Duration: 11 days/10 nights
Best of Rajasthan and Taj Mahal Tour Destinations: Delhi / Jodhpur / Ranakpur / Udaipur / Pushkar / Ranthambore / Jaipur / Fatehpur Sikri / Agra / Delhi
Best of Rajasthan and Taj Mahal Tour - Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
On your arrival at the international airport in Delhi, you will be received by me personally or by a representative of Popular India Vacations and helped to check into your hotel. Relax and stay overnight at the hotel.
Best of Rajasthan and Taj Mahal Tour - Day 2: Delhi - Jodhpur
After breakfast board the flight for Jodhpur. Arrive in Jodhpur, check into your hotel and refresh yourself. Later we go sightseeing in Jodhpur You can see the Jaswant Thada or royal cenotaphs in the Umaid Public Gardens and tour the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace, which has a heritage museum. Enjoy shopping in the evening. Stay overnight at your hotel in Jodhpur.
Best of Rajasthan and Taj Mahal Tour - Day 3: Jodhpur
After breakfast we leave for a tour of Jodhpur. See the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India. Within the fort there are beautiful palaces, and a display of royal arms and artifacts. We also visit Osiyan, an oasis in the desert, with many beautiful Hindu and Jain temples.
In the afternoon we leave for Udaipur. On the way we visit the Ranakpur Temples, one of the largest groups of Jain Temples in India. The most famous temples at Ranakpur are the Chaumukha, Neminath and Parashnath Temples. Arrive in Udaipur and check into the hotel, where you stay overnight.
Best of Rajasthan and Taj Mahal Tour - Day 4: Udaipur
After breakfast leave for a daylong tour of Udaipur. See the City Palace, a grand palace with beautiful architecture, the Jagdish Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and the folk art museum with a colorful collection of puppets, musical instruments and paintings.
Best of Rajasthan and Taj Mahal Tour - Day 5: Udaipur - Pushkar
After breakfast you can wander through the city or take a boat ride on Lake Pichola and see the fabulous lake palaces of Udaipur, the Jag Mandir Palace and the Jag Niwas Palace now known as the Taj Lake Palace, and enjoy the regal ambience.
Then we leave for the pilgrimage destination of Pushkar. Arrive in Pushkar and check into your hotel, where you stay overnight.
Best of Rajasthan and Taj Mahal Tour - Day 6: Pushkar - Ranthambore
After breakfast we visit Pushkar Lake, and tour the temples in Pushkar including the Brahma Temple, which is the only Brahma Temple in India. The Pushkar Lake is considered a very holy spot by Hindus and pilgrims come to bathe at this holy lake on auspicious days. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Then we leave for Ranthambore. Arrive in Ranthambore, check into your hotel and relax. Later you can explore your surroundings and visit the nearby town of Sawai Madhopur, known for its handicrafts and paintings. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Best of Rajasthan and Taj Mahal Tour - Day 7: Ranthambore National Park
Early morning we leave for the Ranthambore National Park where you can enjoy a thrilling jeep safari. The Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places to see tigers in India. The tigers of Ranthambore can be seen in the scrub jungle, near the lakes and resting in the shade of the monuments, in Ranthambore National Park. Apart from tigers you can also see deer, leopards, monkeys, squirrels, mongoose, wild boar, crocodiles and many species of birds, on your safari tour at Ranthambore National Park with Popular India Vacations. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Best of Rajasthan and Taj Mahal Tour - Day 8: Jaipur
After breakfast we leave for Jaipur. Arrive in Jaipur, check into your hotel and relax. Then we take a tour of Jaipur. In the well-planned Pink City of Jaipur, built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, you will see the beautiful facade of the Hawa Mahal palace, the City Palace, which also contains a museum, and the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. You can also walk through the streets and colorful markets of Jaipur, where many kinds of handicraft items, textiles, pottery and artifacts are sold. Return to your hotel to stay overnight.
Best of Rajasthan and Taj Mahal Tour - Day 9: Jaipur- Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
After breakfast we take a trip to Amer Fort, 11 Km from Jaipur where you can enjoy an elephant ride to Amer Fort. Within the fort there are many palaces and royal buildings.
Then we leave Jaipur for Agra. On the way we stop at Fatehpur Sikri, a beautiful city built by Emperor Akbar but later abandoned. There are many grand monuments in Fatehpur Sikri, including a large mosque - the Jama Masjid, a beautiful palace - the Panch Mahal, and a grand gateway - the Buland Darwaza. Arrive in Agra in the evening and check into your hotel, where you will stay overnight.
Best of Rajasthan and Taj Mahal Tour - Day 10: Agra
Rise early and visit the Taj Mahal at 6:00 a.m. See the breathtaking sight of the Taj Mahal, along with the sunrise. The early morning light is perfect for taking photographs of this beautiful monument in white marble. The best example of Islamic architecture in India, the Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal, is a symbol of everlasting love, which you can see on tours to India with Popular India Vacations.
Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we proceed for an Agra Tour where we will see the grand Agra Fort. The Mughal Emperor Akbar built this majestic fort, with later additions by the Emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan. Within the fort there are grand palaces, halls of private and public audience and formal gardens. See other famous monuments in Agra and then leave for Delhi.
Best of Rajasthan and Taj Mahal Tour - Day 11: Agra - Delhi - Departure
After breakfast we leave for Delhi. Arrive in Delhi, check into your hotel and relax. Then we leave for a city tour of Delhi. In Old Delhi you can see the immense sandstone Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Qutab Minar. In New Delhi you can see the Parliament House, India Gate and Bahai Temple. You can also enjoy shopping in the markets of Delhi. Leave for the airport to board your flight to your onward destination, at the end of your Best of Rajasthan and Taj Mahal Tour, with Popular India Vacations.