Cultural Highlights of Rajasthan
India, Discovery, 12 days - from £795 (land only) - from €955 (land only) - from $1,295 (land only)
Day 1: At Delhi Airport we are met by our guide or a KE representative. KE Land Only package services begin with the drive south to the fabled city of Agra. After checking in at our hotel, we will visit the imposing Red Fort of Akbar, with its Pearl Mosque and other fine architecture. Overnight in Agra.
Day 2: We have an early start to see the sunrise over the majestic Taj Mahal, then return to our hotel for breakfast. We then drive via the deserted royal city of Fatehpur Sikri to the tiger reserve of Ranthambore. Overnight in a forest resort.
Day 3: Best known for its population of tigers, Ranthambore is deeply involved in India's 'Project Tiger' conservation scheme. We will have an early morning game drive in a truck known as a 'canter'. In the afternoon, we will have a second game drive in the park. A second night in our forest resort.
Day 4: Leaving Ranthambore, we drive to the small town of Bundi in the shadow of the Aravali Mountains. We have time to look around this charming town, with its step wells (known as baolis), numerous temples, monuments and fortresses. Overnight in Bundi.
Day 5: We have an easy morning, as we take the scenic drive to Udaipur, one of the highlights of Rajasthan, a city known as the 'Venice of the East' and the 'City of Sunrise'. Overnight at a hotel in the city, with time for independent sightseeing in the evening.
Day 6: A day for exploring Udaipur, with morning visits to the City Palace and Jagdish Temple. Other highlights of this amazing city are the hotels beside Lake Pichola and on 2 of the lake's islands. The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own. In the evening a boat ride on Lake Pichola can be arranged at additional cost paid locally.
Day 7: En route to Jodhpur, we stop off to visit the 15th Century Jain Temple at Ranakpur, with its 29 halls and intricately carved pillars. Arriving at Jodhpur, we can't help but be impressed by its encircling wall and commanding fort.
Day 8: We have time in the morning to look around Jodhpur and to visit the Meherangarh Fort, from where the city's blue-painted houses present a super spectacle. After lunch, we drive to the pilgrimage town of Pushkar which each year holds a famous camel fair.
Day 9: Time for sightseeing in Pushkar which is built around a sacred lake, with lots of temples, including the only one in the world dedicated to the god Brahma. In the afternoon, we set off on the picturesque drive to Jaipur. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 10: Jaipur is one of the most amazing cities in India and we have a day to explore its highlights, which include the City Palace, the Observatory, the Amber Palace, as well as the many colourful market street. A second night in Jaipur.
Day 11: In the morning, we drive back to Delhi and check in at our central hotel. If there is time, we will have a short sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, visiting the Jama Masjid, Chandi Chowk, Red Fort and Raj Ghat. Dinner and overnight in Delhi.
Day 12: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.