12-Day India Classic Tour to Rajasthan

12-Day India Classic Tour to Rajasthan

By Lancy | Updated Sep. 8, 2022

Explore the 'Land of Kings'

The itinerary shown below is a 12-day trip to India's Golden Triangle and Rajasthan. If you are a traveler who wants to experience the essence of India, this itinerary will be perfect for you.

Days

12

Price

US$2,257 p/p

Best For

First-timers

Best Time

Oct. to Mar.

Tour Highlights

Discover the wonders of New and Old Delhi.
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Discover the wonders of New and Old Delhi.
Visit the world-famous Taj Mahal in Agra.
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Visit the world-famous Taj Mahal in Agra.
Explore the Pink City, Jaipur, and be part of its grand love story.
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Explore the Pink City, Jaipur, and be part of its grand love story.
Ride a camel in the desert.
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Ride a camel in the desert.
Take a boat ride on Lake Pichola.
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Take a boat ride on Lake Pichola.
 
 
 

Itinerary Details

The scenic spots included in the itinerary below were arranged by the company's designers after their on-spot investigations. However, this itinerary is only an example. You can rework your schedule at any point so that it suits you best. This is a private tour. Its pace can be customized to you and you can modify it as you like.

Day 1
Delhi Arrival

You will begin your trip in Delhi, a city whose new and old cultures collide and merge, resulting in modern city streets and traditional markets. After arriving at the airport, a designated bus will take you to your hotel.

We have selected a hotel in the traditional style for you. After you check in, enjoy yourself by the swimming pool. Have a good rest.

Day 2
Discover Old Delhi

The day's trip will begin at the Red Fort where the palace, which is still intact, seems to look out into its glorious past. On a closer look, you will see exquisite flowers and figures embossed on the stone pillars and walls.

After that, we will go to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in New Delhi. Large groups of people offering silent prayer casts a sublime religious atmosphere over the place. Every Friday, thousands of devout believers throng the mosque to pray, presenting a spectacular vista for the onlooker.

Then we come to the famous Chandni Chowk, a busy traditional street swarming with shops and eateries. Here, you can see different vendors selling their wares and shouting over each other. You can shop at the famous Khari Baoli street, a wholesale spice market renowned for selling a large quantity of spices every year.

You will then visit Raj Ghat, a memorial to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi where you can offer a bunch of marigold flowers in memory of this famous political leader and philosopher.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Agra, the location of the Taj Mahal, a world-famous monument of love. Check in at the hotel and have a good rest.

Day 3
Explore Agra's Wonders

Agra is the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire, which ruled India for hundreds of years. It is a blend of artistic achievements and unforgettable stories of love. A typical northern Indian city, noisy and crowded, Agra is also home to many world-renowned architectural wonders, such as the Taj Mahal. Tagore compared the snow-white Taj Mahal to "a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time", praising its holiness and beauty. This is a mausoleum dedicated to love, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Spot the Koranic calligraphy engravings on the walls of the monument. The black and white marble form a strange decorative style.

After that, you will come to Agra Fort which houses octagonal towers with a stunning view of the Taj Mahal.

Finally, you will arrive at Itimad-ud-Daulah's Tomb, which is said to have inspired the construction style of the Taj Mahal. It is also a symmetrical structure, with octagonal towers and a fountain in front of the building.

Enjoy the sunset in Mehtab Bagh, after which you will be taken back to the hotel.

Day 4
Arrive in Jaipur and Unwind at the Hotel

In the morning, you will leave for Jaipur, also known as the Pink City. You will reach your hotel after a 4–5 hour drive.

You will be staying in a palace hotel with excellent service, where you will be treated like a distinguished guest and experience a glimpse of palace life.

The hotel boasts high ceilings, antique furniture, and a wall covered with ancient murals. You can also relax and unwind at the hotel spa by getting an Ayurvedic massage.

Day 5
Explore Jaipur and Take a Cooking Class

Your day will begin with a trip to Hawa Mahal, a structure that looks like a giant pink honeycomb that rises like a hill as you come closer. Its ingenious design with numerous windows allows the wind to circulate through the palace, giving it its name, which means "Palace of the Wind". This architectural ingenuity ensures that a strong wind can blow through every room in the palace without blowing it down.

You will then arrive at Panna Meena Ka Kund, an eight-storey stepwell, with connecting staircases running across its length and breadth. It is a photo-worthy site and beautifully reflects the combination of nature and culture.

The next stop will be Amer Fort. There are countless small mirrors fixed on the palace walls, which shine brightly in the sun. Even a small lit candle can reflect thousands of flashes of light, making it a sight to behold.

After the visit, you will be taken to the home of a local resident who will teach you how to select ingredients to make local delicacies and Indian bread. They will also tell you how to distinguish Indian spices. After the demonstration, you will enjoy the delicious food that you have personally helped make — a brand-new experience.

You will then be taken back to your hotel where you can have a good rest.

Day 6
Visit the Red City, Bikaner

In the morning, you will travel to Bikaner, also known as the Red City, It is a beautiful desert city with a very long history. Every year, many tourists from all over the world come to visit the city.

After enjoying a delicious lunch, your guide will take you to the National Research Center on Camels, where you can learn how they survive in the desert. You can also taste camel milk or camel ice-cream. If you are interested, you can also go for a camel ride.

Later, you will visit Junagarh Fort, which is one of the few forts in Rajasthan that were not defeated by invaders. There is a striking color collision on the walls, which can inspire beautiful photographs.

After your tour of the fort, you will be taken through the busy streets of Bikaner on a tuk-tuk to see the lifestyle of the locals and feel the lively atmosphere of the bazaar.

Day 7
Watch the Sun Set in the Desert

You will then be driven to Jaisalmer. From a distance, the city looks like a deserted castle in a desolate desert. But as soon as you enter the city, the exquisitely carved buildings come as a surprise. Most of the buildings are carved out of yellow sandstone. Every sunset, the whole city lies golden and shining under the sun, inspiring the name, the Golden City.

After arriving in the afternoon, you will go to Kuldhara, a village that was once splendid but forgotten in time and is now an abandoned ruin. The dated nature of the streets and facilities give it a haunted charm.

You will end the day with a camel ride in the vast expanse of desert, watching the sun disappear over the horizon and feel the majestic charm of the great sand dunes.

Day 8
Explore the Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort is located on the edge of the desert, just like a mirage. The structure is distinctive and infused with a desert temperament.

Here, you will visit Gyan Bhandar, a library inside the fort where you can also spend time observing the beautiful patterns carved on the wall.

You will then drive to Jodhpur, where you can check into the hotel and have a good rest.

Day 9
Visit Mehrangarh Fort and the Blue Houses of Jodhpur

The majestic Mehrangarh Fort is an old castle standing proud on a hill overlooking Jodhpur, the Blue City. It is a wonder and an architectural masterpiece. From the foot of the hill to the top, the fort has seven gates, each with a story. The palaces decorated with gold, precious stones, and countless exquisite carvings are even more numerous. Spend some time here and absorb the fort's exquisite architectural style.

After that we will go to Jaswant Thada, a beautiful marble cenotaph where people often gather to pray and lay down flowers to receive blessings.

At the next stop, you will see Jodhpur's blue painted houses and visit the market to experience local traditions and customs. You will be intoxicated by the dazzling variety of goods and the busy streets. We will stop at Mohanlal Verhomal Spices, one of the oldest spice merchants in the city. Your guide will familiarize you with the spices and you can choose your favorite one for yourself.

Day 10
Visit a Carpet Workshop and Transfer to Udaipur

In the morning, we will visit a carpet workshop where your tour guide will explain the carpet-making process and the design concepts and patterns of carpets.

We will then go to a textile workshop where we will learn about the production of hand-made textiles using many traditional methods, such as tie-dyeing and printmaking.

After visiting the studio, you will leave for Udaipur. On the way, you will stop at Ranakpur Jain Temple, the largest and most important Jain temple in India, located in a remote valley. There are thousands of marble pillars supporting the temple, each carved with a different pattern.

After admiring the intricate beauty of this ancient temple, we will continue to Udaipur, a city of lakes and palaces, surrounded by mountains.

Day 11
Discover Udaipur and take a boat Ride on Lake Pichola

In the morning, you will begin your tour of Udaipur's City Palace, the largest palace in Rajasthan, a complex built by 22 different architects over four centuries. Your guide will show you around the complex, where a range of ancient artifacts are on display. There is a stunning view of Lake Pichola from the palace, ringed by a range of hills, making it a picturesque scenery.

You will then visit Jagdish Temple, the largest temple in Udaipur located just outside the City Palace. The walls of the temple are embellished with very fine carvings, giving you a glimpse of the unique techniques of the craftsmen at that time. In the afternoon, take a boat ride on Lake Pichola and feel the spring breeze on your face. Your guide will lead you to two luxurious palaces, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir, located in the middle of the lake. In the past, Jag Niwas was a summer retreat for nobles, but it has now been transformed into a luxury hotel.

Finally, we will visit the Bagore Ki Haveli museum, where traditional local costumes, musical instruments, and artistic works from Udaipur are on display. Explore the turban collection at the museum houses, headgear from different states of India are on display. You can also admire the museum's puppet collection, another specialty of Rajasthan. Catch the famous evening dance show showcasing traditional Rajasthani performances.

Day 12
Flight to Delhi and Departure

In the morning, you will fly to the Delhi airport from where you can catch a flight home.

Price Includes

Price from: $2,257 (Tour code: gh-ah-in-73)

One-to-one consultancy
One-to-one consultancy
Knowledgeable local guides
Knowledgeable local guides
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Hand-picked hotels
Hand-picked hotels
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Transportation as listed
Transportation as listed
A 24/7 helpline while traveling
A 24/7 helpline while traveling

Trip Notes

About the Meals

Many hotels offer buffets with a variety of cuisines from Indian to Italian and Asian. People who are looking to taste authentic local cuisine can try the restaurants specializing in barbecued tandoori kebabs and Indian naan bread. We also recommend trying out one of the many great restaurants that serve modern Indian fusion food. Let us know your food preferences and we'll take care of the rest. Make sure to inform us of any allergies or dietary requirements in advance.

About the Car Transfers Between Cities

We will arrange private car transfers from Delhi to Agra and from Agra to Jaipur. Your guide will not be with you during the transfers. You will have different guides in different cities. Your driver will be able to speak basic English so there will be no problems with basic conversation during the transfers.

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