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Welcome to India! Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
This morning enjoy sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat. This afternoon is free or consider to enhance your holiday and do our New Delhi optional tour.
Today, we drive to the semi-desert Shekhawati region. The small towns in this region became important trading posts, a lasting legacy of which are the beautiful painted havelis (mansions) constructed by wealthy merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Travelling west, our next stop is 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 & museum, built between 1587 and 1593 during the rule of Rai Singh.
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 in ancient lane ways.
During our stay in this stunning Rajasthani fortress town we’ll enjoy some touring plus a desert camel safari on the rolling Sam sand dunes.
An interesting drive through increasingly varied scenery takes us to Jodhpur, a town at the edge of the mighty Thar Desert. Dominated by Meherangarh Fort which sits majestically atop a hill, Jodhpur is known as the Blue City. This is because of the coloured houses in the old town, painted indigo. We’ll enjoy some touring in this colourful Rajasthani city, taking in the mighty fort and bazaars of the old city which are gathered around the city’s tall clock tower.
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 independantly before continuing onto Udaipur for the evening. An oasis of cool, with its massive lake and Venetian-like appearance, Udaipur is one of the most romantic towns in Rajasthan.
During our stay we’ll enjoy a cruise on Lake Pichola (shared boat), plus touring of the imposing City Palace, not to mention free time to explore and perhaps shop for colourful Rajasthani souvenirs and Indian spices. Consider to enhance your holiday with our Monsoon Palace optional.
Today we drive onto Puskhar. Sitting on the edge of the desert and clinging to the side of a small lake, Pushkar is an ancient Rajasthani town considered by Hindus to be one of the most sacred places in India. This afternoon enjoy a half day tour.
Today we travel onto Jaipur. The vibrant capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘Pink City. The remainder of the day is free.
This morning, we travel beyond Jaipur to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride (subject to availability) transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. Later in the afternoon is free or you can consider to enhance your holiday with with our 'Jaipur up close' optional.
Early this morning consider to enhance your holiday with our Hot Air Ballooning optional. En route to Agra, we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water. Here, we visit the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind it's fortified walls.
We wake up early this morning to see to the legendary Taj Mahal and witness a magical sunrise. Built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century as an enduring memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz. Built entirely of white marble, the Taj Mahal has no peers. Thereafter we travel onto Delhi.
Sadly your last day with your departure airport transfer.
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