Best of Rajasthan - 10 days
Take an exciting journey through the colourful state of Rajasthan, starting in Jaipur you'll then continue to Rathambore National Park and begin your search for the elusive tiger. Next you'll visit the religious city of Pushkar, the beautiful blue city of Jodphur and the romantic Udaipur, often know as the 'City of Lakes'. Ending your tour in the energetic capital of Delhi.
Very early this morning there is the opportunity to sail over the lotfy hilltop forts and regal palaces of Jaipur in a hot air balloon. 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. 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
Jaipur - Ranthambore. After breakfast on day 3, we set out by road to Ranthambore National Park. Upon arrival we will check in to our hotel and have time to freshen up before embarking on an evening game drive. For a relatively small area, the park offers a rich diversity of fauna and flora including sambar, chital, nilgai, wild boar, leopard, sloth bear and myriad birdlife as well as the Bengal tiger. Ranthambore is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's excellent conservation efforts in Rajasthan. The following day we enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with some time to relax during the day.
Overnight: Ranthambore National Park | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 2
Ranthambore - Pushkar. Back on the road today we make our way to the sleepy lakeside town of Pushkar. Famous for the annual Pushkar Camel Fair, Pushkar is an ancient Rajasthani town which is considered by Hindus to be one of the most sacred places in India. Upon arrival we'll enjoy a break for lunch before heading out on a sightseeing tour of Pushkar Lake - which is believed to have curative powers, and the Brahma Temple - one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity.
Overnight: Pushkar | Breakfast
Pushkar - 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. Upon arrival we'll break for lunch before a late afternoon tour of this colourful city, taking in the mighty fort and bazaars of the old city which are gathered around the city’s tall clock tower. Followed by free time to bargain for local wares, from spices to richly coloured textiles and ornaments.
Overnight: Jodhpur | Breakfast
Jodhpur - Udaipur. On the morning of day 7 we drive to Ranakpur, a small town tucked away in a remote valley which famed for its beautiful 14th century Jain temples. We stop for lunch and visit Ranakpur Temple before continuing south to Udaipur, arriving late afternoon.
Udaipur is 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. On day 8 we explore Udaipur and the majestic City Palace on a guided tour. Then there's free time to explore the shops and markets of this charming town before an evening cruise on picturesque Lake Pichola.
Overnight: Udaipur | Breakfast x 2
Udaipur - Delhi. This morning a departure transfer takes us to the airport to board our morning 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
After breakfast our our comes to an end. Following hotel check-out transfer to the airport for your onward travel.
FINISH YOUR TOUR IN MUMBAI
You can opt to travel independently onward from Udaipur to Mumbai. On day 13 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.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 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 and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
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.
Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur
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.
Ranthambore Heritage Haveli , Ranthambore National Park
Set amongst well manicured gardens, the Ranthambore Heritage Haveli offers stylish and intimate accommodation in a enviable location. Guest rooms are elegantly designed with excellent amenities including large TV's and beautiful rain showers. The haveli also benefits from a refreshing outdoor pool, a multi-cuisine restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi. Why not start the day with a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool - a perfect way to energise your day!
Pushkar Resort, Pushkar
The Pushkar is a warm, family managed hotel and a tranquil oasis set in 15 acres of gardens. Each cottage is constructed from local, authentic stonework and provides an exceptionally high level of comfort, topped off with quaint patchwork furnishings. In the restaurant, guests can treat themselves to a range of cuisines from Asia and Europe. A variety of different and massages are also available in the spa. The hotel is 4 km from Pushkar town, at the edge of desert.
Karni Bhawan, Jodhpur
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.
Hotel Hilltop Palace, Udaipur
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.
Hotel Jivitesh, Delhi
The Jivitesh Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Karol Bagh, a popular neighbourhood of Delhi which is renowned for its excellent shops and vibrant street markets. The Jivitesh offers comfortable and spacious guest rooms, with all modern amenities and you can be assured of a warm welcome and excellent customer service from the hotel staff. Enjoy authentic Indian vegetarian cuisine at the hotel's restaurant and enjoy a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool, after a day of sightseeing in the capital.
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