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INDIA Rajasthan: The Princely State 15 nights from £2099 Including optional travel insurance or from £2028 without insurance§ Discover the palaces, temples and hilltop forts of the desert state of Rajasthan and experience the luxurious Rajasthani lifestyle with stays in a trio of historic hotels. Mehrangarh Fort looms over the Blue City of Jodhpur ACTIVITY LEVEL Day 1: UK-Delhi. Fly overnight to Delhi. Day 2: Delhi. Travel to New Delhi for a two-night stay. D Day 3: Delhi. Discover Old and New Delhi on an included full-day tour, including the sights of Raj Ghat, the Jama Masjid mosque, bustling Chandni Chowk, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara mosque and the famous Red Fort. B, D Day 4: Delhi-Agra. Transfer to Agra where you spend two nights. Visit Mentab Bagh ­ the Moonlight Gardens ­ from where you can view the Taj Mahal. B, D Day 5: Agra. This morning visit the Taj Mahal to watch the sun rise over its iconic form. Built in the 17th-century by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his late wife, it is regarded as one of the seven new wonders of the world and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, visit Agra Fort, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and once the city of the Mughal rulers, with its wealth of palaces and mosques enclosed within walls. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. B, D Day 6: Agra-Fatehpur Sikri-Jaipur. Travel to Jaipur where you stay for two nights. En route visit the small and beautiful historic city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built between 1571-1573 it served as the capital of the Mughal empire for just 14 years and features a host of striking red sandstone structures. You'll also pause to visit the remarkable 9th century Chand Baori Stepwell ­ one of the most impressive in Rajasthan. B, L, D Day 7: Jaipur. Visit the walled 16th-century Amber Fort with its palace and temples and enjoy a city tour of Jaipur. See the City Palace and admire the exterior of the famous Palace of the Winds. B, D Day 8: Jaipur-Khimsar. Travel into the desert to Khimsar where you will stay overnight at a former historic fort, now a hotel. B, D Day 9: Khimsar-Dechu. Drive through the desert to Dechu, where you stay two nights at an oasis in the Thar Desert.. Later enjoy an included off-road desert drive. B, D Day 10: Dechu. At leisure. This evening enjoy an included camel safari through the sands. B, L, D Day 11: Dechu-Jodhpur. Travel to the city of Jodhpur, once capital of the Marwar kingdom, where you stay two nights. Jodhpur lies at the base of a sandstone ridge on the edge of the desert, enclosed by a nine-kilometre long wall. You'll pass through eight gates to enter this small city, seven of which represent victories in battle. Enjoy a brief guided orientation walk. B, L, D Day 12: Jodhpur. Visit the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, its formidable exterior concealing three beautiful palaces graced with carved decoration and wall paintings. You'll also see the royal cenotaphs of Jaswant Thada. B, D Day 13: Jodhpur-Udaipur. Drive south to Udaipur known as the `City of Lakes', where you spend two nights. En route visit Kumbhalgarh hill-top fort ­a 15th-century Mewar fortress, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Hill Forts of Rajasthan. The wall of the fort (the second largest in India) is claimed to be the second-longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China! B, D Day 14: Udaipur. Enjoy an included city tour of Udaipur, a graceful city of palaces, ghats and temples founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559. Discover the City Palace, and visit ornate Jagdish Temple and Sahelion Ki Bari gardens, with their lotus pools and marble pavillions. Enjoy a scenic drive around Fatehsagar Lake and a cruise across Lake Pichola (subject to water levels). B, L D India Khimsar Dechu Jodhpur Kumbhalgarh Fort Udaipur Chand Baori Stairwell Amber Fort Delhi Taj Mahal Agra Fatehpur Sikri Jaipur nights in hotel Lake Pichola 92 Please quote SMT19 Questions on an existing booking? Call FREE on 0800 504 555 or visit saga.co.uk/managemybooking