Tailor-Made Holiday

Luxury Rajasthan with Oberoi Hotels

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11 days

from £4,095pp (excluding flights)

This twelve day holiday follows the classic route through Rajasthan, visiting the stand out gems and staying at the world class Oberoi hotels en route. Experience Rajput hospitality at its best. Take advantage of the extra benefits offered exclusively from Steppes Travel whilst staying with Oberoi during the summer of 2017.

  • Marvel at the truly impressive Taj Mahal from the best view in town
  • Complimentary room upgrades, spa treatments, VIP arrival services and airport lounge access
  • Insightful expert guides will be on hand in each city to provide a tailormade experience to suit your needs 

Which cities will I visit?

This incredible trip starts in Delhi, being met airside by our dedicated team in India. There is ample time to explore the capital in the company of an outstanding guide.

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.

Continue by private car to Agra to discover the city with a resident guide – who knows the best kept secrets, exploring Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal - a must see when in Rajasthan. Its architecture is as impressive as its reputation. The view from Amar Vilas is as impressive as visiting the site, watch the sunset with a cocktail on your private terrace.

Jaipur, fondly referred to as the pink city, is known for the palace complex, observatory tower and impressive Amber Fort. Explore with a local private guide, visiting the City Palace after closing including the normally off limits Royal Quarter. Experience the cosmopolitan city and visit Lasiwalla, Jaipur’s best lassi stall before finishing off with a meal at the city's oldest restaurant, Niro’s.  

The last day few days in India will be hugely relaxing, staying at the acclaimed Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur. Some free time to indulge in the spa treatment menu and find souvenirs in the local vicinity. 

What are the benefits of travelling during the Indian summer?

There is a wealth of exclusive complimentary offers extended to anyone confirming this trip, ranging from VIP meet and greet at Delhi airport, a bottle of bubbly on arrival, upgraded room categories, a spa voucher each on arrival to soothe away the jet lag on arrival. At the end of the trip, lounge access in Mumbai to make the journey home as comfortable as possible. This flexibility from our hotel partner Oberoi makes for a simply outstanding saving.

What is the weather like?

The weather in the summer in Rajasthan gets hot. The temperature will be humid, and we advise sightseeing is taken during the early morning and late afternoons. Road travel by air conditioned car takes place during the heat of the day.

Benefit from the exceptional offers until the 30th September 2017. The newly introduced e-tourist visa is available for UK citizens for travel between four - 120 days. This makes India a credible last minute destination.

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 
£ 4095 £ 600
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what is included

  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Voyage gratuities
  • All transfers

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



Delhi may be one of the world's largest metropolises, 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.


On arrival at the hotel you have time at leisure. A spa treatment has been arranged by Steppes


Tour of Old and New Delhi
Take a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi and enjoy its chaotic charms. See the different ingredients that make up paan, betel leaf stimulant, and meet the pigeon fancier and experience a truly unique activity kabootar baazi.

Visit New Delhi, built as the imperial capital of India by the British and laid out according to the master plans of the great colonial architect Lutyens. In contrast to Old Delhi, it is a city of wide boulevards, formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and India Gate. Also visit Humayun’s Tomb, built in the 16th century and creating a precedent for subsequent Moghul architecture such as the Taj Mahal.


You will be staying at Oberoi Gurgaon, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Explore Agra Fort
Explore Agra Fort, a huge, double-walled, red sandstone structure was built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. Stroll through the fort and examine Akbar's simple rooms, his son Jehangir's more decorated ones, and finally the exquisitely rebuilt rooms of his grandsons. These private and public rooms are coated in intricately sculpted white marble, in the style of the Taj Mahal. Afterwards, visit local craftsmen to see how the exquisitely precise 'pietra dura' inlay work is still done today.


Take in the view of the Taj Mahal from the terraces of Amar vilas this evening.

Travel by road from Delhi to Agra


A journey time of approximately four hours on the new highway. Free WIFI is provided in the car.


Often considered synonymous with the Taj Mahal, historic Agra is in fact bursting with a variety of Mughal treasures. Whilst its pièce de résistance is undoubtedly this iridescent-white tribute to love, the city was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and its Mughal legacy survives through the magnificent structures that dot the area. A victim of its own success, Agra is plagued by wallahs, touts, guides and souvenir salesmen in a manner that can be quite overwhelming. Despite this, the city's wondrous sights make it completely unmissable and the bedlam on the streets fades away once the magnificence of the Taj takes a hold.


Afternoon visit to the Taj Mahal
Visit the Taj Mahal with your local guide. The Taj Mahal, meaning ‘crown of palaces', is a white marble mausoleum built by the great Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal when she passed away in 1630. Work for this great tomb began in 1631 and it took the efforts of 20,000 workers and almost 20 years of masterly craftsmanship to complete this grand monument whose marble dome is 35 metres high.


You will be staying at Oberoi Amarvilas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Drive from Agra to Jaipur


A journey of approximately five to six hours, stopping en route to explore the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri.

Built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the 16th century, this vast palatial complex was constructed to celebrate the fulfilling of a prophecy made by a Sufi saint who lived here. The emperor kept Agra as his military and financial base, but poured his vast resources into building a glorious new capital.

Abandoned due to lack of water after Akbar’s death, a ghost city remains. The palaces and stunning Jama Masjid survive in near perfect condition. Built with bright red Sikri sandstone, many buildings feature ornate carvings, whilst ivory-white decorative stonework adorns the exteriors.


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.


Evening Blessing and Aarti at Oberoi Rajvilas
In the grounds of the Oberoi Rajvilas spend time with your special somebody to experience a blessing ceremony in the hotel's private temple.


You will be staying at Oberoi Rajvilas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Half Day Visit to the Amber Fort and Anokhi Museum
"Explore the Hindu-influenced Amber Fort, which lies in the nearby town of Amer and was built by Maharaja Man Singh. Later extended by the Jai Singh dynasty, this sprawling citadel is spread across a rugged hillside. Mirrored glass decorations adorn the inside, whilst a lake and restored gardens sit below. The fort can be accessed by elephant or, for those who prefer more conventional forms of transport, by 4x4 or on foot.
Afterwards, visit the Anokhi Musueum of Block-Printing, housed in a beautifully restored aristocratic home, before continuing to the Jai Mahal. This island pleasure palace is a fine example of conservation and restoration."


You will be staying at Oberoi Rajvilas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Royal Quarters of the Palace
With special permission enter the royal quarters of the City Palace, accompanied by a private guide. Enjoy high tea on the extensive terraces.


Bazaar, Craft and Cuisine Walking Tour
The royal family and nobles of Jaipur have been supporting various craftsmen and artisans in the walled pink city since its foundation in 1727. Many of these traditions continue to this day. In a fascinating walking tour, mingle and talk with locals while sampling some of the region's culinary delights - samosa, kachori, kulfi, lassi and sweets. Observe artisans like silversmiths and bangle makers at work.


Elephant Safari with BBQ dinner at Dera Amer
"An evening elephant aafari with farewell dinner will be held at Dera Amer camp, situated behind the hills of the famous Amber Fort. The elephant safaris are conducted in the original Aravalli forests following a route through villages, agricultural fields, hills and ancient monuments. The birdlife in the thick forests is thriving and if lucky, you can spot wildlife such as jackals. It is a slow and relaxing ride enabling a good view of the countryside atop a uniquely Indian mode of transport.
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You will be staying at Oberoi Rajvilas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Jaipur-Udaipur


Travel to Udaipur, a journey of approximately six hours. A packed lunch will be prepared for you.


Sunset Boat Trip
This evening take a sunset boat ride to Jagmandir Palace past the city's ghats. These riverside landings are where locals congregate to chat, wash clothes or relax.

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 Oberoi Udaivilas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Half a Day Exploring the Walled City
Spend several hours exploring Udaipur's congenial walled city with our resident expert. The narrow alleys are lined with traditional white-washed and painted houses, whilst the landmark Jagdish Temple stands amidst a maze of colourful bazaars selling everything from glorious fabrics and jewellery to local vegetables. All manner of local activities are on display and there will be the opportunity to see local miniature painting, as well as some of India's vibrant contemporary art.


Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Time at leisure


You will be staying at Oberoi Udaivilas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Helicopter Scenic flight
Take to the skies to appreciate the lakes around Udaipur. Travelling high above the city by helicopter take a 15 minute sightseeing flight at sunset.


You will be staying at Oberoi Udaivilas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Fly Udaipur to Mumbai


Half Day Walking Tour
Take a walking tour starting from the Gateway to India, on to the bustling Crawford market and continue through the streets, witnessing the stunning and varied architecture until you reach Churchgate Station. You will arrive here in time to see the dabbawalas in action for the lunch box deliveries.

Board a local train for a short ride up to Mahalaxmi station - a 15 minute ride and a perfect way to witness the daily commuter's routine and that too of the quite amazing dabbawalas, who deliver millions of lunchs in a week.

From Mahalaxmi you will be met and transferred to a restaurant for lunch, en route visiting the famous Dhobi Ghat (washermen).

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.


You will be staying at Oberoi Mumbai, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Complimentary access to the VIP lounge in the international terminal will be provided this morning

Fly Mumbai to London

Accommodation

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

Oberoi Amarvilas

Oberoi Amarvilas

Amarvilas is the latest addition to the Oberoi chain of deluxe hotels....

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Oberoi Rajvilas

Oberoi Rajvilas

Unquestionably one of Oberois finest creations, Rajvilas is a revival of gracious living in the true spirit of Rajasthan....

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Oberoi Mumbai

Oberoi Mumbai

Located in the heart of Mumbais business district, this elegant luxury hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea offers impeccable service, understated luxury and excellent facilities including an exclusive spa and fitness center by Banyan Tree....

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Oberoi Udaivilas

Oberoi Udaivilas

Conceived in the royal tradition of the palaces of Mewar, the resort oozes grandeur and majesty....

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