Our guide to India
Rajasthan in Style
Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Shahpura & Udaipur
- 15 nights
- from $8400 per person
Rajasthan is impossibly romantic, from the forts and palaces to timeless local villages filled with sari-clad women. Combine the highlights of Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur and Udaipur with a varied mix of bustling cities and idyllic rural heartlands.
At a Glance
Taking in the Golden Triangle, Ranthambore National Park and ending in Udaipur
Visit the Taj Mahal whilst staying at the opulent Oberoi Amarvilas
Visit Ranthambore National Park, one of the best places to find wild tigers
Enjoy a heritage walking tour of Jaipur through the old artisan quarters of the city
Arrange a private dinner on a pontoon floating on Lake Pichola in romantic Udaipur
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.
Fly to Delhi, and spend your first few days exploring a city that is a melting pot of everything which is India, staying at The Lodhi. The following day you will meet your private guide and explore the city. You’ll visit the iconic Red Fort first before weaving your way through the bustling bazaars of Old Delhi in a cycle rickshaw. As you leave the winding streets of Chandni Chowk you will exit to see the enormous Jama Masjid Mosque in front of you. Continue to New Delhi to see the colonial architecture that defined the British era in India.
Catch the early morning Shatabdi Express Train to Agra where you’ll spend the day exploring the city and visit the spectacular Taj Mahal. Their are few better experiences than to stay at the Oberoi Amarvilas and to have a drink on your private balcony overlooking the Taj Mahal.
Next head to Ranthambore National Park by train and onward private transfer where you will stay at Aman-i-Khas. Enjoy a luxury tented experience like no other here. Part of Aman hotels, the tents do not compromise on comfort or the amenities of a luxury hotel. Spend the day on safari out in the park and long evenings around the welcoming camp fire.
Moving on, you then drive west to the Pink City of Jaipur. With its bustling markets, and impressive forts and palaces, Jaipur has an abundance to see and do. We can arrange for you to be taken on a heritage walk through the artisan areas of the city as well as seeing the major highlights such as Amber Fort, the City Palace and the Observatory. Stay at the best address in town at the Rambagh Palace. For those guests who like the idea, we can organize a hot air balloon ride over Amber Fort at sunrise, and is unquestionably a highlight should you want to incorporate it.
Your journey continues as you drive into the heart of rural Rajasthan and the delightful Shahpura Bagh, a perennial favorite with Scott Dunn guests. Expect laid back charm, a warm welcome and beautiful Rajasthani countryside. Ask about borrowing one of their bicycles if you’d like to explore the local area, and to wander off in jeeps into local villages with Shahpura Bagh's owner.
The Lake City of Udaipur provides the perfect finale to your tour of Rajasthan, around a four and a half hour drive from Shahpura. In Jaipur visit the vast city Palace, intricate Jain temples and the historic winding streets of the old city. Udaipur, though, is all about putting your feet up after your Rajput adventures. As all our itineraries are customized, do think about a stay in the Lake Palace or The Oberoi Udaivilas. You might like the idea of staying in Devi Garh which is 40-minutes from the town and gives you another chance to stay in a fantastic 18th century palace hotel. You are spoiled for choice in choosing places to stay in the city, but we can advise the one that is perfect for you.
If you’d like to extend your trip why then consider adding a week in tropical Kerala or perhaps some beach time in Maldives before returning home. Our itineraries are totally bespoke and can be tailored to suit you.
|1 night||Fly to Delhi|
|The Oberoi Amarvilas|
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
|Taj Rambagh Palace|
Shahpura, Rajasthan, India
Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
|Taj Lake Palace|
|1 night||Fly home from Udaipur via Mumbai|
Location & Directions
Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Shahpura & Udaipur
The Lodhi is centrally located in New Delhi, close to all major attractions and shopping. From Delhi it's onto The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra by train. The resort is located at a distance of 600 meters from the Taj Mahal and approximately 15-minutes from the city center. Then to Aman-i-khas, located in Alwar near Ranthambore National Park. Heading further south, Shahpura Bagh is located close to Bhilwara. After a stay here, head further south. Your final stay is at Taj Lake Palace, reached again by car, located on the glorious Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
When to go
Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away from European winters.
Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It is the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degrees C to 45 degree C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you dont mind the temperature in the high 30s. In western Rajasthan the temperature may reach at high as 45 degrees C, particularly in May and June so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.
The second season - technically the "Monsoon" (although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall) extends from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. 90% of the rain Rajasthan can expect occurs during this period. Lakes and rivers will be higher from mountain run-off and flowers and grasses come to life, bringing added color to the landscape.
The Post-monsoon period is from October to November. The average maximum temperature is 33 degree C to 38 degree C, and the minimum is between 18 degree C and 20 degree C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny during and perfect for exploring and relaxing.
The fourth season is "winter", and runs from December to March. With day time temperatures still in the high 20's during the day this a very popular time to travel. Hotels are at the their busiest over the Christmas and new year period. Be aware though that December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also fairly standard to expect some fog in the major cities of Northern Rajstasthan and Delhi in December and January.