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Indian Summers - Taj Palaces of Rajasthan

Avoid the crowds and experience Rajput hospitality at its best.

9 days

from £3,500pp (excluding flights)

This nine day holiday offers the opportunity to experience the palatial comfort of the Taj Palace properties, boasting some of the finest iconic residences in Rajasthan. The savings to be made during the Indian summer are truly fabulous. Avoid the crowds and experience Rajput hospitality at its best.

  • Explore the narrow lanes of Old Delhi as the city wakes
  • Spend time in the shopping paradise of Jaipur visiting bazaars and markets
  • Photograph the blue city of Jodhpur from the vantage point of Mehrangarh Fort
  • Take an escorted heritage walk through the iconic palaces 

Starting in Delhi take an insightful tour of Old Delhi with a choice of transport options; on foot, by rickshaw or negotiate the lanes by bicycle. Experience Asia’s biggest spice market at Khari Baoili, visit the renowned shoppers' paradise of Dilli Haat Craft Market, and the ancient silver markets of Dariba Kalan. Eat in the chic restaurants, of which Delhi has many and don’t miss the Delhi food tour, guided by an expert.

Arrive at Jaipur and travel from the airport through the city in style in an open-air vintage 1939 Pontiac. Check in to the Rambagh Palace, once the home of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The hotel epitomises old world charm and is part of the city’s rich history. Explore Jaipur with our local private guide, and visit the City Palace after closing, including the normally off-limits Royal Quarter and visit Lasiwalla, Jaipur’s best lassi stall before finishing off with a meal at the city's oldest restaurant, Niro’s. 

Travelling across the photogenic and rural Aravalli range, the oldest mountains in India, arrive in the blue city of Jodhpur. Stay at India’s last great palace and still residence to the Maharaja of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan.  Renowned also for his love of vintage cars, HH Gaj Singh will obligingly agree to a ride in a vintage car through Jodhpur. For those seeking something a little more romantic, Udaipur is for you. Enjoy the waterfront terraces and soak in the views of the Lake Palace.

Alternative hotels available on this Spring Offer include the incredible Falaknuma Palace, located in Hyderabad. This hotel combines well with the Rambagh Palace, Jaipur or the Lake Palace, Udaipur.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 3500 £ 600
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Delhi overnight

Day 2

Half a Day to Explore Old Delhi
A lifetime experience in the streets of Delhi is waiting for you on this memorable rickshaw ride through the streets of Old Delhi.Pass through the vibrant bazaars that sit at the foot of the Jama Masjid, arguably the most famous place of Muslim worship in India.

Watch vendors cook up delicious street-side delicacies, admire as bicycle mechanics service Delhi's innumerable two-wheeled cycles and stand aside as children race through the crowds. Leave the rickshaw at Khari Baoli and walk through the spice markets. Learn about the history, traditions and cultures behind these street specialities ranging from two hundred year old sweet shops to the Paratha Wallah - the street that specialises in flat breads.

Delhi may be one of the world's largest metropolis, but architectural wonders - new and old - fill the city, hidden beneath Delhi's urban sprawl. Mughal treasures, including the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, are complemented by more recent additions to Delhi's architectural heritage, such as the stunning Lotus and Akshardham Temples. Meanwhile, contemporary Delhi thrives in Connaught Place, which - with its colonially-designed buildings, - is the most westernised part of the centre. Globalisation is in evidence, with brand names splashed across every storefront.


You will be staying at Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Fly Delhi to Jaipur


Known as the 'Pink City' due to the pale red wash that coats its buildings, the magnificent city of Jaipur lies on an apex of the popular 'Golden Triangle' route. The capital of Rajasthan, the city claims to be India's first planned metropolis and acts as a gateway to the state's vast deserts.

Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th century, it was designed around a system of nine squares. Now packed with elegant Rajput architecture, the city is a testament to its founder's creative genius.

Alive with bazaars, street vendors and animals, Jaipur remains a vibrant, captivating place.


You will be staying at Rambagh Palace, bed and breakfast

Day 4

Private Tour of City Palace Royal Quarters
With special permission, enter the royal quarters of the City Palace in the company of Mr Yunus Khimani, Director of Museum (subject to availability). A private opening of the museum will be arranged. Following the tour there is a light and sound show.


Spend Half a Day Exploring the Pink City
Discover the treasures that fill Maharaja Jai Singh II's 'Pink City'. Roam the City Palace complex and enter the distinctive Hawa Mahal with its delicate pink sandstone. Explore the decorated courtyards and royal armouries, before heading to the adjacent Janta Mantar complex.
A huge outdoor observatory, Jantar Mantar was one of five such buildings built by Jai Singh II, who was a keen astronomer. This was the largest of his constructions and remains the best preserved of all the observatories.
Afterwards, wander the old streets and explore the city's busy bazaars. This is a feast for those who enjoy craftsmanship, photography or simply people-watching.


You will be staying at Rambagh Palace, bed and breakfast

Day 5

Drive from Jaipur to Jodhpur


The drive to Jodhpur will take five to six hours. A packed lunch will be organised from the hotel at check out.


The former capital of the state of Marwar, the majestic city of Jodhpur was once a key member of the powerful Rajput alliance of principalities. The mighty Mehrangarh Fort epitomises this power and towers over the city, standing upon a steep-sided plateau.

Lying beneath the fort, Jodhpur's old city is maze of medieval streets, littered with glittering blue houses. Traditionally built to denote the homes of members of the highest caste, it is these colourful structures that have led to Jodhpur being known as the 'Blue City'.


You will be staying at Umaid Bhawan Palace, bed and breakfast

Day 6

City tour and surrounding area
The Meherangarh Fort sits atop a hill within which lies a number of palaces, barracks, temples and other buildings with delicately latticed windows and carved doorways. The Jaswant Thada is Maharaja Jaswant Singh’s cenotaph built in 1899. As with the Taj Mahal, the marble is from Makrana. Later walk in the bazaars around the clock tower where there are a maze of lanes selling spices, grains, vegetables, lacquer bangles, leather and felt goods.


Orientation Visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace
Spend some time exploring Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the world's finest and most perfectly preserved Art Deco buildings. Built in the 20th century, this huge building is divided into three sections. These constitute a luxury hotel, royal residence and museum showcasing the history of the Jodhpur Royal Family.


You will be staying at Umaid Bhawan Palace, bed and breakfast

Day 7

Drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur via Ranakpur


A journey of approximately six hours, stopping en route at Ranakpur to visit one of the finest Jain Temples in India. Nestled in the Aravalli hills, this site is a major pilgrimage centre for the country's Jain population. The temple's columns, walls and multiple domes are coated in finely carved white marble. You can also visit Kumbalgarh Fort.


Once capital of the principality of Mewar, Udaipur sits beside the calm waters of Lake Pichola with the tree-dusted ridges of the Aravali Hills rising up around the city. Often referred to as the 'Venice of the East', the city is famed for the temples and palaces that fill its historic centre and add a dash of splendour to its tranquil lakeside.

The most famous of these are the City Palace, which adorns the lake's eastern shore, and the Lake Palace, which appears to float mesmerically upon the lake's surface. The latter of these featured in the 1983 James Bond film, 'Octopussy', as the eponymous character's lair.


You will be staying at Taj Lake Palace, bed and breakfast

Day 8

Half Day Visit to the City Palace
Take an in-depth tour of the imposing City Palace, which is on the banks of Lake Pichola. Built by the city's founder, Maharana Udai Singh II, the complex was subsequently augmented by other rulers. Decorated with sparkling coloured glass and Mewar School paintings, the palace's many terraces rise up in a flurry of balconies, towers and cupolas. From the uppermost levels, there are fine views over the city and lake.

Later take a walk in the markets of Udaipur before returning to the hotel.


You will be staying at Taj Lake Palace, bed and breakfast

Day 9

Fly Udaipur to Mumbai


Half Day Exploring Mumbai
Spend half a day exploring Mumbai's sights which dot the streets of the sprawling city centre. Famous for blending colonial and Indian styles, the city's architecture is impressive in its grandeur and variety.

Stops include the iconic gateway to India, the Byzantine-inspired St. Thomas' Cathedral, the extravagantly gothic Victoria Terminus, the exhibit-packed Prince of Wales Museum, the spectacularly restored Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum and Mahatma Gandi's House and Museum.

Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is a city teeming with culture, architecture and people. Famous for its diversity, this vast metropolis has suffered from religious tensions during recent years, but this has done little to limit the surprisingly liberal attitudes of many 'Mumbaikars'.

Having boomed as a port during the 18th and 19th century, Mumbai is rich with colonial architecture, whilst towering contemporary structures underline the city's recent prosperity. Contrasting strongly with these are the city's slums, which make up large parts of this modern city and serve as a reminder of the mixed fortunes of its residents.


Half Day Shopping Trip
A half day shopping trip of Mumbai can be air conditioned and hassle free or full of bargaining and chaotic fun at the street markets. A personal shopper can be organised to accompany you for an additional cost, otherwise your car and driver will drive you around Mumbai to all the best shopping hotspots.


You will be staying at Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai, bed and breakfast

Day 10

Fly Mumbai to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Rambagh Palace

Rambagh Palace

Once you've checked into the Rambagh, head for the shade of the white marble verandahs and order a mint sprigged iced-tea....

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Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan is one of the largest private residences in the world, built in the early 1900s by Maharaja Umaid Singh to give work to his people, who were suffering from famine....

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Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai

More than a hotel, the lavish Taj Mahal Palace is an iconic landmark of Mumbai....

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Taj Lake Palace

Taj Lake Palace

The Lake Palace or Jag Niwas was built in 1754 by Maharana Jagat Singh II, who give his name to this elegant white building....

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