Essential Rajasthan With The Taj Mahal
Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Fort Barli - Rohet - Jodhpur - Udaipur
12 Days / 11 Nights
- Marveling at the timeless magnificence of the Taj Mahal, the disorderliness of Delhi and colorful Jaipur.
- Escaping to the gorgeous surrounds of Fort Barli.
- Learning about the Bishnoi people in Rohet and their relationship with local wildlife, including the very rare Blackbuck Antelope.
- Staying on the banks of Lake Pichola in romantic and laid back Udaipur
DAY 1 DELHI
Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel in the heart of New Delhi. In the afternoon you will take a short journey around New Delhi to ease into your trip. You'll visit some of the key sights but also visit a beautiful stepwell which is rarely visited. You'll round up with a drink at the famous United coffee house.
DAY 2 DELHI
This morning, you'll visit Nizamuddin, a 14th-century village that feels predominantly urban with 20,000 residents in narrow lanes. You'll walk around with a local guide from the hope project. Afterward, you'll visit Khan market for some lunch. In the afternoon you'll take some time to relax at your hotel before being picked up again to take a fascinating street food tour of Old Delhi by cycle rickshaw. This is like entering a different world, but one that is captivating and fun!
DAY 3 DELHI TO AGRA
After breakfast, your chauffeur will arrive to drive you down the excellent new highway to Agra. After lunch and checking in at your hotel you will be able to visit the Taj Mahal, the premier iconic site in the whole of India and deservedly so.
DAY 4 AGRA TO JAIPUR
This morning you’ll be driven to Jaipur, via a stop at the incredible ruined city of Fatehpur Sikri. This fair tale city in the desert is still in pristine condition, despite being completely abandoned 100’s of years ago. On from there to Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ and the third point of the famous Indian ‘Golden Triangle’ of tourist sites. Check into your hotel and there is time to relax or explore if you are keen.
DAY 5 JAIPUR
Jaipur is a riot of color and as the capital of Rajasthan, it's a very busy place with buzzing spice markets and streets filled with multicolored saris and rampaging rickshaw drivers. Today you’ll spend the day with a local guide exploring the city's Hindu and Mughal heritage and the many palaces and forts, home to intricate and exquisite Indian art and architecture, including the extraordinary Palace of the Winds.
DAY 6 JAIPUR TO FORT BARLI
A 3.5-hour drive this morning takes you deep into the Rajasthani countryside and towards Fort Barli. The rural location should be a very welcome respite from the hectic bustle of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. The historic fort itself is now a hotel and will be your base here.
DAY 7 FORT BARLI
Your stay at Fort Barli will be like a home from home and you will be well looked after. Use it as a place to relax or take part in some of the hotel experiences on offer. For example, trekking in the hills, walking around the local lake, interacting with the villagers, cycling around the countryside or visiting local ancient temples.
DAY 8 FORT BARLI TO ROHET
You'll travel today towards Jodhpur and your base (40 miles outside) in a sleepy place called Rohet. It’s a popular stopover and several famous writers are reputed to have found Rohet a great place to let their creative juices flow. It’s also the home of the Bishnoi people and the beautiful Blackbuck antelope.
It is not a safari park as such and the wildlife is protected by the Bishnoi themselves and can be viewed on a jeep safari locally.
DAY 9 JODHPUR & ROHET
Today you will have a privately guided tour of Jodhpur (about 45 minutes' drive from Rohet), the second largest city in Rajasthan and nicknamed the "Blue City” after the many houses in the old city that are painted in various hues of blue. This incredible site is best seen from the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, the largest fort in Rajasthan, which looms over 100m above the city. There is time to stroll through the winding alleyways of the Old City and visit the numerous palaces, temples, and havelis that are scattered throughout.
Back to Rohet for a relaxing later afternoon in blissful peace. You might like to do a cooking class here and enjoy the spoils afterward.
DAY 10 ROHET TO UDAIPUR
A 4-hour journey takes you to the most romantic of cities in a state full of them: Udaipur, set on Lake Pichola. You’ll start your stay here with a boat trip across the lake to best view the famous Taj Palace Lake Hotel (you can stay here too if you wish of course).
DAY 11 UDAIPUR
A full day exploring the sights and sounds of Udaipur, including the City Palace complex and the markets and bazaars of the old city.
DAY 12 UDAIPUR / DEPARTURE
You'll wave goodbye to your chauffeur today and transfer at the Udaipur airport for your flight to onward destination.
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