Expedition I Rajasthan par Excellence - from the Vindhyachal to the Thar. The ULTIMATE dynamic experience of Rajasthan. Start with the Vindhyachal Range, progress to the Mewar plains and low hills, then the magnificent elderly Aravalli range, onto the great Marwar plains and then at last the Great Thar Desert.
Pressed for time ?? - You can do this trip in one or more of its sub-parts.
Note: Alertness and care with the animals is a must at all times.
1. Intention. To allow our love for true adventure to empower us to study diverse and the changing terrain, people and culture of Rajasthan as we move from the east to the west within the state. Rajasthan is defined geographically well by the western limits of the Vindhyachal Range, by the Aravalli range in its centre, by the Thar desert to its west and by the vast plain sandy or rocky stretches between them. This expedition enables us to see how the land changes, how the people and their history change, the nuances in the changes in the physical features of the population, lifestyle and culture of each of these sub-regions. In fact this expedition presents the most dynamic experience of Rajasthan.

2. Duration. 28 of the best days of your life spent within Rajasthan over the full Expedition. Add a day or two for Delhi on the way in and out. We strongly suggest that this expedition be undertaken in one go for its full value to be realised. However the option of covering the trip in parts through any of the Sub-Sections outlined below may be used where time available is less.

3. Suggested modes of the ride. Definitely on horse back till around Jodhpur. Thereafter on camels. Please note that bicycles will be used for different parts of this adventurous journey. Short treks in the Aravalli range can be added if desired and may need one or two extra days to be planned. In view of the vast distances some road moves will be inescapable, but will be kept to the minimum.

4. Best time. October to mid March.

5. Age Profile. 18 years upwards, as per fitness.

6. Broad Itinerary. (We suggest the whole itinerary however as per time availability the sub-parts can be undertaken independently).(Refer Map)

(a) Sub-Part I. Reception at Delhi airport, rest and recoup from your long international journey at a hotel and move by a train from Delhi to Kota and short drive thereafter to the start point near the Vindhyachal Hill Range. Familiarise ourselves with our steeds, the great Marwari breed of horses, and then in the first three days of riding move from the Vindhyachal to the plains east of the Aravallis. We go past some unique water bodies that are breath-taking and in one case immense. Five days thereafter through some exciting Rajasthan plains and hills up to the eastern limits of the Aravallis north of Jaisamand. A visit to the historic Chittaurgarh Fort and passages through the Bhainsrodgarh, Bassi, Sitamata and Jaisamand wild life sanctuaries are included. We halt over in camps, heritage hotels or home stays. This part concludes when we reach Udaipur. (Total 8 days)

(b) Sub-Part II. Two nights and a little over a day of rest-cum-sight seeing at the picturesque Udaipur whose beauty and charms are worthy of being absorbed. A short road move to Ranakpur and then the start of a lovely odyssey through and along the Aravallis that lasts five days. Visits to Ranakpur and Kumbalgarh, rides around the plains west of the Aravallis visiting beautiful villages and rock formations around Desuri and Narlai are on the cards. Then we start long rides on the Marwar plains till we reach the Luni River and en route visit some of the many Bishnoi villages astride it. A short road hop from Luni gets us into Jodhpur. (Total 11 days including the Udaipur halt).

(c) Sub-Part III. Tired limbs rest at Jodhpur for a day and a night. A visit to the city and its fort. Next from across Jodhpur we commence now on camel back. There is a choice of three routes, each planned for five days. In option one we go past the ancient town of Osiyan. The second choice takes us through magnificent desert countryside to a resort astride the main highway to Jaisalmer (Manvar) and ends in the touristy camp-site of that resort. The third option takes us past and ends amidst some beautiful sand-dunes that are the heart of the Thar desert. Thereafter, whatever be the option that was selected by the group, there is a road hop to Jaisalmer where there is a halt for two nights and includes road safaris to the main tourist spots around this superb fort. After a breathtaking sunset on the dunes the Expedition finally ends. (Total 9 days including the Jodhpur and Jaisalmer halts).

(d) Next day we return to Jodhpur for the afternoon flight to Delhi and fly back home with plans for the next adventure trip to other parts of the colourful and superb Rajasthan already taking shape in the mind back to Delhi.

7. Accommodation. This will be a mix of hotels, heritage locations, tents both luxurious and small, home stays and the odd night under the stars. Changes can be made to suit specific participant requirements.

8. Cost of Basic Itinerary above (Delhi airport back to Delhi airport).

(a) Our tariff is all-inclusive in India and based on a group of 10 or more for the basic itinerary suggested above. This includes airport transfers, hotel and basic sightseeing costs at Delhi, Agra and at all halts in Rajasthan en route, train fare, costs of the horse and/or camel rides, costs of bike rentals and service and maintenance throughout the trip, tips, accommodation (twin sharing), water and all meals. However international air-fares, airport taxes, visa charges, duty on any items and personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry, tobacco, telephone charges, camera charges where applicable and individual expenses incurred away from the plan for the group are excluded. Costing details based in finalized plans on request.

(b) Registration. As winter is the peak tourist period it is essential that Registration be done at least four months prior to arrival. Half the determined costs of this Expedition to be paid on registration and the balance to be paid six weeks prior to arrival.

9. Changes in the itinerary, if requested, can be worked out and costs evaluated separately. Or, any other specified itinerary can be developed to match your interests.