India’s Royal Heritage

19 Day
From (AUD)
$ 17,190
  • 2018/2019 Delhi > Delhi

    Unveil the true soul of North India

    Golden, blue and pink cities, lake palaces, great deserts, impressive forts and mighty temples; the stunning tapestry of North India will enthral and delight even the most experienced of travellers.

    Gain a deeper understanding of the majesty of North India as you uncover the royal heritage of the region. Explore the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, take in the view from the top of the 13th century Mehrangarh Fort or have a true Rajasthani desert adventure in Dechu in a luxury tented camp under the stars. Enjoy a two night Special Stay in Udaipur, the magical city of lakes, where you’ll stay at the extraordinary Taj Lake Palace Hotel. Venture deep into Rajasthan, possibly the most romantic and mythical state on the sub-continent, and stay in characteristic forts and hunting lodges in the smaller towns of Nagaur and Narlai. Be at home in a palace in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and the search for the elusive Bengal tiger in Ranthambore National Park. North India will capture your heart with its colour, splendour and brilliance.

    Tour Code:

    INDD

    Duration:

    19 Days

    Departure City:

    Delhi

    Return City:

    Delhi

  • 19 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Delhi
      Highlights:
      Welcome

      We welcome you to North India with a traditional floral garland and red tikka before transferring to your  luxurious hotel for the next two nights.

    • Day 2 - Delhi
      Highlights:
      Rickshaw ride Spice Market

      Explore Old Delhi and India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Dazzle your senses on a rickshaw ride through Asia’s largest wholesale spice bazaar and Delhi’s oldest streets, finishing with a traditional lunch in Dharmpura haveli. Later visit the inspiration for the Taj Mahal, Humayan’s Tomb and drive past the India Gate and Presidential Avenue. Tonight enjoy your special welcome dinner.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Delhi > Agra
      Highlights:
      Sundowners overlooking Taj Mahal

      Drive to Agra, stopping en route at the tomb of I’timad-ud-Daulah, known as the Baby Taj. In Agra, your luxurious Special Stay hotel, is only 600 metres from the magnificent Taj Mahal.

      Sundowners

      Gather for an evening drink to overlook and appreciate the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose from Esphahan, or the buffet at the Bellevue.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Agra
      Highlights:
      Taj Mahal & Agra Fort

      Marvel at the Taj Mahal at sunrise with its shimmering marble domes and towers. Later discover the World Heritage-listed Agra Fort.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Agra > Ranthambore National Park
      Highlights:
      Fatehpur Sikri

      Explore the World Heritage-listed site of Fatehpur Sikri en route to Bharatpur.  Board a train to travel to Ranthambore National Park and settle into your luxury tent for a two night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Ranthambore National Park
      Highlights:
      Fatehpur Sikri

      Accompanied by an expert wildlife naturalist, search for the elusive Bengal Tiger during your private morning and afternoon game drives.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Ranthambore National Park > Jaipur
      Highlights:
      Castle Kanota

      Drive to Jaipur also known as the ‘Pink City’, visiting Abhaneri village and its 1,000-year-old step well en route. Afterwards stop for lunch at the Castle Kanota, the setting for the Viceroy Club in the film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. Enjoy dinner in a restored haveli and stay at your  regal hotel for three nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Jaipur
      Highlights:
      Enrich - morning tea at Royal Residence; Freechoice Dining

      Visit the City Palace, a superb blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, which is home to the rulers of Jaipur. Marvel at the magnificent Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in the 18th century, where the remarkable astronomical devices are still used today.

      Enrich

      Savour refreshments inside the residence of the Royal Family of Jaipur, an area not normally accessible to other tourists. Overlook the Nahargarh Fort, Old City and Palace gardens whilst savouring your sweets.

      Discover the magnificent Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its honeycombed sandstone windows where the ladies of the royal household would watch everyday life. Take a rickshaw ride into small chowkris of the city before returning to your hotel.

      FreechoiceDining

      Learn about traditional Indian cooking with the Ikaki Niwas family or savour the views from high in Amber Fort whilst dining at 1136 Restaurant.

    • Day 9 - Jaipur
      Highlights:
      Amber Fort

      Begin the day exploring the striking hilltop Amber Fort before enjoying an afternoon at leisure.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 10 - Jaipur > Nagaur
      Highlights:
      Nagaur Fort

      Pass small villages and towns driving to Nagaur and your magnificent hotel, located within the original fort, on the edge of the Great Thar Desert.

      Enrich

      Conduct a guided exploration walk around the fort before being taken back in time with an exclusive dinner in an especially prepared setting in Ahhichatragarh Fort, dressed in traditional turbans and saris, just as the former residents once did.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Nagaur > Jaisalmer
      Highlights:
      Jaisalmer city tour; Freechoice Dining

      Continue west into the desert of Rajasthan en route to Jaisalmer, known as the ‘Golden City’ and for its many intricate havelis. During an orientation walk visit Patwon-ki and Salim Sing-ki-Havelis. Enjoy your hotel for the next two nights in Jaisalmer.

      FreechoiceDining

      Dine on international fare at Nosh or try a traditional Rajasthani thali at the Legends of Marwad.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Jaisalmer
      Highlights:
      Jaisalmer Fort

      Visit the 800-year-old Jaisalmer Fort and the Gadi Sagar Tank.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 13 - Jaisalmer > Dechu (Tented Camp)
      Highlights:
      Evening under the stars

      Begin the return east and drive to Dechu to spend a wonderful evening under the stars at the Samsara Luxury Tented Camp.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Dechu > Jodhpur
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Take a jeep safari through nearby villages or venture to Khichan, the migratory home to the Demoiselle Cranes of Eurasia and Mongolia.

      Continue to the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur and marvel at the Mehrangarh Fort from your room at your boutique hotel located inside the old walled city.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 15 - Jodhpur
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Mehrangarh Fort

      Choose from a variety of heritage walking tours to discover the history, architecture, bazaars and culture of the ‘Blue City’.

      Enrich

      Accompanied by the museum curator, enjoy a glass of champagne overlooking the city before continuing on an exclusive and private walking tour of Mehrangarh Fort. Dinner is at the Fort, providing an outstanding vantage point over the city.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Jodhpur > Narlai
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Candle-lit well dinner

      See the rural tribal hamlets whilst driving to the small village of Narlai. Settle into your hotel, a former hunting lodge. Later, take a walking tour of the village before enjoying a drink with a member of the local royal family.

      Enrich

      Take a bullock cart ride to tonight’s dinner venue and enjoy a delicious Indian dinner in a candlelit 1,100-year-old step well.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Narlai > Ranakpur > Udaipur
      Highlights:
      Leopard safari

      Rise early to watch sunrise over the lake during a jeep safari, as you hope to view a leopard on their morning prowl. Stop at Ranakpur to visit the intricate Jain Temple before arriving in Udaipur, also known as the ‘City of Lakes’ and your two night Special Stay. Tonight relax in the palace gardens whilst watching the evening cultural show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 18 - Udaipur
      Highlights:
      Freechoice Lake Pichola sunset cruise
      Freechoice

      Take a cultural walk through the markets or explore the City Palace, built entirely in granite and marble, and the nearby Jagdish Temple.

      Cruise the serene waters of Lake Pichola during the magical hours of dusk before indulging in your sumptuous private Mewar Terrace farewell dinner. Decorated with flowers and candles, overlooking the City Palace and Lake Pichola, this is a fitting end to your tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 19 - Udaipur > Delhi/Mumbai
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Bid farewell to India as you fly to Delhi. Alternatively, use your included flight to fly from Udaipur to Mumbai for a post-tour extension. Please book connecting flight to depart after 9pm.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 4 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 10 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 1 Sundowners event
    • 3 memorable Special Stays
    • 46 meals – 18 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 13 dinners