Holiday Ideas

Find inspiration for your next cultural holiday in Rajasthan in our selection of the best cultural activities.

If you are a first time visitor to India, this is the classic short tour of the North of India provides the best photo opportunities. Covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, Shekhawati and Ranthambhore tiger reserve. This tour offers India’s rich art, culture, architectural, wild nature marvels, history and delicious cuisines.

Holiday Ideas

    • Cultural holidays
    • Wildlife holidays
    • Himalayas
    • Community tourism projects
    • Textile special tours

Highlights of North India

  • Introduction 

If you are a first time visitor to India , This is the classic short tour of the North of India provides  the best photo opportunities. Covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, Shekhawati and Ranthambhore tiger Reserve   . This tour offers India’s rich art , culture,  architectural, wild nature marvels , history and delicious cuisines.  

Tour Highlights 

Exploring city of Djinns- Delhi  

Capital of modern India, of the British Raj and the Moghul empire, Delhi – the City of Djinns – is a fascinating place to explore, bursting with centuries of  history, of old imperial splendour and modern manic mayhem. Three of its monuments – the Qutab Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb – have been declared World Heritage Sites

From the chaotic, narrow alleyways of the old town to modern city designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, at almost every corner there is something – a fort, a mosque, an imperial palace – to excite and amaze the visitor.

Agra & Taj Mahal 

As the most photographed building in Asia, the sublime Taj Mahal hardly needs an introduction here. It is quite simply the most perfect building ever created. This most famous Moghul monument was constructed by Mugal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal – Chosen of the Palace – and has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love.

Other attractions include Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-daulah, which again represents the grandeur of great Mughal Architecture. 

Tracking tigers at Ranthambhore 

Situated in the state of Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park, one of the original Project Tiger Reserves of India. Today the park has the highest density of Tigers an  During offers excellent opportunity to see them in their natural habitat. During your stay take safaris into the park with its lakes, scrublands and ruined palaces, as well as abundant wildlife spotting including deer, birds and monkeys. 

Pink city of India – Jaipur 

Popularly known as The Pink City of India  was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743), is the capital of Rajasthan and represents a major attraction for the first-time visitor. Houses with latticed windows line the streets with their rose pink colour, lending enchantment to the scene, which is almost magical at sunset. 

During your time here visit Famous monuments like Amber fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Observatory

Feel like a local 

The Old City is a great place to wander around. city also offers an endless variety of crafts like  Jewellery , textile and lacquer bangles are famous all over the world.  Join us on a Guided Walking Tours to explore local markets, sample best of street food and meet locals and feel the pulse of this thrilling city 

Painted Havelis of Shekhawati 

Welcome to the magical land of Shekhawati, the only place in India, where walls have been used as a canvas. the traders of this north-eastern district of Rajasthan, flourished in the period of British India & with a zeal to do something different, they chose to have frescoes painted on the walls of their houses. Soon, this swelled into a fortune that covered facades, interior walls, arches, ceilings and pillars, embracing every available space – and turning Shekhawati into a huge open-air art gallery that delight every connoisseur of art who come here.

Experience Rajasthan

Experience Rajasthan 

Tour Highlights 

Pink city of India – Jaipur 

Popularly known as The Pink City of India  was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II (1693-1743), is the capital of Rajasthan and represents a major attraction for the first-time visitor. Houses with latticed windows line the streets with their rose pink colour, lending enchantment to the scene, which is almost magical at sunset. The Old City is a great place to wander around. city also offers an endless variety of crafts. Jewellers here still fashion the beautiful enamel-on-gold pendants, studded on the reverse with precious stones or pearls and turquoise that one sees in miniature paintings. Jaipur’s lacquer bangles are famous all over the world.  

During your time here visit Famous monuments like Amber fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Observatory. Take Guided Walking Tours to explore local markets, street food and meet locals 

Holy town of Pushkar

Along the picturesque Pushkar Lake lies the tranquil small  town with the deep religious significance. The main Attraction is Pushkar Lake, The Lake with 52 Ghats and an array of temples along the banks is an important pilgrimage center. Pushkar has as many as 400 temples and 52 ghats and the only temple in the country that is dedicated to Brahma is to be found here. While Pushkar is a heaven for the religiously inclined, it is also the venue of one of the country’s most famous Camel fairs – the Pushkar Fair.

Dotted with many café, restaurants and colorful markets , wandering around , exploring colorful  markets and soaking the atmosphere of this oasis town is a treat- you won’t be disappointed.

Heritage Stay 

Stay 300 years old mansion which is now converted into a heritage accommodation by  Takhur of Chandelao. No two rooms are alike, and we have kept them as original as possible, except the bathrooms which are modern. The rooms are comfortable and spacious, and you sleep like a king under the portrait of the last warrior. The cuisine served is a real treat that offers finest  Rajasthani cuisine. Each delicacy is traditional and handed down from generations.

Explore villages Of Rajasthan   

Village of Chandelao is a typical Rajasthani village where you will find Bishnois, Raikas and other tribal communities. During your stay take undertake Jeep safari to visit surrounding wildlife and natural and Guided walking tour in the village to get an insight on the village life in this region and meet the locals . you get  to see the local craftsmen at work, the potter, the blacksmith, the goldsmith and the weaver.

Blue city of Jodhpur 

Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan, A large and varied city, Jodhpur is sometimes called the “Blue City” for its large number of houses painted with this color. Visit the magnificent Meherangarh Fort situated on   top of a 125m high hill on the outskirts of the city, it one of the largest forts in India. Originally started around 1459 by Rao Jodha, founder of Jodhpur. The walls of the fort are enormous and provides a  breathtaking view of the city from the ramparts. 

Explore Old quarters of Jodhpur on foot 

Undertake, Guided Walking tour  to wander in and around the Old City to witness its stepwells, Learn about interesting legends from the past,  Peep into the life of locals , Meet and interact  with city’s residents ,wonder through narrow alleyways dotted with Indigo colored  houses. Led by our expert team of City Explorers this walking tour  offers a great insight into majestic Marwar.

Organic Farm Stay 

Surrounded by lush green Aravali mountains , Rankpur , offers a nice break from busy cities of India. Our Farm Stay offers an rare opportunity to  get under the skin of colourful  Rajasthan. Experience  the village life  of  South Rajasthan through your host family. Take part  in the morning farm activities, trek in surrounding mountains, wildlife expeditions in Khumbhalgarh Sanctuary   and meet the local  shepherd community (Rabaaddi’s )  to learn indigenous customs and traditions of this region .

During your stay you can visit Jain temples. These temples are acclaimed world-wide for their intricate and superb architectural style. This temple is wholly constructed in white colored marble and comprises a basement covering an area of 48000 sq feet. There are more than 1400 exquisitely pillars carved with exquisite sculptures . that support the temple. 

City of lakes- Udaipur 

Nested amongst the lush hills of Aravali mountains, Udaipur, popularly known as the City of lakes, founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II. The beautiful city of Udaipur houses 5 pristine lakes with Pichola being the most impressive . The Old City of Udaipur is dotted with numerous historic temples, Havelis ,Step wells, hilltop forts and quiet alleyways. Udaipur  is surely the most romantic and serene places in Rajasthan. 

During your stay you can visit , City palace, ancient Hindu temples with marvelous ancient sculptures.

Eco tourism activities & Workshops  

We conduct engaging Walking Tour to discover the hidden quarters of this romantic city and offers a great opportunity  to get under the skin of the Udaipur city. During the tour meet various locals and communities engaged in jewellary making, pottery and bamboo craft. Also learn about the local traditions customs attached to the living habits and religious beliefs. There is also opportunity to do Cycle Tours and workshops in puppet making,  waste up-cycling and much more. 

Rajasthan – Beyond Brochure

Introduction 

Explore the other side of Rajasthan , which very few travellers have experiences. This tour takes you to hidden parts of Rajasthan to explore lesser known game parks, artisan communities engaged in waving saris, making handicraft . This tour has been carefully designed to make your holiday more engaging and rewarding , leaving positive footprints by helping remote artisans community.

Tour Highlights 

Engage with local artisans 

 Wind your way through remote villages and into the fort, where you’ll check into a decades old palace. Visit our master kaavad  ( Wooden Miniature Temple) maker’s home cum workshop. Marvel at this centuries old art form, unique to Bassi, that takes temples to people who can’t visit them. Buy a kaavad and other souvenirs before meandering your way through the bazaar to the stepwell and temple by the lake. 

You can also opt for a game safari in nearby national park, popular for its flying squirrels 

Colorful Miniature Paintings and Textile Weaving 

 Kota, is famous for its Miniature Painting and Saris weaving During your stay, visit a master weaver and watch the magic being woven on traditional looms., feast your senses on the best collection of paintings from the Kota School of Art .

Boat ride on Chambal River 

Cruise along the river as the guide shows you a mind-boggling number of birds. Don’t forget to shoot the many owls and vulture species that inhabit this stretch of the river. While the river’s more famous crocodilian residents may have migrated upstream, keep your eyes peeled for a rare treat – a sloth bear or a leopard watching  you from atop the cliffs.  

 Bundi Fort 

This lesser visited ancient town of Rajasthan,  is famous for its Palace and Painting .and its myriad baolis (stepwells) dotted all over town. While walking in and out of these well-preserved monuments, you’ll also walk through Bundi’s local bazaars, the best way to get a taste of life here. Lose yourself in the many-hued splendor that is Chitrashala,  Painting Gallery at the fort. Enjoy the sight of the setting sun painting blue-toned Bundi in vivid shades of gold. Return

Pre historic cave and rock painting

Bundi’s besk-keep secret is Pre historic cave and rock painting . Situated South of Bundi. The rock paintings depicts the continuity of human evolution. It also unveils the hunting scenes, daily life of the Mesolithic period, human figure and dancing postures along with bison dear and tiger. The paintings are estimated to be 15000 years old bearing ample proof of the fact that this  region sustained early man. These paintings are estimated to be 15000 years old belonging to the Mesolithic period.. 

LAKE CITY OF INDIA -Udaipur 

Nested amongst the lush hills of Aravali mountains, Udaipur, popularly known as the City of lakes, founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II. The beautiful city of Udaipur houses 5 pristine lakes with Pichola being the most impressive . The Old City of Udaipur is dotted with numerous historic temples, Havelis ,Step wells, hilltop forts and quiet alleyways. Udaipur  is surely the most romantic and serene places in Rajasthan. 

During your stay you can visit , City palace, ancient Hindu temples with marvelous ancient sculptures.

Eco tourism activities & Workshops  

Undertake, Guided walking tours to explore the local life , undertake workshops on puppet making , Miniature Painting  , or discover nature on a outback Cycle Tour with us 

Tribal India

Introduction 

Immerse yourself in old-world India. Experience ways of life that have continued unbroken, and relatively unchanged for centuries. Discover East India’s earliest temples, cruise along Asia’s largest lagoon and traverse rustic open countryside. Join festive weekly markets where Tribal indigenous cultures converge. Interact with tribal peoples imbued with centuries of independent traditions and learn the secret behind their smiles.  

Tour Highlights 

Bustling Town of Bhubaneswsar

The lively capital of Odisha since the ancient ‘Kalinga’ empire boasts settlement stretching back 2000 years. Explore medieval temples and broad tree lined avenues to unearth the spirit of the city. Bhubaneswar’s impressive skyline: the towering spire of the Lingaraj temple, and the remarkable temple of Mahavir Jain on Khandagiri hills exemplifies the arrival and evolution of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainsim during different periods of Odisha’s long spiritual journey.

Konark Sun Temple

Behold the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sun Temple at Konark. Traverse rural villages to reach the coastal temple town of Puri. Meet village craftsmen skilled in the hereditary craft of traditional painting. Soak up the traditional temple culture of Puri. One of India’s Char Dham’s (four holy spots of India).

Cruise on Asia’s largest water lagoon 

Cruise the tranquil wetlands of Chilika Lake, Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon and another Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. Spot rare migratory birds play among their nets. Stroll along the shore at Gopalpur and explore the beachside fishing village.

Tribes of India 

Locally called  Adivasis literally “original inhabitants” are the indigenous population of India. Nestled in the hills of the Eastern Ghats they constitute 25% of Odisha’s population; the most populous Adivasi region of all India. They comprise 62 diverse ethnicities and although co-dependent, fiercely guard their own distinct traditions. We will meet the Mali, Paroja, Kondh & Dongria Kondh tribes and witness a way of life relatively unchanged throughout centuries.

Visit local responsible tourism projects

Meet our sister foundation New Hope responsible for improving education and health care in neighbouring tribal villages.

Visit Tribal Markets                                                                                                                                   Bumble along country roads, pass teak plantations and forested hillocks alongside idyllic villages and local markets . Walk among the rolling hills encountering Kondh and Paroja hamlets along the way. Enjoy a picnic in the lap of nature and settle into the rhythm of rural life. Explore the largest weekly markets of India’s indigenous peoples where everything from cattle to fresh turmeric is on the market.

Tribal Art & Craft 

Discover traditional terracotta pottery village and try your hand at the spinning wheel, Witness the art of making status from bell metal. The region is rich ans diverse in this other craft also like bamboo, wood etc. 

Himalayan villages and yoga 

Introduction 

We at Virasat Experiences is passionate about bringing you the most amazing memories from your travel to India. Inspired by our belief that culture is more than what a guidebook or regular sightseeing tours can offer. It’s an experience that can be appreciated only through a more interactive and engaging approach. This unique tour offers an excellent opportunity to visit remote villages in Himalayas and engage with local village communities. 

Developed in partnership with social NGO’s , we aim to give city-slickers & our  international tourists a taste of life in Himalayas remote villages by creating sustainable eco-systems, which also provide alternate sources of income for village dwellers without straining their existing resources. The tour also provide opportunity for learning  Yoga 

Tour Highlights 

Art of Yoga 

Rishikesh catapulted to Western fame when the Beatles dropped by for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram. The town of Rishikesh lies in the foothills of the Himalayas of the Garhwal region. 

International Yoga week which attracts participation from across the world, is held here, every year, in February on the banks of the holy Ganga. It’s an ideal base for adventure activities like River Rafting etc 

Experience life in remote  Himalayan villages 

People living around are native Himalayan farmer, goatherd and shepherd families who migrate to the higher pastures during the months of summers and monsoons and practice agriculture as source of livelihood. During your stay, engaged in Goat Farming and many other Agro practices to provide a better livelihood to the locals, and to give a first-hand experience to our guest in basics of Life Sciences.

Hike in the Himalayan woodlands  

You also have opportunity to take guided trek  a 4-5 hour long guided Himalayan jungle Trail walk at Kaudia Forest and lunch at Satyun River. Apart from enjoying the abundant beauty & silence. An insight into the lives yet not assaulted by modernization and technology takes you back to a frozen era of time. Or leisurely  Village Walks  through the terraced Himalayan farms allows you to click, talk, meditate, and relish the flora & fauna on way. 

Engage in farm activities 

During your time witness and engage with local village folks ,.Join your host family in their daily chores, or simply go for a photography tour with them to their high-altitude farms, hidden water springs and cattle rearing meadows. 

Darjeeling & The Singalila Trek

Introduction

This lessor known part of India is Darjeeling is also popularly known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’. Darjeeling attracts people from all over the World. 

The Singalila (Sandakphu-Phalut) trek is the  most rewarding. The trek offers the most enthralling views along with a rich collection of flora and fauna that goes on to be an occasion for celebration to every trekker. This region  is also one of last remaining habitat for Red Panda 

Highlights

Darjeeling Dreams 

Lush tea gardens blanket the lower slopes, the sub-Himalayan range forms the backbone and friendly faces reflect the hospitality of the land. Main attractions of this pristine hill station are Ghoom Monastery, Batasia LoopJapanese Temple, Peace pagoda, Himalayan Zoological Park & Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

Trekking in Singalila 

The trek route zigzags along the Singalila Ridge and moves this side and that of the Indo-Nepal border, switch backing and switch-bordering towards a enchanting visually charged summit that makes it all worth it.

The charming wilderness and wildlife expected of a Himalayan Trek is met as we pass through Singalila National Park, making the hike also one of keen naturalist interests. There are innumerable intriguing bird life, animals, and flora that you would be fascinated to explore in the diversity along this trek route’s sub-alpine and temperate coniferous, broadleaf, and subtropical coniferous forest.

Stay in remote tea houses 

Visit Red Panda Conservation project 

Organic Farm Stay 

Kalimpong is a quiet resort town, The ethnic group of Lepchas are supposed to be the original inhabitants of the place and Kalimpong in lepcha means, “ridges where we play”. A few days exploring the huge arc of mountains astride the Relli valley can be a most rewarding experience. The vast virgin forests, which rise along the wild and uninhabited Neora valley to the tri-junction with Bhutan and Sikkim.

Stay at an eco-farm while you are there  and undertake village walks , nature walks, paragliding or just relax to read a book .

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