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Welcome to India! You will be met upon arrival in Delhi and transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi this morning, taking in the Red Fort, Jama Masjid mosque and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of New Delhi, designed by the eminent Sir Edward Lutyens. Highlights include the India Gate, Rajpath and bustling Connaught Place. A visit is also made to Qutab Minar, essentially a massive tower built to proclaim the arrival of Islam in the 11th century.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight departing 09:45 to Jordphur arriving 11:05. Upon arrival we will be there to pick you up and transfer you approx. 6 hours to Jaisalmer for the evening.
Today we have a wonderful opportunity to experience the exciting spectacle of the Dersert Camel Festival this morning. As the drums of Rajasthan beat out aloud brightly adorned elephants with their mahouts and tassel laden camels and riders, colourful floats, singers, dancers and marching bands will waltz on by in the city's annual street parade. Later in the afternoon after time to freshen up and have some lunch we enjoy a camel ride across the vast, rolling sand dunes of the desert.
This morning is another opportunity to enjoy the Desert Camel Festivals. This afternoon an interesting drive approx. 6 hours 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 this morning 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 afternoon is free.
Today we will transfer you approx. 6 hours to Udaipur. Enroute we visit Ranakpur, a small town tucked away in a remote valley and famed for its beautiful 14th century Jain temples. We then continue onto 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. This morning enjoy touring of the imposing City Palace, marvel at the architecture of the Jagdish Temple and Sahelion ki bari Garden. This evening enjoy a cruise on Lake Pichola in a private boat.
Today we will transfer you approx. 4 hours to Shahpura our halfway point onto Ranthambhore. This afternoon is free for you to relax or explore the nearby villages independently.
Today we will transfer you approx. 4 hours to Ranthambhore National Park. After lunch we venture out for an afternoon game drive by a shared jeep.
Today we enjoy both morning and evening game drives in an exclusive jeep with some time to relax during the day.
This morning enjoy one more game drive in an exclusive jeep before we transfer you approx. 6 hours onto Jaipur.
Today take a stately elephant ride (subject to availability) to the 15th Century Amber Fort, after which enjoy a city tour of the City Palace, followed by a visit to the Jantar Mantar space observatory. Don’t miss the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its incredible façade of balconies.
Today we will transfer you approx. 4 hours to Mandawa with the remainder of the day free. The small towns in this Shekwhawati 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.
Today enjoy the Shekhavati Festival. While the main activity is centred around the huge Surya Mandal Stadium in Navalgarh, Shekhawati Festival is truly a celebration of the various aspects and locals of Shekhawati. The locals get a chance to exhibit their prodigious skills. Famed artists and craftsmen from every corner of Rajasthan use this festival as an opportunity to display their talent to the world. You can even opt to take a tour of the famed portals of famous Havelis, forts and temples of the region.
Today we will transfer you approx. 7-8 hours to Agra.
This morning enjoy a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Possibly the most recognised of all India’s landmarks, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century. This afternoon we visit to the colossal 15th century Agra Fort and the Baby Taj.
Today, we travel by train to Jhansi and drive onward to Orchha. Situated on the banks of the River Betwa, Orchha is set amongst a wonderful complex of well-preserved 16th century temples and palaces. This afternoon you can enjoy a sightseeing tour.
Travelling south-east, we arrive in Khajuraho. Close behind the Taj Mahal and up there with Varanasi and Jaipur, are the amazing temples of Khajuraho. Immortalised in stone is a wealth of sensuous and erotic sculptures. This morning visit these famous temples.
This morning enjoy a tour of the Eastern group of temples. You will then be transferred to the airport for your flight to departing approx. 12:55 to Varanasi arriving approx. 14:15. This evening we visit the Ganges to witness the Aarti ceremony.
Abundant with temples and a labyrinth of streets, Varanasi is exciting, enticing and a city not to be missed. Early this morning we enjoy a boat ride on the River Ganges to view the sunrise and the ancient religious tradition of ritual cleansing that takes place on the ghats (riverside steps). Enjoy a tour of the city, with its numerous temples and wonderful historic feel including a visit to the Banaras Hindu University and New Vishwanath temple.
Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight departing approx. 15:20 to Delhi arriving approx. 17:00. Upon arrival we will be there to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel for the evening.
Sadly your final day with us with your departure airport transfer.
A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...