Fabulous palaces, majestic fortresses, desert landscapes, rural villages - Rajasthan's stirring past comes alive as you tour this princely land. From the imperial capital of Delhi and one of the most recognizable monuments on earth, the Taj Mahal, to the desert landscapes of Rajasthan and the Lake City of Udaipur, experience a glimpse into some of the most beguiling areas in India. Along the way, spend your nights in heritage properties, rich with the trappings of the country's fascinating history.
You will be met and taken to your hotel. When the British chose Delhi as their capital in 1911, they appointed two architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker, to plan and build a new city to rival the fabled cities of the Mughals. New Delhi was thus built in true colonial style with tree-lined avenues, colonial bungalows, the Parliament House, the War Memorial Arch and the Viceregal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India.
After breakfast this morning, visit the grand Jama Masjid and Humayun's Tomb. Explore the buzzing lanes and alleys of Chandni Chowk on foot and by rickshaw. See the red sandstone tower of Qutab Minar, built to celebrate the onset of Muslim rule. Then, soak up the atmosphere at the garden tomb of Emperor Humayun and admire the imposing India Gate
Depart on your journey to Agra. When you arrive in the former capital of Hindustan, head straight to the exquisite white marble mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, which Emperor Shah Jahan built as a shrine to his everlasting love for his queen, Mumtaz Mahal. Then, discover the palaces, mosques and halls of audience of magnificent Agra Fort, a walled city built out of red sandstone in the 16th century.
After breakfast this morning, explore Fatehpur Sikri, the enigmatic red-sandstone city built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and abandoned just 15 years later. Stop for lunch at Bharatpur and continue your journey to the heart of Rajasthan.
Jeep safaris take you across the Daang plateau through its badlands to several spectacular places that are best explored on foot. Destinations include Utgir Fort at the rim of the Chambal River Valley, the cave temples of Ghanteshvar and Kurka, and the Chuaki gorge. In addition, embark on a boat ride in search of birds and crocodiles.
Proceed through the ever-changing scenery of the countryside to Bhainsrorgarh where you check in to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
This morning embark on a boat ride on the River Chambal followed by a tour of the Baroli temples. In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to the local v
On your way to the Lake City of Udaipur, stop to visit the massive ruins of Chittorgarh Fort, once a bastion of the warrior Rajput caste and home to the beautiful temple of Kalika Mata. Continue to Bijolia Temple, which is actually a complex of Hindu and Jain temples, as well as the remains of a grand palace. Upon arrival in Udaipur, check in to your hotel.
Visit Udaipur's sprawling City Palace and museum with its famed crystal gallery. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to the beautiful Monsoon Palace, which overlooks Lake Pichola. Built in the late 19th century, the magnificent structure offers incredible views of the city and the expansive surrounding landscape.
Depart Udaipur for a visit to the exquisite Jain temples in Ranakpur. Continue to the traditional agricultural village of Narlai where you spend the rest of the day getting to know the local farmers and learning about their way of life.
Explore the scenic area and meet with the local people, the Bishnois, who have protected their environment for more than 500 years and are responsible for the survival of several local species such as the Black Buck antelope
Depart on a day trip to Jodhpur this morning, including a guided visit to the imposing Meherangarh Fort. Eat lunch at a local restaurant and take a walking tour of the old city, followed by exciting rides in an auto-rickshaw and a festively decorated tonga. Return to Rohet for the evening
Take to the skies and return to Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for a final evening in India
Bid farewell to India as you are escorted to the airport to connect with your onward flight.