Treasures of Rajasthan - 9 days/8 nights
New Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur - New Delhi
Starting in New Delhi, this 9-day private 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 in the most culturally significant places in Rajasthan.
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
- The Taj Mahal
- Fatehpur Sikri
- The Step Wells of Abhaneri
- Amber Fort near Jaipur
- Sardar Market in Jodhpur
- Ancient columns of Ranakpur
- Lake city of Udaipur
- and, of course, the spices, scents, colors, and landscape throughout the tour
Day 1: Arrive New Delhi
Arrive in New Delhi where you’ll be welcomed by our airport representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. Overnight in New Delhi.
Day 2: New Delhi
Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and take you on a tour of the best sites of New Delhi. Start in the southern end of the city with a visit to the Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India, followed by Humayun’s Tomb, a grand example of Indo-Persian style architecture similar to the Taj Mahal. After lunch, take a short walk through the bustling Chandi Chowk shopping area in Old Delhi, and visit the adjacent Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Continue to the serene park setting of Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Finally, visit the Laxmi Narayan Hindu Temple near Connaught Place, the heart of Delhi where you can shop or have dinner. Overnight in New Delhi. (Breakfast)
Day 3: New Delhi to Agra
Early this morning, your driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the train station for your 2.5-hour train ride to Agra on the Shatabdi Express. Upon arrival, you will be met at the station and taken on a tour of Agra. You'll cross 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 4: Agra to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast, depart for Jaipur by car, stopping to visit 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 & other palaces which are still well-preserved. Then continue on to to the Step wells of Abhaneri, which were built in the 9th century. The step wells are lined by 3,500 symmetrically laid steps that descend into a 100-foot pit. Continue the drive to Jaipur and check into your hotel. Total travel time is about seven hours, including the stops. Overnight in Jaipur. (Breakfast)
Day 5: Jaipur
In the morning, visit the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge 11 kilometers outside Jaipur City. One of the highlights of the Fort is the famous Shish Mahal, or Palace of Mirrors. Return to Jaipur for lunch, then tour the main sites of the city including the Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of the Winds, the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments, and the City Palace and museum. The City 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. Later afternoon, enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the bazaars. Your evening is free to explore the markets of Jaipur. Overnight in Jaipur. (Breakfast)
Day 6: Jaipur to Jodhpur
After breakfast, drive about five to six hours to Jodhpur. Upon arrival, you will check in to your hotel then tour the city including the Mehrangarh Fort located on cliffs above the city, the Jaswant Thada, a white marble cenotaph built in 1899, and the bustling Sardar Market and clock tower in the center of the city. Overnight in Jodhpur. (Breakfast)
Day 7: Jodhpur to Udaipur
Today, you'll drive to Udaipur via the ancient temple of 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, so well preserved & sparkling is the marble. The main temple is supported on 1,444 pillars. all with unique carvings. Then continue the drive to Udaipur. Total drive time today is about 6 hours with stops. Arrive in Udaipur in the afternoon and check in to your hotel. Overnight in Udaipur. (Breakfast)
Day 8: Udaipur
After breakfast tour the romantic city of Udaipur including Jagdish temple, the Garden of the Maidens of Honor, a small garden with fountains, kiosks, marble elephants & lotus pool, 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 9: Udaipur to Delhi
Your car and driver are available in Udaipur until you transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi, where you will connect to your onward flight home. If you have a late-night departure in Delhi, we can arrange at additional cost a hotel near the airport for you to have dinner, wash up, and rest.
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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 guides for all visits and excursions
- 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.