INDIA: "Luxury Classic & Country Royal Rajasthan Tour"
Destinations: Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur, Nimaj, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Narlai, Udaipur, Delhi/ Mumbai
Tour Grading MODERATE: Suitable for travellers with an above average level of fitness and mobility
Tour Commences In: Delhi
Number of Days: 18 Days / 17 nights
Accommodation: Optional: 5, 4 Star & Boutique Hotels & Camps
Leaders: Professional Expert Guides
Tour Concludes In: Delhi / Mumbai
Tour Style: Luxury Escorted Small Group Tour
Meals: Breakfasts; 17: Lunches; 4: Dinners; 4:
Transportation: Luxury private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles
Boutique Tours & Travel Rajasthan Luxury Classic and Cultural Tour of India. Rajasthan, the ‘Land of Kings’ is India at it most colourful. This is the home of the proud Rajput princes who have controlled this part of India for a thousand years. Their fortified cities and citadels now enthral the traveller. The local people add that brilliant splash of colour and the state contains some of the most impressive wildlife sanctuaries in the whole of India. Our journey will take us to some unforgettable sites in Rajasthan.
Explore the architecture and history of Dehli. Marvel and soak up the wonders of the Taj Mahal. Built out of love, this is one monument you never tire of seeing. Experience a safari at Ranthambhore National Park to catch a glimpse of the Indian Bengal tiger and other wildlife. Tour Jaipur, known as the 'Pink City' of Rajasthan, since so many of its buildings are painted in a lovely pink hue. The visit to Chhatra Sagar is a country experience that’s unprecedented. The amazing 'Blue City' of Jodhpur, now the second largest city in Rajasthan with massive fort topping a sheer rocky ridge in the middle of town dominates Jodhpur. A 10km long wall surrounds the old city of Jodhpur and we have time to wander through the jumble of streets in the old city out of which eight gates lead. The dessert city of Jaisalmer, the 'Golden City' once a bustling city of the Silk Road. Rohert Garh is breathtaking in all its simplicity and finally you will be smitten with Udaipur, the city around a lake, once also known as the “Venice of the East” with the glistening lake contrasting with lush green hills and the stunning palaces that are straight out of a fairy-tale book. Join us as a group couple or solo traveller, and we have many on our tours.
- Experience New & Old Delhi
- Discover Raj Gath, Qutab Minar
- See Red Fort one of the oldest monuments of India
- Wow, a Rickshaw Ride in Delhi
- Be overwhelmed with the Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
- Visit Ramthambhore National Park for a private safari
- Experience an Elephant ride to Amber Fort in Jaipur (Subject to availability of Elephants)
- Visit Jaipur's incredibale Hawa Mahal and City Palace
- Experience village life in rural Rajasthan with an overnight stay at Chhatra Sagar
- Discover the old city and explore the buzz of the bazaar in Jodhpur
- Be in awe in the old city Meherangarh Fort and look down on the ’blue city’
- Be captivated and learn about the local tribal communities in the villages on the edge of the Thar Desert
- Visit the ’golden city’ of Jaisalmer once a bustling city on the famous Silk Road
- Spend twilight on an exciting camel ride on the sand dunes at Sam
- Relax in the peaceful sprawling lawns and manicured gardens with multitude of birds and dancing peacocks at Rohet Garh
- Horse Ride at Wilderness Camp
- Be entranced with a safari jeep ride to remote local village
- Love the twilight moment of a boat ride on beautiful Lake Pichola
- Be captivated with Fateh Prakash Palace to visit the unique Crystal Gallery
- Enjoy fabulous fine dining with wonderful cuisine and regional delicacies
- Private international & domestic airport arrival and departure transfers for all guests
- 5 & 4 star modern & boutique accommodation as per your choice
- Luxury private Chauffeur driven luxury air- conditioned vehicles for all transfers & sightseeing
- Fully escorted by our experienced professional tour guide
- Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L=Lunch: D=Dinner:
- Admission fees to all monuments, activities, excursions and shows as per the itinerary
- Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
- Bottled water included whilst touring in vehicle
- An exclusive information travel package
- Day 1: Monday : Arrive – Delhi:
- Day 2: Tuesday : Delhi:
- Day 3: Wednesday : Delhi - Agra
- Day 4: Thursday : Agra - Ranthambhore National Park
- Day 5: Friday : Ranthambhore National Park - Jaipur
- Day 6: Saturday : Jaipur
- Day 7: Sunday : Jaipur - Nimaj: (Chhatra Saga)
- Day 8: Monday : Nimaj: (Chhatra Saga)
- Day 9: Tuesday : Nimaj - Jodhpur:
- Day 10: Wednesday : Jodhpur:
- Day 11: Thursday : Jodhpur:
- Day 12: Friday : Jodhpur - Jaisalmer :
- Day 13: Saturday : Jaisalmer:
- Day 14: Sunday : Jaisalmer – Narlai:
- Day 15: Monday : Narlai - Udaipur:
- Day 16: Tuesday : Udaipur:
- Day 17: Wednesday : Udaipur:
- Day 18: Thursday : Depart Udaipur – Delhi/Mumbai:
All our hotels are excellent four and 4 star boutique hotel. We highly recommend our hotels as they have excellent services and facilities. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double & 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. Traveller’s cheques and 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.
We know that some of our guests are not familiar with tipping customs, so any gratuities (eg to waiters, porters etc) are taken care of as part of your fee. 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, 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.
- Agra Fort (1983)
- Humayun's Tomb, Delhi (1993)
- Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi (1993)
- Red Fort Complex (2007)
- Taj Mahal Agra (1983)
- Fatehpur Sikri (1986)
- The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (2010)
Properties submitted on the Tentative List
- Thar Desert National Park Jaisalmer (2009)
- Delhi - A Heritage City (2012)
- Amber Fort Hill Forts of Rajasthan (2010)
Experience wild and romantic rural Rajasthan at one of India’s great luxury camps. This peaceful unique tented camp of Chhatra Sagar is perched dramatically above a picturesque 100-year old reservoir that is set on 1400 acres in the lush, green oasis. It was a former hunting lodge of the Nimaj Estate, and is now run by the great grandchildren of the original founder.
This very individual camp is a modern recreation of the shikar camps of yesteryear and is situated between Jaipur and Jodhpur.
Each of the 13 beautifully decorated spacious tents is wonderfully appointed and extremely comfortable, with en suite bathroom and a private seating area offering panoramic views overlooking the lake.
Relish the sumptuous meals that are cooked in the family kitchen by your hosts using traditional recipes passed down through the generations with organically grown food in the beautiful dining tent or under a million stars,
Cooking demonstrations are also available to guests.
The hosts offer nature walks on their estate which has a variety of wildlife, in particular antelope and birds of prey and the brothers who own the land are extremely knowledgeable about all the bird and animal life in the area. Chhatra Sagar also attracts huge numbers of migratory birds.
Excursions to local villages and Bishnoi settlements are also available
Chhatra Sagar is a very special retreat where you can immerse yourself in rural Rajasthan culture without a care in the world.
DAY 1: Arrive Delhi:
Welcome to Delhi; India’s most vibrant city. You will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your luxury 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 sightseeing and shopping. Later this evening, rendezvous at the hotel and meet fellow travellers. Dinner is available at the hotel. Optional Tour - Sound & Light Show at the Red Fort is also available.
DAY 2: Delhi: (B)
This morning, with your experienced private guide tour both the chaotic Old Delhi and the New Delhi. Visit some of old Delhi’s dense network of homes, markets, mosques and alleyways. Explore the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in Asia, rickshaw ride in the colourful laneways of Chandni Chowk and walk the local spice and bazaar area and walk the grounds of the Raj Ghat, the simple but very moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Drive the boulevards of Sir Edwin Lutyen’s New Delhi, inaugurated in 1931 and home to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the Indian President. Drive by the Red Fort a powerful symbol of the Mughal Empire Discover the imposing India Gate (War Memorial Arch) and Parliament buildings. We visit two of the city’s most significant World Heritage Sites, Qutab Minar, a masterpiece of perfect proportions, and the tomb of Emperor Humayun. This afternoon is at your leisure with options to visit markets and/or museums.
DAY 3: Delhi – Agra: (B)
Following an early breakfast, drive to Agra stopping en-route at Sikandra, the impressive tomb of the Mulghal Emperor Akbar. Built in 1605–1613. From here it’s a short drive to Agra. On arrival, tour the imposing Agra Fort, a Palace established by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565. A spectacular hilltop citadel with fabulous courtyards, fountains, gates, opulent chambers and it has breathtaking views of the River Yamuna. Stopover in a shopping area to view some of Agra’s major handicrafts 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.
Drive across the river to visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula, sometimes known as the ‘Baby Taj’ and the least visited of Agra’s three great monuments. It was the first to be covered in white marble and pietra dura.
Later this afternoon, continue on to the magnificent architectural masterpiece that is the Taj Mahal. Explore the beautiful buildings and gardens overlooking the serene Yamuna River. It is arguably the greatest monument to love, built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz, renowned the world over 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, 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. You will pinch yourself to believe you are here!!
DAY 4: Agra – Ranthambore: (B/D)
Optional early morning visit to the Taj Mahal as the golden rays of the morning sun baths the translucent white marble of this monument. WOW, it’s a breathtaking experience. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Later drive to Fatahpur Sikri, now ghost city. It was once the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 – 1585 when it was abandoned. The city was founded in 1569 by the Mughal Emperor.
Continue driving to Ranthambore National Park, which is well known as one of the best parks in the world to view Royal Bengal Tiger in its natural habitat.
DAY 5: Ranthambore – Jaipur: (B/L)
An early this morning jeep safari into the National Park. Perhaps sight a Royal Bengal tiger or two! Be on the lookout for other wildlife including; sloth bear, eagles, peacocks, monkeys, deer, leopards and a large array of exotic birds and plant life. Later return to your resort for a late breakfast. Depart Ranthambhore and drive to Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’. It is the state capital of Rajasthan. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II. Jaipur is a highly distinctive and colourful city characterized 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 Exotic Marigold Hotel movies.
DAY 6: Jaipur: (B)
Arise early this morning for our excursion to the majestic Amber Fort. Perhaps take an elephant ride on the ramparts. (Optional) It too is a beautiful Palace with ornate mosaics, mirrors, coloured stone inlays, intricately painted murals, temples and cooling courtyard watercourses.
Later relish in a guided walking tour through the old city to explore the colourful markets and bazaars where one can 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. The bazaars between the Badi (Large) and Chhoti (Small) Chaupar (Square) in the old city of Jaipur feature some of the best photo opportunities that the city has to offer. Our guide will lead us through the labyrinth of colorful alleys where artisans make puppets, bangles, and other local handicrafts.
Discover the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its pink sandstone. This five story high façade is just stunning. We will visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory, a UNESCO World heritage site - a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century.
DAY 7: Jaipur – Nimaj, (Chhatra Sagar) (B/D)
Continue your journey to Nimaj and Chhatra Sagar Camp in the heart of rural Rajasthan, where the tents are pitched on a dam wall overlooking a lake teeming with birds. It’s stunning. Enjoy truly delicious traditional Rajasthani meals cooked with farm fresh vegetables in the family kitchen. Delicious. In the evening enjoy a bonfire with entertainment by the local people of their old folk-lore music.
Day 8: Nimaj: (Chhatra Sagar) (B/L/D)
This morning, visit some of the local villages and gain an insight into their local life and culture. Later this afternoon be adventurous and participate on a walking safari that’s on offer. Relax at the camp and enjoy a moment of quiet reflection. Bliss.
Day 9: Nimaj (Chhatra Sagar) – Jodhpur: (B)
Drive to Jodhpur later this morning, the gateway to the Thar Desert and the one time capital of Marwar. 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 and it is home to the dominating Meherangarh Fort.
This afternoon walk through the ancient city to explore the narrow streets, bustling bazaars, richly decorated temples and houses including the Museum and clock tower at the market. This evening is at your leisure.
DAY 10: Jodhpur: (B)
Explore the city of Jodhpur including a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort. The Meherangarh Fort stands high above the blue painted houses of the town below and is protected from the desert by a huge 10km wall, guarded by towers and fortified gateways. Also visit Jaswant Thada, built for Maharaja Jaswant Singh ll in 1899; this imposing white marble memorial marks the site of a royal crematorium. This afternoon is free at your leisure.
DAY 11 : Jodhpur: (B)
This morning visit the arid country side on a jeep safari. The Bishnois people are dessert farmer with communities of potters and weavers. Observe and interact with local villagers through our specialist guide and learn about the flora and fauna and the Bishnois cultural beliefs.
“The essence of India lies in her villages” – Mahatma Gandhi
DAY 12 : Jodhpur – Jaisalmer: (B)
Today drive through the Thar desert to the ancient city of Jaisalmer, means the ‘the hill of the Fort of Jailsal’ It is also called the “Golden City” of India because of the yellow sand that gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city. Stop along the way at the village of Khichan to see the feeding ground for the beautiful demoiselle crane.
Jaisalmer is situated atop the roughly triangular-shaped Trikuta Hill. It has an extraordinary medieval feel and a unique atmosphere. Founded in 1156 by Prince Jaisal, the town grew to be an important stopping point on the trade route across the Thar Desert from India to the West. It was from this trade that Jaisalmer’s wealth grew.
DAY 13: Jaisalmer: (B)
The original Jaisalmer, is the yellow sandstone fort. It is an imposing sigh as it towers magnificently over the new city. Discover the painstakingly latticed havelis and mansions with their grand facades. The Nathmalji-ki-haveli, Patwon-ki-haveli and Salim Singh-ki-haveli are fine examples of the stone carver’s skill. Visit some of the beautiful palaces, temples and havelis. Its bazaars are a reminder of the old camel caravans when the region was a trading emporium for splendid carpets, horses from Arabia and wines from Shiraz. You can shop for fine pattu shawls, mirror work and embroidered articles, wooden boxes, trinkets, silver jewellery and curios. Later this afternoon visit to Sam Sand Dunes and enjoy a sunset camel ride. (Optional – extra cost) This evening enjoy dinner and a cultural programme.
DAY 14: Jaisalmer – Narlai: (B/D)
This morning drive to Narlai which is set in the midst of the Aaravali Hills in rural surroundings. This evening enjoy an amazing dinner set in a Stepwell.
DAY 15: Narlai – Udaipur: (B)
Depart later this morning for a scenic drive to Udaipur. Along the way stop at the beautiful Ranakpur Temple, one of the biggest and most important Jain temples in all of India and set in a remote and peaceful valley of the Aravalli Hills. The main temple is the Chamukha Temple with its 29 halls supported by 1,444 pillars, no two of which are alike!
Continue driving onto Udaipur, known as the Venice of the East and one of the most romantic cities in India. Udaipur is an enchanting image of white marble palaces, placid lakes and green hills. It is an oasis of colour in a stark and arid region surrounded by the magnificent landscape of the Aravali Hills. It has a glorious history of grand palaces, beautiful lakes, temples and ancient forts, traditional Rajasthani cuisine and the traditional architecture providing a true insight to the local culture and heritage. This evening is at your leisure.
DAY 16: Udaipur: (B)
This morning tour the picturesque city of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, an impressive complex of several palaces standing atop 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. Continue onto the Fateh Prakash Palace to visit the unique Crystal Gallery overlooking the grand Durbar Hall. Walk through the old town to view the impressively carved Jagdish Mandir temple. In the afternoon enjoy a cruise on Lake Pichola to admire the serene beauty of Udaipur.
DAY 17: Udaipur: (B)
Today is at your leisure. There are a number of options for you to choose from today or perhaps just walk through the picturesque backstreets, browse the local bazaars and shop for local folk art. Later this evening we will rendezvous for our farewell dinner.
DAY 18 : Depart Udaipur: (B)
Your tour concludes on after breakfast.
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 participate in wonderful 2 day tour of Mumbai.
Flights: Udaipur / Mumbai
Mumbai: Culture & Shopping Tour - 2 days
Please contact us ASAP if you are interested in this Tour
Mumbai Tour; Visit Dabbawallas & Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya
Contiue sightseeing; including Dhobi Ghat and Crawford Market. Free afternoon at leisure
Day 3: – Saturday 2nd December 2017:
Free time at leisure departure
Nett Tour Price per person on twin sharing basis TBC
Single Supplement TBC
LAND ARRANGEMENT INCLUSIONS / NOTES:
Accommodation in double / Twin rooms at The Hotel of your choice
All transfers with assistance
Transport by air conditioned Toyota Innova Car.
Services of English speaking for sightseeing & excursions as per the itinerary
Entrances to the monuments tourist interests as per the itinerary
All presently applicable taxes
LAND ARRANGEMENT EXCLUSIONS:
Any International/Domestic airfares are not included in the above tour prices.
Any items which are not included in the Inclusions.
Check-In, Check-out time in hotels is 1400 Noon.
Prices are subject to change with any increase in the cost.
Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary & inclusions.
In case of any currency fluctuations or amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.
Flight schedule is subject to change without notice.
Any cancellation within the stipulated period.
|Agra:||The Oberoi Amarvilas Resort|
|Rambamthore||Sher Bagh Luxury Camp|
|Nimaj:||Chhatra Suga Luxury Camp|
|Jodhpur:||Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel|
|Jaisalmer:||The Serai Resort|
|Udaipur:||Taj Lake Palace|
You may choose to mix your hotels; if so please contact us for a new quote.
If you have Salary Packaging at your workplace, you may be entitled to claim for accommodation and or meals. Contact us to discuss this further.
Boutique Tours & Travel offers comprehensive travel packages with just about everything on land included in one price. Accommodation, most meals, transfers, baggage handling, all major sightseeing and numerous cultural events are also included.
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