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Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal and Amritsar’s Golden Temple

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  • Happy by day two or we'll bring you home with a full refund
  • Visit the extraordinary Golden Temple of Amritsar, a Sikh holy shrine and one of India's most awe-inspiring sights, plus see the poignant site of the Amritsar Massacre
  • Experience the breathtaking Taj Mahal in the early morning, the simple purity of its white marble and exquisite workmanship of its inlay work
  • Stay in Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’, and explore its teeming markets, amazing City Palace, remarkable 18th-century Astronomical Observatory and iconic Palace of the Winds
  • Tour Agra and its stunning 16th-century fort with a guide
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Amber Fort in Jaipur, including the area reserved for the Maharaja’s wives and concubines and the amazing hall of mirrors 
  • Explore Pushkar and see the rare Brahma temple, the local market, the sacred lake and bathing ghats
  • Take a city tour of Delhi seeing all the famous landmarks such as the Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutub Minaret 
  • Visit UNESCO-listed Nagaur Fort, displaying a unique merging of Rajput and Moghul architecture.
  • Discover Jodhpur, the ‘Blue City’, with its vast and imposing fortress and walk through the open-air Clocktower Market
  • See Udaipur, India's most romantic city of lakes and palaces
  • Stay at the Khimsar Fort, one of Rajasthan's best-known Heritage Hotels
  • Experience the fascinating 'Beating the Retreat' ceremony on the Indo-Pakistani border
  • Stay in hand-picked three-star to five-star accommodation, with daily breakfast and four dinners

The Signature Tour option includes all of the above as well as:

  • Experience the vibrant streets of Old Delhi in the company of former street children whose lives have been turned around by a transformative charity
  • Admire a superb collection of classic and vintage cars, still in the ownership of the Maharana of Mewar
  • Relax aboard a private boat for a sunset cruise across the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola and dine on classic Rajasthani cuisine in the elegant surroundings of an historic palace hotel
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At a Glance
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3 to 5-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
18 meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 5 dinners
Expert tour manager
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Overview

India is steeped in history, mystery and magnificence. It’s a heady cocktail of extraordinary contrasts, sumptuous palaces, splendid forts, lush countryside, haunting deserts and vibrant cities. Our extraordinary tour takes you to some of the most colourful and amazing places on the entire planet – from Amritsar’s Golden Temple to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, the gleaming white of the Taj Mahal, and the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur. Then there are the parched ochre dunes of the desert sands and the array of reds and yellows exploding from a classic Indian sunset across a city’s jumbled rooftops. India is all this and much more. It’s not just a country; it’s an entire continent crying out to be discovered and explored.

You’ll visit some of this wonderful destination’s finest jewels; many world famous, while others are less well-known but equally enthralling. In this religious melting pot, you’ll experience some of the world’s most spiritual sites - including the Sikh holy city of Amritsar, and the revered Hindu town of Pushkar with its unique Brahma temple, sacred lake and historic bathing ghats. Jaipur’s City Palace and the Palace of the Winds will amaze you with their grandeur, yet none compare with the Taj Mahal, that supremely beautiful and romantic masterpiece, truly one of the few wonders of the world.

Another great and unmissable wonder is Agra’s 16th century awe-inspiring Red Fort. Once at the heart of the Moghul Empire, it’s a fitting overture to the many other magnificent citadels for which Rajasthan is rightly famous – especially the imposing and vast Mehrangarh Fort with its enchanting panoramic view over the 'Blue City’ of Jodhpur. Finally it’s on to Udaipur, nestling serenely in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful settings. Surrounded by a series of scenic hills and lakes, almost silhouetted against the clear blue sky, its multitude of intricately turreted and balconied palaces surround the lakeside - a perfect blend of man and nature in complete harmony and quintessential India at its most mysterious, romantic and thought-provoking.

Spectacular though India’s cities, palaces and monuments are, a country is nothing without its people and you can travel the whole world before you find a welcome as warm and genuine as that in India. Increasingly aware of their unique sophisticated culture, Indians are eager to share their knowledge with you – and to practice their English, which is almost universally spoken. You really sense that this is a country ‘on the move’. 

Of course, India also possesses one of the world’s greatest cuisines, which for many will be one of the highlights of your holiday. Universally but incorrectly described as curry, there is a huge variety on offer making use of gorgeously fresh vegetables, pulses, meat and fish all expertly blended with an almost infinite array of herbs and exotic spices. With some dishes cooked quickly and some more slowly, it’s a real gourmet’s delight, so totally different and tastier than the majority of Indian restaurants we are used to at home. All this combined with the legendary Indian passion for service, ensures you will get the very best out of your visit to this fascinating and enchanting part of the world, returning home with some truly enchanting memories.

Your Itinerary

Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal & Amritsar’s Golden Temple

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms available at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • Thirteen nights’ accommodation in three, four and five-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast, one lunch and five dinners
  • Scheduled flights to/from Delhi
  • Domestic flights to/ from Amritsar and from Udaipur
  • All transfers
  • All local accommodation taxes
  • All local transport as described
  • Hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

Included excursions are: guided tours of Amritsar, Agra and the Taj Mahal, Jaipur city tour, visit to Amber Fort, city tour of Pushkar, Jodhpur and Mehrangarh Forts, visit to Nagaur Fort, Ranakpur temple, Udaipur city tour Delhi city tour;

Visa not included.

Classic Tours Information

Along with your experienced and knowledgeable tour manager and local experts, you’ll discover so much on our award-winning Classic tours, offering the best value for money way for you to explore the world.

Our tour managers have been rated as the best in the business for their knowledge and experience and will go above and beyond to ensure every aspect of your holiday runs smoothly – so all you need to worry about is your packing.

Signature Tours Information

Immerse yourself in the magic of Lake Pichola as you cruise across the shimmering waters at sunset and then dine amidst the elegant surroundings of an historic palace hotel. Admire a remarkable collection of vintage and classic cars, still in the ownership of a Maharana. See another side of atmospheric Old Delhi in the company of the local youngsters who grew up on these vibrant streets.

Lake Pichola
 

What's extra on this tour?

This Signature Tour includes everything from the Classic Tour as well as the following:

  • Experience the vibrant streets of Old Delhi in the company of former street children whose lives have been turned around by a transformative charity
  • Admire a superb collection of classic and vintage cars, still in the ownership of the Maharana of Mewar
  • Relax aboard a private boat for a sunset cruise across the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola and dine on classic Rajasthani cuisine in the elegant surroundings of an historic palace hotel. View dates & prices

What makes Signature Tours different?

Signature Tours give you the option to experience more and are available on over 40 of our European and Worldwide itineraries. Enjoy the more exclusive atmosphere of travelling in a small group of 25 or fewer guests, with up to three enhanced experiences included to help make your holiday truly exceptional. Find out more.

Personalise Your Holiday

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Taj Lake Palace
  Oberoi Udaivilas
 

Upgrade your stay in Udaipur to the 5-star Taj Lake Palace

Treat yourself to an unforgettable stay at the sumptuous five-star Taj Lake Palace when staying in Udaipur. Set in the middle of Lake Pichola, this white-marble palace is perhaps the world’s most romantic hotel and was used as a key location in a Bond film.

Upgrade your stay in Udaipur to the 5-star Oberoi Udaivilas

The five-star Oberoi Udaivilas is located on fifty acres of landscaped gardens on the banks of Lake Pichola. The property once belonged to the Maharana of Mewar and offers unrivalled views across the lake towards the city and its palaces. Built in traditional style and crowned by a multitude of domes and cupolas, this multi-award-winning resort is considered one of the very best hotels on the Indian subcontinent.

For hotel information see the accommodation tab, or call us for details.

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Flight time: Approx. 8 hrs 30 mins
  • Language: Hindi
  • Time zone: GMT+5.5
  • Country: India

Visa Information

Along with a valid passport, UK citizens must have a visa in order to travel to India. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/entry-requirements

Tourist e-visa cost is US$25 per person (if date of entry is from April to June) or $10 per person (if date of entry is from July to March). Full details of how and when to apply will be sent with your booking confirmation.

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.

Please note that visa costs may be subject to change.

Luggage Allowance

The luggage allowance for internal flights on this tour is limited to one bag per person weighing no more than 20kg.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Health

Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that in visiting a number of historical sites, paths may be uneven and uphill and we often enjoy walking tours of the main sights. Therefore, this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. In the tropics temperatures and humidity levels will also be quite high for most of the year. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for India at least a month before departure.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

En route to the first hotel in Delhi we will do some sightseeing, adding approximately 2 hours to the transfer time.

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Delhi - Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi 1 hr Delhi (airport hotel) Delhi - Indira Gandhi International Airport 10 mins


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