Rajasthan Panorama
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Rajasthan Panorama

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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 duration 22 Days from
tour price 2,590pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Delhi (3N) - Alsisar (1N) - Gajner (1N) - Jaisalmer (2N) - Manvar (1N) - Jodhpur (2N) - Udaipur (2N) - Deogarh (1N) - Pushkar (1N) - Jaipur (2N) - Ranthambore (2N)/Bharatpur (2N) - Agra (2N) - Delhi - UK

Tour Highlights

Enjoy a camel ride through the Sam Sand Dunes
Tour Jaisalmer Fort, one of the largest of its kind in the world
Cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur, India’s ‘City of Lakes’
Discover the spectacular architecture of Jaipur
Watch the sun rise over the marble-white Taj Mahal, the ‘Crown of Palaces’
Visit magnificent Jama Masjid, India’s largest Mosque

Days 1-2 Fly to Delhi
Fly overnight to Delhi, India's capital city. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to Manesar for an overnight stay.
Days 1-2 Fly to Delhi
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 3 Alsisar Heritage Town
Day 4 Explore Bikaner
Head to the desert town of Bikaner, visiting the Museum and cultural centre. Enjoy lunch inside the Junagarh Fort before before continuing to Gajner.
Day 4 Explore Bikaner
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 5 Jaisalmer
Day 6 Jaisalmer Fort
Sightseeing includes a visit to Jaisalmer Fort, on top of the 80m high Trikuta Hill. Journey to the Sam Sand Dunes and enjoy a camel ride to view the sunset.
Day 6 Jaisalmer Fort
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 7 Thar Desert Safari
Day 8 Jodhpur
Travel to Jodhpur, known as the Blue City, the second largest city in Rajasthan.
Day 8 Jodhpur
Day 9 Mehrangarh Fort
Visit Mehrangarh Fort and the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Day 9 Mehrangarh Fort
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 10 Udaipur & 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 11 Discover Udaipur
Day 12 Rajasthan Countryside
Continue to Deogarh stopping en route at the Eklinji and Nathdwara Towers. 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 12 Rajasthan Countryside
Day 13 Pushkar
Take a short ride on a rural 1930's train to Phulad; and then continue by road to Pushkar where you'll take a walking tour of the market and visit Brahma Temple. Pushkar is known for its Camel Fair held every year (oct to nov).
Day 13 Pushkar
Day 14 Drive to Jaipur
We travel to Jaipur and visit the City Palace and the Jantar Mantar Observatory.
Day 14 Drive to Jaipur
Day 15 Hawa Mahal & Amber Fort
Begin with a short stop at Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds, before continuing to Amber Fort. After trying your hand at some block painting and carpet weaving, take some time at the local bazaar in Choti Choper and watch a traditional dinner and dance performance.
Day 15 Hawa Mahal & Amber Fort
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. Tomorrow visit Keoladeo National Park for a morning rickshaw safari. Later we will visit a nearby village. The following day, drive to Agra via the fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Days 16-17 Ranthambore or Bharatpur
Day 18 Agra
Jan to May: Drive to Agra via the fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, built in 1569 by Emperor Akbar.

Sept to Dec: A day at leisure including a short drive to Agra and time to explore the city.
Day 18 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 19 Taj Mahal
Day 20 Delhi
We travel to Delhi and visit Qutab Minar, Lotus temple and Connaught Place Markets.
Day 20 Delhi
Day 21 Red Fort & India Gate
Sightseeing today begins with a visit to the Red Fort and a walk through Chandni Chowk bazaar to Jama Masjid, which is India's largest mosque. We also have a brief photo stop at India Gate and Parliament House.
Day 21 Red Fort & India Gate
Day 22 Fly Delhi to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same or following day.
Day 22 Fly Delhi to UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

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 Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2390 (Delhi - Delhi)
Single room from £790
Tipping paid locally USD 115

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2390 (Delhi - Delhi)
Single room from £790
Tipping paid locally USD 115

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £2390 (Delhi - Delhi)
Single room from £790
Tipping paid locally USD 115

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

The Royal Plaza
The Royal Plaza - New Delhi, India (3 Nights)
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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.



Alsisar Mahal
Alsisar Mahal - Alsisar, India (1 Nights)
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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.



Gajner Palace
Gajner Palace - Gajner, India (1 Nights)
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Built on the banks of Gajner Lake, Gajner Palace Hotel is 4 km from The Jain Temple in the Old City. Spread over 6000 acres, the hotels historic en-suite rooms are equipped with, internet, a mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and television. The hotel’s restaurant serves superb Indian, Continental, Chinese and Rajasthani meals. Room service is also available.



Gorbandh Palace
Gorbandh Palace - Jaisalmer, India (2 Nights)
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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.



Manvar Resort
Manvar Resort - Manvar, India (1 Nights)
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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.



Ranbanka Hotel
Ranbanka Hotel - Jodhpur, India (2 Nights)
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A short distance from Umaid Bhavan Palace and the Mehrangarh Fort, Ranbanka Palace hotel boasts exquisite en-suite rooms all featuring a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a minibar. The hotel has a restaurant serving superb Indian and Continental cuisine and other amenities including; barbeque facilities, a beauty salon, a sauna and a garden.



Udai Kothi
Udai Kothi - Udaipur, India (2 Nights)
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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.



Deogarh Mahal
Deogarh Mahal - Deogarh, India (1 Nights)
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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.



Jagat Palace
Jagat Palace - Pushkar, India (1 Nights)
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Situated on the outskirts of Pushkar, Jagat Palace Hotel offers a splendid view of the biggest sand dune of the Thar Desert and the massive Snake Mountain. This heritage property maintains 85 en-suite rooms, all providing air-conditioning and a mini bar. The hotel also boasts Kerala Ayurvedic Massage, a laundry service and delicious continental cuisine.



Mansingh Hotel
Mansingh Hotel - Jaipur, India (2 Nights)
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The Pugmark
The Pugmark - Madhopur, India (2 Nights)
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Nestled at the edge of Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan and set over an area of 10 acres, The Pugmark is the true combination of sheer comfort and luxury. The hotel offers 33 well-appointed en-suite rooms, and also boasts a spa, garden, and poolside bar. The restaurant offers a delicious multi cuisine.



Clarks Shiraz
Clarks Shiraz - Agra, India (2 Nights)
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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.



Varanasi Extension - 4D/3N

Varanasi Extension - 4D/3N

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 440pp
Goa Extension

Goa Extension

tour duration 5 Days from tour price 340pp

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. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), 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. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. 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.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and India is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so 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 for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be fun and entertaining, especially in local markets all over India where souvenirs can be purchased for next to nothing. However all passengers must realise that the authenticity and value of goods is always questionable.
If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is! Some shopping is made up of copied brand items and reproduced antiques.
 
In keeping with most people’s interest whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities in local shops and government factories. This may vary depending on local conditions, and should never interfere with your itinerary’s included sightseeing.
 
Each region has its own specialty; a traditional handicraft perfected by the locals over centuries, a climate that encourages rich spices to grow, or a type of wood, stone or precious jewel in abundance nearby. Textiles are a popular souvenir, including silk brocades from Varanasi in the north or Kanchipuram in the south, tie-dyed cottons from all over Rajasthan, saris, hand woven Tibetan carpets from Darjeeling or Dharamshala, or the woollen shawls pashminas of Kashmir and Ladakh.
 
There is also the heavy and elaborate silverwork of Rajasthan, “spring picked” tea from the hill stations, and the spices, wooden carvings or facemasks of Kerala.
 
If you prefer set prices, head to the government-run shops, usually called “cottage industries” or “emporium” which sells quality but reasonably priced goods. The more up market tourist shops will also have fixed prices. Markets, street stalls, and local shops can be noisy, crowded, and confronting, but this remains one of the most rewarding experiences of travelling in India. If your itinerary includes some free time and you would like to go shopping, ask either your National Escort/Guide or the hotel staff for advice on how to best get there. They should be able to tell you if you need a taxi or a rickshaw, how much you should pay for the journey and provide you verbal or written directions to give to the driver. Remember to take a hotel business card with you to find your way back!

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes a combination of western and local dishes. As traditional in this region, lunch and dinner are served in a banquet style, so you can try the variety of specialty dishes. The amount of food served is more than ample for the whole group.
 
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people so dishes are not too spicy or unusual in their taste. One of the great myths about India is that the food is of poor quality and always hot and spicy. This is definitely not the case! In fact, North Indian dishes whilst often very rich and indeed spicy don’t contain as much chilli as South Indian dishes. Indian cuisine is predominately vegetarian; however more meat (chicken and lamb) dishes are available in the North. On our group tours, we use a variety of local and hotel restaurants, which provide variety in both the dishes and methods of cooking. If you like Indian food from home, you will have no problems with the real Indian food as it is similar, only more flavoursome. You’ll love it; though don’t expect to lose weight on your holiday, Indians love to eat and eat big. In tourist centres, some restaurants and hotels may also serve western dishes to provide variety. You may also prefer to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars and tea/coffee from home.
 
Drinks will be at each tour member’s own expense. Beer is widely available and cheap. Wine lovers should remember that western style wine is very expensive to import into India, so is not stocked except by upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice, fruit juices, or lassies (yoghurt based sweet or salty drinks) from a trusted restaurant; where they will use boiled or bottled water to prepare ice and drinks.
 
Tea is very popular and Indians simply love visiting the many street stalls which brew chai (also known as masala), a sweet, spiced tea brewed with boiling milk. Hotels will usually serve tea and instant coffee at breakfast or other meals – you can usually request the chai or masala style tea as well.
Packed meals: On some days, your National Escort/Guide may arrange for a simple, packed meal for your group. It may be a matter of schedule (on long driving days), hygiene (on train journeys), or your location (in remote areas) and we ask you to bear this in mind. Although this is not a full meal, most of our passengers seem to enjoy this change from the large portions and more elaborate banquets enjoyed most days.

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What's Included

All meals
International flights and current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those with a reasonable amount of time and who are looking for a comprehensive tour of the Rajasthan region of India. This tour incorporates road and train travel so you can take in the Rajasthan countryside and enjoy the different modes of transport. This tour also incorporates the three cities of the Golden Triangle.

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