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Experience more with so much included

  • Explore all the major sights of Jaipur
  • Visit one of the best examples of an Indian ‘stepwell’
  • Discover the hidden secrets of the city on our Heritage walk
  • Visit one of the film locations from the ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’
  • Enjoy a fascinating village walk to experience the rural life of Samode
  • Optional trips to the Taj Mahal or Ranthambore National Park available
  • Return flights and overseas transfers
  • Eight nights in a luxurious five-star hotel in the heart of the city
  • Daily breakfast and five meals
  • Services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout

Selected departures available from January to March 2020

 
At a Glance
8 nights in a 5-star hotel
13 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners
Return flights & transfers
Daily visits & tours
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Jaipur may have grown to be the largest city in Rajasthan, but its historic centre has remained the size of a small town, much of it still enclosed by its 18th-century walls. Inside, you’ll find fascinating architecture, markets and streets teeming with people and traffic, including the odd cow or camel-cart. The entire city was painted a shade of terracotta pink, a colour representing hospitality, to honour of the visit of Prince Albert in 1876, and it has remained like that since.

There are many colourful festivals of Jaipur too, depending on what time of year you visit, you might experience the vibrant Kites Festival or the Hindu celebration of light, Diwali. There will be chances to experience Jaipur from an amazing array of points of view, in all senses of the word, whether it be at the top of the incredible ITC Rajputana Hotel, from the impressive Astronomical Observatory or the unique, geometric ‘stepwells’ in the Dausa district. On one day, we journey north to the small traditional village of Samode, where we will experience the everyday community life and marvel at the talented craftspeople of the area. Fans of the big screen will be thrilled to take the trip to the grand Castle Kanota, the famed location of the Viceroy Club in the ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ film. Whilst the journey to the spectacular Amber Fort, showcases the history and architecture of the region, with its majestic sandstone and marble stature and captivating stories of days gone by.

Tailor your holiday to be as busy or as relaxing as you wish, with our inspiring programme of included and optional visits. All, of course, with the invaluable advice of our tour manager and expert local guide to help you plan your stay. Staying in the heart of Jaipur means it couldn’t be easier to explore and enjoy the incredible Rajasthani food at your fingertips. Think dal baati churma (a platter of curry and pickles, with round dough accompaniments) mohan maas (a tender meat dish cooked in milk and cardamom) as well as fiery deep fried green chillies, known as mirchi bada. Plus, the central location of the city itself means that those who may have not already visited the Taj Mahal or experienced a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park before, can easily add these trips to their stay.

Embrace the authentic flavours of India, as well as the rich history, bustling atmosphere and incredible nature, right on your doorstep. Using Oman Air flights via Muscat means that we can fly straight into Jaipur airport, avoiding the long drive from Delhi. Plus, with a relaxing eight-night stay in one of the city’s top fivestar hotels, you’ll only need to unpack once. 

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

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

  • Return scheduled flights to Jaipur via Muscat
  • All overseas transfers
  • Eight nights in five-star accommodation
  • Breakfast daily and five meals
  • Touring as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Hotel porterage of one item per person
  • Local accommodation taxes
  • Coach travel as mentioned in the itinerary
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

Personalise Your Holiday

Make it Your Own

Taj Mahal
 Bengal Tiger in water at Ranthambore Safari Park

 

Taj Mahal and Indian Railways experience - from £69 per person

An early start from Jaipur for the drive to Agra to visit the unique and utterly extraordinary Taj Mahal, the ultimate symbol of India! You will have plenty of time to see this amazing monument from all angles. After an included lunch, we will experience travel on Indian Railways on the return journey by train to Jaipur, arriving back in the early evening.

Ranthambore Tiger Safari and overnight stay - from £179 per person

After many years of conservation, Ranthambore is now the best place to spot tigers in the wild in India. We drive from Jaipur to Ranthambore National Park where we embark the open-top four-wheel drive vehicles known as ‘canters’ for a safari tour. We stay the night at the excellent family-run three-star Ranthambore Regency, a most popular hotel with our guests for 13 years. Early the next morning we have another safari in the park before driving back to Jaipur.

Please contact us to pre-book either of the above experiences.

Useul Information

Connecting flights

Flights from London Heathrow with Oman Airlines will connect in Muscat on both the outbound and inbound journeys.

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.

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.

Fact File

  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Deposit: £200 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 11 hrs 25 mins
  • Language: Hindi
  • Time zone: GMT+5.5
  • Country: India

Visa Information

All British passport holders require a visa for India. Please ensure that you have at least two empty pages in your passport and that your passport is valid for a minimum of 190 days from the time of submitting your visa application. At the time of departure you will be able to travel as long as both the passport and the visa are valid.

Personal applications: to apply for an Indian visa please visit www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk where you can apply, pay online and schedule an appointment to submit your application in person at your nearest centre, dependent on your home address.

Online applications: British passport holders are now eligible to apply for an e-visa online, you must ensure your passport is machine readable and has a biometric chip (without this you may be denied entry into India). The cost of a single entry tourist e-visa is US$100.00 and will be converted into pounds by your bank. The website to apply for the e-visa is: indianvisaonline.gov.in. Here you will find all the information to assist you with the completion of your application.

Postal applications: you must either apply and pay online, print off the completed application form, payment confirmation and submit by post; or alternatively, you must apply online, print off the completed application and submit along with payment by postal order. Personal cheques are NOT accepted. In both cases you must submit your passport along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and two, 2x2” passport photos to: 

India Visa Application Centre (West London),
The Vista Centre,
First Floor – Part A
Block 50
Salisbury Road,
Hounslow,
TW4 6JQ

Full details of costs, application form and addresses can be found on www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk, email: info.inuk@vfshelpline.com or tel: 0905 7570045 (calls cost 95p per minute).

Visa fees are subject to change without notice and non-refundable. 

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at the time of publication, changes in requirements after this time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to travel.

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. Please note that flights will connect via Muscat.

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Jaipur International Airport Jaipur 30 mins

Jaipur

Jaipur International Airport 30 mins


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