What is Rajasthan Yatra Udaipur Tour Operator


Kabir wants to tell you the truth:
Wherever you go, Calcutta or Tibet;
as long as you don't know where your soul is hidden
the world will never be real for you!

Highlights of the trip:

• The anthropologist Dr. Gabriele Tautscher together with Gopal Singh, organizer and director of the Rajasthan
Kabir Yatra, Rajsthan's folk music festival.
• Immerse yourself in the diverse musical culture of Rajasthan through 10 selected music performances at our travel stations.
• 1 night with program in a desert camp near Jaisalmer
• Selected accommodations in restored havelis and villas in the old towns of Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Bikaner
Bhap, a palace hotel in Pokaran, luxury camp in the Thar desert.

Understand life in Rajasthan through its music

The music of Rajasthan is the gateway to his wisdomto a life of joy in a very barren world. Classical ragas, rhythmic folk music, secular and religious folk music festivals - Rajasthan is a land of music like no other in India. Musicians and musicians are part of urban and rural communities. Folk musicians play at family celebrations, entire village communities sing poetic hymns by great past masters in night sessions. Sufi and Kabir musicians sing mystical songs about wisdom and for a fairer world. Families of musicians have been playing classical court music for generations. Some of the musicians are known far beyond the borders of Rajasthan today.

It is also a journey to the most beautiful cities of Rajasthan with their legendary palaces and fortresses along the historical trade routes through the Thar desert. We start the journey in Udaipur on Lake Picola. Over the Aravali Mountains we drive to the famous Jaina temples of Ranakpur, and on to the blue city of Jodhpur. In Khimsar, a Maharja kingdom from the 16th century, we are in the middle of the Thar desert for the first time. In Bikaner, Gopal leads us through the bazaar of his city. We travel to remote villages and live in the impressive palaces of Pokaran and Khimsar. We spend one night in a camp in the Thar desert. The journey ends in the golden city of Jaisalmer.

A journey with selected music performances

Gopal has prepared an exquisite program for us with musicians: At Udaipur and in Pokaran, Kabir singers sing poems on wisdom. In Jodhpur, Bhopa musicians sing the legend of Phabuji accompanied by side instruments. In Bikaner the brothers Asit and Amit Goswami play sarod and sitar classical Indian music. Chang musicians from the Thar Desert are known for their drumming skills. In songs they tell stories about the Thar desert.
In the village of Kolayat, the singer Mangi Bai conjures up God Krishna and love in her songs. In Jaisalmer we experience Rajasthan's popular singers from the Langam ethnic group. In songs they praise their patrons, the aristocrats, their families, and their life in the desert. In the village of Chhatangadh near Jaisalmer, the Meghval ethnic group sings traditional Bhakti songs, poetic and meditative.

Rajasthan's charming hotels

The hotels (***) booked by us are partly historical buildings with authentic charm and modern comfort. In Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer we live in the middle of the old town in restored and expanded havelis of former rich traders. In Khimser and Pokaran we live in adapted, impressive Maharaja palaces. We spend one night in a comfortable tent camp in the Thar desert near Jaisalmer.


Travel description

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
Day 1: Departure flight Vienna / Europe

Sunday February 23
Day 2: Arrival in Udaipur
E.g. with Jet Airways arrival Udaipur 13:35
Our hotel is a restored haveli right in the old town near the lakeshore with a view of the Lake Palace and within walking distance of the Prince's Palace (Maharana of Mewar). 3 nights in Jaiwana Haveli with breakfast.

Udaipur is known as the Venice of the East and the Lake Palace Hotel in particular was a popular filming location in the 1950s, such as the films by Fritz Lang (The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb) and the James Bond film Octopussy with Roger Moore.

Monday February 24, 2020
Day 3: Visit to the Palace of Udaipur, city walk and boat trip on Lake Pikola
We visit the pompous complex of the city palace of Udaipur. In the afternoon we take a city walk to an atmospheric dinner with a view of the illuminated fortress. At the end of the day we go back to the hotel by boat on Lake Pikola.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Day 4: in Udaipur, Dharohar
Folk dance performance Further city walks through Udaipur. In the early evening a dance performance with puppetry and music in the atmospheric Bagore Ki Haveli.

Wednesday February 26, 2020
Day 5: via Ranakpur to Jodhpur
We drive over the Aravalli mountain range to Ranakpur (95km, approx. 2 hours), a sacred place of the Jainas from the 15th century. The temple complex comprises 29 halls supported by 200 columns. The complex has one of the finest finest stone sculptures in India.
Continue to Jodhpur (165km, approx. 3 hours). 2 nights at the Hotel KP Heritage Haveli in the old town with a view of the great fortress, with breakfast.

Thursday February 27, 2020
Day 6: Sightseeing Jodhpur, Bhopa singer
Jodhpur, the 'blue city' and formerly the powerful capital of the Rajput state of Marwar, is located on the eastern edge of the Thar desert on the previously important trade route between Delhi and Sindh. We visit the great Merangarh fortress, which towers over the old town. In the music museum (funded by UNESCO) outside the city, Bhopa 'priest singer and singer' sing the ballad of Phabuji and the goddesses of Rajasthan. A Rajasthani lunch will be prepared for us there.

Friday February 28, 2020
Day 7: From Jodhpur to Khimsar, Nagaur
In the morning we walk through the old district of the 'blue city', formerly a Brahmin district. After lunch at the stepwell, we drive to Khimsar (100km, 2 hours), where we can see the making of charpai, the Indian woven beds. 1 night in the Fort Palast Hotel Khimsar with half board.

Saturday February 29, 2020
Day 8: Via Nagaur to Bikaner, classical Indian music
On the drive to Bikaner (160km, 3 hours) we visit the palace fortress of Nagaur from the 12th century. Architect Minakshi Jain from Ahmedabad restored the palace complex with great care and taste with the help of the Aga Khan Foundation. We visit the unspectacular Sufi shrine in Nagaur's mosque - and yet a well-known pilgrimage site for Sufi music in India.
We continue to the coastal town of Bikaner on the northern edge of the Thar desert. In the evening the famous twin brothers Asit and Amit Goswami play classical Indian music on sarod and sitar for us. 2 nights in the Hotel Ganga Mahal, with breakfast (and swimming pool).

Sunday 1st March 2020
Day 9: Sightseeing in Bikaner, Chang musicians
In the morning we visit the Junagadh fortress from the 16th century made of bricks and sandstone. In the afternoon we go on a 'Heritage Walk' with Gopal through the old town of Bikaner with its many havelis made of the finest stone work.
In the evening we hear a performance by the Chang musicians, a rhythmic folk music with Chang drums, which are played at folk festivals and the 'Holi' festival of colors to drive away bad influences.

Monday 2nd March 2020
Day 10: Mangi Bai and musician Kasam Khan on the drive to Bhap
In the morning we drive to the village of Kolayat where we visit the religious singer Mangi Bai - she sings the songs of the Dholi tradition (dholi means drum), the only Islamic music in Rajasthan where women are allowed to perform. In the early evening we drive to Kasam Khan's famous family of musicians. We spend the evening with him and his family with Langam music and dinner. 1 night at the Barsingha Bhap Hotel, an old villa of a local prince. (a total of approx. 200km, 4 hours drive) 1 night with breakfast.

Jodhpur Folk Symphony - or the Kasam Khan Langa Group plays a traditional folk music with dance that was originally founded by Mr Dhanne Khan - the father of Kasam Khan. They play the classic folk instruments sarangi, algoza, tabla, dholak, harmonium, and khartaal (see

Tuesday 3rd March 2020
Day 11: Drive via Khichan bird sanctuary to Pokhran, Kabir music
On the drive to Pokhran (approx. 100km) we first visit the village of Khichan where the Jain community has been feeding young cranes since the 1970s and today attract 100s of the migratory birds that winter there. We visit a weaving village, the beautiful Chhatris of Pokaran. We live in the palace fortress of Pokhran. It was built by the Rajput clan of the Rathores in the 14th century. Part of the palace fortress is now a heritage hotel with a swimming pool. In the evening we hear a performance by Kabir musicians in the palace complex.
1 night in the impressive palace-fortress Pokaran, with half board.

Khichan has a cluster of ponds (talao) that typically host a large variety of birds, especially waders, making it a birder’s paradise. Khichan is unusual as it hosts a single species - the demoiselle crane. This is a migratory species that is found in large numbers. Thousands of cranes flock from North China and Mongolia to escape the harsh winters there.

The Kabir music consists of mystical and poetic songs that go back to the 15th century. The different texts of the Kabir songs - depending on the ethnic group and region in North India - are an important oral tradition with basic content on identity, origin, morality, nationality, etc. See

Wednesday 4th March 2020
Day 12: In the Thar desert
Today we drive to the sand dunes in the Thar desert, to a comfortable desert camp. If you want, you can go on a camel ride. 1 night in the Desert Spring Resort in luxury tents with program and half board.

Thursday 5th March 2020
Day 13: Drive to the 'golden city' of Jaisalmer
A short drive (38km) to the caravan town of Jaislamer between India and Arabia. We check into our hotel 1st Gate Fusion right next to the old town. Because of its color mood, it is also known as the 'golden city'. In the afternoon we visit the city fortress made of clay mixed with stones on the Trikuta rock. In the evening we hear a group of Langa musicians, a rhythmic music session. 2 nights at 1st Gate Fusion with breakfast.

Kutle Khan, a multi-talented folk musician who has performed on various stages across the world; His music is as seductive as it is rhythmically complex. He embodies the rich melodic and sophisticated rhythmic traditions of Rajasthani folk music, and his performances are informed by his understanding of contemporary Indian and Western musical traditions.

Friday March 6, 2020
Day 14: Excursion to Mahesharam, Meghval musicians
The morning is free for your own activities. After lunch we drive to Mahesharam - a well-known village of the Meghval musicians near the border with Pakistan and 60km from Jaisalmer. Gopal has prepared a music program with them for dinner.

Mahesharam belongs to the Meghval community of Rajasthan in western India, and represents a hypnotic folk style typical of the Meghvals, musicians not by profession but traditional carriers of Kabir's poetry through the oral traditions of all-night jagrans and satsangs.

Saturday 7th March 2020
Day 15: Return flight via Delhi to Vienna / Europe

Sunday 8th March 2020
Day 16: Depending on the flight from Delhi, arrival in Vienna today

Total price per person in a double room: 2.180, - pp in a double room, € 480, - single room surcharge (without international flight)


Included services:
* Accompaniment during the entire trip by Dr. Gabriele Tautscher Guided tours by music curator Gopal Singh from Jodhpur
to Jaisalmer
* Gopal music program with 10 music performances
* Transport and accommodation in the hotels named in the program (or in equivalent hotels) in a double room.
The single room surcharges apply to single rooms.
* Half board at the Heritage Hotel Palaces Khimser and Pokhran, Desert Spring Resort in the Thar Desert
* Breakfast only in hotels in Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Bhap, Jaisalmer
* 1 welcome dinner in Udaipur, 1 farewell dinner in Jaisalmer
* 1 dinner each with the musicians family Kasam Khan, and with the musicians family in Mahesharam
* Program with camel ride in the Thar desert at the Desert Spring Resort
* All mentioned trips in AC minibus
* Entrance fees + audio guide when visiting the palaces
* all taxes included


• The passport is required. It must be valid for at least six months upon entry. He needs two more
have blank pages.
• Vaccinations are not compulsory, it is advisable to consult your family doctor.
• Clarifications with your own health insurance company: firstly, with a view to the benefits and the payment method in the event of illness
and secondly, with a view to a possible return transport to Europe. Travel and electricity insurance.

Not included:

International flights, national flights, India visa, meals not mentioned in the program, travel and repatriation insurance, tips, personal expenses.

Hotel list
The hotels listed here have been reserved for you. In the event of overbooking, you will be accommodated in hotels of the same category.

Udaipur / Jaiwana Haveli
Jodhpur / Hotel KP Heritage Haveli
Khimser / Welcome Hotel Khimsar
Bikaner / Hotel Ganga Mahal
Bhap / Hotel Barsingha Bhap
Pokhran / Heritage Hotel Pokhran Palace Fort
Thar Desert / Desert Spring Resort
JJaisalmer / 1st Gate Fusion Hotel

Tour guide

Dr. Gabriele Tautscherbr /> PhD in cultural and social anthropologist
Focus on S-Asia and the Himalaya region.
Gopal Singh, Director of the Kabir Festival in Rajasthan

We will offer you suitable international flights as well as travel and cancellation insurance for this trip.

The risk of non-insurance is the sole responsibility of the traveler!

Program changes due to local conditions or weather conditions are possible at any time. The travel and cancellation conditions (GTC) apply according to the "General Travel Conditions" ARB'92 in the latest version or the supplementary provisions of the tour operator. The trip is organized in India by the Indian Holiday Pvt. Ltd. carried out