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Fly to Mumbai with Virgin Atlantic and onto Ahmedebad. (N)Day 2: Ahmedabad
Arrive in the architecturally sublime Ahmedabad and check in early at Mani Mansion. Morning at leisure before 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)Day 3: Ahmedabad
Morning walking tour of the old city visiting Mangaldas ni haveli, Manek Chowk square, the kite museum and Sankhej Raza mosque complex. This evening, enjoy a Gujarati thali dinner at The House of MG. (B, D)Day 4: Dasada
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)Day 5: Dasada
Enjoy a desert safari across the Little Rann of Kutch, a saline wilderness, home to the wild ass as well as a multitude of water birds. Afternoon visit to the local Mihir, Rabari and Bajania tribes. (B, L, D)Day 6: Gogunda
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)Day 7: Gogunda • Udaipur
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)Day 8: Jojowar
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)Day 9: Jojowar
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 4×4 safari by classic vintage car to see the villages inhabited by the camel-herding Rabaris*. (B, D)Day 10: Jodhpur • Thar desert • Manvar
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)Days 11-12: Jaisalmer
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)Day 13: Phalodi • Bikaner
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)Day 14: Alsisar
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)Day 15: Alsisar • Delhi
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)Day 16: Fly home
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)Meal basis
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Constructed in the 18th century, Rawla Jojawar is a former fort and royal residence, which has now been converted into a 27 room heritage hotel. Restored in a traditional Rajput style, this atmospheric hotel is still owned and operated by the royal family, with an emphasis on continuing the tradition of hospitality that made the property popular with the governing elite during the days of the Raj.
Situated near the village of Dasada, a few minutes from the entrance of the Little Rann of Kutch sanctuary, Rann Riders is an eco-friendly resort designed using local materials to recreate a village atmosphere. The cottages, comfortably furnished and decorated with mirrors and mud-plaster work, resemble traditional village huts/houses of the local community. Facilities include a swimming pool and a dining room.
Conveniently located adjacent to both international and domestic airport terminals, the Novotel New Delhi Aerocity is a large comfortable hotel in close vicinity to several excellent restaurants and shopping malls. Guestrooms are spacious and contemporary in design with all the amenities you would expect from a modern hotel. The restaurant serves multi-cuisine dishes and the 2 bar / lounges (including one pool side) are excellent places to relax in the evenings.Features: 670 rooms, restaurant, 2 bar / lounges, swimming pool, Wi-Fi<br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, tea & coffee facilities.
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. Features: 82 rooms, dining room, infinity pool, spa, games room, terrace, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, hairdryer.
Manvar is situated in Rajasthan’s Thar desert, midway between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. The main resort has 20 traditional cottages while the tented camp is set on the sand dunes. All tents have bathrooms with running water, western style lavatories and beautiful views over the dunes and the Rajasthani desert. Dinner is at the camp and normally accompanied by traditional music and entertainment.
Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the Mani Mansion is a charming heritage hotel in the heart of Ahmedabad. There is a homely and welcoming ambience in the property and rooms are generously sized and fitted with modern furnishings. The restaurant serves home-cooked regional and national meals, although some international dishes are also served.Features: 21 rooms, restaurant, pizzeria, swimming pool, gym, Wi-Fi.<br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, tea & coffee making facilities.
Gorbandh Palace is inspired by the traditional Indian concept of housing a central courtyard with accommodation around it. In keeping with Jaisalmer’s magnificent fort, the hotel is built of yellow sandstone, and is comprised of 67 centrally air-conditioned rooms, including 3 suites. This was the first hotel in Jaisalmer to boast a swimming pool, and guests can enjoy an array of Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine at either of the hotel’s 2 restaurants.
Located approximately 35km from Udaipur in the small town of Gogunda, the Gogunda Palace was originally built in the 15th century and has been restored to showcase its original splendour in the form of a palatial hotel. All guestrooms are spacious and individually designed. The restaurant serves traditional Rajasthani cuisine. Features: 34 rooms, dining room, garden, courtyard. Room amenities: Air conditioning, private sit out area, television, minibar.
Alsisar Mahal lies in the old fort situated in the village of Alsisar. Furnished and decorated in a style which recalls the grandeur of a bygone era, this is a heritage property which provides guests with a true Rajasthani experience.
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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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