There are so many treasures to see in the Rajasthan and during this exceptional trip we will show you many of its much-beloved places such as Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur and Agra. But there is another historic side to this captivating area of India that is filled with old ‘fort’ towns which most visitors don’t get to see. Here is your opportunity to not only stay in some fabulous converted former homes of some of the Rajasthan’s rulers but to travel to small tribal villages, see unusual temples and art work as well as have time for optional activities such as horseback riding and boat rides. And for lovers of birds and wildlife, you’ll have ample time to experience the thrill of seeing wild indigenous animals and amazing birds in such national parks as Ranthambhore and Keoladeo Ghana National Parks.
After breakfast, we set off on a full day, guided tour of the city. In Old Delhi visit Jama Masjid then drive past the Red Fort before taking a short rickshaw ride through the bustling market of Chandni Chowk. You also visit Rajghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Following lunch we explore the British Raj architecture of Lutyen’s New Delhi, driving past the Rashtrapati Bhawan (President House) and the Parliament buildings with a photo stop at the India Gate. The tour finishes with a visit to the ancient minaret Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb.
This morning we take a short drive through the nearby Aravali Hills to visit the stunning Amber Fort with the option of entering the fort on an elephant. In the afternoon we visit the beautiful City Palace, the ancient observatory, Jantar Mantar as well as Hawa Mahal known as the Palace of the Winds. While in Jaipur, there is the option of taking a Hot Air Balloon ride.
Following a morning drive from Jaipur to Deogarh (272 km/5 hrs), we arrive in the ’jagir’ or former feudal estate to stay at Deogarh Mahal that was converted into a heritage hotel. Famous for its beautiful design, the mahal also has fine collection of miniature paintings. This afternoon take part in a “Rural Rumble” a jeep safari organized by Deogarh Mahal.
Overnight accommodation at Deogarh Mahal
Today we head for Mihirgarh and on the way, stop in Jodhpur, the Rajasthan’s second largest city. Often called the Blue City, we’ll visit Jodhpur’s great Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and a local market. Continuing on for another 60km, we arrive at Mihir Garh, to stay in “The Fort of the Sun”, a hotel, well known in the Rajasthan and considered among the 50 best romantic hotels of the world. Tonight experience being in one of the most amazing properties of your lifetime.
Accommodation at Mihir Garh – 2 Nights
The day starts with an excursion to some Guda Bishnoi villages. On this jeep safari into the surrounding countryside, we may also see some local wildlife such as blackbucks and blue bulls. In the afternoon there is the option of a horse safari, a signature activity at Mihir Garh or just relax at the beautiful hotel.
Leaving Mihir Garh this morning, we drive to Udaipur (approx 255 km/4-5 hrs), known as the ”Venice of the East” and thought to be the most beautiful and romantic city of the Rajasthan. En route we’ll stop to see the beautiful Jain Temples at Ranakpur. Later in the day enjoy a tranquil boat ride on Lake Pichhola, passing by floating palaces and admiring the shoreline’s exquisite architecture.
Accommodation: At your selected hotel – 2 nights
The day starts with a guided city tour of the City Palace with the option of seeing the Crystal Gallery before visiting the Saheliyon ki Bari Gardens with its lotus ponds and fountains and Jagdish Temple. This afternoon we take a short drive outside the city to visit the ancient temples of Eklingji & Nagda.
En route to Bijaipur (125 km/2½ hrs), we will visit fascinating Chittorgarh, one of the largest forts of India, where within the fort complex, you will see its temples, towers and a palace. Arriving in Bijaipur (25 km/30 minutes), we check into a 16th century Castle, and the afternoon is free for optional activities such as horseback riding, walking and trekking. Overnight at Castle Bijaipur
After a morning drive to Bhainsrorgarh (125 km/2 hrs), we arrive at another heritage boutique hotel in a former fort. In the afternoon you can choose to take an excursion to a local village, go on a jeep safari to nearby sanctuary or enjoy a boat ride on the Chambal River. Overnight at Bhainsrorgarh Fort
Our drive today takes us to Ranthambore National Park (180 km/3½-4 hrs) visiting the picturesque town of Bundi en route to see the brilliantly painted Chitra Shala Palace and the Taragarh Fort. After check in at your hotel in Ranthambhore, enjoy an afternoon jeep or canter safari tour through this exciting park known as being one of the best places to see Royal Bengal tigers in the wild.
Accommodation: At your selected hotel – 3 nights.
Over the next 2 days, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives through the park. Besides being a tiger sanctuary, Ranthambhore is also home to many other species of mammals such as the Common Langur, Rhesus Macaque, leopard, jackal, jungle cat, wild boar, sloth bears, nilgai, spotted deer and Sambhar deer. It is also a birdwatchers paradise. As well, you might like to take an optional visit to Ranthambhore Fort after one of the morning safaris.
Early this morning we arrive at Sawai Madhopur Railway station for short train ride to Bharatpur, where you will be picked up and taken to your hotel. Spend the afternoon in Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a world-famous bird sanctuary, enjoying a walk and rickshaw ride as you look for some of the park’s 300 species of birds, many of them migratory. Overnight at Laxmi Vilas Palace
After another morning visit to the bird sanctuary, seeing the birds in the morning soft light, ideal for photographers, we drive to Agra (56 km/1½ hrs). On the way, we stop to see Akbar’s abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Once in Agra we head out to visit the Agra Fort, the mausoleum of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, and finish up the day watching the sun set over the Taj Mahal from the Mehtab Bagh gardens across the Yamuna River. Overnight at your selected hotel.
Our early start this morning lets you appreciate the Taj Mahal’s unique beauty at sunrise followed by enough time to learn about and enjoy this spectacular building (the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays). Afterwards we drive back to Delhi (205 km/3½ – 4 hrs) with the option of visiting Akbar’s tomb, Sikandra, on the outskirts of Agra. Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to your hotel for a final night’s stay. Overnight at your selected hotel
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