12 day Taste of Rajasthan

12 Day Taste of Rajasthan tour including return international flights, accommodation, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing, tour guides and more

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  • 12 day Taste of Rajasthan tour with flights
  • 12 day Taste of Rajasthan tour with flights
  • 12 day Taste of Rajasthan tour with flights
  • 12 day Taste of Rajasthan tour with flights
  • 12 day Taste of Rajasthan tour with flights
  • 12 day Taste of Rajasthan tour with flights
  • 12 day Taste of Rajasthan tour with flights
  • 12 day Taste of Rajasthan tour with flights
  • 12 day Taste of Rajasthan tour with flights
  • 12 day Taste of Rajasthan tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

Short on time but want to experience the most that this incredible country has to offer? This 12 day Taste of Rajasthan tour is for you! 

Arrive into Delhi before heading off on a full day tour of Delhi. Visit the Raj Ghat and witness the magical Red Fort from afar. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi, taking in all the sights and sounds off this buzzing metropolis. From Delhi we travel through Mandawa, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Pushkar to discover ancient forts and soak up the history, architecture and flare. 

Arrive in Jaipur, known as the Pink City, where you will visit the City PalaceHawa Mahal and embark on a adobe of rajahs. Your tour will end on a high when you arrive in Agra and explore the magical Taj Mahal – marvel at the beauty of the region’s diverse landscapes and learn the history of this cultured and treasured land, all with the knowledge and guidance of expert guides. Upon returning to Delhi, your whirlwind adventure comes to an end before boarding your flight home. 

Your package includes return international airfares, accommodation, transfers, dedicated tour guide, breakfast daily, sightseeing, entrance fees and more. See full list of Inclusions here.

 
 

Day 1:  New Zealand – airplane-takeoff – Delhi 

Depart New Zealand today on your flight to Delhi (please note, some flight may depart 1 day before). You will arrive at New Delhi International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Delhi (B)

Today we head out on a full day to explore Delhi. Begin your day with a guided tour of the Old City of ‘Shahjahanabad’. Your introduction to the city will start with a visit to Raj Ghat – the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, drive past the Red Fort—the magical monument in red sandstone built at the pinnacle of the Mughal Empire. From here proceed by bicycle rickshaws through the bustling streets of Old Delhi to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia built by Shahjahan.

Later today we visit Humayun’s tomb, the first great example of a new distinctive style which developed to become the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty. We also drive past the imposing India Gate (War Memorial Arch), the Parliament buildings and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s residence) before enjoying one of Delhi’s most incredible Sikh Temples.

Day 3: Delhi – Mandawa (B)

After breakfast, we drive to Mandawa (approx. 8 hrs drive). In the heart of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan is the beautiful small town of Mandawa, known throughout the state for its forts and havelis. The structures of this place are a reminder of the cultural and social hotspot this place used to be in the bygone era. This afternoon we explore the magnificent Frescoes Havelis. The beautiful havelis, painted predominantly in vibrant colours, have beautiful wall paintings that adorn their walls in this semi-desert region.

Day 4: Mandawa – Bikaner (B)

After breakfast, you will be driven to Bikaner (approx. 5hrs drive). On arrival we head to Junagarh Fort. Built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh it is unusual in the sense that it was one of the few major forts of Rajasthan that was not built on a hilltop. Instead, it was built on the desert plains; its rugged sandstone bastions and graceful pavilions and balconies are silhouetted against the sky. Following Junagarh Fort, we go for a walk around the local bazaars of Bikaner and learn about the local trades and culture before returning to our hotel.

Day 5: Bikaner – Jodhpur (B)

In the morning, you will be driven to the blue city of Jodhpur (approx. 8hrs drive). Jodhpur, also called the ‘Blue City’ located on the edge of the Thar Desert was once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar state founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha and is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh Fort, and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan; the monuments temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur. On arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy free time.

Day 6: Jodphur – Pushkar (B)

After breakfast we visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, one of Rajasthan’s finest forts. Still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, this 5 km long majestic fort on a 125 metre high hill is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. There are seven gates that lead into the fort. Inside the fort is a series of courtyards and palaces. After, drive to the holy city of Pushkar. The town curls around a holy lake, said to have appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. It also has one of the world’s few Brahma temples. With 52 bathing ghats and 400 milky-blue temples, the town often hums with prayers. 

Day 7: Pushkar – Jaipur (B)

This morning, we explore two of Pushkar’s key sights. The Brahma Temple and we visit the central lake. The Braham Temple is the oldest temple dedicated to god Brahma. Legend has it that Brahma, when compared to the other gods was a lot more lenient and would bless his devotees whole-heartedly. We then continue to Pushkar Lake. The lake is one of the most prominent spots of Hindu pilgrimage as well as the site of the world famous Pushkar Fair. After, we make the drive to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur.

Day 8: Jaipur (B)

An exciting day awaits you as begin your sightseeing tour with a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. Continue your tour as we drive to the ancient capital of Amer to see the fabulous Amber Fort situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city, surrounded by fortified battlements. Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Pink City, an “abode of rajahs” on a guided heritage walk. After, return to the hotel and enjoy some free time.

Day 9: Jaipur – Abhaneri – Agra (B)

After breakfast, we head to the Mughal city of Agra (approx. 7hrs drive) en-route visiting the famous Abhaneri Step Well. Abhaneri was originally named Abha Nagri, which means “city of brightness,” but due to mispronunciation, the name was changed. The city is now in ruins, but it attracts tourists from across the globe. Abhaneri is prominent for ‘Baoris’, step wells which were invented by the natives to harvest rain water. We then continue on to Agra. On arrival in to Agra, we check in to the hotel. This afternoon explore the Agra (Red) Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations.

Day 10: Agra – Delhi (B)

This morning we head out for the big one! The Taj Mahal, for a spectacle not to be missed— a sunrise visit to the legendary Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, a masterpiece in marble and one of the world’s most famous landmarks. As the sun rises, a chaste and secretive image of the Taj starts to emerge, casting a very soft light illuminating the contours of this enchanting monument in marble. Referred to as one of the wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal in Agra is the epitome of tourism in India and is celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. There is plenty of time to explore the grounds of the Taj Mahal gardens before returning to the hotel for breakfast. 

Later you will be driven back to Delhi (approx. 5hrs drive). Upon arrival, proceed for check -in at your hotel.

Day 11: Delhi –airplane-takeoff –  New Zealand (B)

After breakfast, the rest of the morning is at leisure. You will be met at your hotel by our representative and assisted with your transfer to the international airport for your onward flight home.

Day 12: New Zealand 

Arrive home in New Zealand today.

 

 

 

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international airfares with a full service airline
  • Return airport transfers and meet & greet at the airport
  • 11 nights standard (3*) accommodation on a twin share basis in comfortable, well positioned hotels or choose to upgrade to a mix of Standard and Deluxe (3-4*) accommodation.
  • Breakfast daily
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • The services of a professional English speaking tour guide throughout entire tour
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary

Highlights:

  • Explore in and around the grounds of the Taj Mahal
  • View the Red Fort, Old Delhi and the sacred Raj Ghat of Delhi
  • Visit Rajasthan’s best known ancient forts in Mandawa, Bikaner & Jodhpur
  • Marvel at the beauty of this region’s diverse landscapes, as you travel across deserts, lakes and national parks

 

 

Fine Print

 

How To Book: 

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time
  • Full payment is required at the time of purchase

Deposit Information: 

  • A deposit of $199 per person are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage.
  • Final Payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment.
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided 30 days prior to travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Single Supplement: 

Standard – $349 per person in addition to the twin share price
Deluxe – $749 per person in addition to the twin share price

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here

Group Size: 

Standard: 2 – 35 people
Deluxe: 2 – 35 people

Triple Share: Not available

Land Only: To purchase this tour as land only (no flights) please click here 

Coach Transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.

3* Standard:

Delhi: Sunstar Grand or similar
Mandawa: Desert Resort or similar
Bikaner: Chirag Hotel or similar
Jodhpur: Park Treebo Boutique or similar
Pushkar: Master Paradise or similar
Jaipur: Red Fox or similar
Agra: Crystal Inn or similar

3-4* Deluxe

Delhi: The Suryaa or similar
Mandawa: Castle Mandawa or similar
Bikaner: Gajkesri or similar
Jodhpur: Radisson Blu or similar
Pushkar: Jagat Singh Palace or similar
Jaipur: Fern or similar
Agra: Clarks Shiraz or similar

Child Price: Same price as adults – Minimum age 2 years

Tipping:

At the start of your tour:

Through our experience we have found that our travellers are often confused, frustrated or embarrassed about tipping, especially if they are unsure of the correct etiquette in the country they are visiting.  To overcome this, we have established an on-tour ‘Tipping Kitty’. Upon meeting your tour guide, they will discuss the idea of having a group pooled kitty, where everyone contributes an equal share. This is to cover small tips made along the way to local services such as porters, railway station assistants (if applicable), restaurants (included meals only), toilet stops,  tips to shoe keepers during temple and monument visit. Your guide will collect this amount at the start of your tour and tip the intended recipient’s on your behalf allowing you to enjoy your experience more freely.

The amount to budget for on this trip for the kitty is: INR 2350 per person

Please note that this doesn’t cover a tip for your tour leader & driver.

Towards the end of your tour:

If you have enjoyed the knowledge, service and expertise of your tour guide and driver a tip (while not compulsory) is appropriate towards the end of your tour. While it may not be customary in New Zealand, tipping is entrenched into many cultures especially within the tourism industry globally. It helps reward and inspire excellent service. The following is provided to assist our guests, but we leave the decision to provide a gratuity entirely at their discretion:

The group leader: Our past guests have left gratuities based on their overall service of INR 5310 per person for the full tour

The driver & assistant:  Our past guests have left gratuities based on their overall service of INR 1770 per person for the full tour

Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. Your guide will hand around two envelopes towards the end of the tour (1 Tour Guide and 1 Driver envelope) to make the process as easy as possible.

Tour Excludes: 

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary
  • Tipping

Exchanging Money: When exchanging New Zealand dollars into Indian Rupees or withdrawing funds from an ATM while in India, always retain the transaction receipt. You may be required to present the receipt as proof of withdrawal if purchasing items with cash.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with great value Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

 

 

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

 

Travel Dates

 

2018

6 September 2018
20 September 2018*
11 October 2018
25 October 2018
8 November 2018
22 November 2018

2019

7 February 2019
21 February 2019
7 March 2019**
21 March 2019**
18 April 2019*
16 May 2019
27 June 2019*
15 August 2019
12 September 2019
26 September 2019*
10 October 2019
24 October 2019
14 November 2019

Surcharges may apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

*$200 per person surcharge applies

**$600 per person surcharge applies

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch with China Southern  or simialr
  • Including minimum 23kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline)
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person is applied per person should you wish to arrive early and/or extend your stay. Fee is non-negotiable and must be paid before your flight variation can be confirmed.
  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your fight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference in addition to the flat fee.
  • You will be sent an invoice for the additional fee after your booking form has been received. Once this invoice has been paid, your flights will be ticketed based on the days you have requested. Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If the invoice is not paid by the expiry date, you will be automatically booked on the promotional airfare for the standard dates of the package.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

Option 3: Choose an alternative airline

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to travel with a premium airline for your tour.
  • Please specify your preferred airline in the Special Request field of your booking form.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to confirm your flights as per the tour itinerary.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your airline preference, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

  

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares 
  • Return airport transfers
  • 11 nights standard accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Breakfast daily
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • English speaking tour 
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
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