Explore the 'Land of Kings'
No state in India has as many magnificent palaces, forts, and colorful festivals as Rajasthan. On this journey, you will witness the exquisite craftsmanship of the Taj Mahal, venture through the striking desert and mountain scenery of Rajasthan, traverse the immense grounds of several impressive forts, and finally unwind along the banks of peaceful Lake Pichola.
This 12-day tour of the classic Rajasthan is ideal for visitors who want to see unique cultures, splendid histoury, arid desert landscapes, and a traditional way of life that has changed very little over the last few centuries.
- Take in the jewel-encrusted Taj Mahal, the world’s most famous testament to love.
- Explore the pink city of Jaipur by visiting the palaces of the Amber Fort and then learn to cook classic Rajasthan dishes.
- See the ornamental lacquer work at the Junagarh Fort.
- Take a camel ride across the dunes of the Thar Desert.
- Admire the country’s only fort that used to contain an entire city, Jaisalmer Fort.
- Experience the aromatic smells of one of the oldest spice markets as you explore the blue buildings of Jodhpur.
- Unwind in the fairytale-like city of Udaipur with its graceful City Palace and relax alongside the banks of Lake Pichola.
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 own way.
Day 1 Arrive in Delhi
Welcome to Delhi, a city that has been ruled by many great empires that have left behind many beautiful monuments and ruins. You will be met on arrival by our representative and taken to your hotel in a private car.
Day 2 Explore Old Delhi and Drive to Agra
breakfast and lunch
Visit the sandstone and marble Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, where you will climb a turret to have an unrivaled view of all of Old Delhi. While at the mosque, you might see worshipers who have come to pay their respects in the courtyard. If you happen to visit on Friday, you will see a sea of worshipers at the mosque performing their Friday prayers.
In the hectic streets of Chandni Chowk, you can smell the enticing scents of all kinds of spices. Take a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk to see iconic parts of Indian culture from the vibrant saris to the marigold garlands.
After exploring Old Delhi, head to the more modern part of the city to pay your respects at Raj Ghat, the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation and memorial. If you would like to, you can lay a garland of marigold flowers to honor Gandhi and his philosophy of non-violence. In the afternoon, leave for Agra (a 5-hour drive).
Day 3 Witness the Taj Mahal and Other Impressive Mughal Structures
The Taj Mahal is a jewel-encrusted white marble mausoleum that was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. Visit this striking tomb in the morning to see the sunrise when the white marble walls reflect different colors in the changing light.
Leave the Taj Mahal site and then walk through the impressive Amar Singh Gate as you are led into the Agra Fort. Inside the fort, explore Mughal-era palaces such as Jahangiri Mahal to the right of the fort and the Khas Mahal near the riverfront.
In the afternoon, visit the most innovative 17th-century Mughal building, Itimad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb. Here, you can admire the mosaic patterns and geometric designs that were created with inlaid colored stone. End your day by enjoying a sunset view of the Taj Mahal from the Mehtab Bagh garden.
Day 4 Drive to Jaipur and Enjoy a Heritage Stay
breakfast and lunch
In the morning, drive to the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur (approximately 5 hours). When you arrive, take some time to enjoy your stay by relaxing in the courtyard of your heritage hotel. you will be treated like honored guests and gain a deeper understanding of the opulent lifestyles of the old princes of Rajasthan and the royal heritage of India.
Day 5 Venture Through the Pink City and Take a Cooking Class
The day begins with a visit to the elegant “Palace of Winds” or Hawa Mahal which was dedicated to Lord Krishna and resembles the crown that often sits atop the god’s head. Take in the building’s ornate pink façade from the outside.
The next stop is the magnificent Amber Fort, where you can see the great influence of Mughal architecture in the latticed windows, floral-decorated ceilings, glass inlays, and ornately carved silver doors.
Next, it’s time to cover your hands in wheat flour and get started learning to make Indian bread. Now you will enjoy a cooking class in the home of a Jaipuri local where you will learn how to cook classic Rajasthani dishes.
After cooking, you will enjoy your meal with the host and listen to more interesting information about popular Indian sauces or chutneys such as mint, turmeric, and garlic.
Day 6 Jaipur to Bikaner and Visit the Old Walled Town
breakfast and lunch
In the morning, drive to the Bikaner (approximately 5-6 hours). Along with Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, Bikaner was one of the three great Desert Kingdoms of Rajasthan and has much to offer visitors.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Junagarh Fort which is perhaps the best-preserved and most ornately decorated of all the forts in Rajasthan. Here, you will see a local imitation of the Mughal pietra dura artwork in the interior of Anup Mahal.
Day 7 Bikaner to Jaisalmer and Explore the Sand Dunes by Camel Safari
breakfast and lunch
Leave for Jaisalmer (approximately 5-6 hours). Jaisalmer was once a flourishing trade center located on the caravan trade route to Afghanistan and Central Asia. Upon arrival, enjoy your stay at a palace hotel with beautiful courtyards and grand Rajasthani architecture.
In the late afternoon, explore the fascinating desert landscape that surrounds the city on a camel safari. At sunset, you will take a camel ride to the nearby rippling sand dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Day 8 Admire the Living Fort and Drive to Jodhpur
breakfast and lunch
Spend the morning admiring the Jaisalmer Fort which rises like a mirage out of the sands of the Thar Desert. In medieval times, Jaisalmer’s entire population lived within the fort. Even now, thousands of people still reside there making it India’s only 'living fort'
You will have a lot to explore here from the ramparts which are equipped with huge cannons to the Gyan Bhandar, a library of illustrated Jain palm-leaf manuscripts. You can also spend time taking in some of the intricate sandstone carvings around the fort.
In the afternoon, you will be transferred (approximately 5 hours) to Jodhpur, the second-largest city in the state and also a member of ancient trade routes.
Day 9 Visit the Blue Houses and Mehrangarh Fort
In the morning, you will visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort and explore the several brilliantly crafted and decorated palaces within the fort. The Phool Mahal is the most opulent chamber in the fort and is richly gilded and painted. After exploring, you can spend some time at the Mehrangarh Fort Museum to see the rich and varied art collection of the royal family which includes fine miniature paintings, traditional costumes, and interesting weapons.
Continue on to the Jaswant Thada, an elegant marble memorial to the royal family of Marwar. You may see local people coming here to offer prayers and flowers because they believe the Maharaja has retained his healing touch even while entombed inside the shrine.
In the afternoon, walk around the old town’s blue-painted houses and explore the fascinating bazaars with their little shops selling jewelry, hand-dyed fabric, and colorful heaps of sweets and spices.
Day 10 Drive to Udaipur via Ranakpur
Drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur, we will make a stop at the Ranakpur Jain Temple, which is one of the largest and most important temples of the Jain religion. Here, you will see a variety of sculptures as this temple is famous for its intricate carvings and unique architecture. Continue drive to Udaipur, a city full of palaces and well known for its peaceful lakes surrounded by rolling hills.
Day 11 Witness the Grandeur of the City Palace and Enjoy a Boat Ride
Stretching along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, Udaipur’s City Palace is a fascinating combination of Rajput military architecture and Mughal-style decorative techniques. You will spend the whole morning here, exploring the most exquisite palace in Rajasthan which is actually a complex of several palaces built by 22 different Maharajas between the 16th and 20th centuries.
In the afternoon, enjoy a boat tour on the romantic waters of Lake Pichola and visit the two palaces, Jag Niwas and Jagdish Mandir, that are located on islands in the center of the lake. Afterward, visit the nearby Bagore ki Haveli, a museum exhibiting Udaipur’s traditional arts, costumes, and musical instruments.
Day 12 Fly to Delhi and Departure
This morning, you will be transferred to the airport to catch 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 experiencing some hotels with local traditions or features. For example, the palace hotels, heritage hotels, or nice resorts are recommended in India.
- Beautiful courtyards and grand Rajasthani architecture.
- Elegant rooms with traditional handcrafted furnishings.
- A romantic atmosphere and warm service
- About the Meals Many hotels offer buffets with a variety of cuisines from Indian to Italian and Asian. People who are looking to taste authentic local cuisine can try the restaurants specializing in barbecued tandoori kebabs and Indian naan bread. We also recommend trying out one of the many great restaurants that serve modern Indian fusion food. Let us know your food preferences and we’ll take care of the rest. Make sure to inform us of any allergies or dietary requirements in advance
- About the Car Transfers Between Cities
We will arrange private car transfers from Delhi to Agra and from Agra to Jaipur. 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.
From US$2,257 p/p
based on 2 persons and 4-star hotels
Our Service Includes
- One-to-one consultancy with our travel expert
- English speaking local guides and comfortable vehicle
- Activities, hotels and meals listed in the itinerary
- A 24/7 helpline while you are traveling