Passage Through Rajasthan

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The princely state of Rajasthan is India at its colourful best. Following a tour of the imperial sights of Mumbai (Bombay), travel through the heart of Rajasthan exploring magnificent forts and ornate palaces, finishing at the astounding Taj Mahal.

Highlights
  • Dinner at Rawla Narlai’s stunning stepwell
  • Scenic train ride through rural Rajasthan
  • Sightseeing in Mumbai
  • Sunset in the sand dunes of the Great Thar desert
  • Stay at a former Maharajah's hunting lodge
  • Small group size - average 12 people (max 20)
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
Accommodation

Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur

The Ajit Bhawan was originally built for Maharaja Ajit Singh, the younger brother of the Maharaja of Jodhpur, in the 1920's. A red sandstone structure, it features arched windows, carved balconies, cupolas and a quadrangle with exquisitely carved latticework. Accommodation is provided in 39 air-conditioned cottage rooms and 11 deluxe rooms located around the swimming pool. Breakfast and lunch is served in the restaurant while dinner is served in the garden with a selection of Indian and Continental cuisine...


Courtyard Marriott Agra, Agra

Located within a short driving distance from the Taj Mahal, the Courtyard Marriot Agra offers and spacious rooms and suites decorated with modern touches. The expansive lawns and the outdoor swimming pool provide the perfect setting to relax in and the hotel has four different dining options, featuring both Indian and international cuisine. Features: 194 rooms, Wi-Fi, outdoor swimming pool, gym, 4 restaurants and a bar. Room amenities: Air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, safe, tea & coffee making facilities, minibar and en suite...


Fateh Niwas, Udaipur

Situated in Udaipur, just 2.5km from Lake Pichhola, Fateh Niwas is a luxury boutique hotel with spacious and elegant guestrooms. Both the swimming pool and the restaurant are located on the rooftop of the property offering fantastic views of the City Palace, Lake Pichola and the Aravalli Hills. The restaurant serves both Indian and continental dishes. Features: 32 rooms, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, terrace / garden, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television,...


Narendra Bhawan, Bikaner

A heritage property located in the desert town of Bikaner, the impressive Narendra Bhawan was home to the last reigning maharajah of Bikaner. Traditional Rajasthani decor can be found throughout the property, which continues in the guestrooms where elaborate ceilings, Bikaner terrazzo floors and traditional crafts can be found. The infinity swimming pool sits on the roof of the property, offering splendid views over the town. Mad Hatter - the Bake House produces traditional confectionary and baked goods whilst in the dining room you will be served dishes once favoured by royalty. Guests can enjoy seasonal evening entertainment and tours of the palace can be arranged. Features: 82 rooms, dining room, infinity pool, spa, games room, terrace, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar,...


Rawla Narlai, Narlai

An ancient palace set at the foot of a hill dotted with caves and temples, the Rawla Narlai has been converted into a heritage property by its owner, the Maharaj of Jodhpur. The hotel has a warm and homely atmosphere, a delightful garden, and the charming rooms are all individually stylized from references to the village’s...


Sawai Vilas, Ranthambore National Park

Just 10 minutes from the gates of Ranthambore, shadowed by the idyllic Aravalli Hills, the Swai Villas offers 60 comfortable standalone villas spread over 2.5 hectares of verdant garden. Rooms are elegantly designed, spacious and safari themed with thoughtful touches and amenities. The dining room serves an array of delicious regional, national and international dishes. Features: 60 villas, restaurant, swimming pool, spa, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, tea & coffee making...


The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge Jaipur, Jaipur

Built in the late 1930s, The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge Jaipur (previously Ramgarh Lodge) was once the favourite hunting retreat of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Located around 40 km from Jaipur, this rustic lodge set in the forested Aravalli exudes an air of history. The lodge was converted into a hotel in the late 1980s and is now managed by the Taj group of hotels. All 13 rooms and suites are spacious, comfortably furnished, combine history with contemporary style and overlook either the rugged Aravalli Mountains or the landscaped gardens. Other facilities include a dining room with a colonial atmosphere, outdoor swimming pool and tennis...


The LaLiT New Delhi, Delhi

Located in Connaught Place, Delhi's prime business and shopping district, The LaLiT New Delhi is only minutes away from cultural attractions, shopping malls, government offices and trade fair grounds. The hotel has 460 guests rooms including 47 designer suites located in an exclusive atrium tower, all with modern amenities. Dining on offer is an array of Indian, Chinese, and Mediterranean cuisine. Other facilities at this hotel include a fitness club and outdoor swimming...


The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

The Oberoi Udaivilas opened in December 2001. The hotel is located on the famous Pichola Lake and has been designed as a traditional Rajasthani palace. It is located in 30 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, with decorative fountains and pavilions, which give it a genuine Rajasthani ambience. Udaivilas offers superb standards of luxury, service and comfort. The hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the fabled city of Udaipur, renowned for its palaces, lakes and colourful...


Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai (Bombay)

Towering above the skyline and overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Trident Mumbai is located in the heart of Mumbai's central business district with the city's main shopping area only a short distance away. The Mumbai International Airport is an hour's drive from the hotel while the domestic airport is a 45-minute drive. The nearest railway links are 10-15 minutes from the hotel. The hotel has 541 well-appointed guest rooms that are tastefully decorated. Superior rooms have a view of the Nariman Point business area and are equipped with air-conditioning, a work table, wireless Internet access, mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities. Premier rooms have views of either city or Arabian Sea views and suites face the ocean and have a separate living area. Trident Club rooms have panoramic views of the ocean and offer access to the Trident Club with express check-in, breakfast, high tea...

Destinations
  • Asia
Tour Types
  • group
  • General interest


Day 1: Fly to Mumbai

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Mumbai (Bombay) with British Airways. (N)


Day 2: Mumbai

Arrive and transfer to the Trident Nariman Point for an overnight stay. This afternoon explore Mumbai, described by Rudyard Kipling as 'the Mother of all Cities.' Uncover the many sides of the city and visit some of its most celebrated landmarks including the Gateway of India, Chor bazaar and the Victoria Terminus. (N)


Day 3: Fly to Udaipur

After a leisurely breakfast take the midday flight to Udaipur, undeniably one of India's most picturesque and romantic cities. This afternoon cruise on the beautiful Lake Pichola which reflects the surrounding mountains on its mirror-like shimmering surface. Spend 2 nights at Fateh Niwas Palace (or similar) or upgrade to the Oberoi Udaivilas (Premier room) from £895pp. Enjoy dinner at Amrai restaurant which overlooks Lake Pichola. (B, D)


Day 4: Udaipur

This morning, explore the City Palace, the Jagdish temple and a miniature painting studio to see several examples of this articulate art-form which originated in Rajasthan. Optional evening cultural performance at Bagore-ki-Haveli*, depicting traditional Rajasthani folk dances. (B)


Day 5: Ranakpur • Rawla Narlai

Leave the main tourist trail to begin exploring rural Rajasthan, travelling to Rawla Narlai for a 2-night stay at the heritage resort of Rawla Narlai. En route from Udaipur make a stop at the Ranakpur to see the spectacular Jain temples, one of the largest temple complexes in India. After settling into your hotel visit a nearby local village, which will offer a fascinating insight into the lifestyle, customs and traditions of the region. (B)


Day 6: Rawla Narlai

Today you have the freedom to choose an activity from an array of options offered by your hotel. The terrain of the region provides a perfect habitat for leopards so why not take a 4x4 safari to search for these majestic creatures?* Alternatively, hike in the rugged hills or explore charming villages with a guide. Dinner at the hotel tonight will be a memorable experience, as you dine against the backdrop of a 16th-century baori (stepwell), illuminated by hundreds of oil lamps. (B, D)


Day 7: Jodhpur

Take a scenic 1.5-hour rural train ride from Khamil Ghat to Phulad. The train chugs through tunnels and past waterfalls in an area that inspired Rudyard Kipling's story The Man Who Would Be King. Continue by road to Jodhpur for 2 nights at Ajit Bhawan. (B)


Day 8: Jodhpur

The bustling city of Jodhpur owes its prosperity and great wealth, which is evident throughout the city, to its strategic location on the Silk Road. Visit Jaswant Thada and continue to the formidable Mehrangarh fort. Take a heritage walk through the streets dotted with temples and bazaars. (B)


Day 9: Bikaner

Drive to Bikaner in the heart of the Thar desert for an overnight stay at the magnificent Narendra Bhawan, a grand residence that was home to the last reigning maharajah of Bikaner. Late afternoon 4x4 safari into the desert to witness the spectacular sunset over the dunes accompanied by Indian high tea. (B)


Day 10: Jaipur

Morning visit to Junagarh Fort and walk through the old city. Later drive to the royal city of Jaipur. En route, visit the town of Fatehpur and its 'open-air gallery' of beautiful havelis. Transfer to Ramgarh Lodge, a former maharajah's hunting lodge for a 2-night stay. (B, D)


Day 11: Jaipur

Begin your day of exploring Jaipur with a quick photo-stop at Hawa Mahal, or 'Palace of the Winds'. The five-storey structure with over 900 latticed windows was designed to allow royal women to observe street festivals without having to reveal themselves to the public. Continue to Amber, the ancient capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs. Here you will find a majestic fort-palace displaying both Mughal and Rajput designs. The afternoon is spent back in Jaipur exploring the Pink City, including visits to the sprawling City Palace and the curious astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar. The observatory is home to a fine collection of 18th century astronomical instruments that can still be used with astonishing accuracy. (B, D)


Day 12: Ranthambore National Park

Morning at leisure or explore the local village. Drive to Ranthambore National Park, one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's conservation efforts in Rajasthan. The park covers an area of 400 square kilometres and was once the private hunting grounds of the maharajas of Jaipur. Stay 2 nights at Sawai Vilas. (B, D)


Day 13: Ranthambore National Park

Early morning wildlife drive in search of the elusive Bengal tiger. Although well known for its tiger population, Ranthambore is also home to sambars, panthers, marsh crocodiles, sloth bears and leopards, as well as being a bird watcher's paradise. Afternoon at leisure or visit Ranthambore fort and the NGO-supported Dastkar foundation where local women produce handicrafts*. (B, L, D)


Day 14: Fatehpur Sikri • Agra

Morning drive to Agra visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted sandstone city, en route. This deserted, 16th-century sandstone city was built as a tribute to the Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chisti, but was abandoned just 15 years after it was built due to a shortage of water. Overnight at the Courtyard by Marriott (or similar). (B)


Day 15: Delhi

A trip to Rajasthan would not be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal and sunrise is the perfect time to see it, as the marble transforms its colour in the changing dawn light. Later, travel to Delhi where you will stay overnight at the LaLit (or similar). (B)


Day 16: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport for the British Airways flight to London. (B)


Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.


Important information


*Optional activities

These activities can be pre-booked or booked locally and incur an additional cost.


Tour variations

Due to changes to seasonal schedules and opening times, there are minor itinerary variations for certain departure dates. Please check with your Cox & Kings travel consultant for details.


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• 4- & 5-star accommodation
• Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
• Average group size - 12 people (max 26)
• Direct international flights with British Airways
• Internal flights in India
• Experienced local tour manager
• Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
• 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 6 dinners
• Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
• Porterage at airports and stations
• Balanced pace

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
15-Oct-2020 for 15 Nights Standard Flight Included
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29-Oct-2020 for 15 Nights Standard Flight Included Visit Website
05-Nov-2020 for 15 Nights Standard Flight Included
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-£300

12-Nov-2020 for 15 Nights Standard Flight Included Visit Website
19-Nov-2020 for 15 Nights Standard Flight Included Visit Website

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