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Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Nimaj, Jodhpur, Narlai, Udaipur
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Discover India’s most enchanting state, exploring rural villages, colourful cities, mighty forts and glittering palaces on this two week trip through Rajasthan’s most iconic and memorable landmarks.
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Rajasthan is a glittering celebration of colour and history, replete with majestic forts, lavish palaces, ancient ruins and mighty cities, interspersed by a sprawling countryside home to tiny farming communities and rural villages. This two week itinerary takes you through the iconic highlights of this captivating state, including a few lesser known gems.
After exploring the sights of India’s bustling capital city of Delhi, travel south to Agra to see the Taj Mahal glisten at sunrise, before entering Rajasthan’s capital – Jaipur. From Jaipur’s Amber Fort and rose coloured streets, you travel to the sleepy rural town of Nimaj and the luxurious tented camp of Chhatra Sagar. Leave rural Rajasthan behind as you travel to the ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur, before visiting the virtually untouched 17th century village of Narlai en route to the lakeside city of Udaipur, where the trip draws to a close. Throughout this itinerary, we have included some of our favourite heritage properties, offering an unrivalled insight into the history and culture of this fascinating state.
Days 1 - 3 : Delhi
Stay at The Claridges for 2 nights
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the Claridges, a small luxury hotel in New Delhi. The first afternoon is at your leisure, you may wish to relax and settle in to your hotel, or a guided tour of Delhi’s Garden Tombs and the Lodi gardens can also be arranged. The following day will involve a tour of Delhi’s main attractions with a private specialist guide, including a visit to Old Delhi’s ancient bazaars, the Mughal building of Humayun’s Tomb and the famous Qutb Minar minaret.
Day 3 - 4 : Agra, India
Stay at Trident Agra for 1 night
On the morning of day three, you will be transferred to Delhi’s train station in time to catch a two hour train to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. After checking in to the Trident Hotel, you will meet your local specialist guide who will take you to visit the impressive Agra Fort and to the Mehtab Bagh, a grand park that enjoys spectacular views of the Taj Mahal. The following morning you will be taken to the Taj Mahal in time for sunrise. Although an early start, we feel this is the best time of day to fully appreciate this beautiful mausoleum in all its magnificence. From Agra, it is then approximately a four hour drive to Jaipur, your first destination in Rajasthan, and the state’s capital.
Days 4 - 7 : Jaipur, India
Stay at Dera Mandawa for 3 nights
Upon arrival in Rajasthan’s rose-tinted capital, you will be taken to the beautiful boutique heritage hotel of Dera Mandawa. Your first day in Jaipur will be spent exploring the city with a private guide, visiting the historic City Palace, the Jantar Mantar observatory, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and the bazaars of the old city. Your second day in Jaipur takes you a little more off-the-beaten-track as you enjoy a guided walk to the settlement of the Meena Tribe, before ascending the Aravalli Hills on a historic path. The path offers breath-taking views of Jaipur’s spectacular Amber fort, which you will then visit later in the afternoon.
Days 7 - 9 : Nimaj, India
Stay at Chhatra Sagar for 2 nights
From Jaipur, you will be driven approximately four hours to the 17th century village of Nimaj. Spend the next two nights at Chhatra Sagar, a luxury tented camp fantastically positioned on the walls of a dam offering endless views over rural Rajasthan and the large man-made lake below. Your time at Chhatra Sagar is free to spend how you wish, enjoying farm visits, village walks and bird watching tours organised by the camp or relaxing in your private sit-out taking in the breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
Days 9 - 11 : Jodhpur, India
Stay at Raas for 2 nights
On the morning of day nine, it is time to leave the serenity of rural Rajasthan behind as you are driven two hours to Jodhpur, a vibrant city awash with blue-coloured buildings and home to the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. You will be staying at Raas for the next two nights, a magnificent 18th century haveli in a stunning location just beneath the Mehrangarh Fort. That afternoon and evening are at your leisure before enjoying a guided tour of Jodhpur the following day, visiting sights including Mehrangarh Fort, the Jaswant Thada cenotaph and the silver and textile markets near the clock tower.
Day 11 - 12 : Narlai, India
Stay at Rawla Narlai for 1 night
From Jodhpur, you are driven approximately three hours to Rawla Narlai, a lovingly restored small heritage hotel in the beautiful rural village of Narlai. Spend your time in Narlai exploring local village life that has remained untouched for centuries, relaxing by the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool or enjoying an enchanting evening dinner in a 1,000 year old stepwell. A wonderful off-the-beaten-track destination, Narlai provides a one-of-a-kind experience of traditional life in rural Rajasthan.
Days 12 - 14 : Udaipur, India
Stay at Jagat Niwas for 2 nights
On the morning of day twelve, you are driven two hours to your final destination, the beautiful lakeside city of Udaipur. En route, you will stop at the exquisite Ranakpur Jain Temple, one of the biggest and most important Jain temples in the whole of India. Upon arrival in Udaipur, you will be transferred to Jagat Niwas, 17th century haveli superbly located in the heart of old Udaipur with spectacular views over Lake Pichola. The following day, enjoy a rural cycle tour through Udaipur’s beautiful countryside before exploring the city’s main attractions with a private guide, including the City Palace, Saheliyon-ki-bari and Jagdish Temple. The next morning, you are taken to Udaipur’s airport in time to board a flight home via Delhi.
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