Rajasthan Adventure Group Tour
Visit Southern India’s most spectacular sites. This exciting 22-day tour will take you to the some of the most beautiful places to visit in India, including the magnificent temples in Mysore and Madurai, through enchanting natural landscapes like Periyar National Park, and to beautiful seaside cities such as Kochi and Mamallapuram.
- 22 days
- 4-24 participants
- Accommodation included
- English-speaking guide throughout
Some have described Rajasthan as India's most colourful state. This vibrant Northern state is full of enchanting palaces, massive forts, and captivating temples. Discover India’s serene deserts and cool lakes, lush valleys and rugged mountains. Feel the energy of a real Indian bazar as you mingle with traditionally dressed locals in India’s vibrant towns and cities. Our India tours let you Marvel at the cult symbol of love, the Taj Mahal, and then glide gracefully along the holy river Ganges, the spiritual heart of India, in a boat. This holiday, come to India and experience the bright, the beautiful, and the exotic.
Group Tour Highlights
Rajasthan Adventure Itinerary
Visiting India is an adventure! This trip lets you spend three glorious weeks traveling through the state of Rajasthan and gaze upon its many wonders. The fascinating city of Bikaner, the blue city of Jodhpur, the white & yellow city of Udaipur, the desert town of Pushkar, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and the Ganges in Varanasi are just a few of the spectacular attractions in this region.
Below you’ll find the day-by-day breakdown for our Rajasthan Adventure tour.
Welcome to Delhi! You'll have time to explore the city today and tomorrow. Travellers can use this time to adjust to the time zone, explore, and start experiencing the sites, smells, and sounds of a completely different culture. Delhi is a true center for Indian business and culture. The capital is divided into Old Delhi and New Delhi and the two come together to form a unique and timeless metropolis.
Today you can go it alone. Old Delhi is an eclectic mix of colourful bazars, compelling monuments, and old-world architecture. It is in this part of the city that you'll find some of the oldest and most beautiful monuments including the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid mosque. In New Delhi you'll find long, wide streets, parks and many monuments that tell a story of the city's more recent past.
The first stage of the journey will take you to Nawalgarh in the Shekhawati region, which is famous for its diverse population and pretty, traditional houses. From 1471 to 1738 Shekhawati was an independent state. The old caravan route that connected the Gujarat ports and Delhi ran through here so there are also many magnificent old houses in addition to the smaller, traditional cottages.
Today's destination is Bikaner. Here you'll find many fortresses, palaces, and public buildings built of the iconic pink-red sandstone. Camels still pull wagons through the streets along the market road which leads to the imposing Junagarh Fort. Once you arrive, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the city or relaxing – it’s up to you.
If you want to experience something really unusual, today you can visit the Rat Temple of Karni Mata Deshnok in the nearby town. In this place, rats are considered holy and are worshipped. You may only go into the temple barefoot, where you will find yourself in the midst of a horde of 20,000 rats. If this does not appeal to you then you can visit the much tamer local camel breeding farm.
The next leg of your journey takes you through the desert to Jaisalmer, regarded as India's most beautiful walled city. You are sure to find yourself fascinated by the fortifications, skillfully-built havelis (mansions), peaceful temples, and energetic city life. Those of you who are feeling adventurous can go ATVing in the desert on a 4x4, where graceful antelopes live among the dunes.
Today you have the whole day in Jaisalmer to do as you please. You should definitely take a stroll to admire the local havelis (mansions). One of the prettiest is the Patwan Haveli with its beautiful façade. The Salim Slingh and Nathmal havelis are also quite lovely. All three are within walking distance of the city walls. Explore the 99 towers of the Jaisalmer Fort, take a trip to the Jain temple, or go on one of the many excursions available to the surrounding area.
Today you'll reach the walled city of Jodhpur, known as the gateway to the Thar Desert. The skyline is dominated by the huge fortress built on a hill in the center of the town. From here you'll have a spectacular view of the city’s blue painted houses which give Jodhpur its nickname - the ‘Blue City'.
Spend the 9th day as you like. Fascinating local sites include the Mehrangarh Fort and the Umaid Bhavon Palace. The latter was completed in 1943, shortly before the Maharaja had to give up their power. Afterwards the palace was turned into a luxury hotel. Jodhpur has a particularly fascinating market which is known for antiques and it is a great place to buy souvenirs!
Most of today will be spent travelling. We'll stop in Ranakhpur along the way to see the Chaumukh Temple, one of the most beautiful temples in India. Here you'll find incredibly detailed masonry work and the 1444 unique columns which give the temple its reputation. The complex dates back to the 15th century. The final destination for today is the city of Udaipur.
Udaipur was built around some artificial lakes. In the city there are numerous palaces, havelis, parks, and gardens. The Lake Palace, one of the best hotels in the world, is located right here in the middle of Lake Pichola. There is so much to see that you can wander for hours without getting bored. Attractions include the Jagdish Temple, Eklingji or the Jain temples in Nagda.
After a seven-hour bus ride you'll arrive in the pleasant town of Pushkar. The last part of the ride takes you through the spectacular area of Nag Pahar (Snake Mountain). The town is built around the sacred lake. The serene and important Brahma temple can also be found here.
Early in the morning we'll leave Pushkar and head to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, known colloquially as the 'pink city'. To the north, the city is surrounded by hills that are dotted with forts and palaces.
Spend the whole day exploring the magical city of Jaipur. About seven miles northeast of the city is the famous Amber Fort. The Amber Fort was the capital of the region for nearly 600 years. In the fort, there are many statues and mosaics to be admired and the views are spectacular.
Today’s schedule includes a compelling trip to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted city of Emperor Akbar, which is located just outside of Agra. If you're travelling between November and February, you'll also make an extra stop at Keoladeo National Park, where you can take a rickshaw ride (optional). This national park is the oldest bird sanctuary in India and the former hunting ground of the Maharajah of Bharaptur. You'll arrive in Agra in the late afternoon or evening.
Today you should take advantage of your time in Agra by visiting the magnificent Taj Mahal and the lofty Red Fort. We also recommend at least a brief stroll through the local bazaar. In the evening you'll take the night train to Varanasi, the holiest city in India. Your destination is spectacular but the train ride itself is certainly a worthwhile experience.
Varanasi is a chaotic, bustling city. Buffalo cow and sacred cows can be found wandering freely in the streets. Outside of the city center, however, you'll find the heart and soul of the city: Mother Ganges, the holy river, where locals wash away their sins and where thousands of people scatter the ashes of the deceased and burn candles to commemorate the dead. The river extends over seven miles and is one of the most spectacular sites in all of India.
There are no scheduled activities today so you can once again spend it at your own pace. We recommend an excursion to Sarnath, a Buddhist holy place nearby. The Chinese, Japanese and Thai temples in this area are particularly worth visiting.
Spend the day strolling through the streets of Varanasi and enjoy the atmosphere, or relax in a restaurant or cafe. In the evening, take the night train back to Delhi. The journey usually takes about twelve hours.
The last day of your Rajasthan tour has begun. In the morning you'll arrive back in Delhi and can use the time before your flight home to see more of this fascinating city. Your return flight will either be this evening or the following day.
If you haven’t already departed, your flight home will be today. We wish you a pleasant journey and we are sure that you'll be taking many fond memories home with you! If you would like to extend your trip, our friendly staff are more than happy to help you do so!
The Rajasthan Adventure will take you on an unforgettable journey. We recommend that you read this information carefully before booking or departure. Here you will find important information about our Rajasthan Adventure tour. Be aware that you may need to get some vaccinations in advance. This trip includes several excursions, but there is also allocated time for optional activities. Let one of our friendly tour guides help you book any additional adventures.
Important advice regarding entry and exit, necessary vaccinations and general information about the country and people can be found here. If you have any further questions one of our staff members would be more than happy to help.
- To travel to India you'll need a Visa
- There are all the standard immunizations and common travel vaccinations recommended
- English-speaking guide throughout
- 19 hotel nights, 2 nights on a night train
- All transfers as described
- English-speaking guide
- Visits to Ranakhpur and Fatehpur Sikri
- Visits to Keoladeo National Park (only Nov-Feb).
What's not included?
- International flights to/from home country
- All meals and beverages
- Optional excursions
- Travel insurance
- Transfer to/from airport
- Your accommodation will be in double rooms. Solo travellers will be accommodated in a room with another single traveller of the same sex wherever possible.
- On the night train there are no single rooms available.
- Beginning on 14 November 2015, the Pushkar fair is taking place. The itinerary may change so that travellers can participate!
Prices & Dates
2017/ 2018 Season Information
The price for all Rajasthan Adventure tours in the 2017 and 2018 season is £901.00 p.p. in a double room. For travelers wishing to have a private room, a single-room supplement of £314.00 p.p. will be charged.
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