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10-Day Rajasthan Tour of Forts, Palaces & the Camel Fair

Tour route: Delhi - Mandawa - Pushkar - Jaipur - Agra

  • Tour code: INOT-IN-003B
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: International Arrival, Delhi at Leisure

Welcome to India! Upon arrival at India Gandhi International Airport, you are greeted by our representative, who will escort you to the hotel, help you check in and brief you about the following tours. Have some free time on your own to adjust to the new time zone.

Overnight: Delhi

Day 2: Delhi Discovery

After having breakfast at hotel, meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby and head to Old Delhi to see the magnificent Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. By exploring the bustling local bazaar of Chandni Chowk on rickshaw, you will get a unique glance of the local life.

Pay a visit to Red Fort before driving to New Delhi for the tallest stone tower in India, the 800-year-old Qutub Minar surrounded by ancient Hindu and Muslim complex. Continue the tour to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. After that, there will be a ride along the city landmarks of India Gate, President's House, Parliament House and Government Secretariat Buildings. Today’s tour ends with an insight into the local religion in a colorful Hindu temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple.

Tips: Female tourists are required to wear robes before entering Jama Masjid. If you don’t have one, rent one at 50 rupees from the temple.

Overnight: Delhi
Meal: Breakfast

Day 3: Transfer to Mandawa (Approx. 6Hrs, 258Km)

After breakfast, you will proceed to Mandawa, the capital of Shekhawati region famous for its old merchant mansions and beautiful fresco art. On the way, stopovers for rest or photo taking would be at your request. After you are settled down at hotel, the rest of the day will be your own.

Overnight: Mandawa
Meal: Breakfast

Day 4: Mandawa Sightseeing with Camel Ride

Breakfast is followed by a walking tour of Mandawa to discover many hidden havelis (mansions). The Shekhavati area is like an open art gallery in India, which will definitely leave you a deep impression, especially after listening to your private guide’s introduction to it. Later this afternoon, you will enjoy a camel ride into the surrounding sand dunes. 

Overnight: Mandawa
Meal: Breakfast

Day 5: Transfer to the Oasis in Pushkar (230 Km, Approx. 5 Hrs)

The destination for today is the oasis in the desert of Pushkar, a town that clings to the beautiful Pushkar Lake, which is considered by Hindus extremely holy. Hundreds of small temples are built by the lake, inside of which, wide stone steps or ‘ghats’ lead down to the lake where pilgrims and sadhus pay their respect. 

Overnight: Pushkar
Meal: Breakfast

Day 6: Camel Fair in Pushkar

Camel Fair is celebrated for five days since the full moon day (the 15th) of Kartik (October–November) in Hindu calendar. The Camel Fair takes place around the Pushkar Lake. Men buy and sell their livestock, which includes camels, cows, sheep and goats; while women go to the stalls, wearing many bracelets, clothes, textiles and fabrics. You will have a chance to enjoy a camel race, followed by folk music, songs and exhibitions.

Come to Pushkar between Oct. and Nov., you will have the chance to explore the famous and important Camel Fair. If you are not able to come during that time, a camel ride and an afternoon relaxing visit to local bazaars will be arranged for you.

Overnight: Pushkar
Meal: Breakfast

Day 7: Leaving Pushkar for Palaces in Jaipur (By Car, Approx. 3.5 Hrs, 160 Km)

After breakfast at hotel, you will head for the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur. On arrival, today’s tour starts with sightseeing of Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State that overlooks the city from a spar of the Aravali Hills. Inside, you'll enjoy the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). 

The afternoon city tour of Jaipur includes a shortstop at the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Then you will visit the City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar, the largest stone observatory in the world that is still in service today. On the way back to the hotel, we will drive through the pink rose residential and business areas.

Tips: Be careful about the hard sell from hawkers all along the way.

Overnight: Jaipur
Meal: Breakfast

Day 8: Transfer to Agra with Stop at Fatehpur Sikri (289 Km,5 Hrs)

This morning we will head east to Agra, en-route you can pay a short visit to the former royal city of Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs), one of the finest illustrations of Mughal architectural splendor at its height, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned 15 years later for the scarcity of water. You will continue to proceed to Agra after lunch. Hotel check-in on arrival and rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Agra
Meal: Breakfast

Day 9: Indian Treasures of Taj Mahal & Agra Fort

Today’s tour starts with a visit to Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) in the early morning in order to avoid the crowds and the heat in daytime. This white-marble world wonder was built by a great emperor in memory of his beloved wife. Later you will visit the palatial Royal Pavilions at the red sandstone Agra Fort for a glimpse of the royal Mughal lifestyle. Tips: Strict security check is needed before entering Taj Mahal. Foods, plastic bags, chargers etc. are all prohibited.

Overnight: Agra
Meal: Breakfast

Day 10: Transfer to Delhi (Approx. 4.5 Hrs, 220 Km) for Departure

Say goodbye to India today. After breakfast, you will be escorted to Delhi airport directly for your international flight. 

Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class

Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.

Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour Class

Usually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class

Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class

Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.

Meals

Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

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Clients: samN3374RV

From: Canada

Travel Consultant:
Mavis Jiang
We just completed the 46 day, yes an "Odyssey" tour of these 3 great destinations. We had a great experience as we were backed by Mavis at Odyssey daily if the need of some help arose as it does in all complicated itinerary. Mavis was very professional, patient and helpful in planning and executing this tailor made trip. We recommend using Odyssey-Mavis to plan your future trip. Sam and Michela Alibrando
Rating: December 13th, 2016

Clients: Rod-Lindy

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Monica Mo
We were focussed on Mughal era forts, palaces and monuments in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Nagaur and Jodhpur - and we managed a bit of shopping too. Odyssey's Monica Mo did a great job in customizing the 11 day itinerary and responding to our preferences for sites and hotels. We were well-supported by Odyssey representatives when arriving in and leaving from New Delhi airport.
We didn't try to do too much and were satisfied that we gained some knowledge and insights in the brief time we had. We were very pleased with our driver Suresh Kumar - his driving skills, his conversation, his vehicle, and his general level of concern for us. Local tour guides were all proficient and extended our enjoyment of the sites with their understanding of relevant history.
We would highly recommend Odyssey Tours.
Rating: December 9th, 2016

Clients: alsisi

From: Canada

Travel Consultant:
Kyle Li
Thank you very much to Kyle Li and Odyssey India for arranging an amazing custom 24 day trip through India. His patience in reworking the itinerary several times was greatly appreciated as were his suggestions. The entire trip was magical and went off without a single problem. We were met when and where expected and treated with kindness and hospitality by the various drivers, reps and guides. Thank you so much. It was a trip to remember forever. India Odyssey is highly recommended. Thank you!!
Rating: December 6th, 2016

Clients: Susannah Farrell

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Miranda Zhang
I was wanting a tailor made 3 day itinerary of the Golden Triangle as I was on a short layover. I contacted Odyssey and was lucky enough to be put in touch with Miranda. I have worked in travel for a decade and am extremely finicky about every last detail (I would not be the easiest client by a long shot). I changed things up so many times and Miranda was just ideal in dealing with me and was so flexible and adaptable it blew my mind. We had the perfect trip and everything ran like clockwork. Miranda is a true asset to your business and I have recommended her far and wide to colleagues and clients as soon as they mention India. Really impressive and truly tailor made trips for any budget. Fabulous company and fabulous staff.
Rating: December 6th, 2016

Clients: John Pendleton

Travel Consultant:
Catherine Wang
We have just returned from a 13 night holiday to India arranged by Catherine Wang .As two mature travelers who were taking their first trip to India we were a but unsure of how we would cope with such a different place to anywhere we had travelled before.Catherine had been very easy to deal with during the planning stages of our holiday ,always replied very quickly and helped put everything we wanted to do together in one package. We hoped that the holiday would be as easy as the planning. And it was, everything happened just as planned and we had a fantastic trip, all the hotels were lovely and there was always someone to help us and look after us. We were delighted when Catherine called us while on tour to check that everything was OK. On our last transfer in Delhi we had a 8 hour layover at the airport which we were not looking forward to ,but much to our delight a car and driver had been organized to take us into the city to do some final sightseeing, this was such a better option than just sitting at the airport. We will certainly be using Catherine to organize our next holiday.
Rating: December 6th, 2016
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