Vibrant India


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.

tour duration 16 Days from
tour price 2,790pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Delhi (3N) - Udaipur (2N) - Sardargarh (2N) - Jodhpur (2N) - Bijaynagar (2N) - Jaipur (2N) - Agra (1N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Cycle through the old backstreets of Udaipur to Pichola lake
Experience a jeep safari through the desert landscapes of Rajasthan
Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the Chor Bazaar in Old Delhi
Walk through the splendid Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur
Gaze upon the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra
See the Agra Fort: the imperial city of the Mughal rulers

Days 1-2 Fly to Delhi
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.
Days 1-2 Fly to Delhi
Day 3 Cycling in Udaipur
Fly 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, glide 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,D)
Day 3 Cycling in Udaipur
Day 4 Explore the City Palace
Delve deeper into the cultural wonders of Udaipur starting at the spectacular City Palace. Started in 1599, over the years many maharani has added his touch, making this Rajasthan's largest palace. Within you'll find the Dilkhush Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal, the Moti Mahal and the Palace of Lord Krishna, each boasting exquisite and ornate decoration. 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,D)
Day 4 Explore the City Palace
Day 5 Temples of Ranakpur
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 members of the Jain religion. Sardargarh sits in the shadow of its majestic hill fort which will also be your home for the next two nights. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Temples of Ranakpur
Day 6 Jeep safari around Sardargarh
Take a short cycling tour of the city to orientate yourself before exploring farther into the fort with a guide. This afternoon climb aboard a jeep to travel out to the remote villages around Sardargarh. Meet with the local villagers and a hermit (sahdu), see life in a rural Rajasthani village and visit a local weaver and a marble cutter. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Jeep safari around Sardargarh
Day 7 Travel to Jodhpur
Drive from Sardargarh to Jodhpur, on arrival the rest of the day will be yours to spend as you wish. (B,L)
Day 7 Travel to Jodhpur
Day 8 Mehrangarh Fort
Sat high above the city on a sandstone plinth, the Mehrangarh Fort is one of Rajasthan’s most impressive sights – spend the morning strolling through its palaces, temples and gardens and examining the displays of its museum. Later drive out to 400 year old Khejarla Fort, a striking red sandstone building that is a magnificent example of Rajput architecture, where you will spend the night amongst its blend of art and architecture. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Mehrangarh Fort
Day 9 Desert jeep safari
Today’s jeep safari will introduce you to the customs and culture of the rural villages of Rajasthan, as well as the villagers themselves, particularly the wonderfully hospitable Marwari people. You will also be able to spot wildlife, see a step well and see craftsmen at work. Drive to Bijaynagar and check into the Bijay Niwas Palace, a heritage hotel packed with original features, art and antiques. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Desert jeep safari
Day 10 Rural Rajasthan by bullock cart
After breakfast climb aboard a bullock cart for a leisurely guided tour of the rural villages around Bijaynagar. Take the opportunity to interact with the friendly villagers and catch them going about their daily lives, as well as seeing their homes, a school and a temple. The rest of the day is at leisure but you can take advantage of the Bijay Niwas Palace’s incredible gardens and orchards with an afternoon walk. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Rural Rajasthan by bullock cart
Day 11 Travel to Jaipur
Journey from Bijaynagar to Jaipur before enjoying a free afternoon. (B,L)
Day 11 Travel to Jaipur
Day 12 Amer Fort by jeep
Head just out of the city by jeep to the colossal Amer Fort, stopping en route to admire the exquisite facade of Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. Built of yellow and pink sandstone and white marble, the opulent courtyards, halls and apartments 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. Visit a gem cutting and polishing workshop, something for which Jaipur is famous. (B,L,D)
Day 12 Amer Fort by jeep
Day 13 Agra auto rickshaw tour
Travel from Jaipur to Agra, stopping en route at Fatehpur Sikri. Built in the 16th century as the Mughal capital of Emperor Akbar, the city is a fusion of Muslim and Hindu styles, and one of India’s best preserved examples of Mughal architecture. Arrive in Agra and take to the streets in an auto rickshaw that will introduce you to the sights and sounds of the city. (B,L,D)
Day 13 Agra auto rickshaw tour
Day 14 The Taj Mahal
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, the Taj Mahal 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, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. Within there are palaces, audience halls and mosques to discover. Return to Delhi. (B,L)
Day 14 The Taj Mahal
Day 15 Rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
Take a full day to explore Delhi. Starting in Old Delhi, embark on a rickshaw ride through the atmospheric streets, visiting Jama Masjid, a Jain Temple and the Red Fort ending with lunch at Chor Bazaar. Cross into New Delhi to view the colonial grandeur of the Rajpath, including the Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate, finishing the day at Humayin's Tomb. (B,L,D)
Day 15 Rickshaw ride through Old Delhi
Day 16 Depart Delhi
The day is at leisure before boarding the overnight to the UK. (B)
Day 16 Depart Delhi

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 £590
Tipping paid locally USD 85

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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 £590
Tipping paid locally USD 85

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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 £590
Tipping paid locally USD 85

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.

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.



The Fern Hotel
The Fern Hotel - Jodhpur, India (2 Nights)
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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.



Lemon Tree
Lemon Tree - Jaipur, India (2 Nights)
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Located in the heart of the city, Lemon Tree Premier Jaipur is a short distance away from major tourist attractions including; Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, City Palace and the walled city of Jaipur. The hotel consists of 108 smartly furnished en-suite rooms with modern amenities, and also features a fully equipped gym and rooftop swimming pool.



Clarks Shiraz
Clarks Shiraz - Agra, India (1 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.



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.

What's Included

Most 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 suitable for those who have a suitable amount of time available in India and who are looking for a more active paced tour. This tour will visit the Golden Triangle highlights and will take in some off the beaten track destinations.

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