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DESERT ROMANCE - RAJASTHAN

A startled blackbuck, the smile of a village girl, the lined face of a tribal chief; the ruggedness of the Thar; mile upon mile of golden sands, loping along on a camel's back – romance rides with you. This is Rajasthan, where cities with splendid palaces and havelis evoke their princely past, where forts dominate the barren surrounds, where Jain temples with exquisite carvings unexpectedly appear, where folk music emanating from the ektara of a bewda haunts the darkening evenings.... this is Rajasthan, the Land of Kings.

Days 1 & 2 Delhi
Arrive into Delhi, transfer to the Scarlette Hotel (or Taj Mahal/ Imperial Hotel); optional sightseeing of Delhi.

Days 3 & 4 Jaisalmer
Fly to Jodhpur, drive on to Jaisalmer, stay at Taj Rawalkot; visit the sights, ride a camel on the sand dunes.

Days 5 & 6 Rohet
Drive to Jodhpur, see the Meherangarh Fort; drive on to Rohergarh for two nights' stay. Enjoy a jeep safari of Bishnoi villages; Rohet has its own stables and there is the option of riding a thoroughbred horse.

Days 7 & 8 Udaipur
Drive to Udaipur via Ranakpur; stay two nights at Fatehgarh with the option of upgrading to the Lake Palace; visit the City Palace complex, ride a boat on the Pichola.

Days 9 & 10 Bundi
Visit the impressive Chittaurgarh Fort and drive on to Bundi, stay at Haveli Braj Bhishanjee; visit Taragarh Fort and Raniji ki Baoli.

Days 11 & 12 Chattrasagar
Proceed to the Chattrasagar Tented Camp for two nights; overlooking a vast lake surrounded by dense foliage, Chattrasagar is an idyllic place, rich in birdlife

Days 13 & 14 Samode
Drive to Samode Palace for two nights; visit Jaipur from here, a 30 minutes' drive away, including Amber Fort and the City sights.

Day 15 Delhi
Return to Delhi by road for a short stay before flying back at midnight.

Price indication: $1800 to $2500 per person for a private tour for two.

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