Rajasthan offers the 'quintessential' experience with its vibrant culture, glorious history, splendid architecture and warm hospitality. Prior to this royal exploration, you will soak up some famous places in the bustling capital city, Delhi and the wondrous epitome of love - the Taj Mahal.
Such is the grandeur of this white marble architectural splendour that it has become synonymous to Indian tourism.
- Enjoy a fantastic tour with the services of an English speaking local guide for all sightseeing and all transfers will be in an air conditioned vehicle
- During the tour you will have a city tour of Udaipur, cruise on the waters of Lake Pichola and a city tour of Old and New Delhi along with much more
- Visit many of the famous monuments in India including the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Udaipur City Palace and much more
- Departs: london
- Arrives: delhi, India
- Departs: delhi, India
- Arrives: london
Heritage Tour of Rajasthan
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- Enjoy a fabolous India tour in comfort
- Enjoy various extras during this tour
- Visit many of India's most famous monuments
Rajasthan offers the 'quintessential' experience with its vibrant culture, glorious history, splendid architecture and warm hospitality. Prior to this royal exploration, you will soak up some famous places in the bustling capital city, Delhi and the wondrous epitome of love - the Taj Mahal. Such is the grandeur of this white marble architectural splendour that it has become synonymous to Indian tourism.
Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met & assisted by our representative & will be transferred to your hotel.
Delhi is a cosmopolitan city that has a rich history stretching back thousands of years. It has been the capital of at least seven or eight great civilizations, and each of them has left monuments worth exploring.
Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel or explore the surroundings on your own.
Overnight in New Delhi.
Day 2 -Delhi To Agra
Today morning after breakfast, drive to Agra (210 kms / 3.5 Hrs).
Agra came into the limelight during the rule of the Afghan King Sikandar Lodhi - who had made it the capital of his empire. Later in 1526 A.D., the Mughal Emperor Babar took upon himself the task for rendering Agra, a unique character and beauty of its own. The next few hundred years of Agra witnessed the rise of the pomp and pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs - Emperor Akbar, Jehangir and Shahjahan. In modern times, the city of Agra is a thriving carpet industry where you can also find leather workers, sandstone and marble sculptors, some of whom claim to be direct descendants of the craftsmen who had helped build the Taj Mahal.
Later visit Agra Fort, where the ageing Emperor Shah Jahan, imprisoned by his son, watched from a distance the fulfilment of his life's dream-the building of the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife.
Afterwards visit the magnificent Taj Mahal. On the inner walls, jewel-like stones create beautiful designs in white marble. The Mughals perfected the art of embedding semi-precious stones into marble and the Taj is the finest example of this special process called pietra dura. It begins with a marble plate, varying in size. Then jewels are sliced paper thin and embedded in the marble with such precision that the joints are invisible to the naked eye.
Overnight in Agra.
Day 3 -Agra To Jaipur
Today morning after breakfast, proceed to Jaipur visiting Fathepur Sikri Enrotue (235 kms / 05 Hrs).
Upon arrival in Jaipur, check-in at the hotel.
Jaipur, the fascinating capital of the marvelous state of Rajasthan, is one of the well-planned cities of its time. The graceful architecture of the city that runs across in pink color has earned Jaipur the title of the "The Pink City". Jaipur is predominantly known for its musicians, artisans and craftsmen. Today, it is flocked by masses for its fine jewellery, varied textiles and sumptuous cuisine.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 4 -Jaipur
Today morning after breakfast, enjoy a full day city tour of Jaipur.
You will first visit the Hilltop fortress at Amer. On the way back stop at the "Palace of Winds"
Continue to Jantar Mantar, an observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh II in the 18th centuary. Also visit the City Palace. The palace is now principally a museum housing a collection of great treasures.
In the evening proceed to Nokha House for cooking demonstration followed by Dinner. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 5 -Jaipur To Pushkar
Today morning after breakfast, drive to Pushkar (150 kms / 03 Hrs)
Pushkar, which means lake of the lotus blossoms, is an ancient settlement that dates back to the 4th century. It stands at the base of a hill called Nag Pahar, in a valley encircled by the Aravallis in central Rajasthan. Hugging it are 52 ghats that give onto a ring of about 500 white - washed temples, ashrams and dharamsalas.
In the afternoon, you will explore the city mainly visiting the Pushkar Lake Ghats and the Brahma Temple, which is one of its kind left in India today.
Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Pushkar.
Day 6 - Pushkar To Udaipur
Today morning after breakfast, drive to Udaipur (280 kms / 06 Hrs)
Upon arrival in Udaipur, check-in at the hotel.
Set on the shores of Lake Pichola and surrounded by hills, Udaipur grew in complete contrast to the harsh deserts of the rest of Rajasthan. From the late 16th century, peace brought about an era of renaissance in the arts and encouraged the building of beautiful palaces around the lake, culminating in the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in the world. The lake itself is a romantic setting surrounding the gleaming white Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir, a refuge of the rebel Mughal prince, Shah Jahan, soon to be the creator of the incomparable Taj Mahal.
Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 7 - Udaipur
Today morning after breakfast, enjoy the half day city tour of Udaipur visiting the City Palace, which stands on the crest of a ridge overlooking Lake Pichola. The largest palace in Rajasthan, it was built at various periods but still preserves the harmony of design, enhanced by massive octagonal towers surmounted by cupolas.
Later visit mid-17th century built Jagdish Temple in the old town, famous for the remarkable bronze statue of Garuda, the mythical bird, facing his revered master Lord Vishnu.
Continue the visit to the Sahelion-ki-Bari (Garden of the Handmaidens), a good example of the Hindu art of landscape gardening on a princely scale. Ornamental pools with finely sculptured cenotaphs of soft black stone are surrounded by a profusion of fountains.
Afternoon, experience the hustle bustle of the old market at Udaipur. Walk past the spice shops, jewellery shops, utensil shops, silver market and local meat & food shop.
Towards the evening, you will enjoy a motor launch cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola. The beautiful Lake Pichola was enlarged by Maharana Udai Singh after he founded the city. The city palace extends a considerable distance along the east bank of the lake. From the boat you will be able to view the city of Udaipur as it rises majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. One would get an interesting view of the Dhobi (laundry) ghats. Also visit the Jag Mandir Palace - a lovely island palace in the middle of the lake.
Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 8 - Udaipur To Jodhpur
Today morning after breakfast, drive to Jodhpur (290 kms / 06 Hrs).
Upon arrival in Jodhpur, check-in at the hotel.
Jodhpur the second largest city in Rajasthan, lies at the entrance to the Thar desert in a region called Marwar. The old city, founded in 1459, is surrounded by a 10 km long wall. The massive Meherangarh Fort overlooks the city and the red sandstone palaces within the fort form one of the most impressive complexes in Rajasthan. Jodhpur is also called 'blue city' because of the indigo-washed houses in the old town.
Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight in Jodhpur.
Day 9 - Jodhpur To Khimsar
Today after breakfast, you will head for a tour of Jodhpur visiting Jaswant Thada. It is a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), who purged Jodhpur of dacoits, initiated irrigation systems and boosted the economy.
Continue to the Mehrangarh Fort, jewel of Rajasthan's second largest city. The 5 km long ramparts of the fort, perched on a 125 metre - high rocky cliff in the middle of the city, has four gates which can be approached by a winding road. The fort offers a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape and inside the fort, one can see magnificent palaces adorned with intricately carved panels and latticed windows.
Later proceed to Khimsar (90 kms / 02 Hrs). Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Khimsar Fort is a sprawling property with spacious rooms and also cottages on the dunes nearby the fort area as well.
Overnight in Khimsar.
Day 10 - Khimsar To Bikaner
This morning after breakfast drive Bikaner (160 kms / 3.5 Hrs).
Upon arrival at Bikaner you will check-in at your hotel.
Like many others in Rajasthan, Bikaner old city is surrounded by a high crenellated wall and was once an important staging post on the great caravan routes. The old city with its exquisite merchant havelis, temples and bazaars retains a medieval air. The city is chiefly interesting for its superb large fort, but it is also known for the fine camels bred here. There is a government camel-breeding farm near the city.
Afternoon, you will visit Junagarh Fort, built 1593 and known for its magnificent stone carving. See the beautifully designed palaces with interiors decorated with shell-work, mirror and glass inlays, gold leaf, lacquer work etc. Highlights include Diwn-I-Khas, Phool Mahal and Chandra Mahal decorated with marble, mirror-work and carvings, Anup Mahal the coronation hall, Gaj Mandir with its mirrored Shish Mahal, and Har Mandir or the royal temple. There is also a museum containing manuscripts, weaponry, jewellery etc.
Evening will be spent at leisure. Overnight in Bikaner.
Day 11 - Bikaner To Mandawa
Today morning after breakfast, drive to Mandawa (190 kms / 04 Hrs).
Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.
The compact and busy little market of Mandawa was established in the 18th century and was fortified by some dominant merchant familises. Today, it has some of the finest painted Havelis in the region and is a perfect place for wandering at random
Afternoon, you will visit various painted havelis of the region.
Overnight in Mandawa.
Day 12 - Mandawa To Delhi
Today morning after breakfast, drive back to Delhi (260 kms / 06 Hrs).
Upon arrival in Delhi, check-in at the hotel. Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 13 - Delhi
Today after breakfast, you will be going for a full day city tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi you will visit the 17th century Jama Masjid and walk through the narrow, winding lanes of the colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk.
In New Delhi, You can drive past The Presidential Palace and all the government buildings. Also visit the glorious Qutab Minar and the 16th century Humayun's tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal.
Evening is at leisure. Stay overnight in New Delhi.
Day 14 - Departure Delhi
Today morning after breakfast, you will be assisted & transferred in your private car to connect your flight back home.
END OF TOUR
**NOTICE: There are currently restoration works taking place on the Taj Mahal until further notice
£1379 per person
Your holidays include:
- Representation Services