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Heritage Trails of Rajasthan

India, Rajasthan
Available Departures: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec

15 days from

US$2,520

without flights
Walk & Trek
Guided Group
MODERATE MODERATE

Our ultimate Rajasthan walking holiday explores a landscape of magnificent forts, elusive tigers and palaces of the Maharaja

Trip Code: HTR
Holiday Grades

Our Holiday Grades Explained

To show the relative difficulty of our holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the most challenging. Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the 'Is this holiday for you?' section or contact us.

 1 - 3 LEISURELY
1 - 3 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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4 - 6 MODERATE
4 - 6 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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7 - 9 CHALLENGING
7 - 9 CHALLENGING

Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.

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10 - 12 TOUGH
10 - 12 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

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Heritage Trails of Rajasthan

Highlights
  • Trek through tribal villages of the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary and Aravalli Hills
  • Wander through the palaces of Udaipur, the 'Venice of the East'
  • Follow heritage trails surrounding Jodhpur, Agra and Amber Fort
  • Experience sunrise at the Taj Mahal and sunset ceremonies at Pushkar
  • Track the elusive tiger on safari in Ranthambore

At a Glance
  • Group Size 5 to 14
  • 15 days walking tour of Rajasthan
  • Join In Delhi

Accommodation & Meals
  • 14 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 6 Dinners
  • 13 nights Hotel
  • 1 nights Sleeper Train
Overview

Rajasthan is a vibrant and dazzling state in Northern India. This is a land of opulent palaces, magnificent crumbling forts and proud tribes. There is an incredible diversity of landscape here, including jungle, mountains and desert. We have created a walking holiday that brings all that we love about Rajasthan into one incredible itinerary. We do not just visit the extravagant former royal residencies of the maharaja and their strategic military strongholds; we explore the hills and communities that surround them on a collection of well-planned treks and heritage trails. 


We will start with a guided walk of ‘Old Delhi’, exploring some of the maze-like bazaars and ancient temples and experience an opportunity to help cook in a Sikh temple kitchen! Arriving by sleep-train into Jodphur, we explore the imposing Meherangarh Fort and spice markets of this blue-hued city. We then enjoy three days of trekking through the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, with time to explore the walls of the magnificent fortress and the serene temples of Ranakpur. The City Palace of Udaipur cannot be missed and we will walk in the Aravalli Hills through the tribal villages that surround this most romantic of lakeside cities. We then visit the spiritual town of Pushkar, a firm KE favourite, before heading to the Pink City of Jaipur. After visiting Amber Fort we will take to the hills that surround this impressive sprawling building and then enjoy a market visit a meal with a local family. Our epic voyage through Rajasthan is ended off in style with game drives at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and an unforgettable visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra.

The antithesis of classic coach tours with length drives, this superb walking adventure incorporates many of the jewels of Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra into a two-week holiday and is perfect for anyone wanting to explore the region, in more depth, on foot. The opportunities for cultural immersion and wildlife spotting are immense. There is a fair amount of travelling, as we journey between the royal cities of Rajasthan. However, using private air-conditioned minibuses and a sleeper trains, the effect of this is kept to a minimum. Our game drives in the Ranthambore National Park are in jeeps which are open vehicles fitted with seats and offering a good field of view. This itinerary enjoys more time lingering in each destination, and there are one or two days of extended walks (one of two of around six hours), but these are at a gentle pace on non-serious terrain.

Why KE?

Our exclusive walking holiday in Rajasthan is packed with rewarding treks, fascinating heritage trails and bags of opportunity to explore on foot. Here, at KE we have always believed that the world is best experienced at walking pace, and this itinerary is the perfect way to find out why. Whether your interest is in rare wildlife, exploring the corridors of royal palaces and temples or walking through tribal hill villages, this holiday will immerse you into all Rajasthan has to offer.

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Itinerary

Meet at the group hotel in Delhi. A single timed transfer from Delhi Airport is provided. Rest and relaxation at the hotel or independent exploration and sightseeing.

Accommodation

Hotel

After an early breakfast, we start our guided tour of Old Delhi, exploring its ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. We will visit the majestic Jama Masjid, one of the largest and most important mosques in India, built in 1658 by Shah Jahan, who was also responsible for the Taj Mahal. We pass by the Red Fort, still in use by the Indian military, and take rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, the famous market of Old Delhi where one can purchase silk saris and beautiful silver jewellery. We then continue the tour at Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi's memorial and location of his cremation. Afterwards we visit the Rajpath, adjacent to the Lutyens-designed governmental buildings where we can inspect the India Gate, a truly humbling memorial to the 13,000 men who gave up their lives for the Commonwealth during World War I. We end our day with a very special experience: we visit the Sikh Gurdwara of Bangla Sahib. Here we can take part, helping in the temple's kitchen to bake chapattis and cook rice and lentils for the devotees and visitors. This charitable endeavour means that an estimated 10,000-15,000 people receive a free daily meal from the temple. We transfer to the train station to catch the overnight train to Jodphur, a quintessential form of travel in India!

Accommodation

Sleeper Train

Meals

B D

After arriving into Jodphur and transferring to our hotel, we take a guided walk which starts with a visit to the white marble cenotaph of Jaswant Thada. We then explore Meherangarh Fort, one of the most impressive and formidable forts in India. Perched on seemingly impregnable hill overlooking Jodphur, this sprawling fortification's vertiginous walls protect a splendid palace, complete with intricately carved lattice windows with sublime views in all directions. The fort did a good job of protecting its royal inhabitants, who still live there. Indeed, one can still see the scars of cannon balls from the turn of the 19th century! We can explore the expansive grounds and walls of the fort before walking back from the top of the 16th century city walls of Jodphur, descending through narrow, winding lanes of the old blue city past havelis, town houses, temples and bazaar. We may choose to stop off to watch the sunset with a restorative masala chai at a local Brahmin house. Return to our hotel.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

Time

3 hrs walking

After breakfast, we take a scenic drive to the village of Kumbhalgarh, in the heart of the Aravalli Hills, a journey of about 4-5 hours. The Aravalli Hills are some of the oldest in the world, now just an eroded stump of an ancient range running from Delhi to Gujarat. The highest point of our trip is here at Kumbhalgarh, at an altitude of around 1100m. This afternoon, we visit Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The impressive defensive fortifications here were built in the 15th century and its walls stretch for over 38km! We can walk on its towering walls and enjoy the outstanding views of the surrounding hills and plains below from its ramparts.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

Time

2 hrs walking

After an early breakfast, we set off on a long trek through the surrounding Aravalli Mountains, enjoying the magnificent scenery. These hills are part of the 578km2 Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, covered in a dry deciduous forest that is home to a rich variety of wildlife including panther, wolf, bear, monkeys and wild boar. There are many species of birds to spot too. Our route will take us through the village of the Bhil tribe and past a small reservoir known as Thandi Beri (Crocodile Lake) where, as the name suggests, we can observe crocodiles sunbathing on the edge of the water. After lunch, we continue our walk through hamlets inhabited by another Rajasthani tribe, the Garasiya. We arrive at the historic Muchhala Mahavir Jain Temple where our trek ends. From here, we transfer to the village of Ghanerao where we stay in a heritage hotel.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Time

5 - 6 hrs walking

After breakfast, we make the short drive back to the Muchhala Mahavir Temple and continue our walk through the sanctuary, hoping to spot more of the fascinating wildlife. The pleasant trails here meander through the forest and arrive at the remarkable white marble temples of Ranakpur, one of the most important in India. We can visit the temple, perhaps leaving an offering, before driving to Udaipur. Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, the skyline dominated by the Aravalli Hills, Udaipur enjoys a particularly romantic situation. Packed with incredible fairy-tale palaces, temples and winding, narrow lanes; this ancient lakeside town demands exploration. In the evening, we can take a stroll to the water's edge and perhaps enjoy a beautiful sunset over the bathing ghats, palaces and temples.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Time

3 hrs walking

After breakfast and a short transfer to the start of our trek point, we take a trail that connects a number of Bhil and Rajput tribal villages, the latter a caste of warriors whom are mostly farmers these days. These villages will give us a fascinating insight into a traditional way of life, and the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside will be outstanding. Our walk will finish at two temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva and the mother goddess Shakti. Returning to Udaipur, we visit the City Palace. Some may experience a sense of dejaa-vu; indeed, this was a filming location for the James Bond film Octopussy! The captivating palace complex has been added to by various marahanas (warrior kings), finally completed in 1725. The ornate features of the palace include filigreed balconies and cupola-topped towers, soaring over the lake. Within the walls, we will find extravagantly decorated courtyards and suites. Much of the palace remains untouched from the days it was occupied by the royal family and gives the visitor an insight into life in a bygone era. After the palace visit, we visit the Jagdish Temple and take a sunset boat ride out onto Lake Pichola, an experience not to be missed.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

Time

4 hrs walking

This morning we set off on the drive to Pushkar (5-6hrs). Pushkar possesses an incredible spiritual and mystical atmosphere, being an important pilgrimage town because of its location, set around a sacred lake. The bathing ghats becoming crowded in evening as people congregate at the holy waters and offer prayers and offerings in puja ceremonies. It is also the location of only temple in India dedicated to the Lord Brahma, considered to be the creator of the world. The creation of the lake is steeped in legend. Pushkar is also renowned for its colourful, rather chaotic, camel fair. After checking into our hotel, we can try our hand at driving a camel cart, a popular form of local transport. Afterwards we visit the Brahma Temple and sacred lake. In the evening, we can participate in one of the prayer ceremonies on the banks of the lake, as the melodious sound of the bells from surrounding temples fills the air. As the sun sets, candles are lit, incense is burned and flower petals are scattered, which all adds to the spiritual atmosphere.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

We arise just before dawn to take the 890 steps to the summit of Ratnagiri Hill, overlooking Pushkar. At the top is a Savitri Temple dedicated to the Lord Bramha's consort. The views from here, across Pushkar and the surrounding hills, as the dawn breaks are stunning. After descending the steps, we explore the local market stalls and bazaars, before enjoying a late breakfast and setting off to the Jaipur. Known as the Pink City, it was painted a pink hue to celebrate a visit by Prince Albert in 1976 and now enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status. These days, Jaipur is more commonly known for the production of the most beautiful cut gemstones.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

Time

3 hrs walking

After breakfast, we visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) to marvel at its intricate façade. We continue on the short drive to the nearby ancient capital of Amber, well known for its sprawling fort, strategically position atop high ground above the town. The fort boasts impressive frescoed courtyards and doorways and there are far-reaching views from the walls. We extend our exploration to include the nearby Amber Village on a walk that takes in temples and a lake and which allows us to meet members of the Meena tribe who live here. Talking to them, we can learn a little about their daily lives. Returning to Jaipur, we visit the ornate City Palace, packed with art and weapon collections and the remarkable Jantar Mantar, a royal astronomical observatory consisting of huge monuments that use shadows to track celestial objects. As we walk through the streets, we will visit a local market and marvel at the abundance of fruit, vegetables and spices on offer. We will then spend some time with a local Rajasthani family who will show us how to make the most of this fresh produce and eat a traditional dinner together. This will also be an opportunity for females to be decorated with henna and for the males to be taught how to tie a safa turban.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B D

Time

3 hrs walking

After breakfast, we bid farewell to Jaipur and drive to Ranthambore. The land here used to be used for private hunting parties by the Rajput rulers of Jaipur. Now a protected tiger reserve, it is probably one of the best places in the world to observe tigers in the wild. Arriving mid-afternoon, we stretch our legs with a walk to Ranthambore Fort. Perched on top of a hill, this crumbling fort is filled with decaying pavilions, temples and palace structure, slowly being reclaimed by nature. This is the jungle of Kipling's The Jungle Book. We check in to our overnight accommodation at a nearby hotel.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B D

Time

2 hrs walking

Today, we have two safari drives in shared, open 4x4 jeeps. Our first tiger safari will depart in the early morning, to try our luck spotting the elusive tiger and perhaps capturing one on camera. Whilst we keep our eyes peeled for these rare beasts, we will also be able observe a great range of other wildlife, including leopards, hyenas, monkeys, birds and deer. After lunch, we head back out for a second safari game drive. We will explore a variety of terrains that make up the reserve, including dry deciduous forest and open, grassy meadow. We return to our hotel for a second night.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B D

After a leisurely breakfast, we set off on the drive to Agra, winding our way through rural India. On the way, we pay a visit to the deserted royal city of Fatehpur Sikri. Founded in 1571 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, this served as the capital of the sprawling Mughal Empire until 1585, when after only fourteen years it was abandoned; the reason, widely held, was due to the failure of the water supply and distant wars to fight. This ghostly, fortified city palace is well worth exploring to marvel at the red sandstone colonnades and ornate carvings. Akbar understood the importance of uniting the ethnic and religious factions within his empire, reflected in the architecture, incorporating Persian, Hindu and Muslim elements in tribute to his three wives. We continue to Agra and check in to our hotel.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

At sunrise, we will experience something very special: watching the rising sun illuminate the ivory marble of the Taj Mahal. Many of tried to encapsulate the experience of being in the presence of something so special, but it is something you have to sample for yourself. Taj Mahak was built by Shah Jahan in the mid-17th century as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz. The gardens and water features of the Taj Mahal perfectly frame the mausoleum, and the surrounding buildings are beautiful too. Everyone has seen pictures of the Taj Mahal, but these do not detail the incredible and intricate patterns of inlaid gemstones and black onyx calligraphy, delicately tattooed across its surface. We follow this with a visit to Agra Fort, which is in itself worthy of a special trip to Agra. Once the main residence of emperors before the capital was relocated to Delhi, the fort is an astonishing complex of white marble palaces, red sandstone gates and barracks that are still in use. In the far corner of the fort is the cell where his own son, who had overthrown him, held Shah Jahan. From the window, you can reflect on the view he had of the Taj Mahal where his late wife had been laid to rest. After lunch, we will undertake a guided walk to delve into the heritage of Agra, so often overlooked by daytrippers who stop at the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Our starts at the Jama Masjid, and follows the maze-like winding streets and visits the Hindu temple of Mankameshwar Madadev and the spice markets of Rawat Para. The rest of the evening is ours to explore or relax at the hotel.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

Time

3 hrs walking

After breakfast in Agra, we set off on the drive to Delhi and can reflect on an incredible adventure through the splendours of Rajasthan. Arriving in Delhi we have the use of day-rooms at a hotel close to Delhi Airport. A single late transfer to Delhi Airport is provided.

Meals

B
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional English-speaking local leader
  • Delhi Airport group transfers on the first and last day of the itinerary
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary including overnight sleeper train
  • Use of shared 'day-rooms' at the group hotel on the last day of the itinerary
  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
  • All meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • Wildlife safari guides for the game viewing
  • Guided sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and permits

  • Travel insurance
  • Delhi Airport transfers if travelling earlier/later than the group transfers
  • Indian Visa
  • Meals that aren't included as detailed in the itinerary
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

There are a total of 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 6 dinners included. Where there is a wealth of variety and options for places to eat, we have left you the choice of where you dine to take advantage of the cuisine on offer.

It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps. You should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

Part of the experience of a visit to India is sampling the excellent local food. Indian cuisine offers a wide choice of dishes, much more variety than the 'curries' we are used to in Indian restaurants at home and the nan breads are like nothing you'll have experienced. Whether the food is presented as a dinner buffet or as a set menu, there will always be vegetarian options. In some place, there will also be familiar international dishes. Breakfasts include cereals, bread, possibly in the form of local 'rotis', eggs, hard-boiled or omelette, often one or two delicious, spicy Indian breakfast options, fruit, juice, hot water for tea or coffee. Lunches will usually be at a restaurant where you can choose what you want - the guide will help with this.

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

We will have a total of 13 nights in good standard hotels throughout the trip from Delhi, throughout Rajasthan and Agra; along with 1 night on a sleeper train. All accommodation except the sleeper train is allocated on a twin-sharing basis in second class air-conditioned berths. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Depending upon availability it may be possible to arrange single rooms for the hotel nights. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced professional leader throughout and there will also be various wildlife guides during the game viewing, as well as cultural guides when sightseeing in Delhi and Agra.

Approximately £300 (or the equivalent in US dollars or euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including tips for your guides (allow approximately £75) and soft drinks, etc. (allow approximately £40). There are several opportunities to buy souvenirs on this trip. It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Indian Rupees) before you travel. Sterling, US dollars and euros are readily exchanged in Delhi. Since you will be changing the majority of your spending money into local currency on the day of arrival, we recommend taking this in cash. Credit cards can be used to purchase many goods in the cities and are particularly useful for more expensive souvenirs. It is possible to withdraw cash (rupees only) from cash machines in certain banks in the cities using credit and debit cards.

Tipping is an accepted and expected part of Indian culture, although you should only tip for services which are well done. We recommend that tips to your guides and driver be made from the group as a whole and that the group decides together on an appropriate amount. Your guide will help with sundry tipping; bell boys, other hotel staff, toilet attendants, lunchtime restaurant staff, Ranthambore staff and railway porters. This means you don't need to concern yourself with who to tip and who not to tip. Your guide will set up a tip 'kitty' for this and you will probably be asked to contribute 4000 rupees (£40) each for this. Separately from this, you will need to tip the driver who is with you for the whole trip. And you will need to tip your guide. As a rough guide we suggest that £80 (depending on group size) will allow you to pay reasonable tips.

You should restrict your luggage to one main travel bag plus a small daypack to carry cameras, binoculars, water etc. We recognise that for some of our holidays and for some of our travellers, the KE Trek Bag may not provide the best solution when packing for your trip. A bag with fitted wheels and with more than one compartment and more than one access zip is probably more appropriate for this kind of trip.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

Visa India

Most nationalities, including travellers from the UK, the USA and many European countries can apply for their Indian Visa online through the E-Visa Application process. You must make your application at least four days prior to departure. Please download the detailed information document for details of how to apply for your visa: Visa India PDF

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika virus has been confirmed as active in this country. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that transmit ZIKV are unlikely to be found above 2,000m altitude. For more information, visit the website of the National Travel Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk

 

Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid.

Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary.

On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

Although there is no strenuous walking on this holiday, there are several sights which are best explored on foot and it makes a lot of sense to get some additional exercise before coming on any active holiday.  Some of the days it will get quite hot and you should be prepared for this. Before departure, we suggest that you do some reading about the country, its people and the wildlife you are likely to see.

Outside of the Indian Monsoon (June to September) you should experience little if any rainfall. By mid August the monsoon has lost most of its force although short lived cloud bursts particularly in the afternoon, are reasonably common except in Rajasthan which tends to be very dry at this time. The coolest temperatures are encountered during November and December when the maximum daytime temperatures will generally be in the mid to high twenties of Celsius. From February temperatures start to rise reaching mid thirties during trips in March and April. The arrival of the monsoon cools everything down again and temperatures in August and September can often be the same or even less than April. Evening temperatures from late October to February can be quite chilly (requiring a jacket).

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

  • Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra - Lonely Planet

  • Guide India - The Rough Guide

  • Indian Wildlife Insight Guide

  • Field Guide to the Mammals of the Indian Subcontinent. K. K. Gurung and Raj Singh

  • The Last Mughal - William Dalrymple

  • The Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You SHOULD bring the following items:

  • Strong shoes or walking boots

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Lightweight trousers

  • Shirts (at least one long-sleeved with collar)

  • Casual shirts or T-shirts

  • Jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Sunglasses

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

  • Small daypack 20 to 25 litres

  • Torch 

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 1 litre (x2) (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)

  • Water purification tablets

The following items are optional:

  • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Camera and batteries

  • Travel clothes

  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

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Extensions

Extension Details

Dharamsala and the Dalai Lama

4 Days
Dharamsala is a former British Raj hill-station in the Dhaula Dhar mountain range and currently home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in exile. On this four day extension, you will be able to sample a flavour of life in Tibet and enjoy visits to the Dalai Lama’s temple complex; the Norbulingka Institute; the Tibetan children’s village and visit a local Gaddi Tribal village to experience the life of the people who traditionally inhabit the lower reaches of the Dhaula Dhar.
Extension Code: IDS4

Extension Itinerary

Fly to Dharamsala Airport and transfer (14 kms - 20 minutes) to Dharamsala, an early nineteenth century British Raj hill station, now famous for being the home of the Tibetan Government in exile and home to the Dalai Lama. We check in at our hotel in upper Dharamsala, the village known as McLeodganj which exhibits a strong Tibetan influence with monasteries, Tibetan restaurants and shops. Free time.

Meals

L D

Today we visit the Dalai Lama's temple to see some of the Tibetan monks performing a puja. After lunch we will visit the nearby Tibetan Children's Village which houses orphans and ensures they are provided with an education, clothes, food and healthcare. Later we will visit the Norbulingka Institute, a registered trust chaired by the Dalai Lama dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture.

Meals

B L D

Transfer to the Gaddi village of Naddi (1900m) offering views of the Dhauladhar mountain range. Visit a local house and walk to the Buddhist stupa and Tibetan monks meditation huts. Take lunch on low Tibetan tables with sensational mountain views. Short walk to Bagsu Nag village for chai in a local restaurant before returning to our hotel.

Meals

B L D

After breakfast, you will be taken back to Dharamsala Airport to catch your return flight to Delhi. Services end on arrival in Delhi.

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • Transfer to Delhi Airport on Day 1
  • Internal flights Delhi to Dharamsala return
  • Dharamsala Airport transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation in Dharamsala
  • Guided sightseeing on Days 2 and 3
  • Entrance fees at temples etc
  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 4
What's Not Included
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses such as souvenirs and soft drinks
  • Tips for local staff
  • FAMILY / GROUP PRICES: Please contact KE for prices
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Gather a few friends, family or club and take over your own departure.

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  • Heritage Trails of Rajasthan
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: HTR /03/24/
  • This trip begins on Sun 17 Nov and ends on Sun 1 Dec
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Single Supplement Price: US$730 - Includes all group hotel nights (n/a on sleeper train)
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  • Heritage Trails of Rajasthan
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: HTR /04/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 13 Dec and ends on Fri 27 Dec
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Single Supplement Price: US$720 - Includes all group hotel nights (n/a on sleeper train)
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  • Heritage Trails of Rajasthan
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: HTR /01/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 19 Jan and ends on Sun 2 Feb
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Single Supplement Price: US$730 - Includes all group hotel nights (n/a on sleeper train)
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  • Heritage Trails of Rajasthan
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: HTR /02/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 30 Mar and ends on Sun 13 Apr
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Single Supplement Price: US$730 - Includes all group hotel nights (n/a on sleeper train)
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  • Heritage Trails of Rajasthan
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: HTR /03/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 16 Nov and ends on Sun 30 Nov
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Single Supplement Price: US$730 - Includes all group hotel nights (n/a on sleeper train)
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  • Heritage Trails of Rajasthan
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: HTR /04/25/
  • This trip begins on Fri 12 Dec and ends on Fri 26 Dec
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
  • Single Supplement Price: US$720 - Includes all group hotel nights (n/a on sleeper train)
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Land Only Information

The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary starting at the hotel in Delhi. A single group transfer is provided from Delhi Airport on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary and back to the airport on the final day of the Land Only itinerary.

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BOOK WITH KE CONFIDENCE - No surcharge guarantee

The price of our holidays can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, KE have undertaken to guarantee the Land Only price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases, get the best flight prices and take advantage of our 'No Surcharge Guarantee'.

KE Adventure is a fully bonded tour operator. We hold an ATOL license (No: 2808) and are bonded with ABTA (Membership No: W4341)


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