Glimpses of India
Duration: 11 nights part-escorted tour
Price from: £1999pp
Delhi 2 nights
Agra 1 night
Jaipur 2 nights
Shahpura 1 night
Udaipur 2 nights
Jodhpur 2 nights
Delhi 1 night
Day 1: Fly to Delhi.
Day 2 Delhi: Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to simply relax, or perhaps seek out one of New Delhi's swanky cafes or bars and enjoy a reviving drink.
Day 3 Delhi: Today's sightseeing starts in Old Delhi with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Drive past Red Fort and continue to the Jama Masjid, one of Asia's largest mosques which is viewed from the outside. This afternoon proceed to New Delhi with a visit to Qutab Minar, which is Delhi's Eiffel Tower, its Statue of Liberty and Nelson's Column. Later visit the Humayun's tomb and on the way back to the hotel drive past the colonial part of New Delhi, called Raisina Hill, and the Viceroy's House.
Day 4 Delhi/Agra: Morning departure by road to Agra (approx 128 miles/4 hours drive). On arrival, visit the Agra Fort and the famed Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife.
Day 5 Agra/Jaipur: Drive to Jaipur (approx 5 hours drive) and en route visit the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, built by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. Continue to the pink city of Jaipur.
Day 6 Jaipur: Drive to the ancient capital of Amer to see the fabulous Amber Fort. Later in Jaipur see the imposing City Palace, the ancient Observatory and exotic Hawa Mahal, Jaipur's most distinctive landmark.
Day 7 Jaipur/Shahpura: Drive to Shahpura (approx 4 hours drive) whose lakes form the heart of a verdant wetland refuge in an idyllic setting. At leisure to explore or enjoy the optional resort activities.
Day 8 Shahpur/Udaipur: Option for early morning bird watching before leaving by road for Udaipur (approx 4 hours drive), a city of romantic shimmering lakes that reflect the Aravali ranges.
Day 9 Udaipur: Morning tour of Udaipur. See the enormous City Palace and Saheliyon Ki Bari, built to house ladies-in-waiting. This afternoon enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Pichola, noted for its marble pavilion and imposing dome. Watch people doing their laundry on the shores of the lake against the backdrop of the City Palace and old city.
Day 10 Udaipur/Jodhpur: Morning drive to Jodhpur and en route visit the magnificent Jain temples at Ranakpur (approx 6 hours drive) famous for their elaborate decoration. Flight available, ask for details.
Day 11 Jodhpur: Visit the glorious Mehrangarh Fort which dominates the city, the Royal Cenotaphs and Jaswant Thada a whimsical array of domes and a peaceful spot to admire city views.
Day 12 Jodhpur/Delhi: At leisure before an afternoon flight to Delhi.
Day 13 Delhi: Your tour concludes today with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey, or why not extend your stay?
Optional walking tours available. Walk behind the Taj Mahal in Agra and, in Jaipur, enjoy a walk that uncovers some of the city's best kept secrets. Please ask for details.
Accommodation: 3* hotels throughout. Higher grade hotels also available at a supplement.
Tour price: The price shown for this part-escorted private tour by air-conditioned car is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, domestic flights where stated, private transfers, entrance fees, services of an English speaking guide during sightseeing (driver only for transfers between cities), sightseeing as outlined and accommodation.