravalli hills. Accompanied by a team of expert trackers, spend the next two days exploring sandy riverbeds, craggy rock formations and rugged terrain by jeep, searching for the elusive wild leopard. As well as leopards, you are likely to spot sloth bears, antelope, Indian wolf and an array of migratory birds that flock to the Jawai Dam. After a busy day exploring the wilderness, relax on your private viewing deck and enjoy a private evening meal under the stars.
Days 12 - 14 : Jodhpur, India
Stay at Raas for 2 nights
Swap the natural tranquillity of rural Rajasthan for magnificent forts and palaces as you are driven three hours to Jodhpur, a bustling city awash with blue coloured buildings. Whilst exploring the delights of Jodhpur, you will be staying at Raas, a beautifully restored 18th century haveli located just beneath the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. That afternoon and evening are at your leisure before enjoying a guided tour of Jodhpur and the ‘Blue City’ the following day, visiting sights including Mehrangarh Fort, the Jaswant Thada royal cenotaph and the silver and textile markets near the clock tower.
Day 14 - 15 : Delhi, India
Stay at Pullman Aerocity for 1 night
Today sees your trip draw to a close as you are transferred to Jodhpur airport in time to catch a flight to Delhi. As you arrive in Delhi, you will be transferred to the Pullman Aerocity, a modern hotel conveniently located close to Delhi’s International Airport. After one night in the Pullman, enjoying their extensive range of dining options, fully equipped spa and large heated swimming pool, you will be transferred back to Delhi’s International airport in time to board your flight back home.
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