Royal Heritage – This tour highlights the traditions and culture of the current Indian society and the history of royal families. You will stay in former palaces where princely owners are wishing to share their culture and heritage with you and make it a superb experience for a life time!
Days 1 & 2
Delhi, the capital of India, has seen a variety of cultures influencing its development: Mughal, Hindu and Sikh heritages are still alive. From Old to New Delhi, and through the main religious places, we will revive for you the past history of this city.
Agra is known all over the world for the jewel of India located there: the Taj Mahal. Symbol of love and pure beauty, this impressive construction attracts all the people visiting India. After this mesmerizing visit, you will take the way to Bharatpur.
Located between Agra and Jaipur, Bharatpur is a bird centaury, welcoming a large number of migratory birds every year. A splendid palace was created to host the Royal family during their hunts. Ideal for the nature lovers, this place offers a peaceful stay far from huge cities.
RANTHAMBORE NATIONAL PARK
In Southern Rajasthan, the Ranthambore National Park is the biggest centaury of the State, and one of the rare in the country to host the most fascinating animals: the White Tigers of Bengal. We will try to find them at dawn, before leaving for Bundi.
Days 6 & 7
Bundi was one of the royal cities of Rajasthan. This peaceful heritage place is out of the classic tourism paths, and offers a natural landscape, with hills and lake. The inhabitants are reputed for their kindness and their openness to share their everyday life with visitors. You will find temples at every turn, and meet the local descendants of the Royal family. They will share their history with you.
Days 8 to 10
The Venice of the East is well known for its two lakes and the beauty of the piers surrounding them. You will stay in a former palace with a splendid lake view. City of the performing arts, Udaipur will please the amateurs of traditional dance and music, as well as the admirers of the precision of miniature painting. You will have a workshop with an experienced painter to learn the basics of this art. You will leave for Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh, magnificent places for a one-day excursion, and then reach Jodhpur in the evening.
Days 11 & 12
Jodhpur has two nicknames, the Blue City, referring to the walls of the old houses, and the Sun City, due to its incredible exposure to sunlight. The main attraction is the Fort with its history and impressive water management system. You will stay in a former hunting palace of the Jodhpur Maharaja, which has been renovated by a development organisation working for access to water.
Days 13 & 15
Located in the Thar Desert, in the Western part of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer, the Golden City, is entirely made of yellow stone. The façades of ancient palaces were carved by hand, adding to the beautiful colour of the walls. After having strolled in the Fort and admired the leather craft, you will go for a safari in the desert, discovering the life of communities in this arid area. You will then spend a magic night in a luxurious camp, getting desert food and traditional dance show.
Centuries ago, Bikaner was an important commercial place, and got a specific attention from the Maharajas for this reason. One decided to establish over there his kingdom, and started to develop this city in the middle of an arid region. Today, the former palaces are still standing and impressive. You will visit the famous Rat Temple, a temple for an Indian Goddess who was prayed by all the warriors and royal families.
Days 17 & 18
The Shekhawati is a rural region of Rajasthan, having kept all its traditions. You will stay in a renovated palace, whose owner has started charitable hospital for the villagers. Artisans will show you the traditional crafts of the region, and you will have the opportunity to admire the incredible frescos of Nawalgarh.
Days 19 to 21
The capital of Rajasthan, the Land of the Kings, is also known as the Pink City. Jaipur is one of the first planned cities, and one will admire its structuration. The traditions are still very present in Jaipur, both in the life style as well as in the crafts. The visit of the splendid forts and one heritage walk in the old city will show you the past glory of Rajasthan. Jaipur is also the city of luxury crafts, and you will discover the secrets of jewellery with some of the most talented artisans in the world, and the ancestral methods of rug hand-weaving with the visit of a social business. After a last shopping session in the numerous bazaars of the city, you will go back to Delhi for the end of this tour.
Palaces held by families with a royal history, Heritage Hotels
Visit of shelter homes for street children, meeting with one NGO supporting women, visit of one education program in slums
Jewellery, Rugs, Painting, Wooden craft, Leather craft, Block and screen printing, Blue Pottery, Hand-made paper
Rural life, Royal heritage, Life in desert