Discover the colourful cities and desert landscapes of Rajasthan
Colourful and chaotic, mysterious and exotic - welcome to Rajasthan. Explore the fairytale cities of the desert, travel to beautiful palaces filled with treasures of the maharajah and wander through forts with fascinating histories. Marvel at the grandeur of the Taj Mahal in Agra, travel across the Thar desert on camelback and witness the romantic 'Blue City' of Jodhpur. Be immersed in this intriguing state of India - stay in traditional towns, meet the locals in markets and bazaars, and taste delicious regional dishes. Add a touch of comfort and some very special heritage properties for a true Rajasthani travel adventure.
This trip gives you the opportunity to see the best of north India & Rajasthan with a little more comfort than our Original style tours. Enjoy daily breakfasts, plenty of inclusions and some truly special places to stay.
The magical splendour of the Taj Mahal is of course a must-see for any visitor to India. You may have seen hundreds of photos of it already but seeing this immaculate icon for yourself on a guided tour is bound to leave a deep impression.
If you're not a Bollywood fan already, you might just become one when you go to Jaipur's most spectacular art-deco Raj Mandir cinema to watch one of the latest local blockbusters.
Visit a family for dinner in Jaisalmer for a home-cooked meal and an evening of local culture, sharing food, customs and traditions with new friends.
See traditional arts and handicrafts first hand in the bazaars of Jaipur including block printing, carpet weaving, folk art and semi-precious stones – the regional specialty.
Sleep well and in style with 4 nights in beautifully restored former palaces and mansions and 1 night in a desert camp in comfortable permanent tents.
From April 2017, the main dome of the Taj Mahal will undergo mud pack therapy to restore its original colour. It is expected the dome will be covered in iron scaffolding during the process which is expected to last a year. There’s no reason to postpone your visit though! Read more about the restoration project here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/taj-mahal-mud-restoration/
Our trip covers some huge distances, so be prepared for some long travel days and time spent on the journey between destinations. We use a variety of transport to get around, from train to private vehicles, auto-rickshaws and a flight. Pack light to make moving around easier!
Don’t underestimate the weather any time of year in India. In summer months, heat can be extreme. In winter months, some travellers have been surprised at the cool of the evenings. Bring clothes appropriate to the seasons. A hat, sunscreen and light long sleeves will serve you well year round.
If you would prefer a trip to Rajasthan in Original or Basix style, see trip codes HHSC, HHSR or HHRR on our website. For travellers aged 18-29 we also have Real Rajasthan (HHYJ).
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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1. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and is valid for all nights on tour with the exception of the camel safari in the Thar desert.
3. Hot air balloon flights are operated by Sky Waltz in Jaipur. Flights operate mornings from September to June and morning and evening from September to March. Morning flights depart around sunrise and evening flights late afternoon and last 60 mins. Return transfers, tea and coffee plus light refreshments and a certificate of flight are included in the cost. You can register your interest and pay your tour leader at your joining meeting on day 1 of your trip. Payment must be made by cash in either INR/AUD/USD/GBP only and is USD$250pp (subject to change). Flights are subject to weather conditions and tickets are fully refundable in case of poor weather.
4. Using mud pack therapy the Archaeological Survey of India is planning to clean the four small canopies around the main dome of the Taj Mahal from the start of April 2018. This will be followed by the cleaning of the main dome but that could take some time as ASI is yet to calculate its load bearing capacity. The ASI’s science branch officials have stated that cleaning the four canopies will take approximately 2 months while main dome cleaning will be completed in phases. We will continue to update as information becomes available.
Our Rajasthan Experience trips score an average of 4.83 out of 5 based on 162 reviews in the last year.
Rajasthan Experience was a wonderful Introduction to India. Intrepid make travelling here so easy. Come with a positive attitude to see this vibrant, colourful, amazing country and you won’t be disappointed. Yes the WiFi and hot water may be iffy at times, but who cares. Buy a cheap travel phone like we do and get a local SIM to then use as a hotspot. Works a treat. Would absolutely recommend coming to see incredible India.
Review submitted 16 Sep 2018