Places Visited: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Nagaur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Deogarh, Udaipur
So you want to see the Taj Mahal, and, while you’re in India, tick off the country’s other iconic sights? And maybe experience life in a Rajput palace or two, with a detour into the desert for a walk with a camel?
This tour ticks all those boxes, and more. In essence, it is our recommended itinerary for first-time visitors to India, or anyone wishing to revisit the country’s most famous sites. Tried, tested and refined by us over three decades of designing holidays in the region, it includes stays in some of our all-time favourite properties, and a broad range of different experiences, from walking tours in Jodhpur’s warrenous ‘Blue City’ to sundowners on hilltops surveying miles of idyllic countryside.
You’ll get to taste life in the villages as well as the towns and cities, visit cave temples in the middle of nowhere, ride on an Indian passenger train and see the region’s arts and crafts in action.
Starting in an exquisite walled mansion at the heart of Old Delhi, the route follows the ‘Golden Triangle’ clockwise to the Rajasthani capital, Jaipur, then veers west to the desert citadel of Jaisalmer before ending at the ‘Lake City’, Udaipur.
Throughout you’ll be staying in 4- and 5-star hotels, travelling in a chauffeur-driven car, with English-speaking guides to accompany you at every stage. And you’ll get to visit the Taj – twice!
✓ Experience sunset and sunrise at the Taj Mahal
✓ Visit Old Delhi’s great Mughal mosque and fort
✓ Explore Amber Fort and the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur
✓ Travel across the Thar Desert to India’s remotest town, Jaisalmer
✓ Discover the hidden gems of Jodhpur’s blue-painted old quarter
✓ Relax in a luxury rural hideway in southern Rajasthan
✓ Marvel at Udaipur’s fairy-tale palaces from the water
✓ Shop for souvenirs in some of the country’s finest emporia