North India Palaces and Forts
Type: Discovery Tour
Duration: 15 Days
Best Time to Travel: September – March
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This tour explores some of the hundreds of palaces and forts dotted throughout Rajasthan and northern India. Visit Kuchaman Fort, with its dramatic location atop a 300m cliff. Khimsar’s fort is situated at the very edge of the Thar Desert where you can ride a camel at sunset.
The 16th century Rohet fort is in an area populated by the Bishnoi – Rajasthan’s nomadic people. You also get to see the magnificent Udaipur Palace on the banks of Lake Pichola, Jaipur’s opulent City Palace and the lesser-known Deogarh Palace.
Day 1 Delhi
Arrive at Delhi International Airport and transfer to your hotel.
Full day tour of the Indian capital including Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, the Red Fort and Jama Masjid – India’s largest mosque. Also visit New Delhi with its government Buildings and India Gate and Rajpath.
Over dinner we have a performance of Indian dances.
Delhi – Mandawa
Drive to Mandawa in the area of Shekhawati, renowned or its extraordinary painted havelis.
Visit some of best preserved havelis before returning to the hotel.
Mandawa – Kuchaman
Drive to Kuchaman Fort, perched atop a 300m cliff with a colourful bazaar at the foot of the fort.
Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Head for Khimsar with its fort and sand dunes, located on the edge on the Thar Desert.
Optional jeep safari to the sand dunes to witness a sun set and also take a short camel ride.
Khimsar – Rohet
Rohet’s main attractions are the 16th century fort Rohet Garh and the lake. Rohet and its surrounding villages are populated by the Bishnoi.
Free time to explore neighbouring villages. Optional jeep safari to some Bishnoi villages.
Rohet – Narlai
Narlai is a 15th century village located in the heart of the Aravalli Hills and surrounded by forest and breathtaking countryside.
Guided walk through the village.
Narlai – Udaipur
Drive to Udaipur, the lake city.
Udaipur has many attractions and boasts various museums, palaces, gardens, monuments and colourful festivals.
Sightseeing tour of Udaipur including the City Palace on Lake Pichola, the Jagdish temple and the beautiful garden surrounding the Pratap Memorial overlooking Fateh Sagar Lake.
Free time at leisure.
Boat ride on Lake Pichola and visit Jag Mandir Island with its Summer Palace.
Udaipur – Deogarh
Drive out of Udaipur for Deogharh with its 17th century Palace famed for its glittering mirror-work and murals.
Free time to enjoy Deogarh.
Deogarh – Jaipur
Drive to Jaipur and upon arrival check in to your hotel.
The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Visit Amer Fort, on the rugged hills outside Jaipur and ascend to the Fort on the back of trained elephants with mahouts.
Jaipur city tour with the City Palace and Jantar-Mantar, an observatory constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh.
Jaipur – Agra
After breakfast we depart for Agra. En route we stop at the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Located 40km from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces.
We continue on to Agra Arrive and transfer to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Agra – Delhi
View the wondrous Taj Mahal standing majestically on the banks of the River Yamuna. We then proceed to the vast red sandstone Agra Fort.
Drive north to Delhi and check in to your hotel.
Free time until airport transfer for your onward flight.
- Room accommodation in twin share
- Private transportation by car/ minivan
- Experienced English speaking Indian guide
- Drinking water in car / minivan
- Elephant ride in Jaipur
- Boat ride on Lake Pichola
- Entrance and sightseeing fees as mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport arrival and departure transfers
What's Not Included?
- International Flights
- Drinks during meals
- Optional tours
- Indian visa
- Any personal expenses such as laundry, hotel phone
- Tips and gratuities