Highlights of Rajasthan

Tour Type:
Small Group Journeys
Start:
Delhi
Duration:
17 Days
End:
Delhi
Departs:
Guaranteed Departure Min Pax : 02

Starting From

NZ$ 4699
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Rajasthan, ‘Land of Kings’ is steeped in romantic history, chivalry and valour. It boasts of some of the finest fortress palaces against the stark desert landscape with its highly coloured costumes of local, turbaned men and richly jewelled women, the Havelies and villages, fairs and festivals. This tour takes you back to a bygone era. 

Starts Ends Twin Price (NZ$) Solo Price (NZ$) Status
2020
25-Sep 11-Oct 4964 6927 Available
16-Oct 01-Nov 4964 6927 Available
13-Nov 29-Nov 5064 7027 Available
18-Dec 03-Jan 5064 7027 Available
2021
15-Jan 31-Jan 4964 6927 Available
12-Feb 28-Feb 4964 6927 Available
27-Mar 12-Apr 4964 6927 Available
17-Apr 03-May 4964 6927 Available
14-May 31-May 4964 6927 Available

Itinerary

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DAY 1

Arrive at Delhi International Airport. Please clear immigration & visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel if you do not have goods to be declared to customs. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Tour Manager will page you by the tour name. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer to the hotel, check-in at the hotel and stay overnight in Delhi.

DAY 2

Enjoy breakfast and a brief introduction of the city before starting a city tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial, explore Chandni Chowk and largest spice market.

DAY 3

After breakfast travel to Jaipur, the first planned city of India, is a treasure-trove of culture, art, and history, famous for its colour, lifestyle and Rajasthani cuisine. It is a city exuding royal heritage and extravagant richness. The historic city also has many temples and shrines. Upon arrival check-in into your designated hotel, with remaining day to explore the Jaipur Bazaar at your own pace or relax in the hotel. Enjoy hunting through the colorful and chaotic streets, shopping for souvenirs like silver jewelry, precious and semi-precious stones such as diamonds, topaz, and emeralds, embroidered clothing and quilts, block printed textiles, lacquered brass work, leather footwear, miniature marble carvings and blue potteries. In the evening, we learn the art of Indian cooking in your presence. It's all about typical home-style cooking where you can choose to participate and learn how to cook an easy curry at home, conclude the day with home-cooked dinner. Stay for two nights in Jaipur

DAY 4

Morning city sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort, and Jantar Mantar, the open-air astronomical observatory. Take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal, built for the ladies of the court to watch busy streets below without being seen, followed by the huge City Palace complex, home to the Maharaja with a fascinating museum containing his personal collection of weaponry, miniature paintings, royal attire and jewellery. Afternoon visit renowned jewelry and block and screen printed fabrics workshop. Explore the Local Bazaar in the evening.

DAY 5

After breakfast check out of the hotel and travel to Bikaner. Bikaner retains the medieval splendor that pervades the city's lifestyle. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. The ship of the desert is an inseparable part of life here - Be it pulling heavy carts, transporting grains or working on wells. Camels are the prime helpers. Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates. The magnificent forts and palaces created with delicacy in reddish-pink, sandstone, bear testimony to its historical and architectural legacy. Bikaner's history date backs to 1488 AD when a Rathore Prince, Rao Bikaji - a descendant of the founder of Jodhpur (1459 AD) Rao Jodhaji, established his kingdom here. The strategic location of Bikaner on the ancient caravan routes that came from West / Central Asia made it a Prime trade centre in the times of the year. Relax in the evening or take a walk in the old city. On arrival check into the Palace accommodation with rest of the evening at leisure to explore and experience the royal legacy of the bygone era; Stay overnight in Bikaner

DAY 6

After breakfast travel to the Golden City of Jaisalmer, built-in 1156 AD and named after its founder, Bhatti Rajput Rao Jaisal. Located deep in the heart of the Desert, the city is popular for its century’s forts, palaces, Havelis and amber-hued houses. Perched atop the Trikuta Hill, it stands tall against miles of gleaming sand, epitomizing the desolate, awesome charm of the desert. The Havelis, built by merchants of the 19th century are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone and are still in beautiful conditions. Enjoy the afternoon free, take a stroll in the narrow streets of the Golden city and get a glimpse of the lifestyle of the locals. Every house is exquisitely carved having filigreed work all over. As you move up its ancient cobbled streets, it brings alive an experience of a medieval township caught in a time warp. These houses date back to the 12th-15th century. Arrive Jaisalmer and check-in at the hotel; dinner will be served at the hotel. Stay for two nights in Jaisalmer.

DAY 7

After breakfast proceeds to a sightseeing tour of Golden city visit the Imposing Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon Ki Haveli (Merchant Mansions) and Gadisar Lake. Later this evening, enjoy a camel safari on its exotic sand dunes, offering an unforgettable experience of rich cultural heritage. This amber-hued city, in the heart of the desert, dazzles gloriously in the early morning. The sunset has a peculiar glow and as night descends, the sky goes up in flames, which fade leaving a few embers, until it becomes black, a breathtaking sight indeed! Filled with colour, festivity, and smiles, Jaisalmer is truly a memorable experience across shimmering sands. Stay overnight in Jaisalmer

DAY 8

Today drive to Jodhpur, a bustling desert city the second-largest city in Rajasthan with a landscape dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort atop a sheer rocky ridge. Afternoon free to relax or explore the local bazaar. Stay two nights in Jodhpur.

DAY 9

Morning visit Mehrangarh Fort; one of the most impressive and formidable structures anywhere in India. And Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Afternoon take a jeep ride to witness village life of Bishnoi tribe. Evening free to explore the local bazaar.

DAY 10

Drive to Udaipur, en-route pass lush green valleys, streams and heart capturing views before visiting Ranakpur. Renowned for its Jain temples with intricately carved marble Pillars and Domes, Ranakpur is amongst the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. Tucked away in a remote valley in the Aravalli ranges, it boasts of one of the largest and most important Jain Temples in the country. It has a four-temple complex which is famous for its peaceful and harmonious surroundings. The temples are believed to have been built in 1439 A.D. The temple rests on 1444 elegantly carved pillars, with no two being identical and the realistic sculptures of celestial nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are a fascinating sight to see. The two huge bells weighing 108kgs each, whose sound echoes in the entire complex, add to the temple’s allure. Later travel to Udaipur. On arrival at Udaipur check-in at the hotel, while the rest of the evening to enjoy at leisure; dinner will be served at the hotel. Stay two nights in Udaipur

DAY 11

Founded by Maharaja Udai Singh in 1568, Udaipur is situated on the banks of Lake Pichola with lush green hills of the Aravalli surroundings, making it the most romantic city of Rajasthan. A vision in white drenched in beauty, the city is a fascinating blend of sights and sounds The rich cultural, social and natural heritage, aesthetic beauty and ecological richness, preserved through the lakes, serene and opulent hilly ranges, lush green vegetation, pleasant gardens and harmonious built forms present a unique condition of scenic beauty. Proceed for a guided sightseeing tour and visit City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Museum, Jag Mandir and Saheliyon-Ki-Bari. We also visit the Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir which is an Indian folk art museum and has interesting exhibits that include folks dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folks musical instruments, folk deities and paintings followed by a visit too Jag Mandir, a temple dedicated to Lord Jagdish. Conclude your day with a boat ride on Lake Pichola, an artificial freshwater lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. It is one of the several contiguous lakes and developed over the last few centuries in and around the famous Udaipur city. The lakes around Udaipur were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of the city and its neighbourhood. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake. Stay overnight stay in Udaipur.

DAY 12

We will leave early this morning and drive west to Pushkar, the charming and usually peaceful Hindu pilgrimage centre and home of the only temple in India dedicated to the god of creation Lord Brahma. This year we will join the unique Camel Fair which is each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon and is one of India’s most highly-rated travel experiences. We spend the day taking in this extraordinary event and don’t be shy to get involved! Stay Overnight in Pushkar.

DAY 13

After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive for onward journey to Ranthambore. The National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned National Parks in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of South-eastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today the Ranthambore National Park terrain is a major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination. Arrive Ranthambore and check-in at the hotel; dinner will be served at the hotel. Stay overnight in Ranthambore

DAY 14

Wake up early in the morning and prepare for the first game drive at 6:00 – 9:30 am kindly check with the reception if there is any change in time. Enjoy the national park travelling in a canter with an estimated area of 400sq Km of this amazing reserve. The park is dotted with steep rocky hills and the dominating architecture of Ranthambore Fort (built in the 10th century), adds to its landscape. The rugged park terrain alternates between dry deciduous forest, open grassy meadow, dotted by several lakes and rivers that are only made passable by rough roads built and maintained by the Forest Service. The tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambore although it is the one park resident that people come to see. A variety of birds including Owlets, the ubiquitous Langur (monkey), Leopard, Caracal, Hyena, Jackal, Jungle Cat, marsh Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Bears and various species of Deer are the other attractions. Return to the hotel at approximately around 9:30 am and have your breakfast. Later enjoy another game drive to National Park in afternoon commencing from 1430 Hrs, Return to hotel post-safari. Stay overnight in Ranthambore

DAY 15

After breakfast, we’ll check out from the hotel and drive to further Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri en-route an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. In 1571 Akbar constructed Fatehpur (Victory) Sikri city exactly as we see it today, as the new capital of the Mughal Empire, replacing the perfectly viable Agra, just 37 km away, which was left almost deserted. But after only fifteen years, Fatehpur itself was abandoned and left as an evocative ghost-town, because, they say, of a lack of water! The perfectly preserved red sandstone buildings consist of palaces, courtyards, a life-size chess board, tombs, and mosques. Akbar was most interested in his food, and it was during his regime that Mughal food was perfected. We visit the Diwan-e-Khas (Private Audience Hall) with its remarkable central pillar. Also unmissable is Panch Mahal, the five-storied structure, used as the viewing station for the hareem. Post-visit continues with a drive to Agra, arrive and check-in at the hotel. We visit Mehtab Bagh to have a different view across the Yamuna River and the place know to be chosen to build Black Taj Mahal. Enjoy dinner and stay two nights in Agra.

DAY 16

An early start to visit the Taj Mahal, the world's greatest monument of love and devotion with its superb craftsmanship of semi-precious stones inlaid in the marble in beautiful patterns, a process known as pietra dura. After breakfast visits the impressive 16th century Agra Fort and Tomb of Itimadud- Daulah, also known as Baby Taj. Conclude the day with visit a marble inlay workshop to see remaining artisans creating a masterpiece with marble and precious gemstones.

DAY 17

After leisurely breakfast, checkout by 1200hrs and drive back to Delhi, upon arrival transfer to Delhi international airport to board the homebound return flight.

Inclusion


Deluxe accommodation with private facilities

Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle

Group assistance and transfers

Sightseeing as specified

Meals as specified

THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people)

Local English speaking Tour Guide

Monument entry fees

Cycle rickshaw ride in Delhi

Camel ride at Jaisalmer

Village Experience

Jeep ride at Jaipur

Boat ride at Udaipur

02 wildlife safaris at Ranthambhore

Bottled water while travelling

All current collectable taxes

Exclusion


Any International or Domestic Airfare

Airport taxes and Visa fee

Early check in or late check out

Meals other than specified above

Tips & Gratuities

Travel & Medical Insurance

Camera and video permits

Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay

Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, etc

Any optional excursion or tour

Any other expense not mentioned in the prices include column