Passage Through Rajasthan

Group Tour

Introduction

India makes a strong claim to be the most exciting and rewarding travel destination in the world. From the exhilarating pace of life in its colourful and vibrant cities to its exquisite temples and superb scenery, few visitors ever leave disappointed.

History and culture, iconic sights, delectable food and changing landscapes; from the Himalaya to crumbling desert forts, and from national parks towards the lush south – luxury holidays to India invariably feel like a visit to more than one country.

The princely state of Rajasthan is India at its colourful best. Here, medieval forts gaze across the Thar Desert, Bengal tigers roam forest reserves, and sandstone palaces reveal a regal legacy. Following a tour of the imperial sights of Mumbai (Bombay), travel through the heart of Rajasthan, exploring magnificent forts and ornate palaces, finishing at the astounding Taj Mahal in Agra.

14 Nights from £2,745pp

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What's included?

  • Small group size – average 12 people (max 18)
  • 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Flexible – extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • Direct international flights with British Airways
  • Internal flights in India
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 6 dinners
  • 2 included safaris in Ranthambore National Park
  • Guided sightseeing
  • All entrance fees included
  • Porterage at airports & stations
  • Balanced pace

Hotels

  • Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai (Bombay)
  • Fateh Niwas
  • Taj Hari Mahal
  • Narendra Bhawan 
  • The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge, Jaipur
  • Sawai Vilas
  • Taj Hotel & Convention Centre 

Highlights

  • Dine on typical Mewari cuisine on the rooftop of an historic fort
  • Take a scenic train ride through rural Rajasthan
  • Guided sightseeing in Mumbai
  • Watch the sun set behind the sand dunes of the Great Thar Desert
  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal
  • Stay at a former Maharajah’s hunting lodge

Itinerary

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Mumbai (Bombay) with British Airways.
 
 
Arrive and transfer to the Trident Nariman Point for 1 night. Afternoon at leisure.
 
Morning sightseeing in Mumbai visiting the imposing Gateway of India, colourful Chor Bazaar, Dhobi Ghat and Victoria Terminus. Afternoon flight to Udaipur. Stay for 2 nights at Fateh Niwas Palace. Enjoy dinner at Ambrai restaurant overlooking Lake Pichola.
 
Sightseeing in Udaipur visiting the City Palace, miniature painting studios and Jagdish temple. Afternoon boat cruise on Lake Pichola. Evening cultural performance at Bagore-ki-Haveli.
 
Travel to Sardargarh, visiting the magnificent Jain temples at Ranakpur en route. Spend 2 nights at the sublime Sardargarh Fort Hotel. Late afternoon village walk.
Day at leisure. Choose from a range of optional activities including an excursion to local tribal villages, an Indian cooking class, or a walking tour of this historic fort. This evening, dine on typical Mewari cuisine on the rooftop terrace with views of the lake.
 
Take a scenic 1.5-hour rural train ride from Khamil Ghat to Phulad. The train chugs through tunnels and past waterfalls in an area that inspired Rudyard Kipling’s story The Man Who Would Be King. Continue by road to Jodhpur for 2 nights at Taj Hari Mahal, a heritage palace.
 
Visit Jaswant Thada and continue to the formidable Mehrangarh Fort. Take a heritage walk through the streets dotted with temples and bazaars and learn more about the ‘Blue City’ Brahmins.
Drive to Bikaner in the heart of the Thar Desert for an overnight stay at the magnificent Narendra Bhawan, a grand residence that was home to the last reigning maharajah of Bikaner. Late afternoon 4×4 safari into the desert to witness the spectacular sunset over the dunes accompanied by Indian high tea.
 
Visit Junagarh Fort and walk through the old city. Later, drive to the royal city of Jaipur. En route, visit the town of Fatehpur and its ‘open-air gallery’ of beautiful havelis. Transfer to Ramgarh Lodge, a former maharajah’s hunting lodge for a 2-night stay.
 

Start the day with a visit to the 16th-century Amber Fort. Spend the rest of the day exploring the royal city of Jaipur, including the City Palace, Jantar Mantar observatory and colourful bazaars.

Travel to Ranthambore for 2 nights at Sawai Vilas. Afternoon safari in Ranthambore.

Early morning safari in search of Bengal tigers. Afternoon at leisure or visit Ranthambore Fort and the NGO-supported Dastkar foundation, where local women produce handicrafts.

Morning drive to Agra, visiting the deserted sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri en route and stopping at the lavish Laxmi Vilas Palace for lunch. Overnight at the Taj Convention Centre.

Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. Visit Agra Fort before departing for Delhi and an overnight stay at The LaLit New Delhi.

Transfer to the airport for the British Airways flight to London.

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