Classic tour of Rajasthan, "Land of the Rajas" (Kings). Spectacular forts, 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
- A classic Rajashtan trip at a fast pace
- Architectural wonders including Taj Mahal
- Art and craft bazaars
- Accommodation in cozy havelis or somptuous palaces
Day 1 : Delhi
Arrival in Delhi. Drive past British era Connaught Place, India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan (President House).
Day 2 : Delhi
In Old Delhi, visit Mughal Red Fort and Jama Masjid Mosque. Wander in Chandni Chowk bazaar. Afternoon visit Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar.
Day 3 : Delhi / Shekhawati
Leave for Shekhawati in Rajasthan. Prosperous merchants built Havelis (mansions) ornamented with frescoes. Overnight in Mandawa or Churu.
Day 4 : Shekhawati / Bikaner
Drive to Bikaner, former desert outpost for caravans. Admire Bhandasar and Sandeshwar Jain Temples. Visit 16th Century Junagarh Fort. Optional excursion to Karni Mata Rat Temple in Deshnoke.
Day 5 : Bikaner / Jaisalmer
Travel to the Golden City of Jaisalmer. Wander around Gadi Sagar lake at sunset.
Day 6 : Jaisalmer and Thar desert
Visit the massive sandstone Fort still inhabited. Later visit the havelis of Patwon, Salim Singh and Nathmal… Afternoon excursion in the Thar Desert: visit Amar Sagar and Lodurva Temples, then Bada Bagh cenotaphs.
Day 7 : Jaisalmer / Osiyan / Jodhpur
Drive to the ancient town of Osiyan. Visit carved Jain temples. Proceed to Jodhpur.
Day 8 : Jodhpur
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 center in Aravalli Hills. Visit Chaumukha Temple built on 1,444 white marble pillars. Stay in Udaipur, the City of Lakes.
Day 10 : Udaipur
Visit City Palace, a complex of narrow corridors, courtyards and Jarokhas (covered balconies). Boat ride in Lake Pichola. Visit Jagdish Temple. Evening attend a Rajasthani dance performance.
Day 11 : Udaipur / Chittorgarh / Bundi
Drive to Chittorgarh Fort. Proceed to Bundi, a peaceful town with a medieval touch. Visit the impressive Palace, and hike up to Taragarh Fort. Also visit the stepwells of Raniji ki Baori.
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 Walled City's lively bazaars. Attend a Bollywood film in Raj Mandir Cinema.
Day 13 : Jaipur and Amber Fort
Morning ride up to Amber Fort. Amber once was the feodal capital of the region, until Maharaja Jai Singh II founded Jaipur in 1727. Excursion to Galta Hill to see 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. Walk on the bank of Yamuna River. Observe Taj Mahal at sunset.
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.
Average travel time:
- 4 to 6-hour drive between halts
When to go:
- Best time: October to March. Ideal in October-November and February-March.
- Avoid during summer (April to June)
- Possible during Monsoon (July to September), limited rains and attractive rates!
Spice up your trip:
- Stay at legendary Lake Palace Hotel.
- Extend the trip to Khajuraho, Varanasi or Goa.
- Experience cooking class, zip line, arts and crafts, cycle ride, safaris…
Monument closing days:
- Taj Mahal on Fridays
- Delhi Red Fort on Mondays
- All monuments in Rajasthan on Holi festival.