Itinerary Details: 13 days/12 nights
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Namaste. Welcome to India! Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Delhi is a bustling metropolis that incorporates the ancient with the modern. Amidst the skyscrapers, the monuments stand as a silent reminder to India’s legacy. Driving from the airport, you will be impressed with Delhi’s spacious, tree-lined streets and garden parks. Overnight.
Junior Ambassador Club Travel Tip
If time allows, plan a day or two without activities after arrival. Jet lag will take its toll and the new surroundings may be overwhelming. Being well rested is very important for adaptability in a foreign land!
Day 2: Delhi
After breakfast, enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk. Witness the architectural marvels, the multicolored facades, beautifully decorated shops, ethnically dressed locals and the fragrances emanating from the potpourri of eateries that line the historical alleys.
Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (1592-1666) built the walled city of Delhi on the banks of holy River Yamuna. It had a magnificent palace known as Red Fort, impressive mansions, enchanting bazaars, elegant shrines, royal gardens and fountains at every corner to romance ones' senses. The Emperor’s beloved daughter Jahanara designed a major street called Chandni Chowk in front of Red Fort, with a canal running down the center and pools at major intersections reflecting the moonlight. During the British regime, the street underwent major changes and since then this area has witnessed some of the most important events in Indian history. Today these splendid ruins and tales of valor are a testimony of the evolution of the times. Chandni Chowk truly reflects the national unity, secularism and diversity of India. The tour covers 20 main sites including palaces, mansions, elegant shrines and colorful bazaars.
Afternoon at leisure to rest, relax by the pool, or explore the markets. In the evening, enjoy a sound and light show at the Red Fort, a marvel of red sandstone in Old Delhi. Overnight.
Day 3: Delhi - Agra
In the morning, visit the Akshardham Temple, an elaborate Swaminarayan temple complex that features an IMAX theater, musical fountains, sunken gardens, and a boat ride that explores India’s extensive history.
Later, drive to Agra (4 hours). In the evening, enjoy a sunset visit to the Taj Mahal. Built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj took over 22 years and 20,000 men to build. The monument is truly a wonder of the world. Overnight in Agra.
Day 4: Agra - Ranthambore
After a leisurely morning, enjoy an authentic Indian lunch at the home of a local family. This is a wonderful opportunity to observe the traditional ways of life and engage in cultural exchange. Later, transfer to the rail station for your train to Ranthambore. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Ranthambore is one of the most filmed wildlife reserves in the world. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and became a part of Project Tiger in 1973. As the park is relatively small, guests often view leopards, tigers, and jungle cats. Overnight in Ranthambore.
Day 5: Ranthambore
Today, enjoy a morning and evening safari in Ranthambore. Overnight.
Day 6: Ranthambore - Jaipur
After breakfast, drive to Jaipur (4 hours). Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan, owes its name, foundation and planning to the great astronomer and warrior Maharaja Jai Singh II. The city is fondly called the "Pink City" due to the pink colored buildings and avenues.
Optional evening heritage walk: From its creation in 1727, the royal families and nobles of Jaipur patronized the craftsmen and artisans of the city. These traditions continue to this day and modern Jaipur is considered by many as the craft capital of India. Traditional methods are still used to produce many valuable and highly prized items. Using skills passed down through generations, artisans and master craftsmen can be seen in the areas of Ghat Darwaza and Vishveshwar ji. On this fascinating evening walk, mingle and talk with the locals while sampling some of the regions culinary delights; try pakoras, aloo tiki, samosas, and sweets from some of the city’s most popular street food vendors. Observe local artisans in their workshops; jewelers and silversmiths, gold and silver foil makers.
Evening at leisure and overnight in Jaipur.
Day 7: Jaipur
After breakfast, proceed on a full day tour of Jaipur. Start with a visit to Amber Fort. The final descent to this ancient city is made by elephant back—a truly memorable experience! In the fort, you will see magnificent palaces and halls covered with mirrored mosaics. An optional Rajasthani cooking demonstration and lunch is available for the junior chefs. Afternoon at leisure. Later, visit a pottery shop and make art with a local artisan.
Optional evening visit to Elefantastic. Spend quality time with the elephants at this renowned sanctuary. Learn the language of the elephants, feed and bathe them, and enjoy a ride through the countryside.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Junior Ambassador Club Travel Tip
Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone!
Less crowds and local immersion are just two reasons to step off the popular tourist circuit. Home stays and heritage hotels in more remote destinations offer personalized and authentic experiences.
Day 8: Jaipur - Rajsamand
After breakfast, drive to Rajsamand (4.5 hours) and transfer to your hotel. Located in rural Rajasthan, Devshree is an elegant and classic homestay with the Singh Family. The 8-bedroom house was constructed in a traditional haveli style with deep verandahs and intricate courtyards of Rajput architecture and influence. The interiors are airy and spacious, and the décor has a contemporary twist. The central courtyard is lovely to soak in the warm sun or sit by the cauldron of fire on the cold winter evenings. As the sun sets, you hear the villagers returning to their homes with their cows and goats, a golden time of day referred to locally as gaudhuli. Optional open air jeep ride through the countryside. Overnight.
Day 9: Rajsamand - Udaipur
Morning at leisure. Later, drive to Udaipur (2 hours). Udaipur was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II as the final capital of the Mewar Kingdom. With a wealth of enchanting lakes, the city is nicknamed the "Lake City" and is a true oasis in Rajasthan. Evening at leisure and overnight in Udaipur.
Day 10: Udaipur
After breakfast, proceed for the city tour of Udaipur. First, visit the City Palace and Museum. The largest palace complex in India, it is a blend of Mughal and Rajput influences. Also visit the 17th century Jagdish temple, drive around the Fateh Sagar Lake, and visit the Sahelion ki Bari, an ornamental pleasure garden with fountains and marble kiosks. Later, enjoy a private boat ride on Lake Pichola. Evening at leisure and overnight in Udaipur.
Day 11: Udaipur - Jodhpur
After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur (6 hours). En-route, stop at Ranakpur, a pilgrimage destination famous for its exquisitely carved Jain temples. Surrounded by tangled forests with monkeys abounding in the courtyard, Ranakpur is one of the five important pilgrim centers for the Jain community. The temple, including the extraordinary array of 1144 pillars, is distinct in design with carved ceilings and arches decorated with friezes depicting scenes from the lives of the Jain saints.
Arrive in Jodhpur and transfer to your hotel. Jodhpur is affectionately termed the “Blue City” and is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It is located at the edge of the Thar Desert and known for its impressive fortified bastions. Overnight in Jodhpur.
Day 12: Jodhpur
Today, enjoy a thrilling zipline ride for an aerial tour of Mehrangarh Fort. Later, enjoy a rickshaw ride and meet the bandhanis of Jodhpur. Visit the families who practice the technique of tie and dye, a traditional practice of framing, marking, and tying the cloth. Evening at leisure and overnight in Jodhpur.
Day 13: Departure
Day at leisure. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, connect for your onward flight. Bon Voyage!