The princely state of Rajasthan is India at its colourful and iconic best, home to magnificent, ornate palaces and majestic forts which were once the domain of lavish ruling dynasties. Following a tour of Delhi and the astoundingly beautiful Taj Mahal in India, this comprehensive journey travels into the heart of Rajasthan and explores many of the regions magnificent forts and palaces, colourful bazaars and desert scenery.
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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 Niwas 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
Exclusive departures will
feature upgraded accommodation as indicated
by the asterisks and are only for Cox & Kings UK
clients. Prices are based on the standard room
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.
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The Ajit Bhawan was originally built for Maharaja Ajit Singh, the younger brother of the Maharaja of Jodhpur, in the 1920's. A red sandstone structure, it features arched windows, carved balconies, cupolas and a quadrangle with exquisitely carved latticework. Accommodation is provided in 39 air-conditioned cottage rooms and 11 deluxe rooms located around the swimming pool. Breakfast and lunch is served in the restaurant while dinner is served in the garden with a selection of Indian and Continental cuisine...
Alsisar Mahal lies in the old fort situated in the village of Alsisar. Furnished and decorated in a style which recalls the grandeur of a bygone era, this is a heritage property which provides guests with a true Rajasthani experience...
Located within a short driving distance from the Taj Mahal, the Courtyard Marriot Agra offers and spacious rooms and suites decorated with modern touches. The expansive lawns and the outdoor swimming pool provide the perfect setting to relax in and the hotel has four different dining options, featuring both Indian and international cuisine.
Features: 194 rooms, Wi-Fi, outdoor swimming pool, gym, 4 restaurants and a bar.
Room amenities: Air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, safe, tea & coffee making facilities, minibar and en suite...
In the heart of south Delhi's prosperous business district, the Eros Hotel managed by Hilton (InterContinental Eros) offers magnificent views of the Lotus Temple and has 224 guestrooms. Facilities include 24-hour room service, 24-hour broadband connectivity, and a 24-hour business centre to name just a few. There are five dining options and, when it comes to recreation, there is an outdoor pool and a nine-hole putting...
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 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 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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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)
The former Portuguese colony of Goa, India’s
smallest state, is a perfect place to relax as it
offers long stretches of beautiful beaches lined
with palm trees, world heritage architecture and
rich flora and fauna.
Fly to Goa. Transfer to Alila Diwa in south
Goa for 4 nights. This property is inspired by
traditional Goan design and set amid lush
paddy fields leading to the Arabian Sea. (B)
At leisure or enjoy a tour of Old Goa and the
capital city of Panjim, or the Sahakari Spice
Farm, which includes an introduction to the
various spices which play a role in not only the
preparation of food, but equally as
preservatives and medications to treat
ailments. The visit to the farm includes a
simple home-cooked lunch and an opportunity
to spend some time in the company of the
resident elephants. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via
Mumbai (Bombay), with British Airways. (B)
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
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. This
extension also includes a trip to Wagah to see
the Sunset Retreat ceremony.
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
This extension offers an introduction to the
ancient mountain kingdom of Nepal, focusing
on its capital, Kathmandu, the medieval city of
Bhaktapur and the Himalayan views from the
mountain retreat of Nagarkot.
Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to the Soaltee
Crowne Plaza* for 2 nights. Afternoon tour of
Afternoon visit to Boudhanath stupa and
Pashupatinath temple. (B)
Transfer to Bhaktapur to visit ancient temples
and palaces. Continue to Nagarkot. Afternoon
at leisure. Overnight at the Club Himalaya. (B)
See the sunrise over the Himalaya (weather
permitting). Transfer to Kathmandu. Afternoon at
leisure. Overnight at Soaltee Crowne Plaza*. (B)
Fly to London, via Delhi, with Jet Airways. (B)
The characterful Dwarika’s
Hotel may be booked, subject
to availability, for a supplement from £255 pp
(twin) and £475 pp (single).
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
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
ICN2017: 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...
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