INDIA: Boutique VIP "Jewels & Gems of Rajasthan - Women's Tour" - 15 days
Destinations: INDIA: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Poshina & Udaipur
Tour Grading Moderate: Suitable for travellers with an above average level of fitness and mobility
Tour Commences In: Delhi
Number of Days: 15 days / 14 nights
Accommodation: 5, 4 & 3+ Star Modern & Boutique Hotels
Leaders: Australian Tour Manager & professional specialised guides
Tour Concludes In: Udaipur
Tour Style: Luxury Escorted Small Group Tours
Meals: Breakfasts; 14: Lunches; 1: Dinners; 1:
Transportation: Luxury / Deluxe private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles
Join Boutique Tours & Travel Small Group Royal Rajasthan Tour.
India’s hot! And we are not talking about the weather! Come get a taste of Indian cuisine, absorb its many cultural flavours, relish its natural beauty and its historical sites. This leisurely luxury journey travels through the classic sights of Rajasthan, India. Take a royal journey back in time and relive the days of the Maharajas. We explore the former princely state of Rajasthan with its magnificent forts and palaces, its fine cities and stunning desert scenery. Discover the Mughal and Imperial monuments of Delhi, marvel at the Taj Mahal in Agra and visit the Amber Fort and ‘pink city’ of Jaipur. Pushkar offers an ectelctic array of spectacular colours in everyway including the decorated camels. Visit the ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur, a Palace in Gujarat, both with local artisans plus the countryside hills and deserts, then be enchanted by the shimmering lake of Udaipur, the most romantic city in Rajasthan. We stay in some of India’s finest luxury palaces and havelis.
So join as a solo traveller, gather couple of friends or three, or maybe a group of friends and come savour the experience and share our passion in the journey.
- Experience New & Old Delhi
- Discover Raj Gath, Qutab Minar
- Visit Red Fort, one of the oldest monuments of India
- Enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk
- Be overwhelmed by the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort
- Visit the fascinating Fatehpur Sikri Palace
- Perhaps experience an elephant ride to Amber Fort in Jaipur
- Walk Jaipur’s old city and immerse yourself in the buzz of the bazaar
- Mingle with the villages at the extravaganza that is the camel fair at Pushkar
- Visit the Meherangarh Fort and look down on the ’blue city’
- Spend twilight enjoying a boat ride on beautiful Lake Pichola
- Be captivated by Fateh Prakash Palace and visit the unique Crystal Gallery
- Enjoy fabulous fine dining with wonderful cuisine and regional delicacies and more
- Private airport arrival and departure transfers for all guests
- Domestic Flights - Economy Class: Udaipur – Delhi / Mumbai
- (Price and availability for upgrade available on request)
- 5, 4/3 star Modern & Boutique Hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L=Lunch: D=Dinner:
- Luxury chauffeur driven private air-conditioned vehicles for all our transportation & sightseeing
- Australian Tour Manager and our experienced professional tour guides
- Entrance fees to all sights, monuments, shows and activities as per the itinerary
- Rickshaw Ride in Delhi
- Early morning elephant ride at Amber Fort
- Private Jeep safari to Bishnoi Village near Jodhpur (4 people sharing in one jeep)
- Private Boat Ride at Lake Pichola (Subject to the water level)
- An exclusive information travel package
- Bottled water during overland transportation
- Day 1: Thursday: Arrive Delhi:
- Day 2: Friday: Delhi:
- Day 3: Saturday: Delhi – Agra:
- Day 4: Sunday: Agra - Jaipur
- Day 5: Monday: Jaipur
- Day 6: Tuesday: Jaipur - Sanganer - Jaipur:
- Day 7: Wednesday: Jaipur - Pushkar:
- Day 8: Thursday: Pushkar - Jodhpur
- Day 9: Friday: Jodhpur:
- Day 10: Saturday: Jodpur - Poshina:
- Day 11: Sunday: Poshina:
- Day 12: Monday: Poshina - Udaipur:
- Day 13: Tuesday: Udaipur
- Day 14 Wednesday: Udaipur:
- Day 15: Thursday: Depart Udaipur:
- Day 16: November 2017: Udaipur:
- Day 17: November 2017: Depart Udaipur – Delhi / Mumbai
All our hotels are excellent 5 and 4/3 star boutique hotels. We highly recommend our hotels as they have excellent services and facilities. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double or two twin beds.
Climate & Clothing:
The climate in India is warm to hot all year around. The rainy season is June till October. The general rule is to bring comfortable clothing including lightweight cottons. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as is a light waterproof jacket. We provide a detailed packing list to all our guests prior to departure.
Currency & Money Matters:
The currency is the Indian Rupee (INR), which is divided into 100 paise (singular paisa). Major currencies can be changed at banks, and authorised bureaux de changes. It is advisable to refuse torn notes, as no one will accept them apart from the National Bank. It is best to change money into small denominations. Major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in tourist orientated establishments. ATM’s are not generally available.
The electrical current in India is 250 volts AC. 50Hz. A variety of power outlets are used in India, but most plugs have two or three round pins.
You must obtain Comprehensive Travel Insurance as a condition of travelling with Boutique Tours & Travel. We recommend that you purchase insurance at the time of Booking.
Hindi is the official language.
Our hotel offers a wonderful selection of dishes at their buffet breakfasts with a wide variety of both menu and venue for lunches and evening meals.
Medical Services & Facilities:
Our hotels have access to a doctor if required. They can also assist guests with purchasing of medicine. The international hospitals in India are very good and have western trained medical and surgical specialists. Dental care is also available.
Passports & Visas:
To enter India you require a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and with at least two blank pages. A visa is required for most guests and will be organised prior to departure.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation:
Boutique Tours & Travel suggests that you may like to arrive a day before the start of your tour to allow time to relax and refresh. You are also very welcome to linger longer after the tour is completed. Boutique Tours & Travel has negotiated special overnight rates at many hotels for both pre and post tour accommodation. Please request when booking.
Despite the size of the country, the standard time throughout India is GMT +5.30.
A tip from you to the guides and drivers is required.
Our small group tours provide you with a good balance of group activity and personal discovery.
Most of our road journeys between major cities are longer than 3 hours so we include modern Luxury sedan cars and minibuses for this tour. They are spacious and comfortable so we can all enjoy the journey.
Water & Beverages:
Our hotels offer bottled water in your roo, and soft drinks and bottled water are provided when travelling in our transport. Most teas are available with most meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost of this tour except for ’welcome cocktails’ on the second evening.
- Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi
- Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
- Red Fort Complex, Delhi
- Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
The Taj Mahal is, without doubt, one of the most photographed, talked about and written about monuments in the world. From academic critiques on its symbolism or its architecture to essays on love using the Taj Mahal as a metaphor to haiku poetry, you have it all.
For Indians, the Taj is a national treasure beyond any other, and for many international tourists the Taj Mahal is India and vice versa. Its enduring legend and its status as one of the 7 modern wonders of the world has ensured that everybody has an opinion on the Taj Mahal, whether they have seen it one, twice, many times, or not at all.
The Taj Mahal is a beautiful magnificent structue of white petra marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoluem in memory of his favourite wife. The Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. Work on the mausoleum began in 1633 and 20,000 workers laboured for 17 years to build it. The most skilled architects, inlay craftsmen, calligraphers, stone-carvers and masons came from all across Indian and lands as distant as Persia and Turkey. The master mason was from Baghdab, an expert in building the double dome from Persia, and an inlay specialist from Delhi.
The master builders came from different parts; the chief masons from Baghdad, Delhi and Multan; the dome builders from Asiatic Turkey and from Samarkand; mosaic workers from Kanauj and from Baghdad; the principal calligraphist from Shiraz. Every part of India and Central Asia contributed the materials; Jaipur, the marble; Fathepur Sikri, the red sandstone; the Panjab, jasper; China, the jade and crystal; Tibet, the turquoises; Ceylon, the lapis lazuli and sapphires; Arabia, coral and cornelian; Panna in Bundelkhand, diamonds; Persia, onyx and amethys. Besides the lavish expenditure to the building, lakhs of rupees were spent in providing the richest of Persian silk carpets, golden lamps, and magnificent candlesticks.
Day 1: Thursday : Arrive Delhi: (D)
Welcome to Delhi; India’s most vibrant city. You will be met by your tour director and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have free time to explore Delhi. Your tour director is able to offer you a number of options including shopping and or dining. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. Following dinner visit to the Sound & Light Show at the Red Fort. (optional)
Day 2: Friday : Delhi: (B/L/D)
This morning we take a tour of both chaotic Old Delhi and New Delhi. Explore the Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Rajghat and visit Sir Edwin Lutyen’s New Delhi, inaugurated in 1931 and home to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the Indian President, Rajpath and the imposing India Gate. As part of the Old Delhi’s dense network of homes, markets, mosques and alleyways we visit Chandni Chowk by rickshaw. Leading off Chandni Chowk is "Dariba Kalan", the street of incomparable pearl, Khari Baoli, the spice market and Kinari Bazaar for trimmings and tinsel. In some of these bazaars the items for sale are manufactured at site, which lends a special charm to the shopping experience. Well integrated into the culture of the old city, these bazaars offer the visitor a glimpse of life in Old Delhi. Then try your bargaining power at Dilli Haat, a huge food and craft bazaar. See food stalls serving authentic Indian food and a bonanza of Indian handicrafts on sale directly from Indian craftsmen.
Day 3: Saturday : Delhi – Agra: (B/D)
After a very early breakfast we drive to Agra stopping en-route at Sikandra, the impressive tomb of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. From Sikandra it is a short drive to Agra. On arrival we tour the vast Agra Fort, it was established by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565. It has breathtaking views of the River Yamuna. We will find a shopping area for some of Agra’s major handicraft products including Zari embroidery work, Brassware, Carpets, Jewellery and inlay work on Leather-ware. Agra is also well known for its sweets ’Petha’ and ’Gajak’ and saltish snack ’Dalmoth.
Later this afternoon we visit the magnificent architectural masterpiece that is the Taj Mahal. We will explore the beautiful buildings and gardens overlooking the serene Yamuna River. The Taj is arguably one of the greatest monuments built dedicated to love. Built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz a building world renowned for its power and beauty. The craftsmanship is outstanding with semi-precious stones inlaid into the marble in beautiful patterns, a process known as pietra dura whilst the white marble reflects every change in light allowing the Taj to appear to change its hue according to the light and time of day.
Day 4: Sunday : Agra – Jaipur: (B)
This morning rise early for one last glimpse of the Taj Mahal, with the golden rays of morning sun baths this magnificent monument. Later we drive to Jaipur stopping en-route at Fatehpur Sikri, the one-time red sandstone capital of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. We continue our drive to the village of Abhaneri and visit the magnificent Chand Baori Step Well, one of the biggest and best preserved in India.
Afterwards we continue onto Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ the state capital of Rajasthan. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, Jaipur is a highly distinctive and colourful planned city characterised by fine bazaars, intricately carved palaces, havelis and powerful forts. It is famous for its handicrafts and precious and semiprecious stones. It is now also famous as it was featured in both the Exotic Marigold Hotel movies.
Day 5: Monday : Jaipur: (B/D)
Today we enjoy a guided walking tour through the old city to explore the colourful markets and bazaars where one can here shop for jewellery, beautiful gems, semi precious stones, kundan and minakri work (enamel work on gold), cotton fabric including sanganeri prints, tie-dye, and fine kota doria The exotic blue pottery, enamel ware and brass ware, make excellent souvenirs and gift items. Visit the incredible Hawa Palace of the Wind its pink sandstone a five story high façade is just stunning. Tonight, enjoy a delicious Rajasthani dinner at Chowki Dhani, 16 km away.
Day 6: Tuesday : Jaipur – Sanganer –Jaipur: (Brunch / D)
Early morning excursion to Amber Fort. We drive through the rugged hills that surround Jaipur city to visit Amber Fort, a beautiful palace with ornate mosaics, coloured stone inlays, intricately painted murals, palaces, temples and cooling courtyard watercourses. Take an elephant ride on the ramparts. Today we drive to Sanganer. Sanganer is around 20 km from Jaipur and is famous for Saris and Fabrics, hand printed in cotton. Sanganer is also famous for paper making. Paper making is practised in the Kagazi Mohulla (paper area) and uses waste cotton and silk rags which are churned into a pulp, sieved, strained and dried. The finished products are often speckled with gold and silver. This afternoon we return to Jaipur continuing onto the City Palace complex that occupies the centre of Jaipur. This evening we will experience a fashion show featuring Indian garments and learn how to tie and wear a sari.
Day 7: Wednesday : Jaipur – Pushkar: (B)
This morning we travel through beautiful Rajasthan to the Holy City of Puskar. This afternoon we tour the main sites including Lord Brahma Temple, Savitri Temple, Gayatri Temple, Man Mahal, the holy Pushkar Lake and Ghats etc.
Day 8: Thursday : Pushkar – Jodhpur: (B)
Jodhpur, the Blue city and gateway to the Thar Desert and the one time capital of Marwar and home to the dominating Meherangarh Fort. The city was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, who chose the site due to its strategic location on the influential Delhi-Gujarat trading route.
On arrival we will visit the Meherangarh Fort which stands high above the blue painted houses of the town below. Protected from the desert by a huge 10km wall, guarded by towers and fortified gateways the fort sprawls along the cliff-top and is home to many palaces and temples. In the late afternoon we’ll walk through the ancient city to explore the narrow streets, bustling bazaars, temples and richly carved houses
Day 9: Friday : Jodhpur: (B/L/D)
This morning board your jeep for a guided visit to a Boshnoi Village. Experience the warm hospitality of the Bishnois who still follow their traditions of belief in sanctity of the environment and wildlife. See beautiful traditional crafts being practiced. This afternoon at your leisure.
Day 10: Saturday : Jodhpur – Poshina: (B/L/D)
This morning we drive to Poshina, the tribal land of the Aravalis in the state of Gujarat. Following lunch, we tour of the local town. Poshina is home to the numbers of artisans including he tribal arrow crafters, silversmiths, potters, blacksmiths and the bazaar that is famous for silver tribal jewellery, ornate sheathed daggers. Around Poshina are hamlets of the bhil and garasia tribal communities, known for their colourful attires and artistic ornaments. We also visit the local terra cotta horses.
Day 11: Sunday : Poshina: (B/L/D)
This morning you are welcome to join an early morning safari around more of the local villages and observe local life. Later this morning you are more than welcome to join in a local cooking course at the hotel preparing lunch. (Optional)
Day 12: Monday : Poshina – Udaipur: (B/L)
This morning we depart Poshina and drive to Udaipur. This afternoon after lunch we tour the picturesque city of Udaipur. We visit the City Palace which is an impressive complex of several palaces and stands on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola. Of interest is the attractive Mor Chowk court, the Manak Mahal or ‘Ruby Palace’, the Chini ki Chitra Mahal and the Queen’s Palace. Later, Later we enjoy an afternoon cruise on Lake Pichola to admire the serene beauty of Udaipur. What a stark difference there is.
The rest of the evening is at your leisure, perhaps join in a tour the shops and dressmakers. Or perhaps you may wish to join a Yoga class or have a massage. (Optional)
Day 13: Tuesday : Udaipur: (B/L)
Today we continue our tour and visit the Fateh Prakash Palace to visit the unique Crystal Gallery overlooking the grand Durbar Hall and later walk through the old town to view the impressively carved Jagdish Mandir temple. Following lunch we drive to Ranakpur. (Optional) Ranakpur is known for its superbly carved marble Jain Temples. An enormous basement of this temple covers 48,000 sq. feet. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty four pillared halls. The total number of columns is 1,444, all of which are intricately carved, no two being alike. The Ranakpur Jain Temples were built during the 15th century. Later we return to Udaipur.
Day 14: Wednesday : Udaipur: (B/L/D)
This morning we shop at a fruit and vegetable market and spend time with a local family in their home preparing our lunch. The cooking demonstration will be a highlight of our tour.
This afternoon is at your leisure before our farewell dinner later this evening.
Day 15: Thursday : Depart Udaipur: (B)
Our small group tour concludes after breakfast and for most guests today it is time to say farewell to acquaintances, new-found friends and India.
Some guests may wish to stay another day or more in this amazing city. Depending on your departure itinerary, you may have time for some last-minute shopping. We are able to organise our private guide to accompany you.
Transfers to the airport for your onward or homebound journey are able to be arranged including flights to Delhi / Mumbai or elsewhere.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Boutique Tours & Travel for further travel arrangements.
You are invited to stay on and participate in wonderful 3 day tour of Mumbai. Please contact Boutique Tours & Travel for further information and any other travel arrangements.
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