Passage to India - 15 days

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Embark on a colourful journey through remarkable Rajasthan. Explore the legendary Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, before travelling into the mighty Thar Desert to explore the remote towns of Bikaner, Jaisalmer and the Blue city of Jodphur. Opt to finish your tour back in Delhi or head south to Mumbai, the home of Bollywood.

Day 1: Delhi
Saturday. Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore this bustling capital city. Overnight - Delhi
This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, taking in the Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque and Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation in Old Delhi, and the Rajpath and India Gate in New Delhi. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste Dinner at a restaurant specialising in classic Indian cuisine. Overnight - Delhi (B, D)
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Delhi - Agra. Departing Delhi, we make our way to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal empire. Our first stop here is the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. Later we travel on to the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by the order of Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in affectionate memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal is perhaps one of the most extravagant monuments to love ever built and has no peers. Overnight - Agra (B)
An early morning ballon ride over the Amber Fort in Jaipur
Day 4: Jaipur
Agra - Jaipur. En route to Jaipur we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which has been deserted for over four centuries after it was allegedly abandoned due to a lack of water Thanks to the very durable red sandstone from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri still remains well-preserved and is a fascinating place to explore. Later we drive to Jaipur, the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your own leisure. Overnight - Jaipur (B, L)
Day 5: Jaipur
Very early this morning there is the opportunity to sail over the lofy hilltop forts and regal palaces of Jaipur in a hot air balloon, on our Balloon Over Jaipur Bolt-on. We then travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort where we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior and grounds. Reaching the fort is an experience in itself, as we ride up the road in princely style aboard Indian elephants - subject to regulations and availability. Later we visit a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing before touring the City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory. Overnight - Jaipur (B)
Day 6: Alsisar
Jaipur - Alsisar. Today we drive to the semi-desert Shekhawati region, which lies in a triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner. The small towns in this region were once important trading posts, and today their legacy is carried on through the beautiful painted havelis that were constructed by wealthy merchants here in the 18th and 19th centuries. Later we enjoy a walk through a local village and time to relax. Overnight - Alsisar (B, D)
Men leading their camels in Rajasthan
Day 7: Bikaner
Alsisar – Bikaner. This morning we make a quick visit the children and teachers at a local school in Alsisar where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme, before travelling west to the 14th century desert town of Bikaner. Once an important staging post on the great caravan routes, much of the atmospheric old town which we will explore is still encircled by massive fortified walls. Within these walls are havelis, artisan shops and people going about their daily lives. We also visit the spectacular Junagarh Fort and museum, built between 1587 and 1593 during the rule of Rai Singh. Overnight - Bikaner (B)
Days 8 - 9: Jaisalmer
Bikaner - Jaisalmer. Driving through the Rajasthani Thar desert we arrive at the medieval caravan outpost of Jaisalmer, one of the jewels in India’s crown. Exquisite wood and sandstone buildings dot the town and within Jaisalmer Fort are homes, hotels and shops hidden away in ancient lanes. During our stay in this stunning Rajasthani fortress town we’ll enjoy some touring plus a desert camel safari on the rolling sand dunes. Overnight - Jaisalmer (B:2)
Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur India
Jaisalmer - Jodhpur. This morning we drive to Jodhpur, a charming town located on the eastern edge of the Thar Desert. Dubbed the Blue City due to the distinctive colour of its old town houses, the city is dominated by the grand Meherangarh Fort which sits on a hilltop within the ancient walls of the old city. We’ll enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing in this colourful city, taking in the mighty for and bazaars of the old city which are gathered around the city’s tall clock tower. Later enjoy free time to bargain for local wares, from spices to richly coloured textiles and ornaments. Overnight - Jodhpur (B)
The beautiful City Palace in Udaipur
Day 11: Ranakpur
Jodhpur - Ranakpur. Leaving Jodhpur we drive to Ranakpur, a small town tucked away in a remote valley and famed for its beautiful 14th century Jain temples. We’ll enjoy some exploration here and free time to relax at our hotel. Overnight - Ranakpur (B)
Lake Pichola in Udaipur
Days 12 - 13: Udaipur
Ranakpur - Udaipur. Continuing south we arrive at Udaipur, a beautiful town set on the shores of picturesque Lake Pichola. A favourite amongst traveller, Udaipur is viewed as one of Rajasthan’s most romantic cities and is brimming with palaces and temples. During our stay we enjoy a cruise on Lake Pichola and a tour of the majestic City Palace before enjoying free time to explore the shops and markets of this charming town. Overnight - Udaipur (B:2)
Udaipur - Delhi. This morning a departure transfer takes us to the airport to board our flight to Delhi. Upon arrival the afternoon is free for you to relax at the hotel or to head out and further explore Delhi. There is the option to travel onward to Mumbai, see note below. Overnight - Delhi (B)
Day 15: Delhi
Saturday. After breakfast our our comes to an end. Following hotel check-out transfer to the airport for your onward travel. (B)

Finish your tour in Mumbai

You can opt to travel independently onward from Udaipur to Mumbai. On day 14 board a morning flight to Mumbai, the exhilarating and charismatic city at the heart of the glamorous Hindi film industry and often referred to as Bollywood. Enjoy the rest of the day in this vibrant city exploring at your own pace. Overnight - Mumbai. The following day, the tour ends after breakfast. Following hotel check-out transfer to the international airport for your onward travel.

Please be sure to indicate your preference to travel by air and experience Mumbai at time of booking.
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Delhi / Ends in: Delhi
  • Departs: Every second Saturday - September through to April
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:14, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 2
  • Hotel Rating: 3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
  • Tour Guide: Yes (for groups of 6 or more)
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