Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Shahpura - Udaipur - Delhi 11 days/10 nights
A Luxury Honeymoon in Rajasthan conjures up the magic of the subcontinent and seduces you with its exoticism, colour and opulence to deliver memories that will last a lifetime. A fairy tale journey that has been crafted to give you the perfect start to your married life, this unforgettable private tour stays at some of India’s most romantic and opulent palaces. From the art deco glory of the Imperil hotel in New Delhi to Jaipur’s regal Rambagh Palace where peacocks strut across the lawns, and Udaipur’s remarkable Lake Palace Hotel; this is a journey that will surpass your dreams. Along the way you will be able to gaze on the milk white Taj Mahal and marvel at the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur with its splendid architecture and dreamy palaces. The Luxury Honeymoon in Rajasthan finishes in Udaipur, simply the most romantic city in India, where you can enjoy boat rides or private dinners overlooking the lake.
Your luxury private honeymoon tour of India begins on arrival in Delhi, where you will be met by a member of our team at the airport and chauffeured to The Imperial, a beautiful combination of Art Deco, Victorian and colonial architecture. The Imperial is reminicent of life in the 1930's colonial times when it was built for Viceroys and other dignatories during the British Raj and is definitely the right choice for those wanting to relive history. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps going for a stroll through verdant Lodi Gardens or just relaxing in your luxurious hotel to unwind from the long flight.
Start the day with a guided walking tour through the bustling alleyways of Chandni Chowk’s souk-like bazaars, including Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest spice market and Kinari bazaar famous for wedding outfits. Spend the day discovering the myriad of sights in Old and New Delhi including the 17th- century Jama Masjid, Qutb Minar and Humayun’s Tomb which is thought to have inspired the Taj Mahal. Other highlights include India Gate, Connaught Place and the Lotus Temple. Evening to relax or dine at Bukhara, one of Delhi's finest restaurants for tandoori specialities and North Indian cuisine.
This morning, you'll be chauffeured to Agra, where you’ll check into the Gateway Hotel which has 100 comfortable rooms, lovely gardens and a great selection of restaurants. In the afternoon, visit the iconic Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, which was built as a monument to eternal love by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife who dies giving birth to their 14th child. Marvel at the interiors which have several different colored stones crushed and inlaid in the floral details on the spandrels of all the arches. The Taj Mahal is known for reflecting pastel colored hues with the play of sunlight on its surfaces throughout the day. The afternoon visit is special as it radiates an orangey pink as the sun goes down.
In the evening you can visit the Oberoi Amarvilas for dinner and a glimpse of the Taj Mahal shining in the moonlight.
Please note: you can start this journey on any day however the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
After a delicious breakfast, begin your privately-guided tour of Agra, taking in another Mughal masterpiece Agra Fort, a palatial red-sandstone and marble fortress along the Yamuna River which was constructed by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Then visit Itmad-ud-daulah, nicknamed the ‘baby Taj’, the exquisite white marble tomb of a Persian nobleman Mizra Ghiyas Beg, which features particularly fine carved jalis.
Travel to Jaipur by road, stopping on route at the magnificent ancient city, Fatehpur Sikri, the former capital of the Mughal empire which was abandoned due to lack of water. In the afternoon, arrive in Rajasthan’s vibrant capital Jaipur to be given a royal welcome at the Rambagh Palace. Experience grandeur and extravagance at this former royal residence, with peacocks meandering in the tranquil setting and rooms adorned with antiques and tapestries. The property features some of the city’s top restaurants. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure. In the evening, we recommend one of the private dining experiences such as an exquisite dinner under the marble arches at the Baradari, lit with an ocean of candles.
Today, you’ll be discovering the best of Jaipur. Led by a local expert, you’ll begin by exploring the City Palace and its private rooms then continue for a photo-stop at the stunning Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and a visit to the Jantar Mantar observatory. In the afternoon, make your way on elephant back to the splendid 17th-century Amber Fort, before spending the evening with elephants at Dera Amer.
After the hustle and bustle of Jaipur, look beyond the beaten track and discover rural Rajasthan as your personal driver transfers you to Shahpura Bagh, a delightful family-run estate surrounded by picturesque lakes. Owned and run by the former royal family, the property is a mix of Rajasthani meets colonial with beautiful bedrooms, huge comfortable old-fashioned baths and towering ceilings. Featured in the Conde Naste, it is the most romantic swimming pool and setting in the wilderness of rural Rajasthan. This property is a top favourite for many of our clients.
Accompanied by a local guide, spend the day getting under the skin of Shahpura, visiting a stunning stepwell and beautiful temple nearby. The surrounding wetlands are a birdwatcher’s paradise. Go boating on the lakes, surrounded by hundreds of wild fowl. Alternatively, take a walk and relax in the hammocks and charpoys which await at scenic spots along the way. Finish by watching the spectacular sunset, sundowner in hand.
Morning transfer by road to Udaipur, the ‘Venice of the East’. On arrival, you’ll take a short boat ride across sparkling Lake Pichola to reach your hotel, the renowned Taj Lake Palace. Originally built in the 17th century as a summer retreat, this magnificent 250-year-old white marble palace floats like a mirage in the centre of the serene and glassy lake. The remainder of the day is spent at your leisure to enjoy one of India’s most romantic hotels. We recommend staying in a Lake facing room for the best experience. The suites are delicately appointed with antique furniture and blissful frescos on the walls.
Spend the morning with a local expert, exploring the magnificent City Palace, an impressive complex on the banks of Lake Pichola. In the afternoon, continue your private luxury tour through the narrow streets of the old city to the ancient bazaar, which buzzes with shops selling colourful clothing, silver jewellery, vibrant art and leather-bound journals. After lunch visit the Crystal gallery and the Saheliyon ki Badi gardens. End your day on a magical note with a private, sunset boat ride along the lake or a romantic dinner on the rooftop of the Lake Palace.
Today you’ll fly to Delhi or Mumbai airport in time for your onward flight.
This tour is purely a suggested itinerary for what your trip to India could include. Treat our Luxury Honeymoon in Rajasthan as inspiration. Each trip designed by Rajasthan Tours is created uniquely for you, working to your budget and interests with an absolute commitment to quality.
The price shown includes hotels on double or twin sharing basis, breakfast, sightseeing, transfers, internal flights or trains, private guides, monument entrances, activities and excursions and chauffeur-driven car. On request, we can include international flights, too. In other words, we take the work off you to allow you to enjoy the most memorable holiday experience. The price is a guide and subject to change based on hotels, dates of travel and number of people travelling. During the low season (April to September), the costs are significantly less yet this season remains a great time to travel with smaller crowds and more affordable rates. During the high season, particularly over Christmas and New Year, prices are higher however there are lots of great festivals and the weather is excellent.