RJ-1 : CHURU- TAAL CHAPPAR- BIKANER- DESHNOK

 

Expedition Highlights

  • Duration 5 Days/ 4 nights Starts at Churu on
  • DATES: Starts on 21st Oct and culminates on 25th October at Bikaner.
  • Group size max of 8 participants.
  • Wildlife Sanctuary for black bucks
  • Havelis and Forts.
  • Heritage & Culture of Rajasthan
  • Most unique Temple in the world- THE KARNI MATA TEMPLE
  • Best photography opportunities and tips by the expert, Capt Suresh Sharma.
  • Experience the small town charm.
  • Rural India at its best.
  • Handsome Rajasthani Folks.
  • Abundance of tranquillity in the lap of Nature.
  • World famous Pushkar Cattle Fair available only as an extension of the tour
  • Rajasthani cuisine at Bikaner
  • An unforgettable experience, THE BILLION STARS NIGHT

Taurus outside Churu. Lunch time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRADING: Easy for average fitness

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Arrive at Churu. Stay on-board Taurus.

Day 2: Explore Churu in the morning.  Taal Chhaapar, to visit the famous wildlife sanctuary. Night onboard Taurus.

Day 3: Taal Chhaapar. After breakfast drive to Bikaner. Night on-board Taurus.

Day 4: After early breakfast, visit Deshnok (famous Karni Mata Temple, also known as Rat Temple), monuments of Bikaner (in a taxi). Night on-board Taurus.

Day 5: After breakfast, its time to say goodbye to Taurus.

EXTENSION OF THE PROGRAM If the whole group wishes to spend a night extra at Bikaner, we offer special discount for the day, if there is vacancy.

Ride to Pushkar : if you wish to hitch-hike with Taurus from Bikaner to Pushkar, you are welcome (you pay only for transport and one field lunch). If you wish to spend 2 nights or more at Pushkar and provided we have vacancy you are welcome at a special discounted tariff for Pushkar only.

ITINERARY IN DETAIL

DAY 1: Arrive at CHURU

After you have checked-in onboard Taurus, its time for a nice cup of tea from the most envied kitchen of Taurus. You may relax in the hammock or take a walk around the quiet countryside. The open space is ideal for a Croquet game to recoup  from the fatigue of your journey! We have staged a setting to relax your body and mind!

During the day, you may go around this small rural town of Rajasthan which is painted with stories of opulent Marwari merchants, the Seths! Churu is one of the lesser explored towns of Rajasthan by the commercial tour operators, but it has the attractions of a place sealed in time.

A wonderful night stay onboard Taurus, 10 kms away from the town.

Day 2: Explore Churu and drive to Taal Chhaapar 

Blackbucks at Taal Chhaapar Wildlife Sanctuary.

The early morning ritual of tea on board TAURUS, is a completely different experience at such locations. We set out for a heritage walk around the Churu town (distance 10 kms) and enjoy the old and small town charm. After lunch, we drive to the famous Taal Chhaapar Wildlife Sanctuary which is a beautiful two hour drive from Churu. Night stay on board Taurus outside Taal Chhaapar.

Tonga ride inside the Wildlife Sanctuary to explore the whole sanctuary area.

Day 3: Reach Bikaner

Morning nature walk in the sanctuary. You will see the best congregation of Black Bucks, in Taal Chhaapar Wildlife Sanctuary. The photographer in you would be delighted to see and capture the beauty of both the flora and fauna of the sanctuary which is like a huge flat of a table top. A leisurely, sumptuous breakfast onboard Taurus will relax you after the walk and give you more time to absorb the whole experience. We then start our almost three hour drive to Bikaner, one of the oldest cities of Rajasthan with a very rich history and culture, is famous not just for Bikaneri sweets and snacks, but also the majestic architecture and landscape.

We try our best to give our travellers an out-of-the-box experience and anchor Taurus outside the city limits.

Day 4: Visit Karni Mata Temple

After an early breakfast onboard Taurus, we travel in a hired transport to Deshnok to visit Karni Mata Temple (also known as Rat Temple), which is a unique experience in itself. The temple is famous for the approximately 25,000 black rats that live in the temple and are revered by members of the Charan community of Rajasthan. These holy rats, called “kabbas” (little children), are fed grains, milk, and coconuts shells from large bowls. People throng this temple in large numbers for all over the world to pay their obeisance. Consuming the leftover from the rats’ drink and food is considered holy, and is said to bring good fortune.

We return to Bikaner after receiving blessings from Karni Mata and enjoy a yummy local Bikaneri lunch.

The grandeur of Bikaner will enchant you with its dazzling monuments that take you back in time to the splendour of the past and enrich the present times with the cultural heritage of the city.  The city is known for the 16th-century Junagarh Fort, a huge complex of ornate buildings and halls. The Prachin Museum within the fort, gives an insight into the traditional textiles and royal portraits. Bikaner is also known for its leather articles and handicrafts.

We may also visit Lalgarh, if the travellers are keen. And night-stay is as always, onboard TAURUS on the outskirts of the ever beautiful Bikaner!

Day 5:  Journey back home

Our morning tea tradition is never missed on TAURUS. We serve you a healthy spread of breakfast with many options. After a photo session with TAURUS, it’s time to part from TAURUS, but with memories that will last a lifetime and an experience that can match to no other holiday!

You can do either of these

  • Travel (by air, road and railways) on your own from Bikaner to explore other destinations of Rajasthan or get back home. Bikaner offers good connectivity to the rest of India by rail. Government has announced affordable flights from Bikaner. Air connectivity is expected to start in the tourist season of 2017.
  • Travel onboard Taurus to Pushkar and then explore Pushkar on your own, as extra (this extra cost will include transport to Pushkar and lunch with evening tea for the day). Your travel with Taurus shall culminate at Pushkar, on arrival itself.
  • You may opt to have 2 nights on-board Taurus at Pushkar, if the vacancy is available, as extra tariff (discount may be available) on arrival.
  • If you wish to explore Rajasthan a bit more, then there are numerous options and easy ways to reach Shekhawati region, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Khichan, etc.
  • There are comfortable overnight trains from Bikaner to Delhi.
  • Also trains are available to Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, etc. to extend your tour to explore on your own.

HOW TO REACH TAURUS IN CHURU

  • Taurus will be anchored in the countryside around 10 kms from Churu town. Location details will be shared on your arrival and you will be guided how to reach Taurus.
  • You may drive on your own to Churu from Delhi, which is a good drive of 277kms.
  • You may instead take a train from Delhi to Churu, which starts from Delhi at 23.35 hours and arrives at Churu at 0410 hours.
  • There are also two morning trains from Delhi to Churu, one at 0705 hours from Delhi and another one at 0840 hours; both trains take around 4.45 hours between Delhi and Churu.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Following basic details of the Terms & Conditions are applicable to the RJ-1. More  Terms & Conditions are applicable which are common for all the programs. In case of any doubt or clarifications, please send all your questions in one single mail and not a chain of mails.

TARIFF 
WHAT IS INCLUDED:

only the following are included in the package, rest everything is NOT included.

  • Transport to visit  Churu town for heritage walk.
  • Rajasthani lunch at Bikaner in the market. It could be Rajasthani non-veg meal if the whole group is non-veg. As we can’t split the group at two different locations.
  • Transport for pick-up at Churu minimum 4 persons in one group, otherwise as extra to be paid by the participants directly to the transport.
  • Taxi  to Deshnok and Bikaner sightseeing to visit two forts.
  • All three veg homely meals as buffet (including morning and evening tea with biscuits) onboard Taurus. Field lunch (Veg) while travelling (from the kitchen of Taurus or roadside Dhaba), without any beverages .
  • Taurus as transport to travel all onboard for the itinerary.
  • Stay onboard Taurus as per the accommodation available.
  • Filtered Water, please bring your own bottles to refill

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  1. Journey from your home to Taurus and homeward journey.
  2. Taxi for departure not included, as we are not sure how you will arrive (by air or rail or road) however we will extend help to coordinate.
  3. Individual pickup and drop on arrival and departure
  4. Any transport other than Taurus not included, unless specified clearly.
  5. Transport for individual/ personalised tours (shopping, excursions, medical emergencies) or for any other reasons.
  6. Any kind of expenses related to medical emergencies
  7. Non-veg food.
  8. Anything other than the mentioned food plan onboard Taurus, which means extras.
  9. Any food consumed outside Taurus, unless specified.
  10. Beverages of all kinds, other than mentioned in the food plan.
  11. Modelling fee for street photography, if anyone demands
  12. Entry fee ( as well as camera fee) at monuments and wildlife sanctuary.
  13. Guides for local sightseeing and porters
  14. Local sightseeing if not specified in itinerary.
  15. Camel rides, camel cart rides, or rides of any kind.
  16. Anything which is not mentioned in the list of WHAT IS INCLUDED
  17. Stay other than Taurus, under any circumstances (political upheaval, natural calamities, or reason could be any)
  18. Any services availed outside Taurus (stay or food)
Also MUST see more details   WHAT IS INCLUDED / WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED