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We felt welcomed in India on arrival at airport in New Delhi. The bus driver was great. With the meals in restaurants we got a good taste of India. The musical entertainment was fun. Each guide was familiar with their area. It was a great, well-organized tour. Kay and Larry L.

India is place that I will remember, however, for its heart. I was thrilled to see the Taj Mahal. This is a real love story. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to India. I would consider another region. All in all, the trip was more than I expected – it was incredible. Judith L.


Palaces & Culture of Rajasthan Private Tour - 16 days / 15 hotel overnights in India

Enliven your senses with the vibrant sights, sounds and pageant of Rajasthan. Indulge in history of the capital city, New Delhi. Wonder the harmonious architecture of the world famous Taj Mahal, the eternal monument to love in the ancient Mughal capital of Agra. Experience the blended Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic architecture in the palaces of Emperor Akbar’s deserted city, Fatehpur Sikri. Relish the glory of Kachhwaha architecture and culture in the Maharaja’s City Palace of the pink city, Jaipur. All except one of the 17 masonry instruments in the astronomical observatory of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh still function. Enjoy a ride on beautifully decorated elephants going up to the hilltop palaces of Maharaja Man Singh and Mirza Raja Jai Singh at Amber Fort. Wonder at the exquisite miniature paintings in the palace of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. Experience the colors and folklore at the Sam sand dunes at sunset. Relish the relaxing boat ride on Pichola Lake in Udaipur, the city of palaces and lakes. Visit the magnificent palace of Junagarh Fort in Bikaner. Admire the colorful fresco paintings in Havelis and Fort of Mandawa and Nawalgarh in Shekhavati. Stay in fine, centrally located and heritage hotels. Vegan and vegetarian cuisine can be arranged especially for you. Please click on India City Descriptions to read details of each of the cities included in this fascinating journey. Prices are for basic itinerary, please call to include optional extensions mentioned at the end of the itinerary below that you wish)

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New Delhi, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Abhineri (Chand Baori), Jaipur, Deogarh, Udaipur, Ranakpur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Gajner, Bikaner, Mandawa & Nawalgarh

Day 1 // DELHI:                    
Arrive at India Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Traditional welcome with fresh marigold flower garland and transfer to hotel.

Day 2 // DELHI:
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of New Delhi - Qutub Minar- its construction was initiated by Qutubudin-Aibak in 1199 CE upon becoming the first Sultan of Delhi, the surrounding area was earlier the capital of Chowhan Rajput rulers and had many Hindu & Jain temples that were destroyed by Islamic invaders - the materials from these monuments including carved panels and pillars were used in Qutub Minar and the adjoining mosque. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site ;

Mughal Emperor Humayun's Tomb - its architecture may have influenced the construction of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Humayun, the second Mughal Emperor was named "the fortunate one", ironically his whole life was a series of misfortunes; just six months after winning the throne of Delhi after a 10 year exile in Persia, he slipped while coming down a stairwell in old fort of Delhi and was badly wounded. He died on January 27, 1556, just a few days after his fall in the stairwell. Emperor Akbar designated his mother, Maryam Makani: Hamida Bano Begum, aka Haji Begum, widow of his father, to supervise the construction of first great mausoleum of the Mughals. Its architecture may have influenced the design of the later built Taj Mahal in Agra. Humayun’s mausoleum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Baha'i Lotus Temple - this distinctive lotus shaped marvel in marble is a symbol of peace - its construction was completed in 1986 - it was designed by a Canadian architect of Persian origin, Fariborz Sahba;

India Gate (the memorial to soldiers killed in all wars starting from 1st World War), Parliament House, Prime Minister’s & Home Minister’s offices and Presidents House (from outside).

In the afternoon stop by the Red Fort for photography from outside - the massive sandstone fort built by Shah Jahan on the banks of river Yamuna, Jama Masjid - is the largest mosque in India and stands across the road from the Red Fort, built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan 1648 CE. About 20,000 people can pray here at a time. Overnight stay in hotel in New Delhi.

End the day's sightseeing with a thrilling bicycle rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk Bazaar. Overnight in hotel.

Day 3 // DELHI - AGRA (165 Kilometers or 103 miles in 2 hours):
After breakfast transfer by air-conditioned chauffeur driven air-conditioned car to Agra in about 2 hours.

Getting off the highway stop at the Itmad-ud-Daulah's mausoleum that was designed and constructed under the patronage of Empress Nur Jahan, the only Mughal ruler's spouse to have this title and issue coins in her name. She built this tomb for her parents Mirza Ghiaz Beg & Begum Asmat. Mirza Ghiaz Beg received the title of Itmad-ud-Daulah from Emperor Jahangir. He passed away in 1622, his mausleum's construction started the same year and was completed in 1628. It is decorated with inlay of jasper and black marble in white marble. The carvings inside the top of four main arched gateways in to the mausoleum have been inspired by Chikan embroidary.

Upon arrival check in to the hotel.

Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The elegant Jahangiri Mahal Palace in the fort reflects an interesting synthesis of Hindu & Islamic architectural styles and Emperor Akbar's tolerant religious philosophy. 14 years old Mughal Prince was crowned in 1556 at Kalanaur in Punjab state of India. He moved his capital to Agra in 1558. The construction of the fort in Agra started in 1565 and was completed in 1573 with about 4000 construction workers employed.

On the way to hotel visit Agra’s oldest and best marble inlay factory, which is a virtual museum. Some of the work done by their artisans is much finer and delicate than the inlay art work in the Taj Mahal itself. Overnight stay in hotel in Agra.

Day 4 // AGRA:
Early morning enliven the unforgettable view of the world famous Taj Mahal in the morning glow of sunrise. It is a mausoleum to commemorate Emperor Shahjahan’s love for his favorite queen, the Shia Persian, Arjumand Bano Begum, the name in Persian literally means 'Beloved'. She received the title of Mumtaj Mahal or 'Crown of the Palace'. She died delivering their 14th child outside a battlefield at Burhanpur in central India in 1630. The construction of the mausoleum started in 1631 and was completed in 1648 according an inscription on the main gate of the building. The white marble mausoleum was decorated with Pietra Dure motifs – inlay of semi-precious stones like Jasper, Malachite, Lapiz Lazuli, Jade and various shades of Agate etc. On January 22, 1666 Emperor Shahjahan passed away in his white marble palaces in Agra Fort where he was imprisoned for the last 8 years of his life. His grave was added later and is the only architectural element in Taj Mahal mausoleum that is not symmetrical.

After breakfast visit Sikandara, the tomb of Emperor Akbar that was designed by the emperor himself during his lifetime. The main gate was added later in Emperor Jahangir’s reign and the Persian influence in its architecture suggests it may have been designed by his spouse, Empress Nurjahan. Near Akbar’s tomb is the Maryam’s Tomb, the mausoleum of Akbar’s Hindu queen, Jodha Bai. Later drive to the Dayalbagh Temple which is under construction for the last 100 years. Rest of afternoon is free to relax. Overnight stay in hotel in Agra.

Day 5 // AGRA – FATEHPUR SIKRI - JAIPUR (232 Kilometers or 144 miles in 5 hours):
After breakfast drive about an hour to Emperor Akbar’s deserted city, Fatehpur Sikri – the Mughal capital from 1571 to 1584. Emperor Akbar went to a Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chistie when he did not have a male heir to the throne.

The saint correctly prophesied that the Emperor would have three sons. When his Hindu queen, Jodha Bai, became pregnant, the emperor moved with her to Sikri village to live near the saint. Gradually a whole new capital evolved with an exceptional and unprecedented blend of religious and secular architecture. The emperor invited Jesuit monks from Goa to teach him about the Christian religion. In the palaces and the mosque in Fatehpur Sikri one witnesses a blend of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Islamic architecture. After the demise of saint and perhaps because of many other reasons Emperor Akbar moved from Fatehpur Sikri. The city was deserted for almost 400 years until the beginning of the 20th. century when Archaeological Survey of India started the renovation of the capital, which is still continuing. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Near Dausa town stop at Abhineri Village to view Chand Baori, the world's deepest step-well. Adjacent to the step well is a courtyard with a collection of sculptures found at site and the Harshat Mata goddess temple.

On arrival in Jaipur check in to the hotel. In the late afternoon demonstrations of wooden block printing on cotton textiles, woolen carpet weaving as well as cutting & polishing of precious & semi-precious stones. Overnight stay in hotel in Jaipur.

Day // 6. JAIPUR:
After breakfast drive through the Pink City for a sunrise view of the Hawa Mahal, the palace of winds that served as a parade viewing gallery for the women of Maharaja's family.

Drive further to Amber Fort crowning the crest of an Aravali range hill. A royal ride on elephant up to the palaces will take your imagination in the world of Amber Maharajas.

After sightseeing of the palaces built by Maharaja Man Singh and Mirza Raja Jai Singh, drive back to hotel with stop to view the Jal Mahal Palace island in the center of a lake in the north of walled Jaipur city.

In the afternoon sightseeing tour visit the Maharaja's City Palace - which contains the original collection of the large portraits of the Maharajas of Jaipur in the former Diwan-i-Am (hall of public audience), Mubarak Mahal which has displays of royal dresses and typical Rajasthani handicraft, Sarvatobhadra – the hall of private audience and the Mayur Chowk courtyard of Chandra Mahal – private residence of the present head of the former Jaipur royal family.

Coming out of the Silehdeori Gate of City Palace wonder at the massive masonry, precision astronomical instruments at Sawai Jai Singh's Jantar Mantar observatory. All but one of its seventeen instruments are still functional. The large sundial has an accuracy of 2 seconds.

Drive through the walled pink city, the official buildings and the market places of Jaipur. Overnight stay in hotel in Jaipur.

Day 7 // JAIPUR -: DEOGARH (273 Kilometers or 170 miles in 6 hours):
After breakfast drive to Deogarh Mahal, built in 1670 by a powerful clan related to the Sisodia Maharanas of Chittorgarh and Udaipur. The palace is tastefully renovated with period furniture and interior decorations. Relax and explore the palace. After lunch enjoy a walk in the alleys of the village surrounding the palace. Overnight in Deogarh Palace. Overnight in hotel.

Day 8 // DEOGARH - UDAIPUR (135 Kilometers or 84 miles in 2.5 hours):   
After breakfast drive to Udaipur, a city of lakes and palaces surrounded by Aravali mountains. On arrival visit the antique cars collection of the Maharanas of Udaipur. Later enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola with visit to the Jag Mandir Island Palace, where Mughal Prince Khurram (later Emperor Shahjahan) had sought refuge while revolting against his father, Emperor Jahangir. Overnight in hotel.

Day 9 // UDAIPUR:
After breakfast start the sightseeing of the City Palace of the Maharanas of Mewar. This is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The Maharanas of Mewar had their original capital in the present day pilgrimage town of Nagda, 30 kilometers or 19 miles north of Udaipur. It was established by the 1st. Maharana, Guhil, in 568 CE. In the 8th. century CE the capital was moved to Chittor, where the successive Maharanas built the largest Fort and city in contemporary India. Already before the sacking of Chittorgarh by Mughal Emperor Akbar, in February 1568 after a long siege that began in October 1567, the plans for a new capital were under way. The construction of the Mewar Dynasty’s City Palace in Udaipur started in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh and continued by his successors over a period of about 300 years. Today the visitors see the Mardana (male section) and Zanana (female section) of the museum part of the palace. Apart from this two other sections of the palace are converted in to hotels: “The Shiv Niwas Palace” and “The Fateh Prakash Palace”. The descendents of the Maharanas of Mewar still reside in one section of the palace, sightseeing of Jagdish Temple that was constructed by Maharana Jagat Singhji in 1651.

Later walk in front of the City Palace through the Tripolia (3-arched royal entrance) to Jagdish Temple for sightseeing. In the afternoon visit the Saheliyon-ki-Bari fountain garden for the women of Maharana’s family. Overnight in hotel.

Day 10 // UDAIPUR - RANAKPUR - JODHPUR (93 Kilometers or 58 Miles to Ranakpur and 170 Kilometers or 106 Miles further to Jodhpur):
After breakfast drive to Ranakpur for sightseeing of the Chowmukha Jain Temple that was built between 1437 and 1458. This Jain temple is one of the finest in India in its design and sculptures.

Drive further to Jodhpur for sightseeing of the Mehrengarh Fort in the afternoon. Overnight in hotel.

Day 11 // JODHPUR - JAISALMER (300 Kilometers or 186 Miles):
After breakfast drive to Jaisalmer through the Thar desert. Jaisalmer city, dominated by its ancient fort that is often called the Golden Fort because of the color of the stone from which it is built, is built on a ridge surrounded by Thar desert.

There is an interesting palace of the former rulers of Jaisalmer kingdom as well as several ornate Jain temples. In the afternoon drive to the Sam Village on the sand dunes for a camel ride and dinner at sunset. Overnight in hotel.

Day 12 // JAISALMER:
After breakfast sightseeing of the Jaisalmer fort and the famous Havelis: Nathmal ki Haveli (late 19th. century), Patwon ki Haveli (1800-1860) and Salim Singh ki Haveli (originally built in 17th. century and renovated in early 19th. century). Later visit the Chattries or cenotaphs built to honor the site of cremation of former rulers and the Gaddi Sagar Lake. Overnight in hotel.

Day 13 // JAISALMER - BIKANER (331 Kilometers or 206 Miles):
After breakfast drive to Gajner Palace for lunch on the way to Bikaner. Drive further to Bikaner, on arrival check-in hotel. Later sightseeing of Junagarh Fort (constructed between 1587 and 1593), Bhandasar Jain Temple dedicated to Sumatinath Tirthankar that is famous for its paintings, and the historic Havelis of Bikaner - The recommended route to view these havelis starts with Gogagate, Daddhon Ka Chowk, Rangari Chowk, Assanion Ka Chowk, Mehta Chowk, Binnanion Ka Chowk Daga Chowk, BK School and ends at Jassuar Gate. Overnight in hotel.

Day 14 // BIKANER - MANDAWA (200 Kilometer or 124 Miles):
After breakfast drive to Mandawa in Shekhavati region that is famous for its Havelis that have large painted murals on their exteriors and interiors.

Following Havelis (aristocratic mansions) in Mandawa are interesting for their murals and frescos: Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Goenka Double Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Mohanlal Saraf Havei, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Bansidhar Newatia Haveli, Laxminarayan Ladia Haveli and Chowkhani Double Haveli. Just across the road from Goenka Double Haveli is the Thakurji Temple that also has beautiful mural paintings depicting scenes from British East India Company Period and 1857 during the First War of Indian Independence.. Overnight in hotel.

In the afternoon visit the Havalis in Nawalgarh including, Murarka Haveli and Anandilal Poddar Haveli. Return to Mandawa and overnight in hotel.

Day 16 // MANDAWA – NEW DELHI (238 Kilometers or 148 Miles) - USA:
After breakfast drive to New Delhi. Lunch either on the way or in New Delhi after arrival. Later transfer to airport for return flight to USA.






The Claridges


Atuliya Taj

Gateway (Taj)


Madhuban hotel

The Trident


Deogarh Mahal

Deogarh Mahal


Mewargarh Palace

The Trident


Devi Bhawan

Ajit Bhawan


Golden Haveli



Maharaja Ganga Mahal

Laxmi Niwas Palace


Vivaana Cultrural Heritage

Vivaana Cultural Heritage

Delhi farewell

Ashok Counrty Resort (near airport)

The Pride Aerocity (near airport)

2 persons traveling together

USD 2,095 per person

USD 2,965 per person

4 persons traveling together

USD 1,875 per person

USD 2,575 per person


  • 15 overnights - accommodations in the mentioned or similar hotels inclusive of taxes on double or twin room occupancy basis
  • Daily buffet breakfast at your hotels.
  • Chauffeur driven air-conditioned Toyota Itios or similar car for up to 2 persons or Toyota Innova Van or similar vehicle for 4 persons on full time basis.
  • Daily bottled water in car
  • Monument entrance fees during the tour
  • English speaking local guides at each city as per program
  • Assistance at each city by our company representative.
  • Rickshaw ride at Jama Mosque in Delhi.
  • Boat ride at River Ganges Varanasi & Lake Pichola Udaipur
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • Camel ride with dinner on sand dunes at sunset at Sam village
  • Farewell dinner in Gurgaon
  • All taxes, parking fees, interstate taxes, state taxes, driver’s allowance etc.
  • Price is valid up to April 15, 2018 except from Dec. 10, 2017 to Jan. 15, 2018


  • Cost of international airfare, we will be glad to get you the best airfares through our international flight consolidator
  • Cost of Travel Guard Group Insurance, please inquire the premium amount and coverage details (highly recommended)
  • Cost of lunches and dinners
  • All drinks in hotels & restaurants etc.
  • Still and Video Camera Fees at monuments
  • Tips to drivers, guides and porters as well as any item not included in the above (included) list
  • All expenses of personal nature like telephone calls / laundry / room service charges in hotels etc.


An Advance deposit of US$ 750 is due with registration. The balance is due and payable 90 days before departure from US airport. Both payments to be made by personal check in favor of India Traveller.

Optional Extension Tours from New Delhi:
An extra overnight in Delhi is required to visit one or more of the three important museums of Delhi: National Museum of artifacts from Indian and foreign antiquity and archaeological excavations, ancient coins, miniature paintings, manuscripts, Buddhist artifacts including the holy relics of Buddha from Kapilvastu where he spent his childhood and youth and/or National Gallery of Modern Art in the former palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur near India Gate and / or Craft Museum where you can witness fine traditional crafts in folk painting, textiles, terracotta figurines and pottery, wood carvings etc. and / or

visit the Akshardham Swami Narayan Temple - capital's largest Hindu temple (about 3 hours required for temple sightseeing).

Optional Extension Tours from Agra:
Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary with Bear Rescue Center that has 256 black Himalayan bears and the Elephant Sanctuary (both these are inside the bird sanctuary) and / or visit the Archaeological Museum at Mathura that has India's largest collections of Kushan, Gandhar and Gupta period sculptures and /or Krishna Janmabhumi - the birthplace of Bhagwan Krishna, the incarnation of Vishnu and / or the ISCKON. Hare Krishna Temple in Vrindavan.

Optional Extension Tours from Jaipur:
Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur
where about 150 Indian species of birds reside throughout the year and another 150 species of migratory birds arrive from Tibet, China, Mongolia, Siberia and even Scandinavia. This requires one overnight in Bharatpur. About an hour before arriving in Jaipur is the town of Dausa that is quite close to Chand Baori - the world's deepest stepwell and the Hindu temple of goddess Harshat Mata, there is a large collection of sculptures found in the vicinity here. Just before entering Jaipur in the valley of Aravali Mountains is the Garden Palace of Sisodia Rani (Queen of Sawai Jai Singh belonging to the royal house of Mewar in Udaipur) and further in the same valley is the Hindu pilgrimage center of Galta with a natural water spring and many beautiful Temples. It is a haven for Langoor (black faced) and Rhesus (red faced) monkeys.

One overnight in Samode Palace, a luxurious palace famous for its glass mosaic palace halls and located in a quiet valley. On the way to Mandawa Castle enjoy the sightseeing of the murals and frescos of Anandilal Poddar Haveli and Murarka Haveli in Nawalgarh. There is a lot to view in the Mandawa Castle itself that is also the best place to stay in Shekhavati region. Following Haveli (aristocratic mansions) are interesting for their murals and frescos: Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Goenka Double Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Mohanlal Saraf Havei, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Bansidhar Newatia Haveli, Laxminarayan Ladia Haveli and Chowkhani Double Haveli. Just across the road from Goenka Double Haveli is the Thakurji Temple that also has beautiful mural paintings depicting scenes from British East India Company Period and 1857 during the First War of Indian Independence.

Optional Excursion Tours from Jodhpur:
Nimaj Castle
located in the middle of the village of same name was established by Thakurs of Nimaj who were one of the eight 'Sirayats' (highest honor given to feudal lords for their bravery and they formed the permanent advisory senate of privileged Thakurs) of the region of Marwar. The Thakur of Nimaj has another very fascinating retreat nearby called Chharra Sagar Resort offering luxury tent accommodations at the shore of a lake.

Rohetgarh Fort is a medieval royal residence, built in 1622 CE that has been converted in to a fine heritage luxury hotel. It was bestowed by the Rahore Maharaja of Marwar in Jodhpur to Thakur Dalpat Singh I.

Ranvas in Nagaur stands inside Nagaur’s 500-year-old Ahhichatragarh Fort which has been painstakingly restored over many years by the Maharaja of Jodhpur. The stylish rooms and suites occupy 10 pillared sandstone havelis set around courtyards and originally the domestic quarters of the queens of Maharaja Bhakat Singh in 18th century.

Chandelao Garh was built in 1744 by Rao Kumpa's grandson Rao Puranmal who had annexed Sirohi for the Maharajah of Jodhpur. The estate was granted by the Maharajah to Rao Puranmal for his bravery in battle and for providing a small cavalry for the Maharajah's army. In return for the estate, the Thakur maintained 8 horses for the Maharajah's cavalry and was himself expected to take part in any battles. Rao Kumpa was one of the greatest generals of the Marwar army who fought and was killed in the battle against Sultan Sher Shah Sur of Delhi. The present owner, Praduman Singh Rathore, is the 16th descendent of Rao Kumpa. He has restored this ancient palace in to an elegant heritage hotel offering 20 bedrooms.

Jhalamand Garh is a 18th century castle is located in the outskirts of Jodhpur city on the Udaipur to Ahmedabad highway.  The Jagir of Jhalamand was granted to Thakur Gambhir Singhji Sahib for outstanding services rendered to the Jodhpur state. The 30-room heritage hotel has been tastefully decorated in the interiors and exteriors.

Lal Niwas is a heritage hotel whose 15 rooms boast of traditional Rajasthani craftsmanship in its balconies, terraces and ornate, wooden doors. It is located in the village of Phalodi and belonged originally to a merchant family. Phalodi is 142 kilometers or about 2.5 hour’s drive northwest of Jodhpur city.

Fort Khejarla is a formidable structure which was constructed in the early 1611 AD. The area in and around Khejarla Fort was granted as a jagir (fiefdom) to Maharaja Gopal Das Ji after his great achievement in the war against the Mughals to save the honor of Maharaja of Jodhpur. The 16th generation of the royal lineage of Khejarla family, Thakur Bhairon Singh Khejarla was the first member of the legislature assembly from the Bilara constituency after the country gained independence. He also opened a Research organization to promote culture and literature in Rajasthan. The present Maharaja, Thakur Dileep Singh serves like a mayor of the Khejarla area and the surrounding villages. A part of the Khejarla fort now the house of the former Royal family while the rest of the fort has been converted into an elegant heritage hotel to serve the guests to a unique royal experience. It is located 83 kilometers east of Jodhpur on NH25 highway between Jodhpur and Ajmer.

Optional Extension Tours from Jaisalmer:
Pokharan Fort
- Also known as 'Balagarh', the Fort Pokhran Heritage Hotel is the foremost fort of the Champawats - a clan among Rathores. It has played host to a seasoned guest list that includes the Mughal Emperor Humayun and his great grandson Akbar II. The present Thakur Nagendra Singh Pokaran and his wife Thakurani Yashwant Kumari Pokaran opened the imperial gates of the stately fort to discerning heritage travelers. The 19 apartments, suites and rooms are tastefully renovated to maintain the original features but offering all modern amenities.

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