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Royal Rajasthan - Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur

12 days

from $4,595pp (excluding flights)

Experience the story behind the end of an empire and birth of two nations that changed the world. Embark on a journey following in the footsteps of the last Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, and the historic events that unfolded around India’s independence in the late ’40s.

This bespoke journey to India promises to take you to experience British colonial architecture, history and storytelling. Explore the elements of the great British legacy left behind in Rajasthan.

  • Walk the grand hallways of Viceroy House (President’s Palace) on a guided tour.
  • Explore the rich British architecture of the Luytens zone of Delhi.
  • Visit places of interest to Lord Mountbatten including the Coronation Park Regal Cinema.
  • Take high tea at Khatu Haveli in Jaipur, in the company of the Colonel (The Real Marigold Hotel).
  • Take lunch at Mountbatten Lodge en route to Udaipur.

This 12-day holiday focuses on The British Raj in India taking in the Palaces of Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. Boasting some of the finest residences in the world, experience Rajput hospitality at its best.

Starting in Delhi, you will be met airside by our dedicated team in India. They will ensure a seamless escort into Delhi. Discover the city with a resident guide - who knows the best-kept secrets of the city. Visit the Regal Cinema where India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru and British India’s last Governor General Lord Mountbatten visited. Now closed, take a walking tour around the site and the associated market. 

Arrive in style in Jaipur, collected by the Taj’s very own vintage 1939 Pontiac. This is also the best way to photograph the city. Check into the Rambagh Palace, once the home of the Maharaja of Jaipur. The hotel epitomises old world charm and is part of the city’s rich history. Walk the rooms of this historical hotel, amongst the rich textures, opulent furnishings, and exquisite art. Explore Jaipur with our local private guide, and visit the City Palace after closing, visiting the normally off-limits Royal Quarter and free from the crowds. 

Continue to Udaipur where you find a fusion of Rajasthani and Moghul architectural styles. The flamboyant city palace is situated on the east bank of Lake Pichola. The palace walls stretch over a mile and within them are a maze of inner courtyards and decorated halls covered with frescoes, mosaics, ornamental doors and painted windows. Sahelion Ki Bari means the Garden of Maids of Honour and was originally constructed in the early 18th century by Maharana Sangra Singh, using the waters of the Fateh Sagar to feed the pools. This major garden has played host to many royal parties over the centuries and remains a favourite spot. Jagdish Mandir was built by Maharana Jagat Singh in 1651 and is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur. The central temple is heavily ornamented with excellent carvings. View all these incredible sites from the sky by booking a helicopter ride to fly high over the city. 

Marvel at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, a truly impressive piece of architecture. Staying a stone’s throw from the Old City stay at the Umaid Bhawan Palace. This hotel was used extensively for filming the recent movie “Viceroys House”. The hotel staff are more than happy to show you around the film sites on a guided tour. 

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 
$ 6203.25 $ 877.5

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Delhi overnight

Day 2

The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Lodhi Gardens
Visit Lodhi Gardens for a walk around - a perfect place for a gentle stroll in the evening. Lodi Gardens is spread over 90 acres, it contains, Mohammed Shah's Tomb, Sikander Lodi's Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad, architectural works of the 15th century by Lodhis and a vast variety of flora. This park is also a hangout for famous politicians, ministers and top bureaucrats living in the vicinity of the Lodhi colony.

Delhi may be one of the world's largest metropolis, 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.

You will be staying at The Taj Mahal Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Lord Mountbatten Tour
Spend a day taking in the sights of British architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens' Delhi. Known for his imaginative and masterful designs, Lutyen was instrumental in designing and building New Delhi. You will be able to appreciate his stately architectural style during visits to the Regal Cinema, Connaught Palace as well as Rashtrapati Bhavan (the Presidential Palace) which was formerly the Viceroy's House. If you are lucky enough to be in New Delhi on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday you will even be able to enter the Presidential Palace.

The tour also takes in the stunning Sikh Temple which has existed in various guises on its current site since 1664.

You will be staying at The Taj Mahal Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 4

Visit Coronation Park
Visit Coronation Park in north Delhi - This memorial was erected to commemorate the Coronation Durbar of King George V and Queen Mary held in December 1911. On this occasion the king announced the transfer of the capital of British India from Calcutta to Delhi. It is here that the Queen laid the foundation stone for the Viceroy's residence. However, the location was later not found suitable for building the residency for the Viceroy since the area was in the flood prone zone of the Yamuna River. The stone was later shifted to Raisina Hill. The construction of Rashtrapati Bhavan , formerly know as Viceroy's House, was started after World War I and completed in 1931, when the city of New Delhi was inaugurated. Continue to explore Old Delhi including Jama Masjid and rickshaw ride through Chandini Chowk markets. If time allows visit Gandhi Memorial and Humayun Tomb and Qutab Minar with your private guide & driver.

You will be staying at The Taj Mahal Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 5

Fly Delhi to Jaipur

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.

Restaurant Recommendation - Bar Palladio
I recommend that you either have dinner or go for a drink at Bar Palladio tonight. Please let me know if you would like to book a table.

You will be staying at Rambagh Palace, bed and breakfast

Day 6

Jaipur with visit to Khatu Haveli
Explore Jaipur city today taking in the iconic sites of Amber Fort, City Palace, Katputli Nagar followed by high tea at Khatu Haveli with the Colonel and his wife. The BBC Real Marigold Hotel - three part documentary series which was broadcasted by BBC 2 in Jan-Feb 2016 was filmed at Khatu Haveli. The filming took place in September 2015 when the cast which comprised of eight British celebrities who stayed at Khatu Haveli for around three weeks.

You will be staying at Rambagh Palace, bed and breakfast

Day 7

Fly Jaipur to Udaipur

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.

Visit Ravla Khempur
Ravla Khempur site for the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It is now an equestrian hotel that was originally the palace of a tribal chieftain in the village of Khempur. Have a local lunch here (located approx 1hr 30 mins drive one way).

Return to Udaipur to check in. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Sunset Boat Trip
This evening take a sunset boat ride to Jagmandir Palace past the city's ghats. These riverside landings are where locals congregate to chat, wash clothes or relax.

You will be staying at Taj Lake Palace, bed and breakfast

Day 8

Half Day Visit to the City Palace
Take an in-depth tour of the imposing City Palace, which is on the banks of Lake Pichola. Built by the city's founder, Maharana Udai Singh II, the complex was subsequently augmented by other rulers. Decorated with sparkling coloured glass and Mewar School paintings, the palace's many terraces rise up in a flurry of balconies, towers and cupolas. From the uppermost levels, there are fine views over the city and lake.

Later take a walk in the markets of Udaipur before returning to the hotel.

Book a helicopter ride for a birds eye view over Udaipur.

You will be staying at Taj Lake Palace, bed and breakfast

Day 9

Drive to Jodhpur stopping at Mount Batten Lodge
Drive to Jodhpur (approx 5hrs) en route stop for lunch at Mount Batten Lodge and visit Ranakpur Jain Temple. The renowned Jain temple at Ranakpur is dedicated to Tirthankara Adinatha. According to the local legend Dharma Shah, a local Jain businessperson, started construction of the temple in the 15th century following a divine vision. The temple honours Adinath, the first Tirthankar and founder of the Jain religion. The town of Ranakpur and the temple are named after the provincial ruler monarch Rana Kumbha, who supported the construction of the temple.

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.

Dine at Umaid Bhawan Palace on a complimentary basis this evening

Orientation Visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace
Spend some time exploring Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the world's finest and most perfectly preserved Art Deco buildings. Built in the 20th century, this huge building is divided into three sections. These constitute a luxury hotel, royal residence and museum showcasing the history of the Jodhpur Royal Family.

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 a 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'.

You will be staying at Umaid Bhawan Palace, bed and breakfast

Day 10

Half Day Sightseeing
Take a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur with your own private guide.

You will be staying at Umaid Bhawan Palace, bed and breakfast

Day 11

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. Building began in the 15th century by Rao Jodha but the fort has been enlarged by subsequent rulers over the centuries.

Featuring vast stone walls that appear to rise without interruption from the rock below, this imposing structure is decorated with lace-like carved red sandstone. Inside, explore the Marwar School Miniature Paintings in the fort's museum, as well as the recreated medieval walled garden. 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.

After sightseeing continue to Jodhpur airport to board your flight to Delhi.

Fly Jodhpur to Delhi

You will be staying at Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport, bed and breakfast


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

Rambagh Palace

Rambagh Palace

Once you've checked into the Rambagh, head for the shade of the white marble verandahs and order a mint sprigged iced-tea....

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Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan is one of the largest private residences in the world, built in the early 1900s by Maharaja Umaid Singh to give work to his people, who were suffering from famine....

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Taj Lake Palace

Taj Lake Palace

The Lake Palace or Jag Niwas was built in 1754 by Maharana Jagat Singh II, who give his name to this elegant white building....

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