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Taj Mahal, Agra © R F PorterStepwell Mandawa © P VashisthaFresco painting at a haveli in Mandawa © P VashisthaBaby Taj in Agra © P VashisthaFatehpur Sikri © P ClarkeCity Palace in Udaipur © P Vashistha

Amazing Architecture Culture Tour (18 days) C193

Tour ref. no. C193
Duration: 16 nights (18 days taking into account flights which are payable directly)
Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Pushkar – Mandawa – Bikaner – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Delhi
  • Enjoy  the Taj Mahal and less well-known Baby Taj in Agra
  • Amber Fort and City Palace – a must in Jaipur
  • Explore Jaisalmer’s Fort
  • Udaipur – oo7 Bond views across Lake Pichola
  • Ornate havelis (mansions) of Mandawa and  Nawalgarh
  • Jaisalmer – stunning desert citadel –  sunset over Sam dunes


Enjoy some of India’s famous cities including Agra, Udaipur and Jaisalmer on this culture tour extravaganza. Not to be missed is the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, both World Heritage Sites that exhibit ornate craftsmanship.   Visit the famous  Pink City of Jaipur (location for  the film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) and see the famous City Palace and the Amber Fort.  Explore the Shekhawati region with its ornate havelis decorated with beautiful Rajasthani frescoes.  See so much more in Bikaner than the famous  Rat Temple – a visit to here is not compulsory as you can  visit the Camel Breeding Centre and the old streets of Bikaner instead.  This itinerary starts the same as C191 and C192, but is longer with the bonus of both two nights added in Jodhpur, location of the impressive Mehrangarh Fort, and two nights in Udaipur, considered one of the most romantic cities in India.  The perfect holiday for anyone interested in the finest of architecture, photography and more.

Itinerary and price

Day 1: Flight to be organised by you.

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Day 2: Delhi
Meals: Payable directly today Arrive at New Delhi airport where you will be welcomed by our representative.  Your driver will then take you to your hotel.  Check-in at most places is from 12 noon – often earlier if the room is available.  Explore Delhi for half a day (with your driver).  From here we recommend a leisurely few hours to see the Lotus Temple and enjoy the grounds and have a relaxing evening. Night in Delhi
Day 3: Delhi
Meals: Breakfast in Delhi Full day to explore Delhi with your driver. There are many cultural places in and around the capital.  Humayun’s Tomb, Jama Masjid and Qutub Minar are well worth a visit.  You can enjoy a journey by cycle rickshaw around the narrow streets of Old Delhi, visit Raj Ghat and drive past India Gate and the Government Buildings.  Note: In the cities there are plenty of places where you can eat out cheaply, or alternatively you can check the menu at your hotel.  To allow flexibility we have priced this on a bed and breakfast basis.   Interested in wildlife?  Look out for Black Kites overhead and Five-striped Ground Squirrels and Rhesus Macaques in green spaces. Night in Delhi
Day 4: Delhi – Agra
Meals: Breakfast After breakfast leave for Agra.  Expect the journey to take around 4 – 5 hours depending on traffic.  Check in at your hotel, then in the afternoon visit the extensive and very beautiful Agra Fort, followed by the Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays) and watch the colour of the marble change in the mid to late afternoon light. Night at hotel in Agra.
Day 5: Agra - Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast Depending on your choice, after breakfast your driver can take you to the Baby Taj (in Agra) or you can commence the journey of around five hours plus stops to Jaipur.  If you wish after about 45 minutes along the route you can explore the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri (a World Heritage Site). Continue on to the Pink City of Jaipur.  On arrival at your hotel you may want to relax for a while then explore locally in the late afternoon/early evening. Night at hotel at Jaipur.
Day 6: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast Following breakfast explore the impressive Amber Fort, City Palace, the Observatory and, if there is any spare time, walk the streets of this vibrant, colourful city which is famous for silk. Return to your hotel for the evening. Night at Jaipur
Day 7: Jaipur - Pushkar
Meals: Breakfast After breakfast your driver will take you on a journey of about three to four hours through rural India to Pushkar, well known as the location for the famous Pushkar Camel Fair.  On arrival you can relax or visit Brahma Temple and Pushkar Lake. Night at Pushkar
Day 8: Pushkar - Mandawa
Meals: Breakfast After breakfast and at a time to be decided by yourselves, continue to the Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan, famous for its grand havelis (mansions) boasting ornate frescoes and carvings. You'll love this area, visiting local markets and towns such as Nawalgarh, some incredibly ornate havelis and a museum over the course of today and tomorrow. Night at Mandawa
Day 9: Mandawa
Meals: Breakfast A day to explore the many beautiful places around Nawalgarh, the city of Havelis. Night at Mandawa
Day 10: Mandawa - Bikaner
Meals: Breakfast A few hours driving and you'll be in Bikaner. After checking in at your hotel you can decide on what to do for the rest of your day - there is plenty of choice.  We recommend a visit to the Camel Breeding Centre and much more. Night at Bikaner
Day 11: Bikaner
Meals: Breakfast Today you can visit Lallgarh Fort, the Fort Museum and some of Bikaner's best havelis.  Consider a tuk tuk-ride (auto rickshaw) or travel by horse and cart through the narrow streets of Old Bikaner and in the evening, whilst not compulsory, those of you who wish to, can visit the famous Karni Mata Temple, often referred to as the Rat Temple. Night at Bikaner.
Day 12: Bikaner - Jaisalmer
Meals: Breakfast Today's drive is a longer one of around six hours, but with stops en route.  It will be well worth it, though, as your destination is the picturesque citadel of Jaisalmer.  On the journey you'll visit the village of Kheechan, famous for its gatherings of the majestic Demoiselle Cranes in certain months.  It is here that local villagers supplement the Cranes' diet by offering them grain and gatherings of these  beautiful, stately birds can be very special.  Closer to Jaisalmer you can stop to visit the War Memorial Museum before continuing to the city.  Check in to your hotel and relax for the evening. Night at Jaisalmer
Day 13: Jaisalmer
Meals: Breakfast Jaisalmer Fort and museum await you today and you will also enjoy a walk around Lake Gadisar on the edge of Jaisalmer city.  Back in Jaisalmer itself you may visit Patwon Ki and Salim Singh-ki havelis, the former is one of the largest havelis in Rajasthan. In the evening you can, if you wish, enjoy the famous sunset views from the sand dunes of Sam. Night at Jaisalmer
Day 14: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Meals: Breakfast After breakfast you will leave for Jodhpur, a journey of around five hours.  On your approach, you'll see the impressive Mehrangarh Fort towering over the city.  Check in to your hotel and enjoy local sites at leisure, including the Clock Tower Market, bustling with life. Night at Jodhpur
Day 15: Jodhpur
Meals: Breakfast This morning you can take an excursion by jeep with a guide to the local villages of the Bishnoi tribal community.  One can see the daily life of this tribe, visit the local school, a shepherding family and the local weaver and potter.  As an added bonus and with a bit of luck you may see Indian Gazelle and the stunning Blackbuck antelopes.  Drive back to Jodhpur around lunch time and in the afternoon visit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada, the latter a milky-white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, located above a small lake 1km northeast of Mehrangarh.  Relax in the evening. Night at Jodhpur
Day 16: Jodhpur - Udaipur
Meals: Breakfast You could have a full day today as you journey to Udaipur by visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples and Kumbhalgarh Fort on the way.  To do this we recommend an early start.  If you would prefer to reduce the time in the car, you could leave out Kumbhalgarh Fort, which would save a good two hours drive time today. Arrive Udaipur in the evening, check in to your hotel and relax. Night at Udaipur
Day 17: Udaipur
Meals: Breakfast Start your day with a visit to Sahelion Ki Bari, followed by the City Palace and Jagdish Temple and finish your day with an evening (shared) boat ride on Lake Pichola.  We think you'll love the romantic city of Udaipur! Night at Udaipur
Day 16: Udaipur - Delhi
Meals: Breakfast Morning at leisure or further explore the city before being transferred to Udaipur airport to take an internal flight to Delhi (excluded from our price and to be booked by you directly).  One option is with Indigo Airways flight no. 6E2315 departing Udaipur at 1410 hours arriving in Delhi at 1540 hours. Our services end with the transfer to Udaipur airport.  If you require an extra night in Delhi to connect with an international flight the next day, please let us know and we can supply a supplement. Extra note:  See C191 and C 192 for similar but shorter itineraries.  Other changes can be made to suit you - we can add more days if you would prefer! Prices for different hotel categories, the names of hotels and a list of inclusions/exclusions are shown below.  * Important note: We haven’t included the cost of the entrance fees to monuments mentioned in this itinerary (where they are charged) as some travellers prefer to pay for these directly to retain flexibility each day.  The supplement to include the entrance fees will be approximately £188 per person.  If you would prefer us to book a local culture guide in advance for the monument visits in each city this will cost an additional £274 per person based on two travelling, £182 based on three and £137 per person based on four travelling.  Alternatively you can just pay the entrance fees directly and visit which monuments you would prefer on your own and without a guide.   This approach allows flexibility and you can confirm which is best for you.  Naturally, we can book everything on your behalf. Price per person for low budget hotels option: 2 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1005 * 3 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £935 * 4 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £850 * Single room supplement £250 * See supplements above if you'd like the cost of monument entrance fees and a culture guide to be included. Low budget price is based on the following hotels:
Place Hotel name No. of nights
Delhi Pamposh Guest House, Deluxe Room 2
Agra Hotel Crystal Inn, Deluxe Room 1
Jaipur Hotel Ram Vilas, Deluxe Room 2
Pushkar Notel New Park / Krish Palace, Deluxe Room  1
Mandawa Hotel Radhika / Haveli Mandawa, Deluxe Room  2
Bikaner Maharaja Ganga Mahal, Deluxe Room  2
Jaisalmer Nachna Haveli, Deluxe Room  2
Jodhpur Kalinga Hotel, Deluxe Room 2
Udaipur Hotel Sarovar, Deluxe Room 2
Price per person for mid budget hotels option: 2 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1085 * 3 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1015 * 4 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £930 * Single room supplement £320 * See supplements above if you'd like the cost of monument entrance fees and a culture guide to be included. Mid budget price is based on the following hotels:
Place Hotel name No. of nights
Delhi Hotel Almora, Deluxe Room 2
Agra Hotel Seven Hills Tower, Deluxe Room 1
Jaipur Park Regis, Deluxe Room 2
Pushkar Hotel Pushkar Legacy, Super Deluxe Room   1
Mandawa Hotel Pushkar Bagh, Deluxe Room  2
Bikaner Vesta Bikaner Palace, Deluxe Room  2
Jaisalmer Heritage House / Helsinki House, Deluxe Room  2
Jodhpur Devi Bhawan, Deluxe Room 2
Udaipur Hotel Mewargarh, Deluxe Room 2
Price per person for standard hotels option: 2 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1275 * 3 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1205 * 4 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1125 * Single room supplement £445 * See supplements above if you'd like the cost of monument entrance fees and a culture guide to be included. Standard price is based on the following hotels:
Place Hotel name No. of nights
Delhi Justa The Residence at Panchsheel, Superior Room 2
Agra The Retreat, Deluxe Room 1
Jaipur Umaid Bhawan or Umaid Mahal, Royal Deluxe Room 2
Pushkar Fort Pushkar, Deluxe Room   1
Mandawa Sara Vilas or Udai Vilas, Deluxe Room  2
Bikaner Lallgarh Palace, Deluxe Room  2
Jaisalmer Golden Haveli, Deluxe Room  2
Jodhpur Ratan Vilas, Deluxe Room 2
Udaipur The Shaharkot, Super Deluxe Room 2
Price per person for deluxe hotels option: 2 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1570 * 3 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1495 * 4 people travelling together (on a twin share basis) £1415 * Single room supplement £695 * See supplements above if you'd like the cost of monument entrance fees and a culture guide to be included. Deluxe price is based on the following hotels:
Place Hotel name No. of nights
Delhi Pride Plaza, Aerocity, Deluxe Room 2
Agra Crystal Sarovar Premium, Premier Taj View Room 1
Jaipur Shahpura House, Suite Room 2
Pushkar Pushkar Resort, Deluxe Room   1
Mandawa Vivanna Haveli, Deluxe Room  2
Bikaner Laxmi  Vilas  / Narendra Bhawan, Deluxe Room or Lallgarh Palace Super Deluxe Room  2
Jaisalmer Desert Palace, Deluxe Room  2
Jodhpur Radisson, Deluxe Room 2
Udaipur Fatehgarh, Superior Room 2
Price includes
  • Accommodation in the above mentioned hotels with meals as listed
  • All mentioned transfers by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Short cycle rickshaw ride in the narrow streets of Old Delhi
  • Tuk tuk (auto rickshaw) ride in the narrow streets of Old Bikaner
  • All currently applicable taxes
  • Half day visit to the Bishnoil villages around Jodhpur by jeep
  • Shared boat ride on Lake Pichola at sunset
  • Pre-travel information including how to apply for a tourist visa
Price excludes
  • Any international airfare to/from India including International airport tax
  • Any internal airfare
  • Meals not specified
  • Tourist visa and travel insurance
  • Entrances fees to monuments listed in the itinerary - see supplement for adding these
  • Local culture guide to accompany you in each location to visit the culture sites - see supplement if you'd like us to book culture guide services
  • Camera fee and camcorder fee where levied
  • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector in future
  • Any increase in the monument entrance fees in the future - should you wish these to be included in the price.  The price is based on currently applicable monument fees
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.
  • Any item not mentioned in the price includes section
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control

How to book

The booking of this itinerary is with Wild About Travel Limited and our booking terms and conditions apply. In order to protect your payments we operate a trust account in accordance with the requirements of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.

Please contact Jo Thomas at Wild About Travel (jo@wildabouttravel.co.uk) / 01480-370593 to register your interest and request a booking form.

To confirm your booking please complete the booking form and send a 25% deposit by £ sterling cheque * payable to Wild About Travel Trust to the Wild About Travel Office, 27, Reeve Way, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2PH, UK. The balance payment would be due 40 - 60 days (to be confirmed at the time of booking) prior to your travel dates.

* Note: Where a price is given in another currency you can pay in £ sterling. We will use the Lloyds Bank exchange rate at the time of making the deposit payment and the balance payment to convert the figure to £. If you would prefer to make a payment by internet banking please let us know and we can supply you with the bank details.


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