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Palaces & Deserts of Rajasthan

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An incredible journey through the desert province of Rajasthan, including Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, the Taj Mahal and much more!

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Agra
Bikaner
Delhi
Jaipur
Jaisalmer
Jodhpur
Mandawa
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All transfers.
Activities
Breakfast only
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Experience the land of a thousand colours starting with the multicultural city of Delhi. Discover the historic cities of Mandawa and Bikaner. Explore the rose pink city of Jaipur and admire the majestic Taj Mahal in Agra - one of The Seven Wonders of the World.  In Rajasthan, the golden city of Jaisalmer, The Thar Desert and the mystic Jodhpur Fort are all yours to discover.

13 days trip including flights*

12 days and 11 nights in destination

1

NYC - DEL

2

NYC - DEL

New Delhi

3

Mandawa

4

Bikaner

5

Jaisalmer

6

Jaisalmer

7

Jodhpur

8

Jaipur

9

Jaipur

10

Agra

11

New Delhi

12

New Delhi

13

DEL - NYC

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: US - Night on board

Arrive at your US departure airport ready to check-in for an overnight flight * to Delhi. Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Delhi

Arrive in India’s capital and transfer to hotel. Delhi is a city with a wonderful architectural legacy from its Islamic conquerors together with its spectacular historic city centre. The rest of the day free to start to get to know this fascinating city. Overnight stay in Delhi.

3rd Day: Delhi - Mandawa

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by road to Mandawa. En-route, pass through authentic villages and start to enter some of the most rural parts of India. On arrival in Mandawa, enjoy a walking tour through the streets of the city. See the amazing Havelis - mansions noted for their frescoes depicting images of British colonial rule. Overnight stay in Mandawa.

4th Day: Mandawa - Bikaner

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by road through the arid lands leading to the Bikaner Desert Kingdom - a major centre of trade during the 16th century. In the afternoon visit the spectacular Junagarh Fort, with its impressively decorated interiors. End the day with a memorable Tuk-Tuk ride from the ancient city bazaar. Overnight stay in Bikaner.

5th Day: Bikaner - Jaisalmer

Breakfast at the hotel. Enter the Thar Desert by road on your way to the city of Jaisalmer. This was an important trading centre for many centuries and presently one of the few forts that are still inhabited. Transfer to the hotel and the rest of the afternoon is free for more discovery of this city. We recommend to visit the Thar Heritage Museum or the Maharaja's Palace for a taste of kingly splendour. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.

Included
Tuk-tuk ride in Bikaner
6th Day: Jaisalmer

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a tour of the golden city of Jaisalmer. Discover the magical Gadisar Lake and the magnificent Golden Fort. Walk through the narrow streets of the city, to visit the famous palatial houses characteristic of the city such as Nathmal and Patwon. In the afternoon, take an excursion to Sam to see the dunes in the beautiful sunset light. Overnight stay in Jaisalmer.

7th Day: Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

Breakfast at the hotel. Continue the trip towards Jodhpur, known as The Blue City and enjoy a visit to the impressive Mehrangarh Fort with its bird’s eye view of the old city. Later continue to Jaswant Thada, an imposing marble cenotaph. Overnight stay in Jodhpur.

Included
City tour in Jaisalmer
8th Day: Jodhpur - Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by road to Jaipur. Arrive at your hotel and the rest of the day is free to start to get to know the Rose-Pink City of India. We recommend a wander through some of the markets in the area to see the unique handicrafts and jewellery on offer. Overnight stay in Jaipur.

Included
Mehrangarh Fort Tour
9th Day: Jaipur

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Amber Fort - The Old Capital of Thunder. En-route, take a brief photo stop at Hawa Mahal, The Palace of Winds. Arrive at Amber Fort by Jeep. Once inside, visit the Jag Mandir or the Hall of Victory. In the afternoon, take a city tour, beginning with a visit to the Maharaja’s City Palace. Later, visit The Jantar Mantar, the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. Overnight stay in Jaipur.

10th Day: Jaipur - Fathepur Sikri - Agra

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off towards Agra, and on the way, visit Fatehpur Sikri, an impressive ghost town, where the tomb of Salim Chisti, the Panch Mahal, is located. Arrive in Agra, capital of sultans and great Mughal emperors. Enjoy an unforgettable tour of the famous and spectacular Taj Mahal - one of The Seven Modern Wonders of the World. Overnight stay in Agra.

Included
Amber Fort by Jeep & Jaipur City tour
11th Day: Agra - Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, return by road to Delhi and once you have arrived, visit the Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Afterwards, transfer to the Gateway of India, the residence of the country's president, and visit the impressive Humayun's Tomb, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1993. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Included
Taj Mahal Tour
Included
Visit Fatehpur Sikri
12th Day: Delhi

Breakfast at the hotel. The rest of the day free to visit this fascinating city. We recommend an optional excursion to discover Delhi's most iconic temples.* Overnight stay in Delhi.

* Optional Full-Day Delhi Temples TourExplore Delhi's most iconic temples. Experience the peace and tranquillity of the Lotus Temple, dedicated to the Baha'i faith, and discover the extraordinary architecture of Akshardham Temple, dedicated to 10,000 years of Hindu culture. See the huge Jama Mosque and the downtown Sikh Temple with its golden dome before ending the tour at Lakshmi Narayan Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu. 

Note: The Lotus Temple & The De Akshardham Temple are closed on Monday. For all the departures on Thursday will not be able to do the Full-day Delhi Temples tour.

Included
Visit to Raj Ghat
Optional
Full-Day Delhi Temples Tour
13th Day: Delhi - US

Breakfast * at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

Accommodation: 11 Nights

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Included activities

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Included

Included activity for day 5 in Bikaner

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Tuk-tuk ride in Bikaner

End your day in Bikaner with a memorable tuk-tuk ride through the old town bazaar, for an unforgettable experience of the vibrant atmosphere of this desert city.

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Included activity for day 7 in Jaisalmer

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

City tour in Jaisalmer

Discover the magical Gadisar Lake and explore the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort, from where you can enjoy impressive views of the city and the Thar Desert. Explore the historic centre and admire its famous palatial houses such as Nathmal and Patwon.

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Included activity for day 8 in Jodhpur

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Mehrangarh Fort Tour

Visit the impressive 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort for a bird's eye view of the old city with its blue houses in an assortment of vibrant shades.

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Included activity for day 10 in Jaipur

Duration 05:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Amber Fort by Jeep & Jaipur City tour

See the iconic Palace of the Winds in Jaipur before enjoying a Jeep ride to the legendary Amber Fort. Inside, discover the Hall of Victory and admire the incredible architecture of this historic fortress. Finally, visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory.

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Available Activities

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If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 12 in Delhi

Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Full-Day Delhi Temples Tour

Explore Delhi's most iconic temples including the Baha'i Lotus Temple, extraordinary Akshardham Temple, the Jama Mosque and the Sikh Temple in downtown Delhi. End the tour at the majestic Lakshmi Narayan Temple.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Delhi - US. *
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  • 11 nights hotel accommodation in Luxury category hotels.
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  • 11 Breakfasts.
  • Transfers with English speaking assistant in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary. **
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Tuk-Tuk ride in Bikaner.
  • Jeep Transfer at the Amber Fort in Jaipur.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Indian visa (required), drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

If you are traveling to India with a U.S. passport, you will require an Indian visa. For other passport holders, we recommend that you check with the Indian Embassy for further details: 
https://www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

* Due to the customs clearance rule of the government of India, if your flight calls at another city in India before arriving in Delhi, confirm at the departure desk in the US whether you should pick up your suitcase and pass customs control at the airport where the connection is made. Remember that if the flight stops in Mumbai you will need to pick up your luggage. Keep in mind that normally this whole process takes approximately 60 minutes.

** The order of the itinerary can change according to the day of departure of the flight.

Thursday/ Sunday: 2 nights in Delhi at the beginning, 1 night in Delhi at the end.

Monday/ Friday: 1 night in Delhi at the beginning, 2 nights in Delhi at the end.

The Lotus Temple & The De Akshardham Temple are closed on Monday. For all the departures on Thursday will not be able to do the Full-day Delhi Temples tour.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of six months validity beyond date of visa application and two blank passport pages.
  • Visa
    A visa is required to enter the country. Issued by the embassy or online E-Visa application one month before arrival in the country.
  • Currency
    Indian Rupee.
  • Language
    Hindi and English.
  • Electricity
    220 V in the majority of the country. Electrical sockets are European style however an adapter may be useful.
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 5:30.
  • Other useful information
    Foreigners cannot bring Indian Rupees into the country, although you can bring foreign currency and exchange it once you arrive.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://www.incredibleindia.org/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

Tips in India are subject to the decision of the client based on the level of satisfaction of the service provided and the experience in general. Taking into account that they are not obligatory, they are usually expected. 

Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.

 

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