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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.
This afternoon explore Mumbai, described by Rudyard Kipling as 'the Mother of all Cities.' Uncover the many sides of the city and visit some of its most celebrated landmarks including the Gateway of India, Chor bazaar and the Victoria Terminus. (N)
After a leisurely breakfast take the midday flight to Udaipur, undeniably one of India's most picturesque and romantic cities. This afternoon cruise on the beautiful Lake Pichola which reflects the surrounding mountains on its mirror-like shimmering surface. Spend 2 nights at Fateh Niwas Palace (or similar) or upgrade to the Oberoi Udaivilas (Premier room) from £490. Enjoy dinner at a rooftop restaurant overlooking Lake Pichola. (B, D)
This morning, explore the City Palace, the Jagdish temple and a miniature painting studio to see several examples of this articulate art-form which originated in Rajasthan. Thali lunch at the Garden Restaurant adjacent to the Vintage Car Museum. Optional evening cultural performance at Bagore-ki-Haveli*, depicting traditional Rajasthani folk dances. (B, L)
Leave the main tourist trail to begin exploring rural Rajasthan, travelling to Rawla Narlai for a 2-night stay at the heritage resort of Rawla Narlai. En route from Udaipur make a stop at the Ranakpur to see the spectacular Jain temples, one of the largest temple complexes in India. After settling into your hotel visit a nearby local village, which will offer a fascinating insight into the lifestyle, customs and traditions of the region. (B)
Today you have the freedom to choose an activity from an array of options offered by your hotel. The terrain of the region provides a perfect habitat for leopards so why not take a 4x4 safari to search for these majestic creatures?* Alternatively, hike in the rugged hills or explore charming villages with a guide.
Dinner at the hotel tonight will be a memorable experience, as you dine against the backdrop of a 16th-century baori (stepwell), illuminated by hundreds of oil lamps. (B, D)
Experience Indian trains like a local with a scenic 1.5-hour rural train ride from Khamil Ghat to Phulad. The train chugs through tunnels and past waterfalls 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)
The bustling city of Jodhpur owes its prosperity and great wealth, which is evident throughout the city, to its strategic location on the Silk Road. Visit Jaswant Thada and 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. Optional late afternoon 4x4 safari into the desert to witness the spectacular sunset over the dunes*. (B, D)
Morning visit to Junagarh fort. Later drive to the royal city of Jaipur. En route, visit the town of Fatehpur and its 'open-air gallery' of beautiful havelis. Transfer to Shapura House (or similar) for a 2-night stay. (B)
An early start today as you head to a local temple to experience a morning aarti ceremony. Afterwards explore Jaipur starting with a quick photo-stop at Hawa Mahal, or 'Palace of the Winds'. The five-storey structure with over 900 latticed windows was designed to allow royal women to observe street festivals without having to reveal themselves to the public. Continue to Amber, the ancient capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs. Here you will find a majestic fort-palace displaying both Mughal and Rajput designs. The afternoon is spent back in Jaipur exploring the Pink City, including visits to the sprawling City Palace and the curious astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar. The observatory is home to a fine collection of 18th century astronomical instruments that can still be used with astonishing accuracy. (B)
Drive to Ranthambore National Park, one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's conservation efforts in Rajasthan. The park covers an area of 400 square kilometres and was once the private hunting grounds of the maharajas of Jaipur. Stay 2 nights at Sawai Vilas. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)
Early morning wildlife drive in search of the elusive Bengal tiger. Although well known for its tiger population, Ranthambore is also home to sambars, panthers, marsh crocodiles, sloth bears and leopards, as well as being a bird watcher's paradise. Afternoon at leisure or visit Ranthambore fort and the NGO-supported Dastkar foundation where local women produce handicrafts*. (B, L, D)
Morning drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted sandstone city, en route. This deserted, 16th-century sandstone city was built as a tribute to the Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti, but was abandoned just 15 years after it was built due to a shortage of water. Overnight at the Courtyard by Marriott (or similar). (B)
A trip to Rajasthan would not be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal and sunrise is the perfect time to see it, as the marble transforms its colour in the changing dawn light. Later, travel to Delhi where you will stay overnight at the LaLit (or similar). (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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PTR2019: 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...
The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...
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