• Ultimate Rajasthan

  • Ultimate Rajasthan

  • Ultimate Rajasthan

  • Ultimate Rajasthan

Epic landscapes and ancient traditions on this road trip through Rajasthan

Days: 14 | From: $9,200/per person

  • Accommodations at best-in-class luxury hotels, including royal homestays and a lakeside palace
  • Join superb private guides on curated nature, city, and cultural tours across Rajasthan
  • Experience India beyond the Golden Triangle

Embark on a journey beyond the cities, taking the path less traveled through the stunning countryside and cultural landscapes of India. This odyssey through Rajasthan will take you to some of the region’s quintessential cities: the pink city of Jaipur, renowned for its bazaars and handicrafts; the blue city of Jodhpur, with its imposing fort and windswept Thar desert; and what may be the most beguiling city of all, the lake city of Udaipur. The in-between time will unveil royal homestays, local villages, and watchful forts, all from the comfort of some of India’s most unique and relaxing hotels. Experience the land of contrasts in its truest form by combining bustling cities with the serene beauty of rural Rajasthan.

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At a glance

  • Delhi
    2 nights: Explore Old and New Delhi
  • Agra
    1 night: Sunrise and sunset at the Taj Mahal
  • Jaipur
    2 nights: Relive the royal past of the Pink City
  • Shahpura Bagh
    2 nights: Slow down at the family estate of the former rulers of Shahpura
  • Udaipur
    2 nights: Allow yourself to be swept away by the charming Lake City
  • Chanoud Garh
    2 nights: Relax at a 300 year-old fort turned boutique hotel in the countryside
  • Jodhpur
    2 nights: Stand in awe of mighty Meherengarh in the Blue City

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to India!

India Gate at sunset in New Delhi

Fly into Delhi, the capital of India. Upon clearing customs and immigration, you will be met and privately transferred to your hotel. Delhi, India’s vibrant capital, is a bustling metropolis where history meets modernity. From ancient monuments like the Red Fort and Qutub Minar to contemporary skyscrapers and vibrant markets, Delhi is steeped in history yet is constantly evolving.

Accommodations: The Claridges, 2 nights

The year 1955 was a major landmark in the history of the Indian hotel industry for it saw the birth of The Claridges Hotels & Resorts. The Claridges is an ideally located hotel for those exploring New Delhi, and has ensured exceptional luxury for guests. They house some of the finest restaurants of the city, huge banquet halls, a rejuvenating fitness center, adequately furnished rooms, a pool with cabanas, and lush green lawns to make your experience memorable.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: The Oberoi New Delhi, The Leela Palace New Delhi, The Imperial New Delhi, Haveli Dharmpura, and others
Day 2:

Old and New Delhi

Humayun's Tomb

Embark on a journey through Old and New Delhi today, immersing yourself in a thoughtfully curated selection of experiences that unveil the many facets defining this vibrant city. The tour begins at Humayun’s tomb, a spellbinding mausoleum and India’s first example of Mughal architecture. From here, you’ll head into the heart of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk. From aboard a rickshaw, cycle through its bustling market to envision life during the Mughal era. Sample quintessential Delhi snacks at a local haveli before heading into New Delhi. Learn about how the British envisaged their new capital as you view the stark architectural shift. Conclude your tour with a Gurudwara experience, a delightful way to engage another of your senses.

Accommodations: The Claridges, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Taj Mahal at Sunset

Taj Mahal reflected in the Yamuna river at sunset

Journey through the countryside to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal and a key point in the renowned Golden Triangle. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy some leisure time before venturing out in the afternoon for a sunset view of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh. While the Taj Mahal is undoubtedly breathtaking from its grand entrance, the most captivating perspective can be found on the grassy, crescent-shaped floodplain across the Yamuna River at Mehtab Bagh.

Accommodations: Tajview Agra

Tajview Agra is a 5-star hotel conveniently located within touching distance to prominent tourist attractions in and around Agra. Located only 3km from the Taj Mahal, this hotel boasts spectacular views of the Taj, and the property itself is spread over six acres of manicured gardens. Tajview Agra offers the finest amenities alongside friendly staff who are ready to offer impeccable service and hospitality. Enjoy amenities such as two high-end restaurants, a rooftop lounge, a cocktail bar, a large pool with lounge space, a spa, a fully equipped gym, and more.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: The Oberoi Amarvilas, and others
Day 4:

From the Taj Mahal to the Pink City of Jaipur

The Taj Mahal's intricate stonework

An early start today proves worthwhile as you witness the iconic Taj Mahal at daybreak. Renowned for its ever-changing hues with the shifting sunlight, the Taj Mahal is a captivating spectacle during sunrise or sunset. Capture the monument’s beauty in the soft morning light, an ideal time for photography. As one of the seven modern wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal needs little introduction. In addition to its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is noted for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens, and some of the best inlay work the world has ever seen.

Return to your hotel for breakfast. Afterward, embark on your journey to Jaipur, the colorful capital of Rajasthan, renowned as the ‘Pink City’ due to the color of its historic buildings. Jaipur is steeped in rich cultural heritage, reflected in its majestic forts, opulent palaces, and intricate architecture. The city boasts iconic landmarks such as the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), the majestic Amer Fort, and the City Palace, each narrating stories of bygone eras. Bustling markets filled with colorful textiles, handicrafts, and traditional jewelry offer a glimpse into Rajasthan’s local culture. Settle into your hotel.

After settling in to your hotel, embark on an enchanting walking tour, engaging with locals while wandering the bazaars and savoring regional culinary treats like Samosa Kachori, Kulfi, and Lassi. Witness artisans, including silversmiths and bangle makers, showcasing their craft. Stand in awe of the Hawa Mahal, palace of the winds, façade. Embrace Indian hospitality by visiting a local family, offering insights into Jaipur’s rich artistic traditions, and experiencing the city from a local perspective.

Accommodations: Samode Haveli, 2 nights

An urban oasis in the historic walled city of Jaipur, Samode Haveli is a traditional Indian mansion set in a verdant garden with apartments arranged around a series of intimate couryards. Built 225 years ago as a residence of the rulers of Samode, it is still occupied by their descendants, who have converted their home into a luxury hotel. The former royal apartments are now deluxe rooms and suites, each having a distinctive character which reflects the rich history and culture of Samode. They retain the luxuriousness of the past while at the same time offering guests modern amenities. Guests can enjoy fine dining, characterful lounge spaces, a fully-equipped gym, and large pool.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: The Oberoi Rajvilas, Rajmahal Palace RAAS, Taj Rambagh Palace, DeraMandawa
Day 5:

Beyond the Amer Fort

City Palace in Jaipur

Set off on a walk through the countryside on the Amer heritage trail. Older than the famous Amer fort and palace complex, the now sleepy town of Amer is rarely visited by tourists. Venture past the Amer Fort, visiting a ruined fort, hidden shines, and engaging with the local Meena community to gain insights into their daily lives. Revel in expansive views of the Amer Fort from the trail, providing a holistic perspective of the entire area. For lunch, visit a local home where you can participate in a traditional Rajasthani meal. You’ll learn the basics of how to cook these dishes, and finally, feast on what you’ve made.

After lunch, enjoy a private guided tour of the City Palace, offering a glimpse into Jaipur’s royal history. Explore the main palace and Chandra Mahal, the current royal family’s residence. The access to these private rooms is breathtaking, featuring stunning courtyards, gardens, and buildings adorned with intricate designs, vibrant colors, and ornate decorations.

Accommodations: Samode Haveli, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6:


Shahpura Bagh

Land in an oasis of calm as you arrive at Shahpura Bagh. Situated on 45 acres of gardens dotted with lakes home to endemic bird species, you’ll be welcomed to Shahpura by the family that still calls it home. The family and their staff, many of whom have worked for the household for generations, ensure guests experience an authentic homestay, but in grand surroundings. Enjoy the afternoon relaxing by the pool before departing in the evening to visit Shahpura’s private fort, Dhikhola. Accompanied by one of the naturalists, the drive stops to visit the iconic Ramdwara temple, navigating through scenic rural roads and pausing to visit Banjara/tribal villages. The 400-year-old battle fort is used as an eyrie and offers fantastic views of the countryside and lakes. Enjoy your sun downers while you witness countryside life unwind.

Accommodations: Shahpura Bagh, 2 nights

Shahpura Bagh prides itself on providing an authentic bespoke home stay experience in Rajasthan. This beautiful boutique hotel offers 11 stunningly decorated suites, a sunlit courtyard for lounging, and a large outdoor pool surrounded by manicured gardens and indigenous trees. The hotel sits on 47 acres of unspoiled property, creating a peaceful, nature-oriented experience. Guests can enjoy a number of on-site walking and cycling trails, yoga, an in-house acupuncturist, an intimate restaurant, bird-watching with the in-house naturalist, and more.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Upgrades and alternatives: Six Senses Fort Barwara, RAAS Chhatrasagar, The Rawla Narlai
Day 7:

Shahpura Countryside

Children from the nearby village

Venture out into Shahpura town today. Begin by visiting the Arya Samaj School, managed by Shahpura’s family trust, where you can learn firsthand about education in India. Traverse through the countryside, immersing yourself in the daily rhythm of village and tribal settlements that dot the region, offering an authentic glimpse into rural Rajasthan. Proceed to the serene Nahar Sagar Lake and Shahpura’s expansive 150-acre farm, a prime birding spot during certain seasons. Throughout your stay at Shahpura, the food is guaranteed to be a highlight, featuring recipes passed down through the generations. Visiting the farm allows you to learn about local agriculture and the produce used in your daily meals. Alternatively, you can opt for a boat ride on the lakes, learn about traditional phad painting, or simply take a free day to relax.

Accommodations: Shahpura Bagh, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8:

The Lake City

Lake Pichola in Udaipur

Indulge in a leisurely morning before continuing to the city of Udaipur. Often referred to as the “City of Lakes” or the “Venice of the East,” Udaipur is a picturesque city adorned with lakes and is nestled amidst the Aravalli mountain range. The shimmering Lake Pichola, with its floating palace, adds an ethereal charm to the city. Udaipur is also known for its lively markets, traditional art, and exquisite handicrafts, making it an ideal destination for travelers seeking a blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Check into your hotel and enjoy a free afternoon.

In the evening, board a private boat and set off for Jag Mandir, Lake Pichola’s floating palace. Its unique architecture offers visitors a glimpse into Rajasthan’s opulent past, along with breathtaking views of Udaipur’s skyline as the sun sets behind the mountains.

Accommodations: Taj Fateh Prakash Palace, 2 nights

Located in a stunning 20th century palace, Taj Fateh Prakash Palace is a 5-star hotel located in Udaipur. The original palace décor has been meticulously maintained, from miniature paintings and armory to royal heirlooms and antique furniture. The hotel boasts exquisite views of Lake Pichola and the Aravalli Mountains. Guests can enjoy fine-dining at the on-site restaurant (featuring multi-national cuisine), or can sit with a sunset cocktail or enjoy Afternoon High Tea at the Surya Darshan Bar.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Taj Lake Palace, The Oberoi Udaivilas, The Leela Palace Udaipur, RAAS Devigarh, and others
Day 9:

Udaipur In Depth

Aerial view of Udaipur

Travel through the ages on today’s tour, gaining historical context with a visit to the City Palace before delving into the markets and alleyways of Udaipur to experience modern-day life. No trip to Udaipur would be complete without a visit to the City Palace, the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Perched above Lake Pichola, the complex includes not only the palace itself but also Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the largest temple in Udaipur.

In the afternoon, participate in a walking tour of Udaipur and witness its living traditions. Explore Udaipur’s most beautiful streets and sites, navigate hidden lanes, meet interesting residents and artisans, and witness traditional craftsmanship. Your guide will share popular legends, discuss living heritage, and delve into religious beliefs as you immerse yourself in modern day Udaipur.

Accommodations: Taj Fateh Prakash Palace, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 10:

Rest in Rural Rajasthan

Chanoud Garh

Enroute to Jodhpur take a pause at Chanoud Garh, a beautiful hotel set in a 300-year-old fort still managed by descendants of the same family since the 13th century. The peaceful gardens and rooftop terrace offer respite from the chaos of India’s humming cities. A stay here is a journey through the history of the region as you explore the lovingly restored sections of the palace and acquaint yourself with the land and its people through interesting village walks and excursions. After having the afternoon to settle in and meet your hosts, gather in the evening for a jeep sundowner to the ethereal salt flats.

Make your way past agricultural land and small villages before arriving at a breathtaking sight: a vast expanse of cracked earth (in dry seasons) or a water-filled haven for migratory birds (during rainy periods). Encircled by the ancient Aravali hills, this serene panorama is unforgettable as the sun sets behind the hills, painting the sky in crimson hues. Relax on picnic chairs, savoring a cocktail and snacks amidst this captivating landscape. Head back to the lodge for dinner.

Accommodations: Chanoud Garh, 2 nights

Chanoud Garh is a beautiful 4-star hotel set in a 300-year-old fort, and still managed by descendants of the same family from the 13th century. Modern amenities such as fine Rajasthani cuisine, air-conditioning, Wifi, and rooms outfitted with luxurious toiletries and linens are complimented with antique furnishings and original centuries-old murals and paintings. The peaceful gardens and rooftop terrace offer respite from the chaos of India's bustling cities.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Upgrades and alternatives: RAAS Chhatrasagar, Suján Jawai, The Rawla Narlai
Day 11:

Free Day

Indian shepherd

Free day to do whatever you like. You have several activity options to choose from today, but we recommend a morning visit to the local village. The family members of Chanoud Garh have been an integral part of the local community for generations, and their strong connection allows guests to experience a slice of village life. Explore the school, market, and houses with a local elder, and culminate your outing with a visit to the old fort on the banks of the lake. This fort is home to the royal family cenotaphs and the hotel’s vegetable garden.

Return to the hotel for lunch and have the afternoon to relax, try out henna, or explore the hotel’s historical rooms. In the evening, join a cooking class with Chanoud’s chef. Held in the old wing of the palace, a special space has been renovated to create a space where guests can learn about some of the traditional recipes from this region.

Accommodations: Chanoud Garh, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12:

The Blue City of Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort

Continue traveling West, arriving in Jodhpur. Jodhpur is known as the “Blue City” and is the gateway to the Thar Desert. Renowned for its magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, an imposing hilltop fortification offering stunning panoramic views of the city, Jodhpur’s cityscape is dominated by this historic marvel. Within the city itself you’ll find markets selling traditional textiles, handicrafts, and opportunities to sample local cuisine. Check into your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

In the evening, join the curator of Meherengarh Fort for a private, unique, after-hours visit to this iconic attraction. Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest fortresses in India, situated at a height of 400 feet above the city of Jodhpur. The museum is one of the most comprehensive in the province of Rajasthan and is a true gem for those who love art, architecture, and history. During this exclusive opportunity, you’ll gain access and insights from the curator for one hour in the evening—a truly special experience.

Accommodations: RAAS Jodhpur, 2 nights

Raas is Jodhpur’s first boutique hotel, with a signature look born from a fusion of modern and ancient styles. The courtyard is a tranquil haven within the hustle and bustle of Jodhpur’s old town. With a stunning entrance, flanked by a magnificent pool, the hotel comprises four original buildings with three additional contemporary structures. The hotel has 40 rooms and suites, adorned with a mix of modern amenities and antiques, as well as a spa, two restaurants, a cafe, and a sleek bar.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Umaid Bhawan Palace, House of Rohet, Daspan House, and others
Day 13:

The Colorful Streets of Jodhpur

Jodhpur textiles

Start your morning off with a visit to the Meherengarh Fort. A stark difference from your private experience the night before, the fort feels completely different in the daylight and with other visitors around. After, dive deep into the heart of Jodhpur to discover the lesser-known treasures of this enchanting city on foot. Learn about interesting legends from the past, catch a glimpse into the life of locals, meet and interact with the city’s residents, and wander through narrow alleyways dotted with indigo-colored houses. Lunch will be at a local home nestled within the old city walls.

After lunch, take tuk-tuks to the Clock Tower area of Jodhpur and immerse yourself in the local handicraft scene. One of the shops we visit is a 98 year-old textile shop. The present owners are fifth generation and will speak to the fascinating history of textiles in this area as well as the creation process.

Accommodations: RAAS Jodhpur, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14:


Today you say goodbye to your private guide as you transfer to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination. If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye, add on time in the Thar Desert or time in the South of India.

*Includes: Breakfast

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