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As you travel forward in your comfortable car, travel backwards in time to places where the way of life has not changed and where everything is still built by hand, made by hand and created by hand. Visit people untouched by western ideals, computers or modern "necessities".

In the villages of Rajasthan you can enjoy true Indian hospitality, where the guest is god. The colours of the turbans and the saris of the women are in stark contrast to the often parched backdrop of the landscape. You will be amazed by the elegant way these village women carry a myriad of pots on their heads and their incredible jewellery. The women cover the outside of their houses with mud and then paint them with intricate designs, using only their hands and a paste made of lime.

Accommodation is even so, comfortable for the traveller. Many houses previously owned by the local gentry, are now being run as small hotels. Even though modern amenities are provided, they have lost nothing of their originality and charm. In the Shekhawati region you can stay in one of the restored Havelis, built in 1890 and covered with original frescoes. This area is dotted with villages, filled with beautifully painted havelis, all easily visited within a day or two.

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Your hosts will be proud to show you around the village, where you can see many artisans at work. Stone cutting, carpentry, inlay work, textile block printing, potters at their wheels; so many crafts which have long been lost in western society.

Some of Rajasthan's most interesting features can be seen during these tours. The Jain Temples of Ranakpur, built on 1444 marble pillars in the middle of deep jungle and probably the finest example of this type of architecture. The remains of the 15th century Kumbhalgarh Fort, 3000 feet above sea level which has peripheral walls 20 feet wide that stretch more than 30 km and encompasses a complex of palaces and temples.

These tours can be combined with visits to Tribal villages and also with tours to major places of interest. For those having visited India already, a village tour will show you yet again, a different face of this fascinating country.



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Village Tours
with Amritsar or Varanasi - Khajuraho


DELHI - JODHPUR - ROHET GARH - NARLAI - UDAIPUR - DEOGARH -
PUSHAKR - JAIPUR - BHARATPUR - AGRA - AMRITSAR - DELHI

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Important note:
1. If you wish to end your tour in Delhi on the day 16 and fly back to home you can do so.
2. If you wish to visit Varanasi & Khajuraho and skip Amritsar you can do so. Please see below the full programme in details.


Day 1     Delhi
You will be met by your car with chauffeur for the short transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Accommodation :

The Claridges Hotel:

Totally refurbished, this is now a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Colonial Delhi. Beautiful rooms and some really good restaurants make this a lovely start to your Indian visit.

The Hans Plaza Hotel
A small and very centrally located hotel with well furnished rooms, a nice restaurant and a bar on the 21st floor of the building which gives excellent views over the city.

Imperial Hotel
The Imperial Hotel has been totally refurbished but maintains its lovely colonial character. The public rooms and corridors are lined with beautiful paintings and lithos along with many restored sepia photographs of times gone by including the Delhi Durbar which was held in 1911. There are two bars, coffee shop with outside dining on the lawns, Indian, South-East Asia and Italian restaurants and a swimming pool.

Day 2     Night train Delhi - Jodhpur
Full day sightseeing in Delhi. You could include some of the following: Old Delhi, Red Fort, and the Jama Masjid Mosque, with a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk visiting the Spice, Wedding and Silver Markets and then the Birla Temple if you wish before lunch. Then a drive through New Delhi to see the Parliament Buildings of Sir Edwin Lutyens, India Gate and Humayun's Tomb.

After sightseeing transfer to the train station in tine to take the over night train to Jodhpur. Over night in the train.

Day 3       Arrive Jodhpur.
Upon arrival you will be met for the short drive to the Ajit Bhawan Palace for your overnight stay. The rest of day at leisure but car will be at your disposal.

The Ajit Bhawan Palace. Accommodation is in individual cottages and superb tents all built in the extensive gardens. Here, dinner is served out on the lawn at night accompanied by local dancers and folk musicians

Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur
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Day 4      Jodhpur
Whole day in Jodhpur to enjoy and to visit the magnificent fort palace of Mehrangarh. Perched more than 300 feet above the city, it not only is a fascinating place to visit but affords incredible views over the city, which is painted blue. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 5      Jodhpur - Rohet
Leave for the short (one hour) morning drive south to the village of Rohet. Rohet Garh is the desert home of the Champawat clan, built in the 16th Century. The rooms are still decorated with frescoes but have all modern amenities and air conditioning. There is a lovely pool in the courtyard, the gardens are lush and the restaurant is open on the poolside.

Whole day to enjoy in Rohet. The hotel organizes jeep safaris into the surrounding countryside and horse and camel safaris with a picnic lunch.

Rajasthani Ladies
Rajasthani Ladies
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Day 6      Rohet - Rawla Narlai
At your leisure leaves for the drive south to Narlai. The drive will take you through one of the most interesting areas of Rajasthan. This area has a varied landscape especially after a good monsoon. Part of the drive will take you through some of the highest hills in the Aravali range. On this part of the drive you will see some of the most fascinating costumes worn by the Rajasthani ladies and the most colourful turbans worn by the men so have your camera at the ready! Narlai is a tiny and typically Rajasthani village where you will experience genuine Rajasthani hospitality. Overnight stay at the Rawla Narlai Haveli.

Day 7      Narlai
Whole day as per your wishes. The village is filled with temples and across from your haveli is an enormous rock which encloses a Shiva shrine and an elephant carving right at the top. One of the local boys will be happy to show you around. You can also take a walk up to the top if you are feeling energetic.

You can also ask your chauffeur to take you on the beautiful drive to nearby Kumbhalgarh Fort. Set 3,000feet above sea level this magnificent 15th Century fort has walls over 36km long and 20 feet wide. Within the walls are palaces and temples. There is a climb up to the fort but the views are magnificent! Overnight at the Rawla Narlai.

Rawla Narlai
Rawla Narlai
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Day 8      Narlai -Ranakpur - Udaipur
Leave Narlai after breakfast for the drive south to Udaipur. On this part of the drive you will see some of the most fascinating costumes worn by the Rajasthani ladies and the most colourful turbans worn by the men so have your camera at the ready!

Stop on the way to visit the temples at Ranakpur. These temples were built in the 15th century in a stunning location and set amidst deep forest. Built on 1444 marble pillars, the temple is one of the finest examples of Jain architecture and not to be missed. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Jain Temples Ranakpur
Jain Temples Ranakpur
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Day 9      Udaipur
Whole day to visit Udaipur, although you may not want to leave the Lake Palace. We suggest a morning visit to the City Palace, the Jagdish Temple next door and the bazaars. Udaipur has many local bazaars ranging from shoes, Indian clothing, and silk saris and is very famous for its art schools where young boys are taught the art of miniature Moghul painting.

We suggest an afternoon boat ride over the lake to the Jag Mandir Island, then back for High Tea at the Fateh Prakash Palace with its magnificent views over the lake. Upstairs is the Crystal Gallery which is worth a visit after tea. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Lake Palace Udaipur
Lake Palace Udaipur
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Day 10      Udaipur - Deogarh
Drive north after breakfast in the general direction of Jaipur, stopping on the way at Deogarh Mahal. This is a 17th century castle beautifully converted into a hotel. Built on a hilltop, it has battlements, domed turrets and balconies and towers over the town below. The family who run the hotel will organize an afternoon jeep safari into the rugged countryside, nearby forests and lakes. The hotel has a lovely swimming pool, Jacuzzi and Ayurvedic massage facilities. Overnight stay at Deogarh Mahal

Deogarh Mahal
Deogarh Mahal
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Day 11     Deogarh - Pushkar
Today you drive north to the holy site of Pushkar. Built around a holy lake it is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus. Here the pilgrims perform their daily prayers and rituals. The lake is surrounded by more than 100 temples which all have ghats "staircases" leading down into the lake. Here you will stay at the Pushkar Palace, the only hotel on the lake itself. . You can sit in their garden and enjoy the sites from there. Pushkar is best seen by foot and for the adventurous there is a climb up to the Savitri Temple or a short camel ride into the sands at sunset

Day 12      Pushkar - Jaipur
Morning stroll around the ghats if you wish to witness the pilgrims doing "puja" at the lakeside. Then take an early breakfast and leave for the drive to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. This is a busy bustling city where the bazaars spill over on to the streets, to mingle with the handcarts, camels, elephants, scooters, rickshaws and tuk-tuks. It is lively and colourful and painted pink! Overnight stay at your hotel

Accommodation :

Trident- Hilton Hotel.

This Hotel is built opposite the Jal Mahal Lake with its palace in the middle of the water. Each morning many elephants will pass your bedroom window on their way to Amber.

Mandawa Haveli.
This Haveli is over 100 years old and has been recently refurbished as a small hotel. It has beautiful Indian style rooms with modern bathrooms and is located in the centre of the walled city. Excellent food and a small swimming pool and gardens to boot.

Samode Haveli:
The 200 year old Samode Haveli was once the townhouse of the prime minister of Jaipur. It has inside courtyards and a newly added attractive swimming pool within the gardens. Although in a busy part of town it is peaceful inside and very popular with visitors.

Amer Fort Jaipur
Amer Fort Jaipur
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Day 13      Jaipur
Whole day to sightsee and shop in Jaipur. Suggest you begin the day to visit Amber Fort Palace, which is spectacular. Later you can visit the City Palace in Jaipur city itself, the Hawa Mahal - Palace of the Winds and the Observatory. Jaipur is famous as a centre for carpet weaving - silk and wool - and also for Jaipur blue pottery, but probably best known for its exquisite gems and jewellery.

PLEASE NOTE:
· Due to a fatal accident in Oct 2005 we are no longer recommending the elephant ride at the Amer Fort in Jaipur to our clients. You are strongly requested NOT to take an elephant ride even if one is offered. Anglo Indiago cannot take responsibility for any calamities which occur if the guest decides to take an elephant ride.

Day 14      Jaipur - Bharatpur
After breakfast drive to Bharatpur in the direction of Agra. Your overnight stay will be here at the Laxmi villas Palace. Bharatpur us famous for it's migratory birds, the Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a must. No less than 400 kinds of birds have been recorded here. More than 100 kinds have migrated from countries such as China, Siberia and Afghanistan to pass the more temperate winters in India. The best way to see the park is either by bicycle or by rickshaw.

Day 15     Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
After breakfast drive to Agra, stopping on the way to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital city of Emperor Akbar. Your tour should include a visit to the beautiful Dargah Mosque, the Buland Darwaza, Victory Gate - Akbar's victory over Gujarat and the tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti. Also the palaces of Akbar's women; Jodh Bal Palace for his Hindu mother, Birbal Bhawan for his favourite courtier and Golden House for his Christian wife. Also make a visit to the Karawan Serai which is a courtyard surrounded by hostels used for visiting merchants, the Panch Mahal, a five storey palace the Treasury (Ankh Micholi) the Diwn-I-Khas (must see!) and the Diwan-I-Am. Looks a lot but would not take more than one hour altogether. Upon reaching Agra transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.

Trident Hilton Hotel.
Situated in the area of the Taj, this hotel provides good accommodation and services and has a multi-cuisine restaurant, bar, gardens and pool.

Afternoon sightseeing with a guide to visit the monuments. Monuments to visit in Agra are the Taj Mahal, the tomb of Mumtaz, beloved wife of the emperor Shah Jehan, the Red Fort and the exquisite Itimad-ud-Daulah, tomb of the wazir of Emperor Jehangir

Please Note: the Taj Mahal remains closed on each Friday


Day 16      Agra - Delhi - Amritsar
If you wish to get up very early you can go to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast leave Agra for the drive back to Delhi in time to catch Amritsar Shatabdi train to Amritsar. Your train due to leave at 1630 hrs and arrives Amritsar at 2215. Upon arrival you will be met and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 17      Amritsar
Morning visit to the Golden Temple, the seat and most holy shrine of the Sikh religion. You could possibly be the only foreigners in the whole of Amritsar but you will not feel threatened in anyway and don't need to feel uncomfortable - people will be thrilled and proud that you have come to see their Golden Temple.

Taj Mahal Agra
Taj Mahal Agra
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There is a special Visitor's room on the right of the entrance to the central courtyard and tank. Here you can leave your shoes and cigarettes if you should be carrying them, and also get information in English before entering. Take your time to walk first around the "talab" water body, which is done clockwise. The Golden Temple is set in the middle of this and is reached by a walkway over the water. The holy book is read by one of the "granthi" or priests, from very early morning until early evening. Upon leaving you will be offered a tiny amount of sweet which you must accept with two hands.

You must cover your heads and go barefoot so be prepared. We always have our own scarves but if you don't they will give you something. You have to first wash your hands and feet before entering.

Jallianwala Bagh:
This garden is just adjacent to the Golden Temple and is the scene of the massacre which took place on the 13th April, 1919 when General Dyer gave orders to open fire on the gathering of Sikhs who were there to celebrate Baisakhi, the Sikh New Year and in peaceful protest. Many jumped in a deep well to evade the firing but died from the fall.

Afternoon trip to Wagah border. This is the border between India and Pakistan. A ceremony is held each evening when they close the border gates at dusk and is always well attended on both sides. It is a 45 minute drive from Amritsar. The hotel will advise you at what time you should leave. Be prepared for some queuing and jostling to get seats with a view. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.

Golden Temple Amritsar
Golden Temple Amritsar
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Day 18      Amritsar -Delhi - onward destinations
Your driver will take you at the railway station in time to take the morning Shatabdi train to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met by your chauffeur. Rest of the day in Delhi as per your wish. Depending on your international flight you will be transfer to the airport for your onward destination.


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Day 16      Agra - Jhansi - Orchha
You will be transfer to the station in time to take the morning Bhopal Shatabdi train to Jhansi. Upon arrival you will be met by your car with chauffeur for the short drive to Orchha, once the capital of the Bundelas. This tiny village houses museums, palaces, monuments, temples and is built on the River Betwa. Overnight stay at The Bundelkhand Riverside


Accommodation: The Bundelkhand Riverside was the Hunting Lodge and Guesthouse of the former Maharaja and is built right on the banks of the River Betwa.

Day 17     Orchha - Khajuraho
After breakfast drive to Khajuraho. In the afternoon you can visit the temples and if you desire, the Tribal and Folk Art Museum. Once a great capital of the Chandelas Khajuraho is famous for its erotic temples, divided into Southern, Eastern and Western Temples. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 18     Khajuraho - Varanasi
It is a long drive today so please leave very early morning after breakfast for Varanasi.
Varanasi is one of the most holy places for Hindus. Built on the banks of the River Ganges, this visit will show you the spiritual side of the Indian culture. Overnight stay at your hotel.
Varanasi is one of the most holy places for Hindus. Built on the banks of the River Ganges, this visit will show you the spiritual side of the Indian culture.

Please note:
As it is a very long drive I would suggest flying from Khajuraho. There is a daily Jet flight 9W724 leaves at 1330 and arrive at 1410 hrs.

Day 19     Varanasi
Early morning boat ride over the river Ganges to witness the sunrise and the many pilgrims performing their morning rituals. Along the banks there are more than 100 hundred temples and ghats. This is definitely a "must do"!

Suggest an afternoon visit to Sarnath, 10km from Varanasi and the place of Buddha's first sermon. Later, Emperor Ashoka built magnificent stupas and monasteries here which were for the main part destroyed by Muslim invaders. Many of the monuments are set in pleasant gardens, the most important being the Dhamekh Stupa. Return to Varanasi for your overnight stay.

Day 20     Night train Varansi - Delhi
Whole day in Varanasi at leisure. You will be transfer to the train station in time to take night train to Delhi. Overnight in the train.

Please note:
1. If you wish you can fly from Varanasi - Delhi
2. If you wish to extend your tour to Nepal there is flight from Varanasi - Kathmandu. Please consult for this option.

Day 21      Arrival Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met by your chauffeur. Rest of the day in Delhi as per your wish. Depending on your international flight you will be transfer to the airport for your onward destination.


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Extension to Kathmandu

NEPAL


Kingdom of the Gods Mount Everest and the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal

This tour combines Kathmandu and its Valley with 7 World Heritage Sites, wildlife, mountains & lakes and a flight over the Himalayas to Mount Everest.

Day 20     Varanasi - Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu Airport. You will be met and escorted to your Hotel for your stay of three nights. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 21     in Kathmandu
Full day sightseeing which will include Kathmandu Durbar Square and the home of the living goddess, Pashupatinath - an important Hindu temple on the Bagmati river, Sawayambhunath and Bouddhanath both important Buddhist stupas and the historical town centres of Patan and Bhaktapur.

Day 22     in Kathmandu
If the weather allows your day begins with a mountain flight over the Himalayas to Mount Everest and back. This is a once in a lifetime experience! Return to the hotel for a late breakfast. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 23     Kathmandu - Delhi
Your driver will take you to the airport in time to catch the flight to Delhi. Overnight in Delhi

Day 24     Delhi - Onward destination
Whole day in Delhi. You will be transfer in time to take your flight for onward destination.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Please consult with us before you decide to go to Kathmandu the following:
1 Current situation in Nepal
2 Flight scheduled from Varanasi - Kathmandu as there are not daily Flights each month.

Place Tour – A Tour - B Night
Delhi Claridges Hans Plaza 01
Jodhpur Fortune Ummed Ajit Bhawan Palace 02
Rohet Rohet Garh Rohet Garh 01
Narlai Rawla Narlai Rawla Narlai 02
Udaipur Shiv Niwas Palace Udai Kothi 02
Deogarh Deogarh Mahal Deogarh Mahal 01
Pushkar Pushkar Palace Pushkar Palace 01
Jaipur Trident – Hilton Mandawa Haveli 02
Bharatpur Laxmi Vilas Palace Birder’s Inn 01
Agra Trident – Hilton Howard Park Plaza 01
Amritsar Howard Park Plaza Mrs Bhandari Guest House 02
Orchha Bundelkhand Riverside Bundelkhand Riverside 01
Khajuraho Radisson Radisson 01
Varanasi Radisson / Clarks Meradan Grand 02
Kathmandu Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza Hotel Royal Singi 03



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