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Imperial Rajasthan

Expedition

Luxuriate in Rajasthan as your dedicated Travelling Concierge charts an adventure across Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

Imperial Rajasthan

EXPERIENCE OVERVIEW

Luxuriate in Rajasthan as your dedicated Travelling Concierge charts an adventure across Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Explore India’s capital your way with the choice to tour the UNESCO world Heritage Site at Qutub Minar or treat your taste buds to the Delhi Street Food Tour, joining a well-known local chef for a sojourn through the famous street snacks of the old city. In Jaipur, the VIP Afternoon Tea experience unlocks the private living room of the Maharaja with an indulgent menu served alongside the crystal table of artisan—René Lalique. At sunrise, see the iconic Taj Mahal emerge from the dusk before journeying to Udaipur, known as the City of Lakes.

highlights

Choice Highlights
    Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Delhi: Join a well-known chef for a culinary exploration of Delhi streets where you will tantalise your taste buds. Experience a wide variety of foods and learn the effect that mixing different flavours has on the palate as you sample Indian delicacies from local stallholders.
  • Delhi: Visit the 12th century Qutub Minar, and see the tallest brick minaret in the world before enjoying lunch.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Agra: Meet the community living in the shadow of the Taj Mahal when you take a Mughal Heritage Walk. Discover hidden gems of the area and learn about daily life in the ancient village with impressive vistas of India’s most famous monument. Through this initiative the community is supported from tourism to improve their living conditions.
  • Agra: Visit a private colonial bungalow for high tea, meet the host family and listen to their stories about the British Raj and today's Indian culture and society.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Jaipur: Visit the colourful cavalcade of the fresh flower and spice market.
  • Jaipur: Visit the white marble Birla Mandir, a Hindu temple and witness aarti, a traditional prayer ceremony.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Lake Pichola: Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola and relax as you take in the city views from the water.
  • Udaipur: Explore the colourful bazaar in the old city.
Well-being
  • Your Well-Being Director takes a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met. On tours fewer than 15 guests, your Traveling Concierge will act as your Well-Being Director.
  • Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travelling Concierge's, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
Journey Highlights
  • Truly experience India by travelling during one of its famed festivals. On select departures in spring, experience the ancient Hindu celebration of Holi, known for its colorful parades.
  • Truly experience India by travelling during one of its famed festivals. On select departures, in the fall you can experience Diwali, which means “row of lights” and is honored by all Indians, regardless of faith.
  • Delhi: View the monuments of Old and New Delhi when you drive out to Red Fort, the former home of the Mughal emperors. Cruise down the Rajpath to see India Gate and Parliament House.
  • Delhi: Take a tour of Jama Masjid with your Traveling Concierge. Feel the majesty of the largest mosque in India with its three great gates, 40-metre-high minarets, and a courtyard large enough for 25,000 devotees.
  • Delhi: Visit the 12th century Qutub Minar, and see the tallest brick minaret in the world before enjoying lunch.
  • Delhi: Jump into the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi by taking an exhilarating rickshaw ride through the busy streets of Chandni Chowk. Let the city’s sights and sounds swirl around you as you’re transported in traditional style.
  • Delhi: Visit a Sikh temple and community kitchen, where meals are given out to locals and travelers. Those of the Sikh faith regularly open their place of worship to those in greater need.
  • Agra: Visit the impressive fortress in Agra and delve into the history of the Mughal Dynasty, who ruled their empire for over 300 years. See the glorious mosques and fairytale palaces such as the Sheesh Mahal within its protected walls.
  • Agra: Meet the community living in the shadow of the Taj Mahal when you take a Mughal Heritage Walk. Discover hidden gems of the area and learn about daily life in the ancient village with impressive vistas of India’s most famous monument. Through this initiative the community is supported from tourism to improve their living conditions.
  • Agra: Rise in the morning light to view one of the greatest monuments in the world, the grand Taj Mahal. With the light of dawn and fewer visitors, you can fully appreciate its grandeur in peace, accompanied by only the birds and monkeys.
  • Jaipur: Ascend by jeep to stroll through the intricately designed complex of courtyards and halls of Amber Fort. Enjoy the shimmering walls and ceilings and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and receive a special blessing at this 16th century residence.
  • Jaipur: Enter the towering gates to the City Palace Museum for a look back through time at chandeliers, cannons, chariots and incredible murals. Built between 1729 -1732, this glorious complex is still home to the Jaipur royal family and young king.
  • Jaipur: Visit the colourful cavalcade of the fresh flower and spice market.
  • Jaipur: Visit the white marble Birla Mandir, a Hindu temple and witness aarti, a traditional prayer ceremony.
  • Jaisalmer: Set off to explore the sights of Jaisalmer, in particular the serene Gardisar Lake, built by the founding Rajput ruler of the city over 600 years ago. Visit the historic fort, where a quarter of the city's population still resides.
  • Jaisalmer: Wander through the local markets of the Golden City of Jaisalmer and uncover the heartbeat of life in the desert. Peruse the fine silks and intricate silver jewellery in the bazaars of this medieval trading city.
  • Jodhpur: Zip through the ancient streets of Jodphur on an invigorating tuk-tuk ride and visit Sadar Market to browse the traditional craft and food stalls which sprawl through the narrow city lanes in the shadow of the famous clock tower.
  • Jodhpur: Follow the winding road to Mehrangarh Fort, the imposing sandstone structure which dominates the skyline above Jodphur. The building, so colossal it was described by Rudyard Kipling as ‘the work of giants,’ houses one of the best-stocked museums of Rajasthan.
  • Ranakpur: Explore the intricately carved Jain temples of Ranakpur. Built in the 15th century by Seth Dharna Sah, the vast structure comprises almost 1500 white marble pillars across its twenty-nine halls and is considered the most spectacular of its kind in India.
  • Udaipur: Visit the architectural marvel of the City Palace complex that towers over the banks of Lake Pichola. This amazing blend of styles is a wonder to explore, with unique paintings and magnificent antiques, a testimony to the Rajput passion for art.
  • Udaipur: Climb the stairs to visit the magnificent Jagdish Temple in the center of Udaipur Old Town and explore the many statues and carvings before stepping into the peaceful surroundings of the Garden of the Maids of Honour at the edge of town.
  • Lake Pichola: Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola and relax as you take in the city views from the water.
  • Udaipur: Explore the colourful bazaar in the old city.
Exceptional Dining
  • Delhi: Regularly rated as one of India's very finest restaurants, The Spice Route is a feast for all your senses, from the elegant design to the aromatic journey that each dish brings. Admire the incredible artwork from across Southeast Asia as you dine.
  • Delhi: Join a well-known chef for a culinary exploration of Delhi streets where you will tantalise your taste buds. Experience a wide variety of foods and learn the effect that mixing different flavours has on the palate as you sample Indian delicacies from local stallholders.
  • Agra: Visit a private colonial bungalow for high tea, meet the host family and listen to their stories about the British Raj and today's Indian culture and society.
  • Jaisalmer: Experience a truly unique dinner as the sun sets over the Sand Dunes. A sumptuous nomadic banquet is served under the desert stars as local musicians play traditional tunes into the gentle breeze of the night.
  • Udaipur: Sit down to your indulgent Celebration Dinner in the stunning restaurant of your hotel, which overlooks the beautiful outer courtyard and lake. Dine on a delicious banquet of Indian cuisine as you reflect on your unforgettable time in India.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Dinner (D), 12 Breakfast (B), 7 Lunch (L), and 1 Afternoon Tea (AT)
Chairman's Collection
  • Delhi: If you are traveling on a Chairman's Collection departure, on Day 2 historian and journalist Rana Safvi invites you to an intimate dinner at Sana-Di-Ge to learn about her studies of Indian culture and how they relate to present day life in India.
VIP Experiences
  • Jaipur: Enjoy a private access tour around Jaipur City Palace including the maharajah’s personal living room, normally off limits to visitors. Savour an Indian inspired high tea on the regal terrace after viewing the spectacular handcrafted crystal table by René Lalique.

Highlights

Choice Highlights
    Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Delhi: Join a well-known chef for a culinary exploration of Delhi streets where you will tantalise your taste buds. Experience a wide variety of foods and learn the effect that mixing different flavours has on the palate as you sample Indian delicacies from local stallholders.
  • Delhi: Visit the 12th century Qutub Minar, and see the tallest brick minaret in the world before enjoying lunch.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Agra: Meet the community living in the shadow of the Taj Mahal when you take a Mughal Heritage Walk. Discover hidden gems of the area and learn about daily life in the ancient village with impressive vistas of India’s most famous monument. Through this initiative the community is supported from tourism to improve their living conditions.
  • Agra: Visit a private colonial bungalow for high tea, meet the host family and listen to their stories about the British Raj and today's Indian culture and society.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Jaipur: Visit the colourful cavalcade of the fresh flower and spice market.
  • Jaipur: Visit the white marble Birla Mandir, a Hindu temple and witness aarti, a traditional prayer ceremony.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Lake Pichola: Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola and relax as you take in the city views from the water.
  • Udaipur: Explore the colourful bazaar in the old city.
Well-being
  • Your Well-Being Director takes a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met. On tours fewer than 15 guests, your Traveling Concierge will act as your Well-Being Director.
  • Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travelling Concierge's, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
Journey Highlights
  • Truly experience India by travelling during one of its famed festivals. On select departures in spring, experience the ancient Hindu celebration of Holi, known for its colorful parades.
  • Truly experience India by travelling during one of its famed festivals. On select departures, in the fall you can experience Diwali, which means “row of lights” and is honored by all Indians, regardless of faith.
  • Delhi: View the monuments of Old and New Delhi when you drive out to Red Fort, the former home of the Mughal emperors. Cruise down the Rajpath to see India Gate and Parliament House.
  • Delhi: Take a tour of Jama Masjid with your Traveling Concierge. Feel the majesty of the largest mosque in India with its three great gates, 40-metre-high minarets, and a courtyard large enough for 25,000 devotees.
  • Delhi: Visit the 12th century Qutub Minar, and see the tallest brick minaret in the world before enjoying lunch.
  • Delhi: Jump into the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi by taking an exhilarating rickshaw ride through the busy streets of Chandni Chowk. Let the city’s sights and sounds swirl around you as you’re transported in traditional style.
  • Delhi: Visit a Sikh temple and community kitchen, where meals are given out to locals and travelers. Those of the Sikh faith regularly open their place of worship to those in greater need.
  • Agra: Visit the impressive fortress in Agra and delve into the history of the Mughal Dynasty, who ruled their empire for over 300 years. See the glorious mosques and fairytale palaces such as the Sheesh Mahal within its protected walls.
  • Agra: Meet the community living in the shadow of the Taj Mahal when you take a Mughal Heritage Walk. Discover hidden gems of the area and learn about daily life in the ancient village with impressive vistas of India’s most famous monument. Through this initiative the community is supported from tourism to improve their living conditions.
  • Agra: Rise in the morning light to view one of the greatest monuments in the world, the grand Taj Mahal. With the light of dawn and fewer visitors, you can fully appreciate its grandeur in peace, accompanied by only the birds and monkeys.
  • Jaipur: Ascend by jeep to stroll through the intricately designed complex of courtyards and halls of Amber Fort. Enjoy the shimmering walls and ceilings and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and receive a special blessing at this 16th century residence.
  • Jaipur: Enter the towering gates to the City Palace Museum for a look back through time at chandeliers, cannons, chariots and incredible murals. Built between 1729 -1732, this glorious complex is still home to the Jaipur royal family and young king.
  • Jaipur: Visit the colourful cavalcade of the fresh flower and spice market.
  • Jaipur: Visit the white marble Birla Mandir, a Hindu temple and witness aarti, a traditional prayer ceremony.
  • Jaisalmer: Set off to explore the sights of Jaisalmer, in particular the serene Gardisar Lake, built by the founding Rajput ruler of the city over 600 years ago. Visit the historic fort, where a quarter of the city's population still resides.
  • Jaisalmer: Wander through the local markets of the Golden City of Jaisalmer and uncover the heartbeat of life in the desert. Peruse the fine silks and intricate silver jewellery in the bazaars of this medieval trading city.
  • Jodhpur: Zip through the ancient streets of Jodphur on an invigorating tuk-tuk ride and visit Sadar Market to browse the traditional craft and food stalls which sprawl through the narrow city lanes in the shadow of the famous clock tower.
  • Jodhpur: Follow the winding road to Mehrangarh Fort, the imposing sandstone structure which dominates the skyline above Jodphur. The building, so colossal it was described by Rudyard Kipling as ‘the work of giants,’ houses one of the best-stocked museums of Rajasthan.
  • Ranakpur: Explore the intricately carved Jain temples of Ranakpur. Built in the 15th century by Seth Dharna Sah, the vast structure comprises almost 1500 white marble pillars across its twenty-nine halls and is considered the most spectacular of its kind in India.
  • Udaipur: Visit the architectural marvel of the City Palace complex that towers over the banks of Lake Pichola. This amazing blend of styles is a wonder to explore, with unique paintings and magnificent antiques, a testimony to the Rajput passion for art.
  • Udaipur: Climb the stairs to visit the magnificent Jagdish Temple in the center of Udaipur Old Town and explore the many statues and carvings before stepping into the peaceful surroundings of the Garden of the Maids of Honour at the edge of town.
  • Lake Pichola: Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola and relax as you take in the city views from the water.
  • Udaipur: Explore the colourful bazaar in the old city.
Exceptional Dining
  • Delhi: Regularly rated as one of India's very finest restaurants, The Spice Route is a feast for all your senses, from the elegant design to the aromatic journey that each dish brings. Admire the incredible artwork from across Southeast Asia as you dine.
  • Delhi: Join a well-known chef for a culinary exploration of Delhi streets where you will tantalise your taste buds. Experience a wide variety of foods and learn the effect that mixing different flavours has on the palate as you sample Indian delicacies from local stallholders.
  • Agra: Visit a private colonial bungalow for high tea, meet the host family and listen to their stories about the British Raj and today's Indian culture and society.
  • Jaisalmer: Experience a truly unique dinner as the sun sets over the Sand Dunes. A sumptuous nomadic banquet is served under the desert stars as local musicians play traditional tunes into the gentle breeze of the night.
  • Udaipur: Sit down to your indulgent Celebration Dinner in the stunning restaurant of your hotel, which overlooks the beautiful outer courtyard and lake. Dine on a delicious banquet of Indian cuisine as you reflect on your unforgettable time in India.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Dinner (D), 12 Breakfast (B), 7 Lunch (L), and 1 Afternoon Tea (AT)
Chairman's Collection
  • Delhi: If you are traveling on a Chairman's Collection departure, on Day 2 historian and journalist Rana Safvi invites you to an intimate dinner at Sana-Di-Ge to learn about her studies of Indian culture and how they relate to present day life in India.
VIP Experiences
  • Jaipur: Enjoy a private access tour around Jaipur City Palace including the maharajah’s personal living room, normally off limits to visitors. Savour an Indian inspired high tea on the regal terrace after viewing the spectacular handcrafted crystal table by René Lalique.
Luxuriate in Rajasthan as your dedicated Travelling Concierge charts an adventure across Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Explore India’s capital your way with the choice to tour the UNESCO world Heritage Site at Qutub Minar or treat your taste buds to the Delhi Street Food Tour, joining a well-known local chef for a sojourn through the famous street snacks of the old city. In Jaipur, the VIP Afternoon Tea experience unlocks the private living room of the Maharaja with an indulgent menu served alongside the crystal table of artisan—René Lalique. At sunrise, see the iconic Taj Mahal emerge from the dusk before journeying to Udaipur, known as the City of Lakes.

Trip details

Trip Type: Group Tour

Comfort: Deluxe

Travel Styles: Family, 55+, Luxury

Starts: New Delhi, India

Finishes: New Delhi, India

Duration: 13 days

Includes

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

Additional Included Highlights
  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas. See booking conditions for exemptions.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight. Complimentary, private train station transfers are included when train travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

ITINERARY

1Day 1: Delhi, a Rich Melting Pot of Old and New.

Welcome to Delhi, a city with the perfect blend of history and colourful modern life. On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel. At 19:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for your Welcome Dinner at the critically acclaimed The Spice Route restaurant.

Accommodation: The Imperial, New Delhi.
Meals: Dinner

2Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing

In the morning you’ll be taken to Old Delhi, driving past the Red Fort, the main residence of the Mughal dynasty until 1856. View this magnificent building from outside, before heading on a guided tour of Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to join a well-known chef for a foodie walk in Old Delhi and witness the creation of the famous local street food snacks. Alternatively, visit the 12th century Qutub Minar, and see the tallest brick minaret in the world before enjoying lunch. Later, explore the winding streets of lively Chandni Chowk in local fashion via an exhilarating rickshaw ride. Visit a Sikh temple and its community kitchen preparing and serving free vegetarian meals to those in need. In New Delhi see the impressive President Palace, the monumental India gate and the circular and colonnaded Parliament House.

Accommodation: The Imperial, New Delhi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

3Day 3: Agra and the views of the Taj Mahal

In the morning journey to Agra, and visit its historical fort complex. Resembling a walled city, it is one of the finest Munghal forts in India. It is made up of a number of impressive buildings, including the Sheesh Mahal or “glass palace” and the The Muthamman Burj. Later, check into your hotel, the beautiful Mughal, with its elegantly landscaped gardens and contemporary décor. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to go on the eye opening Mughal heritage walk, where you will meet the locals to learn about their lives in the shadow of the Taj Mahal. Through this initiative the community is supported from tourism to improve their living conditions. Alternatively, visit a private colonial bungalow for high tea, meet the host family and listen to their stories about the British Raj and today's Indian culture and society.

Accommodation: ITC Mughal, Agra.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

4Day 4: Sunrise at the Taj and Jaipur, the Pink City

At sunrise, visit the illustrious phenomenon that is the Taj Mahal, a monument of love and flawless architectural creation, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. After breakfast, you’ll begin your journey to Jaipur, more affectionately known as the “Pink City”, after the whole city was painted pink in 1876 for a visit from Queen Victoria. Along the way, lunch will be served in Bharatpur. You’ll continue your journey to Jaipur, where you will stay at the grand Hotel Fairmont. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Accommodation: Fairmont, Jaipur.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

5Day 5: Jaipur Sightseeing Relaxed Start

Ascend by jeep to hilltop Amber Fort and experience India’s spiritual majesty with a special blessing ceremony. Explore its royal halls decorated with ivory, mirrors, glass and exquisite paintings. Continue on a city tour of Jaipur and see the Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of the Winds, boasting a lace-like facade with its 953 windows, and visit Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory. Continue to the City Palace, where you’re in for a treat with a VIP experience of Indian inspired high tea, exclusive to Luxury Gold guests. Go behind the scenes and walk in the private rooms of the Maharajas of Jaipur before settling down and indulging in an Indian inspired high tea.Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to visit the colourful cavalcade of the fresh flower and spice market. Alternatively, visit the white marble Birla Mandir, a Hindu temple and witness aarti, a traditional prayer ceremony.

Accommodation: Fairmont, Jaipur.
Meals: Breakfast, Afternoon Tea

6Day 6: Exploring Khimsar

Journey to the city of Khismar and personalize your afternoon with a guided walk in a remote Khismar village. Or, enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the WelcomHotel Khimsar, an oasis-style desert retreat and home to a royal family who still resides on the premises.

Accommodation: WelcomHotel, Khimsar.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

7Day 7: The Sun City, Jaisalmer Relaxed Start

Travel through the Great Thar Desert to the Golden City of Jaisalmer, once a trade hub on an ancient camel route. Ease into quiet desert life at your hotel, where an inviting spa and pool await.

Accommodation: Suryagarh, Jaisalmer.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

8Day 8: Jaisalmer Sightseeing Relaxed Start

Embark on a city exploration of Jaisalmer, visiting Gadisar Lake and the Fort, built in 1156, that is still in use today. Pass by the local market where you can witness desert life at its best. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. No visit to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the rippling sand dunes. Savour a dinner accompanied by the gentle melodies of a local musician and worthy company, as you watch the sunset together.

Accommodation: Suryagarh, Jaisalmer.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

9Day 9: The Blue City of Jodhpur Relaxed Start

Follow the ancient silk routes to the Blue City of Jodhpur, appropriately named after the blue walls of its buildings. On your way to Jodhpur stop for lunch at the luxurious Manvar Desert Resort. On arrival, head to your luxury hotel, the WelcomHotel Jodphur, set against the vast Thar Desert, where you can unwind by the pool or in its wellness centre before your evening activities begin. Visit Jodhpur market and enjoy a tuk-tuk ride through its bright and dynamic streets before sitting down to dinner back at your hotel.

Accommodation: WelcomHotel, Jodhpur.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

10Day 10: Explore Mehrangarh Fort Relaxed Start

Head to a local village by jeep to meet its residents and enjoy lunch there. Later, visit Jodphur city and take in the mighty Mehrangargh Fort. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons. Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all of Rajasthan.This evening, dine at the niche Khaas Bagh restaurant, where vintage class and imperial flamboyance meet.

Accommodation: WelcomHotel, Jodhpur.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

11Day 11: Udaipur, Venice of the East

Travel to Ranakpur, the temple town of Rajasthan. Explore the elaborate carvings and classic architecture of the sprawling Jain temples, which are regarded as perhaps the best in the country. At lunch, you will dine at a boutique lodge in the Ranakpur wilderness. Continue through the undulating countryside to Udaipur, the beautiful City of Lakes, where you’ll stay at the esteemed Leela Palace. This five-star accommodation is situated on Lake Pichola and welcomes its guests with traditional music and a shower of rose petals.

Accommodation: The Leela Palace, Udaipur.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

12Day 12: Udaipur Sightseeing Relaxed Start

On your city tour explore the City Palace complex, a wonderful blend of European and Chinese architecture. Visit the ornate Jagdish Temple, and continue to the Garden of the Maids of Honour. This afternoon, perhaps take time out to unwind and find balance at your hotel’s renowned wellness spa, which offers ancient treatments such as reflexology, Indian head massages and hot-stone massages. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola and relax as you take in the city views from the water. Alternatively, explore the colourful bazaar in the old city. Tonight, enjoy a special Celebration Dinner at your hotel overlooking the beautiful outer courtyard and lake.

Accommodation: The Leela Palace, Udaipur.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

13Day 13: Depart Udaipur, Fly to Delhi.

Your journey draws to a close after breakfast, with a transfer to Udaipur airport for your flight back to Delhi. Should you be continuing on, please do not schedule connecting flights before 21:00 from Delhi. For those taking an early morning flight the following day, and needing to stay overnight at a hotel close to the airport, post-trip accommodation with included transfers is available.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 1: Delhi, a Rich Melting Pot of Old and New.
Welcome to Delhi, a city with the perfect blend of history and colourful modern life. On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel. At 19:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for your Welcome Dinner at the critically acclaimed The Spice Route restaurant.

Accommodation: The Imperial, New Delhi.
Meals: Dinner
Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing
In the morning you’ll be taken to Old Delhi, driving past the Red Fort, the main residence of the Mughal dynasty until 1856. View this magnificent building from outside, before heading on a guided tour of Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to join a well-known chef for a foodie walk in Old Delhi and witness the creation of the famous local street food snacks. Alternatively, visit the 12th century Qutub Minar, and see the tallest brick minaret in the world before enjoying lunch. Later, explore the winding streets of lively Chandni Chowk in local fashion via an exhilarating rickshaw ride. Visit a Sikh temple and its community kitchen preparing and serving free vegetarian meals to those in need. In New Delhi see the impressive President Palace, the monumental India gate and the circular and colonnaded Parliament House.

Accommodation: The Imperial, New Delhi.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3: Agra and the views of the Taj Mahal
In the morning journey to Agra, and visit its historical fort complex. Resembling a walled city, it is one of the finest Munghal forts in India. It is made up of a number of impressive buildings, including the Sheesh Mahal or “glass palace” and the The Muthamman Burj. Later, check into your hotel, the beautiful Mughal, with its elegantly landscaped gardens and contemporary décor. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to go on the eye opening Mughal heritage walk, where you will meet the locals to learn about their lives in the shadow of the Taj Mahal. Through this initiative the community is supported from tourism to improve their living conditions. Alternatively, visit a private colonial bungalow for high tea, meet the host family and listen to their stories about the British Raj and today's Indian culture and society.

Accommodation: ITC Mughal, Agra.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Sunrise at the Taj and Jaipur, the Pink City
At sunrise, visit the illustrious phenomenon that is the Taj Mahal, a monument of love and flawless architectural creation, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. After breakfast, you’ll begin your journey to Jaipur, more affectionately known as the “Pink City”, after the whole city was painted pink in 1876 for a visit from Queen Victoria. Along the way, lunch will be served in Bharatpur. You’ll continue your journey to Jaipur, where you will stay at the grand Hotel Fairmont. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Accommodation: Fairmont, Jaipur.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Jaipur Sightseeing Relaxed Start
Ascend by jeep to hilltop Amber Fort and experience India’s spiritual majesty with a special blessing ceremony. Explore its royal halls decorated with ivory, mirrors, glass and exquisite paintings. Continue on a city tour of Jaipur and see the Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of the Winds, boasting a lace-like facade with its 953 windows, and visit Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory. Continue to the City Palace, where you’re in for a treat with a VIP experience of Indian inspired high tea, exclusive to Luxury Gold guests. Go behind the scenes and walk in the private rooms of the Maharajas of Jaipur before settling down and indulging in an Indian inspired high tea.Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to visit the colourful cavalcade of the fresh flower and spice market. Alternatively, visit the white marble Birla Mandir, a Hindu temple and witness aarti, a traditional prayer ceremony.

Accommodation: Fairmont, Jaipur.
Meals: Breakfast, Afternoon Tea
Day 6: Exploring Khimsar
Journey to the city of Khismar and personalize your afternoon with a guided walk in a remote Khismar village. Or, enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the WelcomHotel Khimsar, an oasis-style desert retreat and home to a royal family who still resides on the premises.

Accommodation: WelcomHotel, Khimsar.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: The Sun City, Jaisalmer Relaxed Start
Travel through the Great Thar Desert to the Golden City of Jaisalmer, once a trade hub on an ancient camel route. Ease into quiet desert life at your hotel, where an inviting spa and pool await.

Accommodation: Suryagarh, Jaisalmer.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Jaisalmer Sightseeing Relaxed Start
Embark on a city exploration of Jaisalmer, visiting Gadisar Lake and the Fort, built in 1156, that is still in use today. Pass by the local market where you can witness desert life at its best. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. No visit to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the rippling sand dunes. Savour a dinner accompanied by the gentle melodies of a local musician and worthy company, as you watch the sunset together.

Accommodation: Suryagarh, Jaisalmer.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: The Blue City of Jodhpur Relaxed Start
Follow the ancient silk routes to the Blue City of Jodhpur, appropriately named after the blue walls of its buildings. On your way to Jodhpur stop for lunch at the luxurious Manvar Desert Resort. On arrival, head to your luxury hotel, the WelcomHotel Jodphur, set against the vast Thar Desert, where you can unwind by the pool or in its wellness centre before your evening activities begin. Visit Jodhpur market and enjoy a tuk-tuk ride through its bright and dynamic streets before sitting down to dinner back at your hotel.

Accommodation: WelcomHotel, Jodhpur.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Explore Mehrangarh Fort Relaxed Start
Head to a local village by jeep to meet its residents and enjoy lunch there. Later, visit Jodphur city and take in the mighty Mehrangargh Fort. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons. Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all of Rajasthan.This evening, dine at the niche Khaas Bagh restaurant, where vintage class and imperial flamboyance meet.

Accommodation: WelcomHotel, Jodhpur.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Udaipur, Venice of the East
Travel to Ranakpur, the temple town of Rajasthan. Explore the elaborate carvings and classic architecture of the sprawling Jain temples, which are regarded as perhaps the best in the country. At lunch, you will dine at a boutique lodge in the Ranakpur wilderness. Continue through the undulating countryside to Udaipur, the beautiful City of Lakes, where you’ll stay at the esteemed Leela Palace. This five-star accommodation is situated on Lake Pichola and welcomes its guests with traditional music and a shower of rose petals.

Accommodation: The Leela Palace, Udaipur.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12: Udaipur Sightseeing Relaxed Start
On your city tour explore the City Palace complex, a wonderful blend of European and Chinese architecture. Visit the ornate Jagdish Temple, and continue to the Garden of the Maids of Honour. This afternoon, perhaps take time out to unwind and find balance at your hotel’s renowned wellness spa, which offers ancient treatments such as reflexology, Indian head massages and hot-stone massages. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola and relax as you take in the city views from the water. Alternatively, explore the colourful bazaar in the old city. Tonight, enjoy a special Celebration Dinner at your hotel overlooking the beautiful outer courtyard and lake.

Accommodation: The Leela Palace, Udaipur.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Depart Udaipur, Fly to Delhi.
Your journey draws to a close after breakfast, with a transfer to Udaipur airport for your flight back to Delhi. Should you be continuing on, please do not schedule connecting flights before 21:00 from Delhi. For those taking an early morning flight the following day, and needing to stay overnight at a hotel close to the airport, post-trip accommodation with included transfers is available.

Meals: Breakfast

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Additional Included Highlights
  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas. See booking conditions for exemptions.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight. Complimentary, private train station transfers are included when train travel is included within the itinerary. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

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