This trip is ideal for the first-time visitor to North India, taking in all of the highlights and some unusual Audley twists along the way. Start in the capital, New Delhi, before taking the train to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. You then head into the colourful state of Rajasthan, visiting the major cities; Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur which boast impressive forts and palaces. In between you have stops in rural Rajasthan, which not only break the long drives but offer an insight into life in the countryside and a relaxing break between the large busy cities.
Visit the Taj Mahal at Agra.
Experience Jaipur's palaces.
Climb atop the ramparts of Jodhpur's Meherangarh Fort.
Relax in rural Rajasthan.
Gaze over the shimmering Lake Palace at Udaipur.
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Delhi.
Day 2 Delhi
Day 3 Delhi
Your private guided tour of the capital today highlights the remarkable contrast between Old and New Delhi. Your excursion includes the Jama Masjid, the largest Friday mosque in India. From here we suggest a walk with your guide in the heart of Old Delhi - a great way to absorb the sights and sounds. You can also see the monumental buildings set along wide boulevards of Lutyens' New Delhi, including India Gate and the President's residence.
Day 4 Agra
Leave Delhi in good time this morning to travel south to Agra. You can either travel by road with your private driver (a three hour trip on the express highway) or take the train. Depending on the train times, the rail journey can take longer than driving, but it does offer a great experience. You'd be assisted onto the train and met at the other end by an Audley representative. In the afternoon, take a guided walk around Agra's sights, such as the impressive Mogul Red Fort. The Red Fort is a great preview to visiting the Taj Mahal in the morning - the two were built during the same period and have much shared history.
Day 5 Jaipur
An early start this morning to capture the Taj Mahal at sunrise with a private guided tour. Make sure you take time to explore the surrounding gardens and mosque. After breakfast, drive from Agra to Jaipur stopping en route to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the enigmatic and beautiful deserted capital of Emperor Akbar which was abandoned when water supplies dried up. The journey takes five hours, but your guide can suggest places to stop and visit along the way.
Day 6 Jaipur
A full day sightseeing in and around the 'Pink City' of Jaipur today with your private guide and driver. In the morning you will visit the magnificent Amber Palace. Capital of the Kachwaha Rajputs until 1727, this fort complex is an impressive place to visit. Back in the centre of the city, discover the treasures of the City Palace which houses an important museum, the intricate facade of The Palace of the Winds and also the fascinating Jantar Mantar Observatory.
Day 7 Barli
Day 8 Barli
Today is free to explore at your own leisure. You may wish to take an escorted tour of the fort with the staff or discover the nearby villages by bullock cart.
Day 9 Jodhpur
Day 10 Jodhpur
Today you're met by your guide and taken for an exciting private tour of the city. Visit the impressive Meherangarh Fort which stands overlooking the whole of Jodhpur as well as getting the chance to explore the busy streets and blue houses. You may then wish to spend the remainder of the afternoon discovering the bazaars located around the clock tower.
Day 11 Chanoud
Day 12 Chanoud
Today is at your leisure to fully explore this unique corner of India. Your hosts can help plan different activities, including going to visit the nearby villages where you can meet shepherds and Rabaris or you can enjoy a drink whilst watching the sunset across the salt lake.
Day 13 Udaipur
Continue south today to Udaipur, via the impressive Kumbalgarh Fort and Temple at Ranakpur. The temple is a renowned Jain temple and is certainly one of the most impressive temples to visit while in Rajasthan. This journey is a three hour drive but you may like to spend longer travelling, taking the time to walk up to Kunbhalgarh Fort.
Day 14 Udaipur
Today you're met by your guide and taken for an interesting private tour of Udaipur, the beautiful city of lakes. Explore many of the highlights of the city including the City Palace which was built in a flamboyant style and considered the largest of its type in the state. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy soaking up this stunning city before the journey home tomorrow.
Day 15 International return flight
Udaipur , International return flight
Day 16 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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