Holiday in detail
An exciting journey in which you will explore Rajasthan – the cultural heart of India. We travel from the capital into the small town of Mandawa before spending a night in the desert camping under the stars. From here we visit bustling Bikaner, your first desert city. No trip to Rajasthan would be complete without visiting Jaisalmer; the magical citadel that rises out of the desert like something from Arabian nights, so next we travel here and spend two nights.
We then travel to the blue city of Jodhpur with its epically placed fortress; you can even zip-wire around its walls. From here we go to the lake city of Udaipur, the most romantic city in India, on route we will also visit the Exotic Marigold hotel used for the movies with Judy Dench, Richard Gere etc. Then we travel by train right across the desert to Rajasthan’s capital – the pink city of Jaipur. This is also our base for seeing the spectacular Pushkar Camel Fair.
From here we move to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal before returning to Delhi.
DAY 1 Sat Depart UK (3rd Nov) B&B
With India being several hours ahead of the UK, most flights arrive next day. If you want to arrive earlier in India, for example leave Friday night and arrive today we can book extra accommodation for you at a competitive price. We always pick you up from the airport, free of charge, whenever you arrive. We can also give you advice on how to see more of Delhi independently. It's easy.
DAY 2 Sun Arrive Delhi (1 night) HB
We will pick you up from the airport and provide a transfer to your hotel. For those who fly in early, today we offer a free tour of some of Delhi’s sights. Tonight we invite you to our enjoyable included Welcome Meal (no charge to you).
DAY 3 Mon Mandawa (1 night) B&B
Today we leave the city for the small desert town of Mandawa - altogether different from Delhi. Mandawa was once on the Silk Route stretching from Afghanistan to the Bay of Bengal. Today or tomorrow (depending on our arrival) we’ll take you on a guided walk of this fascinating little town with free time to explore. Expect colourful people, mules or camels along the streets.
DAY 4 Tues Camel Safari (1 night) HB
Later this morning we depart for our drive deeper into the desert. We’ll take you to a small village, where we’ll be given camels and ride into the desert. Tonight we’ll set up camp (with included simple dinner) for a night under the stars. Bring pyjamas as the desert can get cold. Please note, if you are uncomfortable with camping in the desert we can take you to our next Bikaner hotel where you stay two nights at an extra charge.
DAY 5 Wed Bikaner (1 night) B&B
This morning we’ll take you on a short drive to Bikaner; your first desert city. Bikaner is a lively place with a wonderful desert fortress that we’ll visit. This afternoon we’ll also take you to a camel breeding centre to see herds of camels coming in to feed in the late day sun; a mesmorising sight! Tonight free to enjoy our hotel. Today or tomorrow we can also walk you into the town to experience its hustle and bustle.
DAY 6 Thurs Jaisalmer (2 nights) B&B
After breakfast we drive to the far west of India, to magical Jaisalmer, a medieval city like something from ‘Arabian Nights’ . Here, we’ll stay for two nights.
DAY 7 Fri Jaisalmer Rest day B&B
Free time to explore Jaisalmer at your own pace. Jaisalmer enjoys a wonderful setting with its citadel rising out of the desert. You can enjoy wandering around its medieval alleyways, shop for handicrafts, dine at rooftop restaurants and enjoy sunset over its fortress walls. There are sometimes local operators offering drives over sand dunes in the desert. Please note these activities fall outside of Angel Holidays itinerary and you do so at your own risk. Please ensure you have proper insurance.
DAY 8 Sat Drive to Jodhpur, 1 night B&B
Today we drive to the ‘blue city of Jodhpur. This afternoon we’ll explore its dramatic fortress or you may prefer to even zipline around its walls (please note a operator offers this and it falls outside of our itinerary so you do so at your own risk). We will also give you free time to wander around its busy markets. Evening free. Dining in Jodhpur at a rooftop restaurant, dominated by the fortress lit up at night, is a delight.
DAY 9 Sun Udaipur, 2 nights B&B
Today we make our drive south and to one of the most romantic cities in India; Udaipur. En route we’ll visit the Exotic Marigold Hotel, used for the movies with Judy Dench, Richard Gere etc. Here. we stop for afternoon tea (free to you) as well as take you on a walk around its fascinating desert village – largely in the middle of nowhere. Tonight free to enjoy magical Udaipur. Perhaps this evening you may decide to dine alfresco at one of the many rooftop restaurants overlooking the water.
DAY 10 Mon Udaipur B&B
This morning we’ll take you on a walk into Udaipur visiting its superb palace overlooking the lake. Rest of the day free to explore this wonderful city. We may also be able to offer an optional (chargeable) Indian cookery course if we have interest.
DAY 11 Tues Train to Jaipur 3 nights B&B
Today we rise early and take you to the station for our train to the capital city of Rajasthan – Jaipur, also known as the pink city. On arrival, the rest of the day is free. You may want to wander around its lively bazaars.
Day 12 Wed Jaipur B&B
Today Rest Day. We also offer an optional (chargeable) day trip seeing the Palace of Winds, the City Palace Museum and the Janta Manta observatory (featured on Dan Cruikshank’s ‘Around the world in 80 Treasures’). This trip also includes Amber fort, that lies 10 miles outside the city.
Day 13 Thurs Jaipur & Pushkar Camel Fair B&B
This morning we depart for a full day visit to the spectacular Pushkar Camel Fair. Thousands of camels and herdsmen will descend from the desert in this colourful celebration of nomadic life with a host of events. This evening we return to Jaipur.
DAY 14 Fri Agra B&B
Today we drive to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.
DAY 15 Sat Delhi The Taj Mahal HB
This morning we include a visit to the beautiful Taj Mahal, a fitting pinnacle to our exceptional tour. Later we drive back to Delhi. Tonight we enjoy our farewell dinner.
Day 16 Sun Home (18th Nov)
Today we take you to the airport for your flight home. Many flights arrive in the UK the same day.
B&B = Bed & Breakfast, HB = Half Board
* Your free transfer for your flight home after the tour is only available up to 3 days after the end date of the tour