based on 13 nights & selected experiences
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
Sujan Sher Bagh on a full board basis, including game drives
per person based on two adults sharing and two children sharing (over 12 years old).
Taking in the Golden Triangle, Ranthambore National Park and ending in Jodhpur
Visit the incredible Taj Mahal, a true bucket list on any trip to India
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
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.
Rajasthan is an intriguing and beguiling destination, with something exciting around each corner making it ideal for teenagers. This itinerary combines the highlights of Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur and Jodhpur with a varied mix of bustling cities and idyllic rural heartlands giving the perfect mix and introduction to Rajasthan.
Start the itinerary in Delhi where you will have your first few days exploring a city that is a melting pot of everything which is India. With your private guide you will explore the city, as they bring the history to life. We work with some of the best guides in India who are able to seamlessly adapt to different interests, making sure that day is enjoyed by the whole family. 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.
From Delhi you will move on to Agra which you will reach via the early morning Shatabdi Express Train. You’ll spend the rest of the day exploring the city and of course visiting the spectacular Taj Mahal, making sure that you capture yourself one of the most photographed sites in the world.
Next head to Ranthambore National Park by train and onward private transfer by car. Train travel is integral to a trip in India, bustling and full of life and such a fun way to get around the country. Ranthambore National Park is the best place in Rajasthan is the best place to spot wild tigers, but the wildlife does not end there with over 300 different species of birds. Over your two nights here we have included daily safaris so that you can make the most of your time here.
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. If of interest, we can also arrange a hot air balloon ride over Amber Fort at sunrise, and is unquestionably a highlight and something we are sure the teenagers will love!
Your journey continues as you drive into the heart of rural Rajasthan to spend two nights in the beautiful countryside. You’ll have time to immerse in your surroundings and we suggest checking out the local area by bicycle as you meander by local villages.
Jodhpur provides the perfect finale to your tour of Rajasthan which you will reach after around a four and a half hour drive. The Blue City is a tangle of side streets, allowing you to explore the hidden secrets of the city. Dotted with little shops and bazaars, there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained and during your stay here we have included a visit to the incredible Mehrangarh Fort with your private guide.
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.
Head to Old Delhi's most famous market, Chawri Bazaar, and discover the incredible sights and smells. Your foodie tour will take you around the narrow streets, where your guide will talk you through the variety of delicacies on offer.
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.
A train journey in India can be an exceptionally rewarding experience. You see the life and soul of India in its many stations, as well as fantastic views of India's countryside.
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 full day exploring both Old and New Delhi taking a Rickshaw through Chandni Chowk and visiting the Jama Masjid Mosque, Rajpath & Humayun's Tomb.
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'.
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