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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.

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Day 1

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

Day 2

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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

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  |  Breakfast

Day 4

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

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  |  Breakfast

Day 6

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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

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  |  Breakfast

Days 8-9

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  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 10

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  |  Breakfast

Day 11

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  |  Breakfast

Days 12-13

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  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 14

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  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Saturday. After breakfast our our comes to an end. Following hotel check-out transfer to the airport for your onward travel.
Breakfast

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.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Almondz Hotel, Delhi
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The modern and smart Almondz Hotel offers guests good sized well appointed rooms which all come with complimentary Wi-Fi. The in-house restaurant is highly recommended providing diners with delicious food and a friendly service. Please note that the majority of hotel rooms do not have windows.

Utkarsh Vilas, Agra
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Utkarsh Vilas is a simple, comfortable hotel with large rooms.

Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

The beautiful heritage style Mandawa Haveli is a fine example of typical Rajasthan architecture - set in terraced gardens with pretty courtyards. All rooms are well appointed with intricately carved wooden beds and king-size royal portraits. An evening spent enjoying a lavish Rajasthani dinner in front of a traditional folk dance is highly recommended. Well located in the heart of Jaipur city on Sansar Chandra Road, just a few minute’s drive from the Palace of the Winds.

Indra Vilas, Alsisar
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Indra Vilas is a beautiful haveli with spacious rooms and set in 10 acres of land.

Lallgarh Palace, Bikaner
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

A converted palace, the Lallgarh is a stately hotel with many period features and has its own museum and library.

Narayan Niwas, Jaisalmer
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

The only classified heritage property in the heart of the City, Narayan Niwas Palace is a golden sandstone structure with intricate carvings from a bygone era. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished in traditional Rajasthani design with a modern twist. Meals can be taken al-fresco overlooking the courtyard and the restaurant specialises in Chinese, Continental and Indian cuisine. Well located in the heart of the city.

Karni Bhawan, Jodhpur
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

The charming and intimate red stone 1940s bungalow, Karni Bhawan has been tastefully restored to its former beauty. Guest rooms are spacious and modern but still in keeping with classic Rajasthani design. The outdoor pool s perfect for relaxing by and the food here is top notch, it’s even been showcased at Switzerland's food festivals for the past 10 years. Set in beautiful lush green gardens on Palace Road, Jodhpur very near to Umaid Bhawan Palace.

King's Abode, Ranakpur
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Nestled in the majestic wilderness of Rajasthan, the King's Abode is a fortress, sitting aloft a hill surrounded by nature. In the calmness and coolness of this resort you will find modern amenities, courteous service and a feeling of being welcome. It also offers scrumptious cuisine, spectacular views, comfortable rooms. Why not try your hand at a spot of cricket with other guests? Located in serene Ranakpur, just a short drive from the famous Jain Temple.

Hotel Hilltop Palace, Udaipur
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

As the name suggests, the Hilltop Hotel is set on a hill overlooking Udaipur's famous Lake Fatehsagar. The hotel perfectly combines effortless service with harmonious spaces and is the perfect setting to enjoy a stay in Udaipur. The tastefully decorated guest rooms are complete with marble inlay and have individual open terraces looking over the stunning lake. Having a cocktail at Zannat, the open air roof top restaurant, is the perfect place to watch the sun go down. Perfectly located on the top of Ambavgarh Hill overlooking Lake Fetehsagar and Swaroop Sagar.

Trip Highlights

Old and New Delhi - The magnificent Red Fort, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat
The Pink City of Jaipur - The lofty Amber Fort, regal City Palace and ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar
Fatehpur Sikri - An ancient abandoned Mughal city
Bikaner - The meticulous Junagarh Fort and museum
The Blue City of Jodhpur - The skyline dominating Meherangarh Fort, the regal Jodphur Palace and the beautiful Thar Desert
Peaceful Udaipur - The tranquil Lake Pichola, and the delightful City Palace
The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory at sunset
An exotic elephant ride into Jaipur's Amber Fort
India's rural Shekhawati region famed for its beautiful Rajasthani architecture and classic havelis
Jaisalmer - The dominating Jaisalmer Fort, gorgeous old town and the magnificent sweeping sand dunes
Ranakpur - The stunning intricately designed Jain temples
Agra - The beautiful Agra Fort and the Mughal mausoleum known as Baby Taj)

Included

14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners (including Namaste Dinner in Delhi)
Elephant ride to Amber Fort - Jaipur
Boat cruise on Lake Pichola - Udaipur
All relevant transfers and transportation
Touring of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Alsisar, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhur and Udaipur
Specialist local guides at some sights
14 nights - 3-4 star and heritage hotels
Camel sand dune safari - Jaisalmer
Economy class flight - Udaipur - Delhi
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 15
English speaking Indian tour leader for groups of 6 or more

Not Included

International flights and visas
Entrance Fees: $100-110 USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $35-45 USD

Thank you for a wonderful holiday. I am most impressed with the company. Good hotels & great tour guide. I will definitely use OTG for my next trip.

Elizabeth Poggiolini

An excellent experience all around!!

Roger Fitzpatrick

The tour lived up to our expectations. The tour guide (Yusuf) was the best we have ever had!

James Vanstone

We had a Fantastic guide named Yusuf. He really made everything special, was always helpful and patient and friendly! I wish he could be the guide on every tour I take.

Alida Deflamingh

We thoroughly enjoyed all of the tour. Special mention to tour leader Sammi for a terrific job + help given.

Ronald Bruce

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

This is a special Diwali departure, which includes our own Diwali celebrations!
Diwali Departure
Xmas departure, book early!
XMAS Departure
Easter departure, book early!
Easter Departure
New Year Departure
2015
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $700
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Pre-Tour accommodation - Delhi
USD $109
USD $80
Post-Tour accommodation - Delhi
USD $109
USD $80
Post-Tour accommodation - Mumbai
USD $149
USD $130
Passage to India - Mumbai Option
USD $360
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This tour is also available on a private basis.

SPECIAL DEPARTURE: 07 NOVEMBER 2015 tour includes special DIWALI arrangements. On this tour we celebrate Diwali in Jaipur at the Birla Temple. See the Trip Notes for details. A small supplement has been added to our tour price for this departure.

Tour Details
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Delhi
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 2
Tour Bolt-ons
Enhance your trip with these amazing added extras and bolt-ons
Shimla Calling
USD $529 / 4 days
Mumbai Breakaway
USD $699

Thank you for a wonderful holiday. I am most impressed with the company. Good hotels & great tour guide. I will definitely use OTG for my next trip.

Elizabeth Poggiolini
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