India: Hidden Gem of Rajasthan
Enjoy two full weeks as you explore the hidden gems of north India. Step into beautifully restored mansions and immerse yourself in East-meets-West paintings that rival Italian frescoes and mosaics! Explore the history, the boom and bust of the wealthy ancient merchants that occupy this land.
On this tour we pace ourselves to bring you on a tour of remarkable historic forts, beautiful palaces, amazing Hindu and Jain temples and feel the pulse of the desert and lakes in Rajasthan. All these beautiful frescoes, palaces and landscape unroll like a magic carpet before your eyes as you trek off the beaten path.
14 Days, 13 Nights: Delhi, Mandawa, Jaipur, Kuchaman, Nagaur, Jodhpur, Rohetgarh, Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh, Udaipur
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Meet Up at Delhi (DEL) | Arrival & Transfer
Delhi | Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk Rickshaw Ride
Let’s tour Humayun’s Tomb - one of the best preserved Mughal monuments and also the best example of Mughal architecture in India. Qutab Minar is the world’s tallest brick tower and Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. As we travel through both Old Delhi and New Delhi, don’t forget to add photographs of Rashtrapati Bhavan (President House), Parliament House and India Gate to your album.
Experience a busy & bustling local bazaar with a cycle rickshaw through Chandni Chowk.
Enjoy our group Namaste dinner tonight.
Breakfast Welcome Dinner
Delhi – Mandawa
Mandawa | Tour of the Painted Mansions
Mandawa - Jaipur | Fatehpur Shekhawati
Jaipur | Amber Fort, Sheesh Mahal, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Step Well near Kheri Gate
Continue to Sheesh Mahal, "Palace of Mirrors" which takes its name from the reflective glass tiles that embellish the interior.
On our way, enjoy the sight of Jal Mahal (Water Palace), a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake.
City Palace is an imposing blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture. It is a vast palace complex occupying nearly one-seventh of the Pink City. It was originally built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The complex is divided into a series of courtyards, sprawling gardens and buildings. It is home to several palatial structures like the Chandra Mahal, (home to present Maharajah of Jaipur), Mubarak Mahal (housing a textile museum), Diwan-e-Khas (or Hall of Private audience housing the two largest silver vessels in the world), the Diwan-e-Aam ( or Hall of Public Audience) and the gateway Ridhi Sidhi Pol (with four small doorways decorated with motifs depicting the four seasons).
Marvel at a 16th century step well near Kheri Gate. The step well serves as the community well, gathering place and swimming hole. If we are lucky, there will be bright red dragonflies playing on the glassy surface of the water.
Jaipur – Kuchaman | Sunset at Kuchaman
Kuchaman – Nagaur
Nagaur – Rohetgarh | Mehrangarh Fort, Temple
Look out for the iron spikes that deter enemy elephants, the scars of 1808 cannonball hits, the gates to celebrate the victorious triumphs and the Sati Shrine of royal widows who threw themselves on their maharajas’ funeral pyres.
Mehrangarh is still run by the Jodhpur royal family. It is packed with history, legends and panoramic ramparts.
Visit the Jaswant Thada temple in Jodhpur. Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph made of intricately carved sheets of marble.
Rohetgarh | City Tour
Rest of the day is free for independent activities.
Rohetgarh - Kumbhalgarh | Kumbhalgarh Fort
Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur | Jain Temples, Lake Pichola Cruise
On arrival at Udaipur, check-in at hotel. This evening enjoy the boat cruise on Lake Pichola.
Udaipur | Udaipur City Tour, Hindu Temples
You then pass through the triple-arched Tripolia Gate into a large courtyard, Manek Chowk. Spot the large tiger-catching cage, which worked rather like an oversized mousetrap, and the smaller one for leopards. The Mor Chowk (Peacock square) courtyard has three amazing mosaic peacocks highlighting the three seasons of summer, winter and monsoon. The peacocks were constructed by Sajjan Singh in the 19th century. A total of 5,000 pieces of mosaic of green, blue crystal and gold, as well as concave mirrors evoke the elegant movements of the birds that are the symbol of the Rajasthan.
We round off our sightseeing with Hindu temples: Jagdish Temple, Eklingji Temple and Nagda Temple.
Breakfast Farewell Dinner
|Mandawa||Hotel Castle Mandawa||★★★★|
|Rohetgarh||Rohet Garh Fort||★★★|
Dates & PricingPrivate Tour, Daily Departure
|Tour Date||2 Person *||3 Persons **||4 – 14 Persons *|
|Jan 15 to Mar 31, 2019||$5,260||$4,955||$4,845|
|Oct 1 to Dec 15, 2019Jan 15 to Mar 31, 2020||$5,525||$5,205||$5,085|
* Price per person, based on double occupancy.
** Price per person, based on triple occupancy.
Deposit‣ $750.00‣ Domestic Airfare- Udaipur to Delhi Airfare from: US$37
(Exact fare varies depending on actual booking date)
Booking Your FlightWe can find the best flights and airfares for your tour.Buying your own air tickets? No problem.
- ‣ Jeep/Elephant Ride to visit Amber Fort
- ‣ Lake Pichola Boat Cruise
- ‣ 4-Star Hotel Accommodations (with one 3-Star Hotel)
- ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
- ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
- ‣ Welcome & Farewell Dinners
- ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
- ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
- ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares/Taxes to and from India
- ‣ Travel Insurance
- ‣ Medical Expenses
- ‣ Gratuities
- ‣ Laundry Service
- ‣ Telephone Calls
- ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
- ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions