Cultural Highlights of Rajasthan
India, Discovery, 12 days - from £795 (land only) - from €955 (land only) - from $1,295 (land only)
- A magical journey through the Land of Princes
- From the Taj Mahal to the tigers of Ranthambore
- Explore the `Pink City` of Jaipur and the `Blue City` of Jodhpur
- Visit the unsung gems of Bundi and Pushkar
- The Lake Palaces of Udaipur, the `Venice of the East`
Renowned as India's most colourful state, Rajasthan is a fairy-tale land of thousand year-old fortresses and palaces, set within a desert landscape, punctuated by lakes and oasis of greenery. This 2-week discovery holiday showcases the best of Rajasthan visiting its most notable locations, including the tiger reserve of Ranthambore and the world-famous cities of Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaipur. Travelling through the countryside, we will experience the real India, whilst encountering a vibrant mix of people; women with beautiful, traditional dress and the men with brightly coloured turbans and outrageous moustaches. Beginning with a short transfer to Agra we witness the sunrise on the Taj Mahal, one of the world's man-made 'seven wonders'. We then travel to the famous Ranthambore National Park, one of the original reserves of Project Tiger and one of the best places in the world to see these beautiful animals in their natural state. Our next 'real India' experience is an overnight stay in the city of Bundi in the Aravalli Hills, with its impressive fort, numerous temples, classic havelis, and alleyways of blue houses. From Bundi we travel to another oasis in the hills at Udaipur renown for its lakes and palaces - possibly the icon of India after the Taj Mahal. Our tour of Rajasthan continues with visits to the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur, the Hindu pilgrimage town of Pushkar and the 'Pink City' of Jaipur with its 'Palace of the Winds' and the hilltop Amber Fort, before entering Delhi, the seat of kings, to visit the splendours of both Mughal and early 19th century British architecture. If you are looking for a truly exotic destination, Rajasthan is tough to beat.
Is this holiday for you?
This is a touring and sightseeing discovery holiday and as such does not involve any strenuous activity. Several of the major sights on the tour can only be viewed at their best on foot and there will be a reasonable amount of walking to do during these visits. Accommodation throughout the tour is in comfortable tourist class hotels. This holiday should be accessible to any active person with a sense of adventure.