£1,895 PER PERSON
DELHI – UDAIPUR – JODHPUR VIA RANAKPUR – JAISALMER – BIKANER – NAWALGARH - JAIPUR - AGRA - DELHI
Rajasthan ( The Land of the Kings ) is the largest state in India and boasts an unrivalled variety of historic cities, hilltop fortresses, magnificent palaces, ancient bazaars, shimmering lakes, deserts & mountains, friendly people, handicrafts of all descriptions and a rich display of the most dazzling and vibrant colours imaginable. Coupled with the nearby ancient and modern attractions of Delhi and the unsurpassed beauty of the Taj Mahal this offers the experience and the holiday of a lifetime.
Price includes: Hotels as above or similar with daily breakfast, transfers by private air conditioned cars, English speaking local guides, admission fees, daily lunch, internal flights, express train, Taj Mahal at sunrise in Agra, elephant ride in Jaipur, visa to India.
Price excludes : International flights *, insurance, meals, camera fees, tipping and any service not specified. Single room supplement is £595 per person. Please add £160 for departures in Dec & January.
* To make your holidays even more hassle free, we can purchase international flights on your behalf at competitive prices. Please call for more information.
DAY 01 Departure from London Heathrow
DAY 02 DELHI (-/-/D)
On arrival in Delhi meeting with our representative and transfer to 4* Hotel Hans Plaza. Afternon guided city tour of New Delhi including Complex for the Rashtrapati Bhawan – once the British viceroy’s home, now residence of India President - Parliament House, Rajpath ceremonial causeway, and India Gate war memorial, Humayun’s Tomb - mausoleum of the 2nd Great Mughal said to be the forerunner of the Taj Mahal. On to the Qutub Complex to visit the 12th century Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque, and Qutub Minar – the tallest structure in Delhi. Welcome dinner and overnight in Delhi.
DAY 03 DELHI / UDAIPUR (B/L/-)
Morning visit to Old Delhi including the magnificent 17th century Red Fort and Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial followed by a rickshaw tour. Afternoon transfer to airport to board your flight to Udaipur. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Heritage Udai Kothi hotel.
DAY 04 UDAIPUR (B/-/D)
Today embark on a guided tour of The City Palace & Museum, a majestic architectural marvel towering over a lake. It is one of the most beautiful palaces in the state of Rajasthan, a conglomeration of courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. The main entrance is through the Triple arched gate “Tripolia” with eight marble porticos; the Indo-Aryan Jagdish temple, built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, is the largest and the most beautiful temple of Udaipur resplendent with amazing sculptures and the Saheliyon ki Bari with its numerous fountains. Evening sunset cruise on the beautiful placid Lake Pichola. The lake is surrounded by hills & Palaces including the beautiful City Palace, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Overnight in Udaipur.
DAY 05 UDAIPUR - JODHPUR BY ROAD (B/-/D)
After breakfast, depart for Jodhpur with en-route visit to the exquisitely carved Jain temple at Ranakpur, famed for its hall of 1444 unique pillars. Drive on to Jodhpur and check in at Balsamand Lake Palace.
DAY 06 JODHPUR (B/-/D)
Morning half day guided city tour of Jodhpur visiting the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill, including Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal. Later visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing Marble Memorium built in 1899 and the Museum located in the Umaid Public Gardens. Later visit Mandore, the ancient capital of Marwar, which was abandoned for strategic reasons. Overnight in Jodphur.
DAY 07 JODHPUR - JAISALMER BY ROAD (B/- /D)
Morning drive to Jaisalmer, the last citadel in the yellow sand desert, known as the Golden City on the ancient trade route between India & Central Asia. Upon arrival check-in at 4* Jaisal Vilas hotel.
DAY 08 JAISALMER (B/-/D)
Morning sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer includes a visit to the Fort, which still houses a population of 2,500 people, the Gadisar Lake and the famous Havelis (or mansions) – some of the most exotic ones being the Nathamalji ki Haveli, the Patwon ki Haveli & Salim Singh ki Haveli. Afternoon excursion to Sam Sand dunes in the Great Thar desert for a brief camel ride before returning for overnight in Jaisalmer.
DAY 09 JAISALMER / BIKANER BY ROAD (B/-/D)
Morning drive to Bikaner, another medieval town founded by Rao Bika in 1488. Upon arrival, check in at Heritage resort hotel. Optional visit to Karni Mata Temple of the Rats where hundreds of them inhabit the place and are considered holy. Dinner and overnight stay in Bikaner.
DAY 10 BIKANER / NAWALGARH BY ROAD (B/L/D)
Morning sightseeing tour of Bikaner city, which is bolstered by imposing walls and the 16th century Junagarh Fort housing old Palaces, temples and a mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh, the Fort is distinguished by its long range of pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. An enormous arched doorway leads to the Joramal Temple. The royal chapel is Har mandir where royal weddings and births were once celebrated. Visit the old Fort built by Raja Rai Singh. Later drive to Nawalgarh in Shekhawati Region. Check-in at Heritage Hotel Roop Niwas Kothi, run by the former rulers of Nawalgarh.
DAY 11: NAWALGARH / JAIPUR BY ROAD (B/-/D)
After breakfast, walking tour in town to see the Painted Havelis. Havelis are ancient mansions of traders richly painted with frescoes on every available surface with themes from Hindu Mythology to British Raj. The two havelis that are very worth seeing are Poddar’s and Goenka’s. Afternoon departure by road to Jaipur and upon arrival check-in at hotel Trident.
DAY 12: JAIPUR (B/L/)
Full day city tour of Jaipur and the Amber fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Jagmandir, known as the hall of victory glittering with mirrors, Jai Mahal and the Temple of Kali. Take a ride on a colourfully decorated elephant up to the ramparts of the Fort ( elephant ride subject to availability ). Among the principal sights are the Jantar Mantar – the Observatory, Hawa Mahal or the Palace of the Winds where the Royal Ladies observed the royal processions from behind latticed windows and The City Palace & Museum. Jaipur is also a major centre for precious and semi precious stones, jewellery, cotton textiles and the typical Blue Pottery. Overnight at Hotel Trident.
DAY 13 JAIPUR / AGRA BY ROAD (B/-/D)
After breakfast, overland transfer to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of Mughal India. Among the principal attractions of Fatehpur Sikri are the large audience halls, Palaces, the Mosques, the tomb of Salim Chishti, The Panch Mahal and the Buland Darwaza, the biggest gates in Asia. On arrival in Agra check-in at Jaypee Palace for overnight.
DAY 14 AGRA – DELHI (B/-/D)
This morning you may like to get up early to admire the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunrise. Return to hotel for breakfast followed by a half day guided tour of Agra city, which includes the eternal monument of love, the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. The Taj Mahal - built by the Mugal Emperor Shah Jehan, is a beautiful mausoleum, built of pure white marble and an architectural marvel. Built in the memory of his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal, the building was conceived as a garden tomb with the mausoleum rising at the far end of the complex with the river Yamuna flowing below. Beneath the dome are the cenotaphs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jehan. On the other hand, Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar over the years 1565 – 1573, is famed for its maze of court-yards, mosques & private chambers. Most of the buildings originally built by Akbar were destroyed and were replaced by his grandson, Shah Jehan. The only surviving structure from Akbar’s period apart from the solid sand stone ramparts and the gateway is the Jehangir Mahal, the biggest of the private residence in the complex and its architecture indicates strong Hindu influences. Afternoon drive to Delhi. Upon arrival check-in at The Hans Hotel. Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Delhi.
DAY 15 DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight home.