India and Sri Lanka tour information
|Camels||Desert||Temples & Palaces||Pagodas & Temples||UNESCO World Heritage|
Uncover hidden gems and natural treasures in royal Rajasthan
22 days from £3390
Rajasthan is one of India's most colourful and vibrant states. This journey combines true Indian village life with a camel safari accross the sand dunes in the Thar Desert, tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park and a visit to some of the most opulent palaces and majestic fortresses that India has to offer.
Days 1-2 : Fly to Delhi
Fly overnight to Delhi, Indiaâ€™s capital city.
Day 3 : Alsisar Heritage Town
We travel through the countryside to the small heritage town of Alsisar, which is known for its beautiful frescoes, havelis and mansions.
Day 4 : Explore Bikaner
We head to Gajner, stopping in the major desert town of Bikaner. Here we visit Junagarh Fort and take a rickshaw ride through the medieval streets to the old city bazaar before continuing to Gajner.
Day 5 : Jaisalmer
We continue to Jaisalmer, also known as the Golden City, and in the evening visit the local markets and Sunset Point.
Day 6 : Jaisalmer Fort & Sam Sand Dunes
Sightseeing today includes a visit to Jaisalmer Fort, which is located on top of the 80m high Trikuta Hill. We also visit the beautifully carved Jain temples and Badal Vilas Palace and Sam Sand Dunes where we enjoy a camel ride to view the sunset.
Day 7 : Thar Desert Safari
We drive through the Thar Desert to Manvar where we experience a camel and jeep safari to local Bishnoi villages to meet the locals. Tonight we will have a memorable stay in a tented camp (mid-October to mid-April) or Manvar Resort.
Day 8 : Jodhpur
We travel to Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan.
Day 9 : Visit Jodhpur
Visit Mehrangarh Fort and the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. We also experience a rickshaw ride and then walk through Subji Mandi, a local vegetable and spice market.
Day 10 : Udaipur & Lake Pichola
Travel to Udaipur, a city of lakes, palaces and temples. We stop at Ranakpur to visit the largest Jain Temple complex in India, built in the 15th Century. We continue to Udaipur and cruise on Lake Pichola.
Day 11 : Discover Udaipur
We begin with a drive around Fateh Sagar Lake and then visit the Folk Museum, Mewar Art Gallery and Sahelion Ki Bari Garden. We also visit City Palace and wander through the local shops.
Day 12 : Rajasthan Countryside, Deogarh
Continue to Deogarh. In the evening, we walk through the colourful and bustling streets of the village and take in the sights and sounds of rural Rajasthan.
Day 13 : Pushkar
We take a short ride on a rural 1930â€™s train to Phulad; and then continue by road to Pushkar where we take a walking tour of the market and visit Brahma Temple. Pushkar is known for its Camel Fair held every year (Oct to Nov). Being a religious town, alcohol and non-vegetarian food are prohibited.
Day 14 : Drive to Jaipur
We travel to Jaipur and visit City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory.
Day 15 : Hawa Mahal & Amber Fort
We begin with a short stop at Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds, before continuing to Amber Fort. After trying our hand at some block painting and carpet weaving, we have some time at the local bazaar in Choti Choper. Watch a traditional dinner and dance performance in the evening.
Days 16-17 : Ranthambore or Bharatpur
Depending on the season, the next three days operate different itineraries as follows: Jan to May: Travel by train to Ranthambore National Park and enjoy a canter safari in the park this afternoon. The next day, take morning and afternoon canter safaris through the park. Sept to Dec: Drive to Bharatpur. The next day, visit the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri and Keoladeo National Park, famous for fantastic bird watching. Later, return to Bharatpur.
Day 18 : Agra
Jan to May: Travel by train to Bharatpur and then continue by road to Agra, stopping enroute at Fatehpur Sikri ghost city, built in 1569 by Emperor Akbar. Sept to Dec: A day at leisure including a short drive to Agra.
Day 19 : Taj Mahal
We rise early to view the impressive Taj Mahal in all its glory at sunrise. We also stop at a traditional Marble Workshop and visit Agra Fort.
Day 20 : Delhi
We travel to Delhi and visit Qutab Minar, Lotus temple ad Connaught Place Markets.
Day 21 : Red Forst & India Gate
Sightseeing today begins with a visit to the Red Fort and a walk through Chandni Chowk bazaar to Jama Masjid, which is Indiaâ€™s largest mosque. We also have a brief photo stop at India Gate and Parliament House.
Day 22 : Fly Delhi to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same or following day.
Dates and Prices
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Price pp from|
|4 Sep 2013||25 Sep 2013||£3,390|
|16 Oct 2013||6 Nov 2013||£3,390|
|* 30 Oct 2013||20 Nov 2013||£3,490|
|12 Feb 2014||5 Mar 2014||£3,490|
|** 5 Mar 2014||26 Mar 2014||£3,490|
|10 Sep 2014||1 Oct 2014||£3,590|
Tour departs Wednesday and returns Wednesday
Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
Regional departures available
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from Â£2890pp (Delhi - Delhi)
Single supplement from Â£840 (no supplement if you are willing to share)
Tipping payable locally US$115pp
This document is designed to be read in conjunction with the other pre-departure information provided by Wendy Wu Tours including the tour itinerary as described in our brochure and/or website. It aims to provide a straightforward description of the physical activities involved in sightseeing or travelling during the tour.
If there are any particular challenges, from the length of time spent on your feet, the length of drives and flights, to the standard of remote accommodation for our more adventurous tours; they will be explained here.
All passengers must read this document to ensure the itinerary is suitable for their interests and physical capabilities. This is not your final itinerary and therefore does not mention all the sites visited. The order of sightseeing is subject to change.
|Rajasthan Panorama - Jan 13|