16 DAYS ●
Immerse Yourself Tour
"India - You'd be mad not to go!" - Joanna Lumley
From magnificent hill forts to remote villages, the colourful and vibrant state of Rajasthan is full of adventure. Let your imagination be captured by the sights and sounds of the desert, and interact with the people who make this one of India's most magical states.
Cycle through the old backstreets and on to Pichola lake
Experience a jeep safari through the desert landscapes
Spot tigers in Ranthambore
Gaze upon the magnificent Taj Mahal, India's most famous landmark
Fly overnight to Delhi, India’s rambunctious capital city. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. (D)
Starting in Old Delhi, embark on a rickshaw ride through the atmospheric streets, visiting Jama Masjid. Venture into a local market to learn about the local herbs and spices. Cross into New Delhi to view the colonial grandeur of the Rajpath, including the Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate, finishing the day at Humayun’s Tomb. (B,L)
Journey from Delhi to Jaipur before enjoying a free afternoon. (B,L)
Enjoy an early morning yoga session. Head just out of the city to the colossal Amber Fort, stopping en route to admire the exquisite façade of Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of the Winds’. The Amber Fort is built of yellow and pink sandstone and white marble, and its opulent halls are full of intricate carvings and stained glass. This afternoon, explore the City Palace, part of which is still home to Jaipur’s royal family, and visit a block printing workshop. Take an optional night tour back at the stunning Amber Fort (B,D)
Head onwards to the holy city of Pushkar, a scared site for Hindu pilgrims. Visit the Brahma temple and take time to wander around the market on a walking tour with a chance to shop for souvenirs. Finish the day watching the beautiful sunset over magnificent Pushkar Lake. (B,D)
Drive to Udaipur, considered India’s most romantic city thanks to its grand palaces and lakeside setting. This afternoon climb on to your bicycle and take a leisurely ride through the backstreets of the old city. Pass through Jagdish Chowk, followed by Jagdish Temple and wend through Bada Bazaar. Finally, peddle along the banks of Lake Pichola to finish at the Tripolia Gate of the City Palace, where you will board a boat for a sunset cruise which includes a stop at the 17th-century Lake Garden Palace. (B,L)
Delve deeper into the cultural wonders of Udaipur starting at the spectacular City Palace. Started in 1599, over the years many a maharani has added his bit, making this Rajasthan’s largest palace. Visit Jagdish temple, and later journey to Shilpgram to visit a rural arts and crafts village. Here you can learn about the tribal people of India’s western regions and see their traditional architecture, crafts and rural lifestyle. (B,L)
Travel from Udaipur to Sardargarh, stopping at the magnificent Jain temples of Ranakpur en route. Built in the 15th century, these marble temples feature some of India’s most beautiful carvings and are a major pilgrimage for followers of the Jain religion. Round off the day with stunning lakeside views at sunset. (B,L,D)
Take a tour of the historical fort before climbing aboard the heritage train to ride through Aravali mountains. This afternoon take a jeep to travel out to the remote villages around Sardargarh. Meet with the local villagers, see life in a rural Rajasthani village and take part in art workshops. This evening, drive to Biyjaynagar. (B,L,D)
After breakfast climb aboard a bullock cart for a leisurely guided tour of the rural villages around Bijainagar. Take the opportunity to interact with the friendly villagers and catch them going about their daily lives. Return to Bijainagar for a cooking class, learning about local cuisine and enjoying a delicious lunch. Later witness the sunset over the lake as you take High Tea on the shore. (B,L,D)
Travel to Ranthambore National Park, home to many animals such as leopards, hyenas, bears and most importantly, tigers. The next day, you will have morning and afternoon safaris, more opportunities to spot the magnificent wildlife. (B,L)
Travel from Ranthambore to Agra, stopping en route at Fatehpur Sikri. Built in the 16th century as the Mughal capital of Emperor Akbar, the city is one of India’s best-preserved examples of Mughal architecture. In Agra, take to the streets in an auto rickshaw to introduce you to the city sights and sounds. (B,L,D)
Tour the city, coming first to India’s most iconic sight - the Taj Mahal. A monument to love built for Mumtaz Mahal, the favourite wife of Shah Jahan, it is built entirely of white marble. From a distance the effect is ethereal but get up close and you can admire the intricate pietra dura (stone inlay) work. Come next to the mammoth Agra Fort, within which are palaces, audience halls and mosques to discover. Return to Delhi by coach. (B,L,D)
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
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.
Located in Jodhpur, The Fern Residency is an upscale business hotel with 50 high-end en-suite rooms, all featuring a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a seating area. Dining options include Ocean Restaurant serving delicious Indian and International cuisines. Other facilities include an outdoor terrace and sauna....Read more
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.
An imposing fort of red sandstone in the glorious Rajput style, Fort Khejarla is located 80 kilometres from Jodhpur in a peaceful spot in Khejarla village. Brimming with original, regal features and antiques, the hotel also has plenty of modern facilities, including a fitness centre, spa, sauna and steam room. There’s a picturesque outdoor pool and restaurant. Spacious rooms feature a bathroom with shower, air-conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar, seating area and Wi-Fi. ...Read more
Located on the edge of Jaipur’s centre, the Four Points by Sheraton is a bright modern hotel with an excellent range of facilities. As well as a large outdoor pool, there is also a fitness centre and spa to help you relax. The hotel restaurant serves both local and Western dishes buffet style whilst there is also a bar for a few refreshing beverages. Rooms are simple and comfortable and boast flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, floor to ceiling windows with city or Aravali Hills views, en suite bathroom with shower, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and safety deposit box. ...Read more
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