This fantastic trip takes us on a journey through the magnificent land of Rajasthan, one of India's most colourful provinces.
There's the white lakeside city of Udaipur, the blue city of Jodhpur, the golden city of Jaisalmer and the bright lights of Mumbai to explore. This is also a wonderful trip to meet the local people - we will travel through the remote western Thar Desert on a sunset camel train, experience true Indian hospitality in a homestay in Jodphur, and see the valuable work of the Sambhali Trust to empower local women.
We'll also discover the awe-inspiring ancient caves and temples of Ajanta and Ellora, and visit palaces fit for a maharajah.
Border Information: If joining the trip in Delhi, you will most likely enter India at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (IATA code: DEL).
Today is a free day to explore Delhi. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.
Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Delhi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Delhi.
In Delhi we will stay in a local hotel.
Today we start our journey with a full day drive to the city of Bikaner.
In Bikaner we will either stay in a local hotel or camp at an eco-lodge a short distance outside the city.
Estimated Drive Time - 7-9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Today we continue our journey with a drive to the ancient Rajasthani city of Jaisalmer, stopping at the Karni Mata (Rat Temple) for an included visit en route.
In Jaisalmer we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.
Today we will have a free morning in order to freely explore the sights of Jaisalmer. In the late afternoon we will head out on an included camel safari into the Thar Desert - exploring the desert with local Rajasthani camel drivers is the most authentic way to experience the area!
Tonight we will camp out in the desert, sleeping under the stars.
This morning we will return to Jaisalmer from our camel safari. The rest of the day will be free to relax or explore more of Jaisalmer and the surrounding area.
Tonight we will return to our hotel in Jaisalmer.
This morning we will drive from Jaisalmer to another famous Rajasthani city, Jodhpur. En route to Jodhpur we will make an included visit to the Sambhali Trust project (a charitable project that works for the empowerment of women and girls in Rajasthan), where we will learn about the efforts of the project and make a group donation from the kitty.
After our visit we will make our way to our accommodation, rooms that have been set up by local families in their own homes for visitors. We will be splitting up into 2 or 3 small groups for our homestays.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.
On the following day we will be in and around Jodhpur. In the morning we will have an included visit to the Mehrangarh Fort and Palace, and the afternoon is free to explore the city independently.
After breakfast we set off for our drive to Udaipur, visiting the Jain Temple at Ranakpur en route. We will have 3 nights in Udaipur, giving us plenty of time to discover this amazing, romantic Rajasthani city.
In Udaipur we will stay in a comfortable hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
On these 2 days we will have free time to explore the sites in and around Udaipur, take part in some optional activities, and relax on one of the many roof-top terraces in the city.
Leaving Udaipur, we will be joined by a local cook who will accompany us during the next few days whilst we are wild camping.
Today will mostly be spent travelling to Mandu via the backroads of rural Rajasthan. We will be off the tourist trail here and tonight we will wild camp, perhaps on the edge of a local village.
Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.
Today we will visit Mandu, an extensive and largely abandoned hill-top fort from the Mughal era. We will then spend the afternoon driving to our wild camp spot near Kharwand Dam, en route towards Ajanta.
Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.
The next day we complete the drive to Ajanta, arriving in the afternoon. We will visit the complex of 29 ancient Buddhist temples cut into the rock face. We will wild camp nearby.
The following day we will drive a short distance to Ellora where we will have an included visit to the ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves - a set of a small temples in the rock face dating from the 6th to 11th Centuries CE. We will camp in the same campsite tonight.
Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.
Setting off early today, we will say goodbye to our local cook and drive to the bustling city of Mumbai.
In Mumbai we will stay in a comfortable hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.
Border Information: If you are leaving in Mumbai, you will most likely exit India from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (IATA code: BOM).
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Mumbai. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
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Trip Name: Delhi to Mumbai
Duration: 16 Days
From Price: $1,620
Supplier Tour ID: SDM1/157972
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