Rajasthan Explored – Suggested Itinerary
A great choice for those looking to explore India's best-known state in more depth, this suggested itinerary gives an insight into rural Rajasthan, as well as ticking off iconic cities such as buzzing Delhi, Udaipur with its stunning Lake Pichola and Jaipur including the impressive Amber Fort.
Suggested route & duration
13 nights round trip from Delhi
Delhi: 2 nights
Mandawa: 2 nights
Nagaur: 1 night
Pali: 2 nights
Udaipur: 2 nights
Shahpura: 1 night
Jaipur: 2 nights
Delhi: 1 night
About this independent tour
This is a private itinerary including a car and driver and local English-speaking tour guides for sightseeing. The itinerary is completely flexible, so you can choose your own number of nights, change accommodation, add excursions and extend your holiday.
DELHI In India's bustling capital, you'll divide your time between the contrasting Old and New Delhi quarters. In Old Delhi, you'll visit fantastic landmarks including the resplendent Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque in India. In New Delhi, take a driving tour around the city taking in sights such as the impressive colonial-era Presidential Palace and visit UNESCO listed Humayun's Tomb which is considered a precursor to the Taj Mahal.
MANDAWA Located in the Shekhawati region, Mandawa is a beautiful 18th-Century town known for its vast array of havelis and fantastic restaurants. Traditionally the old settlements for rich merchant families, the havelis are a major attraction for tourists visiting the area. They retain a lovely bygone charm – you can enjoy splendid sights of lavishly painted walls and opulent architecture.
NAGAUR During your stopover in Nagaur, stay at the luxurious Ranvas. Situated within the majestic Ahhichatragarh Fort, the Ranvas is a sensitively restored heritage hotel, surrounded by a sprawling complex of charming gardens and temples.
PALI En-route to your stay in Pali, you’ll take a tour of the medieval city of Jodhpur. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, the former 15th-Century royal palace complex. Situated on a hill overlooking the city, this is a great place to spot the blue-painted houses that populate much of the city’s old quarter. Continue to Pali where you can use free time to explore some of the city's temples.
UDAIPUR The romantic lake-side city of Udaipur lies on the southern side of the Aravalli Hill range. This timeless city is full of old-heritage charm and beautiful architecture, particularly in the towering City Palace which you will visit on a half day tour along with other important sites such as Jagdish Temple before taking a late-afternoon boating trip on Udaipur’s stunning Lake Pichola.
SHAHPURA Travel to Shahpura via Chittor Garh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest fort in India. Known locally as the 'Pride of Rajastan', the fort has an extensive history dating back to the 7th-Century and has seen its fair share of battles over the years. Spend the night at the luxurious Shahpura Bagh hotel. Once a summer residence for the rulers of Shahpura, it’s now an elegantly-restored boutique hotel, set within a 45-acre estate of stunning gardens and lakes.
JAIPUR Continue to Jaipur, Rajasthan's capital, where you'll spend a full day exploring the city. First you'll travel out to the beautiful Amber Fort, a sprawling historic palace complex situated within the Aravalli Hills, before returning to the city to visit the stunning City Palace complex and the royal observatory of Jantar Mantar.
Tailor your tour
We've built this itinerary to give you an idea of how you could discover some of Rajasthan’s less trodden paths. But as with all our independent tours, it's completely flexible, so if you’re a first time visitor to this popular state, you shouldn't miss a trip to see the famous Taj Mahal by extending your trip and spending two nights in Agra.
We've picked the best in class hotels in the less visited destinations on this itinerary. However, if you want to add a splash of opulence in the larger cities, why not upgrade to stay at The Oberoi in New Delhi or the iconic Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur.
After a travel-heavy itinerary, such as this, why not treat yourself to a few days relaxation in southern India. With direct flights from Delhi, choose from the laid-back beaches of Goa, or you could divert down to Kerala for an even slower pace and leafier landscapes.
We can personalise this fully flexible tour to create a tailor-made Rajasthan adventure that’s right for you. Just ask one of our Personal Travel Experts to help.