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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax and get over your long hall flight.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi - Agra

Departing Delhi, we journey to Agra (roughly 5 hrs), once India’s Mughal capital. Here, we visit the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind it's fortified walls. Later on we take you to the legendary Taj Mahal to witness a magical sunset. Built by Shah Jahan in the 16th century as an enduring memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz. Built entirely of white marble, the Taj Mahal has no peers.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 3: Agra - Ranthambhore NP

En route to Ranthambhore, we visit ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri (roughly 1.5 hrs). This magnificent fortified city was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned dramatically due to a lack of water to support the peoples who resided in the city. Thanks to the very durable red sandstone, from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri remains fantastically preserved. We drive onto Bharatpur train station for our train to Ranthambhore National Park. You will be met at the train station and transferred to your accommodation.

Tiger pug marks in the sand in Ranthambore National Park

Day 4: Ranthambhore NP

Ranthambhore National Park is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan. We venture out to enjoy both morning and evening game drives (shared jeep canter) with some time to relax during the day.

Antelope

Day 5: Ranthambhore NP - Jaipur

After a morning game drive (shared jeep canter) we enjoy lunch before driving to Jaipur (roughly 4 hrs).

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 6: Jaipur

This morning, we travel beyond Jaipur to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride (subject to elephant availability and government regulations) transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza.

The steps up to the magnificent Amber Fort

Day 7: Jaipur - Pushkar

En-route to Pushkar (roughly 3.5 hrs), we stop at Ajmer surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains for sight seeing. This afternoon is free for you to to enjoy Pushkar on your own.

Colourful camel

Day 8: Pushkar - Udaipur

Continuing onwards (roughly 6 hrs), we arrive at Udaipur. An oasis of cool, with its massive lake and Venetian-like appearance, Udaipur is one of the most romantic towns in Rajasthan. A favourite amongst travellers, Udaipur is crammed full of palaces and temples. Free time to explore and perhaps shop for colourful Rajasthani souvenirs and Indian spices.

Maharaja City Palace

Day 9: Udaipur

This morning we tour of the imposing City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Shaliyo Ki Bari Gardens and Lok Kala Mandal. Later this afternoon enjoy a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola (shared boat).

Jagdish Temple

Day 10: Udaipur - Mt Abu

Today, we travel roughly 4 hrs to Mount Abu. Rest of the day at leisure. The town of Mt Abu is Rajasthan’s only hill station, located at the southern extremity of the Aravallis range, at an elevation of 1220 metres. Mt Abu is an easy paced town and a very popular retreat in the summer, with people trying to escape the heat of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Day 11: Mt Abu

Free time. In the heart of the town is Lake Nakki which is a major tourist attraction where it is possible to hire boats or take a walk around the lake to see the bizarre rock formations including the Toad Rock. Beside the lake is the 14th century Raghunath Temple and the Maharaja Jaipur Palace is closeby. Mt Abu has several Jain temples including the beautiful Dilwara group, which were built between 11th and 13th Centuries AD and are carved out of white marble, with some of the best marble carvings in Rajasthan. More fine-looking temples can be found within the Achalgarh fort. The temples are an important pilgrimage site for Jains, who are a small but influential religious minority in India.

Day 12: Mt Abu - Jodhpur

An interesting drive through increasingly varied scenery takes us to Jodhpur (roughly 6 hrs), a town at the edge of the mighty Thar Desert. Dominated by Meherangarh Fort which sits majestically atop a hill, Jodhpur is known as the Blue City. This is because of the coloured houses in the old town, painted indigo. Day of leisure in Jodhpur.

A local girl in the Blue City of Jodhpur

Day 13: Jodhpur

We’ll enjoy some touring in this colourful Rajasthani city, taking in the mighty fort and bazaars of the old city which are gathered around the city’s tall clock tower. Afternoon at leisure.

People outside the Meheranga Fort in Jodhpur

Day 14: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer

Driving through the Rajasthani Thar desert we arrive at the medieval caravan outpost of Jaisalmer (roughly 6 hrs), one of the jewels in India’s crown. Exquisite wood and sandstone buildings dot the town and within Jaisalmer Fort are homes, hotels and shops hidden in ancient lane ways. Day at leisure in Jaisalmer.

Camels in the desert

Day 15: Jaisalmer

During our stay in this stunning Rajasthani fortress town we’ll enjoy some touring of the only lived in fort in India plus an evening sunset desert camel safari on the rolling sand dunes.

Temple carving detail

Day 16: Jaisalmer - Bikaner

We travel east today to the 14th century desert town of Bikaner (roughly 7 hrs).

Indian Ladies in the Thar Desert

Day 17: Bikaner - Alsisar

Once an important staging post on the great caravan routes, much of the atmospheric old town which we will explore on our half day tour is still encircled by massive fortified walls. Within these walls are havelis, artisan shops and people going about their daily lives. We also visit the spectacular Junagarh Fort & museum, built between 1587 and 1593 during the rule of Rai Singh. Then this afternoon, we travel onto Alsisar.

Colourful Ganesh

Day 18: Alsisar - Delhi

In the semi-desert Shekhawati region, the small towns in this region became important trading posts, a lasting legacy of which are the beautiful painted havelis (mansions) constructed by wealthy merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy morning village walk before driving roughly 6 hrs to Delhi.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 19: Delhi

Departure transfer to the airport.

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