Authentic Starter Pack
Settle gently into colourful and chaotic India, a riot on the senses. Touching down amidst the commotion of Delhi can be something of a culture shock, so this trip is designed to give you a softer landing. You’ll spend one night in Central Delhi before driving on to the Pink City of Jaipur, crammed with fairy-tale palaces, historic splendour and heaving bazaars stuffed with beautiful textiles.
Camels and Castles in Rajasthan
Soak up the romance of Rajasthan, from mystic lake palaces to desert forts as you spend five nights travelling across this legendary state. Begin by travelling to Pushkar, built around a beautiful holy lake where you’ll see pilgrims bathing and singing softly. Next, you’ll travel to Jodhpur, also known as ‘The Blue City’ and home of the dramatic Mehrangarh Fort, one of the most impressive Moghal forts in India. Your final destination will be Udaipur, one of the most romantic cities in India, set around a mirror-like lake surrounded by green hills.
Your first stop is Pushkar, then you’ll set off for Jodhpur, also known as ‘The Blue City’, after a visit to Meherangarh Fort. Next is Udaipur and on the way, stop to visit the striking Jain temple of Ranakpur, nestled in a green valley. The legendary Lake Palace floats on an island in the centre of the glassy lake, lending the town a rich, fairy-tale feeling. Enjoy a guided tour to explore this magical city.
A night in Jaipur
When you arrive in Jaipur early this morning, you’ll be transferred straight back to the same family-run hotel. The rooms are decorated in traditional Indian-style, several have four-poster beds and the family will go out of their way to make you feel at home. You’ll be welcomed back enthusiastically and after settling in and freshening up, you’ll have the rest of the day free to explore.
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Visit mystical monkey temples and ghost cities en route to sunrise at the Taj Mahal. A real wonder of the world, it’s a building that will take your breath away. India’s Golden Triangle is the stuff of legend, with the ethereal Taj Mahal at its pinnacle. This trip will take you from the Pink City of Jaipur to Agra, where you’ll watch dawn break over the Taj Mahal.
A peek at your accommodation
Switch to travel by plane instead of train
Travel by Plane
If you don’t fancy taking the train, we can alter this itinerary so you can travel by domestic flight instead. Your itinerary will differ slightly from the one above. On day 10, instead of heading to Jaisalmer, you’ll be transferred to Jodhpur airport where you’ll board a flight to Delhi. After spending the night in Delhi, you’ll head to Agra for the Taj Mahal and continue the trip as normal from here. This version of the itinerary is 14 days and 13 nights long.
Guide price: £ 1,085 - per person - travelling by plane