Classical Rajasthan

Delhi – Shekhawati – Khimsar – Osiyan – Jodhpur – Rohet – Deogarh – Ranakpur – Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Bijaipur – Kota – Bundi – Pushkar – Ajmer – Jaipur – Samode – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Delhi

17 days / 16 nights

Experience this vibrant land of Rajasthan with its colour and culture of royal India. A state ruled by various rajas and maharajas unfolds many unsaid stories of the regal era. Relive the lives of great warriors and their chivalry, their romance, glory and tragedy. Discover layers of history in Delhi, the site of seven cities and where the old and the new collide even today. Journey to that ode to love known to the world as the Taj Mahal, in Agra. In fact, immerse yourself in wondrous Rajasthan and a whole lot more.

Delhi sits at the edge of the state of Rajasthan and the perfect gateway to the splendours of the desert region. Colourful and full of life, Rajasthan is full of regal grandeur, breathtaking architecture, and nature’s bounty. Agra, with the Taj Mahal rounds off this voyage of discovery with the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri waiting for you.

 

 At a glance

  • Discover Shekhawati, the "open art gallery of Rajasthan" with private residences that have frescos almost everywhere
  • Peek into the unique way of life of the Bishnoi community known as the conservationists to whom the preservation of animal and vegetable life is a religion since the early 15th century
  • Marvel at the architectural wonders of forts, palaces and temples
  • Experience the life of the maharajas
  • See the Taj Mahal and other jewels of Mughal architecture
  • Enjoy the treasures of old and new Delhi, the city where the modern and the medieval come together in everyday life

You spend almost three weeks in Rajasthan and a bit in Agra and there is still some Rajasthan left out. That’s how large the region is, that’s how vast what it offers. You return with bucket loads of memories and experiences that last you a lifetime.

This trip is full of history, culture and examples of human ingenuity. Each day is full of sights, experiences and wonders. You are transported back to a period when the region was at its zenith, surviving a bleak and harsh landscape.

Day 01

Arrive Delhi

Land in Delhi where our representative meets you and assists transfer to the hotel. Check-in and stay overnight.

Day 02

New Delhi

Post-breakfast visit to old and new Delhi with its medieval and modern cultures. The sights include Jama Masjid (mosque) built in the 17th century, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the Red Fort, Humanyun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and a drive past government buildings in Lutyen’s Delhi. Overnight in New Delhi.

Day 03

New Delhi – Mandawa

Leave by road for the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan after breakfast. Upon arrival check in at the hotel and visit the frescoed havelis (residences), the hallmark of this area. Overnight in Mandawa.

Day 04

Mandawa – Khimsar

Post breakfast, drive to Khimsar visiting Nagaur town en route. Visit Khimser Fort and surroundings. Overnight at Khimsar Fort.

Day 05

Khimsar – Osiyan – Jodhpur

Drive to Jodhpur, the blue city, after breakfast. Stop at the Jain Temples at Osiyan en route. Check in at Jodhpur hotel and visit Meherangarh fort followed by the clock tower and market around it. Overnight in Jodhpur.

Day 06

Jodhpur – Rohet

Morning at leisure. Leave for Rohet in the afternoon Rohet. Embark on a Jeep safari to nearby Bishnoi villages followed by the opium ceremony at the house of the village head. Return to Rohet and stay overnight.

Day 07

Rohet – Deogarh

Day 08

Deogarh – Udaipur

Leave for Udaipur, the city of lakes, also known as the Venice of the East, after breakfast. En route visit Ranakpur Jain temples and Kumbhalgarh fort, with the second longest wall after the Great Wall of China. Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 09

Udaipur

After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Udaipur city visiting the City Palace, the largest in Rajasthan and the medieval Jagdish temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Sahelion-ki-bari, the Garden of Maids. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride during sunset hours on Lake Pichola. Overnight in Udaipur.

Day 10

Udaipur – Bijaipur

Drive to Bijaipur after breakfast visiting Chittorgarh fort on the way. After arrival at Bijaipur, the rest of the day at leisure for independent activities or a Jeep ride to the surrounding countryside. Overnight in Bijaipur.

Day 11

Bijaipur – Bundi

Drive to Bundi after breakfast visiting Kota Palace and fort on the way. Upon arrival check in at hotel Later visit Taragarh fort, Bundi palace and the architecturally impressive baolis (water tanks). Overnight in Bundi.

Day 12

Bundi – Pushkar

Post breakfast drive to Pushkar, the holy city. After hotel check in visit the Pushkar ‘Sarovar’ (lake), Lord Brahma temple and witness the evening aarti ceremony. Overnight in Pushkar.

Day 13

Pushkar – Jaipur

After breakfast, drive to Jaipur, the Pink City visiting the Ajmer dargah (shrine) of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, a famous sufi saint on the way. Arrive in Jaipur and visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar (astronomical observatory) in the afternoon followed by some shopping including jewellery and tissue. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 14

Jaipur

Proceed on Jaipur city sightseeing post breakfast starting with an excursion to the Amer fort - one of the most fascinating Indian forts. Reach the fort majestically atop an elephant; once inside, visit the Palace of Mirrors, Hall of Public Audience and the beautifully manicured gardens. Photo stop at Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds) on the way back to the hotel for lunch. In the evening visit a grand Hindu temple to witness the evening prayers. Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 15

Jaipur – Samode

Leave for Samode after breakfast. Check in at Samode Palace after arrival. You are free to explore the local culture, village life and architecture of the palace or simply pamper yourself with the luxurious services that the palace offers. Camel cart ride to nearby Mughal style gardens of Samode Bagh for high tea in the evening. Overnight in Samode.

Day 16

Samode – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra

Drive to Agra, the city of Taj Mahal, after breakfast. Visit Fatehpur Sikri on the way. A world Heritage Site and the erstwhile capital of Mughal dynasty under Akbar, Fatherpur Sikri had to be abandoned due to scarcity of water. Arrive in Agra and check in at hotel.

Day 17

Agra – Delhi – Onward Destination

After breakfast visit Red Fort on the banks of the Yamuna followed by the Taj Mahal. Drive back to Delhi visiting the mausoleum of Emperor Akbar at Sikandra en route. Upon arrival at New Delhi airport transfer you to hotel close by for wash and change. After farewell dinner in the hotel, transfer to airport to board return flight.

Note: Taj Mahal remains closed on Fridays.

You spend almost three weeks in Rajasthan and a bit in Agra and there is still some Rajasthan left out. That’s how large the region is, that’s how vast what it offers. You return with bucket loads of memories and experiences that last you a lifetime.

This trip is full of history, culture and examples of human ingenuity. Each day is full of sights, experiences and wonders. You are transported back to a period when the region was at its zenith, surviving a bleak and harsh landscape.

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