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This trip is tailor-made for photographers. Details about the trip are mentioned in the introduction. One thing that needs highlighting here is that the distances between the destinations are very short, thus cutting down journey time between destinations. Besides this, the shorter distances between places would allow us to get off our bus and walk for sometime for the countryside – say an hour at a time before the coach comes round to pick us up. This is very helpful for photography because there is nothing more frustrating than sitting in a bus and see a cracking picture go by. With shorter distances will not put pressures of time for covering distances and thus will give more photographic opportunity on the way. Actually it is quite surprising that while travelling from one place to another, we could get some smashing pictures of rural life.
Rajasthan Tribal Tour Package begins with an arrival in Delhi. Meeting and assistance upon arrival and traditional welcome with garlands. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight will be in Delhi.
This is a free day to relax. For those interested, a visit to the popular wholesale fish market can be organised. There could be some nice pictures here. Fish of all shape and varieties are placed here in heaps and when once sold to the retailer he carries them into a basket over his head. In the evening we connect an overnight train – Mandore Express (D – 2030; A – 0545 next day). We would have air-conditioned upper category sleeper berth with blankets and pillows.
Overnight on Train.
Early morning arrival. Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to Ajit Bhawan Palace Hotel for breakfast and rest room facilities. After breakfast we leave civilization behind and drive to incredible dessert country to Luni. We would stop a few times for pictures and rural life. Upon arrival we check into Fort Chanwa, meeting and interacting with the locals and taking their pictures and their lifestyles.
vernight at Fort Chanwa.
After breakfast we would drive to Rohetgarh. We would partly walk the distance taking pictures of rural Rajasthan on the way. Upon arrival we check into the Rohetgarh Fort. The afternoon is free to explore the Rohet village. Actually, on this trip each individual would have the chance to take pictures at there own pace and of things they like without worrying about holding up the group. They can be with a group and still retain their individual approach their individual approach to photography.
Overnight at Rohetgarh Fort.
Again we walk / ride through fascinating countryside to Sardar Samand. We check into Sardar Samand Palace, again a former palace of medieval Indian regal charm converted into a modern hotel. Afternoon we walk through the – lanes of Sardar Samand – watch out for the camel cart or the stray cows. Overnight at Sardar Samand Palace.
Journey through fascinating dessert country to Khejarala, stopping several times for pictures of Camel herds shepherds with flocks of sheep etc. upon arrival check into impressive and majestic Fort Khejarala. The afternoon we visit the Khejarala village walking through the winding and narrow pathways. The local school, the jewel’s shop and the potters village are worth a special mention.
Overnight at Fort Khejarala.
This morning we visit the extremely primitive and extremely colourful village of the Bishnoi tribe. Their primitive dwellings, theirs wells and their lifestyles are centuries beyond our time. We would then visit Pipar (20 Kms) to witness block printing on cotton fabrics – all done by hand. Overnight at Fort Khejarala.
Fascinating drive with several picture stops through dessert country brings us to Nimaj, which is one of Rajasthan’s more backward areas. Upon arrival check into Nimaj Castle.
Overnight at Nimaj Castle.
With its fascinating millet fields, mud plastered or cow dung plastered huts, narrow pathways, pavements vendors etc. Nimaj is a fascinating little village. We would spend this day exploring the village. Overnight at Nimaj Castle.
We depart late afternoon for Jodhpur. Upon arrival we check into legendary Ajit Bhawan Palace Hotel, which is an ethnically designed traditional resort and where the Maharaja still resides.
Overnight will be in Jodhpur.
Morning tour of the massive and impregnable Jodhpur Fort – the largest of its kind in Rajasthan. In the afternoon we have a horse carriage ride to the Clock Tower Bazaar which is a very colourful and busy wholesale and spice market. Evening connect Howrah Express train to Agra (D-1715 A-0535).
Overnight on board the Ac Sleeper Class.
Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to hotel Holiday Inn. Morning at leisure. Afternoon excursion to Fatehpur Sikri. Special magic show of typical Indian tickets would be performed specially for our group before dinner.
Overnight will be in Agra.
Guided tour of the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast guided tour of Agra Fort. following lunch, we drive back to Delhi for our final overnight at hotel.
Overnight will be in Delhi.
Transfer to the International airport to connect onward flight.