Home of the Kings

When you absolutey, positively have to sleep
Nothing beats a campfire singalong. These guys know what we're talking about
  • Bollywood censors decree: no french kissing, no nudity, no drugs, no smoking and no politics. What's left? Well, plenty of jazz hands, for one.

    (Was Rajasthan at a Glance)


    Day 1 - Delhi

    Dive into frantic, colourful Indian life. Not literally, that would be weird. How many cows can you count in one day?

    • Evening group meeting in the evening and an optional group dinner
    Hotel Perfect or similar

    Day 2 - Agra

    After we get off the train, find the nearest chai wallah for a steaming hot pick-me-up. Prepare to be called everything from Ricky Ponting to Princess Diana inside the Taj Mahal. You'd think the locals were more interested in us than that big marble thing right in front of them.

    • Jump on the early morning express train to Agra
    • Visit the Taj Mahal
    • Optional visit to Agra Fort
    Hotel Royal Residency or similar

    Day 3 - Tordi Garh

    Tordi is so far off the tourist trail, even your GPS would have trouble finding it. Take a deep breath of fresh air and enjoy a break from the chaos. Don't miss a sunset walk up to Tordi's ruined fort.

    • Journey to the remote village of Tordi Garh, a place few travellers venture to
    • Explore temples and markets whilst getting to know local families
    • Visit the nearby fortress and ruined temples
    • Spend the night in a palace in Tordi
    Hotel Tordi Garh or similar

    Day 4-5 - Jaipur

    Traditionally dressed Rajput men stroll the streets of Jaipur in their colourful turbans, sporting moustaches that would put Ned Flanders to shame. Watch and learn boys.

    Day 4

    • Travel by jeep to vibrant Jaipur

    Day 5

    • Visit the nearby Amber Fort
    • Take a guided tour of the Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds
    • Enjoy free time to explore Jaipur under your own steam
    Hotel Mrignayani Palace or similar

    Day 6 - Nimaj Bagh

    We love the local buses in India. On the way to Nimaj you could find yourself chatting with an old dude, playing with someone's baby or sharing homemade pakoras with a family. The one thing we guarantee you won't get is sleep - unless you've bought industrial-strength earplugs.

    • Stay at the Nimaj Bagh orchard, run by the nobles of Nimaj
    • Enjoy time interacting with and getting to know the locals
    Nimaj Hotel Rawla Bagh or similar

    Day 7 - Jodhpur

    Apparently the buildings were painted blue to keep the mosquitoes away. Let us know if it worked. Spice Paradise on Girdi Kote Amar Chowk is our favourite little shop. Anil and Rekha, the friendly owners, won't hassle you to buy and all the spices come with recipes on the label.

    • Take a trip to the Meherangarh Fort, which sits atop a sheer rocky ridge
    • Get lost (not literally) in the Sardar Market and all of the interconnecting bazaars and alleyways
    Hotel Indrashan or similar

    Day 8-10 - Udaipur - overnight train

    Udaipur's "floating" Lake Palace was the secret hideaway for Bond's most famous jewel smuggler, Octopussy. Bond disguised himself as a crocodile to get across the water, but you can just take the boat

    Day 8 

    • Optional visits of some of the caste villages that surround Jodhphur
    • Embark on a bus journey, arriving in Udaipur at night

    Days 9-10 

    • Visit the Jagdish Temple and City Palace
    • Enjoy free time to explore Udaipur as you please
    Hotel Mahendra Prakash or similar

    Day 11-12 - Delhi

    Touts, auto rickshaws and mind-altering smells rule Delhi, but it's all part of the charm. Grab a couple of samosas and savour the taste of India before heading home.

    Day 11

    • Explore the Chandni Chowk and Connaught Place - New Delhi's bustling commercial hub
    • Free time to explore Delhi and it's various landmarks such as the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid and the Raj Ghat.
    • Perhaps indulge in a final group dinner

    Day 12

    • The tour ends today, but Delhi has much more to offer for those who wish to stay longer
    Hotel Perfect or similar
  • What's Included

    • • Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour, and local site guides at some sites.

      • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Agra including the Taj Mahal; Jaipur including Amber Fort, Old Bazaar and The Palace of the Winds; Jodhpur including Meharangarh Fort and Sardar Market; Udaipur including City Palace and Jagdish Temple; and Delhi including Chandni Chowk and Connaught Place.

      • Off-the-beaten-track experience in Tordi Garh – village walk, a visit to ruined temples and a fortress, and a jeep safari.

      • Overnight accommodation in 16th Century Tordi Palace.

      • Stay at Nimaj Bagh with a village walk to meet the locals.

      • Free time to explore Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Delhi.

      • Overnight train from Udaipur to Delhi. Accommodation in air-conditioned sleeper class with three-tier sleeping berths (two sheets, a blanket and a pillow provided per person).

      • Express train from Delhi to Agra.

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, visas, pre or post tour accommodation, all other meals, optional tours sightseeing or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature, laundry and flights unless specified. Some places that we visit charge additional fees if you are entering with a camera or camcorder - your city guide will advise on these and they can be paid for locally.
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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Home of the Kings

    Kevin - United Kingdom, 14 Jan, 2012
    Overall Rating

    I had a good time on my trip with Gecko. India can be an intense place with people badgering you to buy things, but once you get past that you will really like it.

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