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Group Tour (17 days) - also available as a Private Tour
London - Delhi - Samode - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - (Ranakpur) - Udaipur - Deogarh - Jaipur - (Bharatpur) - Agra - London
Covering most of Rajasthan's celebrated sites, this holiday itinerary will appeal to both first time visitors to India and to those wanting to explore more of this beautiful state. Experience North India's culture, history, wildlife and the colourful Rajasthani people on one of our most popular, high quality tours.
Medieval fortress town of Jaisalmer in the heart of the Thar
Day 1 London-Delhi
Leave London Heathrow, UK by British Airways in the morning for Delhi, arriving around midnight. Transfer to the Park Royal/Grand Intercontinental, deluxe modern hotels, for 2 nights.
Day 2 Delhi
The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon we visit the bazaars of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, Jamia Masjid, the largest mosque in India and Rajghat - the "samadhi" of Mahatma Gandhi. A welcome dinner in ethnic setting is arranged in the evening.
Day 3 Samode
We drive to the heart of Rajasthan today for overnight stay at the Samode Palace or the Samode Bagh. Richly decorated walls and ceilings, personalized service from the staff of the "maharaja" and the beautiful location of the palace on a hillock, and the "bagh" in the midst of acres of greenery, offer an unforgettable experience.
Day 4 Mandawa
A short drive brings us to Mandawa where we stay at the interesting Desert Resort, built like a village but with modern amenities. In the afternoon a visit to local mansions with their colourful murals and wall paintings is arranged.
Day 5 Bikaner
Today we proceed to the fortified city of Bikaner and check into the Laxmi Niwas Palace, a beautiful royal mansion. We visit the local sights including Junagarh Fort, built by Raja Rai Singh.
Day 6 Jaisalmer
A long drive to the medieval town of Jaisalmer, in the heart of the Thar Desert. We stay 2 nights at the Fort Rajwada or Gorbandh Palace, well run modern hotels.
Day 7 Jaisalmer
The morning sightseeing of the town includes the 12th century fort on Trikuta hill, the Jain temples and Gadisar tank. In the evening we enjoy a camel ride across the dunes to see the sunset.
Day 8 Jodhpur
We drive to Jodhpur for overnight stay at the Taj Hari Mahal, a deluxe hotel in traditional style. The afternoon city sightseeing includes the Jaswant Thada and the imposing Meherangarh Fort.
Day 9 Ranakpur-Udaipur
A scenic drive this morning brings us to Ranakpur, where we visit the beautiful Jain Temple complex, built in 1439. This marble temple has 29 halls supported by 1444 ornately carved pillars, no two of which are alike. After lunch in the pleasant surroundings of Maharani Bagh orchards we drive on to the romantic city of Udaipur. Our stay for the next two nights is at the Shikarbadi, a former hunting lodge of the Maharana of Udaipur. It is possible to stay at the famous Lake Palace in the middle of Lake Pichola in a room with lake-view or in an opulent suite at the Shiv Niwas Palace, overlooking the lake or at the luxurious Udai Vilas. These are on offer for a supplementary charge.
Day 10 Udaipur
The morning city sightseeing includes the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan, Jagdish Temple and Sahelion-ki-Bari, a garden built for the Maids of Honour. The afternoon is at leisure.
Day 11 Deogarh (or Pushkar)
A short drive to Deogarh Mahal, a fortified palace in the heart of Deogarh village, where we stay for 2 nights. For some departures we drive on to Pushkar, another colourful village and stay at the well run Pushkar Resorts.
Day 12 Deogarh
The day is free to explore the colourful village and visit Gokal Vilas, the residence of the local "rawat" or ruler. Set amidst elegant gardens, the residence overlooks a private lake, rich in birdlife.
Day 13 Jaipur
Today we drive to Jaipur for two nights at the charming Samode Haveli, the city residence of the Samode royal family.
Day 14 Jaipur
In the morning we enjoy an excursion to the hilltop fort at Amber, ascended on elephant back. On the way back we visit a small block-printing factory. The afternoon city sightseeing includes the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and the museum.
Day 15 Bharatpur-Agra
Drive in the morning to the renowned Bharatpur sanctuary for bird watching. After lunch proceed to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route. Our stay for the night has been arranged at the Mughal Sheraton, a deluxe modern hotel, with the option of upgrading to the Amar Vilas, a luxury boutique hotel.
Day 16 Agra-Delhi
The morning city sightseeing includes the Agra Fort and the dreamlike Taj Mahal. In the afternoon we drive to Delhi airport to board our return flight, departing just after midnight.
Day 17 Delhi-London
We fly back to Heathrow arriving the same morning.
Suggested Tour Extensions
Khajuraho-Varanasi (4 days) - Stay on in Agra for an extra night. Next morning travel by train to Jhansi and transfer to Khajuraho via Orchha. Stay at the Jass Hotel/Taj Chandela for 2 nights and visit the Chandela temples. Fly to Varanasi for a night at the Taj Ganges. Visit Sarnath and enjoy a boatride on the Ganges before flying back to Delhi to connect with your flight to Heathrow, just past midnight. Meal Plan: Bed & breakfast
Costs for the above options can be found below.
We are also happy to arrange extensions tailor-made to suit your requirements, please contact us.
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