Delve into one of India’s best-known and most interesting regions, Rajasthan. Take in modern cities, arid deserts and lush jungles. Admire the beauty of the Taj Mahal, explore historic forts and visit stunning palaces on this fascinating journey.
Departure Date: 30 October 2019
The Pushkar Festival is an annual five-day camel and livestock fair and one of the world's largest camel fairs. The festival is held on the banks of the Pushkar Lake and is attended by thousands of people each year. Livestock is bought and sold and stalls abound with jewellery and textiles. The festival begins each year with a camel race followed by music and exhibitions.
Welcome to Delhi, India’s bustling capital!
A busy morning touring Old Delhi. We’ll discover the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, take a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk and experience an exotic spice tour through Khari Baoli market. Enjoy a group welcome dinner this evening. [B,D]
This morning we depart for the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur. [B,D]
Special Experience: Visit a local market and interact with a local family during a traditional Indian cooking lesson, then join them for dinner.
Our day in the Rajasthani capital begins at the majestic Amber Fort. Built from red limestone and marble by Raja Man Singh in 1592, the magnificent structure has influences of both Muslim and Hindu architecture. We’ll also visit the Palace of Mirrors, the City Palace Complex and the Jantar Mantar Observatory. [B]
Special Experience: India is famous for its palmistry tradition. Today we’ll meet a local palmist who will read the lines of your hand for indications about your personality and destiny, based on Indian astrology.
Our journey continues to Bikaner, a vibrant desert town with imposing forts and beautiful temples. We’ll stop along the way at the unusual holy shrine of rats - Karni Mata Temple. This afternoon we explore Junagarh Fort and visit a camel-breeding farm. [B]
This morning we travel to Jaisalmer, the ‘Golden City’. This afternoon we’ll tour the Jaisalmer Fort, the Jain temples and the intricate sandstone havelis of the wealthy merchants. [B]
Special Experience: We drive to Manvar, a beautiful, tented camp in the Thar Desert where we’ll be spending the night. This evening we’ll travel out to the sand dunes on a camel safari to experience the enchanting serenity. [B,L,D]
Today we depart for the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]
Special Experience: We begin the day exploring a traditional Bishnoi village by jeep. Famous for their passionate commitment to the protection of the environment, Bishnois typically live in distinct hut-like dwellings in groups around Rajasthan.
This afternoon we discover the sights of Jodhpur, including the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, the marble cenotaphs, Jaswant Thada and the Clock Tower. [B]
We continue on to Pushkar today, a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town situated on the border of the Thar Desert. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B,L,D]
Pushkar Festival: Visit the much anticipated Pushkar Fair, where the state of Rajasthan comes alive with a riot of colours and a frenzied burst of activity. Very few fairs in the world can match the liveliness of this festival! [B,L,D]
Today we travel south to Udaipur. En route we’ll visit the marble Jain Temple at Ranakpur, famed for its 1,400 pillars (of which no two are the same). We’ll also visit beautiful Kumbhalgarh Fort with its numerous palaces, temples and gardens. [B,D]
We spend the morning touring the sights of this beautiful city. Highlights include the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and the Garden of the Maidens. In the late afternoon we’ll cruise across Lake Pichola to visit the island of Jag Mandir. [B]
Today we depart for Bundi and visit Garh Palace, known for its artistic Rajput-style architecture. Later we explore a traditional market with age-old charm. [B]
Famous for its tiger population, Ranthambore National Park is our destination today. This afternoon we’ll head out on a safari in search of these beautiful predators in their natural environment. [B,L,D]
Our search for tigers continues today. We’ll also try to spot leopards, hyenas, porcupines, crocodiles, deer and gazelle. [B,L,D]
Today we enjoy a short journey on the local train to Bharatpur to visit the deserted yet well-preserved Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. We’ll continue to Agra this afternoon. [B]
Watch the sun rise this morning over the breathtaking Taj Mahal, coating it in a pearly-pink mist. We’ll also explore Agra Fort, known for its fine Mughal architecture, and Baby Taj, otherwise known as the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]
A note on Taj Mahal renovations: For the past two years the iconic Taj Mahal has been undergoing a mud-pack therapy treatment to clean and protect its ivory-white surface. Unfortunately it is expected that the main dome will be covered with scaffolding for the period of May to November 2018.
This morning we return to Delhi. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax or explore before our group farewell dinner. [B,D]
Enjoy the day at leisure before we begin our journey home this evening. [B]