Imperial Rajasthan

Imperial Rajasthan end Mumbai (Summer 2019)

Duration: 13 days Visiting: India

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We invite you to join a luxury heritage journey through timeless Rajasthan, where maharajahs built forts and lavish palaces towering over desert cities. Along the way, stay like royalty in palatial hotels and gain in-depth insights into local life. Look forward to a delicious dinner, prepared over hot coals at a lamp-lit camp among the Kanoi sand dunes and be welcomed into the homes of local people during your village safari in Jodhpur. You can extend your trip by joining a ME to WE Culturally Immersive Experience, where you explore the vibrant culture of the area’s rural countryside. ME to WE is honoured to provide travellers with a truly transformative experience. Leave a legacy. Leave a positive impact.


  1. Day 1

    Delhi, a Rich Melting Pot of Old and New.

    Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. Welcome to India! On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel. At 19:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for your Welcome Dinner.

  2. Day 2

    Delhi Sightseeing.

    Enjoy a ride by rickshaw through the lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Red Fort. Visit the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat and the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Travel along the broad Rajpath, passing the India Gate and Parliament House, to visit the Tomb of Humayun.

  3. Day 3

    Agra and the views of the Taj Mahal.

    Spend time exploring the famous market, Sadar Bazaar, as you make your way through the city to Agra Fort, a powerful fortress of red sandstone. After your tour through the palatial Royal Pavilions and gardens there is free time to relax. Walk through a village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal with one of the villagers to discover the way of life as an agriculturist next to India's most famous monument.

  4. Day 4

    Sunrise at the Taj and Jaipur, the Pink City.

    At sunrise, visit the lustrous Taj Mahal, a monument of love and flawless architectural creation, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. After breakfast, travel to the historic city of Bharatpur for lunch, before continuing to the Pink City of Jaipur.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Jaipur Sightseeing.

    Ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort, with its royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirrors, glass and exquisite paintings. Return to Jaipur to see the Hawa Mahal, or The Palace of Winds, and visit the City Palace Museum and royal observatory. Enjoy tea in the Royal Families living room at Sukh Niwas, Jaipur’s City Palace. This VIP experience is exclusive to Luxury Gold Guests.

  6. Day 6

    Bikaner, Camel Country with a Royal Aura.

    Journey northwest to the fort town of Mandawa for lunch. Afterwards, continue to the fortified desert city of Bikaner, known for its camel festival which is celebrated on a grand scale every January. Learn all about this indispensable part of the desert at the Camel Research Farm before reaching your hotel.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    The Sun City, Jaisalmer.

    Your exploration of Bikaner includes the Junagarh Fort, an unassailable fortress comprising of various palaces, pavilions and a museum containing priceless art and antiques. This afternoon continue through the Great Thar Desert to the trade route town of Jaisalmer, crowned by its hilltop fortress.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Jaisalmer Sightseeing.

    Embark on a city exploration of Jaisalmer, visiting Gadisar Lake and the Fort, built in 1156, that is still in use today. Pass by the local market where you can witness desert life at its best. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. No visit to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip to the rippling Kanoi Sand Dunes. Savour a dinner accompanied by the gentle melodies of a local musician.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    The Blue City of Jodhpur.

    Follow the ancient silk routes to the Blue City of Jodhpur and your beautiful hotel. Later, journey to Rohet and feel the very pulse of rural Rajasthan on your village jeep safari where you are welcomed into the homes of the local Bishnoi community to share a slice of their life. In the evening savour a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Explore Mehrangarh Fort.

    Visit Mehrangarh Fort set on a cliff 30 metres above the city skyline and the white marble Jaswant Thada. Experience a tuk tuk ride through the ancient winding streets before returning to your hotel, where the rest of the day is free to relax.

  11. Day 11

    Udaipur, Venice of the East.

    Travel to Ranakpur, the temple town of Rajasthan. Explore the elaborate carvings and classic architecture of the sprawling Jain temples, which are regarded as perhaps the best in the country. At lunch, you will learn from a local chef during your included cooking demonstration. Then, continue through the undulating countryside to Udaipur, the beautiful City of Lakes.

  12. Day 12 - Relaxed Start

    Udaipur Sightseeing.

    Explore the City Palace complex and wander through the markets and bazaars to visit the Jagdish Temple, as well as the Garden of the Maids of Honour. Take time out to unwind and find balance at your hotel’s renowned wellness spa, which offers ancient treatments such as reflexology, Indian head massages and hot-stone massages. Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola, before enjoying a special Celebration Dinner at the landmark Sunset Terrace while musicians serenade you.

  13. Day 13

    Depart Udaipur, fly to Mumbai.

    Your journey draws to a close after breakfast, with a transfer to Udaipur airport for your flight to Mumbai. For those continuing on, please do not schedule connecting flights before 23:00 from Mumbai. For those taking an early morning flight the following day, and needing to stay overnight at a hotel close to the airport, post-trip accommodation with included transfers is available. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • Agra: Walk through a village in the shadow of the Taj Mahal with one of the villagers to discover the way of life as agriculturists next to India's most famous monument. Enjoy tea and pakoras on a rooftop with exceptional views. Money generated from the tour is used for sanitation in the village and education for women.
  • Jaipur: In private elegance at Sukh Niwas, Jaipur's City Palace, enjoy a High Tea fit for royalty. Renowned for its spectacular Lalique Peacock table made to order for the Royal Family of Jaipur, this VIP experience is only available to Luxury Gold guests.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Indian Festivals: Truly experience India by travelling during one of its famed festivals. Holi is the festival of colour, symbolising the end of winter and encourages the people to play, laugh, forgive and forget. Diwali is the festival of light celebrated by lighting oil lamps and fireworks to welcome in the Hindu New Year. Refer to dates and date chart notes to find out which departures travel during these wonderful, cultural experiences.
  • Delhi: Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the bustling streets of Old Delhi.
  • Delhi: See the Red Fort and visit Qutub Minar. Drive along the Rajpath to view the India Gate and Parliament House.
  • Delhi: Visit Raj Ghat and the Tomb of the Emperor Humayun.
  • Agra: Take a walk through the local markets and enjoy the colours and craftsmanship of the local sellers.
  • Agra: Visit the majestic Taj Mahal, bathed in the first rays of dawn, and learn about this romantic national icon.
  • Jaipur: Ascend by jeep to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls of Amber Fort. Enjoy the shimmering mirrored walls and ceilings, the airy rooms that housed queens and concubines, and the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Jaipur: Join your Travelling Concierge who will show you the marvel of Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds.
  • Jaipur: Visit the City Palace Museum that houses traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art as well as the royal observatory, built in 1726.
  • Bikaner: Learn about all things dromedary at the Camel Research and Breeding Farm.
  • Bikaner: Enjoy a visit to the Junagarh Fort.
  • Jaisalmer: Visit Garhi Sagar Lake and Fort.
  • Jaisalmer: Visit the local markets and experience desert life.
  • Bishnoi: Take a jeep safari and experience rural village life as you are welcomed by the local community.
  • Jodhpur: Visit Mehrangarh Fort.
  • Jodhpur: Take a tuk tuk ride through the ancient streets and take in the sights and sounds of Sadar Market.
  • Ranakpur: Visit the fortified Jain temple complex.
  • Udaipur: Visit the City Palace complex, a testimony to the Rajput passion for art and architecture.
  • Udaipur: Visit the Jagdish Temple and Garden of the Maids of Honour.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Delhi: Get to know your travelling companions during your delightful Welcome Dinner.
  • Jaisalmer: As the sun sets over the Kanoi Sand Dunes, be entranced by the traditional musicians welcoming you to this magical evening. Under the stars, a traditional feast is prepared for you in a truly unique environment.
  • Ranakpur: Learn the kitchen secrets of the chef of one of Ranakpur's finest hotels in our cooking demonstration of local specialities and lunch.
  • Udaipur: Showcasing the best of Indian cuisine, your delicious Celebration Dinner is set in the perfect environment to toast your time in India.
  • Dining Summary: 12 Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches (L), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 4 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW). Festive Highlight Dinner: 16 Dec departure includes a Christmas Eve Highlight Dinner in Jodhpur.

LUXURY HOTELS

  • Delhi: Set in the heart of bustling Gurgaon, the beautiful gardens, courtyards and reflection pools of the Trident fill you with a sense of calm, before retreating to your luxurious and stylish room.
  • Jaisalmer: Situated close to the Thar Desert, the magnificent Suryagarh is testimony to the pomp and panoply of Rajputana, juxtaposed with every modern convenience.
  • Udaipur: Offering stunning views of Lake Pichola and a luxury wellness spa, the five-star Leela Palace Udaipur was rated the #1 hotel on TripAdvisor in 2018.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas. See booking conditions for exemptions.
  • Luxury Gold is proud to offer various modes of transportation, from luxury coach to included flight to safari jeep and more, so that you always travel in comfort and experience your journey and destination in the best possible and most appropriate way.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates, when flights are included within the itinerary and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Transfers to train stations or alternate hotels, in the same start or end city of the itinerary, may be requested but are not guaranteed.

Accommodation

 

Trident, Gurgaon

Delhi (Traditional) - India

Set in the heart of bustling Gurgaon, the beautiful gardens, courtyards and reflection pools of the Trident fill you with a sense of calm, before retreating to your luxurious and stylish room.

Jaypee Palace Hotel Agra

Agra (Traditional) - India

Le Méridien Jaipur.

Jaipur (Traditional) - India

The Laxmi Niwas Palace

Bikander (Palace) - India

Suryagarh

Jaisalmer (Historic) - India

Situated close to the Thar Desert, the magnificent Suryagarh is testimony to the pomp and panoply of Rajputana, juxtaposed with every modern convenience.

WelcomHotel Jodhpur

Jodhpur (Traditional) - India

The Leela Palace Udaipur

Udaipur (Palace) - India

Stay at the magnificent Leela Palace Udaipur and be treated like royalty. Listed as TripAdvisor's #1 hotel in Udaipur of 2017.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.4 out of 5 based on
1011 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 21 March, 2019

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    Trip: A well organized tour. Allow us to finish the tour without getting stomach troubles.

    Service: Tour was well arranged with good accommodations. Well supplied of good bottled waters.

  • 07 March, 2019

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    Trip: An amazing trip and real adventure. Devender our guide was excellent in organising even when plans had to be changed because of road closures etc. India is a fascinating country and exceeded our expectations.

    Service: Insight tours was great, everything taken care of.

  • 02 March, 2019

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    Trip: Good itinerary. Provide free and better wifi on tour coach, and at WelcomHotel at Jodhpur. cancel the City Place High tea at Jaipur. Better quality tour coach.

    Service: 3 major negatives with this Rajasthan tour. 1. The tour coach is below par. It is old and not up to the usual Insights vacation standard; not to mention Luxury Gold. I have been other tour coaches on the trip that were so much better. The wifi provided on board was poor and intermittent. It is just a marketing tool. 2. WelcomeHotel at Jodhpur is not up to the Luxury Gold standard. It does not provide free wifi. Luxury Gold should have bought and provided us with free wifi since we have paid so much for the tour. At this modern age, not providing good and free wifi in hotels is just not on. This hotel is far from the city. The service at this hotel is by far the worse we have encountered in this Rajasthan tour. I was over charged for beers, and it took the reception more than an hour to sort that out. The service at the breakfast and dining rooms were poor to say the least. At times, I wonder if the waiters (male) understand our requests. The service at Trident Gurgaon and Leela Palace Udaipur hotels were the best in this tour. 3. Jaipur's City Palace High tea. This was marketed as a VIP experience exclusively available to Luxury Gold guests. This is a sham, and a con job. There was no table service. They had no idea what a High Tea is. We sat in lounge chairs, and were served 1/2 cup of tea, a small samosa, 1/4 cheese sandwich, and a small country road chocolate. My wife is gluten free. She was served fruits and a piece of fried chicken with potato chips. What a joke! This should be removed from the itinerary. Devender Singh Rathore, our tour director, is very friendly, knowledgeable and tried his best. He is a proud Indian. Our driver from Creative Tour drove like a typical Indian driver. After surviving on the road the first few days, we grew to appreciate his driving skill on Indian roads and traffic. The water boy was helpful and tried so hard. On the whole, the Rajasthan tour was lovely. We have seen many interesting places in Rajasthan. To me the highlights were seeing the Taj Mahal, and seeing the camels in the desert sand dunes near Jaisalmer in the sunset. The restful pace at the lovely Leela Palace Hotel at Udaipur was a relief before the long flight home to Melbourne. Would recommend this Imperial Rajasthan Luxury Gold tour to any one interested in India.

  • 02 March, 2019

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    Trip: See prior comments for this subject.

    Service: Excellent service by the tour concierge throughout the tour. He looked out for any special needs of the members of the tour group. The tour, while not necessarily an easy trip considering all its components, tried to include a wide and varied selection of places to see and things to do to communicate the intricacies and aspects of India. The seats of the coach used were uncomfortable for shorter people. Wifi was more not working then working - a big disappointment

  • 02 March, 2019

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    Trip: Enjoyed most of it except high tea at Jaipur palace . It was not the high tea that we in Australia expect . Sit down, fine China , three tiered plates of savouries, scones , sandwiches and desserts . It was not as you advertised as a highlight . Expectations were not met . As a gluten free traveller , I was given a plate of fruits and chicken and chips . That is not classed as high tea that Luxury gold probably paid a lot for and so did we . Jaipur palace have to learn more about how high tea should be served .

    Service: For our trip Imperial Rajasthan, we thought the bus was not up to the standard we are used to even for Insight tours . No extra leg room as in Insight tours . It looked worn inside. I missed out on all the flourishes because they all contained wheat . Please pay more attention to Gluten free ( coeliac ) travellers .The guide Devender was very good . Pity we had to pay for wifi in one hotel for two nights . Other than those points I would recommend luxury gold .

  • 22 February, 2019

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    Trip: Fabulous! Loved the shopping stops even though I usually don’t. Loved the ride on the back of a truck with an ox pulling us. Loved sampling the street food. Thanks to our guide, Sathea.

    Service: The most key part to making this a 5 star tour was our tour guide, Sathea, an accomplished and knowledgeable tour guide of many years. He understands Indian religions, philosophies, customs and culture; he extended kindness in every thing he did towards all of us. My husband became ill at the tail-end of our journey and, still, he extended kindness when he need not. He will always be dear to us.

  • 04 February, 2019

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    Trip: Hotels, food, weather and knowledge of Tour Director added to the success of this tour. Would love to visit the rest of India if we could afford the tour to see the comparison. Well done Insight and Vir our TD Mr Singh our coach driver, exceptional driver and Mr Surjit. You made the trip more enjoyable.

    Service: Excellent tour from beginning to end. Can highly recommend.

  • 02 February, 2019

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    Trip: Good itinerary but entailed very long journeys often on very rough roads. Also guide took us to too many markets. Would build in some time to relax at very nice hotels. Coming from UK winter, some time to enjoy sun would be good.

    Service: Unfortunately we were not met at Delhi airport and had to organise pre paid taxi which was rather basic- not good start to " luxury " holiday.

  • 23 January, 2019

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    Trip: Itinerary was well planned with so many interesting places visited. A good balance with historical and cultural things to see, eg. visits to carpet factory, jewellry place, Bishnoi people, pottery etc Loved our sunset dinner and entertainment in the desert--a true highlight

    Service: Tour was well organised Hotels all excellent, except for the Jaypee Palace in Agra which was not up to the standard of the other hotels--very minimal bathroom accessories, towels small and thin, cheap thin rough toilet paper. Breakfast buffet was nowhere as good as at the other hotels on this tour Excellent tour manager and very comfortable coach However, I have one very serious criticism regarding the use of open jeeps, with no proper seating, and, of course no seat belts on a very busy major road in the dark This was at the end of Day 9 after a pleasant jeep ride in the country where we visited a local Bishnoi home and then drove on to a pottery place. It was a rather long trip in the open and rather uncomfotable jeeps. The trip was made even longer as the jeep drivers had trouble finding the pottery place However, my main criticism, as already mentioned above, was a safety factor of being on a main road in these jeeps which should only be used for off-road slower travel on quiet rural roads We travelled on the main road for a long time, (at least 20 minutes--probably more than that). If there had been an accident with a larger heavier car, bus or truck we would have been seriously injured, if not killed!!! Eventually we got to the location on the main road where we had got off our coach and started the jeep ride into the country The coach should have come down the main road to meet the jeeps when we finished our country trip with them Surely this what should be the case Many of the others on the tour were pretty upset by this dreadful trip amongst all the noise and pollution on the main road, however, I don't know how many of them will get around to putting this in their feedback I did say that I would definetely be making this crticism on behalf of the group This is something which needs to be addressed!! A major safety issue!! Hardly "Luxury Gold", or even Insight's normal standard I expect an answer from someone about this complaint, which can so easily be remedied by having the coach come to meet the jeeps when the "country trip" finished

  • 22 January, 2019

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    Trip: Every city we visited was fascinating, with a lot to see. No place was a disappointment, and there was a lot of variety, eg mountains, desert, plains, the lakes of Udaipur.

    Service: Everything was well done. The hotels were mostly excellent, except the one in Agra, I would not go there again. The concierge, Nirendra Kohli, was outstanding, with an excellent knowledge of all the places we visited. The only reason I did not award five stars is that I thought that some of the jeep excursions were unsafe, ie no doors or seatbelts, so I had to hang on so as not to fall out.

  • 01 May, 2018

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    Trip: It was an excellent tour and teverythibg we saw was worthwhile.

    Service: Tour Director was good and very helpful. Perhaps more information on the sights from a historical reference would add benefits.

  • 30 March, 2018

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    Trip: Excellet service, good tour ,history,excellent tour concierge,ecellent bus driver,

    Service: The tour was excellent! All hotels were very good–Hotel Leela Palace Udaipur was excellent.1 or 2 hotels not very good The tour concierge Mr Virendra is very knoligibel about India and the other country.

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