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Explore India’s vibrant cultural and spiritual centers in-depth, from Rajasthan’s historic regal cities to safaris in Ranthambore and the majestic Taj Mahal. Not just the classics, also discover authentic local villages and atmospheric old cities, take sunset cruises in tranquil Lake Pichola, and explore rural regions and bustling metropolises like an insider.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4DelhiRed Fort, Humayuns Tomb, Jama Masjid, Qutab Minar, India GatejüSTa Greater Kailash, Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi
4 - 5AgraTaj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur SikriDouble Tree by Hilton Agra, ITC Mughal
5 - 7RanthamboreJeep Safaris, Wildlife, Nature, Tiger Sightings, Ranthambore FortDev Vilas, Khem Villas
7 - 10JaipurAmber Fort, City Palace, The Palace of Winds, Jantar MantarJas Vilas, Samode Haveli
10 - 11DeogarhVillage Life, Local Train Ride, Jeep Safari, Rock Cave TempleDeogarh Mahal Hotel, Dev Shree
11 - 14UdaipurBoat Ride on Scenic Lake Pichola, City Palace, Aravalli HillsJagat Niwas Palace, Fateh Garh
14 - 16MumbaiGateway of India, Marine Drive or Queen’s Necklace, Dhobi Ghat, Crawford MarketPresident Mumbai, The Trident Nariman Point

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport in a private vehicle

Delhi

3 Nights

Delhi, the City of Djinns (spirits) is yours to discover! Let us take you on a journey of India’s capital that covers 5,000 years, from its imperial history and two World Heritage sites to today’s electric contemporary vibe.

Included Activities

Highlights of Delhi

Whether you want a whirlwind tour or wish to enjoy an in-depth experience of Delhi’s numerous sights, the choice is yours on this full day tour! Discover the Old Town with its bustling markets, including Chandni Chowk, once the grandest Indian market. Head to the imposing Red Fort and onto India’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, beautifully decorated with paintings, inlaid stones, carvings and glazed tiles. Feast at the colorful, open-air food and craft bazaar of Dilli Haat. Visit Laxminarayan Temple, built in honor of the Hindu goddess of wealth, and its beautiful gardens. Discover the UNESCO World heritage site Humayun’s Tomb, a monumental landmark in Indo-Islamic architecture with its perfect synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian traditions. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Red Fort closed on Mondays)

Foodies Delight in Delhi

Explore the sights, sounds, and distinct flavors on this day-long culinary journey through Old and New Delhi. Dive into the thriving street food scene of India’s capital, which brings together influences aplenty from neighboring regions. Sample up to different types of dishes while you whistle-stop from one legendary eatery to another in the bustling streets of Old Delhi. As you walk, appreciate various architectural and cultural landmarks including Jama Masjid and India Gate. See the daily grind and a plethora of ingredients at Khari Baoli, Asia’s biggest wholesale spice market. At Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, meet the volunteer-driven community kitchen which feeds more than 10,000 people every day! Remember to take multiple helpings of Butter Chicken – a world-famous dish invented in a restaurant in Central Delhi. End your tour watching travel mementos being snapped up by the dozen at Connaught Place. A tea-tasting detour is also available on request. (Half Day; Time of Day: Evening; Duration: 3hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Dinner included; Fitness level: Easy)

Walled City Heritage Walk

Explore the myriad charms of Old Delhi on this walking tour! A seamless blend between historic buildings and modern socio-cultural customs and mores, each corner of the old city pays homage to its glorious, vibrant heritage. Stroll down the long, winding alleys of the 17th century Walled City, called so because it was fortified on all four sides by a wall built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan when he declared Delhi the capital of India. Admire the magnificent havelis or Indian traditional mansions with impressive doorways that will take you back in time. Bask in the rich heritage of Shahjahanabad that has endured over the ages. Listen to anecdotes and tales of the past and return with a keen understanding of the city’s and the country’s cultural heritage. (Half day, Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Moderate)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior
MealsRoom Only
StyleBoutique
RoomDeluxe
MealsRoom Only
StyleInternational
Day 4 - 5

Transfer to the train station

Board your train from Delhi to Agra (Duration: 2 hrs)

Agra

1 Night

Discover the magic of white marble at Agra! The city is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal.

Included Activities

Personalized Tour of Classic Agra Attractions

Discover the majesty of Mughal architecture during your tour of Agra’s most famous monuments. Set off for the red sandstone ramparts of Agra Fort that sits on the banks of the River Yamuna. Explore exquisitely designed palaces, mosques, and audience halls that still stand witness to the grandeur of Mughal craftsmanship. Feel the longing of the imprisoned emperor, Shah Jahan, as you gaze across the river to the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum of his beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal. Witness next the fabled beauty of this marble homage to love that inevitably figures on any list of the World’s Wonders. Take in the breathtaking beauty of its dimensions, the intricacy of its engineering, and the ornate wall carvings that were once inlaid with precious stones. Finally, make your way to the delicately laid out Mehtab Bagh which offers one of the most scenic vantage points for the iconic Taj. (Taj Mahal closed on Fridays; Private Activity & Transfer; Duration: 3 hrs; Fitness level: Easy)

Visit to Fatehpur Sikri

Discover the former Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri that was built and founded in the 1500s by the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar. This was a planned imperial city that would bring leaders of many religions together as Akbar held ideals of a syncretistic faith. Unfortunately just ten years after completion the city was deserted due to drought and water shortages. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, this half day tour is a very popular stop en route from Agra to Ranthambore. (Duration: 1.5 hrs; Private En route Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy; Please note that guests will need to travel from the car parking area to the main entrance – a distance of 1 km – by boarding the Government owned battery operated bus)

Hotel Options
RoomGuest Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
ITC Mughal – Opt 2
RoomMughal Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 5 - 7

Your chauffeur will drive you from Agra to Ranthambore in a private vehicle. Enroute you will visit Fatehpur Sikri (Duration without stops: 7 hrs)

Ranthambore

2 Nights

Ranthambore National Park is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream! Sprawling over a vast expanse near Sawai Madhopur, the park encompasses the adjoining forests of Kaila Devi and Man Singh Sanctuary.

Included Activities

Shared Safari-Ranthambore ( Morning and Evening)

Safari in style! Ranthambore National Park is a hotspot for discovering the celebrated Bengal tiger in its native habitat! Head out into thick foliage on morning and afternoon safaris, which are the best times for the big cats to reveal themselves. Safari routes are selected using a government-run lottery system, so it is the luck of the draw as to which path you take, however all of them provide a fascinating variety of native wildlife and bird life for you to witness. (2 safaris per day, Morning and late afternoon . Shared Activity & Transfer, Travel time to Activity: 30 mins, Duration: each safari 3.5 hrs , Fitness level: Easy; please wear comfortable walking shoes and light colored clothing. Please note that each jeep will accommodate 6 people in total.)

Hotel Options
Dev Vilas – Opt 1
RoomStandard Suite
MealsFull Board
StyleHeritage
Khem Villas – Opt 2
RoomCottage
MealsFull Board and Safari
StyleLodge
Day 7 - 10

Your chauffeur will drive you from Ranthambore to Jaipur in a private vehicle (Duration: 4 hrs)

Jaipur

3 Nights

Jaipur is the eternal rose pink city and gateway to North India’s most colorful state, Rajasthan. Surrounded by the arid Aravalli Hills, Jaipur was founded in the early 18th century by Maharajah (King) Jai Singh II, and is steeped in legends and regal grandeur.

Included Activities

Highlights of Jaipur

Wander into regality during your full day tour! Explore Amber Fort, a fabulous sandstone fort complex that overlooks the city. Visit Albert Hall, the state museum of Rajasthan with its vast collection of interesting regional Indian artifacts. Observe the aesthetically beautiful honeycombed façade of Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). Discover the architecturally rich City Palace with its many regal courtyards, temples and pavilions, and Govind Devji Temple, dedicated to Hindu God Krishna, situated in the heart of the old city. Head to the world’s largest stone observatory – the Jantar Mantar. Visit the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, which acts to preserve the traditional Indian technique of hand block textile printing and boasts numerous beautiful examples. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)

Heritage Street Food Tour of Jaipur

Discover the interesting sights, sounds and flavors of Jaipur, located in northwestern India. Accompanied by your local guide, navigate the colorful streets and lively narrow by-lanes of the walled city on foot. Pass by heritage buildings, palaces, and historical landmarks that make up the beautiful ‘Pink City’. Drop by local markets that feature spices, flowers, fruits, and vegetables, getting a glimpse of Indian food and culture. Visit a handful of legendary, age-old stalls, learning about quaint family-run establishments. Sample the fascinating local cuisine that offers choices of vegetarian and meat dishes. Try an assortment of traditional sweets and savories made from recipes that have been passed down for generations. Savor delicious preparations, soaking in the flavors and aromas of the region’s royal heritage. Sip on the ubiquitous ‘masala chai’ tea while mingling with locals at street corners. Chew on paan (flavored betel leaf), an after-dinner specialty, ending your tour with a stimulating mouthful! (Half Day; Duration: 2 hrs; Time: 1600 hrs, Private Activity & Transfer; Meal included: Yes; Fitness level: Moderate; Please note that this this activity is not available during national/public holidays and festivals.)

Early Morning Jaipur Bike Tour

Discover how Jaipur begins its day as you tour its atmospheric neighborhoods. Set off on your cycle for the morning flower and vegetable markets to soak in all its vibrant colors, smells and sounds. Next, make your way through narrow lanes that have been home to chaiwallahs and pakorawallahs or vendors selling tea and short eats for nearly a century! Arrive at a Hindu temple to witness the spiritual energy of early morning devotees before you head to the famed food joints of Jaipur to feast on some well-deserved traditional snacks. Wash your meal down hot, masala chai! (Private Activity; Time: 0700 hrs; Fitness level: Moderate)

Hotel Options
Jas Vilas – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
Samode Haveli – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 10 - 11

Your chauffeur will drive you from Jaipur to Deogarh in a private vehicle (Duration: 5 hrs)

Deogarh

1 Night

Deogarh’s legacy is legendary! The erstwhile feudal estate has seen the rise and fall of some of the greatest warriors among the heroic Mewar Rajputs of Rajasthan.

Included Activities

Vintage Rural Ramble Experience

Embark on a rural ramble experience! Accompanied by one of the hotel staff, this enthralling activity takes you on a drive in a vintage 4×4 truck/jeep, or in an escorted army vehicle over undulating dunes, rocky outcrops and through a pastoral setting. Explore the natural environs and observe locals tending their fields. Visit a local shrine to Lord Shiva, a temple ensconced within a cavernous rock. Enjoy panoramic views of black volcanic rocks, followed by a relaxing evening by the lakeside, where birds fly overhead. Find your bliss as you observe the setting sun with some refreshments in hand.

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Dev Shree – Opt 2
RoomRoom
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 11 - 14

Your chauffeur will drive you from Deogarh to Udaipur in a private vehicle. Enroute you will visit Ranakpur (Duration without stops: 5 hrs)

Udaipur

3 Nights

Udaipur is the City of Lakes! Tucked away in the heart of the forested Aravalli Hills, this regally romantic city has always stood out from Rajasthan’s other desert cities with its network of manmade lakes.

Included Activities

Highlights of Ranakpur

Journey to Ranakpur on a unique day trip, which can be enjoyed en route. The highlight of this town is the Jain Temple, which dates back to the 15th century and is intricately crafted – and entirely out of white marble. The temple complex is extraordinarily well-preserved, despite its age, and covers a vast area. Take on the role of explorer as you venture through the complex, with its 29 halls, 80 domes and pavilions, and 1,444 imposing pillars, of which no two are alike in design or sculpture. Rankapur is the single most important pilgrimage site for followers of the Jain religion, so expect to find devotees engaged in prayer in this tranquil place. Kindly note that guides are not permitted to accompany you inside the temple complex.

Set Sail at Lake Pichola

Experience the beauty of royal Rajasthan on a boat ride along Lake Pichola, overlooking the magnificent Lake, City Palace, and other historic sites and ghats of Udaipur. Your tour boat will cast off from the ghat or lakeside, which is barely a few minutes from your hotel. Enjoy a spectacular view of this magnificent medieval city on a romantic evening ride along the lake. Get to know the enthralling stories of the Maharanas of Mewar, including heroic tales of Udaipur’s brave kings and queens, on your leisurely ride. (Duration: 1 hr, Time of Day: Evening; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Easy; Maximum group of 10 for each boat. )

Highlights of Udaipur

Journey into the City of Lakes and soak up historic culture. Tour the 16th century City Palace, a flamboyant and towering structure sitting on a hilltop and one of the largest palaces in the state, boasting spectacular views and an intriguing museum. Explore 17th century Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Hindu God Krishna. Discover Saheliyon ki Bari, the ‘Garden of Maids’, which boasts lush lawns, stunning lotus pools, marble pavilions and even elephant-shaped fountains! Head to the crystal gallery to witness the world’s largest private collection of crystal. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)

Understanding Trails and Tribes Around Udaipur

After an early breakfast, arrive at Ambamata – a revered temple on the fringes of Udaipur. Accompanied by your guide, begin your hike through the majestic Aravalli Range, and breathe in the fresh morning air. Navigating the plains and hilly terrain, witness the scenic Rajasthani countryside. Visit nearby hamlets and observe cattle grazing on grassy fields and farmers working on their farmlands. Stop by one of the villages and meet with the indigenous Bhil tribe, who are considered to be among the oldest and the largest tribal communities in Asia. Admire their vibrant attire that complements the dramatic landscape. Get a glimpse into their lifestyle, especially their music and dance traditions. Next up, head to another village to interact with the Rajput warrior clans, and learn about their fantastic history. Continuing further, reach a hilltop religious site featuring a cluster of temples. Enjoy photo ops and panoramic vistas of Udaipur and its surroundings. Drive back to Ambamata before dispersing. (Half Day; Time: 0730 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please wear comfortable walking shoes for plain and uphill trails).

Hotel Options
RoomHaveli Room - Non Lake Facing
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Fateh Garh – Opt 2
RoomRenaissance Rooms
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 14 - 16

Flight from Udaipur to Mumbai

Mumbai

2 Nights

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay during British colonial rule, has welcomed travelers from around the world for centuries.

Included Activities

Half Day Highlights of Mumbai

Venture to the waterfront and witness the historic Gateway of India, built during the British rule. Drive by the world’s most expensive real estate along Marine Drive, also known as the Queen’s Necklace, as the streetlights resemble a string of pearls at night. Discover the plethora of colonial architecture including the High Court, Mumbai University, Flora Fountain, Asiatic Library, Prince of Wales Museum, Municipal Corporation Building and the fascinating, fully-functioning Victoria Terminus Railway Station. Whilst the building is closed to the public, you can glimpse the Parsi Tower of Silence with its circling vultures. Unwind amidst the topiary of the Hanging Gardens, or in Kamala Nehru Park and Horniman Circle. Learn more about Mahatma Gandhi at Mani Bhavan, a museum and reference library. (Duration 4 hours).

Worli Fishing Village Walk

Explore the 800-year old Worli Fishing Village (Worli Koliwada) – a unique fishing village that used to be one of the seven isles that made up the city of Mumbai. Notice the rows of tiny, colorful tin-roofed houses dwarfed by skyscrapers and set against the backdrop of the Arabian Sea. Listen to popular folklore and superstitions, and stories of how the Koli people first occupied the land around 1100 AD, and the fact that the name Mumbai comes from Goddess Mumba, the patron deity of the Kolis. Stroll through the markets and streets, and watch the daily rituals of the residents to get an insight into the daily life of the city’s fisherfolk. Visit the Worli Fort that was built by the British in 1675. (Duration: 3 hrs; Fitness level: Moderate).

Hotel Options
President Mumbai – Opt 1
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational

You will be transferred from the hotel to the airport in a private vehicle

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 5,490 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 6,890 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation and meals, as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions, as specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation services, as specified in the itinerary
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact supporting you during your trip
  • Carbon emissions offsetting for your trip

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  • Entrance fees and meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary description
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Visa and tourism fees
  • Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare
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