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Quintessential Rajasthan 16 Days

Overland tour visiting Taj Mahal and in-depth exploration of Rajasthan in-depth

Trip Grade

Easy

Trip Price From US$ 1430 | See Details

Group SizePrivate

MealsDaily breakfast and some meals

RouteDelhi – Agra - Bharatpur-Jaipur- Bundi-Udaipur-Nimaj-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Bikaner-Mandawa

Trip Type Overland Tour and camel safari

Trip SeasonsMid Sept til mid April

Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Trip highlights

Visiting the era of the Mughal empire and Sand dunes of Rajesthan

Rajasthan, the Land of Kings, is the quintessential Indian state. The walled cities, forts and palaces are a dramatic reminder of the rich cultural heritage and history of the region. Amazing legends of a bygone era relate to tales of romance and heroism of the Rajput warriors who ruled the region for nearly a thousand years. Our journey passes through the fairytale cities of Jaipur, Jodphur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer as well exploring the lesser known forts and palaces of Bundi, Chittaurgarh and Nimaj. We visit Maharajahs palaces, the ornate Havelis of Shekawati at Mandawa and explore the haunting beautiful sand dunes on a camel safari.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Delhi – Agra Travel overland to Agra, home to ’s most famous site, the majestic Taj Mahal. Also visit the nearby Red Fort.

Day 2: Drive to Bharatpur From Agra, first stop at the fortified Mughal City of Fatehpur Sikri. Continuing our journey by road, reach the city of Bharatpur where we visit the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, a World Heritage reserve containing over 350 different species of birds.

Days 3 & 4: Drive to Jaipur Jaipur is the colourful capital of the state of Rajasthan, a vibrant and exciting town.Visit historic Amber fort, Old Bazaar, Hawa Mahal, better known as The Palace of the Wind.

Day 5: Drive to Bundi Leave Jaipur in the morning for Bundi, a favorite of Rudyard Kipling. The town has remained one of the better kept secrets of Rajasthan and has a very relaxed atmosphere.

Day 6: Drive to Chittaurgarh Fort & Udaipur From Bundi, head south towards Udaipur visiting Chittaurgarh Fort, en-route.

Day 7: Drive to Udaipur The city of Udaipur is built around the shores of Lake Pichola with a wealth of fascinating temples, ornate palaces, and impressive havelis (merchant homes).

Day 8: Drive to Nimaj Journey to Nimaj, surrounded by fields of millet and wheat fields, mud plastered houses linked by narrow pathways. Nimaj is a fascinating little village and our stay here is one of the highlights of the trip a we overnight in a heritage property full of old world charm. En-route visit Ranakpur temple complex.

Day 9: Drive to Jodhpur Drive to Jodpur, visiting some of the villages, including Bishnois and Meghwas en-route.

Days 10 & 11: Drive to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is an ancient trading town resembling a scene from the story of “A Thousand and One Nights”. The inhabitants still live in the narrow paved streets and alleyways of the town’s ancient fort.

Day 12: Drive to Bikaner From Jaisalmer, drive through the desert to Bikaner in north west Rajasthan.

Day 13: In Jaisalmer Camel Safari and camp in the desert

Day 14: In Jaisalmer Camel Safari in the morning and return to Bikaneer for local sights. Overnight hotel

Day 15: Drive to Mandawa Head off the beaten track to the small town of Mandawa. This small town is one of the most attractive of those in the Shekawati region. The region is noted for its wealthy merchants homes, with intricate decorated murals inside and outside of these homes.

Day 16: Drive to Delhi It is about 5 hours of drive from Mandawa to Delhi. Arrive in the early afternoon and drop off at the hotel near the city or at the airport.

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