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Wherever possible we provide our guests with an insight into rural India, as at Narlai to feel the perpetual rhythm of village life. In the hills of southern Rajasthan we visit the great fortress of Kumbhalgarh and the temple at Ranakpur. In Udaipur we arrange a cruise on the romantic Lake Pichola including the island palace of Jag Mandir, and afternoon tea in the Fateh Prakash Palace. All these are distinguished arrangements which we pioneered and are now adopted by other tours.
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Highlights of Northern India
Depart from London Heathrow with Jet Airways at around 2050 for the non-stop flight to Delhi with connection onwards to Amritsar.
Arrive early afternoon and transfer to the Country Inn and Suites Hotel. Evening welcome dinner, followed by a visit to the Golden Temple to witness the Palaki Ceremony. (D)
Visit the impressive Golden Temple, famous for its full golden dome. It was built using approximately 400kg of gold leaf and is one of the most sacred pilgrim sites for Sikhs. Continue to the historic Jallianwala Bagh and the beautiful Ram Bagh Garden. In the afternoon head for the border with Pakistan to witness the Wagah Border Ceremony, where the pomp and pageantry of the Beating Retreat and the change of the guard makes for a most unique spectacle. (B)
Fly to Delhi and drive to Agra. Stay at the Taj Gateway Hotel (B)
Sunrise visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal, India’s most famous monument. Tour the marbled apartments and palaces of the Red Fort from which the Mughals ruled their vast empire. Continue to the Itmad-ud-Daulah, known as the ‘Baby’ Taj. (B)
Leaving Agra, we visit the ghostly Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, the imperial capital before its great palaces were mysteriously abandoned four centuries ago. Continue to Bharatpur railway station to board the train to Sawai Madhopur. Transfer to Ranthambore and stay 2 nights at the comfortable Kothi Resort. (BD)
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives today, at times when the animals begin to stir and search out water. (BLD)
Morning game drive. In the afternoon we continue to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. An 18th century creation with broad straight avenues, the city was painted pink for the visit of the Prince of Wales in 1876. Stay at the 4* Trident Hotel. (BL)
Our tour begins with a view of the elegant façade of Palace of the Winds, and continues at Amber’s great fort where we may be able to ascend the steep ramparts by elephant, otherwise by jeep. Visit the City Palace with its numerous museums and the remarkable 18th century Observatory, an astronomical marvel that allowed the Maharaja to calculate his horoscope accurately. (B)
Known as the ‘Blue City’, after the colour of its houses, Jodhpur lies in the shadow of the spectacular Meherangarh Fort, home to Maharajas of Jodhpur since the 15th century. Drive to Jodhpur, visiting the fascinating town of Pushkar, one of the holiest places in India. Stay tonight in the Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal Hotel. (BD)
Tour the Fort’s labyrinthine palaces and impressive ramparts. Afterwards we visit Jaswant Thada, the marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, before strolling through the busy bazaars of the town. Later we visit the 15th century Jain temple of Ranakpur. A building of the most astonishing complexity, its walls and columns are covered by carvings so dense and delicate that it is more like lacework than stone-carving. We continue to Rawla Narlai, our hotel tonight, a charming converted hunting lodge of the former Maharaja of Jodhpur. (BD)
Today drive to Udaipur, taking in small villages en-route where you can visit temples and markets, meet the locals and glimpse the timeless rural life of India. Tour the magnificent Kumbhalgarh Fort, a fortress so impregnable that even Akbar the Great never breached its walls. Continue to Udaipur where we stay at the 4*Trident Hotel. There is the option to upgrade your hotel to the Lake Palace. (B)
The morning is devoted to a tour of the City Palace, the vast rambling fortress which was home to the rulers of Udaipur. In the afternoon, water levels permitting, we embark on a boat ride on Lake Pichola and a visit to the island palace of Jag Mandir. Take afternoon tea in the Crystal Gallery of the Fatehprakash Palace, serenaded by musicians. (B)
Day at leisure. (BD)
Fly from Udaipur via Delhi for Heathrow with Jet Airways, arriving at around 1740. (B)
The hotel is located just 3km from Agra’s most famous monument the Taj Mahal, and is set amidst six acres of landscaped gardens. This tranquil retreat is an ideal spot for a leisure stay, offering a magnificent view of The Taj Mahal from most rooms. The hotel has a total of 100 rooms, all offering air conditioning, telephone, wifi, LCD TV, safe, tea/coffee maker, mini bar and hairdryer. There is a restaurant serving traditional and delicious Indian cuisine, as well as a coffee shop, a bar and an outdoor swimming pool.
Breath-taking views of the serene Mansagar Lake and the striking Aravalli Hills welcome guests at the 132 room Trident Hotel, Jaipur. Situated en route to Jaipur’s famous Amber Fort, the Trident, Jaipur offers gracefully furnished rooms that are well-equipped. Room facilities include air conditioning, wifi, telephone, minibar, safe, hair dryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel’s multi–cuisine restaurant serves an elaborate a la carte menu and extensive buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, and a fitness centre.
Vivanta by Taj – Hari Mahal, Jodhpur, offers a comfortable opulence along with Rajasthan’s legendary hospitality. The hotel has been built in the style of a medieval palace, and blended with contemporary elegance, with comfortable guest rooms adorned with luxurious furnishings. The hotel has 93 rooms all with air conditioning, safety deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, minibar and direct dial telephone. There is a wide selection of dining options, including restaurants specialising in Indian, Chinese, and Mediterranean cuisines, as well as a barbecue, coffee shop and a bar.
A great favourite with our guests, this intimate property of beautifully designed rooms was formerly a hunting lodge of the Maharajas of Jodphur built in the 17th century. Situated in the unspoilt village of Narlai around a garden shrouded in bougainvillea, it is a place to relax and unwind among cushioned divans and inviting alcoves.
Located close by the picturesque Pichola Lake, the Trident has a reputation as one of the best hotels in Udaipur. Guests of a romantic bent can arrive by boat, crossing the lake on one of the hotel’s launches. The elegantly furnished rooms overlook landscaped gardens.
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The itinerary was excellent & helped us to see not just the tourist sights, but part of life in India.
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