Rajasthan is the essence of India: palaces where Mughals and Maharajas once resided, and charming towns that flicker like mirages in the desert. Experience these and other highlights in the "Land of Kings" as you gaze at the Taj Mahal, the Palace of Winds or the Red Fort, feeling the magic of ancient times. For many the most memorable encounters can be found in the countryside: herds of goats, a crowd of children gathering around laughing happily or the old man at the roadside greeting with a shy nod. On this journey you will be staying in authentical accommodation in restored palace hotels, colorfully painted Havelis or under the stars in a desert tent camp. Experience India with all your.
Day 1: Namaste in Old Delhi
You will be picked up from Delhi Airport in the morning and driven directly to the Qutub Minar Complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site). You'll transfer to your hotel and check-in before your afternoon drive past the Red Fort to India's largest mosque, the Jama Masjid. Then a cycle rickshaw will take you meandering past the fragrant spice merchants and colorful fabric shops in Old Delhi's narrow alleys.
Day 2: Delhi - Agra (Mausoleum of Love) (233 kms/4 hrs)
Today you'll drive to Agra to the tomb of Itmad-Ud-Dhaula, which is also fondly called the "Mini Taj Mahal." Following that, you'll visit the Red Fort, a UNESCO World HeritageSite, where you will learn about the fabulous architecture of the Mughal emperors. At sunset, you can enjoy the view of the "real" Taj Mahal from across the River Yamuna in Mehtab Garden.
Day 3: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur (The Abandoned City) (240 kms/4 hrs)
After breakfast, you'll visit the one and only, Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; closed on Fridays. Next, on the way to Jaipur, you'll stop by the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the 1200-year-old stepwell of Abhaneri. With its seemingly endless labyrinth of staircases and steps. It used to provide the water supply to the local population in earlier days. Afterward, you'll continue to Jaipur where you'll spend the night.
Day 4: Jaipur (Pink City Jaipur)
This morning an elephant ride to the Amber Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Amber Fort shines in the morning light while you roam its elegant rooms and get an insight into the everyday life of the royal Maharajas and Maharanis. The City Palace is the residence of the current Maharaja of Jaipur and houses beautiful courtyards. At Jantar Mantar Observatory, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will find a collection of stunningly precise instruments used in astronomy and astrology.
Day 5: Jaipur - Bundi (Small Town Romance in Bundi) (218 kms/3.5 hrs)
Today you'll drive to the town of Bundi, which can easily be explored on foot. Life here is still laid-back and authentic, and while strolling through the streets, you will encounter the locals at their daily routine; scissor grinders, tobacco sellers, and colorfully-dressed women haggling with vegetable vendors. You'll also visit the imposing Bundi Palace, where you will see beautifully painted frescoes.
Day 6: Bundi - Chittorgarh - Udaipur (Rajput Pride) (302 kms/5 hrs)
Today takes you to Udaipur. Along the way, you'll visit the famous Chittorgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Legend has it that this is the location of the ritual suicides by the proud Rajput warriors during several sieges by Islamic enemies. Framed by artificial lakes and the Aravali hills, the city of Udaipur is one of the most beautiful in the whole country and served as a film set for the James Bond movie, Octopussy.
Day 7: Udaipur (Udaipur on Lake Pichola)
In the morning you will enjoy a scenic boat ride (depending on water level) on Lake Pichola. You'll be able to visit the City Palace, which is still inhabited by the Maharana of Udaipur with its lovely miniature paintings. Afterward, you'll take a walk through the bazaar located in the Old Town.
Day 8: Udaipur - Ranakpur - Khejarla (Jainism in Ranakpur) (231 kms/5 hrs)
One thousand, four hundred and forty-four snow-white marble columns are located in the Jain temple of Ranakpur and no two columns are alike. You'll visit the temple before continuing your journey through the rolling hills of the Aravali Mountains to the countryside north of Jodhpur. Tonight you'll stay in a 400-year-old fort with a rural atmosphere, a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Day 9: Khejarla - Jodhpur (Indian Spices at a Family Home) (82 kms/ 1.5 hrs)
Today you'll head to Jodhpur where you will see the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, perched on a massive, 120 meter-high cliff. Afterward visit the tomb of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, where you'll learn about the traditions, rituals, and ceremonies of a Hindu funeral. For dinner, you will be invited to the home of an Indian family for a cooking demonstration, how to create the famous curries of the Indian cuisine, a useful skill that you can take back home with you to impress your friends and family.
Day 10: Jodhpur - Dechhu (Into the Thar Desert) (124 kms/ 2 hrs)
After breakfast, you'll drive to the Marwar Region. During the jeep safari through the Thar Desert, you'll see local artisans at their daily work before eventually arriving at your comfortable tented camp. A short camel ride takes you up on a dune, where you can enjoy the golden sunset over the desert sands. Tonight you'll take a seat near the bonfire and watch as the locals demonstrate the traditional dances before having dinner under the starry sky.
Day 11: Dechhu - Bikaner (To Bikaner) (206 kms/4 hrs)
Today takes you to Bikaner where you'll board an auto-rickshaw to visit the beautiful mansions of the old town and stop for a short bazaar walk. The Junagarh Fort has never been conquered by enemies and is one of the most well-preserved ancient forts in this part of the country. You'll get to know this location and more in the city of Bikaner.
Vesta Bikaner Palace
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Day 12: Bikaner - Mandawa (Colourful Havelis in Shekhawati) (190 kms/3.5 hrs)
A little way outside the city of Bikaner you will reach Devi Kund Sagar, the crematorium of the local royal family. Go for a walk and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the complex with its numerous domed pavilions or "Chatteris." You'll continue your journey to the Shekhawati region in north-eastern Rajasthan, which is famous for it's many colorfully painted Havelis. Even your hotel for tonight is a lovingly restored Haveli.
Day 13: Mandawa - Delhi (Return to Delhi) (256 kms/5 hrs)
After breakfast, it's back to Delhi where you'll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to rest after an action-packed adventure or further explore the city. This is your final night in India, so be sure to pick up any last minute souvenirs you may want, and enjoy yourself.
Day 14: Delhi (Farewell India)
You'll have the morning at leisure in Delhi, and at the appropriate time, you'll be transferred to the airport for your journey home. We hope to see you again soon in India!
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Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.