Colours of Rajasthan with Mumbai, with Nepal Extension
Brochure Type: TT Asia 2024 v1
Embark on a soul-stirring journey to Nepal, an ancient mountain kingdom whose palaces and temples reveal centuries-old traditions. Journey to India, where stories of royalty and romance, and the captivating energy of Mumbai, await. Delve into legends and legacy, from the Golden Triangle to Rajasthan and beyond.
- 17 Breakfast (B)
- 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
- 6 Lunch (L)
- 7 Dinner (D)
- 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
- 2 Farewell Dinner (FD)
- Jaipur: Savour dinner with a local family at their home in Jaipur.
- Delhi: Take a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi.
- Jaipur: Visit a local market in Jaipur.
- : Travel on a metre-gauge train in the countryside.
- Udaipur: Visit a local market in Udaipur.
- Mumbai: Visit a Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai.
- Bhaktapur: Observe the skills of a master pottery at a pottery workshop in Bhaktapur.
- Jama Masjid: Admire the red sandstone and marble details of Jama Masjid during your visit to one of the largest mosques in the country.
- Delhi: Visit Agrasen Ki Baoli and take in the arched niches of this citybound step well.
- Delhi: See Old Delhi's Red Fort.
- New Delhi: During your orientation of New Delhi, visit Humayun's Tomb, and see India Gate and the Qutub Minar complex.
- Taj Mahal: View the Taj Mahal, known as one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.
- Agra: See the imposing gate to the Jama Masjidand gain insight into life in Fatehpur Sikri, now a deserted ''ghost town.''
- Agra: Inside Agra's red sandstone fortress, witness the fairytale palaces, audiences halls and mosques of the Mughal rulers.
- Ranthambore National Park: Tour Ranthambore National Park for a chance to glimpse the resident animals and birdlife.
- Jaipur: Learn the traditional art of block-printing with a Local Specialist.
- Jaipur: During an orientation of Jaipur, visit the Amber Fort, City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory.
- Udaipur: Enjoy an evening cruise on Lake Pichola at the heart of Udaipur.
- Udaipur: Visit the City Palace complex, a testimony to the Rajput passion for art and architecture.
- Udaipur: Stroll through Saheliyon Ki Bari, also known as Garden of the Maidens. Admire the exquisite design of its fountains, pavilions and lotus pools.
- Mumbai: Cruise across Mumbai Harbour to visit the cave temples of Elephanta Island.
- Mumbai: Start your visit of Mumbai at the Gateway of India. Continue past the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Churchgate Station, and take time to explore the Mani Bhavan museum.
- Kathmandu: Tour Kathmandu's Durbar Square and see the Royal Palace.
- Kathmandu: Visit sacred Swayambhunath, known as the Monkey Temple for its mischievous inhabitants.
- Patan: See Patan's Durbar Square, and enjoy a visit to the Krishna Temple and Golden Temple.
- Bhaktapur: Visit Bhaktapur's Durbar Square and stroll along the characteristic streets of this cultural centre.
- Delhi: On a walking tour with a guide from the Salaam Baalak Trust which cares for the street children of Delhi.
- Patan: Visit the Tibetan Refugee Centre which features the Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre.
- : Explore Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur and Mumbai
- : Visit the shrine of Swayambhunath near Patan, the UNESCO-listed city of Bhaktapur, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar in Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in Agra, Ranthambore National Park, the Amber Fort and City Palace in Jaipur, the City Palace and Garden of the Maids in Udaipur and Mani Bhavan in Mumbai
- : View the temples of Kathmandu and Patan, and the Palace of Winds in Jaipur
- : See the Red Fort, Parliament House and India Gate in Delhi, the Gateway of India and Chhatrapati Shivaji historic railway station in Mumbai
- : Scenic Cruise across Mumbai Harbour to Elephanta Island
- Deogarh: Stay in a beautifully maintained heritage resort in Deogarh, which was once a magnificent fort.
- : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
- : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
- : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
- : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- : Optional Experiences and free time
- : Flights from Kathmandu to Delhi and from Udaipur to Mumbai
- An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Optional Experiences and free time
- Flights from Kathmandu to Delhi and from Udaipur to Mumbai
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- Trafalgar Tours
- Offer valid through 3/31/2024
- 18 Days
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|Welcome to Kathmandu: Keep a keen eye out for the rainbow-coloured prayer flags flapping in the wind as your transfer from Kathmandu Airport takes you to your hotel. Spirituality is the cornerstone of Nepalese culture, and this is revealed in the many shrines and temples that dot its capital, which you'll get to explore in the coming days. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
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|KATHMANDU AND PATAN
|Stupas and Temples of Kathmandu and Patan Make Travel Matter: Your first stop today is the UNESCO-listed shrine of Swayambhunath. Uncover its history spanning millennia. Admire the galleries of prayer mills and gleaming white stupa, whose gilded spire provides the colourful eyes of Buddha a lofty vantage point from which to survey the surrounding valley. Share the intricately carved stone facades with the resident monkeys and admire the artistry of Nepalese craftsmanship. You'll see all this as you walk through the remnants of Buddhist and Hindu iconography, said to be around 2000 years old.
Proceed to the heart of the old town and Durbar Square, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you will gain a deeper understanding of its role in the centuries of rule over this mountain kingdom. See the traditional pagoda-style architecture reflected in the temples and palaces that surround the square - the Hanuman Dhoka palace complex, the Mahadev Temple, the House of the Goddess Kumari and Taleju Temple. After some free time for lunch, journey to nearby Patan, renowned for its collection of ancient temples, carvings and palaces, which you will see first-hand during a visit to Patan Durbar Square, a generic name given to plazas and areas located opposite Nepal's old royal palaces. Delve into the ancient Buddhist heritage of the City of Beauty and visit the Krishna Temple and Golden Temple.
Later, MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experienceduring your visit to the Tibetan Refugee Camp, which features a handicraft centre and provides shelter to the families of Tibetan refugees who fled the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959. Among these were gifted Tibetan carpet weavers whose talents remain on display today at the Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre. You could choose to buy some of the traditional Tibetan handicrafts as a memento of your trip. Then it's back to Kathmandu for a well-deserved evening at leisure.
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|Explore Kathmandu Dive Into Culture: The UNESCO-listed city of Bhaktapur and its impressive Durbar Square are the main attractions today. While the city is rebuilding its fallen temples, it remains a cultural centre. Stroll along narrow alleys and admire artisans at work. Watch how they weave cloth, carve timber and make pottery, which dries in all its terracotta brilliance in open squares for all to admire. Dive Into Cultureand join a local potter for a workshop to learn how Bhaktapur has been a pottery centre for centuries. You'll see first-hand how traditional techniques are still used. Large spinning wheels are coaxed into action with a long stick and the rapid stirring of the talented potters to shape all sorts of ceramics out of lumps of clay. Get your hands dirty and hone your own pottery talents as you make your own creation to take home as a memento of your visit.
If you have time, stop in one of the squares and sample the famous Juju Dhau, Newari yoghurt treat, enjoyed in a 'takeaway' pottery bowl. Later, return to the hotel and enjoy some free time. You could consider joining an Optional Experience to witness a poignant Aarti ceremony at Pashupatinath Temple on the banks of the Bagmati River.
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|Kathmandu to Delhi
|Kathmandu to Delhi: Your soulful encounter with Nepal at its end, but your journey through India is just beginning. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Delhi. India's vibrant capital extends a lively welcome, launching an unforgettable experience through northern India's most exquisite sights. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetisers.
Le Meridien New Delhi
|Discover the Delights of Old Delhi Dive Into Culture: Savour the scents of spice as you embark on an exhilarating rickshaw ride, navigating the busy streets of Old Delhi. See the Red Fort, a sandstone fortress which once housed the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for centuries.
Next, Dive Into Culture as you ride through the colourful Chandni Chowk market and watch it come to life as the day's trading begins amidst the sounds of enthusiastic salesmen and endless traffic. Visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Admire its ornate facades before boarding a waiting vehicle to drive to Raj Ghat, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Pay tribute to this beloved figurehead, who led the campaign for India's independence from Britain. You'll come face-to-face with the site where he was cremated following his assassination in 1948. Today the simple square platform of black marble is surrounded by a tranquil park, befitting of its status as a place of contemplation.
Your next stop is Agrasen Ki Baoli, one of the most noteworthy stepwells in Delhi. Hidden amidst the cacophony of Delhi's streets and business towers, this ancient water reservoir rises from the depths of the earth to stand atop 103 stone steps. Spend a few moments of serenity amidst its centuries-old ornate arches before returning to your hotel for an afternoon of leisure or consider one of our Optional Experiences.
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|See the Sights of Delhi Make Travel Matter: This morning, join a guided walking tour run by one of the rehabilitated street children who were taken in by the Salaam Baalak Trust in Delhi. Your visit is a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience and supports this non-profit organisation and the street children for whom it cares. Later, walk through Paharganj Bazaar, rubbing shoulders with the locals who flock to the market to shop every day.
Escape the noise and head to New Delhi, designed and built by the British in the 1920s. Your first stop here is a visit to the UNESCO-listed Humayun's Tomb, the earliest example of Mughal architecture in India. Recently renovated with the gardens restored to their former glory, you'll see first-hand why it served as the inspiration for the design of the famous Taj Mahal. Enjoy local flavours for lunch at a restaurant near India Gate, then head to the Qutub Minar complex, also a UNESCO listed site. This fluted 'Victory Tower' is decorated with elaborate inscriptions, geometric carvings and elegant balconies.
Returning to your hotel later, drive past Lutyens' Delhi to view the elegant colonial facades leading British architect Edwin Lutyens left behind on the cityscape. You'll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps join one of our Optional Experiences.
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|Sunset at the Taj Mahal: It's time to leave Delhi behind, bound for the Uttar Pradesh city of Agra. While there are many reasons to love Agra, its own ‘monument to love', the Taj Mahal is perhaps the most captivating. You'll have an opportunity to see its sun-kissed white marble façades just before sunset, watching as its elegant walls glow with rose and golden hues. Admire this well-preserved landmark from all sides. Step away from your fellow travellers for a minute and contemplate the magnificence of this man-made wonder before re-joining your group. This evening, you could choose to end a memorable day at an optional sound and light show prior to dinner.
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|From the Taj to the Tigers
|From the Taj to the Tigers: There's more to Agra than the Taj Mahal as you'll come to discover the morning during your visit to the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. Stroll through the chambers of a royal residence that was built in the 16th century and served as the principal residence of four generations of the influential Mughal emperors until the capital was moved to Delhi. Continue on to the long-deserted ‘Ghost Town' of Fatehpur Sikri, which was built at great expense by Emperor Akbar in 1569 only to be abandoned soon afterwards because of a lack of water. The city remains beautifully preserved, albeit with an air of melancholy - a rusty-red sandstone masterpiece without a population. Later, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Bharatpur. Then experience first-hand a quintessential experience of getting around in India when you board a train bound for Ranthambore where you'll stay for the next two nights.
|Roam Ranthambore in Search of Tigers: Start the day with an early morning visit to Ranthambore National Park, which was once the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Before the heat of the day sets in and the wilderness awakens, keep a keen eye out for the resident animals and birdlife that find sanctuary here. Have your camera ready in case the park's tigers make a brief appearance.
Return to your hotel for a late breakfast, followed by some time to relax, or to join an Optional Experience. After lunch there's another opportunity to explore the park for a glimpse of the various species of bird and wildlife on your second game drive of the day. Dinner is served at your hotel.
|Onwards to Jaipur Dive Into Culture Connect with Locals: Continue your journey to Jaipur, the Pink City. After some free time for lunch, join a workshop on hand-block printing, one of the most famous traditional art forms of Rajasthan. A skilled Local Specialist will show you the tricks of the trade as you observe how the prints are handmade using small wooden blocks and hone your own block-printing skills. Later, Dive Into Culture and see the talents of local craftspeople on display during a visit to a local market. Admire the colourful textiles and perhaps buy a memento or two to take home. Jaipur is particularly renowned for its embroidery and blue pottery. This evening, join a local family for an exclusive Be My Guestdinner in their home. Connect With Localsand savour some of the local delicacies.
|Explore Colourful Jaipur: One of today's highlights is a visit to the UNESCO-listed Amber Fort. But first, stop to admire the red and pink facades of the Palace of Winds, whose latticed windows once revealed the outside world to the sheltered ladies of the royal household.
Continue with a visit to the ornate City Palace, an impressive complex of buildings from different eras and gardens in the heart of the Old City. Enjoy some time for lunch before visiting the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar Observatory, featuring the world's largest sundial. Later, perhaps join our optional Aarti ceremony, offering a blessing to one of the Hindu deities and hopefully receiving one in return.
This evening, we'll toast to shared memories over a delicious local Farewell Dinner with those guests ending their journey in Jaipur.
|Venture to Deogarh Stays With Stories: A brush with Rajasthan royalty awaits as you leave Jaipur behind and head to Deogarh. This small city is perhaps best known for being home to the royal family of the Deogarh Thikana.
You'll overnight in one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories properties - Deogarh Mahal, once a magnificent fort at the centre of an expansive territory. Tread in the footsteps of the Rawats (Rajas) of Deogarh and watch the world discreetly from behind the fort's jali windows. This evening, a Local Specialistwill share the captivating stories across the centuries as you relive the old tales of family feuds and innumerable legends.
|All Aboard a Rural Railway Dive Into Culture: Join the locals in their favourite commute when you board a metre-gauge train from Kambali Ghat to Phulad this morning. The rail connection was originally launched by the British to unite the regions of Mewar and Marwar, who didn't enjoy the friendliest of relationships at that time. Today it is the lifeline of the local people. Dive Into Culturewatching the rural landscapes flash past as you experience first-hand a typical experience of India.
This afternoon, you could choose to take an optional village walk with a Local Specialist. Or simply enjoy some free time and relax at your historic hotel, soaking up its regal atmosphere. Join your fellow travellers for an enchanting cultural dance show followed by dinner.
|Journey to Udaipur: Royalty behind, romance ahead. Your next stop is Udaipur, the City of Lakes. The historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar, Udaipur is dazzling with its many palaces, temples and Havelis (mansions).
After lunch at a local restaurant, take a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola and admire the golden hues glinting off lakeside facades. Located at the heart of Udaipur, Lake Pichola and the beautiful Aravali Hills provide a mesmerising backdrop for yet another glorious day in Rajasthan. There's no better way to end the day than on the water.
|Uncover Udaipur's Treasures Dive Into Culture: Discover the history of the Mewar dynasty this morning when you visit Udaipur's exquisite City Palace. Admire the panoramic views of the city and Lake Pichola from the palace's ornate facades. No expense was spared in its construction. Its balconies, towers and cupolas are adorned with marble, murals, silver-work and coloured glass befitting of the building's stature as the home of the Maharanas for many centuries.
Next, take a leisurely walk past the 17th-century Jagdish Temple and then find sanctuary in the Garden of the Maids, said to have been designed by Rana Sangram Singh himself to provide a tranquil space for his queen and her 48 maids. Admire the lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant-shaped fountains dotted around before a Dive Into Cultureencounter with the city's lively markets and bazaars. Jostle for your spot in the liveliness of the locals' day to day.
|Fly to Mumbai: Say a fond farewell to Rajasthan and board your morning flight to Mumbai, India's largest city. There's nothing subtle or serene about this cosmopolitan metropolis. Expect larger than life, loud and high-spirited as you spend the next day discovering all it has to offer. But first, embark on a cruise across Mumbai Harbour to see the centuries-old rock-cut temples on Elephanta Island. This UNESCO-listed labyrinth of caves features ancient temple carvings, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Return to your hotel later for dinner and some free time before your last day of sightseeing tomorrow.
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|Explore Mumbai's Metropolis Dive Into Culture: Embrace the magnetism of Mumbai, starting with a visit to the iconic Gateway of India, a majestic archway on the water's edge that welcomed the first-ever visit to India of a British Monarch in 1911. Afterwards, visit Dhobi Ghat where you'll Dive Into Cultureexploring the world's largest outdoor laundry. Here thousands of kilograms of clothes are brought from all over the city each day for washing. See the UNESCO-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a historic railway station built to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Then, continue to Churchgate Station and see the Dabbawallas (Tiffin Carriers) who have been ferrying hot lunch boxes by bike across the city to office workers for over a century. Later, visit Mani Bhavan, a museum and historical building which was once Mahatma Gandhi's residence during his stay in Mumbai. You'll have some free time this afternoon to relax or considering joining an optional Bollywood Tour to uncover the captivating world of film-making in India. On your final evening in Mumbai, share a toast to new friends over a Farewell Dinner.
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|Farewell Mumbai: Cherish the many memories you've made crisscrossing India, from the Golden Triangle to Rajasthan and bustling Mumbai. All that's left is to say goodbye to your fellow travellers and take your airport transfer for your onward journey.
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