A jewel in India's crown, Rajasthan is a wonderful blend of nature & culture. From the majestic palaces and epic forts to colorful festivals and wildlife explorations, this is India at its vibrant best. When you travel to Rajasthan from any place in the world, you always plan a lifetime trip. But there is so much to Rajasthan that you can never get enough. This itinerary has been designed to give you a comprehensive experience of Rajasthan, all in one go. The best things about Rajasthan are - a proud culture, a laid-back rural life, adrenaline raising wildlife encounters, mesmerizing deserts with picture-perfect sand dunes, romantic cities built around lakes, and a heritage sites dotted all over the map. In this trip, you will experience it all.
Along with Rajasthan, there is another travel treat in the itinerary – Golden Triangle, the famous trinity of Indian tourism (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur). Who would want to visit India and miss the view of the awe-inspiring wonder of the world - Taj Mahal! Delhi is a learning experience, of how the chaos can live in such a balance and harmony. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur, are treat for the wildlife and nature enthusiasts. The rural life and rustic charms of Mandawa and Narlai, will keep you longing to stay there forever. For those with the romantic hearts, it is a lifetime experience to do the luxurious camping in the sand dunes of Thar Desert; or the picturesque "City of Lakes" - Udaipur.
Welcome to the beautiful chaos of Delhi! After arriving on your morning flight, jump-in right into the hustle and bustle of the capital of India and its second most populous city. Considered as one of the oldest existing cities in the world, Delhi’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures.
A private car with driver will receive you at the airport and directly bring you to your hotel. After freshening up, head out to visit Rashtrapati Bhavan (the residence of President of India). From there, visit India Gate, a memorial to the 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died between 1914-21 in World War I.
Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast to start your day of sightseeing in Delhi. A mixture of history with a taste of everyday Delhi, today’s itinerary covers all aspects of this former capital of the Mughal Empire. Stop off at the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Humayun’s Tomb. Built in 1570, it is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Then visit the breathtaking Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, and the bustling Chandni Chowk – one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. After that visit the towering Qutub Minar.
Afterwards visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most prominent Sikh temples, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, India and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, as well as the pool inside its complex, known as the "Sarovar."
Have dinner at restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
After a nice breakfast, check out from hotel. The private car will drop you at Delhi train station. Board the superfast train for Agra. Welcome to the Agra city of Wonderful Taj Mahal. Agra is blessed with one of the Seven Wonders of the World the “Taj Mahal”. City with its rich culture, history and architectural work stands in the top of the tourist destination in India.
In less than two hours you'll reach Agra. The driver will meet you at Agra train station. On arrival visit Agra Fort, a historical fort, which remained the main residence of the Mughal emperors till 1638. After the fort visit check-in at your hotel. Freshen up and enjoy the best of indian and mughali cuisine at your lunch. Later visit the "jewel box" which is often is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal - Baby Taj. In the evening stroll along the local market area - the best place to see shades of India. Overnight stay at hotel in Agra.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Early in the morning at sunrise, visit the spectacular Taj Mahal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After a filling breakfast check out from the hotel, and head towards Bharatpur. On the way visit UNESCO world heritage site Fatehpur Sikri which became the capital of Mughal empire in 1571. The city's architecture reflects both the Hindu and Muslim form of domestic architecture popular in India at the time. After that continue towards Bharatpur. Formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, the Keoladeo National Park is recognized as one of the world’s most important bird breeding and feeding grounds. In 1982, Keoladeo was declared a national park and then later listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.
After a 2-3 hours drive you'll reach bharatpur. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. In the evening enjoy a guided village walk tour. Overnight stay at hotel in Bharatpur.
Early in the morning visit Keoladeo National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. It is a home to over 360 bird species, including aquatic birds, visitors from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia. After a delicious breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Ranthambore. Once a private game reserve of the royal House of Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the world’s best known wilderness areas.
After the 6 hours drive you'll reach Ranthambhore. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. Evening is at your leisure. Have a sumptuous Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Ranthambore.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Enjoy the early morning tea and snacks and then head out for jungle safari at 6:00am. Ranthambore National Park is one of the finest tiger reserves in India. It is in every sense a perfect place for wildlife photography. Later come back to hotel, have breakfast and relax.
Have lunch at the hotel. In the late afternoon head out for another jungle safari around 3:00pm, this time on a different path. Maybe you get a good chance of sighting the Indian tigers. Spend some time watching the peacocks and other animals in their natural habitat. The forests around the Ranthambore Fort were once, the private hunting grounds of the Kings of Jaipur.
Evening is at your leisure. Enjoy the cultural performances and Dinner at your hotel in Ranthambore.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast check out from hotel, and head towards the Pink City - Jaipur, famous for its broad avenues, massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and royal culture. It will be around 04 hours drive. You'll drive through the countryside of Rajasthan, thus a good way of seeing the culture of the region. On the way you'll be seeing many cows, the traffic will surprise you. Check-in to hotel on arrival.
The evening is at your leisure. You can stroll through the local market area. Jaipur is also known as the shopper’s paradise. Jaipur's colorful markets offer a great break to stop and shop on your tour. Take in the glint and sparkle of the rows of shops selling hand-crafted bangles and other decoration items. While moving through the markets, you will come across the vivacious culture of this region.
Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
Have a sumptuous breakfast and then set out for local sightseeing. Visit the historic heritage sites of Jaipur - Hawa Mahal ("Palace of Winds" - a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside); Jantar Mantar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), It is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, and completed in 1738 CE. Afterwards visit the City Palace. A complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings, the impressive City Palace is right in the centre of the Old City. Also visit the Galta ji temple also known as ‘Monkey temple’. It is a historic pilgrimage site.
Later in the evening enjoy dinner at a nice restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After a delectable breakfast, visit the renowned forts of Jaipur. On your way also visit Jal Mahal (the palace in the middle of lake). It was built in the 17th century. Visit the grand Amer Fort (or Amber Fort) (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is the principal tourist attraction in the Jaipur and the current structure was built during the late 16th century by Rajput Kings.
In the evening visit Nahargarh Fort, which provides a beautiful bird's eye view of entire Jaipur city. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaipur.
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and head towards Mandawa, the quaint old small town with its rustic and rural charms. It is renowned for its fort and havelis. This town has been referred to as the "open art gallery" of Rajasthan state because the entire region is dotted with fascinating mansions (havelis) that have lavishly painted walls.
Reach Mandawa by afternoon. It will be around 3-4 hours drive. Check-in at hotel on arrival. In the late afternoon set out for local sightseeing. Visit Madawa Fort & some of the most popular havelis of Mandawa. Some of Havelis are more than 100-years-old, and famous for their unique architecture and paintings. Dinner & Overnight stay at hotel in Mandawa.
After breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Bikaner. Bikaner is a vibrant, dust-swirling desert town with a fabulous fort and an energizing outpost feel. It’s less dominated by tourism than many other Rajasthan cities, though it has plenty of hotels and a busy camel-safari scene.
Reach Bikaner before evening. Check-in at hotel. Evening at your leisure. Have dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Bikaner.
After breakfast set out for sightseeing tour. Visit Junagarh Fort an impregnable bastion that holds the distinction of having never been captured. It was constructed in 1588 AD by Raja Rai Singh, one of Emperor Akbar’s most distinguished generals. Then visit The National Research Centre on Camel, located 8 km from the city. This camel research and breeding center is the only one of its kind in Asia. The center is spread out over 2000 acres of semi-arid land and is managed by the Government of India. Then visit Bhandasar Jain Temple. Built in the 15th century, it is decorated with mirror work, frescoes and leaf paintings.
Afterwards visit the Rat Temple (a.k.a. Karni Mata Temple), a very unique & interesting temple. It houses thousands of rats, which are revered by the locals.
Have dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Bikaner.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After a delicious breakfast check-out and head towards Jaisalmer. A city that has come back almost from the dead in the past half-century, Jaisalmer may be remote but it’s certainly not forgotten – indeed it’s one of Rajasthan’s biggest tourist destinations, and few people go from here without climbing onto a camel in the surrounding Thar Desert.
Reach Jaisalmer by evening. Check-in at hotel. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Jaisalmer.
After breakfast head out to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Jaisalmer Fort. Jaisalmer’s unique fort is a living urban centre, with about 3000 people residing within its walls. It’s honeycombed with narrow, winding lanes, lined with houses and temples, handicraft shops, guesthouses and restaurants.
Afterwards visit Patwon ki Haveli ('mansion of brocade merchants'), a cluster of 5 small havelis, is an interesting piece of architecture and is the most important among the havelis in Jaisalmer.
In the afternoon check-out from hotel and head out to visit the Sam Sand Dunes, for a genuine Thar Desert experience. A camel ride at the sand dunes is a lifetime experience. Enjoy the sunset in desert, cultural performances at the camps.
Dinner & overnight stay at camp in Jaisalmer.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast check-out from the camps and head towards Jodhpur. On the way take a detour through Osian, famous as home to the cluster of ruined Brahmanical and Jain temples dating from the 8th to 11th centuries. The town was a major trading center at least as early as mid-to-late 3rd century CE to 590 CE. Visit the famous Jain temple – Sachiya Mata Temple.
Afterwards continue towards Jodhpur. Welcome to the land of legendary kings, gladiators and royalty, Jodhpur also known as The Sun City. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of Thar Desert.
Check-in at the hotel on arrival. Evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Jodhpur.
After a hearty breakfast set out for local sightseeing tour of Jodhpur. Visit the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, regally set on a sandstone hill built by Rao Jodha in 1459. Rising perpendicular and impregnable from a rocky hill that itself stands 120m above Jodhpur’s skyline, Mehrangarh is one of the most magnificent forts in India. After that visit the lavish Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Afterwards visit Jaswant Thada – the milky-white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, sitting above a small lake 1km northeast of Mehrangarh, is an array of whimsical domes. The cenotaph is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These sheets are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when illuminated by the sun. In the evening enjoy a guided heritage city walk tour.
Overnight stay at hotel in Jodhpur.
After breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Narlai. Village Narlai located midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur is an ancient dwelling, at the foot of Aravali hills, dotted with caves and temples. Narlai is abundant in characteristic and has a rustic charm. But the most intriguing thing that it creates is a lifetime memory. Beyond the countryside trips or traditional heritage town experiences, Rawla Narlai puts forth a complete package of indulgent and exciting holiday experience in the tiny hidden town of Narlai.
Reach Narlai by afternoon. Check-in at the hotel and relax. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Narlai.
After breakfast head out for an exciting 3-hour Leopard Jeep Safari within the Narlai Village. Narlai is renowned all over India for the maximum number of leopards spotted in the country. It is a land with scarce vegetation that makes leopard sighting more evident. After that reach back at the hotel & relax.
Afterwards enjoy a countryside jeep safari tour. A life as colourful as the rainbow and equally captivating in the surrounding village, some interesting temples and agriculture experiences which are worth a visit. Back to the hotel in the evening Overnight stay at hotel in Narlai.
After breakfast check out from hotel and head towards Udaipur - the “City of Lakes”. A fusion of nature, Rajasthani culture & architecture, the picturesque view of the city shouts the story of its past glory. Often referred to as the 'Venice of the East', the city of lakes Udaipur is located around azure water lakes and is surrounded by lush green hills of Aravalli Ranges.
Check-in at the hotel on arrival. Evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Udaipur.
After breakfast head out for local sightseeing. Visit City Palace Complex. It was built over a period of nearly 400 years, atop a hill, in a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, providing a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Also visit the beautiful Jagdish Temple inside the City Palace Complex.
Afterwards visit Bagore-ki-Haveli. This gracious 18th-century haveli, set on the water’s edge in the Gangaur Ghat area, was built by a Mewar prime minister and has since been carefully restored. In the evening, see the Dharohar Folk Dance Show.
Return back to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Udaipur.
After breakfast head out for sightseeing. Visit Saheliyon Ki Bari, a beautiful garden laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry. The gardens set below the embankment of the Fateh Sagar Lake have beautiful lotus pools, marble pavilions and elephant- shaped fountains.
The visit Fateh Sagar Lake, the second largest artificial lake in the city and is known for its scenic beauty. Apart from enjoying a laid-back afternoon in the serene beauty of this destination, you can also try your hand at boating and a number of other water sports that are available here for the visitors. Afterwards visit Monsoon Palace, a hilltop palatial residence, overlooking the Fateh Sagar Lake. Built in 1884, the palace offers a panoramic view of the city's lakes, palaces and surrounding countryside.
Reach back to the hotel for the overnight stay at Udaipur.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and head towards Udaipur Airport. Board your flight for Delhi.
Hasta La Vista! Bid farewell with the memories of amazing fun-filled 22 days trip through the Golden Triangle and Royal Rajasthan worth remembering for the lifetime!
Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday. Please select your travel date accordingly.
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