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On this unforgettable North India tour, we travel through Royal Rajasthan experiencing its culture and rural lifestyle.  This is the ultimate Golden Triangle Tour and is capable of being trimmed to fit to your timescale. 

There is a certain magic about travelling through this state - everything is beautiful, impressive and fascinating. Packed with history, art and culture dating back to several centuries, Rajasthan has been well preserved, evidenced the ancient forts, monuments and palaces of the region which are steeped in the rich cultural heritage of this state.

We start our journey by visiting Taj Mahal, the monument of love! We then travel through Rajasthan dotted with Aravalli hills that extend in a north-south direction, interrupted again and again by picturesque lakes. We experience a change of landscape and rural village life. Set against the stark beauty of the rural areas, you will see the men with splendid moustaches and long turbans and the women dressed in colourful clothes - one of the most lasting impressions of this State. Besides visiting the famous towns of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur, we experience wildlife at Kumbhalgarh and explore the open-air museum of the semi-arid Shekhawati region dotted with painted havelis.

Day 1: Depart UK

Regional connections to London Heathrow can be arranged if required.

Day 2: Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Claridges hotel. Your guide for the rest of your journey meets you on arrival at the airport. Centrally located in Lutyens Delhi, The Claridges hotel is popular amongst tourists. Rest at leisure and in the evening, we can visit the Gandhi Smriti, located next door to our hotel. Later stroll through Lodi gardens, one of the most beautiful parks in Delhi dotted with tombs.

(The Claridges hotel – Deluxe room - B)

Day 3: Delhi

Explore Old Delhi – we travel to Chandni Chowk, the main street of old Delhi where we walk through various streets and in between, hop on a rickshaw – visit Gurudwara Sis Ganj, Town hall, renowned poet Mirza Ghalib's Haveli and colourful markets. We visit the Red Fort and Humayun Tomb and return back to our hotel.

(The Claridges hotel- Deluxe room - B)

Day 4: Delhi

Explore New Delhi - Visit Qutab Minar and Akshardham temple located on the banks of River Yamuna.


(The Claridges hotel – Deluxe room - B)

Day 5: Delhi - Agra

We take the morning express train to Agra departing at 08:10hrs. We should be ready to leave our hotel at 06:45hrs for the train station. Arrive in Agra at 09:50hrs and transfer to your hotel. Later visit Taj Mahal, the most famous Mughal monument and one of the Seven Wonders of the World that was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the lady of the Taj. It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love.

Overnight
(Trident hotel – Deluxe pool view room - B)

Day 6: Agra

Morning is spent at the Agra Fort built by Emperor Akbar in 1565 and completed by Shah Jahan. While in Akbar’s time the fort was principally a military structure, by Shah Jahan’s time the fort had become partially a Palace. There are many fascinating buildings inside the massive 20 – meters thick walls which stretch for 2 1⁄2 kms.

Afternoon visit the erstwhile Mughal Capital of Fatehpur Sikri, a fine example of a Mughal walled city with imposing gateways and architecture. It was built between 1570 and 1586, during the reign of Emperor Akbar as an act of gratitude to a penniless saint who made this the capital of his empire and then for some inexplicable reason, abandoned it. Scholars believe that the city was deserted due to lack of water or simply because the building of this city was not a conscious decision.

(Trident hotel – Deluxe pool view room - B)

Day 7: Agra – Jaipur (250kms – 5hrs)

If you want, we can make another visit to the Taj for sunrise.
After breakfast depart for Jaipur. Often called “The Pink City”, Jaipur is a labyrinth of fascinating bazaars, opulent palaces and historic sites! Built in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the town was built in a style of unusual magnificence. Arrive by early evening and rest at leisure.


(Trident hotel – Deluxe lake view room - B)

Day 8: Jaipur

Morning is spent in Jaipur city to explore Amber, the old capital, offering great views of the lake below and the Aravalli hills. The Fortress Palace was constructed in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army. Later in the evening explore Hawa Mahal (or Palace of Winds). Built in 1799, one of Jaipur’s major land marks, although it is actually little more than a façade. The five storey building, which looks out over the main street of the old city, is a stunning example of Rajput artistry with its pink, semi octagonal and delicately honey combed sandstone windows. It was originally built to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the every-day life and processions of the city.

(Trident hotel – Deluxe lake view room - B)

Day 9: Jaipur

We drive to Sanganer village – 8 km from Jaipur where block printing is crafted. Developed in the 17th century and full developed by the end of the 18th century in Sanganer, its calico print was a classic and elegant design that is famous in European countries. There are about 125 block printing units in Sanganer. It is popular for its Calico printed bed covers, quilts and saris. In Calico Printing, the outlines are printed first, and then the colour is filled in. The bold patterns and colours are highly preferred. Another popular technique is Doo Rookhi Printing in which artists print on both sides of the cloth. It is very interesting to watch the artisans at work in the process of block printing, tying and dyeing.

(Trident hotel – Deluxe lake view room - B)

 Day 10: Jaipur –Shekhawati (140kms – 3hrs)

Drive to Nawalgarh in Jhunjhunu district of the Shekhawati region. Shekhawati region, named after 15th century ruler Rao Shekha, is spread across 115kms with 3 main districts – Jhunjunu, Churu and Sikar. The region is fascinating network of small towns and villages famous for its painted havelis that were stately homes of once wealthy merchant families of India such as the Birlas, Goenkas and Poddars. We stroll through the small streets to visit such numerous havelis. Our accommodation is also in one such haveli - Roop Niwas Kothi

(Roop Niwas Kothi – deluxe room - B, D)

Day 11: Shekhawati  

Explore the painted havelis of Shekhawati. 

(Roop Niwas Kothi – deluxe room - B, D)

Day 12: Shekhawati – Bikaner / Gajner (200kms – 4 1⁄2 hrs)

Drive to Gajner Palace, located on the banks of Gajner lake, 30kms outskirts of Bikaner city. Visit the Junagadh Fort in Bikaner city or Indulge in a jeep safari to the Gajner forest reserve area.


(Gajner Palace – deluxe room - B, D)

Day 13: Gajner – Jodhpur (280kms – 61⁄2 hrs)

Drive to Jodhpur. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, Jodhpur was once the center of Marwar, one of the Rajasthan’s largest princely states and a fierce rival of the feudal states of Jaipur and Udaipur.


(The Ajit Bhawan Palace – deluxe room - B)  

Day 14: Jodhpur

In the morning, we make a visit to the opulent Umaid Bhawan Palace. A section of the Palace has recently been converted into a private museum. After lunch visit the most majestic of Rajasthan’s forts, the Mehrangarh Fort rising out of a 125m high rock towering over opulent palaces. The fortress once gave protection during the battles fought by the warring Rajput States. Overnight.

(The Ajit Bhawan Palace – deluxe room - B)

Day 15: Jodhpur

Explore the sadar market of Jodhpur.

(The Ajit Bhawan Palace – deluxe room - B)

Day 16: Jodhpur – Kumbhalgarh (200kms – 4hrs)

Drive to Kumbhalgarh enroute visiting the Ranakpur Jain temples. Nestled on the banks of river Maghai, this 15th century white marble temple complex is one of the holiest Jain sites of India. The main temple is 3 storied with a complex design with 29 halls,80 domes and 1444 pillars with no two pillars being alike. Each pillar is covered with the most intricate carvings. Few places in Rajasthan can match the ambience of Ranakpur! Arrive at Kumbhalgarh by early evening.

(Fateh Safari Lodge – deluxe room - B, D)

Day 17: Kumbhalgarh

Built by Maharana Kumbha of Mewar (Udaipur), this massive 15th century fort, located at a height of 1050m, was known as “The Eye of Mewar” as it offered commanding views of the countryside for miles around. The fort encloses several temples and is surrounded by the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife sanctuary.

Morning explore the fort and sanctuary. Walk through the Kumbhalgarh forest reserve towards Ghanerao, lunch at castle Ghanerao. Evening drive back to Fateh Safari Lodge


(Fateh Safari Lodge – deluxe room - B, D)

Day 18: Kumbhalgarh – Udaipur (95kms – 2hrs)

Drive to Udaipur. Evening we take a boat cruise (local boats) on Lake Pichola for sunset views to the island temple of Jag Mandir, built by Maharana Jagat Singh I in 1651.


(Trident hotel – deluxe pool view room - B)

Day 19: Udaipur

Explore Udaipur - visiting City Palace Complex that has a crystal gallery. This is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.


(Trident hotel – deluxe pool view room - B)

Day 20: Udaipur

In Udaipur – at leisure

(Trident hotel – deluxe pool view room - B)

Day 21: Udaipur - Delhi

Afternoon flight back to Delhi and transfer to The Claridges hotel


(The Claridges hotel – deluxe room - B)

Day 22: Delhi

Free day in Delhi

(The Claridges hotel – deluxe room - B)

Day 23: Delhi - UK

Transfer to the airport for return flight home.

 

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