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Rupani Tour

21 Night Itinerary from £3,895

Private Individual Tour

 

Explore Gujarat and Rajasthan, from cosmopolitan cities to provincial village life, intensely busy markets, friendly shopkeepers, unique cultures and stunning scenery.

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Travel Highlights

  • Explore Mumbai including the fascinating Spice, Paper and Flower Markets
  • Observe the asiatic lion and nature reserve in Sasangir National Park.
  • Discover the ancient fort at Junagadh, an archeological treasure.
  • Experience the Muslim and Hindu mix of Ahmedabad and Gandhi's house.
  • Visit Palitana shrine to the Jain Code of Conduct.
  • Visit the iconic Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur.
  • Stay in rural Rajasthan in Gadoli Village and Jamba meeting local villagers.
  • Travel to Agra, the Taj Mahal and Delhi.

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Tour Itinerary

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Mumbai (Bombay) - 3 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to Mumbai

Day 2 - Arrive in Mumbai

Day 3 - Guided tour of Mumbai

Day 4 - At leisure in Mumbai

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Day 1

Fly to Mumbai

Depart from the UK on an overnight flight to Mumbai.


Day 2

Arrive in Mumbai

Arrive in Mumbai where you will be met by our local guide and taken to your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. You guide will give you an orientation tour of your local area and answer any questions you may have. Rest of the day is at leisure.


Day 3

Guided tour of Mumbai

After breakfast, we begin at the waterfront Gateway of India monument, an impressive 85-feet high arch built by the British in 1924 to serve as a ceremonial entrance to the country.  When India gained its independence in 1948, the last British battalion formally passed through the Gateway.   

We visit the Prince of Wales Museum. Founded in the early years of the 20th century, it houses approximately 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands, categorized primarily into three sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History. The Museum houses Indus Valley Civilization artifacts, and other relics from ancient India. (Closed on Mondays and national holidays). Visit from outside, the impressive Town Hall, the most majestic structures among the other heritage buildings in the city of Mumbai. Another wonderful Gothic building is the Chhatrapati Sivaji Terminus, constructed on the site from which, in 1854, ran the first train in India. Designed by William Stevens and completed in 1887, the building looks more like a lavishly decorated palace than something as mundane as a train station.

Later this afternoon (approx at 2 pm), We embark on an unusual yet rewarding excursion to Dharavi, Mumbai’s giant slum considered a “city within a city” with approximately 800,000 inhabitants living in less than a square mile area.  Cottage industries and small businesses thrive here, accounting for Dharavi’s estimated annual economy of more than $650 million USD.  We learn about life in the slum, including the resilience and resourcefulness of the residents.


Day 4

At leisure in Mumbai

Today is at leisure. Our guide will be able to assist with optional excursions, depending on your interests.

Fariyas Hotel

Mumbai (Bombay) - Tourist Hotel

 

Fariyas Hotel is a good tourist class hotel located in South Mumbai, located 26 kms from Mumbai Airport and only a 5-minute walk from Gateway of India and Prince of Wales Museum and 15 minutes walk to Rajabai Tower and St. Thomas Cathedral. 

The hotel has a combination of superior, deluxe and executive rooms. Each is air-conditioned with private bathroom, comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, TV, safe, hair dryer, mini bar, telephone, fridge and tea/coffee maker.

Public facilities include 2 restaurants, swimming pool and tavern bar. There is also a poolside cafe.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis. 

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Intercontinental Marine Drive

Mumbai (Bombay) - Luxury Hotel

InterContinental Marine-drive Mumbai offers intimate modern hospitality alongside sweeping views of the Arabian Sea. Enjoy award-winning cuisine from world-renowned chefs, and experience the best rooftop sunset pool views with your plush luxury accommodation in the city. The hotels location on Marine Drive is close to Mumbai's top leisure facilities and famous sites.

The hotel has a choice of spacious executive rooms or suites, all air-conditioned with private bathroom, hair dryer, safe, TV hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, sitting area and telephone.

The most impressive part of the hotel is the wonderful rooftop bar and restaurant - the Dome. There is also a stunning rooftop swimming pool. It is a wonderful place to watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea. The hotel has 2 other restaurants: L & S Bistro and Kebab Corner. There is also a spa to relax after a days sightseeing.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Taj Mahal Palace

Mumbai (Bombay) - Luxury Hotel

Taj Mahal Palace opened in Mumbai, then Bombay, in 1903, and overlooks the majestic Gateway of India. This legendary luxury hotel has played host to kings, dignitaries and eminent personalities from across the globe.

Each of the rooms 285 rooms & suites are a striking blend of nostalgic elegance, rich history and modern facilities. All are air-conditioned with private bathroom, tea/coffee, sitting area, desk, hair dryer and safe.

The hotel has 9 restaurants and bars, from authentic Indian cuisine at Masala Kraft; world famous Japanese dishes at Wasabi by Morimoto; exquisite Eastern Mediterranean food at Souk and Chinese at Golden Dragon. Dine all day at Shamiana and choose from the exotic range of sumptuous desserts at La Patisserie. Unwind with a refreshing meal at Aquarius, the poolside restaurant; and visit the stylish Harbour Bar.

Signature experiences such as the afternoon tea at Sea Lounge and private dining at the Chef’s Studio make your stay with us truly memorable.

There is a spa, salon, lounges and a stunning swimming pool with views of the Gateway of India.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Rajkot - 1 Night

Day 5 - Fly to Rajkot

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Day 5

Fly to Rajkot

After breakfast, transfer to Mumbai airport and fly to Rajkot. Transfer to your hotel for a 1 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

This afternoon, visit the Watson museum of human history and culture. Its collections precious objects of colonial period of India and history of Rajkot.  the Watson museum was named in fond memory of Colonel John Watson in 1888. Colonel John Watson was political agent of Kathiawar agency form 1881 to 1889. Museum exhibits copies of artefacts from Mohenjo-Daro, natural history, 13th century carvings, temple statues, costumes and design of the houses of the local tribal people. The Watson museum also houses an excellent collection of traditional, archaeological items and coins. While the museum's archaeology gallery also boasts of artefacts of prehistoric period and the Harappan civilisation in the archaeology gallery, a treasure of sculptures belonging to erstwhile Ghumali - a capital of Jethwa - grace the sculpture gallery.

The rest of the day is free at leisure.

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Drive to Junagadh and Sasangir - 1 Night

Day 6 - Drive to Junagadh and Sasangir

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Day 6

Drive to Junagadh and Sasangir

After breakfast, check-out and drive to Sasangir. En-route stops to explore Gondal, Virpur and Junagadh.

In Virpur we stop briefly at the Jalaram Temple who devoted himself to the Hindu God Rama and became a revered figure for his simple and exemplary way of life.

The most attractive tourist spot in Gondal is the 17th century, Navlakha Palace complex, which is one of the oldest and most beautiful of Gondal’s monuments. The Navlakha palace complex (17th century), is situated on a river bank, on a grand masonry base, rising to the monumental scale of at least 30 m above the river bed. Navlakha Palace reputedly cost Rupees Nine Lakhs thus earning the sobriquet ‘Navlakha Palace’.

Another highlight of Gondal, famous for rich chili powder spices and we visit the market. It is also known as the "Royal Garage", for the pompous of gargantuan collection of vintage and classic cars which date back to the time of World War II. Gondal, was ruled by a family of car enthusiasts whose royal passion resulted in a fine collection of automobiles which are now part of a museum in the Orchard palace premises. Such was the royal passion that Gondal had the best planned and well-designed road system in pre-independent Gujarat.

Thereafter, continue to Junagadh. The main centre of the city, the fort known as Uparkot, was built by Chandragupta of the Mauryan Empire around 320 BC, and archaeological evidence confirms this, showing that Uparkot has been inhabited continuously since the 3rd century BC. Hence, the name Junagadh which means “ancient fort.”  Under the Mauryans, Junagadh was a regional capital, and Emperor Ashoka had stone edicts placed there, still visible today. Another highlight of Junagadh is the Mahabat Maqbara, the huge 19th-century mausoleum of a local ruler, which showcases intricate Indo-Islamic architectural details. It was built by Nawab Mahabat Khan II of Junagadh (1851–82).

We proceed to Sasangir and check-in to the hotel on arrival for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Bhavnagar - 2 Nights

Day 7 - Sasangir National Park & drive to Bhavnagar

Day 8 - Palitana

 

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Day 7

Sasangir National Park and Bhavnagar

Early this morning, explore the Sasangir National Park by morning game drive.

Sasangir National Park holds the only surviving population of endangered Asiatic Lions. The unique ecosystem of Gir harbours about 38 species of mammals, around 300 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles and more than 2000 species of insects. The main carnivores of Gir are the Asiatic Lion, the Leopard, the Jungle Cat, the Hyena, the Jackal, the Mongoose, the Civet, the Rusty Spotted Cat and the Ratel. The main herbivores of Gir are the Chital, the Nilgai, the Sambar, the Four-horned Antelope, the Chinkara and the Wild Boar.

We return to your hotel and later drive to Bhavnagar where we stay for 2 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.


Day 8

Palitana

Early morning with packed breakfast, drive to Palitana to visit the Palitana temples of Jainism is located on Shatrunjaya hill by the city of Palitana in Bhavnagar district, Gujarat. The city of the same name, known previously as Padliptapur, has been dubbed "City of Temples". Shatrunjaya means a "place of victory against inner enemies" or "which conquers inner enemies".

Lunch is included at the local restaurant today, after which we return to your hotel in Bhavnagar.

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Ahmedabad - 2 Nights

Day 9 - Lothal and Ahmedabad

Day 10 - Guided tour of Ahmedabad

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Day 9

Lothal and Ahmedabad

This morning after breakfast we drive to Ahmedabad. We stop en-route at Lothal to visit the excavation site of Indus valley settlement. The main purpose of undertaking excavation at Lothal was to decide whether it could be considered as a true Harappan settlement where the people observed the same urban discipline and enjoyed the same material prosperity as in the metropolitan centres of Harappa and Mohenjo-daro. This object was achieved as soon as typical Indus weights, seals and painted pottery were found in the first season of the excavation. The careful planning of the town and the excellent sanitary system existing at Lothal proved beyond doubt that it was a true Harappan town.

Thereafter, continue drive to Ahmedabad and check-in to the hotel for a 2 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

Ahmedabad is a hub of colours and aristocracy. The markets here are a mixture of culture and modernity. This evening we will explore one of the most famous gardens of Ahmedabad the Law Garden becomes a favourite place for shopaholics with vendors and shopkeepers bustling on the scene. You can buy exclusive wall hangings, bandhej sarees, chaniyas (long colourful skirts), antique jewellery and more.


Day 10

Guided tour of Ahmedabad

After breakfast this morning, visit the Calico museum of textile, the premier textile museum of the country. Its outstanding collection of Indian fabrics exemplifies handicraft textiles spanning five centuries and attracts large numbers of visitors from the general public, as well as increasing numbers of Indian and international research scholars. The museum is housed in two buildings, one displaying textiles of religious significance and the other traditional court fabrics, tents, carpets and costumes.

Only 20 visitors are allowed per day with prior permission making this a special experience. 

Later in the afternoon, visit Sabarmati Ashram – This ashram was Gandhi’s headquarters during the long struggle for Indian Independence. His ashram was founded in 1915 and still makes handicrafts, handmade paper and spinning wheel. Gandhi’s Spartan living quarters are preserved as a small museum and there is a pictorial record of the major events in his life.

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Poshina - 1 Night

Day 11 - Poshina

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Day 11

Poshina

After early breakfast, we proceed for a Heritage Walk of Ahmedabad city. On the ancient site of Ashaval and Karnavati, Ahmedabad was found on 1411. The City of Ahmedabad has some of the finest India, Islamic monuments and exquisite Hindu and Jain temples. Its carved wooden houses are another unique architectural tradition.

We then drive to Poshina, a small village at the North of Gujarat sharing the border with Rajasthan, well known for its settlements of Tribal and Shepherd hamlets. Poshina has long been a hub of the convergence of people from various tribes, who come here for their buying and selling requirements.

This afternoon, visit the local villages in and around Poshina. Poshina has also been renowned in the world for the tribal tradition of Terracota horse offerings to mountain Gods. Tens and thousands of Terracota Horses are seen lined up at sacred shrines as offerings for wishes fulfilled, from people coming from various parts of the world. Dinner is included at your hotel tonight.

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Ambaji to Udaipur - 2 Nights

Day 12 - Ambaji to Udaipur

Day 13 - Guided tour and boat ride on Lake Pichola

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Day 12

Ambaji to Udaipur

After breakfast, check-out and drive to Udaipur via Ambaji. Ambaji is an important temple which has thousands of devotees flocking towards it every week. Here you can also see the Garasia tribal women selling fruits and vegetables. The colourful local market and tribal people makes this place very interesting.

Continue drive to Udaipur, described as the “City of Sunrise,” standing in a valley amid green hills on the banks of the Lake Pichola.

On arrival, check-in to the hotel where we stay for 2 nights on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is free at leisure.


Day 13

Guided tour and boat ride on Lake Pichola

Today after breakfast, visit the Jadish Temple, the largest and most venerated temple in Udaipur. Built in 1651 A.D. by Maharaja Jagat Singh, the temple is decorated with friezes and enshrines a black stone image of Vishnu. Walk about the Garden of Maidens (Sahelion Ki Bari), which consists of an ornamental lotus pool with delicately carved cenotaphs of black and white marble and soapstone. You can explore the rest of the Maharajah’s City Palace, an imposing edifice of granite and marble, standing atop a ridge overlooking the blue waters of Lake Pichola and the exquisite Lake Palace.

Enjoy the pleasant boat ride on the Lake Pichola in the evening.

Trident Hotel

Udaipur - Tourist Hotel

Built over sixteen acres on the banks of Lake Pichola, Trident, Udaipur is ranked amongst the best tourist class hotels near the lake.

The hotel has 137 rooms and suites, all air-conditioned with private bathroom, sitting area, tv, hair dryer, safe, telephone and views of the pool or gardens. There is also a kids club.

Public facilities include a wonderful swimming pool, very extensive gardens, spa, the Amrit Mahal Bar, lounge and gym. There are two restaurants serving traditional Rajasthani specialities and international cuisine. In the summer, you can enjoy al fresco dining on the terrace.

The hotel offers a range of excursions exploring Udaipur, the city of lakes.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace

Udaipur - Luxury Hotel

Built by His Highness Maharana Fateh Singh in 1911, The LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur overlooks Fateh Sagar Lake, with the majestic Aravalli hills its backdrop.  

The hotel has 55 well appointed, spacious rooms and suites all of which offer captivating views of the lake, valley or Udaipur skyline. Each is air-conditioned with private bathroom, luxury amenities, minibar, safe, tv and sitting area.

The public areas include a swimming pool, spa, extensive well maintained gardens and gym. There are three restaurants offering Indian and international cuisine - dining is a real experience here as the hotel's history creates a glamorous atmosphere. In summer, al fresco dining can be enjoyed on the terrace or in the gardens.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

 

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Taj Fateh Prakash

Udaipur - Luxury Hotel

Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, Taj Fateh Prakash is part of the iconic City Palace complex, built in the 20th century by Maharana Fateh Singh as a venue for royal events. Like princely dignitaries from another era, present-day guests enjoy stunning views of the lake and Aravalli mountain range.  The original palace décor has been meticulously maintained. The hotel is like a living museum with artefacts, paintings and elaborate decoration making this a very special place to experience Udaipur.

The 65 rooms and suites offer an equally grand experience, with marble flooring, sweeping views, luxury beds and amenities, space and all the facilities you would expect from a top class hotel.

The Sunset Terrace offers Indian and international cuisine; other public facilities include the Surya Darshan Bar which offers English Afternoon Tea later converting to a romantic sunset spot for champagne and hors d’oeuvres.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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Ranakpur to Jodhpur - 2 Nights

Day 14 - Ranakpur to Jodhpur

Day 15 - Guided tour of Jodpur

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Day 14

Ranakpur to Jodhpur

Today, we drive to Jodhpur, stopping along the way at Ranakpur, home to some of India’s most exquisite Jain temple architecture. Situated in the lovely valley of Aravalli Hills, are the ornately carved temples of Ranakpur which are the holiest places for Jain pilgrims, the Chamukha temple is three-storied, with 80 domes supported by 1444 carved pillars, each different from one another.

Continue drive to Jodhpur and check-in to the hotel on arrival for a 2 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Jodhpur, known as the “Blue City”. Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief belonging to the Rathore clan. The city was located on the strategic road linking Delhi to Gujarat. This enabled it to profit from a flourishing trade in opium, copper, silk, sandals, date palms and coffee. The old city is enclosed by a six-mile wall that separates it from the desert sands that stretch for miles on every side; Jodhpur was the ancient capital city of Marwar Kingdom.


Day 15

Guided tour of Jodpur

Today we will explore the city’s beautiful palace Mehrangarh Fort has been in existence since 1459 and is one of the most astounding constructions and architectural marvels. The towering building has extremely high walls and gates, and the closer it is explored, the smaller you begin to feel!  Inside the fort is a network of courtyards and palaces, (including a museum that houses a splendid collection of items from the Maharajas), salvaged to display their long history of warding off attackers.

The Jaswant Thada is an absolutely calming and soothing building to lay your eyes upon. Constructed entirely of a milky-white marble, the whimsical essence of this memorial can be felt by all. The sheets of marble used to create this astounding marvel were all hand carved into fabulous walls and domes. A warm glow surrounds the polished rock, emitting a sunny and pleasant atmosphere.

You can visit the bustling Clock Tower bazaar to get a flavour of this historic city.

Raas Jodpur

Jodpur - Luxury Boutique

Located in the centre of Jodpur means all the best sites are within walking distance of the RAAS Boutique Hotel Jodpur. Formerly an 18th century Haveli, the hotel has been beautifully converted with echoes of Rajput architecture still visible.

The hotel has 40 rooms and suites, varying from Garden and luxury rooms to a choice of lavish suites. Each is air-conditioned with private bathroom, balcony or terrace, tv, hair dryer, telephone, FREE Wi-Fi and luxury amenities.

Public areas include a spa, the Stepwell cafe, the Baradari restaurant and al fresco dining at Darikhana.

Raas Jodpur is the perfect base to explore Jodpur; both stylish and historic.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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Jaipur - 2 Nights

Day 16 - Drive to Jaipur

Day 17 - Guided tour of Jaipur

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Day 16

Drive to Jaipur

Today we proceed to Jaipur, the largest city of Rajasthan which is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. This royal place is rich in heritage, culture and architecture with splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis. Other than these captivating attractions, Jaipur displays exquisite handicrafts and spectacular jewelry. On arrival, check-in to the hotel for a 2 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

Evening is free to explore the colourful markets of the pink city.


Day 17

Guided tour of Jaipur

This was the home of India’s legendary Hindu warriors, whose historic forts, palaces, and gardens lend a timeless quality to this storied region.  Called the “pink city” for its buildings of rose-hued sandstone, Jaipur today retains the exquisite symmetry of its original construction, as well as the eight historic gates that protected the city centuries ago. 

Full day sightseeing of Jaipur including a visit to the Amber Fort and a photo stop at the Palace of the Winds, the Hawa Mahal in the morning. Visit Amber Fort a UNESCO World Heritage site built by the Kachhawah Rajputs as their capital from 1037 to 1728 and considered the pinnacle of Rajput architecture.  We tour the unoccupied citadel this morning, to admire the fresco-covered portal, the impressive room of mirrors, walls of jewel-encrusted marble, and the royal apartments offering beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding valleys.

We continue on to Jantar Mantar, the incredible open-air Royal Observatory (ca. 1728) housing oversized astronomical instruments and a UNESCO World Heritage site; and City Palace, former residence of the Maharajas of Jaipur, built in the shape of the city itself and now converted to a museum that houses the rulers’ magnificent art collections.

Trident Hotel, Jaipur

Jaipur - Tourist Hotel

The Trident Hotel is an excellent tourist class hotel in Jaipur with views of Mansagar Lake and Jal Mahal. Ideal for couples and families.

The 132 air conditioned rooms and suites are well appointed, including private bathroom, TV, minibar, FREE Wi-Fi and panoramic views of the lake or the landscaped gardens, with the Aravalli mountain range forming a dramatic backdrop.

Public areas include a swimming pool, spa, kids club, bar, Jal Mahal restaurant serving Indian and International cuisine and a pool terrace serving snacks and drinks.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur

Jaipur - Luxury Hotel

Located about 45 minutes from Jaipur, Alila Fort Bishangarh is a unique example of the Jaipur Gharana architecture influenced by both the Mughals and the British. The original fort is left intact, with much care given to ecological restoration and the reconstruction of new residential areas, to recreate the courtly flavour of Shahpura’s royalty. It is a quite special place to stay and experience the grandeur of India's past rulers.

The fort has 59 stately rooms and suites, each with stunning views, air-conditioning, private bathrooms, luxury bedding, TV, FREE Wi-Fi, minibar and safe.

Public areas include well maintained lawns, a swimming pool, library, spa and gym. The Fort has 4 restaurants: ‘Amarsar’, the speciality restaurant based on the Road Silk Route, ‘Nazaara’, an outdoor dining venue with spectacular views, ‘Madhuveni’, the bar & cigar lounge and ‘Kachchawa’ a champagne bar, coffee, chai and cakes lounge.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

Jaipur - Deluxe Hotel

Built in 1745, the Jai Mahal Palace is a stunning piece of Rajasthan’s heritage, a great example of Indo-Saracenic architecture set amidst 18 acres of landscaped Mughal gardens. Jai Mahal Palace has been the residence of three Prime Ministers of the princely state of Jaipur. Painstakingly restored and recently refurbished, it is now a luxury five-star Taj heritage hotel equipped with all modern-day comforts.

The 94 rooms and six suites offer you unbeatable views of the city and palace gardens. Perfectly located in the heart of the Pink City close to the main shopping areas and prime historical sites such as Amber Fort, HawaMahal and City Palace. 

The hotel has two speciality restaurants; Cinnamon serves the most authentic Royal Indian cuisines from four princely states, while Giardino is Jaipur's finest contemporary Italian restaurant. The popular all-day-dining multi-cuisine restaurant Marble Arch offers a medley of flavours; and the fashionable Marigold Bar houses a selection of single malts and cigars alongside innovative cocktails.

The hotel also has a luxury spa, delightful gardens, lawns, a swimming pool and offers a wide range of activities including yoga.

The rates of on a room and breakfast basis.

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Camel Rides

Gadoli village experience - 1 Night

Day 18 - Gadoli village experience 

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Day 18

Gadoli village experience 

After breakfast, check-out and drive to Gadoli, this will offer you an unforgettable village experience and a welcome break from the regular tourist visits to monuments, museums and market places and the hustle and bustle of the crowded cities and move towards the pristine and untouched lives of the real people of the land. The villages visited are tucked away within a valley inside the Aravalli Hills, where a community of the Meena Tribals are living. The joy and spirit of rustic life is palpable in the lively faces of the village folks. Here, in many ways, time has stood still and globalisation has had little impact.

Enjoy the camel cart safari to visit a charming village and meet its friendly people who are eager to share their life with you.

Dinner and breakfast is included in your overnight stay.

Dera Village Retreat

Rajasthan - First Lodge

The Dera Village Retreat was established in 2002 as a place for travellers to experience the authentic, rural Rajasthan. Located 2 hours drive from Jaipur, the retreat offers a welcome break from the busy tourist attractions in the major cities of Rajasthan.

The retreat has 18 cottages complete with air-conditioning, heating, fully equipped bathrooms, study table, wardrobe and a dressing area.

Public areas include a large and peaceful garden, where you can relax in the sunshine, try yoga or enjoy the regular evening entertainment of local dancers. The cosy dining room offer contemporary Indian cuisine or you can eat al fresco.

There is much to do in the area, including camel rides, trekking and visiting local villages that have not changes for years.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis, but other packages including excursions are also available.

 

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Fatehpur Sikri to Agra - 2 Nights

Day 19 - Fatehpur Sikri to Agra

Day 20 - Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

 

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Day 19

Fatehpur Sikri to Agra

After breakfast, check-out and drive to Agra with en-route stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the Capital of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The fortress is a UNESCO world heritage site and is built entirely of red sandstone.  The tomb of the revered saint Salim Chisti is built in pristine white marble and stands in stunning contrast to the red sandstone. This deserted sandstone city was the glorious but ephemeral capital during Akbar’s reign. Lying on a rocky ridge, this fortress is today a haunting complex with empty palaces, forts and mosques representing a variety of architectural styles.  You often wonder how these ancient fortresses must have come alive with music, laughter, beautiful courtesans and the colour and pomp of royalty!

On arrival at Agra, check-in to the hotel for a 2 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

Later this afternoon, visit the Itmad Ud Daulah tomb, popularly known as Baby Taj. From there proceed to visit the “Mehtab Bagh” situated north of the Taj Mahal complex on the opposite side of the Yamuna River, in the flood plains. The garden complex, square in shape, is perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank. The most important attraction of Mehtab Bagh is the Taj Mahal itself. This is a unique spot as you can get a picturesque view of The Taj from here.


Day 20

Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Early this morning, savour a travel highlight as you embark on a tour of the Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday), the magnificent tomb of white marble built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who had implored her husband to build a monument symbolising their undying love for each other.  Some 20,000 labourers and artisans from around the world spent 22 years constructing what became Mumtaz’s mausoleum, which was begun in 1632.  Along with its exquisite symmetry, the Taj features striking examples of pietra dura, a decorative art in which craftsmen embed precisely cut semi-precious stones in marble to form dazzling patterns. 

Return to the hotel for the breakfast and relax.

Later in the afternoon, visit the imposing Red Fort of Agra (also known as Agra Fort). A creative, architectural, and strategic masterpiece, the Fort is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  In a cruel twist, Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal and whose grandfather built the original Fort and who also assumed the throne himself, was imprisoned here at the end of his life by his own son – in a room looking out on the Taj Mahal across the river.

Tajview Hotel

Agra & the Taj Mahal - Tourist Hotel

Spread over six acres of manicured gardens, the Tajview, Agra is a relaxing base to explore and sightsee. For those who want the best vantage point, some with direct views of the Taj Mahal. 

The rooms are a combination of superior, deluxe, Premium and suites. All are air-conditioned with private bathroom, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, hair dryer, tv, telephone and sitting area.

Public facilities include a swimming pool, fitness centre, shopping arcade and spa. There are 2 restaurants serving Indian, Chinese and International cuisine.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

 

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Grand Imperial

Agra & the Taj Mahal - First Hotel

The Grand Imperial Hotel was built in the early 1900s by the British. It remains the only grand heritage boutique Hotel in Agra and as such will add a sense of occasion to your stay here. The hotel is central Agra with views, from the rooftop bar and cafe, of the Taj Mahal, Red Fort and other Agra landmarks. Every corner in the hotel has a story to tell , whether it’s unraveling the majestic royals of the princely states, with its pre-independence coronation, or the ruling times of the British Raj.

The hotel has 15 spacious deluxe rooms and 30 suites, each elegantly furnished with private bathroom, safe, minibar, hairdryer and sitting area.

Public areas include a swimming pool, spa, lounge, bar and evening entertainment. The hotel has an elegant restaurant, plus you can enjoy drinks and snacks on the rooftop terrace.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

 

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ITC Mughal

Agra & the Taj Mahal - Luxury Hotel

The ITC Mughal, Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. With 23 acres of luxurious gardens and located close to the Taj Mahal, it is the only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture. You will feel this as soon as you step into the grand lobby, dedicated to the great King Akbar.

The hotel has 233 opulent rooms and suites, each designed in the style of the great Mughal architecture of the past. All room are air-conditioned, very spacious and include a private bathroom, tv, safe, hair dryer, sitting area, minibar and luxury amenities.

The public areas including beautifully maintained gardens, a stunning swimming pool, spa, fitness centre and a salon. The excellent 3 restaurants serve Indian and international cuisine and there are lounges and 2 bars in which to relax.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

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Delhi - 2 Nights

Day 21 - Drive to Delhi

Day 22 - Guided tour of Delhi

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Day 21

Drive to Delhi

After breakfast, check-out and drive to Delhi. Delhi is a dynamic city where the past coexists with the present. While historic evidence shows that the area around Delhi was first occupied around 2,500 years ago, Hindu mythology predates that by another 500 years. The British captured the city in 1803 and when they decided to make it the capital of India in 1911, they commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to draw up the plans. The result is slightly surprising with spacious tree-lined avenues punctuated with architecture which is among the most striking in the world.

On arrival, check-in to the hotel for a 2 night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

Later this afternoon, visit the Delhi's most striking monument, The Qutub Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was constructed in 1192 by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. Built in red sandstone and marble, it has a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft) and contains 379 stairs. A Soaring conical tower, it is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture and is the tallest minaret in India.


Day 22

Guided tour of Delhi

Today, on the tour of “Old Delhi,” you will head out to explore this exotic locale with its narrow dirt roads, myriads of people and inexpensive and colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. Drive past Red Fort and visit the Jama Masjid, one of the largest Muslim mosques in India. A bicycle rickshaw will take you into the heart of Chandni Chowk (the silver square - so named because of the silver merchants).

Drive past India Gate, a 42-metre archway built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War and Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy.  Today, it is the official residence of the President of India.

Thereafter, visit the most prominent Sikh Gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi. It was originally a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh, a 17th century Indian ruler. It is open to people of all faiths, castes or creeds. The premises house a sacred pond in which devotees bathe. They believe that this would wash off their misdeeds and thus allow them to attain peace of mind. The 'Langars' or the community kitchen proves to be the ideal example of prodigious hospitality of the Sikhs. Anyone and everyone can have scrumptious meal irrespective of caste, colour or class.

Sheraton New Delhi

Delhi - First Hotel

Located in the centre of New Delhi, the Sheraton offers spacious rooms and an excellent choice of restaurants.

There are 220 air-conditioned rooms and suites, each with private bathroom, hair dyer, minibar, bottled water, coffee and tea maker, safe and sitting area. Rooms have panoramic views of the city.

Public facilities include a swimming pool, spa, gym and an Indian and Chinese restaurant. There is also a wide choice of Indian and International restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. as well as a major shopping mall.

The rates are on a bed and breakfast basis.

 

 

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Maidens Hotel, New Delhi

Delhi - Luxury Hotel

The Maidens Hotel was established in 1903 and remains a stately survivor of the golden age - the sweeping driveway and the grand façade give an inkling of its star-studded past. Its architecture is the most glorious illustration of old-world European charm with its colonial impressions. A stay at Maidens Hotel is a historically and culturally enriching experience! Every corner in the hotel has a story to tell, whether it's unraveling the majestic royals of the princely states, the Delhi Durbar with its pre-independence coronation, or the ruling times of The British Raj.

The hotel is located in North Delhi within close proximity to the major attractions and has 54 rooms and suites all with high ceilings, air-conditioning, mini bar, tea-coffee maker, LCD TV, satellite channels, safe, hair dryer, FREE Wi-Fi and telephone.

Public areas include lush gardens, a gym and classic wining and dining in the Cavalry Bar, the elegant Curzon Room restaurant serving Indian dishes and the Garden Terrace restaurant.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

 

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Oberoi, New Delhi

Delhi - Deluxe Hotel

The Oberoi, New Delhi is located in the centre of New Delhi, close to the major attractions including India Gate.

The hotel has 220 air-conditioned and spacious rooms and suites with marble bathrooms, teak floors and oak desks. Each room has a safe, FREE Wi-Fi, TV, telephone, 24 hour butler service, goose pillows (with choice), Nespresso coffee machine, tea making facilities and hair dryer.

Public facilities include all day dining at 360 degrees signature restaurant serving international dishes, Omya serving contemporary Indian cuisine, Baoshuan serving chinese fayre and the magical Cirrus 9, a famous rooftop bar with panoramic views of Delhi. There is also a club bar and cigar lounge, patisserie and delicatessen. The hotel also has a luxury spa, gardens and outdoor swimming pool.

The rooms are on a bed and breakfast basis.

 

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Fly back home - 0 Nights

Day 23 - Fly back to the UK

 

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Day 23

Fly back to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your daytime flight back to the UK.

Price Guidelines

Season High Season
Travel Dates Oct 2020 - March 2021
Room Arrangement Tourist First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £3,895 £4,145
Single Traveller - Own Room £4,995 £5,285

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • Guidelines prices are per person based on 2 people sharing a twin room
  • 23 Days / 21 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Domestic flight from Bombay to Rajkot
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 20 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners 
  • Transfers and all transport throughout the itinerary
  • Exclusive Jeep Safaris in Sasangir National Park
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
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