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Duration: 14 days Visiting: India
You are invited on this luxury heritage journey through timeless Rajasthan, where Maharajahs built forts and lavish palaces towering over desert cities. Many of these palaces have been converted into modern hotels, making India one of the few places in the world where you can still truly live like a king.
• Stay at the Taj Lake Palace, set in a majestic location on Lake Pichola with captivating views of Udaipur and the surrounding Aravalli Mountains
• Savour a delicious dinner, prepared over hot coals at a lamp-lit camp at the Kanoi sand dunes
• For the complete cultural experience, be welcomed into the local people's homes during your village safari in Jodhpur
Perhaps extend your stay with our 'Me to We' option and take part in a 4 day sustainable development project? For more details, go to www.metowe.com/insight
Grand Tour of India
Multihued cities, palaces, temples and forts give way to the lush Kerala Coast on this tour.
Your Journey Begins
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Delhi, a Rich Melting Pot of Old and New
Welcome to India! On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel. Join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception with a delicious meal in the evening.
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a ride by rickshaw through the lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi. See the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, visit the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat and the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Later, drive along the broad Rajpath past the India Gate and Parliament House to visit the Tomb of Humayun.
Agra & the Taj Mahal
On arrival in Agra, visit the lustrous Taj Mahal, a monument of love and flawless architectural creation, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Afterwards, spend time exploring the famous market - Sadar Bazaar as you make your way through the city to Agra Fort, a powerful fortress of red sandstone. After your tour through the palatial Royal Pavilions and gardens there is free time to relax. Later, walk through a village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal with one of the villagers to discover the way of life as agriculturists next to India's most famous monument. Enjoy tea and pakoras on a rooftop with exceptional views.
Jaipur, the 'Pink City'
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, travel to the historic city of Bharatpur for lunch, before continuing to the ‘Pink City' of Jaipur.
Embark on an early morning walk through this stunning walled city. Meet with local residents to fully experience their culture, traditions and rich heritage in their homes and workshops. Ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort, with its royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirrors, glass and exquisite paintings. Back in Jaipur, see the 'Hawa Mahal' (The Palace of Winds) and visit the City Palace Museum and royal observatory.
Bikaner, Camel Country with a Royal Aura
Journey northwest to the fort town of Mandawa for lunch. Afterwards, continue to the fortified desert city of Bikaner, known for its camel festival which is celebrated on a grand scale every January. Learn all about this indispensable ship of the desert at the Camel Research and Breeding Farm before reaching your hotel.
The Sun City, Jaisalmer
(Relaxed Start) Your tour of Bikaner includes the Junagarh Fort, an unassailable fortress comprising of various palaces, pavilions and a museum containing priceless art and antiques. This afternoon continue through the Great Thar Desert to the trade route town of Jaisalmer, crowned by its hilltop fortress.
(Relaxed Start) Embark on a city tour of Jaisalmer, visiting Gadisar Lake and the Fort built in 1156 that is still in use today. Pass by the local market where you can witness desert life at its best. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. No visit to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip into the rippling Kanoi Sand Dunes. Savour a dinner accompanied by the gentle melodies of a local musician.
The 'Blue City' of Jodhpur
(Relaxed Start) Follow the ancient silk routes to the ‘Blue City' of Jodhpur and your beautiful hotel. Later, journey to Rohet and feel the very pulse of rural Rajasthan on your ‘village safari' where you are welcomed into the homes of the local Bishnoi people to share a slice of their life.
Explore Mehrangarh Fort
(Relaxed Start) Visit Mehrangarh Fort set on a cliff thirty metres above the city skyline and the white marble Jaswant Thada. Experience a tuk tuk ride through the ancient winding streets before returning to your hotel, where the rest of the day is free to relax.
Udaipur, Venice of the East
Drive to Ranakpur, the temple town of Rajasthan. Explore the elaborate carvings and classic architecture of the sprawling Jain temples, which are regarded as perhaps the best in the country. At lunch, learn from a local chef in our included cooking demonstration. Then, continue through the undulating countryside to Udaipur, the beautiful ‘City of Lakes'.
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, sightseeing includes the City Palace complex, the private residence of the ‘King of Kings'. Wander through the markets and bazaars to visit the Jagdish Temple and Garden of the Maids of the Honour. In the evening, enjoy a boat cruise on the serene waters of Lake Pichola, followed by a special Celebration Dinner with drinks.
Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Delhi. For connecting flights in Delhi, please do not schedule flights before 21:00 from Delhi. For those taking an early morning flight home the following day, and needing to stay overnight at a hotel close to the airport, post-tour accommodation is available and you will be transferred there at the end of the tour.
New Delhi (Central) - India● ● ● ● ●
Trident, Gurgaon is located in the central business district of Gurgaon, a part of the New Delhi National Capital Region. The Hotel is set amongst 7 acres of landscaped gardens, walkways, courtyards, reflection pools and fountains.
Agra (Central) - India
The regal Jaypee Palace Hotel and Convention Centre, a glorious structural blend of red sandstone and marble is spread over an unbounded 25 acres of elegantly landscaped luxuriant greenery. Sprinkled with enormous water bodies and endless walkways, this magical creation impeccably blends Mughal and contemporary architecture with modern amenities.
Jaipur (Scenic) - India
Le Meridien, Jaipur, five star deluxe hotel, located just 3.5 miles from Amber Fort, Le Méridien Jaipur promises a memorable stay characterized by an unrivalled assortment of services.
Bikaner (Scenic) - India
Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner
Jaisalmer (Historic) - India● ● ● ● ●
Situated close to the Thar Desert, the magnificent Suryagarh is testimony to the pomp and panoply of Rajputana, juxtaposed with every modern convenience.
Jodhpur (Traditional) - India
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654 independent user reviews received during the past year.
01 May, 2018
Trip: It was an excellent tour and teverythibg we saw was worthwhile.
Service: Tour Director was good and very helpful. Perhaps more information on the sights from a historical reference would add benefits.
30 March, 2018
Trip: Excellet service, good tour ,history,excellent tour concierge,ecellent bus driver,
Service: The tour was excellent! All hotels were very good–Hotel Leela Palace Udaipur was excellent.1 or 2 hotels not very good The tour concierge Mr Virendra is very knoligibel about India and the other country.
17 February, 2018
Trip: We loved the itinerary. However, we wanted the opportunity to add Varanasi & Khajuharo with Insight. Unfortunately, although we asked, the option was not offered (like you do for Petra that can be added to Israel). We had to continue our journey with *competitor comment removed by Feefo* which provided a very good service.
Service: Throughout the tour, the experience was seamless & flawless. The quality of the hotels was exceptionnel. Staff were very professionnel & courteous. The food provided was excellent. The Dinner in the dunes was excellent & memorable. Our group was the best group one would want to travel with.
20 January, 2018
Trip: Would like some down time mid tour.
Service: Efficient and timely tours. Very knowledgeable guide. Loved every tour except one to see clay pottery. The tour to fabric warehouse was phenomenal! Also the last hotel was exquisite and hard to leave. One thing, guide needs a distinctive coat or scarf or hat or something. Too frustrating trying to look at surroundings then not be able to find him easily.
28 October, 2017
Trip: Everything I could have wished for.
Service: Our guide Rajeev was extremely helpful and informative. The bus driver VJ was brilliant. I was amazed at his driving skills. We were able to see extra things as we drove from place to place. I really got a feel of India.
14 October, 2017
Trip: Great however, I would include a guided tour into a slum and have a local be the guide. The village tour was incredible. That trip should include more of being and doing as the locals do. Another important thing was that most of our hotels were away from the city and eating dinner out was a problem. I think that more lunches and in particular more dinners should be included in the price as this is an expensive tour.
Service: Service was superb. Both the guide and driver were very approachable and went out of their way to make this an incredible journey.
30 September, 2017
Trip: This tour gave us an amazing insight into the history of India, but also to life today. The hotels were outstanding, world class 5 star. Our every need was catered for and the staff in t he hotels the most outstanding in all our years of travel
Service: This was an extremely well organised tour. Our tour guide, Devindar, was the most professional and knowledgeable guide. We were so lucky to have Dev to care for us and guide us through our Imperial Rajasthan tour. Our bus driver deserves a medal for his skill in taking us through cities, villages and country roads in our large comfortable bus.
17 September, 2017
Trip: Great, very interesting and diverse.
Service: Excellent. Very well organised.
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