Udaipur, One Of The World’s Most Romantic Cities Udaipur, One Of The World’s Most Romantic Cities

 The Romance Of Rajasthan
 13 Days
 Depart  UK  
 · Rickshaw Ride And 
   Delhi Sightseeing
 Agra  · Red Fort At Agra
 Jaipur  · The Taj Mahal At
 · Fatehpur Sikri
 Jaipur  · On Elephant Back
   To Amber Citadel
 · The City Palace And       Hawa Mahal
 Udaipur  · Boat Ride On Lake      Pichola
 Udaipur  · The City Palace And
   Durbar Hall
 · View Of City From         Monsoon Palace
 Jodhpur  · The Jain Temples Of       Ranakpur
 Jodhpur  · Magnificent Fort Of
 · Girdikot And Sadar      Markets
 Jaisalmer  · Camel Ride On The
   Sam Sand Dunes
 Jaisalmer  · The Living Fort Of
 · Jaisalmer Havelis
 Bikaner  · Junagarh Fort And       Palace
 Shekhawati  · Podar Haveli
 Delhi  · Travel Through
   Rural Shekhawati
 Arrive UK
 · Drop Off At Delhi

This Is A Private Tour With Your Own Vehicle
And Driver-Guide
When To Go: July - April When To Go: July - April
The Presidents Palace At Delhi The Presidents Palace At Delhi
India’s Friendly Cows! India’s Friendly Cows!
Camels Opposite The Taj Mahal Camels Opposite The Taj Mahal
Elephants At Amber Fort
Elephants At Amber Fort
Interior Of Jaipur City Palace Interior Of Jaipur City Palace
Rajasthani Puppets Rajasthani Puppets
The Romantic Lake Pichola At Udaipur The Romantic Lake Pichola At Udaipur
Udaipur And The Hilltop Monsoon Palace Udaipur And The Hilltop Monsoon Palace
Maharaja Of Udaipur’s Cadillac Maharaja Of Udaipur’s Cadillac
The Amazing Mehrangarh Fort At Jodhpur The Amazing Mehrangarh Fort At Jodhpur
Retainer At Mehrangarh Fort Retainer At Mehrangarh Fort
Sam Sand Dunes At Jaisalmer Sam Sand Dunes At Jaisalmer
Haveli And Rajasthani Dancer At Jaisalmer Haveli And Rajasthani Dancer At Jaisalmer
The Opulent Laxmi Niwas Palace At Bikaner The Opulent Laxmi Niwas Palace At Bikaner
Pretty Rural Countryside Around Shekhawati Pretty Rural Countryside Around Shekhawati

The Romance Of Rajasthan

Room And Breakfast
Based On 2 Persons Sharing Room

SUMMER: 01/05 – 30/10 WINTER: 01/11 – 30/04
  SUMMER 2016 WINTER 2015

  SUMMER 2016 WINTER 2015
*Based On Lowest Non – Peak Period Airfares
  • Private tour of India in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking
  • All entry fees for places of interest as described in itinerary.
  • Services of local English speaking guides at Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur. 
    Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner.

  • Children under 6 years of age sharing parents bed are given this tour FREE
  • Special rates available for 2 adults and 1 child sharing triple room.
  • Discounts available for families and groups.
  • Flight and accommodation supplements may apply at peak periods.

  • You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed 
    tour with fewer activities, additional nights at places that may interest you,   
    and adventure activities like white-water rafting.
  • Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your   
    tour schedule.

The Romance Of Rajasthan

A Full Tour Of Princely Rajasthan

Touring Rajasthan is quite simply One Of The Most Spectacular And Romantic Travel Experiences that the world has to offer. Most of Rajasthan comprises the magnificent Thar Desert region where the Rajputs, a proud and mysterious people their built forts, palaces and temples. Rajasthan is also steeped in the history of the martial Rajputs, their codes of honour and chivalry, told through tales of courage and treachery.

Our Rajasthan tour also includes visits to Delhi and the Taj Mahal at Agra, as these are fairly unmissable for any first time visitor to North India.

The jagged skyline of the eastern Aravali Mountains contains the fabled cities of Jaipur and Udaipur. These are cradled in valleys with tranquil placid blue lakes and cool, shady gardens with majestic forts and palaces dominating the surrounding mountain peaks.

Craggy rocks that rise from arid landscapes of western Rajasthan house massive forts dominating ancient and atmospheric trading cities such as Jaisalmer and Jodhpur.

To the north lie wealthy principalities and trading towns of Bikaner and Shekhawati, where ancient camel routes brought impossible wealth to local rulers.

One of the great attractions of visiting Rajasthan is the possibility of staying in the old royal palaces of the Maharajahs. Many of their historic properties have been converted into heritage hotels that are still owned and managed by the descendant families.

Recommended For: Anyone who wants to do a ‘Great Journey’ in India, and are comfortable with travelling long distances on a tour format.


Day 01

Depart UK
Depart UK – Overnight flight.


Day 02

The Manor  

After resting on arrival in Delhi, the Chandni Chowk bazaar is the place to go for the full-on Indian experience of crowded, twisting alleys and tiny shops. The brilliant red sandstone Red Fort (Lal Qila) was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as his ruling palace in 1648. Opposite is the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.

Rajpath is the main parade route that leads to the President's Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan) and the splendid India Gate, a nice place for an evening walk when the buildings are lit, and the vendors come out to supply snacks and bites.

Humayun's Tomb is one of Delhi's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In South Delhi is the astonishing Qutub Minar a 239 ft minaret that was the tallest "skyscraper" in the world when built (1193-1368).

A great way to sample the colonial ambience of Delhi would be to stop for tea at the lovely Imperial Hotel or Claridges.


Day 03

The Trident Agra

Akbar’s Tomb Sikandra
The impressive tomb of Akbar The Great (1612) lies conveniently on the roadside near Agra.

Private Guided Tour Of The Red Fort At Agra
Agra contains the most important fort in India, The Red Fort, which can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. The great Mughal Emperors all lived and governed the Empire from here.

The Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience) once housed the famous Peacock Throne. The Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) was used to receive kings and dignitaries, and features the black throne of Jehangir. The Sheesh Mahal (Glass Palace) is a royal dressing room featuring tiny mirror-like glass-mosaic decorations on the walls.


Day 04

The Trident Jaipur

The Amazing Beauty Of The Taj Mahal
As you lay your eyes on the Taj Mahal it is easy to understand why it is one of the world’s great wonders. A mausoleum for the wife of Emperor Shah Jahan, the fabulous beauty of the building never fails to disappoint. Its white marble surface is ornamented with semi-precious stones and texts.

The Tomb Of Itmad Ud Daulah (1622)
A lovely surprise in Agra is this delightful tomb of a nobleman that is often called the ‘mini’ Taj Mahal.

Fatehpur Sikri
The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri (1570) was the capital of Emperor Akbar between 1570 and 1585. It stands untouched and perfectly preserved, a complete medieval fortress of red sandstone, with vast central squares, exquisitely carved multi-tiered pavilions, cool terraces and formal gardens.

Laxmi Vilas At Bharatpur
The Laxmi Vilas Palace (1887) is an ideal place to have lunch on the way to Jaipur.


Day 05

The Trident Jaipur

The Amber Fort On Elephant Back
Amber has a fantastical location in the Aravali Hills just north of Jaipur. Within its forbidding walls lies a palace with a beautifully decorated interior. The palace with its intricate courtyards offers a highly romantic insight into the medieval lifestyles of Rajput princes.

Approached from a steep ramp, visitors ride up on elephant back, entering through the grand Singh Pol Gateway.

The Princely City Of Jaipur
The 'Pink City' of Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and a glorious city that was meticulously planned by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727.

Private Guided Tour The Jaipur City Palace
The City Palace is a delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, sprawling over one-seventh of the area of the walled city. The complex is divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings which contains collections of royal costumes and armaments. The Hawa Mahal (1799) or Palace Of Winds, is a five story building that was originally built to enable the women of the royal household to watch the everyday life and processions of the city. The Jantar Mantar was an astronomical observatory, created by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.

The Old City
Beyond the ramparts the old city has a wonderfully Medieval flavour, and a walk through the rambling lanes will reap rich rewards for the curious, with markets selling cotton fabrics, carpets, jutties (slippers with the unique upturned toes) and ittars (traditional perfume).


Day 06

The Trident Udaipur

Udaipur – The Venice Of The East
Udaipur captures the imagination like few other places in the world. Surrounded by gently undulating hills and set around peaceful Pichola Lake, it is a city of great beauty. The location is easily the most romantic in India with The Lake Palace on Jag Niwas island in the middle of the lake complimented by the grand City Palace on one bank and the Monsoon Palace on a hill above. Udaipur is also a centre for performing arts, craft and famed miniature paintings.

Romantic Boat Ride On Lake Pichola
The picturesque lake is surrounded by hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. The lake encloses the Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir islands. The City Palace extends along its eastern banks.

The Lake Palace Hotel
The Lake Palace (1743) is a magical fairy tale property located in the middle of the Pichola Lake on Jag Niwas island. Today the palace is one of the most famous and luxurious hotels in the world.


Day 07

The Trident Udaipur

Private Guided Tour Around The Udaipur City Palace
The huge City Palace that towers over the lake is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. It is a conglomeration of buildings surmounted by balconies, towers and cupolas with wonderful views over the lake and city. The main part of the palace is now preserved as the City Palace Museum, housing an armoury and a large collection of artifacts. The rooms of the museum are extravagantly decorated with mirrors, tiles and paintings. The Mor Chowk (Peacock Square) has beautiful mosaics of peacocks. The Saheliyon Ki Bari is an ornamental garden built for the entertainment of the royal ladies.

Fateh Prakash Palace
The Fateh Prakash Palace next door has an astonishing Durbar Hall that is undoubtedly the most lavish in India, and its sheer size makes one gasp in awe. The Crystal Gallery upstairs has a breathtaking collection of the world’s finest crystals.

Vintage Collection of Classic Cars
The Maharajah’s Car Collection lies within the grounds of the Garden Hotel. There are rare vintage vehicles as well as sleek and fast Cadillacs and Chevrolets.

Jagdish Temple
A fine Indo-Aryan temple dating from 1651 is the largest and most splendid temple of Udaipur and enshrines a black stone image of Vishnu as Lord Of The Universe.

Beautiful Views From The Monsoon Palace
A winding road through a forest reserve on the outskirts of Udaipur takes you to the Monsoon Palace - which provides amazing views of the city below, especially at sunset.


Day 08

Ajit Bhawan

Jain Temples Of Ranakpur
Ranakpur has one of the biggest and most important Jain temple complexes in India. The main Chaumukha Temple has carvings of exceptional beauty.

Lunch At The Maharani Bagh Orchards
(Payable Locally)
The Maharani Bagh, or Queen's Garden, is beautifully located at the foot of the thickly forested Aravali Hills. It is a fruit orchard with acres of mango, lime, and pomegranate giving way to intimate gardens in full bloom. There is a restaurant with a spectacular view of the hills and a charming village courtyard complete with thatched roofs and delicious Rajasthani cuisine.

Princely Jodhpur sits on the edge of the Great Thar Desert. The city is the gateway to the treasures of western Rajasthan.


Day 09

Ajit Bhawan

A Private Guided Tour Around Mehrangarh Fort
The impressive and forbidding 15th Century Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most stunning hill forts of Rajasthan. It offers some excellent views of the old city. The fort itself, with its enormous gateways, has a fairy-tale feel with palatial apartments that have been built over five centuries of bristling history. On the way up to the fort is the Jaswant Thada - a cenotaph on the hill of Mehrangarh.

The Old City
The old city offers winding streets with colourful markets and blue painted Brahmin houses. The Girdikot and Sadar markets display a wide range of Rajasthani handicrafts. Tiny shops line both sides of the narrow lanes in these markets. One can find textiles, silver, handicrafts, aromatic spices, vegetables and colorful Indian sweets.

The Umaid Bhawan Palace
Umaid Bhawan Palace (1929) is a beautiful edifice of marble and pink sandstone. This immense palace is now a grand and extravagant heritage hotel that is one of the most luxurious in princely India.

Rural Rajasthan
The Bishnois are a simple village community who are strong lovers of wild animals. Their passion for protecting trees and wildlife has led to many tales of members of this community sacrificing their lives in order to protect their environment. If this is of interest, you can arrange locally to travel by jeep to visit their villages and buy beautiful home made rugs and handicrafts.


Day 10

Mandir Palace

The Golden Medieval Desert City Of Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is the golden desert city of Rajasthan and it still bears the look of a quaint Medieval town. Jaisalmer Fort, towers over the city and is often referred to as the 'Golden Fort' due to the colour of its sandstone walls.

Camel Ride On The Sam Sand Dunes
To the west of the city are huge sand dunes that merge into the Desert National Park. Go on a Camel Ride to watch a magnificent sunset over the vast stretch of sweeping dunes.


Day 11

Mandir Palace

A Private Guided Tour Around Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort (1156) rises from the golden hues of the desert with a fairy tale look. This is actually a living fort, with one quarter of the old city's population residing in it. The fort has 99 bastions around its circumference and is protected by three walls and is magically lit up at night.

It is fascinating to wander around the fort packed with houses, temples, handicraft shops and honeycombed with narrow, winding lanes paved in stone. The fort walls provide superb views over the old city and surrounding desert. The fort contains a group of beautifully carved Jain Temples that were built between the 12th and 15th century.

The Manak Chowk outside the fort contains the famous Carved Havelis Of Jaisalmer.


Day 12

Laxmi Niwas

Once a major trading centre on the caravan route linking Central Asia with North India, Bikaner is renowned for the best riding camels in the world – the streets are full of them!

A Guided Tour Of Junagarh Fort
Junagarh Fort (1588) would have to be one of Rajasthan's most impressive fort complexes. The fort has a 3200 ft long wall with 37 bastions, a moat and two entrances.

The palaces within the fort make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks, towers and windows. A major feature of its fort and palaces is the superb quality of stone carving.


Day 13

Castle Mandawa

The Painted Havelis Of Shekhawati
The semi-desert region of Shekhawati is famous for it’s collection of painted havelis that are splendidly frescoed mansions constructed by prosperous merchants.

The best is the wonderful Podar Haveli at Nawalgarh with more than 750 frescoes.


Day 14

Delhi Near Airport
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Rural Countryside Around Shekhawati
The Shekhawati region is a delight to travel, with pretty rural villages and quaint farms with livestock such as goats and camels.


Day 15

Depart Delhi

Depart India – Daytime flights arrive back in UK the same day.


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