This trip is ideal for the first-time visitor to North India, taking in all of the highlights and some unusual Audley twists along the way. Starting in the capital, New Delhi, before taking the train to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. You then head into the colourful state of Rajasthan, visiting the major cities; Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur which boast impressive forts and palaces. In between you have stops in rural Rajasthan, which not only break the long drives but offer an insight into life in the countryside and a relaxing break between the large busy cities.
DAY 1 - DELHI
You will be met on arrival in Delhi and be and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, if you would like to explore then why not head to Lodi Gardens, a relaxing place to enjoy Delhi's green spaces and uncover Mughal tombs.
DAY 2 - DELHI
Your private guided tour of the capital today highlights the remarkable contrast between Old and New Delhi. Your excursion includes the Jama Masjid, the largest Friday mosque in India. From here we suggest a walk in the heart of Old Delhi - a great way to absorb the sights and sounds. You will also see the monumental buildings set along wide boulevards of Lutyens' New Delhi, including India Gate and the President`s residence.
DAY 3 - AGRA
This morning you will rise early and transfer to the train station to board your express train to Agra. Here you will enjoy a guided tour of the city, including a visit to the legendary Taj Mahal, built as a memorial to the wife of Shah Jehan. You will also see the Red Fort, where Shah Jehan spent the last few years of his life imprisoned here by his son, looking across the Yamuna River at his accomplished Taj Mahal, and I`tma-ud-daulah, sometimes known as the "Baby Taj".
DAY 4 - JAIPUR
Drive from Agra to Jaipur stopping en route to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the enigmatic and beautiful deserted capital of Emperor Akbar which was abandoned when water supplies dried up.
DAY 5 - JAIPUR
Full day sightseeing in and around the 'Pink City' of Jaipur. In the morning you will visit the magnificent Amber Palace with your guide. Capital of the Kachhawaha Rajputs until 1727, this fort complex can be ascended on elephant back and there are great views from the top. Later, back in Jaipur, you will discover the treasures of the City Palace which houses an important museum, the intricate facade of The Palace of the Winds and the fascinating observatory.
DAY 6 - BARLI
Head into rural Rajasthan to Barli. You can explore the small town, seeing small town life in India which is away from the usual tourist trail.
DAY 7 - JODHPUR
Continue westwards by road to the Jodhpur, the 'Blue City'. Driving in Rajasthan offers diverse landscape and colourful images, whether it be the saris of the women in the fields or the bright truks on the road.
DAY 8 -JODHPUR
Today you have a tour of the imposing Meherangarh Fort, which has been restored to a excellent standard, and also explore Jodhpur's markets. The afternoon is at leisure.
DAY 9 - NARLAI
Head south to Narlai. En route you will visit the beautiful Jain Temples at Ranakpur which have been intricately carved and offer a tranquil stop.
DAY 10 -NARLAI
At leisure today, there are plenty of excursions to explore this small town and if you are feeling active you can climb up to the huge rock that dominates the town for wonderful views.
DAY 11 - UDAIPUR
Continue south by road travelling through the scenic Aravalli Hills to Udaipur.
DAY 12 - UDAIPUR
This morning you have a tour of the vast City Palace, Udaipur's narrow and charming streets and the relaxing Sahelyon ki Bari gardens. The afternoon is at leisure.
DAY 13 - DEPART DELHI
An early start, you will fly to Mumbai before connecting to your return flight arriving home the same day.