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Desert And Mountain.
18 Nights, 6 Days Walking
From the undulating dunes of the Thar desert to the wooded valleys of the Himalayan foothills.
From the undulating dunes of the Thar desert to the wooded valleys of the Himalayan foothills, discover a hidden India in this wonderfully contrasting holiday. Stay in thatched ‘jhumpas’ in the charming desert village of Hacra and enjoy a camel trek into the dunes. Head further north via the dazzling city of Jaipur to the verdant hillside villages of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary for the journey of a lifetime.
Itinerary | Day by Day
DAY 1 | Outward Journey
Welcome at Delhi airport, transfer to Delhi centre and onwards to Old Delhi station for the overnight Mandore Express to Jodhpur.
Spend a full day in the dazzling ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur. Explore old palaces, the magnificent hill fort and the bustling bazaars. Spend a night in a comfortable, small hotel converted from an ancient Haveli.
Day 3 | With the Community of Hacra
After breakfast, a 2 hour road transfer will transport you from the busy city to the great Thar desert and the hamlet of Hacra.
Day 4 - Day 7
During your stay in Hacra you will get to know the community, have guided village walks, see the traditional crafts of shoe-making and rug-making and enjoy local folk music. Take a day trip to the nearby town of Osiyan to see the remarkable cluster of Jain temples.
Enjoy a camel safari and walk (10-12 km) to the sand dunes, taking a picnic lunch, and spend a night in the tented camp among the dunes.
Day 8 | North via Jaipur
Returning by car to Jodhpur, you will catch a day train to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital. Overnight Jaipur.
You will have time to explore dazzling Jaipur, perhaps visiting the Hawa Mahal ‘Palace of the Winds’, the intriguing observatory and the famous Amber Fort before spending a second night in the city.
An overnight train journey will take you from Rajasthan up into the Himalayan foothills to Kathgodam.
Day 11 | In the Binsar Sanctuary
You will be met at Kathgodam station and a road transfer (4 hrs) takes you to Khali Estate for lunch. Relax and spend a night in a double room garden bungalow.
Day 12 - Day 16
Over the next 5 days you will walk between and stay in 4 of the Binsar villages, visiting the fifth for lunch. We include a day for relaxation, spending a second night in the same village. With your own private guide you will explore the ancient footpaths and wooded valleys, spot the varied wildlife and marvel as you catch glimpses of the magnificent Himalayan peaks as you journey between the charming villages. Get to know the communities, discover the farming traditions and perhaps play a game of cricket.
Day 17 | Homeward Journey
Return to Khali Estate for another night’s stay.
A road transfer takes you to Kathgodam to catch the day train to Delhi. You will be met at New Delhi station and transferred to the city centre. Overnight in Delhi guesthouse.
Jhumpas and Dunes
An overnight train journey takes you to Jodhpur, the gateway to the Thar Desert. From here you are transferred by road to the captivating village of Hacra, your home for five nights. Uncover the secrets of life in the semi-desert, learn the traditions of the shoemakers, farmers and musicians who abide here and marvel at the wildlife as you relax in the evening sunshine. Visit the astonishing Jain temples at the nearby town of Osiyan.
Camel trek across the sands
A highlight of your stay in Hacra is a camel trek into the dunes to spend a night under the stars. The camel safari provides a gentle excursion through the scattered villages towards the main sand dunes, stopping for a leisurely picnic lunch. Witnessing the sunset at the tented camp among the dunes is an unforgettable experience.
From Hacra, you return to Jodhpur to catch a train to Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur. Two nights here allow you to immerse yourself in the bustling markets and explore the dazzling palaces and the Amber Fort, before an overnight train journey takes you up into the foothills.
The wooded hills of the Binsar Sanctuary, overlooked by the magnificent Himalayan peaks, are a wonderful landscape for discovering an abundance of wildlife. Get to know the enchanting communities and revel in the beauty of your surroundings, where picturesque hillside villages nestle amid pine trees and terraced fields.
Desert And Mountain.18 Nights
All meals at Khali Estate and in the villages
B&B in Delhi Guest house
Guide and Porter services
HOLIDAY PRICES per person