Rajasthan Panorama

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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.

Places Visited

New Zealand - Delhi (2N) - Alsisar (1N) - Bikaner (1N) - Gajner (1N) - Jaisalmer (2N) - Manvar (1N) - Jodhpur (2N) - Udaipur (2N) - Deogarh (1N) - Pushkar (1N) - Jaipur (2N) - Ranthambore (2N) - Agra (2N) - Delhi - New Zealand

Day 1-2: New Zealand to Delhi
Fly to Delhi. Transfer to your Manesar hotel for an overnight stay. Depending on airlines schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2
Day 1-2: New Zealand to Delhi
Day 3: 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: Drive to Alsisar
Day 4: 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: Travel to Gajner
Day 5: 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: Journey to Jaisalmer
Day 6: 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:  Explore Jaisalmer
Day 7: 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 8: Manvar to Jodhpur
Travel to Jodhpur, known as the ‘blue city’, and located on the edge of the Thar Desert.
Day 8: Manvar to Jodhpur
Day 9: 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: Mehrangarh Fort
Day 10: 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: Lake Pichola
Day 11: 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: Udaipur City Tour
Day 12: 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: Travel to Deogarh
Day 13: 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: Discover Pushkar
Day 14: Jaipur City Palace
Travel to Jaipur where you will visit the City Palace and ancient Jantar Mantar Observatory.
Day 14:  Jaipur City Palace
Day 15: 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.
Day 15: Jaipur
Days 16-17: Ranthambore
Travel to Ranthambore National Park, home to many animals such as leopards, hyena, bears and most importantly, tigers. Enjoy your afternoon at your leisure. The next day, you will have both morning and afternoon safaris, more opportunities to spot the magnificent wildlife.
Days 16-17: Ranthambore
Day 18: Travel to Agra
Today travel to Agra, stopping en route at the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Day 18: Travel to Agra
Day 19: 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: Taj Mahal
Day 20: 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.
Day 20: Agra to Delhi
Day 21: Vibrant 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. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Day 21: Vibrant Delhi
Day 22: Depart Delhi
Today any time before your flight will be at leisure. You will then be transferred to the airport according to the departure time of your flight to New Zealand, arriving home the same or following day.
Day 22:  Depart Delhi

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If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 936 3998 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

Tour prices are per person, twin share departing Auckland. Regional departures available on request. Additional charges: Tipping is payable on arrival in destination (see Additional Price Information below).

Additional Price Information:


Single Supplement from $1,380
Land Only (Delhi to Delhi), 21 days from $5,080 per person twin share
Additional charges: Tipping - US$115 per person (subject to change) payable on arrival.
06 Mar, 13 Mar 19 & 04 Mar 20 departures coincides with Holi Festival celebrations and sightseeing may be affected
30 Oct 19 Departure coincides with the Pushkar Fair (subject to change)
Tour availability is updated each Monday. While every effort is made to ensure availability status is current, it is advisable to contact our reservations department on 0800 936 3998. Limited seats denotes 4 seats or less available.

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call New Zealand – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 64, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in India and you will find high quality coverage. India has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and India is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be fun and entertaining, especially in local markets all over India where souvenirs can be purchased for next to nothing. However all passengers must realise that the authenticity and value of goods is always questionable.
If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is! Some shopping is made up of copied brand items and reproduced antiques.
 
In keeping with most people’s interest whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities in local shops and government factories. This may vary depending on local conditions, and should never interfere with your itinerary’s included sightseeing.
 
Each region has its own specialty; a traditional handicraft perfected by the locals over centuries, a climate that encourages rich spices to grow, or a type of wood, stone or precious jewel in abundance nearby. Textiles are a popular souvenir, including silk brocades from Varanasi in the north or Kanchipuram in the south, tie-dyed cottons from all over Rajasthan, saris, hand woven Tibetan carpets from Darjeeling or Dharamshala, or the woollen shawls pashminas of Kashmir and Ladakh.
 
There is also the heavy and elaborate silverwork of Rajasthan, “spring picked” tea from the hill stations, and the spices, wooden carvings or facemasks of Kerala.
 
If you prefer set prices, head to the government-run shops, usually called “cottage industries” or “emporium” which sells quality but reasonably priced goods. The more up market tourist shops will also have fixed prices. Markets, street stalls, and local shops can be noisy, crowded, and confronting, but this remains one of the most rewarding experiences of travelling in India. If your itinerary includes some free time and you would like to go shopping, ask either your National Escort/Guide or the hotel staff for advice on how to best get there. They should be able to tell you if you need a taxi or a rickshaw, how much you should pay for the journey and provide you verbal or written directions to give to the driver. Remember to take a hotel business card with you to find your way back!

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes a combination of western and local dishes. As traditional in this region, lunch and dinner are served in a banquet style, so you can try the variety of specialty dishes. The amount of food served is more than ample for the whole group.
 
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people so dishes are not too spicy or unusual in their taste. One of the great myths about India is that the food is of poor quality and always hot and spicy. This is definitely not the case! In fact, North Indian dishes whilst often very rich and indeed spicy don’t contain as much chilli as South Indian dishes. Indian cuisine is predominately vegetarian; however more meat (chicken and lamb) dishes are available in the North. On our group tours, we use a variety of local and hotel restaurants, which provide variety in both the dishes and methods of cooking. If you like Indian food from home, you will have no problems with the real Indian food as it is similar, only more flavoursome. You’ll love it; though don’t expect to lose weight on your holiday, Indians love to eat and eat big. In tourist centres, some restaurants and hotels may also serve western dishes to provide variety. You may also prefer to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars and tea/coffee from home.
 
Drinks will be at each tour member’s own expense. Beer is widely available and cheap. Wine lovers should remember that western style wine is very expensive to import into India, so is not stocked except by upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice, fruit juices, or lassies (yoghurt based sweet or salty drinks) from a trusted restaurant; where they will use boiled or bottled water to prepare ice and drinks.
 
Tea is very popular and Indians simply love visiting the many street stalls which brew chai (also known as masala), a sweet, spiced tea brewed with boiling milk. Hotels will usually serve tea and instant coffee at breakfast or other meals – you can usually request the chai or masala style tea as well.
Packed meals: On some days, your National Escort/Guide may arrange for a simple, packed meal for your group. It may be a matter of schedule (on long driving days), hygiene (on train journeys), or your location (in remote areas) and we ask you to bear this in mind. Although this is not a full meal, most of our passengers seem to enjoy this change from the large portions and more elaborate banquets enjoyed most days.

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Why Book This Tour?

It journeys through Rajasthan, land of extravagant forts and palaces, and allows wildlife and architecture lovers alike to experience safaris, deserts and colourful cities. Take the exciting opportunity to stay overnight in a traditional desert camp.

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