The Glory of the Maharajas and the World of the Ordinaries
Enjoying the reputation of being the Land of Kings, Rajasthan made a remarkable contribution to the ancient civilization of India. It is worth exploring if you are fascinated by India's splendid history, brilliant culture, delicious food, and colorful festivals. If you plan to visit in October or November and don't mind experiencing the chaotic Indian style, don't miss the unique Camel Festival in Rajasthan.
In this 10-day tour, you will witness the wonder of the ancient world, the Taj Mahal, explore the famous 'Pink City' and 'Blue City', and experience the hustle and bustle of the Camel Festival as well as the piety of the Hindu pilgrims in the sacred town of Pushkar.
- Admire history's marvel of architecture, the Taj Mahal, an emperor's most beautiful gesture.
- Visit the most beautiful ancient fort of Rajasthan in the 'Pink City', Jaipur.
- Enjoy a pretty sunset from the maharajas' heaven, Nahargarh Fort.
- Experience the hustle and bustle of the biggest camel fair in a low-key town, Pushkar.
- Immerse yourself in the culture of Hinduism on the sacred Pushkar Lake and gain some inner peace.
- Explore the 'Blue City', Jodhpur, and be amazed by the most magnificent fort.
Itinerary in detail
This sample itinerary provides inspiration, yet your preferences design the real journey. Following our Tailor-made Guidelines to create a wonderful India holiday in your way.
Day 1 Arrival in Delhi
Welcome to Delhi. Your guide and driver will meet you in the arrivals hall and take you to your hotel. Enjoy your free time for the rest of the day.
Day 2 One-Day Delhi Tour
Start your day with Old Delhi — you will drive past Red Fort. The national flag flying on the sandstone Mughal fort might be the first impressive picture of India in your mind. Visit the sacred Jama Masjid, which is the biggest mosque in India. Feel the solemn atmosphere in this mosque, which has a mix of Indian and Islamic architectural styles. Then take a rickshaw ride through the bustling Chandni Chowk market, which is a great way to discover the local people's lifestyle in Old Delhi.
In the afternoon, go and see Qutub Minar, where Qutbuddin Aibak announced the advent of the Muslim sultans. Then visit Humayun's tomb, the first great example of a Mughal garden tomb. Listen to stories about the splendid dynasties that were created by Indian Muslims.
Day 3Delhi to Agra (4 to 5 Hours) and Mehtab Bagh
breakfast and lunch
You will be driven from Delhi to Agra in the morning. Have a short rest after checking in and then visit Mehtab Bagh (the Moonlight Garden) in the late afternoon for a classic view of the Taj Mahal. The garden is located behind the Taj Mahal and is purposely shaped to offer great views of this wonder of the ancient world. Watch the Taj Mahal as the sun sets and imagine that its hostess is as beautiful as the sunset glow.
Day 4 The Taj Mahal, the Itmad-ud-Daula, and Agra Fort
In the early morning, you will visit the world's most elegant and extraordinary mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.
It is a miracle in the history of architecture, which embodies the most beautiful sentiments of a human being. The closer you walk to it, the more moved you will be by the spectacular ivory-white marble building and the emotion that sparked its creation.
The next stop will be Itmad-ud-Daula's Tomb, which is often called the 'Baby Taj'. Although it is small compared with the Taj Mahal, this 17th-century Mughal building will still impress you with its white marble walls that are decorated with colorful mosaics and stone inlays.
Afterward, you will visit Agra Fort. It is a magnificent 16th-century fortress made of red sandstone, which is located on the Yamuna River. Imagine the luxurious lifestyle of the royal family in this fantastic palace. Don't forget to view the Taj Mahal in the distance from the Khas Mahal, feeling the loneliness of Shah Jahan as he missed his loved one.
Day 5 Drive to Jaipur (5 Hours), Fatehpur Sikri, and the Chand Baori
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
You will be driven to Jaipur in the morning. On the way, visit Fatehpur Sikri near Agra. Find the trails of the great empire, Mughal, in this ancient town, which used to be the capital of Mughal. Listen to the story about finding the successor for the empire. And then stop at a village near Jaipur to find the most magnificent stepwell, the Chand Baori.
Day 6 Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, and the Jantar Mantar
You will explore the lovely 'Pink City'. Stop at an interesting stepwell before visiting the glorious Amber Fort. The corridor with elegant pillars, the lovely colors of the patterns on the walls, the shining mirrors in Sheesh Mahal — any of them will tell you stories about the maharajas of Jaipur and their great kingdom.
In the afternoon, continue your trip to Jaipur's City Palace. The abundant exhibits highlight what life was like for the maharajas of Jaipur. Afterward, visit the Jantar Mantar. Be impressed by the wisdom of the ancient Indians.
Finally, stop at Hawa Mahal to take pictures of this 'Pink City' landmark.
Day 7 Nahargarh Fort and Drive to Pushkar (3 Hours)
breakfast and lunch
Visit the less touristy Nahargarh Fort in the morning. Located on top of a mountain, this fort was originally built to enhance the city defenses and eventually became a summer house for the royal family. Your guide will unlock some rooms, which might not be found by other tourists without guides, and show you the living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, washrooms, and cloakrooms of the maharajas and their wives. The maharajas and their wives have gone forever now — only the monkeys live nearby, guarding this old but beautiful fort.
Drive to Pushkar in the afternoon. This small and peaceful town can get quite busy and colorful during the Camel Festival. Wander through a busy local market where people are buying clothes, shoes, snacks, and handicrafts to reach the sacred Pushkar Lake. Hindus hold ceremonies and have baths there in the evening. A pilgrim might light a candle on the bank and pray to the lake.
Day 8 Camel Fair, Brahma Temple and Camel Safari
Go to the town center to explore the busy camel fair. During the Camel Festival, people from the Thar Desert travel with their well-decorated camels and get together in Pushkar. It is the most important time to do business relating to camels and other animals. It is interesting to find out how they make deals.
In the afternoon, visit the Brahma Temple which is close to Pushkar Lake and full of Hindu pilgrims. Follow them to this mysterious temple and listen to the legends about the God of Creation and his wife.
Have a late afternoon camel safari to enjoy the semi-desert scenery and the small village along the way.
Day 9 Drive to Jodhpur (4 Hours), Blue City
breakfast and lunch
You will drive to Jodhpur in the morning. After lunch, your guide will show you around the area with blue houses. The sunlight shines into the narrow and quiet alleys, and you may spot a crow or two as you wander around. Your guide will knock on a door and take you to the roof of this local's house for a fantastic view of Mehrangarh Fort and the 'Blue City'.
Day 10 Mehrangarh Fort, the Jaswant Thada, and Fly Back to Delhi
Visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort in the morning. This is one of the most impressive and magnificent structures in Rajasthan. The chambers of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, the Sileh Khana, and the Daulat Khana will present you with the splendor and glamour of a bygone era. It is recommended to sit down in Vaara Café in a small courtyard. Appreciate the fantastic carved decorations on the windows and eaves. Imagine that the ladies of the royal family have celebrated the Holi or Diwali festivals in this courtyard.
Later, visit the Jaswant Thada — a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble that were built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It is also a great place to take pictures of Mehrangarh Fort.
Your driver will escort you to Jodhpur Airport for your flight back to Delhi.
Asia Highlights handpicked hotels
We have selected hotels with different styles and for different budgets. Let us know your preferences and we will help you find the right one.
We recommend to experience palace hotels, heritage hotels, or nice resorts in order to get the high-quality service and to your experience.
- Good location in the city center
- A nice garden view and a very warm service.
- Great architecture combining Indian and Islamic styles.
- About the Meals in Pushkar
This little town is a sacred place for Hindus. All the local people are Hindus and are vegetarian so the hotels and restaurants there don't offer any kind of meat, although eggs and milk are available. Alcohol is not allowed either. However, the local vegetarian food is delicious.
- About Your Hotel Booking
The Pushkar Camel fair dates in 2020 will be 22-30th Nov. Booking your hotel in Pushkar will be very tight for the dates of the festival. An early booking will be appreciated so that we can hold the recommended hotel for you.
- About the Car Transfers Between Cities
We will arrange private car transfers between cities. Your guide will not be with you during the transfers. You will have different guides in different cities. Your driver will be able to speak basic English so there will be no problems with basic conversation during the transfers.
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based on 2 persons and 4-star hotels
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