Essence of Rajasthan

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DELHI – AGRA – JAIPUR – NIMAJ – JODHPUR – NARLAI – UDAIPUR – DELHI

This luxury tour of Rajasthan offers you a true essence of Rajasthan, in fact, its Rajasthan in concentrate. A tour through Rajasthan a destination that gives a strong feeling that Mother Nature and the colorful history have done full justice to the dry and arid landscape here. 

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This Rajasthan tour gives you a slight idea, and one has to say slight because you can never have enough of this beautiful heaven in the desert. Delhi prepares you with liveliness and an upbeat mind. The Taj Mahal elevates the anticipation of the things yet to come.

From here you tiptoe into the storybook called Rajasthan beginning at Jaipur and then to Jodhpur, Udaipur in between surprising you with a laidback stopover at Narlai. Every chapter of this storybook stands out with everlasting impressions of the bygone era. Whether the exquisite Hawa Mahal or the massive Mehrangarh, be it the dreams in white at Udaipur or the unassuming yet warm hospitality of Narlai; in simple words, Rajasthan leaves you enchanted.

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Starting from £3034.00

International flights & VIP meet at aircraft door included - more Special Value inclusions listed below

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Itinerary

DELHI – AGRA – JAIPUR – NIMAJ – JODHPUR – NARLAI – UDAIPUR – DELHI

DAY 01 – DEPART FOR DELHI
Depart you chosen airport today bound for Delhi, arriving tomorrow.

DAY 02 – ARRIVE DELHI – Vivanta by Taj Ambassador
Arrive Delhi today. VIP meet at aircraft door, assistant through baggage control, then outside the airport to meet our local representatives, where you will be meet at the arrivals door then transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

DAY 03 – DELHI (B)
Today, after breakfast, you will enjoy a full day private guided sightseeing tour of New & Old Delhi taking in all the major sights.

This afternoon explore the famous Chandni Chowkh Bazaar. For lunch today, you can experience the famous street food here, in fact, Chandni Chowkh is often called the food capital of India.

DAY 04 – DELHI TO AGRA (B) – ITC Mughal
Drive to Agra (3.5 hrs) on arrival private guided sightseeing of the city concluding with a sunset visit to the famous Taj Mahal.

DAY 05 – AGRA TO JAIPUR (B) – Samode Haveli
Options of swapping your sunset visit to the Taj Mahal for a sunrise visit this morning. Later drive to Jaipur (5.5 hrs) with en route visit Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri Stepwell.

Arrive Jaipur late afternoon then at leisure.

DAY 06 – JAIPUR (B)
In the morning, you visit the Amber Fort — one of the most fascinating of Indian forts.
This afternoon you have the option to relax at your hotel or explore the famous bazaars.

Optional extra experience; Spend the afternoon with elephants, enjoying the biggest but the gentlest animal in the world. 

DAY 07 – JAIPUR (B)
Today you will explore the other attractions of Jaipur, visit City Palace, Janta Mantar observatory, Hawa Mahal is known as the Palace of Winds.

Optional Extra: This evening you may like to enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner with a local family. Please advise at the time of booking if this of interest to you so we can advise the supplement cost.

DAY 08 – JAIPUR TO NIMAJ (FB) – RAAS Chhatrasagar
Drive to Pushkar (2.5 hrs) for sightseeing, then later continue to Nimaj (2.5 hrs) .

Pushkar means born due to a flower. In Hindu mythology, it is said that the gods released a swan with a lotus in its beak and let it fall on earth where Brahma would perform a grand yagna.

Later continue your journey to Nimaj. On arrival, check into off-white tents, pitched strategically with unparalleled views of the lake set atop the old dam, Chhatra Sagar. 

DAY 09 – NIMAJ (FB)
The day is at leisure  to watch the birds, go for nature walks, soak in the fresh air, sit around the bonfire and listen to old folklore – or be more adventurous and take one of the many jeep safaris on offer. 

DAY 10 – NIMAJ TO JODHPUR (B) – Ajit Bhawan
Drive to Jodhpur (2.5 Hrs). Rest of the day is at leisure to relax

Optional Extra: You can enjoy a jeep safari in Bishnoi Village in Rohetgarh.

DAY 11 – JODHPUR (B)
After breakfast, you are taken on a private guided tour of Jodhpur. The afternoon is free at leisure to relax or pursue independent activities.

DAY 12 – JODHPUR TO NARLAI (B) – Rawla Narlai
Drive to Narlai (3.5 hrs). On arrival, check-in at your hotel.

Rawla Narlai, a 17th fortress, which was gifted by Maharaj Umaid Singh (of Jodhpur) to his brother, Maharaj Ajit Singh in 1925 and was at the time a hunting lodge. 

Rest of the day at leisure to relax at your hotel.

DAY 13 – NARLAI (B)
Leisure day to relax poolside or explore the local village.

DAY 14 – NARLAI TO UDAIPUR (B) – Udai Kothi
Drive to Udaipur (3.5 hrs) visiting Ranakpur Temples and Kumbalgarh Fort en route. After sightseeing continue to Udaipur (3 hrs). On arrival in Udaipur, you will check in at your Hotel.

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax or pursue independent activities.

DAY 15 – UDAIPUR (B)
After breakfast, you will be taken for a half day sightseeing tour of Udaipur. 
In the afternoon, you will enjoy a common boat ride on Lake Pichola.

DAY 16 – UDAIPUR (B)
Today is a leisure to relax at your hotel or explore on your own.

Optional Extra: We can arrange to visit a local family for a learn to cook experience.

DAY 17 – UDAIPUR VIA DELHI HOMEBOUND (B)
Transfer to Udaipur airport for your flight to Delhi where you will pick up your international homebound flight.

Special Value

  • When you book our Rajasthan Highlights Tour we will give you a free gift a DVD film called ‘Mystic India’
  • International flights included
  • VIP meet at aircraft door on arrival
  • Useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
  • Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
  • Meals as per itinerary (BB = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • Full day sightseeing of New & Old Delhi
  • Half day sightseeing of Agra City
  • Sunset visit to Taj Mahal (can be swapped for Sunrise visit)
  • Sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Visit to Ahbaneri & Stepwell
  • Full day sightseeing of Jaipur
  • Visit Amer Fort with Elephant ride.
  • Optional extra – A special day with elephants in Jaipur
  • Optional extra – Sunrise Baloon ride over Amer Fort in Jaipur
  • Visit Pushkar
  • Full Board at Chhatra Sagar with traditional Rajasthani homecooked food
  • Half day sightseeing of Jodhpur
  • Jeep Safari in Narlai
  • Visit Ranakpur Temple
  • Visit Kumbalgarh Fort
  • Half day sightseeing of Udaipur
  • Evening boat-ride on Lake Pichola, Udaipur

Our Tour features the following location

DELHI: The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.

AGRA: Known for its stunning architecture, exotic history and magical views, the Taj Mahal attracts as many as 7 million visitors each year, and for a good reason. It is, after all, the monument of love! This iconic landmark is why people from all over the world visit Agra, but the city is also brimming with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Mughal mausoleums, tombs, a beautiful fort and ancient bazaars. You’d expect to feel underwhelmed due to all that hype, but this magical city is everything you expect it to be. architecture at its best.

FATEHPUR SIKRI: Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire for just 10 years, but it still presents a massive complex of temples, monuments, and mosques, which make it a historical delight, one of the greatest feats of Indian architecture. Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at a distance of just 40 kms. from Agra. Popular attractions include the Diwan-I-Am (Hall of Public Audience), Diwan-Khana-I-Khaas (Hall of Private Audience), Turkish Sultana’s House and the Treasury. Fatehpur also hosts Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.

ABANERI: Abaneri, a small ancient village in Rajasthan, is mostly known for a stunning step well, a novel 10th-century idea that transformed this village into an incredibly popular tourist landmark in the modern day. Popularly called Chand Baori, this huge step well has been fortified on all sides and was designed to act as a water reservoir for rainwater harvesting, used for ritual cleansing before visiting the adjoining temple and also for leisure purposes. With depths of 20 meters, 13 different levels and 3500 steps arranged in perfect symmetry, this is a fascinating work of art, the deepest and largest step well of India. The presence intricate and beautiful carvings all over the step well add to its stunning beauty, offering great insights into an ancient culture and their traditions. You’re probably wondering where you’ve seen that iconic image, so all you need to do is take a second look at scenes from the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

JAIPUR: The Pink City, the largest city of Rajasthan, is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. This city was established in 1727 by Jai Singh II and is India’s first planned city. It is known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city.
The Pink City stands out as one of the most spectacular and vibrant destinations on the planet, its rich lineage, striking culture and beautiful architecture painting a vivid picture of Indian society. Missing out on The City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh or the Amber Fort is a big no-no, but make sure you reserve time for those chaotic bazaars and delicious cuisines. Jaipur is also known for its traditional handicrafts and unique souvenirs such as camel-leather slippers. The John Madden 2012 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (You can link this to your Best Marigold tour) stole our heart presenting India in an entirely new light, one that suddenly catapulted some of its more exotic destinations like Udaipur and Jaipur to instant stardom.

NIMAJ: This 100-year-old reservoir was built by Thakur Chhatra Singh and took eight years to be completed, finishing in 1899. The lake was constructed to irrigate the farmland and later a hunting lodge was added to the complex. The lake is visited by thousands of birds that coast on the calm waters, their mingled calls creating a symphony like no other. The commonly seen species are pelican’s, flamingo’s, cormorant’s, kingfisher’s, snakebird & a variety of ducks.

JODHPUR: The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort is littered with beautiful palaces and ancient mosaics and is perhaps the best place to understand how different dynasties left their imprints on India’s architecture, history and culture. Sheesh Mahal, the Hall of Mirrors makes use of huge mirror pieces to create a mesmerising sight while the artistic treasures of Phool Mahal and Daulat Khana leave you speechless with their beauty and ingenuity. Once you’re done enjoying the best of architecture and 16th-century walls, dive into the city’s rich culture. Discover hidden hamlets of traditional Rajasthan in a desert safari, sip on some authentic masala chai (spiced tea) or just have a blast shopping in those labyrinth alleys of Sardar Market, striking bargains on everything from beautiful shoes to pottery pieces.

NARLAI: Narlai, a small village in Rajasthan, is located at a distance of 36 kms. from Ranakpur. Surrounded by the Aravali ranges, this is probably the perfect spot to base yourself while in the area. You know you’re in Narlai the moment your eyes fall on that colossal elephant statue, promising an incredible experience at one of its many Hindu and Jain temples. The Adinath Temple and its stunning murals are sure to be the highlight of your tour and the Narlai Fort, now a heritage resort, is also worth exploring. Rawla Narlai, a premier hotel here, is splendidly designed to combine the best of ancient regalia and modern-day comfort and its tents give you the true experience of living in a Rajasthani caravan, without ever taking you way from luxuries or pampering amenities.

UDAIPUR: Udaipur is considered to be the most romantic destination in India, and no matter how much you hear about this legendary city, it always manages to leave you stunned and speechless. The glittery Lake Pichola is as beautiful as they get and those temples, grand palaces, shimmering Havelis and colourful streets set the scene for one of the most memorable holidays of your life. You’d remember some of its sights from the 007 movie Octopussy when our hero swims up to a heavenly palace in the midst of an incredibly romantic lake. You’d expect a city so popular to lose its charm, but Udaipur holds onto its magic, that sense of mystery surrounding its monuments and palaces and the sense of tranquillity that simple boat rides on the lake are bound to offer. Udaipur also enjoys a lively arts scene, exciting shopping and delightful countryside destinations that promise memorable day tours.

What our clients say

“My husband and I had a great time in India, a country we have been meaning to visit for many years. We are now hooked and yes you were right about the invisible thread… we want to go back again. Kerala next time. A big thank you for everything, your local people in India are amazing they were always in contact with us every few days to make sure things were going as planned and always asked if we were enjoying ourselves, that was a nice touch”.

Kim & Robert – Swansea, UK

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