Embark on a colourful journey through remarkable Rajasthan. Explore the legendary Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, before going in search of tigers in Ranthambore, visiting holy Pushkar, the Blue city of Jodphur and the beautiful town of Udaipur. Opt to finish your tour back in Delhi or head south to Mumbai, the home of Bollywood.
Old Delhi Sights
This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, taking in Humayun's Tomb, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque and Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation in Old Delhi, and in New Delhi Rajpath and India Gate. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste dinner at our hotel.
Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast, Dinner
Delhi - Agra. Departing Delhi, we make our way to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal empire. Our first stop here is the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. Later we travel on to the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by the order of Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in affectionate memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal is perhaps one of the most extravagant monuments to love ever built and has no peers.
Overnight: Agra | Breakfast
Fatehpur Sikri & Karauli
Agra - Karauli. Bright and early this morning we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which has been deserted for over four centuries after it was allegedly abandoned due to a lack of water. Thanks to the very durable red sandstone from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri still remains well-preserved and is a fascinating place to explore.
The highlight of today is our arrival in the rural village of Karauli, which was a princely state of India from 1348 until 1949. The current Maharaja (181st in the Royal Dynasty) and Maharani of Karauli have recently opened the doors of their stately Palace Bhanwar Vilas, built in 1938, as a 3-4 star heritage hotel and we'll spend the night here. During our stay we can explore the palace, guest quarters, banquet and reception halls, stables and grounds at leisure. The sovereigns, continue to reside at the palace and the young princess often gives guided tours of the palace, which we will take part in, if the opportunity arises. The family is also lovingly restoring the Karauli City Palace, which we visit later this afternoon. Tonight, opt to attend the evening Aaarti (prayer) taking place nearby.
Overnight: Karauli | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Karauli - Jaipur. This morning we make a quick visit to the children and teachers at a local school (if open) where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme. If you have bought any educational items with you to hand out to children this would be the time to do so. Then we drive on to Jaipur, the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your own leisure.
Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast, Lunch
Very early this morning there is the opportunity to sail over the lotfy hilltop forts and regal palaces of Jaipur in a hot air balloon. We then travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort where we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior and grounds. Later we visit a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing before touring the City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory.
Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast
Jaipur - Ranthambore. After breakfast on day 7, we set out by road to Ranthambore National Park. Upon arrival we will check in to our hotel and have time to freshen up before embarking on an evening game drive. For a relatively small area, the park offers a rich diversity of fauna and flora including sambar, chital, nilgai, wild boar, leopard, sloth bear and myriad birdlife as well as the Bengal tiger. Ranthambore is one of the prime examples of Project Tiger's excellent conservation efforts in Rajasthan. The following day we enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with some time to relax during the day.
Overnight: Ranthambore National Park | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 2
Ranthambore - Pushkar. Back on the road today we make our way to the sleepy lakeside town of Pushkar. Famous for the annual Pushkar Camel Fair, Pushkar is an ancient Rajasthani town which is considered by Hindus to be one of the most sacred places in India. Upon arrival we'll enjoy a break for lunch before heading out on a sightseeing tour of Pushkar Lake - which is believed to have curative powers, and the Brahma Temple - one of the few temples in the world dedicated to this deity.
Overnight: Pushkar | Breakfast
Pushkar - Jodhpur. This morning we drive to Jodhpur, a charming town located on the eastern edge of the Thar Desert. Dubbed the Blue City due to the distinctive colour of its old town houses, the city is dominated by the grand Meherangarh Fort which sits on a hilltop within the ancient walls of the old city. Upon arrival we'll break for lunch before a late afternoon tour of this colourful city, taking in the mighty fort and bazaars of the old city which are gathered around the city’s tall clock tower. Followed by free time to bargain for local wares, from spices to richly coloured textiles and ornaments.
Overnight: Jodhpur | Breakfast
Jodhpur - Udaipur. On the morning of day 11 we drive to Ranakpur, a small town tucked away in a remote valley which famed for its beautiful 14th century Jain temples. We stop for lunch and visit Ranakpur Temple before continuing south to Udaipur, arriving late afternoon.
Udaipur is a beautiful town set on the shores of picturesque Lake Pichola. A favourite amongst traveller, Udaipur is viewed as one of Rajasthan’s most romantic cities and is brimming with palaces and temples. On day 12 we explore Udaipur and the majestic City Palace on a guided tour. Then there's free time to explore the shops and markets of this charming town before an evening cruise on picturesque Lake Pichola.
Overnight: Udaipur | Breakfast x 2
Udaipur - Delhi. This morning a departure transfer takes us to the airport to board our morning flight to Delhi. Upon arrival the afternoon is free for you to relax at the hotel or to head out and further explore Delhi. There is the option to travel onward to Mumbai, see note below.
Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast
Friday. After breakfast our our comes to an end. Following hotel check-out transfer to the airport for your onward travel.
Finish your tour in Mumbai
You can opt to travel independently onward from Udaipur to Mumbai. On day 13 board a morning flight to Mumbai, the exhilarating and charismatic city at the heart of the glamorous Hindi film industry and often referred to as Bollywood. Enjoy the rest of the day in this vibrant city exploring at your own pace. Overnight - Mumbai. The following day the tour ends after breakfast. Following hotel check-out transfer to the international airport for your onward travel.
Please be sure to indicate your preference to travel by air and experience Mumbai at time of booking.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Jaypee Siddharth Hotel, Delhi
The luxurious Jaypee Siddharth is a stunning poperty located just a few miles from the New Delhi Railway Station. Guestrooms feature rich wooden floors and furnishings and are exquisitely decorated with creams and browns as well as the odd splash of colour. In their free time, guests can indulge in one of the rejuvenating treatments, available at the spa, or work up an appetite in the gym. A range of cuisines are served in the various restaurants that can be found within the hotel complex.
Hotel Jivitesh, Delhi
The Jivitesh Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Karol Bagh, a popular neighbourhood of Delhi which is renowned for its excellent shops and vibrant street markets. The Jivitesh offers comfortable and spacious guest rooms, with all modern amenities and you can be assured of a warm welcome and excellent customer service from the hotel staff. Enjoy authentic Indian vegetarian cuisine at the hotel's restaurant and enjoy a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool, after a day of sightseeing in the capital.
Vivanta by Taj Dwarka, Delhi
Vivanta by Taj Dwarka is a modern, luxury hotel located in Dwarka, on the outskirts of New Delhi, just 15 minutes drive from the airport. Spread over 7 acres, this striking hotel has a unique angular design and offers 250 luxurious rooms and suites. All tastes are catered for at the hotel's multi-cuisine restaurant, while the Indus Express restaurant serves mouth-watering Punjabi cuisine. Head to the popular Tipple bar for a delicious array of heady cocktails or relax by the poolside with a refreshing smoothie from the Celsuis Pool Bar. The nearby Sector 21 Metro station provides direct access to the heart of the city and after a day of sightseeing you can cool off with a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or relax in the sauna and massage parlour.
Seven Hills Tower, Agra
The modern and stylish Seven Hills Tower hotel boasts a range of facilities and services designed to ensure the quality of each traveller's stay. Guests can enjoy a dip in the rooftop pool or laze on the sun loungers before heading to the equally lofty restaurant for some mouth-watering Mughlai cuisine. The spacious guestrooms are elegantly decorated with neutral colours and fabrics covered with traditional patterns and all have excellent ensuite facilities. Why not head to the rooftop pool and al fresco dining area for beautiul views of the Taj - perfect for a sunset drink.
Bhanwar Vilas Palace, Karauli
Built in 1938, this stunning property is the residence of the Maharaja (181st in the Royal Dynasty) and Maharani of Karauli. Both the architecture and furniture have been designed in fitting with colonial styles. Rooms are split between deluxe rooms and luxury suites, each including a range of modern amenities such as a mini bar, a well-appointed ensuite and a plush king-sized bed. In the evenings, guests can tuck into an array of regional specialities as well as cuisine from around the world in the hotel's restaurant. The hotel is just 7km from the nearest train station.
Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur
The beautiful heritage style Mandawa Haveli is a fine example of typical Rajasthan architecture - set in terraced gardens with pretty courtyards. All rooms are well appointed with intricately carved wooden beds and king-size royal portraits. An evening spent enjoying a lavish Rajasthani dinner in front of a traditional folk dance is highly recommended. Well located in the heart of Jaipur city on Sansar Chandra Road, just a few minute’s drive from the Palace of the Winds.
Ranthambore Heritage Haveli , Ranthambore National Park
Set amongst well manicured gardens, the Ranthambore Heritage Haveli offers stylish and intimate accommodation in a enviable location. Guest rooms are elegantly designed with excellent amenities including large TV's and beautiful rain showers. The haveli also benefits from a refreshing outdoor pool, a multi-cuisine restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi. Why not start the day with a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool - a perfect way to energise your day!
Pushkar Resort, Pushkar
The Pushkar is a warm, family managed hotel and a tranquil oasis set in 15 acres of gardens. Each cottage is constructed from local, authentic stonework and provides an exceptionally high level of comfort, topped off with quaint patchwork furnishings. In the restaurant, guests can treat themselves to a range of cuisines from Asia and Europe. A variety of different and massages are also available in the spa. The hotel is 4 km from Pushkar town, at the edge of desert.
Karni Bhawan, Jodhpur
The charming and intimate red stone 1940s bungalow, Karni Bhawan has been tastefully restored to its former beauty. Guest rooms are spacious and modern but still in keeping with classic Rajasthani design. The outdoor pool s perfect for relaxing by and the food here is top notch, it’s even been showcased at Switzerland's food festivals for the past 10 years. Set in beautiful lush green gardens on Palace Road, Jodhpur very near to Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Hotel Hilltop Palace, Udaipur
As the name suggests, the Hilltop Hotel is set on a hill overlooking Udaipur's famous Lake Fatehsagar. The hotel perfectly combines effortless service with harmonious spaces and is the perfect setting to enjoy a stay in Udaipur. The tastefully decorated guest rooms are complete with marble inlay and have individual open terraces looking over the stunning lake. Having a cocktail at Zannat, the open air roof top restaurant, is the perfect place to watch the sun go down. Perfectly located on the top of Ambavgarh Hill overlooking Lake Fetehsagar and Swaroop Sagar.
The tour was hectic but Yusuf was excellent and made sure all was well along the way. He is knowledgeable, interesting, informative and helpful and has a good sense of humour too.”
We loved the Haveli properties but weren't too keen on the modern hotels, we had issues with things not working at times. Really enjoyed the trip the only negative is we had very little free time to recover from trip, or contact relatives at home. ”
This was one of the best times of my life!! It was all organized perfectly and worry free for all activities. This was my first time venturing on my own and first time out of continent so I was a little nervous, but now I cant wait to do it all over again. Our guide was perfect for our group and gave a interesting first hand stories about his culture. I was blown away by the beauty of India and amazing at the cultural differences from Canada. This whole experience has opened up a hunger to explore more in the world and excitement in meeting new people. The group we had I think was blessed by the travel Gods because there was not one person that I regret meeting. I made new friends. I saw beauty and wonder, and I cant wait to do it all over again. ”
To whom it may concern, my wife and I , Alan and Joan Colloff, have just returned to Delhi after completing passage to India tour, thank you for all your amazing organisation, it was perfect.
Our tour guide for the first week was yourself khan, he was brilliant, a really nice person as well as amazing guide, his drivers were also excellent.the second half of our tour was on our own with A driver, he too was a fantastic driver, very safe.
The hotels we stayed at were first class, especially kings abode, and hilltop palace,all had really good staff, the food we had on this tour wasn't at all the hotels, but we ate locally as well,and was the best food we have had on any holiday, we will recommend your company to anyone, So thank you again for an amazing tour. ”
Yusuf really looked after us. He gave us more information than we could ever remember, and made every day an exciting new experience. We think it might be nice to have a large 'On The Go' sticker on our cases when there is more than one tour checking out from an hotel. We worried that our bags might get mixed up (but they weren't).”
I LOVED this tour. Satendra Sharma was a marvellous tour guide and really instilled in the group his love of his country and made every single experience worthwhile. In a few words the tour was hectic, fascinating, wonderful, comfortable and intriguing. I would love to return. We had a great group and everyone joined in together to make the experience even better. Highly recommended.”
Thoroughly enjoyed my travelling in India. Satendra was a great guide, very helpful and went out of his way to assist us in any way. We enjoyed his company and wealth of knowledge throughout the tour. He knew how to get us the best bargains for shopping and added a few extras to the itinerary at times which were great. It was a joy to do this tour and a good guide makes all the difference - well done Sat'. Loved it.”
India was amazing. The tour was well organised. We stayed in good hotels. The guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. Especially Yusuf. He really left me with an excellent idea of the history of India. I will certainly recommend On The Go Tours to my friends and family. ”
Yousef was organised, informative and helpful. Unfortunately he couldn’t come with us on the second half of the tour as there were only 5 of us. The local guides were good but it wasn’t he same as the first half with Yousef as we had no time to get to know them.
I found the tipping issue annoying and confusing during the second week. I would prefer to pay for the whole lot up front as it makes it more relaxing. I enjoyed the different experiences and loved most of the hotels and accommodation.”
We were met with an overwhelming sence of India on our arrival at the airport. Our tour started with 21 travelers from all parts of the globe who got on fabulously. Satendra and his crew looked after us wonderfully, his knowledge is superb. The Taj was more stunning than I had imagined, followed by an amazing balloon ride up close and personal to the early morning villages of Jaipur.
The accommodation was always different place by place, which added to the experience. Everyone went out of their way to make our holiday all the more memorable.
The views from our hotel in Jaisalmer are unforgettable, along with the trip into the desert for a sunset camel ride.
Our driver Indu navigated his way past cows, carts, bikes, donkeys, dogs, tuc tuc's, & Tata's with great skill. "Not an easy job at times" Thank you Indu.
Udaipur was a breathtaking city to finish our journey.
The happiness of the people is infectious.
Glenn & Elaine”
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The tour was hectic but Yusuf was excellent and made sure all was well along the way. He is knowledgeable, interesting, informative and helpful and has a good sense of humour too.”