The enchanting northern province of Rajasthan is awash with all the colours of India. On our classic adventure we discover the blood-stained history of massive forts, the opulence and splendour of Maharajahs' palaces, colourful markets and bazaars and the culture of the local people. To top this all off we search for the elusive Bengal tiger and enjoy a camel safari. This is truly the essence of Rajasthan.
Days 1-2 Delhi
Chaotic Delhi is awash with historical sites, museums and markets. Visit the wonderful walled city of Old Delhi and see one of its most impressive buildings, the Jama Masjid. Join the crowds to explore the bazaars; everything is for sale here from fireworks and silks to copper and spices.
Day 3 Agra
Travel by train to the Mughal city of Agra. Learn the tragic love stories and mysterious legends of the Red Fort. Visit the iconic Taj Mahal - constructed from marble and inlaid with jade, crystal and sapphire, it must be seen to be believed.
Day 4 Rural Rajasthan Heritage Stay
Journey to rural Rajasthan to stay at a royal family residence. Explore the village, meet villagers and chat with traditional craftspeople for a unique insight into local life.
Days 5-6 Jaipur
Visit the Amber Fort, which was once the seat of the head of Rajasthan, then travel on to Jaipur, Rajasthan's 'Pink City'. Jaipur is bursting at the seams with markets filled with jewellery, textiles and folk-based arts. After bargaining for souvenirs, there's an opportunity to laugh, shout and cheer with locals at a lively Bollywood film.
Days 9-10 Bijaipur
Experience the best of both worlds in Bijaipur. Camp lakeside under the stars, then spend the next night in the luxurious Castle Bijaipur.
Days 11-12 Udaipur
Rolling hills, white marble palaces and lakes come together to make Udaipur the most romantic city in Rajasthan. Visit City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India.
Days 13-14 Pushkar
With India's only Brahma temple and a holy lake, Pushkar is the place to rub shoulders with pilgrims and sadhus (holy men). For a change of pace, take a camel ride into the desert and witness a magical sunset among the dunes. In free time, shop, explore or head to a hilltop temple for views over the town. A hot chai at the top makes the effort worthwhile!
Day 15 Delhi
Come full circle on return to the hum of Delhi.
Day 7 Ranthambhore National Park
Safari into the heart of the Indian bush to discover lakes and ruined palaces. Keep an eye out for deer, monkeys and reclusive Bengal tigers.
Day 8 Bundi
Journey through rural Rajasthan to Bundi. Admire stunning murals at the palace that presides over the town's Brahmin-blue rooftops, explore the enchanting alleyways and experience life in remote Rajasthan.