Rajasthan - Land of Kings

19 days from £4980 per person

Covering some of the most significant sites of northern India, this itinerary encompasses the main highlights of this colourful and historic region. Based, where possible, around luxurious heritage hotels, begin your journey in the historic city of Delhi before travelling south to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur - Rajasthan's fabled 'pink city'. From here experience rural Rajasthan visiting Ranthambore National Park then staying in forts, ancestral homes and the wonderful tented camp of Chhatra Sagar. End with two nights in the beautiful lakeside city of Udaipur.

Journey Highlights

Delhi, India’s capital city, offers impressive, monumental civic buildings in New Delhi, whilst Old Delhi contains the substantial Red Fort and many teeming markets.

The Jungle Book comes alive within the boundaries of Ranthambore National Park. Overgrown abandoned palaces and temples form the backdrop for exotic fauna and flora.

The magical Lake Palace in Udaipur appears to float on Lake Pichola. Now a luxury hotel, the palace was built in the 18th century by Maharana Jagat Singh II as a winter residence.

Day 1 Depart the UK

Today depart the UK on the Virgin Atlantic flight to Delhi. (N)

Day 2 Arrive Delhi

Arrive into Delhi and stay for two nights at Le Meridien New Delhi. Alternatively upgrade to the Claridges Hotel or the Imperial Hotel. Delhi is India's capital and a city of two halves. Old Delhi - the heart of Muslim India between the 17th and 19th centuries - is an historic district of grand mosques, majestic forts and crumbling monuments. In contrast New Delhi, with its large government buildings, wide tree-lined avenues and pretty white-washed bungalows was purpose-built in the 1930s by the British as a colonial capital and remains the epicentre of Indian political power. (B)

Day 3 Delhi

After breakfast commence a morning tour of Old Delhi with your guide to explore the area's dense network of bustling alleyways, homes, bazaars and mosques visiting famous Chandni Chowk market, the beautiful Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and Rajghat. In the afternoon continue to New Delhi which was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is today home to Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the Indian President, Rajpath and the imposing India Gate. (B)

Day 4 Delhi to Agra – by train

This morning travel by train from Delhi to Agra and stay overnight at the ITC Mughal Hotel or upgrade to the Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel. Agra was once one of the world's majestic cities and later today visit the imposing Agra Fort, established by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565, and the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula. No stay in Agra is complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal, arguably the greatest monument to love, built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz. The Taj Mahal is a building world renowned for its beauty and the craftsmanship is outstanding. (B)

Day 5 Agra to Jaipur – 230kms
via Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri

Leaving Agra, visit Fatehpur Sikri, once the capital of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and constructed of beautiful red sandstone. Afterwards visit Abhaneri which is famed for its 8th century Chand Baori – the deepest step-well in the world – then continue to Jaipur for a two night stay at Dera Mandawa. Alternatively upgrade to the Samode Haveli or Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel. Planned by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1727, Jaipur is a vibrant city of bazaars, palaces, fine havelis and spectacular forts. (B)

Day 6 Jaipur

This morning drive outside of Jaipur to the dramatically located Amber Fort set on a ridge above the rugged sounding hills. A Rajput capital for over 700 years, there is plenty to explore here from courtyard gardens and small temples to the private chambers of the Maharaja. In the afternoon return to Jaipur to visit the superb City Palace complex which is home to the beautiful Peacock Gate and famous Hawa Mahal, or ‘Palace of the Winds’ and the Jantar Mantar—the largest stone observatory in the world. (B)

Day 7 Jaipur to Ramathra – 180kms

After breakfast leave Jaipur and drive to Ramathra and the 350 year old Ramathra Fort which was originally the stronghold of the Jadoan Rajputs. Today this unique fort, which still belongs to their descendants, has been devotedly restored to its former glory and a stay here offers a chance to experience the great outdoors and ‘village India’ at its best combined with a little fort lifestyle and Rajput hospitality. (B/L/D)

Day 8 Ramathra

With its remote location surrounded by farmland, Ramathra has plenty to offer. Places of interest and things to do include a night game drive in the nearby Kailadevi National Park and a visit to the local village, a traditional small hamlet of farmers and herders. The area around Ramathra is also wonderful for walking. Alternatively, should you prefer to stay at the fort, it too makes for fascinating exploration. (B/L/D)

Day 9 Ramathra to Ranthambore – 85kms

This morning leave Ramathra and drive to the Project Tiger Reserve at Ranthambore. Running from the easternmost spur of the Aravallis to the Vindhya Range, Ranthambore is set in a valley or dry deciduous forest dotted with small watering holes. The reserve supports a mixed range of birds and mammals and although the tiger is the main predator, leopards, jackal and hyena are also present as well as sambar, chital, wild boar, nilgai, chinkara and crocodile. Stay for two nights at Nahargarh or upgrade to Khem Villas or Sher Bagh. (B/L/D)

Day 10 Ranthambore

Visit the park at sunrise and sunset in the company of an expert naturalist. As with much of India the blend between nature and history is strong at Ranthambore and the 13th century fort is the focal point of the park. (B/L/D)

Day 11 Ranthambore to Shahpura Bagh – 200kms

This morning, after a final game drive, leave Ranthambore and drive to the small market town of Shahpura where you will stay for two nights at charming Shahpura Bagh. The history of Shahpura dates back over 400 years and the original house was granted to the present family by Shah Jehan. Accommodation is elegant with a mixture of Rajasthani and colonial furnishings and there is also a beautiful swimming pool in the grounds. (B/L/D)

Day 12 Shahpura Bagh

At leisure to enjoy and explore Shahpura Bagh at your own pace. Activities here include bicycle rides, walks by the lake, visits to the local temples and nearby town or the chance to explore a neighbouring 17th century fort. (B/L/D)

Day 13 Shahpura Bagh to Chhatra Sagar – 125kms

After breakfast leave Shahpura and continue by road to the beautiful Chhatra Sagar where you will stay for the next three nights. Comprising of thirteen luxurious tents set on a dam overlooking a lake, Chhatra Sagar is a special hotel and is undoubtedly one of the most peaceful and unique hideaways in Rajasthan. The tents are pitched to ensure privacy and all directly face the lake each with a veranda affording exceptional, uninterrupted views. (B/L/D)

Day 14 Chhatra Sagar
to
Day 15 Chhatra Sagar

Over the next two days enjoy Chhatra Sagar. Due to its location, surrounded by farmland and small villages, a stay at Chhatra Sagar provides an opportunity to experience rural Rajasthan in a way that few other properties allow. Accompanied by one of your hosts visit nearby farms, local temples and meet the neighbouring villagers. Alternatively, remain at Chhatra Sagar where there is excellent birding on and around the lake. (B/L/D)

Day 16 Chhatra Sagar to Udaipur – 260kms
via Ranakpur

Today leave Chhatra Sagar and drive to the Jain temple complex at Ranakpur. The most famous of the temples here was built in 1439 and is particularly beautiful. Later continue the picturesque drive to Udaipur where you will stay for two nights at the Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel. Alternatively upgrade to the Leela Palace Hotel or the Taj Lake Palace Hotel. With its white marble palaces, languid deep blue lakes, well-tended gardens and a back-drop of endless green hills, Udaipur is one of Rajasthan's most attractive cities. (B)

Day 17 Udaipur

After breakfast visit the City Palace, an impressive complex of several palaces which overlook Lake Pichola and are still owned by the Maharaja of Udaipur. Places of interest here include the Mor Chowk court, Manak Mahal, Chini ki Chitra Mahal and the Queen's Palace. Also visit the Fateh Prakash Palace and its unique Crystal Gallery and grand Durbar Hall. From the City Palace return on foot to the old town and the intricately carved Jagdish Mandir temple ending the day with a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola. (B)

Day 18 Udaipur to Delhi – by air

Today transfer to Udaipur Airport in good time to catch the afternoon flight to Delhi where you will stay overnight at Le Meridien New Delhi. Alternatively upgrade to the Claridges Hotel or the Imperial Hotel. (B)

Day 19 Delhi to the UK

Today transfer back to Delhi Airport to catch the Virgin Atlantic flight non-stop to the UK. (B)

KEY: N = No meals B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

Chhatra Sagar

A truly magical place, which comprises of 13 delightful tents, pitched on a dam, overlooking a lake, two hours east of Jodhpur. The Nim...

Delhi

Claridges is a grand and iconic hotel in New Dehli. Built in 1952, this elegant hotel is set within delightful landscaped gardens in the business dis...

Jaipur

Dera Mandawa is a charming boutique hotel, ideally situated just outside the city walls of Jaipur. Many of the city’s attractions can be found with...

Delhi

The Imperial Hotel is located on the prestigious Queen's Way, now known as Janpath, and is a stone's throw away from Connaught Place, a fashionable s...

Agra

The ITC Mughal Hotel is a comfortable, modern hotel in the historic city of Agra. There are 35 acres of lush landscaped gardens and the hotel is i...

Udaipur

The Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel has a wonderful location right the heart of Udaipur's old city. A charming 17th century haveli, Jagat Niwas also has a...

Ranthambore National Park

Set just beyond the gates of Ranthambore National Park, Khem Villas is an exclusive safari retreat comprising of luxury tents, cottages and four room...

Agra

Lying in view of the Taj Mahal, the Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel reflects the romantic grandeur of this great monum...

Jaipur

The Raj Mahal is a majestic palace dating back to 1727. It was the first palace to be built in the city of Jaipur and originally the home to the Roya...

Ramathra

This 350 year-old fort is situated between Ranthambore and the Keoladeo National Park in a lush and beautiful region of eastern Rajasthan. Dating bac...

Jaipur

A member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World this fabulous palace is spread across 47 acres of gardens and is a magnificent example of regal arc...

Jaipur

Lying in the heart of Jaipur, the townhouse of the Samode Family is a sanctuary within the city. With only 39 rooms guests receive constant attentio...

Shahpura

Overview

Originally the summer residence of the rulers of Shahpura, the 30-acre estate was granted by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to the ...

Ranthambore National Park

Just a few minutes from Ranthambore National Park lies the jungle camp of Sher Bagh. With 12 tents situated around a central garden and pavilion, the...

What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Train travel as specified
  • Private car with English speaking driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The price above is a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and season. If you wish to travel alone we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements and will provide a proposal on request

What To Do Next?

We can design a unique journey to suit you as our tours are totally tailor made. By combining your own ideas with our knowledge and experience we can help you to create your own unique journey tailored exactly to your requirements Once you have formulated your ideas, or if you require some advice, please call us or simply request a quotation

Suggested Journeys

We are pleased to offer the following selection of suggested itineraries based on our personal experiences. By combing these itineraries with your thoughts and ideas we can tailor any journey to make it special, unique and designed around you.

Beautiful Kerala

16 days starting from £3790 per person

Kerala is rightly one of India's most popular destinations. A region of staggering scenic beauty encompassing jungle and beach, tea hills and historic towns, this journey encapsulates the best of Kerala using small and unique hotels. Commencing in the coffee plantation retreat of Tranquil, travel...

Classical India - A Journey from Mumbai to Agra

18 days starting from £3980 per person

As one of the world's great nations, India has an unrivalled historic tradition with this itinerary exploring the ages of Indian history through religion, architecture and people. Leaving the Victorian grandeur of Mumbai, journey to central India, home to the cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora,...

The Golden Triangle and Beyond

15 days starting from £2620 per person

Home to some of India's most recognisable sights, northern India is a region defined by splendid architecture, pulsating cities, grand scenery and traditional rural life. Start your journey in Delhi, where there will be ample time to explore the city. From Delhi, travel by rail south to Agra,...

From the magnificent Golden Temple of Amritsar, heart of the Sikh religion, to the quintessentially British hill station of Shimla, this tour incorporates the best of India's beautiful and the evocative Himalayan foothills. Stop en-route in the colourful Tibetan enclave of Dharamsala, home of the...

The Vale of Kashmir

10 days starting from £2480 per person

The enchanting Kashmir valley is the perfect summer retreat. Soft mountain air, pine forest, serene lakes and spectacular Himalayan mountain scenery offer a direct contrast to the sapping heat of the north Indian plains. Dividing the visit into two parts, this itinerary begins with three nights...

One of the great journeys of the subcontinent, this tour is centred on the spectacular Manali to Leh road - one of the highest in the world and a route only briefly open for travel from July to September each year. Starting with three nights in the charming British hill station of Shimla, travel...

Images of India - From the Himalayas to the Taj Mahal

16 days starting from £3395 per person

Squeezed between Tibet, Nepal and the lowland plains of India the state of Uttarakhand sits in the shadow of the mighty Himalayas. Travelling by train to Haridwar, time is spent in this holy pilgrimage city and neighbouring Rishikesh before continuing to fabulous Corbett National Park, India's...

Land of Discovery - Ladakh and Kashmir

14 days starting from £3430 per person

Jammu and Kashmir is India's most northerly state. It is also a region characterised by its strong diversity - geological, cultural and religious. This itinerary joins Ladakh with the Kashmir valley and, in doing so, creates one of the finest journeys of the Indian subcontinent. Starting in...

The Indian Mutiny

12 days starting from £3200 per person

The Indian Mutiny of 1857 was the bloodiest insurrection in the history of the British Empire when, for a time, the very fate of British India hung in the balance. This unique journey covers the three main centres of resistance - Old Delhi, Lucknow and Kanpur as well as Agra where the British...

Himalayan Kingdoms

16 days starting from £4820 per person

The Himalayan landscape becomes more exotic the further east you travel and this unusual tour provides the opportunity to explore this rich diversity. Journey through jungle-covered foothills up into rhododendron forest and within sight of some of the world's highest peaks. Himalayan cultures...

Highlights of Gujarat

18 days starting from £3495 per person

India's westernmost state, Gujarat is a time-honoured desert land of historic cities and indigenous cultures with a fauna unique to the region. Starting in Ahmedabad, drive to Dasada, via the magnificent sun-temple of Modhera, then bird-watch in the Little Rann of Kutch. Travel on to Bhuj and...

Historic Rajasthan

20 days starting from £3920 per person

Exploring the diversity and heritage of India's most iconic state, this itinerary is a comprehensive journey covering the region's key cities. A land of immense forts and breathtaking palaces, begin in Delhi before heading to Nagaur and the remote desert cities of Bikaner and Jaisalmer. Discover...

Rajasthan - Land of Kings

19 days starting from £4980 per person

Covering some of the most significant sites of northern India, this itinerary encompasses the main highlights of this colourful and historic region. Based, where possible, around luxurious heritage hotels, begin your journey in the historic city of Delhi before travelling south to Agra, home of...

North India - A Journey to the River Ganges

18 days starting from £3970 per person

No journey to northern India is complete without a visit to Varanasi – India's holiest city. An itinerary offering a cross–section of Indian society, the first half of this journey starts in Delhi, visits elegant Udaipur and Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur. Watch sunrise over the Taj Mahal...

Rural Rajasthan

18 days starting from £3940 per person

A unique opportunity to experience the rural towns and villages of princely Rajasthan, this itinerary focuses on the many ancestral homes for which this state is famous. From palaces to colonial bungalows, forts to hunting lodges, this is a leisurely journey through traditional India. From Delhi...

A Trek through the Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan

14 days starting from £2480 per person

Stretching over 350 miles from Gujarat to Delhi, in southern Rajasthan the beautiful Aravalli Range is heavily forested and is the source of several important rivers. This journey, perfect for keen walkers, explores the region around the Aravalli Hills and includes a unique three day trek from...

Spices and Sandalwood - A Journey from Mysore to Kochi

17 days starting from £3990 per person

Traversing arguably one of the most beautiful and historic regions of India, this itinerary is a memorable journey from princely Mysore, home to a grand City Palace and monumental Nandi Bull, to the fascinating spice town of Kochi. Time is spent in Nagarhole National Park - arguably the finest in...

Hidden Treasures of the Deccan Plateau

16 days starting from £3340 per person

Standing separate from the regular tourist-trail, the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are at the centre of a staggeringly diverse region few visit. A heady mix of culture and history, this novel itinerary represents a journey of rediscovery with visits to Mysore, spectacular Hampi and the...

Karnataka's Hidden Treasures

16 days starting from £3265 per person

Karnataka is India for the aficionado - a land of endless tree-lined roads leading to spectacular historical remains. A microcosm of Indian history, the state is blessed with a mix of influences which this journey aims to capture. Starting in Mysore undertake a specialist heritage walk in the...

Undiscovered Karnataka and Kerala

14 days starting from £2965 per person

Despite the region's popularity, certain parts of both Karnataka and Kerala remain relatively underexplored. This journey combines culture, scenery and relaxation to highlight the best of southern Karnataka and northern Kerala. Starting in Mysore visit the city, nearby Somnathpur and...

A Journey through South India

23 days starting from £3985 per person

Distinct to the north, exotic South India is a melting pot of cultures and religion. Starting in historic Kochi, join the Nilgiri Mountain Railway to Ooty then on to the wonderful coffee plantation retreat of Tranquil. Visit the sandalwood city of Mysore then fly to Tamil Nadu - a land of dusty...

Rural Images of Kerala

15 days starting from £2590 per person

This tropical state is, for many, the essence of south India. A land of swaying palms and rustic wooden villages, famous trading cities and the idyllic backwaters, this is a relaxed itinerary exploring the rural heart of Kerala. Begin your journey in two homestays, the first at Olavipe, a century...

Sacred Places and Natural Beauty of Madhya Pradesh

15 days starting from £3695 per person

Despite being one of India's most rural states, Madhya Pradesh is the cradle of Indian civilisation with a strong Hindu-Buddhist culture, abundance of historical sites and plethora of wildlife unrivalled throughout the subcontinent. After an exploration of Delhi, fly to Bhopal and visit the...

Tigers, Temples and Distant Palaces of Central India

20 days starting from £4680 per person

Visiting India's central states is a hugely rewarding experience. Rich culture, spectacular scenery, exceptional wildlife and a strong tribal heritage combine to make travel worthwhile to parts of an India few ever get to see. After admiring Kolkata's architecture, travel by air to Raipur in the...

Return to Darjeeling and Sikkim

18 days starting from £3440 per person

A relaxed and scenic journey, this itinerary represents an excellent introduction to the eastern Himalayan region. Starting in Kolkata, the cultural heart of India, continue on to the old Raj hill station of Darjeeling before travelling further north to explore some of the many monasteries of...

Land of the Buddha

17 days starting from £3135 per person

The Buddha's life and history play an important role in Indian society and form an integral part of the country's religious tapestry. This itinerary covers some of the Indian subcontinent's key Buddhist centres and incorporates the four places pivotal to the life of the Buddha - Lumbini in Nepal,...

Journey through Assam

18 days starting from £4690 per person

Assam is defined by the mighty Brahmaputra River, boasts two out of India’s five UNESCO environmental World Heritage sites and remains one of India’s main tea producing regions. Combining these strands, this itinerary includes visits to both Manas and Kaziranga National Park, a short Assam...

The Enchanted Frontiers - India and Bangladesh

18 days starting from £4760 per person

The neighbouring countries of India and Bangladesh have a shared history and many similar cultural traditions and this itinerary combines both with a unique journey through North East India and rural Bangladesh. Flying to Dibrugarh, visits are made to Dibru Saikhowa and Kaziranga National Parks...

Arunachal Pradesh and the Reh Festival

16 days starting from £3995 per person

Arunachal Pradesh is not only North East India's largest and most remote state but is also one of the least densely populated. Stretching from the foothills of the eastern Himalayas to the mountainous peaks of the north, the state has a truly rich tribal heritage with strong links to neighbouring...

Nagaland and the Hornbill Festival

14 days starting from £3780 per person

One of India's last remaining frontiers, travel to the eastern tribal state of Nagaland is challenging but hugely rewarding. A land of spectacular beauty and timeless history indelibly linked to the colourful indigenous tribal groups which form such an important part of the region, this itinerary...

The Defence of Kohima and Imphal

16 days starting from £3970 per person

For many the North East of India is synonymous with World War II and the battles of Kohima and Imphal which turned the tide of war in Asia. Combining both locations this itinerary begin in Kolkata, former capital of the Raj, before flying to Kohima where visits will be made to the Kohima War...

'India's Orient' - A Journey Across India with John Keay

16 days starting from £4390 per person

To the Mughals as to the British, India’s greatest prize lay in its eastern provinces of Bengal and Awadh. For ‘fertility, wealth and beauty’ they were described as ‘unrivalled anywhere in the world’.  Today’s hi-tech India may have passed them by, but the massive monuments and...

India is renowned throughout the world for its exceptional wildlife and this itinerary covers four of the country’s finest nature reserves. The national parks of Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna are home to a staggering and diverse array of animal and birdlife including leopard, jackal,...

Call of the Jungle - The Wildlife of Northern India

16 days starting from £3810 per person

India is synonymous with wildlife and the country is blessed with numerous excellent reserves. This itinerary combines three of the best with a break en-route in Agra to visit the wonderful Taj Mahal. Starting in Delhi, travel by road to Corbett National Park which is named after the legendary...

Taj and Tigers - From Ranthambore to Corbett

14 days starting from £3435 per person

The Indian subcontinent is home to a number of excellent wildlife reserves but the national parks of Corbett and Ranthambore remain two of the best and most popular. This itinerary combines both, whilst also incorporating comprehensive visits to Old and New Delhi, Agra for the Taj Mahal and two...

The Wildlife of Southern India

14 days starting from £2990 per person

Southern Karnataka and northern Kerala form part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest protected area in southern India. Within this reserve are Nagarhole and Bandipur national parks – arguably the region’s finest reserves which support a range...

The National Parks of North East India

16 days starting from £3985 per person

Wild and remote, India’s north east is a wildlife lover’s paradise. From the spectacular Dibru-Saikhowa National Park close to Arunachal Pradesh and isolated Nameri National Park to world-famous Kaziranga National Park, home of the Indian one-horned rhinoceros, this journey highlights the...

Inspired by the film Viceroy’s House, this special historical journey links the key locations that played such an important role in the latter days of British rule in India, the events surrounding partition and evolution of a modern India in the post-independence period. Combining regal New...

Experts in Private Guided Journeys

For over 27 years Pettitts has led the field in arranging unique tailor-made journeys. Our expert well-travelled team have first-hand knowledge of our destinations and no two itineraries we prepare are the same. Please call us for more information or complete our enquiry form to request a quotation.

01892 515 966 Request a Quote