Rajasthan, home to the golden sand dunes, is the state with the largest number of forts and palaces in the world. Natives of this beautiful desert state are great entertainers with their impeccable hospitality, folk music, cultural dances, colourful dresses, decorated camel and elephant rides, making Rajasthan one of the top ranking tourist destinations of India!
Desert camps have always been an important part of the lifestyle of Maharajas of Rajasthan. For the erstwhile rulers, campaigning in distant lands meant long stays in camps under inhospitable conditions. During wars or expeditions, camps were the only luxury available and soon these “homes away from home” evolved into mobile, mini-palaces.
Today, Rajasthan offers a wonderful selection of desert camps. Trips For India (India) introduces you to some of the finest camp resorts in the deserts of Rajasthan. There is something to suit every budget, so let us know your preferences and we will create the ideal nomadic holiday for you.
Arrive Delhi, the capital city of India -
Arrive in India, for your Desert Delights Tour.
Arrive Delhi Welcome at airport Transfer to hotel
Day in Delhi -
Discover the first city of your Desert Delights Tour, pacing through Delhi, the city which is as historic as modern, like 2 sides of the same coin!
AM: Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, includes a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India Chandani Chownk, silver street, one of the largest trading centres of India. Drive past Red Fort, the place that marked the announcement of Indias freedom from the British Raj Raj Ghat, cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi
PM: Sightseeing tour of New Delhi, includes a visit to Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the worlds tallest minaret. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple of Delhi, with a gold tomb, still in active worship. Photo stop at India Gate, the war memorial arch built in honour of the soldiers who died in the second world war. Drive past Presidents House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings, the most imposing features of Lutyens Delhi.
Drive to Agra, land of the Taj Mahal. -
Continue to the second highlight of your Desert Delights Tour, discovering the Mughal city of Agra, home to the beautiful wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal
AM: Drive to Agra, enroute visit Sikandra, the tomb of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Afternoon at leisure.
PM: Optional: watch a fantastic show “Mohabbat the Taj – The saga of love”, staging the largest replica of the Taj Mahal, and presenting the Taj in its various shades and seasons.
Day in Agra -
Enjoy the epitome of your Desert Delights Tour, with a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal
AM: Rise early to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the eternal symbol of love, the Taj Mahal. Often referred to as a poem in white marble, Taj Mahal displays the saga of love between Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal.
Visit Agra fort, which is built in red sandstone and has magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens.
PM: Visit marble inlay workshops – watch artisans creating magical beauty with marble and indulge in exquisite shopping in this historic city of Agra.
Drive to Jaipur, the pink capital city of Rajasthan. -
Experience the richness and warmth of your Desert Delights Tour, with a visit to Jaipur in Rajasthan
AM: Drive to Jaipur, enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the crowning glory of Emperor Akbars architectural legacy. Built in red sandstone, its numerous palaces, halls, and structures exemplify the creativity of erstwhile Mughal emperors. Enjoy a spectacular view of 7th – 8th century Abhaneri Stepwells.
PM: Enjoy a heritage walk in the old city of Jaipur, seeing life along the small alleys and by-lanes. Interact with the local artisans enamelling jewels with local meenakari work, along with goldsmiths and silversmiths of the region. Visit gems, jewels and carpet weaving factories – watch artisans creating unique masterpieces and enjoy haggling for souvenirs in colourful bazaars of Jaipur.
Day in Jaipur -
Cherish the splendour of your Desert Delights Tour, with a tour of this princely city of Jaipur, which is built in 9 rectangular sectors symbolising 9 divisions of the universe, as per Indian cosmology
AM: Visit the splendid Amber fort, which was built in the 16th century. An elephant ride (subject to availability) will help you ascend to this hilltop fort. Alternatively, you could choose to walk or drive up to the fort.
PM: Photo stop at Hawa Mahal, the palace of winds. This palace consists of long corridors and a decorated facade with its innumerable windows and screened balconies, especially built for the royal women to view processions along the cities main street.
Visit the City Palace complex, reflecting the architectural exuberance of Jaipur. The complex consists of a variety of museums and a part of the palace is still the royal residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur - Visit Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory.
Drive to Nimaj, a small village near Jodhpur -
Continue your Desert Delights Tour with a visit to Nimaj, a small village in between Jaipur and Jodhpur, famous for its beautiful palace.
AM: Drive to Nimaj Palace, an erstwhile palace that has now been converted to a beautiful heritage hotel.
PM: Take a jeep safari to nearby tribal village settlements. Rajasthani villagers are famous for their cultural and colourful lifestyle. You get the opportunity to interact with local villagers, shepherds, farmers and weavers of the region and see their way of life.
Drive to Jodhpur, the blue hued city of Rajasthan -
Experience the magnificence of your Desert Delights Tour, discovering Jodhpur, home to one of the largest forts of India, the Mehrangarh Fort.
AM: Drive to Jodhpur, the blue hued city of Rajasthan. PM: At leisure in Jodhpur.
Day in Jodhpur -
Connect to the tribes in your Desert Delights Tour, with a jeep safari to local villages.
AM: Enjoy a jeep safari to Bishnoi villages, to get a feel for the local lifestyle of Rajasthani villagers. Bishnois are a village community of Rajasthan who are famous for their cultural lifestyle and their love for nature and animals. You get an opportunity to observe the village lifestyle and interact with villagers, shepherds, farmers and weavers of the region.
PM: Enjoy a city tour of Jodhpur, visiting. The majestic Mehrangarh Fort that has fine views over the city. Jaswant Thada, the white marble memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The fascinating museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Drive to Jaisalmer -
Drive to Jaisalmer, the sand dunes paradise, popularly called the golden city of Rajasthan
Proceed further west on your Desert Delights Tour, to visit the golden city of Jaisalmer,
AM: Drive to Jaisalmer. En route visit the magnificent Pokharan Fort. Upon arrival check in at your desert camp in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer. PM: At leisure in your desert camp
Day in Jaisalmer -
Experience the nomadic lifestyle in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer, on your Desert Delights Tour AM: Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer, visiting The Jaisalmer Fort, the second oldest fort of Rajasthan The luxurious and splendid havelis (mansions) in the old city The exquisitely sculptured Jain Temples, which also house an emerald icon of Mahavira PM: Enjoy a sunset camel safari to the sand dunes of Jaisalmer, followed by dinner with traditional cultural performance
Over Night Train Delhi
Cherish the memories of your Desert Delights Tour, as you approach the end of your delightful journey
AM: Morning at leisure to explore the colourful markets of Jaisalmer or just relax at your hotel. PM: Transfer to the railway station to board your overnight train to Delhi.
Bid goodbye to India, as you reach the finale of your Desert Delights Tour AM: Arrive Delhi. Transfer to the Delhi International airport, to catch your flight back home.