Experience culture and history as you go beyond the Golden Triangle and see more of royal Rajasthan as well as the wonderful coastal city of Mumbai on this suggested itinerary. Stay at world renowned Taj properties and have a true royal experience in these unique and historic palace hotels.

10nights INDEPENDENT TOUR

Suggested route & duration

10 nights Delhi to Mumbai

Delhi: 2 nights

Agra: 1 night

Jaipur: 2 nights

Jodhpur: 2 nights

Udaipur: 2 nights

Mumbai: 1 night

About this independent tour

This is a private itinerary including a car and driver and local English-speaking tour guide for sightseeing. The itinerary is completely flexible, so you can chose your own number of nights, add excursions and extend your holiday.

Recommended highlights

DELHI Begin your adventure in India's bustling capital where you'll divide your time between the contrasting Old and New Delhi quarters. In Old Delhi, you'll visit fantastic landmarks including the historic Red Fort, the colourful Chandni Chowk bazaar and the resplendent Jama Masjid - the biggest mosque in India. In New Delhi, take a driving tour around the city and visit sights such as the impressive colonial-era Presidential Palace and Humayun's Tomb which is considered a precursor to the Taj Mahal. In Delhi stay at the luxurious and newly renovated Taj Mahal Hotel. This hotel is a welcome sanctuary away from the frenetic pace of Delhi, with its beautiful outdoor pool and six world class restaurants.

AGRA Continue by road to one of India's most popular home to the Taj Mahal. During your time here, you'll visit the cultural wonder at both sunrise and sunset, notably the best times of day to see the radiant beauty of the stunning white marble mausoleum. You'll also visit the Red Fort of Agra, a 16th Century red sandstone monument which was once the main residence of the Mughal Empire. Stay at the Taj Hotel & Convention Centre in an upgraded Deluxe Suite room and why not take advantage of the rooftop infinity pool with views of the Taj Mahal.

JAIPUR Continue on to Rajasthan's capital, a city rich in cultural heritage and affectionately nicknamed the 'pink city'. On a full-day tour you'll visit the beautiful 17th Century Amber Fort, a sprawlling historic palace complex situated within the Aravalli Hills. You'll then return to the city to visit the stunning City Palace complex and the royal observatory of Jantar Mantar. Stay at Taj Rambagh Palace, a leading heritage hotel within Rajasthan which will transport you to the time and elegance of the Maharajas.

JODHPUR Head west to Jodhpur, a historic walled city of blue-washed buildings. You'll visit the Mehrangarh Fort, which is one of India's largest and was romantically described by Rudyard Kipling as 'the creation of angels, faries and giants', and Jaswant Thada memorial from where you will have spectacular views of the fort and the 'Blue City'. Stay at the magnificent Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, current home of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. This palacial hotel has views of the imposing Mehrangarh Fort and the service here captures the essence of royal living.

UDAIPUR You are sure to be blown away by the beauty of this lake-side city where exquisite palaces jostle against evocative ghats, temples and lively bazaars. On a half-day tour you'll visit the City Palace, which stands on the crest of a ridge overlooking Lake Pichola, the Jagdish Temple in the old town, and Sahelion-ki-Bari (Garden of the Handmaidens), a good example of the Hindu art of landscape gardening on a princely scale. Possibly the highlight of this whole trip will be staying at the stunning Taj Lake Palace which seemingly floats amid the serenity of Lake Pichola. Accesible by boat, this unique heritage hotel and historic palace offers breathtaking views of the City Palace, Aravalli Hills and Machla Magra Hills.

MUMBAI Travel to the vibrant city formerly known as Bombay by air. Mumbai is the home of movie stars, millionaires and humble hard grafters and you will get a glimps of this coastal city's fascinating contrasts on a half-day tour. You'll visit Rudyard Kipling's birthplace, the J.J. School of Art campus as well as many of the city's famous sights including the Prince of Wales Museum and the simple Mani Bhawan where Mahatma Gandhi stayed when he was in Mumbai. Stay at the Taj Mahal Palace, a landmark in the city and an architectural masterpiece.

Tailor your tour

We’ve crafted this itinerary based on our own experiences and our customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible, so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip. We've included a selection of experiences so you can make the most of your time in India. You'll see the eclectic architecture of New and Old Delhi, visit Agra's greatest ode to love - the Taj Mahal - at sunrise and sunset, and explore Jaipur's Amber Fort and City Palace.

10 nights is the minimum amount of time you should spend exploring the palaces, monuments and forts of Northern India. You could easily spend an extra night or two in Delhi, Jaipur, Jodphur or Mumbai which will give you enough time to really soak up each city's unique vibe. Alternatively, add a stay in Ranthambore or visit one of Central India's wildlife parks following your stay in Mumbai.

After a busy cultural itinerary you may want to spend some time relaxing, and from Mumbai, access to Goa is easy and we can have you on a beach in no time.

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