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Get ready to immerse yourself in Indian culture at its best with this 15-day tour of the colourful and exotic state of Rajasthan. From grand forts to magnificent palaces and desert scenery, this tour takes you into the heart of Rajasthan, visiting the iconic cities of Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur – home of the most impressive fort in India.
International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
UK departure and overseas airport taxes
Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
4- & 5-star accommodation
Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
Maximum group size - 26 people
Explore the glorious Rajasthani cities of Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur
Visit the exotic palaces of the erstwhile maharajas
Discover the beautiful painted havelis in Bikaner
Take a sunset camel-back safari in Jaisalmer
Enjoy the splendour of the iconic Taj Mahal
Guaranteed to depart with 2 people
Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
Maximum group size - 26 people
Fly from London to Delhi with Virgin Atlantic overnight (regional connections available). (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Radisson Blue Paschim Vihar (or similar) for 2 nights. (N)
In the morning, take a guided tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi, which includes a drive past the Red Fort, a visit to Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in Asia, and Raj Ghat, the simple but moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Later, drive past the imposing India Gate (War Memorial Arch), Parliament buildings and Rashtrapati Bhavan (the president’s residence). End the tour with a visit to Qutb Minar, a masterpiece of perfect proportions, and the tomb of Emperor Humayun. (B)
Drive to the fabulous Shekhawati region, also known as the open-air art gallery of Rajasthan. Transfer to the Desert Resort in Mandawa (or similar) for 1 night. Later this afternoon, explore the beautiful havelis in this semi-desert region. (B)
This morning, drive to Bikaner and transfer to the Narendra Bhawan Bikaner (or similar) for 1 night. In the afternoon, take a tour of Junagarh fort, unusual for not being built on a hilltop. Later, take a walk around the local bazaar. (B)
This morning, drive to the golden city of Jaisalmer and transfer to the Gorbandh Palace (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)
In the morning, explore Jaisalmer fort, one of the largest in the world. Also visit Gadisagar lake, a rainwater reservoir built in 1367, the Folklore Museum and the famous Nathwon and Patwon Ki havelis. Later in the afternoon, drive to the outskirts of Jaisalmer for a camel ride and to view the sun setting against the sand dunes. (B)
Drive to the blue city of Jodhpur in the morning. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Jodhpur. Visit the formidable 5km-long Mehrangarh fort, which is set on a hill. Continue to Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Transfer to the Indana Resort (or similar) for 1 night. (B)
Drive to the romantic city of Udaipur this morning, visiting the beautiful Jain temples at Ranakpur en route. On arrival in Udaipur, check into the Lalit Laxmi Niwas Palace (or similar) for a 2-night stay. (B)
Optional morning excursion to the Nagda and Eklingji temples. Nagda features a majestic pair of 11th-century temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu while Eklingji is a complex of 108 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. This afternoon, take a city tour of Udaipur including a visit to the City Palace and the gardens of Saheliyon-ki-Bari. (B)
Morning drive to the royal city of Jaipur. Transfer to the Lalit hotel (or similar) for a 2-night stay. (B)
This morning, make a photo-stop at the Palace of Winds, which has a spectacular facade, before a tour of the fabulous Amber Fort. Located at the top of a hill, Amber Fort offers a magnificent view of the old town below. In the afternoon, take a tour of the royal city of Jaipur. Highlights include a visit to the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and Mughal and Rajput armoury, the Jantar Mantar observatory and the colourful bazaars. (B)
Drive to Agra this morning, visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the beautiful deserted capital of Emperor Akbar, en route. On arrival in Agra, check into the Radisson Blu (or similar). Afternoon visit to the world-renowned Taj Mahal. (B)
Morning visit to Agra fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture. Afternoon drive to Delhi. Overnight at the Holiday Inn Aero City. (B)
Transfer to the airport for the Virgin Atlantic flight to London. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Gorbandh Palace, Jaisalmer
Gorbandh Palace is ideally located in the desert city of Jaisalmer. The hotel has spectacular views of the fort and is close to the nearby sand dunes. Its design was inspired by the traditional Indian housing, and features a central courtyard with accommodation around it. In keeping with Jaisalmer's magnificent fort, the hotel is built of yellow sandstone. There are 64 de luxe rooms and 3 de luxe suites. The rooms are spacious with private balconies overlooking the lawns, swimming pool and the Jaisalmer Fort. They are air-conditioned with satellite TV, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities and mini bar. Suites offer the additional features of a king size bed and a large bar. Gorbandh Palace was the first hotel in Jaisalmer to feature a swimming pool, and guests can enjoy an array of Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine at either of the hotel's two restaurants.
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. Facilities include a 24-hour gym, spa and swimming pool.
Indana Palace Jodhpur, Jodhpur
The Indana Palace Jodhpur is located 3km from the Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum and 10km from the Mehrangarh Fort close to Jodhpur airport. The property features architecture and interiors furnished with traditional carved furniture, hand-painted walls, marble floors and ethnic jali art work, aimed at creating the feel of a traditional Rajasthani haveli. The property offers 88 individually decorated, air-conditioned rooms equipped with satellite television, a minibar and tea / coffee making facilities. Free wireless internet access is available throughout the property. Dining options include the Indian, continental and Chinese menu of the main Anghiti restaurant and lighter fare served throughout the day at I Bar and the Lotus Café.
Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner
A heritage property located in the desert town of Bikaner, the impressive Narendra Bhawan was home to the last reigning Maharaja of Bikaner. Traditional Rajasthani décor can be found throughout the property which continues in the guest rooms where elaborate ceilings, Bikaner terrazzo floors and traditional crafts can be found. The luxuriously 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 good whist in the dining room you will be served dishes once favoured by the royals. Guests can enjoy seasonal evening entertainment and tours of the palace can be arranged.
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. Hotel facilities include a 24-hour coffee shop with international flair, a tea lounge for a quick bite and a liquid lounge with an extensive wine list.
The LaLiT Jaipur, Jaipur
Located close to the airport in the heart of the commercial district of the city, The LaLiT Jaipur is a modern property designed to reflect elements of the local haveli architecture. The hotel offers 244 elegantly designed rooms with wooden flooring and large spa-style bathrooms, complimented by traditional Rajasthan artwork and luxury furnishings. All rooms are equipped with all modern amenities including satellite television, minibar, in-room safe and wireless internet access. The hotel has a variety of dining options for guests to choose from serving a range of pan-Indian and international cuisine.
The LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur, Udaipur
Built by Maharana Bhupal Singh as a royal guesthouse, this hilltop retreat overlooks the serene Fatehsagar Lake. Today, The LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur recreates the courtly and graceful ambience of a bygone era. There are 55 well appointed guest rooms and suites with private bath, hot and cold water, telephone and colour television.
2 Nights from £425
Amritsar, the holy city of the Sikhs, is the location of their most sacred shrine – the Darbar Sahib or Golden Temple. Fashioned in marble, mirror work and gold, it is beautifully reflected in the surrounding expanse of water.
4 Nights from £725
The former Portuguese colony of Goa, India’s smallest state, is a perfect place to relax as it offers long stretches of beautiful beaches lined with palm trees, world heritage architecture, and rich flora and fauna.
Day 1: Fly to Goa
Fly to Goa. Transfer to Taj Exotica* in south Goa for 4 nights. This luxury resort is set in lush greenery and overlooks the Arabian Sea. (B)
Days 2-4: Goa
At leisure or enjoy a tour of Old Goa and Panjim or alternatively visit Dudhsagar falls and a spice plantation. (B)
Day 5: Fly to London via Mumbai
Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Mumbai (Bombay). (B)
3 Nights from £525
In 1590 Quli Qutub Shah started to plan ‘a replica of Paradise itself’ and Hyderabad, the pearl of the Deccan, came into being. The city embodies a culture of gracious living, gourmet cooking and stylish dressing.
3 Nights from £525
Packed with colonial-era architecture and home to India’s most prolific film industry, the ‘City of Dreams’ is a melting pot of vibrant bazaars, temples, galleries and excellent restaurants.
Day 1: Fly to Mumbai
Fly to Mumbai (Bombay). Transfer to Trident Mumbai, located on Marine Drive, for a 3-night stay. (B)
Days 2-3: Mumbai
At leisure or spend your days wandering through Chor bazaar, known as the ‘thieves market’ and one of the largest flea markets in India; exploring Asia’s largest slum in Dharavi; strolling through the heritage village of Khotachiwadi with its Portuguese-inspired dwellings; taking a Mumbai culinary tour; or visiting Kala Ghoda, an area that houses some of the city’s finest art galleries and museums. (B)
Day 4: Fly to London
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Delhi.
Non-exclusive departures are based in 4- and 5-star accommodation and are not exclusive to Cox & Kings clients.
This tour is paced to cover the major sights of Rajasthan. It involves some one-night stays and, on occasion, lengthy road journeys.
A single supplement is available from £565- £600.
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