Embark on a journey back in time to a bygone era of pomp and luxury. Experience the opulence and extravagance of the Royal Houses of Deogarh, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur and the colonial jewel of Delhi. Relive history as you savor delicacies from royal kitchens, and explore the twisting lanes of bustling bazaars that once housed the private jewelers and craftsmen of kings and queens. Experience the thrill of embarking on an elephant safari in Jaipur and of navigating the narrow streets in old cities. Come live the life of an Indian royal.
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met and accompanied to your hotel.
After breakfast this morning, meet your fellow travelers and begin your explorations of the rich diversity and antiquities of the city. Absorb the spirit of Delhi as you enjoy the contrast between the hidden treasures of Old Delhi and colonial edifices of New Delhi. Complete your journey with visits to the beautiful Humayun's Tomb and Qutb Minar (Tower of Victory), a superb example of early Afghan architecture, built to establish the might of Islam and onset of Muslim rule in India.
Today, depart for the Mughal citadel of Agra. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. After lunch, head 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.
Your journey continues on to Jaipur today, which presides over the fascinating desert state of Rajasthan. The palaces and forts of yesteryear that were witness to royal processions and splendor are now living monuments, accepted into the lifestyles of the residents of the city.
Explore the rustic countryside of the Aravallis on elephant back, stopping for a royal picnic breakfast. Continue to the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city. Enjoy a lavish lunch set within the historic walls of the fort. Indulge yourself as you visit the stores, which were beloved by members of the royal house and their guests
Bid farewell to Jaipur and head west to Jodhpur, the epitome of all the romance and splendor of Rajasthan. The majestic Mehrangarh Fort towers over resplendent palaces, colorful bazaars and the sands of the Thar Desert.
Begin your day with a visit to impressive Mehrangarh Fort, which was described by Rudyard Kipling as "the creation of angels, fairies and giants." The fort museum displays an extensive collection of paintings, thrones and weapons. Explore the old city on tuk-tuks as you pass by local artists, puppet makers and traditional spice markets
After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to the Blue City of Jodhpur, as you travel by road through the desert landscape to the charming village of Deogarh. Stop en route to visit the Ranakpur Temple, one of the largest and most important Jain temple complexes in India. Marvel at your home for the next two evenings, the Deogarh Mahal, a magnificent fort and a fitting stronghold for one of its sixteen "umraos", the most senior barons attending on the Maharana of Udaipur.
Explore the intricate mosaic of rural and royal Deogarh as you experience a drive in a vintage car accompanied by one of the members of the family (subject to availability), followed by a guided walk through the village. This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration and exquisite dinner fit for royalty.
Continue your journey through India to the Lake City of Udaipur. Surrounded by the Aravalli Hills and dotted with palaces, Udaipur is an oasis in the desert of Rajasthan. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your palace hotel. Soak up the beauty of the picturesque environs surrounding the Lake Pichola. Later, enjoy a walk through an historic section of this royal palace, a symbol of style and elegance.
The day will bring alive the splendor and extravagance of the Royal House of Mewar. Step back in time when you visit the magnificent City Palace, stronghold of the Maharanas of Mewar, and walk through the old city, exploring its winding lanes and bustling bazaars. Then visit an art gallery dedicated to modern, contemporary and traditional art. In the evening, indulge in a delectable farewell dining experience with your fellow travelers.
Ride to Delhi today, where, upon arrival you will be escorted to your hotel.
After breakfast this morning, bid farewell to India as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.