Rajasthan Palaces Tour
Rajasthan ("Land of Kings") is an Indian state located in north-western side of the country. It is home to the Great Indian Thar Desert and the Chambal River which is solely responsible for the water supply in the region. Rajasthan is synonymous to heroism, royalty and honour that have left its mark in the form of forts and palaces. In its capital, Jaipur (the “Pink City”) is the 18th-century City Palace complex, with gardens, courtyards and museums. Other important cities are Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer.
This tour of Rajasthan, begins with Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. In Jaipur visit the City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and Amer Fort. In Jodhpur is Umaid Bhawan Palace, a sprawling Art Deco masterpiece. Nearby in Ranakpur are Jain Temples, that date back to 15th-century. Deep in Rajasthan, Jaisalmer, the massive Mehrangarh Fort towers above the city. In Mihirgarh, meet the Bishnoi villagers, saviours of wildlife in the region. Stay in Udaipur, India's most romantic city, then transfer to Mumbai.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 14-DAY RAJASTHAN PALACES TOUR…
And, experience the mystique of this desert kingdom.
Rajasthan known as "the land of kings", is located in the northwest of India. Once ruled by the Rajputs (a powerful Hindu caste) their grand palaces are strewn around the state. The subsequent generations of Rajputs have proven to be shrewd businessmen, and many of their palaces have since been converted to luxury palace hotels. Stay at the grandest palace suites that come with gold furniture, in-suite museums, infinity pools, private yoga, peacock gardens and perfect views.
Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. During private touring, experience highlights such as Humayun’s Tomb, the Lodi Gardens, and a rickshaw ride through the bazaars of Old Delhi, as well as upscale shopping districts. One day, enjoy a private market visit and then a one night tour to Agra to see the Taj Mahal.
Experience living like a Maharaja in their former Palaces in Rajasthan on this 14-day tour.Continue to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City.” See the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas (Hindu princes)—hill forts, palaces, an observatory, gardens, temples and Havelis (courtyard mansions)—surrounded by stark desert. Ride an elephant to Amber Fort.
Marvel at the luminous saris of indigenous tribal women and the bright turbans of Rajasthani men. Explore medieval backstreets and browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, woodblock prints, perfume, jewellery and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery.
In Jodhpur, stay at the legendary Umaid Bhawan Palace, a sprawling Art Deco masterpiece. Tour Mehrangarh Fort, take in views over the blue houses of the old quarter and visit a nearby village to learn about local herbal remedies and indigenous crafts.
Transfer to Jaisalmer, an ancient city and hilltop fortress town that was once a major stop for silk and spice caravans. Tour the town and its sandstone backstreets, explore the fort, visit impressive Jain temples, and see the elaborately carved stone facades of havelis. One day, ride a camel across the Sam Sand Dunes.
Next, stay in Udaipur, India's most romantic city, for three nights among the grand arches and courtyard gardens of the beautiful Oberoi Udaivilas. Cruise Lake Pichola and walk through picturesque backstreets, shop for local folk art, tour the City Palace and browse the local bazaars. On a day excursion outside the city, tour the spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur, where relief carvings cover every surface, including over 1,400 pillars.
The tour concludes with a night in Delhi where you can enjoy last-minute shopping and sightseeing.
Rajasthan Palaces Tour This tour introduces you to the exciting history of the state of Rajasthan and invites you to experience the mystique of this desert kingdom.
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Mihirgarh, Udaipur, Mumbai
(14 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Delhi Meet and greet on arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. After a warm welcome you will be escorted by our representative to your hotel for 2 nights stay. The rest of your day will be scheduled depending on your arrival time and how tired you feel.
The Imperial Palace (Nil)
Day 2 – Tour
Delhi The capital city of India is a bustling metropolis that successfully combines the ancient with the modern; Old Delhi, once the seat of the Moghul Emperors and New Delhi, established by the British in the early 20th century.
Your private tour begins with a visit to Old Delhi that still reminisces the past and retains its ancient architecture. Places of note in Old Delhi include the 17th century Red Fort that served as the capital of the Moghuls, and its Chandni Chowk market, which is still the busiest in Old Delhi. Also visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Delhi and the final resting place of Mughal Emperor Humayun.
In the afternoon discover New Delhi, which has the imprint of the British architect Edwin Lutyens. Most notable are his India Gate (World War I memorial), the Parliament and the President’s House. The present-day New Delhi, however, has an urban landscape with modern shopping arcades, high-rise buildings with rooftop bars and some of the best Indian and international cuisine restaurants. Wherever you go, you will experience a mix of architectures, cultures and religions.
The Imperial Palace (B)
Day 3 – Transfer & Tour
Agra Today we drive to Agra, the Mughal city. Agra achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal Empire between the 16th and 17th century during which the Moghuls left their mark with spell binding monuments. Your private tour begins with the Agra Fort, built in red sandstone with magnificent palaces, halls and beautiful gardens.
Not far is the Taj Mahal, a poem in white marble and a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles. Built in 1652 by Emperor Shahjahan, it took almost 22 years and 20,000 skilled artisans who inlaid the white marble edifice with precious and semi precious stones. Even today, it is said to be a poem in white marble and a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles.
The Oberoi Amarvilas hotel (B)
Day 4 – Transfer & Tour
Jaipur Next to Jaipur, en route visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. India’s “Pompeii” once a glittering imperial capital, later mysteriously abandoned. Continue to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City,” one of the most well planned cities of India. Spend the day shopping. Jaipur is famous for its precious and semi-precious stoned jewels, enamelled ornaments, beautiful carpets and other artefacts and crafts.
Optional: Home Hosted Dinner. Learn about local lifestyle and culture of India with dinner at an Indian home. Spend time talking to your hosts and learn about their way of life. You may also opt for a unique opportunity to step inside an Indian kitchen and learn the age old art of Indian culinary delights. Your hosts will be happy to share their secret recipes and give you some handy tips about Indian cooking (at extra charge).
Rambagh Palace (B)
Day 5 – Tour
Jaipur With your private guide see the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas (Hindu princes)—hill forts, palaces, temples and havelis (courtyard mansions)—surrounded by stark desert. Ride an elephant to Amber Fort. Marvel at the luminous saris of indigenous tribal women and the bright turbans of Rajasthani men. Explore medieval backstreets and browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, woodblock prints, perfume, jewellery and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery.
Rambagh Palace (B)
Day 6 – Transfer & Tour
Jodhpur Continue to Jodhpur, the blue hued city of Rajasthan, is a commercial heart of the Rajputana culture. En route we will visit Ranakpur, a famous Jain Temple dating back to the 15th century. We also visit two additional Jain temples and the Temple of the Sun God, famed for its erotic sculpture. Stay at the legendary Umaid Bhawan Palace, a sprawling Art Deco masterpiece.
Optional: Village Jeep Safari. Later this afternoon, experience a jeep safari to nearby villages to observe the village lifestyle and interact with villagers, shepherds, farmers and weavers of the region.
Umaid Bhawan (B)
Day 7 – Transfer & Tour
Jaisalmer After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Jodhpur, visiting the imposing Mehrangarh Fort and take in views over the blue houses of the old quarter and Jaswant Thada, the white marble memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Also visit the museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Afternoon drive to Jaisalmer , located further west in the Thar Desert. This desert fortress is one of Rajasthan's most exotic and unusual towns. En-route to Jaisalmer, make a brief stop at Pokhran, to visit the Pokhran Fort. Enjoy an evening at leisure, exploring the colourful and bustling bazaars of Jaisalmer.
Suryagarh Hotel (B)
Day 8 – Tour
Jaisalmer With your private guide explore the fort town and its sandstone backstreets, visit impressive Jain temples, and see the elaborately carved stone facades of havelis (mansions) in the old city. This desert fortress is one of Rajasthan's most exotic and unusual towns. Ask your guide if you want to ride a camel across the Sam Sand Dunes.
Suryagarh Hotel (B)
Day 9 – Transfer & Tour
Mihirgarh Drive to Mihirgarh, located in the desert wilderness. Mihir Gar, made of wattle, mud and wood, blends understated luxury with a rustic and sumptuous earthy elegance. In the evening enjoy a jeep safari to the nearby Bishnoi villages.
Mihirgarh Hotel (B)
Day 10 – Transfer & Tour
Udaipur Take leisurely drive to Udaipur, the capital of Mewar. A romantic and serene city, Udaipur nestles in the scenic valley of Aravali hills, surrounded by three lakes.
En route, visit the spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur, known for their exquisite sculptures. Built in the 15th century, the Jain temple complex lies in a remote and peaceful valley of the Aravali ranges. The main temple in the complex, Chaumukha Temple (Four Faced Temple), has 29 halls supported by 1444 intricately carved pillars and no two alike.
Taj Lake Palace (B)
Day 11 – Tour
Udaipur Stay in Udaipur, India's most romantic city, among the grand arches and courtyard gardens of the beautiful Oberoi Udaivilas. Cruise Lake Pichola and walk through picturesque backstreets, shop for local folk art, tour the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, the Saheliyon Ki Bari Garden, and browse the local bazaars.
Option: Eklingji Temple. Early afternoon, visit the most famous temples of Rajasthan. Located in the town of Eklingji (Kailashpuri), the place got its popular name from the temple. Eklingji Temple is positioned at a distance of 22 km in the north of Udaipur.
Taj Lake Palace (B)
Day 12 – Transfer & Tour
Mumbai This morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight to Mumbai.
Taj Mahal Palace & Towers (B)
Day 13 – Tour
Mumbai The tour concludes with two nights in exciting Mumbai (Bombay), India’s economic capital and the home of the Bollywood film industry. Tour the city’s cultural attractions, bazaars and most interesting neighbourhoods, enjoy a private market visit and cooking class, and take a private boat ride to the Elephanta Island Caves—inside are extensive Hindu stone sculptures linked to the cult of Shiva.
Attend a private cooking class at a local home that starts with a visit to the vegetable market to buy the ingredients and later cook in the Gujarati style.
Taj Mahal Palace & Towers (B)
Day 14 – Depart
Mumbai Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
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.