EXOTIC RAJASTHAN TOUR
Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Pushkar - Deogarh - Udaipur - Mount Abu - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Mandawa – Delhi
16 days Exotic Rajasthan tour with Taj is a thoughtfully crafted package that allows travelers to explore the heritage and cultural trove of India. The tour starts in Delhi and takes you through the Golden Triangle route where you will explore the Taj Mahal at Agra and other Mughal edifices. As the tour continues, you will get the opportunity to explore the charm of Rural Rajasthan along with the Rajput architectural triumphs. The well-planned itinerary covers the major tourist places in Rajasthan such as Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Mount Abu, Mandawa, and Pushkar. Visit magnificent forts and palaces, soak in the colorful culture, relish traditional cuisine, enjoy camel safari; the entertainment never ends in this tour. Experience nature’s most delightful panorama in the vast Thar Desert and the verdant Aravalli.
- Go for sightseeing in Delhi covering Jama Masjid, India Gate, Red Fort, etc.
- Visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
- Take a guided tour of Fatehpur Sikri covering Birbal Bhawan, Buland Darwaza, etc.
- Enjoy Elephant ride to Amber Fort.
- Visit the 16th-century fort in Deogarh.
- Visit the Delwara Jain temples in Mount Abu.
- Enjoy a camel ride in the Sam sand dunes in Jaisalmer.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Day 02: Delhi Sightseeing
Day 03: Delhi – Agra
Day 04: Agra - Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur
Day 05: Jaipur – Pushkar
Day 06: Pushkar – Deogarh
Day 07: Deogarh – Udaipur
Day 08: Udaipur
Day 09: Udaipur - Mount Abu
Day 10: Mount Abu – Jodhpur
Day 11: Jodhpur – Jaisalmer
Day 12: Jaisalmer
Day 13: Jaisalmer – Bikaner
Day 14: Bikaner – Mandawa
Day 15: Mandawa – Delhi
Day 16: Delhi/Departure
DAY 01: ARRIVE DELHI
Upon arrival in Delhi, meet our tour representative who’ll escort you to the hotel. After completing the check-in formalities, take some rest, and have your lunch. The rest of the day is free to enjoy as you like.
You can take a walk to explore the nearby areas. In Delhi, there is a food stall at every street where you can enjoy lip-smacking and spicy North Indian cuisine. Also, visit one of the many entertainment parks in Delhi to spend a few fun-filled hours eating and playing games. Shopaholics can explore the biggest wholesale market in India at Chandni Chowk. You can also take a Rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk which is a popular tourist activity here. For some spiritual treat, you can visit the Lakshmi Narayan Temple or if time permits the Akshardham Temple. Stay overnight in the hotel in Delhi.
DAY 02: DELHI SIGHTSEEING
Today after breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of Delhi covering Jama Masjid, India Gate, Red Fort, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Parliament House, and the Gandhi Memorial. Other places you will visit include Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar Complex.
Start the tour by taking blessings from Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi at Laxmi Narayan Temple, also known as Birla Mandir. Next, visit the historical Red Fort made of red stone which was the abode of the Mughal royals. Now it is the venue where the Prime Minister of India hoists the Tricolor on Independence Day every year. After exploring the erstwhile Mughal residence, visit Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque in India built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It can hold 25000 people at a time in its courtyard.
Next in the list is India Gate, previously known as King’s Way. This is a war memorial built in the memory of Indian soldiers martyred during the WWI. Also, pay tribute at Raj Ghat, the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.
You will drive past the Parliament House, the address of the Indian Parliament and Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India. Post lunch, visit Qutub Minar, a UNESCO world heritage site where you can see the 73 m tall tower built by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak in 1193. The last attraction of the day is Humayun's Tomb, the first garden-tomb in India where the emperor Humayun is laid in peace. Stay overnight in the hotel in Delhi.
DAY 03: DELHI – AGRA (APPROX 4.5 HRS DRIVE)
In the morning, have your breakfast and leave for Agra by road. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and get freshened up. Later, embark on a sightseeing tour of Agra covering Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daula.
Wonder at the pristine white marble monument Taj Mahal, which is one of the seven wonders in the world. The UNESCO world heritage site is an architectural masterpiece built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
After the Taj Mahal tour, visit Agra Fort which is similar to Red Fort in Delhi and was the abode of Mughal royals before they shifted the capital to Delhi. Itmad-Ud-Daula's Tomb was built by Mughal Empress Nur Jahan in the memory of her father. This monument is also called Chota (Mini) Taj for its resemblance to the Taj Mahal. Stay overnight at the hotel in Agra.
DAY 04: AGRA - FATEHPUR SIKRI – JAIPUR (APPROX 5.5 HRS DRIVE)
On day 4 of your Rajasthan tour, leave for Jaipur by road after early morning breakfast. En route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned Mughal town featuring structures such as Jama Masjid, Birbal Bhawan, Palace of Jodha Bai, and Panch Mahal. Also, visit Buland Darwaza which is the world's largest gateway built by Emperor Akbar to commemorate his victory over Gujarat in 1601.
On reaching Jaipur, check into the hotel and take some rest. In the evening, you can take a tour of the local markets in Jaipur such as Bapu Bazar, Johari Bazar, etc. Explore exclusive fashion jewelry, traditional clothes, showpieces, etc. If time and energy permits, you can visit Chokhi Dhani, a cultural retreat near Jaipur. Stay overnight at the hotel in Jaipur.
DAY 05: JAIPUR – PUSHKAR (APPROX 03 HRS, DRIVE)
Day 5 of the tour is scheduled for sightseeing in Jaipur that includes some of the best tourist attractions in Rajasthan. In the morning, have your breakfast and head out to visit the Amber Fort. Enjoy the striking beauty of Amber Fort from the back of an elephant during a joy ride. Later, explore the other tourist attractions in Jaipur which include Jantar Mantar, City Palace, and the Hawa Mahal.
Jantar Mantar or royal observatory houses the astrological equipment to measure the harmony of the universe. At City Palace complex you can admire the Rajput architectural beauty while exploring the different edifices, temples, and museums. Relax for some time in its extensive picturesque garden and then head to Hawa Mahal. This is known as Woman’s Chamber or Zenana where 933 windows give the palace a honeycomb-like look.
Later, start the journey to Pushkar. On reaching Pushkar, check into the hotel and take a rest. Pushkar is a pilgrimage site in Rajasthan famous for the camel fair and sacred Pushkar Lake. Stay overnight at the hotel in Pushkar.
DAY 06: PUSHKAR – DEOGARH (APPROX 03 HRS, DRIVE)
In the morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of Pushkar which includes Savitri Temple, Varaha Temple, Brahma Temple, and Sri Sawai Bhoj Temple. Brahma Temple is dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe. This is the only Brahma temple in India and a lot of Hindu devotees visit this place. Savitri Temple is located in Savitri hill where Goddess Savitri and Parvati are worshiped.
Later, start your journey to reach Deogarh, having a 16th-century fort, famous for its palaces, wall paintings, and the Jain temples. Stay overnight at the hotel in Deogarh.
DAY 07: DEOGARH – UDAIPUR (APPROX 2.5 HRS, DRIVE)
In the morning, leave for Udaipur by road. En route, visit Ranakpur, famous for its Jain temples. Ranakpur is one of the five holiest places for the Jain community in India. The place is located in a remote valley in the Aravalli range and is home to the most beautiful Jain temples of the country. All the temples of Ranakpur were built around 1439 A.D. After exploring the temples, head towards Udaipur.
Upon arrival in Udaipur, check into the hotel and take some rest. After a few hours of rest, go out for an evening walk and explore the local bazaars in Udaipur. Stay overnight in Udaipur.
DAY 08: UDAIPUR
Post breakfast in the morning go out on a sightseeing tour of Udaipur which includes Jagdish Temple, City Palace, Saheliyon ki Bari and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir. City Palace is located on the banks of Lake Pichola. This architectural marvel was constructed during the Mewar dynasty. Each painting, antique furniture, exquisite glass mirror & decorative tiles of the palace reflect the glory of Rajput supremacy. Admire the wonderful combination of Medieval, European, and Chinese architecture of the palace. Then, head to your next destination, Jagdish Temple. Located just outside the City Palace complex, Jagdish Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu which is a major tourist spot in Udaipur. The temple is built in the Indo-Aryan architectural style and has been in continuous worship since 1651.
With the blessings of Lord Vishnu, you will head to a wonderful garden, Saheliyon-Ki-Bari which translates to ‘Garden of Maids’. The picturesque garden was built by Rana Sangram Singh for the queen and her attendants. In the evening, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola with the view of an amazing sunset. Stay overnight in the hotel in Udaipur.
DAY 09: UDAIPUR - MOUNT ABU (APPROX 03 HRS, DRIVE)
After breakfast in the morning, leave for Mount Abu by road. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and take some rest. Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan offering stunning views of the Aravalli Mountain Range. You can visit the Guru Shikhar viewpoint to enjoy stunning views of the city. In the afternoon, visit the famous Dilwara Jain Temple, built between the 11th and the 13th century. There are 5 temples in the complex and the white marbled temples are dedicated to various Jain Tirthankaras. Stroll around the local bazaars in the evening. Stay overnight in the hotel in Mount Abu.
DAY 10: MOUNT ABU – JODHPUR (APPROX 05 HRS, DRIVE)
Today, leave for Jodhpur by road. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and take some rest. After some time, go out for a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur covering Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, and the Clock Tower.
Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India. It was constructed in1459 by Rao Jodha, a king of Mandore. The fort is situated 410 feet above the Jodhpur city and is surrounded by impressive thick walls. There are several palaces decorated with intricate carvings and expansive courtyards inside the fort that are admired by the viewers.
Set on 26 acres of gardens, the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace was once home to the royal family of Jodhpur. It is one of the largest private residences in the world. Jaswant Thada was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The white stone mausoleum constructed in 1899 serves as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar. Stay overnight in the hotel in Jodhpur.
DAY 11: JODHPUR – JAISALMER (APPROX 5.5 HRS, DRIVE)
Post breakfast in the morning, leave by road for Jaisalmer. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and take rest. In the evening, you have an option to visit the famous Golden Fort. The Golden City is popular for its Havelis, the massive Jaisalmer Fort made of Yellowstone, and desert safaris. Stay overnight in the hotel in Jaisalmer.
DAY 12: JAISALMER
Post breakfast in the hotel, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer. The attractions you will visit here include the Jaisalmer Fort, Salim Singh-Ki-Haveli, and Patwon-Ki-Haveli.
Built by Rawal Jaisal, a Bhati Rajput in 1156, Jaisalmer Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site. The fort has 4 massive doors and there are 7 Jain Temples, Raj Mahal Palace, Lakshminath Temple, and several Havelis inside it. After exploring Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum and Heritage Center, pay a visit to Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Patwon-Ki-Haveli, which are most striking amongst the other Jaisalmer Havelis. Located near the Jaisalmer Railway station, Salim Singh Ki Haveli is known for its intricate architecture with several balconies and peacock shaped roof. The Haveli was built by Salim Singh the then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer in 1815.
The evening is booked to enjoy a camel ride in the Sam sand dunes. This major tourist attraction at a distance of 40 km from Jaisalmer, is popular for enjoying jeep safari, camel ride, star gazing, bonfire, and cultural programs like Rajasthani folk dance and music. Stay overnight in the hotel in Jaisalmer.
DAY 13: JAISALMER – BIKANER (APPROX 06 HRS, DRIVE)
In the morning after breakfast, take a road journey to Bikaner. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Later, you will visit the Junagarh Fort, constructed in 1611 AD. Other places that are worth visiting here include Karan Mahal, Anup Mahal, and Bijai Phool Mahal.
Built by Raja Rai Singh in 1594, the Junagarh Fort is placed over 5.28 hectares of land that houses many temples, palaces, and pavilions. The most beautiful among the seven palaces within the fort complex is the Phool Mahal. The Ratan Bihari temple was specially built for the royal family that is crowded by the visitors during the Gangaur festival and Dussehra. Also, don’t forget to explore the museum that displays many ancient manuscripts, royal documents, portrait galleries, etc. Stay overnight in the hotel in Bikaner.
DAY 14: BIKANER – MANDAWA (APPROX 4.5 HRS, DRIVE)
Post breakfast in the morning, leave by road for Mandawa. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. The evening is booked to visit the Shekhawati area and explore the frescoes and painted Havelis followed by a camel ride. Mandawa is a quaint town in the Shekhawati region in Rajasthan. Mandawa is known as the open-air art gallery of Rajasthan for its beautiful forts and mansions with beautifully painted walls. You can visit places like Murmuria Haveli, The Harlalka Well, and Bansidhar Newatia Haveli. Stay overnight in the hotel in Mandawa.
DAY 15: MANDAWA – DELHI (APPROX 6.5 HRS, DRIVE)
In the morning, leave by road for Delhi. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Later, go out for a shopping expedition in Delhi which includes Dilli Haat, Chandni Chowk, and Janpath. Stay overnight in the hotel in Delhi.
DAY 16: DELHI/DEPARTURE
In time transfer to airport to board your homebound flight with the happy memory of our incredible nation.
Note: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.
- Accommodation on bed & breakfast basis based on double/twin occupancy.
- Excursions and touring as specified in itinerary, all on private basis.
- All airport and ground transportation on private basis.
- Driver allowance and all presently applicable taxes.
*Not included: gratuities, visas (if applicable), international or internal flights, meals and drinks not described, items of a personal nature.