Splendours of Rajasthan

​Step back into a bygone era of emperors and princes in royal Rajasthan. Discover Delhi’s colonial grandeur and delectable cuisine. Be awestruck by the perfect symmetry and marbled elegance of the iconic Taj Mahal.

Journey Overview

Step back into a bygone era of emperors and princes in royal Rajasthan. Discover Delhi’s colonial grandeur and delectable cuisine. Be awestruck by the perfect symmetry and marbled elegance of the iconic Taj Mahal. Drink in the dusky magnificence of Jaipur's City Palace and hillside Amber Fort. Savour a sunset across the exquisite lake palaces of Udaipur, India’s most romantic city. Live like a maharaja in India’s most regal hotels. This is an enchanting encounter with India at its most majestic.

Journey Highlights

  • See the resplendent Taj Mahal at sunset and sunrise
  • Ride a cycle rickshaw through the colourful bazaars of Old Delhi
  • Savour the sunset on a lake cruise in Udaipur, the ‘Venice of the East’
  • Discover the lesser-known wonders of Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’
  • Explore Udaipur's Taj Lake Palace after dark with a local historian

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Namaste and welcome to Delhi, India's northern gateway. The city brings India’s rich cultural contrasts sharply into focus, with its ruin-studded gardens, a growing contemporary art scene and world-class cuisine. On arrival enjoy a warm A&K welcome and private transfer to your hotel.
The Imperial New Delhi (Heritage Room)

Day 2: Delhi

Today, take in the sights of Old and New Delhi. Join a local expert and navigate the narrow streets of Old Delhi abuzz with daily life, visiting the Turkman Gate and the towering minarets of India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Weave through the colourful streets, alleyways and market stalls of Chandni Chowk on a cycle rickshaw to witness a mishmash of cultures. Take a photo stop at the Red Fort, residence of the Mughal Emperors and the seat of the Mughal capital till 1857. Gaze at the ramparts, the stage for some of India’s most momentous cultural and historical events. Savour local cuisine at Veda restaurant designed by one of India’s top fashion designers Rohit Bal, before journeying to New Delhi, and the wonders of modern India.

Drive down the tree-lined Rajpath (the royal path) to the 42-metre-high stone arch of India Gate, a majestic monument commemorating the contribution of Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in World War I. At the far end of the boulevard, glimpse the sprawling President’s Residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan. Finish your tour at the jaw-dropping Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1570 for a Mughal emperor, it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent.
The Imperial New Delhi (Heritage Room) | Meals: BL

Day 3: Delhi – Agra

Bid farewell to India's resplendent capital and travel overland to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Standing proud in the heart of the city, the Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz and is now the world's pre-eminent expression of passionate but restrained mourning. Check in to your hotel before heading to the former imperial city of the Mughal rulers, the heritage-listed Agra Fort. Venture within its red sandstone walls to discover a labyrinth of highly decorated palaces and ornate marble mosques built by the great Mughal emperor Akbar I. As sunset nears, watch in awe as the ivory-white marble of the Taj Mahal glistens in dramatic contrast with the changing colours of the sky. Marvel at the uninterrupted views of the Taj from your room, or from the private dining terrace.
The Oberoi Amarvilas (Premier Room) | Meals: B

Day 4: Agra – Jaipur

Rise early to marvel at the breathtaking Taj in dawn’s tranquillity. Return to your hotel for breakfast before embarking on your overland journey to Jaipur. Stop at the heritage-listed city of Fatehpur Sikri Founded in the 16th century, it’s iconic a fortified red sandstone buildings are regarded as Mughal Emperor Akbar’s crowning architectural legacy. Enjoy lunch before a quick photo stop at the majestic Chand Baori stepwells, built over a thousand years ago and one of the largest in the world. A royal welcome awaits you at your hotel, Rambagh Palace, once a royal hunting lodge for the Maharajah of Jaipur.
Rambagh Palace (Palace Room) | Meals: BL

Day 5: Jaipur

After a sumptuous breakfast, embark on a tour of the Amber Fort, with its distinctive Mughal architecture. Then, immerse yourself in the wonderful artworks and block prints of Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, housed in a beautifully restored haveli (mansion), and learn the intricacies of this traditional Rajasthan craft.

Visit City Palace and its museum which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armoury of the Mughals and Rajputs, including swords, antiques and artifacts. Then, gaze at the heavens from within the Jantar Mantar Observatory, an ancient stargazing hub packed with enormous astronomical instruments dating back to the 16th century.

Later, set out to discover the lesser-known wonders of the Pink City. Step inside lively temples to witness traditional customs, take part in a Hindu prayer ceremony, if you wish, and sip tea with the locals. Visit the ancient Vishnu temple decorated with fine frescos and mythological paintings. Enjoy a quick photo stop at Jaipur’s famous, Hawa Mahal (‘Palace of Winds’), with its distinctive red and pink facade with the afternoon free to explore the city at your leisure.
Rambagh Palace (Palace Room) | Meals: B

Day 6: Jaipur

Spend your day exploring at your own pace or choose from a range of activities including (additional charge):

Leave the hustle and bustle far behind as you soar above Jaipur’s yawning horizons and rolling hills in an enchanting early-morning hot-air balloon flight.

Spend time in the home of a noble Rajput family for an intimate cooking demonstration. Step inside Clay Botik studio for a hands-on pottery lesson with a local artist.

Enjoy a delicious afternoon High Tea on the terraces and manicured lawns of your luxury property whilst learning about henna painting and turban tying.

Pay a visit to Digantar, a local school supported by A&K Philanthropy.
Rambagh Palace (Palace Room) | Meals: B

Day 7: Jaipur – Udaipur

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Udaipur, India’s most romantic city. Discover a place where cascading, whitewashed mansions sit alongside deep blue lakes and the undulating Aravalli Hills. Enjoy a regal welcome to the Taj Lake Palace, originally built on a man-made island in 1746 as the pleasure palace of Maharana Jagat Singh II.

This afternoon learn the extraordinary and ancient art of water painting in the old city in a hands-on workshop. As the sun begins to set, take a private boat ride on the shimmering waters of Lake Pichola and see the city rising majestically above the lake in the middle of the Rajasthan desert.
Taj Lake Palace (Palace Room) | Meals: BL

Day 8: Udaipur

After breakfast, set out on a morning discovery of Udaipur's distinctive palaces and architecture. Your first stop is the enormous City Palace, a flamboyant fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal styles towering over the lake and featured in the James Bond movie Octopussy. Gleaming walls, marble balconies and the spectacular Peacock Courtyard will leave you mesmerised. Continue to Saheliyon-ki-Bari (‘The Garden of the Maids of Honour’) to see a lavish tribute to the 48 ladies in waiting who formed part of a royal dowry. Then study the beautifully carved pillars and painted walls of the three-storey Jagdish Temple.

Spend your afternoon at leisure. This evening, let a local historian regale you with stories over a glass of wine in the Taj Lake Palace.
Taj Lake Palace (Palace Room) | Meals: B

Day 9: Depart Udaipur

Enjoy your final morning before transferring privately to the airport for your onwards journey.
Meals: B

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

The Imperial, New Delhi

Splendours of Rajasthan
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Built in 1931 by Blomfield, one of Sir Edwin Lutyen's associates, and inaugurated by Lord Willingdon in 1936, The Imperial Hotel is known... Read more

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

Splendours of Rajasthan
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The Oberoi Amarvilas is recognised as the leading luxury hotel in Agra. Built in a style inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, the... Read more

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Splendours of Rajasthan
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Newly honoured amongst ‘The Best Hotels in the World’ in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 UK and USA and #2 in the Top... Read more

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Splendours of Rajasthan
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Newly honoured amongst ‘The Best Hotels in the World’ in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 UK and USA and #1 in the Top... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.


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