The Geology, Water Resources and
Culture of Rajasthan
A pre-IGC 2020 small group tour led by Dr Danny Clark-Lowes
Monday 24th February to Monday 2nd March 2020
Dr Danny Clark-Lowes
Dr Danny Clark-Lowes is a geologist, educated at Cambridge and London universities, who has given industry training courses on geology at locations throughout the world, as well as publishing scientific papers and books. He is also a mountaineer who has climbed in the Swiss Alps and in the Himalaya. He will lead this tour to Nepal which will look at aspects of the geology and geography of the spectacular Himalaya, and will help participants achieve an understanding of how mountain belts and their associated rock types are created through plate movements.
Delhi • Kota • Bundi • Jaipur • Alwar • Delhi
(Meals: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
Sunday. 23rd February
Departure from your home country for Delhi.
Monday. 24th February
Arrive Delhi. Transfer to the Railway Station to board your train to Kota on AG Kranti Rajdhani Express in First Class AC compartment (16:50 – 21:40). Dinner and snacks on board.
Arrive at Kota. Meeting and assistance at arrival and transfer to Welcome Heritage Umed Bhawan Palace. Overnight stay at hotel.
An introduction to the geology of Rajasthan*.
Tuesday. 25th February
Day visit to the spectacular Ramgarh Crater. This feature which is of probable meteorite origin (research is ongoing) lies in Proterozoic Vindhyan rocks. We will also visit the Bhand Deva Temple which is located within the crater.
Return to your hotel for the evening.
Wednesday. 26th February
Kota Sightseeing and then Drive to Bundi
Morning visit to Kotah Garh Museum in the historic and impressive City Palace. The Museum has a rich collection of textiles, miniature paintings, wall frescos and other objets d’art. This visit will be followed by a River Safari through a nature reserve sanctuary, rich in wildlife, where the geology can be studied in 100m high cliffs. Drive to Bundi. Transfer and check in at Haveli Brij Bhushanjee for overnight stay.
Thursday. 27th February
Day sightseeing in Bundi including visiting the stepwell at Raniji Ki Baori. This architecturally-impressive construction, built in 1699, was traditionally used to conserve and store water. Given the aridity of Rajasthan, conservation and storage of water was vital and these stepwells were perfectly designed for the purpose. At the bottom of the well, the air remains 5-6 degrees cooler than at the surface. In addition Raniji Ki Baori provided public baths and a place to gather during periods of intense heat. One side of the structure is devoted to a pavilion and resting room for the royals.
Return to your hotel for the night.
Friday. 28th February
Drive to Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur looking at the geology on the way. The geological surroundings around Jaipur are popularly known for its condensed bedding of various Quartzites. Stop on the way to study the geological factors before you proceed to Jaipur.
Transfer and check in at Samode Haveli and rest for the night.
Saturday. 29th February
Day of sightseeing in Jaipur including a visit to the famous Rajput fortress. The Infra-Cambrian red sandstone used as building stone in this and many of the palaces of Rajasthan is well exposed here and also in adjacent quarries.
Sunday. 1st March
Drive to Alwar
Drive to Alwar. The Tarun Bharat Sangh organisation will be visited to see their important work on reviving and revitalising traditional systems of water management. Water management has always been central to civilisation in this desertic region inspiring the construction of stepwells such as that already seen at Bundi through to the hydrogeological research of the present day, with its emphasis on groundwater quality and health. Overnight stay at Neemrana Fort.
Monday. 2nd March
Drive to Delhi to attend the commencement of the International Geological Congress 2020 and the complete conference.
*The region is dominated by the Aravalli Delhi Fold Belt composed of Proterozoic to InfraCambrian metasediments with syn-orogenic granites. These are underlain by Archaean banded gneisses and overlain by stromatolite-bearing InfraCambrian to Cambrian sediments. Glacial boulder beds are also found within these InfraCambrian beds. They are overlain by younger Phanerozoic strata sparsely distributed in the region. Late Cretaceous volcanics of the Deccan Traps are present in the southeast. In terms of water resources, it is in the younger Phanerozoic sedimentary strata that the aquifers are to be found.
- How to Book this Tour
- Travel Insurance
- Train reservation by first class airconditioned carriage for Delhi-Kota sector.
- Airconditioned accommodation with private facilities as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Meal Plan: Daily breakfast.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a chauffeur driven private air-conditioned small coach.
- Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
- Services of Dr Danny Clark-Lowes (Geologist) as Trip Leader
- Entrance fees to all monuments during sightseeing as specified in your itinerary.
- Complimentary mineral water whilst driving.
Cost does not include:
- International air fare. Please contact us for International flight options for your journey.
- Visa Fee for India. E-tourist visa is now available for citizens of most countries of the world. On confirmation of booking we will send you a step by step guide how to apply for the E-Tourist Visa.
- Any expenses of a personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, beverages, gratuities etc
- Camera fees at monuments and other places of interest.
- Travel Insurance. Foreign offices advise all overseas travellers to have a comprehensive travel insurance in place before their departure. Please visit this link for a competitive quotation for your insurance.
- Tips and Gratuities.
- To book this tour , please compete the booking form, sign and e-mail it to us. A non-refundable deposit of £500.00 per person is needed at the time of booking. Balance payments will be due 8 weeks before departure. You can make the deposit payment by debit card or electronic transfers to our bank. Our Bank details are on the booking form. Bookings are confirmed on first come first served basis. When the tour is full we will take about 5 additional names on the waiting list to replace their booking with any cancellations etc.
- If you wish to join the tour and fly from any country other than United Kingdom please contact us for land only arrangements.
It is essential to have adequate insurance in place before your departure. This should be appropriate for your age, health and destination you are visiting.
- It includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover.
- It provides cover for your whole trip (whether one day or over a year).
- It covers you for all activities.
- Disclose pre-existing medical conditions.
- Take your policy number and the 24-hour emergency contact numbers with you.
- If you are making multiple trips we recommend that you take a yearly travel insurance policy.