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IN04: 14 Days Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi

Tour Type: Private tailor-made tour, experienced guide and driver
Accommodation: 4 to 5-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice
Highlights:

  • Explore India’s Golden Triangle cities and the western Rajasthan region.
  • Colors of Indian cities: Pink Jaipur, Blue Jodhpur, White Udaipur, Golden Jaisalmer.
  • Exclusive route deep into primitive towns to discover a different India.
  • Best road trip by private car service, ready to stop at any time for taking photos.

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Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Delhi; airport pick-up
Arrival Note: Welcome to New Delhi! At the Indira Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative and invited to take a chauffeur’s escort to a downtown hotel in our well-prepared private car.

Activities & Dinner Suggestion:
The remainder of the day is free for you to rest in the hotel and recover from the jet lag. We offer you a choice of 4 and 5-star hotels to suit different budgets and needs. Both hotels have restaurants inside and are easy to shop and eat around. If you’re not tired, you can go for a walk by yourself. The 5-star hotel is a 10-minute walk from the India Gate Garden, while the 4-star hotel is a five-minute walk from the Japanese Park.
Day 2: World Heritage exploration in Delhi
Sightseeing Activities: We will start the day from the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques of India in the Mughal architectural style. Next, a photo stop will be arranged at the Red Fort, for you to appreciate this massive red sandstone masterpiece. Afterwards, we will offer you a special rickshaw ride through the crowded and oldest market of Delhi, the Chandni Chowk. This would be an interesting way to experience and engage with the local life.

In the afternoon, the guide will lead you to visit the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the best Sikh shrine in India. Next up will be the highlights of today, two World Heritage sites in Delhi – the antique Humayun's Tomb, India’s first garden mausoleum, as well as the Qutub Minar, a soaring sandstone minaret built in 1192. Our final stop will be the India Gate, a huge arch commemorating the Indian soldiers who died in the First World War. On the way back to the hotel, we’ll drive past the Parliament House, President’s House, and other government buildings.

Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Delhi Qutub Minar, India
    Qutub Minar
Day 3: Drive to Mandawa by private car (340 km; 6 to 7 hours)
After breakfast, we will begin a long drive to Mandawa, a picturesque town in Shekhawati Region. It will be a long way taking up to 7 hours, but don't worry, as we have arranged a spacious and comfortable air-conditioned car exclusive for you. Our driver, with more than 10 years of experience, will make your journey easy and smooth. There are some primitive villages along the way, where we can have a rest, or if you see any scenic places that interest you, you can ask the driver to stop anytime for you to take photos. This is the biggest advantage of our private tour. Upon arrival in Mandawa, check into a heritage hotel and recover from the fatigue of the long ride.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 4: Mandawa sightseeing; drive to Bikaner
Morning Activities: After breakfast, our guide will take you through the quiet town of Mandawa to see the painted Havelis, the ornately decorated local residences with elaborate frescos, some of which have been converted into hotels or resorts, while some dilapidated in a state of ruin. This antique tone is a favorite of art-loving archaeologist type of people.

Afternoon Car Ride: It will take us 4 hours to drive 234 km to Bikaner and check into a local heritage hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 5: Bikaner highlights; drive to Jaisalmer
Morning Activities: We’ll visit Bikaner’s most famous attraction, the Junagarh Fort, a well-preserved 16th-century forts complex, and one of the few forts in Rajasthan that is not built on top of a hill. Featuring different architectural styles, it contains many palaces, temples and pavilions. The guide will take you to some of the grandest buildings in it, such as the Har Mandir, a temple where the royal family used to perform important ceremonies.

Afternoon Car Ride: We will take a 5-hour private car ride to complete the 300 km road journey to Jaisalmer, where we’ll spent the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Junagarh Fort
    Junagarh Fort
Day 6: Historical sites and desert safari at Jaisalmer
Sightseeing Activities: We have a full day to explore Jaisalmer. First, our guide will take you to the landmark Jaisalmer Fort, a majestic 12th-century fort in the desert. Unlike many forts around the world that have been converted into museums, the Jaisalmer Fort is still inhabited by ordinary people, bringing life to the area. In and around the fort, there are many Havelis, which are large houses once built by some wealthy merchants. The guide will show you the best ones like the Salim Ji Ki Haveli, Patwon Ki Haveli, and Nathmalji Ke Haveli.

Next, we will drop by the Manak Chowk, a busy market replete with local textiles, handicrafts, leather items and jewelry. Afterwards, we’ll pay a visit to the Gadisar Lake, a beautiful reservoir that once provided water for people in the Middle Ages. Late in the afternoon, you will have some spare time to visit the local bazaars before heading to the Sam Sand Dunes.

Sam Sand Dunes Safari: Towards evening, we’ll take you to the Sam Sand Dunes on the edge of the Thar Desert, where you can enjoy the stunning desert sunset that will brighten up your trip to India. Take a stroll around the camp to admire the scenery, or you can try some self-paid activities as you like, such as camel ride, desert dinner, and paragliding.

Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
    Jaisalmer Fort
Day 7: Drive to Jodhpur and visit Mehrangarh Fort
Morning Car Ride: Today will begin with a 285 km car ride to Jodhpur, taking 5 hours.

Afternoon Sightseeing in Jodhpur: Our guide will lead you to the Mehrangarh Fort, a massive historic fort built on a hilltop. We will visit a lot of splendid palaces such as the Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace) and Phool Mahal (Palace of Flowers), as well as the nearby funerary monument Jaswant Thada.

What makes us different:
1. Our guide will take you to the highest point of the fort for a panoramic view of Jodhpur with blue roofs.
2. We will provide you with an audio guide device in the fort for free.

Afterwards, we will visit the Umain Bhawan Museum, a royal palace with excellent display of weapons, artistic murals, and vintage cars. Finally, we’ll go to the clock tower area, where you can stroll around the Sardar Market.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 8: Road trip to Udaipur with visit to Ranakpur
Sightseeing Activities: We will head to Udaipur after breakfast. The 255 km drive will take 5 to 6 hours. During the drive we will stop at Ranakpur for visiting the 15th-century Jain Temple, which is a sacred site with clusters of pagodas and intricate domes. The guide will lead you to see the main temple, the Chamukha Temple, featuring 1,444 pillars with ornate carvings. After the visit, we’ll continue our journey to Udaipur and check into a local hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Ranakpur Jain Temple, India
    Ranakpur Jain Temple
Day 9: Rich heritage sites in Udaipur
Sightseeing Activities: In the morning, our guide will first take you to the City Palace. The 400-year-old royal palace stands on the shores of the Lake Pichola, with ornate rooms and a collection of ancient armor and paintings. Next, we’ll go to the Jagdish Temple, an Indo-Aryan style temple complex worshipping Lord Vishunu. Then we will enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Fatehsagar Lake. In the afternoon, we will visit the Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum featuring Rajasthani folk art and culture. Later, we’ll explore a special garden, the Sahelion-Ki-Bari, aka the Garden of the Maidens, which was built in the 18th century for the royal ladies. If time permits, you can visit the local bazaar.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 10: Road trip to Pushkar (260 km; 6 hours)
Let's move on to Pushkar, one of the holiest town for Hindus. The road is long and the driver would make stops for you when passing by some villages or coffee breaks. If you see some interesting places along the way and want to take a picture, you can also ask the driver to stop. Once arriving at the hotel, if you are still energetic, you can explore Pushkar on your own. The town’s fame did not come from luxurious palaces and nice scenery, but mainly from its special religious status. The town is built around a lake, and Hindu temples fill the streets. The locals are all vegetarians, and alcohol, meat and eggs are banned here.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 11: Drive to Jaipur (153 km; 3 hours)
In the morning, we will travel to Jaipur by private car and arrive at the hotel around noon. The rest of the day will be the free time for you. You can have a good rest to revive yourself from the intensive journey of the past few days. Otherwise, you can tour the city at your own pace after the lunch break.

► Suggested Activities: You can go for a walk in the Deer Park or Central Park which are not far from the hotel, or you can take a tuk-tuk to the Albert Hall Museum for a visit, admiring the exhibitions of Indian art, artifacts, jewels, and furniture.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 12: Exciting day at the Pink City of Jaipur
Sightseeing Activities: The highlight of our visit today is the Amber Fort, a hilltop fort and palace built in the 16th century. The driver will take you to the parking lot and then you can hike up to the fort entrance or hire a jeep on site to take you there. Besides viewing the elaborately decorated halls, you can also have a bird's-eye-view of Jaipur at the fort. Next, we’ll take a short car ride, and the guide will accompany you to visit a group of nearby attractions, including the magnificent Maharaja City Palace displaying royal objects, the 18th-century heritage site Jantar Mantar with ancient astronomical observation instruments, and then the Hawa Mahal with an iconic high wall in pink. Finally, we’ll end the day with a visit to the Birla Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Jaipur Amber Fort, India
    Amber Fort
Day 13: Drive to Agra with stopover at Fatehpur Sikri (246 km; 5 hours)
Sightseeing Activities: Today, our driver will serve you with a comfortable ride by private car to Agra. En route, you’ll have a chance to visit the Fatehpur Sikri, also known as the Victory City. This is a large palatial complex founded by a 16th-century Mughal emperor. Entering from the main gate Buland Darwaza, we’ll visit the Jama Masjid, the Tomb of Salim Chishti, and some other valuable sites. Upon arrival in Agra, our guide will take you to the landmark Agra Fort, a 450-year-old red sandstone fortress from the Mughal Dynasty.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 14: Taj Mahal & see-off at Delhi Airport
Sunrise at Tai Mahal: The final day of the tour comes India’s No. 1 attraction, the Taj Mahal, famous not only for its elegant architecture but also for the legendary love story between Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife. Our guide will give you a morning call, as we need to arrive before the first light hits the Taj Mahal.

Why visit the Taj Mahal in the early morning:
1. For the stunning sunrise over the ivory-white marble building.
2. To avoid the crowd and get a better experience and great photos.

Departure Note: Return to the hotel for breakfast and then check out. Our driver will transfer you to the Delhi Airport in about 4 hours. Hope you’ve enjoyed our service! If you want to explore other parts of India or extend your trip to other countries, we are more than willing to help.

Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Taj Mahal in India
    Taj Mahal
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DestinationsLuxury HotelsStandard Hotels
DelhiLe Meridien New Delhi
Crowne Plaza New Delhi Rohini
MandawaVivaana Culture, Mandawa (Heritage Hotel)
Vivaana Culture, Mandawa (Heritage Hotel)
BikanerGajner Palace, Bikaner (Heritage Hotel)
Gajner Palace, Bikaner (Heritage Hotel)
JaisalmerGorbandh Palace, Jaisalmer
Gorbandh Palace, Jaisalmer
JodhpurRadisson Jodhpur
Indana Palace, Jodhpur
UdaipurRadisson Udaipur
Ramada by Wyndham Udaipur Resort and Spa
PushkarWestin Pushkar Resort & Spa
Ananta Spa & Resort, Pushkar
JaipurHilton Jaipur
Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre
AgraCourtyard by Marriott Agra
Holiday Inn Agra MG Road
Tour Prices

Christmas & 2023 special: Enjoy 12% off if you book before Dec. 25, 2022

Category
Month
Jan - Mar, Oct - Dec
Apr - Sep
Tour Prices with Luxury Hotels
Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Jan - Mar, Oct - Dec$1929
$1697
$1729
$1521
Apr - Sep$1649
$1451
$1449
$1275
Tour Prices with Standard Hotels
Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Jan - Mar, Oct - Dec$1719
$1512
$1529
$1345
Apr - Sep$1569
$1380
$1369
$1204
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
What's Included
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Service of English speaking guide as per itinerary.
  • Monument Entrance fee as per itinerary.
  • 2 bottles of drinking water per person per day.
  • All presently applicable taxes.
What's Excluded
  • Any flights & Airport taxes.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • India Visa Fee & camera fees.
International Flight Information
► From the UK to Delhi
There are direct flights from London, and you can choose Virgin Atlantic VS300 20:05/09:10, which takes 8 hours and 35 minutes to arrive. Going from Birmingham, there are direct flights AI114 21:30/10:30 available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays, taking 8.5 hours; on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, you can choose transfer flights, to take Emirates EK040 14:20/00:25 arriving in Dubai for a 3.5-hour stopover, and then take EK510 03:55/09:05 to Delhi, and the total duration is 14 hours and 15 minutes.

► The return trip 
There are many flights available between Delhi and the big cities in the UK. Between Delhi and London, the direct flights are AI111 14:00/19:00, AI133 05:25/10:15, VS301 10:00/15:20, VS303 02:30/07:50, BA142 01:50/07:05. But you may get better discount if you can make a connection, such as KU384/KU101 06:50/14:45, EY211/EY019 04:45/12:50, QR4781/QR329 22:00/06:45+1.

► To fly to Manchester Airport (MAN) 
AI122/AY1365  07:40/17:00, stopover at Helsinki for about 2 hours.
UK017/BA1406  14:40/22:40, stopover at London for 1h40m.
TK717/TK1995  06:20/15:25, stop at Istanbul for 2h45m and then fly to Manchester.

► Flights to Birmingham International Airport (BHM) 
AI143/AF1645 12:50/21:35, AI143 flies about 9 hours to Paris and then change to AF1645. 
EK511/EK037  11:00/19:40, stop Dubai for about 2 hours.  
AI121/LH958  13:35/22:25, you will have about 3 hours to change flight at Frankfurt.

The flights to Leeds are also available, please contact us if you need detailed information.
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  • Tabitha Parker from SingaporePosted on February 27, 2020
    The 14-day Rajasthan tour I booked on Agate Travel was really a success. The e-mail and phone communications were so efficient and convenient. Our trip was well-organized and thank all the guides and drivers for their interesting shares and considerate services. I would definitely use Agate Travel again and would recommend it to anyone wanting to experience Indian culture as well as seeing the wonderful sights.
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  • Lange Vermeule from AustraliaPosted on January 14, 2020
    Hotel and catering arrangements were all acceptable. Indian ancient civilization and natural scenery were worth seeing!
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    4/5
  • Craig Wynia from SpainPosted on December 23, 2019
    The local tour guides’ services were good and their introductions to Indian culture were also detailed.
    Be sure to enjoy your 14-day Rajasthan holiday!
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    5/5
  • Ricardu Treloar from USAPosted on December 10, 2019
    There were so many temples and churches in India. Its ancient civilization is really a great legacy of the world. The Indian tour guides gave us comprehensive and detailed introductions of those scenic spots.

    The trip was efficient and leisurely. We had lots of free time to explore the rustic landscape. The 14 days India Rajasthan holiday came to an end happily and satisfactorily.
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    5/5
  • Kathleen Ting from FrancePosted on November 29, 2019
    The tour guide gave good explanation and the accommodation was satisfactory.
    The attractions were enjoyable. I would like to visit other parts of India when I have another chance next time.
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    5/5
  • Biryetega Russell from the United KingdomPosted on November 13, 2019
    The trip to India was fruitful. I had a new understanding of this country. I always thought local security was a problem, but it was better than I thought. The world heritage in India and the tropical natural scenery were two main reasons for me to plan this trip. I also felt the local culture and customs personally. The overall schedule of the 14 days India tour was quite substantial.
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    4/5
  • Sajida Craig from MalaysiaPosted on October 29, 2019
    The 14 days Rajasthan heritage tour for family was well-worth! It was relatively safe with a group tour. India is an amazing country with strong religious beliefs and beautiful natural scenery. The accommodations also fulfilled expectation!
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    4/5
  • Pamela Lundgreen from ItalyPosted on October 11, 2019
    It was a very leisurely 14 days India tour to Rajasthan. We didn't feel tired the whole time.
    The guide's explanation was very enthusiastic and interesting. We laughed all the way. The schedule was quite reasonable. The attractions were mostly natural scenery, classic forts and temples. These all impressed us deeply.
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    5/5
  • Jean Jacques from the United StatesPosted on September 29, 2019
    The renowned local havelis and elaborate frescos in Mandawa, busy Manak Chowk market replete with local textiles, handicrafts, leather items, Gadisar Lake... they all impressived me deeply. The local guides were humorous and responsible, and their explanations were very also professional and fascinating. This 14 days classic Rajasthan heritage tour was so wonderful!!
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    5/5
  • Elliot Hom from AustraliaPosted on September 11, 2019
    The tour guides were so dedicated, and they kept their eyes on each of us throughout the trip. Because we like taking photos, we were always the last, but the tour guides could wait for us patiently WITHOUT any complain.

    And most importantly, the explanations were quite interesting and detailed! They did their best to meet all our requests in food and accommodation conscientiously.
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    5/5
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