This tour provides an extensive and exotic journey into colourful Rajasthan, one of the mostvisited states in India. Your journey starts in New Delhi and then takes you to vibrant Rajasthan, some of the places you will visit include, Agra with the highlight being a visit to the famous Taj Mahal, Jaipur and its splendid palaces, an adventurous tiger safari at Ranthambore and a lot more. You will have the opportunity to explore the region’s diversity in people, immerse yourself in culture and traditions and treat your palate to gastronomic delights with the all exotic choice of cuisine.
You can either join us on one of the fixed departures of this tour or you can tailor make this tour with your required dates and with the required number of days to travel with your family or friends.
DAY 01 – ARRIVE NEW DELHI
As you arrive at the New Delhi international airport prepare to discover and be wowed by vibrant colours, grand architecture, scenic landscapes and lot more.
Our friendly staff will meet and assist at the airport after which you will be transferred to your hotel in New Delhi.
Welcome cocktails plus dinner in the evening will help you unwind after your long flight.Overnight stay is at your hotel in New Delhi.
DAY 02 – NEW DELHI
Today starts with a refreshing breakfast at the hotel before we explore Delhi - the Capital of India.
Delhi - encapsulates two very different worlds, each reflecting deliciously different experiences – The Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi served as the capital of Islamic India and The New Delhi built as the imperial capital of India by the British; sprinkled with glittering gems like captivating ancient monuments, magnificent museums and imperial colonial building.
We drive out to Rajpath – which means the Kingsway, is a beauty of Lutyens New Delhi is flanked by two large Secretariat buildings with the President of India’s resident on the western end. The Rajpath hosts the Republic Day parade every 26 January. We will then visit India Gate which pays tribute to around 90,000 Indian army soldiers who died during World War I in the northwest Frontier operation in 1919, it is a 42 meter high stone memorial arch.
Our drive continues along the diplomatic enclave, along the narrow lanes of Old Delhi – Chandni Chowk which is called the back bone of Old Delhi with its temples and mosques and along Red Fort built by Shah Jahan which displays the pomp and power of the Mughal Empire.
You will also have the opportunity to visit Gurudwara Bangala Sahib – the place of worship for the Sikh community and spend some time in the community kitchen where huge quantity of food is prepared and served to everyone irrespective of caste and religionYour taste buds will be tickled with lunch at a local speciality restaurant in Khan Market.After lunch your discovery delight continues with a visit to the Humayun Tomb – A squat building with high arched entrances that let in light, topped by bulbous dome and surrounded by formal gardens is a brilliant example of early Mughal architecture.
We end the day with a walk along Lodhi Gardens – a ninety acre park in the heart of Delhi displaying mosques and tombs built during the Lodhi dynasty.
Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel in New Delhi.
DAY 03 – DELHI / AGRA
After breakfast at the hotel we will make a leisurely start from Delhi and proceed to Agra - established by the Lodhi dynasty and later invaded by the Mughals, Agra reached its peak of its magnificence during the reigns of Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan of Mughal Empire which had left a magnificent fort, the Taj Mahal and other fascinating tombs and mausoleums.
On arriving at Agra in the early afternoon, you will check in at the hotel.
You entertainment for the evening is a classical arts performance on the Taj Mahal.
Overnight stay is at your hotel in Agra.
DAY 04 – AGRA
You start this memorable day with an early morning visit to the famous Taj Mahal – “Tear drop on the face of eternity” or “The embodiment of all things pure” – described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, this architectural master piece constructed with a man power of 20,000 people from India and Central Asia and with specialists brought in from as far as Europe to produce the exquisite marble screens and marble inlay works. Built by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife “Mumtaz”; the word goes that Shah Jahan intended to construct an identical Taj in black marble as a tomb for himself on the opposite bank of the Yamuna – creating a mirror image in negative which is too fanciful to be true, which was part of the reason that his sons jailed him - as the empire could not afford this grandiose plan.
You will then return to the hotel for breakfast. Later we will visit the Agra Red Fort - with ear shaped fort’s colossal double walls rising over 20 metres in height and measuring 2.5 kms in circumference constructed with red stones, the fort which contains a maze of buildings, forms a city within a city – it is one of the finest Mughal forts in India. The main attractions of this fort are The Amar Singh Gate which is the sole entry point to the fort – the dogleg design was meant to confuse attackers, Diwan-i-Am – Hall of Public Audiences, Diwan –I-Khas - Hall of Private Audiences, the Gem Mosque – Nagina Masjid, the Ladies Bazaar, white marble octagonal tower, spectacular palaces and gardens.
Later we will visit Itimad –Ud – Daulah - also known as Baby Taj though it lacks the magic of the Taj, many of its design elements foreshadow the Taj.
In the afternoon your architectural exploration continues with a visit to Fatehpur Sikri - termed as the Ghost city of the Mughal Empire, this short lived capital of Mughal Empire is a brilliant example of Indo – Islamic masterpiece. The well preserved palace buildings and the mosque (still used) are a superb reminder of the Mughals at their architectural peak.
Overnight stay is at your hotel in Agra.
DAY 05 – AGRA / RANTHAMBORE
You start the day with a refreshing early breakfast and then we leave for Ranthambore.On the way we will visit a step well – water storage and you will be awed by the beautiful carving all along the walls of the well.
After you arrive at Ranthambore and check in at the hotel, you can relax for a bit.
In the evening we will embark on a wild adventure - game viewing safari by jeep to sight tigers.
You return to your hotel in Ranthambore later for an overnight stay.
DAY 06 – RANTHAMBORE / JAIPUR
We continue game viewing by jeep in the morning after breakfast, day time viewing provides a different perspective to night viewing.
We later depart for Jaipur and check into your hotel at Jaipur on arrival.
Jaipur - the gateway to the desert state of Rajasthan termed as the ‘The city of victory’ and with its stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces, bright turbans and fluttering saris, has a habit of tickling travellers pink.
We will spend a relaxing evening walking around the market.
Overnight stay is at your hotel in Jaipur.
DAY 07 – JAIPUR
After breakfast at the hotel, we will venture into the grand architectural locations in Jaipur -the gateway to the desert state of Rajasthan termed as the ‘The city of victory’ and with its stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces, bright turbans and fluttering saris it has a habit of tickling travellers pink.
Your first visit will be to the Amber fort – pronounced as ‘Amer’ meaning high, this Fort-Palace is a beautiful illustration of Rajput artistry. Situated on rugged hills – Amber fort was once the ancient capital of Jaipur. The main attractions you will have the pleasure to visit are - Hall of Public Audience, Hall of victory with inlaid panels, mirrored ceiling and carved marble relief panels around the hall, Hall of Pleasure with an ivory inlaid sandalwood door and The Zenana – where women were secluded.
You will get a taste of being treated as royalty as you ascend on a decorated elephant back to visit the fort.
You can sit back and relax with a satisfying lunch at a local specialty restaurant.
In the afternoon we will visit Hawa Mahal - another amazing example of Rajput artistry, this five storey building was constructed to enable the ladies of Royal house-hold to watch the life and procession of the city.
This will be followed by a visit to City Palace –a vast complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings – this Palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Visit Mubarak Mahal – Welcome Palace which is a reception centre for visiting dignitaries, The Maharja Sawai Mansingh II museum which contains a collection of royal costumes and superb shawls including Kashmiri pashmina, the armoury which displays many of the ceremonial engraved and inlaid weapons, other lethal weapons such as the two bladed daggers and all under mirrored and gold inlaid ceilings, The Diwan-I- Am – The Hall of audience and the gates of the courtyards.
Later we will visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory which consists of 19 astronomical instruments. They were built for naked-eye observations of the celestial bodies and precision was achieved through their monumental dimensions.
Overnight stay is at your hotel in Jaipur.
DAY 08 – JAIPUR / BIKANER
We start a day with a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning we drive to Bikaner – founded in 1488, it was another important staging post on the great caravan trade routes – it is a vibrant desert town with fabulous fort and a medieval maze of narrow dark and uneven streets with red sand stone Havelis and some exquisitely painted Jain temples. Considered to have the most handsome men in Asia, these men form the part of the most beautiful camel regiment of the Border security force of India. This is the only camel regiment operating in the world and these men on the camel adore the traditional royal uniform and it is a true pleasure to see them on the Republic Day Parade.
Once we reach Bikaner, you will check in at the hotel and relax for a little while.
In the afternoon we pay a visit to Junagarh Fort – this impressive fort built during the Mughal period consists of palaces portraying a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks, towers, paintings, cared marble panes and windows.
This will be followed by a visit to Lalgarh Palace - known for its splendid grandeur, with overhanging balconies and delicate lattice works.
Overnight stay is at your hotel in Bikaner.
DAY 09 – BIKANER / JAISALMER
We drive to Jaisalmer in the morning after breakfast; it is a seven hour drive and worth all the royal grandeur and scenic delights in store for you at Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer – known as the golden city of dreams, is a giant sandcastle with a town attached. It is an emblem of honour in a land of rough and tumble.
On arrival you will check in at the hotel for a relaxing overnight stay in Jaisalmer.
DAY 10 – JAISALMER
You start the day with breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning we will visit Jaisalmer fort - one of the largest forts in the world. Built in 1156 AD, the fort is also popularly known as Sonar Qila. Unlike other forts in the country, Jaisalmer Fort is a massive fort with a museum, shops, hotels, houses and eateries housed within and visit Maharaja’s Palace.
In the evening leave for a visit to the Jaisalmer Citadel and Patwon Ki Haveli - One of the largest havelis in Rajasthan, Patwon ki Haveli is a cluster of five small havelis. Started by Guman Chand Patwa, a wealthy banker, Patwon ki Haveli took almost 55 years to be built and was completed by his sons.
In the evening we proceed to the sand dunes at Khuri or Sam for a not-to-be-missed camel ride along the sand dunes.
Overnight stay is at your hotel in Jaisalmer.
DAY 11 – JAISALMER / JODHPUR
After breakfast at the hotel, we leave in the morning for Jodhpur - the once indomitable blue city known as the land of death but today its moustached men are more about smiling for the camera – the baggy pants brigade started here; bejewelled regalia and sensual spices – you name it you can get it here. At dusk you feel a part of a real life movie, as the camera shy palace peeks over awesome stone walls and the people mill about hemmed in chaos below.
In the evening visit we visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace museum – considered to be the largest private residence in the world, the finest example of art-deco and the only palace to have painting from the Ramayana painted by a Polish artist.
Later we will visit the clock tower and the market.
Overnight stay is at your hotel in Jodhpur.
DAY 12 – JODHPUR / RANAKPUR / UDAIPUR
Breakfast at the hotel will be followed by a morning visit to the Mehrangarh Fort - sprawled across a 125 high hill – a mesmerising formidable feat of construction following the line of the hill with seven Fort Gates and beautiful palaces – it is a captivating place to visit.
Later we will visit Jaswan Thada – the milky white marble memorial with an array of whimsical domes, a peaceful spot in the city.
Early afternoon we will depart to Udaipur and on the way we visit Ranakpur - An incredible feat of Jain devotion, the temple carved using milk white marble is a complex and complicated series of 29 halls supported by a forest of 1444 pillars (no two alike).
On arriving at Udaipur you check in at the hotel and your overnight stay is at the hotel in Udaipur.
DAY 13 – UDAIPUR
Udaipur –with splendid Lake Pichola lapping against shimmering white buildings and the Aravalli hills closing in to savour the view; packed with royalty and passion, this city is a raw Rajput dream with palaces, Havelis and temples at every turn.
After breakfast this morning, you will visit the City Palace and Museum – a conglomeration of buildings created by various Maharajas retaining a surprising uniformity of design, this City Palace surmounted by balconies, towers and cupolas, is Rajasthan’s largest palace with a facade 244 meters long and 30.4 meters high. We will visit the various Mahals in the Palace museum and the Crystal Gallery.
We will also visit the garden of maids with a fountain, marble elephants and a delightful lotus pool.
You could participate in an evening boat ride at Lake Pichola (subject to availability).
Overnight stay is at your hotel in Udaipur
DAY 14 – UDAIPUR / DELHI
You can start your day with a relaxing breakfast at the hotel and the morning is free for independent activities.
In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport to connect to your flight to Delhi.
On arriving at Delhi, you check in at your hotel and this evening you can celebrate your amazing journey of discovery with the Gala dinner which is provided at a speciality restaurant.
Overnight stay is at your hotel in Delhi.
DAY 15 – DELHI / DEPARTURE TO AUSTRALIA
Today your amazing tour of vibrant Rajasthan comes to an end as you are transferred to the airport for you to board your flight home.