Princess Diary – 5* boutique hotels Rajasthan 12 – 23 November 2021

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We’ve selected all the BEST 5* BOUTIQUE that Glam Girls Lux Travels, Jean just adores!  Each one tried and tested personally. 

Delhi – Andaz 2 nights

Jaisalmer – Suryagarh 2 nights

Bikaner – Narendra Bhawan 2 nights

Jaipur – Taj Rambagh Palace 3 nights

Udaipur – Bujera Fort – 2 nights

We’ve also included flights, where possible to cut out the long road trips – and tips – and welcome and farewell dinners

PRINCESS DIARY TOUR 2021

DELHI – JAISALMER – BIKANER – JAIPUR – UDAIPUR – DELHI

11 – 23 NOVEMBER 2021

Every great dream, begins with a dreamer… “A tree starts with a seed”- Indian Proverb

 India called me before I was born I think. And since then, after numerous trips, each one different, each one filled with a mystique of unimaginable beauty, monumental feats of architecture and design – a colorful past and present intertwined with epic history, religion and cultures, and each one leaving a story for life, on my heart.

India can be also daunting. It is a destination so awe-inspiring in the scope of its treasures, it is easy to feel lost and overwhelmed. Let alone all the stories one has heard about ‘Delhi belly’! But rest assured, Indian food is amazing – mostly vegetarian, oh and the breads!

Women travelers choose India for the adventure, the vibrancy, but most of the alluring shopping, so remember to pack light – or take an empty suitcase.

The Palaces I’ve chosen for this particular Princess Tour, will leave us feeling like Rajasthani Princesses, for sure.  Each property is boutique Five star, actually, all could be classified as six, but is that just my Indian jewel colored glasses speaking?

 

Itinerary

DAY BY DAY – NOVEMBER 2021

DAY 01: 12 NOVEMBER 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 https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/india/andaz-delhi/delaz – Why do we stay here?…  We choose this hotel for its location, very close to the airport, for those middle of the night transfer arrivals and departures, it’s also got a fabulous swimming pool, and sauna and spa and it has an amazing Tandoor oven that make the best Naan bread!

 

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 – https://www.suryagarh.com/  we believe this is not just a hotel, but Suryagarh represent a unique way of life, carefully preserving the traditions of our past yet framing them in a modern idiom. This is why we choose this hotel.  It’s my ‘eureka’ hotel in India! Just like a sandcastle rising from the Thar Desert.

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

 

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

Why do we choose this amazing hotel? A pulsating Bombay influenced by the burgeoning Art Deco movement, influences drawn from the glamour posts of Broadway; dark inviting caverns, rich velveteen fabrics, chiffons and pearls; utterly stylish – all added to the cornucopia that led to the fashioning of this, his private palace-residence. It’s the best! We’re in for a royal treat!

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

 

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 – TAJ RAMBAGH PALACE https://www.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj/rambagh-palace-jaipur/

Why do we choose this Palace Hotel? It’s befitting for the Royal Princesses that we are!

Originally built in 1835, Rambagh Palace, has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions—from the home of the queen’s favourite handmaiden, to royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, and later as the residence of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and his queen, Maharani Gayatri Devi. Today, this jewel in the Taj’s crown offers 78 stunningly restored grand luxury rooms and suites in Jaipur which were the chambers of the former Maharaja. The palace retains its elaborate splendour, extravagantly decorated with hand-carved marble ‘jalis’ or latticework, sandstone balustrades, cupolas and ‘chattris’ or cenotaphs, and elaborate Mughal Gardens.

 

DAY 08: JAIPUR 19 NOVEMBER

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

DAY 09: 20 NOVEMBER – JAIPUR

Full day at leisure (Vehicle available within City limits only)

Overnight at the hotel TAJ RAMBAGH PALACE – We add in an extra day here, because this is where the shopping all happens. Oh my, remember that empty suitcase?

 

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 THE BUJERA FORT – http://www.bujerafort.com/ Why do we choose this Fort Hotel?  In one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Bujera Fort, a spectacular, newly built fortress, in the Aravalli hills, on the west side of Lake Pichola, with views of the City Palace, Lake Palace and the Monsoon Palace and Fateh Garh Castle. It is Udaipur’s only boutique hotel and a gem of a place. Truly gorgeous, small, friendly and welcoming. The Fort has all the feel and atmosphere of a glorious English country house with wonderful fabrics interspersed with Indian antiques, fabrics and “style. Oh let’s stay here forever, please!

 

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.  I know some amazing last minute shopping spots, to be done here! Overnight at the hotel THE BUJERA FORT

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)

Rates

USD$4064 Twin share – single supplement USD$1863 – Group size 8 / 12

 

Delhi (2N) – Andaz / King Room

Jaisalmer (2N) – The Suryagarh/ Fort Room

Bikaner (2N) – Narendra Bhawan / Residence Room

Jaipur – (3N) – Taj Rambagh Palace / Palace room

Udaipur – 2 (N) – The Bujera Fort / Standard room

INCLUDES

– All Land transportation using 07 – 09 Pax using AC COACH

– Assistance at Airport by Go – India representatives

– Entrances to the Monuments (Single visit 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

– Domestic flight with baggage allowance – 15kgs checked and 7kgs hand (but we can arrange additional baggage at extra costs, or arrange for DHL to get your excess purchases safely home.

– Welcome and farewell dinners and a breakfast daily, fit for Princesses.

NOT INCLUDE:

– Any Services other than mentioned above.

– Any Visa charges, airport taxes, airfare.

– Any items of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, tips and drinks.

For further info.. contact jeanw@thecapeclub.com

This fantastic itinerary takes in all the high spots of beautiful Rajasthan, the Royal State of India.

11 nights to be treated like the Princess you are!

12 – 23 November 2021

be in touch with Jean – jeanw@thecapeclub.com for further info/booking form etc.