Tailor-Made Holiday

India - Romantic Rajasthan

Private Touring of Rajasthan cities, with rural retreats and wildlife

14 days

from £5,145pp (excluding flights)

If finding the perfect balance between culture and indulgence is important on holiday then this is the trip for you. Undeniably, Rajasthan is utterly romantic, as well as bursting with history, colour and vibrancy. We challenge you to find any other destination, which packs the cultural punch of Rajasthan whilst at the same time treating you as royalty and creating magical moments of serendipity. 

  • Visit the Taj Mahal – the world’s best known love story
  • Travel around the streets of Jodhpur in a custom-made rickshaw with an expert guide
  • Dine like royalty with high tea on the private terraces of the City Palace
  • Take an exhilarating night safari in search of leopard in the Thar Desert
  • Ride in a vintage car from Udaipur to Sahelion ki Bari

The seamless experience starts as soon as you step foot in India with Meet and Greet on arrival in Delhi ensuring a smooth arrival. The Leela Palace, a suitably palatial residence in Delhi will be home for the first two days of this 14 day Rajasthan holiday.

Discover the treasures of Delhi on a walking tour - explore majestic architecture, climb up minarets, walk ancient alley ways, sample your way through the food stalls and Asia’s biggest spice market at Khari Baoli with a resident expert.

As India is synonymous with train travel, a visit to this country would not be complete without a first-hand experience of the historical railway. Escorted by a local guide board the first- class Shatabdi Express direct to Agra. The Taj Mahal is considered one of the most significant and beautiful buildings in the world. This architectural masterpiece was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

Travel by car into the countryside to stay at the sumptuous Aman Bagh This outstanding spa hotel, in the heart of rural Rajasthan, provides a wonderful retreat from sightseeing to relax, unwind, and indulge. Hop on a bicycle or take an open top jeep ride, yoga inside the ruins of Bhangarh, ride a camel out to sleepy villages.

Whilst in Jaipur, visit the classic sites whilst avoiding the crowds. With special permission take high tea on the terraces of the royal quarters of the city palace. Jaipur is a shopper’s paradise – its blue pottery, textiles and jewellery are world famous. The best shopping experiences often found in the city’s old bazaars. Walk through the markets with a shop owner and private guide, Ummed Singh, who is something of a celebrity in the city.

Depart Jaipur with a lighter wallet, travelling to the blue city of Jodhpur. This charming city is famous for Jodhpur breeches and the exotically blue Brahmin buildings, many which congregate around the magnificently perched Mehrangarh Fort. Travel via custom-made rickshaw to see the city from a local’s view point or for the adventurous see the fort from the sky via an exhilarating zip wire.

Leave the city behind, entering the region of the Thar Desert, and leopard territory. The sublime oasis of Jawai Leopard Camp is a chic bespoke tented camp offering exceptional wildlife experiences. The camp is small enough to feel personalised throughout with excellent service and sublime food, and offers exciting game drives to see leopard in the wild.

End the holiday on a high, literally. A helicopter safari above Udaipur will give the best view of this city of lakes, majestically surrounded by the Aravelli Hills. Back on solid ground, hop aboard a vintage car and drive past the iconic sites of Udaipur. Stay in style at the Leela Palace, a luxurious hotel unparalleled in Rajasthan with picture perfect views across Lake Pichola to the City Palace.

This luxury itinerary is perfect for anybody planning the ultimate romantic journey through India.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 5145 £ 650

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Delhi


Delhi may be one of the world's largest metropolises, but architectural wonders - new and old - fill the city, hidden beneath Delhi's urban sprawl. Mughal treasures, including the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, are complemented by more recent additions to Delhi's architectural heritage, such as the stunning Lotus and Akshardham Temples. Meanwhile, contemporary Delhi thrives in Connaught Place, which - with its colonially-designed buildings, - is the most westernised part of the centre. Globalisation is in evidence, with brand names splashed across every storefront.

Day 2

VIP Meet and Greet Service will be provided at air side


We suggest we book ahead for your dinner reservation this evening.


You will be staying at The Leela Palace, Delhi, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Old Delhi Spice Markets
Take a short tour of Old Delhi to visit the spice market. Here, watch vendors cook up delicious street-side delicacies, admire as bicycle mechanics service Delhi's innumerable two-wheeled beasts and stand aside as children race through the crowds.
If you wish to you could also visit Humayun's Tomb, one of Delhi's Mughal wonders and the architectural inspiration for the construction of the Taj Mahal. A stunning mix of red stonework and white-tiled domes, the design's emphasis on symmetry makes it particularly spectacular.


You will be staying at The Leela Palace, Delhi, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Train from Delhi to Agra


Board the Shatabdi Express train to Agra Cantt. Depart approximately 06.00 hours and arrive at 08.06 hours. A representative will help carry the bags, check the seat reservation and supply a picnic for the journey. Someone will also assist with arrival at Agra Cantt.


Often considered synonymous with the Taj Mahal, historic Agra is in fact bursting with a variety of Mughal treasures. Whilst its pièce de résistance is undoubtedly this iridescent-white tribute to love, the city was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and its Mughal legacy survives through the magnificent structures that dot the area. A victim of its own success, Agra is plagued by wallahs, touts, guides and souvenir salesmen in a manner that can be quite overwhelming. Despite this, the city's wondrous sights make it completely unmissable and the bedlam on the streets fades away once the magnificence of the Taj takes a hold.


Afternoon visit to the Taj Mahal
Visit the Taj Mahal with your local guide. The Taj Mahal, meaning ‘crown of palaces', is a white marble mausoleum built by the great Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal when she passed away in 1630. Work for this great tomb began in 1631 and it took the efforts of 20,000 workers and almost 20 years of masterly craftsmanship to complete this grand monument whose marble dome is 35 metres high.


Explore Agra Fort
Explore Agra Fort, a huge, double-walled, red sandstone structure was built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. Stroll through the fort and examine Akbar's simple rooms, his son Jehangir's more decorated ones, and finally the exquisitely rebuilt rooms of his grandsons. These private and public rooms are coated in intricately sculpted white marble, in the style of the Taj Mahal. Afterwards, visit local craftsmen to see how the exquisitely precise 'pietra dura' inlay work is still done today.


This afternoon continue by road to Aman Bagh


You will be staying at Amanbagh, Full board

Day 5

Camels and Cow Dust
Ride a camel or relax in a camel cart and then continue by open jeep through the ancestral Meena, Gujjar and Rajput villages adjacent to Amanbagh. These villages give a fabulous insight to rural village life.

Morning Trekking, Meditation and Breakfast at Somsagar Lake
Together with a local guide trek through the ravine into the peaceful Aravali hill range to Somsagar Lake, built in 1598 at the time of the great Moghul Emperor Akbar’s visit. Its purpose was to provide a watering hole for the surrounding wildlife and birds. Once at the lake enjoy traditional Indian Meditation as the sun rises over the surrounding hills followed by a healthy breakfast.

Picnic at Bhangarh, City of Ghosts
Bhangarh is a medieval sight of great archaeological importance accessed via an open jeep ride 15 minutes from Amanbagh. Magnificently preserved, this Moghul-Hindu princely city was built in 1631, by Madho Singh, brother of Emperor Akbar’s general Man Singh. A generation following its completion, it was cursed by a court magician who unsuccessfully attempted to seduce Bhangarh’s beautiful queen and was deserted overnight. Still uninhabited today, this city of bazaars, palaces, gardens, temples and bathing pools stands as a testament to 17th century princely India. Explore this historic site and afterwards recline on mattresses under the massive Banyan trees and enjoy a delicious Indian picnic lunch.

Trek to Neelkanth and boating on Mansarovar Lake
Depart Amanbagh by jeep and trek through the hills to Neelkanth (meaning the blue throated reincarnation of Lord Shiva) situated on a plateau high in the hills. Lost in a high valley, encircled on all sides by mountains, this ancient town is home to the ruins of more than eighty beautifully carved temples dating back to the 6th century. Neelkantheshwar, its most famous temple, predates even these and its exquisite carvings are rated amongst India’s finest. Another marvel is the remains of the 17th century Jain Temple of Naugaza, with its massive pink sandstone statue of Shri Parshvath-ji - the 23rd Jain Tirthankara. Our jeep will meet you to drive you onwards to Mansarovar Lake, a bird watchers paradise. Mansorovar means “Made by Shiva” and, like its namesake in the Himalayas, is supposed to bestow beauty and youth to anyone who bathes in it. Take a Kashmiri Shikara Boat to a special spot in the middle of the lake where a picnic lunch will be served.

Rajasthani Evening under the Stars
A five minute jeep ride from Amanbagh brings you to a fabulous ancient Chhatri (a leisure pagoda built for the Moghul Emperors) in the middle of the Ajabgarh Valley surrounded by the dramatic Aravali Range. Hundreds of flickering candles and diyas (terracotta oil lamps) lead the way with a traditional welcome on arrival of marigold garlands and the wafting notes of a Sitar. Amanbagh’s cooks prepare a Rajasthani dinner cooked over the coals of a local sigri (brazier) and served on silver platters whilst you recline on mattresses and pillows in ancient Moghul splendor.

Alwar , located between Agra and Jaipur , is a rarely visited lost empire, home to Ajabgarh Fort and breathtaking Shekwati scenery. Perhaps the oldest of the Rajasthani kingdoms, Alwar has a remarkable palace and well stocked museum.


You will be staying at Amanbagh, Full board

Day 6

Drive from Alwar to Jaipur (Road Journey)


The drive to Jaipur will take around 3-4 hours.


Known as the 'Pink City' due to the pale red wash that coats its buildings, the magnificent city of Jaipur lies on an apex of the popular 'Golden Triangle' route. The capital of Rajasthan, the city claims to be India's first planned metropolis and acts as a gateway to the state's vast deserts.

Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th century, it was designed around a system of nine squares. Now packed with elegant Rajput architecture, the city is a testament to its founder's creative genius.

Alive with bazaars, street vendors and animals, Jaipur remains a vibrant, captivating place.


Half Day Dera Amer Elephant Safari
Travel to Dera Amer Camp, which is located close to the historic Amber Fort. Surrounded by verdant countryside, this wonderful camp offers a variety of elephant-based activities.


You will be staying at Rajmahal Palace, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

City and Fort Tour
The famous fortified palace of Amber stands on a terraced plateau overlooking Maota lake. Surrounded by low hills, their ragged crests silhouetted against a never-ending line of fort walls and watch-towers, the approach to the fort is spectacular. This is very much a fort in which to lose yourself, with a seemingly never-ending maze of halls, small temples, passageways and intricate stone work, with commanding views across the surrounding countryside.

Later today explore the old walled quarter of the Pink City, where the textile and jewellery bazaars are some of the most vibrant and chaotic in Asia. Visit the City Palace, including an armoury and textile collection, Jantar Mantar observatory and the famous Hawa Mahal Palace of the Winds where women of the court could watch street processions below without being seen by the crowds.


Private Tour of City Palace Royal Quarters
With special permission, enter the royal quarters of the City Palace in the company of Mr Yunus Khimani, Director of Museum (subject to availability). A private opening of the museum will be arranged. Following the tour there is a light and sound show.


Walk the Markets with Ummed Singh
Walk in the Tripolia market with your host and guide today, Ummed Singh. He is a well known shopowner and has many friends that are local artisans. Nobody knows the old markets of the pink city better than him. His story telling skills are intriguing.


You will be staying at Rajmahal Palace, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Drive from Jaipur to Jodhpur


The drive to Jodhpur will take five to six hours. A packed lunch will be organised from the hotel at check out.


The former capital of the state of Marwar, the majestic city of Jodhpur was once a key member of the powerful Rajput alliance of principalities. The mighty Mehrangarh Fort epitomises this power and towers over the city, standing upon a steep-sided plateau.

Lying beneath the fort, Jodhpur's old city is maze of medieval streets, littered with glittering blue houses. Traditionally built to denote the homes of members of the highest caste, it is these colourful structures that have led to Jodhpur being known as the 'Blue City'.


The rest of the day is at leisure


You will be staying at Raas Haveli, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Spend Half a Day Exploring Mehrangarh Fort
Visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, which perches on a 150-metre-high bluff and is one of Rajasthan's most formidable strongholds. Begun in the 15th century by Rao Jodha, the fort was enlarged by subsequent rulers over the centuries.

Featuring vast stone walls that appear to rise uninterruptedly from the rock below, this imposing structure is decorated with a profusion of lace-like carved red sandstone. Inside, explore the Marwar School miniature paintings of the fort's museum, as well as the recreated medieval walled garden. The views from the top of the blue city are superb.

Afterwards, take a tuk tuk through the old blue city to explore the winding lanes and see the decorated city water reservoirs, bangle makers and other local traditions.


Mehrangarh Fort Zip-Line Descent
Whilst at Mehrangarh Fort, descend via a series of six hair-raising zip lines. Fly down the these wires, the longest of which is 300 metres long, whilst admiring the beautiful views of the fort and the city below.


You will be staying at Raas Haveli, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Drive from Jodhpur to Pali (Road Journey)


Jawai Leopard Camp Afternoon Game Drive
Customised 4x4 jeeps, with a driver-tracker and naturalist on board will convey you expertly to every corner of JAWAI.The afternoon game drive leaves camp around 1730, returning to camp for pre dinner drinks and dinner under the stars.


There are three game drives during your stay


You will be staying at Jawai Leopard Camp, Full board

Day 11

Jawai Leopard Camp Morning Game Drive
The 0530 start is somewhat softened by a greeting of pastries and coffee before heading out in the open top Land Rovers.Stopping on craggy outcrops for tea and coffee before returning to camp.


Jawai Leopard Camp Afternoon Game Drive
Customised 4x4 jeeps, with a driver-tracker and naturalist on board will convey you expertly to every corner of JAWAI.The afternoon game drive leaves camp around 1730, returning to camp for pre dinner drinks and dinner under the stars.


You will be staying at Jawai Leopard Camp, Full board

Day 12

Driven from Pali to Udaipur.


A journey of approximately three hours and 30 mintues. Enroute visit Ranakpur Temple and Kumbhalgarh Fort. A lunch stop will be made at Mount Batten Lodge.


Once capital of the principality of Mewar, Udaipur sits beside the calm waters of Lake Pichola with the tree-dusted ridges of the Aravali Hills rising up around the city. Often referred to as the 'Venice of the East', the city is famed for the temples and palaces that fill its historic centre and add a dash of splendour to its tranquil lakeside.

The most famous of these are the City Palace, which adorns the lake's eastern shore, and the Lake Palace, which appears to float mesmerically upon the lake's surface. The latter of these featured in the 1983 James Bond film, 'Octopussy', as the eponymous character's lair.


Kumbhalgarh Fort
82km from Udaipur is the 15th century Kumbhalgarh fort the most imposing fort in Rajasthan and of historical significance as it is the birthplace of Mewar’s legendary King Maharana Partap. Its majestic walls are 15km long and at least 5 metres thick and protect many magnificent palaces, an array of temples built by the Mauryas of which the most picturesque place is the Badal Mahal or the Palace of the Clouds. It is beautifully lit at night.


Day Visit to Ranakpur Temples
Ranakpur is a relatively small village located in western India, but it is home to a stunning Jain temple. The temple is supported by 1,444 intricately detailed marble pillars and can be easily recognized by its distinctive domes and cupolas from its façade. The building has been renovated and is considered one of the greatest wonders in all of India.


You will be staying at Leela Palace Udaipur, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13

Half a Day Exploring the Walled City
Spend several hours exploring Udaipur's congenial walled city with our resident expert. The narrow alleys are lined with traditional white-washed and painted houses, whilst the landmark Jagdish Temple stands amidst a maze of colourful bazaars selling everything from glorious fabrics and jewellery to local vegetables. All manner of local activities are on display and there will be the opportunity to see local miniature painting, as well as some of India's vibrant contemporary art.


Ride in a Vintage Car through Udaipur
After lunch pick up a vintage car and ride to Sahelion ki Bari, dirving past Fatehsagar and the Vintage Car Museum.


Helicopter Scenic flight
Take to the skies to appreciate the lakes around Udaipur. Travelling high above the city by helicopter take a 15 minute sightseeing flight at sunset.


You will be staying at Leela Palace Udaipur, Bed & Breakfast

Day 14

Fly Udaipur to Delhi

Fly Delhi to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Amanbagh

Amanbagh

Amanbagh means 'peaceful garden' and that is exactly what this resort has to offer....

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The Leela Palace, Delhi

The Leela Palace, Delhi

This palatial, luxury palace hotel is located at the heart of New Delhi, in close proximity to the city centre, the presidential palace and many of the major historical monuments....

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RAAS Haveli

RAAS Haveli

Raas Boutique Hotel is a glorious little hotel lying at the foot of the mighty Meherangarh Fort in the heart of Jodhpur's Walled City....

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Leela Palace Udaipur

Leela Palace Udaipur

The Leela Palace Udaipur with its breathtaking view of the Aravali Mountains is located on the banks of Lake Pichola....

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Jawai Leopard Camp

Jawai Leopard Camp

Jawai Leopard Camp offers a chic camping experience in Rajasthan, located in an area renowned for its leopard population....

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Rajmahal Palace

Rajmahal Palace

Owned by the royal family of Jaipur, Rajmahal Palace is one of the city's oldest palaces....

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