When we talk to people about what they have heard about India, aside cricket, many speak of the Taj Mahal and Rajasthan. Thankfully our Royal Rajasthan Tour will show you both.
With only 5 days between the 2nd & 3rd Test Matches on our Australian Cricket Tour To India, we can't get everywhere and by the same token we are not going to rush so you end up missing more than you see. February is a great time to visit Rajasthan, on the back-end of winter, temperatures are mild for our punchy add-on tour.
Rajasthan is famed for mighty forts, palaces, lakes, deserts, and heritage havelis (traditional mansions, many of which are boutique hotels). Rajasthan is definitive India; culture, food, festivals, crafts, architecture, even places to stay (havelis) are far removed from everywhere else in India.
Without squeezing too much in, we fly from New Delhi to Jodhpur the day after the 2nd Test, where we have 2 nights in a beautiful heritage hotel. We leave the blue city of Jodhpur by train for 2 nights in the pink city of Jaipur, before travelling back to New Delhi, stopping in Agra to see the irrepressible Taj Mahal.
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February 22 - 24
We leave New Delhi at 8am the day after the 2nd Test and take the Gatimaan Express to Agra to see the irrepressible Taj Mahal.
Rajasthan's 2nd largest city is based around the 8 gates of monstrousMehrangarh Fort. The rare breed of horse, Marwari or Malani is only found in Jodhpur, and which, if you didn’t know, is where the horse riding pants‘jodhpurs’get their name!
Mehrangarh is one of the most famous forts in India, towering 125m near perpendicular above the city. A rich history of legend and folklore lives deep within the ornately decorated and intricately latticed walls, windows, and panels of three famous halls:Phool(flower),Shish(glass), andMoti(pearl).
We have a half day tour to see amazingUmaid Bhawan Palaceand Mehrangarh Fort before enjoying another sunset from the ramparts of this incredible structure. The following morning you can set off to see pearly white Jaswant Thada, Ghanta Ghar (clocktower of Rajasthan), and time permitting Mahamandir Temple.
After breakfast we are on Indian Railways for a 5 hours rattle through the deserts to the Pink City of Jaipur, coloured in honour of the then Prince of Wales who visited in 1876. Pink is symbolic of hospitality so Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the entire city pink, which creates an incredible hue at sunset. We will check-in for two nights at Alsisar Heritage Hotel with dinner included.
With one and half days in Jaipur, we’ll have a half day guided tour visiting Amber Palace, Albert Hall Museum, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, famous Hawa Mahal, and finishing up at Nahargarh Fort for sunset over Jaipur. A post-breakfast stroll on our 2nd morning through the old walled city is a good time to see City Palace before leaving for Agra and New Delhi
Any visit to India is incomplete without seeing majestic Taj Mahal. We've seen Mumtaz Mahal 10 times over the years and number 11 will be no different; SPECTACULAR.
Arriving at 1pm, we'll have lunch before heading to the stunning marble mausoleum for a few hours. If you haven't seen enough forts, we can make time to visit Agra Fort (your cost) after the Taj but we want to be on our way by 5pm, for an easy 2 hours drive to New Delhi Airport. After one night at the airport, we fly the next morning to the 3rd Test in Dharamsala.
All in all, it will be a majestic little trip through Royal Rajasthan.