Tailor-Made Holiday

Luxury Rajasthan with Oberoi Vilas

Oberoi Offers - Visit Delhi, Agra, Ranthambhore, Jaipur and Udaipur

12 days

from £4,795pp (excluding flights)

This 12 day holiday follows the classic route through Rajasthan, visiting the stand out historic gems of the Golden Triangle whilst staying at the world class Oberoi hotels. Experience Rajput hospitality at its best. Take advantage of the extra benefits offered exclusively from Steppes Travel whilst staying with Oberoi until April 2019.

  • 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 
  • Take a game drive into tiger territory whilst at Oberoi Vanyavilas

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.

Take some time out from the cities of the Golden Triangle and return to nature at the Oberoi Vanyavilas in Ranthambhore National Park for two nights. Jungle drives are organised by Zeesehan and his team of naturalists who do an impressive job of explaining  about the wildlife in the park and also a very well recieved nature walk around the property itself.

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. 

Benefits of Travelling with Steppes Travel to India

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.

Benefit from the exceptional offers until the 9th April 2019. The  e-tourist visa is available for UK citizens for travel that commences as soon as a week before, making India an incredible 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 
£ 4795 £ 600

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Delhi

There is a direct overnight flight with British Airways and Jet Airways to Mumbai

Day 2

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.

A complimentary vehicle upgrade is included for your stay in India.

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, a betel leaf stimulant frequently chewed by locals. Also meet a pigeon fancier to experience the unique pastime of kabootar baazi or Indian pigeon flying.

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 buildings and the war memorial of India Gate. The Rashtrapati Bhawan is the official residence of the President of India, located within the 330-acre estate, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. 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 New Delhi, bed and breakfast

Day 3

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.

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

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.

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.

You will be staying at Oberoi Amarvilas, bed and breakfast

Day 4

Morning Visit to Mehtab Bagh Gardens
Early this morning, cross the holy Yamuna River to visit the rediscovered and recreated Mughal garden, Mehtab Bagh. Meaning 'Moonlit Garden', this ensemble is believed to have been part of the original overall design for the Taj Mahal. Admire stunning sunrise views of the Taj Mahal across the river, just as Agra's population would have done when the city was thriving.

Built as a mausoleum for Emperor Shah Jahan's wife, who died during childbirth, this quintessentially Mughal building is widely considered one of the most beautiful structures in the world. Sitting above the river, it perches upon a raised symmetrical base, with its great white domes atop ornately carved marble porches.

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.

Agra By Night
This evening spend time in the company of a local expert, Megha Singh on her Agra by Night tour. Visit many of the famous landmarks at their floodlit best. Partially covered by car and on foot this tour lasts up to three hours.

You will be staying at Oberoi Amarvilas, bed and breakfast

Day 5

Drive from Agra to Bharatpur (Road Journey)

Drive from Agra to Bharatpur visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route.

Travel from Bharatpur to Sawai Madhopur (Rail Journey)

On arrival you will be met at the train station and transferred to your hotel.

You will be staying at Oberoi Vanyavilas, bed and breakfast

Day 6

Morning and Afternoon Game Drives in Ranthambore
Spend the morning and afternoon on game drives with specially trained naturalists. Please note these are typically shared as there are four clients to a jeep.

Ranthambore is located near the town of Sawai Madhopur, which is around 180 km south east of Jaipur in Rajasthan. The park derives its name from the 11th century fort of Ranthambhore, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the forest. The fort was a vital citadel for the control of central India. Though overrun by vegetation, remnants of the summer palaces, temples and guard stones within the fort still remain.

Earlier the hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the park at Ranthambhore was once the scene of royal hunting parties.Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. Being one of the most accessible parks it is very popular and therefore runs with strict rules and regulations. Why not consider flying above the mountain ranges of Ranthambhore by balloon, for the ultimate birds eye view of the wildlife. Travelling over parts of the forest that nobody else can tread. A wildlife lover and photographers dream come true.

You will be staying at Oberoi Vanyavilas, bed and breakfast

Day 7

Morning Game Drive in Ranthambore
Enjoy a morning game drive.

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 and breakfast

Day 8

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."

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.

You will be staying at Oberoi Rajvilas, bed and breakfast

Day 9


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 and breakfast

Day 10

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.

Ride in a Vintage Car through Udaipur
After lunch pick up a vintage car and ride to Sahelion ki Bari, dirving past Fatehsagar and the Vintage Car Museum.

You will be staying at Oberoi Udaivilas, bed and breakfast

Day 11

Fly Udaipur to Delhi

You will be staying at Oberoi New Delhi, bed and breakfast

Day 12

Fly Delhi to London


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