On this incredible family holiday in India, you will explore the highlights of Rajasthan and offbeat gems of rural Rajasthan. Rajasthan is the most colourful state in North India with impressive royal history, forts and palaces; many UNESCO world heritage sites and vibrant local life. Your family will be amazed and intrigued with various experiences they get on this holiday and the real taste of life in lively rural India and cities. There is so much more to see in Northern India that we can’t include everything in a 2 week itinerary and you might have some other ideas. If you want to include other places or simply would like to complement this trip with few nights at a beach , please let us know.
You can take this family holiday as is or use it as a starting point to create your unique tailor made holiday to India. All our tours are tailor made to suit you and your family.
Note Ranthambore National Park is closed in July & August, so if you will be travelling at that time, we will amend the itinerary.
Take a cycle rickshaw ride through bustling lanes of Old Delhi
Visit the magical Taj Mahal at sunrise
Visit bird sanctuary at Bharatpur
Cycle through rural Rajasthan
Feed, bathe and paint elephants at sanctuary in Jaipur
Search for tigers on an exclusive safari in Ranthambore
Take a boat ride on Pichola Lake
Overnight direct flight to Delhi from London. For departure from other airports, we work out the best route with preferred airlines.
On arrival in Delhi, you will be met at the airport by our authorised representative who will assist you in transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax after your flight. First of 2 nights in Delhi.
n the morning, your guide will meet you at the hotel to start your full day private guided tour of Delhi.
Starting with Old Delhi, you will take a cycle rickshaw ride through the colourful bustling streets of Chandni Chowk. Later, explore the majestic Red Fort and the exquisite 17th century Jama Masjid Mosque. In the afternoon, visit the rather contrasting New Delhi with its impressive colonial buildings and wide tree-lined streets. Visit World Heritage sites of Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb and later return to your hotel for a leisurely evening.
After breakfast drive to Agra. On arrival at your Agra hotel, rest of the day is free for you to relax. First of 2 nights in Agra.
Early morning you visit the magical Taj Mahal at sunrise. Most of our clients describe witnessing the Taj Mahal at dawn a magical lifetime experience. Your private guide will assist you for entrance to the Taj and then you have the option to either rent an audio guide or ask your guide to take you on the tour. Explore the Taj at your pace and return to your hotel for a leisurely morning. Alternatively, we can arrange a visit an art workshop for you or visit to nearby bear sanctuary which is world’s largest sloth bear rescue program. In the afternoon take a city tour, first visiting Agra Fort and then visit Itimad-ud-Daulah’s tomb, also known as Baby Taj. You will also visit Mehtab Bagh, a formally laid out Mughul garden which offers great views of the Taj Mahal, especially around sunset.
After breakfast, depart for Fatehpur Sikri for a private guided tour of this heritage city. Built by the Mughul Emperor Akbar nearly 500 years ago, this deserted city often referred to as Ghost town; is immaculately preserved. From here, continue to Bharatpur to visit Keoladeo bird sanctuary. A former royal game reserve, the sanctuary is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. Take a cycle rickshaw ride around the reserve with your children for great family fun. Later a short drive takes you to the rural town of Karauli. Your stay here is at a former Maharaja palace. First of 2 nights in Karauli.
A full day to explore Karauli. This rural town is off the tourist tracks so this keeps away large crowds. This is a great place for your family to explore the town and the palace at your own pace. You take a walking tour of the town followed by a camel cart ride through the narrow streets. There is a 14th century palace with lots of historical charm, a maze of beautiful rooms and floors interconnected with smaller passages. Wander through the palace and later walk through the lively village bazaar full of colourful handicrafts and local life.
After breakfast, you drive through rural Rajasthan to Sawai Madhopur near Ranthambore National Park. The drive takes around 2.5hrs. In the afternoon, take a safari in the park. This park offers a good chance of seeing a tigers and if the tigers prove elusive there is other wildlife (Sambhal deers, langurs, wild boars, jungle cats, fox, bats to name a few) to maintain the excitement. Evening is at leisure at your lodge. First of two nights in Ranthambore.
Today you have an early morning and late afternoon game drive. Your game drive will be in private hire 4×4 jeep (locally called Gypsy) with a naturalist. This jeep seats 2-4 guests and is accompanied by local park guide and English speaking lodge naturalist, who sometimes can also be your driver. Return to lodge for a late breakfast (around 10am). In the afternoon, visit the impressive old Ranthambore Fort for breath-taking views over the forest. This is a great place for children to wander through the corridors and ruins of the fort.
This morning drive to Jaipur. The drive takes around 4 hours. After lunch, visit Elefantastic, a wonderful sanctuary where you have the chance to learn all about Indian elephants. You will be able to feed and bathe the elephants. This is a fantastic family activity. First of 2 nights in Jaipur.
Kickstart your day cycling early morning around the fascinating streets of Jaipur while the city is coming alive. Safely discover the famous sites with your private guide, visit the market stalls as they are getting ready for the day, meet the craftsmen and try the delicious local street food (optional!). The ride lasts around 3 hours and later you return to your hotel for late breakfast. Later, visit the City Palace and Hawa Mahal with your private guide.
This morning drive to Deogarh village where you stay in a beautifully restored former palace.
Deogarh is a small village set in wonderful surroundings. It is home to Deogarh Mahal, a 200 year old fort and a beautiful lake which has an island filled with tombs and ruined temple. It is great fun to explore the narrow streets of the village to visit local shops and market stalls. First of 2 nights in Deogarh.
Full day to explore Deogarh. There is a lot to do in the area. We can arrange a jeep village safari followed by a picnic by the lake and a rural rail ride in a 1930’s train.
This morning drive a couple of hours to Chittorgarh, one of Rajasthan’s most dramatic forts. You will explore the fort with a guide. In the afternoon we can arrange a cycling excursion through the surrounding countryside. Cycle through peaceful farmland and local villages, with stunning views across the fields to the fort. Overnight in Chittorgarh.
n the morning a short drive to Udaipur. After lunch, visit the impressive City Palace complex with your private guide. The City Palace houses galleries and many well-preserved historic artefacts. This is a fantastic place for history buffs. There are many terraces, gardens and courtyards around the Palace for younger visitors to wander through. Take as little as or as long as you prefer to explore the complex. Normally it takes between 2-4 hours to visit the complex.
Today morning is at leisure. Late afternoon take a boat ride on Lake Pichola. The lake waters shimmer during the sunset and give a splendid view of the cityscape.
Your driver will assist in transfer to the airport in time to board your return flight. Flight will be via Delhi or Mumbai.
A well designed trip by excellent team with fantastic on ground support. All our apprehensions were catered for right from design stage to operation of the tour. Teenage kids were well-occupied. Food well accepted by kids and sausages and bacon were easily forgotten. Pace of tour was excellent, building in points of rest. We felt safe. Everywhere we went, the team and hotel staff was happy to go that extra mile!
Thank you very much for organising such a great holiday. The itinerary was brilliant and everything worked very well and there was always an agent to meet us on arrival at our next destinations. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and it has wetted our appetites to visit India again. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Indian Odyssey to any of our friends.Mr.
This was our 6 th visit to India. We have travelled before with companies specialising in the country, but they tended to get too big and the personal service was lost. Indian Odyssey gave us that personal service, and also came up with an itinerary that offered us one or two different locations from other agents – thats why we chose Indian Odyssey. The person who dealt with our enquiry is also familiar with the country which makes a big difference when you are discussing holiday options.
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