Maximum Group Size: 10
Starts in Delhi on Friday 27th February 2015
Finishes in Delhi on Sunday 15th March 2015
Entrance Fees Included for all sites visited as part of the itinerary
Fully Escorted within India by Deb Kindness who has been travelling and leading groups through the Indian Subcontinent since 1993.
Cost A$3890 per person twin share
LAST MINUTE SPECIAL OFFER:
ANY BOOKINGS* BETWEEN 17TH & 27TH DECEMBER 2014 WILL RECEIVE FREE RETURN AIRFARES EX AUSTRALIA OR THE EQUIVALENT IN LOCAL CURRENCY TOWARDS INTERNATIONAL AIRFARES**
* For booking conditions see below **To the value of A$1150 **
|16 nights Heritage Hotels / Hotels||Airport Transfers||7 dinners|
This magical tour takes in the splendour of the Mughal cities of Delhi and Agra and the majesty of Rajasthan, where we experience the spectacular history and heritage of this ‘Land of Kings’. From jeep rides through the jungle searching for the elusive Bengal Tiger to boat rides on the romantic Lake Pichola in Udaipur, you will be introduced to some wonderful secrets; Indian cooking, miniature Mughal art, gemstones, tie-dye, folk dancing and turban tying to name a few. The massive forts of Rajasthan, the opulence and splendour of Maharajah’s palaces, and colourful markets and bazaars all make for a trip full of highlights and contrasts.
Experience Incredible India and the Complete Rajasthan on this Small Group Tour, fully escorted within India by a western tour leader and local guides for various activities and sightseeing.
Day 1 Delhi
Arrival Day. No group activities today. In the evening there will be a welcome meeting before dinner.
Day 2 Delhi
A full day of sightseeing takes us to Old Delhi, and the markets and bazaars of Chandni Chowk, Humayans Tomb and the impressive imperial buildings of New Delhi.
Day 3 Agra
A 2 hour train ride this morning takes us to Agra. We visit the magnificent Agra Fort and make a sunset visit to the incomparable Taj Mahal.
Day 4 Ranthambore
We start off your Rajasthan Tour early today in time to visit the deserted Moghal city of Fatehpur Sikri, before catching an afternoon train to Ranthambore National Park.
Day 5 Ranthambore
We take a morning safari into the Project Tiger national park with the chance to see tigers, deer, bears, wild boar and more. You have the option of returning to the park in the afternoon for more wildlife spotting.
Days 6-8 Jaipur
It’s a short drive today to Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ and capital of Rajasthan. Amber Fort and Palace is a splendid example of Rajput/Mughal architecture and was the old capital of Rajasthan prior to 1727. We take a wander through the markets and colourful bazaars of Jaipur and have the chance to see the splendid City Palace Museum, the wondrous Jantar Mantar and the Palace of the Winds. There is free time to explore some of Jaipurs many sights, or markets. We also experience a Bollywood extravaganza at the Raj Mandir cinema.
The Elephant Fair held every year on the eve of the Holi Festival is a unique spectacle and features processions of caparisoned elephants, horses, chariots, camels, and palanquins, a game of elephant polo and a chance to play Holi on elephant back. On day 8 (6th March), we have the chance to revel in the craziness of the Holi Festival with the original royal owners and managers of our Heritage Hotel, Diggi Palace. Get ready to be coloured.
Day 9 Roopangarh
Roopangarh Fort is a vast war fort and has been over 350 years in the making. Painstakingly restored and renovated as a heritage hotel, you will be awed by the medieval splendour that surrounds the entire fort. We spend the afternoon exploring the fort and small friendly village of Roopangarh.
Days 10-11 Bijaipur
At Castle Bijaipur we spend a couple of nights living like Maharajahs (and Maharanis). The Castle is still run by the local rulers, who take us out on a village safari to experience tribal village life Rajasthani style. Take out time to partake in a Yoga session with the Rao (lord), himself a practicing Yogi or relax with an Ayurvedic Massage.
Days 12-13 Udaipur
A short journey brings us to Udaipur. Often called the Romantic city, Udaipur is also the Lake city and lives up to its name with its white washed havelis and palaces lining the banks of the charming lake Pichola. We visit the City Palace complex (the largest palace complex in India) and take in a classic Rajasthani Dance show. We wander the local markets and learn how to make a sensational Indian curry. Why not try your hand at a spot of miniature painting or discover the lake on an afternoon cruise. Udaipur is a friendly and charming city just made for exploring.
Day 14 Sardar Samand
A 3-hour drive through the lush forests of southern Rajasthan, Ranakpur is renowned for its exquisitely carved Jain temples. After lunch we head on to Sardar Samand Palace, an art deco heritage hotel built in 1933 as the Maharajah’s hunting retreat. Situated on the banks of the Sardar Samand Lake, the palatial mansion is one of the most beautiful heritage hotels in Rajasthan.
Day 15 Jodhpur
It is a short journey to Jodhpur, the Blue City, where we spend an afternoon wandering the palaces of the magnificent Meherangarh Fort before exploring the markets in the city below. Famous throughout the country for its special Makhani (butter) lassi’s, Jodphur is also where the pants come from.
Day 16 Delhi
We take a late afternoon flight, arriving back in Delhi in time for a final night dinner at one of Delhi’s wonderful restaurants.
Day 17 Departure Day
There are no organised activities today. You are free to depart your Rajasthan Tour at any time.
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**BOOKING CONDITIONS FOR LAST MINUTE SPECIAL OFFER:
Limited spots available. Offer valid from 17th December until 27th December or until sold out. Registration form and deposit of AUD500 must be received by 27th December. Payment in full will be due 15th January. Any bookings from Australia will receive tickets to fly return to Delhi to the value of AUD1150 or the equivalent towards flights on the airline of their choice. Any bookings for other countries will receive the equivalent of AUD1150 towards their international flights to India.