Enjoy a luxury heritage journey like this one through timeless Rajasthan, the Indian state where Maharajahs built forts and lavish palaces towering over desert cities. Many of these palaces have been converted into modern hotels, making India one of the few places in the world where you can still truly live like a king. Here is a sample of what a tour might look like.
Asia tour packages: India’s Rajasthan
Day 1 – Arrive in Delhi
Welcome to India! On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted with a traditional floral garland and transferred to your hotel. Join your traveling concierge for a welcome reception with a delicious meal in the evening.
Day 2 – Delhi
Enjoy a ride by rickshaw through the lanes of Chandni Chowk bazaar in Old Delhi. See the Red Fort, visit the Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat and the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Later, drive along the broad Rajpath past the India Gate and Parliament House to visit the Tomb of Humayun.
Day 3 – Agra and the Taj Mahal
On arrival in Agra, visit the lustrous Taj Mahal, a monument of love and flawless architectural creation, built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Afterwards, spend time exploring the famous market – Sadar Bazaar as you make your way through the city to Agra Fort, a powerful fortress of red sandstone. After your tour through the palatial Royal Pavilions and gardens there is free time to relax. Later, you could choose to attend an optional spectacular stage musical production which follows the “Saga of Love” that inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal.
Day 4 – Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’
Asia tour packages give you the option of witnessing the Taj Mahal at dawn before driving on to the ancient Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri, a deserted city full of architectural wonder. Stop in the historic city of Bharatpur for lunch, before continuing to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur.
Day 5 – Jaipur Sightseeing
Embark on an early morning walk through this stunning walled city. Meet with local residents to fully experience their culture, traditions and rich heritage in their homes and workshops. Ascend by jeep to the Amber Fort, with its royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirrors, glass and exquisite paintings. Back in Jaipur, see the ‘Hawa Mahal’ (The Palace of Winds) and visit the City Palace Museum and royal observatory.
Day 6 – Bikaner
Journey northwest to the fort town of Mandawa for lunch. Afterwards, continue to the fortified desert city of Bikaner, known for its camel festival which is celebrated on a grand scale every January. Learn all about this indispensable ship of the desert at the Camel Research and Breeding Farm before reaching your hotel.
Day 7 – Jaisalmer
Your tour of Bikaner includes the Junagarh Fort, an unassailable fortress comprising of various palaces, pavilions and a museum containing priceless art and antiques. This afternoon continue through the Great Thar Desert to the trade route town of Jaisalmer, crowned by its hilltop fortress.
Day 8 – Jaisalmer
Embark on a city tour of Jaisalmer, visiting Garhi Sagar Lake and the Fort built in 1156 but still in use today. Pass by the local market where you can witness desert life at its best. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. No visit to Jaisalmer is complete without a trip into the rippling Kanoi Sand Dunes. Savour a dinner accompanied by the gentle melodies of a local musician.
Day 9 – Jodhpur
Follow the ancient silk routes to the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur and your beautiful hotel. Later, journey to Rohet and feel the very pulse of rural Rajasthan on your ‘village safari’ where you are welcomed into the homes of the local Bishnoi people to share a slice of their life.
Day 10 – Mehrangarh Fort
Visit Mehrangarh Fort set on a cliff thirty meters above the city skyline and the white marble Jaswant Thada. Experience a tuk tuk ride through the ancient winding streets before returning to your hotel, where the rest of the day is free to relax.
Day 11 – Udaipur
Drive to Ranakpur, the temple town of Rajasthan. Explore the elaborate carvings and classic architecture of the sprawling Jain temples, which are regarded as perhaps the best in the country. After lunch, continue through the undulating countryside to Udaipur, the beautiful ‘City of Lakes’.
Day 12 – Udaipur
In the morning, sightseeing includes the City Palace complex, the private residence of the ‘King of Kings’. Wander through the markets and bazaars to visit the Jagdish Temple and Garden of the Maids of the Honour. In the evening, enjoy a boat cruise on the serene waters of Lake Pichola followed by a special dinner with drinks.
Day 13 – Depart from Udaipur-Delhi or Mumbai
Your tour draws to a close after breakfast today. Check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Delhi. Alternatively, you may opt to end your journey with a flight back to Mumbai for no extra charge.
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