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  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  White Throated Kingfisher, Keoladeo Ghana National Park  Egret, Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Journey Through India's Rajasthan

Featuring the Palace on Wheels Train

13 days from $10,950

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

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

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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Overview

Rajasthan is a tapestry of sensory richness, complex history, and multicultural arts and traditions. For most travelers, its essence remains in their memory for a lifetime. Join us for a journey of a lifetime, traveling through royal Rajasthan aboard the distinctive Palace on Wheels

Highlights Include

  • Breathtaking Sites: Stand in awe before the ethereal beauty of Agra's Taj Mahal and visit spectacular Agra Fort. A day in Delhi also showcases many of its important treasures.
  • Princely Capitals: Admire regal cities built by maharajas. In the "pink city" of Jaipur, tour the Amber Fort, City Palace Museum, and an 18th-century observatory. In magical Udaipur, the "city of lakes," discover the vast riches of the City Palace and enjoy a cruise on scenic Lake Pichola. Traveling to the "Golden City" of Jaisalmer, tour its hilltop citadel and palace and experience the Thar Desert by camel. And in the "blue city" of Jodhpur, explore Mehrangarh Fort, home to royal palaces with priceless decorative arts. 
  • Wildlife: Search for the elusive Bengal tiger at Ranthambore National Park and gaze upon a myriad of exotic birds in Keoladeo Ghana National Park. 
  • Palace on WheelsTo better experience these fascinating destinations, travel for five nights aboard a renovated classic train, designed to re-create the splendor of the maharajas—and sure to enthrall train enthusiasts.

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.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

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, the residence of Mughal emperors; Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, with its tapering minarets and marble domes; and Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial site. In New Delhi, see Humayun’s Tomb, the architectural forerunner of the Taj Mahal and a World Heritage site

Day 4 — Jaipur

After breakfast, drive to Jaipur to explore majestic Amber Fort, a 17th-century fortress-palace perched high on a mountain, and one of the Hill Forts of Rajasthan World Heritage sites. The honey-colored palace, reflected in Maota Lake, is a distinguished specimen of Rajput architecture. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Jaipur

Continue your exploration of Jaipur at 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. In the afternoon explore the city’s bazaar and visit a textile and block-printing shop. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Ranthambore National Park

This morning depart for Sawai Madhopur, home of the wildlife sanctuary at Ranthambore 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 an afternoon 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. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Board Palace On Wheels, Chittaurgarh

This morning board the Palace on Wheels train and depart for Chittaurgarh. Enjoy tea at the impressive hilltop fort of Chittaurgarh, once the center of Rajput resistance against Mughal rule.  This evening depart for Udaipur. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Udaipur

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. Explore the City Palace, a labyrinth of courtyards richly decorated with inlaid mirror-work and frescoes. In the afternoon take a cruise on Pichola Lake, an artificial fresh-water lake created in A.D. 1362 to supply drinking water and irrigation to the surrounding area. On Jag Niwas, one of the lake’s four islands, stands the luxurious Lake Palace Hotel, considered one of the most romantic hotels in the world.

Day 9 — Jaisalmer

The Jaisalmer Fort was built in 1156 and is the crown of the city. Enter the form through a forbidding series of massive gates which leads to a large courtyard. The Raj Mahal or the Royal Palace is one of the main attractions in the fort. This afternoon take a camel safari to the sand dunes, to watch the sunset in this vast desert. Later this evening, return to the train and continue to Jodhpur. (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Jodhpur

Arrive at the “blue city” of Jodhpur, famed for its indigo-washed buildings (traditional homes of the Brahmins) cascading over the hills, its sunny climate, and beautiful architecture. Massive Mehrangarh Fort, built on a hilltop in 1459, is comprised of a variety of royal palaces with collections of priceless jewels and armor. Located on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is part royal residence, part museum, and part hotel. In mid-afternoon board the Palace on Wheels and depart for Bharatpur. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Bharatpur and Agra

This morning visit Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a World Heritage designated bird sanctuary renowned for massive flocks of egrets, Siberian cranes, migratory waterfowl, and many other species of birds. Originally a private hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Bharatpur, 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. 

Continue to Agra to explore the Agra Fort, a 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 — Delhi, Home

Arrive in Delhi and disembark the train. Visit the Qutab Minar, the tallest minaret in India and a World Heritage site. Relax in day rooms at the airport hotel before departing on flights home, arriving on February 22. (B,L)

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