This Rajasthan tour package for 11 days leads you through the sun drenched Rajasthan and into the places and sights that regular tours don’t cover. Rajasthan tour enables you to see beautiful sights and places of Rajasthan and all the attractions along the Golden Triangle route. This is one of the best Rajasthan tour packages providing opportunity to interact with the local people, while learning the way they live and to experience their hospitality. As time permits, we will also visit local homes and schools. Your stays are in the charming and affordable Forts and Palaces replete with ‘Old World Charm.’
We will travel by a small van with maximum of 7 passengers to make your experience a personal, accompanied by a knowledgeable and a passionate Guide. There is also a one overnight train journey, a short camel ride, an elephant ride and a rickshaw ride to add to your Indian experience. The itinerary is packed with India Rajasthan tour showing you beautiful land and the hospitable people of India.
Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, you are met and transferred to a hotel in the suburbs of Delhi (30km), which is on the way to your next destination. Overnight in Heritage Village, Manesar or Similar.
Day 2: To Mandawa
Drive to Mandawa in the heart of Shekhawati, a region known as the “Open Art Gallery of Rajasthan,” for its fascinating mansions (Havelis). These mansions have lavishly painted walls, built by the rich merchants as their residence between 18th and 20th century. We spend the afternoon walking to visit some of these Havelis.
Overnight in Desert Resort Hotel or similar
Day 3: Mandawa – Bikaner
Visit sights in Mandawa and drive to the desert city of Bikaner. Visit the Junagarh Fortress.
Overnight in Raj Villas Palace Hotel.
Day 4: Bikaner (B)
After visiting the Camel Center, you may choose to walk or ride a camel to visit local villages. Lunch at a village hut known as Dhanhi. Later visit Deshnok, which is famous for its rat temple. Overnight in Raj Villas Palace Hotel
Day 5: Bikaner – Jaisalmer
Drive further into Thar Desert and arrive in the Golden City of Jaisalmer. En-route, stop in some villages inhabited by Bishnois tribe. While in Jaisalmer view sunset and enjoy a dinner with cultural performance at Sam Dunes.
Overnight in Fort Rajwada.
Day 6: Jaisalmer Sightseeing and Overnight Train
Walk through maze of alleys and bazaars to see Jaislamer’s unique architectural masterpiece that amazes visitors. Visit Sonar Kila or the Golden Fort, including Jain temples and some of the Havelis. In the evening board an air-conditioned sleeper train to Jaipur.
Overnight in train
Day 7: Arrive in Jaipur
Arrive early this morning in Jaipur and transfer to a hotel. After some rest, start for a half-day tour of this Pink City to visit the Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds. Then visit the City Palace with its museum and Jantar Mantar Observatory. Free evening.
Overnight in Narain Niwas Palace or similar.
Day 8: Jaipur Walking tour
Short distance away from Jaipur, we visit Amber Fort and ride an elephant. Return to Jaipur and begin walking into the old city through its maze of streets. Enjoy a timeless bazaar admiring a full of colorful textiles and trinkets. Spend some time looking at houses, mansions and temples. Sense the whirl of streets packed with camel carts and cycle-rickshaws. In the evening drive to an ethnic village resort of Chokhi Dhani for traditional dinner and a Rajasthani performance. Overnight in Narain Niwas Palace or similar.
Day 9: Jaipur –Agra
En-route to Agra, stop to visit the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Visit Taj Mahal in Agra during the sunset and visit the Agra Red Fort. Overnight in Holiday Inn.
Day 10: Agra-Delhi
Drive to Delhi after visiting rest of the sights in Agra. Free evening in Delhi.
Overnight in City Park.
Day 11: Delhi tour – Departure
A brief tour of some of the landmark monuments of Old and New Delhi including: Jama Masjid, Rajghat Park and drive past India Gate, President’s House and Qutub Minar. Transfer to the airport in time for your flight to your next destination.
1625 Per Person on Twin sharing
Single Supplement US $550 Per Person extra
Private departure available on request
Private Journeys for independent travel with your own dates.
- Accommodations in listed 4 star hotels (or similar) or in a heritage hotel.
- Meals as shown by B/L/D (Daily breakfast)
- All transfers by air-conditioned vehicle.
- Entrance fees to the sights listed.
- English speaking local Guide.
- Train from Jaisalmer-Jaipur by A/C sleeper.
- Indian Visa
- Not specified meals and flights.
INDIA BHUTAN TOUR (17 FEB – 14 MARCH 2009) MARCH 29,2009
LIFE IN BUFFALO HAS RETURNED TO NORMAL AFTER A SPECTACULAR TRIP TO INDIA AND BHUTAN. THE SMERDS AND THE NOBELS THOUGHT THAT YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN OUR COMMENTS ABOUT OUR EXPERIENCE. WE CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT OUR TWO GUIDES, BRIJ AND TSEHWANG. BRIJ WAS ATTENTIVE, PERSONABLE, INTERACTIVE AND ACCOMMODATING. HE WENT TO GREAT LENGTH TO MEET OUR EVERY WISH AND EXPECTATION. IN ADDITION, HE HAD ANNOYING TASKS AROUND ITEMS FORGOTTEN ETC WHICH HE DID WITH GOOD GRACE AND HUMOR. WE HAD NO CONVERSATION WITH OUR DRIVER IN INDIA BUT PEMA WAS SWEET, HELPFUL AND ALWAYS READY TO CARRY ON A CONVERSATION. HE IS AN EXCELLENT DRIVER. DESPITE THE TREACHEROUS CURVES MADE MORE THREATENING BY ANIMALS, WALKERS ETC., WE FELT CONFIDENT WITH HIS DRIVING. THE CAMEL TRIP WAS GREAT. THE CAMEL DRIVERS AND ACCOMMODATIONS WERE GOOD AND THE TIME IN THE DESERT RELAXING AND MEMORABLE. OUR TIME IN BHUTAN WAS ENHANCED BY HAVING TSEH WANG AS OUR GUIDE. HE IS KNOWLEDGABLE INTELLIGENT AND WAS WILLING TO SHARE HIS OPINIONS AND LIFE STORY WITH US. HE ALSO WAS %100 ATTENTIVE AND HOSPITABLE. HE INVITED US TO HIS HOME (WHICH WAS A REAL TREAT FOR US) AND BROUGHT ARA TO OUR FINAL DINNER WHERE WE ENJOYED A LITTLE CEREMONY WITH EGGS AND ARA – QUITE GOOD. WE WERE PARTICULARLY PLEASED THAT TSEH WANG WAS FLEXILE WITH OUR SCHEDULE. EXTRA HIKES WERE ENJOYED AND APPRECIATED.IN ADDITION TO OUR PRAISE, WE THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN SOME CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS. (1) TIPPING INFORMATION ON YOUR “HELPFUL INFORMATION SHEET” WAS UNCLEAR. YOU SAY “TIP ABOUT $7-10 PER DAY FOR THE GUIDE AND ABOUT HALF FOR THE DRIVER OR OTHER CREW MEMBERS” . WE DIDN’T KNOW IF THAT WAS PER PERSON, PER COUPLE, PER GROUP! WE ASSUMED IT WAS PER COUPLE AND TIPPED ACCORDINGLY. IN FACT, TIPPING WAS A SOURCE OF ANXIETY. WE WERE CONSTANTLY WONDERING IF WE SHOULD LEAVE A TIP IN THE ROOM FOR THE MAID, PAY THE PORTERS, LEAVE MONEY FOR THE WAITRESSES AT THE END OF A STAY. HOW MUCH TO LEAVE WAS ALSO AN ISSUE. OUR GUIDES WERE ALSO NOT SURE. IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO FUTURE TOURISTS IF YOU OFFER SOME GUIDANCE BEFORE THE TRIP. (2) PEOPLE TRAVELING DURING COLD WEATHE SHOULD BE ADVISED IN WRITING TO BRING WARM CLOTHES THAT COULD BE LAYERED – LONG UNDERWEAR WAS INVALUABLE FOR US. WIND BREAKERS FOR LATE AFTERNOON WIND ARE ALSO INVALUABLE. (3) HIKING BOOTS FOR TIGER’S NEST COULD BE SUGGESTED. THEY WERE HELPFUL. (4) A FLASHLIGHT IS ALSO A GOOD SUGGESTION. IT CAME IN HANDY ESPECIALLY IN GANGTEY AS WELL AS AT THE CAMEL CAMP. (5) INFORMATION CONCERNING ALTITUDE AT EACH STOP WOULD ALSO BE HELPFUL.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN PLANNING OUR TRIP. IT WAS 100 %100 HELPFUL.
Margery N & Susan S Family of 5Feb 17 -March 14,2009
Trip Rajasthan + Rishikesh from (05 -24 Oct)
First of all, tks for everything!
I had an wonderful time in India and it made the whole difference the organization of the trip and the quality of the places I stayed.
I felt very safe and well supported by you in every moment, and that was exactly what I was looking for.So, congratulations for such professional work.
The best guest house was definetely Fifu’s GUest HOuse in Jaisalmer. They are very good people as well!
Having a person at the train station for getting you inside the right train and coach was very appreciated. I really think that’s needed.
It was very very good and I will definetely recomend you to my friends that want to go to India!
All the best to you, Amit!
And thank your staff for me as well!
Juliana MOct 05- 24,2008
THANK YOU Santosh and Ugen for setting me up on the Palace on Wheels. It was excellent to meet you Santosh in Delhi, especially because you came to meet me and my friend and to personally take us to the train. May your business bloom and prosper.