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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, and
the birdwatching paradise of the Little Rann
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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 taking in Sidi Saiyyed mosque; Hutheesing Jain temple; Gandhi ashram, where
Gandhi led his passive resistance against the British Raj; Dada Hari stepwell; and the Shreyas foundation 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)
Drive to Dassada to spend 2 nights at the
Rann Riders Eco-Resort. En route, visit the
Modhera sun temple, built in 1026; the Raniki-
Vav stepwell, one of the grandest stepwells
in India; and the colourful havelis at Sidhpur
where you will enjoy a cup of tea with a local
family. (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 2 nights at Gogunda
Palace, a 16th-century fortress and secret gem
located in the Aravalli hills. Lunch in the palace
of the former ruling royal family. (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure or stroll through the local
village, experience rural life on a nearby farm
or explore the area by bicycle. Afternoon
sightseeing tour in the lakeside city of Udaipur.
Visit the City Palace and wander through the
streets of the old town before taking a sunset
cruise on Lake Pichola. (B, D)
Depart for a 2-night stay at Rawla Jojowar set
in the Aravalli hills and once a garrison fort
belonging to the Royal House of Marwar. (B, D)
This morning enjoy the hour-long rural train
ride to Kambli Ghat interacting with the chatty
locals as the train winds its way through
beautiful forests and hills. Afternoon at leisure
with option to visit the local village or an
afternoon 4x4 safari by classic vintage car to
see the villages inhabited by the camel-herding
Rabaris*. (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 and its
collection of vintage cars. (B, D)
Drive to the ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer for a
2-night stay at the Gorbandh Palace. The
following morning enjoy a sightseeing tour
including Jaisalmer Fort, Gadisar lake, Patwonki-
haveli, Sadar Bazar and Desert National
Park. Time at leisure to explore the hidden alleys and backstreets of the Golden City. (B)
Travel to Bikaner for an overnight stay at
Narendra Bhawan (or similar). En route, visit
the ‘salt city’ of Phalodi known for its giant salt
lake. Lunch at a 250-year-old haveli before
heading to the charming Khichan village, home
to thousands of migratory birds including
demoiselle cranes. (B)
Morning tuk-tuk ride through the old town
and visit the Junagarh Fort before heading
to the Shekawati region, known as India’s
‘open-air art gallery’. Overnight stay at
Alsisar Mahal. (B, D)
Spend the morning exploring the many
magnificent 18th- and 19th-century mansions,
hearing the stories behind the exquisite wall
frescoes. After lunch, travel to Delhi for an
overnight stay at the Novotel Aerocity. (B)
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to
London with Virgin Atlantic, or extend your stay
with a tailor-made tour to see the Taj Mahal. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Optional activities can be
booked locally and incur an additional charge.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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RGU2020: 14 Nights
The Shekhawati (or Garden of Shekha) region of Rajasthan was named after Rao Shekhaji of...
The former state capital of Gujarat, known as one of India’s most historic cities, was...
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...
Situated at the foothills of the Aravalli Hills, the town of Jojawar is an excellent...
The approach to the fortified 12th-century
desert city of Jaisalmer is magical....
Manvar is an ancient town in the heart of the Thar Desert and is located in a gently...