Enjoy this classic India itinerary, taking in Delhi, the splendid Taj Mahal and the colourful state of Rajasthan. Our two week tailormade holiday will give you a snapshot into what makes India tick; from the wildlife to the architecture, the history, the food, the people and their culture – Rajasthan has it all.
The route you’ll follow encompasses some of India’s highlights. Get caught up in the mayhem of Old Delhi, with its traders spilling out into the streets, the temples belonging to Hindu, Sikh and Muslim faiths, life seeping out of every pore. Marvel at sunrise over the iconic Taj Mahal, explore the Rajput architecture in Jaipur and hunt out gems in the bazaars. Witness the Blue City of Jodhpur with its magnificent fort and tangled streets before heading to the beautiful Udaipur – romantic and laid back, the ‘city of lakes’ will not disappoint. Finish your epic journey by heading south and experiencing cosmopolitan Mumbai – a city full of contrasts and with the best street food around – don’t forget to head to Chowpatty Beach at sunset for the Bel Puri!
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport. Flights from the UK generally land very late at night or early the following morning, for the purpose of this itinerary we will assume you land on the evening of the same day.
On arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
After breakfast in your hotel you’ll begin a half day tour of Old Delhi – experience a cycle rickshaw ride and take in Chandi Chowk, a densely populated shopping street where you’ll see all manner of traders showcasing their wares along twisted alleys. Pass the Red Fort, the most opulent in all the Mughal Empire, and visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.
Spend the afternoon in the contrasting New Delhi, an area designed by the British in the 1920s - it’s home to government buildings set along wide boulevards and green parks and gardens. Visit monuments including the Qutub Minar, and Humayun’s Tomb, and drive past the impressive India Gate, a popular hangout for locals.
It’s an early start today as you ride the Shatabdi Express to Agra. The Indian Railway system is complex and busy, and a must-do for any visitor!
The two hour journey will snake south out of the city towards Agra, home of the iconic and arguably most beautiful building in the world, the Taj Mahal.
Spend your day on a tour of Agra with a visit to the Agra Fort; a royal residence and now UNESCO world heritage site.
Rise early to enjoy sunrise at the Taj Mahal, one of the best times of the day to view the palace, a magnificent monument to love built by emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his beloved queen. Legend has it that once built, Shah had the hands of the architect cut off so he couldn’t build anything to compete with its beauty!
Later today you will be joined by your car and driver, and head to Jaipur via Fatephur Sikri, an abandoned city of the Mughal dynasty. With 9 gateways and ‘ruins’ in pristine condition this place is something pretty special.
Finish the day in Jaipur – ‘the Pink City’ where you will check in for 2 nights.
After breakfast, depart by jeep for the Amber Fort, an impressive display of Rajput architecture built with yellow and pink sandstone and white marble. Explore the interior with its grand decorations, frescoed arches and delicate relief panels.
Head back to the city for the afternoon, and embark on a tour including stops at the City Palace Complex, the Museum and the Jantar Mantar (an observatory built in 1762AD).
Spend the day exploring the city at your leisure. (Guided options available at a supplement)
After breakfast, depart for the 6-7 hour drive to Jodhpur. En-route you will have the chance to stop at the Nimaj Palace for lunch (additional cost) – experience Rajput hospitality at its best!
Check-in on arrival with your evening at leisure.
Jodhpur is a 500 year old settlement and was previously the headquarters to the Rathore Rajputs, celebrated for their tales of daring! It’s also known as the Blue City; if you wander around the old quarters of the city – protected by the Mehrangarh Fort – you’ll notice many of the houses are painted blue and it’s believed this is because the colour is closely associated with the Brahmin caste.
After breakfast you’ll begin a half day city tour, heading around the city highlights and learning about their vast history. The afternoon will see you head out of the city on a jeep safari to the Bishnoi Village. The Bishnoi’s are responsible for the survival of the rare Black Buck antelope and they share a beautiful relationship today, with the antelope remaining close to the Bishnoi people.
It’s a driving day today, after breakfast you’ll be leaving Jodhpur and heading towards the glittering jewel in Rajasthan’s crown, Udaipur. Known as the most romantic city in the state, Udaipur is a city of lakes, temples and havelis. There are some beautifully manicured gardens too, but the real gem is the Lake Palace.
Start the day with a tour of this special city – see the vast City Palace complex before visiting the markets and bazaars – amazing architecture can be seen throughout the city with intricately carved temples and havelis. Later in the day enjoy a boat cruise on the calm waters of Lake Pichola.
Free day for you to spend at your leisure!
Your Rajasthani journey comes to a close today as you head to the airport for your flight to the cosmopolitan, 24hr city of Mumbai where east meets west and history collides head on with commerce; it’s the hub for commercial and financial activity and people from all over the country head here to find work.
This afternoon begin a city tour that will take you around some of the highlights, including the Gateway of India and Crawford Market.
As it’s your last evening be sure to enjoy your last meal – hopefully the cuisine will have exceeded your expectations. Mumbai street food is some of the best in the country so get down to Chowpatty for some delicious snacks at sunset!
You will be flying home today; head back to Mumbai for your flight to the UK. Flights land back same day due to the time zones.
The best time to visit India is from November to March. From April onwards the temperatures rise in preparation for the monsoon rains that follow during the summer months – travel is possible during this time but you should expect high humidity, torrential downpours and possible transport delays.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
12 nights in 3.5*- 4* standard accommodation.
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