10 days from £ 5695 per person
Places Visited: Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Bharatpur, Agra
This magical journey begins in Delhi and features a visit to the imposing fort of Jodhpur, the royal City Palace of Udaipur, a game drive in Ranthambore, the temples of Khajuraho, a boat ride on the holy Ganges and the beautiful Taj Mahal. Travel in style on this lavishly decorated train, fully equipped with two bars and a spa for when it’s time to be pampered.
Fly from the UK to Delhi.
Transfer to train station and board the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. Depart for Jodhpur at 18:30. Dinner is served onboard.
On this morning’s tour of Jodhpur you will drive through the old city's maze of streets and lanes through gates, bastions and towers towards the majestic hilltop Mehrangarh fort that contains one of Rajasthan's best museums. Browse through a fine collection of Rajput miniature paintings, armoury and costume and stop for a commanding view of this blue hued city from one of the ramparts of the fort. A quick stop at the Jaswant Thada, a white marble cenotaph of the royal family, and a walk through the Sardar Bazar, with its Clock Tower of 1912 completes your half day tour of this imperial city that echoes with tales of its glorious past. Enjoy lunch at a palace hotel before returning to the train in the afternoon. Depart for Udaipur at 16:00.
Udaipur is the erstwhile capital of the Mewar region, which was once ruled by the Sisodia clan. The city is a fascinating blend of sights, sounds and experiences. Its medley of fairy-tale palaces, temples, gardens and lakes, which are hemmed in by the lush Aravalis hills, resonate its aristocratic past. On your half day tour of this royal city, visit the Sahelion-ki-bari (Garden of the Maids of Honour) and the Jagdish temple. Also visit the City Palace complex. This architectural marvel towers over the lake and is surrounded by crenellated walls which house a conglomeration of courtyards, pavillions, arched gateways and hanging gardens. The Mor Chowk with its exquisite peacock mosaics in glass is especially noteworthy. Return to the train and depart for Chittorgarh at 15:00. This afternoon you will have time to explore the grand Chittorgarh Fort, the largest in India. Return to the train and depart for Sawai Madhopur.
Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur
Near the town of Sawai Madhopur, in the state of Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is an outstanding example of Project Tiger’s efforts at conservation in the country. The forests around the Ranthambore Fort were once the private grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur. As a result of the stringent efforts in conservation, tigers, the prime assets of the Park, have become more and more active during the day. More than in any other park or sanctuary in India, tigers are often spotted here in daylight. Return to the train and depart for Jaipur, arriving at midday. In the afternoon drive through the colourful bazaars to see the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds, built for the royal ladies to catch a glimpse of the outside world through delicate screened windows and balconies. Stop to see the Royal Observatory or Jantar Mantar as it is known locally which was built by Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur and a passionate astronomer and builder. Also visit the City Palace complex's collection of rare manuscripts, armoury and costumes as well as vintage cars.
The Khajuraho temples are a symbol of architectural grandeur and magnificence, thanks to their exceptional stone construction, intricate carvings and idols. While the temples reflect medieval Indian society and traditions, they are mainly known for the erotic art and sensuous figures that adorn the walls of several shrines. On your guided sightseeing tour you will visit the more significant temples before enjoying lunch at a city hotel.
The views of Varanasi’s many ghats and temples along the banks of the river Ganges is truly astonishing. You really will feel the strong sense of religious significance as you witness people at prayer and performing their ablutions in the sacred river. After breakfast you will visit Sarnath, located around 10km from Varanasi. Buddha came to Sarnath, 10km northeast of Varanasi, to preach his message of the middle way to nirvana after he achieved enlightenment at Bodhgaya. Modern day Sarnath is a green and peaceful place to spend some time and, along with the Buddhist ruins and monasteries, there’s an excellent museum. After lunch at a city hotel you will have time for some further sightseeing in the city before boarding the train and departing for Agra.
Your morning’s sightseeing tour of Agra, a highlight of any tour to India, visits the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Itamud ud Daula. One of the world's great monuments, the Taj Mahal was built in memorial of Mumtaz Mahal, Mughal emperor Shah Jehan's beloved wife. This mausoleum, built entirely of white marble is decorated with elaborate geometric forms and inlay work that showcases plants, flower and fruit motifs. Visit the impressive Diwan-e-Am & Diwan-e-Khas inside the forbidding red sandstone battlements of the Agra Fort and later the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah, father of Queen Nur Jehan, a two-storied tomb bearing mosaics in inlaid semi-precious stones.
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel for a one night stay.
Return flight to the UK.
10 days from £ 5695 per person
✓ International flights from London
✓ 8 nights accommodation
✓ All internal transportation and transfers
✓ English-speaking guides
✓ Full board on train, breakfast in Delhi
✓ Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary
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