Classic Rajasthan: India’s Golden Triangle and Rural Forts

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Overview

Home to some of India’s greatest monuments, Rajasthan has with good reason been dubbed the “Land of Kings”. One of the country’s most colourful and diverse destinations, the old heartland of the Rajput princes is liberally sprinkled with some of India’s most spectacular cultural gems. This classical journey across its historic landscapes takes you from Delhi, where you will be taken on a walking tour of the old city and visit the largest spice market in Asia. Next on ...
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Example Itinerary

This is an example itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes and budget, or build a trip from scratch.

Day 1 Delhi: Arrival & New Delhi

On arrival into Delhi you will be greeted by your Wild Frontiers representative and transferred directly to your hotel for check in. This afternoon you’ll start by exploring New Delhi, with its wide tree-lined boulevards, offering ever-changing perspectives of Lutyens' landscaped city. This part of the city is known for its formal parks and magnificent buildings, including the parliament building and Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens), as well as the iconic India Gate. This evening there is the chance to take in a classical dance or music performance or perhaps head to the Nizamuddin Dargah Sufi Mausoleum to experience the devotional music.

The Claridges

Day 2 Delhi: Old Delhi Fort and Cookery

Today you will explore Old Delhi. Walk past old crumbling havelis, see the vibrant street food stalls, visit the famous Jama Masjid (mosque) and wander through colourful markets. Continue to the imposing Red Fort, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and considered one of the most important buildings of Mughal architecture from that period. At lunchtime head to Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, take in the architecture and listen to the worshippers chants as well as seeing the lunchtime kitchen service where volunteers feed over 180 people every 15 minutes. Later this afternoon enjoy an opportunity to experience the true flavours of Indian cuisine and hospitality, as you visit the local spice and vegetable market to learn about the different ingredients, followed by a cookery class where you will learn to prepare a range of Indian delicacies before enjoying the fruits of your labours with a traditional dinner.

The Claridges Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Delhi – Agra: Agra Fort and Farming Community

Hop on the express train to Agra, where on arrival you will visit the magnificent Agra Fort, built by the Mughal emperor Akbar. This fortified citadel overlooks the banks of the Yamuna River, and served as the headquarters of the Mughal Empire when Agra was its capital. Enjoy lunch at Sheroes Café, run by victims of acid attacks, providing them with livelihoods and a sense of belonging. Continue on to a less-visited part of Agra to then enjoy a Mughal heritage walk through the farming community of Kachhpura, led by a USAID-trained specialist guide. The walk ends with some refreshments on the rooftop of a local home where you can enjoy the sunset and catch a glimpse of the beautiful Taj Mahal across the river in the distance.

Doubletree By Hilton Agra Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Bharatpur – Ranthambore: Taj Mahal

Early this morning you will visit the iconic Taj Mahal for sunrise. This is an extraordinary time of day to visit, as the soft sunlight hits the exquisite marble relief work and semi-precious stones, resulting in a stunning blend of light and colour. After some breakfast, set off to Bharatpur, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri on the way, this abandoned city is home to intricately carved palaces, mosques and tombs. On arrival to Bharatpur, board a local train for your journey through the countryside, ending in Ranthambore for the evening.

Khem Villas Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Ranthambore: Tiger Safari

Today you will explore the wilderness of Ranthambore National Park going in search of the Bengal Tiger, as you are taken on morning and afternoon game drives, accompanied by a naturalist. Ranthambore National Park is centred around the 10th century Ranthambore Fort, and is one of India’s most picturesque parks, home to the elusive tiger, as well as many other species of wild animals including sloth bears, chital deer, wild boar, caracal, monkeys, leopards, crocodiles, jackals, jungle cats, Indian fox, and numerous species of birds, providing fantastic wildlife viewing experiences.

Khem Villas Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Ranthambore – Jaipur: Old Jaipur Crafts

This morning you will journey from the wilds of Ranthambore to the colourful streets of Jaipur. This afternoon take a walking tour through Old Jaipur, here, many of the crafts that have supported artisans in Jaipur for centuries are still in action and you can stop in at the workshops to see the artisans working. Stop as well to try some of the street food including mouth-watering sweets before wandering through the Tripolia Gate Bazaar.

Diggi Palace Breakfast

Day 7 Jaipur: Rickshaw Tour

This morning you start the day with a wonderful rickshaw ride around Jaipur with the Pink City Rickshaw Company, an initiative that supports local women from low-income communities to earn a living. Later in the morning visit the stunning Amber Fort, the Rajput masterpiece perched high on a hillside just outside Jaipur city centre. From here you’ll visit the fascinating and beautifully ornate City Palace Museum, as well as Jantar Mantar, the UNESCO listed Royal Observatory. Make sure to look out for the renowned photographer Tikam Chand as you pass the Palace of the Winds - here on Jaipur's busy streets you can have your portrait taken with a 150-year-old camera, the most beautiful and original souvenir you could ask for.

Diggi Palace Breakfast

Day 8 Jaipur – Pushkar – Jodhpur: Lake-side Temple

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Jaipur and transferred to the mystical town of Pushkar. Made famous by its camel fair, which takes place for a week in October/November, Pushkar is a beautiful lake-side town and, as it is home to India's only Brahma temple, an important pilgrimage site. After your visit continue to Jodhpur, a medieval desert town dominated by the towering and spectacular Meherangarh Fort.

Ratan Vilas Breakfast

Day 9 Jodhpur: Meherangarh Fort & Old City Bazaar

Visit the majestic Meherangarh Fort today, stopping at the royal cenotaph Jaswhat Thada en route. The Meherangarh fort sprawls across a 125m high-hill, just one kilometre from Jaswhat Thada, and is entered through a series of seven gates built by the reigning Jodhpur maharajas who each extended the fort over the centuries. You will then be taken down to the famous ‘blue’ old city to visit the central bazaar which sprawls from the clock tower, walk through the winding alleyways exploring the small shops and meeting the shopkeepers and shoppers.

Ratan Vilas Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 Narlai: Village Walk & Leopard Safari

This morning you can enjoy some time exploring on foot, a wonderful way to discover the traditional way people live in this village. During the walk, you may get the opportunity to go inside some of the houses to talk to some of the locals, even sharing a cup of tea with them, a great way to engage with this friendly community. In the afternoon head into the Godwad countryside on a game safari in search of leopards, the leopards may be elusive but the countryside you pass through is beautiful and there will be time to stop for tea.

Rawla Narlai Breakfast

Day 11 Jodhpur – Narlai: Rural Heritage Hotel

Today you drive to the village of Narlai, a journey through the beautiful landscapes of the Khamli Ghats and on to the Aravalli plateau. Check-in to your 17th Century heritage hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure in the impressive grounds. Enjoy dinner at the 110 year old stepwell lit by oil lamps.

Rawla Narlai Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 Narlai – Ranakpur – Udaipur: Jain Temple

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Udaipur. Stop en route to visit Ranakpur, home to a beautiful fifteenth century Jain temple made up of 29 halls and 1,444 intricately carved pillars. The day ends in Udaipur at your hotel, where you are free to explore the city or relax.

Lake Pichola Hotel Breakfast

Day 13 Udaipur: City Palace & Miniature Painting

This morning your local guide will take you to visit the highlights of this beautiful city, including the City Palace, which was built in 1559 A.D and sits on the edge of Lake Pichola, the Jagdish Temple and the Garden of the Maid's Honour. This afternoon learn about the art of miniature painting, which has been around in India for centuries. You will get the chance to meet with one of the few remaining artists in Udaipur who will give you an introduction to this beautiful but dying art, after which you can try out your artistic skills and create your own miniature painting. End the day by taking a beautiful sunset cruise on Lake Pichola, the perfect end to your journey through Rajasthan.

Lake Pichola Hotel Breakfast

Day 14 Udaipur: Departure

Today you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport in time to catch your onward flight.

Breakfast

EXAMPLE ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

14 days from £3,850

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 8350 Wild Miles

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Wild Miles Club

When you book a trip with Wild Frontiers you are awarded points, which are based on the return distance from London to the arrival city of your trip. Points are awarded for all our holidays, including both our escorted group tours and tailor-made trips. When you accrue points, you will qualify for the following discounts on all future bookings:

Blue More than 10,000 points 2.5% discount
Bronze More than 30,000 points 5% discount
Silver More than 45,000 points 7.5% discount
Gold More than 60,000 points 10% discount

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is per person, based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

Positive Impact of this Trip

Tree
Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Community
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
Wind Turbine
A contribution to renewable energy projects

Making a Difference

Community Tourism

People and local communities have always been at the heart of Wild Frontiers and the travel experiences we offer. Through community tourism we have the opportunity to generate real positive impact, supporting people we visit through sustainable local development, and in turn help to alleviate poverty and protect culture and environments in often more vulnerable destinations. While doing so, our clients gain richer travel experiences and more meaningful connections with the people they meet.

Conservation and Climate Action

As a travel company, we hold a responsibility to minimise our environmental footprint and contribute to sustainability, and work closely with local communities to support their efforts. By implementing initiatives such as carbon measuring, tree-planting, reducing single-use plastic and promoting eco-friendly practices, we can help mitigate the negative impacts of tourism on fragile ecosystems and local communities. Additionally, prioritising conservation efforts helps preserve natural habitats and wildlife, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy the wonders of our planet.

Wild Frontiers Foundation

The Wild Frontiers Foundation aims to provide a platform to create awareness, raise money and deliver funding to projects in countries where we operate as a travel company. Through the foundation, we are able to channel money into grass roots projects, which we have either established ourselves or support through charity partners. These include initiatives focused around education, the empowerment of local people and community conservation.

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