Flying in to Udaipur from Jaipur on day ten, you'll have three days to explore Udaipur and the surrounding areas. Your final Oberoi stay, The Oberoi Udaivilas is set in extensive grounds, just off the shore of Lake Pichola and is suitably palatial when compared to its neighbouring landmarks.
After lunch you can explore the old city around the City Palace. The centre of Udaipur is fairly compact, so we will provide you with a map and information about the important sights so that you can explore independently. Of course, we're always on standby should you need us! Before going in to the Ciy Palace itself, you'll be able to stroll around the ghatts and peruse some of the many galleries and boutiques in the area, displaying the work of local artists and students.
City Palace, the ancestral home of the Mewar dynasty is an absolute must – it gives you a better impression of the riches and exuberance of royal life in times past.
In the afternoon you can take the boat ride on Lake Pichola with a stop at Jagmandir Island. It gives you the opportunity to see the palaces and ghatts surrounding the lake from a completely different perspective. It's a great way to see the sun setting over the Mewar hills, before heading to one of Udaipur's finest rooftop restaurants for drinks and dinner.
Day eleven starts slowly with time to enjoy the pool, spa and other facilities in the hotel. You can head back in to the centre of Udaipur to see more of the sights and visit the busy Jagdish temple before we start on the real highlight of the day – a leopard safari.
We'll take you to the rugged terrain of Bera, just north of Udaipur, where Thakur Devi Singh will be your expert guide and help you spot one of these elusive big cats. A truly memorable experience, there's a very good probability that you will see a leopard from very close quarters. You'll find out more about Devi Singh's conservation efforts and hear his many leopard anecdotes over drinks around a campfire, before a traditional Rajasthani meal prepared by his wife, the lady of the house.
Day twelve and there's the option for total relaxation at the hotel, or a trip to rural Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh .
The drive to Kumbhalgarh takes you through amazing scenery and small farming communities where it appears as if time has stood still. You'll see oxen driving water wells and ploughing fields, small pockets of green in deep valleys. The entire area is our favourite place to be in Rajasthan.
Eventually you will reach the mighty Kumbhalgarh Fort, with its collection of temples and the remains of its almost impenetrable ramparts which once stretched along 36 kms.
In the afternoon we go through more idyllic countryside and winding mountain roads to Ranakpur, home to the famous Jain temple complex. Here you'll meet the resident monks who will give you an introduction to the architecture and intricate carvings, as well as daily life in this working temple dedicated to Lord Adinath. There are 1444 individually unique pillars supporting the elaborate main temple and it's well worth spending time to examine things in detail and soak up the restful atmosphere.
As dusk approaches you'll have the opportunity to learn about meditation from one of the monks in the private setting of one of the smaller temples. As the powerful chanting of “Om” resonates through the structure, the candle light, shadows and incense create an almost magical ambiance. You'll also be able to witness the ceremony that is performed to close each of the temples at the end of the day.
Day thirteen will be your last day in Rajasthan, and depending on the time of your flight back to Delhi or to Mumbai with connecting international flights, there might be time to make another little tour to the center of Udaipur to do some last minute shopping or a visit to the eleventh century Eklingji Temple complex before we bring you to the airport in time for check in.