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Royal Rajasthan

Across India’s Legendary Desert Kingdom

Overview

Traditional desert tribes, camels painted with henna, medieval walled cities, and airy Mughal palaces of marble and onyx—these are the captivating sights of Rajasthan. Our journey into this colorful world includes a camel ride and sunset dune walk amid the herders’ camps at the Pushkar or Nagaur fairs, a rickshaw ride through the markets of Jaipur, a sunrise at the Taj Mahal, and game viewing in Ranthambore, a former maharaja’s hunting ground and a great place to search for Bengal tigers. As we explore from the hill-perched forts of the “pink city” of Jaipur (with two overnights at a sumptuous maharaja’s palace) to the tangled lanes of Jodhpur, this adventure gives you an unforgettable taste of India.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Delhi / Agra / Fatehpur Sikri / Ranthambore

In Agra, we make both a sunset and sunrise pilgrimage to the Taj Mahal, a vision in marble set on the banks of the Yamuna River. At the haunting desert ruins of Fatehpur Sikri, the capital of Emperor Akbar, we explore sandstone palaces that offer a glimpse into an ancient Mughal city. Based at our tented camp near Ranthambore National Park, we’ll head out to look for Royal Bengal tigers.

Claridges Hotel Delhi
Delhi, India
Day 1 (1 night)
ITC Mughal Agra
Agra, India
Day 2 (1 night)
Khem Villas
Rajasthan, India
Days 3 to 4 (2 nights)
Days 5-6
Jaipur

The walled quarter of Jaipur is an 18th century city of pink sandstone and a showcase for elegant Rajasthani craftsmanship. Our explorations include the ornate Palace of the Winds and the Amber Fort, a 16th century Rajput stronghold. Our world-class hotel, the Rambagh Palace, former home of the Maharaja of Jaipur, gives us a taste of royal life.

Taj Rambagh Palace
Jaipur, India
Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Days 7-8
Pushkar or Nagaur Fair

Rajasthan’s flamboyant camel and cattle fairs are a whirlwind of color, song, and dance. We enter the festival a unique way—by camel!—and enjoy sunset walks through the dunes among the traders and camel camps. Families attend from far and wide, dressed in dazzling Rajasthani festival attire. Our overnights are at a comfortable tented camp or hotel.

Days 9-11
Jodhpur

We roam Jodhpur’s ancient lanes and spice and textile markets, and at the massive 15th century Mehrangarh Fort, a walled city of interconnected palaces, we’ll see the heritage of Rajasthan on a princely scale. Depart on Day 11 via Delhi, or join our special Villages of Rajasthan Extension.

Raas Haveli
Jodhpur, India
Days 9 to 10 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Experience the songs, dances, and colorful camel fairs at Pushkar or Nagaur
Search for wildlife in Ranthambore National Park, including majestic Royal Bengal tigers
Enjoy the markets of Jaipur, see sunset and sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Discover fascinating cultures on our Villages of Rajasthan Extension

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $7195  
Arrive: Delhi, India
Depart: Delhi, India
Lodging: 2 nights maharaja’s palace, 4 nights first-class hotels, 2 nights tented camp or hotel, 2 nights deluxe tented jungle camp
Meals: All meals included except 4 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Overland travel with walking tours, cultural explorations