Royal Rajasthan

3 NOV - 15 NOV 2019

 

Travel through the desert state of Rajasthan – “the Land of the Kings”. Experience the splendour of Rajasthan’s royal heritage. Explore the ’pink and blue cities’ of Jaipur and Jodhpur. Stay in some of India’s most famous luxury palace hotels. Immerse yourself in rural towns and villages. Explore ancient forts and enjoy rickshaw rides. Overnight at the ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’.

 
 

 
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Overview

Delhi ( Oberoi Maidens Hotel - Luxury hotel - Premier room )
• Agra ( Taj Gateway - Luxury hotel - Superior Taj Facing room )
• Samode ( Samode Palace - Boutique heritage palace - Deluxe room )
 Jaipur ( Khas Bagh - Luxury hotel - Deluxe room )
• Jodhpur ( Hotel Raas - Luxury hotel - Luxury room )
• Narlai ( Ravla Narlai - Boutique heritage hotel - Luxury Grande Heritage room )
• Khempur ( Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Heritage hotel - Suite )
• Udaipur ( Taj Lake Palace - Luxury palace - Palace room )


 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival / Delhi  Transfer and traditional welcome at the Oberoi Maidens hotel.

Day 2

Delhi Breakfast at the hotel. Morning heritage and food walking tour in Old Delhi and enjoy a rickshaw ride. Visit to India gate, government buildings, colourful Khan Market and Bangla Sahib. Lunch at the Dharampura Haveli. Afternoon at your leisure. Dinner at the United Coffee House. Overnight at the Oberoi Maidens hotel.

Day 3

Delhi / Agra Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Agra and check in to Taj Gateway hotel. Free time for lunch. Afternoon visit to the 17th-century World Heritage-listed Agra Fort followed by a sunset visit to the iconic Taj Mahal. Dinner and overnight at the Taj Gateway hotel.

Day 4

Agra / Samode Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Samode and check in to the Samode Palace. Free time for lunch. Henna decorative session for guests in the afternoon. Evening at your leisure. Private pool side dinner and overnight at the Samode Palace.

Day 5

Samode / Jaipur Breakfast time. Jeep safari to explore local farms and villages. Drive to Jaipur, marvel at the city known as ‘the pink city’. Free time for lunch. Check in to the hotel. Free time for shopping. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the Khas Bagh hotel.

Day 6

Jaipur Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit to the Amber Fort, built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th-century. ‘Pink city’ rickshaw ride around the city. Later continue on to visit the Observatory and the impressive Hawa Mahal, constructed of red and pink sandstone. Free time for lunch followed by free time for shopping. ‘Rhythm with the Elephants’ experience, for many elephants are synonymous with Royal Rajasthan. Followed by a Bush Dinner at Dera Amer, an evening of authentic cuisine under the stars. Overnight at the Khas Bagh hotel.

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Day 7

Jaipur / Jodhpur Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to Jodhpur, known as ‘the Blue city’ and check in to the hotel. Packed lunch and sightseeing along the way. Early evening at your leisure and free time for dinner. Overnight at the Hotel Raas.

Day 8

Jodhpur Breakfast time. Early morning visit to Mehrangarh Fort. Jodphur’s signature powder-blue buildings are scattered about the majestic fort. Heritage walk to explore the Old Town of Rajasthan's bustling ‘Blue city’. Free time for lunch. Afternoon at your leisure. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Raas.

Day 9

Jodhpurl / Narlai Breakfast time. Drive to Narlai and check in to the heritage hotel. Free time for lunch. Afternoon at your leisure. Stepwell dinner experience, traditional cuisine set amongst hundreds of lanterns. Overnight at Ravla Narlai hotel.

Day 10

Narlai / Best Exotic Marigold hotel Leopard jeep safari to spot some of India’s wildlife, the rugged countryside around Narlai suits the leopards whose numbers have increased. Breakfast time. Optional hike to Elephant rock, the huge granite rock resembles an elephant and offers views of the surrounding landscape an village below. Drive to the village of Khempur and en-route visit to Mountbatten Lodge for lunch break. Visit Ranakpur Jain temples, built in the 15th-century and carved in exquisite detail. Check in to ‘the Best Exotic Marigold hotel’. Drinks and movie night accompanied by Theme dinner. Overnight at Best Exotic Marigold hotel.

Day 11

Best Exotic Marigold hotel / Udaipur Breakfast at the hotel. Followed by a lively cricket match with the locals. Drive to Udaipur and check in to the Luxury Taj Lake Palace, the all-white marble palace that appears to float on the water, originally a summer palace for kings, built in 1743 by Maharana Jagat Singh II. Serenity is found in the calming effects of the five lakes on which Udaipur is set, the elegant surrounding all-white Rajasthani buildings and the serene streets weaving between them make Udaipur the nation's most romantic city and in recent years India's destination wedding location. Free time for lunch. Later in the afternoon enjoy a boat ride at Lake Pichola, home to another floating palace, the 17th-century yellow sandstone and marble Jagmandir Island Palace, with impeccably landscaped gardens of lush lawns, cropped hedges and fountain pools. Early evening at your leisure and free time for dinner. Overnight at the Taj Lake Palace.

Day 12

Udaipur Breakfast time. Visit to Udaipur's City Palace, Rajasthan's largest palace where the royal family still lives. Enter the gates, built wide enough for an elephant to pass through when the palace was constructed back in the mid-1500s. Market walk to explore and shop. Free time for lunch and early evening at your leisure. Farewell dinner at the elegant Neel Kamal restaurant at the Taj Lake Palace, to share memories and celebrate. Overnight at the Taj Lake Palace.

Day 13

Udaipur / Delhi / Departure Breakfast time and morning at your leisure. Transfer to airport for afternoon flight. On arrival connect with international flight for departure.


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Prepare for your trip

 India is everything, and more, all at once.

It's a sensory potpourri; a visual explosion of bright saris, lumbering cows, marigolds, incense, spices and bursts of sunlight - where you're guaranteed to craft your very own Darjeeling Limited experience.

As for the language, Hindi isn't spoken by everyone in India - in fact there are more than 20 languages spoken throughout the country and English tends to serve as a common one.

A few Hindi phrases will definitely help along the way: "Namaskar" (hello), "shukriya" (thank you), "aap kaise hai" (how are you), "kitna hai" (how much) and "naam kya hai" (what's your name), may come in handy on your trip.

As for money, you'll be dealing in Indian rupees - there are about 55 rupees to each Aussie dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted, but make sure you know all your pin codes as signing has been phased out around the country.

WHERE TO SHOP

Rajasthan is known for colourful embroidered textiles, as well as miniature paintings, papier mache puppets and embroidered leather shoes (Ganesh Emporium in Udaipur is a textiles and antique jewellery mecca; more than 20 rooms overflow with treasures sourced from around the country).

To buy precious and semi-precious gemstones head to the "pink city" of Jaipur, where gorgeous blue-glazed pottery is also made.

Marble wares inspired by the Taj Mahal, some of them exquisitely detailed and inlaid with semi-precious stones, can be sourced in Agra, while Varanasi is a popular place to pick up silk and saris.

 
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

All tours include domestic flights, accommodation, transport, air conditioned mini coach with refreshments, sightseeing entrance fees, special tour events and activities, local guides, most meals and tipping (except for national guide). Prices may be subject to currency fluctuation or surcharges.


TOUR PRICE

13 Days /12 Nights
$ 9,650
( twin share per person)
$ 3,920 ( single supplement )
Fully escorted


Holi Royal Rajasthan
5–17 Mar 2020
13 Days
/12 Nights
$ 9,990
( twin share per person )
$ 3,930 ( single supplement )
Fully escorted


Monsoon Royal Rajasthan
23 Aug–4 Sept 2020
13 Days
/12 Nights
$ 8,360
( twin share per person )
$ 3,520 ( single supplement )
Locally escorted

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