Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Udaipur - Delhi/Mumbai 9 days/8 nights
This private luxury India Golden Triangle and Udaipur tour showcases the kaleidoscope of colours and culture which Rajasthan has in abundance. Experience a fascinating slice of history, luxury and impeccable service, as you stay in some of the finest, most remarkable palaces and forts in the world. Begin in Delhi, India’s cosmopolitan city where relics of lost empires contrast with the grand imperial architecture of Lutyen’s New Delhi. From here, travel to Agra, home of the spectacular Taj Mahal and magnificent Red Fort. Continue to Jaipur where colour jumps out from all directions, from the ladies’ vibrant saris to the city’s buildings. Then head to the magical city of Udaipur and take a boat ride on shimmering Lake Picchola, where you’ll be staying in one of the world’s most romantic hotels. Finish in either Delhi or Mumbai, where you can enjoy some last-minute shopping or sightseeing. A luxury India Golden Triangle and Udaipur tour is perfect for the first-time visitor to India.
Your private luxury tour of Rajasthanbegins on arrival in Delhi, where you will be met at the airport and chauffeured to your luxury hotel,The Imperial, where classicism meets art deco with high ceilings, flowing curtains, French linen and marble baths. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. The verdant Lodi Gardens make for a lovely stroll or your driver can take you to Khan Market, lined with fabulous fashion boutiques and excellent restaurants.
Today, you’ll explore both Old and New Delhi including Humayun’s Tomb (thought to have inspired the Taj Mahal), the 17th-century Jama Masjid andthe Afghan-styleQutbMinar. Other highlights include: India Gate, Connaught Place and the Lotus Temple.Complete your privately-guided city tour with an exhilarating cycle-rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk’s tinybazaars, glittering with jewellery, decorations, spices, street food and much more.
In the capable hands of your chauffeur, you’ll be driven to Agra this morning. After lunch at The Gateway Hotel, your home for the next two nights, you’ll visit the breath-taking Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Described by Rudyard Kipling as 'the embodiment of all things pure', this iconic landmark was built as a monument to eternal love by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife.
Please note: you can start this journey on any day however the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
Begin your privately-guided tour this morning with Agra Fort. One of the finest Mughal forts in India, this 16th-century monument stands majestic in red sandstone along the Yamuna River and reflects the collective brilliance of three Mughal emperors — Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan.Then visit Itmad-ud-daulah, otherwise known as the ‘baby Taj’, the exquisite white marble tomb of a Persian nobleman, which features particularly fine carved jalis.
Set off this morning for Jaipur, via the magnificent fortified ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri, the former capital of the Mughal empire during the reign of Emperor Akbar, which includes a stunning mosque, still in use today, and three palaces, one for each of Akbar’s favourite wives. Upon arrival in Rajasthan’s vibrant capital Jaipur, check into Rambagh Palace, one of India’s great palace hotels, where you’ll spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Today, led by a local expert, you’ll be discovering Jaipur’s many wonders. Start with the superb City Palace and a tour around its private rooms. Continue with a photo-stop at the extraordinary pink-painted Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds)before visiting the Jantar Mantar observatory. Later, make your way to the splendid 17th-century Amber Fort on elephant back, before dining at luxury camp DeraAmerwhere you can feed the resident elephants.
This morning, leave Jaipur behind and board a direct flight to Udaipur, where you’ll take a short boat ride to Taj Lake Palace, one of the most romantic hotels in the world. Built in the 17th century, this magnificent 250-year-old white marble palace floats like a mirage in the centre of sparkling Lake Pichola. In the afternoon, travel across the watertoJagmandir Island, which features a beautiful palace, where the royal family once held summer parties.
One of Rajasthan’s most romantic cities, begin your privately-guided city tour at the City Palace, an impressive complex on the banks of Lake Pichola that elegantly combines Rajasthani, European and Chinese design. Continue through the narrow streets of the old city, soaking up the buzz of the ancient bazaar, which teems with miniature paintings, wood carvings, silver jewellery, bangles, spices, camel-bone boxes, and a plethora of textiles.
Today your private luxury tour ends. Fly to Delhi or Mumbai airport in time for your onward flight.
This tour is purely a suggested itinerary for what your trip to India could include. Treat our Luxury Golden Triangle and Udaipur as inspiration. Each trip designed by Rajasthan Tours is created uniquely for you, working to your budget and interests with an absolute commitment to quality.
The price shown includes hotels on double or twin sharing basis, breakfast, sightseeing, transfers, internal flights or trains, private guides, monument entrances, activities and excursions and chauffeur-driven car. On request, we can include international flights, too. In other words, we take the work off you to allow you to enjoy the most memorable holiday experience. The price is a guide and subject to change based on hotels, dates of travel and number of people travelling. During the low season (April to September), the costs are significantly less yet this season remains a great time to travel with smaller crowds and more affordable rates. During the high season, particularly over Christmas and New Year, prices are higher however there are lots of great festivals and the weather is excellent.