- When you book our Rajasthan Highlights Tour we will give you a free gift a DVD film called ‘Mystic India’
- International flights included
- VIP meet at aircraft door on arrival
- Useful gift is given to you on arrival
- Private arrival and departure transfers
- Private car & driver for all road transfers
- Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
- Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
- Meals as per itinerary (BB = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
- Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
- Full day sightseeing of New & Old Delhi
- Half day sightseeing of Agra City
- Sunset visit to Taj Mahal (can be swapped for Sunrise visit)
- Sightseeing of Fatehpur Sikri
- Visit to Ahbaneri & Stepwell
- Full day sightseeing of Jaipur
- Visit Amer Fort with Elephant ride.
- Optional extra – A special day with elephants in Jaipur
- Optional extra – Sunrise Baloon ride over Amer Fort in Jaipur
- Half day sightseeing of Jaisalmer with camel ride in Sam dunes
- Half day sightseeing of Jodhpur
- Jeep Safari in Bishnoi Village
- Jeep Safari in Narlai
- Visit to Ranakpur Temple
- Visit to Kumbalgarh Fort
- Half day sightseeing of Udaipur
- Evening boat ride on Lake Pichola
Our Tour features the following locations
DELHI: The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.
AGRA: Known for its stunning architecture, exotic history and magical views, the Taj Mahal attracts as many as 7 million visitors each year, and for a good reason. It is, after all, the monument of love! This iconic landmark is why people from all over the world visit Agra, but the city is also brimming with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Mughal mausoleums, tombs, a beautiful fort and ancient bazaars. You’d expect to feel underwhelmed due to all that hype, but this magical city is everything you expect it to be.
FATEHPUR SIKRI: Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire for just 10 years, but it still presents a massive complex of temples, monuments, and mosques, which make it a historical delight, one of the greatest feats of Indian architecture. Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at a distance of just 40 kms. from Agra. Popular attractions include the Diwan-I-Am (Hall of Public Audience), Diwan-Khana-I-Khaas (Hall of Private Audience), Turkish Sultana’s House and the Treasury. Fatehpur also hosts Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.
ABANERI: Abaneri, a small ancient village in Rajasthan, is mostly known for a stunning step well, a novel 10th-century idea that transformed this village into an incredibly popular tourist landmark in the modern day. Popularly called Chand Baori, this huge step well has been fortified on all sides and was designed to act as a water reservoir for rainwater harvesting, used for ritual cleansing before visiting the adjoining temple and also for leisure purposes. With depths of 20 meters, 13 different levels and 3500 steps arranged in perfect symmetry, this is a fascinating work of art, the deepest and largest step well of India. The presence intricate and beautiful carvings all over the step well add to its stunning beauty, offering great insights into an ancient culture and their traditions. You’re probably wondering where you’ve seen that iconic image, so all you need to do is take a second look at scenes from the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
JAIPUR: The Pink City, the largest city of Rajasthan, is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. This city was established in 1727 by Jai Singh II and is India’s first planned city. It is known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city.
The Pink City stands out as one of the most spectacular and vibrant destinations on the planet, its rich lineage, striking culture and beautiful architecture painting a vivid picture of Indian society. Missing out on The City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh or the Amber Fort is a big no-no, but make sure you reserve time for those chaotic bazaars and delicious cuisines. Jaipur is also known for its traditional handicrafts and unique souvenirs such as camel-leather slippers. The John Madden 2012 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (You can link this to your Best Marigold tour) stole our heart presenting India in an entirely new light, one that suddenly catapulted some of its more exotic destinations like Udaipur and Jaipur to instant stardom.
JAISALMER: While many cities in Rajasthan are bathed in colour, the pink city of Jaipur or the Blue city of Jodhpur and while most are defined by their architecture, the Golden City of Jaisalmer is that rare beauty that is always remembered for its glittery desert experiences. There are enough ancient splendour and grand architecture to keep you entertained, but all that grandeur somehow manages to pale out in front of starry skies, desert oases, sleepy villages, untouched sand dunes and camel rides. There’s no shortage of things to do here. The striking Jaisalmer Fort, its ninety-nine bastions and those stunning merchant-built houses (Havelis) surrounding this ancient citadel are sure to occupy a large chunk of your itinerary but make sure you reserve a night or two for a desert camp experience, perhaps one of the most regal adventures of your life. Wildlife enthusiasts will fall in love with the neighbouring Desert National Park, a heavenly oasis known for its chinkara, desert fox, and blackbuck sightings.
JODHPUR: The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort is littered with beautiful palaces and ancient mosaics and is perhaps the best place to understand how different dynasties left their imprints on India’s architecture, history and culture. Sheesh Mahal, the Hall of Mirrors makes use of huge mirror pieces to create a mesmerising sight while the artistic treasures of Phool Mahal and Daulat Khana leave you speechless with their beauty and ingenuity. Once you’re done enjoying the best of architecture and 16th-century walls, dive into the city’s rich culture. Discover hidden hamlets of traditional Rajasthan in a desert safari, sip on some authentic masala chai (spiced tea) or just have a blast shopping in those labyrinth alleys of Sardar Market, striking bargains on everything from beautiful shoes to pottery pieces.
ROHET: Generations of valiant Rajputs built the fortified desert town of Rohet, one of the best places in Rajasthan to discover authentic Rajput hospitality at its best. Beautiful bougainvillaea vines and neem trees decorate ancient roadways, while time-weathered stone archways offer views of beautiful peacocks strutting about the place. Rohet also brings you closer to the Bishnoi culture, where you get to meet and interact with locals, take part in their traditions and share their love for animals and nature. Try your hand at riding a Marwari horse; a must do for any horse enthusiast. Enjoy long relaxing walks and feast on the delicious cuisine in one of the most colourful villages of India.
NARLAI: Narlai, a small village in Rajasthan, is located at a distance of 36 kms. from Ranakpur. Surrounded by the Aravali ranges, this is probably the perfect spot to base yourself while in the area. You know you’re in Narlai the moment your eyes fall on that colossal elephant statue, promising an incredible experience at one of its many Hindu and Jain temples. The Adinath Temple and its stunning murals are sure to be the highlight of your tour and the Narlai Fort, now a heritage resort, is also worth exploring. Rawla Narlai, a premier hotel here, is splendidly designed to combine the best of ancient regalia and modern-day comfort and its tents give you the true experience of living in a Rajasthani caravan, without ever taking you way from luxuries or pampering amenities.
RANAKPUR: Tucked away in the lush Aravali Mountain, Ranakpur is located at a distance of just 96 kms. from Udaipur. The town is incredibly serene and peaceful, and it paints a beautiful story of India’s culture. Ranakpur’s star attraction is a 15th-century temple that is one of the most fascinating examples of Jain architecture in India. A spectacular white marble wonder rises out from the midst of the forest and the sheer complexity of its architecture is mind-numbing. No wonder it was 65 years in the making! What makes it even more unique is that it has 1444 beautifully carved pillars and no two carvings are the same. The Chittorgarh Wildlife Sanctuary also beckons visitors with wolves, leopards, hyenas, sloth bears, jackals, antelopes, and sambhars.
KUMBALGARH: The state of Rajasthan is home to glorious monuments of a bygone era, narrating stories of India’s rich heritage and artistic beauty. Cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, and Jaipur have become famous hotspots for travellers from all over the world, but Kumbhalgarh isn’t the first destination that comes to mind while planning your North India itineraries. Big mistake! This historic town is home to the iconic Kumbhalgarh Fort, the fort that was never conquered in the history of India, not even by the great Mughal Empire! Full of intricately carved temples, grand palaces and beautiful wall paintings demonstrating superb artistry, this ancient stronghold is full of stories of romance, valour, betrayal, and courage. The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is slowly becoming an equally popular destination for those in search of solitude and solace, and a huge hit among birdwatchers and wildlife lovers. Common sightings include wild boars, crocodiles, panthers, flamingos, and egrets.
UDAIPUR: Udaipur is considered to be the most romantic destination in India, and no matter how much you hear about this legendary city, it always manages to leave you stunned and speechless. The glittery Lake Pichola is as beautiful as they get and those temples, grand palaces, shimmering Havelis and colourful streets set the scene for one of the most memorable holidays of your life. You’d remember some of its sights from the 007 movie Octopussy when our hero swims up to a heavenly palace in the midst of an incredibly romantic lake. You’d expect a city so popular to lose its charm, but Udaipur holds onto its magic, that sense of mystery surrounding its monuments and palaces and the sense of tranquillity that simple boat rides on the lake are bound to offer. Udaipur also enjoys a lively arts scene, exciting shopping and delightful countryside destinations that promise memorable day tours.