Nawalgarh to Jaisalmer
Arriving in Delhi we make a tour of the new city with its wide open spaces before heading to the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi to explore the bazaars of Chandni Chowk and the Jami Masjid. We then head out on to the old caravan routes, firstly to the so-called 'Pink City' of Jaipur where we discover the elegant Palace of the Winds and unusual Observatory. We stop at Mandawa and Nawalgarh, famed for their painted merchants' houses (havelis), and Bikaner - with its Jain temple and headquarters of the Camel Corps - before arriving in Jaisalmer.
Two-day Camel Safari
We begin our own camel safari from the tiny 12th century caravan city of Jaisalmer. Traversing a starkly beautiful wilderness of dunes, rock shelves and scrubland, we may catch sight of herds of chinkara antelope. Ending the safari, Jaisalmer reappears like a vision from the Arabian Nights, its curiously carved yellow stone towers rising mirage-like out of the horizon.
The 'City of Dreams'
After exploring Jodhpur's awesome fortress and Ranakpur's holy Jain temples, we drive on to Kumbalgarh with its impressive Fort and Palace, then reach Udaipur, the 'City of Dreams'. Defended by huge iron-spiked gates against charging elephants, with an island palace 'floating' on a magical lake, Udaipur is indeed surreal to behold. We have time for optional discovery walks, cycling, a visit to the Folk Art Museum, or even a sunset cruise on the lake.
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