Dera Duna Retreat

Resort: Dera Duna Retreat
Operator: Saga
Destination: India
Price From: £2099.00

A unique insight into India

Get a deeper insight into colourful Rajasthan from this remote and intimate desert lodge.

Including…

22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 9 dinners

  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Free bar open 8 hours a day
  • Welcome drink
  • Fruit and water in your room on arrival
  • Local expert guide
  • Sundowner drink in a memorable location
  • Porterage at your hotel

Excursions and visits

  • Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada
  • Jeep tour to desert villages
  • Kheechan village visit
  • Phalodi town tour
  • Jama Ji temple and school visit
  • Junagarth Fort
  • Jaisalmer Fort

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Delhi

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to London, fly overnight to Delhi.

Day 2
Delhi to Jodhpur

Arrive in Delhi for your connecting flight to Jodhpur where you have the rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight at the WelcomHotel Jodhpur (4Q). D

Day 3
Jodhpur to Jamba

Visit the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort whose formidable exterior conceals three beautiful palaces, and visit the royal cenotaphs of Jaswant Thada before driving into the desert for your seven-night stay at the Dera Dune Retreat (4Q).

You’ll be far from the well-trodden tourist trail at the 18-room Dera Dune Retreat, located atop a 100-foot sand dune in the Thar Desert. With no WiFi or television in any of the 18 air-conditioned thatched cottages, you can really immerse yourself in your peaceful surroundings. During your leisure time you can choose a book from the well-stocked library, take a swim in the outdoor pool, maybe take a stroll out across the dunes or challenge someone to a game of cricket, croquet, badminton or a less energetic board game! Delicious Indian cuisine will be served in the elegant restaurant, you can take tea in the lounge and make use of the free bar, open from 11am to 7pm and serving local wines, beers and spirits. B, D

Day 4
Village tour

Set off by jeep to visit some of the local ethnic tribes whose livelihoods include weaving, farming and pottery. One of the tribes, the Bishnoi, are heralded as the world’s first conservationists as their long-practiced religion advocates protection of the environment and wildlife. B L D

Day 5
Kheechan and Phalodi

Every year, thousands of Demoiselle cranes make their home in the village of Kheechan, having migrated from the Siberian winter, and every year for decades the villagers have welcomed them with food and fondness. See – and listen to – the smallest of the crane family as they overwinter from October to February, then continue to Phalodi for a walk through its colourful streets. Take some rupees and you’ll see lots of tempting things to buy including the town’s trademark embroidered shoes and beautiful bead jewellery. B L D

Day 6
Jamba

Discover the village right on your doorstep – admire the newly-built Jamba Ji temple and meet the children of Jamba school. You then have the rest of the day at leisure. B L D

Day 7
Jamba

After a relaxing day at the Retreat, look forward to a camel safari across the dunes to see the salt pans. B L D

Day 8
Junagarh

Today’s excursion takes you to Junagarh Fort, whose moat and vast walls encircle 37 palaces and house a museum full of priceless miniature paintings and antiques. B D

Day 9
Jaisalmer

Another full-day introduces you to the stunning city of Jaisalmer centred around a 12th century citadel. Explore the palaces, elaborate Jain temples and the beautiful 18th century merchants’ houses. B D

Day 10
Jamba to Mumbai

Travel to Jodhpur for your flight to Mumbai. There’ll be a brief tour of the city before checking in to the Fariyas Hotel (4Q). B D

Day 11
Mumbai to UK

Travel to the airport for your overnight flight home. B

Day 12
UK

Arrive in the UK for your included UK door-to-door travel service home.

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