Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Udaipur - Mumbai 12 days/11 nights
Rajasthan, also known as ‘The Land of the Kings’ and ‘Rajputana’ is made up of a collection of former princely states and has attracted travelers, traders, and explorers for centuries. This luxury private journey gives a fascinating tour around the wonders of this colorful state, staying in magnificent Taj hotels along the way. Begin in India’s cosmopolitan capital Delhi where you will enjoy the contrasts of the city, from souk-like bazaars to tree-lined colonial avenues. You’ll then be chauffeured to Agra, home to the breath-taking Taj Mahal. Afterward, continue to Jaipur with its splendid architecture, not to mention fantastic shopping. Two nights in the charming ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur will follow, before exploring the fairy-tale city of Udaipur and staying in one of the world’s most romantic hotels on Lake Pichola. Finish in Mumbai, a dazzling seaside city, where culture, fashion, and history meet. This is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored further to suit your requirements.
Your private luxury journey 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 Taj Palace. With a design inspired by Mughal architecture, this luxury hotel boasts 403 grand rooms and suites in the heart of the city. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, going for a stroll through Lodi Gardens or exploring the enticing boutiques of Khan Market, a haven of fashion, beauty, and interiors. You can dine at the Bukhara one of the best North Indian tandoori speciality restaurants the Bukhara.
Discover the myriad of sights in Old and New Delhi including the 17th- century Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb which is thought to have inspired the Taj Mahal. Finish the day with an exciting cycle-rickshaw ride through the bustling alleyways of Chandni Chowk’s souk-like bazaars, including Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest spice market. Other highlights include: India Gate, Connaught Place, and the Lotus Temple.
Leave Delhi in good time this morning to 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. After a relaxing lunch, in the afternoon, visit the iconic Taj Mahal which reflects several radiant shades one of the very best appearences being at the time of sunset. Taj Mahal is a magnificent 17th-century white marble mausoleum built as a monument to eternal love by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz and always seems to bedazzle its audience with its eternal beauty.
Please note: you can start this journey on any day however the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
Travel to Jaipur by road, stopping on route at the magnificent ancient city, Fatehpur Sikri, the former capital of the Mughal empire, deserted in a hurry when it ran out of the water. In the afternoon, arrive in Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan and check into Rambagh Palace, one of India’s great palace hotels. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure, enjoying the hotel’s luxurious offerings, which include a gorgeous spa. On arrival, check into Rambagh Palace, one of the best Palace hotels in Rajasthan. There is no better place to relive the romance of Rajasthan while reading 'A Princess Remembers' on the lush lawns which offer a great view of the Moti Doongri and peacocks walking around in abundance. The property features some of the most grand rooms and suites with four-poster beds, high ceilings, and antique furniture plus three of the best fine-dining restaurants in Jaipur. The remainder of the day is spent at leisure, enjoying the hotel’s luxurious offerings, which includes a fabulous spa with both relaxing and rejuvenating treatments.
Today, you’ll be discovering the best of Jaipur. Led by a local expert, begin by exploring the Amber Fort on elephant back followed by the Jantar Mantar Observatory and the City Palace and its private rooms. After a lunch stop, continue on for a photo-stop at the stunning Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and explore the bazaars of Jaipur. Spend the evening with elephants at Dera Amer or at leisure on the scenic Rambagh lawns.
Continue to the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, you’ll check into Umaid Bhawan Palace - one of the most beautiful palace hotels in India. Perched high above Jodhpur, this luxury property is still the residence of the Maharajah of Jodhpur and the largest private home in the world. Meander through the landscaped gardens, visit the photo gallery or simply take a dip in the cool blue retreat of the pools. Umaid Bhawan has been awarded the best hotel in Rajasthan and has gained more fame for being the wedding venue for celebrity weddings of Liz Hurley and Arun Nair and Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas.
Today you will be exploring the best of Jodhpur. Weave your way with a private guide starting at the Clock tower and through the tangle of winding, colorful, medieval streets. Along the way, pick up some souvenirs from the shops and bazaars which sell everything from Jodhpur breeches and tie-dye textiles to lacquerware and temple decorations before visiting the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, an architectural masterpiece that towers 125 metres over the city. Mehrangarh has a scintillating collection of Rajput miniatures, palanquins and howdahs (elephant seats), the coronation throne and the armoury. Also visit Jaswant Thada cenotaphs the resting place of the Maharajas.
Travel by road to Udaipur, stopping on route at Ranakpur, a 15th-century milk-white marble Jain temple. You’ll spend the next two nights at Taj Lake Palace. Built in the 17th century, this magnificent 250-year-old white marble palace floats like a mirage in the center of sparkling Lake Pichola. In the afternoon, travel by boat to Jagmandir Island, which features a beautiful palace, once used as a summer retreat by the royal family.
Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur is one of Rajasthan’s most romantic cities. Spend the morning with a local guide, 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 colorful clothing, silver jewelry, vibrant art, and leather-bound journals. Visit the Crystal Gallery and Saheliyon ki Badi gardens.
Spend the morning at leisure before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. On arrival, you will be chauffeured to Taj Mahal Palace, one of the most iconic luxury hotels in India. With a prime location overlooking the Gateway to India, the Taj is a striking blend of elegance, rich history and modern facilities with Italian marble floors, Belgian chandeliers and 4,000 works of art plus ten of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants. It has a wonderful outdoor pool and a fresh grill restaurant every evening. Do have high tea at the Sea Lounge overlooking the Gateway of India or browsethe Taj shopping arcade for some of the very best boutiques in Mumbai.
Today, you will be exploring the best of Mumbai with a private guide. After a feast of a breakfast, discover the city’s stunning colonial heritage and magnificent architecture, including Flora Fountain, Elphinstone Circle, the High Court and Victoria Terminus. End the afternoon at the Chowpaty beach and visit a roof top bar to take in the views. Alternatively, visit the Chattrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangharalaya museum. There’s plenty of great shopping to be enjoyed, too, as well as a fantastic food scene for which we can give recommendations.
Today, your luxury private journey ends. Transfer to 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 Rajasthan Tour with Taj Hotels tour 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, breakfast, sightseeing, transfers, internal flights, private guides 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.