Day 08 – After breakfast we leave for Jaipur and check into your hotel in time for lunch.  This afternoon visit the wonderful sights of this city including the City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory, followed by a rickshaw ride through the busy market.  Tonight enjoy Rajasthani Folk Dancing and dinner at the hotel.  Overnight in Jaipur.

Price with Flights from London £1,999 / US$2,599*

*Flight prices will only be available 11 months prior to the tour departure - a flight price indicator of £500 / $600 has been calculated into the above price with flights from London

Tour Only Price £1,499 / US$1,999

Single Room Supplement £675 / $880

All meals included as indicated in the itinerary.

 

Day 1 - 10th June 2020 - Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

 

Day 2 - After breakfast, join a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi and take lunch at a local restaurant.  Dinner and overnight stay in Delhi.

 

Day 3 – After an early breakfast transfer to the railway station and take the morning Shatabadi Express to Ajmer.  Travel onwards by coach to Pushkar in time for lunch at the hotel.  This afternoon join a walking tour of Pushkar and visit a local village using local transportation!  Dinner and overnight stay in Pushkar.

 

Day 4 - After breakfast drive to Jodhpur and check into your hotel in time for lunch.  This afternoon join a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur and visit Mehrangarh Fort.  Dinner and overnight stay in Jodhpur.  *Tonight there is an optional Jeep Safari to Bishnoi Village.

 

Day 5 – After breakfast leave for Udaipur, stopping en-route at Ranakpur for lunch and a visit to aJain Temple.  After lunch continue to Udaipur where we will stay for the evening.Dinner and overnight stay in Udaipur.  *If time permits this evening, we will take a cruise on Lake Pichola to visit Jagdish Temple. 

 

Day 06 –After breakfast visit the City Palace in Udaipur and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.  Dinner and overnight stay in Udaipur. 

 

Day 07 – After breakfast travel to Deogarh and check into your hotel in time for lunch.  The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this fascinating place which was formerly an estate of the Chundawat Rajputs. Tonight take a BBQ dinner on the terrace of the hotel.  Overnight in Deogarh.

 

The Eclipse

 

Unlike a total solar eclipse, an annular eclipse occurs when the moon is a little further away from the earth so at this point in its rotation a "ring of fire" or annulus remains around the edge of the moon when it moves across the surface of the sun. This is an unusual annular eclipse because sun is almost completely covered (99.6%) resulting a dramatic darkening of the sky with bright sparks of light visible along the edge of the moon. A more typical annular eclipse is the annular on 26 Dec 2019 when 97% of the sun eclipsed.

Upon receipt of your Provisional Reservations we will invoice you for a deposit of 15% of the Tour Only cost.  This deposit is due within 2 weeks of making the Provisional Reservation. The final balance will be due 3 months before departure.

Day 9 - After breakfast visit Amber Fort with a photo-stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and lunch at Saba Haveli (Heritage) in the city.  Dinner and overnight stay in Udaipur.  *Tonight there is an optional trip to the Raj Mahal Theatre to see a Bollywood Movie

 

Day 10 – After breakfast leave for Agra, stopping en-route to visit Fatehpur Sikri.  Enjoy lunch at Fatehpur Sikri before continuing on to Agra and an afternoon visit to Agra Fort.  Dinner and overnight stay in Agra. 

 

Day 11 – After breakfast visit the Taj Mahal.  After lunch, drive to Delhi for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 12 – Eclipse Day.  After breakfast drive to Kurukshetra our observation site. Continue on to Chandigarh for dinner and an overnight stay.

 

Day 13 – After breakfast take an orientation tour of Chandigarh before continuing on to Simla, the old British summer capital in Himachal Pradesh state.  The rest of the day is at leisure.  Overnight stay in Simla.

 

Day 14 - After breakfast at the hotel we board the Toy Train, for a short trip through breathtaking scenery.  After this there is time at leisure to explore Simla and the area around The Mall, including Christ Church.  Overnight stay in Simla.

 

Day 15 - After breakfast return by train from Chandigarh to Delhi.  Dinner and overnight stay in Delhi.

 

Day 16 - 25 June 2020 - Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Radiant Rajasthan

Known to be the most colourful region of India Rajasthan is the jewel in India's crown. From fairy-tale palaces and epic forts to colourful festivals and wildlife encounters, this is India at its vibrant best – a veritable feast for the eyes!

 

On this itinerary, not only will you have the chance to observe an unusual Annular Solar Eclipse (where the moon covers 99.6% of the sun), you will also encounter a colourful melange of majestic forts, royal palaces, lakes, sand dunes, camels and people dressed in brightly-colored costumes.

 

The richness of Rajasthan's art and culture is reflected through the colorful attires, impressive folk music and dances, different languages and dialects, spicy sumptuous cuisine and above all, its inviting and cheerful people.  Nowhere else in the country boasts such flamboyant architecture – a legacy of the Mughals’ penchant for grandeur, fused with the indigenous Hindu love of exuberant decor.