Delhi, a Rich Melting Pot of Old and New
Welcome to India! On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you are greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with a delicious meal. After breakfast enjoy a ride by rickshaw through the lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi. See the Red Fort, visit the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat and the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Continue to Gandhi Smriti, the house where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life. Later, drive along the broad Rajpath past the India Gate and Parliament House to visit the Tomb of Humayun. Finish with an insight into the local religion at a colourful temple.(Welcome Reception / Buffet Breakfast)
Agra and the Taj Mahal
After an early morning snack, transfer to the station for the train journey to Agra. Upon arrival, enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Then proceed to the Taj Mahal, an exquisite dream in marble built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Return to the hotel for relaxation. This afternoon tour through the palatial Royal Pavilions and gardens at the Agra Fort. Later, you could choose to attend an optional spectacular stage musical production which follows the ‘Saga of Love’ that inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal.(Buffet Breakfast)
Jaipur, the 'Pink City'
There is the option of witnessing the Taj Mahal at dawn before driving on to the ancient Mughul capital of Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted city full of architectural wonder. Lunch is served at the majestic Laxmi Vilas Palace in Bharatpur. Then continue to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. After a restful night's sleep, ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort, its royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirrors, glass and exquisite paintings. Back in Jaipur, see the ‘Hawa Mahal’ (The Palace of Winds) and visit the City Palace Museum and royal observatory. Return to the Amber Fort for the evening Sound and Light show.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch / Buffet Breakfast)
Bikaner, Camel Country with a Royal Aura
Depart Jaipur and head northwest to Castle Mandawa for an authentic local lunch. Continue to the fortified desert city of Bikaner, known for its camel festival which is celebrated on a grand scale every January. Learn all about this indispensable ship of the desert at the Camel Research and Breeding Farm before reaching your hotel.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch)
The Sun City, Jaisalmer
Your tour of Bikaner includes the Junagarh Fort, an unassailable fortress comprising of various palaces, pavilions and a museum containing priceless art and antiques. This afternoon continue through the Great Thar Desert to the trade route town of Jaisalmer, crowned by its hill top fortress. In the morning, embark on a city tour of Jaisalmer, visiting Garhi Sagar Lake and the Fort built in 1156 but still in use today. Pass by the local market where you can witness desert life at its best. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure. No visit to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip into the rippling Lakhmana Sand Dunes where a camel trek and dinner has been arranged. Dinner at the dunes, under a perpetual sky littered with a bouquet of stars, is an amazing experience.(Buffet Breakfast / Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)
Rohet Garh and the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur
Follow the ancient silk routes to your beautiful heritage hotel, set on the banks of a lake and landscaped with colourful flowers, rare plants and trees. Later, feel the very pulse of rural Rajasthan on your ‘Village Safari’ where you are welcomed into the homes of the local Bishnoi people to share a slice of their life. After breakfast, drive to the ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur for a sightseeing tour. Visit Mehrangarh Fort set on a cliff a hundred feet above the city skyline and the white marble Jaswant Thada. Return to Rohet where the rest of the day is free to relax.(Buffet Breakfast / Buffet Breakfast)
Udaipur, Venice of the East
Drive to Ranakpur, the temple town of Rajasthan. Visit the sprawling Jain temples known for their intricate carvings and architecture. Lunch is served at an idyllic former royal retreat, amid lush greenery. Continue to Udaipur. In the morning, sightseeing includes the City Palace complex, private residence of the ‘King of Kings’. Wander through the markets and bazaars to visit the Jagdish Temple and Garden of the Maids of the Honour. This evening enjoy a boat cruise on the serene waters of Lake Pichola followed by a special Celebration Dinner with drinks.(Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Lunch / Buffet Breakfast / Celebration Dinner)
Your tour draws to a close today with transfers to the airport. A popular Mini Tour extension to this itinerary is a couple of days in the fascinating city of Mumbai.(Buffet Breakfast)
Additional Included Highlights
Delhi: See the Red Fort and enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk Bazaar. Visit Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid. See Qutub Minar. Drive along the Rajpath to see the India Gate and Parliament House. Visit the Tomb of the Emperor Humayun. Sample and enjoy some Jalebi (Indian sweets). Visit a temple for an insight into the local religion.
Agra: Group picture taken at the Taj Mahal.
Jaipur: See the Palace of Winds and visit the City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar. Attend the Sound and Light Show at Amber Fort.
Jodhpur: Visit Jaswant Thada.
Udaipur: Enjoy an evening boat cruise. Visit the Jagdish Temple and Garden of the Maids of the Honour.
Premium Expereinces and Dining
Visit the house where the Mahatma Gandhi lived and died, now a National Memorial and Museum.
Visit the Taj Mahal, a monument of love, built by a king in everlasting memory of his beloved queen.
Admire the fairy-tale palaces, audience halls and royal mosques inside Agra’s red sandstone fortress.
Visit the deserted imperial city of Fatehpur Sikri, dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built.
Ascend to the awe-inspiring Amber Fort by Jeep to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls.
Learn about all things dromedary at the Camel Research and Breeding Farm.
Enjoy a visit to the Junagarh Fort in Bikaner.
Visit Garhi Sagar Lake and Jaisalmer Fort.
Experience life in rural Rajasthan with a 'Village Safari'.
Visit Mehrangarh Fort, standing 400 feet above the skyline on Jodhpur.
Visit the fortified Jain temple complex in Ranakpur, considered the most important of their kind in India.
Visit the Udaipur City Palace complex, a testimony to the Rajput passion for art and architecture.
Enjoy the the warm hospitality and excellent food during your Highlight Lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace.
Enjoy Lunch at the medieval Castle Mandawa.
Enjoy a camel trek and dine under the stars at Jaisalmer’s Lakhmana Sand Dunes.
Lunch at the Maharani Bagh Orchard Retreat.
Enjoy a Celebration Gala Dinner including drinks at your hotel on the banks of the picturesque Pichola Lake.
Premium Hotels and Locations
The perfect mix of hotels ranging in style from contemporary to heritage. The newer properties like the Suryagarh in the Thar Desert often reflect the regional character, while the Heritage hotels in Bikaner and Rohet are the real deal. The Claridges in Delhi is also from the 1950’s. While its been renovated and is modern, it retains much of its old world charm.