Rajasthan Panorama

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Rajasthan conjures up images of maharajas and palaces and is regarded as one of the most colourful and exciting states in all of India. Marvel at the beauty of this region’s diverse landscapes, as you travel across deserts, lakes and national parks.

 

Note: 29 Oct-18 Nov departure coincides with Pushkar Fair 8-14 November 2016 and touring is affected. Click here to see the tour dossier for this departure.

Places Visited

Australia - Delhi (2N) - Alsisar (1N) - Gajner (1N) - Jaisalmer (2N) - Manvar (1N) - Jodhpur (2N) - Udaipur (2N) - Deogarh (1N) - Pushkar (1N) - Jaipur (2N) - Ranthambore (2N)/Bharatpur (2N) - Agra (2N) - Delhi - Australia

Day 1: Australia to Delhi
Fly with Singapore Airlines to Delhi for an overnight stay. The city is split into two areas; Old Delhi and New Delhi. In Old Delhi you will find the old city wall and a maze of small alleyways lined with legendary bazaars whose goods spill out onto the pavements. New Delhi is characterised by the grandeur of 19th century buildings and wide, tree-lined boulevards. Darwin passengers may depart one day earlier.
Day 1: Australia to Delhi
Day 2: Delhi to Alsisar
Leave Delhi and drive to the small desert town of Alsisar for a picture of village life in rural Rajasthan. Stay overnight in a restored Haveli.
Day 2: Delhi to Alsisar
Day 3: Alsisar to Gajner
Head to Gajner, stopping in the desert town of Bikaner en route. Visit impressive Junagarh Fort and take a rickshaw ride to the Old City Bazaar. Continue to Gajner this afternoon.
Day 3: Alsisar to Gajner
Day 4: Gajner to Jaisalmer
This morning drive to Jaisalmer, known as the ‘Golden City of India’ for its honey-hued sands and sandstone architecture. Enjoy an evening visit to Sunset Point and a local market.
Day 4: Gajner to Jaisalmer
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 at sunset.
Day 5: Jaisalmer
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 local people. You will have a memorable overnight stay in a tented camp in the desert. Manvar Resort is used if the camp is unavailable. Manvar Resort is located 7km from the camp and is designed in a ‘village settlement’ style.
Day 7: Manvar to Jodhpur
Travel to Jodhpur, known as the ‘Blue City’, and located on the edge of the Thar Desert.
Day 7: Manvar to Jodhpur
Day 8: Jodhpur
Start with a visit to Jaswant Thada and then explore the imposing Mehrangarh Fort. Wander through the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Afterwards, take an auto rickshaw to a local restaurant for lunch before enjoying a walking tour through Subzi Mandi, the local vegetable and spice market.
Day 8: Jodhpur
Day 9: Jodhpur to Udaipur
Travel to Udaipur, stopping at Ranakpur to visit the largest Jain temple complex in India. This afternoon take a relaxing cruise on Lake Pichola, passing the Lake Palace.
Day 9: Jodhpur to Udaipur
Day 10: Udaipur
Visit Sahelion Ki Bari Gardens, the Folk Museum and Mewar Art Gallery. Later, tour the City Palace and wander through the surrounding local streets and shops.
Day 10: Udaipur
Day 11: Udaipur to Deogarh
Drive to Deogarh. This evening walk through the bustling streets of the village and meet the local people.
Day 11: Udaipur to Deogarh
Day 12: Deogarh to Pushkar
Take a short train ride on a rural 1930s-train to Phulad and continue by road to Pushkar. The village of Pushkar lies on the edge of the Thar Desert. At its heart is one of India’s most sacred lakes, Pushkar Lake. This afternoon wander through the colourful market and visit the Brahma Temple.
Day 12: Deogarh to Pushkar
Day 13: Pushkar to Jaipur
Travel to Jaipur where you will visit the City Palace and ancient Jantar Mantar Observatory.
Day 13: Pushkar to Jaipur
Day 14: Jaipur
Start the day with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), built so that the veiled ladies could observe, unnoticed, the lively street scenes below. Continue to Amer Fort and board a jeep to ride to the entrance. Inside, explore the Hall of Victory. Stop at a printing and carpet weaving textile workshop and explore the lively bazaar in Choti Choper. Enjoy a traditional dance performance at dinner this evening.
Day 14: Jaipur
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 you will visit a nearby village. The following day, drive to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri.
Days 15-17: Jaipur to Agra
Day 18: Agra
View the impressive Taj Mahal at sunrise, built by Emperor Shah Jahan. Later, visit a marble inlay workshop and Agra Fort.
Day 18: Agra
Day 19: Agra to Delhi
Leave Agra and drive to Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar and Connaught Place Markets for some shopping.
Day 19: Agra to Delhi
Day 20: Depart Delhi
Visit Old Delhi this morning; drive past 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 20: Depart Delhi
Day 21: Arrive Australia
Arrive home today.
Day 21: Arrive Australia

Tour prices are per person, twin share

2016

2017

Additional Price Information:

Single Hotel room Option from $1,460
Land Only (Delhi to Delhi), 20 days from $4,879 per person (includes tipping)
Adelaide passengers may require a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost
Darwin passengers may require a stopover in Singapore at an additional cost
Above prices include airline fuel surcharge and tipping. Subject to change
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 1300 318 203. Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visa in the price of our tour for Australian passport holders. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call Australia – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in India and you will find high quality coverage. India has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and India is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be fun and entertaining, especially in local markets all over India where souvenirs can be purchased for next to nothing. However all passengers must realise that the authenticity and value of goods is always questionable.
If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is! Some shopping is made up of copied brand items and reproduced antiques.
 
In keeping with most people’s interest whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities in local shops and government factories. This may vary depending on local conditions, and should never interfere with your itinerary’s included sightseeing.
 
Each region has its own specialty; a traditional handicraft perfected by the locals over centuries, a climate that encourages rich spices to grow, or a type of wood, stone or precious jewel in abundance nearby. Textiles are a popular souvenir, including silk brocades from Varanasi in the north or Kanchipuram in the south, tie-dyed cottons from all over Rajasthan, saris, hand woven Tibetan carpets from Darjeeling or Dharamshala, or the woollen shawls pashminas of Kashmir and Ladakh.
 
There is also the heavy and elaborate silverwork of Rajasthan, “spring picked” tea from the hill stations, and the spices, wooden carvings or facemasks of Kerala.
 
If you prefer set prices, head to the government-run shops, usually called “cottage industries” or “emporium” which sells quality but reasonably priced goods. The more up market tourist shops will also have fixed prices. Markets, street stalls, and local shops can be noisy, crowded, and confronting, but this remains one of the most rewarding experiences of travelling in India. If your itinerary includes some free time and you would like to go shopping, ask either your National Escort/Guide or the hotel staff for advice on how to best get there. They should be able to tell you if you need a taxi or a rickshaw, how much you should pay for the journey and provide you verbal or written directions to give to the driver. Remember to take a hotel business card with you to find your way back!

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes a combination of western and local dishes. As traditional in this region, lunch and dinner are served in a banquet style, so you can try the variety of specialty dishes. The amount of food served is more than ample for the whole group.
 
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people so dishes are not too spicy or unusual in their taste. One of the great myths about India is that the food is of poor quality and always hot and spicy. This is definitely not the case! In fact, North Indian dishes whilst often very rich and indeed spicy don’t contain as much chilli as South Indian dishes. Indian cuisine is predominately vegetarian; however more meat (chicken and lamb) dishes are available in the North. On our group tours, we use a variety of local and hotel restaurants, which provide variety in both the dishes and methods of cooking. If you like Indian food from home, you will have no problems with the real Indian food as it is similar, only more flavoursome. You’ll love it; though don’t expect to lose weight on your holiday, Indians love to eat and eat big. In tourist centres, some restaurants and hotels may also serve western dishes to provide variety. You may also prefer to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars and tea/coffee from home.
 
Drinks will be at each tour member’s own expense. Beer is widely available and cheap. Wine lovers should remember that western style wine is very expensive to import into India, so is not stocked except by upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice, fruit juices, or lassies (yoghurt based sweet or salty drinks) from a trusted restaurant; where they will use boiled or bottled water to prepare ice and drinks.
 
Tea is very popular and Indians simply love visiting the many street stalls which brew chai (also known as masala), a sweet, spiced tea brewed with boiling milk. Hotels will usually serve tea and instant coffee at breakfast or other meals – you can usually request the chai or masala style tea as well.
Packed meals: On some days, your National Escort/Guide may arrange for a simple, packed meal for your group. It may be a matter of schedule (on long driving days), hygiene (on train journeys), or your location (in remote areas) and we ask you to bear this in mind. Although this is not a full meal, most of our passengers seem to enjoy this change from the large portions and more elaborate banquets enjoyed most days.

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Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those with a reasonable amount of time and who are looking for a comprehensive tour of the Rajasthan region of India. This tour incorporates road and train travel so you can take in the Rajasthan countryside and enjoy the different modes of transport. This tour also incorporates the three cities of the Golden Triangle.

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