This 18-day itinerary wanders through the desert state of Rajasthan and includes a chance to spot tigers and other wildlife at Ranthambore National Park. You'll also visit the famous Taj Mahal, before heading back to Delhi.
By AC Etios or Dzire: Rs 148,900 a couple, based on double occupancy*
By AC Innova: Rs 169,800
We are required by law to add a 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) to your final price. This will be clearly identified in your formal quote.
Arrival Day: You'll be met by your Namaste India Tours English speaking driver at the exit of the arrivals hall and taken to your hotel. He'll get you settled in your room and agree on a meeting time for tomorrow's City Tour of Delhi. Breakfasts are included throughout your trip.
Day 2. Full day City Tour of Delhi.
Day 3. To Jhunjhunu, district headquarters of the Shekhawati region, (about five hours). Khetri Mahal, Rani Sati Temple, other temples and havelis as time permits.
Day 4. Surface to Bikaner, (about five hours).
Day 5. City Tour of Bikaner (founded 1488). Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace and Museum, Camel Research and Breeding Farm. Afternoon side trip for the adventurous to Mata Karni Devi Temple.
Day 6. Surface to Jaisalmer, (about 6.5 hours). Late afternoon trip to Sam sand dunes for overnight at a rustic desert camp. Two hour sunset camel ride included.
Day 7. City Tour of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer Fort, Gadi Sagar lake, Patwon ki Haveli, Nathmal ki Haveli, other elaborate havelis as time permits. Side trip to Bada Bagh oasis, site of the royal cenotaphs.
Day 8. To Jodhpur, founded 1459, (about five hours). Meherangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Museum, the extensive gardens of Mandore, Famous wooden handicraft market.
Day 9. Visit Ranakpur and Kumbalgarh enroute to Udaipur, (at least 8 hours including your stops).
Day 10. City Tour of Udaipur (1568). City Palace and Museum, Jagdish temple, Folk Art Museum. Sunset side trip to Monsoon Palace (car toll and entrance fees included). Suggest also a boat ride on Lake Pichola this day (price not included).
Day 11. To Pushkar, (about four hours). Rest and relaxation in the temples and on the ghats of the sacred lake. One of India's Holy Cow Rajasthan! with Namaste India Toursholiest cities, dedicated to Lord Brahma, creator of the earth. Note: Fair supplement applies if you are in Pushkar during the Camel Fair.
Day 12. To Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, (about three hours).
Day 13. City Tour of Jaipur. Elephant ride to Amber Palace IF elephant available. Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Albert Hall (central museum), optional evening Hindi film at Raj Mandir Cinema. (You can add Ranthambhore National Park to this itinerary if you have two extra days and nights. Click here for that tour.)
Day 14. To Sawai Modhopur, home base for tomorrow's wildlife spotting.
Day 15. Today you will do a morning safari and a late afternoon safari at Ranthambore National Park. One will be by canter and one will be by jeep.
Day 16. Head to Agra (about six hours).
Day 17. City Tour of Agra. Taj Mahal. Agra Fort. Itimad-ud-daulah tomb. Side trip to Akbar's Mausoleum at Sikandra.
Day 18. Return to Delhi, (about four hours, depending on traffic).
-Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel
-17 nights in good, basic, mid-range hotels from our roster of "standard" category hotels at average price of Rs 3,500.
-Breakfast each morning.
-On-call driver and use of AC car for 18 days
-Complimentary use of an Indian Mobile phone (you do have to put $ on the Sim Card)
-Sunset camel ride at Khuri or Sam Sand Dunes near Jaisalmer
-Special village-style dinner and overnight stay at a Desert Camp near Jaisalmer
-Transfer and entrance to the Monsoon Palace just outside Udaipur
-Elephant ride at Jaipur IF elephants available
-Two safaris at Ranthambore National Park, all fees included
-All fuel, border taxes, parking fees and road tolls
Packages with Namaste India Tours always include your driver's food and accommodation.
Holiday hotel supplement is charged for Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.
This is India. Driving times in parentheses are not guaranteed and do not include lunch, tea, photography or bathroom breaks.
Meals and entrance fees to attractions (except if noted) are not included in package price. Entrance fees are subject to change. Entrance fees can range from a few rupees to US $10. The Taj Mahal is currently about US $20. Most are under US $5.
Communication prior to confirmed services is done via email. All guests with confirmed services have our complete contact instructions, including home, business and mobile numbers.
Need some guidance on how much to tip your driver for his 16 days of continual service? Gosh, this is awkward. Ask your driver, or anyone providing you a service in India and their answer will be "as you wish" which really isn't helpful, is it? We'll just tell you honestly that a typical tip is between Rs 700 and Rs 1000 per day, paid directly to the driver at the end of your trip.