Experience Rajasthan's best-kept secrets, its majestic forts and palaces, and learn about its rich cultural heritage on this 14-day journey. Begin your trip from the bustling metropolis of New Delhi to the ancient ruins of Rajasthan, including a stop at Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort. Immerse yourself in a Chanoud Garh homestay culinary experience and discover traditional cooking techniques. In addition to seeing the beautiful forts and palaces of Udaipur by boat while staying at Taj Fateh Prakash, you can also take a cruise to the Jag Mandir and Lake Pichola.
Explore the ruins of the Mughal Empire's capital city, Old Delhi
Hike Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort and learn about its history
Experience a Chanoud Garh intimate homestay and traditional family cuisine
Visit Udaipur City Palace, an architectural marvel of Rajasthan
Delhi, the capital of India, is a city that offers a glimpse of both ancient and modern-day India. It is the third-largest city in India and one of the fastest-growing in Asia. This city is rich in culture, always changing with time but never hiding its splendid past. The various ancient ruins seen in the city are silent witnesses to its magnificent history.
After breakfast, explore the grandeur and subsequent ruin of the Mughal Empire. Tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and driving past Red Fort, once the most opulent fort and palace of the Mughal Empire. Walk through the streets and markets of this 17th-century imperial capital city of the Mughal empire where royalty descended. Savor the fragrances of the boisterous Spice Markets, one of Asia's largest, and be dazzled by the glitter of India's largest Jewelry markets with a mix of walking and rickshaw rides. Discover hidden gems while exploring the narrow alleys and 350-yr old markets of the city built at the acme of the Mughal Empire, India's most glorious monarchy. Later enjoy the rickshaw ride in one of the busiest markets.
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur (260 km / 5 hrs drive).
Jaipur: The capital city-state of Rajasthan, also known as "Pink City" owes its name, its foundation, and planning to the great warrior astronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II. The city sits on a dry lakebed in a wild and somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hills surmounted by fortresses and crenelated walls.
Upon arrival, check in at the hotel.
strong>Amber Heritage Trail - Beyond the Fort: Amer was a flourishing settlement as far back as 967 A.D occupied by the Meena. This ancient town is known for numerous historic temples, Haveli, and water harvesting structures. This visit was carefully designed for a two-hour walk and is a perfect accompaniment and antidote to any visit to the busy Amber Fort. Explore the rich heritage and enjoy the natural beauty of the Aravali mountain range, away from the tourist crowd. Those who love the outdoors, beautiful scenery, and fresh air can combine this walk with gentle trekking in the surrounding Aravali hills. Visit a ruined fort, hidden shines, and meet the local Meena community to learn about their daily lives and traditional village.
After visiting the fort, join us on this memorable royal grandeur private guided tour visit to the City Palace, the residence of the present Royal family who has opened their gates to visitors and converted a part of their palace into a museum. The Palace of Jaipur is full of brilliant architecture and intricately carved walls and pillars.
After lunch, proceed to Bazaars, Crafts & Cuisine Walk.Jaipur offers a dazzling immersion into the riches of traditional India. Since its foundation in 1727, the royal family and nobles of Jaipur had been patronizing various craftsmen and artisans in Pink City.
On this fascinating evening walking Tour mingle and talk with locals about some of the region's culinary delights. Observe local artisans like Silversmiths, Bangle makers at work. Meet a local family and experience Indian hospitality. It is a great way to explore Jaipur like locals do and learn about the rich artistic traditions of this fascinating city.
After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur (350 km / 5-6 hrs).
Jodhpur: Rao Jodha Ji, who claimed descent from Lord Rama (the hero of epic Ramayana), founded Jodhpur, the former capital of Marwar State, in 1459. The historical origins of Jodhpur are revealed by many countless cultural celebrations during the Marwar festival. A variety of Rajasthani folk music and dance performances introduce the audience to the local folklore. The cultural bonanza enlivens and transports the participants back into the historical origins of this colorful region of Rajasthan.
The mighty Mehrangarh Fort and the breathtaking Umaid Bhawan Palace, which now is one of the world’s best heritage Hotels, offer a glimpse of what this popular attraction in Rajasthan is all about. Jodhpur offers its visitors an unbeatable blend of modern and ancient that divides the city into separate, Old and New. The Old Jodhpur is famous for blue-painted houses and consistently mushrooming hotels catering to hippie culture and to those interested in witnessing the rustic side of this is one of the favorite getaways in Rajasthan.
After breakfast, visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone Hill, including Moti-Mahal and Phool Mahal, Jaswant Thada, an imposing Marble Memoriam built-in 1899.
Mehrangarh Fort: On a stiff rugged hill and with a breathtaking view, the fort appears invincible and impenetrable from the outside. It houses some of the most intricately adorned palaces with exquisitely carved panels and latticed windows. Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana are some of the important palaces.
Jodhpur Heritage Walks and Lunch with Indian Family: Jodhpur, the capital, was founded by Rao Jodha in the mid-1400, a proficient Rajput king belonging to Rathore Clan, and continued to retain its medieval feel with numerous step wells, ancient temples, historic Havelis, and Blue houses. Dive deep into the heart of Jodhpur to discover the lesser-known treasures of this enchanting city. Learn about interesting local legends from the past, Peep into the life of locals, Meet and interact with the city’s residents, and wander through narrow alleyways dotted with Indigo-colored houses.
Old City Market: Visit the old City's major handicraft and textile export hub. Maharani Textiles is one of the major markets that offers heaps of shawls and carpets.
After breakfast, get ready to a drive to Chanoud Garh (100 kms/2 hrs).
Chanoud Garh, a palace of yore and a heritage hotel, Chanoud Garh is a three-hundred-year-old heritage property that has been restored to include modern-day comforts into its old-world charm. Every suite in the palace is a tribute to the Rajput architectural heritage and decorated to reflect colonial influences and personal interests.
Chanoud Garh will give you many reasons to travel to this princely state of Rajasthan. Cutaway and relax from the regular tourist hubs, enjoy a quiet rural village, allow us to spoil you with delectable dishes from the family kitchen, or soak in the tranquil environment, far removed from the buzz of the city. The family looks after you personally, a hospitality tradition that will transport you to an era of royalty in the warmth of our home.
Traditional Welcome by a Family Member
Lunch in Rang Mahal (a beautiful hand-painted 300-year-old room)
Art Cooking (intimate homestay and Traditional Family Cuisine)
After breakfast at Rang Mahal, time for you to put on your walking shoes, a pair of khakis, and a cap as you get ready to experience the village and its people. Accompanied by a village guide, this walk is to absorb a slice of village life. As you make your way to the village school, through the market and village houses to the old picturesque fort on the banks of the lake to the royal family cenotaphs and a vegetable garden. Meet the village folks and understand their way of life.
Jeep Ride into the countryside in the afternoon.
Drinks and dinner at the Mor Chowk seated around a bonfire.
After breakfast at the hotel and morning safari, drive to Udaipur. (220 km/3-4 hrs drive)
Udaipur, popularly known as the city of lakes, was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II. The beautiful city of Udaipur has five pristine lakes, with Pichola being the most impressive. The Old City of Udaipur is known for numerous historic temples, Havelis and Baoris (Step wells).
Evening visit to Jag Mandir by shared boat: Jag Mandir is a palace built on an island in Lake Pichola. It is also called the "Lake Garden Palace" The Palace is located in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Its construction is a credit to three Maharanas of the Sisodia Rajputs of Mewar kingdom. The construction of the Palace was started in 1551 by Maharana Amar Singh, continued by Maharana Karan Singh (1620–1628), and finally completed by Maharana Jagat Singh I (1628–1652).
After breakfast, start your tour with Udaipur’s most iconic tourist attraction, “City Palace Complex.“ with its marble and granite walls laden with miniature paintings and decorated with tiles, glasswork, and mirrors, a great insight into the lives of the royalties.
Udaipur City Palace: This is one of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan, located peacefully on the banks of Lake Pichola. This majestic City Palace is the most-visited tourist attraction of Udaipur and, is often distinguished as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan.
Jagdish Temple: Located in the City Palace complex of Udaipur, this temple is made in an Indo-Aryan style of architecture. In 1651, the Jagdish temple was built by Maharana Jagat Singh, who ruled Udaipur from 1628-to 53.
Walking Tour: Discover the hidden quarters of this romantic city and offers a great opportunity to explore the city. During the tour, meet various locals and communities engaged in jewelry making, pottery, and bamboo craft. Also, learn about the local traditional customs attached to the living habits and religious beliefs.
After breakfast, drive to Eklingji temple en-route visit to Nagda temples. The Eklingji temple is a lovely marble complex made up of 108 temples, the first of which was built in A.D. 734 by Bappa Rawal, the legendary founder of the Sisodia clan, who ruled the Mewar kingdom for hundreds of years.
Delwara Village Walking Tour: The walk is an initiative of an NGO called Seva Mandir, a developmental nonprofit organization founded in 1968 which currently works with 360,000 people across 700 villages around Udaipur. Seva Mandir has worked in partnership with Delwara’s people since 1988. Together, they have made sustainable improvements to caste relations, women’s rights, access to water, livelihoods, sanitation, governance, and preservation of their heritage. During this walk, explore the 18th-century palace, 1000-year-old Jain temples, step-wells, and royal hunting tower.
Afterward, transfer to the airport to board the flight for Delhi. Upon arrival at the Delhi airport, transfer to the airport hotel.
Day 12: New Delhi | Return Home
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board the flight to return home/onward journey.
The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.