Rajasthan is renowned, the world over, for its royal history and cultural heritage as well as its legendary desert and bright colours. Our specially designed itinerary, of this land of kings, starts off with a full day’s sightseeing in Delhi followed by an express train ride to Agra to experience the beauty of the Taj Mahal and the impressive Agra Fort before moving on to the bustling markets of Jaipur and the medieval fort cities of Jaisalmer and Jodhpur.
Spend an unforgettable night under the stars in Manvar as you take camel carts to a desert feast companied by local musicians. The tour ends in the regal splendour of the lake city of Udaipur.
On arrival in Delhi, you’ll be met by your TransIndus team, and transferred to the Suryaa Hotel or similar, where you’ll be staying for two nights. Spend the remainder of the day recovering from your journey with a leisurely swim in the hotel pool, and perhaps a stroll around the local neighbourhood later. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2 Delhi
A full day’s sightseeing begins with a cycle-rickshaw ride through the lanes of Old Delhi, followed by a visit to the Jama Masjid mosque, Lutyen’s imperial capital (‘New’ Delhi), Humayun’s Tomb, and Qutb Minar complex.
A drive to Agra this morning for an overnight stay at the ITC Mughal hotel or similar. Having checked in, the group will visit Agra Fort, on the banks of the Yamuna River, followed by the ornate Itamud-ud-Daula tomb and, finally, an unforgettable sunset stroll around the Taj Mahal.
Most of today is taken up with the drive to the Rajasthani capital, Jaipur, via the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, former capital of Mughal emperor Akbar, and the 9th century Chand Boari stepwell. Stay at the Shahpura House the palatial house of the Shekhawat clan, or similar, for two nights.
A full day’s sightseeing in Jaipur today takes up the sixth leg of your tour, beginning with a trip out to Amber Fort, followed by the Hawa Mahal, Janta Mantar Observatory and City Palace museum. Some of the afternoon will be free for shopping or relaxing at the hotel.
Leave the Pink City straight after breakfast for the five-hour drive to Khimsar Fort, a beautiful 16th century palace on the fringes of the Thar Desert, where you’ll spend a night. The afternoon will be at leisure to relax by the hotel pool or visit the adjacent village.
A long drive west to the desert city of Jaisalmer takes up the first half of the day. After lunch, you’ll be at leisure to enjoy the hotel’s facilities or venture up to the old walled citadel for sunset, when troupes of Mangaiyar Gypsy musicians perform in local rooftop cafés – a perfect accompaniment to the expansive views. Stay at the Desert Tulip Hotel or similar for two nights.
Explore the narrow alleyways, walled havelis and medieval Jain temples of Jaisalmer Fort on a guided walking tour after breakfast. Spend the remainder of the day souvenir shopping, or enjoying the warm desert sunshine back at your hotel.
Board the coach after breakfast for a half-day drive across the desert to Dechu, where you’ll spend the night in a beautiful, luxurious Samsara Tented Camp – a great place to enjoy the starry skies and remote feel of the Thar Desert.
Turning eastwards, the morning’s drive brings us to ‘The Blue City’ of Jodhpur, where we’ll pause to visit the implacable Mehrangarh Fort before continuing on to the village of Narlai, where we’ll spend two nights in an exquisite ancestral walled mansion the Rawla Narlai.
You’ll be free today to explore the temple and towering boulder hills, at your own pace. Optional extras that might tempt you include a jeep safari, or an atmospheric candle-lit dinner on the edge of an ancient stepwell.
After breakfast we’ll set off for the scenic drive over the Plains of Marwar to Ranakpur, where we’ll pause to visit a complex of sumptuously carved white marble temples before continuing on to Udaipur where you will spend two nights at the Lalit -Laxmi Vilas Palace or similar.
Tours of the city’s royal palaces, and nearby temples, ghats and royal gardens take up most of today. In the afternoon, you’ll be at leisure to relax back at your hotel or shop for souvenirs in the lakeside boutiques.
Catch an early morning flight back to Delhi to pick your onward departure to the UK.
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