Tours

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

– Jawaharlal Nehru
As the dawn breaks over the horizon...

See Udaipur by dawn. Watch its beauty come alive, degree by degree, with the early morning sun rising in the sky. A picture-post card moment!
In this leg of the tour we take you through the early morning activities in the historical city that exude an old world charm

The Tour:
  • Pre-dawn pick up from hotel.
  • Watch the sunrise, feel the silence, see the place come alive; witness the ancient rituals of puja and aarti at the Ghats (lakeside) and watch people wash clothes by the ghat, a very old practice of an open-air laundry that is still in use.
  • Visit a Dairy and witness the related activities of an Indian Dairy.
  • Visit the wholesale main vegetable market and understand the mass flow of the essentials of living.
  • See the Newspaper distribution network at the origin.
  • The Flower market and its movement.
  • Enjoy the morning tea at the railway station, in the earthy eco-friendly kullad--a tumbler made from mud/clay.
  • Drop to the hotel.
Walk Down Memory Lane...

Go for a Heritage Walk in the Old City—a setting complete with bazaars and historical buildings.

The Tour:
  • Assemble at the Jagdish Mandir.
  • Walk to the Clock Tower.
  • Visit workshop and the jewellery store, and watch the goldsmiths at work.
  • Walk through the lanes of a bygone era, lined with quaint shops selling shoes, scarves, leather items, books etc. Shop to your heart’s content.
  • Walk towards the 17th Century Jagdish Mandir (Temple), a popular tourist attraction.
  • A ‘nail paint’ stop- one of the highlights of the walk!
  • Walk uphill to the Gangaur Ghat, by the side of the artificial Lake Pichola.
  • View art work at the art gallery - do it yourself activity.
  • Walk by the lakeside or Ghats, and witness the rituals at different temples.
  • Continue to walk towards the bridge, over the scenic Lake Pichola.
  • Take an organic halt (discover yourself).
  • Walk further to the Ambrai ghat.
  • Enjoy a panoramic view of the City Palace, the Lake Palace Hotel, Jag Mandir and the Aravali mountains range surrounding the lake.
  • Be part of the aarti at a heritage temple.
  • End of the Walk Tour.
Spirit of Art...

The Tour:
  • Pick up from hotel.
  • Aavaran - Echoes of Rural India--an indigo colour block printing centre. It comprises dyeing, mud block print, different design block prints, washing, stitching, cutting, embroidery, apparels making, store. The goods crafted in front of you may be bought directly from the store.
  • Aditi Babel Design Studio (ABDS) - a unique bookbinding Stop, based on exclusive Italian and Japanese themes. Meet the binder and know the story behind each binding. Fascinating experience, loads to take back from here.
  • B.G.Sharma Art Gallery. Watch the painters at work. Buy copies of masterpieces of the award-winning late legendary artiste, B.G.Sharma.
  • Watch the art of sword making with intricate chiselling work, carving and gold mounting. You may order or buy the swords.
Pedal Tours...

When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.

-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Our Pedal Tour promises to make you experience the joys of sigh-seeing on a bi-cycle, amidst scintillating surroundings. We have worked out a combination of tours on a bike, which includes soft adventure bike riding as well. Get on the high-end UT gear bicycles and unwind as you pedal. Cycle within the city and its outskirts. Enjoy the flora and fauna en route. Lots of photo-ops with friends and family.

( A ) Get the taste of India. Pedal Tour within the city and the outskirts: ( 15 km, 20 km, 30 km, 40 km+ 2-3hours )

  • Assemble at 1559 A.D. Restaurant.
  • Cycle tour starts.
  • Start cycling through the lanes of the city, head to a village on the outskirts. Watch villagers at work, and start clicking. An old temple in the village is worth visiting.
  • Halt midway for tea break and snacking.
  • Interact as you cycle on the road, off the road, uphill and downhill. See rural, urban or a mix of composite culture, unveiled in front of you.
  • Cycle Tour ends at 1559 A.D. Restaurant.

( B ) Pedal Adventure Tour: Dawn to Noon, Half-a-day Pedalling

Party never ends! Aravali mountain biking experience, breakfast on-the-go, village visit, mud house visit, chat with local shepherds (Raikaaz), Ranakpur Jain Temples visit, scenic drive.

  • Early morning pick up from hotel.
  • Drive to the outskirts, halting en-route for tea-snacks/packed breakfast
  • Reach the starting point. Hop on to your bi-cycle. Enjoy one-of-a-kind biking experience that varies from easy downhill to moderate uphill.
  • Pedal on the high-end UT bikes for a 20km run downhill and further on to the plains where you get to meet the local villagers, see their lifestyles, be amidst the lush green farms locally known as dhaani, inhale the fresh air.
  • You just might come across the shepherds (locally known as raikaaz) strolling in their beautiful attire, followed by their camels, dogs and sheep as a part of their caravan. Stop and take pictures. Have a fun-filled interaction.
  • Continue towards the famous Ranakpur Jain Temples. Take breaks as per your comfort. This is the last leg of your biking tour.
  • Return to the city in a vehicle, enjoying a scenic drive through lush green hills, winding roads, rivers and streams, and even see langoors (monkeys) on the way.
  • Arrive at Udaipur by lunch.

( C ) A Dawn-to-Dusk, Full Day Pedal Adventure

An extended tour of Dawn to Noon Tour with added destinations, including one of India’s largest forts, KumbhalGarh.

  • Pick-up from hotel at dawn.
  • Head straight out of the city and drive into the lap of the beautiful Aravali mountains range.
  • Halt en-route for packed breakfast or tea/snacks.
  • Proceed further and reach the starting point of your biking journey.
  • Hop on to the waiting mountain bikes—go pedalling from easy downhill to moderate uphill.
  • Cycle downhill for a 20 km and then, further on to the plains where you get to meet the local villagers, observe their lifestyle, be amidst the lush green farms that are locally known as dhaniyaaz, and feel the freshness of the air in your lungs.
  • You just might cross paths with the local shepherds—Raikaaz, clad in their beautiful attires walking with camels, dogs, and sheep as a part of their caravan. Click pictures and have a fun filled interaction.
  • After a short break, continue towards the renowned Ranakpur Jain Temples, cycling as per your comfort.
  • Leave your bikes and get back into vehicle. Enjoy a scenic drive through flowing river, lush green mountains, meandering roads or Ghats in the mountains, and spot the langoors (monkeys) on the way.
  • Head to the mammoth KumbhalGarh Fort, a magnificent site nestled in the Aravali ranges; a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • The most important aspect of this Fort is the continuous wall built on the mountains, covering a periphery for 36 sq. km, supposedly the second longest continuous wall after The Great Wall of China!
  • Before you reach the Fort, alight from the car and mount bike once again for a second round of cycling jaunt through the lovely landscapes and villages and discover the pure joy of being in India, ‘The Real Rural and Incredible India’.
  • Post the Fort visit, get back into the comforts of the waiting cars, and relax on your drive back to Udaipur.
  • Reach Udaipur by dusk and head straight to another mesmerizing place for dinner, at the rooftop Upre Restaurant. (optional, and not included with the tour charges)
Ode to Matrimony...

Marriages are made in heaven, but celebrated on earth. A fun symbolic ethnic Indian style wedding for those who want to live this moment. It includes the 7- ‘pheras’ that is a walk around the sacred fire, amidst recitation of mantras or chants. Memorable photo –ops and even a wedding gift- a souvenir. So, get ready to be wedded for the first time, or again! Feel like a native for those moments.

The Tour:
  • Adorn yourself in bridal fineries and traditional Indian bridegroom attire with accessories to match. Get ready in your hotel room with assistance from our experts.
  • Pick up from the hotel to the wedding venue.
  • Wedding is performed by a Pundit (Brahmin priest) reciting mantras while the couple go round the ‘holy fire’, seven times. At each step the rituals/procedures will be explained for you to understand the essence of the Indian wedding. Includes the exchange of garlands by the bride and the groom and taking of oath to be together always.
  • Get photographed in your wedding attire, framing it for posterity.
  • Drop to the hotel, passing by the lovely lanes.
  • A wedding gift for you (souvenir) from us, as a token of our appreciation. We value your patronage.
A Potpourri of Culture...
class="themecolor"> Dining with a Noble Family (2-3 hours)

Experience the ambience, aesthetics coupled with authentic Indian culinary delights. Home cook meals (Pan to Plate - Lunch/Dinner) with a noble family. You may even join in the preparation of the food. Spend a charming evening. This is the best way to get the feel of authentic Indian food, and the culture of a particular region.

The Tour:
  • Pick-up from hotel.
  • A traditional welcome with a soothing Rajasthani music being played in the background.
  • Inspect the display of rich and colourful ‘mise-en-place’ of the Indian spices used in the making of an Indian dish.
  • Have a look at the antique utensils used by the ladies of a royal household, in the olden times. They will be used for cooking, adding to the flavour.
  • Strike an interesting conversation with the hosts and feel the aroma as you cook alongside your host, learning about the use of each ingredient.
  • The hosts gently guide you through the entire process. The meal is paired with a wine or beer, depending on the time of the day or as per your choice.
  • A royal dinner experience to leave you with memories to cherish forever.
  • Drop to the hotel.
To the Manor born-- Piplia Heritage Fort Stay and Farm Tour...

( 2days+2nights stay, 1/2couples with/without family )

Create your own captivating story! Have the time of your life with a stay at a ‘living fort’, inhabited by the descendents of an aristocratic family at Piplia village, less than a couple of hours drive from Udaipur. Tour the farmland, cook Indian authentic food, sample the village life, come up face to face with rural artisans and even go sight-seeing to Chittorgarh, one of the largest forts in India and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Exhilarating indeed!

The Tour:

Day 1

  • Morning pick up from hotel in Udaipur.
  • Excursion to Akola village famous for the tar block printing on cloth, and discover many mesmerizing and unique activities at the village performed by a family engaged in the traditional work, for generations. They work with block printing, dyeing in indigo colour, mud printing etc. Such is the impact that even the village-roads have turned into the colour of indigo.
  • Next, head straight for The Grand Heritage Piplia Fort and receive a traditional welcome.
  • Meet the residing aristocratic family.
  • Lunch and rest for a while in your room.
  • Evening tea and snacks at the baori or step-well flanked by beautiful temples. Explore the beautiful stone carvings on the temple, dating back to the 17th century, depicting the life in another era.
  • Visit the local Panchayat, which is the seat of the local self government and part of all the villages in India.
  • Bike-ride through the village tracts, meet artisans, potters, weavers and metal beaters at work, and even try your hand at doing what they do
  • Return to the Piplia Fort.
  • The Pan to Plate – cook yourself activity, assisted by the member of the residing noble family. Exhilarating experience, as you feel the aroma of fresh Indian spices while the hosts explain about the ingredients (the Indian spices) used in a dish, at each step.
  • Discover the use of the antique utensils and relish cooking done on charcoal fire. Enjoy your meal with the condiments (accompaniments) that would go with the dish prepared, as suggested by the hosts, paired with a wine or beer.
  • Spend the night at the fort.

Day 2

  • Rise up early to see the Indian Dairy farm routine within the fort premises.
  • Farm Tour on a bike. Site visit to the Government authorized opium farming (January end-February time for opium collection), Orange orchards, and herbal plantations like Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng), Isabgol etc.
  • Tea and snacks at the Farm.
  • Briefly, horse and a bullock cart ride for the feel of a rural life in India.
  • Participate in the family rituals performed by the residing family, depending on the time/season of your visit, and the festival to celebrate.
  • Day tour to the Gandhi Sagar Dam or the Chittorgarh Fort, and return by evening.
  • Relax and unwind, by a bonfire, and enjoy the evening.
  • Retire for the day.

Day 3

  • After breakfast check-out with fond memories. Head to your next destination

(Itinerary ahead may be planned depending on the direction of your travel)