See India’s fairytale book pages come to life on this 11-night suggested itinerary. See the Taj Mahal before heading deeper into royal Rajasthan to see what life was like in the days of maharajas. Linger in imposing palaces and forts as you stay in elegant Udaipur and blue-hued Jodhpur before returning to Delhi.

11nights INDEPENDENT TOUR

Suggested route & duration

11 nights from Delhi

Delhi: 2 nights

Agra: 2 nights

Jaipur: 2 nights

Jodhpur: 2 nights

Udaipur: 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.

Recommended highlights

DELHI In India's bustling metropolitan capital you'll divide your time between the contrasting Old and New Delhi quarters. In Old Delhi you will visit the 17th Century Jama Masjid - the biggest mosque in India - and walk through the narrow, winding lanes of the colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk bazaar. Continue sightseeing in New Delhi with a visit to a UNESCO World Heritage site, Qutub Minar, the second tallest minar in India and made of red stone and marble covered with intricate carvings. Later visit the 16th Century Humayun’s Tomb, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style and a precursor of the Taj Mahal.

AGRA One of India's most popular destinations, Agra is home to the world-renowned Taj Mahal. During your time here you'll have the chance to enjoy the cultural wonder at both sunrise and sunset, the best times of day to see the beauty of the stunning white marble mausoleum. You'll also visit the Red Fort of Agra, a 16th Century red sandstone monument that was once the main residence of the Mughal Empire.

JAIPUR Continue to culturally rich Jaipur via the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. Abandoned due to a lack of a water supply, it remains an exceptional example of Mughal splendour. While in Jaipur you'll spend a full day exploring its sights including the 17th Century Amber Fort, the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways and Jantar Mantar, the most famous of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in India.

JODHPUR Head west to Jodhpur, a historic walled city of blue-washed buildings. You'll visit 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'.

UDAIPUR En-route to Udaipur, you'll stop at Ranakpur Jain Temples to admire the exquisite carvings. Once you arrive in the lakeside town of Udaipur you'll fall in love with the romance of the place. 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. As a treat, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola that offers the best scenic view of the lake and the mountains in the city, along with some of the most important historical monuments dotted along the lakeside. When you return to Delhi we would recommend staying in the Gurgaon district for an easier return trip to the airport.

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 locally guided experiences in each city so you can get to know the stories behind the monuments and landmarks. Chat to us about adding extra experiences and we can help you with suggestions, like high tea in a royal residence or a cycling tour around Udaipur’s markets.

We offer a range of accommodations, from heritage properties to luxury resorts. If you are celebrating a special occasion or want to include some unique properties to give you the wow factor, we are happy to make recommendations such as the stunning Taj Lake Palace which is situated on an island in Lake Pichola in Udaipur accessible only by boat, or the Oberoi Amarvilas which boast views of the Taj Mahal from almost every window.

We think you’ll want to spend at least 2 nights in each place so you’ll have enough time to see the major sights in each city. If you have more days to spare, add on an extra night or two in Udaipur or Jaipur (or both) and spend longer in Rajasthan’s prettiest cities. Alternatively, explore more of the region and get a wildlife fix by going on tiger safaris in Ranthambore National Park or luxury camping in leopard country at Suján Jawai. Let us know if you have time to spare and we can tell you the best places to head on to afterwards.

If you are after some rest and relaxation after a busy itinerary, then why not fly south to spend time exploring the quiet Keralan countryside or soak up some sun on a beach in Goa.