Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal and Amritsar's Golden Temple

Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal and Amritsar's Golden Temple

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Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal and Amritsar's Golden Temple

15 Days Starting in Delhi, India and ending in London, UK

Visiting: United Kingdom, Delhi, Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Amber Palace, Pushkar, Nagaur, Khimsar, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Amritsar, Golden Temple

Tour operator:

Riviera Travel

Tour code:

RA

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 50

Physical rating:

Please contact Riviera Travel if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility.

Age range:

9-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact Riviera Travel with specific dietary requests.

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

India is steeped in history, mystery and magnificence. It's a heady cocktail of extraordinary contrasts, sumptuous palaces, splendid forts, lush countryside, haunting deserts and vibrant cities. Our extraordinary tour takes you to some of the most colourful and amazing places on the entire planet - from Amritsar's Golden Temple to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, the gleaming white of the Taj Mahal, and the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur. Then there are the parched ochre dunes of the desert sands and the array of reds and yellows exploding from a classic Indian sunset across a city's jumbled rooftops. India is all this and much more. It's not just a country; it's an entire continent crying out to be discovered and explored.

You'll visit some of this wonderful destination's finest jewels; many world famous, while others are less well-known but equally enthralling. In this religious melting pot, you'll experience some of the world's most spiritual sites - including the Sikh holy city of Amritsar, and the revered Hindu town of Pushkar with its unique Brahma temple, sacred lake and historic bathing ghats. Jaipur's City Palace and the Palace of the Winds will amaze you with their grandeur, yet none compare with the Taj Mahal, that supremely beautiful and romantic masterpiece, truly one of the few wonders of the world.

Another great and unmissable wonder is Agra's 16th century awe-inspiring Red Fort. Once at the heart of the Moghul Empire, it's a fitting overture to the many other magnificent citadels for which Rajasthan is rightly famous - especially the imposing and vast Mehrangarh Fort with its enchanting panoramic view over the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur. Finally it's on to Udaipur, nestling serenely in one of the world's most naturally beautiful settings. Surrounded by a series of scenic hills and lakes, almost silhouetted against the clear blue sky, its multitude of intricately turreted and balconied palaces surround the lakeside - a perfect blend of man and nature in complete harmony and quintessential India at its most mysterious, romantic and thought-provoking.

Spectacular though India's cities, palaces and monuments are, a country is nothing without its people and you can travel the whole world before you find a welcome as warm and genuine as that in India. Increasingly aware of their unique sophisticated culture, Indians are eager to share their knowledge with you - and to practice their English, which is almost universally spoken. You really sense that this is a country 'on the move'. 

Highlights

  • Visit the extraordinary Golden Temple of Amritsar, a Sikh holy shrine and one of India's most awe-inspiring sights, plus see the poignant site of the Amritsar Massacre

  • Stay in Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’, and explore its teeming markets, amazing City Palace, remarkable 18th-century Astronomical Observatory and iconic Palace of the Winds

  • Tour Agra and its stunning 16th-century fort with a guide

  • Experience the breathtaking Taj Mahal in the early morning, the simple purity of its white marble and exquisite workmanship of its inlay work

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Amber Fort in Jaipur, including the area reserved for the Maharaja’s wives and concubines and the amazing hall of mirrors

  • Explore Pushkar and see the rare Brahma temple, the local market, the sacred lake and bathing ghats

  • Take a city tour of Delhi seeing all the famous landmarks such as the Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutub Minaret

  • Visit UNESCO-listed Nagaur Fort, displaying a unique merging of Rajput and Moghul architecture

  • Discover Jodhpur, the ‘Blue City’, with its vast and imposing fortress and walk through the open-air Clocktower Market

  • See Udaipur, India's most romantic city of lakes and palaces

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Departure

Location: United Kingdom, Delhi

Accommodation: Overnight Flight

Meals Included: No Meals

Arrive for your overnight flight direct to Delhi.

Day 2 : Arrival In Dehli

Location: Delhi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Connaught

Meals Included: No Meals

On arrival in Delhi, we stay for one night at the four-star superior The Cnnaught Hotel. We drive through the city’s wide, tree-lined avenues designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and tour the best sights of New Delhi, including the Qutub Minaret and poignant reminders of the British Raj, before an evening at leisure.

Day 3 : Delhi

Location: Delhi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Taj View Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we are immersed in Old Delhi, starting with an exciting rickshaw ride through the bustling streets. See the vast Red Fort, Chandni Chowk market, the memorial to Gandhi and Humayun’s Tomb. After lunch we continue by road to Agra and the Taj Mahal, arriving in the late afternoon. We stay for one night at the centrally located, four-star Taj Gateway Hotel. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 4 : Taj Mahal

Location: Taj Mahal, Jaipur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Jaipur Marriott Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

In the soft morning light, as the mist rises from the Yamuna River, the Taj Mahal seems to float, miragelike, above the surrounding landscape. A combination of extraordinary beauty, symmetry and history makes this wonder of the world one of the planet’s most amazing monuments and you have plenty of time to admire it from all angles. Then, in stunning contrast, you visit the vast red sandstone 16thcentury Agra Fort, once the headquarters of the vast Moghul Empire. This afternoon we continue to Jaipur, staying for two nights at the four-star Jaipur Marriott Hotel.

Day 5 : Amber Fort & Jaipur

Location: Jaipur, Amber Palace

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Jaipur Marriott Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Jaipur is a fascinating place, its pink-coloured buildings contrasting beautifully with the kaleidoscope of striking reds, saffron and deep violets of hundreds of traditional saris whose countless sequins reflect the midday sun. Welcome to Rajasthan, India’s most colourful state! Our first stop is the Amber Fort, located in an amazingly scenic location in the nearby hills. Our tour includes sections reserved for the Maharaja’s wives and concubines and the amazing hall of mirrors. We have a photo stop outside the pink sandstone Palace of the Winds, an incredible honeycomb of windows from which the royal household’s ladies watched the street life and processions below. Next, we visit the City Palace, home to the present Maharaja of Jaipur, viewing the superb collection of formal robes, intricate carpets, fine paintings and an impressive armoury. Finally we see the outstanding 18th-century Jantar Mantar open-air observatory, a collection of early yet extremely accurate astronomical instruments.

Day 6 : Pushkar

Location: Pushkar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Clarks Safari Pushkar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we leave Jaipur and experience one of India’s greatest institutions, the iconic railway system. We board the comfortable ‘chair-class’ carriages of the Shatabdi Express, travelling to Ajmer. From here we drive to Pushkar, the sacred Hindu town, home to the world’s largest camel fair. A gathering of as many as 160,000 dealers and coinciding with the full-moon in November, business often takes a back seat to musicians, snake-charmers and dancers on hot coals. After checking in to the family-run three-star superior Pushkar Resort, it’s time to explore the town. We visit its rare Brahma temple, the only place in the world where it is permitted to worship the creator-God of the Hindu religion, continuing through the small market to visit the sacred lake and bathing ghats at the town’s heart. A buffet dinner at your hotel is included tonight.

Day 7 : Nagaur Fort & Khimsar

Location: Nagaur, Khimsar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Khimsar Fort

Meals Included: Breakfast

Leaving Pushkar, we continue towards Nagaur Fort, a little-known fort-cum-palace complex displaying a unique merging of Rajput and Moghul architecture. With its 800-year history and careful restoration, it well deserves its UNESCO recognition. Driving through pleasant country roads, through an arid landscape of sand dunes, we are off the beaten track, surrounded by the rural India of ox carts and small villages before seeing the astonishing Khimsar Fort, where we stay for two nights. Nothing prepares you for the sight of this grand, 16th century edifice of towers, domes and ramparts, in the same family for 21 generations, now a charming heritage hotel. The rooms are all different and spread out within the walls. There’s a bar, restaurant, tea room and spa, plus a lovely pool. Dinner is included tonight, either set out within the picturesque ruins of one of the buildings or along the battlements.

Day 8 : Free Day In Khimsar

Location: Khimsar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Khimsar Fort

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we have a free day enjoying our peaceful surroundings, with the option of a jeep drive into the local ‘bush’ hopefully spotting blackbuck and bluebuck, two of the local antelope species, then a walk experiencing colourful village life. There’s plenty of time to relax or explore and enjoy this delightful hotel. Marvel at its extensive ramparts, stroll through the lush green gardens watching peacocks, before taking tea on the veranda. This afternoon perhaps enjoy a drive to the dunes and a short camel cart ride before halting at the desert’s edge to experience that magical moment when the sun sinks slowly in a fiery glow. This evening, there’s a delightful Kalbelia dance troupe, a typical Rajasthani puppet show and traditional musicians.

Day 9 : Jodhpur

Location: Jodhpur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Welcomhotel Jodhpur

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we take the short drive to Jodhpur, the ‘Blue City’, so named after the colourwash of its ‘old city’ which is totally dominated by the imposing Mehrangarh Fort towering above. Few sights can match this for pure grandeur, a gigantic mass of stonework seemingly growing from the huge hill on which it stands. Its museum houses Emperor Akbar’s sword, plus numerous howdahs and antique belongings of the Maharajas. This afternoon we walk through Jodhpur’s fascinating open-air Clocktower Market, crammed with orange and red turbaned vendors selling absolutely everything and a real photo opportunity. Tonight we stay at the four-star WelcomHotel Jodhpur.

Day 10 : Udaipur

Location: Udaipur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Taj Lake Palace or Oberoi Trident Hotel or Oberoi Udaivilas

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we leave Jodhpur and the plains of Rajasthan behind us, driving east to the Aravali Hills. Here the landscape changes to smooth bare hilltops interspersed with lush green narrow valleys, in one of which lies Ranakpur and arguably India’s finest Jain temple. Beautifully constructed entirely from white marble and completely covered by some of the world’s finest intricate carvings, no two of its 1,444 columns are identical. After an included lunch, we continue to Udaipur, where we stay two nights at the four-star Oberoi Trident Hotel.



You may also upgrade your stay to the utterly sumptuous five-star Taj Lake Palace, one of the world’s finest hotels and an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience. Also available are upgrades to the award-winning five-star Oberoi Udaivilas, renowned as one of the very best hotels on the Indian subcontinent.

Day 11 : Udaipur

Location: Udaipur

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Taj Lake Palace or Oberoi Trident Hotel or Oberoi Udaivilas

Meals Included: Breakfast

Udaipur, the City of Lakes with its backdrop of green-covered hills, has a stunningly romantic setting which never fails to impress. The stage for countless Bollywood films and James Bond’s ‘Octopussy’, Udaipur’s most famous sight is the astonishing white marble Lake Palace, seemingly floating on the calm waters of Lake Pichola. Overlooking this is the vast complex of the City Palace, where we’ll see the Maharani’s amazingly decorated private apartments, courtyards, pleasure gardens and a host of miniature paintings, palanquins and armaments. We’ll also see the great Durbar Hall and the Crystal Gallery, lined with thousands of unique items of crystal, all produced in Birmingham in 1877. This afternoon you are free to explore as you wish.

Day 12 : Fly To Amritsar

Location: Amritsar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hyatt Amritsar

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we take a domestic flight to the Sikh holy city of Amritsar (via Delhi). Our hotel for the next two nights is the five-star Hyatt Amritsar.

Day 13 : Golden Temple

Location: Golden Temple

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hyatt Amritsar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The Golden Temple is quite extraordinary, with this magical building alluringly reflected in its huge sacred pool, surrounded by marble colonnaded arcades. Once inside, the richly gilded inlay work is a revelation - wood panels decorated with gold and silver plus ivory carvings, all under a brilliant dome containing 100kg of pure gold. In accordance with Sikh custom anyone is offered sustenance free of charge, with the resultant kitchens capable of feeding 6,000 people per hour – we see their huge vats of dhal (lentils) and an ancient machine producing a constant stream of hot chapattis!



We also see the site of the Amritsar Massacre, where in 1919 a nationalist demonstration of unarmed locals was fired upon by the British authorities, without warning. This pivotal event had a profound effect on Gandhi, who then initiated his ultimately successful ‘civil disobedience’ campaign. In the afternoon, we take the short drive to the nearby Bagh Border post with Pakistan to see the ‘Beating the Retreat’ ceremony. Over the years a lighthearted, rather bizarre competition has developed as to which country has the most flamboyant marching style and vociferous supporters, with thousands coming to see this event daily. It’s a typically Indian concoction, a blend of open-air theatre, party and military parade. Finally, both border gates are ceremoniously closed and the respective flags lowered for the night. Dinner is included tonight. 

Day 14 : Fly To Delhi

Location: Delhi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Connaught

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We fly back to Delhi for our final night at The Connaught, New Delhi Hotel, with dinner, located close to the airport.

Day 15 : Return Home

Location: Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Thirteen nights’ accommodation in three, four and five-star hotels

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Meals

    Daily breakfast, one lunch and five dinners

  • Fully Guided

    The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

  • International Travel

    Scheduled flights to/from Delhi

  • Hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person

  • All local transport as described

  • All local accommodation taxes

  • All transfers

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Insurance

Check out our Q&As

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Scheduled flights to/from Delhi

    Domestic flights to/ from Amritsar and from Udaipur

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    We are unable to accommodate children under 9 years old at the date of departure..

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    For almost 40 years

  • I have reduced mobility; can I still travel?

    We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to contact us to discuss these concerns

  • Do I require travel insurance?

    It is a condition of booking that you carry suitable travel insurance.

  • What is my luggage allowance?

    You will receive details of your luggage allowance with your final travel documents, which are sent approximately 10 days prior to your date of departure.

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David Clarke (Google Reviewer)  

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08-Aug-2023

This review is for the italian Lake Como trip Aug 1-8 Wow what a trip. Riviera from start to finish were excellent the booking and help line answering questions were very good and clear. The travel booklet you get is laid out that it is simple to read and follow with step by step info from booking in to flights to meeting the guides. Our guide Matt Purse was just the best guide and real credit to Riviera with his knowledge and straight forward approach to running the trips. Matt kept us informed and told us all the sort of info you want to know without going over the top....This chap should teach other reps ..thank you so much. The coaches they use are all clean and well equipped with usb chargers and have aircon. The places chosen to visit were well researched even down to where coaches park or drop you off. The Bernina Express was the highlight for our family and matts photo tip was welcomed. The only down point was the hotel,a little dated and evening meal in main restuarant was a bit of a let down. I think we were lucky with our room on level 7 and with balcony as the walls are very thin and noise travels. We would book again with riviera

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Valerie Pascoe  

We would go again in a heartbeat

22-Jan-2022

Oh my goodness, what a relief it was to actually get away! Full marks to all at Riviera for keeping us up to date before our trip and for the help so cheerfully and patiently given with the extra admin that Covid brought our way. We felt totally safe with the measures taken on board, thank you very much for this. Without exception, Staff were fantastic and our every need was attended to. The additional Covid testing ran smoothly, organised by our Riviera Reps. The guided tours were most interesting: the guides very knowledgeable and more importantly, interesting to listen to. We loved this trip and would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you again Riviera, you were FAB!

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25-Jul-2022

Second escorted tour with this company. Did 5 days in Iceland tour. Everything went smoothly, excellent tour guide, Per. Extremely knowledgeable and interesting guy. Very friendly too. Highly recommend. Just let down by the room given at the hotel, but I guess the travel company doesn't have control over this.

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Christine Hardy (Google Reviewer)  

Although most people seem to...

10-Mar-2024

Although most people seem to book and pay for their holidays online, because we live close by we prefer to make a personal visit. In my opinion if they are offering this as an option they should be better equipped to accommodate visits in person. We have not been on our river cruise yet, so can't comment on that yet.

Rob Steele (Google Reviewer)  

My 3rd Riviera trip within...

16-Feb-2024

My 3rd Riviera trip within a year and I wasn't disappointed 😁 This time it was https://www.rivieratravel.co.uk/escorted-tours/southern-india-coastal-route-solo-travellers This trip, although not cheap, it really offers exceptional value for money as you see a lot of Tamil Nadu and Kerela, stay in fantastic hotels, excellent breakfasts every day as well as some lunches and dinners also included. George Bareham, our "Tour Manager" was brilliant, very professional, but also friendly and diligent. Satheeshan, our local guide was helpful and picked me up antibiotics when I got ill, he was a nice chap, if (for my taste) went on a bit and used 20 words when 1 would suffice. Mr Sweeny, our coach driver was fantastic,really professional and an exceptionally good driver. His assistant, Murgon wad a delight, always smiling and attentive. This is a full on trip, early morning starts and quite a packed itinerary, but still leaving time to laze around some brilliant hotel swimming pools. Only a couple of suggestions to improve the holiday. More shopping time in Cochin and change carriers from Etihad who, unfortunately aren't the excellent airline they used to be. But, will I use Riviera Travel again - Yes 😁

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  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of riviera travel charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 70% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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