Royal Rajasthan and the Taj

Traveling through India is about the sights and sounds. It is about taking in the smells and experiencing the emotions. India is about the people, the warmth of Indian hospitality and the genuine friendliness to guests. A journey is about completely immersing your senses in the surroundings and letting the uniqueness of the country through India take over. A journey through India is a life altering experience and a trip of a lifetime.

This itinerary is a 14 day wandering through Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur and finally Agra!

All of our itineraries can be completely customized to match your budget, travel dates and interests.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Delhi Arrival

Arrive in Delhi. Check in at your preferred hotel for an overnight stay.

Overnight: Justa The Residence Greater Kailash

Day 2 - Delhi

Today features a full-day tour of Old and New Delhi. Included in Old Delhi are its markets and mosques, the Red Fort and Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. While in New Delhi, you will visit Humayun’s Tomb, the predecessor of the Taj Mahal, the 12th Century Qutub Minar, the Parliament House and India Gate.

Overnight: Justa The Residence Greater Kailash

Day 3 - Delhi - Mandawa

After breakfast, depart by surface transport for Mandawa, a small and busy market town that came into being in the 18th Century, and was subsequently fortified by merchant families. Today, it has some of the finest painted havelis (traditional mansions) in the region.

Overnight: Castle Mandawa Hotel

Day 4 - Mandawa - Bikaner

Drive to Bikaner and check in at your hotel. Once a busy trade center, Bikaner was frequented by the legendary caravans that strung out across the desert to West Asia and Africa. The afternoon half-day tour will take you around this fortified city perched above the rocky desert from where you will see camels and temples, and witness a rich mixture of local music, dance, art and wildlife. Also worth a visit are Junagarh Fort and the Camel Breeding Farm.

Overnight: Lallgarh Palace

Day 5 - Bikaner - Jaisalmer

Drive to Jaisalmer after breakfast, where the ‘Golden City’ awaits you with its desert fortress whose stone ramparts glint like gold by the setting sun. A city that is unrivalled in its magic, romance and exotic beauty. Check in at the hotel.

Overnight: Fort Rajwada

Day 6 - Jaisalmer

Enjoy a morning tour of the city, founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156. Once the capital of the Bhari Rajputs, the walled city of Jaisalmer harbors narrow, cobblestone alleys where mansions can be seen with their intricate latticework and stone carvings. About a quarter of the old city’s population resides within the walls of the Jaisalmer Fort, which has 99 bastions around its circumference. A fascinating place to wander around during the day. And in the evening, you will have a special viewing of Jaisalmer’s famed sand dunes from the back of a camel.

Overnight: Fort Rajwada

Day 7 - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur, Rajasthan’s second largest city that stands at the edge of the Thar desert. Home of India’s most spectacular fortress-palace, the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rajput clan of Rathore rulers. In the Mehrangarh Fort, you will see battle-scarred walls, courtyards and palaces, and get an incredible view of the modern city of Jodhpur. While in the city, you will also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing white marble cenotaph built to commemorate acts of bravery and generosity of the rulers in the 19th Century. A trip to Jodhpur is not complete without a visit to the magnificent Umaid Bhavan Palace. Another must-do, is a foray into the colorful local markets to experience the bustle of everyday life in Jodhpur.

Overnight: Ranbanka Palace

Day 8 - Jodhpur - Udaipur

After breakfast, drive to Udaipur, en-route visiting the famed Ranakpur Jain Temple, one of the biggest and most important pilgrimage sites for the Jain community in India, and an extremely beautiful complex for travelers to visit.

Overnight: Inder Residency Udaipur

Day 9 - Udaipur

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the Lake City of Udaipur, a wonderful oasis nestled in the dry heart of Rajasthan. It is probably the most romantic city in a state where every city has some romantic or exotic tale to tell. The huge City Palace of Udaipur, towering over the Lake Pichola is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. You will also visit the Jagdish temple, a fine example of Indo-Aryan art that continues to be frequented by believers until this day, and Sahelion Ki Bari, the exclusive garden of the royal ladies who once lived in the palaces. The perfect end to your tour is a boat ride on the serene and beautiful Lake Pichola with the sun setting behind the hills.

Overnight: Inder Residency Udaipur

Day 10 - Udaipur - Jaipur

Fly on to your last stop in Rajasthan: Jaipur, the capital of this colorful state.

Overnight: Samode Haveli

Day 11 - Jaipur

Known all over the world as the Pink City, Jaipur will amaze you with the architecture and planning of both its old and new cities. Experience how the city explodes into a kaleidoscope of color and sound with every new day. Enjoy a visit to the imposing Amber Fort including an elephant ride Maharaja style. Also visit the City Palace, the current residence of the Jaipur royalty, the Observatory and the Palace of the Winds.

Overnight: Samode Haveli

Day 12 - Jaipur - Agra

Leave for Agra by surface transport, en-route visiting the deserted capital city of Fatehpur Sikri, where you will wonder why this well-preserved capital was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. Then, in Agra you will come face to face with India’s most perfect architectural creation, the monument of eternal love, the Taj Mahal. Proceed from here to the impressive Agra Fort and get led through the multitude of chambers in this regal residence. As you drive through the city you will get to see some local color and bazaars.

Overnight: Wyndham Grand Agra

Day 13 - Agra - Delhi

After a sunrise visit to discover the beauty of the Taj Mahal by dawn, leave for Delhi by surface. Check into your hotel in New Delhi, and then spend the evening as you please. Wandering the city, shopping, or just relaxing.

Overnight: Justa The Residence Greater Kailash

Day 14 - Delhi Departure

Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Accommodation Information

Justa The Residence Greater Kailash

This hotel is located in the posh GK I neighborhood of South Delhi. The domestic airport sits 16km away and the international airport is not much farther. The property offers an area of peace and tranquility amidst the chaos of Delhi, offering a sense of home, with all the comforts that come with it. Soft, warm textures and tones fill the hotel's facilities and rooms.

Castle Mandawa Hotel

Like many historic homes, Castle Mandawa,Shekhawati is a curious mixture of the old and the new. Medieval turreted towers, palanquin-roofed balconies, blend with modern comforts in old-world rooms. Family portraits, antique cannons and arms add to the charm of this family-run resort where tradition still runs strong. Even time is measured by a different clock: a huge brass gong struck by the resident timekeepers at the fort every hour!

Lallgarh Palace

The Lallgarh Palace is an imposing red sandstone palace, built by Maharaja Ganga Singhji in the memory of his father, Maharaj Lall Singhj in 1902. This oriental fantasy designed by Col. Sir Swinton Jacob, is entirely a hybrid architecture and mixture of different elements of Rajput, Muslim and European styles. The Rajput exterior of Lallgarh Palace contrasts dramatically with the occidental décor within. The intricate carving on red stone is a hall mark of great local craftsman.

Fort Rajwada

Fort Rajwada is a successful attempt by Late Shri Dilip Singh Rathore to rediscover and restore the art & craft that made 'Bharat' the "Eternal Golden Sparrow". Built on 6 acres of land, this princely home has breathtaking interiors done in the traditional style. Located in the peaceful countryside on the outskirts of the golden city is this oasis of serenity and comfort.

Ranbanka Palace

With magnificent views of the Blue city, Ranbanka Palace retains and preserves the old world charm and glory of a bygone era. Its central location allows easy access to key leisure and business addresses in the city. The heritage hotel today houses a range of accommodations from deluxe pool and courtyard facing rooms to extravagant suites in the royal 'Heritage Wing' and luxurious 'Jodhana Wing'.

Inder Residency Udaipur

A luxurious and most perfectly located hotel in the City of Lakes. Surrounded by lovely gardens, misty hills and breathtaking lakes and ponds of Udaipur, this grand five-star hotel is sprawled across 3.75 lakh sq. ft. area and is ideally located, with the airport and the railway station within easy reach.

Samode Haveli

The Samode Haveli is a small intimate hotel offering personalized service. Built over 150 years ago as the Samode Royal family's suburban manor house and was converted into a heritage hotel in 1988. Today it stands as a reminder of a halcyonic past offering moments of subtle luxury. The property was constructed facing North away from the burning Rajasthan sun and features a spectacular painted dining room, an airy verandah and an elephant ramp at the entrance which was specially constructed in the 1940’s for the marriage ceremony of the late Rawal Sahib’s aunt. It has been meticulously restored and integrated into a unique property.

Wyndham Grand Agra

The Wyndham Grand Hotel is truly a beautiful hotel. The impressive architecture and beautiful paintings and carvings on the walls are breathtaking and remind you of the Mughal era. All of its rooms are tastefully designed with rich designer upholstery and linen. Each room is equipped with bedside control panel that manages numerous services and functions.

Every suite embodies unique character & theme with the same rich and grand princely style of living. The finest materials have been sourced from around the globe, coming together in exquisitely designed and crafted interiors.

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