At the entrance to the Thar desert stands the bustling city of Jodhpur, which owes...Read more >
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)Day 2: Mumbai
Arrive and transfer to the Trident Nariman Point for 1 night. Afternoon at leisure. (N)Day 3: Fly to Udaipur
Morning sightseeing in Mumbai visiting the imposing Gateway of India, colourful Chor Bazaar, Dhobi Ghat and Victoria Terminus. Afternoon flight to Udaipur. Stay for 2 nights at Fateh Niwas Palace. Enjoy dinner at Ambrai restaurant overlooking Lake Pichola. (B, D)Day 4: Udaipur
Sightseeing in Udaipur visiting the City Palace, miniature painting studios and Jagdish temple. Afternoon boat cruise on Lake Pichola. Evening cultural performance at Bagore-kiHaveli. (B)Day 5: Ranakpur • Rawla Narlai
Travel to Sardargarh visiting the magnificent Jain temples at Ranakpur en route. Spend 2 nights at the sublime Sardargarh Fort Hotel. Late afternoon village walk. (B)Day 6: Rawla Narlai
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 4×4 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)Day 7: Jodhpur
Take 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 story The Man Who Would Be King. Continue by road to Jodhpur for 2 nights at Taj Hari Mahal, a heritage palace. (B)Day 8: Jodhpur
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. (B)Day 9: Bikaner
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 4×4 safari into the desert to witness the spectacular sunset over the dunes accompanied by Indian high tea. (B)Day 10: Jaipur
Morning visit to Junagarh Fort and walk through the old city. 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 Ramgarh Lodge, a former maharajah’s hunting lodge for a 2-night stay. (B, D)Day 11: Jaipur
Begin your day of exploring Jaipur 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, D)Day 12: Ranthambore National Park
Travel to Ranthambore for 2 nights at Sawai Vilas. Afternoon safari in Ranthambore. (B, D)Day 13: Ranthambore National Park
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, L, D)Day 14: Fatehpur Sikri • Agra
Morning drive to Agra, visiting the deserted sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri en route and stopping at the lavish Laxmi Vilas Palace for lunch. Overnight at the Taj Convention Centre. (B, L)Day 15: Delhi
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)Day 16: Fly to London
Transfer to the airport for the British Airways flight to London. (B)Meal basis:
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information *Optional activities:
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Located in Connaught Place, Delhi's prime business and shopping district, The LaLiT New Delhi is only minutes away from cultural attractions, shopping malls, government offices and trade fair grounds. The hotel has 460 guests rooms including 47 designer suites located in an exclusive atrium tower, all with modern amenities. Dining on offer is an array of Indian, Chinese, and Mediterranean cuisine. Other facilities at this hotel include a fitness club and outdoor swimming pool.
Built in the late 1930s, The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge Jaipur (previously Ramgarh Lodge) was once the favourite hunting retreat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Located around 40 km from Jaipur, this rustic lodge set in the forested Aravalli exudes an air of history. The lodge was converted into a hotel in the late 1980s and is now managed by the Taj group of hotels. All 13 rooms and suites are spacious, comfortably furnished, combine history with contemporary style and overlook either the rugged Aravalli Mountains or the landscaped gardens. Other facilities include a dining room with a colonial atmosphere, outdoor swimming pool and tennis court.
Located on the Taj East Gate Road and within walking distance of the breathtaking Taj Mahal, the Taj Hotel & Convention Centre is a stylish property with excellent facilities. The beautiful rooftop infinity pool offers uninterrupted views of the Taj and is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with an array of useful amenities. There are two restaurants, an all day buffet style diner serving worldwide cuisine and an award winning Indian specialist restaurant.
Just 10 minutes from the gates of Ranthambore, shadowed by the idyllic Aravalli Hills, the Swai Villas offers 60 comfortable standalone villas spread over 2.5 hectares of verdant garden. Rooms are elegantly designed, spacious and safari themed with thoughtful touches and amenities. The dining room serves an array of delicious regional, national and international dishes.
An ancient palace set at the foot of a hill dotted with caves and temples, the Rawla Narlai has been converted into a heritage property by its owner, the Maharaj of Jodhpur. The hotel has a warm and homely atmosphere, a delightful garden, and the charming rooms are all individually stylized from references to the villages past.
A heritage property located in the desert town of Bikaner, the impressive Narendra Bhawan was home to the last reigning maharajah of Bikaner. Traditional Rajasthani decor can be found throughout the property, which continues in the guestrooms where elaborate ceilings, Bikaner terrazzo floors and traditional crafts can be found. The infinity swimming pool sits on the roof of the property, offering splendid views over the town. Mad Hatter - the Bake House produces traditional confectionary and baked goods whilst in the dining room you will be served dishes once favoured by royalty. Guests can enjoy seasonal evening entertainment and tours of the palace can be arranged.
Situated in Udaipur, just 2.5km from Lake Pichhola, Fateh Niwas is a luxury boutique hotel with spacious and elegant guestrooms. Both the swimming pool and the restaurant are located on the rooftop of the property offering fantastic views of the City Palace, Lake Pichola and the Aravalli Hills. The restaurant serves both Indian and continental dishes.
The Ajit Bhawan was originally built for Maharaja Ajit Singh, the younger brother of the Maharaja of Jodhpur, in the 1920s. A red sandstone structure, it features arched windows, carved balconies, cupolas and a quadrangle with exquisitely carved latticework. Accommodation is provided in 39 air-conditioned cottage rooms and 11 deluxe rooms located around the swimming pool. Breakfast and lunch is served in the restaurant while dinner is served in the garden with a selection of Indian and Continental cuisine available.
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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