From $5,970 - 21 Days, Fully Inclusive from selected Australian cities
Rajasthan conjures up images of maharajas and palaces and is regarded as one of the most colourful and exciting states in all of India.
Your tour commences in Delhi, an incredible city with many hidden delights. Your ‘Arabian night’ fantasies will come alive as you experience a camel ride across the sand dunes in the Thar Desert. In Jodhpur visit one of Rajasthan’s most magnificent forts, Mehrangarh Fort. A cruise on Udaipur’s enchanting Lake Pichola will enthral you as you feast your eyes on the panoramic vistas. The highlight for some will be a visit to Ranthambore National Park (January to May only), one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan. In Agra, view the majestic Taj Mahal as the sun is rising and learn the story behind the conception and construction of this beautiful monument. During your Rajasthan Panorama tour you will have the opportunity to stay in perfectly restored heritage hotels many of which were once royal palaces, forts or wealthy family estates.
With so much on offer, we look forward to welcoming you on this magical tour of Rajasthan, an unparalleled destination.
Day 1: Australia To Delhi
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Delhi for an overnight stay. Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.
Day 2: Delhi To Alsisar
This afternoon leave Delhi and drive to the small desert town of Alsisar.
Day 3: Alsisar To Gajner
Head to Gajner, stopping in the town of Bikaner en route. Visit Junagarh Fort and take a rickshaw ride to the Old City bazaar. This afternoon continue to Gajner.
Day 4: Gajner To Jaisalmer
Drive to Jaisalmer this morning. Enjoy an evening visit to Sunset Point.
Day 5: Jaisalmer
Visit Jaisalmer Fort built atop the 80m-high Trikuta Hill. Later this afternoon head to the Sam Sand Dunes in the Thar Desert and take a camel ride to view the sunset.
Day 6: Jaisalmer To Manvar
Drive into the Thar Desert to Manvar. This afternoon experience a camel and jeep safari to Bishnoi villages and meet the locals. You will have a memorable overnight stay in a tented camp in the desert (Manvar Resort is used if the camp is unavailable).
Day 7: Manvar To Jodhpur
Leave the camp and drive to Jodhpur, known as the ‘Blue City’, located on the edge of the Thar Desert.
Day 8: Jodhpur
This morning visit Mehrangarh Fort, one of the most impressive complexes in Rajasthan, followed by the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Take an auto rickshaw to a local restaurant for lunch before walking through Subzi Mandi, the local vegetable and spice market.
Day 9: Jodhpur To Udaipur
After breakfast leave Jodhpur and travel to Udaipur. Visit Ranakpur en route, home to the largest Jain temple complex in India. This afternoon relax on a cruise on Lake Pichola.
Day 10: Udaipur
Visit Sahelion Ki Bari, the Folk Museum and Mewar Art Gallery. Later, tour the City Palace and wander through the surrounding local streets and shops.
Day 11: Udaipur To Deogarh
Drive to Deogarh. This evening walk through the bustling streets of the local village.
Day 12: Deogarh To Pushkar
Take a short train ride on a rural 1930s train to Phulad and continue by road to Pushkar. This afternoon wander through the market and visit a local temple.
Day 13: Pushkar To Jaipur
Travel to Jaipur where you will visit the City Palace and the UNESCO World Heritage listed ancient observatory, Jantar Mantar.
Day 14: Jaipur
Start the day with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Continue to Amer Fort before visiting a printing and carpet weaving textile workshop. Later, explore the lively bazaar in Choti Choper. This evening at dinner enjoy a traditional dance performance.
Days 15-17: Jaipur To Agra
January to May – Via Ranthambore
Travel to Ranthambore National Park and enjoy a canter safari this afternoon. Tomorrow you will have a morning and afternoon canter safari. The following day, board your train to Bharatpur. Upon arrival drive to Agra stopping at Fatehpur Sikri en route.
September to December – Via Bharatpur
Drive to Bharatpur for a two night stay. Tomorrow visit Keoladeo National Park for a morning rickshaw safari. Later we will visit a nearby village. The following day, drive to Agra via the fortified ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Day 18: Agra
View the Taj Mahal as the sun is rising. Later, visit a marble inlay workshop and Agra Fort.
Day 19: Agra To Delhi
Leave Agra and drive to Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar and the Lotus Temple before stopping at Connaught Place Markets.
Day 20: Depart Delhi
Visit Old Delhi this morning; see the Red Fort, walk through Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid and have a photo stop at India Gate. After a late check-out, you will be transferred to Delhi airport to board your overnight flight to Australia.
DAY 21: Arrive Australia
Arrive home this morning.
Wendy Wu Tours Review:
"Another excellent tour. Just the right amount of travelling and sightseeing. Nice to have 2 nights in some places so you can have a day off from being in the bus. It was a very varied tour, with deserts, national parks, cities, villages, palaces , forts and temples. The camel rides were great fun.
Our Guide Jolly was excellent and went to a lot of trouble explaining local customs to us. As we were driving right past the motorbike temple he took us there and it was fascinating. And the elephant festival was on while we were in Jodhpur, so he arranged for us to go and went to a lot of trouble to make sure we all got the best seats. My husband is a mad Arsenal fan and Jolly went out of his way on 2 occasions to ensure that tony got to see his games. His English is superb and he is quite a character. He even loaned his laptop out to everyone who needed to send emails. Thank you so much."
Mr and Mrs Anthony Daniel, Queensland - February 2012
Important Note: Above prices include Fuel surcharges and tipping of $693 (correct as at Jul 2014and subject to change). Please note the Tipping amount of USD115 is payable on arrival in India.
Departure coincides with Holi Festival celebrations and sightseeing may be affected.
Though status is regularly updated, availability above is indicative only, not live and hence does not guarantee that space is available on your selected tour when you or your agent calls Wendy Wu Tours to book. Booking early is the only way to ensure availability of your selected departure date.