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Heritage Havelis of North India
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Bundi, Udaipur, Chanoud, Jodhpur
Best for: Culture History, Highlights, Spectacular scenery
This itinerary takes you on a two week journey to discover the beauty and history of north India, whilst staying at some of our favourite heritage properties and homestays along the way.
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India is home to a number of palaces, forts and havelis which have been beautifully restored and converted into delightful heritage hotels, many of which are still managed by their former noble families. Still maintaining their old-world charm, these heritage properties are often architecturally quirky, lavishly decorated and offer the chance to immerse yourself in India’s rich royal history. On this two week trip, explore the magnificent cites of Rajasthan and the north, from Delhi and Agra to the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur, before passing through lesser-travelled ancient cities and rural villages to end in the fairy-tale city of Jodhpur. This itinerary is perfect for those looking to experience north India’s iconic highlights, explore some off-the-beaten-track destinations and stay in some characterful properties along the way.
Days 1 - 3 : Delhi, India
Stay at Thikana Delhi for 2 nights
The first stop is India’s vibrant capital city of Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to Thikana, a charming owner-run homestay in the south of the city. Your first afternoon is free to spend how you wish. A guided tour of Delhi’s magnificent garden tombs and the Lodi gardens can be arranged, or you may choose to simply relax at your hotel. 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 Qutab Minar.
Day 3 - 4 : Agra, India
Stay at Coral Court Homestay 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. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Coral Court, a colourful homestay with a strong family atmosphere that is ideally located for exploring Agra and the Taj Mahal. Spend the day discovering the delights of Agra with your private guide, visiting Agra Fort, one of the finest Mughal forts in India, and Mehtab Bagh, a large park offering spectacular views of the Taj Mahal across the Yumana River. The following morning involves an early start as you make your way to the Taj Mahal for sunrise, a magical experience and we think the best time of day to take in this magnificent mausoleum in all its glory. After breakfast, you will begin the drive to your next destination – Jaipur.
Days 4 - 7 : Jaipur, India
Stay at Dera Mandawa for 3 nights
The drive to Jaipur is broken up with a visit to Fatehpur Sikri, a now deserted city that was once the capital of the Mughal Empire. From there, it is approximately a four hour drive to Jaipur, also known as the ‘pink city’ due to the rose coloured buildings found at every turn. Your accommodation for the next three nights is Dera Mandawa, a boutique heritage property whose owner is full of fascinating stories about the old days of Jaipur he is only happy to share. The first day in Jaipur will be spent exploring the city with a local specialist guide, visiting the historic City Palace, the Jantar Mantar observatory, the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) 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 that afternoon.
Day 7 - 8 : Bundi, India
Stay at Bundi Vilas for 1 night
Driving approximately four hours south into Rajasthan’s countryside, you will spend one night in the ancient walled city of Bundi. Off the common tourist trail, Bundi is somewhat of a hidden gem - a captivating city that is brimming with murals, extravagant stepwells and an extraordinary hillside palace. Upon arrival, check-in to Bundi Vilas, a small heritage hotel built against the rampart walls of the city palace that boasts wonderful views of both the palace and the Jait Sagar lake below. Spend that afternoon on a guided tour of Bundi, visiting its ornate forts, palaces, stepwell reservoirs and the Taragarh Fort, before retreating to Bundi Vilas to enjoy a delicious evening meal on the roof terrace.
Days 8 - 10 : Udaipur, India
Stay at Jagat Niwas for 2 nights
On the morning of day eight, you will be driven to Udaipur via Chittogarh Fort, one of the most outstanding forts in the whole of India. From Chittogarh is just a two and a half hour drive to the beautiful lakeside city of Udaipur. Your accommodation in Udaipur is Jaga Niwas, a charming 17th Century haveli blessed with spectacular views over the glittering waters of Lake Pichola. The following morning, 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.
Days 10 - 12 : Chanoud, India
Stay at Chanoud Garh for 2 nights
From Udaipur, you will be driven approximately four hours to Chanoud Garh, a lovingly restored 300 year old palace at the heart of the tiny rural village of Chanoud. Chanoud Garh is a lovely place to unwind and experience the day-to-day life of rural Rajasthan. Spend your time enjoying guided walks to the local village, cooking lessons and jeep safaris through the surrounding farmlands and salt-pans beyond.
Days 12 - 14 : Jodhpur, India
Stay at Pal Haveli for 2 nights
On the morning of day 12, it is approximately a three hour drive to your final destination of Jodhpur, home of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. Spend the next two nights at Pal Haveli, a lavishly refurbished 300 year old mansion in the heart of Jodhpur’s ancient walled city. That afternoon and evening are at your leisure before enjoying a guided tour of Jodhpur and the Blue City the following day, visiting sights including Mehrangarh Fort, the Jaswant Thada royal cenotaph and the silver and textile markets near the clock tower.
Day 14 - 15 : Delhi, India
Stay at Pullman Aerocity for 1 night
The trip draws to a close on the morning of day 14 as you are driven to Jodhpur Airport in time to catch a flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi you are transferred to the Pullman, a large contemporary hotel conveniently located close to the airport. The following day you will be transferred back to Delhi’s international airport in time to board your flight back home.
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Meals and experiences as per itinerary
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