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March 26, 2019

11-Day Tour of South Rajasthan : Tribes,Jungles,Lakes,Migratory Birds,Village Bazaars

Written By KV Singh

Day  1  :  UDAIPUR   ( night  1  )

Hotel  Udai Koth       ( www.udaikothi.com  )

Udai Kothi is one of the most beautiful lake-facing  properties in Udaipur. It gives a fantastic view of Lake Pichola where cruises are organized. The interior are done heritage style and look so romantic.

Early morning before breakfast do your meditation & yoga. Afterwards take a full-day tours of the city visiting its colourful old bazaars selling spices,jewellery,utensils,handicrafts and clothes. Visit Shaelion-Ki-Bari – a garden so well-known for its lotus pond,fountains,marble elephants and lush-green lawns.

After lunch take an excursion to the hilltop Monsoon Palace built for the summer time stay of the Maharana ( King ) of the Region. From here you will get a lovely view of the lush-green countryside

In the evening take a rejuvenating ayurvedic massage.

Dinner & overnight at Udai Kothi

Day 2  :  UDAIPUR   ( night 2 )

Hotel  Udai Kothi      ( www.udaikothi.com  )

After your early morning meditation & yoga and breakfast take a cruise on Lake Pichola – a truly memorable experience. From here visit the majestic City Palace to see its rare collection of paintings,manuscripts,silverware,carpets & armoury.

Visit in the evening  Bajore-Ki-Haveli for a classical dance peformance. Enjoy dinner at the lake-facing Amrai Restaurant. Overnight at Udai Kothi.

Day 3 : UDAIPUR    ( night 3 )

Hotel Udai Kothi     ( www.udaikothi.com   )

After breakfast visit Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum for its rich display of folk arts,including dolls,turbans & paintings.  A must-visit is to Shilpgram – a craftsmen’s village  with ethnic cottages built to showcase the work of craftspersons.

Visit in the afternoon Karni Mata Temple located on the Machla Magra hills.

Dinner & overnight at Udai Kothi.

Day 4 :  Kumbhalgarh   ( night  4 )

Hotel :  Royal  Kumbhalgarh Villas

Royal Kumbhalgarh Villas is situated a hill and offers breathtaking view of the country side. Its rooms are beautifully furnished and the evenings are enlivened with folk dances & music. Its bar-be-cue and slow-cooked food is excellent.

Leave your hotel after breakfast and take a thrilling drive to Kumbhalgarh. Enroute visit 11th century Eklingji & Nagda Temples. On arrival & check in enjoy lunch. The Fort built 1900 metres above sea level is a marvel of military engineering. The walls skirting the fort are 30 km in length. The fort is on UNESCO World Heritage Sites List.

In the evening visit the Mahadev Temple built in 1460 AD. Take an ayurvedic massage before your pool-side  bar-be-cue & dinner.  Overnight at the Villas.

Day 5 : Kumbhalgarh   (  night 5 )

Hotel  :   Royal Kumbhalgarh  Villas

After your yoga & meditation visit  Kumbhalgarh   Fort & the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple to see iits intricate architecture. This temple was built in 1458 AD. After lunch take a jeep safari through Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread over 500 sq.km it is home to leopards,bisons,sloth bear,nilgai,chinkara and deer. Birds of 200 species including doves,peacocks,parakeets,kingfishers and golen orioles.

Return to your  Royal Villas for dinner & overnight stay.

Day 6 :: Dungarpur

Hotel  :  Udai Bilas Palace   (  www.udaibilaspalace.com )

Udai Bilas Palace is a luxury heritage property  on the shores of Gaib Sagar Lake. Spread over 6 sq’km this lake has a large variety of fishes and a place for the convergence of large flocks of birds.

Udai Bilas Palace has open arched entrances,large courtyards and its dining hall boasts of a marble table set in a rose scented water pool.

After checking out from the Villas take a momorable journey through quaint villages and rolling hills to Dungarpur. It is situated in the heart of the tribal region of South Rajasthan. Check  into  Udai Bilas Palace.

After lunch take a walking tour in and around the Palace.  Enjoy an ayurvedic massage.  Bar-be-cue,dinner & overnight at the Palace.

Day 7 :  Dungarpur

Hotel :  Udai Bilas  Palace

After your yoga & meditation followed by breakfast take a cruise on the lake,visit Juna Mahal,Deo Somnath,Vijay Rajrajeshwar Temple,Surpur Temple,the State Museum and the bazaars of the town.

Dinner and overnight at the Palace.

Day 8 :   Dhariyawad

Hotel  :  Fort Dhariyawad   (  www.fortdhariyawad.com  )

After breakfast drive through beautiful forests,crossing rivulets and colourful villages reach Fort Dhariyawad at Dhariyawad. Check into the Fort where you will spend one of the most cherished time.

This  fort-hotel has large open spaces,rooms done in traditional Rajasthani tribal style and serves  slow cooked food  delicacies revived from the time the former generations ruled this region. The fort organizes on its premises in the evenings magic & puppet shows and folk music and dances. You will be drawn in to join the colourul dances !

Bar-be-cue and dinner at the Fort.  Overnight at the Fort.

Day 9      Dhariyawad

Hotel  :  www,fortdhariyawad.com

Try getting up early to see the rising  sun. After meditation & yoga and breakfast take a village tour in a jeep. Lunch in a jungle. Visit the Naglia Dam and the ancient temples around. Return to your Fort-hotel for an ayurvedic massage.  Dinner & overnight here.

Day 10  :  Dhariyawad

Hotel  Fort Dhariyawad   (  www.fortdhariyawad.com  )

In the morning take a safari inside the thick forests of the  450-sq.km  Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary  to see bisons,deer,chinkara and hundreds of species of birds. Visit the Jakhan dam.

Take walking tours around Dhariyawad.  Dinner & overnight at your Fort accommodation.

Day 11     Dhariyawad – Udaipur

Drive from  Fort Dhariyad to the airport at Udaipur for your flight to New Delhi or Mumbai.

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KV Singh

I have been into tourism for the last 30 years. I own & operate a 27-room boutique heritage hotel in Jaipur,a horse-safari farm & eco-resort 75 km from Jaipur and an inbound tour company that provides extraordinary heritage,wildlife & wellness trips within India & Bhutan. For several years Viator has been selling most successfully my 41 tours of India and TourRadar 11.

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