Western Rajasthan and neighbouring Gujarat offer a wealth of architectural wonders, from the magnificence of the Modhera sun temple and the colourful havelis at Sidhpur, to the imposing forts of Jodhpur and the desert fortress city of Jaisalmer. Explore villages known for their rich weaving traditions, the birdwatching paradise of the Little Rann of Kutch, and finish at the monumental Taj Mahal.
- Stay at Gogunda Palace, a 16th-century fortress
- Visit the Modhera sun temple & Rani-ki-Vav stepwell
- Spend the night in a desert camp
- Explore local villages in Gujarat
- Stay in 4- and 5-star accommodation
- Small group size - maximum 26 people
- 4 and 5 star accommodation
- Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
- Small group size - maximum 26 people
- International flights with Emirates
- Internal flights as specified
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
- Experienced local tour manager
- 14 breakfasts, 3 lunch, 7 dinners
- Welcome drink to meet the group & guide
- Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
- Porterage at airports & stations
Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport, Delhi
The Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport is particularly convenient for transit travellers. Standard rooms are spacious and all have modern features including free wireless internet access, large flat-screen television and triple-glazed windows for a quiet night's sleep.
Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa, Jaisalmer
Excellently located in the heart of Jaisalmer and with fantastic views of Jaisalmer Fort, The Marriott Resort & Spa is a grand hotel with elegant architecture. The guestrooms are all individually designed and feature a beautiful marble bathroom. There are several fine-dining options to choose from including the coffee shop serving multi-national cuisine, the a-la-carte Jaisalmer Kitchen, the Indian speciality Mithai restaurant, and Wyra, the rooftop grill restaurant and bar which offers beautiful panoramic views.
Manvar Desert Camp, Manvar
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 attached bathrooms with running water, western style toilets and beautiful views over the dunes and the Rajasthani desert.
Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate, Agra
Located near the east gate that leads to the renowned Taj Mahal, the Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate is a modern hotel. Each of the 141 rooms and suites are comfortably furnished and decorated in soft shades to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Rann Riders, Little Rann of Kutch
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.
Rawla Narlai, Narlai
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.
Trident Jaipur, Jaipur
The Trident is located at the base of Amber Fort, 15 minutes drive from the heart of Jaipur. It is a modern hotel, carefully designed to reflect the style and atmosphere of Jaipur and all rooms have modern facilities with views of either Lake Mansagar or the Aravalli hills.
Day 1: Fly to Ahmedabad via Dubai
Fly to Ahmedabad via Dubai with Emirates.
Day 2: Ahmedabad
Early check in on arrival for a 2-night stay at Mani Mansion. Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour taking in Sidi Saiyyed mosque, Hutheesing Jain temple, Gandhi ashram, Dada Hari stepwell and the Shreyas folk museum.
Day 3: Ahmedabad
Walking tour of the old city visiting Mangaldas ni haveli, Manek Chowk square, the kite museum and Sankhej Raza mosque complex. Enjoy a Thali dinner at The House of MG.
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 Rani-ki-Vav stepwell, one of the grandest stepwells in India; and the colourful havelis at Sidhpur.
Day 5: Dasada
Enjoy a desert safari across the Little Rann of Kutch, a saline wilderness which is home to the wild ass as well as a multitude of water birds. In the afternoon visit the local Mihir, Rabari and Bajania tribes, who create some of the most remarkable textiles in the country.
Day 6: Gogunda
Drive to Gogunda for a 2-night stay at Gogunda Palace, a 16th-century fortress. Lunch in the palace home of a former ruling royal family.
Day 7: Gogunda
Morning at leisure. Afternoon sightseeing tour in the lakeside city of Udaipur, visiting the city palace, the miniature painting studios and Jagdish temple. Afterwards wander through the streets of the old town before taking a cruise on Lake Pichola.
Day 8: Narlai
After breakfast depart for an overnight stay at Rawla Narlai, located in the Aravalli hills. Set at the foot of a hill dotted with caves and temples, the Rawla Narlai is an ancient palace that has been converted into a heritage property by its owner, the Maharaj of Jodhpur.
Day 9: 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.
Day 10: Jaisalmer
Drive to the 'Golden City' of Jaisalmer for a 2-night stay at Mariott Resort & Spa. The drive itself to Jaisalmer is spectacular as you travel across the barren Thar Desert before reaching the golden sandstone town walls, narrow streets lined with exquisitely carved buildings.
Day 11: Jaisalmer
Enjoy a day's sightseeing including Jaisalmer fort, Gadisar lake- a large artificial rainwater reservoir built in 1367, Patwon-ki-haveli and Sadar Bazar. Later visit the Desert National Park in the great Thar Desert.
Day 12: Fly to Jaipur
Take the short flight to Jaipur for a 2-night stay at Trident Jaipur (or similar).
Day 13: Jaipur
Morning tour of Amber Fort. Amber served as the capital of the Kachhawa Rajputs for over 700 years until the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh founded Jaipur in 1727. Afternoon tour of the City Palace which is still the home of the Maharaja of Jaipur and showcases an extensive collection of art, carpets, textiles and weapons, all beautifully preserved.
Day 14: Agra
Depart for Agra. Visit the 16th-century Mughal- built Agra fort and witness sunset at the icnonic Taj Mahal. Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1632, the Taj Mahal commemorates the life of his favourite wife, Mumtaz. Overnight at the Radisson (or similar).
Day 15: Delhi
Optional sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Travel to Delhi for an overnight stay in the Holiday Inn Aerocity.
Day 16: Fly home
Transfer to the airport for the morning flight to London via Dubai.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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