Suitable for families with young children
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5-7 hours activity per day with steep uphill and downhill sections or high passes. Some days at high altitudes, good level of physical fitness recommended.
A journey from Delhi to Mumbai across the west of India, this tour delves into the timeless traditions of rich arts and crafts, colourful bazaars and the vibrant culture of these two desert states. You’ll see the Taj Mahal and the great cities of Rajasthan – Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur – as well as a host of lesser-known but equally rewarding sights, plus beautiful wildlife sanctuaries.
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Exotic Rajasthan, the ‘Land of Princes’, is blessed with awe-inspiring monuments to a fierce warrior past. The magnificent forts of Jodhpur and Jaipur bear testament to the battles that once raged across this desert land, whilst the romantic palaces of Udaipur, Fatehpur Sikri and the world famous Taj Mahal offer a glimpse of a softer side to northern India’s long and eventful history.
Starting out from Delhi, we’ll see the Taj Mahal and go looking for tigers at Ranthambore National Park before arriving at the city of Jaipur, one of the great centres of Rajasthan. After a two-night stay to take in all the sights and atmosphere, we’ll journey to the Shekhawati region, famous for its unique painted houses (havelis), their whitewashed walls adorned with exquisite paintings and frescoes. The calm serenity of the holy town of Pushkar and its beautiful lake leads on to Jodhpur, dominated by the imposing Merangarh Fort, and Udaipur - with its glittering palaces and temples. Our final stop in Rajasthan is the state’s only hill station, peaceful Mt Abu with its amazing Jain temples.
And so to Gujarat, and the flat desert of salty clay and mudflats known as the Rann of Kutch, famed for its population of Asiatic wild ass, and the colourful tribal people that live in this corner of India. We’ll travel to the booming city of Ahmedabad, capital of Gujarat and the country’s textile industry, before enjoying a quintessential Indian experience by taking the overnight train to Mumbai – where we’ll spend the final two nights of this exciting and varied tour.
Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.
DAY 01 - Delhi
Arrive Delhi and afternoon half day sightseeing
Arrive at the international airport of Delhi. After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our KVT’s representative would assist you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, we visit Jama Mosque - built in 17th century and the largest mosque in India and then we head to Chandni Chowk - the typical Indian market always abuzz with activities; later we proceed towards Rajghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, drive past India gate and Government buildings
DAY 02 - Agra
Drive to Agra and visit Agra Fort and the city
Morning after breakfast we drive towards Agra upon arrival we check-in to the hotel (Distance: 240km). In the afternoon we visit Agra Fort, whose mighty red sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. The Fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city. We spend evening visiting the bazaar where the local artisans do the famous fine marble inlay work.
DAY 03 - Ranthambore
Morning visit Taj Mahal, drive to Ranthambore National Park en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri
Early morning we wake-up and visit the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal (remains closed on every Friday) during sunrise. Taj Mahal is a symbol of eternal love which stands on the banks of River Yamuna. It was built by the 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. The Taj Mahal is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor. Later we drive to Ranthambore (Distance: 280Km approx.) en-route we visit Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri is the deserted royal city constructed by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. This impressive and well-preserved citadel served as the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign. Continue towards Ranthambore. Arrive & Check-in at hotel.
DAY 04 - Ranthambore
Morning and evening game drives in the park
Ranthambore National Park is in Sawai Madhopur District of Indian state Rajasthan. Located at the junction of the Aravalli and Vindhya hill range, this is one of the finest places to view animals. It holds one of the largest populations of Tigers. There is other wildlife such as several species of monkey, deer and crocodiles, birdlife including purple heron, kingfishers, cormorants, parakeets, Jacanda, waders and partridges. Today we will have 02 game drives into the park, trying to find elusive tiger. We wake up early morning and leave for our 1st safari into the National Park. Track the tigers and other wildlife through the morning. Return to the hotel after safari and have breakfast. We have a break during the heat of the day before our second drive in the afternoon. There are two choices of vehicle for going on the safari, an all-wheel drive jeep called a "Gypsy" (which seat up to 6 visitors) or 16 or 20 seater safari bus called a "Canter – a large open truck" on sharing basis.
DAY 05 - Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur
Morning after breakfast we drive towards Jaipur (Distance: 150km approx.). Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City and the capital of Indian state Rajasthan. With its rich cultural heritage and colorful past, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. The city was established in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, then the ruler of Amber. Also known as 'The City of Victory', Jaipur was the first planned city of its time with imposing forts, dazzling palaces, beautiful gardens and markets. In the evening, we explore the colorful bazaar of Jaipur.
DAY 06 - Jaipur
We drive to the ancient capital of Amber, 11 km away from Jaipur. Famous for its massive Amber Fort, Amber was the ancient capital of Kachhawaha dynasty for 6 centuries. We take an Elephant ride to reach the Fort situated on the hill, an overwhelming experience. Later, we proceed to the City Palace, a perfect blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Further we visit Jantar Mantar (Solar Observatory), an astronomical treasure house, with solar devices that give accurate predictions till date. We also visit Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), a five-storied structure of pink sandstone. It was built in the year 1799 so that veiled royal women could peer down the busy street market without being seen by the world through its 953 stone Jharokas (mini windows).
DAY 07 - Shekhawati
Drive to Nawalgarh in Shekhawati region
Morning after breakfast we drive to Nawalgarh (Distance: 150Km approx.). Here we get a chance to understand the Rajasthani culture and style of living. Evening is free for us to explore the city.
DAY 08 - Shekhawati
Bicycle tour of Nawalgarh
In the morning we explore Nawalgarh on cycle visiting Nawalgarh Fort. The Fort was built by Thakur Nawal Singh in 1737 but now the fort has been disfigured by the modern accretion. After that we visit Podar Haveli, It has been turned into a museum. The haveli was built in 1902 by Mr. Anandilal Podar; the murals have been carefully restored to their original glory. The museum also exhibits wedding costumes of different communities of Rajasthan.
DAY 09 - Pushkar
Drive to Pushkar
Morning after breakfast we depart for Pushkar (Distance: 240Km approx.) located on the edge of the desert, lies the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake. This is an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus, which has the only temple of Lord Brahma in the country and one of the few in the world. Lord Brahma is known as the creator of the world as per the Hindu mythology. We will visit the Brahma Temple and the Sacred Lake.
DAY 10 - Jodhpur
Drive to Jodhpur, afternoon sightseeing
Today we drive towards Jodhpur (Distance: 200Km approx.); Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan after Jaipur. Jodhpur is also known as ‘Sun City’ for the bright weather as well as ‘Blue City’ for its vivid blue-painted houses. In the afternoon we visit the Mehrangarh Fort (Majestic Fort), one of the most impressive and formidable structures in India. It is an architectural marvel which spreads over an area of around 5km. It is one of the largest forts in India and has some magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels and latticed window. This imposing structure overlooks the city of Jodhpur.
DAY 11 - Udaipur
Drive to Udaipur en-route visit Ranakpur Jain Temple
Morning we leave Jodhpur and drive towards Udaipur (Distance: 270Km approx.) as we start to climb into the Aravalli hills, which separate the desert from the cultivated parts of Rajasthan. Udaipur is also often called as ‘Venice of the East’ and also known as ‘Lake City’ or ‘City of Lakes’. En-route we visit Ranakpur Jain Temple; it is home to a very beautiful and one of the biggest and most important Jain temple complexes of India which is one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. We continue our drive and will arrive in the beautiful lakeside town of Udaipur. Evening is free for us to relax at the hotel.
DAY 12 - Udaipur
Today we proceed for the sightseeing tour of Udaipur city; we visit the City Palace located on the bank of Lake Pichola and Maharana Udai Sing II has started the construction in the year 1559. Then we visit Jagdish Temple built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh. In the afternoon we visit Sahelion ki Bari (Garden of Maids of Honour) is an ornamental garden built by Maharana Sangram Singh for his daughter and the Ladies of the Queen's court. Afterwards the day is free to relax or to explore this beautiful city.
DAY 13 - Mount Abu
Drive to Mount Abu, afternoon sightseeing
This morning after breakfast we drive to Mount Abu (Distance: 165Km); Mount Abu is a hill station in the Aravalli Range of Indian state Rajasthan. We reach there and proceed for the sightseeing tour; we start with Dilwara Temples which is known for its extraordinary use of marble stone carvings in the architecture of five temples. The temples of Dilwara are a sacred pilgrimage site of Jains and also considered to be the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage sites. In the evening we visit sunset point located in South West of Nakki Lake; which offers you a scenic view of the sunset.
DAY 14 - Zainabad
Drive to Zainabad en-route visit Modhera Sun Temple
This day we leave for Zainabad en-route we visit Modhera Sun Temple (Distance: 240Km approx.). The Sun Temple at Modhera in the Indian state of Gujarat is dedicated to the Hindu God Surya (Sun). The Temple is located on the bank of the Pushpavati River and was built by King Bhimdev of Solanki dynasty in the year 1026. After the visit we continue our drive towards Zainabad, reach there and check-in to the hotel. The culture of Zainabad has a blend of both Saurashtra and Kutch, making it very unique. This is reflected in the architecture, arts and crafts of this region. The hospitality of the people of Zainabad is sure to touch one’s heart.
DAY 15 - Zainabad
Morning Jeep Safari in Rann of Kutch and evening explore village
Early morning we enjoy jeep safari in The Rann of Kutch; it is an Island of salt marshes located in the Thar Desert of the Indian state of Gujarat; it is divided into ‘Great Rann of Kutch’ and ‘Little Rann of Kutch’. It derives its name from the inherent geographical features of this land, literally means a "salt marsh" or "salty desert" of Kutch. The Little Rann of Kutch has been declared the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary for its Indian Wild Ass (Khur). Later we explore the village and get a chance to watch the livelihood of the villagers.
DAY 16 - Ahmedabad
Drive to Ahmedabad
This morning we drive to Ahmedabad the largest city of the Indian state of Gujarat (Distance: 100km | 2-2.5hrs). Reach there and check-in to the hotel and rest of the day is free for us to relax or can visit the local market. Ahmedabad was the former capital of Gujarat state and it is the major city; located on the banks of the River Sabarmati. Ahmedabad is the 2nd largest producer of cotton in India.
DAY 17 - Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad Sightseeing, catch train to Mumbai
Today we proceed for the sightseeing of Ahmedabad, visiting The Calico Museum of Textiles is one of the prominent textile museums and a celebrated institution in Indian textiles around the world. The museum is managed by the Sarabhai Foundation and it was founded in 1949 by the industrialist Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira Sarabhai. After that we head to Sabarmati Ashram, it was once the house of Mahatma Gandhi which is located on the banks of River Sabarmati. It was from here, that the Mahatma Gandhi began his famous 'Dandi March' in 1930 to protest against British Salt Law, which taxed Indian salt in an effort to promote sales of British salt in India. It is also known as Gandhi Ashram, Harijan Ashram, or Satyagraha Ashram. Later we will be transferred to the railway station to catch overnight train to Mumbai.
DAY 18 - Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai and transfer to hotel
Morning we arrive in Mumbai railway station and transfer to hotel for check-in to the hotel and relax. Mumbai is the largest city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. Mumbai is undoubtedly the commercial capital of India and is one of the predominant port cities in the country. It is also home to India's largest slum population. Rest of the day is free to explore.
DAY 19 - Mumbai
Today we will explore Mumbai visiting Mani Bhawan; which is known by the name Gandhi Museum, the main highlight of this Gujarati style residence is that it is here Gandhi laid the foundation for many independence movements like Non-Cooperation, Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat movement. Visit Prince of Wales also known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. It is one of the premier art and history museums in India. Later visit Marine Drive, it is also known as Queen’s Necklace, then the Gateway of India which is a monument built during the British Raj in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) Evening will be free time to explore the surrounding area by your own.
DAY 20 - Mumbai
Departure transfer to international airport.
Today you will be transferred to the International Airport, Mumbai to board the flight for your onward destination.
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