Rajasthan Explorer - 16 days/15 nights
Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Mt. Abu - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
Starting in New Delhi, this private driving tour takes you on an adventurous trip to the palaces, forts, and ancient history of the Moghuls and Maharajas of India, including the Taj Mahal. Along the way, you'll see spectacular desert scenery, imposing forts and walled cities, bustling markets, and colorful local cultures.
Privately-Guided! Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a group, you'll have your own guide and driver for all airport pickups, dropoffs, and daily excursions.
Choose Your Own Dates! This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything.
Customizable! Need more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't included? Just let us know, and we will arrange it for you and let you know the change in costs.
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- The sights of New Delhi
- Murals of Mandawa
- Desert walled city of Jaisalmer
- Ancient columns of Ranakpur
- Lake city of Udaipur
- The Taj Mahal
- Amber Fort in Jaipur
- and, of course, the spices, scents, and colors throughout the tour
Day 1: Arrive New Delhi
Upon arrival in New Delhi you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel for check in. Overnight in New Delhi.
Day 2: New Delhi to Mandawa
After breakfast, enjoy a half day city tour of Old Delhi’s most majestic sites including the bustling Chandni Chowk market, Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India, and Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. About noon, begin the drive of about 6 hours to Mandawa and check into your hotel. Overnight in Mandawa. (Breakfast)
Day 3: Mandawa to Bikaner
After breakfast, tour the Shekawati region, a region which in the 14th century was a major trading post. You will visit the famous painted havelis (houses) of the Shekawati region. In the afternoon, drive 3 hours to Bikaner. Overnight in Bikaner. (Breakfast)
Day 4: Bikaner to Jaisalmer
In the morning, take a city tour of Bikaner - a desert town constructed of a maze of walls and uneven streets. Visit the prominent Junagarh Fort and a unique Camel Breeding Farm. In the afternoon, drive 5 hours to Jaisalmer. Overnight in Jaisalmer. (Breakfast)
Day 5: Jaisalmer
Enjoy a morning tour of Jaisalmer. Visit the citadel – the Fort built by Rawal Jaisal where a fourth of the population lives. The fort also houses Jain temples of the 12th to 15th centuries and the Patwon-Ki Haveli, a five story mansion with carved pillars and murals. Also visit Gadsisar Lake which once supplied water to the city. In the late afternoon take an excursion 45 km outside the city to the desert sand dunes. Ride a camel on the dunes and witness a magnificent sunset. Return to Jaisalmer in the evening. Overnight in Jaisalmer. (Breakfast)
Day 6: Jaisalmer to Jodhpur
After breakfast, drive 6 hours to Jodhpur, stopping on the way to visit the Osian temple in a desert village. After checking into your hotel, take a city tour in the afternoon to the Clock Tower, see rare portraits of Jodhpur’s rulers at Jaswant Thada, visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum and take a walk through the Mehrangarh Fort, home to a collection of musical instruments, palanquins, furniture, and cannons. Overnight in Jodhpur. (Breakfast)
Day 7: Jodhpur to Mount Abu
Enjoy breakfast, then drive 5 hours to Mount Abu. After checking into your hotel, embark on a city tour of Mount Abu which is the only hill station in the state of Rajasthan. Visit the Dilwara Jain temple, one of the finest examples of Jain architecture in India. The complex includes two temples dating back to 1031. Overnight in Mount Abu. (Breakfast)
Day 8: Mount Abu
Enjoy a free day to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of this hill station. Overnight in Mount Abu. (Breakfast)
Day 9: Mount Abu to Ranakpur to Udaipur
Drive 6-7 hours to Udaipur, stopping en-route to visit the Jain temples at Ranakpur. The cluster of temples, made of intricately sculpted white marble, is a marvelous feat of architecture. It would take anyone by surprise to learn that they were built in 1460 because they are so well preserved. The main temple is supported on 1,444 intricately carved pillars. After the visit, continue your drive to Udaipur. Arrive in Udaipur in the afternoon and check in to your hotel. Overnight in Udaipur. (Breakfast)
Day 10: Udaipur
After breakfast visit the romantic city of Udaipur including Jagdish temple, the Garden of the Maidens of Honor, and the City Palace, which is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola. The afternoon is free to explore the small streets and interesting shops or to relax on a roof-top café overlooking the water. Overnight in Udaipur. (Breakfast)
Day 11: Udaipur to Chittorgarh to Pushkar
After breakfast, drive 6.5 hours to Pushkar stopping in Chittorgarh along the way. The hilltop fortress of Chittorgarh epitomizes the whole romantic ideal of Rajput chivalry. The fort was sacked 3 times from 1303 to 1568 by a stronger enemy. After the visit, continue to Pushkar. In the evening visit Pushkar Lake to witness a prayer ceremony at the Brahma temple. Overnight in Pushkar. (Breakfast)
Day 12: Pushkar to Jaipur
Start your tour of Pushkar at the lake surrounded by 52 bathing ghats. Pushkar has the only Brahma (creator of the universe) temple in India. The town is a maze of temples and hermitages, and is filled with ascetics and devotees. Later drive 3 hours to Jaipur and check in to your hotel. Overnight in Jaipur. (Breakfast)
Day 13: Tour Jaipur
Tour the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill ride an elephant for the slow climb up to the main gate. The Amber Fort has the famous Shish Mahal, or palace of mirrors. Also visit the main sites of Jaipur including the "Palace of the Winds," the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments and the City Palace and museum. The palace is still the home of the Maharaja and the museum has an interesting textile section, which contains dresses and costumes of the former Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur. Your evening is free to explore the alleyways of the markets of Jaipur. Overnight in Jaipur. (Breakfast)
Day 14: Jaipur to Fatehpur Sikri to Agra
After breakfast depart for Agra, stopping to visit the step wells of Abhaneri, which were built in the 9th century. The fascinating step wells are lined by 3,500 symmetrically laid steps that descend into a 100-foot pit. Your next stop is the ancient Moghul city, Fatehpur Sikri. This planned city took 15 years to build, but was abandoned after only 14 years due to a shortage of water. View the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other palaces, which are still well-preserved. Continue to Agra and check in to your hotel. Total travel time is about seven hours, including stops. Overnight in Agra. (Breakfast)
Day 15: Agra
After a relaxed breakfast, your guide and driver will take you across the narrow, congested Strachey Bridge to visit the Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb and see the Taj Mahal from the opposite side of the Yamuna River. Then visit Agra Fort and the Jami Masjid, “Friday Mosque” with the bustling Kinari market at its entrance. Then travel by tonga (horse-drawn cart) to the entrance of the Taj Mahal and stay until sunset, watching the character of the white marble change as the sun goes down. Overnight in Agra. (Breakfast)
Day 16: Agra to Delhi
After breakfast, drive about 5 hours to Delhi. After settling into your hotel, take an afternoon city tour of New Delhi to visit Humayun’s Tomb and the stone tower - Qutab Minar, India Gate, and Laxmi Narayan Temple. You will end your tour at Connaught Place, the heart of New Delhi, where you can shop and enjoy dinner. Overnight in New Delhi. (Breakfast)
Day 17: Departure
Enjoy a free day in Delhi until your transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)
End of Services
Per Person Rates (based on double occupancy) start from:
Contact Us for advice on hotels and a quote based on your choice.
- All airport transfers
- Transportation by private air-conditioned car
- Meals as listed in the itinerary
- Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy inclusive of taxes and service charges
- Services of a local English speaking guide for all visits and excursions
- Boat ride on Lake Pichola, Udaipur
- Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur
- Entrance fees for monuments and activities
Rates Do Not Include
- International airfare
- Visa fees
- Airport departure taxes
- Personal expenses
To Book This Tour
Please call us toll free at 1-877-362-2793 and let us know that you would like to book this tour. Then follow these instructions:
- Download, print, and fill out the Reservation Form for each person.
- Fax the form to us at 206-529-4803, or mail it to:
Red Lantern Journeys
1000 N. Northlake Way, Suite H
Seattle, WA 98103
- Pay a non-refundable $500 per person deposit and we will initiate your reservations.
- Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.
If your reservation is made less than 75 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will allow us to initiate reservations. Full payment will be due immediately upon confirmation of all hotels and transportation services. If the services quoted cannot be confirmed, alternate accommodation or transportation will be arranged and the price will be adjusted accordingly.
Payments can be made by personal check, bank wire transfer, or credit card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will initiate your reservations and send you a statement showing your payment. Approximately 4 weeks prior to your departure, we will send you a final confirmation package containing your itinerary and detailed information on the logistics of your trip.
Forms to Download (pdf file)
Reservation Form with Complete Terms and Conditions
- Cancel more than 60 days prior to departure - forfeit your deposit.
- Cancel between 30 and 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the tour cost.
- Cancel less than 30 days prior to departure - NO REFUND of tour cost.
- Cancellations must be made in writing and sent via mail, fax, or email to Red Lantern Journeys.
- Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of your written request.
- No refunds are available for unused services or tours during your trip.