Jaisalmer Holidays

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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India! Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Overnight The Pull Man - Gurgaon.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. Enjoy a half day morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi this morning, taking in the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk. This evening enjoy a Bollywood Dance Show at Kingdom of Dreams. Overnight The Pull Man - Gurgaon.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 3: Delhi - Agra

Departing Delhi, we journey to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital. Here, we visit the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind it's fortified walls.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur

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. En route to Bharatpur, we visit ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. This magnificent fortified city was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned dramatically due to a lack of water to support the peoples who resided in the city. Thanks to the very durable red sandstone, from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri remains fantastically preserved. Upon arrival into Bharatpur board the train departing approx. 18:46 to Jaipur arriving 22:00. Upon arrival we will be there to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 5: Jaipur

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 we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 6: Jaipur - Nimaj

Today we travel onto Nimaj where you can enjoy the activities provided by the resort.

Day 7: Nimaj

Today you can enjoy birding and other activities provided by the Resort.

Day 8: Nimaj - Manvar

Today we drive onto Manvar. This evening enjoy a Desert Safari Jeep Ride and Camel ride at the camp.

Day 9: Manvar - Jaisalmer

Today we continue onto 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.

Camels in the desert

Day 10: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

An interesting drive through increasingly varied scenery takes us to Jodhpur, a town at the edge of the mighty Thar Desert.

A local girl in the Blue City of Jodhpur

Day 11: Jodhpur

This morning enjoy a city sightseeing tour. 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. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to relax.

People outside the Meheranga Fort in Jodhpur

Day 12: Jodhpur - Udaipur

Leaving Jodhpur, we drive to Ranakpur, a small town tucked away in a remote valley and famed for its beautiful 14th century Jain temples (tour without guide) and then continue onto Udaipur.

Maharaja City Palace

Day 13: Udaipur

An oasis of cool, with its massive lake and Venetian-like appearance, Udaipur is one of the most romantic towns in Rajasthan. A favourite amongst travellers, Udaipur is crammed full of palaces and temples. During our stay we’ll enjoy a cruise on Lake Pichola, plus touring of the imposing City Palace, not to mention free time to explore and perhaps shop for colourful Rajasthani souvenirs and Indian spices.

Jagdish Temple

Day 14: Udaipur - Munnar

Early this morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight departing approx. 06:55 to Mumbai arriving approx. 08:10. Your next flight departs Mumbai at approx. 13:25 and arrives into Kochi at approx. 15:30. Upon arrival we will be there to pick you up and transfer you approx. 4 hours to Munnar for the evening.

Tea pickers

Day 15: Munnar

Munnar - a quaint hill station nestled on the verdant slopes of tea plantations, that exudes a rare old world charm and reminds one of the days of the Raj in its elegant splendour. At a height of 1525 metres, Munnar offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. Today we visit a Tea Garden and plantation with a bit of light hiking.

Rolling plantation

Day 16: Munnar - Alleppey

Today you will be transferred to Allepey. Upon arrival we board a simply furnished private boat for a journey through the lush backwaters. Our private houseboat takes us sedately along the enchanting palm-fringed backwaters, covering a distance of some 20 kms, during which time the boat glides past local villages and interesting scenes of everyday rural life. Watch a beautiful sunset over the backwaters and enjoy tasty meals (starting with lunch) prepared by the onboard chef using fresh local produce.

Alleppey sunset

Day 17: Alleppey - Kumarakom

After breakfast we disembark the houseboat at Kumarakom. Perched sleepily amongst a tangle of verdant tropical waterways, the area is known as the Keralan backwaters, Kumarakom is technically a cluster of islands on Lake Vembanad - one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes.

Sunrise boat trip

Day 18: Kumarakom

This is an ideal place to relax for the next one days, enjoy the beautiful scenery and laid back pace.

Local house

Day 19: Kumarakom

Today marks the end of our memorable journey. After breakfast we travel back to Kochi and transfer to the airport.

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