Our guide to India
Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Alwar & Jaipur
- 13 nights
- from $7700 per person
India simply has it all - from battle-scarred forts, elusive tigers roaming wild forests, colorful rural villages unchanged by time and cities buzzing with modern life. This is our little taster of India, a first glimpse into this fantastic destination.
At a Glance
This itinerary takes things slowly and is perfect for couples or honeymooners
See tigers and other wildlife in Ranthambore National Park
See the historic capital of Rajasthan in Jaipur
Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise
Take a traditional Indian train to Agra, in first class of course
Explore rural Rajasthan away from the tourists
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.
Your itinerary in India will always be customized and conducted on a private and flexible basis, taking in your specific interests, we think this introduction can act as a core to possibly see more of the country if you have more time on your hands. We use the very best private drivers and guides to bring the itinerary to life.
Begin in Delhi, a city that is ever-changing and reflecting India’s staggering growth as a major world economy. It is also a city that has seen countless stories about colorful Mughal rulers leaving behind buildings of exquisite beauty. Explore New Delhi, the city the British erected to perpetuate their control of the subcontinent and leaving behind the government buildings which are still used today. At night, escape the hotel and explore the many amazing restaurants which are cropping up. We suggest staying at the Imperial, the ‘grand dame’ of Delhi and naturally the place to have tea on the lawn.
Take the train to Agra, home to the Taj Mahal which you will be able to see from your hotel, the renowned Oberoi Amarvilas. Guests can also go on a short village experience on the other side of the Taj to see a little of Agra away from the tourists.
After one night in Agra, the next leg of your journey will take you to Ranthambore National Park by train. You will arrive into Sawai Madohphur and be transferred on to the colonial inspired Suján Sher Bagh. Ranthambore is possibly the most picturesque of India’s wildlife parks as it surrounds a medieval fort at its center. Home to many tigers, leopards, sloth bear, deer and countless others, it provides you with the most logistically convenient tiger safari on offer in India.
Next, drive three hours to Amanbagh for your rural experience, and one of Scott Dunn's favorite spots in India. The hotel itself is a luxury retreat far away from the madding crowd, with the vibrancy of India’s rural heartlands on your door-step. By day explore the villages and remote temples where you will often be the only tourists and by night retreat to Amanbagh for a hint of luxury.
Finally, drive two hours to Jaipur which is the capital of Rajasthan, and is awash with mesmerising sights and sounds. From the City Palace, Amber Fort or Hawa Mahal you will see jaw-dropping attractions, yet we find walking through the artisan areas of Jaipur brings the city to life. Stay at Suján Rajmahal Palace, the best address in town for the perfect finale to your introduction to India.
We can of course select from a range of hotels, whether you like the more boutique, heritage style hotels, the more opulent palace hotels or the luxury Oberoi hotels. We will ensure your experience in India is absolutely second to none.
Location & Directions
Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Alwar & Jaipur
The Imperial is a 30-minute transfer from the airport, centrally located close to the central business district of the city. From The Imperial you will catch the train to Agra which takes around two hours. The best way to get to Ranthambore is on the day train to Sawai Madohphur where you will be transferred on to Suján Sher Bagh. Next, the drive to Amanbagh takes around three hours and you are then just two hours from Jaipur. End in style at Suján Rajmahal Palace where you can take a connecting flight out of Mumbai or Delhi.
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 s the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degree 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 degree 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 Rajasthan and Delhi in December and January.