Royal Rajasthan Tours
Take a trip
back through the ages - to the time when Rajasthan was known as Rajputana -
the Land of the Rajas. Their Palaces are there for you to enjoy. In many
cases, they have been converted into comfortable hotels, still run by the
present day descendants of these royal families, retaining their graceful
and elegant lifestyle. Be a part of it. Stay in spacious rooms with four
poster beds, beautifully decorated with Art Deco furniture. Often you will
be sleeping in suites once occupied by the rulers of this state.
Be waited on hand and foot, where all facilities, old and new, are at your
disposal. Let yourself be pampered and feel special. Travel from a 16th
century Palace to a 14th century fort, a 17th century hunting lodge or
Haveli. Delight in having drinks while sitting on the ramparts, watching the
sun set over the plains of Rajasthan which can only add to the unique
experience of being here!
Enter through arched gateways protected by mile high wooden gates and
cannons. Your host in many cases will be a descendant of the great warrior
kings who protected this land from invaders from the north. Their staff will
arrange outings for you to visit their villages, meet with the local people,
or enjoy the wildlife, which often surrounds their properties. They will
organise picknicks for you, tea in the dunes, a ride out by jeep or horse
and bring you back to their ancestral homes for more delights.
Some of the
palaces have been beautifully restored and you can visit the public rooms.
Step back and re-live the glorious past. Walk the grand staircases, admire
the hunting trophies and sepia photographs of polo matches and tiger hunts.
Visit the audience chambers where the Maharajas would come to meet with the
public or with their ministers. These rooms are resplendent with delicate
and gilded paintings, murals and fine mirror work known as meenakari,
sometimes decorated with tiles from Holland and glasswork from Belgium.
As well as palaces there are the Havelis. The word is taken from the
Persian meaning "surrounded" or "enclosed place".
Because of their architectural form, the Havelis are built around
courtyards, which provided the families with privacy and seclusion from the
outside world. They were built either as a main home or some distance away
as retreats or hunting lodges.
The words cannot capture the essence of the way of life they represent.
Only by experiencing it yourself can you get an insight into what it would
have meant to be born into this way of life. Treat yourself to the
experience, to Royal Rajasthan, to India, another world.
The Royal Rajasthan Roadshow
Palaces Old & New
13 nights /
1. Arrival at Delhi Airport
You will be welcomed at the Airport in traditional style and escorted to
your hotel for your overnight stay.
Red Fort, Delhi
Full day sightseeing in Delhi. You could include some of the following: Old
Delhi, Red Fort, the Jama Masjid Mosque, with a rickshaw ride through the
Chandni Chowk visiting the Spice, Wedding and Silver Markets and then the
Birla Temple if you wish before lunch. Then a drive through New Delhi to see
the Parliament Buildings of Sir Edwin Lutyens, India Gate and Humayun's
Tomb. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 3. Delhi - Agra
Morning drive to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Stop on the way to visit
Sikandra, the tomb of Emperor Akbar. Overnight at your hotel.
Tomb of Emperor Akbar
Whole day in Agra to visit the monuments; The Red Fort, the
Itimad-ud-daulah and of course the Taj Mahal. Overnight at your hotel.
Taj Mahal Agra
5. Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Samode
Leave Agra after breakfast for the drive to Samode, stopping on the way to
visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of the Moghul Emperor Akbar.
Continue to village of Samode. This magnificent royal palace houses one of
the most beautiful audience halls and has exquisite public rooms.
Buland Darwaja, Fatehpur Sikri
Whole day at Samode. Relax at the pool, take a camel-cart ride to the
village or visit a local farmhouse. Overnight stay in Samode.
Gate Man at Samode Palace
7. Samode - Jaipur
Leave Samode for the short drive to Jaipur, capital and pink city of
Rajasthan. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at your hotel.
Amer Fort Jaipur
Whole day in Jaipur visiting first of all the Amber Fort Palace, followed
by the City Palace, Hawa Mahal and the colourful bazaars. Jaipur is famous
for textiles, carpets and gems. Overnight at your hotel.
PLEASE NOTE :
» Photography in some of the museum and galleries inside the City
Palace is not allowed.
» Due to a fatal accident in Oct 2005 we are no longer recommending
the elephant ride at the Amer Fort in Jaipur to our clients. You are
strongly requested NOT to take an elephant ride even if one is offered.
Anglo Indiago cannot take responsibility for any calamities which occur if
the guest decides to take an elephant ride.
Day 9. Jaipur - Deogarh
Drive south to the 16th Century palace of Deogarh Mahal where a warm and
royal welcome awaits you. Overnight at Deogarh Mahal.
Whole day at Deogarh. Activities include a jeep safari, train ride into the
countryside with a picnic, horse riding or relaxing at the pool. Overnight
Day 11. Deogarh - Udaipur
Morning drive to Udaipur stopping at the temples of Eklingji. Check in at
your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Udai Kothi, Udaipur
Whole day in Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, take a boat ride to the Jag
Mandir Island, take High Tea at the Fateh Prakash Palace or stroll through
the bazaars. The choice is yours. Overnight at your hotel.
Lake Palace Udaipur
Whole day in Udaipur. Take an optional day trip to the Jain Temples of
Ranakpur or the ruined capital of Chittorgarh or just relax. O/N at your
Day 14. Udaipur - Delhi - onward
Fly back to Delhi in time for your final departure or onward destination.
wish you a safe flight.........
||Claridges / Imperial / The Oberoi
||Howard Park Plaza
||Trident - Hilton / Taj View
||Samode Haveli / Trident Hilton
||Deogarh Mahal - standard room
||Deogarh Mahal - Deluxe Room
||Fateh Prakash / Trident Milton / Shiv Niwas Palace
Map of Rajasthan