14 days from £1635pp plus international flights.
This wonderful trip includes all the very best sites of Rajasthan.
We take an in-depth look at the contrasting cities of Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaipur as well as spending some time in the small villages and towns of the region.
This is an eminently flexible itinerary, as you have your own driver and vehicle all the way from Udaipur back to Delhi, so you can largely determine where you stop and spend time as you travel through Rajasthan.
The tour also includes some time in Delhi and a visit to the world-famous Taj Mahal in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.
You will be met on arrival at Delhi airport and transferred to the Colonels Retreat, your home from home in the city, in a quiet residential district. The rest of the day is free for you to relax after your flight.
This morning you will be collected from your hotel for a full day tour of both Old and New Delhi. The tour will include sites such as The Red Fort, Jami Masjid, markets, New India Gate, Humayun's Tomb and the Qutub Minar. If time allows you will also have a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi. Later you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the station for the overnight train to Udaipur.
Your train is scheduled to arrive in Udaipur early this morning and you will meet your driver who will be with you for the next 10 days. After checking in to the hotel, you have a morning tour of this attractive lake city. There are many fine havelis, temples and palaces, including the City Palace, the largest in Rajasthan. The famous Lake Palace is perhaps the city's best known site, located in the middle of Lake Pichola. The afternoon is free, maybe explore the alleys and cafes or perhaps opt to relax at the hotel.
This morning you have a tour of the city. Jodhpur is known as the Blue City because of the blue painted buildings that occupy the region north of the fort and make a startling contrast to the desert colours beyond. The most notable feature of Jodhpur is Mehrangarh Fort which sits on a ridge overlooking the city. The fort is famous for its fine stone carvings, and has a commanding view over the town. The rest of the day is free, with the driver at your disposal if you wish.
Your travels continue with the drive to Jaipur (about 5 to 6 hours). You have the option to stop off at the lovely town of Pushkar en-route, which makes for a relaxing stop. Pushkar is mostly known for its annual camel fair, but is well worth visiting in its own right. Set around a holy lake with around 400 blue-hued temples there is an undeniable charm to the town, and it makes a pleasant contrast to the larger, busier cities.
Today you will be driven to Agra, stopping at the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri en-route. This red sandstone ghost town dates back to the 16th century, designed as the Mughal capital, it was occupied for only 14 years, due to the water supply being inadequate. Today it is a perfectly preserved masterpiece of Mughal glory. We continue to Agra and this evening we take you to visit the Taj Mahal at sunset. I's lovely to watch as the colours change on the building in the fading light.
An early start (but it's well worth it) as you return to the Taj Mahal, this time to see the sun rise. Return to the hotel for breakfast before visiting the Red Fort and Baby Taj. Later in the day your driver will collect you and take you back to Delhi, for your final night.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1635 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2019 & 2020 prices based on 2 sharing excluding flights: 1 Aug - 30 Sep 2019 from £1635. 1 Oct 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 from £1949.
All accommodation on twin share basis; meals as specified; services of an English-speaking guide for sightseeing; overnight train Delhi to Udaipur; all transfers, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary in an exclusive chauffeur driven air conditioned vehicle, entirely at your disposal; all entrance fees on guided tours.
International flights; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified including on board trains; camera fees; items of a personal nature; tips.
There are several daily direct flights from Heathrow to Delhi, costing about £400 return, though varying according to season and availability.
Departure dates: This is a private tailor-made holiday to Rajasthan which we can arrange for you at any time to suit you.
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Time: GMT +5 hours
Flight time: Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.
Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.
Visas: Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.