Arrive in Delhi where you’ll be transferred to your hotel for a two night stay in the bustling Indian capital. Once checked into your accommodation, the remainder of the day is yours to spend at leisure.
Spend time exploring the sights around the sprawling metropolis of Delhi, starting with a walking tour around Old Dehli with its narrow alleys and ancient buildings. Visit the famous Jama Masjid mosque and enjoy lunch in the huge Khari Baoli spice market before moving on to New Delhi to discover more about the city – visiting the India Gate war memorial and the home of the president, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, before heading for the Qutub Minar monument. A cooking demonstration and dinner with a culinary expert bring the day to an end.
Leave Delhi behind as you journey across country to Agra, with a transfer to your hotel on arrival. The afternoon is then set aside for exploration of the two main attractions in the area, starting with a tour of the famous Red Fort. Then you’ll head on to India’s best known monument, the Taj Mahal, which was built by Emperor Shah Jahan to honour his third wife. Its white marble mausoleum is one of the most iconic sights to be found anywhere in the world.
Visit the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri, which is one of the best examples of Mughal architecture to be found in India. Built in the 1500s, it was abandoned shortly after completion because of a lack of water in the area for its inhabitants. After lunch, you’ll continue to Jaipur to check into your hotel ahead of a two night stay.
- Hotel Alsisar Haveli (B,L)
Spend a day in India’s ‘Pink City’, so called because of the colour of its many sandstone buildings. After a visit to the imposing Palace of the Winds, you’ll head for the Amber Fort, located on a hill overlooking the Maota Lake a short distance from the city. Here you’ll be able to examine the impressive style four courtyards and admire the view of the surrounding area. Following a traditional thaali lunch, it’s back to Jaipur to tour the City Palace Museum, where you can see see many ancient paintings, weapons and costumes before spending time looking through the many vibrant bazaars where locals sell their wares.
- Hotel Alsisar Haveli (B,L)
Head away from the Pink City to travel to the small village of Rohetgarh, where you’ll spend the evening staying in an ancient fort dating back to the 1620s. After check-in, the remainder of the day is yours to spend relaxing at leisure.
Enjoy an excursion to the city of Jodhpur, known as the blue city because of the vibrant painted buildings that can be found around the Mehrangarh Fort, which is one of the first places you’ll visit when you arrive. One of the largest forts in India, it casts a shadow over the city below from its hill-top location and contains numerous palaces that you’ll have chance to admire. After a trip to the Jaswant Thada memorial, you’ll be able to hunt for souvenirs in the local bazaars before returning to the fort for a second night.
Enjoy the chance to see local life with a jeep safari to a nearby Bishnoi tribal village, where you’ll be greeted with a traditional welcome ceremony before a picnic lunch. Having spent time with the locals, you’ll enjoy a cooking demonstration to showcase the kind of Marwari cuisine which would typically be eaten by the local royal family.
Leave Rohetgarh behind to travel to another Indian village as you journey to Deogarh, stopping off on the way to visit the impressive Jain Temples that are found in Ranakpur; widely regarded as the most spectacular in India. On arrival, you’ll check into your accommodation, which is a former palace that has been converted into a luxury hotel. After a visit to the local vegetable market, you’ll enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner similar to that that would be enjoyed by the resident feudal family.
Head away from Deogarh into the local countryside on a safari trip, which will provide you with the opportunity to gain a further taste of Indian country life. You’ll visit a number of villages as you journey to Udaipur, and also pay a visit to the famous Eklingji temples en-route.
Enjoy a day exploring the City of Lakes as you tour Udaipur, including a visit to the City Palace; built over a period of hundreds of years and combining different architectural styles to create one of the most flamboyant complexes in the area. You’ll also have the chance to take a walk around the Garden of the Maids of Honour and enjoy lunch in a local residence.
Leaving the lakes behind, you’ll head for the airport to take a flight to the city of Mumbai on India’s west coast. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel with the rest of your time being free to do as you wish.
Leave Mumbai for the airport to take your international flight home.