Arrive at any time; your arrival transfer is included through Women With Wheels, a G Adventuressupported project.
Set out to discover New Delhi, a part of Indias capital that was built by the British in the early 20th century. Explore the lively Paharganj district with a youth guide from the G Adventuressupported City Walk project, and hear about how the program provides opportunities to disadvantaged street youth. Then get a glimpse of New Delhis wide boulevards and British colonial architecture. Drive to Mandawa in Rajasthan this afternoon.
Set out on a walking tour of Mandawa. This charming 18th-century town is known for its ornately decorated mansions, where wealthy local merchants used to live. Then drive to Bikaner, situated in the great Thar Desert, and settle into our heritage hotel. Stroll through the town’s colourful markets, and opt to visit a camel breeding centre.
Explore the vibrant oasis city of Bikaner, which lay on an important caravan route. Delve into traditional markets where tea and spices were once bartered, and learn from a local expert about how modern business practices have been shaped by the towns trading history. Later, explore the stunning palaces and courtyards of the Junagarh Fort, built in the late 16th century of sandstone and marble; then head to the small town of Deshnoke to visit the intriguing Karni Mata Temple, popularly called the Rat Temple.
Travel to enchanting Jodhpur, known as the Blue City for the blue-tinted exteriors of the towns old quarter. Set out to explore Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpurs 15th-century citadel, admiring its mirrored rooms and lavish collection of miniature paintings, weapons, and ivory artifacts; and take a walk to the citys iconic clock tower, set in the middle of a bustling market.
Today, we venture into the countryside on 4x4s to visit tribal villages and witness traditional crafts, such as weaving and ceramics. In the Bishnoi village, meet with members of the Bishnoi sect and learn about their spiritual commitment to the environment. Continue to our lodgings in Chandelao Garhthe ancestral home of the former rulers of Chandelao villageand gain a unique insight into the lifestyle of the regions nobility.
Enjoy a relaxing stay at Chandelao Garh, strolling through flower-filled gardens where peacocks strut and parrots flutter. Step into quaint Chandelao village and chat with local people as they go about their routine chores, admiring the womens colourful dresses and the mens bright turbans. Meet with village elders and teachers to discuss various aspects of daily life, and visit Chandelao Garhs Sunder Rang project, which aims to preserve local crafts while empowering village women to become economically independent.
Drive to Udaipur this morning, stopping en route at the Ranakpur Jain templea grand marble shrine devoted to Adinatha, the first of 24 teachers or saviours of the ancient Jain religion. This afternoon, take an orientation walk of Udaipur, known as the City of Lakes.
Set out to explore romantic Udaipur. Visit the exquisite City Palacethe largest palace complex in Rajasthanand step into Jagdish Temple, which pays homage to the Hindu god Vishnu. Hop on a boat tour of scenic Lake Pichola, and enjoy a cooking demonstration in the home of a local family, sitting down to share a delicious meal of Rajasthani curries.
Travel to the colourful village of Jojawar to get a taste of rural Rajasthani life. Settle into your heritage hotel, and embark on a train safari through the lush hills of the Aravalli Range.
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, boasting beautiful palaces and temples and many atmospheric markets. Spend the evening at leisure.
Explore Jaipur, known as the Pink City for its rose-coloured buildings. Take a tour of the sprawling Amber Fort, the former residence of Jaipurs Rajput rulers; and admire the exterior of Hawa Mahal, or the Palace of Winds, a stunning five-story sandstone building with distinctive honeycombed windows. Discover the rich collections of the City Palace museum, and stop by the 18th-century royal observatory known as Jantar Mantar.
Drive to historic Agra, which served as the capital of the Delhi sultanate and later of the Mughal Empire. Stop on the way at the magnificent fortified city of Fatehpur Sikri, where the Mughal Emperor Akbar built a short-lived capital in the 16th century. In Agra, take a tour of the Agra Fort, an impressive citadel of red sandstone which conceals palaces of white marble within.
This morning, visit the breathtaking Taj Mahal, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, this iconic mausoleum was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Later, return to Delhi for your last evening in India.
Depart at any time.