India is at its most colourful amid the deserts, bazaars and forts of Rajasthan. This is a land where massive hilltop fortresses rise up from the desert and where markets are awhirl with locals dressed in the brightest shades of scarlet, gold and rose. Visit lakeside holy towns, marvel at tweaked and twisted moustaches and take time to experience local traditions of remote villages. From the beauty of the Taj Mahal to a night under the stars on a desert camel safari, this journey through Rajasthan promises to be a true adventure.
Days 1-2 Delhi
Soak up the heady mix of sounds, smells and colours in this exuberant introduction to India. Explore Old Delhi and visit the impressive Jama Masjid.
Days 3-4 Shekhawati
Explore the ornate havelis that date back to the days of the great camel caravans.
Days 5-6 Bikaner
Journey into the Thar Desert to Bikaner. See the hulking fort and the Karni Mata rat temple, then enjoy an evening of traditional Rajasthani food, music and dance.
Days 10-11 Jodhpur
Home to the colossal Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur also has one of the oldest and most interesting bazaars in India.
Day 13 Ranakpur
Peruse the intricately carved Jain temple nestled in a deep wooded valley.
Days 14-16 Udaipur
Explore the lavish City Palace, boat on peaceful Lake Pichola and take in a cultural dance show in India's most romantic city.
Days 17-18 Jaipur
Drop by the majestic Amber Fort and discover the Hawa Mahal, which gleams at dusk amid the frenzy of the bazaar. Why not end the day with a dazzling Bollywood film?
Day 19 Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary
Take a rickshaw ride through the wetlands and forests of a serene bird sanctuary, a rare respite from the buzz of urban India.
Day 20 Agra
Explore the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri then continue to Agra, site of the stunning Taj Mahal.
Days 21-22 Delhi
Visit Agra's Red Fort and meet a local carpet maker before returning to Delhi.
Days 7-9 Jaisalmer/Camel Safari
The golden stone houses of Jaisalmer make for spectacular viewing as the sun rises and sets. Get a taste of Rajasthani nomadic life on an overnight camel safari.
Day 12 Nimaj
Meet tribespeople and craftsmen at the foothills of the Aravalli Mountains. Enjoy sunset over hot chai at a royal retreat.