Day 1: Arrive in Jaipur and drive to Ramgarh in Shekhawati. Have a late lunch and walk around in the local market.
Day 2: After breakfast, discover old havelis with frescos and visit some of the old temples in Ramgarh. Go on a heritage walk in the evening in the second half of your day.
Day 3: See some of the old chattris and the paintings in the domes. Post lunch you can visit Fatehpur or Churu, and drive back either to Jaipur or continue your journey to Bikaner.
Day 1: Arrive in Jaipur. Drive to Pushkar, with a halt at Ajmer Dargarh
Day 2: Have breakfast. Start the day early by visiting the Brahma temple, followed by a walk on the ghats. Have lunch at the market or in any of the cafes. In the evening, watch the sunset at Pushkar Lake.
Day 3: Visit old temples in Pushkar like Varaha and Rangnathji. Shop in local markets and buy gulkand and rose water. You must try the malpua, following which you can go on a camel safari for sunset.
Day 4: Drive back to Jaipur.
Day 1: Arrive in Udaipur. Drive to Ranakpur, admiring the rustic countryside and lush greenery of Rajasthan.
Day 2: After breakfast, visit the famous Jain temple and the Sun temple. In the evening head to the dam and watch the sunset.
Day 3: Go for a nature walk in the forest, do some bird watching or landscape photography and soak in the natural beauty of Ranakpur. In the second half of the day after lunch, you can either return to Udaipur or head to Jodhpur.
Optional: Visit Kumbalgarh if time permits.
Mt Abu Tour
Day 1: Arrive in Udaipur and drive to Mount Abu. Enjoy boating by the lake post lunch.
Day 2: After breakfast, visit Dilwara temple, Achalgarh and head to Guru Shikar. In the evening go to Sunset Point for sunset.
Day 3: Try adventure sports or go on a trek in the forest. Have lunch and explore the local markets.
Day 4: Return to Udaipur after breakfast.
Optional: Stay in a wildlife camp and look for sloth bears
The Desert Triangle Tour
No trip to Rajasthan is complete without visiting the magnificent cities of Bikaner, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Located on the periphery of the Thar Desert, these cities have plenty to offer in terms of sightseeing and cultural attractions.
Day 1: Arrive in Jaipur and proceed to a sightseeing tour of Amber and the Pink City. The tour also includes an elephant ride.
Day 2: After breakfast, drive via Samode and get a glimpse of its lovely palaces. Proceed to the town of Shekhawati and onwards to Mandawa for an overnight stay at the Castle Mandawa hotel.
Day 3: Sightseeing at Mandawa, followed by a drive to Bikaner with a stopover for lunch.
Day 4: Sightseeing at Junagarh Fort and a visit to the Prachina museum in Bikaner, followed by a drive to Jaisalmer.
Day 5: Begin the day with a tour of Jaisalmer Fort and a visit to nearby temples. Drive to Jodhpur after a stopover for lunch.
Day 6: Sightseeing at Jodhpur and a visit to the town of Mandore. The tour ends with an evening flight to Delhi/Mumbai. In a variation of this trip, you can visit the desert village of Khimsar instead of Bikaner.
The Quintessential Rajasthan Tour
Want to pack in as much of Rajasthan as you can in a week? Here is a complete schedule on going about it the classic way.
Day 1: Fly to Udaipur from Delhi/Mumbai and go sightseeing followed by a boat excursion on Lake Pichola.
Day 2: Leave for Mount Abu. Visit Dilwara Jain Temple, Nakki Lake and Sunset Point after lunch.
Day 3: Drive to Jodhpur and visit the Ranakpur Temple en route.
Day 4: Spend the morning at the Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur. Drive to Jaisalmer post lunch.
Day 5: Enjoy a morning tour of Jaisalmer Fort and the splendid havelis of Jaisalmer. Leave for the village of Khimsar post lunch.
Day 6: Spend the morning visiting Khimsar village, and then leave for Mandawa for a sightseeing tour.
Day 7: Drive to Jaipur. Take a tour of the City Palace, and other attractions in the city.
Day 8: Sightseeing at Amber Fort and then leave for Delhi by road.
The Complete Tour of Rajasthan
See everything there is to see and experience Rajasthan by embarking on a tour of the state that spans all the major sights and cities.
Day 1: Arrive in Jaipur by air for a day sightseeing at City Palace, Amber fort and other attractions.
Day 2: Travel by road to Bikaner and visit the National Research Centre on Camels in the latter half of the day.
Day 3: Visit Bikaner's Junagarh Fort in the morning followed by a drive to Jaisalmer post lunch.
Day 4: Spend an idyllic day in the romantic city of Jaisalmer and take in the wonderful architecture and sights.
Day 5: Drive to Jodhpur. Spend the afternoon visiting Mehrangarh Fort and the Jaswant Thada Memorial.
Day 6: Drive to Mount Abu and visit the Ranakpur Temple en route.
Day 7: Spend a relaxed day at Mount Abu visiting its natural attractions and splendid temples.
Day 8: Drive to Udaipur and visit the Kumbhalgarh Fort en route.
Day 9: Spend a day in the lake city and tour its splendid palaces and temples. In the evening go to Lake Pichola for a boating excursion.
Day 10: Depart by flight for Delhi/Mumbai.
The Exotic Rajputana Tour
A comprehensive journey to some of Rajasthan's most popular destinations, this tour is best enjoyed at leisure.
Day 1: Begin your journey at Delhi with a drive to Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal. Visit Sikandra Fort, the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah.
Day 2: Spend a relaxed morning in Agra. Leave for Bharatpur after lunch and visit the abandoned Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri en route. Your Rajasthan experience begins at Bharatpur.
Day 3: Visit the Keoladeo National Park in the morning. After breakfast, leave for Jaipur and spend the rest of the day relaxing.
Day 4: A full day sightseeing which includes a tour of the City Palace, Amber Fort, and other attractions.
Day 5: Drive to Nawalgarh, via Samode. Spend the rest of the day sightseeing in Nawalgarh and Shekhawati.
Day 6: Drive to the village of Khimsar, where a feudal home will be your abode for the night.
Day 7: Leave for Jaisalmer and visit the town of Osian. It is often referred to as the 'Khajuraho of Rajasthan'.
Day 8: Take a walking tour of Jaisalmer Fort, discover its amazing havelis and visit the Jain temples. A visit to Sunset Point at dusk is recommended.
Day 9: Leave for Jodhpur. Once you get there you're free to spend the day relaxing.
Day 10: A full day of sightseeing which includes visits to Mehrangarh Fort, the Jaswant Thada Memorial, the town of Mandore and the bazaars of the old city.
Day 11: Drive to Kumbhalgarh and visit the Ranakpur Temple en route.
Day 12: Spend the morning at Kumbhalgarh Fort. Drive down to Udaipur in the afternoon where a boating excursion awaits you.
Day 13: A full day of sightseeing which includes tours of Udaipur's City Palace, the Taj Lake Palace and other attractions. You can also opt for excursions to Eklingji and Nagda Temples.
Day 14: Drive to the city of Chittorgarh and explore its many attractions. Leave for Ajmer post lunch.
Day 15: Visit the ancient shrine of Moinuddin Chishti in the morning followed by a short excursion to the Hindu pilgrimage centre of Pushkar.
The Sanctuary Experience
Get a glimpse of the wild side of Rajasthan with this tour. Tailormade for those who love nature and being out in the wilderness, this itinerary will take you off the beaten path.
Day 1: Arrive at Sariska by road from either Delhi or Jaipur. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring the old hunting lodge as well as the surrounding areas.
Day 2: Visit the Sariska Tiger Reserve early in the morning by jeep or other motorised vehicles. Drive to Jaipur post breakfast and once you get there embark on a tour of the city.
Day 3: Travel by road to the city of Sawai Madhopur, arriving there before lunch. In the afternoon drive into Ranthambore National Park in jeeps for sightings of migratory birds and tigers.
Day 4: Another drive into the Ranthambore National Park. Post breakfast, travel to the city of Bharatpur stopping for a picnic along the way.
Day 5: An early morning visit to Keoladeo National Park, one of the best bird sanctuaries in the world. After breakfast, leave for Agra and see the Taj Mahal.
The Aravalli Expedition
For those in Udaipur looking for an alternative option from their main trip, here is a charming way to explore the mighty Aravalli hills where the armies of the Ranas once waged battles. Explore the hills where they perfected the art of guerilla warfare in exile from their fort in Chittorgarh.
Day 1: Leave from Udaipur towards Kumbhalgarh, journeying along a picturesque road. Explore the Kumbalgarh Fort and its surroundings. After dinner, embark on a night drive to spot animals such as leopards, grey wolves and wild boars in the wild.
Day 2: After an early breakfast, drive through Kumbhalgarh sanctuary to spot deer, crocodiles and migratory birds. Continue onward to Ranakpur village where you can see the magnificent cluster of Jain temples.
Day 3: Leave Ranakpur with a packed lunch to spend the day driving through the thick forests of the Desuri range. There's ample opportunity to spot an array of wildlife including the sloth bear. Head back to Ranakpur to rest overnight.
Day 4: The tour ends with a journey back to Udaipur or onward to Jodhpur or Mount Abu.
The Royal Tour
From magnificent palaces to tranquil wilderness, experience the best of what the royal city of Jaipur has to offer.
Day 1: Arrive at Jaipur and spend the day sightseeing at Amber. The sightseeing tour of Amber also includes an elephant ride.
Day 2: Leave for Ranthambore National Park and spend the afternoon going on a tour of the park.
Day 3: Spend the day at Ranthambore spotting wild animals and birds.
Day 4: Leave for the city of Agra to see the Taj Mahal.
The Art Expedition
An itinerary crafted especially for the art aficionado, this expedition will give you a glimpse of the rich culture and heritage of Rajasthan.
Day 1: Arrive at Udaipur for sightseeing. In the afternoon, take a trip to the street across City Palace where artists are at work in their studios creating miniatures as well as 'phads'.
Day 2: Go on an excursion to Nathdwara to see 'pichwai' paintings being made by artists on cloth. In the afternoon, visit the Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum in Udaipur to study tribal paintings.
Day 3: Drive to Roopangarh, the old capital of Kishangarh, visiting Ajmer and Pushkar en route. While on the way there see the Kishangarh artists at work.
Day 4: Drive to Jaipur. As part of the afternoon city tour, spend some time with the marble sculptors of Jaipur.
Day 5: Visit Amber Fort. In the afternoon, visit the stone works on the city's periphery where artisans make elaborate filigrees on sandstone.
Day 6: Drive to the Shekhawati region to stay at Nawalgarh/Dundlod or Mandawa and admire the frescos used to decorate the havelis of the towns in this region.
Day 7: Visit Ramgarh to see how carpenters craft furniture with a strong regional identity. Continue to Delhi, where the tour ends.
The Kite Festival Itinerary
Visit the state in January and watch kites take to the skies all over Rajasthan. In the evening, kites with lights in them, add to the beauty of the sky above. The main centres of celebration are the cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur and the main kite flying day, Makar Sankranti, is on January 14.
Day 1: Arrive at Jodhpur by air from Delhi, Udaipur or Mumbai.
Day 2: Spend the morning sightseeing around the city of Jodhpur. In the afternoon watch the sky come alive with hordes of soaring kites from the Barkatullah Khan stadium. If you're game for it you could try your hand at kite flying too.
Day 3: Drive to Jaisalmer and spend the day sightseeing.
Day 4: Spend the morning sightseeing around the city of Jaisalmer. In the afternoon, drive back to Jodhpur.
Day 5: In the morning, board a train to Jaipur. Spend the rest of the day sightseeing in the Pink City and Amber Fort.
Day 6: The day of the Makar Sankranti festival. On this day, every rooftop is packed with kite flyers. In the afternoon, there is an international kite flying competition and related activities at Chaugan Stadium.
The Pushkar Fair itinerary
The state's most famous fair, it brings together camel traders, pilgrims, visitors and those who are here simply to participate in one of the season's most colorful social events. Besides tented camps, there are hundreds of shops selling everything from handicrafts and spices, to food and jewellery. There are a number of fun activities arranged for visitors, but most simply wish to camp within the fair grounds to watch the village transform before their eyes.
Day 1: Arrive at Ajmer and drive 11 km to Pushkar. Spend the day in the fair grounds and camp overnight in tents.
Day 2: Go back to the fair for camel rides, visit the Brahma Lake and the temples on its banks, spend the rest of the day shopping and taking in the sights at the fair.
The Dussehra Festival Itinerary
Dussehra commemorates the defeat of the 10-headed Ravana by Lord Ram, hero of the Indian epic Ramayana. An effigy of Ravana is stuffed with firecrackers and is then lit, creating a fascinating fireworks show. Dussehra also marks the beginning of the festive season with Diwali, the festival of lights, only 20 days away.
Day 1: Arrive at Udaipur. Spend the day sightseeing.
Day 2: Drive to Teekhi Magri village, arriving there for lunch. This, the seventh day of Navratri (Dussehra is preceded by the nine days of fasting known as Navratri), is celebration time for the Mina tribes who gather here to celebrate with acrobatics, sword play dancing and singing. You'll also find Bhopa priests, experts in match-making and reading horoscopes, here.
Day 3: Drive to Bijaipur, visiting Chittorgarh en route. Stay overnight at the Castle Bijaipur Hotel.
Day 4: Drive to Kota, stopping at Menal and Bundi for sightseeing.
Day 5: Enjoy sightseeing in Kota, a town specially dressed up for Dussehra festivities. In the early evening, at the Dussehra grounds, you can see effigies of Ravana and his brothers being set aflame.
The Teej Festival Itinerary
The Teej festival is a celebration to mark the arrival of the monsoon and is also celebrated to renew the ties of fidelity for married couples in Rajasthan. During this festival, special sweetmeats are prepared and swing rides are put up for kids to enjoy.
Day 1: Arrive at Jaipur for sightseeing.
Day 2: Participate in the festivities, apply henna to your hands and ride on swings. In the afternoon, there is a procession led by the royal attendants of the City Palace through the city streets.
The Great Shopping Expedition
There is so much more than just memories to take back with you when you visit Rajasthan and this itinerary is perfect for shopaholics.
Day 1: Arrive in Udaipur from Mumbai or Delhi. Spend the morning sightseeing. In the afternoon, explore the bazaars and shop for fine pichwais, figurines, jewellery and hundreds of other handcrafted objects.
Day 2: Drive to Jodhpur and visit the temple town of Nathdwara en route. Nathdwara is famous for its 'pichwai' paintings which can be purchased here.
Day 3: Begin the day by sightseeing in Jodhpur. In the afternoon, explore the city's bazaars and shop for beautifully colored textiles, juttis and other handicrafts.
Day 4: Drive to Jaisalmer and spend the day sightseeing.
Day 5: Wander through the streets of Jaisalmer, discovering the local handicrafts which include embroidered textiles, silver ornaments, woolen jackets, mirror-worked skirts, etc.
Day 6: Drive to Bikaner and spend the day sightseeing and discovering the crafts associated with camel hides as well as brilliantly dyed fabrics. The snacks produced in Bikaner are immensely popular.
Day 7: Drive to Jaipur via the towns of the Shekhawati region.
Day 8: Local sightseeing in Jaipur and Amber. Once this is done, you can head to the bazaars of Jaipur to hunt for bargains.
Travel across Rajasthan like you've never travelled before. Elephant safaris are a wonderful experience and one of the more off-beat ways to get around.
OPTION # 1
Day 1: Start off in Jaipur with a royal visit to Amber Fort. From there, proceed to Aodhi Ramsagar for lunch. Thereafter, continue to Harmara to camp for the night.
Day 2: Make your way past the scenic Harmara Lake, towards Chomu, stopping en route for a picnic lunch and then an early camp.
Day 3: Wind your way through the town of Chomu and into the sandy dunes which will be your campsite for the evening.
Day 4: The safari will continue towards Samode, another aristocratic location where you can either choose to spend a few days at the historic Palace Hotel or continue towards Shekhawati, Jaipur or Delhi by car.
OPTION # 2
Day 1: Drive from Jaipur to Sawarda and hop on to an elephant to begin your journey towards Pushkar.
Days 2 and 3: Traverse the open countryside on elephant back, camping at night.
Day 4: The safari concludes with your arrival for lunch at Pushkar. If this coincides with the annual fair, stay at a tented camp; if not, you can explore this holy town before setting off towards the next venue on your tour.
OPTION # 3
Day 1: Drive from Jaipur on to the Agra highway. After travelling a distance of around 15 kms, get on to your elephant as you head towards the 'thikana' of Naila where you will camp for the night.
Day 2: Make your way through Naila, and then out into the countryside again for an overnight stay at a camp far away from civilisation.
Day 3: Continue the safari to Kanota another historical 'thikana', where the tour concludes. You can stay here in a historical estate, or drive back to Agra or Jaipur.
Often referred to as the 'ship of the desert', the camel has been used as a means of transport around Rajasthan for ages. Today, Shekhawati Safaris give you an opportunity to experience this rustic means of getting around while taking in the sights.
OPTION # 1
Day 1: Arrive at Jaipur and drive to Manoharpura on the Jaipur-Delhi highway where the camels await you. Proceed on camel back to Sherpura village and tour the ruins of a haveli. Lunch will be en route and dinner will be served at the overnight camp. You will ride for approximately three hours.
Day 2: After breakfast, a three hour ride will get you to Shahpura city, where lunch will be served at the Garden Palace. The safari ends at Shahpura.
OPTION # 2
Day 1: Arrive at Nawalgarh town in Shekhawati. Check into Roop Niwas Palace. Spend the rest of the day exploring the frescos on the havelis of the town.
Day 2: After breakfast, set off on your camel safari. The six hour journey will include a picnic. Post lunch, head to Narsinghani and stay overnight at a farm complex.
Day 3: The safari continues to Mandawa for dinner and includes an overnight stay at the Hotel Heritage Mandawa.
For those who prefer the open road and the countryside, a jeep safari is a quick and thrilling way to experience Rajasthan. The trails on the safari often lead to rugged terrain and vast open expanses, giving you the chance to see a side of Rajasthan that most tourists miss out on.
OPTION # 1
A six day trip which starts in Bikaner halting at overnight camps in Dhumpaliya, Samrau, Jamaniya-ki-Dhani, Jaisalmer town and Bainsre village. En route you will see peacocks, deer and demoiselle cranes in their hundreds at Kheechan. The tour concludes at Chabha village from where the highway connects with Jodhpur.
OPTION # 2
A round trip from Jaisalmer, it includes setting out for the villages of Moolsagar, Khuri and Devikot on day one. On the second day, the safari heads to Lodurva village, the Sam sand dunes, Kanoi village and Kuldhara village before returning to Jaisalmer.
OPTION # 3
This three day trip starts at Jodhpur before heading to Bhadrajun village, Daspan village and Sirohi city. The terrain changes from sandy tracts to green hills and the villages en route are picturesque. The tour culminates on the highway which connects to Mount Abu and Udaipur.
OPTION # 4
A three day trip that starts at Sanganer airport, the trip includes drives to Kanota and Dhola on the outskirts of Jaipur.
Religious Rajasthan Yatra
A wonderful way to see Rajasthan is to visit its many pilgrimage centres and temples. Most of them are close to places of tourist interest and the major cities of Rajasthan.
Day 1: Arrive at Bikaner. Visit the National Research Centre on Camels. Post that, visit the Jain Temple, one of the oldest in the state, as well as the temples of Shree Raj Ratan Bihari, and Rasik Siromani.
Day 2: Visit Junagarh Fort in the morning. In the afternoon, go on an excursion to Deshnoke to see the Karni Mata Temple, an extraordinary temple which offers sanctuary to rats in its shrine.
Day 3: Drive to Jaisalmer, visiting Kolayat and its temples as well as Pokhran's Ramdevpir Baba shrine.
Day 4: Begin the day with sightseeing at Jaisalmer, including the Jain temples within the premises of the Jaisalmer Fort and at Lodurva.
Day 5: Drive to Jodhpur, visiting the Jain temples of Osian en route. Spend the rest of the day sightseeing in the city.
Day 6: Sightseeing at Mehrangarh, followed by a drive to Ranakpur to see its magnificently carved temples.
Day 7: Drive to Udaipur, visiting the Mahavira Temple at Ghanerao en route. You will also have a chance to visit the shrines of Charbhuja, Nathdwara and Eklingji.
Day 8: Sightseeing in Udaipur including a visit to the Jagdish Temple.
Day 9: Drive to Pushkar to visit the Brahma Temple among others. Post this, leave for Ajmer to visit the popular Ajmer Sharif Dargah.
Day 10: Drive to Jaipur for sightseeing around the city and visits to the temples of Govind Devji, Ganeshji, and Galtaji.
Day 11: Sightseeing at Amber which includes a visit to the Jagat Shiromani Temple in the afternoon, followed by a visit to the town of Karauli.
Day 12: Begin the day with a short excursion to Kaila Devi Temple in Karauli, a popular place of pilgrimage for people from all over Rajasthan and the neighbouring states. The tour ends with a drive to Agra or Bharatpur.