Colours of Rajasthan
This Rajasthan tour lets you explore the forts and palaces of India’s colorful desert state during the Rajasthan tour and combines it with a visit to the magical Taj Mahal. The strikingly bright saris and turbans are dazzling at every turn, and every region has its own distinctive color. Travel across the Pink City of Jaipur, Blue City of Jodhpur and finally to Udaipur, the City of Lakes also called the ‘Venice of the East’.
- Discover the splendours of Mughal Delhi and the eternal Taj Mahal
- Explore the wonders of Jaipur - the Pink City
- Uncover the temple of Brahma in Pushkar
- Stay in a Maharajah's mansion and experience life in rural Rajasthan
- Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurgaon
- Mohabbat the Taj Show, Agra
- Dinner with an Indian Family, Jaipur
- Photo session at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jaipur
- Morning with the Elephant
- Walking Tour of Old Jaipur
- Private Yoga Session by a Local Yoga Guru
- Elephant Safari at Dera Amer with Lunch/Dinner
- Jeep Safari with lunch/dinner
- Balloon Ride
- Dinner at Hanwant Mahal, Jodhpur
- Vintage Car Ride, Jodhpur
- Sound and Light Show at City Palace
- Exclusive Dinner at Devi Garh by lebua, Udaipur
- Learn to Cook with Udaipur's Aristocracy
- Hi Tea at Jagmandir
Best time to Visit
Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi in the evening, you are received by a Vasco representative and escorted to the hotel where you are welcomed in traditional Indian style. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Known for its survival against all odds, Delhi the capital of India has been the epicenter of Indian politics for centuries. The delightful ambiance of Delhi leaves a hypnotic spell on the visitors with its old world charm and modern lifestyle that coexist in this city of Djinns. Upon arrival you will experience the newly built state of the art Delhi airport and as the journey unfolds, you will be fascinated by the ancient architecture of Mughal Era while traveling through the crowded by lanes of Chandni Chowk where the sights and sounds of the ever growing city and spicy traditional Indian food will caste a magical spell on you. Several luxury hotels adorn the skyline of Delhi and are known for their traditional warmth and hospitality the world over. The mystic charm of Delhi lies in its architectural marvels and rich traditional background.
Day 2 Delhi
After breakfast at the hotel, we leave for city sightseeing tour of Old Delhi & New Delhi.
Old Delhi came into prominence when Shah Jahan moved his capital from Agra to Delhi. You visit 300 year old Chandni Chowk market. A maze of lanes crowded with shops selling an extraordinary variety of items and food, the noise and crowds are a quintessential part of Chandni Chowk. From here you continue to the Jama Masjid or Friday Mosque. This is India's largest mosque designed by Shah Jahan. Afterwards we visit Raj Ghat which is In complete contrast to the noise and crowds of Old Delhi. The memorial is resting place of Mahatma Gandhi the main architect of India's independence.
During afternoon, we take our tour of New Delhi and visit Qutab Minar. From there our next stop is Humayun's tomb, built by mother of Emperor Akbar. It is believed that it was this mausoleum, which inspired Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal. Later, we drive past India Gate, Presidential Palace and Parliament House. We return to hotel for overnight stay.
Optional Inspiring Experiences
Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurgaon
Situated in the millennium city of Gurgaon in the outskirts of Delhi, Kingdom of Dreams is a unique entertainment complex whose exterior façade resembles that of a Maharaja Palace of the bygone era. The majestic dome shaped structure painted in gold stands apart amongst the high-rise structures of the city and appears to be an oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle. Upon entering the building, you will be awestruck to see the exquisite interiors which have been designed keeping in mind the intricate details of the concept. The large auditorium is the centre of activity which brings to you live a fairy tale of a Gypsy Prince in the form of a musical show with amazing special effects and high-tech wizardry, every day. The breathtaking dance performances by a group of dancers with the help of digital media are pure entertainment for children and adults alike. They cannot stop clapping in appreciation watching the show which is a result of tremendous hard work by a team of actors, dancers and technicians. The complex also hosts an indoor food court where you can sample Indian delicacies from various states.
Day 3 Delhi – Agra
After breakfast checkout from the hotel and drive to Agra. Check-in at the hotel and post Lunch we leave by Tonga (Horse Carriage) to the visit the world famous Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) built by Shah Jahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy. It took 17 year to complete this 'Love Poem in Marble'.
Next we visit Agra Fort built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 & 1573, which reveals the Mughal talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Optional Inspiring Experiences
Mohabbat the Taj Show, Agra
While staying in Agra, you cannot afford to miss “Mohabbat The Taj Show” which is a musical extravaganza depicting the saga of one its kind love story of Muhgal Emperor Shahjahan and his most beloved wife Mumtaz.
The show comes alive every evening at the Kalakriti Auditorium and enthralls the audience with its heart rendering dialogues and dance performances which transport you to the reign of Emperor Shahjahan who immortalized his love by building Taj Mahal in the fond memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
This exceptionally inviting event brings alive the historical legacy of India which is truly admired by the overseas visitors who visit the country to experience its diverse cultural heritage.
Day 4 Agra – Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast we check out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur. We stop en route to visit Fatehpur Sikri, located 40 Km from Agra. The deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honour of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti.
Visit the remarkably well-preserved, graceful buildings within the 'Ghost City' including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal Palace and other palaces that speak of the grandeur and splendour of the Mughal empire at the height of its power.
Continue your drive to Jaipur. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. Rest of the day is free to explore the pink city of Jaipur and colourful markets on your own. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Optional Inspiring Experiences
Dinner with an Indian Family, Jaipur
This experience gives you an opportunity to dine and taste the hospitality of an Indian family in their private home. Your hosts will go an extra mile to teach you how to cook traditional Mewari food and will charm you with stories of the royal splendor of Pink City over lunch or dinner. The interactive cooking sessions are usually elementary and carefully planned keeping in mind the comfort level of the guests. After tasting a delicious home cooked Indian meal, you cannot stop praising about the experience to your family and friends back home. Your hosts will take you along to the local markets to source the ingredients and you will cherish every moment of plucking fresh vegetables from their kitchen garden.
Day 5 Jaipur
After breakfast we leave for an excursion to Amber Fort. A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride (subject to availability) all the way up to the Fort entrance. This journey on caparisoned elephants is bound to enrich your memories with the royal lifestyle of the Maharajas and leave you with a truly unforgettable experience. En route to Amber Fort from your hotel, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.
We then visit the Maharaja's City Palace, the former royal residence part of it converted into a museum. A small portion of it is still used by the royal family of Jaipur. One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armoury Museum housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols, blunderbusses, flintlocks, swords, rifles and daggers.
Later visit the Jantar Mantar, which is the largest stone and marble crafted observatory in the world built by Jai Singh from 1728 to 1734. We finish our city tour with a walk through the busy lanes of the city. We return to hotel for overnight stay.
Optional Inspiring Experiences
Photo session at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jaipur
A photo session at the tourist place of Hawa Mahal in Jaipur gives you an opportunity to be clicked in front of a 150 year old pinhole camera outside the Hawa Mahal where you can experience photography at its best. The veteran photographer Tikam Chand is extremely proud of this priceless possession which once belonged to his great grandfather. This experience has to be pre-booked in advance before arrival in Jaipur India and can be included during our regular pink city tour.
Morning with the Elephant
Rise early to watch the elephants getting ready for their day's work at Amer Fort. It is a fascinating opportunity to watch, understand and appreciate the relationship between the Mahouts and the regal giants. The Amer Fort Elephant Ride experience has to be pre-booked before you land in India. The best time for Elephant Safari in Jaipur ranges from October to March. It's an early morning experience and a must do in the city. Clients must reach the stable at 05:30-06:00 hrs. Packed breakfast is recommended. From here, they can go for the Amer Fort Ride, do the elephant ride, watch the fort and return to the hotel.
Walking Tour of Old Jaipur
It is a unique way to explore the living traditions of the city early morning. Experience the religious life of local communities by visiting colourful temples, interacting with residents over a cup of tea in their homes and discover some of the architectural wonders of this fascinating city. This walk has been carefully designed to offer a rewarding and enriching experience. Uncovering some of the best kept secrets of the walled city of Jaipur, we take pride in sharing our warm association with the resident artisans, shop owners, temple priests and local citizens. This association makes our walking tours more engaging; our guests have a genuinely interactive experience getting to meet the residents and as a result gain an insight into traditional ways of life. 'Chand Pol' gate, one of the original seven gateways, located at the western end of the old walled city of Jaipur is the point at which this two and a half hour walk begins. This experience has to be pre-booked before clients land in India. Best time - October to March.
Private Yoga Session by a Local Yoga Guru
His family has taught Yoga to the likes of former American President Bill Clinton, and Hollywood stars such as Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise etc. This is an early morning experience done with an empty stomach. Clients can do Yoga, have breakfast and continue with the rest of what they have paid for. Price is Inclusive of English Speaking Yoga Guru only. Yoga Mats will be provided. This experience has to be pre-booked before clients land in India. Best time - October to March. Duration - 2 hrs
Elephant Safari at Dera Amer with Lunch/Dinner
The Elephant Safari Tour to Dera Amer is a highly recommended experience with family and friends as you get to unwind yourself in the lap of Aravalli Hills leaving behind the worries of city life. This Adventure Safari in Jaipur is situated behind the famous Amer Fort at the foothills of Aravallis and offers numerous outdoor recreational and adventure activities. Surrounded by a reserved forest, the camp is an ideal spot for lovers of solitude with no urban population around except for a few hamlets in the vicinity housing the local villagers. The camp is run by a Rajput family living in the campus and they organise elephant and camel safaris in the jungle. The family is credited with protecting several hundred hectares of indigenous Aravalli forest land and encourages guests to interact with the local farmers in the village.
Jeep Safari with lunch/dinner
This Wildlife and adventure experience has been designed to thrill you with a jeep safari to the picturesque forested valley behind the hills of Amer Fort. Starting from Amer, the safari takes you past village hutments, a medieval temple and a Tiger Rescue Centre situated in the middle of the jungle. Aboard this Rajasthan Jeep Safari Tour will be an opportunity to experience a thrilling wildlife safari. You get to explore the beauty of Aravalli Hills on the way and enjoy breathtaking views of Jaipur from above. Interaction with local farmers on their fields is part of the experience. Authentic Rajasthani cuisine served during lunch and dinner is another USP of this safari which will always be a memorable experience.
Day 6 Jaipur – Pushkar
We leave for Pushkar after breakfast. In the afternoon we walk through the Pushkar Lake and visit the nearby temples. Pushkar Lake is believed to be the sacred spot where a lotus thrown by Brahma landed. Ghats lead down to the water to enable pilgrims to bath. There are 52 ghats around the lake & dozens of other temples. Brahma Temple, at the far end of the lake is a holy shrine & draws pilgrims throughout the year. In the evening you can visit the local markets of Pushkar. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 7 Pushkar – Jodhpur
Check out from the hotel after breakfast and drive to Jodhpur. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival.
In Jodhpur we will start sightseeing by the visit of Mehrangarh Fort, an impregnable fortress towering above a 10km wall with soaring archways leading into the center. Next stop is Jaswant Thada - a cluster of royal cenotaphs in the white marble built in 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh-II. We finish our city tour with the stop at the Clock Tower and the nearby Sardar Market – a historical local trading market for Spices. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Optional Inspiring Experiences
Dinner at Hanwant Mahal, Jodhpur
Situated on the Umaid Bhawan hill underneath Umaid Bhawan Palace, Hanwant Mahal is part of the royal residence and offers majestic views of Jodhpur city from above. The heritage property has been converted into a hotel complex. This experience has been specially designed for you to dine in style amidst the royal ambiance. The dinner at Hanwant Mahal is truly a regal experience that brings alive the old world charm of by gone era and you feel no less than a Maharaja savoring the best of Indian cuisine straight from the royal kitchen. The warm and friendly staff takes pride in serving you culinary specialties of Rajasthan in a Thaal (Royal Platter) and is always willing to go an extra mile to make your evening a special one. A folk dance performance by Rajasthani dancers adds to the sparkle and is part of the hospitality.
Vintage Car Ride, Jodhpur
If you are a Vintage Car enthusiast, the Royal Vintage Car Ride with a Royal Butler from Umaid Bhawan Palace to the old city of Jodhpur is an experience you cannot afford to miss. This royal tour of Rajasthan carried out through a ride in vintage cars of Jodhpur will bring back the memories of regal lifestyle of erstwhile Maharajas of Rajasthan and the grandeur of Mewar dynasty. Vintage cars from early 19th century are a personal collection of the present custodian of Umaid Bhawan Palace, Maharaj Gaj Singh and are impeccably maintained by the palace staff. So, with Jodhpur royal tourism, splurge yourself in opulence and luxury by taking an exhilarating drive through the enchanting city in a vintage car and you are bound to cherish the memories of this wonderful experience for a long time. This experience can be easily combined with the city tour of Jodhpur.
Day 8 Jodhpur – Udaipur via Ranakpur
After breakfast at the hotel, we leave for Udaipur. En route visit Ranakpur Temples, which were built in the 15th century. Ranakpur is amongst the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. We continue our drive to Udaipur after the visit. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival. The evening is at leisure. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Optional Inspiring Experiences
Sound and Light Show at City Palace
Every evening, the grounds of the magnificent Manek Chowk inside City Palace, come alive in a blaze of lights, as the sound and light show gets underway. The hour-long show seeks to recreate Mewar’s glorious history in a delightful play of light and sound, as a narrative in English evokes significant episodes in the eventful centuries of the region’s history.
Day 9 Udaipur
After breakfast at the hotel, we go on a sight-seeing tour of Udaipur, the city of lakes and palaces cradled in the hills of the Aravalli range. The name itself "The City of sunrise" evokes a sense of romance. We first visit the City Palace - the focal point of the city which has several areas of interest like the Suraj Gokhada, Badi Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Mor Chowk (the peacock courtyard), and the Zenana Mahal.
Next we visit the Jagdish Temple, located close to the Palace with its imposing sculpted figures and heavily ornamented interiors. Finally, stop by to visit Sahelion ki bari or the ‘Garden of maids’; it is believed that the garden was constructed for 48 maids who accompanied the Maharana's wife as dowry.
Late afternoon, we take a boat ride at Lake Pichola, which is 4 km long and 3 km broad, surrounded by splendid hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. Visit the island palace, Jag Mandir that is beautifully set in the lake. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Optional Inspiring Experiences
Exclusive Dinner at Devi Garh by lebua, Udaipur
This experience has been planned to splurge you in the luxury and royal hospitality of Devi Garh Palace. Situated amidst Aravali Hills, 28kms away from Udaipur stands Devi Garh Palace a heritage hotel and resort famous for hosting celebrity weddings and theme parties. Built in the 17th century, Devi Garh Palace was the residence of royal Delwara rulers and was restored and converted into a luxury retreat in 1999. The restoration of palace was a massive effort which took 15 years with the help about 800 workers. The majestic white marble entrance and aesthetically designed corridors and lobby give you an insight into the finer details kept in mind while constructing this excellent piece of architecture. An open air dinner in the landscaped gardens of Devi Garh Palace with breath taking views of the city below is a grand experience. You get to savor ethnic Indian cuisine while watching Rajasthani folk dance performances that will caste a magical spell on you.
Learn to Cook with Udaipur's Aristocracy
Our Culinary Sessions are inspirational hands on experience, where you will work with fantastic fresh produce, cooking authentic Mewari food with housewives from former Udaipur Aristocracy, who have zealously guarded their recipes for many generations now. You will be involved in fascinating market trips with your host and also pick ingredients from the local farms or gardens. This experience has to be pre-booked before clients land in India. Best time - October to March. If you want your clients to accompany the host to the market, you need to inform them beforehand and plan the day's sightseeing in Udaipur accordingly. Interactive cooking Demo and Dinner is the best bet. If your clients have any preference for Liquor such as wine etc, please inform your host in advance
Hi Tea at Jagmandir
Enjoy Hi Tea at the Jagmandir Island Palace. This 17th century Island Palace is one of the oldest and most grandiose palace that is legendary as place of refuge to Prince Khurram (later Emperor Shah Jahan). Visit Jagriti – an exhibition about the historical and architectural development of Jagmandir Island Palace. The exhibition is located within the Gol Mahal at Jagmandir Island Palace and uses archival photographs and paintings to show the evolution of Jagmandir Island Palace as an incomparable pleasure-palace.
Day 10 Udaipur – Delhi – Journey Home
After leisurely breakfast at the hotel you have morning free for last minute shopping. In the afternoon you will be escorted to Udaipur airport for your flight to Delhi.
At Delhi Airport you will be assisted by a Vasco representative and escorted to the international terminal for your onward flight.