Your journey at a glance
Expect to see some of India’s finest cultural and architectural sights on this truly memorable 10-day tour through Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur.
Discover the royal sights of Rajasthan, from the Taj Mahal, the world’s most famous monument to love, to the lakeside maharajahs’ palaces of beautiful Udaipur. Explore the sights of the capital city of Delhi, with its vast marketplaces, ancient tombs and historical mosques.
Next you are off to Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, the world’s most famous monument to love. Delight in an exploration of this marvel as well as tours to the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah and the imposing Agra Fort.
Travel to the Pink City of Jaipur and delight in the magnificent sights of elegant Udaipur, with its extraordinary island palaces. End your adventure on the edge of the Thar Desert in Jodhpur, with its imposing mountaintop fort.
What to expect …
Transfer to Hotel Day 1
Upon arrival at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by a representative from &Beyond, who will drive you to your hotel.
Overnight in Delhi Day 1
The remainder of the day offers an opportunity to unpack, settle in and relax, perhaps with an Ayurveda massage.
Spend two nights at the Oberoi New Delhi
Lose yourself in the beating heart of Delhi Day 2
Embrace the chaos and bustle of the bustling heart of Old Delhi. The capital of the Mughal Empire until the mid-1800s, this vibrant city was then the centre of the British Raj and, to this day, is filled with the old manors of former aristocrats and members of the royal court. The city is filled with magnificent landmarks, from elegant and beautiful mosques to perfectly laid out gardens. The Old Delhi City Tour highlights Delhi’s complex heritage as it takes you through a new world infused with the traditions and ethos of an ancient people and culture.
The tour is guaranteed to engage all your senses from the very beginning at the bustling market of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi’s oldest and most animated marketplace. The market has royal roots, as it was established by a Mughal princess nearly 400 years ago, when the market had an elegant crescent form and was renowned for the silver merchants that occupied the diverse stalls. Today it is a mass of narrow, busy streets where travellers can hop aboard a rickshaw manned by a local Delhi resident for an authentic glimpse of this bright and florid city’s beating heart. Embrace the crowds as you are hustled among them, stopping at your request to samples the ware of the many street food stalls or to caress the rich textiles and intricate brocades that line the thronging lanes.
Next, head off to the sweet-smelling spice market at Khari Baoli Street. Set up in the early 17th century, this thoroughfare remains part of the heritage circuit of Old Delhi. The streets are scented with the fragrances of India, igniting a sensory experience awash with aromatic spices, perfumed herbs, fresh produce, pearled rice and organic nuts.
At the end of your tour, marvel at the majestic Jama Masjid, completed in 1656 AD, with a towering structure and courtyard that can comfortably accommodate 25 000 worshippers. The mosque boasts 40 metre (130 foot) high minarets with prominent balconies decorated with wide bands of sandstone and incandescent white marble. The Jama Masjid is widely considered to be India’s largest mosque and is seen as a beacon of calm amid the mayhem of Old Delhi.
Train journey to Agra Day 3
Today, you will embark on an unforgettable train journey as your &Beyond host escorts you to the train station and helps you board the Shatabdi Train to Agra. On arrival, you will be driven to your hotel, The Oberoi Amarvilas, situated just metres away from the renowned Taj Mahal.
Overnight in Agra Day 3
Once you have settled in, embark on a sightseeing excursion that will take you from the delicate beauty of the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, also known as the Baby Taj, to the magnificent Agra Fort, once the primary site of government for the mighty Mughal Empire. In the late afternoon, when the light is perfect for photography, you will visit the legendary Taj Mahal.
Spend one night at the The Oberoi Amarvilas.
Transfer to Jaipur Day 4
Today, it is a very early start as you watch the sunrise cast a warm pink glow over the white marble of the Taj Mahal, from your hotel room, before setting off on a six-hour drive through the Indian countryside to Jaipur. You will break your journey for a tour of the 16th century abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri.
On arrival in Jaipur, you will check into the Rambagh Palace, the former home of Indian royalty. Here, you will have the rest of the day to unwind after your journey and explore your surrounds at leisure.
Spend two nights at the Rambagh Palace.
Wander the ancient grounds and the history-rich walls of Amer Fort and the Anokhi Musuem Day 5
The historical fort of Amer is ideally placed on a high hill overlooking the Maota Lake with its saffron garden island, 11 kilometres from the pink city of Jaipur and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in 1593, but fully completed in the 18th century, the Fort is quartered, each boasting a private courtyard. True to the times, the Fort features Indo-Islamic design, illustrating ruddy sandstone and pearlescent marble, with massive bulwarks and successions of ingresses along charming cobbled pathways. An architectural masterwork, the Fort channels the wind to breeze over a water cascade within the palace, brilliantly incorporating an artificial cooling system. The palace and Fort make up a single compound, separated by a concealed passageway. This channel was meant as an escape route in times of war that would allow the royal family and others in the Amer Fort to seek refuge in the formidable Jaigarh Fort located in the same Mountain Range area.
The Anokhi museum of Hand Printing is located in a wonderfully restored haveli within walking distance of the Amer Fort, and exhibits an active acquisition program with a varietal of block printed textiles, alongside animated images, time honoured photographs, antiquated wood and brass tools, and related craft-like objects that provide a window into the lives of an ancient people. The art of block textile printing can be traced back centuries, easily considered to be the slowest and oldest form of textile printing, and was practiced across the East by imprinting various patterns onto textiles, by means of chiselled wooden blocks. Today, India is one of the largest producers and exporters of block printed fabrics in the world. The museum also houses contemporary textiles works, featuring pioneering designs fashioned by talented artisans. The structure was brilliantly restored employing traditional resources, age-old design approaches, and expert local craftsmen, earning a much deserved UNESCO award for ‘Cultural Heritage Conservation.’
Flight to Udaipur (via Delhi) Day 6
Today you will board a flight to Udaipur via Delhi, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you to your hotel, the beautiful Taj Lake Palace.
Overnight in Udaipur Day 6
Once you have settled in you will embark on a tranquil, late afternoon, boat cruise on the blue waters of Lake Pichola, with the white marble palace as your backdrop.
Spend two nights at Taj Lake Palace in a Palace Room with ensuite facilities.
Embark on a tour of the City Palace Day 7
This morning you will have the opportunity to visit the architectural marvels of the Eklingji and Nagda Temples. In the afternoon, your guide will take you on a tour of the City Palace, with its fascinating combination of military architecture and decorative techniques.
Drive to Jodhpur Day 8
After a leisurely breakfast, your adventure continues onwards with a drive to Jodhpur,
where you will check into the Umaid Bhawan Palace. This is one of the largest residences in the world and is set amidst 26 acres (10 hectares) of lush gardens.
Overnight in Jodhpur Day 8
The rest of your day can be spent exploring your surrounds at your leisure.
Spend two nights at the Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Wander the historically rich walls of the Mehrangarh Fort Day 9
The Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India and was named after the sun deity of the Rahthore dynasty. The majestic structure boasts seven imposing gates, some of them named after famous victories that took place along the Fort’s boundary. Run your fingers along the deep depressions in the stone, a consequence of cannonballs that slammed into the Dedh Kamgra Pol gate. Half a millennium in age, the towering Fort looms 125 metres (410 feet) above the city of Jodhpur, shrouded by impenetrable stone bulwarks. Within its thick walls lies a throng of palaces decorated with elaborate etchings and sprawling courtyards.
As the sun sets over the iridescent city of Jodhpur, head to the majestic Fort, now converted into a museum, softly illuminated by the last remnants of the glowing sun. Delight in a private tour, led by the Mehrangarh Fort museum curator, and wander along historically rich walls, reverently caressing the surface with one hand and holding a glass of champagne firmly in the other. The museum features wonderful artefacts, including an array of weapons from every period, with emperors’ swords wondrously bejewelled with jade, rubies and emeralds, paintings that exhibit the finest samples of Marwar-Jodhpur artistry and elaborate royal palanquins used by royals as a means of transport. Admire the knowledge of the curator as he shares his keen insight and unrivalled knowledge of the Fort, its war-torn history and the empires that ruled over it.
Flight to Delhi Day 10
Today we wave a fond farewell as you board your onward flight home.