19 Nights Itinerary Covering: Delhi - Agra - Ranthambore National Park - Jaipur - Samode - Nimaj - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner – Delhi
Rajasthan is the supreme destination in the whole of India when it comes to heritage, palaces, art, food and culture. One cannot agree more! The royal state is famous for the great Thar where the desert scape fills your heart. But, Rajasthan is not just a place for the desert, it is also known for its colorful festivals, marvelous palaces, and varied wildlife. It is also India’s most visited state. So, why not come join us on our 20 days Complete Rajasthan Tour with Delhi and Agra included.
You can get a virtual treat by seeing the true beauty of the state. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, wander along the bygone palaces and forts and also get close to some of the wild animals, especially the Royal Bengal Tigers in Ranthambore National Park. You get to also witness the local shopping markets where you get to handpick your favorite souvenir. When the day gets too hectic, you can unwind by taking a boat ride around Lake Pichola in Rajasthan at the most romantic city, Udaipur. So, come, have a rendezvous with nature, culture, food and much more with us.
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.
After you arrive at New Delhi, our representative will take you to the selected luxury hotel. Once there, you can rest after checking in. The rest of the day, you can explore the surrounding on your own. On the second and third day, you can go out for sightseeing the capital city, Delhi. You can visit different tourist attractions around Delhi. In the evening, you can go to some of the capital's popular shopping markets like the centrally located Connaught Place where the majority of local people gather to hang out and the vibrant Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi. You can explore small and big shops along the narrow colorful lanes. Apart from Old Delhi, there are other markets also where you can shop and eat delicious food in Dilli Haat, Karol Bagh, Sarojini Nagar, and Khan Market.
India's capital city, Delhi has a certain charm, be it their politics or historical marvels; this city catches the attention of many people who come to visit India. Whether it be for work or leisure. Delhi was once ruled by many dynasties, thus, you get to see many historical attractions each reflecting their grandiose architecture. Throughout the sightseeing, you will be covering attractions in Old and New Delhi like Qutub Minar, Rajghat, Red Fort and many more. Qutub Minar built in 1192 is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites which stands at the height of 73 meters. It is India's pride and it is known to be the highest tower in India. It is built in red sandstone in the orders of Qutab-ud-din Aibak. In later years, the remaining two floors were completed by his successor, Iltutmish.
Red Fort is another marvelous attraction which once served as a residence of the royal family for over 200 years. The construction of this World Heritage Site was commissioned in the year 1648 which is also built in red sandstone. This fortified fort was also called as Shahjahanabad, which was the capital of India. Today, this place hosts an important event like the celebration of India's Independence Day. You can also experience the cycle rickshaw ride along the lanes of Old Delhi in places like Khari Baoli, Chawri Bazaar, Chandni Chowk, Nai Sarak etcetera. Here, you can find many shops selling goods one better than the other like clothes, wedding cards, decorative items, books, wedding garments, spices, household items, imitation and precious jewelry.
You will be spending the night at the hotel in Delhi.
On day 4, you will be driven to the Mughal city of Agra. This ancient city has one of the impressive attractions and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Taj Mahal. Agra also has another stunning attraction, the Agra Fort, both of these attractions lie alongside the banks of Yamuna River. While taking a walk in the city, you will get the essence of the Mughal culture through the markets and shops. On reaching Agra, you can check in a luxury hotel and freshen up. This will be followed by a city tour which includes attractions like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, and Sikandara.
Taj Mahal is an epitome of love adorned in white marble commissioned in 1632 by Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The completion of this mausoleum took over 22 years. It brilliantly displays intricate works of Islamic, Ottoman Turkish, Mughal, Indian and Persian style of architecture. Agra Fort, on the other hand, was constructed by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century and was later completed by Emperor Shah Jahan. The entire fort complex is built in red sandstone and it houses several courtyards, palaces, halls, mosques and gardens.
Located around 40 kilometers, is another World Heritage listed site in Agra, Fatehpur Sikri. This is another Mughal wonders built by Emperor Akbar in honor of Sufi Saint Salim Chishti. The walled city was constructed between 1571 and 1585, and it was the Mughal capital for more than 10 years. However, the capital was never meant to happen since it was left abundant due to the shortage of water. You can come here today and explore the complex; it has an array of collections like Jodha Bai Palace, Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaza, Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Paanch Mahal, Tomb of Salim Chishti and more.
Later, there is also an option to go for a walk in Kachhpura Village. It is an ancient Mughal village which is located near the Taj Mahal. There are lesser-known tourist attractions such as the Humayun's Mosque and the Baoli. Gyarah Sidhi is carved from a single stone located on the banks of River Yamuna. During the walking tour, you can explore the local lifestyle and the daily work life of the villagers. You can also enjoy visiting the garden behind Taj Mahal, Mehtab Bagh. From here, you will get an absolutely stunning panoramic view of the Taj and the brilliant sunset.
You will be spending a night at the hotel in Agra.
Your complete Rajasthan tour package also includes a visit to the Ranthambore National Park. It is one of the most popular and the largest wildlife reserves in North India. On arrival, you can check in the luxury wildlife resort and freshen up, spend the rest of the day at leisure. Ranthambore was the former hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, Rajasthan and it is famed for a wide collection of big cats and various other flora and fauna. This national park usually opens its gate to wildlife enthusiasts between October 1st and June 30th. It offers various safaris like jeep and canter through which you can explore the dense forest of Vindhyas and Aravalli hill ranges. The wildlife reserve covers to over 392 sq. km of area.
While indulging in a wildlife safari, you can spot different wild animals roaming freely in their natural habitat such as Tigers, Nilgai, Common Palm Civets, Chital, Common Langurs, Jungle Cats, Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Cobras, Indian False Vampires, Indian Flying Foxes, India Mole rats, Saw-scaled Vipers, Banded Kraits, Common Mongoose, and Rat Snakes. Ranthambore National Park is also famous for bird watching as it receives more than 272 avifauna species annually, these include both the migratory and local birds. Make sure to keep your eyes open to get a sight of Flamingos, Common Kingfishers, Cuckoo-Shrikes, Graylag Goose, Indian Common Kingfishers, Gray Hornbills, Wood Shrikes, Great Crested Grebe, Sparrows, Nightjars, Flycatchers, Pigeon, Mynas, Bulbul, Dove, and Egrets.
Within the reserve premises, you can also find a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ranthambore Fort. This lovely structure stands around 700 feet above the ground and it dates back to the 10th century. The fort consists of 3 temples that are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Lord Ram.
After the safari, you will be driven to the luxury wildlife resort for an overnight stay.
After getting freshened up the next day, you can check out from the resort and drive to Jaipur. The capital city of Rajasthan is the largest in the state and was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh back in the 18th-century. The destination is widely visited by foreign tourists all year round and the historical forts and palaces are the major crowd pullers.
On arrival at the city, you can check in the luxury hotel and rest for the day. Or else, you can indulge in various activities by visiting popular markets like M.I Road, Bapu Bazar, and Kishanpol Bazar in the evening. Here, you can find various items such as Rajasthani textiles, handicrafts, imitation jewelry, semi-precious stone, lac bangles, traditional attires, and mojris.
The next day you will be driven to some of Jaipur's best attractions like Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Palace of the Winds and Hawa Mahal. Amber Fort is located at a distance of around 11 kilometers from the main city on a hilltop. The iconic structure was built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh I. The beautiful fort showcases an amazing blend of architectural elements of Hindu, Muslim and Rajput style. It consists of many structures like Tripolia Gate, Ganesh Pol, Sila Devi temple, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Mandir, Man Singh Palace and more. This fort comes under World Heritage Site.
Next, you will visit a famous landmark, the Hawa Mahal. This place is extremely popular for its intricate design and unique honeycomb-like architecture. Constructed in sandstone, this palace has 953 small windows known as Jharokhas from where the royal ladies get to see the hustle-bustle of the city without the public seeing them. This 1799 built five-storey structure was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Out of the five-storey building, the bottom two has a courtyard and the top three has single rooms.
You will also be taken to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar. This is an observatory constructed in the first half of the 18th-century. It contains 20 prime fixed astronomical instruments made of brick rubble, bronze and plaster. It has the world's largest stone sundial. Jantar Mantar was constructed by Rajput King Sawai Jai Singh and it is one of the well-maintained observatories across India.
After the tour, you will be driven to the hotel for an overnight stay.
After freshening up, you can check out and drive to Samode, a small village located near Jaipur. This village is home to some of the best heritage hotels across Rajasthan that provide splendid services and luxurious stay. On arrival, you can check in and freshen up. You can experience a royal stay at the heritage property which is converted into lavish hotels. It offers all modern facilities and hospitable services.
Later, you can head out to explore the village and see the simple lifestyle, all of this while riding a camel. As you ride on the camel's back, you can witness the local lifestyle, colorful clothes, friendly people and the sandy desert-scape. You can also interact with the locals and learn more about their culture. The village people may also offer you some delicious homemade Rajasthani food.
After the tour, return to the hotel and stay for the night at the hotel in Samode.
The next day, you will be driven to another small village of Nimaj which is close to a place called Pali in central Rajasthan. Nimaj is best known for its handicraft. This place was also the hunting ground for the Royals which now has been turned into a reservoir. After arriving at Nimaj you can check in at the luxury resort and later after refreshing, you can explore the village on your own. You can walk in the nearby area, farms, and also interact with the village people.
On the following day, visit the reservoir which serves the irrigation source for the villagers. This area is surrounded by hillocks and fertile farmlands. It has been marked home by various migratory birds, it is also a great place to come for bird watching activities.
In the evening, you can return to the resort and enjoy the facilities provided and spend the night.
On day 12 of your complete Rajasthan tour, you will be driven to a beautiful city of Udaipur or better known as the 'City of Lakes'. After you arrive, you can check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at ease. The next day you will be taken out to explore the city where you can visit popular places such as Hathi Pol Bazaar, Chetak Circle, and Bada Bazaar. While exploring, you can also get your hands on items like traditional clothes, handicrafts, tie and dye, camel leather items, jewelry, and mojris. In the evening you can enjoy a boat ride on the waters of Lake Pichola and get a riveting view of the sunset.
Later on, you will be taken to visit a couple of main attractions in Udaipur like City Palace, Sahelion ki Bari, Lake Palace, Jagdish temple, and Jag Mandir. The City Palace was built in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II and was deemed as the capital of the Sisodia Rajput clan. This beautiful complex has a mix of different architectural elements like Mughal, Rajasthan and European styles. It comprises of 11 small palaces and various other structures inside the complex. As you wander inside while witnessing the interiors of the palace, you will come across beautiful artworks like in-lay work, semi-precious stones, carvings, murals, paintings, mirror work, and marble work.
Jagdish Temple is one of the famous temples in the whole of Udaipur built in an Indo-Aryan style of architecture. This temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651 and it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Jagdish Temple is a built three-storey in height and it is the biggest in the city with beautifully carved stone works and massive dome structure. The idol is said to have been made using a single piece of black stone.
An overnight stay is planned at the hotel.
Drive to Jodhpur and check in at a luxurious hotel. Jodhpur is a beautiful city in Rajasthan and it is also called the 'Sun City'. The rest of the day, you can enjoy at leisure or explore the city on your own. You can visit some of the popular markets and buy souvenirs including Jodhpuri Juttis, handicrafts, jewelry, pants, tie and dye fabric, embroidered shoes, lac bangles, leather items, etc. Some of the markets you can visit are Nai Sarak, Clock Tower market, Mochi bazaar and Sojati Gate.
Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and it has a majestic fort that offers a striking landscape of the blue dotted houses and a wide expanse of the Thar. Besides, it houses many temples and palaces. This was formerly the capital state of the Marwars replacing the old capital of Mandore. It was established in 149 by a chief of the Rathore clan, Rao Jodha. Today, the remains of the ancient capital can be seen as Mandore Gardens. Jodhpur is also known as the 'Blue City' because of the blue painted houses in the older part of the city.
The next day of your itinerary is packed with sightseeing of places like Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Garden and Rai ka Bag Palace.
Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in Rajasthan located at 150 m high on a hilltop. It was established in 1459 by Rao Jodha. Thick walls border the fort and its various attractions inside the complex. After you enter the main gate, Jaipol, you can find detailed carvings on the walls, pillars and massive courtyards. This colossal structure is one of the best-preserved forts in India today. Mehrangarh Museum is an important attraction inside the fort which houses several collections of costumes, textiles, paintings, armors, costumes, and decorative items.
Jaswant Thada is an architectural masterpiece and a royal memorial of the Rathore clan. This place is located close to the Mehrangarh Fort. A popular site, Jaswant Thada was built in 1899 by Maharaja Sardar Singh dedicated to his father. You can see the detailed architectural style of Rajputana with white marble sheets and chattris with latticework. You can check out the main memorial which looks like temples completed with frescos, domes, pillars and sculptures.
After the tour, return to the hotel in Jodhpur for an overnight stay.
The next day after breakfast, you will be driven to one of Rajasthan's best cities, Jaisalmer also referred to as the 'Golden City'. This city is famous for the expansive Thar Desert and the massive Jaisalmer Fort. Upon arrival at the city, you can check in and freshen up, the rest of the day you can do anything as per your will. You are free to explore the city on your own, check out the markets like Pansari Bazaar, Manak Chowk, Sadar Bazar, and Sonaron ka Bass. Here, you can find all sort of items from mirror work to gems, wooden items and even textiles. It is a great place to collect souvenirs to take home.
In the evening, you can visit small villages and interact with the locals. Later, you can also go for a camel safari to Sam Sand Dunes, one of the popular camel safari spots. You can see an amazing sunset from here. Experience staying in a tent, which will be accompanied by tribal dance, music and food. In the morning, you can venture out for sightseeing around Jaisalmer and visit attractions like Jaisalmer Fort, havelis like Patwon-ki-haveli, Nathmal Ji ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki haveli, along with Bada Bagh, and Gadsisar Lake.
Jaisalmer Fort is amongst the biggest in the world and it is also listed under UNESCO World Heritage Site. This majestic fort was completed in 1156 AD on the orders of Rajput Ruler, Rawal Jaisal. The bright yellow sandstone fort overlooks the city and the Thar. It consists of different architectural styles of Rajput and Mughal. Inside the complex, you can also find a Laxminath Temple. Other must-see places here are the four huge gateways, Ganesh Pol, Akshya Pol, Suraj Pol and Hawa Pol.
Patwon-ki-haveli, on the other hand, is the largest havelis which took over 55 years to complete. The construction of the haveli was started by Guman Chand Patwa. The haveli's striking design and the gold shade glitters against the sun. You can find many jharokhas (windows), wall paintings, stunning mirror work and archways. It certainly is a beautiful work of art.
After the tour is over, you can return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
On the day 18th, you can check out from the hotel and drive to Bikaner. Make sure to keep your eyes open as the view between these two cities is breathtaking. On arrival, check in at the hotel and spend the day at leisure. You can also visit local markets like Kote Gate, M.G. Road where you can get lovely souvenirs to carry back home. Items like miniature paintings, Bikaneri Bhujia, handicrafts, Kundan jewelry, and ethnic furniture are found abundantly. In the evening, you can also go for camel safari to see the sunset.
Bikaner is the 5th largest city and was the capital of the state. Bikaner is less populated making it a calmer destination, perfect for those who want to enjoy a moment of peace. This city treasures many attractions like forts, palaces, and temples. Bikaner was founded in 1488 AD by Rao Bika Ji.
The next day, you can visit attractions like Junagarh Fort, Prachina Museum, Gajner Palace, Karni Mata Temple, Bhandeshwar Jain Temple to name a few. Junagarh Fort is one of the fewer forts which has been remained undefeated for more than five centuries. It was constructed by Raja Rai Singh between 1571 and 1612. Inside the fort, you can find a museum. You can find the fort to have two distinct structure, the older part of the fort is in yellow sandstone while the remaining part is covered in red sandstone. It was originally known as Chintamani and was later renamed as the Old Fort. Here, you can explore several structures like Karna Mahal and Phool Mahal.
Located approx. 30 kilometers away from Bikaner is Karni Mata Temple which is a popular Hindu Temple dedicated to Maa Karni Devi. This very temple is also known as the Temple of Rats. It is home to more than 2, 00,000 rats. The devotees from across the country come to seek blessings at this temple. The façade of the temple is adorned in white marble with silver doors. The statue of the Goddess Karni Mata sits gloriously at the throne.
An overnight stay is planned at the hotel.
On day 20, your full Rajasthan tour will be completed. You can check out from the hotel and drive to Jodhpur Airport from where you can catch your flight to Delhi.