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Legendary Rajasthan

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14 Days
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Two weeks to fully flavour the colour and pageantry of Rajasthan. Rich in history and legend, you will never forget this experience whether it be the palaces, the people or the culture.


Rajasthan is India’s largest state and occupies approximately 10% of the country’s land mass. With its colourful history and geographical beauty, it is no wonder why it has become so popular with visitors to India.

Delhi, the capital, is made up of Old and New Delhi.  Colourful Old Delhi teeming with masses of people has a very strong atmosphere with its narrow winding back streets. Also visit the imposing Red Fort, a city within a city and the important and beautiful Jama Masjid Mosque. Later it’s time to head for New Delhi to see the impressive India Gate on the Rajpath, the Presidential Palace, the ancient tower, the Qutub Minar and Humayan’s Tomb where a number of former emperors are buried.

Head next to Mandawa, once a trading post on the ancient caravan routes. It has an impressive 18th Century fort situated in the middle of the town. Visit some of the several forts and havelis (mansions) here.

Bikaner is a fortified city and is also known for its camel farms. During your say, you will visit a camel breeding and research centre.

Jaisalmer is known as the “Golden City” due to the yellow colours that pervade the city.
There is an imposing 12th Century medieval fortress. Visit some interesting Jain temples and the market place to see local craftsmen at work. Later take a trip on a jeep to view the impressive san dunes nearby.

Next travel overland to Jodhpur, an old walled city which has the huge and imposing Mehrangarh Fort perched high on a hill as a backdrop. Enjoy a stroll through the local bazaars and spice markets to experience some local flavour.  A jeep safari will take you to the Bishnoi villages to experience the desert and to see the local wildlife

Pushkar is a sacred town to the Hindus and is situated close to the Thar Desert. Just strolling around the city will give you a strong and lasting impression.

Next stop, en route to Jaipur, is Fatehpur Sikri, the Ghost city with a story. 

In Jaipur, travel to the imposing Amber Fort perched high on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside and reached on the back of an elephant. Returning to town, spend time at CityPalace and the interesting Jantar Mantar old time observatory as well as viewing the Palace of Winds.

Then depart by road through the Indian countryside to Agra. The beautiful and spectacular Taj Mahal will be visited followed by Agra’s Fort.

Once you have experienced Rajasthan, you will bring back vivid memories never to be forgotten.


 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,729

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Day 1

Arrive Delhi

Welcome to Delhi, the intriguing cultural and historical centre of India's past and future, built over 450 years by a succession of empires - first the Hindu and Muslim dynasties, followed by the powerful Mughal dynasty who ruled until the British took over. Delhi offers its visitors glimpses of the stupendous power and wealth of its past. Where even the most modern parts of the city retain their distinctly Indian identity, here you will find a model of the latest car cruising through the streets and at the busiest intersection you will find a herd of doe-eyed cows oblivious to the traffic! It is in Delhi that a Mercedes Benz and a cycle rickshaw co-exist in the same neighborhood. In keeping with this Old and New Delhi are so different from each other but yet one complements the other!

Duration2 Nights
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Leela Ambience Convention Hotel

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    Leela Ambience Convention Hotel



    Delhi is one of the oldest capital cities in the world, steeped in centuries of cultural tapestry. The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel is strategically located in East Delhi and has become the landmark in the region. The hotel features contemporary rooms, fine dining options and ...

    Delhi is one of the oldest capital cities in the world, steeped in centuries of cultural tapestry. The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel is strategically located in East Delhi and has become the landmark in the region. The hotel features contemporary rooms, fine dining options and a fitness centre. It also has 2 outdoor swimming pools and a spa. It is a 45-minute drive from the Airport, and is well connected via wide and planned road network including the National Highway 8 and is also conveniently connected to the city via Delhi Metro.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Games Room
    • Gym/ Fitness centre
    • Luggage Storage
    • Meeting Rooms Available
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    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 2

Delhi

This morning you will enjoy a panoramic tour of Old Delhi popularly known as "The Walled City 'was once the capital of Muslim India between the 17th and 19th centuries. Today it still contains its fabled, colorful bazaars and a myriad of narrow streets, of which Chandni Chowk, with its never-ending but ever fascinating chaos remains the most famous. The imposing Jama Masjid, the great mosque of Old Delhi, with its onion-shaped dome and characteristically Mughal architecture, and the magnificent Red Fort, an eternal symbol of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan's power and style, are among the main attractions of Old Delhi.

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Day 3

Delhi-Mandawa

This morning you will drive to the fort town Mandawa, a part of the Shekhawati region, famous for its forts and havelis. Renowned for its frescoed Havelis and Palaces, Shekhawati is aptly termed the 'Open Air Art Gallery'of Rajasthan. The legends of this historic land have been captured in the murals and frescoes of its Havelis, Forts, Temples, and cenotaphs.

This afternoon you will enjoy a walking tour of the painted havelis of some of the leading business families of the country. Some of the better known Havelis of Mandawa are Chowkhani Haveli, Saraf Haveli, Goenka Haveli and Ladia Havli.

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Duration1 Night
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Desert Resort

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    Desert Resort



    Desert Resort is located in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The resort is renowned for its frescoed Havelis and Palaces, Shekhawati is aptly termed the 'Open Air Art Gallery' of Rajasthan. The resort is set against this exotic backdrop just a kilometre away from Castle ...

    Desert Resort is located in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The resort is renowned for its frescoed Havelis and Palaces, Shekhawati is aptly termed the 'Open Air Art Gallery' of Rajasthan. The resort is set against this exotic backdrop just a kilometre away from Castle Mandawa, built atop a magnificent sand dune with the vista of the desert all around. There are 60 well-furnished, air-conditioned rooms including cottages and spacious deluxe suites. Each cottage and room is furnished in a distinctive style.

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    • Badminton Court
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    • Conference Facilities
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Mandawa-Bikaner

This morning you will drive to Bikaner the royal fortified city! The magnificent forts and palaces created with delicacy in reddish-pink sandstone bears testimony to its rich cultural heritage. Bikaner, more popularly called the camel country is renowned for the best riding camels in the world.

Upon arrival proceed to the hotel.

This afternoon explore the city including a visit to Junagarh Fort built by Rai Singh. Situated at a height of above seven hundred feet above sea level, it towers over the city and can be seen from a distance. The fort was originally called Chintamani and was renamed Junagarh or "Old Fort" in the early 20th century when the ruling family moved to Lalgarh Palace outside the fort limits.

Continue to Lalgarh Palace, was built between 1902 and 1926 according to Rajpur, Mughal and European architectural styles..Situated 3 km north of Bikaner city, this palace was designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, the palace is quite imposing with overhanging balconies and delicate latticework. Peacocks and blooming bougainvillea in the garden welcome the visitor to the palace.

Your tour ends with a visit to Camel Research Farm is a short distance from Bikaner, which carries out breeding and training of camels. Established by the central government in 1984 this Camel Research and Breeding Farm is only one of its kinds in Asia.

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Duration1 Night
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Bhanwar Niwas

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    Bhanwar Niwas


    The old palaces or mansions of the city, specially are a huge attraction. The Bhanwar Niwas palace is one of these palaces. Originally, a mansion built in the year 1927 by Bhanwarlalji Rampuria, the Bhanwar Niwas palace is a magnificent red sandstone building reflecting a ...

    The old palaces or mansions of the city, specially are a huge attraction. The Bhanwar Niwas palace is one of these palaces. Originally, a mansion built in the year 1927 by Bhanwarlalji Rampuria, the Bhanwar Niwas palace is a magnificent red sandstone building reflecting a wonderful blend of Indian and European style. This daunting Haveli is a living testimony to the splendid construction of Rajasthan. This heritage hotel is a perfect blend of Indian and European style.

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Bikaner-Jaisalmer

This morning you will drive to Jaisalmer located on a ridge of yellowish sandstone is also known as ‘The Golden City’, crowned by the imposing Jaisalmer Fort., within which is the palace and many ornate Jain Temples. . The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and mystery of the desert. This exotic frontier town in the heart of the desert is a paradox. On one hand our eyes fall upon the barren inhospitable and forbidding terrain whilst on the other we are greeted by a rainbow of local color and warmth casting a magical spell over all its visitors.

Arrive and proceed to your hotel.

The afternoon is at leisure to explore the town.

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Duration2 Nights
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Thar Vilas

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    Thar Vilas


    Thar Vilas is an authentic luxury hotel designed to serve as a comfortable oasis for present day travellers in their quest for the charms of Rajasthan. There are 80 spacious deluxe room and 8 plush suites. The hotel stands as a majestic structure of architectural ...

    Thar Vilas is an authentic luxury hotel designed to serve as a comfortable oasis for present day travellers in their quest for the charms of Rajasthan. There are 80 spacious deluxe room and 8 plush suites. The hotel stands as a majestic structure of architectural grandeur equipped with all modern amenities. An abode fit for the modern royal traveller who traverses the globe for experiences worth cherishing for a lifetime.

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    • Swimming Pool

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Day 6

Jaisalmer

This morning you will explore the city including a visit to Jaisalmer Fort or ‘Sonar Kila’! This magnificent yellow sandstone fort stands amidst the Thar Desert towering over the city. Its double lined ramparts enclose a palace and house an entire living complex. The fort has three exquisitely carved Jain Temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras of which the Parswanath Temple is oldest and the most beautiful with the walls of the sanctum are intricately carved with various animal and human figures.

You will also visit the vibrant market place of Manak Chowk, and the Havelis which are located just outside of the Jaisalmer Fort. This is the perfect place to explore the rich art and craft work and creative skills of the local craftsmen of Rajasthan who have inherited the rare talent from their forefathers.

Marvel at the architectural splendor of the beautiful havelis which were constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries and reflect the brilliant architecture of the traditional times. The Patwon Ji ki Haveli, the first haveli and largest to have been constructed out of yellow sandstone is an interesting piece of architecture and is the most important among the havelis in Jaisalmer. This is not a single haveli but a cluster of 5 small havelis.

Late this afternoon board your jeep and drive out to picturesque Sam Sand Dunes. It is the closest point to witness the total sandy desert and to see patterns carved out by winds on the sand. Feast your eyes on a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes with little or no vegetation. Relive the era of romance when travelers crossed kingdoms on this graceful animal for days on end.

Day 7

Jaisalmer-Jodhpur

This morning you will drive to Jodhpur, also known as India’s Blue City. Situated at the edge of the Thar Desert, it is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. Of Rajasthan's many princely settlements, Jodhpur is among the most distinctive. This five hundred-year-old settlement was the headquarters of the Rathore Rajputs' celebrations. A six-mile-long wall surrounds the old Jodhpur City with eight gates serving as entrances.

Upon arrival proceed to your hotel.

This afternoon stroll around the old city of Jodhpur. Life in Jodhpur focuses very much around the Fort. Marvel at the infinite detail and then painstakingly pieced together in different patterns of the numerous haveli’s.

Visit Meherangarh Fort. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, this majestic fort was one of the largest forts in India. Situated approximately 4 miles from Jodhpur, it overlooks the city from atop a 125m high hill. The fort also houses a large museum which houses some unusual artifacts.

During your decent you will see Jaswant Thada, an architectural white marble memorial built by Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of Maharja Jaswant Singh II. Within this cenotaph, there are also two more tombs. The Jaswant Thada is a traditional cremation ground of Jodhpur rulers. The grounds are also comprised of exquisitely carved gazebos, a beautiful multi-tiered garden, and a small lake.

Return to your hotel.

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Duration2 Nights
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Ajit Bhawan Palace Resort

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    The Ajit Bhawan Palace Resort is one of the most popular heritage hotels located in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, North India. This heritage hotel was constructed especially for the Maharaja Ajit Singhji. All rooms and suites have a unique and distinctive feel of the Raj. Antiques ...

    The Ajit Bhawan Palace Resort is one of the most popular heritage hotels located in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, North India. This heritage hotel was constructed especially for the Maharaja Ajit Singhji. All rooms and suites have a unique and distinctive feel of the Raj. Antiques from various periods and photographs from the family archives create an ambiance that suggests a private home rather than a hotel room. All the Rooms have a luxurious touch along with all modern amenities.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 8

Jodhpur

This morning drive to the nearby Bishnoi Villages and enjoy a jeep safari through the village. The views of desert wildlife, like black bucks, chinkaras, blue bulls, desert foxes, hares and partridges. Visitors can enjoy a view of thousands of migratory demoiselle cranes from September to March. There is also opportunity to see craftsman, shepherds and farmers at work.
The afternoon is at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 9

Jodhpur-Pushkar

This morning you will drive to Pushka – a sacred town for the Hindus! Here you will visit the famous Brahma Temple, which is the only temple in the world dedicated to this deity. Peacocks adorn the temple walls as they are supposed to be the vehicle of Lord Brahma's consort Saraswati. A small image of the milkmaid Gayatri, flanks the four-faced image of lord Brahma and is called Chaumurti The sanctuary has silver doors inside a carved marble gateway.

Proceed to visit the holy Pushkar Lake. The lake is surrounded by 52 bathing ghats (a series of steps leading to the lake), where pilgrims throng in large numbers to take a sacred bath, especially around Kartik Poornima (October–November) when the Pushkar Fair is held. Over 500 Hindu temples are situated around the lake precincts. A dip in the sacred mystical water is also believed to cure skin diseases, making Pushkar the Lourdes of the East!

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Hotel Jagat Palace

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    Hotel Jagat Palace


    Jagat Palace offers a splendid view of the biggest sand dune of the Thar Desert and the spectacular Snake Mountain. So when you're in Pushkar take a journey in the splendid past and experience the princely comforts at the Jagat Singh Palace Hotel. It will ...

    Jagat Palace offers a splendid view of the biggest sand dune of the Thar Desert and the spectacular Snake Mountain. So when you're in Pushkar take a journey in the splendid past and experience the princely comforts at the Jagat Singh Palace Hotel. It will be an experience of a life time. The 85 super deluxe spacious rooms have been tastefully furnished in art-deco style to blend with the Rajasthan art and architecture.

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    • Currency Exchange
    • Horseback Riding
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
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    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 10

Pushkar-Jaipur

This morning you will drive to Jaipur, a city, whose past is never too far from hand. The city of victory, Jaipur presides over the fascinating desert state and its people: surrounded by rugged hills, each crowned by a formidable fort; and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens dotted throughout its precincts. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendour are now living monuments, accepted quite naturally into the lifestyles of the people of the "pink city".

Arrive and proceed to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

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Duration1 Night
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Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre

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    Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre is centrally located in close proximity to the main shopping centre, railway station and also convenient access to all the historical monuments in Jaipur. The hotel is ideally equipped for business, leisure and transit travellers.

    Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre is centrally located in close proximity to the main shopping centre, railway station and also convenient access to all the historical monuments in Jaipur. The hotel is ideally equipped for business, leisure and transit travellers.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Alarm clock
    • Bar
    • Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
    • Complimentary WI-FI
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Jaipur

The morning you will drive along the streets of Jaipur, to Amber Fort, stopping en-route to view and photograph the Palace of Winds. Completed in 1799, the Palace was originally built to allow the sequestered ladies of the court to view the bustling life of the city. It is popularly known as Hawa Mahal, because of the perforated screen façade which catches the welcome breeze or Hawa.

Continue on to the Amber Fort, set atop a rugged hilltop and overlooking Lake Moata! The fort has been constructed in white and red sandstone. The Fort is unique in that it’s outside, an imposing and rugged defensive structure, is markedly different from its inside, an ornate, lavish interior influenced by both Hindu and Muslim styles of ornamentation. The walls of the interior of the fort are covered with murals, frescoes, and paintings depicting various scenes from daily life. Other walls are covered with intricate carvings, mosaic, and minute mirror work.

This afternoon you will explore the city including a visit to the City Palace complex that continues to evoke the splendour of a bygone era. In an unending series of delights, from its grand aged entrance to the play of ornamental fountains, the City Palace is a dazzling showplace of Hindu and Mughal architecture Next to the city palace is Jantar Mantar, literally translated as Calculation Instrument. This Observatory was built between 1728 and 1734 by Maharaja Jai Singh, Jantar Mantar was built on a grand scale and was way beyond its time. This was modeled after the one that was built in Delhi, the then Mughal capital. He had constructed a total of five of which the one in Jaipur is the largest.

Return to your hotel.

Day 12

Jairpur-Agra

This morning you will drive to Agra stopping en route to visit Fatehpur Sikri literally translated as "The City of Victory" where we find the site of the deserted city of Emperor Akbar, The vast, imperial capital with its 500 splendid buildings was abandoned after only fourteen years due to the drying up of the city's water supply.

Continue to Arrive Agra, the capital to the Mughals in the 16th and 17th Centuries and home to many of the Mughals most famous monuments.

Arrive and proceed to your hotel.

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Howard Plaza

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    Gracious interiors, personalised service and Howard Plaza Agra's unique location are complemented by Agra's glittering monument to love, the Taj Mahal, this tranquil retreat is an best spot for a business or leisure stay, offering a magnificent view of The Taj Mahal from the beautiful ...

    Gracious interiors, personalised service and Howard Plaza Agra's unique location are complemented by Agra's glittering monument to love, the Taj Mahal, this tranquil retreat is an best spot for a business or leisure stay, offering a magnificent view of The Taj Mahal from the beautiful roof top Terrace. All of the exclusive 86 well-appointed rooms in this hotel near Taj Mahal are incorporated with modern amenities.

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    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
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Agra-Delhi

This morning you will visit the ethereal Taj Mahal which took 22years and more than 20,000 men to build! Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died at the age of 39 giving birth to her fourteenth child! Its unique beauty and immaculately intricate execution all contribute to the breathtaking first impression as we pass through the arch of the entrance gateway.

Continue touring and visit the magnificent Agra Fort. Emperor Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1565-1573. With imposing gates, walls of red sandstone and moat, it dominates the center of the city. Aurangzeb imprisoned his father, Shah Jehan, at Agra Fort -- a mild punishment considering the luxury of the fort. Legend states that Shah Jehan died in Muasamman Burj, a tower with a marble balcony with an excellent view of the Taj Mahal.

After your tour you will proceed to drive to Delhi

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Radisson Blu Hotel Delhi

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    The Radisson Blu Plaza is situated on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway just 10 minutes from the Delhi international airport. The hotel's location also offers easy access to the booming business district of Gurgaon, only five kilometres away. Leisure guests appreciate the Radisson's proximity to shopping at ...

    The Radisson Blu Plaza is situated on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway just 10 minutes from the Delhi international airport. The hotel's location also offers easy access to the booming business district of Gurgaon, only five kilometres away. Leisure guests appreciate the Radisson's proximity to shopping at Ambience Mall and to attractions like Qutab Minar.

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    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
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    • Spa

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Day 14

Depart Delhi

Early this morning proceed to the airport for your onwards flight.

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  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Services of local English speaking guides throughout
  • Guided touring as per the itinerary
  • Local taxes
  • Meals as indicated.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

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Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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