Rajasthan Heritage Tour
Rajasthan heritage of this Indian state can be seen in its historic havelis, forts and palaces. Rajasthan is known as the land of warriors and beautiful princess who have left many monuments and wildlife sanctuaries that have become UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Amber fort depicts the glorious heritage of Jaipur. Located high on Arawali hills, overlooking the Maota lake, it is renowned for its architecture, intricate carvings and mirror work.
This Essence of India tour is an ideal introduction to the heritage of Rajasthan. This 12-day itinerary runs at a slow pace, covering the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. In the Aravali Hills, stay at Amanbagh, a luxurious resort in a walled compound in the Rajasthan countryside. In the romantic city of Udaipur, visit Kumbhalgarh Fort, surrounded by a 15-ft wide wall, the second longest after Great Wall of China. Transfer to Mumbai or Delhi to end tour.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY RAJASTHAN HERITAGE TOUR…And, also visit Delhi and Taj Mahal.
Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. With your private guide, explore the historical sites of Old Delhi including Qutab Minar, world’s tallest minaret, Humayun’s tomb, Lodi Gardens, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. New Delhi in comparison has an imprint of the British architect Edwin Lutyens. Most notably are his shiny examples of the Parliament and the President’s House.
Transfer to Agra, and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Taj Mahal. Built by a Moghul emperor in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal it is often referred to as a poem in white marble. Tour the splendid Agra fort, built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens.
Next, spend two nights in the Aravali Hills at Amanbagh, a luxurious resort in a walled compound in the Rajasthan countryside. A guaranteed highlight of your visit to India, touring includes an early morning visit (with yoga, if desired) at abandoned ruins in the region and a safari tour to local villages (including a visit to a home for tea).
Continue to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City,” visiting the centuries-old ruins at Fatehpur Sikri en route. See the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas hill forts, palaces, an observatory, temples and havelis (courtyard mansions), surrounded by stark desert. Take an elephant ride to the 16th century Amber Fort. Browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, perfume, jewellery and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery. Explore medieval backstreets and marvel at the luminous saris of indigenous tribal women.
Spend three nights in Udaipur, India’s most romantic city and serene city. Set in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills and surrounded by three lakes, it has its share of palaces including the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan. Cruise Lake Pichola and walk through picturesque backstreets, taking in views of local villages and the surrounding hills and lakes. One day, enjoy an excursion to the gorgeous, fresco-covered Juna Mahal palace, or to the spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur.
Return to Delhi for overnight and connect with your onward flight.
Rajasthan Heritage Tour This tour features Delhi, the Taj Mahal, and the highlights of Rajasthan.
(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur & Aravali Hills, Udaipur
Day 1 – Arrive
Delhi Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Delhi Full-day private tour of Old & New Delhi.
Day 3 – Tour
Agra Transfer to Agra for overnight.
Afternoon private tour of Agra and Taj Mahal.
Day 4 – Transfer
Aravali Hills Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal, if desired.
Private transfer to the countryside for 2 nights.
Day 5 – Explore
Aravali Hills Private touring, including morning visit to ruins and village safari.
Special private Rajasthani feast tonight with classical Indian musician.
Day 6 – Transfer & Tour
Jaipur Private transfer to Jaipur for 2-night stay.
Afternoon private touring.
Day 7 – Tour
Jaipur Private tour of Jaipur, including local markets, elephant ride and shopping.
Day 8 – Transfer & Tour
Udaipur Private transfer to Udaipur for 3 nights, with touring en route.
Day 9 – Tour
Udaipur Private city tour, including boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Day 10 – Tour
Udaipur Private excursion to Jain Temples at Ranakpur or visit local temples and gourmet lunch at a palace.
Day 11 – Transfer & Tour
Delhi Private transfer and flight to Delhi for 1 night.
Afternoon with guide and driver at disposal for flexible touring.
Day 12 – Depart
Delhi Private transfer to airport
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
Getting There All major international airlines fly to India’s main airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Airports tend to be on the outskirts of cities. Pre-paid taxi services and auto-rickshaws are stationed outside the terminus to get you into the city.
When to go The best time to travel to India is between September and March. This is a high season and it is advisable to book your holiday well in advance. Summer starts in April and by June, it becomes very hot. By July there is the south-west monsoon, which brings heavy rains to the west coast. September is a generally a clear month though later, between October and December there may be a reverse pattern called the north-east monsoon that appears in the Bay of Bengal, bringing rains to the east coast. The best time for trekking in the Indian Himalaya is between April and November but it varies from region to region and the altitude you are planning to reach.
Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Indian territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Indian High Commission, embassy or consulate.
All visa applications in UK should be filled online at http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk. Cost of six months tourist visa for UK nationals including handling charges is £92.20.