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India - Splendours of Delhi, the Taj Mahal & Rajasthan - Solo Traveller
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India - Splendours of Delhi, the Taj Mahal & Rajasthan - Solo Traveller

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Discover the splendours of India from Delhi to Rajasthan on this 11 or 12* night solo traveller holiday of a lifetime. Along this incredible journey, you will visit awe inspiring palaces and monuments, proud fortresses, mosques and ancient cities.

Take a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi's bustling streets, and feast your senses on a spicy kaleidoscope of colour and sound in its buzzing markets. In Agra, you will gaze in wonder at the legendary Taj Mahal*, the monument to love, while the Amber Fort in the Pink City of Jaipur will surely take your breath away. Combining beautiful architecture, delicious food, friendly people and captivating culture, India really does have it all.

* 10 nights accommodation in India and 1 or 2 overnight flights

*In order to preserve the beauty and integrity of the iconic monument, the Taj Mahal, cleaning and restoration work is ongoing at this site. Some phases of the restoration involve scaffolding and mud treatment,  thus a clear view of the entire monument may not be possible.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Rupee
Local Time
GMT + 5.5 hours. India does not observe daylight saving time (DST).
Passport
Irish and UK citizens require a visa to enter India. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Click here for information on visas for India. 
Dress Code
Compared with certain parts of Asia, India has a very relaxed dress code. However, care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing, which may be considered revealing, especially when visiting religious sites.
Climate

Varied continental climate. Spring occurs from March to April, summer from May to October, and winter from November to February. Tropical monsoon occurs from June to August, and post-monsoon or northeast monsoon season (Oct-Dec).

Food & Drink

The cuisine in Rajasthan is predominantly vegetarian, with beans and lentils being the focus although chicken and lamb dishes are also widely available - you will see little to no pork or beef in the north of India. The style of dishes is varied and delicious, from hot and spicy to mild and aromatic, you will notice the subtle variations in the food as you travel from place to place. Curry served with fluffy rice and flatbreads usually make up the main meal of the day with dry fruits, spices and yogurt being the predominant ingredients. 

Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 74.00Rs
  • Beer: 75.00Rs
  • Glass of wine: 100.00Rs
  • Meal: 200.00Rs
  • Soft Drink: 21.00Rs
  • Bottled Water: 22.00Rs
(80 Rupees - €1.00)
Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • Sunscreen and sun hat
  • Shawl – useful to cover shoulders when visiting religious sites
  • A small backpack
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
Recommended Reading

The White Tiger by Arivand Adiga

A Passage to India by E. M. Forester

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Holiday highlights

Delhi

Delhi has experienced so many invasions and absorbed so many cultures that it captures the essence of India. Exploring New Delhi, you will see the Lutyens designed parliament building, drive past India Gate and along the tree lined boulevards of the diplomatic quarter. The Red Fort dominates Old Delhi, with walls and watchtowers towering over the nearby streets and alleys.

Udaipur

Udaipur or the “Venice of the East” is an extraordinary city built around Lake Pichola. The floating palace can be seen in James Bond’s Octopussy and many bars and restaurants show the film regularly to visitors.

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful monuments in the world and was built by Shah Jehan as a memorial to his favourite wife. The brilliance and symmetry of this delicate marble structure, inlaid with semi-precious stones and reflected in cool, clear pools, cannot fail to take your breath away. 

Fatehpuhr Sikri

Fatehpuhr Sikri is a deserted city west of Agra. Used in the 16th century for scarcely twenty years as the court of the Emperor Akbar, the city was abruptly abandoned. Highlights include the Royal Palace and Audience Hall, both of which give an insight into the courtly life of Mughal royalty.

Jaipur

Known as the Pink City because of its painted stone buildings, Jaipur is a lively and bustling place and is the capital of Rajasthan. Today, visitors can explore the lavish architectural projects sponsored by the royal family, including the Jantar Mantar observatory and the “Palace of Winds”. Outside the city the magnificent Amber Palace, decorated with marble, mirror work and mosaics, lies on top of a hill overlooking the city.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Rupee
Local Time
GMT + 5.5 hours. India does not observe daylight saving time (DST).
Passport
Irish and UK citizens require a visa to enter India. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Click here for information on visas for India. 
Dress Code
Compared with certain parts of Asia, India has a very relaxed dress code. However, care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing, which may be considered revealing, especially when visiting religious sites.
Climate

Varied continental climate. Spring occurs from March to April, summer from May to October, and winter from November to February. Tropical monsoon occurs from June to August, and post-monsoon or northeast monsoon season (Oct-Dec).

Food & Drink

The cuisine in Rajasthan is predominantly vegetarian, with beans and lentils being the focus although chicken and lamb dishes are also widely available - you will see little to no pork or beef in the north of India. The style of dishes is varied and delicious, from hot and spicy to mild and aromatic, you will notice the subtle variations in the food as you travel from place to place. Curry served with fluffy rice and flatbreads usually make up the main meal of the day with dry fruits, spices and yogurt being the predominant ingredients. 

Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 74.00Rs
  • Beer: 75.00Rs
  • Glass of wine: 100.00Rs
  • Meal: 200.00Rs
  • Soft Drink: 21.00Rs
  • Bottled Water: 22.00Rs
(80 Rupees - €1.00)
Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • Sunscreen and sun hat
  • Shawl – useful to cover shoulders when visiting religious sites
  • A small backpack
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
Recommended Reading

The White Tiger by Arivand Adiga

A Passage to India by E. M. Forester

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to India

Full Day

Travel to India

Depart on your flights to Delhi, for a once in a lifetime experience to India.

Day 2 - Delhi & New Delhi

Morning

Arrive in Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met by our local representative before being transferred to your hotel, you will spend the next two nights in Delhi.

Afternoon

Tour of New Delhi

You will take an afternoon guided excursion to the Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret standing 100 metres tall.  Return to your hotel in the evening for dinner.

Evening

Welcome Meeting & Evening Meal

In the evening there will be an opportunity to join your fellow travellers at a ‘welcome’ meeting followed by your evening meal. Dinner is included each night of your stay in India.

Day 3 - Delhi & New Delhi

Full Day

Guided Tour of Old Delhi

After breakfast depart to see all the sights and sounds of bustling Old Delhi, beginning with a cycle rickshaw ride through the city. After your ride, visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi, where you can see an eternal flame burning at the spot of his cremation. From here you will move on to the Jama Masjid mosque and view the beautiful 17th century place of worship, which is home to an ancient Qur’an written on deerskin. There will be time to pick up some souvenirs and local bargains at the bustling and colourful market of Chandni Chowk. Later visit New Delhi to see Hamayun’s Tomb, a beautiful 16th Century building and the tomb of the Emperor Humayun. After drive past the India Gate (war memorial dedicated to the Indian fallen soldiers), the president’s residence and an interesting blend of Victorian architecture. Return to your hotel in the evening, spend a relaxing evening at leisure.

Day 4 - Transfer to Agra

Morning

Transfer to Agra

Transfer from your hotel to Agra by coach, the journey will take approximately four hours (210km) where you will spend one night in Agra.

Afternoon

Agra Fort

In the afternoon you will enjoy a guided tour of the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Built in the 11th century, era marked by invasions and battles, this red stone-fortified castle was the site of the India Rebellion of 1857. Return to your hotel where you will enjoy your evening at leisure.

Day 5 - Taj Mahal & Fatehpur Sikri - transfer to Jaipur

Morning

Taj Mahal

In the morning you will visit the Taj Mahal where you will enjoy sunrise at the one of the world’s biggest monuments to love. The morning is an ideal time to photograph this spectacular building when the lighting is at its most dramatic. This famous mausoleum, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his favourite wife, is a highlight for many visitors to India and it is easy to see why. Return to your hotel for breakfast.

Afternoon

Travel to Jaipur & Fatehpur Sikri

After breakfast depart for the "Pink City" Jaipur. Today's journey is a full day and will take approximately seven hours (235km) with comfort stops on the way. En-route you will visit the deserted red sandstone "Ghost city" of Fatehpur Sikri (located 40km from Agra). Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and it served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. Arrive in the evening to your hotel in Jaipur, where you will spend the next two nights.

Day 6 - Jaipur

Morning

Exploring Jaipur

Enjoy a full day guided tour of Jaipur – the Pink City. Visit the Amber Fort, a spectacular Hindu fort overlooking Lake Maota, before visiting the City Palace Museum, to see the beautiful former seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur.

Afternoon

Jantar Mantar Sun Dial

See the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar sun dial, and finally Hawa Mahal, also known as the ‘Palace of Winds.’

Day 7 - Transfer to Jodhpur

Full Day

Depart Jaipur

Today, you will transfer to Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan, the journey will take approximately seven hours (330km), including comfort stops. On arrival check into your hotel where you will spend the next two nights.

Evening

At leisure

The evening is at leisure, your local guide will be happy to suggest places to see and visit depending on your interests. Jodhpur is sometimes referred to as the 'Blue City' due to the brightly painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort and was named as Lonely Planet’s most extraordinary place to stay in 2014.

Day 8 - Guided Tour of Jodhpur

Morning

Guided tour of Jodhpur

Enjoy a guided tour of Jodhpur, the home of the Rathore rulers of the princely state of Rajasthan. Here you will visit Mehrangarh Fort, an imposing structure sitting on a hill, which was seen in the film The Dark Knight Rises. The tour will also bring you to Jaswant Thada, a beautiful monument built entirely out of white marble.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure

Day 9 - Travel to Udaipar

Full Day

Travel to Udaipar

Today, you will transfer to Udaipur, also known as the city of the lakes. This beautiful city has been described as the “Venice of the East” and its centrepiece is the Lake Palace, which sits in the middle of Lake Pichola. En-route to Udaipur there will be a stop in Ranakpur, at one of the largest and most beautiful Jain temples in India. Today's journey is a full day and will take approximately six hours drive (269km) before reaching Udaipur, where you will spend the next two nights.

Day 10 - Udaipur

Morning

City Palace Museum & Boat Cruise

Today you will have a guided morning excursion to the City Palace Museum and the spectacular garden of Saheliyon-ki-Bari, which is brimming with lotus ponds, marble elephants and gushing fountains.

Afternoon

Boat Cruise

Later in the afternoon enjoy a boat cruise on the serene and beautiful Lake Pichola (boat ride is subject to availability of water in the lake).

Day 11 - Transfer from Udaipur for flights to Delhi

Afternoon

Transfer to Delhi

Following a morning at leisure, you will be transferred by coach to Udaipur airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi airport you will be brought to your hotel for your last night. Enjoy your final evening with some last-minute souvenir shopping, soak up the atmosphere, relax and unwind, after your guided tour of India and all its splendor.

Day 12 - Arrive Home

Afternoon

Arrive Home

Arrive home following your once in a lifetime trip to India

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

The Eros Hotel 5 Star

The Eros Hotel is ideally located in Delhi, close to cafes and restaurants as well as a metro station (400m),  so you can delve further into your surroundings. Enjoy some pampering in the hotel’s wellness area, or cool down with a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool.... read more read more read more

The Eros Hotel is ideally located in Delhi, close to cafes and restaurants as well as a metro station (400m),  so you can delve further into your surroundings. Enjoy some pampering in the hotel’s wellness area, or cool down with a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool. In the evening, relax in the lounge and bar with a delightful cocktail and reflect on your day of sightseeing. The Eros Hotel’s guest rooms have a tasteful and stylish decor and offer all modern comforts.

Hotel address
The Eros Hotel
Nehru Place
New Delhi
Delhi 110019
Delhi
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Courtyard by Marriott Agra 5

Treat yourself to 5-star elegance at the Courtyard Marriott Agra. Completely new and ideally located near the Taj Mahal and other renowned India attractions, our hotel is ideal for a relaxing getaway. The spacious rooms and suites are among the largest in Agra and offer 5-star am... read more read more read more

Treat yourself to 5-star elegance at the Courtyard Marriott Agra. Completely new and ideally located near the Taj Mahal and other renowned India attractions, our hotel is ideal for a relaxing getaway. The spacious rooms and suites are among the largest in Agra and offer 5-star amenities like high-speed Internet, luxury bedding, and flat-screen TVs.

Hotel address
Courtyard by Marriott Agra
Taj Nagri, Phase II
Fatehabad Road
282001
Agra
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Jaipur Marriott Hotel 5

Jaipur Marriott Hotel is conventionally located near to Jaipur International Airport. All rooms and facilities are designed with a combination of traditional luxury and modern convenience to provide comfort and a pleasant stay. The hotel also features two restaurants where one of... read more read more read more

Jaipur Marriott Hotel is conventionally located near to Jaipur International Airport.

All rooms and facilities are designed with a combination of traditional luxury and modern convenience to provide comfort and a pleasant stay.

The hotel also features two restaurants where one of them is specialized in Indian cuisine, bar, pub, outdoor pool, fitness centre and spa.

Hotel address
Jaipur Marriott Hotel
Ashram Marg
Near Jawahar Circle
Rajasthan
Jaipur
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The Ummed Jodhpur 5

The Ummed Jodhpur is set amidst 28 acres of fantastically kept gardens and courtyards. It provides for the modern day explorer, a sanctuary to break away from the conventional and adore the romance of the bygone era. With well appointed rooms and public spaces complimented with e... read more read more read more

The Ummed Jodhpur is set amidst 28 acres of fantastically kept gardens and courtyards. It provides for the modern day explorer, a sanctuary to break away from the conventional and adore the romance of the bygone era. With well appointed rooms and public spaces complimented with excellent service, the property offers an unparalleled experience for travellers.

Hotel address
The Ummed Jodhpur
Banar Road
Jodhpur
342027
Jodhpur
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Tat Saraasa Resort & Spa Udaipur 5

Perched within the periphery of the Udaipur city, on the bank of tranquil Lake Lakhawali and encompassed by divine Aravalli ranges, TatSaraasa Resort & Spa is located in scenic and historic heart of Udaipur.... read more read more read more

Perched within the periphery of the Udaipur city, on the bank of tranquil Lake Lakhawali and encompassed by divine Aravalli ranges, TatSaraasa Resort & Spa is located in scenic and historic heart of Udaipur.

Hotel address
Tat Saraasa Resort & Spa Udaipur
Village Bhilwara
Gram Panchayat Lakhawali
National Highway 76
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Lemon Tree Premier 4

Lemon Tree Premier is conventionally located just a kilometre away from the Metro Station and near to various entertainments and shops. All rooms are smartly furnished and featured with all the facilities required to provide a comfort and pleasant stay. The hotel boasts an Asian ... read more read more read more

Lemon Tree Premier is conventionally located just a kilometre away from the Metro Station and near to various entertainments and shops.

All rooms are smartly furnished and featured with all the facilities required to provide a comfort and pleasant stay.

The hotel boasts an Asian restaurant, a multi cuisine coffee shop, fitness centre and pool.

Hotel address
Lemon Tree Premier
Asset No. 6,
Aerocity Hospitality District,
IGI Airport,
New Delhi
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