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Rajasthan in Style
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Nimaj, Rohet, Udaipur
Best for: Honeymoon, Culture History, Luxury
This two week itinerary takes you through Rajasthan’s captivating highlights in style. Stay at some of this princely state’s most deluxe hotels, including converted palaces, exclusive retreats and a luxury tented camp.
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There is no better way to unlock the mystery and romance of Rajasthan than to stay in the former Maharaja’s palaces, luxury rural retreats and summer homes of royalty that are included in this itinerary. With at least two nights in most destinations, you have the time to fully experience each property in all their majesty. Starting in Delhi, this 13 night itinerary includes the Golden Triangle, idyllic villages, and the beautiful lake city of Udaipur. Watch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal, enjoy private guided tours of Jaipur and Udaipur’s mighty forts and glittering palaces, visit local villages and unwind amidst glistening waters and untamed landscapes. This itinerary is perfect for those wanting to splash out on a particularly unforgettable trip, and explore this enchanting state in style.
Days 1 - 3 : New Delhi, India
Stay at The Lodhi for 2 nights
The trip begins in India’s bustling capital city of Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the Lodhi, a luxury hotel that embodies elegant modern-day India. That afternoon is at your leisure. You may choose to relax at the hotel or, alternatively, a guided tour of Delhi’s magnificent Garden Tombs and the Lodi Gardens can be arranged. The next day will be spent discovering the culture contrasts of Old and New Delhi with a private specialist guide, including the ancient bazaars of Chandni Chowk, Humayun’s Tomb, and the 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 train two hours south to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. Spend the afternoon exploring Agra’s architectural wonders with a local guide, including Agra Fort, and Mehtab Bagh, a grand park that enjoys spectacular views of the Taj Mahal. Your accommodation for the night will be the Trident, a contemporary hotel featuring finely manicured Mughal-style gardens, fountains and courtyards. The following morning, you will be taken to see the Taj Mahal at dawn. The sight of this iconic mausoleum bathed in hues of pink and orange as the sun rises is definitely worth the early start, and you avoid many of the crowds that come later in the day.
Days 4 - 7 : Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Stay at Taj Rambagh Palace for 3 nights
From Agra, it is approximately a four hour drive to Rajasthan’s rose-tinted capital of Jaipur. You will spend the next three nights at the Taj Rambagh Palace, a former Maharaja’s palace that has been exquisitely renovated to offer guests a stay fit for royalty. Spend the first full day in Jaipur exploring the highlights of the city with a private guide, including the Jantar Mantar observatory, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), the historic City Palace and the bazaars of the old city. The following day takes you to explore some more hidden delights, 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
On the morning of day seven, you will be driven approximately four hours through Rajasthan’s beautiful countryside to the 17th century village of Nimaj. Here, you will be staying at Chhatra Sagar, a luxury tented camp superbly positioned on the walls of a dam, offering endless views over rural Rajasthan and the large manmade lake below. Your time at Chhatra Sagar is free to spend how you wish. A number of excursions are offered from the property, including farm visits, village walks and bird watching tours, or you may choose to spend the time relaxing on your private sit-out, soaking-up the panoramic views.
Days 9 - 11 : Rohet, India
Stay at Mihir Garh for 2 nights
Swapping one rural village for an equally beautiful rural town, today you will be driven two hours to Rohet. En route, make a stop in the ‘Blue City’ of jodhpur to enjoy a guided tour of the city including Mehrangarh Fort, the Jaswant Thada royal cenotaph and the silver and textile markets. You will spend the next two nights at Mihir Garh, an exclusive boutique retreat just outside Rohet. Beyond relaxing and indulging in spa treatments, there a number of ways to spend your time at Mihir Garh. The hotel offers a fantastic village safari which takes you to discover the colourful culture of the Bishnoi tribe, as well as horse-riding excursions and culinary workshops.
Days 11 - 14 : Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Stay at Taj Lake Palace for 3 nights
On the morning of day 11, you will be driven to the beautiful lake city of Udaipur, where you will spend the next two nights at the Taj Lake Palace. The former summer palace of a Rajput Prince, the Taj Lake Palace is one of India’s most iconic hotels, offering indulgent luxury in a beautiful setting in the middle of Lake Pichola. Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise that afternoon before touring the city’s main attractions with a private guide the following day, including the City Palace, Saheliyon-ki-bari and Jagdish Temple. Spend your final day discovering Udaipur’s beautiful countryside on a rural cycling tour, before having the afternoon at your leisure to relax and explore any sights not yet visited. The following day sees your Rajasthan adventure come to an end as you are transferred to Udaipur’s airport in time to board you flight home via Delhi.
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