The Jewels of Rajasthan tour is the most rewarding travel experience in India. In this semi-desert state, the highlight of your tour is to visit Raj palaces, wander through blue and pink cities, dine on delectable food and pick up a perfect bargain. India’s busy street life, tranquil havens, culture shocks and architectural splendors await those who join this tour to a vast and varied India. Hence our 10-day tour includes the three most visited cities in the country’s north-west, namely Delhi, Agra, Jaipur. Accordingly, the three cities form a triangle called “golden” for its extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical splendor on offer in each city. What's more, good roads and rail link the cities. Seeing that they are a perfect embodiment of India’s cultural, historical and architectural wealth. This is the India of your dreams. Travel back in time on this private tour featuring all major highlights of Rajasthan.
At a glance
Day 1 Arrive Delhi. Transfer to your hotel
Day 2 Travel to Agra.
Day 3 Taj Mahal and Agra Fort tour
Day 4 Continue to Jaipur with a stop in Fatehpur Sikri
Day 5 Full day Jaipur tour incl. Amber Fort on elephant back
Day 6 Morning departure to Jodhpur
Day 7 Jodhpur city tour
Day 8 Onwards to Udaipur.
Day 9 Udaipur city tour and boat lake ride
Day 10 Flight to Delhi for onward/return flight
India’s Different Seasons
India climate is considered hot; however, the weather varies a lot depending on which part of the country you visit. The South has Monsoons whereas the North may be covered in snow. The best time to travel is between October and March (except for the Far North, where you will encounter winter conditions from November onwards)
Overview of food & drink
India’s food is tantalizing and spicy and comes in so many varieties. Rice is the foundation of each dish. This does not exclude a number for breads from light to roasted. Northern Indian food mostly consists of meaty stews and kebabs. Southern India is known for its spiced vegetarian curries and dosas. Goa and Kerala will serve you the best seafood dishes.
Drink only bottled water during your stay in India. Nimbu Pani (Lemonade) is a traditional and most common Indian drink, made of lemon and ginger juice. Coconut water is preferred by many locals across India. Toddy is a famous alcoholic drink in Madhya Pradesh that is made from various palm plants. Jal Jeera, the magical drink to survive the hot Indian Summers
Usually, add 10 to 15% when eating out. Restaurants in Delhi and Mumbai often charge a ‘service charge’, not to be confused with ‘service tax’ (which is a government-levied tax). When a ‘service charge’ is levied no tip is expected. When you have a driver over multiple days you should tip him between 150 – 300 INR per day. Again, base this on how happy you were with his service and local knowledge
Culture and Language
It’s traditional to greet people using ‘Namaste’; place both hands together and bow slightly. In urban areas this is often overlooked. Indian culture is based on a hierarchical system, so elders and superior are greeted first. Avoid standing too close to others. Use your right hand to touch, accept or give something. Do not use public displays of affection
Getting around in India
Air carriers serve all major cities and large towns. There are several domestic “low Budget” options
Taxis and auto rickshaws are a very popular way of getting around the major cities. These rides are charged by the kilometer. Insist that your vehicle has a meter before going on your journey. Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai have metro systems. Rail is India is widely available. Shatabdi Express connects major and secondary cities. Advanced reservations are essential
Here are some traditional dishes
Alu Gobi: a dish made with potatoes (aloo), cauliflower (gobi) and Indian spices
Butter Chicken: traditionally cooked in a tandoor; but may be grilled, roasted or pan-fried with a special gravy
Rogan Josh: consists of braised lamb chunks cooked with a gravy based on browned onions or shallots, yogurt, garlic, ginger and aromatic spices
Malai Kofta: cooked in a creamy gravy made of tomatoes and cashew nuts
Naan: leavened, oven-baked flatbread normally served with all meals
Rajasthan is a vast land and very different from the other states of India. The province remains deeply rooted in rich culture and glorious past. Undoubtedly, the main tourist attractions comprise of forts, palaces, sand dunes, step-wells and much more. In other words, the state is a permanent stronghold of Indian culture and spirituality, where relics of its golden heritage are carefully preserved. Rajasthan is a treasure house of history. Its spellbinding scenic beauty, ranging from the golden glow of desert landscape to the lofty hills of Aravallis. This exotic land is also a treasure trove of handicrafts and a shopper’s paradise. Certainly, the dances, music, fairs, and festivals of the State have become popular in all corners of the globe.
Rajasthan’s history is prized in its fortifications and several are seen in its parched landscape. The Rajput’s were prolific builders who left behind a legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent forts and palaces in the world. As a matter of fact, cities, towns, and villages – all had their forts & protective ramparts. It was customary to build the palace within the fort, enclosed within a fortified wall, as seen in Jodhpur and Udaipur. Some forts occupied commanding heights on hills overlooking the city, as in Jodhpur, the entire settlement is within the fortification as an enclosed unit.
Rajasthan is the real home of traditional Maharaja’s. Basically, it is a land packed with Forts and Palaces of Maharaja’s and also home to a large population of tribes. The Bhils and Minas form the largest groups.
- You will be met and assisted; through the airport upon your arrival and then transferred to your hotel.
- Overnight at your hotel in Delhi.
Delhi – Agra (B)
- In the morning we depart for Agra by road.
- You will be met and assisted; upon your arrival and then transferred to your hotel.
- Check-in at your hotel and the rest of the day is free at your leisure to enjoy the sights of Agra.
- Overnight at your hotel in Agra.
- Morning sightseeing tour of the Taj Mahal & Fort.
- Visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20;000 craftsmen brought together from Persia; Turkey; France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this ‘Love Poem in Marble’. (Friday closed).
- Later visit the Agra Fort containing the halls of private & public audiences & other palaces. Shah Jahan spent years of confinement here at the hands of his son Aurangzeb; looking wistfully at the Taj Mahal from the Fort.
- The afternoon is free at your leisure to continue exploring Agra.
- Overnight at your hotel in Agra.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- 9 Nights’ Accommodation at selected hotels in double room sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Speaking Guide
- Jaipur offers sightseeing tour with an elephant ride/jeep ride
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- India visa fee
- Entrance fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 APR and 30 SEP 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable