Travel through Rajasthan as you visit the best of Northern India by land and train, including Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur

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 The ethereal Taj Mahal  Mehrangarh Fort, overlooking the blue city of Jodhphur  Interior view of the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhphur  Fresco in Jodhpur  Dining car aboard Royal Rajasthan on Wheels  Cabin aboard Royal Rajasthan on Wheels  The City Palace overlooking Lake Pichola, Udaipur  Courtyard of the City Palace, Udaipur  Architectural details, City Palace courtyard, Udaipur  The elusive Bengal tiger, Ranthambore National Park  Amber Palace, perched on the hill in Jaipur  Detail of architecture at Jaipur's Amber Palace  Amber Fort courtyard, Jaipur  The courtyard of the City Palace Museum in Jaipur  The newly restored Palace of the Winds in Jaipur  Ancient observatory in Jaipur  Detail of the Khajuraho Temple, a World Heritage site  The ghats along the Ganges River, Varanasi  Statue of Buddha at Sarnath, one of Buddhism's four holiest sites  The legendary Taj Mahal in Agra  Red Fort, Agra  Architectural detail from the Red Fort, Agra  The deserted imperial capital of Fatehpur Sikri  White Throated Kingfisher, Keoladeo Ghana National Park  Egret, Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Northern India’s Royal Rajasthan

Featuring the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Train

14 days | Full tour details to be announced soon

Travel through Rajasthan as you visit the best of Northern India by land and train, including Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details


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All my Smithsonian Journeys have been excellent, but Northern India's Royal Rajasthan belongs in a class by itself: a challenging, endlessly fascinating trip that visits ancient histories and cultures.

- John T.


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Discover the cultural traditions and World Heritage sites of royal Rajasthan and enjoy a five-night train journey aboard Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.

Highlights Include

  • Distinctive Travel: Spend a day in Delhi and enjoy the amenities of the Taj Mahal Hotel. After a flight to Jodhpur, stay for two nights at a Taj hotel, then board a classic train designed to re-create the splendors of the royal maharajas. During our five-night train journey from Jodhpur to Agra, you’ll experience the very best of Rajasthan in true comfort.
  • Princely Capitals: Discover regal cities built by maharajas —with their palaces, museums, and forts—from Jodhpur and Udaipur to Jaipur.
  • Wildlife: Along the way, search for endangered Bengal tigers in Ranthambore National Park and rare birds at Keoladeo Ghana National Park, accompanied by a naturalist.
  • Spiritual Centers: Witness the intricately carved sandstone temples of Khajuraho and observe Hindu rituals on the Ganges River in holy Varanasi.
  • Breathtaking Sites: Stand in awe at silent Fatehpur Sikri and Agra’s ethereal Taj Mahal. 

All my Smithsonian Journeys have been excellent, but Northern India's Royal Rajasthan belongs in a class by itself: a challenging, endlessly fascinating trip that visits ancient histories and cultures.

- John T.

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Days 1 & 2 — Depart for Delhi, India

Depart from home on an overnight flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening. (R,D)

Day 3 — Delhi

Old Delhi, the capital of Muslim India for seven centuries, consists of eight different cities built by a succession of empires. New Delhi was created as the capital of India by the British in 1911, and is the epicenter of contemporary Indian political activity. In Old Delhi, visit Red Fort, surrounded by shops and bazaars; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, with its tapering minarets and marble domes; Chandni Chowk, the city’s bustling and colorful market dating back to the Mughal period; and Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial site. In New Delhi, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens during the period of British colonialism, see the India Gate, a memorial to Indian soldiers killed during World War I; the red sandstone and marble Qutub Minar, the tallest minaret in India and a World Heritage site; and Humayun’s Tomb, the architectural forerunner of the Taj Mahal. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Jodhpur

After a morning at leisure in Delhi, fly to the “blue city” of Jodhpur, famed for its indigo-washed buildings (traditionally homes of the Brahmins) cascading over the hills, its sunny climate, and its beautiful architecture. In the evening visit the maze of narrow medieval streets and bazaars with its tea and spice shops, beautiful bolts of fabric, and a variety of Rajasthani handicrafts. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Jodhpur

Venture into the countryside to learn about village life. Watch craftsmen, including weavers and potters, practice their trades and visit the Bishnois community, where all animal life is considered sacred and wildlife protection is part of daily life. See how Blackburn antelope, gazelles, and numerous species of birds live in harmony with the local inhabitants. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Jodhpur

In Jodhpur visit Jaswant Thada, an architectural landmark constructed entirely of carved sheets of marble. A traditional cremation site of Jodhpur rulers, this white marble memorial was built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh in 1899. The grounds include beautifully carved gazebos, a multi-tiered garden, and a small lake. Continue to the massive Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India. Built on a hilltop in 1459, the fort is comprised of a variety of royal palaces with collections of priceless jewels and armor. Explore some of Mehrangarh's courtyards and palaces, as well as enjoying the view from the ramparts. Your last visit in Jodhpur features a tour of the Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum. Located on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur, this iconic palace is part royal residence, part museum, and part hotel. The museum's collection includes a model of the palace, royal finery, photographs, and a collection of clocks. In mid-afternoon board the Royal Rajasthan and depart for Udaipur. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Udaipur, Chittaurgarh

One of the most enchanting cities in Rajasthan, Udaipur, known as the “Venice of the East,” enjoys a fairy-tale setting of palaces, temples, lakes, and gardens. Tour the City Palace, a labyrinth of courtyards richly decorated with inlaid mirror-work and frescoes. Also visit Saheliyon-Ki-Bari (Garden of the Maids), a beautiful garden with lotus pools, marble pavilions, and elephant-shaped fountains. Continue to Chittaurgarh for tea at the impressive stone fort, once the center of Rajput resistance against Mughal rule, followed by a Light & Sound show. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur

Arrive at the town of Sawai Mdhopur, home of the wildlife sanctuary at Ranthambhore National Park. The park is 248 square miles of gently undulating forested hills, forming a unique reserve dominated by an imposing 11th-century fortress. Take a morning game drive in comfortable four-wheel- drive vehicles in search of the elusive tiger as well as hyenas, jackals, spotted deer, sambar, foxes, and  more than 300 species of birds. Reboard the train for lunch and return to Jaipur to explore majestic Amber Fort, a 17th-century fortress-palace perched high on a mountain. The honey-colored palace, reflected in Maota Lake, is a distinguished specimen of Rajput architecture. Also visit the City Palace complex, which houses a museum featuring rare manuscripts, paintings, and an armory; and Jantar Mantar, an 18th-century royal observatory with large-scale astronomic instruments built by Maharajah Jai Singh. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Khajuraho

Spend a full day exploring the monuments at Khajuraho, the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples in India and a World Heritage site. The temples are constructed of sandstone without the use of mortar, and the individual stones are held in place by gravity. Grouped into three geographical divisions—western, eastern, and southern—these temples are renowned for their erotic sculptures. (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Varanasi

Arrive in Varanasi, the holiest town for Hindus, in the early morning. Enjoy a boat ride on the Ganga (Ganges) River and a tour of the city, including the Bharat Mata Mandir, a temple that houses a marble sculpture of Bharat Mata, the national personification of India as a mother goddess. Stop at the riverside bathing steps known as ghats to witness the religious ritual aarti, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (butter) is offered to one or more deities. Also visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment in Bodhgaya. The Archaeological Museum of Sarnath contains a large collection of sculptures that bear testimony to the fervent artistic and religious activity that went on here for more than a thousand years. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Agra

Disembark the train and visit Agra Fort, World Heritage site that dates back to at least 1080 A.D. This spectacular walled city contains a maze of courtyards, mosques, and private chambers built by Emperor Akbar. In the afternoon, visit the Taj Mahal, the magnificent expression of Emperor Shah Jahan’s love for his wife, Mumtaz. (B,L,D)

Day 12 — Fatehpur Sikri, Bharatpur, Agra

En route to Bharatpur, stop at the World Heritage site of Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted imperial capital built by Emperor Akbar in the late 16th-century and a perfectly preserved example of a Mughal city. Fatehpur Sikri was abandoned after only 14 years due to the lack of an adequate water supply, and its audience halls, palaces, courtyards, pools, and enormous mosque remain nearly untouched by time. Continue to Bharatpur for a visit to Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a World Heritage-designated bird sanctuary renowned for massive flocks of egrets, Siberian cranes, migratory water fowl, and many other species of birds. Originally a private hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Bharatpu, the marshes were protected and developed in the late 19th-century to attract waterfowl, and now more than 230 species of birds make this park their home. (B,L,D)

Days 13 & 14 — Agra, Delhi / Home

Drive to Delhi and check in to day rooms at an airport hotel to relax and freshen up before boarding late night or early morning flights. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)