Royal Princess Diary 5* plus Boutique Tour Rajasthan 12 – 23 November 2021

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Royal Princess Diary 5* plus Boutique Tour Rajasthan 12 – 23 November 2021 2020-07-30T14:21:20+10:00

Project Description

This 11 night Glam Girls Tour is just up Jean’s alley… she’s picked all her favorite Palaces and Forts!

Two nights Andaz Delhi

Two nights Suryagarh Jaisalmer

Two nights Narendra Bhawan Bikaner

Three nights Taj Rambagh Palace – Jaipur

Two nights Bujera Fort Udaipur

and we’ve added as many domestic flights as  possible, to cut out the long road trips.

DAY BY DAY – 12 NOVEMBER 2021
DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI
(Check in at 1400 hrs)
Meeting and Assistance on arrival at Delhi Airport and transfer to Hotel
As the capital of India, Delhi is the third largest city with a population of approximately 18 million. Its strategic location along the north-south, east-west route has given it a focal position in Indian history and many great empires have been ruled from here. The monuments and ruins of these are scattered throughout the city, often cheek by jowl with modern structures and highrise towers.
Overnight at the hotel – Andaz Delhi

DAY 02: 13 NOVEMBER – DELHI
After breakfast proceed on the city tour of Delhi visiting the Old Delhi where you will view the Red Fort from outside before walking through Chandni Chowk, savouring the ambience of the oriental, crowded bazaar. Afterwards, continue to India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid.
Afterwards have a brief photo stop at India Gate, a memorial to the Indian servicemen who died in World War I. Continue to Humayun’s Tomb (the second Mughal Emperor) built in the mid-16th-century. This tomb is the first great example of a Mughal garden tomb and was the inspiration for several monuments such as the incomparable Taj Mahal.
Later this afternoon proceed on the visit to the Markets of Khan Markets
Overnight at the hotel  –  Andaz Delhi

DAY 03: 14 NOVEMBER – DELHI TO JAISALMER BY FLIGHT
In time, transfer to Delhi Airport to board flight for Jaisalmer.
Meeting and Assistance on arrival at Jaisalmer Airport and transfer to Hotel. (Check in at 1400 hrs)
Founded by Prince Jaisala in 1156, it is dubbed the ‘Golden City’ because of the honey-coloured sandstone walls, emphasized by the setting sun. It was once a flourishing trade centre, strategically located on the busy caravan trade route to Afghanistan and Central Asia. Jaisalmer’s wealthy traders and rulers vied with each other to beautify their austere desert surroundings with splendid palaces and havelis. Made of the local golden-yellow sandstone, they are the most spectacular example of the Rajasthani stonemason’s art.
Overnight at the hotel – Suryagarh Jaisalmer

DAY 04: 15 NOVEMBER – JAISALMER
Today we visit Jaisalmer Fort which rises like a fabulous mirage out of the sands of the Thar Desert. The awesome contours of its 99 bastions are softened by the golden hue of the stone. Built in 1156 by Maharawal Jaisal and added to by his successors, this citadel stands on the peak of the 80m-high Trikuta Hill. In mediaeval times, Jaisalmer’s entire population lived within the fort and to this day, thousands of people reside here, making it India’s only living fort. Royal palaces, a cluster of Jain temples, mansions and shops are all contained within its walls.
We will visit the beautifully carved Jain temples and Badal Vilas Palace. We also visit some impressive merchant mansions (havelis) including the Patwon Ki Haveli, a five-storey mansion with carved pillars and murals.
Late afternoon we visit the Sam Sand Dunes followed by a Camel ride
Overnight at the hotel – Suryagarh Jaisalmer

DAY 05: 16 NOVEMBER – JAISALMER TO BIKANER
After breakfast, drive to Bikaner, on arrival check in at hotel
Bikaner, a major desert town in northern Rajasthan. Like many others in Rajasthan, the old city is surrounded by a high crenulated wall and was once an important staging post on the overland caravan routes to Central Asia and China (Silk Road). The city is interesting for its superb large fort, Junagarh Fort, but it is also known for the fine camels bred here.
Along with Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, Bikaner was one of the three great Desert Kingdoms of Rajasthan. It was founded in 1488 by Rao Bika, the disgruntled younger son of Rao Jodha, the ruler of Jodhpur, who left home in search of new territory to conquer
Overnight at the hotel – Narendra Bhawan Bikaner

DAY 06: 17 NOVEMBER –  BIKANER
After breakfast, proceed on the City tour of Bikaner
Visit the Junagarh fort that dates back to 1588 A.D. built by Raja Rai Singh, the fort is a formidable structure encircled by a moat and has some beautiful palaces within. These palaces, built in red sandstone and marble, make a picturesque ensemble of courtyards, balconies, kiosks and windows.
Visit the astonishing Karni Mata Mandir or the Rat temple in Deshnoke, 30 km from Bikaner. The temple has thousands of rats that live, and are revered in, the temple. Eating food that has been nibbled on by the rats is considered to be highly auspicious.
Overnight at the hotel Narendra Bhawan Bikaner

DAY 07: 18 NOVEMBER – BIKANER TO JAIPUR
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur, on arrival check in at hotel
A city founded in 1727 as Mughal power within India was declining. At this time the then Maharaja Jai Singh moved his capital from Amer Fort down onto the plain below. The city is now the capital of Rajasthan State and commonly called the ‘Pink City’ because of the pink paint on the buildings in the old city area. This was apparently done to imitate the magnificent, red sandstone buildings of the Mughals and in an attempt to impress the Prince of Wales when he visited Jaipur in 1876.
Overnight at the hotel

DAY 08: 19 NOVEMBER – JAIPUR
Start today with a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), tourists are unable to enter the building so you will be able to view it from the busy street opposite.
Continue to Amer Fort or ‘Amber Fort’ as the British called it. Erected in 1799 by the Sawai Pratap Singh, Hawa Mahal was built so that the veiled ladies of his harem could observe, unnoticed, the lively street scenes below. After you arrive at the base of Amer Fort, you will take an elephant ride that will take you all the way up to the entrance. Inside the fort you will visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory, which houses the famed Sheesh Mahal.
Visit the Maharaja’s City Palace this afternoon to explore the former Royal residence; part of the building has been converted into a museum, while the Royal family of Jaipur still uses the remaining sections of the palace. Outside the gate to the Maharaja’s City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. The observatory has 17 large instruments, many of them still in working condition.
Before returning to the hotel, stop for some shopping inside the walled city, where villagers from around Jaipur come to sell and trade their produce. The remainder of the evening is free at your leisure.
Overnight at the hotel – Taj Rambagh Palace – Jaipur

DAY 09: 20 NOVEMBER JAIPUR
Full day at leisure (Vehicle available within City limits only)
Overnight at the hotel – Taj Rambagh Palace – Jaipur

DAY 10: 21 NOVEMBER – JAIPUR TO UDAIPUR BY FLIGHT
In time transfer to Jaipur Airport to board flight for Udaipur, on arrival check in at hotel
The origins of Udaipur are based on a legend which tells of a holy sage that Maharaja Udai Singh encountered while hunting in the foothills of the Aravalli Range in Mewar. The sage told the King to build a palace in that exact spot and it would be well protected and so with this advice, Maharaja Udai Singh built his residence there. At the time, Chittorgarh was the capital of Mewar state, however in 1568 Chittorgarh was attacked by the Mughal emperor Akbar, and so Maharaja Udai Singh moved the capital to Udaipur
Overnight at the hotel – Taj Rambagh Palace – Jaipur

DAY 11: 22 NOVEMBER – UDAIPUR
We begin our second day in Udaipur with a drive around Fateh Sagar Lake, which has a garden café on its island. Located nearby are the Folk Museum and Mewar Art Gallery. Although the Folk Museum is small and has been neglected a bit over the years, the unique variety of ethnic groups and cultures of the hills around Udaipur make this visit well worthwhile. We also visit the Sahelion Ki Bari Garden (Garden for the Maids of Honour). This delightful 18th-century retreat in the north of the city was built for the Queen of Udaipur, whose dowry included 48 maids.
We visit the massive City Palace, which overlooks Lake Pichola. The City Palace, built in 1725, comprises of 11 palaces including the Dilkhush Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal and the Palace of Lord Krishna, all of which are ornately decorated. We then walk down the street leading from the gates of the palace to our bus where we have the opportunity to shop in the local stalls along the way.
Also enjoy a cruise on the 4km long Lake Pichola, fringed with hills, palaces, havelis, ghats and temples. Whilst on the cruise we will see the Lake Palace, formally known as Jag Niwas, it was built between 1734 and 1751. It was once a royal summer retreat and is now one of the world’s greatest hotels. It is also a popular location for film shoots, including James Bond’s Octopussy.
Overnight at the hotel  Bujera Fort Udaipur

DAY 12: 23 NOVEMBER – UDAIPUR TO DELHI BY FLIGHT & DEPART DELHI
In time transfer to Udaipur Airport to board flight for Delhi, on arrival at Delhi Airport you connect your flight for onward destination (Our services ends with the drop at Udaipur Airport)
Overnight at the hotel – Bujera Fort Udaipur


Trip cost 

USD$4065 twin share – Single Supplement USD$1863 – Group size 8 / 12 maximum

Includes

– 15 Kgs of Check in and 07 Kgs of Cabin baggage on Domestic airfares only
– Services of English Speaking Guide as per the programme
– Witness the Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
– Enjoy the Camel Safari to the Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer
– Visit to the Junagarh Fort in Bikaner
– Jeep Ride to the entrance of the Amber Fort in Jaipur
– Witness a short Rickshaw Ride in Jaipur
– Enjoy the Boat Cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur
– All current applicable taxes – all tips, except baggage into/out of your hotel room.
– Entrances to the Monuments (Single visit only)

Excludes

– International flights – tour starts and ends in Delhi.
– Any Visa charges, airport taxes, airfare.
– Any items of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, tips and drinks.
– Any airfare or any services other than mentioned above – telephone calls, laundry, drinks with dinner etc.

For further info.. contact jeanw@thecapeclub.com