ROYAL RAJASTHAN

A$4,859
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A$4,859
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Experience Northern India…

Our 15 day solos tour offers a unique and inspiring introduction to this fascinating country. With visits to Delhi, Deogarh, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Samode and Jaipur as well as the awe inspiring home of the Taj Mahal, Agra. Take a rickshaw ride through the streets of Delhi; enjoy a jeep safari through the traditional villages of Jodhpur, a boat trip on the stunning Lake Pichola and an unforgettable ride up to the Amber Fort. Visit the Red Fort, the havelis of Jaipur, Junagarh Fort and the beautifully sculptured Jain temples of Udaipur. Enjoy a Bollywood Movie show at the beautiful Raj Mandir theatre and stay in a Palace that many royals and celebrities have frequented over the years. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll want to come back again and again! That’s 15 days in a colourful, vibrant and spiritual land on an adventure you won’t forget.

Will you join us?

DAY 1 Friday 1st Sep 2023

DELHI (D)

Welcome to Delhi! Upon arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure to relax and unwind after the flight, before you meet with your fellow travellers, Two’s a Crowd tour Host and local tour guide for a welcome dinner and tour briefing at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, the Indus Express.

Accommodation: Your own room at Vivanta by Taj-Dwarka or similar


DAY 2 Saturday 2nd Sep

DELHI (B/L/D)

After breakfast we will venture out on our sightseeing tour of Delhi. This is a truly fascinating and intoxicating city that bridges two different worlds. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi, created by the British Raj, is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing
government buildings. Delhi has been the seat of power for several rulers and many empires for about a millennium. Many a times the city was built, destroyed and then rebuilt here. Interestingly, a number of Delhi’s rulers played a dual role, first as destroyers and then as creators. On our tour we will get to see the top sights, including Red Fort (from outside), Jama Masjid (the great mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees), India Gate and Humayun Tomb. We also get to take a rickshaw ride (paddy cab) around Jama Masjid, and through the hectic narrow streets of Old Delhi. The humble cycle rickshaw is not only the common man’s beast of burden, but it also serves to generate considerable  employment. Next we get to enjoy lunch with a local Indian family. Our group will be given an introduction to cooking with Indian herbs and spices and learn the traditional Indian cooking methods. We then get to put our knowledge to work and experiment in a cooking class where we will create some Indian meals. We will then enjoy these meals for lunch, where we will also get the opportunity to interact with our local family. Tonight, the group will dine together.

Accommodation: Your own room at Vivanta by Taj-Dwarka or similar


DAY 3 Sunday 3rd Sep

DELHI – AGRA (B/D)

After breakfast we will be transferred to Agra (205km/4 ½ hrs). On arrival, we will check-in to our hotel, before heading out to enjoy a sightseeing tour. Agra is the city of the inimitable Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra’s
architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendants of those who worked under the Mughals. The Taj Mahal, or Crown of Palaces, is a white marble mausoleum, built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. A world-renowned wonder, Taj Mahal looks the same from all the four sides and is widely recognised as the jewel of Muslim art in India, and one of the most universally admired masterpieces. The Taj Mahal is phenomenal; not just in beauty alone but also in the deep planning and design that went into its making. This enchanting mausoleum started in 1631AD and it took 22 years to complete with the help of an estimated 20,000 workers. The great Mughal Emperor Akbar commissioned the construction of the Agra Fort in 1666AD. The forbidding exteriors of this fort hide an inner paradise. There are a number of exquisite buildings like Moti Masjid—a white marble mosque akin to a perfect pearl; Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khaas, Musamman Burj—where Shahjahan died in 1666AD Jahangir’s Palace; Khaas Mahal and Shish Mahal. The massive Agra fort is 2.5km long and is considered as the predecessor of Delhi’s Red Fort. This evening we will enjoy a group dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Ramada Plaza or similar


DAY 4 Monday 4th Sep

AGRA – ABHANERI – JAIPUR (B/D)

After breakfast we will transfer to Jaipur (255km/5 ½ hrs). On the way we will visit the Abhaneri Step Well, which is a unique invention of the people of Abhaneri for harvesting rainwater. Despite being so huge, the well still has delicate and intricate carvings which are a visual treat. Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City, thanks to the colour of its buildings. This diverse land of rich cultural heritage is a royal treat for tourists all over the world. Upon arrival in Jaipur we will check-in at our hotel and relax, before enjoying dinner together at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Your own room at Sarovar Premiere or similar


DAY 5 Tuesday 5th Sep

JAIPUR (B/D)

After a relaxing breakfast we will embark on a sightseeing tour of Jaipur, which will include the Hawa Mahal Palace. The poet king Sawai Pratap Singh built this palace of winds. This is easily the most well-known landmark of Jaipur and is also its icon. This five-storey building overlooking the busy bazaar street is a fascinating example of Rajput architecture and artistry. Next we visit the Amber Fort, which is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture and set in picturesque and rugged hills. The fort was made in red sand stone and white marble. In line with our Sustainability policy, you will be transported to the Fort by Jeep instead of elephant ride. Located in the heart of the walled city, the City Palace Complex gives you an idea about the far-sightedness of the founder of Jaipur: Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. He left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent architecture in the city. The palace is a blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture and the ex-royal family still lives in a part of the palace. The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built between 1727 and 1734. The Jaipur observatory is the
largest and best preserved in India. We will return to the hotel before enjoying our group dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Sarovar Premiere or similar


DAY 6 Wednesday 6th Sep

JAIPUR – DEOGARH (B/D)

After breakfast, drive to Deogarh (275km/6 hrs drive). Deogarh is a peaceful small village and will be a welcome break from the cities to experience village life in India. Deogarh is one of the most colourful villages of India, and no doubt we will enjoy experiencing the innocent faces of villagers, and the small town markets. One of the main attractions of Deogarh is the ‘Deogarh Mahal.’ Originally built in the 17th century, it has now been converted into a heritage hotel offering an unforgettable experience and a very comfortable stay. It stands atop a hill and offers a commanding view of the surrounding mountain range and the numerous lakes, strewn across the countryside. Tonight we have the pleasure of dining and staying at this stunning property.

Accommodation: Your own room at Deogarh Mahal or similar


DAY 7 Thursday 7th Sep

DEOGARH (B/D)

After breakfast, we transfer to nearby Phulad station and board a local train. Together we’ll ride through the mountains with stunning views of surrounding jungle, rolling hills, 100-foot-high bridges and remote villages. Talking to the villagers and co-passengers will add another dimension to the journey. You’ll also witness hundreds of monkeys descend from the forest trees to feed on handouts given by the locals. We’ll then return to our hotel with time to relax before heading out again to walk around Deogarh and simply take in all the sights and sounds of day-to-day life in this community. We conclude the day with a visit to the local village market where we have the chance to purchase some hand-made goods. Dinner will be enjoyed at our hotel again this evening.

Accommodation: Your own room at Deogarh Mahal or similar


DAY 8 Friday 8th Sep

DEOGARH – UDAIPUR (B/D)

This morning we rise early and enjoy a nature walk from Deogarh Mahal to Fort Seengh Sagar (5km/about 2hrs). This majestic fort was once the personal property of the well-known Deogarh family, who transformed it into a beautiful heritage retreat which sits in the middle of a lake. If you join the walk, you can enjoy breakfast at the Fort Seengh Sagar, before been driven back to Deogarh. If you choose to stay in Deogarh, you can have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Next we will drive to Udaipur (130km/3 hrs). The City of Lakes has a rich cultural heritage and is full of aesthetic beauty. The surrounding lakes provide serenity and the hilly range of the Aravalis, lush green vegetation and pleasant gardens, present Udaipur as a very appealing destination. The magical beauty of Lake Pichola lures visitors from all over the world, and its historical monuments in the forms of Palaces, Havelis and temples surrounded by the hills and a pleasant climate ensure that Udaipur is always a favourite among tourists. Upon arrival in Udaipur, we will check-in at our accommodation. The rest of the afternoon is your own to enjoy at leisure, before meeting with the group for dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Fateh Niwas or similar


DAY 9 Saturday 9th Sep

UDAIPUR (B/D)

After a relaxing breakfast we set off on a sightseeing visit around Udaipur. First we visit City Palace, which towers over the Pichola Lake. Balconies, cupolas and towers of the palace give a wonderful view of the lake. Next we will go to Sahelion ki bari, which was built in the mid-18th century. The ‘garden of the maidens’ brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens reflect their discreet and impeccable taste. There are four pools with dainty kiosks. All around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees. The fountains of the Sahelion ki bari function solely by water pressure and no pumps are used. The garden has a lotus pool and a sitting room decorated with paintings and glass mosaics. After some sightseeing we will visit Apna Jatan, which is a local NGO. Apna Jatan strives to empower the youth by giving them a platform where they can freely express their concerns. Jatan also provides them with information that would enable them to seek social and scientific solutions thereby helping them become agents of change in their communities. We will head out for an evening boat ride on Lake Pichola. Fringed with hills, gardens, havelis, ghats and temples, Lake Pichola is the scenic focus of Udaipur. The picturesque boat ride not only provides the best views of the lake and the mountains in the city, but also presents some of the most important historical monuments dotted along the lakeside or submerged within the lake. Afterwards, we will return to our hotel for a group dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Fateh Niwas or similar


DAY 10 Sunday 10th Sep

UDAIPUR – RANAKPUR – JODHPUR (B/D)

After breakfast we drive to Ranakpur (94km/2 hrs). In a quiet and picturesque glen that runs into the western slopes of the Aravalli hills is a remarkable complex of Jain temples at Ranakpur, one of the five main holy palaces of the Jain sect. Though over 500 years old, the temples here are superbly preserved in a near perfect condition. The most distinctive features are the 29 halls of the temple, which contain 1,444 pillars of which no two are exactly alike. Every conceivable surface of the wall pillars and ceiling is carved and every corner and angle is engraved with Jain images. After sightseeing in Ranakpur we will continue our drive to Jodhpur (164km/3hrs). ‘The Blue City,’ as it is known, was founded on the edges of Thar Desert in 1459AD. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur, and is encircled by a high 10km long wall. The historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and the brightly attired people lend an aura of romance to the city. Flanked on its western side by the Meharangarh Fort, and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan; the monuments, temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur. The beauty and the imagination that have gone into the making of this monumental city prove the creative genius that appear in vast contrast with the harshness of this land and its climate. Upon arrival in to Jodhpur we transfer to our hotel and relax before meeting with the group for dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Zone by the Park or similar


DAY 11 Monday 11th Sep

JODHPUR (B/D)

After breakfast we’ll enjoy a visit around Jodhpur, which will include the following sights:
Mehrangarh Fort: approx. 5km from Jodhpur Town, the fort guards the city below. It overlooks the rugged and rocky terrain and houses a palace intricately adorned with long carved panels and latticed windows exquisitely made from red sandstone. The apartments within have their own magic—the Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), Daulat Khana with a rich varied collection of palanquins, howdas, royal cradles, miniature paintings of various schools, etc.
Jasawant Thada: located adjacent to Mehrangarh Fort is Jaswant Thada, the graceful marble cenotaph is also known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar. The main memorial has been built like a temple with intricately carved marble stone. A visit to this structure is through the rocky hills giving it a secluded and a mystic aura. Next, we will take an afternoon jeep safari to the Bishnoi Villages. The Bishnoi are a community with Rajasthan who are famous for their rich cultural Rajasthani life and their true love for nature and animals. A memorable outing in Jeeps will lead us to various traditional villages, where we will have the opportunity to purchase local handicrafts, witness shoe makers at their craft, see pottery wheels and hand weavers hard at work. Men will be wearing their traditional attire and women are clad with ancestral silver jewellery. Hopefully we will also get the chance to see the local wildlife, such as Indian antelope (black buck), Indian gazelle, peacock, etc. There will be time to freshen-up back at the hotel before we meet for our group dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Zone by the Park or similar


DAY 12 Tuesday 12th Sep

JODHPUR – PUSHKAR (B/D)

After breakfast we will drive to Pushkar (215km/4.5 hrs). The small and beautiful town of Pushkar is surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the other. Pushkar forms a fascinating location and a befitting backdrop for the holy Pushkar Lake. Pushkar also has as many as 400 temples and 52 Ghats. We will enjoy a tour of Pushkar, which will include visiting Lord Brahma Temple and the Pushkar Lake. Lord Brahma Temple was constructed in the 14th century, standing on a high plinth with marble steps leading up to it. A beautiful carved silver turtle sits on the floor facing the sanctum or Garbha Griha. The marble floor around the silver turtle is embedded with hundreds of silver coins, with donors names engraved on each. Brahma, according to Hindu mythology is considered to be the Creator of the Universe, and it is believed he started his creation from Pushkar. This significance makes Pushkar worth a visit. As we walk along the banks of Pushkar Lake we will hear folklore legends about how the lake is believed to have been created by the falling of a lotus from the hand of Lord Brahma. It is said to be as old as the creation itself. The lake is considered as one of the most sacred spots. The devotees believe that one dip in the waters of the lake is equivalent to performing yagnas for several hundred years. After our exploration of Pushkar, we will return to the hotel and enjoy a group dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Ananta Spa & Resort or similar


DAY 13 Wednesday 13th Sep

PUSHKAR – SAMODE (B/D)

After breakfast today we will drive to Samode (185km/4 hrs). The Samode Palace was built in the 19th century and has now been turned into a Heritage Hotel. The history of Samode Palace takes you back to around four and half centuries before when it was awarded to Gopal Singhji, one of the twelve sons of Prithviraj Singh of Amber. Samode Palace is one of the important landmarks of Samode which is recognised for its architectural brilliance and is testimonial to the royal past. Upon arrival we will check in at the Samode Palace, as this will be our Royal Palace for this evening! The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the Palace and gardens at leisure. Tonight, the group will enjoy a Royal Buffet within the Palace restaurant.

Accommodation: Your own room at Samode Palace or similar


DAY 14 Thursday 14th Sep

SAMODE – DELHI (B/D)

After a leisurely breakfast at our Palace accommodation, we will be driven to Delhi (245km/2.5 hrs). Upon arrival in Delhi, we will check in at our hotel, before having the option to either relax or embark on some final sightseeing and shopping. This evening the group will meet for a final farewell feast of Indian dishes at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Your own room at Vivanta by Taj-Dwarka or similar


DAY 15 Friday 15th Sep

DELHI DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast today our Northern Indian adventure comes to an end after a group departure transfer to Delhi airport. Alternatively, why not stay a little longer and continue to immerse yourself in the fascinating Indian culture?

TOUR DATES: 1ST – 15TH SEPTEMBER 2023

TOUR PRICING: A$4,859 PLUS AIRFARES/TAXES

Vivanta by Taj Dwarka

Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka – Designed to delight high fliers from all angles. Laidback but efficient. Elegant and spacious. Directly connected to the heart of the city with easy access to the Sector 21 Metro station. As one of the most opulent business 5-star hotels in Delhi NCR, it aims to change the face of business, in a space where you can work and play seamlessly. Spanning 7 acres, Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka is one of the best hotels near Delhi airport. It wraps you in luxury the minute you step in. The stylish space is home to a chic lobby, never-ending rooms and multiple outlets for the finest culinary experiences. Further to dream of a lavish wedding, it is known for being one of the regal wedding venues in Delhi. You are never far from the city. A 20-minute drive eastward leads you to the heart and soul of the city – Lutyens’ New Delhi! Starting from the best spa in Delhi NCR to the best restaurants is just 15-minute drive away. And the domestic and IGI airport are an easy 15-minute drive westward. Everything you need, and then some, around every corner. Where business and luxury unite, in an experience like no other!

 

Ramada Plaza Agra

Choose our Ramada Plaza Agra hotel, conveniently located near the Taj Mahal. Our proximity to Yamuna Express Highway makes our hotel a great choice for weekend getaways, extended leisure travel, and every visit in between to the region.

Enjoy our beautifully landscaped grounds, swimming pool with adjoining bar, and fitness center. Our onsite restaurants provide 24-hour room service. We offer a free hot breakfast and free WiFi. Take advantage of onsite parking and a 24-hour car rental desk. Half of our guest rooms afford private Taj Mahal views.

Visit the Taj Mahal, a testament to unending love. A masterpiece of Mughal architecture, it is also a triumph of 17th-century decorating, landscaping, and construction. Other area attractions include Agra Fort, Mankameshwar Temple, and the Tomb of Akbar the Great. We are also close to offices of companies such as Indian Ceramic House, Ganpati Group of Industries, and Basant Overseas.

 

Sarovar Premiere

Jaipur, also known as the Pink City for its colour of collonaded buildings, is a centre point for tourists travelling to see the beauty of medieval India. Located near the centre of Jaipur at Lal Kothi is Sarovar Premiere, Jaipur – a marvel in hospitality from Sarovar Group of Hotels. A stellar premise, unmatched service and a great location make us one of the best hotels in Jaipur.

Sarovar Premiere, Jaipur, offers a choice of 80 rooms and suites, facilitated with luxurious interiors and amenities maintained with international standards, that promise you a splendid stay experience. We have a fine dining multi-cuisine restaurant, an intimate rooftop restaurant, and a bar that is designed keeping the young crowd in mind. We have a luxurious pool, and facilities such as doctor on call, flexible check-in check-out, and travel desk making your stay an excellent one. Our hotel is also an excellent venue for hosting weddings, meetings and events.

Nestled amidst an ambient setting, yet close to the airport, railway station and bus station, Sarovar Premiere, Jaipur, is an apt choice for those seeking luxury and convenience. Some of the local attractions include HawaMahal, Jantar Mantar, Albert Museum, City Palace, GovindDevji Temple, Kholeke Hanuman Ji Temple, MotiDungri Ganesh Temple, Birla Temple, Raj Mandir Cinema, Birla Planetarium, Ram Niwas GardenEnjoy a blissful stay at one of the best hotels in Jaipur.

 

Deogarh Mahal

Deogarh Mahal is an imposing structure built in the 17th century. It stands atop a hill and offers a commanding view of the Aravalli mountain range and the numerous lakes, strewn across the countryside. Centuries in the making, Deogarh Mahal’s history begins far before the majestic palace was ever built. Even at first glance at the palace, it’s obvious that Deogarh Mahal has been an integral part of the Mewar aristocracy and heritage, passed down from many Rawats, a local title equivalent to Raja, to be used as a personal residence and fort.

As soon as you glimpse the Deogarh Mahal, you can see that its rulers must have been serious players in the Mewar aristocracy, their magnificent fort a fitting stronghold for one of its sixteen “umraos” – the most senior feudal barons attending on the Maharana of Udaipur. Even so, you might not necessarily guess that the Rawats of Deogarh (a local title equivalent to “Raja”) once ruled over the fourth largest jagir in the whole of Rajasthan. At its most extensive, their territory comprised some 210 villages, with one of their defensive forts as far as 100 km away. Yet there is little ostentation and even less gold to be found in their palace. Like most of the Mewar nobility, they spent too much time fighting to have much to spare for amassing great wealth.

Fateh Niwas

Nestled in the heart of the city of lakes, Fateh Niwas emanates a sense of splendour and grandeur.

The design of Fateh Niwas adheres to the signature style of Fateh Collection. It features an aesthetic centred around the traditions and rich heritage that shaped Rajasthan’s history. The hotel offers unique experiences, immaculate accommodations, opulent dining facilities and exquisite event venues. Fateh Niwas is also a proud participant in Fateh Collection’s legacy of pioneering an eco-friendly path in the hospitality industry. Credit to its impeccable services and facilities, Fateh Niwas has often been crowned one of the best heritage hotels in Udaipur. The property extends enticing panoramas of the grand City Palace, Jagmandir, Monsoon Palace and Lake Pichola, lined up against the backdrop of the Aravalli Hills. Amongst the endless facilities provided, we have a well-maintained swimming pool in addition to a spacious conference hall.

 

Zone by the Park

Allow us to introduce you to the new blue eyed boy of the blue city. Zone by The Park, Jodhpur..

The historic sun city, with its golden sunsets and blue houses and many an adventure waiting in the wings welcomes you. What better place to be than the Zone, where we put you at the centre of everything that matters. The centre of work and play. And plenty in between.

Zone by The Park is just where you would need it – the nerve center of the city – with 90 guest rooms known as comfort zones, completely wired with distinctive amenities and plenty of creature comforts. As we say, social by design.

 

Ananata Spa & Resort

Guarded by the magnificent Aravalli Hills and lush greenery on all sides, Ananta Spa & Resort Pushkar is a blissful getaway in Pushkar. Postcard views, coupled with exceptional services and luxurious facilities define this 5-star resort in Pushkar. Spread across an expansive area of 11 acres​, we have 52 contemporary cottages, 21 sprawling rooms alongside 12 tents, and 3 tent suites for our guests. We have 3 sophisticated and splendid dining options amid picturesque settings, that will most certainly delight you. Our banquet hall measuring 3150 sq. ft​. and a sprawling lawn of 15,290 sq. ft., are perfect venues to host grand weddings, elaborate social events, and corporate functions.Ananta Spa & Resorts pampers you with premium facilities such as a well-equipped recreational room, activity area for kids, an outdoor swimming pool, a superlative spa and state-of-the-art fitness centre, making it one of the best resorts in Pushkar.

 

Samode Palace

Exclusive and discreet, Samode Palace has been host to royalty, celebrities, artists, and the discerning traveller. Awaken to the quiet dawn, or have a cocktail on the terrace garden to the accompaniment of folk musicians. Run your fingers across the intricate story of an ancient mural on an uneven wall. Emerge from a gentle healing massage at the spa, or perhaps just sink into the lavish bed in your room. Samode Palace weaves its magic on you.

A splendid example of regal Indo-Saracenic architecture, the Palace combines the best of Indian and Mughal styles. The 475-year-old palace is a celebration of the senses, underlined at all times by contemporary luxury and the signature service of Samode hotels – a magical hospitality and rare courtesy.

The accommodation in Samode Palace redefines the word comfort. Each elegantly and luxuriously furnished room has its own unique personality. Four poster-beds draped with sheer, delicate fabric and exquisitely carved couches invite you to relax. The flowers follow you everywhere – in the courtyards, the painted lounges, the charming prints on the flowing curtains, on the linen that softly brushes against you, with the rose petals that float in your bathtub in the beautiful intricate patterns on the rich carpets beneath your feet.

DELHI

Delhi is India’s capital and seat of government. It forms the National Capital Territory of Delhi, rather than being part of a state. Delhi is one of India’s largest cities, and the core of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with over 21 million inhabitants. Within India it is a major centre of arts, commerce, education, tourism, and transit. As the capital of several empires over the last 2000 years, Delhi also contains a striking array of well-preserved historic sites for tourists to visit. Delhi is said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world, along with Jerusalem and Varanasi. Legend estimates it to be over 5,000 years old. Over the millennia, Delhi is said to have been built and destroyed 11 times. The oldest alleged incarnation of the city shows up in the Indian mythological epic Mahabharata as Indraprastha.

 

AGRA

Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal the historic mosque, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, some 200km from Delhi.it is 240km from Jaipur and is famed across the globe for it’s large legacy of monuments,old heritage, colourful bazars and tourist friendly behavior of the localites.

Agra has three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri nearby. There are also many other buildings and tombs from Agra’s days of glory as the capital of the Mughal Empire. While Agra’s golden age was as the capital of the Mughal empire between 1526 and 1658, the city was founded much earlier. The earliest reference to Agra is in the ancient epic, the Mahabharata, while Ptolemy was the first person to call it by its modern name. The recorded history of Agra begins around the 11th century, and over the next 500 years, the city changed hands between various kings, both Hindu and Muslim.

 

JAIPUR

Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India’s first planned city. Jaipur is a major tourist attraction amongst Indian as well as international travellers. It belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. It hosts several attractions like the City Palace, Govind Dev ji Temple, Vidhan Sabha, Birla Temple, several massive Rajput forts and so on. It also serves as a stepping stone for travelers heading to the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Now, Jaipur is growing fast and various development projects are being undertaken by the government and private enterprises. The town planning and infrastructure development in Jaipur is quite above the mark relative to many other Indian cities.

Jaipur is often called the Pink City in reference to its distinctly coloured buildings, which were originally painted this color to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities. The present earthy red color originates from repainting of the buildings undertaken for a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1876.

 

JODHPUR

Jodhpur is an historic city whose origin dates to the year 1459 AD when it was founded by Rao Jodha, the Rajput chieftan of the Rathores. The Rathore kingdom was also known as the Marwar and was the largest in Rajputana. The city was built as the new capital of the state of Marwar to replace the ancient capital Mandore, the ruins of which can be seen near what is now the Mandore Gardens. The people of Jodhpur and surrounding areas are hence also commonly called as Marwaris.
Jodhpur is also known as the Blue City, an apt name as most houses in the old city are shades of blue. This is particularly noticeable on the north side of the town, known as Brahmpuri for the many Brahmins that live there. The forts and palaces, temples and havelis, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, colour and texture, a booming handicrafts industry, all add up to make this historic city worth a visit.

 

PUSHKAR

Pushkar is a holy town in the state of Rajasthan famous for the Pushkar lake, various ghats and temples spread all around the lake.

The word ‘Pushkar’ means lotus flower, which is said to be the seat of Brahma, one of the Hindu holy trinity, who is worshipped as the creator of this world. The legend has it that the demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma’s children, he in turn struck him with his weapon, a lotus flower. Vajra Nabha died with the impact, and the petals of the lotus fell at three places. One of them is Pushkar, where it gave birth to a lake. Brahma is supposed to have performed sacrifice at this lake on Kartik Purnima (the full moon day of the Kartik month (generally in the month of November)), hallowing the place.

Though Brahma is considered to be the creator of the world, Pushkar is the only temple of this important deity in the whole world. This is also considered as Adi Teerth or Teertharaj meaning ancient holy place or the most important of holy places respectively. There are not many temples built for Brahma because his influence to the daily life is considered not a big as Vishnu (Preserver), Shiva (Destroyer) and Ganesh (Remover of Obstacles). Being the creator, whatever being created is already there, whereas other deities’ need to be appeased so that any wishes or favours can be granted or fulfilled.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host
  • 14 nights’ accommodation at the listed hotels with daily breakfast
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Return group transfers from airport to hotel at the start and end of the tour
  • All transport as detailed in the itinerary by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide throughout
  • All sightseeing, guided tours, and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Solo room – always!

 

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International/domestic flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, taxis, souvenirs, and phone calls
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation (we can assist)
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Any tours listed as “Optional Tours” (and are subject to change, depending on weather and schedule changes)
  • Gratuities (optional)

Experience Northern India…

Our 15 day solos tour offers a unique and inspiring introduction to this fascinating country. With visits to Delhi, Deogarh, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Samode and Jaipur as well as the awe inspiring home of the Taj Mahal, Agra. Take a rickshaw ride through the streets of Delhi; enjoy a jeep safari through the traditional villages of Jodhpur, a boat trip on the stunning Lake Pichola and an unforgettable ride up to the Amber Fort. Visit the Red Fort, the havelis of Jaipur, Junagarh Fort and the beautifully sculptured Jain temples of Udaipur. Enjoy a Bollywood Movie show at the beautiful Raj Mandir theatre and stay in a Palace that many royals and celebrities have frequented over the years. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll want to come back again and again! That’s 15 days in a colourful, vibrant and spiritual land on an adventure you won’t forget.

Will you join us?

DAY 1 Friday 1st Sep 2023

DELHI (D)

Welcome to Delhi! Upon arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure to relax and unwind after the flight, before you meet with your fellow travellers, Two’s a Crowd tour Host and local tour guide for a welcome dinner and tour briefing at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, the Indus Express.

Accommodation: Your own room at Vivanta by Taj-Dwarka or similar


DAY 2 Saturday 2nd Sep

DELHI (B/L/D)

After breakfast we will venture out on our sightseeing tour of Delhi. This is a truly fascinating and intoxicating city that bridges two different worlds. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi, created by the British Raj, is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing
government buildings. Delhi has been the seat of power for several rulers and many empires for about a millennium. Many a times the city was built, destroyed and then rebuilt here. Interestingly, a number of Delhi’s rulers played a dual role, first as destroyers and then as creators. On our tour we will get to see the top sights, including Red Fort (from outside), Jama Masjid (the great mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees), India Gate and Humayun Tomb. We also get to take a rickshaw ride (paddy cab) around Jama Masjid, and through the hectic narrow streets of Old Delhi. The humble cycle rickshaw is not only the common man’s beast of burden, but it also serves to generate considerable  employment. Next we get to enjoy lunch with a local Indian family. Our group will be given an introduction to cooking with Indian herbs and spices and learn the traditional Indian cooking methods. We then get to put our knowledge to work and experiment in a cooking class where we will create some Indian meals. We will then enjoy these meals for lunch, where we will also get the opportunity to interact with our local family. Tonight, the group will dine together.

Accommodation: Your own room at Vivanta by Taj-Dwarka or similar


DAY 3 Sunday 3rd Sep

DELHI – AGRA (B/D)

After breakfast we will be transferred to Agra (205km/4 ½ hrs). On arrival, we will check-in to our hotel, before heading out to enjoy a sightseeing tour. Agra is the city of the inimitable Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. Agra’s
architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendants of those who worked under the Mughals. The Taj Mahal, or Crown of Palaces, is a white marble mausoleum, built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. A world-renowned wonder, Taj Mahal looks the same from all the four sides and is widely recognised as the jewel of Muslim art in India, and one of the most universally admired masterpieces. The Taj Mahal is phenomenal; not just in beauty alone but also in the deep planning and design that went into its making. This enchanting mausoleum started in 1631AD and it took 22 years to complete with the help of an estimated 20,000 workers. The great Mughal Emperor Akbar commissioned the construction of the Agra Fort in 1666AD. The forbidding exteriors of this fort hide an inner paradise. There are a number of exquisite buildings like Moti Masjid—a white marble mosque akin to a perfect pearl; Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khaas, Musamman Burj—where Shahjahan died in 1666AD Jahangir’s Palace; Khaas Mahal and Shish Mahal. The massive Agra fort is 2.5km long and is considered as the predecessor of Delhi’s Red Fort. This evening we will enjoy a group dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Ramada Plaza or similar


DAY 4 Monday 4th Sep

AGRA – ABHANERI – JAIPUR (B/D)

After breakfast we will transfer to Jaipur (255km/5 ½ hrs). On the way we will visit the Abhaneri Step Well, which is a unique invention of the people of Abhaneri for harvesting rainwater. Despite being so huge, the well still has delicate and intricate carvings which are a visual treat. Jaipur is popularly known as the Pink City, thanks to the colour of its buildings. This diverse land of rich cultural heritage is a royal treat for tourists all over the world. Upon arrival in Jaipur we will check-in at our hotel and relax, before enjoying dinner together at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Your own room at Sarovar Premiere or similar


DAY 5 Tuesday 5th Sep

JAIPUR (B/D)

After a relaxing breakfast we will embark on a sightseeing tour of Jaipur, which will include the Hawa Mahal Palace. The poet king Sawai Pratap Singh built this palace of winds. This is easily the most well-known landmark of Jaipur and is also its icon. This five-storey building overlooking the busy bazaar street is a fascinating example of Rajput architecture and artistry. Next we visit the Amber Fort, which is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture and set in picturesque and rugged hills. The fort was made in red sand stone and white marble. In line with our Sustainability policy, you will be transported to the Fort by Jeep instead of elephant ride. Located in the heart of the walled city, the City Palace Complex gives you an idea about the far-sightedness of the founder of Jaipur: Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. He left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent architecture in the city. The palace is a blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture and the ex-royal family still lives in a part of the palace. The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built between 1727 and 1734. The Jaipur observatory is the
largest and best preserved in India. We will return to the hotel before enjoying our group dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Sarovar Premiere or similar


DAY 6 Wednesday 6th Sep

JAIPUR – DEOGARH (B/D)

After breakfast, drive to Deogarh (275km/6 hrs drive). Deogarh is a peaceful small village and will be a welcome break from the cities to experience village life in India. Deogarh is one of the most colourful villages of India, and no doubt we will enjoy experiencing the innocent faces of villagers, and the small town markets. One of the main attractions of Deogarh is the ‘Deogarh Mahal.’ Originally built in the 17th century, it has now been converted into a heritage hotel offering an unforgettable experience and a very comfortable stay. It stands atop a hill and offers a commanding view of the surrounding mountain range and the numerous lakes, strewn across the countryside. Tonight we have the pleasure of dining and staying at this stunning property.

Accommodation: Your own room at Deogarh Mahal or similar


DAY 7 Thursday 7th Sep

DEOGARH (B/D)

After breakfast, we transfer to nearby Phulad station and board a local train. Together we’ll ride through the mountains with stunning views of surrounding jungle, rolling hills, 100-foot-high bridges and remote villages. Talking to the villagers and co-passengers will add another dimension to the journey. You’ll also witness hundreds of monkeys descend from the forest trees to feed on handouts given by the locals. We’ll then return to our hotel with time to relax before heading out again to walk around Deogarh and simply take in all the sights and sounds of day-to-day life in this community. We conclude the day with a visit to the local village market where we have the chance to purchase some hand-made goods. Dinner will be enjoyed at our hotel again this evening.

Accommodation: Your own room at Deogarh Mahal or similar


DAY 8 Friday 8th Sep

DEOGARH – UDAIPUR (B/D)

This morning we rise early and enjoy a nature walk from Deogarh Mahal to Fort Seengh Sagar (5km/about 2hrs). This majestic fort was once the personal property of the well-known Deogarh family, who transformed it into a beautiful heritage retreat which sits in the middle of a lake. If you join the walk, you can enjoy breakfast at the Fort Seengh Sagar, before been driven back to Deogarh. If you choose to stay in Deogarh, you can have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Next we will drive to Udaipur (130km/3 hrs). The City of Lakes has a rich cultural heritage and is full of aesthetic beauty. The surrounding lakes provide serenity and the hilly range of the Aravalis, lush green vegetation and pleasant gardens, present Udaipur as a very appealing destination. The magical beauty of Lake Pichola lures visitors from all over the world, and its historical monuments in the forms of Palaces, Havelis and temples surrounded by the hills and a pleasant climate ensure that Udaipur is always a favourite among tourists. Upon arrival in Udaipur, we will check-in at our accommodation. The rest of the afternoon is your own to enjoy at leisure, before meeting with the group for dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Fateh Niwas or similar


DAY 9 Saturday 9th Sep

UDAIPUR (B/D)

After a relaxing breakfast we set off on a sightseeing visit around Udaipur. First we visit City Palace, which towers over the Pichola Lake. Balconies, cupolas and towers of the palace give a wonderful view of the lake. Next we will go to Sahelion ki bari, which was built in the mid-18th century. The ‘garden of the maidens’ brings to mind the lifestyle of the ladies of the court. The delightful gardens reflect their discreet and impeccable taste. There are four pools with dainty kiosks. All around are flowerbeds, lawns, pools and fountains protected by a series of walls and shady trees. The fountains of the Sahelion ki bari function solely by water pressure and no pumps are used. The garden has a lotus pool and a sitting room decorated with paintings and glass mosaics. After some sightseeing we will visit Apna Jatan, which is a local NGO. Apna Jatan strives to empower the youth by giving them a platform where they can freely express their concerns. Jatan also provides them with information that would enable them to seek social and scientific solutions thereby helping them become agents of change in their communities. We will head out for an evening boat ride on Lake Pichola. Fringed with hills, gardens, havelis, ghats and temples, Lake Pichola is the scenic focus of Udaipur. The picturesque boat ride not only provides the best views of the lake and the mountains in the city, but also presents some of the most important historical monuments dotted along the lakeside or submerged within the lake. Afterwards, we will return to our hotel for a group dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Fateh Niwas or similar


DAY 10 Sunday 10th Sep

UDAIPUR – RANAKPUR – JODHPUR (B/D)

After breakfast we drive to Ranakpur (94km/2 hrs). In a quiet and picturesque glen that runs into the western slopes of the Aravalli hills is a remarkable complex of Jain temples at Ranakpur, one of the five main holy palaces of the Jain sect. Though over 500 years old, the temples here are superbly preserved in a near perfect condition. The most distinctive features are the 29 halls of the temple, which contain 1,444 pillars of which no two are exactly alike. Every conceivable surface of the wall pillars and ceiling is carved and every corner and angle is engraved with Jain images. After sightseeing in Ranakpur we will continue our drive to Jodhpur (164km/3hrs). ‘The Blue City,’ as it is known, was founded on the edges of Thar Desert in 1459AD. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur, and is encircled by a high 10km long wall. The historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and the brightly attired people lend an aura of romance to the city. Flanked on its western side by the Meharangarh Fort, and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan; the monuments, temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur. The beauty and the imagination that have gone into the making of this monumental city prove the creative genius that appear in vast contrast with the harshness of this land and its climate. Upon arrival in to Jodhpur we transfer to our hotel and relax before meeting with the group for dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Zone by the Park or similar


DAY 11 Monday 11th Sep

JODHPUR (B/D)

After breakfast we’ll enjoy a visit around Jodhpur, which will include the following sights:
Mehrangarh Fort: approx. 5km from Jodhpur Town, the fort guards the city below. It overlooks the rugged and rocky terrain and houses a palace intricately adorned with long carved panels and latticed windows exquisitely made from red sandstone. The apartments within have their own magic—the Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), Daulat Khana with a rich varied collection of palanquins, howdas, royal cradles, miniature paintings of various schools, etc.
Jasawant Thada: located adjacent to Mehrangarh Fort is Jaswant Thada, the graceful marble cenotaph is also known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar. The main memorial has been built like a temple with intricately carved marble stone. A visit to this structure is through the rocky hills giving it a secluded and a mystic aura. Next, we will take an afternoon jeep safari to the Bishnoi Villages. The Bishnoi are a community with Rajasthan who are famous for their rich cultural Rajasthani life and their true love for nature and animals. A memorable outing in Jeeps will lead us to various traditional villages, where we will have the opportunity to purchase local handicrafts, witness shoe makers at their craft, see pottery wheels and hand weavers hard at work. Men will be wearing their traditional attire and women are clad with ancestral silver jewellery. Hopefully we will also get the chance to see the local wildlife, such as Indian antelope (black buck), Indian gazelle, peacock, etc. There will be time to freshen-up back at the hotel before we meet for our group dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Zone by the Park or similar


DAY 12 Tuesday 12th Sep

JODHPUR – PUSHKAR (B/D)

After breakfast we will drive to Pushkar (215km/4.5 hrs). The small and beautiful town of Pushkar is surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the other. Pushkar forms a fascinating location and a befitting backdrop for the holy Pushkar Lake. Pushkar also has as many as 400 temples and 52 Ghats. We will enjoy a tour of Pushkar, which will include visiting Lord Brahma Temple and the Pushkar Lake. Lord Brahma Temple was constructed in the 14th century, standing on a high plinth with marble steps leading up to it. A beautiful carved silver turtle sits on the floor facing the sanctum or Garbha Griha. The marble floor around the silver turtle is embedded with hundreds of silver coins, with donors names engraved on each. Brahma, according to Hindu mythology is considered to be the Creator of the Universe, and it is believed he started his creation from Pushkar. This significance makes Pushkar worth a visit. As we walk along the banks of Pushkar Lake we will hear folklore legends about how the lake is believed to have been created by the falling of a lotus from the hand of Lord Brahma. It is said to be as old as the creation itself. The lake is considered as one of the most sacred spots. The devotees believe that one dip in the waters of the lake is equivalent to performing yagnas for several hundred years. After our exploration of Pushkar, we will return to the hotel and enjoy a group dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Ananta Spa & Resort or similar


DAY 13 Wednesday 13th Sep

PUSHKAR – SAMODE (B/D)

After breakfast today we will drive to Samode (185km/4 hrs). The Samode Palace was built in the 19th century and has now been turned into a Heritage Hotel. The history of Samode Palace takes you back to around four and half centuries before when it was awarded to Gopal Singhji, one of the twelve sons of Prithviraj Singh of Amber. Samode Palace is one of the important landmarks of Samode which is recognised for its architectural brilliance and is testimonial to the royal past. Upon arrival we will check in at the Samode Palace, as this will be our Royal Palace for this evening! The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy the Palace and gardens at leisure. Tonight, the group will enjoy a Royal Buffet within the Palace restaurant.

Accommodation: Your own room at Samode Palace or similar


DAY 14 Thursday 14th Sep

SAMODE – DELHI (B/D)

After a leisurely breakfast at our Palace accommodation, we will be driven to Delhi (245km/2.5 hrs). Upon arrival in Delhi, we will check in at our hotel, before having the option to either relax or embark on some final sightseeing and shopping. This evening the group will meet for a final farewell feast of Indian dishes at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Your own room at Vivanta by Taj-Dwarka or similar


DAY 15 Friday 15th Sep

DELHI DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast today our Northern Indian adventure comes to an end after a group departure transfer to Delhi airport. Alternatively, why not stay a little longer and continue to immerse yourself in the fascinating Indian culture?

TOUR DATES: 1ST – 15TH SEPTEMBER 2023

TOUR PRICING: A$4,859 PLUS AIRFARES/TAXES

Vivanta by Taj Dwarka

Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka – Designed to delight high fliers from all angles. Laidback but efficient. Elegant and spacious. Directly connected to the heart of the city with easy access to the Sector 21 Metro station. As one of the most opulent business 5-star hotels in Delhi NCR, it aims to change the face of business, in a space where you can work and play seamlessly. Spanning 7 acres, Vivanta New Delhi, Dwarka is one of the best hotels near Delhi airport. It wraps you in luxury the minute you step in. The stylish space is home to a chic lobby, never-ending rooms and multiple outlets for the finest culinary experiences. Further to dream of a lavish wedding, it is known for being one of the regal wedding venues in Delhi. You are never far from the city. A 20-minute drive eastward leads you to the heart and soul of the city – Lutyens’ New Delhi! Starting from the best spa in Delhi NCR to the best restaurants is just 15-minute drive away. And the domestic and IGI airport are an easy 15-minute drive westward. Everything you need, and then some, around every corner. Where business and luxury unite, in an experience like no other!

 

Ramada Plaza Agra

Choose our Ramada Plaza Agra hotel, conveniently located near the Taj Mahal. Our proximity to Yamuna Express Highway makes our hotel a great choice for weekend getaways, extended leisure travel, and every visit in between to the region.

Enjoy our beautifully landscaped grounds, swimming pool with adjoining bar, and fitness center. Our onsite restaurants provide 24-hour room service. We offer a free hot breakfast and free WiFi. Take advantage of onsite parking and a 24-hour car rental desk. Half of our guest rooms afford private Taj Mahal views.

Visit the Taj Mahal, a testament to unending love. A masterpiece of Mughal architecture, it is also a triumph of 17th-century decorating, landscaping, and construction. Other area attractions include Agra Fort, Mankameshwar Temple, and the Tomb of Akbar the Great. We are also close to offices of companies such as Indian Ceramic House, Ganpati Group of Industries, and Basant Overseas.

 

Sarovar Premiere

Jaipur, also known as the Pink City for its colour of collonaded buildings, is a centre point for tourists travelling to see the beauty of medieval India. Located near the centre of Jaipur at Lal Kothi is Sarovar Premiere, Jaipur – a marvel in hospitality from Sarovar Group of Hotels. A stellar premise, unmatched service and a great location make us one of the best hotels in Jaipur.

Sarovar Premiere, Jaipur, offers a choice of 80 rooms and suites, facilitated with luxurious interiors and amenities maintained with international standards, that promise you a splendid stay experience. We have a fine dining multi-cuisine restaurant, an intimate rooftop restaurant, and a bar that is designed keeping the young crowd in mind. We have a luxurious pool, and facilities such as doctor on call, flexible check-in check-out, and travel desk making your stay an excellent one. Our hotel is also an excellent venue for hosting weddings, meetings and events.

Nestled amidst an ambient setting, yet close to the airport, railway station and bus station, Sarovar Premiere, Jaipur, is an apt choice for those seeking luxury and convenience. Some of the local attractions include HawaMahal, Jantar Mantar, Albert Museum, City Palace, GovindDevji Temple, Kholeke Hanuman Ji Temple, MotiDungri Ganesh Temple, Birla Temple, Raj Mandir Cinema, Birla Planetarium, Ram Niwas GardenEnjoy a blissful stay at one of the best hotels in Jaipur.

 

Deogarh Mahal

Deogarh Mahal is an imposing structure built in the 17th century. It stands atop a hill and offers a commanding view of the Aravalli mountain range and the numerous lakes, strewn across the countryside. Centuries in the making, Deogarh Mahal’s history begins far before the majestic palace was ever built. Even at first glance at the palace, it’s obvious that Deogarh Mahal has been an integral part of the Mewar aristocracy and heritage, passed down from many Rawats, a local title equivalent to Raja, to be used as a personal residence and fort.

As soon as you glimpse the Deogarh Mahal, you can see that its rulers must have been serious players in the Mewar aristocracy, their magnificent fort a fitting stronghold for one of its sixteen “umraos” – the most senior feudal barons attending on the Maharana of Udaipur. Even so, you might not necessarily guess that the Rawats of Deogarh (a local title equivalent to “Raja”) once ruled over the fourth largest jagir in the whole of Rajasthan. At its most extensive, their territory comprised some 210 villages, with one of their defensive forts as far as 100 km away. Yet there is little ostentation and even less gold to be found in their palace. Like most of the Mewar nobility, they spent too much time fighting to have much to spare for amassing great wealth.

Fateh Niwas

Nestled in the heart of the city of lakes, Fateh Niwas emanates a sense of splendour and grandeur.

The design of Fateh Niwas adheres to the signature style of Fateh Collection. It features an aesthetic centred around the traditions and rich heritage that shaped Rajasthan’s history. The hotel offers unique experiences, immaculate accommodations, opulent dining facilities and exquisite event venues. Fateh Niwas is also a proud participant in Fateh Collection’s legacy of pioneering an eco-friendly path in the hospitality industry. Credit to its impeccable services and facilities, Fateh Niwas has often been crowned one of the best heritage hotels in Udaipur. The property extends enticing panoramas of the grand City Palace, Jagmandir, Monsoon Palace and Lake Pichola, lined up against the backdrop of the Aravalli Hills. Amongst the endless facilities provided, we have a well-maintained swimming pool in addition to a spacious conference hall.

 

Zone by the Park

Allow us to introduce you to the new blue eyed boy of the blue city. Zone by The Park, Jodhpur..

The historic sun city, with its golden sunsets and blue houses and many an adventure waiting in the wings welcomes you. What better place to be than the Zone, where we put you at the centre of everything that matters. The centre of work and play. And plenty in between.

Zone by The Park is just where you would need it – the nerve center of the city – with 90 guest rooms known as comfort zones, completely wired with distinctive amenities and plenty of creature comforts. As we say, social by design.

 

Ananata Spa & Resort

Guarded by the magnificent Aravalli Hills and lush greenery on all sides, Ananta Spa & Resort Pushkar is a blissful getaway in Pushkar. Postcard views, coupled with exceptional services and luxurious facilities define this 5-star resort in Pushkar. Spread across an expansive area of 11 acres​, we have 52 contemporary cottages, 21 sprawling rooms alongside 12 tents, and 3 tent suites for our guests. We have 3 sophisticated and splendid dining options amid picturesque settings, that will most certainly delight you. Our banquet hall measuring 3150 sq. ft​. and a sprawling lawn of 15,290 sq. ft., are perfect venues to host grand weddings, elaborate social events, and corporate functions.Ananta Spa & Resorts pampers you with premium facilities such as a well-equipped recreational room, activity area for kids, an outdoor swimming pool, a superlative spa and state-of-the-art fitness centre, making it one of the best resorts in Pushkar.

 

Samode Palace

Exclusive and discreet, Samode Palace has been host to royalty, celebrities, artists, and the discerning traveller. Awaken to the quiet dawn, or have a cocktail on the terrace garden to the accompaniment of folk musicians. Run your fingers across the intricate story of an ancient mural on an uneven wall. Emerge from a gentle healing massage at the spa, or perhaps just sink into the lavish bed in your room. Samode Palace weaves its magic on you.

A splendid example of regal Indo-Saracenic architecture, the Palace combines the best of Indian and Mughal styles. The 475-year-old palace is a celebration of the senses, underlined at all times by contemporary luxury and the signature service of Samode hotels – a magical hospitality and rare courtesy.

The accommodation in Samode Palace redefines the word comfort. Each elegantly and luxuriously furnished room has its own unique personality. Four poster-beds draped with sheer, delicate fabric and exquisitely carved couches invite you to relax. The flowers follow you everywhere – in the courtyards, the painted lounges, the charming prints on the flowing curtains, on the linen that softly brushes against you, with the rose petals that float in your bathtub in the beautiful intricate patterns on the rich carpets beneath your feet.

DELHI

Delhi is India’s capital and seat of government. It forms the National Capital Territory of Delhi, rather than being part of a state. Delhi is one of India’s largest cities, and the core of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with over 21 million inhabitants. Within India it is a major centre of arts, commerce, education, tourism, and transit. As the capital of several empires over the last 2000 years, Delhi also contains a striking array of well-preserved historic sites for tourists to visit. Delhi is said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world, along with Jerusalem and Varanasi. Legend estimates it to be over 5,000 years old. Over the millennia, Delhi is said to have been built and destroyed 11 times. The oldest alleged incarnation of the city shows up in the Indian mythological epic Mahabharata as Indraprastha.

 

AGRA

Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal the historic mosque, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, some 200km from Delhi.it is 240km from Jaipur and is famed across the globe for it’s large legacy of monuments,old heritage, colourful bazars and tourist friendly behavior of the localites.

Agra has three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri nearby. There are also many other buildings and tombs from Agra’s days of glory as the capital of the Mughal Empire. While Agra’s golden age was as the capital of the Mughal empire between 1526 and 1658, the city was founded much earlier. The earliest reference to Agra is in the ancient epic, the Mahabharata, while Ptolemy was the first person to call it by its modern name. The recorded history of Agra begins around the 11th century, and over the next 500 years, the city changed hands between various kings, both Hindu and Muslim.

 

JAIPUR

Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India’s first planned city. Jaipur is a major tourist attraction amongst Indian as well as international travellers. It belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. It hosts several attractions like the City Palace, Govind Dev ji Temple, Vidhan Sabha, Birla Temple, several massive Rajput forts and so on. It also serves as a stepping stone for travelers heading to the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Now, Jaipur is growing fast and various development projects are being undertaken by the government and private enterprises. The town planning and infrastructure development in Jaipur is quite above the mark relative to many other Indian cities.

Jaipur is often called the Pink City in reference to its distinctly coloured buildings, which were originally painted this color to imitate the red sandstone architecture of Mughal cities. The present earthy red color originates from repainting of the buildings undertaken for a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1876.

 

JODHPUR

Jodhpur is an historic city whose origin dates to the year 1459 AD when it was founded by Rao Jodha, the Rajput chieftan of the Rathores. The Rathore kingdom was also known as the Marwar and was the largest in Rajputana. The city was built as the new capital of the state of Marwar to replace the ancient capital Mandore, the ruins of which can be seen near what is now the Mandore Gardens. The people of Jodhpur and surrounding areas are hence also commonly called as Marwaris.
Jodhpur is also known as the Blue City, an apt name as most houses in the old city are shades of blue. This is particularly noticeable on the north side of the town, known as Brahmpuri for the many Brahmins that live there. The forts and palaces, temples and havelis, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, colour and texture, a booming handicrafts industry, all add up to make this historic city worth a visit.

 

PUSHKAR

Pushkar is a holy town in the state of Rajasthan famous for the Pushkar lake, various ghats and temples spread all around the lake.

The word ‘Pushkar’ means lotus flower, which is said to be the seat of Brahma, one of the Hindu holy trinity, who is worshipped as the creator of this world. The legend has it that the demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma’s children, he in turn struck him with his weapon, a lotus flower. Vajra Nabha died with the impact, and the petals of the lotus fell at three places. One of them is Pushkar, where it gave birth to a lake. Brahma is supposed to have performed sacrifice at this lake on Kartik Purnima (the full moon day of the Kartik month (generally in the month of November)), hallowing the place.

Though Brahma is considered to be the creator of the world, Pushkar is the only temple of this important deity in the whole world. This is also considered as Adi Teerth or Teertharaj meaning ancient holy place or the most important of holy places respectively. There are not many temples built for Brahma because his influence to the daily life is considered not a big as Vishnu (Preserver), Shiva (Destroyer) and Ganesh (Remover of Obstacles). Being the creator, whatever being created is already there, whereas other deities’ need to be appeased so that any wishes or favours can be granted or fulfilled.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host
  • 14 nights’ accommodation at the listed hotels with daily breakfast
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Return group transfers from airport to hotel at the start and end of the tour
  • All transport as detailed in the itinerary by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide throughout
  • All sightseeing, guided tours, and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Solo room – always!

 

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance (we can assist)
  • International/domestic flights to the start/end of the tour
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, taxis, souvenirs, and phone calls
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation (we can assist)
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Any tours listed as “Optional Tours” (and are subject to change, depending on weather and schedule changes)
  • Gratuities (optional)
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The trip was just great - I can't really think of any negatives. Diane will back me up when I say I usually give 10/10s - I gave her 20/10. Trish, Canada/Alaska

Excellent trip

I found the overall trip excellent. I believe Diane's professionalism, inclusive personality and ability to relate to all contributed to this. She worked to ensure the group was cohesive without individuals impinging on the personal space of others etc. a good skill to have and one she applied effectively. Kate, Canada/Alaska

Fantastic value for money

Fantastic value for money paid. Russell our guide is an asset to your company... he was fantastic! Overall the trip was magical from start to finish. Well done Two's a Crowd ... the best trip ever. Barbara, Canada/Alaska

Fantastic first solo trip

I had a fantastic trip. Absolutely loved Canada and Alaska. It's the first time I have travelled solo and was pleasantly surprised to find a bunch of people that all got on so well. Diane our host was great. She did a good job of getting us altogether for meals, excursions, shopping trips etc. I liked that she quietly got things done without being loud or "in-your-face". She was good at being one of us as well as our leader. Wendy, Canada/Alaska

Good balance of activities and spare time

Had a great time. Good mixture of organised activities and spare time. Diane was an excellent tour host. Russell the tour guide was great, very knowledgeable and personable with his insights into growing up and living in Canada. Sharon, Canada/Alaska

Well organised trip with an excellent host

The trip was well organised, with a good mix of activity and free time. The scenery was spectacular and fellow travellers were a great bunch. Diane is a excellent host - helpful, courteous and above all a pleasure to know. I found her bubbly personality a bonus and can only speak highly of her. Gary, Canada/Alaska

I had a fabulous time

I had a fabulous time. Lake Louise and the hotel were magnificent. The cruise was excellent. Diane made sure that she was available for group meals and sightseeing, and was alway in good humour and great fun. I would recommend your company to everyone and am very interested in the Scandinavia  tour at the end of 2017.

Cathy, Adelaide - Canada/Alaska May 2016

Great holiday

What a great trip! I experienced so much and participated in all that was offered. I had read and reviewed as much as time allowed me but was not prepared for what the trip gave me and that is a better understanding of the beautiful people of both countries. - Lesley on Vietnam/Cambodia

In good company

I thought the suggestions for optional things to do, in the "free" time were very good. So good, we really ended up with very little free time. So much to do! - Mary on Vietnam

Great time together

I found the trip interesting and eye opening with a great overview of both Vietnam and Cambodia. The other travellers on the trip were fabulous and we had a great time together. - Anonymous on Vietnam/Cambodia

Fantastic first experience!

Extremely well organised with fabulous guides throughout - especially in Vietnam! First holiday with your company and certainly not the last. - Glenys on Vietnam

Great group to travel with

Having a small group meant that the days were more relaxed and flexible and I really felt spoilt and looked after. Melinda on Borneo

Thoroughly enjoyed Uganda

Thoroughly enjoyed my trip especially Uganda. There was so much variety of things to do on this trip. Jaros & Julius were great. Thought in Kenya the Maasai Mara were beautiful people, so easy to get along with. Judy

Can’t stop talking about my experience

I just feel so privileged to have shared with the Maasai the most awe-inspiring majestic sights and sounds of Africa. The fantastic memories will be with me forever. Maureen

Absolutely enjoyable

Gillian was a fantastic host. She was there for us from the moment we reached Hotel Troy. Heather on Africa

Best holiday I’ve been on!

One of the best holidays that I have been on - really well organised. I would never have travelled to Vietnam or Cambodia on my own. Bronwyn

Well organised

Fun, well organised and a really great group. Barbara on Vietnam/Cambodia

Great time together

I found the trip interesting and eye opening with a great overview of both Vietnam and Cambodia. The other travellers on the trip were fabulous and we had a great time together.

Great value

Well done. No complaints. Very pleased with this trip. Great value for my hard earned dollars! Really enjoyed the [Vietnam/Cambodia] tour. 

Fabulous rapport filled with much humour!

A great bunch of people & I can't believe how we all had such a fabulous rapport filled with much humour!!!

I couldn’t fault anything.

The (Uniworld River) cruise was great, I met up with some wonderful people who treated me like part of the family !
The ship & crew were fantastic & the excursions were very good, I couldn't fault anything. I'd recommend this cruise to anyone.  Peter

Informative and educational

The entire trip was one of the most enjoyable and exciting. Also so informative and educational. I was so pleased to make the trip. Wish I was over there in that magical place.  Marjorie

Delighted

I’ve just returned from the wonderful Kimberley trip.  It was my first experience with Two’s a Crowd and I was delighted.  Kay

Opportunity to experience

I have had the opportunity to experience things I would never had done by myself.  Solo travellers is a fantastic concept and use of social media has been a great way to share and keep in touch with friends and family. Judi

I need not have worried

Being my first tour and a senior member, I admit I was apprehensive but I need not have worried. It was great and I was very well looked after.  Can’t wait to go to Kenya with Two’s a Crowd.  Maureen

Smooth and seamless

A memorable trip of a lifetime, a wish fulfilled.  A fascinating cultural country steeped in history which I found totally enthralling.  Two’s a Crowd service was smooth and seamless.  Pam

A wonderful experience

It was a wonderful experience visiting Cambodia and Vietnam and gave me a better understanding of these countries. I had a great time with new friends, we had a good bunch and Leonie was the perfect host. Eric

Value for money

Value for money and outstanding co-operation from your staff and tour operators. Joan

Safe and secure and totally looked after

An awesome adventure for my first time overseas alone.  Leonie was excellent and both guides were also fantastic.  At all times I felt safe and secure and totally looked after.  Melinda

Well done Two’s a Crowd.

Leonie was an excellent host, the ideal person. I never felt any pressure to  be involved in every activity so I could explore alone during free time. Having 2 or 3 nights in most places was great – you could rest up or party. Well done Two’s a Crowd. Jenny

A completely different experience

It was a nice surprise holiday, a completely different experience from all my other holidays. Thanks. Piroska

I’ve had at least 10 travel agents.

In my travelling life, I’ve had at least 10 travel agents.  Two’s a Crowd is the first one where I haven’t had to correct anything in my travel documents.   Piroska

I’m so excited to have found you Two’s a Crowd.

“Finally. A travel company is recognising the needs of people like me”

This is perfect for me.

“I’ve been to Burma but can you please send me some information about other destinations. This is perfect for me.”

I really wanted to meet the people behind it

“I saw your ad in the local paper and could have phoned but I wanted to come in and congratulate you on starting this great business. I really wanted to meet the people behind it.”

Two’s a Crowd on the internet was definitely meant to be!

I’m really enthusiastic about the niche you are determined to cover in the market, and have the feeling stumbling on Two’s a Crowd on the internet was definitely meant to be.

I find them inspirational

Thanks for sending these emails as I find them inspirational and will sit dreaming for the next hour or so.

Thank you for providing a service for people like me

“I am very excited to read about your area of speciality, and look forward to devouring all information that might come my way. Thank you for providing a service for people like me.”

Excellent throughout.

The entire 14 days ran so smoothly from Two's a Crowd booking my flights to  airport transfers and then the 12 days camping in the Kimberley. Excellent throughout. Congratulations. Marjorie

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