Ancient Lands
On this journey, you travel beyond the Golden Triangle, into the heart of Rajasthan. Not only do you visit the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, but you venture into the heart of Rajasthan, visiting its many iconic sights. Visit Jaisalmer at the threshold of the Thar Desert, blue city of Jodhpur, fairy tale city of Udaipur, primitive Pushkar, heartening Karauli and more...

  • Code: Bespoke
  • Duration: 17 Nights
  • Destinations: Delhi (3), Mandawa (1), Khimsar (1), Jaisalmer (2), Manvar (1), Jodhpur (2), Udaipur (2), Pushkar (1), Jaipur (2), Karauli (1) & Agra (1)
  • Theme: Heritage, Culture & Cuisine
  • Experience Highlights:
    1. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the colorful bazaars of Delhi.
    2. Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, like Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar in Delhi.
    3. View the magnificent murals of Mandawa.
    4. Explore the desert habitat near Jaisalmer and tour its havelis.
    5. Go for a village safari in Manvar.
    6. Get an introduction to the local culture and traditions from the Bishnois.
    7. Visit the spectacular Forts and Palces of Rajasthan.
    8. View the Jain shrines of Ranakpur.
    9. Take a boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
    10. Explore Pushkar, the only place in India that boasts a temple to Brahma.
    11. Enjoy a cookery demonstration in Karauli.
    12. Go trekking or cycling in Kaila Devi National Park.
    13. Visit the world wonder Taj Mahal in Agra.
    14. Enjoy the company of Gay hosts and a Gay Party.
    15. Massage by smart Gay massage therapists.
    16. Enjoy unique culinary experience.
  • Contact us for reservations & more details. All Experiences can be tailor-made to suit your interests and travel preferences…
Day 1: Arrive Delhi 
Arrive at Delhi International Airport.

Delhi, the administrative and political capital of India, is a major tourist attraction and a perfect start for a holiday in India, because of its rich heritage and cultural past, revealed in its monuments, parks, Government buildings and other places of interest. Delhi’s attractions range from forts and monuments dating back a thousand years to modern shopping malls, nightclubs and golf courses, as well as a wide range of cuisines to suit every taste.

Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, a pinkEscapes representative will meet you to extend a warm welcome. Drive through the Diplomatic Enclave in a private vehicle to arrive at your hotel. The representative will provide assistance with check in and will present a welcome pack including all necessary documentation as well as the travel plan. Enjoy the rest of the day / night at leisure.

Meals:: B D
 
 
Day 2: Delhi 
Get over jetlag in the morning. Enjoy lunch at one of the oldest Delhi restaurants, as famous for its delectable cuisine as for its interesting ambience.

Take a drive to visit the newly-built, lavish Akshardham Temple, which is intricately hand-carved and built in the northern style by 11,000 artisans over five years. Akshardham is made of salmon-coloured sandstone and white marble, contains 20,000 sculptures of deities, and features traditional Orissan, Gujarati, Mughal and Rajasthani architectural elements.

Go for an escorted heritage walk in the evening to the Lodhi Gardens, a haven of tranquility and peace, which contains architectural works of the 15th-century Sayyids and Lodhis.

Enjoy the services of a pleasant gay massage therapist for a relaxing in-room, hour-long massage at the hotel.

In the evening, a well groomed Gay host takes you for dinner to an upscale Delhi restaurant in the bustling city area where you witness the cosmopolitan Delhi culture.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 3: Delhi 
Begin the day with a visit to the Jama Masjid, built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 1656. One of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world, it is constructed in red sandstone and white marble. The main prayer hall can seat more than 20,000 worshippers. Get a photo stop at the Red fort. Built in red sand stone by Shah Jahan in 1648, it is laid out along the river Yamuna as an irregular octagon. The main entrance to the fort is the Lahori Gate, which was once a royal market where jewelers, painters and craftsmen sold their wares.

Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, the bazaar of Old Delhi. Jahanara Begum, the daughter of Shah Jahan, designed this commercial space in 1648.

Later, drive through the majestic boulevards of New Delhi. The Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Palace), where the Viceroy once lived, is now the official residence of the President of India. It is an imposing structure with 340 rooms, constructed on Raisina Hill. View India Gate, a war memorial arch built in honor of 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I.

After lunch at an upscale restaurant in Connaught Place, visit Humayun’s Tomb. Built in white marble and red sandstone, with a dome and high arched entrances, surrounded by formal gardens, it is generally regarded as a prototype of the Taj Mahal. Then visit Qutab Minar, a soaring tower of victory, 72.5 meter high. The construction of this minaret commenced in 1193 and was completed in 1368. Built on the foundations of a Hindu temple, many elements of the construction reflect their Hindu and Jain origins. Within the complex, there are myriad monuments that combine both Islamic calligraphy and Hindu motifs.

This evening we host a welcome dinner for you at a Gay Home or take you for a Gay Party! After a memorable evening, retire to the comfort of your hotel.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 4: Delhi - Mandawa 
This morning, drive to Mandawa in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan.

Mandawa was founded and inhabited by Shekhawati Rajputs in the 18th century and is popularly known as the open art gallery of Rajasthan because of its magnificent murals and frescoes based on tales from mythology, legend and contemporary lifestyle, which adorn the havelis (small mansions) of this town. Mandawa Fort is known for the antiques and paintings displayed in its Durbar Hall. The fort has now been converted into a heritage hotel.

In the afternoon, arrive in Mandawa and check-in at your hotel. Enjoy lunch at leisure. In the late afternoon explore Mandawa—visit the havelis and walk through the bazaar to observe local life.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 5: Mandawa - Khimsar 
This morning, explore Mandawa and the Dundlod Fort, Nawalgarh and the main bazaar.

Later, proceed to Khimsar, located on the edge of the Thar Desert. This unique 16th-century fort is not only an example of history brought to life with its battle-scarred walls, but it features lush green gardens and a wide variety of bird life. On arrival, check in at Khimsar Fort.

Later, visit a nearby weaver's centre, which is supported by a local foundation, which has been working with the local women.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 6: Khimsar - Jaisalmer 
This morning, drive to Jaisalmer, which was at one time a staging post on the trade routes to the west. This walled citadel, with sand-colored walls that look like gold in the setting sun, contains a complex fort surrounded by palaces and temples. Below the forest of intricately carved spires and turrets is a merry jumble of buildings, alleys, animals, humans, shops and cafes, wonderful golden havelis and numerous fine Jain temples. Camel trains can often be seen taking visitors out into the desert on camel safaris.

Upon arrival in Jaisalmer, check in to your Hotel.

Spend a leisurely afternoon to explore your surroundings. In the evening, enjoy a camel ride into the desert, stopping at spectacular dune fields, oasis, and the remote villages of the camel herders. Visit a family for tea and snacks, and learn about their lives in this arid region.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 7: Jaisalmer 
After breakfast, visit Jaisalmer Fort, built in 1156. It is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan. The fort nestles over Trikuta Hill and is surrounded by numerous fine havelis, beautifully carved Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century and five royal palaces. The havelis, built by wealthy merchants in the 19th century are famed for their exquisitely carved sandstone facades. The only living fort is occupied by merchants and shop owners, which is an interesting sight and a great photo opportunity. Visit ‘Salim Singh ki Haveli’, built 300 years ago for the Prime Minister to the then Maharaja of Jaisalmer, Maharaja Rawal Gaj Singh. Patwon-ki-Haveli, which boasts a ceiling supported by exquisitely carved pillars, is the grandest mansion in Jaisalmer. The delicately chiseled balconies and extensive corridors and chambers of this haveli also present an impressive sight. Round off the tour with a walk through narrow cobbled streets. Enjoy the sunset in the desert.

This evening, a smart Gay host joins you and takes you for dinner to a local restaurant, an insight into the life of Jaisalmer.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 8: Jaisalmer - Manvar 
This morning, leave for Manvar, which is located in the sand dune region of Rajasthan between the ancient cities of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner. The Manvar resort is very quaint and pleasant, a green oasis, designed and built in the style of a village settlement against the backdrop of a desert landscape. You also have an option of enjoying stay in luxury tents and taking pleasure in a unique desert experience.

After lunch, go for a Village Safari by Jeep. It’s a drive of one and a half to two hours through desert landscapes. On the way, you can opt to visit a typical desert home to see how people live there; visit a craftsman’s home, and see the wildlife. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, enjoy spa treatments or relax by the pool.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 9: Manvar - Jodhpur 
This morning, drive to Jodhpur. Called the Blue City, it was once the capital of Marwar, a princely state founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha. It is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh Fort and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Umaid Bhawan Palace, the monuments, temples and gardens of Jodhpur express a multi-faceted grandeur. While the palaces, forts and temples bring alive its history, the exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city.

Arrive in Jodhpur and check in at your hotel.

In the late afternoon, enjoy a tour of Jodhpur city. Enjoy simply authentic Indian lunch and visit the magnificent Mehrangarh fort, which dominates the town. Seven gates lead into the fort, which contains several palaces and courtyards within its walls. The palace apartments, which feature marvelously carved panels and latticed windows, are evocatively named. These apartments house a fabulous collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings, musical instruments and costumes. Continue the tour, visiting the memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The cenotaph, built in 1899, was followed by the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs that stand nearby. There are some beautiful marble jalis and fine views from the terrace in front of the cenotaphs.

This evening, a smart Gay host joins you and takes you for dinner to a local garden restaurant.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 10: Jodhpur (Excursion to Rohet & Bishnoi) 
Visit Rohet and Bishnoi, where you will get an introduction to the local culture and traditions. At Rohet, you will visit the homes of the villagers and interact with various communities living in the area, and to understand their world. The Bishnois have protected wildlife for over five centuries and are responsible for the survival of endangered species, such as the black-buck antelope. The semi-nomadic Raika shepherds of Marwar, the Paliwals and the Meghwals, who are farmers and weavers, are the other village communities in the area that you will visit. After lunch at Rohetgarh fort, return to Jodhpur to relax at your hotel.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 11: Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur 
This morning, drive to Udaipur, with an en-route stop at Ranakpur, a beautiful and secluded town, famous for its Jain temples.

Ranakpur, on the banks of the Maghai, boasts some of the most exquisite Jain temples, known for their intricate friezes and sculptures. The main Chaumukha temple was built in 1439 and is dedicated to the first Enlightened One, Adinatha Rishabdeva. An inscription in it traces its origin to the reign of Rana Kumbha. Erected on a raised platform, it is surrounded by 66 subsidiary shrines. It has 1444 beautifully carved pillars, of which no two are alike. Enjoy lunch at a quaint resort, a primitive experience and delicious food!!

Continue your journey to Udaipur, a city of manmade lakes and palaces located in the Aravali range. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 and fondly referred to as Rajasthan’s most romantic city, its rich history is matched by its picturesque setting. Spend the rest of the day to relax and explore Udaipur.

In the early evening, take a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola, sailing past its picturesque ghats and palaces, stopping at the Jag Mandir Island, a 17th-century water palace that was the refuge for Mughal Prince Khurram when he was exiled by his father. Prince Khurram later became the 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan and built the Taj Mahal in the memory of his wife.

This evening, a smart Gay host joins you and takes you for culinary fare at a Gay owned restaurant serving an array of courses.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 12: Udaipur 
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Udaipur.

Udaipur combines real beauty with a picturesque setting and associations with a great and glorious past. It stands in a valley, amidst green hills, on the banks of the wide, steel-blue Lake Pichola. Marble palaces rise from little islands in the lake. The Maharana’s palace crowns the ridge on which the city clusters. Udaipur is replete with fantastic hill top fortresses, exotic fairy tale palaces and gripping legends of medieval chivalry and heroism. Udaipur rivals any of the world's famous creations of the Mughals with the Rajput love of the whimsical and its superbly crafted elegance.

Visit City Palace, which is a conglomeration of buildings added by to various Maharanas; despite this, the palace manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design. The entrance is through Hathii Pol along the main street of the old city, past the Jagdish Temple. The paintings, mosaics, intricately carved chhatris and the architecturally brilliant facade all contribute to make a visit to the City Palace a truly memorable experience. Also visit the Crystal Gallery, located in the City Palace—it contains a rare collection of Osler's crystal ordered from England by Maharana Sajjan Singh in 1877.

Return to the hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure for independent / spa activities.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 13: Udaipur - Pushkar 
Leave for Pushkar in the morning. Pushkar is a sacred town for the Hindus, situated 11 kms to the North-West of Ajmer. The charm of this sleepy, lakeside settlement so captivated the great Indian poet, Kalidas, that he described it in Abhigyan Sakuntalam. The Hindu epics refer to this holy site, regarded to be Adi Tiratha (first holy place). It is said that when the demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma's children, he in turn struck him with his weapon, a lotus flower. Vajra Nabha died with the impact, and the petals of the lotus fell at three places. One of them is Pushkar, where a lake sprang into being. Brahma performed a sacrifice at this lake on the full moon day of the Kartik month, making it a holy place. Pushkar has the only temple dedicated to Hindu God Brahma. Take a dip in the waters of Pushkar and worship at Brahma’s temple to ensure salvation. Go for a walk around the lake and witness the evening prayers.

On arrival, check in to your hotel.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 14: Pushkar - Jaipur 
Drive to Jaipur via Ajmer, stopping to visit Bal Prakash, which helps at-risk children in Ajmer, India. There are over 82 students, ages 8-16. This centre is aimed at providing the children with an education, and the skills needed to help them develop into self-sufficient adults with a bright future.

Jaipur was named after the boy Prince who commissioned it--Maharaja Jai Singh II--a warrior, astronomer and politician who served as a general and administrator under the Mughals from 1699 to 1743. Modern Jaipur is pink, to coincide with the visit of the Prince of Wales (King Edward VII). On arrival, check in to your hotel and freshen up. Proceed for lunch at local restaurant in a delightfully authentic setting.

Visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory. Built in the 1700s, it looks like something out of a sci-fi film. It houses unique instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Continue your visit to City Palace to view the Maharaja’s private collection of textiles and armory. End the tour with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, or the "Palace of the Winds." This beautiful façade is probably the most-photographed in Jaipur, with its ornately carved windows designed so the ladies of the palace could look out onto the streets unobserved. Use rest of the time shopping in the bazaars of Jaipur.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 15: Jaipur (Day-long excursion to Samode) 
After breakfast, go for a sightseeing tour of Jaipur. Enjoy an excursion to the magnificent Amber Fort, the ancient citadel of the Kachhawa clan. Ascend the fort riding on an Elephant. Spend the afternoon at Samode and talk to the local inhabitants to learn more about the family and its hotel chain. Have lunch at Samode Palace, return to Jaipur to spend the afternoon at leisure

Enjoy the services of a pleasant gay massage therapist for a relaxing in-room, hour-long massage at the hotel.

This evening enjoy (romantic) dinner at a hillock Restaurant, where people can relate to what they have read in the books about golden era of the ‘Kachwaha Rajputs of Jaipur’- the glamour of the past, old silver furniture, paintings, chandeliers, finest crockery, cutlery, glassware and linen. The food is from the Royal Kitchens of Rajasthan and other thikanas of Jaipur, served in traditional style.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 16: Jaipur - Karauli 
Go to Karauli in the morning. This city is associated with the Yaduvanshis, who founded it in 1348. Originally known as Kalyanpuri, after Kalyanji, the local deity, this city is home to the Shri Madan Mohanji cult, which is followed by Krishna worshippers all over Rajasthan. The Kaila Devi fair, held in this district, honors Mahalakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

On arrival in Karauli, check in at the Bhanwar Vilas Palace Hotel, built in 1938.

After lunch, walk or go by camel cart to Kaurali City Palace, built in the 14th century and added to in the 17th. Red stone ramparts surround the walled city with bastions for security. Till date the city boasts of six gates and eleven posterns. The city palace of Karauli is a fine piece of 18th-century architecture, with its stone carvings, gorgeous jail work, glass inlay work, classic paintings with elaborated ornamented stucco work and frescoes. You can visit a Khadi weaving unit, a Beedi factory (local cigarettes), local handicrafts and bangle units. Before returning to the hotel, visit the Madan Mohan ji Temple, which is in the city palace campus, for evening aarti.

In the evening a cookery demonstration awaits you, followed by dinner.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 17: Karauli - Agra 
After breakfast, explore the city to view vintage cars and the organic farm. Visit the school for poor children and the handicraft center run by an NGO.

Visit the Kaila Devi National Park (Project tiger / Buffer zone to Ranthambore National Park) and the villages inside the sanctuary. On the way, visit the Kaila Devi temple and the 200-bed hospital run by the temple trust. You can enjoy cycling and trekking expeditions in Kaila Devi National Park, as well as high tea.

Drive to Agra, which was developed into a second capital for the Mughal Empire by Akbar and Shah Jehan. En route, visit Fatehpur Sikri. The deserted red sandstone city was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and Palace in the late 16th century. Also view the Bulund Darwaza, which is the largest gateway in the world.

Arrive in Agra and check in to your Hotel

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Day 18: Agra - Delhi 
Visit the Taj Mahal early in the morning. Created as a mausoleum for Shah Jehan’s favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, it was designed by a Persian architect and took 22 years to complete. The Taj is noted for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and fine inlay work. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Later in the day, visit Agra Fort. It is an imposing structure with walls of red sandstone, almost two miles long and contains palaces, audience halls and mosques. The fort presents a mixture of Islamic and Hindu architectural styles. It was built by the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar. Subsequent additions were made to the fort by his son Jahangir and grandson Shah Jehan.

In the afternoon, you drive back to Delhi (200kms/ 5 hours).

On arrival, you will enjoy farewell dinner hosted by pinkEscapes at one of the most popular Indian food restaurants. Later, a representative will escort you to the International airport in time for your flight back home.

Meals :: B L D
 
 
Contact us for reservations & more details. All Experiences can be tailor-made to suit your interests and travel preferences…
Day City Luxury Deluxe Superior
1DelhiThe OberoiImperialTaj Vivanta
2DelhiThe OberoiImperialTaj Vivanta
3DelhiThe OberoiImperialTaj Vivanta
4MandawaMandawa CastleMandawa CastleMandawa Castle
5KhimsarKhimsar FortKhimsar FortKhimsar Fort
6JaisalmerThe SeraiKila BhawanThe Gateway Hotel
7JaisalmerThe SeraiKila BhawanThe Gateway Hotel
8ManvarManvar ResortManvar ResortManvar Resort
9JodhpurUmaid Bhawan PalaceHotel RaasThe Gateway Hotel
10JodhpurUmaid Bhawan PalaceHotel RaasThe Gateway Hotel
11UdaipurUdai VilasFateh PrakashUdai Kothi
12UdaipurUdai VilasFateh PrakashUdai Kothi
13PushkarAnata ResortJagat PalacePushkar Palace
14JaipurTree of LifeJai MahalHotel Ramada
15JaipurTree of LifeJai MahalHotel Ramada
16KarauliBhanwar Vilas PalaceBhanwar Vilas PalaceBhanwar Vilas Palace
17AgraAmar VilasRadisson BluThe Gateway Hotel
18DelhiRoom for wash and change at Raddison Blu HotelCheck outCheck out
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