Rajasthan Highlights with Golden Triangle – 14 Days

Rajasthan Highlights with Golden Triangle – 14 Days

This cultural and sightseeing tour takes you to the attractive points of Delhi, such as Shahjahnabad, Chandni Chowk, and Jamsal Masjid, which is the biggest mosque in India. Other points include Humayan Tomb, which is a fine example of Mughal architecture.
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  • Trip Code: ATH3451
  • Country: India
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Easy
    Just about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
  • Activity: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour
  • Starts at: New Delhi
  • Ends at: New Delhi
  • Trip Route:

    New Delhi-Jaipur-Agra-New Delhi

  • Best Season: 
October to November, February to March

Trip Highlights

  • Rajasthan, the Land of Maharajas (Great Kings)
  • Crown of Palaces the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world
  • Sightseeing to remarkable monuments, marvels of art and architecture
  • Explore New and Old Delhi
  • Pink City Jaipur and Blue City Jodhpur
  • Elephant ride in Amer Fort
  • Evening boat ride in Lake Pichola
  • Camel ride in Sam Sand Dunes and viewing sunset on the Thar Desert

Trip Information

This cultural and sightseeing tour takes you to the attractive points of Delhi, such as Shahjahnabad, Chandni Chowk, and Jamsal Masjid, which is the biggest mosque in India. Other points include Humayan Tomb, which is a fine example of Mughal architecture.

Subsequently, the cultural and sightseeing tour takes you to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. The former is the most beautiful building in the world, and the latter was built by Akbar the Great. Then it is followed by Fatehpur Shikri, which is the definition of the Mughal City.

The cultural and sightseeing tour also helps you to distinguish between the Rajput architecture and the Mughal architecture. Amber Fort is an evident. To step into Pink City Palace, which is made of pink sandstone, is to know about rare manuscripts, painting, and designs of the past India.

Mehrangarh Fort, situated at a high hill of 125 m, awaits you, and it is a treasure of courtyards and palaces, deep-terracotta latticed network, splendid collection of the trappings of Indian royalty, including some amazing elephant howdahs, miniature paintings and the inevitable Rajput armoury and ephemera-from ivory inlaid ladies dumbbells to camel-bone carpet weights.

The cultural and sightseeing tour also takes you to ‘Golden City,’ for example, Jaisalmer. Its fort looks like as if it has grown out of the desert. Explore all its sandstone-sculpted buildings, such as Patwo Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Nathmal Ki Haveli.

In the same way, the cultural and sightseeing tour familiarizes you with all the palaces, towers, and temples, made by different Maharajas of Udaipur and Mewar in the 6th century.

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Delhi. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 02: Guided Sightseeing in Delhi. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 03: Drive to Agra (4 Hours) and Visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 04: Drive to Pushkar with Stop at Fatehpur Sikri (7 Hours) and Guided Sightseeing. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 05: Drive to Bikaner (5 Hours) and Guided Sightseeing. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 06: Drive to Jaisalmer (5 Hours). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 07: Guided Sightseeing in Jaisalmer. Overnight at a Tented Camp.
  • Day 08: Drive to Jodhpur (5 Hours). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 09: Drive to Udaipur with Stop at Ranakpur (5 Hours). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 10: Guided Sightseeing in Udaipur. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 11: Drive to Jaipur (7 Hours). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 12: Guided Sightseeing in Jaipur. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 13: Drive to Delhi (5 Hours). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 14: Flight Departure
Day 1 – Arrival in Delhi

Our airport representative will receive you at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to the hotel in a tourist vehicle.

If you arrive before 4 pm, there will be pre-trip meeting in the hotel. You will be briefed about your trip. Ask questions if you have any. And if you arrive after 4 pm, the meeting will be held the next day.
Overnight at a hotel. (No meals included)

Day 2 – Guided Sightseeing in Delhi

Visit Old Delhi: expanded around Shahjahnabad, the seventh city of Delhi. Drive past Chandni Chowk – the largest trading center in North India and other grand monument of Old Delhi is Jama Masjid – the biggest mosque in India.

Visit New Delhi: Raj Ghat, the center where father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Visit Lutyen’s Delhi, drive past President’s Palace and also known as Rashtrapati Bhawan, India gate, a World War I memorial. Lutyen’s city is characterized by wide, tree-lined avenues, parks and palaces built for important Indian Princes. Visit Humayuns Tomb, built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum, the Persian born senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor. It’s a wonderful example of Mughal architecture.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast Included)

Day 3 – Drive to Agra (4 Hours) and Visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Morning drive to Agra (approx 4 hours). Arrive and check into hotel.

Visit the Taj Mahal, the most extravagant monument ever built for love. This poignant Mughal mausoleum has become the de facto tourist emblem of India. Described by the Indian classical poet Tagore as “a teardrop on the face of eternity”, the Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the zenith of Moghul architecture. Visit Agra Fort made from red sandstone. Agra Fort on the bank of River Yamuna, its construction was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565. In Akbar’s time the fort was principally a military structure, but during Shah Jahan’s reign it had partially become a palace.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 4 – Drive to Pushkar with Stop at Fatehpur Sikri (7 Hours) and Guided Sightseeing

Drive to Pushkar (approx 7 hrs) visiting en-route Fatehpur Sikri. It was once the capital city of Akbar after the childless Mughal was blessed with a son from the blessings of the Sufi saint, Sufi saint Salim Chisti, who lived here. The new capital came up in 1569. It is a perfect example of a Mughal city at the height of the Empire’s splendor.

Today you have a tour of Pushkar, which is one of the most sacred places for Hindus. It is considered as important as Benaras or Puri. Hindus believe that no pilgrimage is complete without a dip in the holy lake of Pushkar. Pushkar has as many as 400 temples and 52 Ghats and the only temple in the country dedicated to Lord Brahma.

While Pushkar is heaven for the religious and pious people, it is also the venue of one of the country’s most colorful and captivating cattle fairs, the Pushkar Fair. The festival lasts for 5 days in the month of November.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 5 – Drive to Bikaner (5 Hours) and Guided Sightseeing

After breakfast, drive to Bikaner (approx 5 hrs). On arrival check into hotel. Then, begin the sightseeing tour of the city. The desert city has less tourist activity compared to other Rajasthan cities. The two main attractions of the city include fabulous Junagarh Fort and splendid Laxmi Niwas Palace.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast and dinner included.)

Day 6 – Drive to Jaisalmer (5 Hours)

Drive to Jaisalmer (approx 5 hrs). Arrive Jaisalmer and check into hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 7 – Guided Sightseeing in Jaisalmer (5 Hours)

Morning visit to Jaisalmer Fort. Founded in 1156, it looks like as if it has grown out of the desert. Like a giant sandcastle, its golden fort thrusts skywards out of the surrounding barren landscape. Dubbed the “Golden City” because of its honey color, it is a place that should exist only in the imagination. The fort is the most alive of any museum, there are homes and hotels hidden in the laneways, and shops and stalls are swaddled in the kaleidoscopic mirrors and embroideries of brilliant Rajasthan cloth.

Also visit several of the finely sculpted sandstone buildings built by the wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer. Prominent ones are Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Nathmal Ki Haveli. Excursion to Sam Sand Dunes (approx 1 hour). Take a short camel ride on the dunes. Stay on to view sunset on the Thar Desert.
Overnight at a tented camp in Sam Sand Dunes area. (Breakfast and dinner included.)

Day 8 – Drive to Jodhpur (5 Hours)

Drive to Jodhpur (approx 5 hrs). Arrive and check into hotel.

Later visit Mehrangarh Fort, one of the most impressive forts in Rajasthan. Sprawled across a 125m-high hill, this is Rajasthan most formidable fort. Inside the fort there is a series of courtyards and palaces, a deep-terracotta latticed network. They house a museum, with a splendid collection of the trappings of Indian royalty, including some amazing elephant howdahs, miniature paintings and the inevitable Rajput armoury and ephemera-from ivory inlaid ladies dumbbells to camel-bone carpet weights.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 9 – Drive to Udaipur with Stop at Ranakpur (5 Hours)

Drive to Udaipur (approx 5 hrs). En-route visit Jain Temple of Ranakpur which has its 1444 intricately carved pillars. The main temple is the Chaumukha Temple, or Four-Faced Temple, dedicated to Adinath and built in 1439. Arrive and check-in to hotel.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 10 – Guided Sightseeing in Udaipur

Visit City Palace & museums. The imposing City Palace, surmounted by balconies, towers and cupolas, towering over the lake, is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. A conglomeration of buildings added by various Maharanas, it still manages to retain a surprising uniformity of design. The main part is now preserved as a museum. Evening boat ride at Lake Pichola.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 11 – Drive to Jaipur (7 Hours)

Drive to Jaipur (approx 7 hours). Arrive and check into hotel.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 12 – Guided Sightseeing in Jaipur

Visit Amer Fort built in the 17th Century. The palace is a distinguished specimen of Rajput architecture. Take a joy ride on an elephant back at Amer Fort. Set in a picturesque location, Amer is fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh, it sprawls on the hillside. Explore the city starting from the Pink City Palace which now houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings and armories. Visit the Palace of Winds, a landmark of Jaipur made of pink sandstone and of unique design. Evening is free for your own activities.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 13 – Drive to Delhi (5 Hours)

After breakfast, take a drive to Delhi from Jaipur. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 14 - Flight Departure

The trip ends today. Our airport representative will drop you off at the Delhi airport for your flight departure to home.
(Breakfast included.)

  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
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  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
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Price Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off on a tourist vehicle

  • Twin-sharing accommodation in three-star hotel for the duration of the tour and one night twin-sharing accommodation in a tented camp in Sam Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer

  • Breakfast for 13 days and dinner for 2 days (Once in Bikaner and again on the second day at Jaisalmer)

  • All ground transportation by private tourist vehicle for sightseeing and transferring you between cities

  • Elephant ride in Amer Fort, Jaipur

  • Licensed English-speaking India city guides

  • All applicable hotel and transport taxes

Price Does not Include

  • International and domestic airfare and airport departure tax

  • Travel insurance (mandatory for the trip)

  • Lunch and dinner (USD 5 to 20 a day depending upon your spending habit)

  • English-speaking tour escort for the trip (USD 55 per day)

  • Monument entrance fees during sightseeing

  • Expenses of personal nature related to laundry, telephone calls, etc

  • Alcoholic and cold drinks

  • Personal clothing and equipment(See the equipment tab for detail information)

  • Tips for guides, escorts and drivers (Tipping is expected.)

  • Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section

All you need to bring for this tour is simply some comfortable clothes; there is no any requirement of special equipment on the tour. However for your ease, the following gives you the general idea about the personal items you need to manage for the trip. The personal items referred here are optional and depends upon your choice. The most important factor to be considered while choosing the equipments and your back pack is the time of the year you are travelling.

In a tour, the vehicle transfers all the heavy items and equipments. But the personal belongings of the clients which are required at any moment like money, water bottle, camera, suns cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. It is therefore advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.

List of Recommended Equipment for the Tour:

  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase
  • Daypack
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears (only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e December, January and February)
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season i.e December, January, February (optional)
  • 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if you are travelling in cold season i.e December, January, February)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric shell jacket (preferable if you are travelling in rainy season which lasts from July to September)
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 pair shorts
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear/thermals (if you are traveling in winter i.e. DecemberJanuary and February)
  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene
  • 1 pair light shoes or sneakers
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional)

Medicines and First-Aid Kits

Before traveling to India, please consult your doctor regarding your health conditon and what kind of precautions you need to take.

  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at the office in New Delhi just in case if you need to change the date of your)
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Delhi for cheaper prices.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

This tour is for anyone. No previous experience is needed.

Yes, there will be our airport representative waiting for you with Ace the Himalaya signboard.

We will provide you accommodation in three-star hotels during the duration of the trip. The hotels offer clean and safe rooms with attached bathroom, Internet (Wi-Fi) service, laundry facility, etc. And on the second day at Jaisalmer, you will stay at a tendted camp in Sam Sand Dunes area. 

Breakfast is included in the tour package. It will be provided to you in the hotel where you stay. And for lunch and dinner, you can either in the same hotel or go outside to eat in the restaurants which serve a variety of cuisines from local to American to Chinese.

We use comfortable tourist vehicles for airport pick up and drop off and to transport you to sites and cities. We will use air-conditioned cars, minibuses, buses depending upon the size of the group.

This tour can be done at any month of the year depending upon your availability. But if you want the best of this popular tour, then do this in October to November and February to March. 

Monsoon or rainy season lasts from June to September. The season is dominated by the humid southwest summer monsoon, which slowly sweeps across the country beginning in late May or early June. Monsoon rains begin to recede from North India at the beginning of October. South India typically receives more rainfall.

As such, the seasons of the year are observed in India as follows: Winter – December to February; Spring – March to May; Summer – May to September; Autumn – October to November.

All the monuments you visit in this trip are open for photography. But in some sites, camera and video camera are charged. Please ask your tour guide for the fees. 

You can use your international mobile phone for communication. Wi-Fi is available in most of the hotels and restaurants. 

Yes. In all tourist/commercial areas you stay at and visit, you can easily use credit cards. Also debit and ATM cards. They all are widely accepted. 

Yes, we don’t book international flights. Please refer to our India International Flight page for further information.

It depends on your spending habits. We estimate USD 8 to 20 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner, chocolates and a few drinks.

Bottled water is safe to drink. It is readily available everywhere. But for tap water, bring purifying tablets or gadgets.

Yes, they are licensed by the concerned authorities of India. 

The minimum number for one tour group is 1 and the maximum number is 20.

Yes. Tip is a sign of gratitude to guides, escorts and drivers who serve you during the trip. We recommend you to spend USD 10-12 a day for tipping them. You can tip them at the end of the trip. 

You must have Indian Visa approval before arrival in India along with original passport. You can see more details about Indian visa at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/

The only vaccine required by international regulations is that for yellow fever. The proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within the six days prior to entering India. If you are traveling to India from Africa or South America, you should check to see if you require proof of vaccination.

We also recommend:

· A dental check-up prior to travelling
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

    NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org