THE DESERT ROAD TO JAISALMER

A Journey to Western Rajasthan

Delhi & Around, Rajasthan

Duration: 11 nights

Price: From £4,700 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, private transfers and taxes

Rajasthan, a storied desert land of Maharajahs, Mughals and camel caravans, is one of the most evocative places in India, and Jaisalmer – a honey-yellow fort city rising from the sand dunes – is like a kingdom from a forgotten era. On this luxury holiday, you’ll cross the Thar Desert to Jaisalmer, beginning in Rajasthan’s pink capital Jaipur, and taking in the ancient kingdom of Marwar and its capital, the Blue City of Jodhpur on the way. Your journey ends with a night in India’s fascinating capital, Delhi.
Perfect forExperiencing the Land of Kings in regal style.
In the knowExtending your trip to visit Agra, home of the fabled Taj Mahal.

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  • History & Heritage
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  • Cultural Immersion

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2 nightsJAIPUR

Your journey begins, appropriately, in Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur. Known as the Pink City for its eye-catching pink sandstone buildings, Jaipur is an evocative place rich in history, which along with Agra and Delhi comprises the Golden Triangle tourist route. Jaipur’s long history as a royal city means it has many cultural and historical attractions worth visiting. The City Palace is still the home of the former royal family and exhibits architectural styles from the 18th-20th centuries, while the Palace of Winds, with its towering pink façade, is one of Jaipur’s most iconic sights. The Amber Fort, meanwhile, towers on a hill on the outskirts of Jaipur and is the city’s main tourist attraction. Optional experiences include watching camel polo and visiting a local elephant farm. Your home for 2 nights in Jaipur is Rajmahal Palace, a regal property which has been the private home of the Maharajah of Jaipur and hosted visiting royalty and dignitaries.
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 3 nightsMARWAR

After 2 nights, you’ll be transferred into the heart of the historic region of Marwar, an arid region which marks the outer reaches of the Thar Desert. Here, you’ll get a taste for Rajasthan’s rural desert life, as you spend 2 nights at Lakshman Sagar, a 19th-century hunting lodge turned luxury hotel. This property has loads of character and has retained many original features; decorative pots, rolling pins and milk churns reflect the day-to-day life of the area. You’ll get to see the landscape in its most beautiful light with a sunrise walk, followed by a traditional Rajasthani breakfast out in the desert. Also included are tours to local villages, where you can meet local people and learn more about their culture; tasting local liquor and trying your hand at goat herding are a couple of the experiences you can look forward to.
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2 nightsJODHPUR

Departing Lakshman Sagar after 2 nights, you’ll be driven to Jodhpur, the historic capital of the Marwar region. Sitting right in the heart of Rajasthan, it’s one of the state’s major cities and has a long, rich history. It’s visually arresting, too, with the jumbled houses of the old city painted an electric shade of blue, and the mighty Mehrangarh Fort rising ominously from a cliff overlooking the city. A trip to Merhrangarh, a 15th-century fortress with a history as long as Jodhpur, is included in your stay. The fort houses extensive museums and galleries with exhibits of weaponry, Marwar artworks and Mughal artefacts – there’s even a turban gallery. There are various other activities to choose from during your time in Jodhpur, including a trip to Toorji ka Jhalra, one of Rajasthan’s famous ornate stepwells. You’ll spend 2 nights at Raas Jodhpur, a stylish design hotel in Jodhpur’s old walled city.
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3 nightsJAISALMER

A 5-hour private road transfer will take you from Jodhpur to your next stop, Jaisalmer – and the long journey is worth it. Even by Rajasthan’s standards, Jaisalmer is an impossibly atmospheric place. A living fort in the heart of the Thar Desert, its honey-coloured walls rise out of the sand dunes impressively and house a bustling market town – this, presumably, is what life was once like at long-abandoned castles and forts all over the world. Jaisalmer’s desert setting colours its atmosphere very strongly, and this is the gateway to camel safaris into the Thar Desert. Other sites of interest include an unusually high concentration of Jain temples, and the nearby ruined village of Kuldhara, mysteriously abandoned in the 19th century – rumours of hauntings abound. During your time in Jaisalmer, you’ll stay at The Serai, a luxurious tented safari camp surrounded by the desert.
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1 nightDELHI

After 3 nights exploring the desert kingdom of Jaisalmer, you’ll fly to the capital, Delhi (1.5hrs), your final stop. An intoxicating portrait of India’s past and present, Delhi has been shaped by Afghans and Turks, sultans and Mughals, British colonisers and, finally, Indian independence. Chaotic, atmospheric and endlessly fascinating, Delhi comes as close as anywhere to encapsulating the essence of this diverse country. The Red Fort is an imposing sandstone monument to the might of the Mughal Empire, and the Jama Masjid is one of the country’s largest and most important mosques. The shrine of the Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya lies surrounded by a maze of bustling bazaars, while Humanyun’s Tomb is an amazingly preserved example of 16th-century architecture. You’ll spend the final night of your adventure at the Imperial, an Art Deco-influenced colonial era hotel, before flying home.
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