Enjoy Golden Age luxury and some unforgettable experiences as you discover the glories of Rajasthan.
This extraordinary small-group tour includes stays in some of Northern India’s finest heritage hotels, and is crammed with memorable experiences. First Delhi, then Agra, then Rajasthan (the Land of Kings) reveal their glorious pasts and rich traditions, stupendous palaces, great forts and decorated hawelis. With included safaris by boat and jeep, fine dining in some astonishing settings, and a host of tours and excursions that will bring your surroundings thrillingly to life, this is India at its finest.
What You’ll Love
- 14 nights’ half-board accommodation in historic heritage and high-quality hotels in Delhi (1 night), Dholpur (2), Jaipur (2), Deogarh (1), Udaipur (2), Jodhpur (2), Bikaner (1), Alsisar (1) and Vanaashrya luxury tented resort (2)
- Four lunches
- A rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
- A boat safari on the Chambal River and a cruise on Lake Pichola
- Two jeep safaris
- A guided tour of Udaipur
- Return scheduled flights to Delhi
- Gatimaan Express train journey from Delhi to Agra
- Air-conditioned vehicle transfers and travel
- The services of a Tour Manager in India
- Flights also available from other UK airports – Belfast City George Best, London Heathrow, Manchester & Newcastle – click here for more information on available dates and prices.
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Day One – Travel to India
Head to the airport and board your overnight flight to Delhi.
Day Two – Included Delhi sightseeing tour
Arrive in Delhi, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to the elegant, historic Maidens Hotel, haven of old-world elegance and modern comforts. Settle in, then join your Tour Manager for a guided tour of Old Delhi, which reveals some of the city’s most iconic sights: the Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat – Gandhi’s cremation site.
After the tour, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Indian street life on an exhilarating rickshaw ride through vibrant Chandni Chowk, one of the city’s oldest markets, before heading back to the hotel for dinner.
Day Three – Gatimaan Express to Agra and travel to Dholpur
Rise early this morning to board the Gatimaan Express, India’s fastest train, to Agra, the glorious City of Love. Here you’ll enjoy a guided tour of majestic Agra Fort, exploring its royal pavillions, palaces and pretty courtyards, and the Taj Mahal.
After an unforgettable few hours to explore this dazzling monument to undying love, which has become India’s most potent symbol, you’ll make the short journey to Dholpur and the Ras Niwas Palace, where you’ll stay in beautifully appointed rooms in the grounds. Why not enjoy a sundowner overlooking the lawns before dinner?
Day Four – Included Chambal River Cruise
Enjoy a lazy morning relaxing at your hotel. After lunch, board one of the Palace’s boats for a cruise along the Chambal River on the look out for the colourful birdlife, crocodiles and rare, endangered long-snouted gharials that call the waterway home.
Later, round off the day with another splendid dinner at your hotel.
Day Five – Travel to Jaipur
Today you’ll travel across the Rajasthani plain to the pink city of Jaipur, where another beautiful heritage hotel is your home for the next two nights. Set in a former harveli – an Indian mansion – this beautiful hotel is a quiet oasis of calm close to the bustling old city. Enjoy a lazy evening settling into your surroundings, perhaps opting for a dip in the pool or a relaxing treatment at the spa, before dinner is served.
Day Six – Included visits to Amber Fort and the City Palace
Discover the historic sights of Jaipur. Journey by jeep to towering Amber Fort, which perches on a hilltop and offers stupendous views from its red sandstone ramparts. After time to explore its Royal Halls, gardens, courtyards, you’ll travel to the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, to see the many windows and screened balconies of its famous red facade.
After lunch in the ornate surroundings of the Samode Haveli, a historic former home of the maharajas that has been converted into a luxurious hotel, you’ll visit the City Palace complex to see its temple, museums, courtyards and gardens, and then continue to Jantar Mantar, the city’s ancient astronomical observatory.
This evening, enjoy dinner in the hotel.
Day Seven – Travel to Deogarh
Cross Rajasthan’s landscape dotted with historic palaces and havelis to Deogarh. In the afternoon you’ll arrive at the Deogarh Mahal heritage hotel, a former home to Mewar rulers. After check-in, join a local guide for a thrilling jeep safari through the countryside, and a walk through a local village before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Day Eight – Travel to Udaipur
This morning’s short journey takes you to Udaipur, the sublime City of Lakes, for a two-night stay overlooking Lake Pichola. Explore the “Venice of the East”, with its exquisite marble lakeside palaces, and enjoy your hotel’s surroundings before dinner.
Day Nine – Guided tour of Udaipur
See the sights of Udaipur this morning on a guided tour. Highlights include the majestic City Palace and the beautiful ‘gardens of the royal ladies’ at Sahelion-ki-Bari. This afternoon, explore under your own steam, then re-join your group for a leisurely evening cruise on Lake Pichola, and a dinner overlooking the stunning facade of City Palace.
Day Ten – See the Jain temples at Ranakphur en route to Jodhpur
Head north through the beautiful scenery of the Aravali Hills, pausing in Ranakpur to visit the astonishing Jain temples – a quartet of intricate, marble edifices that nestle in a wooded valley. In the late afternoon you’ll arrive on the outskirts of Jodhpur for a two-night stay at another beautiful, lakeside heritage hotel. Rest and relax before dinner, which might be served under the stars.
Day Eleven – Included Jodhpur sightseeing
Explore the extraordinary, desert-fringed “blue city” of Jodhpur – so called because of the blue colour-washed houses that decorate its old city. Explore its monumental Mehrangarh Fort, which towers over the city on its sandstone butte protecting a complex of ornate palaces and courtyards with a fascinating museum, and visit the marbled Jaswant Thanda memorial and the vast Umaid Bhawan palace museum. Later, take an evening jeep safari to a village inhabited by the Bishnoi, who follow a 15th-century religious creed that includes a variety of instructions to preserve the environment – earning them the title of the world’s first eco-warriors.
Day Twelve – Included visit to Bikaner and dinner under the stars
Drive into the sands of the Great Indian Desert to the remote city of Bikaner, where ornate Junagarh Fort dominates the labyrinthine old city. Tour the Fort’s pavilions and palaces, then enjoy a fascinating visit to a camel-breeding farm.
This evening, you’ll travel further into the desert to a camp that sits among the towering sand dunes. Marvel at the dazzling sunset, take a camel-cart ride under the starlit sky and enjoy an unforgettable dinner.
Day Thirteen – Travel to the Shekhawati region
Continue your journey through the desert, travelling along an ancient trading route into a region where small market towns are dwarfed by richly decorated havelis. You’ll spend a night at the sumptuous Alsisar Mahal heritage hotel, which boasts decorated arcades, frescoes and tranquil courtyards. Settle in, then enjoy a glass of champagne while listening to a talk from a local historian, who will shed light on the story behind the area’s opulent Shekhawati havelis.
Day Fourteen – Stay in a jungle resort
On the last leg of this wonderful journey you’ll travel back through Rajasthan’s exotic landscape to the Aravali Hills, with an included lunch en route at the ornate Shahpura Haveli. You’ll spend two nights at Vanaashrya Resort, which sits immersed in beautiful jungle scenery. Upon arrival, rest and relax, and settle into your comfortable, air-conditioned cottage.
Day Fifteen – Visit Bhangarh Fort and included camel cart ride
Your wonderful holiday finishes with a relaxed day at Vanaashrya. Explore the ruins of Bhangarh Fort, which dates back to the 17th Century and is thought to be haunted, then take a camel-cart ride to a nearby village for a glimpse of local life. This evening, you’ll be treated to a cookery demonstration, before your final dinner.
Day Sixteen – Travel back to the UK
Make an early start (a packed breakfast will be provided) and journey back to Delhi airport to catch your flight home, arriving back in the UK this evening.
A Journey Through India – Palace & Fort Stays
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