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.

DATES: Departures: 20 September, 18 October, 8 November and 22 November 2018
DURATION: 21 Days
PRICE: From $5,280 per person
STARTING: New Delhi, India
FINISHING: New Delhi, India

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DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO MANESAR

Fly to Delhi. Transfer to your Manesar hotel for an overnight stay.

 

DAY 2: DRIVE TO ALSISAR

Leave Manesar 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 3: TRAVEL TO GAJNER

Depart for 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 4: JOURNEY 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 5: EXPLORE JAISALMER

Visit Jaisalmer Fort, built atop the 80 metre-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: THAR DESERT CAMP

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 seven kilometres 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: MEHRANGARH FORT

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 9: LAKE PICHOLA

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 CITY TOUR

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: TRAVEL TO DEOGARH

Drive to Deogarh, stopping en route to visit the Eklinji and Nathdwara Temples. This evening walk through the bustling streets of the village and view local rural life.

 

DAY 12: DISCOVER 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 13: JAIPUR CITY PALACE

Travel to Jaipur where you will visit the City Palace and ancient Jantar Mantar Observatory.

 

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.

 

DAYS 15-16: RANTHAMBORE

Travel to Ranthambore National Park, home to many animals such as leopards, hyena, bears and most importantly, tigers and enjoy a canter safari this afternoon. The next day, you will have both a morning and afternoon safaris, more opportunities to spot the magnificent wildlife.

 

DAYS 17: TRAVEL TO AGRA

Today travel to Agra, stopping en route at the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri.

 

DAY 18: TAJ MAHAL

View the impressive Taj Mahal at sunrise, built by Emperor Shah Jahan. Later, visit a marble inlay workshop and Agra Fort.

 

DAY 19: AGRA TO DELHI

Leave Agra and drive to Delhi. 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 where the goods spill out onto the pavements. New Delhi is characterised by the grandeur of 19th-century buildings and wide, tree-lined boulevards. Visit Qutub Minar and Connaught Place Markets for some shopping.

 

DAYS 20-21: DELHI TO AUSTRALIA

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 flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

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