The princely state of Rajasthan is India at
its colourful best. Following a tour of the
imperial sights of Mumbai (Bombay), travel
through the heart of Rajasthan exploring
magnificent forts and ornate palaces,
finishing at the astounding Taj Mahal.
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Fly from London (regional connections available)
to Mumbai (Bombay) with British Airways. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Trident Nariman Point for an overnight stay. Rudyard Kipling described Mumbai as 'the Mother of Cities' and the city's history is the story of an incredible transformation from its foundation to the present day. In the afternoon take part in a sightseeing excursion with highlights including the Gateway of India erected to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911. After visit the bustling Chor bazaar, Dhobi Ghat and the impressive Victoria Terminus. (N)
Midday flight to Udaipur, set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills. Udaipur is arguably Rajasthan's most picturesque city. Afternoon boat cruise on the picturesque lake before dinner at Sunset Restaurant overlooking Lake Pichola. Spend 2 nights at Fateh Prakash Palace or upgrade to the Oberoi Udaivilas (Premier room) from £265. (B, D)
Sightseeing in Udaipur through the winding roads of the old city. Visit the impressive City Palace which was built over a period of over 400 years. Continue to a miniature painting studio and Jagdish temple before a Thali lunch at the Garden Restaurant adjacent to the Vintage Car Museum. Optional evening cultural performance at Bagore-ki-Haveli, encompassing music, dance and puppets. (B, L)
Travel to Rawla Narlai visiting the magnificent Jain temples at Ranakpur en route. This impressive temple complex is acclaimed for its intricate architectural style and is one of the five major pilgrimages for Jains. Spend 2 nights at the heritage resort of Rawla Narlai, located in the Aravalli hills. Late afternoon village walk to see rural life. (B)
Choose from a range of optional activities
organised by the hotel, from jeep safaris in
search of leopards to a guided walk exploring
the nearby villages*. This evening, dine at the
16th-century baori (stepwell), illuminated by
hundreds of oil lamps. (B, D)
Take a scenic 1.5-hour rural train ride from
Khamil Ghat to Phulad. The train chugs through
tunnels, past waterfalls and tiny railway stations
in an area that inspired Rudyard Kipling's book
The Man Who Would Be King. Continue by road
to Jodhpur for 2 nights at Ajit Bhawan. (B)
Visit Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II replete with an array of whimsical domes. Continue to the formidable Mehrangarh fort. Take a heritage walk through the streets dotted with temples and bazaars. Optional evening meal on the rooftop of the Chokelao Restaurant, set on the ramparts of the Mehrangarh fort. (B)
Drive to Bikaner in the heart of the Thar desert for
an overnight stay at the magnificent Narendra
Bhawan, a grand residence that was home to
the last reigning maharajah of Bikaner. Late
afternoon jeep safari into the desert to witness
the spectacular sunset over the dunes. Enjoy a
barbecue dinner and cultural show in the heart of
the dunes. (B, D)
Morning visit to Junagarh fort, built in 1588
by Raja Rai Singh. Later drive to the royal city
of Jaipur. En route, visit the town of Fatehpur
and its 'open-air gallery' of beautiful havelis
decorated in colourful frescoes. Transfer to
Shapura House (or similar) for a 2-night stay. (B)
Morning photo stop at the Palace of Winds,
before a tour of the Amber fort. Afternoon
tour of the royal city of Jaipur. Highlights
include the City Palace Museum, the Jantar
Mantar observatory and the colourful
Travel to Ranthambore for 2 nights at Kipling
Lodge. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Early morning safari in search of Bengal tigers.
Afternoon at leisure or visit Ranthambore fort
and the NGO-supported Dastkar foundation
where local women produce handicrafts*. (B)
Morning drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the
deserted sandstone city, en route. Overnight at
the Courtyard by Marriott. (B)
Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. After breakfast
visit Agra fort before departing for Delhi and an
overnight stay at the Trident Gurgaon. (B)
Transfer to the airport for the British Airways
flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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PTR2018: 14 Nights
The earliest reference to Agra can be found in
the epic Mahabharata. It was in the...
The desert town of Bikaner was founded in 1488 by Rao Bika, a descendant of the founder...
Rudyard Kipling described Mumbai as 'the Mother of Cities' and the city’s history is...
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...
One of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s
conservation efforts in Rajasthan,...
Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and
surrounded by hills, Udaipur is possibly the