Imperial Rajasthan

Imperial Rajasthan end Delhi (Summer 2019)

Duration: 13 days Visiting: India

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We invite you to join a luxury heritage journey through timeless Rajasthan, where maharajahs built forts and lavish palaces towering over desert cities. Along the way, stay like royalty in palatial hotels and gain in-depth insights into local life. Look forward to a delicious dinner, prepared over hot coals at a lamp-lit camp among the Kanoi sand dunes and be welcomed into the homes of local people during your village safari in Jodhpur. You can extend your trip by joining a ME to WE Culturally Immersive Experience, where you explore the vibrant culture of the area’s rural countryside. ME to WE is honoured to provide travellers with a truly transformative experience. Leave a legacy. Leave a positive impact.


  1. Day 1

    Delhi, a Rich Melting Pot of Old and New.

    Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. Welcome to India! On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel. At 19:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for your Welcome Dinner.

  2. Day 2

    Delhi Sightseeing.

    Enjoy a ride by rickshaw through the lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Red Fort. Visit the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat and the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Travel along the broad Rajpath, passing the India Gate and Parliament House, to visit the Tomb of Humayun.

  3. Day 3

    Agra and the views of the Taj Mahal.

    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. Walk through a village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal with one of the villagers to discover the way of life as an agriculturist next to India's most famous monument.

  4. Day 4

    Sunrise at the Taj and Jaipur, the Pink City.

    At sunrise, visit the lustrous Taj Mahal, a monument of love and flawless architectural creation, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. After breakfast, travel to the historic city of Bharatpur for lunch, before continuing to the Pink City of Jaipur.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Jaipur Sightseeing.

    Ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort, with its royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirrors, glass and exquisite paintings. Return to Jaipur to see the Hawa Mahal, or The Palace of Winds, and visit the City Palace Museum and royal observatory. In private elegance at Sukh Niwas, Jaipur's City Palace, enjoy a high tea fit for royalty. Renowned for its spectacular Lalique Peacock table made to order for the Royal Family of Jaipur, this VIP experience is exclusively available to Luxury Gold guests.

  6. Day 6

    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 part of the desert at the Camel Research Farm before reaching your hotel.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    The Sun City, Jaisalmer.

    Your exploration 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.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Jaisalmer Sightseeing.

    Embark on a city exploration 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 to the rippling Kanoi Sand Dunes. Savour a dinner accompanied by the gentle melodies of a local musician.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    The Blue City of Jodhpur.

    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 jeep safari where you are welcomed into the homes of the local Bishnoi community to share a slice of their life. In the evening savour a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Explore Mehrangarh Fort.

    Visit Mehrangarh Fort set on a cliff 30 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.

  11. Day 11

    Udaipur, Venice of the East.

    Travel 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, you will learn from a local chef during your included cooking demonstration. Then, continue through the undulating countryside to Udaipur, the beautiful City of Lakes.

  12. Day 12 - Relaxed Start

    Udaipur Sightseeing.

    Explore the City Palace complex and wander through the markets and bazaars to visit the Jagdish Temple, as well as the Garden of the Maids of Honour. Take time out to unwind and find balance at your hotel’s renowned wellness spa, which offers ancient treatments such as reflexology, Indian head massages and hot-stone massages. Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola, before enjoying a special Celebration Dinner at the landmark Sunset Terrace while musicians serenade you.

  13. Day 13

    Depart Udaipur, fly to Delhi.

    Your journey draws to a close after breakfast, with a transfer to Udaipur airport for your flight back to Delhi. Should you be continuing on, please do not schedule connecting flights before 21:00 from Delhi. For those taking an early morning flight the following day, and needing to stay overnight at a hotel close to the airport, post-trip accommodation with included transfers is available. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • Agra: 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. Money generated from the tour is used for sanitation in the village and education for women.
  • Jaipur: In private elegance at Sukh Niwas, Jaipur's City Palace, enjoy a High Tea fit for royalty. Renowned for its spectacular Lalique Peacock table made to order for the Royal Family of Jaipur, this VIP experience is only available to Luxury Gold guests.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Indian Festivals: Truly experience India by travelling during one of its famed festivals. Holi is the festival of colour, symbolising the end of winter and encourages the people to play, laugh, forgive and forget. Diwali is the festival of light celebrated by lighting oil lamps and fireworks to welcome in the Hindu New Year. Refer to dates and date chart notes to find out which departures travel during these wonderful, cultural experiences.
  • Delhi: Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of Old Delhi.
  • Delhi: See the Red Fort and visit Qutub Minar. Drive along the Rajpath to view the India Gate and Parliament House.
  • Delhi: Visit Raj Ghat and the Tomb of the Emperor Humayun.
  • Agra: Take a walk through the local markets and enjoy the colours and craftsmanship of the local sellers.
  • Agra: Visit the majestic Taj Mahal, bathed in the first rays of dawn, and learn about this romantic national icon.
  • Jaipur: Ascend by jeep to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls of Amber Fort. Enjoy the shimmering mirrored walls and ceilings, the airy rooms that housed queens and concubines, and the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Jaipur: Join your Travelling Concierge who will show you the marvel of Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds.
  • Jaipur: Visit the City Palace Museum that houses traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art as well as the royal observatory, built in 1726.
  • Bikaner: Learn about all things dromedary at the Camel Research and Breeding Farm.
  • Bikaner: Enjoy a visit to the Junagarh Fort.
  • Jaisalmer: Visit Garhi Sagar Lake and Fort.
  • Jaisalmer: Visit the local markets and experience desert life.
  • Bishnoi: Take a jeep safari and experience rural village life as you are welcomed by the local community.
  • Jodhpur: Visit Mehrangarh Fort.
  • Jodhpur: Take a tuk tuk ride through the ancient streets and take in the sights and sounds of Sadar Market.
  • Ranakpur: Visit the fortified Jain temple complex.
  • Udaipur: Visit the City Palace complex, a testimony to the Rajput passion for art and architecture.
  • Udaipur: Visit the Jagdish Temple and Garden of the Maids of Honour.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Delhi: Get to know your travelling companions during your delightful Welcome Dinner.
  • Jaisalmer: As the sun sets over the Kanoi Sand Dunes, be entranced by the traditional musicians welcoming you to this magical evening. Under the stars, a traditional feast is prepared for you in a truly unique environment.
  • Ranakpur: Learn the kitchen secrets of the chef of one of Ranakpur's finest hotels in our cooking demonstration of local specialities and lunch.
  • Udaipur: Showcasing the best of Indian cuisine, your delicious Celebration Dinner is set in the perfect environment to toast your time in India.
  • Dining Summary: 12 Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches (L), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 4 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW). Festive Highlight Dinner: 16 Dec departure includes a Christmas Eve Highlight Dinner in Jodhpur.

LUXURY HOTELS

  • Delhi: Set in the heart of bustling Gurgaon, the beautiful gardens, courtyards and reflection pools of the Trident fill you with a sense of calm, before retreating to your luxurious and stylish room.
  • Jaisalmer: Situated close to the Thar Desert, the magnificent Suryagarh is testimony to the pomp and panoply of Rajputana, juxtaposed with every modern convenience.
  • Udaipur: Offering stunning views of Lake Pichola and a luxury wellness spa, the five-star Leela Palace Udaipur was rated the #1 hotel on TripAdvisor in 2018.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas. See booking conditions for exemptions.
  • Luxury Gold is proud to offer various modes of transportation, from luxury coach to included flight to safari jeep and more, so that you always travel in comfort and experience your journey and destination in the best possible and most appropriate way.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates, when flights are included within the itinerary and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

Accommodation

 

Trident, Gurgaon

Delhi (Traditional) - India

Set in the heart of bustling Gurgaon, the beautiful gardens, courtyards and reflection pools of the Trident fill you with a sense of calm, before retreating to your luxurious and stylish room.

Jaypee Palace Hotel Agra

Agra (Traditional) - India

Le Méridien Jaipur.

Jaipur (Traditional) - India

The Laxmi Niwas Palace

Bikander (Palace) - India

Suryagarh

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.

WelcomHotel Jodhpur

Jodhpur (Traditional) - India

The Leela Palace Udaipur

Udaipur (Palace) - India

Stay at the magnificent Leela Palace Udaipur and be treated like royalty. Listed as TripAdvisor's #1 hotel in Udaipur of 2017.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.4 out of 5 based on
1026 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 01 May, 2018

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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