15 Day Ultimate India Tour

Step back in time and explore the majesty of Royal Rajasthan on this two week epic adventure through India.  Experience all the highlights of Rajasthan and discover the royal palaces and forts that played a part in telling the kingdoms vibrant history. 

 

Begin your tour of Rajasthan in Delhi before heading to Agra to visit the awe inspiring Taj Mahal, a sight on many a bucket list. Take your time to admire the marvel at sunset and soak up the magical atmosphere. Visit Jaipur the 'Pink City' and the impending Amber Fort that towers over the city, See the dressed up fancy camels in Pushkar, Stroll around Udaipur the beautiful 'City of Lakes', Shop till you drop for amazing furniture and pottery in Jodhpur the 'Blue City', Act out your very own Aladdin scene on a camel ride through the deserts of Jaisalmer, Explore the intricate details and Haveli's in Mandawa... The list goes on. 

 

This 15 day India tour includes comfortable air-conditioned transport to travel long distances, accommodation in quality hotels, daily breakfast, all your vehicle expenses such as fuels and tolls, daily mineral water and the freedom to capture the essence of Rajasthan without being stuck in a large tour group. Most entrance fees are included, such at Taj Mahal, Amber and Mehrangarh Forts, plus a knowledgeable chauffeur guide to keep you informed of each place you visit. Maximum group size is 10 people. 

DAY 1: Arrive New Delhi

Today marks the beginning of your epic Rajasthan tour! On arrival at New Delhi International airport, you will be met by your driver for the next two weeks and transferred to your hotel.  The rest of the day is at your own leisure. Note: Generally the check in time at the hotels is at 12 pm

 

MEALS: None

OVERNIGHT: Standard or Deluxe Hotel, New Delhi

 

DAY 2: Delhi Free Day 

There is no plan today but you have your own driver at your disposal. Feel free to be chauffered around the city to wherever you please. We suggest the following: Visit the historic Red Fort (Closed on Mondays) and the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), India’s largest mosque.  Visit popular Chandni Chowk area and take an optioanl rickshaw ride (not included), then visit Raj Ghat- the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.  There is lots more to see and your driver can recommended different sights as you go. Or just hang out in the hotel and relax - the choice is yours. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Standard or Deluxe Hotel, New Delhi

 

DAY 3: Delhi ~ Agra (4 hours drive)

Start your drive to Agra at 8AM to avoid traffic.  Agra was the capital of Mughal Empire for nearly hundred years from 1564 and is the home for one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal.  On arrival check in your hotel and later visit Agra Fort which was built by three Mughal Emperors starting from Akbar the Great.  Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal during Sunset and take your time to wonder around the grounds, taking in the impressive sight.  It was built over a period of 22 years by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays).  

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Standard or Deluxe Hotel, Agra

 

DAY 4: Agra ~ Fatehpur Sikri ~ Jaipur (5 hours drive)

After early breakfast start your drive towards Jaipur.  Enroute visit impressive Fatehpur Sikri; a town was built by Emperor Akbar with Red Sand Stone in the 17th century and abandoned immediately after 15 years of occupancy due to water shortage and political issues.  

Continue your drive to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan also known as the 'Pink City'.  It is a busy town and famous for Palaces and bazaars of textiles, jewelleries and folk based arts & handicrafts - a shoppers paradise! You can find many different kinds of handicrafts, jewelry, fabrics and even carpets here so make sure your driver gives you plenty of time to haggle your way through the bazaars. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Standard or Deluxe Hotel, Jaipur

 

DAY 5: Jaipur 

This morning you will be taken on a city tour of Jaipur. We visit the impending Amber Fort that stands looming above the city. There is an option to ride an elephant (not included) to the top of the Amber Fort like they did back in the day, or simply drive to the top. Inside the palace visit the Jag Mandir (The Hall of Victory), Sheesh Mahal – a room with four walls and the ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirrors, imported from Belgium.  Each night there is a Light and Sound show at the Fort, which is spectacular so we definitely recommend you visit this - Plus the admission price for foreigners is the same as Indians so that's a bonus!!

On the city tour you will also visit The City Palace the official royal residence, to which a portion has been converted into a museum with an impressive array of pistols, blunderbusses, swords, rifles and daggers.  

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Standard or Deluxe Hotel, Jaipur

 

DAY 6: Jaipur ~ Pushkar ~ Udaipur (7 hours drive)    

Settle in for a long drive today as we head to Udaipur. After an early breakfast drive to Pushkar which is famous for the annual Camel Fair and Brahmma temple - one of the rarest temples in India. Spend a little time over there to visit the temples around Pushkar Lake. Then continue on your drive to Udaipur. On arrival, check in at your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Udaipur.

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Standard or Deluxe Hotel, Udaipur

 

DAY 7: Udaipur

Udaipur is a beautiful city also known as the 'Lake City'. Today you will admire the eye-catching architecture of the City palace complex that accommodates multiple palaces within. Marble, mirror and colored glasses have been used amazingly to adorn the interiors of these palaces. Our tour of Udaipur will also take you to the Jagdish Temple which was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651 A.D. It is a good example of Indo - Aryan architecture and has the added bonus of being a temple where worship still takes place on a daily basis.  Then visit to Saheliyon Ki Bari one the most beautiful gardens and a major tourist destination in Udaipur. The garden is famous for its lush green lawns, marble art and fountains. The English translation of Saheliyon Ki Bari means "Garden of maids”. The Garden of maids was built in the 18th century by Maharana Sangram Singh for the royal ladies. Later you have the option for a boat ride on Lake Pichola where you can disembark at Jagmandir Island to soak up the views back to Lake Palace hotel and the City Palace.

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Standard or Deluxe Hotel, Udaipur

 

DAY 8: Udaipur ~ Ranakpur ~ Jodhpur (5 hours drive)

After breakfast drive to Ranakpur, a tranquil pilgrimage town located in a secluded wooded valley of the Aaravalli Hills. Here you will visit the magnificent Jain Temple. The great Adinath Temple is one of the five great holy places of the Jain faith. The architectural complexity of this temple and its 1,444 columns which are all individually and intricately carved ensure that any visitor will be most impressed with the grand scale of this temple. Men and women are not allowed to wear shorts and in accordance to the Jain religion any products made from leather or animals must be left outside. On arrival, check in at your hotel and relax. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Standard or Deluxe Hotel,, Jodhpur

 

DAY 9: Jodhpur

Jodhpur "Blue City" was once the capital of the state Marwar and is built tumbling down a low sandstone hill, right on the edge of the great Thar Desert. At the summit of this hill stands the Mehrangarh fort built in 1459. Standing above a perpendicular cliff, the fort looks impregnable – an imposing landmark, especially at night when it is bathed in yellow light.  In the morning we visit the Fort and wander around the multiple red sandstone buildings, palaces, barracks, temples and Havelis enclosed within it's walls. The Fort has a fatastic view down over the city and you can see all the old houses washed in a sea of blue paint. Entrance fee includes a head-set which talks you through each part of the Fort.  Later visit Jaswant Thada – The white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and then in the afternoon, explore the Sardar market around the Clock Tower. The clock tower is a popular landmark in the old city.  The vibrant Sardar market is close to the tower and narrow alleys lead from here to bazaars selling vegetables, spices, Indian sweets, textiles, silver and handicrafts.  It is a great place to ramble around at leisure. There are many restaurants in this area with rooftop dining so you can view the impressive lit-up fort over dinner and a cold beer.  

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Standard or Deluxe Hotel, Jodhpur

 

DAY 10: Jodhpur ~ Osiyan ~ Jaisalmer (5-6 hours drive)

After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer, on the way you can visit “Osiyan”- the ancient town of the Thar Desert which was a great trading center between 8th and 12th centuries AD. Today it is a desert oasis with 16 Brahamanical and Jain temples. These are beautifully sculpted and designed, and most of them have stood the ravages of time. You can tour the impressive Hindu and Jain temples at Osiyan and then continue on to Jaisalmer. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Standard or Deluxe Hotel, Jaisalmer

 

DAY 11: Jaisalmer

The ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer is dominated by its eponymous Fort, a fairytale structure which seems to rise directly from the endless expanse of desert surrounding the city. Jaisalmer Fort-known as Sonar Quila or the Golden fort, rises from the sand and merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience. The setting sun in its most colourful shades gives it a fairytale appearance. Inside the fort you can see the Jain temples which are famous for their beautiful architecture. Then visit to Patwon Ki Haveli - A group of apartments, this is one of the largest and most elaborate of Havelis in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. Visit to Deewan Salim Singh Ki Haveli, built in the first half of the 18th century and a part of it is still occupied.  Spend time on exploring the old city area and the sandstone Havelis on foot.

In the evening you can visit the Khuri Sand Dunes where you can ride a camel up the dunes to view the spectacular desert sunset and then drive back to your hotel and relax. The camel ride is not included in the price but is well worth the experience so we recommend you do it and live our your Aladdin fantasy!

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Standard or Deluxe Hotel, Jaisalmer

 

DAY 12: Jaisalmer ~ Bikaner (6 hours drive)

Today start early drive to Bikaner. Bikaner was once a major trading post between Africa, West Asia and the Far East. The arts prospered receiving the patronage of a wealthy merchant community. Did you know, Bikaner is known as 'Camel Country' and is famous for the best riding camels in the world? Fact. Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is circumscribed by a seven km long embattled wall with five gates. The magnificent forts and palaces, in reddish-pink sandstone created with delicacy, bear testimony to its rich historical and architectural legacy. Undulating lanes, colorful bazaars and bright and cheerful folks make the visit Bikaner an interesting experience. On arrival check in at your hotel and then visit to Junagarh Fort and Bhandasar Jain Temple which is known to have foundations filled with pure ghee...Strange huh?! Then, if time permits visit to Lalgarh fort museum - outside the walled town, is a sprawling extravaganza of carved friezes, jails, pillars and arches in the distinctive reddish-pink local sandstone. Part of it has been converted into a hotel, and another section into a museum with vintage photographs and wildlife trophies. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Standard or Deluxe Hotel, Bikaner

 

DAY 13: Bikaner ~ Mandawa (4 hours drive)

After early breakfast drive to Mandawa- a small pretty town in the Shekhawati region. On arrival check in at your hotel and relax for a while before going out to explore Mandawa.

Mandawa is famous for its beautiful Castles and stunning Havelis. Nowhere in Rajasthan will you find such exquisitely designed Havelis. Every Haveli maintains its individuality and are decorated with wonderful paintings. The murals depicted on the walls of the Havelis are antique in design and there was a time when precious gems were found on these.  The rich history of Mandawa is reflected in the large number of Havelis and forts found there. We will take a drive around the different Hevelis including Chokhani, Ladia, Binsidhar Newatia, and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli. Another haveli, the Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, is known for its curious paintings. The Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli is famous for its erotic images, now mostly unfortunately defaced. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Standard or Deluxe Hotel, Mandawa

 

DAY 14: Mandawa ~ Delhi (5-6 hours drive) 

Our tour ends today with a drive to Delhi. Upon arrival into Delhi, check in to hotel and the remainder of the day is at your own lesiure. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: Standard or Deluxe Hotel, Delhi

 

DAY 15: Departure

Your amazing Holiday 2 India has come to an end. After breakfast and check out you will be transferred back to the airport in time for your return flight home. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

 

 

DEPARTURES 2019:

October: 3, 12, 20 (SOLD OUT)

November: 5, 14, 25

December: 2, 10

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2020:

January: 12, 19, 26

February: 3, 10, 22

March: 2 (SOLD OUT)

March:  10, 12, 15

April: 3

July: 21, 28

August: 5, 19

September: 6, 15

 

 

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