Day 1. To Delhi
Fly from Heathrow to Delhi on direct British Airways flight.
Day 2. Delhi
Morning arrival in Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing of Old Delhi including an exhilarating cycle rickshaw ride to the Jama Masjid through the bustling Chandni Chowk and it’s back roads, which were the centre of the city Shah Jehanabad in the Mughal times. Finally continue onto the Raj Ghat- Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation site, before returning to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel Maidens.
Day 3. To Agra
Morning sightseeing of vibrant New Delhi including the impressive Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and the India Gate. Afternoon drive to Agra. Two nights at Hotel Trident.
Day 4. Agra
Enchanting dawn visit to the Taj Mahal, an eternal symbol of love. After breakfast visit Agra Fort, where Shah Jehan, imprisoned by his son, spent his last days gazing at his beloved’s Mausoleum. Also visit the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula.
Day 5. To Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri
Morning drive to Jaipur en route visiting the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. This World Heritage Site still retains its magnificence and grandeur. Also see en route the Abhaneri Stepwell built in 800 AD. Two nights at the Samode Haveli.
Day 6. Jaipur
Like Royalty, seated in a howdah, perched upon the back of a stately elephant climb the hill to the magnificent Amber Fort. Built by the warrior Rajputs, the Fort is filled with memories of an ancient and heroic age. After lunch at the historic 1135 AD restaurant visit the City Palace Museum, the Jantar Mantar Observatory, dedicated to the celestial heavens, and the beautiful Palace of Winds.
Day 7. To Mandawa
Morning drive to Mandawa. Afternoon sightseeing of the village with its delightful fresco festooned Havelis once owned by rich Merchants. Overnight at Alsisar Mahal.
Day 8. To Bikaner
After breakfast drive to Bikaner. Afternoon sightseeing includes the magnificent Junagarh Fort - a mighty bastion protecting the land from both invader and the encroaching Great Thar Desert. Overnight at the Laxmi Niwas Palace.
Day 9. To Jaisalmer
Morning drive deep into the heart of the desert to Jaisalmer. Two nights at Taj Rawalkot.
Day 10. Jaisalmer
Morning visit the inhabited hilltop fortress and roam the streets finding hidden corners where the delightful frescoes adorn the beautiful merchant houses. Jaisalmer was a strategic town on the ancient caravan routes and is awash with history and intrigue. Afternoon excursion to the Sam sand dunes, watch the sun disappearing on the horizon and experience a camel ride.
Day 11. To Manvar
Morning drive to Manvar. Afternoon visit a local village to see their unique way of life. Overnight at Manvar Desert Camp.
Day 12. To Rohetgarh via Jodhpur
After an early breakfast drive to Jodhpur. Visit the 15th C. Meherangarh Fort soaring above the city, with its delightful insight into the life and times of the ruling family. Also visit the quiet Jaswant Thada - a marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Continue driving to Rohet. Overnight at Rohetgarh Fort.
Day 13. To Rawla Narlai
Morning drive to the charming oasis of Rawla Narlai. In the afternoon wander the streets of the local village. Overnight at Fort Rawla.
Day 14. To Udaipur via Ranakpur
Morning drive to Udaipur en route visiting the beautifully carved marble 15th C. Jain Temples of Ranakpur. The sensitivity of the carving on the 200 hundred pillars is astonishing. Two nights at Hotel Trident.
Day 15. Udaipur
Morning sightseeing of Udaipur includes the City Palace Complex, the Jagdish Temple and the leafy Gardens of Maids of Honour- once only open to royal ladies. Afternoon at leisure to explore this captivating city further.
Day 16. To Mumbai
Morning flight to Mumbai and connect to direct flight on British Airways to Heathrow.
Suggested extensions: Devigarh, Goa, Ajanta & Ellora caves and Mumbai
(Various other extensions are available on request)
Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £2,100.00
International & internal flights in economy class.
Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
Daily breakfast throughout. Full board at Manvar Desert Camp.
Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing
Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
Full ATOL Bonding.
Any optional Excursions.
Any expenses of a personal nature.
It is essential to have adequate insurance in place before your departure. This should be appropriate for your age, health and destination you are visiting.