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 dunes, romantic cities built around lakes, and 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 of the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures.
A private car with a driver will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. After refreshing head out for Delhi sightseeing. Start with a visit to the famous Lotus Temple. Notable for its flower-like shape, it has become a prominent attraction in the city. Like all Baháʼí Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. Afterward, drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan (the residence of President of India), and visit India Gate (a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War). Overnight stay will be at a 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 site, 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 magnificent Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. After that visit the bustling Chandni Chowk – one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. Enjoy a rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk. Later visit the towering Qutub Minar (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a 73-metre (239.5 feet) tall tapering tower of five storeys. Qutb ud Din Aibak, founder of the Delhi Sultanate, started construction of the Qutb Minar's first storey around 1192.
Afterwards visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, one of the most prominent Sikh temples, or Sikh house of worship in Delhi and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. There is also a sacred pool inside its complex, known as the "Sarovar."
Have dinner at a nice restaurant and then reach back at the hotel. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Delhi.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After a nice breakfast, check out from the hotel. The private car will drop you at the 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”. The city with its rich culture, history, and architectural work stands at the top of the tourist destination in India.
In 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 visiting fort has lunch at a nice restaurant. Then check-in at your hotel & freshen up. Later visit the "jewel box" which is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal - The Baby Taj (Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula). In the evening stroll in the local market area - the best place to see shades of India. Overnight stay will be at a 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. 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.
Reach Bharatpur by noon. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. In the afternoon visit Keoladeo National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. It is home to over 360 bird species, including aquatic birds, visitors from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China, and Siberia. Enjoy an eco-friendly rickshaw ride at the bird sanctuary. Reach back hotel by evening. Dinner & overnight stay will be at a hotel in Bharatpur.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After a delicious breakfast check-out from the 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. Being considered as one of the famous and former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, today Ranthambore National Park is a major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers in this destination.
After around 6-7 hours drive you'll reach Ranthambore. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. The evening is at your leisure. Have a sumptuous dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay will be 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. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in Ranthambore.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast check out from the 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.
Reach Jaipur by afternoon. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. In the evening head out for a guided walk tour of the Pink City market. 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.
The overnight stay will be at a hotel in Jaipur.
Have a sumptuous breakfast and then set out for exploring the best attractions of Jaipur. Visit 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. Then visit 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. Afterward, visit the City Palace. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during the years 1729 to 1732, the vast complex of the palace occupied one-seventh of the walled city. The palace is divided into a series of courtyards, buildings, and gardens.
Afterward visit Albert Hall Museum, built-in 1876 as a concert hall. The museum gets its name from the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, because of the similarity of architecture. The museum showcases artifacts and ancient artworks along with budding artist’s masterpieces. Then visit Galtaji Temple (AKA Monkey Temple), a large Hindu temple complex that lies 10km to the east of Jaipur. These temples are a popular tourist attraction as they are home to a large colony of monkeys. Galta Ji Jaipur is a unique Hindu temple as it is centered around a natural spring that has been channeled to fill seven large pools.
Later in the evening enjoy dinner at a nice restaurant. The overnight stay will be at a hotel in Jaipur.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After a delectable breakfast, visit the renowned forts of Jaipur. Stop by Jal Mahal, a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. It was built in the 17th century. Then visit the grand Amer Fort (or Amber Fort), also 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. This magnificent fort comprises an extensive palace complex, built from pale yellow and pink sandstone, and white marble, and is divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard.
Afterward, visit Jaigarh Fort. Perched on a hilltop, Jaigarh Fort offers panoramic views of the surrounding. It was built in 1726 AD by Sawan Jai Singh II. It houses the world's largest cannon on the wheels called 'Jaivana Cannon'. Made with the purpose of protecting Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort is considered as the strongest monument of Jaipur. In the evening visit Nahargarh Fort, which provides a beautiful bird's eye view of the entire Jaipur city. The overnight stay will be at a hotel in Jaipur.
After breakfast check-out and head towards Mandawa, known 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. Check-in at the hotel on arrival.
In the late afternoon set out for local sightseeing. Visit Mandawa Fort & some of the most popular Havelis of Mandawa. Built as per a medieval theme, the castle of Mandawa is adorned with beautiful frescoes. Rooms in the palace are decorated with paintings of Lord Krishna, exquisite carvings, and amazing mirror work. The palace's Durbar Hall houses a number of antiques and paintings.
Dinner & overnight stay will be at the hotel in Mandawa.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast check-out from the 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 by afternoon. You'll be crossing the countryside of Rajasthan, and on the way, you'll find that the landscapes have changed a little. Jaipur has no sand dunes, but as you reach closer to Bikaner, you'll see sand dunes, and more of Rajasthan's traditional village folks with their camels and carts, working in fields.
Check-in at the hotel on arrival. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay will be at a hotel in Bikaner.
After breakfast set out for a 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.
Afterward 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.
Reach back at the hotel by evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Bikaner.
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. It is known as the 'Golden City' due to its golden sand dunes and forts clad in golden honey sandstone. Jaisalmer is adorned with lakes, ornate Jain temples, and Havelis (mansions).
Reach Jaisalmer by evening. Check-in at the hotel. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay will be at a hotel in Jaisalmer.
After breakfast head out to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Jaisalmer Fort. Jaisalmer’s unique fort is a living urban center, 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. It is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan, built-in 1156 AD by the Rajput Rawal (ruler) Jaisal.
Afterward, 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. The first among these havelis was commissioned and constructed in the year 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa and is the biggest and the most ostentatious.
In the evening head out to visit the Sam Sand Dunes, for a genuine Thar Desert experience. The sunset view at the sand dunes is a lifetime experience.
Reach back at the hotel by evening. Overnight stay will be at a hotel in Jaisalmer.
After breakfast check-out from the camps and head towards Jodhpur. Welcome to the land of legendary kings, gladiators, and royalty. Also known as the "The Blue City", "The Sun City" and "The Gateway to Thar", Jodhpur is famous for its beautiful Mehrangarh Fort, vivid blue houses, temples, sweets, and snacks. Seen in the backdrop of the movie, The Dark Knight Rises, Jodhpur attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the globe.
Check-in at the hotel on arrival. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay will be at a hotel in Jodhpur.
After breakfast set out for a 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.
Afterward, 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. After that visit the lavish Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the world's largest private residences. A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels. In the evening visit the local market.
Overnight stay will be at a hotel in Jodhpur.
After breakfast check-out from the 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 character 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 will be at a hotel in Narlai.
After breakfast head out for an exciting 2.5 hour Leopard Jeep Safari around 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.
Afterward, enjoy a countryside jeep safari tour. A life as colorful as the rainbow and equally captivating in the surrounding village, some interesting temples and agriculture experiences which are worth a visit. Reach back at the hotel by evening Overnight stay at the hotel in Narlai.
After breakfast, check out from the 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.
On the way visit one of the most significant and extensive Jain temple complexes that can be found in the country, the Ranakpur Jain Temple. It holds immense importance for all Jains. Spread over an area of 4,500 square yards and consisting of 29 halls, the temple is one of the most important of the five major pilgrimage centers of Jainism. The Ranakpur Temple is distinguished all across the globe for its brilliant architecture and was voted amongst the top 77 wonders of the world.
Reach Udaipur by afternoon. Check-in at the hotel and relax. The evening is at your leisure. The overnight stay will be at a hotel in Udaipur.
After breakfast head out for local sightseeing. Visit Fateh Sagar Lake (one of the most beautiful lakes in Udaipur). Then visit the Sahelion ki Badi, which was laid for a group of forty-eight young women attendants who accompanied a princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry.
Afterward, 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 close to the City Palace Complex.
In the evening visit Lake Pichola and enjoy a sunset boat cruise (shared). Then visit Bagore-ki-Haveli, a historic haveli (mansion) that stands magnificently on the waterfront of the surreal Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. Built-in the 18th century by Amar Chand Badwa, the then Prime minister of Mewar kingdom, Bagore Ki Haveli has been restored over a period of time and is now converted into a museum. In the evening enjoy the Dharohar Folk Dance Show at Bagore-ki-Haveli. See Rajasthani folk dancing, with nightly shows of colorful, energetic Marwari, Bhil, and western Rajasthani dances, as well as traditional Rajasthani puppetry.
The overnight stay will be at a hotel in Udaipur.
After breakfast head out for a day excursion to Eklingji Mahadev Temple, Nathdwara Shrinathji Temple & Haldighati Maharana Pratap Museum. Visit the 8th-century Hindu temple Eklingji, which is a great example of ancient architecture. Then visit Nagda Temple (Sas-Bahu Temple). The temple of Sas (mother in law) is comparatively larger than that of the Bahu (daughter in law). The 'Bahu' temple has an octagonal ceiling, which is adorned with beautifully carved eight intricate female figures. Afterward, visit Nathdwara Shrinathji Temple. The glorious temple is a famous pilgrimage point of Rajasthan and a must-see if you are on a tour of the religious places of Rajasthan. The Shrinathji temple of Nathdwara is famous for the Shringar of the deity where the idol is dressed in a new dress every day. Later visit Haldighati Maharana Pratap Museum. Haldighati, the land of bravery, sacrifice, and great history. Haldighati plays an important role in Indian History. Massive battle held here between the Mughals and Maharana Pratap. Museum provides you all the information about the Great Legend Maharana Pratap.
Reach back Udaipur by evening. The overnight stay will be at a hotel in 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!
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