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Tribal women, Rajasthan

Elaborate silver jewelry and garments in brilliant colors are the hallmarks of the women of Rajasthan. Encounter tribal peoples in the bustling markets of Udaipur and Jaisalmer on our India Private Journey.

Photo by Walter Bibikow / Danita Delimont Agency

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6195  
Length: 10 days
Arrive: Delhi, India
Depart: Delhi, India
Lodging: 9 nights in comfortable hotels (first class or deluxe option)
Meals: All meals from Day 2 through lunch on Day 10
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Overland travel with walking tours
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Highlights

  • The walled city of Jodhpur, with its extravagant palaces
  • Udaipur, one of the world’s most romantic cities, in a lakeside setting
  • Sunrise and sunset at the celebrated Taj Mahal


Everything went like clockwork. We were very impressed with our guides and accommodations, and with how well things were coordinated.Rhonda K.—Fargo, ND

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Rajasthan is an exotic land best described by its colors—the brilliant reds and bold yellows of tribal costumes, the soft pinks of ancient palaces, the muted tawny browns of vast deserts. On this Private Journey, explore with your own private guide in the ancient cites of Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Jaipur, with their ornate palaces of marble and onyx, and journey back in time at Fatehpur Sikri, the fabulously preserved ruin of a Mughal capital. Your journey ends in Agra, where you watch the golden morning light of sunrise fall across the legendary Taj Mahal, “an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.” Among the travel extensions we offer are a visit to the golden city of Jaisalmer, and to South India’s enchanting tropical Kerala to travel by private houseboat and visit the ancient trading port of Cochin, with its stunning location on the Arabian Sea.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Imperial Splendor

Ride through Delhi’s India Gate for views of the majestic imperial buildings of the old British-built capital, and explore 16th century Humayan’s Tomb, a superb example of early Mughal architecture. Visit Raj Ghat, last resting place of the father of modern India, Mahatma Gandhi.

Days 3-6
Jodhpur and Udaipur

India’s desert province is an exotic land best described by its colors—the brilliant reds and bold yellows of tribal costumes, the soft pinks of ancient palaces, the tawny browns of vast deserts. Savor the vibrancy of Rajasthan on a princely scale in the walled city of Jodhpur, known as “the blue city” for the hues of its Old Town houses. Jodhpur’s roofscape, viewed at sunset with its desert surroundings, is a photographer’s dream. Continue to romantic Udaipur, with its skyline of whitewashed mansions and the domes of the famous Rajput city palace reflected in shimmering Lake Pichola. (Our optional mid-trip extension to Jaisalmer begins on Day 3 and is followed by Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur, and the Taj Mahal.)

Days 7-8
Jaipur

A walled city of pink stone, Jaipur is a showcase of Rajasthani architecture full of exuberant 18th and 19th century palaces, including the City Palace, with its elaborate frescoes, mirror work, painted ceilings, and grandiose halls for both public and private audiences. The bazaars of Jaipur’s Old Town are some of the most vibrant in all India, renowned for hand-dyed textiles, embroidery, and precious stones.

Day 9
Taj Mahal

After exploring the haunting red sandstone ruins of the remote Mughal capital at Fatehpur Sikri, arrive in Agra in time to watch the golden sunset illuminate the legendary Taj Mahal, an exquisite white marble palace set on the east banks of the Yamuna River. It has been called “an emperor’s love wrought in living stones.”

Day 10
Delhi

Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal, return to Delhi and depart in the late evening.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2. It is a comfortable, vehicle-based sightseeing trip. Accommodations include comfortable, modern hotels reflecting the traditional architecture of Rajasthan as well as former palaces and royal residences that have been converted into luxurious heritage hotels.  Please remember that travel in India can be an adventure. The essential requirements are flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity, enthusiasm about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

When to go

Late September to March

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices valid through September 30, 2015

First Class Option

$6195 per person double occupancy
Single supplement: $2010
Internal airfare: $285 (subject to change)

Deluxe Option

$8795 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement: $4230
Internal airfare: $285 (subject to change)

Call for discounted rates for groups of three or more.

Note: A Holiday Surcharge will apply for travel between December 15 and January 15. The surcharge amount will depend on the exact dates of travel and availability of featured accommodations.


Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Costs
Jaisalmer Mid-Trip Extension
   from: $925
South India Extension: The Malabar Coast
   from: $2155
Kanha National Park Extension
   from: $2095
Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension
   from: $1295
Dharamsala and Amritsar Extension
   from: $1795

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • All meals from Day 2 through lunch on Day 10
  • Tours and sightseeing as described with private English-speaking guides
  • Land transportation as noted in the Full Trip Brochure
  • All airport transfers

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, any activities described as optional, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to staff, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

More than 90 days prior to departure: $250 per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Claridges Hotel Delhi

Claridges Hotel Delhi (First Class Option)

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Delhi, India

Set on three acres right in the heart of New Delhi, this hotel has been a landmark since the 1950s and it’s just a five-minute walk from the ...
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Taj Palace Hotel

Taj Palace Hotel (Deluxe Option)

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Delhi, India

The prestigious Taj Palace Hotel is the perfect place to unwind after a long flight or a day’s exploration of Delhi. We appreciate it for its ...
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Vivanta by Taj – Hari Mahal

Vivanta by Taj – Hari Mahal (First Class Option)

Days 3 to 4 (2 nights), Jodhpur, India

A 21st century palace set in six acres of lush gardens in the heart of Jodhpur, the Taj Hari Mahal has Mughal-inspired architecture of domes, ...
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Raas Haveli

Raas Haveli (Deluxe Option)

Days 3 to 4 (2 nights), Jodhpur, India

The Raas Haveli occupies a stunning position beneath Jodhpur's imposing Mehrangarh Fort and is the only boutique hotel in India located right within ...
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Trident Hotel Udaipur

Trident Hotel Udaipur (First Class Option)

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Udaipur, India

This is a peaceful haven in a bustling city, with great views, lush landscaping, a gorgeous swimming pool, a casual ambiance, and cobbled pathways ...
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Taj Lake Palace

Taj Lake Palace (Deluxe Option A)

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Udaipur, India

It’s not a stretch to say that the Lake Palace, the 250-year-old former summer palace of the Maharaja of Udaipur, is one of the world’s ...
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Oberoi Udaivilas

Oberoi Udaivilas (Deluxe Option B)

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Udaipur, India

Built of sandstone and marble in grand Mughul style, this dramatic new hotel on Lake Pichola offers a royal ambiance with graceful domes, intricate ...
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Trident Hotel Jaipur

Trident Hotel Jaipur (First Class Option)

Days 7 to 8 (2 nights), Jaipur, India

With a pleasant location across from Jaj Mahal Lake and just a 10-minute drive from the famous Jaipur Fort, this small hotel offers comfortable and ...
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Taj Rambagh Palace

Taj Rambagh Palace (Deluxe Option A)

Days 7 to 8 (2 nights), Jaipur, India

Experience one of life’s rare treats—a stay at the Rambagh Palace, an authentic royal residence and a treasure of India, with its ...
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Oberoi Rajvilas Hotel

Oberoi Rajvilas Hotel (Deluxe Option B)

Days 7 to 8 (2 nights), Jaipur, India

About 20 minutes outside the city, the Rajvilas is a calm oasis surrounded by gardens, pavilions, and a small lake. Designed as an old Raj fort and ...
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ITC Mughal Agra

ITC Mughal Agra (First Class Option)

Day 9 (1 night), Agra, India

The ITC Mughal Agra Hotel is a comfortable property set on 35 acres of lush gardens complete with two swimming pools and an excellent spa.  It ...
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Oberoi Amarvilas

Oberoi Amarvilas (Deluxe Option)

Day 9 (1 night), Agra, India

The Oberoi Amarvilas has well earned its long lists of awards and accolades, and it’s the place to stay in Agra. Located less than a half-mile ...
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Radisson Blu Airport Hotel

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel (Day Room)

Day 10, Delhi, India

This stylish business hotel is just a few miles from Delhi’s international airport, with comfortable rooms and all the services you’d ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

India

Dharamsala and Amritsar Extension

The Dalai Lama's Mountain Abode & the Sikhs' Golden Temple

Cultural Adventures, Walking
5 days  -  Level 1+

Jaisalmer Mid-Trip Extension

Explore the Golden City of the Desert

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

Kanha National Park Extension

Gameviewing in one of India’s Great Wildlife Reserves

Wildlife & Natural History
5 days  -  Level 2

South India Extension: The Malabar Coast

Cochin and a Cruise Along the Backwaters of Kerala

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 1+

Varanasi and Khajuraho Extension

Holy City Along the Ganges, Magnificent World-Famous Temples

Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

Everything went like clockwork. We were very impressed with our guides and accommodations, and with how well things were coordinated. Rhonda K., Fargo, ND It was the trip of a lifetime! I’m still trying to process all that we saw and experienced! Joan B., Bend, OR The balance between the sightseeing and relaxing at fabulous hotels was perfect. Hillary R., Oakton, VA
WT took care of us from the time we arrived to our departure and was always there, taking care of logistics and allowing us to enjoy India on our own and through our daily guides. John and Mary P., Fairfax, VA