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A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...

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last updated - 22 Jul 2014 12:09 PM

Shahpura Holidays

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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India! You will be met upon arrival in Delhi and transferred to your hotel.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

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.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 3: Delhi - Jaisalmer

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.

Camels in the desert

Day 4: Jaisalmer

Today we have a wonderful opportunity to experience the exciting spectacle of the Desert 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.

Temple carving detail

Day 5: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

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.

A local girl in the Blue City of Jodhpur

Day 6: Jodhpur

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.

People outside the Meheranga Fort in Jodhpur

Day 7: Jodhpur - Udaipur

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.

Maharaja City Palace

Day 8: 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.

Jagdish Temple

Day 9: Udaipur - Shahpura

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.

Day 10: Shahpura - Ranthambhore NP

Today we will transfer you approx. 4 hours to Ranthambhore National Park. After lunch we venture out for an afternoon game drive by an exclusive (if not available then shared) jeep.

Tiger pug marks in the sand in Ranthambore National Park

Day 11: Ranthambhore NP

Today we enjoy both morning and evening game drives in an exclusive (if not available then shared) jeep with some time to relax during the day.

Antelope

Day 12: Ranthambhore NP - Jaipur

This morning enjoy one more game drive in an exclusive jeep before we transfer you approx. 6 hours onto Jaipur.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 13: Jaipur

Today take a stately elephant ride (subject to availability) to the 15th Century Amber Fort and then continue on to visit Aram Bagh, Kesar Kyari Bagh (view only) and Dilaram Bagh. This aftenoon 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.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 14: Jaipur - Mandawa

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.

Vishnu & Shiva frescoes

Day 15: Mandawa

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 view the painted Havelis at Sikar and Navalgarth.

Day 16: Mandawa - Agra

Today we leave early and will transfer you approx. 7-8 hours to Agra. Upon arrival the remainder of the day is free for you to relax (or if you prefer you can visit the Taj Mahal at sunset).

A Parakeet that has made Agra Fort it's home.

Day 17: Agra

This morning enjoy a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, this fine example of Mughal architecture was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved second wife-Mumtaz Mahal. Then we continue onto visit the colossal 15th century Agra Fort, Itmad ud dulla which is known as Baby Taj, Rambagh Garden, Chini ka Roza. This evening we re-visit the Taj Mahal at sunset (or you could opt to visit it tomorrow evening instead).

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 18: Agra

Today enjoy a tour to visit Sikandra and the Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned due to lack of water.

The sunsets over the Mosque in the Taj complex

Day 19: Agra - Orchha

Today, we travel by train departing approx. 08:10 to Jhansi arriving approx. 10:30 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.

Jehnagir Mahal

Day 20: Orchha - Khajuraho

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. Today we visit these famous temples. Tonight your hotel may opt to organise Shiv Vivah and Shiv Barat with the local people in Khajuraho.

The magnificent erotic temples of Khajuraho

Day 21: Khajuraho - Varanasi

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. 12:35 to Varanasi arriving approx. 13:25. This evening we visit the Ganges to witness the Aarti ceremony.

Varanasi Ghats

Day 22: Varanasi

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.

Bathers in the morning

Day 23: Varanasi - Amritsar

Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight departing approx. 11:05 to Delhi arriving approx. 12:25 to connect with the next flight departing approx. 17:05 to Amritsar arriving approx. 18:10. Upon arrival we will be there to pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for the evening.

The temple at night

Day 24: Amritsar

This morning we embark on an amazing sightseeing tour of the city and the famous Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh. This afternoon we’ll drive to the final frontier, Wagah to watch the sunset changing of the guards and ceremonial lowering of the flags.

Amritsar smile

Day 25: Amritsar - Chandigarh

Today we drive approx. 5 hours onto Chandigarh. Upon arrival visit (without guide) to the famous Rock garden, Rose Garden and Capital Complex (view from outside).

Lake view of the temple

Day 26: Chandigarh - Shimla

Today we continue on our drive approx. 4 hours to Shimla with the remainder of the day free.

Anarkanda

Day 27: Shimla

This morning enjoy a half day city sightseeing tour including Jhaku Temple, Viceregal Lodge and State Museum. This afternoon enjoy a heritage walk of the town. The ‘summer capital’ of British India sprawls along a crescent-shaped ridge at an altitude of over 2100m in southern Himachal Pradesh. This was the most important hill station in India before Independence. The famous main street, The Mall, still runs along the crest of the ridge and is lined with stately English-looking houses. Christ Church, Gorton Castle and the fortress-like former Viceroyal Lodge reinforce the English favour.

Shimla aerial view

Day 28: Shimla

Today we travel to Sarahan (approx. 2 hours) to visit Bhimakali Temple (without guide).

Local train

Day 29: Shimla

Today is a free day for you to relax or explore independently.

Shimla main street

Day 30: Shimla - Delhi

Today you will be transferred to the train station for catch the Himalayan Queen Toy Train (non-air-conditioned) departing approx. 10:30 to Kandaghat. Upon arrival at Kandaghat station at approx. 12:35 we will be there to pick you up and transfer you to Kalka station for your next train departing approx. 17:30 to Delhi arriving approx. 21:40. Upon arrival we will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel for the night.

Delhi fruit stall

Day 31: Delhi

This morning enjoy a visit to the Lotus Temple (Bahai Temple) and Akshardham Temple. The afternoon is free for you to relax or perhaps to do that last minute souvenir shopping before your transfer late tonight for your early morning flight tomorrow morning.

Raj Ghat

Day 32: Delhi

(last nights room was booked for late check-out)

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