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Duration: 13 days Visiting: India
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Depart Udaipur, fly to Delhi.
Your journey draws to a close after breakfast, with a transfer to Udaipur airport for your flight back to Delhi. Should you be continuing on, please do not schedule connecting flights before 21:00 from Delhi. 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.
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.
Agra (Traditional) - India
Jaipur (Traditional) - India
Bikander (Palace) - India
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.
Jodhpur (Traditional) - India
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.
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1015 independent user reviews received during the past year.
04 February, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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.
17 February, 2018
Trip: We loved the itinerary. However, we wanted the opportunity to add Varanasi & Khajuharo with Insight. Unfortunately, although we asked, the option was not offered (like you do for Petra that can be added to Israel). We had to continue our journey with *competitor comment removed by Feefo* which provided a very good service.
Service: Throughout the tour, the experience was seamless & flawless. The quality of the hotels was exceptionnel. Staff were very professionnel & courteous. The food provided was excellent. The Dinner in the dunes was excellent & memorable. Our group was the best group one would want to travel with.