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Timeless Desert Sands

Rajasthan’s name translates to ‘the land of the kings’ and this route takes one into a time warp, exploring the urban and rural districts of the desert state. Encompassing those who have a love for all things old and new, vintage and contemporary, this pathway is very popular with the possibility of including activities in each city based on your interests.

Venture into the depths of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan and discover the road less taken, the one into its rural expanses. The sands of the desert and the whims of time have caused Rajasthan’s glorious art and culture to bloom in a rather hostile environment. Take a trip into the lesser known regions of Rajasthan, the lands of Kings. The journey will uncover the rustic beauty of the arts and crafts born right out of the desert sands.

On this journey, you will begin in the Indian capital, Delhi and drive into the sandy wilderness of Alsisar and Jhunjhunu. The path will wind further into the desert to the royalty of Bikaner and Jaisalmer and the villages around them. The route will traverse the wilderness to the erstwhile city states of Jodhpur and Udaipur exploring the crafts of the people on the way before it emerges in Jaipur. This journey will give you a sense of human endurance and the beauty of adaptability to harsh environs.

Meant as an initiation into the incredible diversity of India, Kamalan’s Ready-To-Travel programs are classic journeys that you can purchase off the shelf and get packing! Born out of a synchronous blend of our knowledge of the country and 30 years of travel experience, these journeys have been curated with passion and care.

 


Routing:

Delhi (2N) → Mandawa (1N) → Khimsar (1N) → Samsara (1N)  Jaisalmer (2N)
→ 
Jodhpur (1N) → Udaipur (2N)  Barli (1N) → Jaipur(2N) → Agra (1N)
→ 
Karauli (1N) → Delhi (1N) 

For a detailed itinerary, please check out our brochure.


Highlights:

  • The forts and havelis or mansions Alsisar and Jhunjhunu offer a walk back in time.
  • Interact with craftsmen who make Jootis or traditional shoes
  • Meet with villagers and traditional folk musicians, where the signature sand dunes begin

Starting from USD 1595 per person

Duration

17 days, 16 nights

Best Time to Travel

September to March would be ideal, although it can be done throughout the year

Themes

Art and crafts, history, nature, adventure

Price Ranges

This journey is available in Luxury, Mid-range and Budget options

Brochure

One thought

  1. Having travelled to Jaipur and Ajmer before, I had only experiences the tip of the iceberg of the rich architectural heritage of North India on my short vacation. I had hired local tour guides at Amer Fort and Jal Mahal Lake but was left wanting for more, both in terms of depth of knowledge and places to visit in Jaipur and other tourist places in Rajasthan.

    Wanting to do it differently this time around, my and my friends took the help of a travel agency that could blend Indian Culture, Indian History, a luxury vacation and private escorted tours. We got all what we were looking for and more with Kamalan Travels as our travel planner. This is a travel site dedicated to providing luxury travel with an emphasis on culture. It was very easy to build trust in Kamalan and people that work there, they were all passionate travelers themselves and it was exhilarating just to plan a trip with them. We had a dedicated person who overlooked our entire journey, from understanding our love for Architecture in India, to hotels that would offer us the best cultural experience. Taking into consideration our stay duration in India, amonf other factors, Kamalan’s holiday package “Timeless Desert Sands”, a blend of multiple cities in the usual golden triangle package (includes many popular holiday destinations in India), suites us best based on our schedule; of course with a few tweaks in the itinerary which they were happy to do so. First of many in our travel destinations was Delhi.

    Our first day in the capital, we visited Humayun’s Tomb, an elegant example of Persian Architecture and is one of the most magnificent tombs built out of red sandstone in Delhi. The complex of Humayun’s Tomb also has Isa Khan’s tomb, which has a distinct Afghani architectural tone to it. Later in the day, we also took a stroll in the lush green Lodhi Gardens, which is filled with monuments and tombs from the Sayyid and Lodhi dynasty. The monuments have a distinct 16th century Mughal architecture, which transported me back in time.

    Next day we went to see Red Fort, famously known in India as Lal Qila. It is a massive structure built during the Mughal period with red sandstone, accompanied by a moat on its periphery. The Indian flag on the Red Fort has become a symbol of Indian sovereignty. Red Fort houses various historically important structures, like Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Am and Rang Mahal. We also had the opportunity to visit Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India and located close to the Red Fort.
    Afterwards, we visited Safdarjung’s Tomb in Delhi, which turned out to be a remarkable Mughal architectural garden tomb. The last tourist place to visit in Delhi for us was, Mehrauli Archaeological Park which was adjacent to the Qutub minar complex. This archaeological park contains 100s of monuments and Indian historical structures dating as far back as 1000 AD.

    Our next stop was Rajasthan and compared to my previous trip, this was meticulously planned and included many more places to visit including art galleries, monuments and lakes. Our first stop was Mandawa, which is located in Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, famous for its mansions, locally known as havelis. We took a guided tour of Haveli Nadine Prince, which is owned by a French artist, who turned it into a cultural centre and an art gallery. We also visited Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli which is an 18th Century monument with rich Shekhawati architecture.

    Next day we took a desert Jeep Safari to Khimsar; a village located in Thar Desert, Rajastan. Quaint rural landscape, filled with lush green gardens. There we visited Ahhichatragarh Fort which was built during the 7th century is one of the largest forts in the country and is filled with numerous galleries and museums. Next day we went to see Khimsar Fort, which is a 16th century Rajasthani architectural structure.

    Next stop for us was Jaisalmer and it is the ideal desert travel destination in India. Visited Jaisalmer Fort, the most famous landmark in the city and one of the largest forts in the world. It was built during 11th century and is famously known as Sonar Qila. Jaisalmer is filled with mansions (locally known as Havelis) that illustrate the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the city. We visited Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Nath Mal Ki Haveli.
    Early morning next day we went to visit Khaba fort, which is famous for being spooky and haunted and later we went to the regal residence of Jaisalmer, the Maharaja Palace. Our vacation in Jaisalmer also took us to Bada Bagh which is a famous tourist attraction filled with numerous Royal cenotaphs. I definitely suggest spending a night in a Jaisalmer desert camp for an unparalleled experience.

    Next stop in our bespoke journey to Rajasthan was Jodhpur famously known as Blue city, because of the blue painted houses all throughout the city. Mehrangarh Fort is the most famous landmark monument of the city locate atop a raised hillock at the height of 400 meters. Monuments like Jai Pol, Phool Mahal, Loha Pol and Zeena Mahal are located within Mehrangarh Fort. We also visited Jaswant Thada which is a 19th century monument.

    Kamalan planned a never ending travel program of tourist places to visit in Jaipur, but I could redeem myself this time during my sightseeing in Jaipur. We went to see Amer Fort which is a blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. We drove through the Aravali Mountain valley to visit Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort. On our way back to the main city, we stopped to visit Jal Mahal Lake and Fort. This monument is located in the middle of Mansagar Lake and looks beautifully lit at night. Next day we visited Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds, located on the busy street of old Jaipur City.

    We concluded our journey to timeless Indian monuments and forts in Agra.
    Here we visited Taj Mahal with a small group tour; one of the seven wonders of the world made out of white marble and located at the edge of a river, is a must visit place in Agra. We also visited Agra Fort which is the counterpart of Delhi’s Red Fort. Lastly we went to Fatehpur Sikri before going back to Delhi.

    The combined tours and travels throughout this journey left us overwhelmed and instilled a deep respect for the historical places in India. The mysticism, craftsmanship, knowledge and the endurance is what makes all these beautiful places in India truly incredible.

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