Royal Rajasthan - Land of Kings
16 days from £2,235 per person
From the imposing forts of Jaipur and the deserted Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri, to Udaipur’s elegant lakeside palaces, Rajasthan’s history and heritage come to the forefront on this tour. Along the way, you’ll get to stay in a rambling hilltop palace, a majestic fort and a luxury camp in the desert. The Taj Mahal is another highlight - you’ll visit at sunset and watch as the white marble takes on a golden hue.
Your holiday includes:
16 excursions and visits
- City tours of Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur
- Visits to Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Amber Fort, Khimsar Fort, Mehrangarth Fort, Jaswant Thada and Jain temple in Ranakpur
- Jeep safari to Black Buck Reservoir
- Evening village walk in Khimsar
- Jeep safari to a Bishnoi village in Manvar
- Camel ride in sand dunes in Manvar
- Rural train journey in Deogarh
- Boat ride on Lake Pichola
- 14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International and internal flights as detailed. Prices are based on return flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 30 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 3-16) 2 lunches (days 9-10) 14 dinners (days 2-15)
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Local Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
Day 1 UK - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Delhi.
On arrival in Delhi, we transfer to the Hyatt Regency (4-star). The remainder of the day is free to settle in to your surroundings.
Hyatt Regency Delhi (4-star) or The Grand Delhi (5-star)
Today we spend the day sightseeing the intriguing and teaming Old and New Delhi. We begin our journey with Old Delhi - Raj Ghat, the tranquil memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and his cremation site and Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Continuing to New Delhi, marvel at all 234ft of the striking hand-carved Qutab Minar and grand red and white Tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayan, considered one of the architectural forerunners to the Taj Mahal. We conclude with a drive past the Lutyens-designed India Gate and Presidential Palace.
Delhi - Agra
We depart Delhi for Agra, situated on the banks of the Yamuna River. It is a city celebrated for its rich concentration of magnificent Mughal-era buildings and its most recognised icon, the Taj Mahal. We arrive in the afternoon at our hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott Agra (4-star) or Trident Agra (4-star). A little later we take a tour to what promises to be the most wondrously, breathtaking experience to be imagined. At sunset we view the architectural marvel and ‘love poem in marble’, the Taj Mahal. 20,000 craftsmen created this fitting memorial for Shah Jahan’s queen, Mumtaz Mahal.
Courtyard by Marriott Agra (4-star) or Trident Agra (4-star)
Agra - Jaipur
After breakfast we leave Agra for Jaipur, visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route; a deserted city built in 1569. The assortment of well-preserved, graceful buildings within the ‘Ghost City’ were once the bustling political capital of the Mughal empire for a little over a decade, before the complex lay virtually unknown for hundreds of years. We arrive in Jaipur and Le Meridien Jaipur (4-star), Jaipur Marriott (4.5-star) or Trident Jaipur (4.5-star), our home for the next two nights.
Le Meridien Jaipur (4-star), Jaipur Marriott (4.5-star) or Trident Jaipur (4.5-star)
This morning we visit the vast Amber Fort, a classic, romantic Rajasthani Fort Palace with time-ravaged walls yet a virtual paradise inside. Later we visit the former royal residence of the City Palace and Jantar Mantar, home to the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world. We drive past the impressive façade of the Hawa Mahal ‘Palace of the Winds’, a five-storied example of Rajput architecture with 953 sandstone windows.
Jaipur - Khimsar
Today we continue to Khimsar and the majestic Khimsar Fort Hotel (4-star) for two nights. Spend time in the magnificent 16th century Khimsar Fort; situated in the heart of rural India and perched on the edge of the Great Thar Desert. Enjoy tea on the terraces whilst surrounded by acres of lush green gardens and a vast assortment of birds, a true rarity of any desert in the world. Evening at leisure.
Khimsar Fort Hotel (4-star)
This morning we enjoy an early morning jeep safari to Black Buck Reservoir where we will be taken through the sanctuary to see Blackbuck, Chinkara and Bluebull, three species of antelope. The safari will conclude with morning tea at the Dunes. We return to our hotel for the rest of the morning at leisure. Enjoy a late afternoon walk through the village to see the countryside.
Khimsar - Jodhpur - Manvar
A morning drive to Jodhpur where we make a visit to Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a 125m-high hill, it is considered one of the most impressive and formidable structures in Rajasthan and envelops magnificent palaces. Later we visit the Jaswant Thada, a cluster of 19th century royal cenotaphs in white marble. Lunch today will be at a local restaurant. After lunch we continue to our overnight desert stop, where on arrival we will be transferred by jeep to Samsara Luxury Camp and our well-appointed tents, for one night. Later this evening we enjoy a sumptuous dinner - savour the tasty Rajasthani food whilst being entertained by local artists.
Samsara Luxury Camp, Manvar (4-star)
After breakfast we will depart the camp and take an enjoyable jeep safari to nearby villages driving through desert landscape. During the safari we visit a typical desert home, a craftsman’s home and have the opportunity to meet some locals. We will also spend some time with the elders of a Bishnoi village, who are ardent conservationists, and witness an opium ceremony. We continue to Samsara Luxury Resort and this evening take a camel ride to the sand dunes. Enjoy the magnificence of the sun with its vibrant and rich colours as it sets over the desert. Overnight in main hotel rooms.
Samsara Luxury Resort, Manvar (4-star)
Manvar - Deogarh
We drive to Deogarh today where we spend tonight at the Deogarh Mahal (4-star), an impressive palace converted into a hotel. Standing 2100-feet above sea level, Deogarh is cooler than surrounding Rajasthan. Superbly positioned, the Mahal towers over the town below, affording spectacular views of the Aravali Hills and the rugged, rock-strewn countryside also dotted with lakes that mirror the vibrant blue sky. Deogarh has plenty to offer for the rest of your day, such as village walks and bird watching.
Deogarh Mahal (4-star)
Deogarh - Udaipur
Today we have arranged a unique experience on board the rural train from Deogarh to Phulad - a great way to meet with the locals. Originally built by the British in the 1930s, to connect the regions of Marwar and Mewar, the metre gauge train travels through tunnels and bridges and past quaint railway stations where the famous book and movie ‘The Man Who Would be King’ by Rudyard Kipling unfolds. Upon our return to Deogarh, we depart for Udaipur. En route we visit Ranakpur, renowned for its Jain temple - one of the largest and most important Jain temples in India, situated in a remote valley of the Aravalli range. We stay for three nights at the Trident Udaipur (4.5-star), The Tree of Life Vantara Resort (4.5-star) or Leela Palace (5-star).
Trident Udaipur (4.5-star), The Tree of Life Vantara Resort (4.5-star) or Leela Palace (5-star)
A morning tour of the ‘City of Lakes’ awaits us, beginning at the 18th century City Palace, housing the Palace of Lord Krishna. Continue to the Jagdish Temple and the beautiful gardens of Sahelion Ki Bari, with fountains, pools and marble elephants creating a wondrous serene escape. This afternoon (if water levels permit) we take a boat ride on Lake Pichola where the dazzling island palace of Jag Niwas is beautifully located.
A day at leisure in Udaipur to explore its countless crooked streets, ancient bazaars and fantastic temples and palaces.
Udaipur - Delhi
This morning is at leisure, before we transfer to Udaipur Airport to board our flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, we check in at the Novotel New Delhi Aerocity (4-star).
Novotel New Delhi Aerocity (4-star)
Day 16 Delhi - UK
Enjoy time at leisure before we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.