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.
The magical splendour of the Taj Mahal is a must-see on any North Indian odyssey. Enjoy a guided exploration of this immaculate icon
If you're not a Bollywood fan already, you might just become one when you go to Jaipur's most spectacular cinema hall
A camel safari through the remote Thar desert is not only a highlight, but provides the perfect balance to the frenetic streets of Delhi and Jodhpur
Travelling by plane, train, rickshaw, private minibus and of course camel, you'll see this beautiful land from many different angles
Is Udaipur the most romantic Indian city? Decide for yourself as you bask in the beauty of this lakeside gem of the north
The tantalising tastes of North Indian cuisine are many, from spicy stuffed bati to sweet saffron-scented kulfi
India is a big country, and you'll cover a fair amount of distance on this trip, so it's important to be prepared for some long travel days.
The weather in the Thar Desert can get very hot in the summer. A hat, sunscreen and long sleeves are recommended if you're visiting during the warmer months.
On Day 10 there's a camel ride through the desert, and basic accommodation. This part of the trip may well be one of the most fun, however.
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.
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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 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. Your adventure begins with an important group meeting at 6 pm on Day 1.
4. 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.
5. 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 158 reviews in the last year.
Be prepared to have all your pre-conceived ideas about India blown out of the water! Be transported back in history as you visit various temples and forts and marvel at centuries-old, unparalleled architecture unlike anything you have seen before! Even take in a Bollywood movie!
Review submitted 23 Apr 2018
Intrepid's Rajasthan Experience is a wonderful way to catch a glimpse into Indian culture, its history and its way of life. Come prepared to have all your preconceived notions about India blown out of the water! The architecture of the various palaces and forts is breathtaking, the landscapes are at times rugged and desert-like and at other times mountainous and breathtakingly beautiful! The food is different and delicious and the people are warm and welcoming.
Review submitted 23 Apr 2018