Rajasthan’s very name exudes majesty, mystery and history – and all are on the itinerary every day of this fascinating 12-day odyssey through India’s most emblematic region. Join us for a special journey to explore Rajasthan’s most enduring monuments, attractions and nature reserves. Discover majestic palaces, breathtaking landscapes and rare wildlife in its natural habitat. Visit the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Ranthambore National Park and other places which you have dreamed of seeing all your life.
Delhi: Head to the Nizamuddin West area near the India Gate to check out the Sufi Nizamuddin Dargah mausoleum and hear some Quawwali music
Jodhpur: Savour mirchi vada, a spicy street snack, washed down with lassi (sweet buttermilk) while exploring Sadar market by the Ghanta Ghar clock tower
Agra: Hop on a horse-drawn ‘tonga’ carriage and enjoy a thrilling ride through the city’s bustling market
A wide range of optional excursions and pre and post-programme extensions are available on request. Please ask tour designer Anuj Negi for rates and conditions
Delhi: Old and New Delhi come to life during visits to the Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar and the grandiose colonial district
Agra: Behold the love poem written in stone that is the Taj Mahal and explore the city’s imposing Red Fort
Fatehpur Sikri: Release your inner Indiana Jones exploring this immaculately preserved Mughal imperial city, which was abandoned centuries ago
Ranthambore National Park: Keep an eye out for sambar deer, birds, eagles, crocodiles and the elusive Bengal tiger
Jaipur: Admire amazing Amber Fort, visit the dazzling City Palace and see the romantic Palace of the Winds
Jodhpur: Enjoy a city tour, visit Mehrangarh Fort and explore the Jaswant Thada cenotaphs
Aravalli Valley: Discover the elaborately decorated Jain temples of Ranakpur, which boast a majestic collection of sculptured reliefs
Udaipur: Visit the stunning City Palace, explore the old town and enjoy a cruise on Lake Pichola with a stop at the ‘floating palace’ of Jag Mandir
Delhi: End the experience on a high at the cultural extravaganza that is the Kingdom of Dreams
Arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport for meet and greet by a Le Passage to India representative followed by transfer to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner along with informal interaction and a briefing session with the tour manager. Delhi is a bustling metropolis where the past and the present merge, and where the Old and the New cities define the capital’s cultural and architectural heritage.
Enjoy a morning tour of Old Delhi after breakfast at the hotel, taking in some of the top historic sights and attractions in the capital. Visit the Raj Ghat Gandhi memorial en route to 17th century Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Then enjoy a thrilling rickshaw ride through the allleys of Chandni Chowk market to experience the hustle and bustle of a crowded oriental bazaar. Afterwards, head to New Delhi to see the grandiose government district from the late Raj period. Built in the style known as the Delhi Order, the Presidential Palace, the Secretariat and the 42-metre-high India Gate represented the high point of British colonialism in India. Continue to Bangla Sahib, the capital’s most important Sikh temple, which is known for its large community kitchen which daily serves food to thousands, irrespective of caste, creed and religion. In the afternoon, visit the 16th century Humayun’s Tomb, the magnificent mausoleum of the second Mughal emperor. Travel further back in time at Mehrauli Archaeological Park, where there are more than 100 buildings from the onset of Muslim rule in India. The star attraction is Qutub Minar, which, at 73 metres, is the tallest brick minaret in the world, and one of the most important example of Indo-Islamic architecture.
Take to the road after breakfast at the hotel, driving southwards to Agra on the banks of the River Yamuna. Check-in on arrival. Later visit Agra Fort, whose forbidding red sandstone battlements hide a number of majestic Mughal palaces. Explore the delightful Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience) where the emperor sat on his throne to dispense to his subjects, and the Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) where he hosted kings and foreign dignitaries. The white marble Mina Masjid (Heavenly Mosque) stands in contrast to the rest of the Red Fort. Continue to the Taj Mahal for sunset, a truly mesmerising experience. Built in the mid-17th century by the heartbroken Shah Jahan following the death in childbirth of his queen, Mumtaz Mahal, this mausoleum is an eternal love poem written in stone. During the visit, you can admire the intricacy of the work of the 20,000 craftsmen who were brought from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy to build this astonishing monument.
Bid farewell to Agra after breakfast, heading to Fatehpur Sikri and then on to Bharatpur to catch the train to Sawai Madhopur. To wander the ‘ghost city’ of Fatehpur Sikri is to go back five centuries in time to the height of the Mughal Empire. This monumental walled city was built by Akbar the Great, the third emperor, to be his capital but it was abandoned within a few years of its completion due to a lack of water. Today, it is a remarkably well-preserved collection of red sandstone palaces, pavilions and mosques. Visit the Jama Masjid mosque, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, the Panch Mahal and other palaces, which speak of the grandeur and splendour of the Mughals. Continue to Bharatpur to board the Kota Jan Shatabdi Express (train number 12060) which departs at 15:45 hours and arrives at 18:00 hours in Sawai Madhopur, the gateway to the famous Ranthambore National Park. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in.
Explore Ranthambore National Park on a canter safari after breakfast at the hotel Ranthambore is located in what was originally the private hunting ground of the maharajas of Jaipur. The park features a varied geography of forested hills, sweeping grasslands and lakes, all under the shadow of the ruins of the hilltop Ranthambore Fort, more than 200 metres above the surrounding plain. The park’s Bengal tigers are renowned for being fearless and roaming the park during the day. Other residents include leopards, striped Hyenas, sambar and chital deer, jackals, sloth bears, wild boars and more. Break for lunch and return to the park in the afternoon for yet more animal sightings. After the safari, return to the hotel.
Depart for Jaipur after breakfast at the hotel, arriving in the ‘Pink City’, as it is popularly known, at about lunchtime. Check-in on arrival with the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a morning tour of Amber Fort, stopping en route to see the spellbinding Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds. Located on a spur overlooking a lake, Amber Fort’s robust, time-ravaged walls appear imposing from the outside but they hide an interior packed with beautifully decorated palaces and temples, and landscaped gardens. Be dazzled by Sheesh Mahal, a room with all the four walls and the ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces. Admire the frescoes of the Ganesh Pol gate and the colonnade of the Diwan-i-Aam. Return to the old city to visit the City Palace and the beautiful palaces within such as the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal and the intricately decorated Peacock Gate. Also of interest is the Armoury Museum, which houses an impressive collection of antique weapons such as blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers, which belonged the royals. Return to hotel.
Savour breakfast at the hotel before taking to the road for Jodhpur. On arrival, head to the hotel for check-in. Jodhpur is known as the ‘Blue City’ because of the indigo hues of the houses that encircle the base of the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, which rises more than 100 metres above the old town. In the afternoon, a sightseeing tour of the city explores the fort, which houses a number of evocatively named palaces with meticulously carved panels and latticed windows. With structures from a five-century period, there is a wide variety of architectural styles and the chambers of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, the Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana convey the splendour and glamour of a bygone era. Also visit the adjacent Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in the late 19th century.
Embark on a spiritual journey after breakfast at the hotel, heading to the ‘White City’ of Udaipur, stopping en route to visit the temples of Ranakpur. Located in a remote and sparsely populated valley in the Aravalli Hills, the Jain temples of Ranakpur are among Rajasthan’s most impressive hidden treasures. The temples, which are in such pristine condition that they look almost new, date from the 15th century and were built to an astonishingly high standard of craftsmanship. The main temple, Chaturmukha, has more than 1,440 carved pillars supporting domes with intricate geometric patterns – and no two the pillars are the same. As the light shifts through the day, the pillars change in colour from white to bluish and then to golden hues. Then visit the Hindu Surya Temple and other Jain temples a short distance away before stopping for lunch at Maharani Bagh Orchard Retreat. Return to the road after eating to continue the drive to Udaipur. Check-in on arrival with rest of the day at leisure.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before exploring Udaipur with a sightseeing tour. Located on the northern shore of Lake Pichola and surrounded by the green Aravalli Hills, the White City’s historic homes, temples and palaces speak of a noble past. Visit the City Palace, from where the maharajas of Mewar ruled their kingdom. Nowadays, it is a museum showcasing the lavish palaces in which the royals lived. Continue to Saheliyon-ki-bari (Garden of the Maids of Honour) which was where the royals hosted their exuberant parties and drive around Fateh Sagar Lake, past the Lok Kala Mandal puppet museum and the statue of Maharana Pratap. Board a boat for a scenic cruise on Lake Pichola, enjoying a new perspective of the city. See the City Palace, temples, bathing ghats and the two ‘floating’ palaces in the lake, alighting at Jag Mandir for a brief tour of this palace. Bask in the golden hues of the sunset as the boat returns to the quays before transferring to the hotel.
Transfer to the airport after an early breakfast to catch the 08:10 hours flight to Delhi, arriving in the capital at 09:50 hours (Jet Airways flight 9W 2628). On arrival, transfer to hotel. In the evening, proceed to Kingdom of Dreams, a covered leisure and entertainment complex that recreates India’s iconic regional locations, from a tavern in Goa to a backwater in Kerala, in a ‘street of India’. Enjoy dinner at the venue before settling down for an exhilarating dance and drama show at Nautanki Mahal theatre. Cutting edge technology and visual effects combine to offer an opulent Bollywood-style musical show.
Breakfast at the hotel followed by transfer to Delhi Airport to board onward flight. Breakfast included.