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Classic Rajasthan

From £810 for 15 days
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Trip Overview
The enchanting northern province of Rajasthan is awash with all the colours of India. On our classic adventure we discover the grisly history of massive forts and the opulence and splendour of Maharajahs' palaces. Stroll bustling markets, search for the elusive Bengal tiger, enjoy a sunset camel safari and soak up the culture of the local people. This is truly the essence of Rajasthan.
Essential Info
Starts: New Delhi
Ends: New Delhi
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IHHSC
Countries visited: India
What's Included

Meals

3 Breakfasts included
2 Dinners included

Transport

Auto rickshaw,Bus,Camel,Cycle rickshaw,Jeep,Metro,Private vehicle,Shuttle Bus,Taxi,Train,Van

Accommodation

Deluxe permanent tent (1 night),Heritage Property (3 nights),Hotel (10 nights)

Trip Highlights
-Keep your adrenaline charged with a tiger spotting adventure among the lakes and crags of Ranthambhore National Park
-Ride camels through the desert in Pushkar, gaining insight into the life of rural Rajasthan
-Ballooning over Jaipur while the sun rises is an unforgettable experience
-The hills and shimmering lakes of Udaipur make it India’s capital of romance
-A trip to India wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal – a masterpiece of Indian architecture
-Enjoy a variety of accommodation - from a fortified mansion to camping under the stars
Dates & Availability
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End date
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Price GBP
Availability
18th December 2016
1st January 2017
New Delhi - New Delhi
£920pp 
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Limited
22nd December 2016
5th January 2017
New Delhi - New Delhi
£910pp 
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Limited
25th December 2016
8th January 2017
New Delhi - New Delhi
£905pp 
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Good
30th December 2016
13th January 2017
New Delhi - New Delhi
£870pp 
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Good
1st January 2017
15th January 2017
New Delhi - New Delhi
£910pp 
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Limited
6th January 2017
20th January 2017
New Delhi - New Delhi
£900pp 
G
 
Limited
8th January 2017
22nd January 2017
New Delhi - New Delhi
£900pp 
G
 
Limited
10th January 2017
24th January 2017
New Delhi - New Delhi
£875pp 
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Good
13th January 2017
27th January 2017
New Delhi - New Delhi
£890pp 
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Limited
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Itinerary & Notes
 
Day 1 - New Delhi
Namaste! Welcome to India. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you have any free time before the meeting, perhaps visit the World Heritage-listed Mughal masterpiece of Humayun's Tomb or the tall brick tower of Qutub Minar. Note: We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Additional Activities

Delhi - Qutub Minar
500 INR
Delhi - Humayun's Tomb
500 INR
Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure
2500 INR
Day 2 - Delhi
In the morning, navigate the city’s metro system to discover Old Delhi on a guided walking tour. Hitch a ride in a traditional cycle rickshaw through a typical Indian traffic jam in the streets around Chandni Chowk marketplace. Visit Delhi’s oldest mosque of Jama Masjid, which is also India’s largest. Then head to the Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) to learn about the Sikh religion.

Additional Activities

Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
Included in Price
Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
Included in Price
Delhi - Jama Masjid
Included in Price
Day 3 - Agra
Travel to Agra by one of India's faster air-conditioned trains (approx 3 hours/230km). Steeped in Mughal heritage, Agra has a wealth of gardens, temples and open rooftops. Visit the Taj Mahal and learn why Emperor Shah Jahan built it as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz. Buzz around Agra in a motorised rickshaw and explore inside the spectacular sandstone walls of the Red Fort, built to encompass the imperial city of the Mughal rulers in the 16th century. If you have time, move on to Akbar's Mausoleum to honour the great emperor.

Additional Activities

Agra - Taj Mahal
Included in Price
Agra - Agra Fort
Included in Price
Agra - Red Fort
Included in Price
Agra - Additional entries to Taj Mahal
1000 INR
Day 4 - Rural Heritage Stay
Take a local bus to Bassi, a small town in the middle of rural Rajasthan (approx 4 hours/210km). Travel by private transport to your accommodation for the night (approx 45 min/20km). On a walk through the village, see craftspeople at work and meet the locals. In the evening, stay in the beautiful heritage property of Fort Madhogarh, which has belonged to one of Rahasthan’s royal families for centuries.

Additional Activities

Heritage Stay - Village walk
Included in Price
Day 5 - Jaipur
Travel by private vehicle to Jaipur (approx 90min/50km). On arrival, take an orientation tour around the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Get among the crowds of the city’s bazaars to shop for artisan goods and semi-precious stones. Set on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake, visit the Amber Fort, an excellent example of Rajput architecture. The Sheesh Mahal inside the fort is a must-see. As the walls are completely covered in little mirrors, the hall illuminates with the light of a single match.

Additional Activities

Jaipur - Amber Fort
Included in Price
Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour
Included in Price
Jaipur - Walking Tour
Included in Price
Day 6 - Jaipur
This morning, take an optional hot air balloon ride. Floating across the skyline of Jaipur in a hot air balloon can be a highlight of the trip. Take a cycle rickshaw to Hawa Mahal, also known as the 'Palace of the Winds’. Alternatively, head to Jaipur's Royal City Palace or the observatory of Jantar Mantar to see a collection of astronomical instruments. After a long day of exploration, perhaps head to the Raj Mandir Cinema to experience the glamour of a Bollywood film. Note: Ballooning can be done over the city on the morning of day six between September and June. For additional information, please see the important notes section of the Essential Trip Information.

Additional Activities

Jaipur - City Palace
400 INR
Jaipur - Observatory
200 INR
Jaipur - Bollywood Movie - Raj Mandir Cinema
400 INR
Jaipur - Balloon Safari
250 USD
Day 7 - Ranthambhore National Park
Travelling by private vehicle, head to Ranthambhore (approximately 5 hours/200km). Ranthambhore National Park was once a famous hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, and was one of the original Project Tiger reserves. Explore the ruins of the park’s 10th-century fort, and in the evening take a 4WD safari in search of tigers and other wildlife. Notes: The safety of our travellers is our highest concern and your tour leader has the authority to cancel or reschedule the jeep safari if they believe the vehicles available do not meet our safety standards. Ranthambhore National Park is closed between 1 July and 30 September each year. On those trips affected, we'll visit nearby Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary. Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary is located approx. 16km from Ranthambhore and is due to its hilly terrain isnt as affected by the monsoon. Tigers inhabit this area also and spottings are more favorable at this time of year as they move away from flooded areas of Ranthambhore

Additional Activities

Ranthambore National Park - Evening Safari
Included in Price
Day 8 - Bundi
Travel to Bundi by private vehicle (approx 4 hours/150km). Navigate Bundi's narrow streets on a walking tour. Wander through the downtown market and engage with the locals. Visit intricately carved baoris (step wells) and explore the 16th-century Bundi Palace (be sure to check out its famous murals).

Additional Activities

Bundi - Stepwell
Included in Price
Bundi - Bundi Palace
Included in Price
Bundi local guide
Included in Price
Day 9 - Bijaipur Rural Heritage Stay
Take a slow train journey with local villagers to the small town of Bassi (approximately three hours). Head to Castle Bijaipur by jeep, where you’ll spend the night. This fortified mansion is still run by the erstwhile local landlord and his family. Spend the night under the stars camping beside a lake. Note: During the monsoon period (April to September) we do not camp, but spend both nights in a heritage hotel.

Additional Activities

Heritage Stay - Village Jeep Safari
Included in Price
Heritage Stay - Henna painting
150 INR
Day 10 - Bijaipur
Take a slow train journey with local villagers (approximately three hours). and then enjoy a drive in an open-top jeep out into the countryside to visit pastoral villages. As the area is teeming with wildlife, your guide should be able to point out some native animals. While in the villages, perhaps get a temporary souvenir in the form of a henna tattoo. Enjoy a group meal of local Bassi cuisine in the evening, and relax in the castle for the rest of the night.
Day 11 - Udaipur
Our next journey by private vehicle takes us to Udaipur (approximately 4 hours/180km). Take a walk to soak up the city’s hills, lakes and white marble palaces, or delve into its twisting alleys and bazaars filled with silver, leather goods and miniature paintings. A popular centre for artists, dancers and musicians, there’s plenty to entertain you in Udaipur.

Additional Activities

Udaipur - City Palace
Included in Price
Udaipur - City Walk
Included in Price
Udaipur - Lake boat ride
250 INR
Day 12 - Udaipur
Visit Udaipur's City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India. Enjoy an optional boat ride on the famous Lake Pichola (seasonal - depending on the water level in the lake) and marvel at the island palaces off Jag Nivas and Jag Mandir. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a traditional concert that combines seven traditional Rajasthani folk dances.

Additional Activities

Udaipur - Cultural performance
100 INR
Day 13 - Pushkar
Take a six-hour air-conditioned train to Ajmer and then a private vehicle to your hotel in Pushkar. Enjoy a walking tour to visit the bustling ghats and temples around Pushkar Lake, and watch as the devout worship by the holy water. A highlight of the visit to Pushkar is a camel ride out into the surrounding desert area. For those who don't want to ride a camel, there’s a camel-cart option.

Additional Activities

Pushkar - Walking Tour
Included in Price
Day 14 - New Delhi
Early risers can hike up to the Savitri Temple for amazing sunrise views over the town this morning. There might even be a steaming glass of chai waiting for you at the top if the chai man is there. You’ll have free time to enjoy the rest of the morning in Pushkar. The Shatabdi Express train departs Ajmer around 2 pm for the trip back to Delhi, arriving at around 10:40 pm.
Day 15 - New Delhi
There are no activities planned for the final day and you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Additional Activities

Delhi - Home-Cooked Experience Urban Adventure
4000 INR
Delhi - Gandhi's Delhi Urban Adventure
2500 INR
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Reviews
       
I had so much fun in 2 weeks in India - I love the fact that everything was organised the group was so much fun. I laughed so much on this trip and immersed in Indian culture. The heritage places that we stayed in were absolutely amazing.
       
Great experience, the touristic places are very nce, but some hotels need maintenance or train their staff, example the Agra hotel had no hot water and had to be cleaned as my room had food on ot and horrible dirty toilet. Staff in Udaipue hotel was not good, most of us ask for a wake up call and they just forgot.