Royal Rajasthan - India

15 day Royal Rajasthan tour with return Qantas or Emirates flights, airport transfers, accommodation, breakfast daily, sightseeing and more!

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  • 15 Day Royal Rajasthan tour with Qantas or Emirates
  • 15 Day Royal Rajasthan tour with Qantas or Emirates
  • 15 Day Royal Rajasthan tour with Qantas or Emirates
  • 15 Day Royal Rajasthan tour with Qantas or Emirates
  • 15 Day Royal Rajasthan tour with Qantas or Emirates
  • 15 Day Royal Rajasthan tour with Qantas or Emirates
  • 15 Day Royal Rajasthan tour with Qantas or Emirates
  • 15 Day Royal Rajasthan tour with Qantas or Emirates
  • 15 Day Royal Rajasthan tour with Qantas or Emirates
  • 15 Day Royal Rajasthan tour with Qantas or Emirates
  • 15 Day Royal Rajasthan tour with Qantas or Emirates
  • 15 Day Royal Rajasthan tour with Qantas or Emirates
  • 15 Day Royal Rajasthan tour with Qantas or Emirates
 
  • The tour was a travel experience of a lifetime for all of us, as befitting the motto Incredible India. John T
  • Congratulations on a well organised adventure that was certainly value for money. I guess the icing on the cake was or guide Ashotush Sharma and his bus driving colleagues, it… Donald B
  • Fantastic trip loved every minute of it Franciscus B
  • Excellent value,excellent guide, excellent trip. very satisfied Richard H
  • We were waiting for the wheels to fall off along the way, but surprise, surprise everything happened as it was meant to and by far exceeded our expectation. Malcolm P
  • This Webjet Exclusives holiday to Rajasthan in India was fantastic and went off without a hitch. My travelling companion was having a significant birthday while in India, our guide Vivek… Raelene V
  • A wonderful experience for us both. I spent 34 years in the Royal Australian Navy so had travelled a lot, but not to India. Kathy has not travelled much at… Colin D
  • Our tour was fine in every way, The pace was busy, day by day... We saw great sights...yes, every one. Our guides were smart and lots of fun. Travel value?… Sidney F
  • Our tour guide was brilliant, he tried to accommodate all our requests and certainly gave 100% +, the driver was also brilliant. It was truly a great experience and I… Marion I
  • The tour was fantastic. Itinerary too was great. Our tour director, driver and his offsider were very helpful, happy and very obliging.... Loved it. India certainly had the WOW factor Edna R
  • We had amazing time our tour guide Indira was fantastic, hotels were of a very good standard, overall we were very happy with the Webjet experience Martin D

Highlights

 

Experience an unmissable, fully-guided 15 day Royal Rajasthan tour! Start your journey with a welcome dinner to get to know your fellow travellers before a full day guided tour. Enjoy local cuisine, see the Red Fort and the President’s residence, the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

From here we discover ancient forts in Mandawa, Gajner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and more! Explore in and around the magical Taj Mahal, marvel at the beauty of the region’s diverse landscapes and learn the history of this cultured and treasured land, all with the knowledge and guidance of expert guides.

 Your package includes return international Qantas or Emirates airfares, accommodation, transfers, dedicated tour guide, breakfast daily, sightseeing, entrance fees and more. Experience the same destination in three unique travel styles to match your travel needs. Choose from Essential Package or upgrade to experience more. 

Essential Package:

 Our Essential packages are for those travellers wanting to experience the destination affordably and in their own way. These packages give you the flexibility of more free time or to tailor make your holiday with your preferred sightseeing. We have included the Essentials like return international airfares, key sightseeing, standard accommodation, a professional Webjet tour guide and more.

Classic Package:

The Classic package is for the traveller wanting the best of both worlds! We have included all the essentials like return international airfares, key sightseeing, a professional Webjet tour guide plus relax knowing you have more sightseeing, more meals, superior upgraded accommodation and other benefits included in your Classic Package. 

Signature Package:

The works! For those travellers wanting to leave nothing to chance. All the perks like return international airfares, key sightseeing, a professional Webjet tour guide while enjoying the most meals, the most sightseeing and deluxe upgraded accommodation.

See the What You Get section for more.

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Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff– Delhi

Depart Australia today on your flight to Delhi (please note, some flight may depart 1 day before). You will arrive at New Delhi International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the remnants of a bygone time, in the form of its many monuments, stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. Delhi is a food-lovers haven and has something to please every palate. There is an unlimited variety available across cuisines, across price-brackets and across experiences – from street food of North India to International cuisine and from road-side dhabas to finedining – Delhi has it all.

Day 2: Delhi (B)

Today we head out on a full day to explore Delhi. Begin your day with a guided tour of the Old City of ‘Shahjahanabad’. Your introduction to the city will start with a visit to Raj Ghat – the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, drive past the Red Fort—the magical monument in red sandstone built at the pinnacle of the Mughal Empire.

Optional Tour: Old Delhi Rickshaw – proceed by bicycle rickshaws through the bustling streets of Old Delhi to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia built by Shahjahan.

Optional Meal: Lunch at Chor Bizarre – A restaurant that completes the eating out experience great décor, distinct ambience enhanced superlative food and charming ‘old world’ service.

Optional Tour: Guided visit to Humayun’s Tomb – Proceed to Humayun’s tomb, the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and today a World Heritage Site. It was the first great example of a new distinctive style, which developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.

Optional Tour: Guided visit to Qutab Minar – Visit Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India built to establish the might of Islam and onset of Muslim rule in India. 

This afternoon, we drive past the imposing India Gate (War Memorial Arch), the Parliament buildings and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s residence) before enjoying one of Delhi’s most incredible Sikh Temples. 

Day 3: Delhi – Mandawa (B)

After breakfast, we drive to Mandawa (approx. 7 hrs drive). In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is the beautiful small town of Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis. The structures of this place are a reminder of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era.

This afternoon we explore the magnificent Frescoes Havelis. The beautiful havelis, painted predominantly in vibrant colours, have beautiful wall paintings that adorn their walls in this semi-desert region.

Day 4: Mandawa – Bikaner – Gajner (B)

After breakfast, you will be driven to Bikaner (approx. 5hrs drive). On arrival we head out for a sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Lying in the north of the desert state of Rajasthan, the city of Bikaner is dotted with many sand dunes. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. Bikaner’s forts, palaces and temples are magnificent creations in red and yellow sandstone and are living manifestations of its rich historical and architectural legacy.

Optional Tour: Junagarh Fort – Enjoy a guided tour of one of the most interesting forts in Rajasthan, with its sumptuously decorated interiors. Junagarh Fort built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh it is unusual in the sense that it was one of the few major forts of Rajasthan that was not built on a hilltop. Instead, it was built on the desert plains; its rugged sandstone bastions and graceful pavilions and balconies are silhouetted against the sky.

This afternoon, we go for a walk around the local bazaars of Bikaner and learn about the local trades and culture before continuing our drive to Gajner for our overnight. 

Day 5: Gajner – Jaisalmer (B)

After breakfast we begin our drive to Jaisalmer (approx. 6.5hrs drive). Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer found-ed by Rao Jaisal. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with all its awe-some splendour, dominating the amber hued city. The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. Famous for the Jaisalmer Fort, sand dunes, and ideal for camel rides and safaris. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 6: Jaisalmer (B)

After breakfast, proceed on a tour of Jaisalmer including a visit to Jaisalmer Fort – built in 1156 the fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert. Located on the top of the Trikuta Hill, the ramparts, bastions and the long-stretching walls of the fort dazzle gloriously during early morning and at sunset.

Optional Tour: Jaisalmer Fort Museum – Situated inside the majestic Jaisalmer Fort, the Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum and Heritage Centre was an erstwhile royal residence, which was later converted into a heritage centre and museum. The museum houses a great collection of artefacts depicting the rich culture and heritage of Jaisalmer. It is a must-visit for history buffs and those keen on learning about the heritage of Rajasthan.

Optional Meal: Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.

Continue on to Gadsisar Lake, a rain water lake, adorned with an arched gateway. Many small shrines and temples are festooned all around the lake. Later in the afternoon, drive to the outskirts of Jaisalmer, to witness the spectacular sunset on the sand dunes. The ripples on the wind-caressed dunes creating an enchanting mirage are surely a delight.

Optional Tour: Sand Dune Camel Ride – Later in the afternoon, drive to the outskirts to view the sunset on the picturesque sand dunes. The ripples on the wind-caressed dunes creating an enchanting mirage are surely a delight. An exciting camel ride on the sandy terrain will allow you to get the real feel of the desert. 

Day 7: Jaislamer – Jodhpur (B)

In the morning, you will be driven to the blue city of Jodhpur (approx. 7hrs drive). Jodhpur, also called the ‘Blue City’ located on the edge of the Thar Desert was once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar state founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha and is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh Fort, and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan; the monuments temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur.

On arrival, we’ll begin with an in depth tour of Jodhpur starting at the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, one of Rajasthan’s finest forts, looks down protectively over the city from the hilltop. Still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, this 5 km long majestic fort on a 125 metre high hill is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. There are seven gates that lead into the fort. Inside the fort is a series of courtyards and palaces. The palace apartments with marvellously carved panels, latticed windows have evocative names such as Sukh Mahal (Pleasure Palace), Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), the Phool Mahal (Flower Palace) and the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs (used when the Maharajas rode their elephants in processions), miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.

Day 8: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (B)

This morning after breakfast, you will be driven to the ‘City of Lake’ Udaipur (approx. 7hrs drive).

Optional Tour: Ranakpur Temples – En route to Udaipur visit the beautiful Ranakpur Jain Temples. Deep in the forest, tucked away in a remote and quite valley of the Aravalli Range, some 90 km from Udaipur is Ranakpur. It boasts of some of the most exquisite Jain temples in the country famous for their intricate friezes and sculptures. The main shrine of Adinath, with its 1444 exquisitely carved columns is the largest and most complex Jain temple in the country. Two Jain temples dedicated to Neminath and Parsvanath and a Sun Temple a little distance away are also noteworthy.

Optional Meal: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Ranakpur.

Continue to Udaipur. Udaipur – the ‘City of Lakes’, is the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, one of the oldest surviving dynasties in the world and was established around 1567 A.D. The chequered history of Mewar is showcased in the city of Udaipur, which is akin to an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan. It is a rich and beguiling tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples, havelis and gardens, reflecting the varied influences of the centuries. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 9: Udaipur (B)

This morning we head out to explore Udaipur. We begin with a visit to the Nagda & Eklinji Temples. Nagda, located 23 km from Udaipur has temples dating back to the 6th century, including the famous 11th century Sas-Bahu (mother-in-law-daughter-in-law) twin temples with intricate architecture and carvings and the Adbhutji temple. Both temples are at the edge of a lake and submerged within the lake are several later structures. Following visit, continue to Eklinji, a complex of 108 temples enclosed by high walls dedicated to Lord Shiva – the deity of the Maharanas of Mewar. Located about 22km north of Udaipur, the Shiva temple here was originally built in 734 AD. The walled complex includes an elaborately pillared hall under a large pyramidal roof and features a four-faced Shiva image of black marble.

Optional Meal: Enjoy a speciality Thaali lunch

Later in the afternoon proceed on a city tour of Udaipur. Commence your tour with a visit to the City Palace which stands on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola, surrounded by crenulated walls. Built in 1567, it is composed of 4 major palaces and several minor palaces that form a single façade. Its main entrance is through a triple arched gate, the Tripolia, built in 1725. The gate leads to a series of courtyards, corridors and gardens. Continue on to Saheliyon-ki-Bari (Garden of the maids of honour), a small ornamental garden which was a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.

Optional Tour: Boat ride on Lake Pichola – Lake Pichola derives its name from Pichola Village, with the City Palace extending along its eastern bank and the Jag Niwas Island and the Jag Mandir enclosed in its vast expanse. Maharana Udai Singh enlarged the lake after he founded the city of Udaipur. The lake is surrounded by hills and its panoramic beauty is best viewed against the backdrop of the setting sun. 

Following, enjoy tour of the colourful Spice Market of the Old city. India – the land of spices plays a significant role in the global spices market. No country in the world produces as many kinds of spices as India.

Optional Meal: Enjoy an unforgettable dinner overlooking the spectacular Lake Pichola.

Day 10: Udaipur – Jaipur (B)

In the morning, we drive to the pink city of Jaipur (approx. 7hrs drive). Jaipur, one of the most enticing places in India, is nestled between mighty forts and the rugged Aravalli Hills. It is known as ‘the pink city’ as its prominent buildings are washed in this colour. Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727, Jaipur is steeped in Rajput history and is characterised by sites such as the City Palace with its astronomical Observatory, Hawa Mahal and the beautiful Amber Fort. Jaipur is a bustling capital city and a business centre with all the trappings of a modern metropolis yet flavoured strongly with an age-old charm that never fails to surprise a traveller.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 11: Jaipur (B)

An exciting day awaits you as begin your sightseeing tour with a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Continue your tour as we drive to the ancient capital of Amer to see the fabulous Amber Fort situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city, surrounded by fortified battlements. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenelated walls lattice the surrounding area.

Optional Tour – Guided visit of Amber Fort – Enjoy a guided tour of the fabulous Amber Fort. Crowning the crest of a hill, Amber Fort offers a view of Maota Lake and the historic old town located at the base of the hill, which formed the early seat of the Amber kings before the fort was made their capital. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for the excellence of its design and decoration. Within the complex is Ganesh Pol, an imposing gateway painted with the images of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh. The merging of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles is captured in the Sukh Niwas and Jas Mandir apartments, and the Charbagh garden with its perfectly proportioned landscaping. Pierced screen windows offer views from different vantage points and shimmering mirrors encrust the walls of Sheesh Mahal.

This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Pink City, an “abode of rajahs” on a guided heritage walk. Starting from the massive Tripolia Gate, make your way through the bustling lanes of Jaipur as you walk past the beautiful old temples and painted havelis. Wander through the streets as you see some of the gorgeous temples on both side of the roads dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman and the many forms of Lord Krishna. Appreciate the beautiful murals on their exterior walls as you continue to the big terracotta red building called the Jaipur College. Proceed through the narrow alleys seeing a collection of textiles, utensils, wedding attires and street food vendors.

Optional Tour – City Palace Museum – One of the highlights of Jaipur is a visit to the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes, and armoury of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiselled handles. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. It also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit.

Optional Tour – Optional Tour – Jantar Mantar Observatory – A guide will take you through the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century. Located adjacent to the City Palace, Jantar Mantar is an impressive UNESCO World Heritage-listed architectural-astronomical observatory. It consists of some 20 major geometric devices for measuring time, tracking stars in their orbits, ascertaining the declination of planets, accurately determining the celestial altitudes and predicting the occurrence of eclipses.

The rest of the evening it at leisure. 

Day 12: Jaipur – Abheneri – Agra (B)

After breakfast, we head to the Mughal city of Agra (approx. 7hrs drive) en-route visiting the famous Abheneri Step Well. Abhaneri was originally named Abha Nagri, which means “city of brightness,” but due to mispronunciation, the name was changed. The city is now in ruins, but it attracts tourists from across the globe. Abhaneri is prominent for ‘Baoris’, step wells which were invented by the natives to harvest rain water. These tanks were used as cool places of retreat and as water reservoirs during parched times of the year. Chand Baori is the most popular of the wells in the region, and it is one of India’s deepest and largest. There are three ways to reach the water using the steps, which are divided into stories. This colossal, delicately carved well is located in front of the Harshat Mata Temple.

On arrival in to Agra, we check in to the hotel.

Optional Tour – Guided tour of Agra Fort – This afternoon explore the Agra (Red) Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Shah Jahan, the Taj’s creator, spent the last years of his life imprisoned at the fort by his son Aurangzeb. It was built in the late 1560`s by their predecessor, Akbar, with later embellishments by Jehangir, his son, and Shah Jahan, his grandson.

Tonight, get ready, tomorrow we visit the Taj Mahal!

Day 13: Agra – Delhi (B)

This morning we head out for the big one! The Taj Mahal, for a spectacle not to be missed— a sunrise visit to the legendary Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, a masterpiece in marble and one of the world’s most famous landmarks. As the sun rises, a chaste and secretive image of the Taj starts to emerge, casting a very soft light illuminating the contours of this enchanting monument in marble. Referred to as one of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal in Agra is the epitome of tourism in India and is celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. There is plenty of time to explore the grounds of the Taj Mahal gardens before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Later you will be driven back to Delhi (approx. 4hrs drive). Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel.

Optional Meal: Enjoy dinner at a renowned Indian-cuisine specialty restaurant.

Day 14: Delhi – airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

After breakfast, the day is at leisure. At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport.

Day 15: Australia

Arrive home in Australia today.

Enhance your journey further with one of the following extensions:

Goa Extension
Varanasi Extension
Kerela Extension
Corbett National Park

 

Day 1: Australia –  airplane-takeoff – Delhi

Depart Australia today on your flight to Delhi (please note, some flight may depart 1 day before). You will arrive at New Delhi International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Webjet representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals hall and transfer you to your hotel.

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the remnants of a bygone time, in the form of its many monuments, stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. Delhi is a food-lovers haven and has something to please every palate. There is an unlimited variety available across cuisines, across price-brackets and across experiences – from street food of North India to International cuisine and from road-side dhabas to fine dining – Delhi has it all.

Day 2: Delhi (B,D)

Today we head out on a full day to explore Delhi. Begin your day with a guided tour of the Old City of ‘Shahjahanabad’. Your introduction to the city will start with a visit to Raj Ghat – the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, drive past the Red Fort—the magical monument in red sandstone built at the pinnacle of the Mughal Empire. From here proceed by bicycle rickshaws through the bustling streets of Old Delhi to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia built by Shahjahan.

Optional Meal: Enjoy your first lunch in India and sample local cuisine.

Optional Tour: Qutab Minar – Enjoy a guided tour of Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India built to establish the might of Islam and onset of Muslim rule in India.

Later today we visit Humayun’s tomb, the first great example of a new distinctive style which developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty. We also drive past the imposing India Gate (War Memorial Arch), the Parliament buildings and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s residence) before enjoying one of Delhi’s most incredible Sikh Temples.

Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers at a delicious welcome dinner.

Day 3: Delhi – Mandawa (B)

After breakfast, we drive to Mandawa (approx. 7 hrs drive). In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is the beautiful small town of Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis. The structures of this place are a reminder of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era. This afternoon we explore the magnificent Frescoes Havelis. The beautiful havelis, painted predominantly in vibrant colours, have beautiful wall paintings that adorn their walls in this semi-desert region.

Day 4: Mandawa – Bikaner – Gajner (B)

After breakfast, you will be driven to Bikaner (approx. 5hrs drive). On arrival we head out for a sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Lying in the north of the desert state of Rajasthan, the city of Bikaner is dotted with many sand dunes. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. Bikaner’s forts, palaces and temples are magnificent creations in red and yellow sandstone and are living manifestations of its rich historical and architectural legacy. We visit one of the most interesting forts in Rajasthan, with its sumptuously decorated interiors.

Junagarh Fort built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh it is unusual in the sense that it was one of the few major forts of Rajasthan that was not built on a hilltop. Instead, it was built on the desert plains; its rugged sandstone bastions and graceful pavilions and balconies are silhouetted against the sky. Following Junagarh Fort, we go for a walk around the local bazaars of Bikaner and learn about the local trades and culture before continuing our drive to Gajner for our overnight.

Day 5: Gajner – Jaisalmer (B)

After breakfast we begin our drive to Jaisalmer (approx. 6.5hrs drive). Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer found-ed by Rao Jaisal. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with all its awe-some splendour, dominating the amber hued city. The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. Famous for the Jaisalmer Fort, sand dunes, and ideal for camel rides and safaris. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 6: Jaisalmer (B)

After breakfast, proceed on a tour of Jaisalmer including a visit to Jaisalmer Fort – built in 1156 the fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert. Located on the top of the Trikuta Hill, the ramparts, bastions and the long-stretching walls of the fort dazzle gloriously during early morning and at sunset.

Optional Tour: Jaisalmer Fort Museum – Situated inside the majestic Jaisalmer Fort, the Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum and Heritage Centre was an erstwhile royal residence, which was later converted into a heritage centre and museum. The museum houses a great collection of artefacts depicting the rich culture and heritage of Jaisalmer. It is a must-visit for history buffs and those keen on learning about the heritage of Rajasthan.

Optional Meal: Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.

Continue on to Gadsisar Lake, a rain water lake, adorned with an arched gateway. Many small shrines and temples are festooned all around the lake. After, visit some of the most exquisitely carved havelis of Jaisalmer. Built in the 19th Century by wealthy merchants, these havelis (or mansions) are intricately carved in yellow sandstone. The entrances of the havelis are raised high above the street to prevent sand from blowing into rooms; jharokhas (projecting balconies), jails (latticed stone screens) and the inner courtyards, which were protected places for the children to play and women to go about their chores, are some of the characteristic features of these mansions. Later in the afternoon, drive to the outskirts to view the sunset on the picturesque sand dunes. The ripples on the wind-caressed dunes creating an enchanting mirage are surely a delight. An exciting camel ride on the sandy terrain will allow you to get the real feel of the desert. 

Day 7: Jaislamer – Jodhpur (B)

In the morning, you will be driven to the blue city of Jodhpur (approx. 7hrs drive). Jodhpur, also called the ‘Blue City’ located on the edge of the Thar Desert was once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar state founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha and is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh Fort, and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan; the monuments temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur.

On arrival, we’ll begin with an in depth tour of Jodhpur starting at the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, one of Rajasthan’s finest forts, looks down protectively over the city from the hilltop. Still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, this 5 km long majestic fort on a 125 metre high hill is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. There are seven gates that lead into the fort. Inside the fort is a series of courtyards and palaces. The palace apartments with marvellously carved panels, latticed windows have evocative names such as Sukh Mahal (Pleasure Palace), Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), the Phool Mahal (Flower Palace) and the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs (used when the Maharajas rode their elephants in processions), miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.

Day 8: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (B)

This morning after breakfast, you will be driven to the ‘City of Lake’ Udaipur (approx. 7hrs drive) en route visit the beautiful Ranakpur Jain Temples. Deep in the forest, tucked away in a remote and quite valley of the Aravalli Range, some 90 km from Udaipur is Ranakpur. It boasts of some of the most exquisite Jain temples in the country famous for their intricate friezes and sculptures. The main shrine of Adinath, with its 1444 exquisitely carved columns is the largest and most complex Jain temple in the country. Two Jain temples dedicated to Neminath and Parsvanath and a Sun Temple a little distance away are also noteworthy.

Optional Meal: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Ranakpur.

Udaipur – the ‘City of Lakes’, is the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, one of the oldest surviving dynasties in the world and was established around 1567 A.D. The chequered history of Mewar is showcased in the city of Udaipur, which is akin to an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan. It is a rich and beguiling tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples, havelis and gardens, reflecting the varied influences of the centuries. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. 

Day 9: Udaipur (B)

This morning we head out to explore Udaipur. We begin with a visit to the Nagda & Eklinji Temples. Nagda, located 23 km from Udaipur has temples dating back to the 6th century, including the famous 11th century Sas-Bahu (mother-in-law-daughter-in-law) twin temples with intricate architecture and carvings and the Adbhutji temple. Both temples are at the edge of a lake and submerged within the lake are several later structures. Following visit, continue to Eklinji, a complex of 108 temples enclosed by high walls dedicated to Lord Shiva – the deity of the Maharanas of Mewar. Located about 22km north of Udaipur, the Shiva temple here was originally built in 734 AD. The walled complex includes an elaborately pillared hall under a large pyramidal roof and features a four-faced Shiva image of black marble.

Optional Meal: Enjoy a speciality Thaali lunch.

Later in the afternoon proceed on a city tour of Udaipur. Commence your tour with a visit to the City Palace which stands on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola, surrounded by crenulated walls. Built in 1567, it is composed of 4 major palaces and several minor palaces that form a single façade. Its main entrance is through a triple arched gate, the Tripolia, built in 1725. The gate leads to a series of courtyards, corridors and gardens. Continue on to Saheliyon-ki-Bari (Garden of the maids of honour), a small ornamental garden which was a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.

Optional Tour: Boat ride on Lake Pichola – Lake Pichola derives its name from Pichola Village, with the City Palace extending along its eastern bank and the Jag Niwas Island and the Jag Mandir enclosed in its vast expanse. Maharana Udai Singh enlarged the lake after he founded the city of Udaipur. The lake is surrounded by hills and its panoramic beauty is best viewed against the backdrop of the setting sun.

Following, enjoy tour of the colourful Spice Market of the Old city. India – the land of spices plays a significant role in the global spices market. No country in the world produces as many kinds of spices as India.

Optional Meal: Enjoy an unforgettable dinner overlooking the spectacular Lake Pichola.

Day 10: Udaipur – Jaipur (B)

In the morning, we drive to the pink city of Jaipur (approx. 7hrs drive). Jaipur, one of the most enticing places in India, is nestled between mighty forts and the rugged Aravalli Hills. It is known as ‘the pink city’ as its prominent buildings are washed in this colour. Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727, Jaipur is steeped in Rajput history and is characterised by sites such as the City Palace with its astronomical Observatory, Hawa Mahal and the beautiful Amber Fort. Jaipur is a bustling capital city and a business centre with all the trappings of a modern metropolis yet flavoured strongly with an age-old charm that never fails to surprise a traveller.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 11: Jaipur (B)

An exciting day awaits you as begin your sightseeing tour with a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Continue your tour as we drive to the ancient capital of Amer to see the fabulous Amber Fort situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city, surrounded by fortified battlements. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenelated walls lattice the surrounding area. 

Enjoy a guided tour of the fabulous Amber Fort. Crowning the crest of a hill, Amber Fort offers a view of Maota Lake and the historic old town located at the base of the hill, which formed the early seat of the Amber kings before the fort was made their capital. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for the excellence of its design and decoration. Within the complex is Ganesh Pol, an imposing gateway painted with the images of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh. The merging of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles is captured in the Sukh Niwas and Jas Mandir apartments, and the Charbagh garden with its perfectly proportioned landscaping. Pierced screen windows offer views from different vantage points and shimmering mirrors encrust the walls of Sheesh Mahal.

This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Pink City, an “abode of rajahs” on a guided heritage walk. Before entering one of the highlights of Jaipur, the City Palace Museum. A visit to the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes, and armoury of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiselled handles. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. It also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. 

Optional Tour – Jantar Mantar Observatory – A guide will take you through the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century. Located adjacent to the City Palace, Jantar Mantar is an impressive UNESCO World Heritage-listed architectural-astronomical observatory. It consists of some 20 major geometric devices for measuring time, tracking stars in their orbits, ascertaining the declination of planets, accurately determining the celestial altitudes and predicting the occurrence of eclipses.

The rest of the evening it at leisure. 

Day 12: Jaipur – Abheneri – Agra (B)

After breakfast, we head to the Mughal city of Agra (approx. 7hrs drive) en-route visiting the famous Abheneri Step Well. Abhaneri was originally named Abha Nagri, which means “city of brightness,” but due to mispronunciation, the name was changed. The city is now in ruins, but it attracts tourists from across the globe. Abhaneri is prominent for ‘Baoris’, step wells which were invented by the natives to harvest rain water. These tanks were used as cool places of retreat and as water reservoirs during parched times of the year. Chand Baori is the most popular of the wells in the region, and it is one of India’s deepest and largest. There are three ways to reach the water using the steps, which are divided into stories. This colossal, delicately carved well is located in front of the Harshat Mata Temple.

On arrival in to Agra, we check in to the hotel. This afternoon explore the Agra (Red) Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Shah Jahan, the Taj’s creator, spent the last years of his life imprisoned at the fort by his son Aurangzeb. It was built in the late 1560`s by their predecessor, Akbar, with later embellishments by Jehangir, his son, and Shah Jahan, his grandson.  

Tonight, get ready, tomorrow we visit the Taj Mahal! 

Day 13: Agra – Delhi (B)

This morning we head out for the big one! The Taj Mahal, for a spectacle not to be missed— a sunrise visit to the legendary Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, a masterpiece in marble and one of the world’s most famous landmarks. As the sun rises, a chaste and secretive image of the Taj starts to emerge, casting a very soft light illuminating the contours of this enchanting monument in marble. Referred to as one of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal in Agra is the epitome of tourism in India and is celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. There is plenty of time to explore the grounds of the Taj Mahal gardens before returning to the hotel for breakfast. 

Later you will be driven back to Delhi (approx. 4hrs drive). Upon arrival, proceed for check -in at your hotel.

Optional Meal: Enjoy dinner at a renowned Indian-cuisine specialty restaurant.

Day 14: Delhi – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

After breakfast, the rest of the morning is at leisure. You will be met at your hotel by a Webjet representative and assisted with your transfer to the international airport for your onward flight home.

Day 15: Australia

Arrive home in Australia today.

Enhance your journey further with one of the following extensions:

Goa Extension 
Varanasi Extension  
Kerela Extension 
Corbett National Park

 

 

Day 1: Australia –  airplane-takeoff – Delhi

Depart Australia today on your flight to Delhi (please note, some flight may depart 1 day before). You will arrive at New Delhi International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Webjet representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals hall and transfer you to your hotel.

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds – the ancient with the modern. Amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers, the remnants of a bygone time, in the form of its many monuments, stand as silent reminders to the region’s ancient legacy. Delhi is a food-lovers haven and has something to please every palate. There is an unlimited variety available across cuisines, across price-brackets and across experiences – from street food of North India to International cuisine and from road-side dhabas to fine dining – Delhi has it all.

Day 2: Delhi (B,L,D)

Today we head out on a full day to explore Delhi. Begin your day with a guided tour of the Old City of ‘Shahjahanabad’. Your introduction to the city will start with a visit to Raj Ghat – the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, drive past the Red Fort—the magical monument in red sandstone built at the pinnacle of the Mughal Empire. From here proceed by bicycle rickshaws through the bustling streets of Old Delhi to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia built by Shahjahan.

Enjoy your first lunch in India and sample local cuisine before a guided tour of Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India built to establish the might of Islam and onset of Muslim rule in India. Later today we visit Humayun’s tomb, the first great example of a new distinctive style which developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty. We also drive past the imposing India Gate (War Memorial Arch), the Parliament buildings and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s residence) before enjoying one of Delhi’s most incredible Sikh Temples.

Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers at a delicious welcome dinner. 

Day 3: Delhi – Mandawa (B)

After breakfast, we drive to Mandawa (approx. 7 hrs drive). In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is the beautiful small town of Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis. The structures of this place are a reminder of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era. 

This afternoon we explore the magnificent Frescoes Havelis. The beautiful havelis, painted predominantly in vibrant colours, have beautiful wall paintings that adorn their walls in this semi-desert region. 

Day 4: Mandawa – Bikaner – Gajner (B) 

After breakfast, you will be driven to Bikaner (approx. 5hrs drive). On arrival we head out for a sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Lying in the north of the desert state of Rajasthan, the city of Bikaner is dotted with many sand dunes. More popularly called the camel country, the city is renowned for the best riding camels in the world. Bikaner’s forts, palaces and temples are magnificent creations in red and yellow sandstone and are living manifestations of its rich historical and architectural legacy. We visit one of the most interesting forts in Rajasthan, with its sumptuously decorated interiors. Junagarh Fort built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh it is unusual in the sense that it was one of the few major forts of Rajasthan that was not built on a hilltop. Instead, it was built on the desert plains; its rugged sandstone bastions and graceful pavilions and balconies are silhouetted against the sky. Following Junagarh Fort, we go for a walk around the local bazaars of Bikaner and learn about the local trades and culture before continuing our drive to Gajner for our overnight. 

Day 5: Gajner – Jaisalmer (B) 

After breakfast we begin our drive to Jaisalmer (approx. 6.5hrs drive). Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer found-ed by Rao Jaisal. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with all its awe-some splendour, dominating the amber hued city. The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. Famous for the Jaisalmer Fort, sand dunes, and ideal for camel rides and safaris. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 6: Jaisalmer (B,L)

After breakfast, proceed on a tour of Jaisalmer including a visit to Jaisalmer Fort – built in 1156 the fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert. Located on the top of the Trikuta Hill, the ramparts, bastions and the long-stretching walls of the fort dazzle gloriously during early morning and at sunset. Enjoy entry to the Fort Palace Museum. The Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum and Heritage Centre was an erstwhile royal residence, which was later converted into a heritage centre and museum. The museum houses a great collection of artefacts depicting the rich culture and heritage of Jaisalmer. It is a must-visit for history buffs and those keen on learning about the heritage of Rajasthan.

After, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, before continuing on to Gadsisar Lake, a rain water lake, adorned with an arched gateway. Many small shrines and temples are festooned all around the lake. After, visit some of the most exquisitely carved havelis of Jaisalmer. Built in the 19th Century by wealthy merchants, these havelis (or mansions) are intricately carved in yellow sandstone. The entrances of the havelis are raised high above the street to prevent sand from blowing into rooms; jharokhas (projecting balconies), jails (latticed stone screens) and the inner courtyards, which were protected places for the children to play and women to go about their chores, are some of the characteristic features of these mansions.

Later in the afternoon, drive to the outskirts to view the sunset on the picturesque sand dunes. The ripples on the wind-caressed dunes creating an enchanting mirage are surely a delight. An exciting camel ride on the sandy terrain will allow you to get the real feel of the desert.

Day 7: Jaislamer – Jodhpur (B)

In the morning, you will be driven to the blue city of Jodhpur (approx. 7hrs drive). Jodhpur, also called the ‘Blue City’ located on the edge of the Thar Desert was once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar state founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha and is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh Fort, and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan; the monuments temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur.

On arrival, we’ll begin with an in depth tour of Jodhpur starting at the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, one of Rajasthan’s finest forts, looks down protectively over the city from the hilltop. Still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, this 5 km long majestic fort on a 125 metre high hill is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. There are seven gates that lead into the fort. Inside the fort is a series of courtyards and palaces. The palace apartments with marvellously carved panels, latticed windows have evocative names such as Sukh Mahal (Pleasure Palace), Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), the Phool Mahal (Flower Palace) and the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs (used when the Maharajas rode their elephants in processions), miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. 

Day 8: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (B,L) 

This morning after breakfast, you will be driven to the ‘City of Lake’ Udaipur (approx. 7hrs drive) en route visit the beautiful Ranakpur Jain Temples. Deep in the forest, tucked away in a remote and quite valley of the Aravalli Range, some 90 km from Udaipur is Ranakpur. It boasts of some of the most exquisite Jain temples in the country famous for their intricate friezes and sculptures. The main shrine of Adinath, with its 1444 exquisitely carved columns is the largest and most complex Jain temple in the country. Two Jain temples dedicated to Neminath and Parsvanath and a Sun Temple a little distance away are also noteworthy. 

Udaipur – the ‘City of Lakes’, is the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar, one of the oldest surviving dynasties in the world and was established around 1567 A.D. The chequered history of Mewar is showcased in the city of Udaipur, which is akin to an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan. It is a rich and beguiling tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples, havelis and gardens, reflecting the varied influences of the centuries. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. 

Day 9: Udaipur (B,L) 

This morning we head out to explore Udaipur. We begin with a visit to the Nagda & Eklinji Temples. Nagda, located 23 km from Udaipur has temples dating back to the 6th century, including the famous 11th century Sas-Bahu (mother-in-law-daughter-in-law) twin temples with intricate architecture and carvings and the Adbhutji temple. Both temples are at the edge of a lake and submerged within the lake are several later structures. Following visit, continue to Eklinji, a complex of 108 temples enclosed by high walls dedicated to Lord Shiva – the deity of the Maharanas of Mewar. Located about 22km north of Udaipur, the Shiva temple here was originally built in 734 AD. The walled complex includes an elaborately pillared hall under a large pyramidal roof and features a four-faced Shiva image of black marble.

Enjoy a speciality Thaali lunch, which is Indian style platter made up of a selection of various dishes. Later in the afternoon proceed on a city tour of Udaipur. Commence your tour with a visit to the City Palace which stands on a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola, surrounded by crenulated walls. Built in 1567, it is composed of 4 major palaces and several minor palaces that form a single façade. Its main entrance is through a triple arched gate, the Tripolia, built in 1725. The gate leads to a series of courtyards, corridors and gardens. Continue on to Saheliyon-ki-Bari (Garden of the maids of honour), a small ornamental garden which was a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants. 

Following, enjoy tour of the colourful Spice Market of the Old city. India – the land of spices plays a significant role in the global spices market. No country in the world produces as many kinds of spices as India. 

Optional Meal: Enjoy an unforgettable dinner overlooking the spectacular Lake Pichola

Day 10: Udaipur – Jaipur (B)

In the morning, we drive to the pink city of Jaipur (approx. 7hrs drive). Jaipur, one of the most enticing places in India, is nestled between mighty forts and the rugged Aravalli Hills. 

It is known as ‘the pink city’ as its prominent buildings are washed in this colour. Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727, Jaipur is steeped in Rajput history and is characterised by sites such as the City Palace with its astronomical Observatory, Hawa Mahal and the beautiful Amber Fort. Jaipur is a bustling capital city and a business centre with all the trappings of a modern metropolis yet flavoured strongly with an age-old charm that never fails to surprise a traveller. 

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. 

Day 11: Jaipur (B) 

An exciting day awaits you as begin your sightseeing tour with a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Continue your tour as we drive to the ancient capital of Amer to see the fabulous Amber Fort situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city, surrounded by fortified battlements. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements and overlooks the Moat Lake. Ruins and remains are spread over the Aravalli hills and sprawling crenelated walls lattice the surrounding area. 

Enjoy a guided tour of the fabulous Amber Fort. Crowning the crest of a hill, Amber Fort offers a view of Maota Lake and the historic old town located at the base of the hill, which formed the early seat of the Amber kings before the fort was made their capital. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for the excellence of its design and decoration. Within the complex is Ganesh Pol, an imposing gateway painted with the images of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh. The merging of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles is captured in the Sukh Niwas and Jas Mandir apartments, and the Charbagh garden with its perfectly proportioned landscaping. Pierced screen windows offer views from different vantage points and shimmering mirrors encrust the walls of Sheesh Mahal.

This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Pink City, an “abode of rajahs” on a guided heritage walk. Before entering one of the highlights of Jaipur, the City Palace Museum. A visit to the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes, and armoury of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiselled handles. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. It also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. 

Continue for a guided tour of Jantar Mantar. An expert will take you through the aweinspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical Observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century. Located adjacent to the City Palace, Jantar Mantar is an impressive UNESCO World Heritage-listed architectural-astronomical observatory. It consists of some 20 major geometric devices for measuring time, tracking stars in their orbits, ascertaining the declination of planets, accurately determining the celestial altitudes and predicting the occurrence of eclipses. The rest of the evening it at leisure. 

Day 12: Jaipur – Abheneri – Agra (B) 

After breakfast, we head to the Mughal city of Agra (approx. 7hrs drive) en-route visiting the famous Abheneri Step Well. Abhaneri was originally named Abha Nagri, which means “city of brightness,” but due to mispronunciation, the name was changed. The city is now in ruins, but it attracts tourists from across the globe. Abhaneri is prominent for ‘Baoris’, step wells which were invented by the natives to harvest rain water. These tanks were used as cool places of retreat and as water reservoirs during parched times of the year. Chand Baori is the most popular of the wells in the region, and it is one of India’s deepest and largest. There are three ways to reach the water using the steps, which are divided into stories. This colossal, delicately carved well is located in front of the Harshat Mata Temple.

On arrival in to Agra, we check in to the hotel. This afternoon explore the Agra (Red) Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Shah Jahan, the Taj’s creator, spent the last years of his life imprisoned at the fort by his son Aurangzeb. It was built in the late 1560`s by their predecessor, Akbar, with later embellishments by Jehangir, his son, and Shah Jahan, his grandson.  

Tonight, get ready, tomorrow we visit the Taj Mahal! 

Day 13: Agra – Delhi (B) 

This morning we head out for the big one! The Taj Mahal, for a spectacle not to be missed— a sunrise visit to the legendary Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, a masterpiece in marble and one of the world’s most famous landmarks. As the sun rises, a chaste and secretive image of the Taj starts to emerge, casting a very soft light illuminating the contours of this enchanting monument in marble. Referred to as one of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal in Agra is the epitome of tourism in India and is celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. There is plenty of time to explore the grounds of the Taj Mahal gardens before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Later you will be driven back to Delhi (approx. 4hrs drive). Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. 

Optional Meal: Enjoy dinner at a renowned Indian-cuisine specialty restaurant. 

Day 14: Delhi – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

After breakfast, the rest of the morning is at leisure. You will be met at your hotel by a Webjet representative and assisted with your transfer to the international airport for your onward flight home.

Day 15: Australia

Arrive home in Australia today.

Enhance your journey further with one of the following extensions:

Goa Extension
Varanasi Extension
Kerela Extension  Signature 
Corbett National Park

 

What You Get

 

Your package includes return international airfares, accommodation, dedicated tour guide, breakfast daily, sightseeing, entrance fees and more…

Experience the same destination in three unique travel styles to match your travel needs:

 Essential Package 

  • Return international airfares with full service Qantas or Emirates airlines including 23kgs checked baggage
  • Return airport transfers and meet & greet at the airport
  • 13 nights standard (3*) accommodation on a twin share basis in comfortable, well positioned hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • The services of a professional English speaking Webjet tour guide throughout entire tour
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary

Classic Package

 Includes ALL of the above, plus;

  • Upgraded superior 3-4* star accommodation throughout
  • Welcome dinner to get to know your group
  • Extra sightseeing & experiences, including:
    • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
    • A visit to Humayuns Tomb
    • Visit to Junagarh Fort
    • Camel ride on the dunes of Jaisalmer
    • See the Ranakpur Jain Temples
    • Explore the majestic Amber Fort
    • Unearth the wonder of Agra Fort

Signature Package

 Includes ALL of the above, plus;

  • Upgraded deluxe 4* star & Heritage accommodation throughout
  • A small intimate group experience (20 people max)
  • Extra sightseeing & experiences, including:
    • A guided tour of Qutub Minar
    • Jaisalmer Fort museum and havelis
    • Enjoy boat ride on Lake Pichola
    • Visit to Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory
  • Included culinary experiences at:
    • Lunch at a local restaurant in Jaisalmer
    • Lunch at a local restaurant in Ranakpur
    • Lunch at a Thali restaurant in Udaipur
    • Lunch at a local restaurant in Jaipur

Enhance your journey further with one of the following extensions:

Goa Extension – EssentialClassic and Signature
Varanasi Extension – EssentialClassic and Signature
Kerela Extension – EssentialClassic and Signature 
Corbett National Park – Essential, Classic and Signature

 

Fine Print

 

How To Book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Once you have purchased your voucher, please complete the following request form: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/bookings
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and before 30 days of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Single Supplement:

Essentials – $599 per person in addition to the twin share price
Classic – $699 per person in addition to the twin share price
Signature – $999 per person in addition to the twin share price

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here

Group Size: 

Essential: 2 – 35 people
Classic: 2 – 35 people
Signature: 2 – 20 people

Triple Share: Not available

Coach Transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.

Essential

Delhi: Sunstar Grand or similar
Mandawa: Desert Resort or similar
Bikaner: Gajner Palace or similar
Jaisalmer: Desert Tulip or similar
Jodhpur: Park Treebo Boutique or similar
Udaipur: Tiger Hotel or similar
Jaipur: Royal Orchid Central or similar
Agra: Crystal Inn or similar

Classic

Delhi: Africa Avenue or similar
Mandawa: Desert Resort or similar
Bikaner: Gajner Palace or similar
Jaisalmer: Desert Tulip or similar
Jodhpur: Zone by Park or similar
Udaipur: Hilltop or similar
Jaipur: Zone by Park or similar
Agra: Amar or similar

Signature

Delhi: Hanz Plaza or similar
Mandawa: Castle Mandawa or similar
Bikaner: Gorbandh Palace or similar
Jaisalmer: Desert Tulip or similar
Jodhpur: Fairfield or similar
Udaipur: Ramada Hotel or similar
Jaipur: Fern or similar
Agra: Clarks Shiraz or similar

Children: Same price as adults. Minimum age of 2 years old.

Land Only: To purchase this tour as land only (no flights) please click here 

Optional Tours: 

Old Delhi Rickshaw Ride – $5 per person (approx)
Old Delhi Lunch at Chor Bizarre – $29 per person (approx)
Guided visit to Humayun’s Tomb – $59 per person (approx)
Guided visit to Qutab Minar – $55 per person (approx)
Guided visit to Junagarh Fort – $60 per person (approx)
Jaisalmer Fort Museum – $53 per person (approx)
Lunch at a local restaurant Jaisalmer – $53 per person (approx)
Ranakpur Jain Temples – $33 per person (approx)
Ranakpur Lunch at a local retaurant – $35 per person (approx)
Boat ride on Lake Pichola – $85 per person (approx)
Dinner at Lake Pichola – $119 per person (approx)
Guided visit of Amber Fort – $55 per person (approx)
Jaipur City Palace Museum – $54 per person (approx)
Visit to Jantar Mantar Observatory – $44 per person (approx)
Guided tour of Agra Fort – $64 per person (approx)
Dinner at a renowned Indian-cuisine specialty restaurant – $20 per person (approx)

Please refer to the itinerary for more information 

All optional tours are bookable and payable direct with your Tour Guide on tour in local currency.

Subject to minimum numbers.  

Prices quoted in Fine Print are in AUD and are an approximate only.

Please ensure you bring along a photocopy of your Visa and Passport to present to your Tour Guide upon purchase.

Extension Itineraries: 

Any Extensions purchased after your initial booking must be emailed to customerexperience@webjetexclusives.com.au to ensure your booking is correctly updated.

Extensions requested after the 2nd Instalment due date are subject to availability and may incur surcharges.

Should you choose to extend your itinerary, note that groups sizes vary and may not be with the same group as the main package, unless specifically requested. Extensions are not fully escorted but still include drivers and guided sightseeing.

Extensions requested within 60 days of travel cannot be accepted.

You can purchase your tour extension after you click ‘Buy Now’ or by clicking here 

Tipping:

At the start of your tour:

Through our experience we have found that our travellers are often confused, frustrated or embarrassed about tipping, especially if they are unsure of the correct etiquette in the country they are visiting.  To overcome this, we have established an on-tour ‘Tipping Kitty’. Upon meeting your tour guide, they will discuss the idea of having a group pooled kitty, where everyone contributes an equal share. This is to cover small tips made along the way to local services such as porters, railway station assistants (if applicable), restaurants (included meals only), toilet stops,  tips to shoe keepers during temple and monument visit. Your guide will collect this amount at the start of your tour and tip the intended recipient’s on your behalf allowing you to enjoy your experience more freely.

The amount to budget for on this trip for the kitty is: INR 1450 per person

Please note that this doesn’t cover a tip for your tour leader & driver.

Towards the end of your tour:

If you have enjoyed the knowledge, service and expertise of your tour guide and driver a tip (while not compulsory) is appropriate towards the end of your tour. While it may not be customary in Australia, tipping is entrenched into many cultures especially within the tourism industry globally. It helps reward and inspire excellent service. The following is provided to assist our guests, but we leave the decision to provide a gratuity entirely at their discretion:

The group leader: Our past guests have left gratuities based on their overall service of INR 4000 per person for the full tour

The driver & assistant:  Our past guests have left gratuities based on their overall service of INR 1000 per person for the full tour

Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. Your guide will hand around two envelopes towards the end of the tour (1 Tour Guide and 1 Driver envelope) to make the process as easy as possible.

 Tour Excludes:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $199 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date. We offer a FREE date change policy allowing you to change your departure date any time up until your final payment is made.
  • Final Payment is due 60 days after initial deposit. Once this payment is made, no cancellations or amendments are permitted and all prior payments become strictly non-refundable. If you book within 90 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment. Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • PLEASE NOTE: No flight, staybehind or special requests will be actioned until your final payment is made.
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Free Date Changes:

  • After booking your travel and paying the deposit, you may change your travel date subject to the following terms.
  • Changes can only be made up until 60 days after purchase or 90 days prior travel whichever is earlier. After this point, your booking becomes non-changeable and remains strictly non-refundable.
  • Any change is subject to availability
  • To request a date change, please email customerexperience@webjetexclusives.com.au with your existing booking details and your requested travel date
  • If you choose to change your travel date, you will be requested to complete another booking form. Please ensure you include all preferences and special requests, as prior submissions will not be considered in finalising your booking.

Exchanging Money: When exchanging Australian dollars into Indian Rupees or withdrawing funds from an ATM while in India, always retain the transaction receipt. You may be required to present the receipt as proof of withdrawal if purchasing items with cash.

Travel Insurance: Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

For more information on how to book your Webjet Exclusives deal, please visit our Bookings FAQ Page

Refund Policy:

Bookings may be cancelled with a full refund of the deposit provided the cancellation occurs strictly within 48 hours from the time of purchase. All cancellation requests must be made in writing inside of this period to qualify for the refund request.

Otherwise, deals purchased from Webjet Exclusives after the 48-hour period has surpassed are strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable.

Circumstances that do not qualify for Refunds:

  • Where you have contacted Webjet Exclusives after the conclusion of the deal or Book By Date;
  • Where you have failed to read the Specific Terms and Conditions of the offer (located under the “Fine Print” and “Flight Into” tabs on the deal page of our Website on the day of the offer), and the General Terms and Conditions;
  • If you have failed to complete and submit our Trave Partners Booking Form as required in order to secure your preferred departure date;
  • If you have failed to make payment within the advertised payment terms and your booking has been automatically cancelled as a result;
  • If an optional tour or tour extension request cannot be confirmed on your booking (for whatever reason);
  • If you change your mind after you have purchased a deal (for whatever reason);
  • If the tour or stay did not meet your general expectations (for whatever reason);
  • If you have had a dispute with the business on behalf of whom we are advertising the offer; or
  • If the Business does not have availability to redeem your voucher because you have not attempted to make a booking within a reasonable period of time or by the Book By Date advised on the deal page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates:

2018

08 February 
23 February
08 March
15 March
29 March
12 April
17 May
13 September
27 September
11 October
18 October
01 November
22 November

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button.

Please note not all dates are available on each travel style. Available dates may differ between Essential, Classic and Signature. Please refer to the availability calendar for accurate availability.

 

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with either Emirates or Qantas. Qantas flights will be Australia to Singapore will be on a Qantas aircraft, Singapore to Delhi will be with Qantas codeshare partner Jet Airways. Emirates will be via Dubai.
  • Customers will be ticketed on best available between Qantas and Emirates 
  • Including minimum 23kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person is applied per person should you wish to arrive early and/or extend your stay. Fee is non-negotiable and must be paid before your flight variation can be confirmed.
  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your fight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference in addition to the flat fee.
  • You will be sent an invoice for the additional fee after your booking form has been received. Once this invoice has been paid, your flights will be ticketed based on the days you have requested. Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If the invoice is not paid by the expiry date, you will be automatically booked on the promotional airfare for the standard dates of the package.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the final payment.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

 

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights with Qantas or Emirates
  • 13 nights’ accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Return airport transfers
  • Breakfast daily & welcome dinner
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • Detailed sightseeing & all monument entry fees
  • Professional, English speaking guides
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