The princely state of Rajasthan is India at its colourful best, home to magnificent, ornate palaces and majestic forts. Following a tour of the sights of imperial Delhi, travel through the heart of the historic state of Rajasthan, discovering its culture and traditions, explore the romance of a bygone era and complete your comprehensive journey at the astoundingly beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra.
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Fly from London to Delhi with Virgin Atlantic
overnight (regional connections available). (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Radisson Blu Dwarka /
Eros Hotel* for 2 nights. (N)
In the morning, take a guided tour of Old
Delhi and New Delhi, which includes a drive
past the Red Fort, a visit to Jama Masjid, one
of the largest mosques in Asia, and Raj Ghat,
the simple but moving memorial to Mahatma
Gandhi. Later, drive past the imposing India
Gate (War Memorial Arch), Parliament buildings
and Rashtrapati Bhavan (the president’s
residence). End the tour with a visit to Qutb
Minar, a masterpiece of perfect proportions, and
the tomb of Emperor Humayun. (B)
Drive to the fabulous Shekhawati region, also
known as the open-air art gallery of Rajasthan.
Transfer to the Hotel Indra Vilas / Alsisar Mahal*
in Alsisar for 1 night. Later this afternoon, explore
the beautiful havelis in this semi-desert region. (B)
This morning, drive to Bikaner and transfer to
the Laxmi Niwas Palace hotel (or similar) for 1
night. In the afternoon, take a tour of Junagarh
fort, unusual for not being built on a hilltop.
Later, take a walk around the local bazaar. (B)
This morning, drive to the golden city of
Jaisalmer and transfer to the Gorbandh Palace /
Jaisal Kot* for 2 nights. (B)
In the morning, explore Jaisalmer fort, one of
the largest in the world. Also visit Gadisagar lake,
a rainwater reservoir built in 1367, the Folklore
Museum and the famous Nathwon and Patwon
Ki havelis. Later in the afternoon, drive to the
outskirts of Jaisalmer for a camel ride and to view
the sun setting against the sand dunes. (B)
Drive to the blue city of Jodhpur in the morning.
Later in the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour
of Jodhpur. Visit the formidable 5km-long
Mehrangarh fort, which is set on a hill. Continue
to Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial to
Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Transfer to the Hotel
Indana Palace / Ajit Bhawan* for 1 night. (B)
Drive to the romantic city of Udaipur this
morning, visiting the beautiful Jain temples at
Ranakpur en route. On arrival in Udaipur, check
into the Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace (or similar) for a
2-night stay. (B)
Optional morning excursion to the Nagda and
Eklingji temples. Nagda features a majestic
pair of 11th-century temples dedicated to Lord
Vishnu while Eklingji is a complex of 108 temples
dedicated to Lord Shiva. This afternoon, take a
city tour of Udaipur including a visit to the City
Palace and the gardens of Saheliyon-ki-Bari. (B)
Morning drive to the royal city of Jaipur. Transfer
to the Lalit hotel (or similar) for a 2-night stay. (B)
This morning, make a photo-stop at the Palace of
Winds, which has a spectacular facade, before a
tour of the fabulous Amber Fort. Located at the
top of a hill, Amber Fort offers a magnificent view
of the old town below. In the afternoon, take a
tour of the royal city of Jaipur. Highlights include
a visit to the City Palace Museum, which has a
superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and
Mughal and Rajput armoury, the Jantar Mantar
observatory and the colourful bazaars. (B)
Drive to Agra this morning, visiting Fatehpur
Sikri, the beautiful deserted capital of Emperor
Akbar, en route. On arrival in Agra, check into the
Radisson Blu / Courtyard by Marriott*. Afternoon
visit to the world-renowned Taj Mahal. (B)
Morning visit to Agra fort, an outstanding example
of Mughal architecture. Afternoon drive to Delhi.
Overnight at the Holiday Inn Aero City. (B)
Transfer to the airport for the Virgin Atlantic
flight to London. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
Non-exclusive departures are based in 4- and
5-star accommodation and are not exclusive
to Cox & Kings clients.
This tour is paced to cover the major
sights of Rajasthan. It involves some one-night
stays and, on occasion, lengthy road journeys.
This itinerary can
be taken privately on a date that suits you, for
which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively,
it can be tailored to your exact requirements.
Please call 020 7808 6788 or email
Gorbandh Palace is ideally located in the desert city of Jaisalmer. The hotel has spectacular views of the fort and is close to the nearby sand dunes. Its design was inspired by the traditional Indian housing, and features a central courtyard with accommodation around it. In keeping with Jaisalmer's magnificent fort, the hotel is built of yellow sandstone.
There are 64 de luxe rooms and 3 de luxe suites. The rooms are spacious with private balconies overlooking the lawns, swimming pool and the Jaisalmer Fort. They are air-conditioned with satellite TV, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities and mini bar. Suites offer the additional features of a king size bed and a large bar.
Gorbandh Palace was the first hotel in Jaisalmer to feature a swimming pool, and guests can enjoy an array of Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine at either of the hotel's two restaurants. There is also...
The Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport is particularly convenient for transit travellers. Standard rooms are spacious and all have modern features including free wireless internet access, large flat-screen television and triple-glazed windows for a quiet night's sleep. Facilities include a 24-hour gym, spa and swimming pool. There are three separate dining options as well as 24-hour room...
The Indana Palace Jodhpur is located 3km from the Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum and 10km from the Mehrangarh Fort close to Jodhpur airport. The property features architecture and interiors furnished with traditional carved furniture, hand-painted walls, marble floors and ethnic jali art work, aimed at creating the feel of a traditional Rajasthani haveli. The property offers 88 individually decorated, air-conditioned rooms equipped with satellite television, a minibar and tea / coffee making facilities. Free wireless internet access is available throughout the property. Dining options include the Indian, continental and Chinese menu of the main Anghiti restaurant and lighter fare served throughout the day at I Bar and the Lotus Café. Other facilities include a fully equipped fitness centre, wellness centre and spa offering a full range of...
Indra Vilas is the largest haveli (mansion) in the village of Alsisar consisting of 29 rooms. This authentic heritage mansion has been restored and furnished with period furniture to provide modern comforts in a traditional setting. The spacious room are located around a central courtyard or adjacent to the garden and swimming...
The Laxmi Niwas Palace is a magnificent red stone edifice designed by Sir Swinton Jacob in Anglo-Sacarenic style on the orders of Maharaja Ganga Singh. This stately building is built around a central courtyard and is intricately carved up to the highest dome. The Palace is set in spacious gardens and is approached through a monumental entrance in the form a clock...
Located near the east gate that leads to the renowned Taj Mahal, the Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate is a modern hotel. Each of the 141 rooms and suites are comfortably furnished and decorated in soft shades to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Hotel facilities include a 24-hour coffee shop with international flair, a tea lounge for a quick bite and a liquid lounge with an extensive wine list. Other leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and...
The Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Dwarka, located approximately 20 minutes' drive from the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi, offers 209 modern rooms and suites. Each room is equipped with all essential modern conveniences and overlook suburban Delhi. There are two restaurants, a coffee lounge and a trendy bar. Leisure facilities include a rooftop swimming pool and fitness...
Located close to the airport in the heart of the commercial district of the city, The LaLiT Jaipur is a modern property designed to reflect elements of the local haveli architecture. The hotel offers 244 elegantly designed rooms with wooden flooring and large spa-style bathrooms, complimented by traditional Rajasthan artwork and luxury furnishings. All rooms are equipped with all modern amenities including satellite television, minibar, in-room safe and wireless internet access. The hotel has a variety of dining options for guests to choose from serving a range of pan-Indian and international cuisine, both à la carte and as a buffet. Other facilities include a swimming pool, fully equipped fitness centre and a spa offering a wide range of...
Built by Maharana Bhupal Singh as a royal guesthouse, this hilltop retreat overlooks the serene Fatehsagar Lake. Today, The LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur recreates the courtly and graceful ambience of a bygone era. There are 55 well appointed guest rooms and suites with private bath, hot and cold water, telephone and colour television. The restaurant in hotel serves Continental and Indian...
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Amritsar, the holy city of the Sikhs, is the location of their most sacred shrine – the Darbar Sahib or Golden Temple. Fashioned in marble,
mirror work and gold, it is beautifully reflected in
the surrounding expanse of water.
Fly to Amritsar. Transfer to Hyatt Amritsar (or
similar) for 2 nights. (B)
Morning visit to the famed Golden Temple,
Jallianwalla memorial and the Ram Bagh
gardens with the summer palace of Maharaja
Ranjit Singh. Go behind the scenes in the
volunteer kitchen at the Golden Temple in
Amritsar, one of the largest volunteer kitchens in
the world. This afternoon, transfer to Wagah on
the India-Pakistan border to see the spectacular
Sunset Retreat ceremony. Each army parades
in an immaculately turned out display of
synchronised marching and bellowed military
commands, with each side doing its best to
out-do the other. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via
Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.
In 1590 Quli Qutub Shah started to plan ‘a
replica of Paradise itself’ and Hyderabad, the
pearl of the Deccan, came into being. The city
embodies a culture of gracious living, gourmet
cooking and stylish dressing.
Fly to Hyderabad. Transfer to Taj Krishna* for 3
At leisure or explore Hyderabad and its art
galleries, museums and bazaars. Perhaps visit
the impressive Golconda fort and magnificent
Chowmahalla palace, inspired by the Shah of
Iran's palace in Tehran and built more than
200 years ago. Or visit the Shrishti art gallery,
one of the leading galleries in South India,
where established as well as next generation
artists showcase a variety of contemporary art
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via
Delhi, with Virgin Atlantic / British Airways. (B)
Luxury Taj Falaknuma Palace may be booked, subject to availability, at a
supplement from £405 pp (twin) or from £745 pp
Packed with colonial-era architecture and home
to India’s most prolific film industry, the ‘City
of Dreams’ is a melting pot of vibrant bazaars,
hidden temples, art galleries and some of the
continent’s best restaurants. This is an exciting
way to round off a tour to northern India -
experience everything from delicious cuisine
to fabulous art and Portuguese architecture,
fascinating museums and busy markets selling
everything under the sun.
Fly to Mumbai (Bombay). Transfer to Oberoi
Mumbai, located on Marine Drive and an
exclusive city-spa hotel, for 3 nights. (B)
At leisure or spend your days wandering through
Chor bazaar, known as the ‘thieves market’
and one of the largest flea markets in India;
exploring Asia’s largest slum in Dharavi; strolling
through the heritage village of Khotachiwadi
with its Portuguese inspired dwellings; taking a
Mumbai culinary tour; or visiting Kala Ghoda,
an area that houses some of the city’s finest art
galleries and museums. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London with
British Airways. (B)
Set in the Himalayan foothills, Shimla was
formerly the British summer capital. It remains a
cool retreat, its colonial legacy captured by the
luxurious Oberoi Cecil hotel. Under an hour from
Shimla, the surrounding countryside provides
the setting for Oberoi’s luxurious Wildflower Hall
hotel, available at a supplement.
Fly to Chandigarh and drive to Shimla for 3
nights at the Oberoi Cecil*. (B)
At leisure or take a guided tour along the historic
Mall with its stately buildings, Gaiety Theatre
and Lakkar bazaar. Or visit the Viceregal Lodge,
built in 1888. (B)
Take the narrow gauge toy train ride to Solan
and the express train from Chandigarh to Delhi.
Overnight at the Lalit New Delhi. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London with
Virgin Atlantic / British Airways. (B)
Oberoi’s luxury Wildflower Hall
(p60) may be booked, subject to availability, at a
supplement from £145 pp (twin) or from £280 pp
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ICJ2017: 13 Nights
The earliest reference to Agra can be found in
the epic Mahabharata. It was in the...
The Shekhawati (or Garden of Shekha) region of Rajasthan was named after Rao Shekhaji of...
The desert town of Bikaner was founded in 1488 by Rao Bika, a descendant of the founder...
The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...
Jaipur, which means ‘the city of victory’, was
founded in 1727. Popularly known as the...
At the entrance to the Thar desert stands
the bustling city of Jodhpur, which owes...
The approach to the fortified 12th-century
desert city of Jaisalmer is magical....
Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and
surrounded by hills, Udaipur is possibly the