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 Mani Mansion. Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour taking in Sidi Saiyyed mosque, Hutheesing Jain temple, Gandhi ashram, Dada Hari stepwell and the Shreyas folk museum. (N)
Walking tour of the old city visiting Mangaldas ni haveli, Manek Chowk square, the kite museum and Sankhej Raza mosque complex. Enjoy a Thali dinner at The House of MG. (B, D)
Drive to Dassada to spend 2 nights at the Rann Riders Eco-Resort. En route visit the Modhera sun temple, built in 1026; the Rani-ki-Vav stepwell, one of the grandest stepwells in India; and the colourful havelis at Sidhpur. (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. (B, L, D)
Drive to Gogunda for a 2-night stay at Gogunda Palace, a 16th-century fortress. Lunch in the palace home of a former ruling royal family. (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon sightseeing tour in the lakeside city of Udaipur, visiting the city palace, the miniature painting studios 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 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)
Travel to Manvar for an overnight stay at Manvar Desert Camp. En route, visit the city of Jodhpur with its Brahmin blue-washed houses and imposing Mehrangarh fort. Visit the museum at the Umaid Bhawan Palace. (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)
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)
Morning tour of Amber Fort. Amber served as the capital of the Kachhawa Rajputs for over 700 years until the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh founded Jaipur in 1727. Afternoon tour of the City Palace which is still the home of the Maharaja of Jaipur and showcases an extensive collection of art, carpets, textiles and weapons, all beautifully preserved. Afterwards explore the Jantar Mantar observatory and local bazaars. (B)
Depart for Agra. Visit the 16th-century Mughal- built Agra fort and witness sunset at the icnonic Taj Mahal. Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1632, the Taj Mahal commemorates the life of his favourite wife, Mumtaz. 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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RGU2019: 14 Nights
The earliest reference to Agra can be found in
the epic Mahabharata. It was in the...
The former state capital of Gujarat, known as one of India’s most historic cities, was...
The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...
The approach to the fortified 12th-century
desert city of Jaisalmer is magical....
The Little Rann of Kutch, a remarkably
expansive and featureless saline wilderness