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Activities
  • 11 days adventure touring
Accommodation
  • 9 nights heritage hotel
  • 3 nights comfortable hotel
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 12 Breakfasts

13 Days$1600USD

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Trip Code: REX

Best of Rajasthan Trip highlights


  • Experience a magical sunrise at Taj Mahal and marvel at Fatehpur Sikri
  • Savour the atmospheric cities of Jaisalmer and Jodhpur
  • Ride a camel through the Thar desert dunes
  • Meet devotees and wandering ascetics in Pushkar
  • Immerse yourself in the colour and chaos of Jaipur

The recently revised itinerary shows off the very best this fascinating state of India has to offer. Starting in Delhi you will embark on a journey around the iconic Golden Triangle to Agra, for the splendid Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, before proceeding to the hectic capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur. From here we push into the desert finding the enchanted Pushkar on the desert's edge. For the remainder of the journey we make our way deeper and deeper into the Thar via the blue city of Jodhpur, before arriving at our final destination the rugid and mysterious Jaiselmer. If you only have one chance and a finite amount of time to see Rajasthan, this is the trip to take.


Upon arrival at Delhi airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. We then plan to spend the rest of the day sight-seeing around New Delhi – the British-built side of the city. Key monuments we hope to visit include: India Gate(a memorial arch honouring soldiers who were killed in WW1), Lakshmi Narayana Temple, Rashtrapati Bhawan (the president’s house) and Humayun’s Tomb –an exquisite example of Mughal architecture, set in a magnificent formal Persian garden. Overnight: Royal Plaza Hotel or similar

Meals:  Nil

This morning we visit the Raj Ghat which is the cremation ground of the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi and continue to the Humayun's Tomb which is believed to have been designed in 1565 AD by the widow of Mughal emperor Himayun. Its design and layout is based on the description of Islamic paradise gardens and is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs. The Qutab Minar has walls inscribed with intricately carved quotations from the Koran and is one of the most perfect towers of the Persian world. We drive past the Red Fort and in the early afternoon journey by road 200km (approx 4 hours) to Agra. *Please note some monuments and museums in Delhi are closed on Mondays. Overnight: Hotel Howard Plaza or similar

Meals:  B,D

Built by Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal the beauty of the Taj Mahal is unmatched. On the death of his beloved wife, in wild extravagance, Shah Jahan built her this memorial. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this wealth of white marble and precious stone. The Agra Fort, with its grand courtyards, royal pavilions and palaces, it is a fitting testimony to the Great Moghuls – Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan – during the era when Agra was the capital of the Moghul Empire. The most impressive part of the Fort is the Dewan-e-Am, where the Emperor sat on his throne to dispense to his subjects, and the Dewan-e-Khas where he received foreign dignitaries. We also visit Itimad-ud-Daulah, known as the ‘Baby Taj’; it was built before the Taj Mahal by Nur Jahan, queen of Jehangir, for her parents. The first Mughal building to be faced with white marble and where ‘pietra dura’, (precious stones inlaid into marble) was first used. Agra is a great place to try barbecue meats (kebabs) mixed with Indian spices. Petha, pieces of white pumpkin dipped in sugar syrup, and Gajak, a crumbly sweet made with sesame and jaggery, are delicious local sweets and sold everywhere - try them. Overnight: Hotel Howard Plaza or similar

Meals:  B,D

We have an early breakfast at the hotel and in the morning drive to Jaipur (238 km – 6 hours approximately) en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri. The ghost city Fatehpur Sikri was built in red sandstone by Emperor Akbar the Great in 1569 and deserted 14 years later because its water supply failed. Its glorious courtyards and palaces conjure up dreams of the mysterious past. There’s the imperial Jami Masjid, the tomb of Shaik Salim Chisti who predicted the birth of Akbar’s son Jehangir, the Panch Mahal, a strange building which resembles a Buddhist temple, a cloistered courtyard which was the Hall of Public Audience and the Pachchisi paved with black and white where the Emperor played chess using slave girls as figurines. En-route there may be time to make a small detour to see the impressive step well at Chand Baori. We arrive in Jaipur by mid afternoon. Overnight: Hotel Mandawa Haveli or similar

Meals:  B

Jaipur – the colourful, chaotic capital of Rajasthan – beckons! We have plenty of time here to explore several of the city’s medieval palaces and monumental forts. But be warned -- travelling between each iconic building can be an adventure in itself! Expect to see camel carts and elephants, scooters, trucks and bikes all jostling for space on the roads. After a well earned rest and a leisurely morning we will spend the day visiting the attractions on the cities fringes. First we will take in Galta Ji Temple, a quite temple complex nestles in a gorge in the hills in the outskirts of the city. Here the peace of the secluded location is only disturbed by the resident monkeys who are revered. After lunch we continue to the marvellous Amber Fort for a guided tour of the complex. The afternoons may be warm so be sure to bring a hat and some water though they provide an excellent opportunity to truely appreciate the ingenious ancient design features. It is also a time when many local people like to visit the fort meaning there will be boundless opportunities for interaction with Indians as they too savour this architectural wonder. A trip to the the imposing Narhargarh Fort overlooking Jaipur is a highly recommended way to finish the a hectic afternoon of sightseeing. Head to the restaurant to enjoy a sundowner on the fort will with Jaipur humming far below. Day two in this city is dedicated to the historic, architectural wonders of the city itself. Today we’ll visit the landmark, honey-combed pink facade of Hawa Mahal (The Palace of the Winds), the City Palace and the World Heritage listed Jantar Mantar Observatory. Here you’ll find a curious collection of huge stone “instruments” that were designed to observe and measure all manner of astronomical activity – from calculating eclipses to plotting the azimuth of various stars. This afternoon there will be enough time for your own self guided exploration of the city also and we use centrally located hotels to make such excursions as easy as possible. Overnight: Hotel Mandawa Haveli or similar

Meals:  B

We drive to Pushkar today, via Kishangarh - a charming little town that rose to fame during the 18th Century. Its School of Miniature Painting at the time was said to be second to none. The old city of Kishangarh, with its enchanting havalies, sits on the shore of an enormous lake and has a decidedly medieval feel. There are still many artists here painting in the traditional style, eager to impress purveyors of fine art with their incredible precision and eye for detail. Following Kishangarh, it's on to Pushkar - the oldest and possibly holiest Hindu pilgrimage site in India. The town is a veritable maze of temples and hermitages set around a small, picturesque lake. There are 52 bathing ghats, or sets of “steps” surrounding the water, where “pujas’ are regularly performed by wandering ascetics and visiting devotees. The sound of pigeons cooing from the temple architraves… the distant beat of tabla drums and chanted prayers; these sounds merge to provide an evocative soundtrack to the intimate, spiritual rituals we are privileged to observe. It may also be possible to visit the only temple in all of India dedicated to Brahma – the Creator of the Universe. Overnight: Pushkar Palace Hotel or similar

Meals:  B

Before heading to Jodpur for the next few days of our adventure, we plan to visit Ajmer – a pilgrimage site of particular significance to the nations 140 million + Muslims. Here the great Sufi saint Khwaja Mu’inuddin Chishti (1143 – 1235) is buried beneath Dargah Sharif – a shrine surrounded by many pavilions, gateways and mosques, including Adhai-din-ka Jhopra, one of the finest monuments of medieval India, noted for its ornate calligraphic inscriptions. Our 200km drive from Ajmer to Jodphur may well take 3 to 4 hours. But we have two nights here in this city, so plenty of time to savour its many riches. Surrounded by the vast Thar Desert, Jodhpur is fortressed by an immense wall, some 10km in circumference. It is impressive, but totally overshadowed by Mehranggarh, aka the Majestic Fort. This architectural wonder completely dominates the skyline, overlooking the jumble of blue-washed buildings that make up the labyrinthine Old City precinct. There are few sites more impressive that this in the world, enticing us to explore. The winding laneways and overflowing bazaars here are so picture-perfect at each and every turn, you could well need to purchase a spare memory card. Overnight: Pal Haveli or similar

Meals:  B

Travelling for many hours across the Thar desert, through oceans of sand and low scrub, we finally reach the desert citadel of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan’s Golden City. The fort of Jaisalmer resembles a giant sandcastle, rising from the crumbling desert dunes. Its 99 bastions enclose a world reminiscent of some bygone era. Beneath the ramparts the old city beckons, with its magnificent havelis and narrow streets. It is easy to lose yourself – literally and figuratively – in this extraordinarily evocative setting. One of many highlights here will be a camel ride into the desert, timed to view the sun setting over the wind-rippled dunes. Simply unforgettable. Overnight: Fort Rajwada Hotel or similar

Meals:  B

After breakfast our Rajasthan adventure comes to an end. You will be transfered to either the train station or airport for your onward arrangements, please don’t hesitate to ask if you need help planning any onward arrangements.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 12 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • airport transfers (day 1 and 13 only)
  • comfortable hotel accommodation on a twin share basis including 9 nights in heritage hotels
  • driver/tour coordinator
  • private air conditioned vehicles
  • expert local sightseeing guides including entrance fees as specified

  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, bottled mineral water, soft drinks, alcohol etc
  • Optional activities and sightseeing during free time
  • Still/video camera fees at monuments

Departure dates

Departs Mondays between October and April

Notes

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Total Priceper person from

$1600USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Compulsory Single SupplementUSD$550
  • Best of Rajasthan Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$1450
*Prices listed are per person

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