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Western Rajasthan and neighbouring Gujarat offer a wealth of architectural wonders, from the magnificence of the Modhera sun temple and the colourful havelis at Sidhpur, to the imposing forts of Jodhpur and the desert fortress city of Jaisalmer. Explore villages known for their rich weaving traditions, the birdwatching paradise of the Little Rann of Kutch, and finish at the monumental Taj Mahal.
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Fly to Ahmedabad via Dubai with Emirates. (N)
Early-check in on arrival for a 2-night stay at the beautiful heritage property, Mani Mansion. Ahmedabad combines archaic architectural wonders with new world metropolis, and after a few hours rest at the hotel, take an afternoon tour to discover some of the key sights. Visit the in Sidi Saiyyed mosque, Hutheesing Jain temple, Gandhi ashram, Dada Hari stepwell and the Shreyas folk museum. (N)
Ahmedabad is a wonderful city to walk around and to wander through the maze of busy streets and alleyways. Today you will continue your exploration of this ancient city, starting with a visit to the Manek Chowk square, a bustling market used by locals and surrounded by historic structures. You can also visit the fascinating Kite Museum which displays beautiful and intricate kites once used in Ahmedabad in the sport of kite flying. Later, visit the Mangaldas ni Haveli, a traditional former home and now a heritage property where you can enjoy a traditional Thali dinner. (B, D)
Today, visit a trio of extraordinary sites on the way from Ahmedabad to Dasada. Modhera sun temple is a collection of immaculately preserved temples with brightly coloured exteriors. The Rani-ki-vav is one of the oldest and finest stepwells in India, and Sidhpur is a collection of colourful havelis displaying fine examples of hacienda architecture. On arrival in Dasada, spend 2 nights at the Rann Riders Eco-Resort. (B, L, D)
Enjoy a desert safari across the Little Rann of Kutch, a saline wilderness which is home to the wild ass as well as a multitude of water birds. In the afternoon, visit the local Mihir, Rabari and Bajania tribes, who create some of the most remarkable textiles in the country. The women of the tribes wear silver jewellery from head to toe and beautifully coloured clothing with intricate thread work. (B, L, D)
Drive to Gogunda for a 2-night stay at Gogunda Palace, a 16th-century fortress. Dine like a royal as you enjoy lunch at the former palace, with traditional Rajput recipes which have stood the test of time. (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure before travelling to one of Rajasthan's most beautiful cities - Udaipur. Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by the Aravalli hills, your sightseeing here includes visits to the City Palace, a miniature painting studio and Jagdish temple. Afterwards, wander through the streets of the old town before taking a cruise on Lake Pichola. (B, D)
After breakfast, depart for an overnight stay at Rawla Narlai, located in the beautiful Aravalli hills. Set at the foot of a hill dotted with caves and temples, the Rawla Narlai is an ancient palace that has been converted into a heritage property by its owner, the Maharaj of Jodhpur. (B, D)
Visit the bustling city of Jodhpur with its Brahmin blue-washed houses and imposing Mehrangarh fort. Visit the museum at the Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Watch how the landscape changes as you continue to Manvar in the heart of the sand dune region of Rajasthan for an overnight stay at Manvar Desert Camp. (B, D)
Drive to the 'Golden City' of Jaisalmer for a 2-night stay at Mariott Resort & Spa. The drive itself to Jaisalmer is spectacular as you travel across the barren Thar Desert before reaching the golden sandstone town walls, narrow streets lined with exquisitely carved buildings. (B)
The streets in Jaisalmer are awash with merchant havelis, labyrinthine streets and medieval ruins. Enjoy a day's sightseeing including Jaisalmer fort; Gadisar lake, a large artificial rainwater reservoir built in 1367; Patwon-ki-haveli; and Sadar Bazar. Later visit the Desert National Park in the great Thar Desert. (B)
Take the short flight to Jaipur for a 2-night stay at Trident Jaipur (or similar). (B)
This morning, visit Amber, the ancient capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs. Here you will find a majestic fort-palace displaying both Mughal and Rajput designs. This afternoon, head back to Jaipur and explore the Pink City including visits to the sprawling City Palace, the curious astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar and a brief photo stop at the remarkable façade structure of 'Hawa Mahal', also known as the Palace of Winds. (B)
Depart for Agra. In the late-afternoon visit the impressive and imposing Agra Fort before gathering in the serene Mehtab Gardens to watch the sunset over the mesmerising Taj Mahal. The iconic structure is magical at this time of the day as the marble transforms its colour in the twilight. Overnight at the Radisson (or similar). (B)
Optional sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Travel to Delhi for an overnight stay in the Holiday Inn Aerocity. (B)
Transfer to the airport for the morning flight to London via Dubai. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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The approach to the fortified 12th-century
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