From $5,788 - 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. 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 admire 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. Adelaide and 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. Continue to Gajner this afternoon.
DAY 4: GAJNER TO JAISALMER
This morning drive to Jaisalmer. 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 at sunset.
DAY 6: JAISALMER TO MANVAR
Drive into the Thar Desert to Manvar. This afternoon experience a camel and jeep safari to Bishnoi village 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 8: JODHPUR
This morning visit Mehrangarh Fort, followed by 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 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 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 11: UDAIPUR TO DEOGARH
Drive to Deogarh. This evening walk through the bustling streets of the 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 the Brahma Temple.
DAY 13: PUSHKAR TO JAIPUR
Travel to Jaipur where you will visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory.
DAY 14: JAIPUR
Start the day with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Continue to Amer Fort and 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.
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.
DAY 18: AGRA
View the impressive Taj Mahal at sunrise, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his third wife. Later, visit a marble inlay workshop and Agra Fort.
DAY 19: AGRA TO DELHI
Leave Agra and drive to Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar and Connaught Place Markets.
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 21: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.
"India was a revelation! Each day a sensory overload of experiences!"Reviewed:
Bob & Margaret England
Our Wendy Wu 21 day tour of Rajasthan India was an overwhelming positive experience!
The initial booking made with encouragement and support of Greg Close and Lisa Catslotto at I Travel and Cruise in Murray Bridge was made with some reservations and apprehension. Would India be to confronting? Health issues were a worry, temperatures were likely to be challenging and poverty extremely confronting.
Reality quickly put our concerns into context. We were careful with what we ate and drank, it was quite warm but one quickly acclimatised and Indian people were extremely accepting of visitors.
India was a revelation! Each day a sensory overload of experiences!
Specific to the tour it met all our expectations! As a repeat client of Wendy Wu we have great confidence in your Asian tour presentation. The personnel you employ are outstanding people who ensure a great experience.
National guide MK Jain must be close to the best in the business. As a passionate Indian he provided insights and understandings of our experiences that we cherished. He is passionate, articulate and extremely knowledgeable. As a sensitive, caring and empathetic person he excels. His task was made a little harder in a quite noisy bus but his clear instructions ad superb organisation always delivered.
Driving in India is not for the faint hearted. Driver Ram manages his bus to perfection. Guests quickly felt safe in his hand in spite of discouraging events on the road ahead. We are in amazement of his of the confident way he navigated and negotiated the confusing streets in every city.
Helper Paros completed a strong team. Bas were well managed the bus always clean and support always provided.
The provision of all meals in touring India is greatly appreciated! These meals were almost without exception well presented. However there was a high level of predictability in the selections. I question whether the cuisine of India was well represented by the repetition that was the offerings. A stand out exception was the farewell dinner with relatively few offerings but some different dishes.
Travelled on: Rajasthan Panorama
"Another excellent tour"Reviewed:
Mr and Mrs Anthony Daniel
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.
Travelled on: Rajasthan Panorama
Dates & Prices
# Departure coincides with Holi Festival celebrations and sightseeing may be affected
** Departure coincides with Pushkar Fair 18-25 November 2015 (Fair dates are subject to change)
Singapore Airlines - Above prices include fuel surcharges and tipping of $801. Please note the Tipping amount of USD115 (AUD125) is payable on arrival in India.
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.