22 DAYS ●
"India - You'd be mad not to go!" - Joanna Lumley
Rajasthan is one of India’s most colourful and vibrant states. This journey combines true Indian village life with a camel safari across 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.
Tour Jaisalmer Fort, one of the largest of its kind in the world
Cruise on Lake Pichola in India’s ‘City of Lakes’
Discover the spectacular architecture of this amazing city
Watch the sun rise over the marble-white Taj Mahal, the ‘Crown of Palaces’
Fly overnight to Delhi, India’s
rambunctious capital city, and
transfer to Manesar for an
overnight stay. Depending on your
time of arrival the rest of the day
is at leisure.
Cross into Rajasthan and travel
to the town of Alsisar. This small
town is full of traditional havelis,
replete with frescoes, mansions
and cenotaphs and even has
a castle. Stay overnight in a
beautifully restored Haveli.
Travel to the vibrant town
of Bikaner, dominated by its
magnificent fort. Explore the fort
and take a rickshaw ride though
the atmospheric old streets to
the bustling city bazaar. Continue
on to Gajner. Now a wildlife
sanctuary, the area was once the
hunting ground of the Maharajah
Rising like a mirage from the
sandy plains of the Thar Desert,
Jaisalmer is known as the
‘Golden City’. Nicknamed for
its honey-coloured sandstone
walls, the city was once a trading
hub – the riches brought in from
Afghanistan and Central Asia
used to build extravagant palaces
and havelis. This evening,
browse the local markets and
visit Sunset Point.
Spend the morning amongst the
magnificence of Jaisalmer’s 12th century
fort, one of the largest
forts in the world. Dominating
the city from Trikuta Hill, it is still
populated by thousands of people
and is full of palaces, temples
and mansions. Later, travel to the
Sam Sand Dunes where you can
ride a camel through the desert
and view the sunset.
Venture on through the Thar
Desert to Manvar. Here enjoy a
camel and jeep safari to visit the
local Bishnoi villages where you
will be able to meet the local
people. Tonight stay in a tented
desert camp (mid-Oct to mid-Apr)
or the Manvar Resort (rest of
Drive to Jodhpur. Dominated by
the commanding Mehrangarh
Fort, which seems to grow out
of the top of its 125-metre hill,
much of Jodhpur’s old town is a
vivid blue, earning it the moniker
the ‘Blue City’.
Take a tour around the city,
visiting Jaswant Thada, the royal
cremation grounds, and explore
the magnificence and splendour
of Mehrangarh Fort. Head to
the little museum housed in the
imposing Umaid Bhawan Palace
then hop on a rickshaw to a local
restaurant for lunch. Browse
through Subzi Mandi, the local
vegetable and spice market,
before having the rest of the day
Travel to Udaipur via the Jain
temple complex of Ranakpur.
India’s most romantic city,
Udaipur is perched on Lake
Pichola and surrounded by
wooded hills; a maze of palaces,
temples and colourful alleyways.
This afternoon take a cruise on
the lake, passing the magical
Today you will explore the city,
starting with a drive around Fateh
Sagar Lake and stop at the Folk
Museum, Mewar Art Gallery and
Sahelion Ki Bari Garden. Later visit
the ornate City Palace and take a
stroll through the local shops.
Drive to Deogarh, stopping en
route to visit the Eklinji and
Nathdwara Temples. This evening
wander through the bustling
streets amongst the colourfullyclad
locals and take in the sights
and sounds of rural Rajasthan.
This morning, all aboard a
1930s-era train for a short ride
through the hills to Phulad.
Disembark and continue by road
to Pushkar. Sat on the banks of
one of India’s most sacred lakes,
there are 52 ghats used for
worship by Hindu pilgrims. Take
a walking tour of the market and
admire the Brahma Temple.
Travel to Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’
and Rajasthan’s capital. On
arrival, visit two of the city’s top
sights, the Maharaja’s City Palace
and Jantar Mantar Observatory, a
fascinating collection of wonderful
Begin the day with a brief stop
at Hawa Mahal, the ‘Palace of
the Winds’, before travelling out
of the city to admire the majestic
Amber Fort. Back in Jaipur,
give block painting and carpet
weaving a go before browsing the
local bazaar at Choti Choper. This
evening enjoy a traditional dinner
and a dance performance.
Travel to Ranthambore National Park, home to many animals such as leopards, hyena, bears and most importantly, tigers. The next day, you will have both a morning and afternoon safari, giving you more opportunities to spot the magnificent wildlife.
Today travel to Agra, stopping en
route at the ghost city of
Rise early to see the sun rise over
one of the world’s most perfect
buildings. At dawn the Taj Mahal
is swathed in mist and tinged
pink by the rising sun – a magical
experience. Stop at a traditional
marble workshop. This afternoon
visit the hulking mass of Agra Fort,
established in the 16th century.
Travel by road back to Delhi and
visit Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple
and Connaught Place Markets for
a spot of shopping.
A city of equal chaos and charm,
Delhi grabs you and doesn’t let go.
Pass the colossal Red Fort, browse
the bustling bazaar of Chandni
Chowk and visit Jama Masjid,
India’s largest and most impressive
mosque. Make a brief stop at India
Gate and Parliament House.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the
same or following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and India is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
Well-placed in the sightseeing, shopping, and culture area of New Delhi and NCR city, Hotel The Royal Plaza provides access to the city's biggest attractions including; The National Philatelic Museum, Parliament Building, and Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory. The hotel has luxurious en-suite rooms, and also features a fitness centre, sauna, outdoor pool, and spa where guests can relax and unwind after a busy day. ...Read more
The Alsisar Mahal is situated in village Alsisar, 23 Km from district head quarter 'JhunJhunu' in Rajasthan. Alsisar Mahal's en-suite rooms comprise of beautifully decorated interiors, antique furniture and intricately carved poster beds. Amenities include air-conditioning, cable television and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel also features an onsite restaurant serving local Rajasthani, Chinese and international dishes at the open-air restaurant.
Located in the beautiful city if Jaisalmer, Gorbandh Palace features comfortable en-suite rooms, fitted with a minibar, satellite television and tea/coffee facilities. The hotel’s in-house restaurant serves a selection of tasty Rajasthani, Indian and Continental cuisine. Other features include a spa and outdoor pool.
Located close to the city centre, the Manvar Resort is a distinct addition to Jodhpur and a smart choice for travellers. The hotel offers fantastic facilities, including an indoor pool, massage and Wi-Fi facilities in public areas. Delicious Indian Meals are provided in the Central Durbar, offering breath-taking views of the sunrise, sunset and countryside....Read more
Located a short distance from the heart of old city, Udai Kothi is remarkable for its tranquillity and magnificence. The modern hotel has 64 well-appointed en-suite rooms with international amenities & traditional decor. The hotel also boasts a fine rooftop restaurant serving a variety of Indian and Continental dishes, and features an outdoor pool and garden.
Located 2.5 miles from Anjana Temple and Fort Anjana, Deogarh Mahal Hotel consists of 50 comfortably elegant en-suite rooms, reflecting the Mewar royal era. The hotel features an outdoor pool, fitness centre and games room. Onsite restaurants offer superb continental dishes including Indian and Chinese.
Overlooking the Taj and Agra Fort, The 5* Hotel Clarks Shiraz, is located 2 km from the Taj Mahal, in the heart of Agra. Spread over 8 landscaped acres, the hotel comprises of 237 fully renovated en-suite rooms, with modern amenities including a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and minibar.The hotel also offers an array of delicious cuisine, ranging from Mughlai, Continental, and Chinese at its various restaurants.
A five-minute drive from the national park entrance, this hotel is sat in lovely landscaped gardens and boasts beautiful views. Inspired by nature, it is perfectly located to savour the peace and tranquillity of rural India. There is a restaurant, pool, library, a spa offering Ayurveda treatments and lounge area, whilst a nightly campfire is great for socialising and naturalist talks for learning about the local flora and fauna. Accommodation are spacious with lovely, colourful accents and have air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, sitting are and en suite shower room. ...Read more
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