Land of the Maharajas

Comfort, Delhi to Delhi

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Legend has it that colour film was invented specifically to capture the vibrancy of India. (Okay, we made that up, but still.) This adventure offers a look at the history and heritage of this land, bringing you to the imperial Mughal cities of Agra and New Delhi, stunning capitals of the former princely states—home to sprawling haveli and Rajput-era palaces—and rural Rajasthan villages and fortified towns untouched by time. And with private transport and unique accommodation throughout, you'll feel a little like royalty yourself.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: City Walk, Delhi
  • Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures-supported project
  • Walking tour and visit to a G Adventures-supported Delhi Streetkids Project
  • Orientation tour of Colonial Delhi
  • Tour of frescoed Havelis of Shekhawati
  • Visit Junagarh Fort and the Deshnoke Rat Temple
  • Visit Mehrangarh Fort and Clock Tower
  • Excursion to rural hamlets of Chandelaogarh and Jojawar
  • Explore Udaipur including City Palace, Jagdish Temple and Pichola Lake boat tour
  • Visit Ranakpur Jain Temples
  • Explore Jaipur including City Palace and Amber Fort
  • Visit Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal and the Red Fort Agra
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Experience the regal lifestyle by staying in heritage homes and rural palaces
  • Explore stunning forts and intriguing local markets
  • Discover rural indian culture in hamlets and villages
  • Walk through delhi's backstreets with a young adult guide taking part in a program to help get kids off the street

Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi There are no planned activities, so check into to the hotel (check-in time is noon) and enjoy the city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Women on Wheels Transfer
Day 2 Delhi/Mandāwa (1B) Take a walk through the backstreets with a young adult taking part in the G Adventures-supported New Delhi Streetkids Project. As a former streetkid, your guide will offer a unique insight into the real Delhi and you will visit the project's headquarters. Continue on to Colonial New Delhi for an orientation tour then drive to Mandawa village in Shekhawati region. Included Activities: City Walk Colonial New Delhi Orientation Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-7.00 hours, 240km)
Day 3 Mandāwa/Bīkāner (1B) Start the day with a walking tour of Mandawa then drive to Bikaner and stay in a heritage hotel—once the residence of nobility. Visit the town's colourful markets and havelis. Option to visit a camel breeding centre. Included Activities: Mandawa Walking Tour Havelis of Shekhawati Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 140km)
Day 4 Bīkāner (1B) Today visit the 16th century Junagarh Fort, one of the best maintained forts and museums. Drive down to the small town of Deshnoke (about half an hour away) where rats are revered by the locals. Don't have a liking for rats? Opt to stay out and enjoy the beautifully carved door way and the small market around. Included Activities: Junagarh Fort Visit Deshnoke Rat Temple Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Day 5 Bīkāner/Jodhpur (1B) After breakfast, drive to the twin city of Bikaner-Jodhpur. In the afternoon, visit Mehrangarh Fort, built in the 15th century, and well known for its iconic Clock Tower. Included Activities: Mehrangarh Fort Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 220km)
Day 6 Jodhpur/Chandelao (1B, 1D) This morning, take a Jeep safari into the countryside visiting tribal hamlets of Bishnois and Prajapats. Head into our first rural stay in Chandelao Garh. Included Activities: Jeep Safari in Jodhpur Chandelao Garh Village Stay Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Day 7 Chandelao (1B, 1D) Enjoy Chandelao Garh and explore the village and local markets. Included Activities: Chandelao Garh Village Stay
Day 8 Chandelao/Udaipur (1B) After breakfast, drive to the venice of the east—Udaipur. Stop en route at the exotic marble temples of Ranakpur. Once arriving in Udaipur, take an orientation tour and discover the charm of the town by wandering the winding streets. Included Activities: Ranakpur Jain Temples Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 240km)
Day 9 Udaipur (1B) Explore the city with visits to the magnificent City Palace Museum with multiple view points for the Pichola Lake and the Jagdish Temple. Take on an afternoon boat ride on Pichola Lake to experience the stunning view of the city and palaces along the water. Included Activities: City Palace Visit Jagdish Temple Visit Pichola Lake Boat Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 10 Udaipur/Jojawar (1B, 1D) Drive to a small rural town of Jojawar. Board a small train, and enjoy a safari with the local villagers through the picturesque Aravali mountains. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Train Safari Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours)
Day 11 Jojawar/Jaipur (1B) After breakfast, drive to the capital of the state of Rajasthan—Jaipur. Jaipur is known as the "Pink City" after the rusty colour that many of the houses are painted. With beautiful palaces, forts, gardens, temples, and unending market streets, it has a bit of everything that Rajasthan has to offer. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Jaipur (1B) Visit the 15th century Amber Fort and palaces, about 10 km outside the walled city, which was the former capital of the region. Take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and visit the City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar Observatory. Included Activities: Amber Fort Guided Tour City Palace Visit Jantar Mantar Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 13 Jaipur/Āgra (1B) After breakfast, drive to Agra, stopping at the ghost City of Fatehpur Sikri before our arrival at the Agra Fort for a visit. Included Activities: Fatehpur Sikri Visit Agra Fort Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
Day 14 Āgra/Delhi (1B) This morning, after a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, drive to Delhi, arriving by late afternoon. Included Activities: Taj Mahal Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 15 Delhi (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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