The magical and exciting tour of Rajasthan and the Taj Mahal in a 14-day/13-night tour
Tour highlights: Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Khuri, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Taj Mahal
Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
Your Indian driver will pick you up upon your arrival at the airport (or any other place in Delhi) and escort you to your car. Then we will take you to your hotel. There proceed to your check-in before we brief you to the rest of the tour, and answer the questions you may have on India or on your tour. According to your arrival time, we will take you for a first tour of Delhi's highlights: such as the Akshardham temple (and its unimaginable architecture), Humayun's Tomb (built in the 1500s), the Lotus temple (notable for its flowerlike shape, it has won several architectural awards), the Birla Mandir (also know as Laxminarayan Temple, is a Indian Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu), the Monkey temple... Overnight in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi to Mandawa (6h drive)
In the morning your indian driver will transfer you by road to Mandawa, which is part of the Shekhawati region. Mandawa is a typical and quiet town, which is perfect to give a first taste of Rajasthan. Here you can have a walking tour of the old havelies (and their lavishly painted walls) belonging to some of the richest business families of India, such as the Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, the Saraf haveli or the Murmuria Haveli. You can also visit the Mandawa Fort, founded in the 18th century by Thakur Nawal Singh, showing many paintings of Lord Krishna and his cows. Overnight in Mandawa.
Day 3: Mandawa to Bikaner (4h drive)
Today your indian driver will take you to Bikaner. In the afternoon we will visit Junagarh Fort, which was built by Rai Singh between 1588 and 1593. It has a 986-metre-long wall with 37 bastions. You will also visit Deshnok (a small village situated 32 km south from Bikaner), whose greatest attraction is the temple of Shri karnimata also known as "Rat Temple". Back in Bikaner, you can admire the beautiful Laxmi Niwas Palace, that has now been transformed in a sumptuous luxury hotel. It used to be the residential palace built by Maharajah Ganga Singh, the ruler of the former state of Bikaner. Overnight in Bikaner.
Day 4: Bikaner to Jodhpur (5h drive)
Today your indian driver will drive you to the Blue City of Jodhpur (the second largest city of Rajasthan). On the way we will visit the charming village of Osian. Osian is famous for its several Jain temples: among the main attractions you will visit the Dugha Temple (dedicated to the Sun God, Surya) and the Mahavir Temple. Then continue your trip and discover how the old city of Jodhpur circles the Mehrangarh fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. Start exploring the city with Ghanta Ghar (the Clock Tower) and the surroundings. In 2013 Jodhpur topped the Lonely Planet's list of most extraordinary places to stay. Overnight in Jodhpur.
Day 5: Jodhpur City Tour
On this morning your indian driver will take you to visit the Mehrangarh Fort, located on a low sandstone hill, more than 12 meters high, impressively watching over the entire city. The Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India and was built in 1460 by Rao Jodha. Inside the fort visit the many Palaces, beautifully decorated by impressive carvings, such as the Moti-Mahal and the Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph built in memory of indian Maharaja Jaswant Singh in 1899, located close to the Meharangarh Fort. Overnight in Jodhpur.
Day 6: Jodhpur to Ranakpur (3,5h drive)
After breakfast, your indian driver will meet you at your hotel and you will leave the blue city of Jodhpur to drive to Ranakpur. Ranakpur is a little hill town located in the valley of the Aravalli Range. The typically indian village is particularly famous for its Jain Temple, dedicated to Adinatha. Built in the 15th century, the temple made of white marble offers many beautiful carvings, and is suppoted by over 1444 pillars. Enjoy the rest of the day in the quiet hill village. You will have a chance to spot and observe the many monkeys that live in the area. Overnight in Ranakpur.
Day 7: Ranakpur to Udaipur (2,5h drive)
Enjoy your breakfast in the quiet atmosphere of Ranakpur before your indian driver meet you to drive towards Udaipur. On the way you will visit the amazing Kumbalgarh fortress. Then drive the beautifull road through remote villages to Udaipur. In Udaipur, you will discover the 'Lake city', explore the narrow lanes and back streets of Udaipur leading to the Washing Ghats at the lake Pichola. Visit one of the fine downtown restaurants for a dinner in one of the most romantic cities of Rajasthan. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 8: Udaipur City Tour
After breakfast today, enjoy a city tour of Udaipur. The City Palace and Museum is considered as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The Pratap Memorial home of the bronze statue of Maharana Pratap, the legendary warrior king of Udaipur. Jagdish Temple which was built in 1651 AD. The small ornamental garden of Saheliyon Ki Bari. Late afternoon enjoy a boat-ride (included in our tour) on Lake Pichola visiting many Ghats (lake banks) where many wash and bath and enjoy excellent view of the Lake Palace and City Palace. Overnight in Udaipur.
Day 9: Udaipur to Pushkar (6h drive)
Today you will leave the lake city of Udaipur and your indian driver will take you to Pushkar. On the road to the holy city of Pushkar, you will visit the very nice Eklingji temple (a Hindu temple which construction was started in 971, in honor of Lors Shiva). Then you will visit Ajmer, and its Taragarh Fort (one of the oldest hill forts in India and in the world). The rest of the day is free for your leisure in the holy city of Pushkar, where you can have a first view of the palace, the holy lake and its Ghats. Pushkar being a holy city, no alcool nor meat is served in the city. Then visit the Brahama Temple, which is one of the very few temples in India (and in the world) dedicated to Lord Brahma. Built in the 14th century, this temple is marked by a red spire and over the entrance gateway, there is a beautiful statue of a Hans (goose) - the celestial of Lord Brahma. After walking to the famous Holy Pushkar Lake, sit down and watch Hindu people bathing and washing. You will also discover the Pushkar Palace, just next to the lake, that is now serving as a luxury hotel. Pushkar is also hosting once a year (in november) the Camel Fair, which is one of the largest cattle fair in India. Overnight in Pushkar.
Day 10: Pushkar to Jaipur (3h drive)
This morning your indian driver will transfer you to the pink city Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Named after Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the city was founded in the 18th century. In the afternoon you will visit Jaigarth Fort. Also discover the beautiful Jal Mahal. The palace (literally 'Water Palace') is located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. The postcard view becomes particularly romantic at sunset, when the Palace lights up and seems to float in the air. In the evening you can enjoy a unique cinema experience or a world famous Indian ayurvedic massage. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 11: Jaipur City Tour
In and around Jaipur your driver will take you to visit: Amber fort that was built by Raja Man Singh I, the old town and its monuments, Birla Mandir (a Hindu temple located at the foot of Moti Dungri fort), the Palace of Winds (in the shape of the crown of Krishna, which 953 small windows allowed women to watch everyday life and processions without being seen), the City Palace (the palace complex that includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings, was built in 1732 )... In the afternoon, you will visit Galtaji. The ancient Hindu pilgrimage site consists in a series of temples built on the hills that surround Jaipur. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 12: Jaipur to Agra (5h drive)
On the way to Agra your indian driver will make a first stop at the stepwells in Abhaneri. Thought the village is nealry abondonned, the location is famous for its 'Baoris' (step wells which were invented by the natives to collect rain water). You will visit Chand Baori, one of the largest and deepest wells in India. Then you will visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal empire from 1571 to 1585. It was abandoned shortly after its completion, due to lack of water and the proximity with enemies. Then continue your journey to Agra. According to your wish, you may visit the Taj Mahal at sunset (please note the Taj Mahal is closed in Fridays). If time allows, your driver will take you to visit the Baby Taj, which real name is Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah. Overnight in Agra.
Day 13: Agra and back to Delhi (3-4h drive)
In the early morning at sunrise visit the famous Taj Mahal - the symbol of love built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The ivory-white marble mausoleum was achieved building in 1653 and employed over 20 000 workers. (Please note the Taj Mahal is closed in Fridays. in case the second day of your tour is a Friday, you will visit the Taj Mahal in the evening of the first day). Then you will visit the Agra fort (a UNESCO World Heritage site) built by the great Emperor Akbar. Existing since the 11th century, the Fort was expanded by the Mughals and contains several buildings such as the Hall of Public Audience and also several gate (the Delhi Gate and the Lahore Gate being the most famous). Your driver will then take you back to Delhi. Here you will explore main sites of the Capital city of India. Decide with your driver on what you would like to see in New and Old Delhi. You can discover the incredible architecture of the Akshardhan temple, explore Humayun's Tomb, visit the Lotus temple and much more. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 14: Delhi and departure
Enjoy the breakfast at your hotel, before your indian drive meet you there for your last day in India. According to your flight time (and the continuation of your trip in Rajasthan), your driver will be at your disposal for touring you inside Delhi. You may enjoy some additional sightseeing (your driver will be glad to make suggestions according to your sightseeing tastes) and go for some shopping. Then your indian driver will take you to the airport for your flight (or to any location inside Delhi, shall your stay in India continue).
Prices per person:
|Price per Person||1 Person||2 Persons||3 Persons|
|Comfort Accommodation||$ 1373||1230 €||$ 692||620 €||$ 580||520 €|
|Luxury Accommodation||$ 2677||2398 €||$ 1450||1299 €||$ 1450||1299 €|
Pricing for 3 persons based on a triple room.
Pricing for Luxury Accommodation includes a high-end Toyota Innova car.
Pricing for more than 3 persons upon request based on your requirements (number of rooms/cars)
Different prices apply during Pushkar Camel Fair. Please inquire.
Your tour includes:
- All arrival, departure, tours as per above itinerary by air conditioned car with English speaking Indian driver including his living expenses
- The camel safari and desert overnight stay in Khuri
- All applicable hotel & transport taxes (tolls, road taxes, state taxes, fuel)
- 13 nights accommodation in hotel in a double room
- Daily buffet breakfast (in case of Comfort or Luxury accommodation)
- A boat-ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur
- Courtesy of bottled water during the transfers
- Your driver's accommodation and meals
- Indian Government services tax
Your tour does not include:
- Any meals or drinks (except breakfast in case of Comfort or Luxury accommodation). Your driver can recommend safe food restaurants on the way or in the cities
- Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor ...
- Entrance fees during sightseeing
- Any International airfare to India
- Any other item not specified