Grand Palaces of Rajasthan
On this Heritage tour of Rajasthan stay at the former residences of the Maharajas of Rajasthan and experience the grandeurs and splendors of the bygone era. Your tour takes you on a journey through the glorious past of the grand palaces of Rajasthan and a colorful kaleidoscope of culture, art, architecture and fine dining experiences. The 13 day historical tour of Rajasthan makes you feel like the honored guests of the Maharajas of Mewar.
- Delhi - Explore India's bustling capital by rickshaw in Old Delhi
- Experience a journey by Indian Train
- Visit Gwalior - One of the oldest cities of central India.
- Agra: Visit Taj Mahal at Sunset
- Jaipur Jodhpur & Udaipur – History of Indian Maharajas
- Kingdom Of Dreams, Gurgaon
- Taj Nature Walk, Agra
- Morning with the Elephant
- Private Yoga Session by a Local Yoga Guru
- Balloon Ride
- Dinner at Hanwant Mahal, Jodhpur
- Vintage Car Ride, Jodhpur
- Sound and Light Show at City Palace
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 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 built in the memory 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 his senior wife and 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 – Gwalior
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to New Delhi railway station to board your early morning train to Gwalior.
Upon arrival at Gwalior railway station you will be received by a Vasco representative and escorted to the hotel for check-in.
In the afternoon, we visit Gujari Mahal - an Archaeological Museum (closed on Mondays), Man Mandir, built between 1486 and 1517. The tiles that once adorned its exterior have not survived, but at the entrance, traces of these still remain. There is a charming frieze here of ducks paddling in turquoise waters. Within, the palace rooms stand bare, stripped of their former glory, mute testimony to the passing of the centuries. Gwalior Fort, dominates the city and is its most magnificent monument. It has been a scene of momentous events: imprisonments, battles and jauhars. A steep road winds upwards to the Fort, flanked by statues of Jain Tirthankaras, carved into the rock face. The magnificent outer walls of the Fort still stand, two miles in length and 35 feet high, bearing witness to its reputation for being one of the most invincible forts of India. This imposing structure inspired Emperor Babar to describe it as "the pearl amongst the fortresses of Hind."
We also visit Sas – Bahu Temples built in 11th century. Another landmark is the historic Gurudwara Data Bandhi Chhod built in the memory of Guru Hargobind Sahib, the 6th Sikh Guru who was imprisoned here by Jehangir for over two years. At the time of his release, he wanted 52 Hindu kings who were his fellow prisoners, released with him. Jehangir was very impressed with the Guru and agreed to his condition. And, finally, within the Fort complex, housed in the erstwhile barracks of the British soldiers, is Gwalior's unique gift to modern India: Scindia School acknowledged as one of the finest schools in India where the country's young receive the best educational grounding. After a brief stop at some of the bigger Jain Cave temples we drive to Teli-Ka-Mandir, and also visit the tomb of Ghaus Mohammed and mausoleum of Tansen.
Later, we visit Scindia Museum at Jai Vilas Palace which houses precious antiques and armory of the royal family. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 4 Gwalior – Agra
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Agra and upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Today we will visit Agra fort, which was built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 & 1573. This fort reveals Mughal talent for combining defensive architecture with beauty and design. This fort palace was begun by Akbar as a purely defensive citadel and was subsequently completed by two successive generations that added the delicate mosaic and magnificent marble palaces.
Late afternoon you take your Tonga (Horse Carriage) to the visit the world famous Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) built by Shah Jahan in 1630 in the loving memory of 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’.
In the evening enjoy the Mohabbat the Taj show, a play depicting the true and immortal love of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal and lavish lifestyle of the Mughal era. Overnight stay is at hotel.
Day 5 Agra – Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Jaipur and enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri. Located 40 kms from Agra, the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569, in honour of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who blessed Akbar and prophesized the birth of three sons to the heirless Emperor. The emperor used Fatehpur Sikri as his capital and the city was fully occupied for 14 years but slowly became deserted and ruined after Akbar left the city. Scarcity of water was the prime factor for the abandonment of this beautiful city. 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.
After finishing the visit of Fatehpur Sikri we will continue our drive to Jaipur, the pink city of Rajasthan known for its royal heritage for centuries and you are bound to get mesmerized with the beautiful palaces, forts and havelis of the city, each one of them having a story of their own to tell. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is a delight for visitors from around the world who come here to experience the regal legacy of the Mewar rulers. The city offers immense opportunities of sightseeing and shopping where you can shop for ethnic Indian handicrafts and handmade precious and semi-precious jewelry.
Check-in at the hotel upon arrival. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Optional Inspiring Experiences
Taj Nature Walk, Agra
Roughly 600 meters north-east to Taj lies a reserve forest with ravines which provides a unique view to the Taj. Amidst natural environs, the Taj can be observed in different hues and shades from the mounds of the forest. In this Nature Walk tour, every mound is correlated to the historical, literary and cultural heritage of Brij-bhumi. On the Taj Natural Walk along the banks of River Yamuna, you get to view the moment from its posterior end and the old city of Agra which has seen many empires flourish on its soil. This unique experience makes for the perfect Taj Natural Walking Tour in India. A kilometre-long walk takes you down the memory lane of the Mughal Era as you experience the old-world charm of India.
Day 6 Jaipur
After breakfast we leave for an excursion to Amber Fort. 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 making it a truly unforgettable experience. The rugged, time-ravaged walls of the Fort may not look beautiful from the outside, but the interior is a virtual paradise. En route to your hotel from Amber Fort, you will have a brief photography stop at Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds.
In the afternoon, we tour the city of Jaipur. We first visit the Maharaja's City Palace, the former royal residence part of it converted into a museum. A small portion 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. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 7 Jaipur
Today you have a day free at your disposal to choose the optional activities.
Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Optional Inspiring Experiences
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.
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
Day 8 Jaipur – Jodhpur
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Jodhpur and upon arrival check-in at the hotel.
In the afternoon, we visit Sambhali Trust (Local NGO) to learn about their projects. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
NOTE – a portion of your tour cost will cover a donation made to Sambhali Trust. This organization provides underprivileged Rajasthani women and girls with educational, vocational and social skills to help them become confident and financially independent. They work specifically with Dalit (untouchable) women and girls, who usually have little or no access to education or basic health services.
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.
Day 9 Jodhpur
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit Mehrangarh Fort, an impregnable fortress towering above a 10 km wall with soaring archways leading into the center. The fort has a series of spectacular palaces, each decorated with exquisite engravings, lattice and mirror work. The museum displays an unusual collection of miniature paintings, gilded palanquins and solid silver “howdah” presented by a Mughal emperor to the Maharaja. 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 Bazaar– a historical local trading market for spices. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Optional Inspiring Experiences
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 10 Jodhpur – Mihir Garh
After a leisurely breakfast, we drive to a unique destination Mihir Garh Palace located in the desert wilderness in countryside. Mihir Garh made of wattle, mud and wood, blends understated luxury with a rustic and earthy elegance. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. A Jeep Safari has been planned for you to explore the village life at a convenient time. Overnight is at hotel Mihir Garh Fort.
Day 11 Mihir Garh – Udaipur via Ranakpur
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Udaipur and enroute visit Ranakpur Temples, built in the 15th century, situated in a valley on the western side of the Aravali Range. Ranakpur is amongst the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. Over 1444 marble pillars, each differently carved in exquisite detail, support the temple. It is also said that it is impossible to count the pillars. Not to be missed in this temple is one carving out of a single stone with 108 heads of snakes and numerous tails.
Afterwards we continue our drive to Udaipur and upon arrival you will be assisted by a Vasco representative and escorted to the hotel. Rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 12 Udaipur
After breakfast at the hotel, we tour the city of Udaipur dotted with lakes and palaces and 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 and it has several areas of interest like Suraj Gokhada, Badi Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Mor Chowk (the peacock courtyard), and Zenana Mahal.
Next we visit the Jagdish Temple, located close to the Palace with 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, 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 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 13 Udaipur – Delhi (By Flight) – Journey Home
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to the Udaipur airport to board your afternoon flight to Delhi.
Upon arrival you will be greeted by our representative and transfered to the international airport to board your flight back home.