Regal Rajasthan

14 Days
from AUD$ 6,749

Highlights

  • Explore Delhi’s bustling streets and vibrant markets
  • Experience the Majestic Taj Mahal at Sunset
  • Watch a Bollywood Film at Raj Mandir Cinema
  • Explore Jaipur’s Charm with an E-Rickshaw Ride
  • Spice Mixing and Pottery Class Experience
  • Bird Watching Tour by the Dam
  • Jeep Safari through Dechu’s Sprawling Dunes
  • Discover Rural Rajasthan with a Camel Cart Ride

Welcome to an extraordinary journey through the majestic landscapes and vibrant cultures of Rajasthan, India’s desert jewel.

Explore the bustling streets of Delhi, the majestic forts of Jaipur, the blue-hued city of Jodhpur, and the golden sands of Jaisalmer. Leaving the cities behind you will also explore the tranquil villages of Pali and Dechu, offering a perfect blend of urban excitement and rural charm. Explore the architectural wonders of Agra, including the legendary Taj Mahal, and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Rajasthan as you wander through the narrow lanes of Jaisalmer’s ancient fort or marvel at the opulent palaces of Jaipur. Connect with local communities, sample authentic Rajasthani cuisine, and witness age-old traditions come to life.

Join us as we embark on a voyage of discovery through the heart of India, where the past meets the present in a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and sensations.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to India! Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide with a traditional welcome of marigold garlands. Afterwards, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will have a briefing on arrival.

The remainder of the day is yours at leisure.

Meals

Not Included

Accommodation

The Claridges or similar

Services

Airport Transfer

Day 2 – Delhi

Jama Masjid

After breakfast, head to Jama Masjid, one of India’s largest mosques, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century. Explore its grandeur with intricate marble domes, towering minarets, and ornate red sandstone walls adorned with calligraphy.

Chandni Chowk Market

Following this, you’ll enjoy a delightful rickshaw ride to explore the vibrant Chandni Chowk Market. You will board your rickshaw and enter the colourful and narrow laneways of Old Delhi. Discover the gems of the main street of Chandni Chowk before veering into the bustling streets clamouring with daily life and trade, offering a glimpse of what life was like when the city first started as a trading hub.

Humayun’s Tomb

Your next stop will be at Humayun’s Tomb, the final resting place of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Commissioned by his first wife, Empress Bega Begum, in 1569-70, this architectural marvel was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect. Notably, it was the first structure to extensively use red sandstone. Recognized for its historical significance and exquisite design, Humayun’s Tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

India Gate

In the afternoon, continue to India Gate, known as the All-India War Memorial. Located on the Rajpath, it stands as a tribute to the 82,000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who sacrificed their lives during 1914–21, spanning the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. These brave soldiers fought and fell in various theatres of conflict, from France and Flanders to Mesopotamia, Persia, East Africa, Gallipoli, and beyond in the Near and Far East. India Gate serves as a solemn reminder of their courage and valour, ensuring that their memory endures for generations to come.

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara

Later in the afternoon, drive past the buildings of parliament and head to the Sikh Temple, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara where you can witness an incredible community service. This temple feeds 10,000 people every day. The food is cooked in the temple’s community kitchen as thousands shuffle through in their colourful turbans and white clothing. This is a truly ‘soul-stirring’ experience. You can even join the volunteers in the kitchen if you wish!

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

The Claridges or similar

Services

Private vehicle with Professional English- speaking guide

Day 3 – Agra

Departing after breakfast this morning, you will travel along the Express Highway to the city of Agra. Agra is the city of love and longing – meticulously planned, built and nurtured by three successive Mughal emperors – Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jahan, during the most glorious era of the Mughal empire. The buildings spread across Agra are stellar examples of Mughal architecture and engineering skills. Conversations about Agra usually begin with mentions of the Taj Mahal.

Agra Fort

Visit the impressive Agra Fort, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture & the seat & stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Shah Jahan, the Taj’s creator, spent the last years of his life imprisoned at the fort by his son Aurangzeb. It was built in the late 1560’s by their predecessor, Akbar, with later embellishments by Jehangir, his son, & Shah Jahan, his grandson.. Next, visit Itmad-Ul-Daulah, often referred to as the “Baby Taj” for its intricate marble craftsmanship.

Taj Mahal View Point

Then, head to the Agra viewpoint to catch a breathtaking glimpse of the iconic Taj Mahal from a distance. This iconic monument is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. Emperor Shah Jahan built this exquisite white marble mausoleum for his favourite queen Mumtaz Mahal. The monument was commissioned in 1631 and took 20,000 artisans, 22 years to complete.

Backstreet Food Tour

Later in the afternoon, indulge in a food-tasting tour through the old lanes of Agra, savouring the rich culinary delights of the region.

Taj Mahal

Continue to the Taj Mahal and spend time here until the sun sets witnessing the beautiful wonder of the world changing its colour as the sun dips. This is one of the most beautiful times to view this iconic monument – one of the Seven Wonders of the World, celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. Emperor Shah Jahan built this exquisite white marble mausoleum for his favourite queen Mumtaz Mahal. The monument was commissioned in 1631 and took 20,000 artisans, 22 years to complete.

Meals

Breakfast, Afternoon food tour

Accommodation

ITC Mughal or similar

Services

Private vehicle with Professional English- speaking guide

Day 4 – Agra to Jaipur

After breakfast, commence your scenic drive to Jaipur, the vibrant capital city of Rajasthan, known as the Pink City.

En route, you will also stop at Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri – a city planned by Mughal emperor Akbar as his new capital. A 16th-century English traveller Ralph Fitch described it as ‘considerably larger than London and more populous’.

However, Fatehpur Sikri remained the Mughal capital for only ten years – the bigger structures like the mosque and the palaces still stand tall, witnesses to the rising and waning interests of its Mughal rulers. Fatehpur Sikri is loved by those who like awesome architecture.

Aarti Ceremony

Upon arrival in Jaipur, check in to your hotel. In the evening, immerse yourself in spirituality by attending the Aarti Ceremony at the Birla Temple.  Experience the sacred rituals performed by priests, fostering a deep sense of inner peace and spiritual connection. This serene experience offers a glimpse into Rajasthan’s rich cultural heritage.

Evening Bollywood Film

This evening, it is time to slip into local life as you experience watching a Bollywood film at Raj Mandir Theatre. This is one of the most spectacular cinemas in the country which can accommodate over 1000 viewers! The beauty of this experience is to observe the interactive audience – the way they sing, cry and dance in the aisle is unlike anything you have seen before.

The Raj Mandir Cinema opened on 1st June 1976 with the film “Charas”. It was designed by architect W.M. Namjoshi in a spectacular Modern Art style. The exterior of the building consists of various asymmetrical shapes, zig-zags, curves and even stars set into the facade, all lit at night by concealed lighting. The theatre’s name is located on top of the building in large red neon letters and it also boasts the legend ‘The Showplace of the Nation – Experience the Excellence’. In the large foyer, there are chandeliers set into domes in the ceiling. A large ramp (rather than stairs) take patrons up into the balcony area. Seating in the auditorium is provided in stalls and balcony areas. The decoration in the auditorium is awesome, with indirect lighting that changes colours, hidden behind and underneath a frond fern leaf-like plaster trough which has openings all over the ceiling and walls. The cinema is equipped to screen 70mm films.

The Raj Mandir Cinema is the best-known cinema building in India. It certainly lives up to its reputation as one of the most remarkable cinemas in India.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Samode Haveli or similar

Services

Private vehicle with Professional English- speaking guide

Day 5 – Jaipur

Hawa Mahal

After breakfast, start your day with a stop at Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Winds, an iconic structure in Jaipur famous for its intricate façade designed for the women of the royal household to observe street festivals.

Amber Fort

Following this, embark on a jeep safari to visit the majestic Amber Fort, situated high on a hill and offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Jantar Mantar

Discover this bizarre garden of astrological structures. Be amazed at how astronomers calculated eclipses and planetary positions accurately without a sophisticated computer!

City Palace

In the afternoon, delve into the city’s rich history with visits to the City Palace, a splendid complex showcasing Rajput and Mughal architecture. Marvel at the magnificence of Rajasthani architecture and artistry that blends seamlessly with distinct Mughal influences. The palace, which was once the private royal museum of art and artefacts from the world over is now open to the public. At the City Palace, you will be escorted to the residential areas of the royal family (their presence cannot be guaranteed), followed by a glass of sparkling wine in one of the living rooms. These beautifully decorated rooms are where Princess Diana had dined.  This part of the palace is for VIP access only.

E-Rickshaw

Later in the afternoon, immerse yourself in the local culture with an E-Rickshaw ride starting from the four Bavdis around Mansagar Lake, integral to Jaipur’s indigenous water system, and continuing to Kanak Vrindavan Garden, featuring a historic temple dedicated to Lord Krishna.

Dera Amer

Dinner this evening is at Dera Amer – Dinner is served in a separate dining tent, or in a beautiful arched pavilion depending on the weather set on lush lawns and lit with mashals (flame torches) and bonfires by night. Sample Pushkar cuisine, including a delicious Dera mutton dish, which is cooked slowly and results in melt-in-the-mouth meat.

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation

Samode Haveli or similar

Services

Private vehicle with Professional English- speaking guide

Day 6 – Jodhpur to Pali

After breakfast, drive to Pali, and check in at your hotel.

Spice Mixing and Pottery Class

In the afternoon, delve into the heart of Rajasthan’s culture with immersive spice mixing and pottery classes. Learn the secrets of blending aromatic spices and try your hand at crafting traditional pottery, guided by skilled artisans who will share their expertise and stories behind these age-old crafts.

Janana Area

Continue to the Janana area for a unique Sundowner experience. Witness the breathtaking sight of peacocks taking flight against the backdrop of the setting sun, creating a mesmerizing tableau of colours and sounds that epitomize the essence of rural Rajasthan.

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation

Brij Lakshaman Sagar or similar

Services

Private vehicle with Professional English- speaking guide

Day 7 – Pali

Bird Watching

Early in the morning, enjoy the tranquillity of nature with a bird-watching tour by the Dam. As the sun rises, observe the diverse avian species that inhabit the area, accompanied by an experienced guide who will help you spot and identify the birds. Afterwards, return to your hotel for breakfast and some leisure time.

Shepherd’s Walk

Later in the morning, engage in various activities aimed at connecting with nature and the local culture. Participate in tree planting to contribute to environmental conservation efforts, followed by a Shepherd Walk where you can experience the rural lifestyle and learn about traditional sheep herding practices. Experience a unique local liquor tasting, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample regional spirits and learn about their production methods.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation

Brij Lakshaman Sagar or similar

Services

Private vehicle with Professional English- speaking guide

Day 8 – Pali to Dechu

After breakfast, start with a scenic drive to Dechu.

Mehrangarh Fort

Along the way, make a stop to explore the iconic Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, one of Rajasthan’s most magnificent forts known for its captivating structure and rich history. Built in the 15th century by Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur, Mehrangarh Fort is renowned for its massive gates, intricate carvings, and expansive courtyards. As you enter through its imposing gates, you’ll be greeted by a series of palatial structures, including intricately decorated palaces, sprawling courtyards, and ornate balconies, all showcasing the opulence of the Rajputana era.

Upon arrival in Dechu, enjoy some time at leisure.

Bird Watching Tour

In the afternoon, explore the natural beauty of the desert landscape with a bird-watching tour, where you’ll have the chance to spot a variety of bird species native to the region.

Jeep Safari Experience

Following this, embark on an exhilarating Jeep Safari into the sprawling dunes surrounding Dechu. Experience the thrill of navigating through the sandy terrain while marvelling at the breathtaking vistas of the desert.

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation

Samsara Desert Camp & Resort or similar

Services

Private vehicle with Professional English- speaking guide

Day 9 – Dechu to Jaisalmer

After breakfast, drive to Jaisalmer. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and have some leisure time.

Camel Safari at Sam Dunes

In the afternoon, prepare for a Camel Safari at Sam Dunes. Witness the stunning sunset as the sky transforms into a canvas of vibrant colours, casting captivating shadows over the vast desert landscape. Experience the magic of the desert as you create unforgettable memories during this serene and enchanting adventure.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Taj Rawalkot or similar

Services

Private vehicle with Professional English- speaking guide

Day 10 – Jaisalmer

Following breakfast, explore the enchanting sights of Jaisalmer.

Golden Fort

Begin your day with a visit to the magnificent Golden Fort, also known as Jaisalmer Fort. This colossal structure stands as one of the largest fully preserved fortified cities in the world and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in 1156 AD by Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, the fort boasts a rich history and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding desert landscape from its perch atop Trikuta Hill. Wander through its labyrinthine lanes, marvel at its intricate architecture, and immerse yourself in the stories of its glorious past.

Havelis

Following this, explore intricate Havelis including the renowned Patwon ki Haveli and Salim Singh ki Haveli. Admire the exquisite craftsmanship displayed in the intricate facades, intricate carvings, and ornate balconies, reflecting the opulence of Rajasthani architecture.

Gadisar Lake

Next, venture to the serene Gadisar Lake, also known as Gadi Sagar, a man-made reservoir surrounded by temples and ghats, offering a peaceful retreat amidst the desert city.

Afterwards, to the Cenotaphs, or “Chhatris,” which are intricately carved stone memorials dedicated to the rulers of Jaisalmer. These architectural marvels stand as silent witnesses to the city’s illustrious history and provide a glimpse into its royal legacy.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Taj Rawalkot or similar

Services

Private vehicle with Professional English- speaking guide

Day 11– Jaisalmer to Bikaner

This morning, drive to Bikaner, check-in at your hotel and enjoy some time at leisure.

Junagadh Fort

In the afternoon, you will explore the rich history of Bikaner with a visit to the majestic Junagadh Fort, a fortress known for its splendid architecture and historical significance. Explore the intricately designed palaces, temples, and pavilions within the fort complex, each bearing testimony to the city’s royal legacy.

Camel Breeding Farm

Next, visit the Camel Breeding Farm, and learn about the fascinating breeding and rearing techniques of these iconic desert animals.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Narendra Bhawan or similar

Services

Private vehicle with Professional English- speaking guide

Day 12 – Bikaner to Nawalgarh

Today, drive to Mandawa. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.

Mandawa

In the afternoon, discover the rich cultural heritage of Mandawa with a visit to its renowned Havelis. Explore the intricately adorned mansions, each showcasing exquisite frescoes and intricate architectural details that reflect the opulence of bygone eras.

Local Village Visit with Camel Cart Ride

Later in the day, embark on a Camel Cart Ride to visit a local village, allowing you to experience the rustic charm and traditional way of life in rural Rajasthan. As you traverse through the village on a camel cart, soak in the sights and sounds of daily life, interacting with locals and gaining insights into their customs and traditions.

Nawalgarh

Next, explore Nawalgarh, renowned for its spectacular Havelis and is often referred to as the “Open Art Gallery” due to its abundant display of exclusive artwork in the form of Havelis, temples, and other monuments. The town is famous for its distinguished frescoes and wall paintings, which adorn every nook and corner.

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Vivaana Haveli or similar

Services

Private vehicle with Professional English- speaking guide

Day 13 – Nawalgarh to Delhi

This morning, drive back to Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to the city to explore its iconic landmarks and vibrant markets.

Qutub Minar

Begin with a visit to the historic Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the tallest minarets in the world. Marvel at the intricate architecture of this ancient monument, which dates to the 12th century and stands as a testament to Delhi’s rich cultural heritage.

Afterwards, explore the bustling atmosphere of the local market, and experience the vibrant colours, aromas, and sounds of Delhi’s bustling markets as you interact with local vendors and shop for souvenirs to commemorate your journey.

Farewell Dinner

In the evening, indulge in a farewell dinner at a typical Indian restaurant, where you can savour the flavours of authentic Indian cuisine. Delight your taste buds with a sumptuous feast featuring a variety of traditional dishes prepared with aromatic spices and fresh ingredients.

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation

Novotel Aerocity or similar

Services

Private vehicle with Professional English- speaking guide

Day 14 – Departure

This morning is yours at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals

Breakfast

Services

Private vehicle with Professional English- speaking guide

Airport Transfer

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What’s included

  • Return airport transfers
  • 13 nights’ accommodation including breakfast daily
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Professional-speaking local guide
  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi
  • Food tasting tour in Agra
  • Jeep ride in Jaipur
  • Dinner at Dera Amer
  • Bollywood movie at Raj Mandir
  • VIP access in City Palace
  • E-rickshaw to stepwell
  • Bird watching with naturalist in Pali
  • Shepherds walk in Pali
  • Nature safari in Dechu
Exclusions
  • International & domestic flights not mentioned above
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, and meals other than those indicated above
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

**Please note that this tour can be organised on request for private departures.

* Pricing is subject to change at anytime until full payment has been received.

* A minimum of 4 adults is required to guarantee this departure.

A non-refundable deposit of $1000 AUD per person is required to secure your place. Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Travel insurance is mandatory for travelling with Crooked Compass. For full terms and conditions, please click here.

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What our adventurers are saying

We have recently had 12 days in India with a tour organised by Lisa at Crooked Compass, prior to a family wedding. This was the best thing we could have done to enjoy travelling in such a foreign country. The itinerary included everything we wished for, like walking the streets of old Delhi with Salaam Balaak street kids, visiting Ladli in Jaipur who provide vocational training to orphans and street kids, spending time with elephants and at a sloth bear sanctuary. Our driver was amazing and became a friend, the tour guides were very knowledgeable and able to share their passion for their cities with us. Loved the colours and the crazy traffic, the history and the people. A highly recommendable experience.

Vera Merrick – India