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Explore Rajasthan's bright cities, where majestic forts and serene palaces whisper tales of a bygone era

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Tour Highlights

Ancient Forts

Lake Palace

Wildlife Sanctuary

Jeep Safari

Medieval Citadel

about this tour

Step back in time with this Classic Rajasthan Tour, a journey that unveils the region's timeless charm. Explore the architectural wonders that define Rajasthan - majestic forts guarding strategic hilltops and serene palaces reflecting on tranquil lakes. See the legacy of Rajputana unfold within these grand structures, their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards offering glimpses into a bygone era. This tour extends beyond monuments, traversing the diverse landscapes of Rajasthan, from the windswept sands of the Thar Desert, where camel caravans still roam, to the verdant Aravalli Hills teeming with wildlife. An authentic travel experience enjoying the warmth of legendary Rajasthani hospitality, where every encounter fosters a deeper connection with the region's rich culture and traditions. This classic adventure promises an unforgettable exploration of Rajasthan's soul, creating memories that will endure long after your return.
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    Delhi – India's Past and Future

    Welcome to Delhi! After settling in at your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure. You can unwind with a leisurely stroll through Lodhi Gardens. This verdant oasis boasts historical tombs and offers a peaceful escape from the city bustle. Or delve into the heart of New Delhi at Connaught Place, a circular market brimming with shops and colonial architecture. Explore the various stores, pick up unique souvenirs, or simply people-watch and soak in the atmosphere. As the day winds down, treat yourself to a traditional Indian massage or spa treatment. This will not only ease any travel fatigue but also introduce you to the art of Indian wellness, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and ready to explore the city's rich history tomorrow.

    Welcome to Delhi! After settling in at your hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure. You can unwind with a leisurely stroll through Lodhi Gardens. This verdant oasis…
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    Old Delhi – Happily Chaotic!

    Your day begins with a visit to the Red Fort, a powerful Mughal monument (closed Mondays). Following this, explore Chandni Chowk, meaning "moonlit crossroads," on a cycle rickshaw. This bustling marketplace, one of Delhi's most populated areas, offers a sensory overload with its narrow lanes, crowded bazaars, and vendors selling spices and textiles. Conclude the tour by paying respects at Raj Ghat, the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of Indian independence. In the afternoon, the itinerary shifts to New Delhi. First stop is the iconic Qutab Minar, a towering landmark often compared to famous structures like the Eiffel Tower. Explore the surrounding area's mosques, mausoleums, and fort ruins. Next, head to Humayun's Tomb, a magnificent red sandstone and white marble structure considered a precursor to the Taj Mahal. The tour continues with a drive through Raisina Hill, the colonial heart of New Delhi. Pass by the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President's residence), India Gate (a war memorial arch), and a Sikh Gurdwara, known for its devotional music and community kitchen.

    Your day begins with a visit to the Red Fort, a powerful Mughal monument (closed Mondays). Following this, explore Chandni Chowk, meaning "moonlit crossroads," on a cycle rickshaw. This bustling…
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    Agra – Symbol of Love

    Agra awaits! Rise early and travel to Agra, where the iconic Taj Mahal takes center stage today. This white marble mausoleum, built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, remains a timeless symbol of love. Spend most of your day exploring its intricate details. Wander through the complex, marveling at the exquisite marble carvings and beautiful calligraphy adorning the walls. Lose yourself in the serenity of the surrounding gardens, a perfect place to reflect on the monument's history. The visit continues to Agra Fort, a powerful Mughal citadel guarding the banks of the Yamuna River. This red sandstone fort, built by Emperor Akbar, served as the main residence of the Mughal emperors for nearly a century. Explore its majestic courtyards, grand halls where emperors once held court, and private chambers offering a glimpse into the lives of Mughal royalty. Ascend the ramparts for panoramic views of the city and the Taj Mahal in the distance.

    Agra awaits! Rise early and travel to Agra, where the iconic Taj Mahal takes center stage today. This white marble mausoleum, built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz…
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    Abandoned City of Fatehpur Sikri

    After breakfast in Agra, head to Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned Mughal city built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. Explore its well-preserved palaces, intricate courtyards, and the imposing Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Fatehpur Sikri served as the Mughal capital for a short time before being abandoned due to water scarcity. However, its grand structures remain a testament to the Mughal dynasty's power and artistic legacy. Once your visit here is complete, you continue onward to Ranthambhore - India’s Premier Tiger Reserve. India is one of the very few countries left in the world where you can still see tigers.  It was established as a sanctuary in 1959 and included in the very first phase of Project Tiger in 1972. In 1981, Ranthambore was awarded the status of a National Park. The Park was once the scene of royal hunting parties. Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. The tigers can be spotted quite often even during the day, busy in their normal pursuits - especially stalking or hunting and taking care of their young. With the strict measures that have been taken for their conservation, they seem quite accustomed to human presence and are not disturbed by it.

    After breakfast in Agra, head to Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned Mughal city built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. Explore its well-preserved palaces, intricate courtyards, and the imposing Jama…
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    Ranthambhore

    An exciting wildlife adventure in Ranthambhore National Park, known for its Bengal tiger population. Rise early for a thrilling jeep safari through the park's diverse landscapes. Keep your eyes peeled for tigers, leopards, sloth bears, and a variety of bird species as you explore the dense forests, grasslands, and lakes. Your experienced guide will navigate the terrain, sharing their knowledge of the park's ecology and resident wildlife. This safari offers a unique opportunity to witness animals in their natural habitat,

    An exciting wildlife adventure in Ranthambhore National Park, known for its Bengal tiger population. Rise early for a thrilling jeep safari through the park's diverse landscapes. Keep your eyes peeled…
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    Jaipur – The Pink City

    This morning, departure from Ranthambhore to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur earned its nickname "Pink City" in 1876 when Maharaja Ram Singh ordered most buildings painted a terracotta pink color in honor of a visit from British Queen Victoria. The color pink is traditionally associated with hospitality in India, making it a fitting choice to welcome royalty. The tradition of painting buildings pink has continued to this day, giving Jaipur its unique and recognizable character. Jaipur is especially known for its arts and crafts: jewelry, enamel work, hand-painted fabrics, and stone sculptures. Above everything, Jaipur is an extraordinarily colourful place. On its streets, you see women in their brilliant red and orange head coverings and sweeping skirts, and men in their equally vivid turbans and upturned moustaches. Jaipur is also a city of polo which is played on horseback, elephants, and at times on bicycles!

    This morning, departure from Ranthambhore to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur earned its nickname "Pink City" in 1876 when Maharaja Ram Singh ordered most buildings painted a terracotta pink…
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    Amber – The Medieval Rajput Citadel

    The first stop on today’s tour is at Amber Fort, the former capital, situated on a picturesque hillside overlooking a reflecting lake. Explore this sprawling complex of palaces that evolved over centuries, showcasing Rajput artistry. Then on to the Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of Winds." This facade, adorned with 953 windows and balconies, allowed royal women to observe street life unseen. Later, visit the imposing City Palace, a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles, now a museum housing royal artifacts and armory; and the ancient Jantar Mantar observatory. Later there is an optional bicycle rickshaw adventure through the narrow lanes of the city markets, experiencing the sights and sounds firsthand. Then a walking tour through the bustling bazaars, offering free time for souvenir shopping. Jaipur is renowned for its textiles, pottery, carpets, gemstones, and local crafts, a legacy from Maharaja Jai Singh's patronage of artisans.

    The first stop on today’s tour is at Amber Fort, the former capital, situated on a picturesque hillside overlooking a reflecting lake. Explore this sprawling complex of palaces that evolved…
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    Transfer to Nagaur

    Departing from Jaipur, continue on to Nagaur to the historic Ranvas Hotel, one of the only hotels located inside the fort. In the 18th century, it was the residence of the sixteen Ranis (Queens) of Maharajah Bakhat Singh of Jodhpur. Nagaur Fort, also known as Ahhichatragarh Fort, boasts a rich history dating back to the 12th century. Built by Raja Drathdhar, it served as a key Rajput military structure and witnessed the rise and fall of empires. Spread over 36 acres, the fort features intricate carvings, expansive ramparts offering panoramic views, and houses several structures like the Shahid Smarak and the beautiful Nagaur Jahaz Mahal. Once a seat of power for various rulers, Nagaur Fort is now a popular tourist destination, offering a glimpse into Rajasthan's past. The day is at leisure to stroll through the bustling bazaars of Nagaur, where you can find a variety of local crafts, textiles, and souvenirs. Be sure to sample some of the delicious Rajasthani street food available from local vendors.

    Departing from Jaipur, continue on to Nagaur to the historic Ranvas Hotel, one of the only hotels located inside the fort. In the 18th century, it was the residence of…
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    Tour of Ahhichatragarh Fort

    This ancient fort, believed to be built by the Yaduvanshi clan around the 1st century BC, is said to be the mythological city of Ahichhatra, mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. Recognised to be founded in the 4th century and developed and embellished in the 18th century, the fort boasts well preserved Pre-Mughal and Mughal architecture. The Palace chambers house some original murals from the 14th century. The fort's strategic location on a rocky hill made it an important stronghold for centuries. During your guided tour, you can see the remains of temples, palaces, and residential quarters. The fort also houses a museum showcasing artifacts unearthed during excavations. The panoramic views from the fort's ramparts are breathtaking and offer a glimpse into the surrounding countryside. This evening, as the sun sets- take a walk on the fort ramparts for views of the small, bustling city around, the cenotaphs of the rulers of Nagaur.

    This ancient fort, believed to be built by the Yaduvanshi clan around the 1st century BC, is said to be the mythological city of Ahichhatra, mentioned in the epic Mahabharata.…
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    Transfer to Jodhpur

    A morning transfer to Jodhpur, the "Blue City" named for the characteristic color of its houses, offers a rich past and distinct culture condensed within its bustling streets and historic sites. After checking into your hotel, dive into the heart of Jodhpur by visiting the bustling Sadar Bazaar. This maze-like market overflows with Rajasthani textiles, aromatic spices, and intricate handicrafts - a treasure trove for souvenir hunters. Haggling is expected and part of the experience! In the afternoon, immerse yourself in Marwari cuisine, a distinct culinary tradition known for its use of lentils, vegetables, and aromatic spices. Savor a delicious Rajasthani meal at a local restaurant, experiencing the city's unique flavors firsthand.

    A morning transfer to Jodhpur, the "Blue City" named for the characteristic color of its houses, offers a rich past and distinct culture condensed within its bustling streets and historic…
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    City Tour of Jodhpur

    The largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur, Jodhpur stands at the edge of the Thar Desert. It was founded by Rao Jodha Chief of the Rajput clan known as Rathores and the Rathore kingdom was once known as Marwar ‑ the Land of Death. Today includes a comprehensive guided tour of Mehrangarh Fort, a majestic 15th-century citadel perched on a hill. Climb the ramparts for breathtaking panoramic views of the Blue City sprawled below. Explore the fort's palaces and museums to understand Jodhpur's rich past and architectural significance. Later, continue your historical journey with a visit to Jaswant Thada, an ornate white marble cenotaph built in the 19th century for Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It has intricate carvings and delicate latticework adorning the facade, a testament to Rajput craftsmanship. This structure stands in stark contrast to the powerful Mehrangarh Fort, showcasing the evolution of architectural styles in Jodhpur. Jaswant Thada houses the Royal Cenotaphs - intricately carved memorials dedicated to Jodhpur's rulers.

    The largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur, Jodhpur stands at the edge of the Thar Desert. It was founded by Rao Jodha Chief of the Rajput clan known as Rathores…
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    Udaipur ~ The Venice of the East

    Transport to Udaipur with a visit enroute to Ranakpur; these magnificent 15th-century Jain temples are situated in a deep secluded valley of the Aravalli Hills. Though over 500 years old, the temples here are superbly preserved in near-perfect condition! In the center is the main “Chaumukha temple” dedicated to Adinath. The most distinctive features are the 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, of which no two are exactly alike. Every conceivable surface is carved and every corner and angle is engraved with Jain images. After the tour of Ranakpur, continue on to Udaipur "The Venice of the East", known as the most romantic city in the state of Rajasthan. Udaipur nestles like a gem in a valley surrounded by green hills, reflected smooth and white in the clear blue waters of Lake Pichola. The city is a kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces, and temples.

    Transport to Udaipur with a visit enroute to Ranakpur; these magnificent 15th-century Jain temples are situated in a deep secluded valley of the Aravalli Hills. Though over 500 years old,…
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    City tour of Udaipur

    Begin at the City Palace, a sprawling complex showcasing Rajput architecture with its courtyards, balconies, and ornately decorated rooms with stunning peacock mosaics and a series of wall paintings. The City Palace was once the home of the Mewar rulers. Most of the Palace is now converted into a museum and a luxurious hotel. Next, the Jagdish Temple, a renowned Hindu temple built in the 17th century, known for its intricate carvings and black marble idol of Lord Vishnu. Enjoy the tranquility of Saheliyon Ki Bari, a lush garden adorned with fountains and elephant statues, offering a relaxing escape within the city. In the evening, take a Sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Pichola visiting the Jagmandir Island – situated in the middle of this romantic lake. It commands a magnificent view of the City Palace, Lake Palace and Sajjangarh Fort, on its own island, and it is where Prince Khurram was given refuge in the 17th century.

    Begin at the City Palace, a sprawling complex showcasing Rajput architecture with its courtyards, balconies, and ornately decorated rooms with stunning peacock mosaics and a series of wall paintings. The…
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    Transfer to Mumbai

    The final destination of the Classic Rajasthan tour is Mumbai, previously known as Bombay. It is the state capital of Maharashtra. Mumbai City is known as the business capital of India, it is the country's principal financial and communications center. The city has the largest and the busiest port handling India's foreign trade and a major international airport. India's largest Stock Exchange which ranks as the third largest in the world is situated in Mumbai. After transfer from Udaipur and checking in to your hotel, the day is at your leisure. Consider venturing into the bustling streets of Colaba Causeway, a famous shopping district, or relaxing at Marine Drive, Mumbai's scenic promenade overlooking the Arabian Sea.

    The final destination of the Classic Rajasthan tour is Mumbai, previously known as Bombay. It is the state capital of Maharashtra. Mumbai City is known as the business capital of…
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    Excursion to Elephanta Caves

    Morning excursion to Elephanta Caves *(Closed on Mondays)* Hewn out of solid rock, the Elephanta Caves date back to 600 AD and resonate with the spiritual energy of India. The cave complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. At the entrance to the caves is the famous Trimurti, the celebrated trinity of Elephanta: there's Lord Brahma the Creator, Lord Vishnu, the preserver and Lord Shiva the Destroyer It seems not much has disturbed the sublime beauty of this place for centuries. Later visit the iconic Gateway of India, a historical monument built to commemorate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Nearby is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly known as Prince of Wales Museum) a magnificent structure, built in a confluence of Gothic and Moorish styles, and crowned by a sparkling white dome. It boasts a good collection of ancient Indus Valley artifacts dating back to 2000 BC, plus some priceless Tibetan and Nepali Art.

    Morning excursion to Elephanta Caves *(Closed on Mondays)* Hewn out of solid rock, the Elephanta Caves date back to 600 AD and resonate with the spiritual energy of India. The…
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    Departure Day

    Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Mumbai airport to board the flight back home. Your guide will advise you of departure time from the hotel. Have a great journey home!

    Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Mumbai airport to board the flight back home. Your guide will advise you of departure time from the hotel. Have a great…

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