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Rajasthan is one of the most colourful and vibrant of the Indian states and that is where most time is spent during this in-depth tour. Starting with a brief visit to Delhi and Agra, this journey of discovery continues on to some fascinating small Rajput towns and villages, with mysterious names like Deogarh, Pushkar and Alsisar. This tour combines true Indian village life with visits to some of the most opulent palaces and majestic fortresses India has to offer.
Explore the heritage town of Alsisar
Stay overnight in the desert
Marvel at the imposing Mehrangarh Fort
Discover vibrant Jaipur
Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal
Discover the colourful bazaars of Delhi
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- All meals
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Days 1-2: UK - Delhi
Fly overnight to Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (NB: lunch and dinner are not included today).
Day 3: Delhi - Alsisar
Travel to the small heritage town of Alsisar for a backward glimpse of village life in rural Rajasthan. The area of Shekhavati has beautiful frescoes, havelis and mansions and is often referred to as an open-air gallery. Stay overnight is in a restored heritage haveli.
Day 4: Alsissar - Gajner (via Bikaner)
Drive to Gajner stopping in Bikaner en-route where we visit Junagarh Fort and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the mediÅval streets to the old city bazaar. We then continue to Gajner, a major desert town in northern Rajasthan which dates back to 1488.
Days 5-6: Gajner - Jaisalmer
Travel to Jaisalmer dubbed the Golden City due to its yellow sandstone walls. In the evening we visit Sunset Point. The next day, we visit the beautifully carved Jain temples and the Badal Vilas Palace, which are located in the hilltop fort built by Rawal Jaisal. Later, we visit the Sam Dunes and enjoy a sunset camel ride in the Thar Desert.
Day 7: Jaisalmer - Manvar
Drive into the Thar Desert to Manvar for our camel and jeep safari to visit the local Bishnoi villages. The Bishnois follow 29 principles of a non-violent Vaishanavas sect, founded in the 15th century by Jambeswarji. Stay overnight in a tented camp in the desert (Manvar Resort if camp unavailable).
Days 8-9: Manvar - Jodhpur
Travel to Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan, located on the edge of the Thur Desert. The next day, visit the massive Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum. We also take a Tuk Tuk to a local restaurant for lunch before strolling through the local vegetable and spice markets.
Day 10: Jodhpur - Udaipur (via Ranakpur)
Drive to Udaipur and visit India's largest Jain temple complex in Ranakpur which dates back to the 15th-century en-route. The afternoon is at leisure before our sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola, which is fringed with hills, palaces, havelis, ghats and temples. It is also the site of the Lake Palace Hotel and Jagmandir Island Palace.
Day 11: Udaipur
Visit Sahelion Ki Bari (the Garden for the Maids of Honour), the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery and the City Palace followed by a walk through the streets and local shops. Our evening meal includes an enchanting dinner overlooking Lake Pichola.
Day 12: Udaipur - Deogarh
Travel to Deogarh and in the evening we enjoy a walk through the colourful and bustling village streets.
Day 13: Deogarh - Pushkar
Enjoy a short ride on a rural 1930's train to Phulad and then continue by road to Pushkar. Enjoy a walking tour of the market and visit one of the many temples situated on the sacred lake. (NB: No alcohol or non-vegetarian food is allowed in this religious town.)
Days 14-15: Pushkar - Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City' and visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory. The next day, enjoy a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and explore the palace and fortress of Amer. This afternoon, we stop off at the Choti Choper for some shopping before enjoying traditional dancing and dinner at a local restaurant.
Days 16-17: Jaipur - Ranthambore
Travel to Ranthambore National Park, which specialised in tiger conservation. The forests around the Fort were once the private hunting grounds for the Maharajas of Jaipur. Enjoy game viewing by jeep this afternoon and the following day.
Day 18: Ranthambore - Agra
We board the train to Bharatpur and then continue by road to Agra, stopping at Fatehpur Sikri, a magnificent fortified ghost city built in 1569 by Emperor Akbar en-route.
Day 19: Agra
Rise early and arrive by horse-drawn carriage ‘tongas' to view the impressive Taj Mahal in all its glory at sunrise. We then return to the hotel for breakfast. Later, a visit to see traditional stone inlay work at the marble factory is followed by a visit to Agra Fort.
Day 20: Agra - Delhi
Drive to Delhi and visit Gandhi Smiriti's residence and the Qutab Minar Complex. Also, visit Lotus Temple before stopping at Connaught Place markets for some local shopping.
Day 21: Delhi
Enjoy a tour of Old Delhi starting with a drive past the Red Fort before enjoying a walk through Chandni Chowk to India's largest mosque, Jama Masjid. We also stop for photos at India Gate, President's House and Parliament Building.
Day 22: Delhi - the UK
Transfer to Delhi Airport and fly to the UK, arriving home the same day filled with many happy memories.
These tours are designed for those who wish to see the iconic sites and magnificent treasures of India on an excellent value group tour whilst travelling with like-minded people. The tours are on a fully-inclusive basis so you’ll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escort or local guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience.
Your accommodation has been selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from a business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town or a heritage-type hotel. In remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have western amenities.
Throughout Rajasthan state you will get the opportunity to stay in heritage properties which are restored palaces or forts. As these properties were not originally designed to be hotels, the room sizes will vary in the same accommodation category, as will the décor and layout.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by a National Escort. There will usually be no more than 29 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.
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