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INDIA: "Classic & Country Royal Rajasthan Tour" - 18 Days

INDIA: "Classic & Country Royal Rajasthan Tour" - 18 Days
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Destinations: Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, Nimaj, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Rohet, Udaipur, Delhi/ Mumbai

Tour Grading MODERATE: Suitable for travellers with an above average level of fitness and mobility

Tour Commences In: Delhi

Number of Days: 18 Days / 17 nights

Accommodation: Optional: 5, 4 Star & Boutique Hotels

Leaders: Professional Expert Guides

Tour Concludes In: Delhi / Mumbai

Tour Style: Luxury / Deluxe Escorted Small Group Tour

Meals: Breakfasts; 17: Lunches; 4: Dinners; 8:

Transportation: Luxury private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles

Tour Summary

Join Boutique Tours & Travel luxury small group Rajasthan Classic and Cultural Tour of India.

Rajasthan, the ‘Land of Kings’ is India at it most colourful.

This is the home of the proud Rajput princes who have controlled this part of India for a thousand years. Their fortified cities and citadels now enthral the traveller. The local people add that brilliant splash of colour and the state contains some of the most impressive wildlife sanctuaries in the whole of India. Our journey will take us to some unforgettable sites in Rajasthan.

Explore the architecture and history of Dehli. Marvel and soak up the wonders of the Taj Mahal. Built out of love, this is one monument you never tire of seeing. Experience a safari at Ranthambhore National Park to catch a glimpse of the Indian Bengal tiger and other wildlife. Tour Jaipur, known as the 'Pink City' of Rajasthan, since so many of its buildings are painted in a lovely pink hue. The visit to Chhatra Sagar is a country experience that’s unprecedented. The amazing 'Blue City' of Jodhpur, now the second largest city in Rajasthan with massive fort topping a sheer rocky ridge in the middle of town dominates Jodhpur. A 10km long wall surrounds the old city of Jodhpur and we have time to wander through the jumble of streets in the old city out of which eight gates lead. The dessert city of Jaisalmer, the 'Golden City' once a bustling city of the Silk Road. Rohert Garh is breathtaking in all its simplicity and finally you will be smitten with Udaipur, the city around a lake, once also known as the “Venice of the East” with the glistening lake contrasting with lush green hills and the stunning palaces that are straight out of a fairy-tale book. Join us as a group couple or solo traveller, and we have many on our tours.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience New & Old Delhi
  • Discover Raj Gath, Qutab Minar
  • See Red Fort one of the oldest monuments of India
  • Wow, a Rickshaw Ride in Delhi
  • Be overwhelmed with the Taj Mahal & Agra Fort
  • Visit Ramthambhore National Park for a private safari
  • Experience an Elephant ride to Amber Fort in Jaipur (Subject to availability of Elephants)
  • Visit Jaipur's incredibale Hawa Mahal and City Palace
  • Experience village life in rural Rajasthan with an overnight stay at Chhatra Sagar
  • Discover the old city and explore the buzz of the bazaar in Jodhpur
  • Be in awe in the old city Meherangarh Fort and look down on the ’blue city’
  • Be captivated and learn about the local tribal communities in the villages on the edge of the Thar Desert
  • Visit the ’golden city’ of Jaisalmer once a bustling city on the famous Silk Road
  • Spend twilight on an exciting camel ride on the sand dunes at Sam
  • Relax in the peaceful sprawling lawns and manicured gardens with multitude of birds and dancing peacocks at Rohet Garh
  • Horse Ride at Wilderness Camp
  • Be entranced with a safari jeep ride to remote local village
  • Love the twilight moment of a boat ride on beautiful Lake Pichola
  • Be captivated with Fateh Prakash Palace to visit the unique Crystal Gallery
  • Enjoy fabulous fine dining with wonderful cuisine and regional delicacies

Tour Inclusions

  • Private international & domestic airport arrival and departure transfers for all guests
  • 5 & 4 star modern & boutique accommodation as per your choice
  • Luxury private Chauffeur driven luxury air- conditioned vehicles for all transfers & sightseeing
  • Fully escorted by our experienced professional tour guide
  • Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L=Lunch: D=Dinner:
  • Admission fees to all monuments, activities, excursions and shows as per the itinerary
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • Bottled water included whilst touring in vehicle
  • An exclusive information travel package

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1:  Monday 13th November 2017:  Arrive – Delhi:
  • Day 2:  Tuesday 14th November 2017:   Delhi:
  • Day 3:   Wednesday 15th November 2017:  Delhi - Agra 
  • Day 4:   Thursday 16th November 2017:  Agra - Ranthambhore National Park
  • Day 5:    Friday 17th November 2017:  Ranthambhore National Park - Jaipur
  • Day 6:    Saturday 18th November 2017:  Jaipur
  • Day 7:    Sunday 19th November 2017:   Jaipur - Nimaj: (Chhatra Saga)
  • Day 8:    Monday 20th November 2017:  Nimaj: (Chhatra Saga)
  • Day 9:    Tuesday 21st November 2017:  Nimaj - Jodhpur:
  • Day 10:  Wednesday 22nd November 2017:  Jodhpur:
  • Day 11:  Thursday 23rd November 2017:  Jodhpur:
  • Day 12:  Friday 24th November 2017:  Jodhpur -  Jaisalmer :
  • Day 13:   Saturday 25th November 2017:   Jaisalmer:
  • Day 14:   Sunday 26th November 2017:   Jaisalmer – Rohet Garh:
  • Day 15:   Monday 27th November 2017:  Rohet Garh - Udaipur:
  • Day 16:   Tuesday 28th November 2017:   Udaipur:
  • Day 17:   Wednesday 29th November 2017:  Udaipur:
  • Day 18:   Thursday 30th November:  Depart Udaipur – Delhi/Mumbai:

Country Information

 

Accommodation:
All our hotels are excellent four and 4 star boutique hotel. We highly recommend our hotels as they have excellent services and facilities. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double & two twin beds.

Climate & Clothing:
The climate in India is warm to hot all year around. The rainy season is June till October. The general rule is to bring comfortable clothing including lightweight cottons. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as is a light waterproof jacket. We provide a detailed packing list to all our guests prior to departure.
Currency & Money Matters:
The currency is the Indian Rupee (INR), which is divided into 100 paise (singular paisa). Major currencies can be changed at banks, and authorised bureaux de changes. It is advisable to refuse torn notes, as no one will accept them apart from the National Bank. It is best to change money into small denominations. Traveller’s cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in tourist orientated establishments. ATM’s are not generally available.
Electricity:
The electrical current in India is 250 volts AC. 50Hz. A variety of power outlets are used in India, but most plugs have two or three round pins.
Insurance:
You must obtain Comprehensive Travel Insurance as a condition of travelling with Boutique Tours & Travel. We recommend that you purchase insurance at the time of Booking.
Language:
Hindi is the official language. 
Meals:
Our hotel offers a wonderful selection of dishes at their buffet breakfasts with a wide variety of both menu and venue for lunches and evening meals.
Medical Services & Facilities:
Our hotels have access to a doctor if required. They can also assist guests with purchasing of medicine. The international hospitals in India are very good and have western trained medical and surgical specialists. Dental care is also available.
Passports & Visas:
To enter India you require a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and with at least two blank pages. A visa is required for most guests and will be organised prior to departure.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation:
Boutique Tours & Travel suggests that you may like to arrive a day before the start of your tour to allow time to relax and refresh. You are also very welcome to linger longer after the tour is completed. Boutique Tours & Travel has negotiated special overnight rates at many hotels for both pre and post tour accommodation. Please request when booking.
Time Zone:
Despite the size of the country, the standard time throughout India is GMT +5.30.
Tipping:
We know that some of our guests are not familiar with tipping customs, so any gratuities (eg to waiters, porters etc) are taken care of as part of your fee. A tip from you to the guides and drivers is required.
Tour Group:
Our small group tours provide you with a good balance of group activity and personal discovery.
Transport:
Most of our road journeys between major cities are longer than 3 hours so we include modern Luxury sedan cars and minibuses for this tour. They are spacious and comfortable so we can all enjoy the journey.
Water & Beverages:
Our hotels offer bottled water, and soft drinks and bottled water are provided when travelling in our transport. Most teas are available with most meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost of this tour.

UNESCO

  • Agra Fort (1983)
  • Humayun's Tomb, Delhi (1993)
  • Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi (1993)
  • Red Fort Complex (2007)
  • Taj Mahal Agra (1983)
  • Fatehpur Sikri (1986)
  • The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur (2010)

 

Properties submitted on the Tentative List
  • Thar Desert National Park Jaisalmer (2009)
  • Delhi - A Heritage City (2012)
  • Amber Fort Hill Forts of Rajasthan (2010)

VIP Moments

Experience wild and romantic rural Rajasthan at one of India’s great luxury camps. This peaceful unique tented camp of Chhatra Sagar is perched dramatically above a picturesque 100-year old reservoir that is set on 1400 acres in the lush, green oasis. It was a former hunting lodge of the Nimaj Estate, and is now run by the great grandchildren of the original founder.

This very individual camp is a modern recreation of the shikar camps of yesteryear and is situated between Jaipur and Jodhpur.

Each of the 13 beautifully decorated spacious tents is wonderfully appointed and extremely comfortable, with en suite bathroom and a private seating area offering panoramic views overlooking the lake.

Relish the sumptuous meals that are cooked in the family kitchen by your hosts  using traditional recipes passed down through the generations with organically grown food in the beautiful dining tent or under a million stars,

Cooking demonstrations are also available to guests.

The hosts offer nature walks on their estate which  has a variety of wildlife, in particular antelope and birds of prey and the brothers who own the land are extremely knowledgeable about all the bird and animal life in the area. Chhatra Sagar also attracts huge numbers of migratory birds.

Excursions to local villages and Bishnoi settlements are also available

Chhatra Sagar is a very special retreat where you can immerse yourself in rural Rajasthan culture without a care in the world.

Full Itinerary

Day 01:                              Delhi                                                                                               

Welcome to India. You will be met by our airport representative and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight – The Manor, Delhi

 

Day 02:                              Delhi                                                                                           (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Later this morning visit both Old Delhi and New Delhi. Explore Old Delhi’s dense network of homes, markets, mosques and alleyways visiting Chandni Chowk by rickshaw, the Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Rajghat.

Later visit Sir Edwin Lutyen’s New Delhi, inaugurated in 1931 and home to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the Indian President, Rajpath and the imposing India Gate.

This evening enjoy a Sound & Light Show at the Red Fort. (Optional)

Overnight – The Manor, Delhi

 

Day 03:                         Delhi- Varanasi                                                                              (B)

Transfer to the airport to board the flight to Varanasi.

Arrive in Varanasi. In the afternoon visit to Buddhist holy site of Sarnath.

Evening attend Ganga Aarti at the Ghats

Overnight– Ganges View, Varanasi

 

Day 04:                              Varanasi                                                                                   (B)

Boat cruise on river Ganges.  The western banks of Ganges has a string of Ghats - the chain of stone steps, all built with pavilions, palaces and terraces, most of which are mainly used as Dharamsalas where the pilgrims stay during their visit to the holy city.  At dawn, the Ghats are abuzz with activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river or offering prayers to the rising sun and performing other religious rituals.  A boat ride along the Ghats gives you vantage views of this activity.  The sunrise on the Ganges is a soul-lifting experience.  Later, visit the Vishwanath temple, also called the golden temple because of the gold-plating on its roof.

Evening at leisure or visit Ghat to attend Aarti.

Overnight –Ganges View, Varanasi

 

Day 05:                           Varanasi –Delhi –Agra (204 Kms / 04-05 Hrs)                                             (B)

Transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi.

Arrive Delhi and drive to Agra stopping en-route at Sikandra, the impressive tomb of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. From Sikandra it is a short drive to Agra. Enjoy a tour of Agra Fort and the eternal Taj Mahal at sunset.

Taj Mahal at night – FULL MOON  - Viewing tickets included

Overnight – The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra 

 

Day 06:                     Agra                                                                                                              (B)

Early morning visit to Taj Mahal. (Optional)

This morning we visit the imposing Agra Fort on the banks of the River Yamuna which was established by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565. Afterwards continue to the Taj Mahal; you have to pinch yourself to believe you are there!! Leave the Taj and cross the river to visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula, the jewel of Agra, sometimes known as the ‘Baby Taj’ – the least visited of Agra’s three great monuments and the first to be covered in white marble and pietra dura.

Overnight –The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra 

 

Day 07:                       Agra –Jaipur : (250 Kms / 05-06 Hrs)                                                         (B/D)

After breakfast, depart for Jaipur by road.

Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, the now deserted city built by Emperor Akbar. Arrive at Jaipur and check in at the hotel.

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight - The Farm, Jaipur

 

Day 08:                        Jaipur:                                                                                      (B)

Morning excursion to Amber Fort (09 Kms) enter Amber fort on the back of elephant ride till the rampart.

Amber is a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes, apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster. Inside the Fort visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. Inside the Jag Mandir is the famed Sheesh Mahal - a room with all the four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces, which were specially imported from Belgium during that period.

 

Rest of the day free for optional activities including shopping.

Overnight - The Farm, Jaipur

 

Day 09:                         Jaipur - Chhatra Sagar: (220 Kms / 04 Hrs)                                     (B)

After breakfast transfer to Nimaj, arrive Chhatra Sagar Camps and check in.

Afternoon visit local villages or enjoy the view sitting at this dam site.

Overnight –Chhatra Sagar, Nimaj 

 

Day 10:                         Chhatra Sagar:                                                                                     (B)

Day at leisure.

Overnight –Chhatra Sagar, Nimaj 

 

Day 11:                      Chhatra Sagar – Jodhpur: (132 Kms / 02 Hrs)                                  (B)

After breakfast, leave for Jodhpur by road.

Arrive Jodhpur in the afternoon and check in at the hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour including the Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Museum and clock tower market.

Evening at leisure.

Overnight – RAAS Hotel, Jodhpur

 

Day 12:                          Jodhpur- Jaisalmer: (275 Kms / 05-06 Hrs)                                                    (B)

After breakfast, drive to Jaisalmer. Arrive Jaisalmer and check in at hotel. 

Overnight –The Serai, Jaisalmer

 

Day 13:                     Jaisalmer:                                                                                                                          (B)

Morning visit Sonar Fort, Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It is situated in Jaisalmer city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from where it derives it name. The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, and has been the scene of many battles. Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the "Golden Fort".

After visit Patwon Ki Haveli.

Overnight –The Serai, Jaisalmer

 

Day 14:                      Jaisalmer – Wilderness Camp:     (280kms  / 6 hrs)                             (B/D)

In the morning leave for Wilderness Camp

Arrive and check in at camp. Tea / coffee and dinner at the camp

At Rohet Garh – Village Safari by jeep.

Overnight – Wilderness Camp

 

Day 15:                       Rohet Garh Fort:                                                                          (B)

Breakfast at the camp

Situated 17km west of Rohet it is a perfect extension of all our activities. An ideal distance for a comfortable full day horse ride. The spectacular ride is coupled with a rich cultural experience. Afternoon leave for Rohetgarh Fort

"The village safari" done by jeep or horse, before arriving at the camp just before sunset to a sumptuous high tea is a near perfect experience.

Day at leisure

Overnight – Rohet Garh Fort, Rohet.

 

Day 16:                     Rohet Garh – Udaipur: (195 Kms / 03-04 Hrs)                                  (B)

After breakfast drive to Udaipur, arrive Udaipur and transfer to the hotel.

Enjoy a boat ride at Lake Pichola this evening.

Overnight– Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur 

 

Day 17:                   Udaipur:                                                                               (B)

Boat ride at sunrise on Lake Pichola (optional)

After breakfast, leave for sightseeing of City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Museum and Sahelion Ki Bari.

Evening at leisure.

Overnight-Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

  

 

DAY 18:                     Depart Udaipur:        (B)

Your tour concludes on after breakfast.

Depending on your departure itinerary, you may have time for some last-minute shopping. We are able to organise our private guide to accompany you.

Transfers to the airport for your onward or homebound journey are able to be arranged including flights to Delhi  / Mumbai or elsewhere.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Boutique Tours & Travel for further travel arrangements.

 

You are invited to participate in wonderful 2 day tour of Mumbai.

 

Flights:   Udaipur / Mumbai

Mumbai: Culture & Shopping Tour - 2 days

Please contact us ASAP if you are interested in this Tour

 

Day 1:

Arrive Mumbai:
Mumbai Tour;  Visit Dabbawallas & Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya

Day 2:     
Contiue sightseeing; including Dhobi Ghat  and Crawford Market. Free afternoon at leisure

Day 3: – Saturday 2nd December 2017:   
Free time at leisure  departure

 

Nett Tour Price per person on twin sharing basis TBC
Single Supplement TBC

 

LAND ARRANGEMENT INCLUSIONS / NOTES:

Accommodation in double / Twin rooms at The Hotel of your choice
All transfers with assistance
Transport by air conditioned Toyota Innova Car.
Services of English speaking for sightseeing & excursions as per the itinerary
Entrances to the monuments tourist interests as per the itinerary
All presently applicable taxes

 

LAND ARRANGEMENT EXCLUSIONS:

Any International/Domestic airfares are not included in the above tour prices.
Any items which are not included in the Inclusions.

 

SPECIAL NOTES:

Check-In, Check-out time in hotels is 1400 Noon.
Prices are subject to change with any increase in the cost.
Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary & inclusions.
In case of any currency fluctuations or amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.
Flight schedule is subject to change without notice.

Any cancellation within the stipulated period.

Post tour to Kerala is also available

 

Tour Hotels

CITY LUXURY DELUXE BOUTIQUE
Delhi:

 

The Metropolitan


 
Agra:   Four Point Sheraton  
Rambamthore   Pugmark Wildlife Resort  
Jaipur: ITC RajPutana    
Nimaj:   Chhatra Suga Camp  
Jodhpur:     Ratan Villas
Jaisalmer:   Gorbandh Palace  
Rohet:   Rohet Garh  
Udaipur: Taj Lake Palace Kankarwar Haveli  

You may choose to mix your hotels; if so please contact us for a new quote.

 

Salary Packaging:

If you have Salary Packaging at your workplace, you may be entitled to claim for accommodation and or meals. Contact us to discuss this further.

 

Boutique Tours & Travel offers comprehensive travel packages with just about everything on land included in one price. Accommodation, most meals, transfers, baggage handling, all major sightseeing and numerous cultural events are also included.

For further assistance regarding this tour contact us.

Start Date End Date Luxury Deluxe Boutique Availability
1980.00 1 Nov 2016 1 Nov 2016 $8,890.00 $7,150.00 $6,270.00 Space Available Book Now

The prices above are per person twin share for the tour only and are in Australian dollars.

Single Supplement as noted.

Tour Dates:

Love the look of this tour but the dates don’t match?. Contact us to discuss options.

Salary Packaging:

If you have Salary Packaging at your workplace, you may be entitled to claim for accommodation and or meals.

Contact us to discuss this further.

 

Boutique Tours & Travel offers comprehensive travel packages with just about everything on land included in one price. Accommodation, most meals, transfers, baggage handling, all major sightseeing and numerous cultural events are also included.

For further assistance regarding this tour contact us.

 

On receipt of full payment you will receive an exclusive Tour Booklet that includes a detailed Itinerary and travel information.

 

Exchange Rates:

All tour prices are current at the time of publication. To reflect significant fluctuations in exchange rates or the imposition of new government taxes that impact on the cost of providing its services, Boutique Tours & Travel reserves the right to adjust prices as may be necessary at any time. Accordingly, Boutique Tours & Travel in receiving any payments, does not undertake that the price payable will thereafter remain unchanged.

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