The two-week long Royal Rajasthan with Heritage Hotels is an experience of a lifetime. Along with impressive sights of erstwhile royalty you also get the chance to relive the glorious days. Embark upon your tour of India with Delhi by exploring the sights of the capital city. Move on to Agra to awe at the monument to love, the Taj Mahal. Travel to the Pink City of Jaipur and on to the edge of the Thar Desert in Jodhpur. Next, make your way to the sleep village of Narlai to experience life in rural Rajasthan. End your adventure in the elegant city of Udaipur, with its shimmering lakes and extraordinary island palaces. Soak up all this whilst staying in some of the region’s most charming heritage hotels. Heritage hotels in Rajasthan enhance the charm of your tour. Feel like royalty while you explore the regal chapters of Indian history.
Upon your arrival in Delhi, you will be met by a representative at the airport and transfer to the charming Maidens hotel. Take it easy for the rest of the day to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Delhi: The capital city of Delhi is a city of charms. With almost eight cities in one city, Delhi’s oldest city dates back to almost 3000 years. Overflowing with modern life and yet retaining the tales of its glory, the city is unlike another. Witness to various periods of history and having served under the rule of many ruling dynasties, Delhi is a mix of cultures & heritage. Impressive architecture Maidens: Maidens is one of Delhi’s few heritage hotels and certainly one of the oldest. It was built in the early 1900’s and is evokes colonial charm. Spacious guest rooms are surrounded by eight acres of stunning lawns, with mature shady trees and a swimming pool. The Maidens hotel escapes the noise of Delhi’s city centre whilst remaining within easy access of its most magnificent sights. Overnight stay in Delhi.
After the breakfast, the tour guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you for a guided sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. This tour includes the following places: Red Fort: The term Red Fort is taken from a Hindi word Lal, which means red owing to the red sandstone used in its construction and Quila which means fort. The octet-shaped Mughal fortress is place along the Yamuna River. The 17th century fortress is now a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highlights of the fortress are Diwan-e-Am (Hall for public audience), a Rang Mahal (a water- cooled apartment of royal ladies) and a Pearl Mosque constructed with white marble. Jama Masjid: Jama Masjid is one of the country’s major mosques where hundreds and thousands of Muslims offer their prayers even today. Jama Masjid was constructed by Shah Jahan as an architectural extravaganza in 1658. The wonders of construction in Jama Masjid are seen in the long stretches of stairs and the hefty courtyard. Chandni Chowk (Silver Street): Chandni Chowk is well-known for its colorful streets with the famous shopping spots of Old Delhi. It also has the country’s best known extensive market for textiles, electronic goods and watches. Entire Chandni Chowk was designed by Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan’s beloved daughter and was then populated by the well-to-do families of that time. The famous Paranthawale Gali, known for its mouthwatering paranthas is also located in Chandni Chowk. The famous gold market, Dariba Kalan is also situated here. India Gate: India Gate is a free standing, 42 meter high arch. It was built in 1931 and was formerly called the All India War Memorial in the memory of the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in World War I. The names of the warriors are engraved all along the walls of the arch. The eternal flame was lit here to honor the Amar Jawan (Immortal Soldier), in 1971. Humayun’s Tomb: Nine years after the death of Humayun, Haji Begum (widow of Humayun) built this tomb in 1565-66 in his memory. Qutub Minar: This outstanding building in the Southern part of the capital was built by the Muslim King; Qutab–ud–din Aibak in 1199 A.D. The Minar (tower) is 72.5 meters tall and its base is a mosque. You can also makes plans to enjoy the foodie trails, shopping or nightlife at your own expenses. Overnight in Delhi.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by one of our representatives who will assist you with the check-out formalities. You will then start your trail to Agra, the next stop on your tour. The drive from Delhi to Agra will be via the new Expressway, one of India’s finest highways. Agra: Agra is situated on the bank of Yamuna River. It is the dwelling place to India’s famous monument, the Taj Mahal. Agra was the capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th & 17th centuries. On your arrival, you will be assisted with check-in at the ITC Mughal. ITC Mughal: Sprawled over 24 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal, a luxury hotel in Agra is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture. This luxury hotel in Agra recreates a paradise for the contemporary Mogul- full of splendor and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty. The rest of the day is at your own leisure. Opt to go shopping, trying the sumptuous food, Overnight stay in Agra.
Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Later leave for the guided sightseeing trip including: Taj Mahal: Built in the 17th century by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal, Taj Mahal is worldwide known as an icon of love. This white-marble mausoleum is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is also granted the title of one of the 'wonders of the world'. The most visited popular landmark and also the most visited, every India tour must include a visit to the Taj. It took 22 years and over 20,000 artisans to create this spectacle. Agra Fort: The erstwhile centre of governance of the Mughal Empire, the Red Fort is a magnificent red-sandstone structure. Settled on the bank of Yamuna River, the fortress construction was started by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century while elegant additions were made by Shah Jahan. Opulent accommodations and attractive buildings were added by Shah Jahan. The highlight of the fascinating fort include Diwan–e–Am, Diwan–e–Khas, Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Samman Burj, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son, Moti Masjid, a white marble mosque, etc. Itmad ud Daulah: The mausoleum of Itmad-ud-Daulah is an attractive specimen of Mughal architecture. Described as a 'jewel box' and the 'Baby Taj', it is inspired from the Taj Mahal. It is one of the most popular sights to cover on a visit to Agra. The geometric symmetry, intricate jail work and overall beauty enhance the experience of visiting the beautiful monument. Sikandra: Sikandra is the last resting place of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. He himself chose the site while he lived. Set amid sprawling beautiful gardens, the mausoleum is carved of red-ochre sandstone. Overnight stay in Agra.
This morning, you’ll drive to Ranthambhore. On your way out of Agra, stop at Fatehpur Sikri – a 15th century court built by Emperor Akbar, abandoned after just 14 years. Nahargarh: Nahargarh is a royal retreat, one of the most indulgent properties in Rajasthan. Combine pampering luxury with adventurous safaris and tiger tour while engaging with cultural performances and pampering with royal amenities. The opulent layout of the luxury property comprises of delightful accommodation with modern amenities, a spa, Bar and grand courtyards, 3 different swimming pools, amphitheatre called Hathi Kund where the entertainment for the evening is hosted, restaurants serving mouth-watering platters and more. Feel like a royal in the royal land of Ranthambore. Overnight in Ranthambore.
Rise early this morning and you’ll be met by your Jeep, to head off into Ranthambhore National Park on a morning safari. The park’s most famous resident is the majestic Bengal Tiger, though is also home to leopard, peacock, numerous species of deer, crocodiles, sloth bear and much more. After the morning safari, you’ll return to the lodge for breakfast and a few hours at leisure. Here you can relax, explore the local area, or discuss sightings with staff and other guests. In the afternoon, you’ll head back into the park for a second Jeep safari, to observe the jungle in a different light. Overnight in Ranthambore.
Enjoy a leisurely morning at the lodge today. Or, if you’re feeling active, explore the 10th century Ranthambore Fort for a spectacular birds-eye view of the jungle. Later, proceed to Jaipur. Jaipur: In Jaipur you’ll be assisted with checking in to Samode Haveli for a two night stay. Samode Haveli: This charming haveli exudes local character and is well located in the centre of Jaipur – ideal for those who’d like to be in the heart of the action, or explore further on foot. Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Your guide awaits you for a full day of sightseeing in Jaipur. After the morning meal, you will be picked up by the guide from the hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Jaipur and Amber. Sightseeing in Jaipur includes: Hawa Mahal (Palace of winds): Constructed by Maharaja Sawaj Pratap Singh in 1799, the Hawa Mahal is one of the Jaipur’s main landmarks, the front of the Mahal has pink windows and latticework screens. This mahal was initially constructed for the ladies of the imperial household to watch the ordinary life and parades of the city. City Palace: The City Palace is still the dwelling of the former royalty H.H Bhawani Singh Ji of Jaipur. This Palace still has an extensive collection of art, carpets and old weapons. Jantar Mantar (Observatory): It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728. Jantar Mantar appears to be an inquisitive collection of sculptures but in fact each construction has a detailed purpose such as measuring the positions of stars, altitudes and azimuths, and calculating eclipses. The most striking instrument is the sundial which is 27 meter tall gnomon. The shadow this casts moves up to 4 meters an hour. Amber Fort: The Amber Fort is located 11 kms away from Jaipur. Amber was once the ancient capital of Jaipur. The Fort is an excellent illustration of Rajput architecture, impressively situated on a hillside facing a lake, which reflects its walkways and walls. Overnight stay in Jaipur. The evening is at your own leisure which you can spend shopping. Jaipur is well known for its beautiful local handicrafts, vibrant textiles and semi-precious jewellery. Overnight stay in Jaipur.
Today you’ll continue to Jodhpur, the Blue City. Jodhpur: Jodhpur is famous as the 'blue city' because of its blue cottages. The lively desert city of Jodhpur stands at the fringe of the Thar Desert and is the second major city of Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city is differentiated by a huge fort that covers a sheer rocky ridge rising in the heart of the town. The old city is still delimited by a 10 km long wall, made about a century after Jodhpur was established. There are eight gates leading out of the old city. You can take a stroll through the beautiful winding streets. The city of Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, the chief of a Rajput clan known as Rathores and was earlier called Marwar. On your arrival at the hotel in Jodhpur, you will be met by our representative and he will assist you with the check in formalities at Ajit Bhawan. Ajit Bhawan: This characterful property was one of India’s first heritage hotels, and formerly the palace of the Maharaja’s younger brother. Today, the hotel is managed by descendants of the royal family. Rooms are set in gardens around the main building and decorated with colourful pops of Rajasthani colour. We’d recommend dining at Dhani, their village themed restaurant, for authentic local flavours. You are free for the rest of the day. You can either relax and enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the city. Overnight stay in Jodhpur.
After a relaxing breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. Tour includes visits to the following places of interest: Mehrangarh Fort: Rested on a hilltop, it takes five kilometres by a curvy road to reach Mehrangarh Fort. Mehrangarh is considered by many as the most striking fort in Rajasthan. Initially built by Maharaja JodhaRao, the fort was further succeeded by the rulers of Marwar. Of the seven huge gates to the fort, a few like Jayapol and Fatehpol were built to celebrate Marwar rulers' victories over countless enemies. Inside the fort is a series of courtyards and palaces. If you enter through Surajpol, the Jodhpur Museum stocks a brilliant collection of relics of Rajasthan. Jaswant Thada: Located close to the Mehrangarh Fort, is the white marble war memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, known as the Jaswant Thada. The best way to explore and experience the city of Jodhpur is to take a fascinating walk around the colorful Sardar market and the Clock Tower. Besides experiencing the culinary delights of Jodhpur in the small local restaurants, the antique shops are also worth a visit. You can relax for the rest of the day or explore the city on your own. Overnight stay in Jodhpur.
Steering off the beaten track, today you’ll head deep into the Aravali hills for a stay in the sleepy 15th-century village of Narlai. One of our favorite places to stay in Rajasthan, Rawla Narlai: A charming 17th-century fort which has been converted into a small, friendly, yet very stylish, hotel. The rooms are all different but traditionally furnished and surround an inner courtyard, blooming with fragrant frangipani and brilliant pink bougainvillea. Upon arriving into Narlai, your time here is at leisure to relax, explore the local area, or take part in activities according to your interests. The property offer a number of both free and paid excursions; from bird-watching by the lake to walks around the village. Overnight stay in Narlai.
Enjoy the morning in Narlai today. We’d recommend waking early for a sunrise walk up Elephant Hill – a huge granite rock looming over the property. There are 756 steps to the top, but the spectacular views are well worth it! Later, continue to the fairy-tale city of Udaipur. Ranakpur: On the way, we’d recommend stopping in Ranakpur to explore the elaborately carved Jain temple (one of the five great holy places of the Jain faith, this ornate temple boasts 1444 uniquely carved pillars). Upon arriving into Udaipur, the evening’s at leisure to relax and soak up the view from your Udaipur: Udaipur, literally meaning “the city of Sunrise”, was established by a Rajput King, Maharana Uday Singh, in 1567, and this city is now also known as the "city of Lakes" and also the "Venice of the East". With its marble whims, attractive hibiscus-covered gardens and elegant fountain porches it symbolizes the glory of Rajput era. Like many other cities in Rajasthan, Udaipur is the heirloom of an honor-bound race that loved the good things in life and often gave up their lives protecting them. The LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur: The luxury hotel is an epitome of the culture and historical heritage of Udaipur. Overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake, with the majestic Aravalli hills in its backdrop, this beautiful heritage palace glows with royal elegance that greets every guest in its luxury ambiance with great hospitality. Overnight in Udaipur.
After breakfast, the guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you for a guided sightseeing tour of Udaipur. Tour includes following places of interest: City Palace: The biggest palace complex in Rajasthan is the grand City Palace towering above the lake. The major parts of the palace are now well-maintained as a museum with an enormous collection of glass, ceramic figures and small canvases. Jagdish Temple: The famous Jagdish Temple is situated 150 mts from the City Palace. This fine Indo-Aryan Temple was constructed by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651. This temple treasures a black stone image of Lord Vishnu as Jagannath, Lord of the universe. A brass image of Garuda the Hindu divinity is in a monument in front of the temple. Saheliyon Ki Bari: The Saheliyon ki Bari or the garden of the Maids of Honor is situated in the north of the city. It is a small exquisite garden with fountains, stone elephants and a beautiful lotus pond. Lake Pichola: Rest of the day you are free to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the city. Lake Pichola derives its name from Pichali village. This lake is fenced by hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and ridges. There are two island palaces in the Lake Pichola, the Jag Niwas and the Jag Mandir. Jag Niwas was built as the summer residence of Prince of Mewar and is now the famous Lake Palace hotel. The Jag Mandir is built of red sandstone with a marble ceiling. An enchanting way to end your day in Udaipur is by taking a beautiful boat ride in the evening when the City palace in the background unites with the sparkling lake water. Overnight in Udaipur.
The morning’s free in Udaipur. Get assistance for transfer to Udaipur airport to board a direct flight to Delhi.
|Valid from 04 Dec 2019 to 15 Apr 2020||USD 2714 Per Person|
|Udaipur||The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace|