Palaces in Rajasthan: Where Magnificent History Unfolds
Rajasthan is a princely state that has a rich, glorious, and historic past. Not to miss, the many spectacular palaces in Rajasthan spread across its desert landscape overawe you with their rich history and humongous geography.
The innate culture, traditions, and heritage is so visible and the palaces are beautifully designed featuring spectacular works of art and architecture. And so, on your stunning palaces trip, you will discover Rajasthan via the many beautiful forts and palaces and yes, every palace has a story to tell.
Stunning Palaces in Rajasthan Highlights
- Day 1, you arrive in New Delhi, the capital city of India. You check in to your hotel and you can spend the evening on your own.
- Day 2, you embark on your trip by taking a flight out to Jaipur, ‘the city of palaces’ and the capital city of Rajasthan. After landing in Jaipur and after the initial formalities, you are taken around the city on a tour of palaces. You visit Raj Palace, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, and the Jantar Mantar.
- Day 3, you are taken to Amer Fort in Jaipur which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After which you are taken to the Water Palace- Jal Mahal and then taken on an interesting Royal Buggy Safari. On this day, there are add-on options made available and that is if you choose to. The same are listed in the detailed itinerary section.
- On Day 4, you are taken to Khimsar to see the beautiful Khimsar Palace and it is rated among the best palaces in Rajasthan. And here you are also taken to the Royal Garage to see the vintage car collection of the royal family.
- On Day 5, in Khimsar you are taken to a local handicraft institute and you are also taken to see how local artisans work and see their interesting working styles. Later, post lunch, you are taken to the famed sand dunes nearby for the Sand Dunes experience. You spend the rest of the day here culminating in beautiful performances and a fabulous meal comprising of local cuisine.
- On Day 6, you now travel to Jodhpur from Khimsar which is also well-known for its many forts and palaces. Here you visit the Mehrangarh Fort. Later you have lunch in a heritage hotel and then you are taken to the Umaid Bhawan Palace. On this day, there are additional sightseeing options made available, please refer to the detailed itinerary section.
- Day 7, you spend time in the old city of Jodhpur and also visit the Step Well Square and then head to Bishnoi village nearby. Here you get to see how local villagers live and you learn a great deal about them.
- On Day 8, you are taken to Udaipur, another famous tourist destination of Rajasthan. Enroute to Udaipur, you are taken to Ranakpur, an important Jain pilgrimage center and after you reach Udaipur, you are taken to the Fateh Prakash Palace and you go on a boat ride in the beautiful Lake Pichola.
- On Day 9, you go on a guided tour around Udaipur and you visit the vintage car museum and the city palace complex. And then you are taken to the Sajjangarh Fort and on return, you are free to do what you want. If you want to, you can visit Bagore Ki Haveli and Shilpgram in the vicinity.
- On Day 10, your trip comes to an end and you leave to New Delhi and from here you leave on your onward journey back home.
- Hotel accommodation in a double / twin room with breakfast
- Exclusive Royal Buggy Safari at Jaipur
- Monument Entrance Fees (City Palace Jaipur, Amer Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur, Jaswant Thada Jodhpur, Crystal Gallery Udaipur, Vintage Car Museum Udaipur, City Palace Museum Udaipur)
- Dinner at Khimsar Sand Dunes
- Morning Safari to Pachala Blackbuck Sanctuary (Khimsar)
- Boating for two at Lake Pichola Udaipur
- Services of English-Speaking Guides in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur
- All transfers, sightseeing, and visits as per programme using AC Toyota Innova
- All currently applicable taxes
- Delhi-Jaipur and Udaipur-Delhi Flights (Estimated Cost – Rs. 10000 per person)
- Any meals other than those specified in ‘Cost Includes’
- Expenses of personal nature such as gratuities, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc
- India visa charges
- Travel insurance
Expert Travel Opinion
There are many dining options at the Luxury Palaces that you stay during the trip that enhance your overall Rajasthan experience.
The sit down meal or the Thali at Raj Palace is an experience in Royal Cuisine. Here, you are served a wholesome Royal meal in a big silver or bronze plate. The dishes are prepared using age old recipes of the Khaansama (The Royal Chef). The meal is wholesome and therefore best consumed at a leisurely pace over an hour and a half. Royal Private Dining at Raj Palace is the special theme dinner where the guests are accorded with a Gala Welcome and the dining area set in a quiet corner away from other guests to offer complete exclusivity.
Outdoor Candle Lit Dining in Fort Ramparts of Khimsar Palace is where the sounds of drums, folk dances, bonfire and superb cuisine provide an unforgettable experience. The Dunes dining is one that provides a rustic ambience of a traditional Rajasthani village style sitdown dining over a local dance performance. The Indoor dining offers a regal dining experience where portraits of 20 generations of Royal family look upon you while you enjoy the best of Rajasthani cuisine.
The Step Well Café (adjoining The Raas) is unique for being set on three steps of an ancient step well. Here, you can spend an afternoon watching how life flows through the step well and old city area around. Darikhana in Raas Haveli is another interesting dining option. It is perched on the first floor offering clear views of the Mehrangarh Fort. Evening meals at Darikhana overlooking the lit up Mehrangarh fort capture the romance and character of Jodhpur old city.
Fateh Prakash Palace
The Sunset Terrace at Fateh Prakash Palace offers spectacular views of Udaipur’s most famous palaces such as Lake Palace and Jagmandir Palace. Live musicians capture the very romance of Udaipur that has made it one of the most romantic destinations in the world. The Darikhana, Jagmandir Island Palace is a place for exclusive dining. Set on an island (accessible by a boat ride), it offers a varied a la carte menu for the evenings. Here the special four-course dinner is one to recommend.
Day 01 - Delhi
Arrival at Delhi, the capital city of India and a popular arrival point for international travelers. Most international arrivals happen late in the evening leaving little time or no time for any exploration. So, you arrive at the hotel in New Delhi for an overnight stay.
Day 02 - Jaipur
Take a flight to Jaipur Visit Amer Fort
You start your trip by taking a morning flight to Jaipur, the capital city of the beautiful desert state of Rajasthan and it is a renowned heritage destination.
Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and you will be introduced to your driver who will accompany you for the rest of your trip. You are transferred to the Raj Palace, a grand palace and considered to be one of the most luxurious small palaces in the world featuring specially designed frescoes with the finest mirror and hand painted work along with original antique palace furniture and large crystal chandeliers. You arrive in the hotel for an interesting, traditional welcome which is a very different kind of experience.
In the afternoon you visit the Old City for the City Palace (the royal family residence), the Hawa Mahal (Royal Gallery) and Jantar Mantar (Observatory). The old city is where you capture the buzz, sights, and sounds of Jaipur. The walk around the old city also gives you an insight into some of the cultures and traditions of the area.
You return to the hotel by evening. The rest of the day you spend in leisure on your own and you can explore Jaipur on your own and savor the different experiences.
Day 03 - Jaipur
A morning visit to Amer Fort Afternoon Royal Buggy Safari
On this day you visit Amer Fort (it is about 6kms away – a 15-minute drive), the biggest tourist attraction of Jaipur and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort is spread expansively across four levels and requires a couple of hours to fully explore it. Thereafter, you visit the Jal Mahal (the Water Palace), a charming palace set in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, and an architectural showcase of the Rajput style of architecture.
You return to the hotel by lunchtime. In the afternoon, you take a Royal Buggy safari for an hour and enjoy an unforgettable experience of what it feels like moving around Jaipur like a royal.
The rest of the day you spend at leisure for you to explore hotel experiences / Jaipur on your own.
- You may take the Elephant ride up the hill as part of an enhanced experience (Elephant rides are available till 11:00 AM only).
- Instead of the touristy Amer Fort, you may opt for a two-hour heritage walk around the fort to explore the Amer town’s rich heritage and enjoy the natural beauty of the Aravalli mountain ranges.
- You have an option to attend a Polo match at the Jaipur Riding and Polo Club (subject to Polo tournament schedules). Here you watch the highly skilled Polo players (including the players from the Royal family) compete zealously in a game of Polo, the traditional sport of the royal family of Jaipur.
- You may opt for a morning Hot Air Balloon ride which offers spectacular views of Jaipur and when you go this is when you understand why Jaipur has the famed nickname- "Pink city".
- Jaipur has many designated shopping areas specializing in handicrafts, textiles, and jewelry. You may spend a few hours exploring the traditional markets of Jaipur.
Day 04 - Khimsar
Travel to Khimsar- Visit the Royal Vintage Car collection
Today you depart after breakfast and head to Khimsar (it is approximately about 280kms - 5.5 hours away). Khimsar – lies about 90kms North of Jodhpur and it lies on the edge of the desert area and is renowned for the Khimsar Palace, a 16th-century fort fully restored into one of the most experiential Grand Palaces in Rajasthan.
You arrive here by afternoon. After lunch and after taking some rest you visit the Royal Garage to have a look at the immaculate collection of vintage cars of the kings.
The rest of the evening, you spend in the environs of the Khimsar Palace and you just enjoy every moment spent amidst royalty.
Day 05 - Khimsar
Explore Khimsar along with a Sand Dunes Experience
In the morning you leave to explore the rural and rustic side of Khimsar. You visit the Nila Moti Trust, a handicraft institute established and run by Mrs. Monica Matter from Switzerland, she started it solely for the upliftment of rural women. And then from thereon, you visit a local cobbler, goldsmith, potter, weaver and stone mason and understand how they work and operate.
In the afternoon you visit the Khimsar Sand Dunes for the ultimate Sand Dunes Experience. Rustic in appearance, it blends in seamlessly with the surroundings. The Khimsar sand dunes are a unique combination of Sand Dunes with a lake in the center. You take a camel ride into Sand Dunes for the sunset and thereafter, it is followed by a traditional sit-down meal around a bonfire and you are treated to a local Rajasthani cultural performance.
You return to the Khimsar Palace after dinner.
Day 06 - Jodhpur
Travel from Jodhpur- Visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace
After breakfast, you depart for Jodhpur- the gateway to the desert circuit in Rajasthan. (It is approximately 90kms – and it is about 2 hours away). It is the gateway to the desert circuit in Rajasthan. It is renowned for its massive Mehrangarh Fort and the old city feel all around it.
You arrive in The Raas Jodhpur by lunch-time. The Raas Jodhpur, a celebrated heritage hotel in the heart of the Old City. The Raas is based around an original eighteenth century Haveli featuring Rajput architecture, intricately carved stone panels, antique shrines, arches and all of this adds to the allure of the Mehrangarh Fort.
You arrive here to a traditional welcome and after lunch, you visit other amazing palaces like the Grand Palace, the Umaid Bhawan Palace. The Umaid Bhawan Palace is perhaps one of the most awesome grand palaces of them all. It was built in the late 1940s and here, you visit the royal museum within the Palace showcasing the most amazing set of royal family collections.
You return in the evening to the hotel for a nice dining experience that is overlooking the well lit Mehrangarh Fort.
- You have an option to take a morning jeep safari (before departing for Jodhpur) to the Panchala Blackbuck Reserve near Khimsar, it is home to three species of antelopes- the Blackbuck, the Chinkara and the Bluebull.
Day 07 - Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort and Old City Experience followed by Bishnoi Village excursion
In the morning you spend a few hours at the Mehrangarh Fort (a few steps away from The Raas), a breath-taking fort with a museum, a temple, view-points, and the royal residence. Thereafter, we spend time walking in the old city area around the Mehrangarh Fort such as the Step Well Square featuring Toorji Ka Jhalra (the local step well).
After lunch, you proceed to Bishnoi Village in the outskirts of Jodhpur (20kms away). The Bishnoi villages are a tight-knit desert community who lay great emphasis on environment protection and it is a very important part of their culture. You visit craft villages, interact with locals and understand some of their customs and return to The Raas in the evening. The rest of the evening you spend in leisure and you can go exploring or go out on your own.
Day 08 - Udaipur
Travel to Udaipur via Ranakpur
Today you depart early (at 8:00 AM) to Udaipur (it is approximately 260kms away – and it takes about 5.5 hours). Udaipur is considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world, renowned for its lakeside heritage character. Enroute. you stop by at Ranakpur. Ranakpur is renowned for its Jain Temple complex, an architectural masterpiece having over 1400+ marble pillars.
After spending some time at Ranakpur and lunch Old, you reach Udaipur by late afternoon to Fateh Prakash Palace. Fateh Prakash Palace is part of the city palace complex, has served as Royal Residence for many centuries and has been an iconic hotel of Udaipur (even featuring prominently in "Octopussy", a 007 James Bond movie shot in the early 1980s). It sits by the Lake Pichola offering a stunning view.
In the evening you take a boat ride in Lake Pichola and it is a great experience. You then dine in the rooftop restaurant of the hotel overlooking the lake and you are treated to some exquisite cuisine and live traditional music.
Day 09 - Udaipur
Explore Udaipur - Take the vintage car ride
Today you take a guided tour of the City Palace Complex, the Vintage Car Museum, and monuments in and around the city palace. You take a ride in one of the vintage cars of the Royal family. The Royal collection includes more than 2 dozen cars including a 1924 Rolls Royce, a 1930 Ford, a 1946 Buick and a 1959 Morris.
Thereafter, you return to the hotel. After taking some rest you proceed in the evening to the Sajjangarh Fort (situated about 11kms away), a hilltop that offers stunning views of the Udaipur city.
You return to the hotel after sunset. The rest of the evening you spend in leisure and you can explore Udaipur on own.
- You may visit Shilpgram, a craft center where one can interact with craftsmen and do some souvenir shopping.
- After sunset, you may visit Bagore Ki Haveli, an interesting light and sound show depicting the history and heritage of the area.
Day 10 - Delhi
Today you take a flight to Delhi for your onward international departure.
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