Imperial Rajasthan - end Delhi, Summer 2021 End Delhi

Delhi
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Departure dates

From 03/01/2022 to 16/04/2022

What's included

Highlights.
Choose between two carefully selected activitiesDelhi: Join a well-known chef for a culinary exploration of Delhi streets where you will tantalise your taste buds.
Experience a wide variety of foods and learn the effect that mixing different flavours has on the palate as you sample Indian delicacies from local stallholders.
Delhi: Visit the 12th century Qutub Minar, and see the tallest brick minaret in the world before enjoying lunch.
: Your Well-Being Director takes a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met.
On tours fewer than 20 guests, your Traveling Concierge will act as your Well-Being Director.
: Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards.
Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
: Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.
All Travelling Concierge's, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
: We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
: Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
: Truly experience India by travelling during one of its famed festivals.
On select departures in spring, experience the ancient Hindu celebration of Holi, known for its colorful parades.
: Truly experience India by travelling during one of its famed festivals.
On select departures, in the fall you can experience Diwali, which means “row of lights” and is honored by all Indians, regardless of faith.
Delhi: View the monuments of Old and New Delhi when you drive out to Red Fort, the former home of the Mughal emperors.
Cruise down the Rajpath to see India Gate and Parliament House.
Delhi: Take a tour of Jama Masjid with your Traveling Concierge.
Feel the majesty of the largest mosque in India with its three great gates, 40-metre-high minarets, and a courtyard large enough for 25,000 devotees.
Delhi: Visit the 12th century Qutub Minar, and see the tallest brick minaret in the world before enjoying lunch.
Delhi: Jump into the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi by taking an exhilarating rickshaw ride through the busy streets of Chandni Chowk.
Let the city’s sights and sounds swirl around you as you’re transported in traditional style.
Delhi: Visit a Sikh temple and community kitchen, where meals are given out to locals and travelers.
Those of the Sikh faith regularly open their place of worship to those in greater need.
Agra: Visit the impressive fortress in Agra and delve into the history of the Mughal Dynasty, who ruled their empire for over 300 years.
See the glorious mosques and fairytale palaces such as the Sheesh Mahal within its protected walls.
Agra: Meet the community living in the shadow of the Taj Mahal when you take a Mughal Heritage Walk.
Discover hidden gems of the area and learn about daily life in the ancient village with impressive vistas of India’s most famous monument.
Through this initiative the community is supported from tourism to improve their living conditions.
Agra: Rise in the morning light to view one of the greatest monuments in the world, the grand Taj Mahal.
With the light of dawn and fewer visitors, you can fully appreciate its grandeur in peace, accompanied by only the birds and monkeys.
Jaipur: Ascend by jeep to stroll through the intricately designed complex of courtyards and halls of Amber Fort.
Enjoy the shimmering walls and ceilings and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and receive a special blessing at this 16th century residence.
Jaipur: Enter the towering gates to the City Palace Museum for a look back through time at chandeliers, cannons, chariots and incredible murals.
Built between 1729 -1732, this glorious complex is still home to the Jaipur royal family and young king.
Jaipur: Visit the colourful cavalcade of the fresh flower and spice market.
Jaisalmer: Set off to explore the sights of Jaisalmer, in particular the serene Gardisar Lake, built by the founding Rajput ruler of the city over 600 years ago.
Visit the historic fort, where a quarter of the city's population still resides.
Jaisalmer: Wander through the local markets of the Golden City of Jaisalmer and uncover the heartbeat of life in the desert.
Peruse the fine silks and intricate silver jewellery in the bazaars of this medieval trading city.
Jodhpur: Zip through the ancient streets of Jodphur on an invigorating tuk-tuk ride and visit Sadar Market to browse the traditional craft and food stalls which sprawl through the narrow city lanes in the shadow of the famous clock tower.
Jodhpur: Follow the winding road to Mehrangarh Fort, the imposing sandstone structure which dominates the skyline above Jodphur.
The building, so colossal it was described by Rudyard Kipling as ‘the work of giants,’ houses one of the best-stocked museums of Rajasthan.
Ranakpur: Explore the intricately carved Jain temples of Ranakpur.
Built in the 15th century by Seth Dharna Sah, the vast structure comprises almost 1500 white marble pillars across its twenty-nine halls and is considered the most spectacular of its kind in India.
Udaipur: Visit the architectural marvel of the City Palace complex that towers over the banks of Lake Pichola.
This amazing blend of styles is a wonder to explore, with unique paintings and magnificent antiques, a testimony to the Rajput passion for art.
Udaipur: Climb the stairs to visit the magnificent Jagdish Temple in the center of Udaipur Old Town and explore the many statues and carvings before stepping into the peaceful surroundings of the Garden of the Maids of Honour at the edge of town.
Lake Pichola: Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola and relax as you take in the city views from the water.
Delhi: Regularly rated as one of India's very finest restaurants, The Spice Route is a feast for all your senses, from the elegant design to the aromatic journey that each dish brings.
Admire the incredible artwork from across Southeast Asia as you dine.
Delhi: Join a well-known chef for a culinary exploration of Delhi streets where you will tantalise your taste buds.
Experience a wide variety of foods and learn the effect that mixing different flavours has on the palate as you sample Indian delicacies from local stallholders.
Jaisalmer: Experience a truly unique dinner as the sun sets over the Sand Dunes.
A sumptuous nomadic banquet is served under the desert stars as local musicians play traditional tunes into the gentle breeze of the night.
Udaipur: Sit down to your indulgent Celebration Dinner in the stunning restaurant of your hotel, which overlooks the beautiful outer courtyard and lake.
Dine on a delicious banquet of Indian cuisine as you reflect on your unforgettable time in India.
Dining Summary: 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 12 Breakfast (B), 9 Dinner with Wine (DW), and 7 Lunch (L)Jaipur: Enjoy a private access tour around Jaipur City Palace including the maharajah’s personal living room, normally off limits to visitors.
Savour an Indian inspired high tea on the regal terrace after viewing the spectacular handcrafted crystal table by René Lalique.
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You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
See booking conditions for exemptions.
Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency.
We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
Stay connected with friends and family with hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.
Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight.
Complimentary, private train station transfers are included when train travel is included within the itinerary.
Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.
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Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1 - Welcome to Delhi, a city with the perfect blend of history and colourful modern life. On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel. At 19:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for your Welcome Dinner at the critically acclaimed The Spice Route restaurant.
  • Day 2 - The capital of India, Delhi is a curious mix of the traditional and the modern. Delhi's recorded history dates to over 1500 BC, and each kingdom that ruled over the city has left an indelible mark on it - from historic monuments and diverse cultural influences, including the delectable and varied culinary traditions of the city. In the morning you'll be taken to Old Delhi, driving past the Red Fort, the main residence of the Mughal dynasty until 1856. View this magnificent building from outside before heading on a guided tour of Jama Masjad, one of the largest mosques in India. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to join a well-known chef for a foodie walk in Old Delhi and witness the creation of the famous local street food snacks. Alternatively, visit the 12th century Qutub Minar, and see the tallest brick minaret in the world before enjoying lunch. Explore the winding streets of lively Chandni Chowk in local fashion via an exhilarating rickshaw ride. In the afternoon visit a Sikh temple and visit its community kitchen, a place preparing and serving free vegetarian meals to those in need. Later, drive past the impressive President Palace, India gate and Parliament House.
  • Day 3 - In the morning, you'll begin your journey to Agra where you will visit the impressive fort. The main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty, this historical fort is made up of a number of impressive buildings, including the Sheesh Mahal or "glass palace" and the The Muthamman Burj. Later, you'll be checked into your hotel, the beautiful Mughal, with its elegantly landscaped gardens and contemporary d?cor. Stay in your hotel and enjoy its invigorating facilities or head on a Mughal heritage walk, where you'll get to meet locals and learn more about their life and the history of the area.
  • Day 4 - At sunrise, visit the illustrious phenomenon that is the Taj Mahal, a monument of love and flawless architectural creation, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. After breakfast, you’ll begin your journey to Jaipur, more affectionately known as the “Pink City”, after the whole city was painted pink in 1876 for a visit from Queen Victoria. Along the way, lunch will be served in Bharatpur. You’ll continue your journey to Jaipur, where you will stay at the grand Hotel Fairmont. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
  • Day 5 - Ascend by jeep to Amber Fort, with its royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirrors, glass and exquisite paintings. Today you'll experience India's spiritual majesty, with a special blessing ceremony at Amber Fort. In the afternoon take a city tour of Jaipur and see the Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, and visit the City Palace Museum and royal observatory. Later, you're in for a treat with a VIP experience of Indian inspired high tea at City Palace, exclusive to Luxury Gold guests. Go behind the scenes and walk in the private rooms of the Maharajas of Jaipur before settling down and indulging in an Indian inspired high tea. In the evening choose to relax at your hotel, or head to a Jaipur flower and spice market.
  • Day 6 - Journey to the city of Khismar to have lunch before exploring the city. Enjoy time at leisure, or join a guided walk in Khismar village.
  • Day 7 - This afternoon travel through the Great Thar Desert to the trade route town of Jaisalmer, crowned by its hilltop fortress.
  • Day 8 - Embark on a city exploration of Jaisalmer, visiting Gadisar Lake and the Fort, built in 1156, that is still in use today. Pass by the local market where you can witness desert life at its best. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. No visit to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the rippling sand dunes. Savour a dinner accompanied by the gentle melodies of a local musician and worthy company, as you watch the sunset together.
  • Day 9 - Follow the ancient silk routes to the Blue City of Jodhpur, appropriately named after the blue walls of its buildings. On your way to Jodhpur stop for lunch at the luxurious Manvar Desert Resort. On arrival, head to your luxury hotel, the WelcomHotel Jodphur, set against the vast Thar Desert, where you can unwind by the pool or in its wellness centre before your evening activities begin. Visit Jodhpur market and enjoy a tuk-tuk ride through its bright and dynamic streets before sitting down to dinner back at your hotel.
  • Day 10 - Head to a local village by jeep to meet its residents and enjoy lunch there. Later, visit Jodphur city and take in the mighty Mehrangargh Fort. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons. Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all of Rajasthan.This evening, dine at the niche Khaas Bagh restaurant, where vintage class and imperial flamboyance meet.
  • Day 11 - Travel to Ranakpur, the temple town of Rajasthan. Explore the elaborate carvings and classic architecture of the sprawling Jain temples, which are regarded as perhaps the best in the country. At lunch, you will dine at a boutique lodge in the Ranakpur wilderness. Continue through the undulating countryside to Udaipur, the beautiful City of Lakes, where you’ll stay at the esteemed Leela Palace. This five-star accommodation is situated on Lake Pichola and welcomes its guests with traditional music and a shower of rose petals.
  • Day 12 - Explore the City Palace complex and wander through the markets and bazaars to visit the Jagdish Temple, as well as the Garden of the Maids of Honour. Perhaps, take time out to unwind and find balance at your hotel's renowned wellness spa, which offers ancient treatments such as reflexology, Indian head massages and hot-stone massages. Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola. This evening enjoy a special Celebration Dinner at your hotel overlooking the beautiful outer courtyard and lake.
  • Day 13 - Your journey draws to a close after breakfast, with a transfer to Udaipur airport for your flight back to Delhi. Should you be continuing on, please do not schedule connecting flights before 21:00 from Delhi. For those taking an early morning flight the following day, and needing to stay overnight at a hotel close to the airport, post-trip accommodation with included transfers is available.
  • Prices quoted valid for sale until 23 October 2021 unless otherwise stated or sold out prior.
  • Price is per person and subject to availability. Accommodation (if included) is based on twin share unless otherwise stated.
  • Airfare (including internal flights) is not included unless otherwise stated and, if included, is economy class unless otherwise stated.
  • Local payments, "trip kittys" or food funds may apply and may be payable direct to the supplier on arrival or to your travel agent prior to your departure. Where applicable, these payments are included in the total price quoted.
  • Gratuities are not included unless otherwise stated.
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  • These prices are a guide to the best price. Prices are correct as at 18 October 2021 and are subject to change without notice, due to matters outside our control, such as adverse currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and airfare increases. Please enquire for further details.

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