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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
Walk through the splendid Mehrangarh Fort
Gaze upon the magnificent Taj Mahal, India's most famous landmark
Our Vibrant India itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
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.
Fly to Udaipur, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a gentle cycling tour through the back streets of the old city. End the tour at the Tripolia Gate of the City Palace and board your boat for a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola. Visit the 17th-century built Jagmandir Island, also known as the Lake Garden Palace. (B,D)
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)
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)
Explore the historic fort for which Sardargarh is most famous. Later, board a heritage train and travel through the Aravali Mountion range. In the afternoon travel by jeep to remote villages near Sardargarh, where you will meet the local villagers, including a Sadhu. Stop by a marble block workshop to learn about the local handicrafts. End the day while viewing the spectacular sunset against the fort. (B,L,D)
Drive from Sardargarh to Jodhpur, on arrival the rest of the day will be yours to spend as you wish. (B,L)
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)
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)
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)
Journey from Bijaynagar to Jaipur before enjoying a free afternoon. (B,L)
This morning enjoy a yoga lesson before taking a jeep to impressive Amer Fort, pausing en route for a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds). Discover the fort during a walking tour. In the afternoon visit Maharaja’s City Palace, still used in part today by Jaipur’s royal family. (B,L,D)
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)
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)
Discover Old and New Delhi on a full-day city tour. This morning discover bustling Old Delhi on a walking tour, visiting Jama Masjid, Chandi Chowk and taking a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes. Enjoy lunch at a restored haveli. Continue by coach to the Qutab Minar Complex, Parliament House, India Gate, and Humayun’s Tomb. (B,L,D)
The day is at leisure before boarding the overnight to the UK. (B)
Wendy Wu Tours inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. If the hotels listed below for your tour are not available on your chosen departure date, hotels of a similar standard will be used.
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 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
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....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.
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.
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.
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.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Bhutan 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.
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.
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.
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