Delve into the many hidden treasures of Rajasthan on this tour that starts with a quick visit to important landmarks in Delhi. Then as you move to Agra you will see resplendent Taj Mahal and revel in the love and devotion that went into its creation. As you explore the Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the head to the pink city of Jaipur you will be captivated by the tales of love and sacrifice of local kings and queens. Along the route as you visit Pushkar, and Udaipur you will get to experience firsthand holy sites and palaces and some of the best food in the state of Rajasthan.
This group departure tour can also be taken as an independent tour. Please e-mail us with your preferred dates of travel, bearing in mind that the Taj Mahal is closed to the public on Fridays.
Arrive in India’s capital city of Delhi and let the experience begin! A traditional welcome marks the start of your magnificent journey before you are transferred from the airport to your hotel. Spend your evening relaxing from your long flight and stay overnight.
Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel and proceed on a guided sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Explore this capital city of India, where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the gem in the crown of the British Empire. Enjoy visits to the Raj Ghat memorial to Mahatma Gandh, the Lotus Temple and the impressive Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199 from sandstone and marble. Drive past India Gate (War Memorial Arch), the President's House and Parliament House.
Depart for Agra in the afternoon and transfer to your hotel upon arrival. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure as your prepare for your morning visit to the one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal.
Awaken early this morning to enjoy an unforgettable sunrise sightseeing tour of the most opulent wonder of the modern world - the Taj Mahal. Return to your hotel for breakfast followed by a visit to the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. In the evening, witness a demonstration of Marble Craftmaship by a local artist.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before departing by road for Jaipur. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned capital of Emperor Akbar. Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in to your hotel, where you have some time to relax before being treated to dinner tonight accompanied by a cultural show.
Following breakfast, proceed for a half day tour of the "Pink City" of Jaipur. Your tour starts in Amber Fort and visit Sheesh Mahal, Shila Devi Temple and Kesar Kyari Bagh, followed by an exciting elephant ride to the top of the Amber Fort.
Your sightseeing tour continues with an afternoon visit to Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), the City Palace and Observatory and the colorful bazaars. Enjoy an afternoon Rickshaw ride around the old part of the Pink City. In the evening, learn more about gem cutting and polishing shown by a local artisan.
Depart Jaipur this morning for Pushkar, one of the oldest cities often referred to as “Tirth Raj" or the king of pilgrimage sites. After checking in at the hotel, proceed on an afternoon walking tour of Pushkar and visit various temples and bazaar. Later, experience a special pooja ceremony on the Ghat performed by a Hindu priest. Return to your hotel in the evening for an overnight stay.
Today, your tour includes a visit to the City Palace and Museum on Lake Pichola, Sahileyon Ki Bari (Garden of Royal Ladies) and the Jagdish Temple. A special dinner at Rajbagh is served this evening to conclude your wonderful experience in Udaipur.
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and depart for Jodhpur. En route, visit the famous temples of Ranakpur, including a white marble Jain temple with over 1,400 exquisitely carved pillars and distinctive domes and turrets. Continue on to Jodhpur and transfer to your hotel for check-in. The remaining of the day is yours free at leisure to spend exploring the city or relaxing in the comfort of your hotel room.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel followed by a morning sightseeing tour of Jodhpur, a city ringed by a high stone wall with seven gates and several bastions. Rediscover the heritage of Rajasthan at the rock-solid Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial built by Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of Maharja Jaswant Singh II.
Depart for Jaisalmer in late afternoon where the night is spent.
Embark on a full-day sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer, whose temples, forts and palaces are constructed mainly out of yellow sandstone. See the Patwon Ki Havelis, Salim Singh Ki Haveli, and Gandhi Sagar Tank. In the evening, visit the sand dunes for an exciting camel ride and watch the beautiful sunset.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and later depart for Bikaner, a district found in the Northwest of the state of Rajasthan. Check in at the hotel upon arrival and later visit a camel- breeding farm.
This morning, visit the Junagarh Fort before departing for Mandawa. The fort was originally called Chintamani and was renamed Junagarh or "Old Fort" in the early 20th century when the ruling family moved to Lalgarh Palace outside the fort limits. It is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan which is not built on a hilltop.
Arrive Mandawa in the afternoon and enjoy a walking tour of this city and see the beautifully Painted Havelis. Return to your hotel in Nawalgarh and prepare for your morning departure for Delhi.
Mandawa is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan and is located 190 km off Jaipur in the north. Mandawa is known for its fort and havelis. The origin of this town dates back to 1740 AD, where Mandu Jat found Mandawa village, and established a dhani (hamlet) and dug a well here. Mandawa was a trading outpost for the ancient caravan routes that stopped here from China and the Middle East. Thakur Nawal Singh, the Rajput ruler of Nawalgarh and Mandawa, built a fort in 1755 to protect this outpost. The township that grew around the fort soon attracted a large community of traders, who settled here.
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The services in all classes are the same, however the hotels used are different. We use hotels listed in our accommodation section or ones similar to them. Please see the accommodation section to see the list of hotels used.
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What is the best time to travel to Rajasthan?
Rajasthan is a colorful destination with many activities, fairs and festivals throughout the year. The most visited time is September to mid-April. Starting at the end of April, it will get hot and the rains occur from late July to August. In the summer months (May to August) the temperatures can reach over 40 degrees Celsius and may be even higher in Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and other areas closer to the desert.
What are the passport/visa requirements for travel to India?
A passport with validity at least six months beyond your departure from India is required. Also, visas must be obtained prior to arrival in India. If you are a US citizen, please follow this link for details on obtaining an Indian Visa: https://www.indian-visa.com/. If you are not a US citizen, Please visit www.mea.gov.in, click on “Welcome” and then under "MEA Links" at the right, click on "Missions and Posts Abroad" and then click "Consulate Generals". You can then select your appropriate Consulate General office and link directly to its website, where detailed visa information and application forms can be found.
Where and when are meals taken?
All breakfasts are a la carte and are served at your hotel. Lunches and dinners are usually not included unless specified. During your tour, your escort will have a list of hotels and restaurants where our guests typically enjoy lunch or dinner. We have tried our best to identify these based on our experiences and that of other travelers since quality and safety of food is an important factor while traveling. Your attendant / escort will go over the list of these establishments with you and recommend you best option. You would be able to choose the location depending on the availability and feasibility during your tour.
If I have a specific diet restriction or preference, will you be able to accommodate my request?
All efforts are made to accommodate reasonable diet preferences. We communicate the requests to the hotels and restaurants where you would be eating and your request should generally be honored and ready. However, it is always better to re-coordinate the requirements with our escort / attendant who will be able to ensure the establishments know about your requirements. We also request you to re-inform the establishment about your requirement at the time you go for meals to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding.
Can you provide a wheelchair if I need assistance on the sightseeing tours?
Wheelchairs and attendants are available but the arrangements must be made well in advance. Please do let us know and we will be happy to arrange for this. If there is an additional charge, it will be communicated to you depending on your exact requirements. Please be aware that sightseeing vehicles and many monuments are not fully wheelchair accessible. Therefore, it will be beneficial if the party can stand and walk at least a few steps with assistance for entering/exiting vehicles and maneuvering within certain monuments.
What kinds of hotels are used?
We use the best properties available in each location, only standard, deluxe, and luxury, 4- or 5-star hotels such as Taj, Oberoi, Imperial, Intercontinental and Hiltons, which give you good value, best security and hygiene conditions, and excellent service. In order to maintain our high standards of safety and security for our clients, we do not deal with low-end or budget hotels. We want you to enjoy every moment of your trip and not worry about your person or your belongings.
Please contact us if you would like to replace a hotel that we are using in the itinerary so we may provide you a price comparison and recommendation. Please look at the "Accommodation" tab for this tour in order to see the list of hotels used.
What airlines are used for domestic flights?
We use Jet Airways, Jet Lite, Kingfisher and at times (if needed for big groups) we use chartered aircraft.
The tour ends in Delhi, but I would like to go to Mumbai instead. Does the tour cost change?
The tour cost itself does not change, as airfare is not included in the cost. Please advise us of which city you would like to fly to at the end of your tour and we can quote you the additional costs for the airfare.
What is the recommended gratuity?
Gratuities are solely at your discretion, and should reflect your enjoyment of the journey and your satisfaction with the quality of service provided. As a general guideline, per day, a tip of $10 for the driver and $5-$10 for the guide is appropriate.
Are doctors available at all times?
We have identified qualified doctors in each destination you visit. These doctors are available in any case you need emergency medical attention. The hotels that we use usually have their own panels of on-call doctors available to their guests. In any case, please let the escort / attendant / anyone in our ground office know immediately if you feel unwell or think you are going to need medical attention.
What is the travel time between each city?
Delhi - Agra is about 5 hours by car, depending on local traffic conditions
Agra - Jaipur is about 5 hours by car, plus the time taken for sightseeing in Fatehpur Sikri
Jaipur - Udaipur is by air which takes about 45 minutes to an hour
Udaipur - Jodhpur is about 6 hours by car
Jodhpur - Jaisalmer (and return trip) is about 6.5 hours by car
Jodhpur - Delhi is by air which takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes
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