Rajasthan which is also known as the “Land of Maharajas” is the largest state of India, covering an area of about 342,239 sq. km. It comprises of 33 districts and its largest city is Jaipur, which is also its capital. Being located on the western side of the country, it shares its border with Pakistan to its northwest and to the west it shares its border with Sindh. To its north it has Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to its northeast; to its southeast it has Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat to its southwest. The glory of the state is retained by its majestic palaces, forts and monuments. The vibrant culture and rich heritage of this princely state draw innumerable tourists from across the globe.
Its major attractions include the ruins of Indus Valley Civilization, the oldest mountain range- Aravalli, a Jain pilgrimage site known as Dilwara Temples, Karni Mata Mandir, the only hill station of Rajasthan- Mount Abu, Keoladeo National Park (formerly known as BharatpurNational Park, the Ranthambore National Park and the Sariska Tiger Reserve.
Some of its major architectural wonders include Chittorgarh fort - the largest fort in Asia, Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur, Jaipur “The Pink City” houses a number of well known tourists spots which include Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Lake Palace, City Palace, Amber Palace, Jantar Mantar, Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur, Jaisalmer Fort in Jaisalmer and many more.
Not only this, the princely state of Rajasthan hosts varied colorful fairs and festivals which are known for their uniqueness and captivates a large number of tourists from India and overseas every year, some of which are Pushkar Fair, Jaipur Literature Festival, Jodhpur Flamenco & Gypsy Festival, Jaipur Heritage International Festival, Desert Festival, Urs at Ajmer, Teej and many more to give you a whole new experience, making your trip a memorable one! Read here why tourists love Ajmer.
DELHI - AGRA - RANTHORE - JAIPUR - DELHI
6 Nights & 7 Days
Day 1: Delhi
Arrive in Delhi and check-in at hotel. After check-in, explore the contrasts of Old and New Delhi which includes the enormous Jama Masjid from which you can walk through the bazaars and narrow streets - a great way to absorb the sights and sounds of Old Delhi. See the monumental buildings set along wide boulevards of Lutyens' New Delhi, including India Gate and the President's residence. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi – Agra (225 kms / 04 hrs)
After breakfast start you day with a visit to Rajghat, Lotus temple (closed on Monday) - this distinctive lotus shaped marvel in Marble is a symbol of peace. Further continue to Qutab Minar - a UNESCO World Heritage site – the tallest brick minaret in the world, at 238 feet (72m).
Later leave for Agra (205 kms in approx 4 hours). Arrive in Agra and check in to your hotel. Later visit Agra Fort – a UNESCO World Heritage site. The elegant building reflects an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural style, it was built by Emperor Akbar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Agra – Ranthambore via Bharatpur
Today visit Taj Mahal - a UNESCO World heritage site at sunrise (closed on Friday). The 17th century Taj Mahal is often called a poem in stone. If so, the mausoleum is a love poem - created by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by a Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, continue your tour, heading east to the ancient, abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. After exploring with a local guide, drive to nearby Bharatpur railway station. Board your train and travel to Sawai Madhopur - a journey of just over two hours. This is the nearest station to Ranthambhore National Park - your location for the next two nights. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Ranthambore
Head into Ranthambhore Park twice to enjoy game drives through the rugged terrain which is home to lots of wildlife, including the elusive Bengal tiger. Your game drives are early in the morning and then early evening, when temperatures are at their coolest, and animals at their most active. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Ranthambore – Jaipur (180 kms / 03 hrs)
Enjoy your final game drive in the park this morning before a leisurely breakfast back at your hotel. After breakfast drive to the Pink City of Jaipur (180 kms in approx 03 hours). On arrival, check in to your hotel. This late afternoon you have the chance to explore the bazaars with your private guide - get behind the scenes of the local markets with the chance to meet local traders and artisans. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Jaipur
After breakfast, gain an insight into the fascinating city of Jaipur today on a private guided tour. Explore the Palace of the Winds, the Jantar Mantar Observatory and the impressive Amber Fort located 11km (6.8 miles) outside the city. Back at the hotel, you might like to watch the evening puppet show which is shown on certain days of the week. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Jaipur
Today drive back to Delhi, a journey of approximately five to six hours