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Royal India             
 
Holiday Length: 14 days
Start City: Delhi
End City: Delhi
Boutique Small Group Tour
(minimum 2 - maximum 16)

Experience the contrasts of Old and New Delhi, be amazed by the beauty of the wondrous Taj Mahal, explore the sacred lakeside temples of Pushkar, ride an elephant in Jaipur and a camel in Jaisalmer Desert… Staying in superior first class hotels and palatial heritage properties this tour will provide some intense cultural experiences and memories of a lifetime.


  Departure Dates
2017: 19 Jan | 16 Feb | 10 & 30 Mar | 13 Apr | 11 May | 14 Sep | 23 Oct* | 25 Nov | 21 Dec
2018: 18 Jan | 15 Feb | 8 & 29 Mar | 5, 12, 19 Apr | 10 & 17 May| 13 & 20 Sep | 18 Oct | 15* & 25* Nov | 21 Dec
* On these departures you will get the extra opportunity to attend the Pushkar Camel Fair


  Day 1

Delhi
Welcome to India. Meet, assist and transfer to your hotel.

     
  Day 2



Delhi – Agra (205 km)
Morning tour of Old and New Delhi visiting Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi's memorial, India Gate (the War Memorial) and the Presidents House (from the outside), the Baha'i Lotus Temple and the stunning Qutub Minar. Afternoon drive to Agra. (B) 
     
  Day 3




Agra
Depart for a morning visit to the Taj Mahal, often considered the pinnacle of Mughal art in India. Marvel as light and colours transform this stunning monument in the beautiful dawn glow.  In the afternoon visit the awesome Agra Fort. (B)
Optional tour to Utmad-Ud Daulah (known as the 'Baby Taj')

     
  Day 4



Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur (250 km)
This morning, visit Fatehpur Sikri, an eerily abandoned capital form the 16th century. Continue to Jaipur, Rajasthan's capital.  (B)
Evening option to join a local family for an authentic Rajasthani dinner.

     
  Day 5



Jaipur
Morning tour to the Amber Fort. This beautiful and well preserved palace, constructed in the 1590's by Maharaja Man Sing, is perched on a hillside on the outskirts of town.  In the afternoon visit the Hawa Mahal, City Palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. (B)

     
  Day 6


Jaipur – Pushkar (140 km)
Drive to the tranquil lakeside town of Pushkar. On arrival explore on a walking tour the Holy Lake shores and Brahma Temple. This evening, attend a fascinating puja ceremony at a Ghat with a Hindu priest. (B)

     
  Day 7


       

Pushkar - Udaipur (260 km)
Depart for Udaipur, a majestic city of lakes and palaces. (B)
This evening, take an optional sunset cruise on Lake Pichola, sailing past picturesque Ghats and palaces and stopping at the island of Jag Mandir.

     
  Day 8

Udaipur
Visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and explore the old city bustling streets and markets. (B)

     
  Day 9


Udaipur – Jodhpur (285 km)
Drive to Jodhpur, enroute  visiting the stunning and  intricately carved temples of Ranakpur. Continue to the Blue City of Jodhpur. (B)

     
  Day 10

Jodhpur - Jaisalmer (290 km)
This morning visit Mehrangarh Fort which dominates the city and Jaswant Thada. Later, drive to Jaisalmer. (B)

     
  Day 11




Jaisalmer
Today is devoted to exploring the wonders of Jaisalmer. Built in burnished sandstone, this desert fortress is an intricately molded wonderland, rising like a mirage from the flat expanses of the Thar Desert.  Visit the Fort and the grand Havelis (mansions of wealthy traders). This afternoon drive to the Sam sand dunes for a camel ride and a view of the desert landscape. (B)

     
  Day 12

Jaisalmer – Bikaner (325 km)
Morning drive to Bikaner. Afternoon at leisure to relax or explore. (B)

     
  Day 13


Bikaner - Mandawa (200 km)
This morning visit Junagarh Fort then drive to Mandawa where your guide will take you on a walking tour to visit some of the local Havelis which this region is famous for. (B)

     
  Day 14

Mandawa - Delhi (265 km)
Drive back to Delhi and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)


  Inclusions





  • Small group touring (min 2 - max 16)
  • Air conditioned transfers and transport
  • English speaking tour director
  • Accommodation in Heritage and Superior First Class hotels
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees & meals as per itinerary
     
  Extension
Carry on and join the Classic South India tour - departure dates are made to match
 

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