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Private driver and a range of tours and experiences all included using the best guides in Rajasthan
A fantastic itinerary and in depth introduction into one of the most colorful and romantic regions in India
No trip to Rajasthan is complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal
A really well rounded itinerary providing a lovely mix of culture, history and beautiful countryside
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°C to 45°C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you don't mind the temperature in the high 30°Cs. In western Rajasthan the temperature may reach at high as 45°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°C to 38°C, and the minimum is between 18°C and 20°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°Cs 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.
This classic journey gives you the complete experience of Rajasthan allowing you to experience all the highlights that this incredible region has to offer. From the impressive forts and palaces to the local rural markets, this area never ceases to amaze. Add into the mix some beautiful drives through the spectacular countryside and this itinerary provides a lovely introduction to Rajasthan to start a life long love affair.
From Delhi you will take the Shatabdi Express to Agra, which will take just over two hours. Agra is home to the iconic Taj Mahal and you will have one night here to explore this spectacular site. Rise early to visit the Taj Mahal itself for sunrise, when this spectacular monument gets its best light.
Next you will drive from Agra to Jaipur, which is a journey of just over four hours by car. Along the way you’ll be treated to views of the beautiful countryside and in Jaipur you will have three days to explore the colorful capital of Rajasthan. Visit the famous Amber Fort and city palace, before winding your way through the markets with your local guide. If you would like to do something a little different we can organize for you to visit the craftsmen in the old bazaars, or even enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the city.
From Jaipur you will move onto your next destination to spend a couple of nights in rural India at the luxury tented camp of Chhatra Sagar. To reach Chhatra Sagar your private chauffeur will expertly drive you through the countryside for just under four hours. The unique luxury tented camp of Chhatra Sagar is located on the banks of a picture perfect dam and from here you can explore a more rural side to Rajasthan through the nature reserve and farmland through the Aravalli Hills.
Then it is on to Jodhpur which you will reach after a two to three hour drive and here you will spend the next two nights. Your private guide will lead you through all the highlights of the city including the impressive Mehrangarh Fort and beautifully vibrant bustling markets and bazaars. This beautiful blue city, made of up a maze of hawelis and winding side streets, surrounded by a 16th century city wall is fascinating to explore and your guide will bring to life its ancient history as you venture through the city.
As the drive from Jodphur to Udaipur is lengthy you will break your journey for one night in the beautiful rural countryside of Rajasthan in Narlai. Not only does it allow you a shorter journey in the car but it is a brilliant way to explore a more rural side of the country. This area of the country in the Aravalli Hills is beautiful and scenic and provides plenty of opportunity for walking, riding and if there is time even a leopard safari.
From Narlai you will carry on by car to Udaipur, again by car for around two hours, where you spend your final three nights on your adventure. Udaipur is one of India’s most romantic destinations and a great place for you to end your trip. Here your private guide will lead you through endless narrow side streets opening up onto incredible palaces, temples and bazaars. If you are looking for something really special we can arrange all of this to be done by vintage car, to really complete the feeling of old world charm.
Visit the small village of Kachpura, a rural settlement, with a stunning backdrop of the Taj Mahal.
The youth from the community, who have been trained up as tour guides, take you through the village allowing you to real get a feel of village life.
The Taj Mahal at sunrise is often on many people's ultimate wish lists and it never disappoints. Seeing the sun rise over this amazing monument makes you sit back in awe as Taj's color slowly changes as the sun shimmers against it.
Delhi has some of the most amazing restaurants. We always keep our ear to the ground about the latest places to dine, and speak to all our guests about dinner reservations before they travel.
Situated 37 km (23 miles) south west of Agra, the ‘lost city’ of Fatehpur Sikri is the abandoned capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar.
Amber Fort, the ancient Rajput capital is located on a hill 11km / 7 miles north of Jaipur. Amber was the capital of the Kachhwaha Rajputs from 1037 until the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh founded Jaipur in 1727.
Jaipur is awash with craftsman and artisans which make an amazing wander through the streets unforgettable. You will enjoy the sights with a personal guide.
A walking tour of Jaipur brings the city to life through its out of the way nooks and crannies, colorful markets and vibrant culture.
Take a walking tour through Jodhpur beginning at Mehrangarh Fort, built in 1459 by Rao Jodha after whom Jodhpur was founded. Continue to the Jaswant Thada, a marble cenotaph, before having a walk through Ghantaghar (Clock Area), Jodhpur's busiest market.
Take a full day exploring both Old and New Delhi taking a Rickshaw through Chandni Chowk and visiting the Jama Masjid Mosque, Rajpath & Humayun's Tomb.
Riding through Rajasthan is one of the best ways to get into the countryside and see local villages and markets. Known for their 'Marwari' horses; Rajasthan has had a long association with horses.
Udaipur is one of India's most scenic and romantic cities. On a half day experience with a guide, you will explore the City Palace, Jagdish Temple and Sahelion Ki Bari 'Garden of Maidens'.
Explore the labyrinthine streets of this Rajasthani town and the surrounding countryside by vintage car up into the hills to enjoy dinner (inc) on the Open Terrace Restaurant at Chunda Palace which has amazing views down into Udaipur and the Lake Palace.
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