Classic tour of Rajasthan. Recommended for India first-time travelers. The journey combines spectacular palaces, lively markets and authentic villages. Stay in palaces and experience Maharaja's lifestyle!
15 days / 14 nights
Delhi - Shekhawati - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Bundi - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
- Architectural Moghul and Rajasthan wonders including Taj Mahal
- Art and craft bazaars in Old Delhi and in the Pink City
- Rajasthan main cities and some lesser known destinations
- Accommodation in lovely havelis or somptuous palaces
Day 1 : Delhi
Arrival in Delhi and transfer to hotel. Drive past British Connaught Place, India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan (President House).
Day 2 : Delhi
In Old Delhi, visit the mosque of Jama Masjid and Mughal Red Fort… Wander in Chandni Chowk bazaar. In New Delhi, visit Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple and Humayun’s Tomb.
Day 3 : Delhi / Shekhawati
Leave for Shekhawati region in Rajasthan. Prosperous merchants used to build beautiful Havelis (mansions) ornamented with frescoes. Overnight in Mandawa or Churu.
Day 4 : Shekhawati / Bikaner
Drive to Bikaner, once a desert outpost for caravans. Look around Bhandasar and Sandeshwar Jain Temples. Visit 16th Century Junagarh Fort. Optional excursion to Karni Mata Temple in Deshnoke, the Rat Temple.
Day 5 : Bikaner / Jaisalmer
Drive to the Golden City of Jaisalmer, in the heart of Thar desert. Wander around Gadi Sagar lake at sunset.
Day 6 : Jaisalmer and Thar desert
Visit Jaisalmer massive sandstone Fort. It features a royal palace (Raj Mahal), Jain temples and Laxminath Temple. In city, visit the painted mansions of Patwon, Salim Singh and Nathmal Havelis… Afternoon trip to Amar Sagar and Lodurva in the outskirts of the city. Visit Bada Bagh cenotaphs.
Day 7 : Jaisalmer / Osiyan / Jodhpur
Drive to the ancient town of Osiyan. Visit carved Jain temples. Proceed to Jodhpur. Wander in the gardens of Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Day 8 : Jodhpur
Jodhpur once was the capital city of the fierce Rathore Rajput clan. Breathtaking Mehrangarh Fort dominates the “Blue City”. Also tour Jaswant Thada Memorial and Chamunda Devi Temple. Stroll around Sardar Bazaar and Clock Tower.
Day 9 : Jodhpur / Ranakpur / Udaipur
Drive to Ranakpur, a major jain pilgrimage place dedicated to Lord Adinath. Visit Chaumukha Temple built on white marble pillars. Each of the 1,444 pillars is decorated with unique carvings. Proceed to Udaipur, the City of Lakes, nestled in the Aravallis Hills.
Day 10 : Udaipur
Visit the City Palace, a complex of narrow corridors, courtyards and Jarokhas (covered balconies) overlooking Lake Pichola. Take a boat trip. Visit Jagdish Temple and attend a Rajasthani dance performance.
Day 11 : Udaipur / Chittorgarh / Bundi
Drive to Chittorgarh Fort, testimony of an era of feodal wars. Proceed to Bundi, a peaceful town with a medieval touch. Visit its impressive Palace, and hike up to Taragarh Fort. Also visit the stepwells of Raniji ki Baori. Stroll around the local market.
Day 12 : Bundi / Jaipur
Departure to the Pink City of Jaipur. Visit the City Palace, Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds) and the Observatory of Jantar Mantar. Wander in the lively bazaars of the walled city. Attend a Bollywood film in Raj Mandir Cinema.
Day 13 : Jaipur and Amber Fort
Morning enjoy an elephant ride up Amber Fort. Amber once was the feodal capital of the region, until Maharaja Jai Singh II founded Jaipur in 1727. Around Jaipur, visit Galta Hill and Gorges featuring various temples and water tanks.
Day 14 : Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra
Drive to Agra. En route visit the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted mughal capital. Reach Agra and visit Red Fort. At sunset, walk on the bank of Yamuna River and observe Taj Mahal.
Day 15 : Taj Mahal / Delhi
Early morning visit fabulous Taj Mahal, the climax of your trip. Then visit the Tomb of Akbar the Great in Sikandra. Drive back to Delhi and spend the evening in city. Later board your flight back.
When to visit Rajasthan:
|Best time:||October to March|
|Possible period:||April, July to September|
|Avoid:||May and June|
Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays, Delhi Red Fort on Mondays.
Spice up your trip:
- Stay at legendary Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur.
- Extend the trip to Khajuraho or Varanasi.
- Customize the trip with thrilling activities: cooking class, outdoor activities, interactions with local communities, arts and crafts, shopping…