An Epic of the Mystical Land

“Forts and Palaces” - a luxurious journey to “ The Land of Kings”, Known for its royal ambience and aristocratic history, ripe with the stories of chivalry and valiance. Rajasthan is dotted with several UNESCO Heritage Forts and Palaces that still hold a diorama of the medieval clamour. Feel the golden sands of Rajasthan’s beautiful desert ripple and shift under the glow of the setting sun. Come take a dip into the saga of “The TAJ”!! 

  • Art & Culture

  • Offbeat Experience

  • Nature observation

Price from 1985 £ Flight not included

Individual trip

Mr Narendra Singh, the Founder & Director of Indian Experience, Jaipur, Rajasthan I Man behind Indian Experience


Narendra Singh

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Khamba Ghani!! 
Welcome to “The land of Kings”, “The land of bravery and valour” - Rajasthan.

“The Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan” is a cultural and heritage tour - Covering major UNESCO Heritage sites of Rajasthan. 
The tour reveals the quintessential image of India: a beautiful land studded with fairy-tale citadels and ornate palaces, swathed in shifting sand dunes, adorned with tranquil lakes, and inhabited by welcoming people.

Explore its rich diversity: from the barren Thar Desert to the terrain of the Aravalli Hill Range, from unforgettable sights of yellow-hued hilltop fort of Amer in Jaipur to Mehrangarh fort that towers over the 'Blue City’ of Jodhpur. Gaze on the lovely blue waters of Lake Pichola of Udaipur or elaborately fresco painted mansions of Mandawa.  
And as you wander through the pathway of The TAJ beside the reflecting pool with fountains, and run your fingers on curlicued carvings on the walls, you can feel the serenity of paradise where rests the Queen with her King.

As the tour unfolds you’ll stay in the Castles, Palaces and Havelis of India’s glittering Maharajas, Nawabs and Thakurs. 
See iconic parts of Indian culture from the vibrant saris to the marigold garlands. Explore the fascinating bazaars with their little shops selling jewellery, hand-dyed fabric, and colourful heaps of sweets and spices.

This tour package illustrates all - the glory of Rajasthan, from its warm and welcoming people to its bustling cities and antiquated villages. 
“Come to ‘The Taj’ - An epic, mysterious! 
Come unfold the pages from the past with Indian Experience!”

Highlights of the tour

  • Explore major Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan Desert Circuit.
  • Have a private chauffeur throughout, and personal guides
  • Sample exquisite local cuisines that follow recipes handed down for generations.
  • Sojourn in majestic suite rooms of Castles, Havelis and Palace Resorts.
  • Night on sand Dunes of Thar Desert.

Delhi - Mandawa

Warm-hearted assistance by a representative of Indian Experience at Delhi airport.
Embark into your private coach to drive to a land of splendid forts, extravagant palaces and an array of opulent architecture - Rajasthan! 
The first transit of this gigantic state will be Mandawa. Mandawa is a town stationed in the heart of the Shekhawati region of North-West Rajasthan.
Because of its painted homes, it is popularly known as the “Open Art Gallery” The town is well stocked with paved archways and magnificent Havelis ( mansions) and Fortresses.
Stay in the architectural jewel of the town, Mandawa Haveli. Haveli is resplendent with terraces offering views of the town, shaded verandahs for the hot summer months and boasts some of the best architecture of the day.
Overnight stay at Mandawa Haveli.

  • 6hrs


Today after breakfast, discover the rich historical past of the town.
Owing to its royal rendition of being a part of “ The Silk Route”, Mandawa houses various grand Havelis. Originally, these wonderful Havelis were created as townhouses by the landed gentry and wealthy businessmen. These Havelis have grand affairs with terraces and several courtyards which served to provide shade as well as keep the houses light and well ventilated. These Havelis are decorated with fresco paintings on the walls and ceilings, have many artefacts from the old times. The prominent ones are Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli. 
Overnight stay at Mandawa Haveli.


Mandawa - Bikaner - Gajner

In the morning, drive to Gajner en route Bikaner, also called ‘The Camel Country’.
A Stopover at the Junagarh Fort, famed for being a reminder of the opulence of medieval times. Bounded by a moat, Junagarh fort has a prodigious structure. The palace houses some wonderful edifice in its boundaries. The architectural style is greatly influenced by the Mughal pietra dura artwork.
Continue the journey to Gajner Palace.
The Palace is a beautiful historical building located adjacent to a sanctuary and standing at the edge of a beautiful artificial lake, called Gajner Lake. This huge structure is a unison of typical Rajput and colonial architecture in red sandstone. The palace perfectly showcases the magnanimous culture and many shades of history.
This heritage hotel will be your abode for tonight.
Relax while sipping your favourite wine while the cool breeze blows past you
Overnight stay in a suite room of Gajner Place.

  • 5h
  • Hotel Gajner Palace

Gajner - Jaisalmer

Open your eyes with a view to monstrous gardens housing peacocks.
Today after breakfast drive ahead for Jaisalmer through the long straight highways cutting through dunes. Scant Vegetation changes to cactuses. Amidst this is hemmed a city, tall on a hill called Jaisalmer. The Rajput “Walled Desert City” is like a Golden Jewel, shimmering above the hard sand. One may remain awestruck by the honeycombed buildings, ancient market streets and by the plethora of colours in sarees and turbans.
Your address for tonight would be a Pleasant Haveli, located in the heart of the city just beneath the sunset point. 
In the evening relax on their balcony and absorb the views.
At night, the fort lights up along with the city - the setting is so romantic.
Overnight stay at Pleasant Haveli Mansion.


Jaisalmer - Thar Desert

Kick start your day with a city tour to Jaisalmer- ‘The Golden City of India’.
Today our representative will escort you to Jaisalmer Fort, which rises like a mirage out of the sands of the Thar Desert. The sandstone structures consist of the Jain temple, the Maharaja’s Palace, lovely Havelis, intricate facades and sweeping panoramic views from Cannon Point. 
After a sumptuous lunch, you will be escorted to the “Thar”- for an evening on the Dunes. The Great Thar Desert is the world’s seventh-largest desert and a part of Saharasia. 
Sail on the camel back through golden sand dunes to reach the heart of the Thar Desert.
The night is set in Khuri, against the backdrop of dunes, mesmerising folk singers, Kalbalia Dance performance (tribal dance).
The food prepared on site is glorious; the ambience is majestic as music floats and the stars shine down on you, a night like this is an unmatched experience.
Indulge in desert camping by staying in the tented camps.
Overnight in swiss tents.


Thar Desert - Chandelao

Witness the sunrise against the “Long and lofty ridges of sand hills follow each other in ceaseless succession as if an ocean of sand”.
After Breakfast, depart for Chandelao via Jodhpur.
A transit to Jodhpur, “The Blue City”, because of blue-coloured houses.
Mehrangarh Fort, perched high on a perpendicular cliff, pierces the blue of Jodhpur. The intricate carvings on the walls of the fort, the sprawling courtyards, its impressive history, striking palaces, museums and galleries ensured this 15th Century AD structure to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Continue the voyage to Chandelao, a quaint village surrounded by Old fold mountains of Aravalli. Abode for tonight will be Chandelao Garh, a Fort-home of landlords and now is a luxurious home-stay, Carved in Jodhpur sandstone.
The evening is at leisure, go for a nature walk around the village or the lake.
Chandelao attracts many migratory birds, Capture them through the lens of your camera. Hang out with native people, craftsmen, or lend a hand to a potter with clay.
Else, relax in the luxury of the fort.
Overnight stay at Chandelao Garh Fort Resort.


Chandelao - Jojawar

Open your eyes to the tweets and chirrups of the birds.
After breakfast, pick up the journey to Jojawar. This route we will take you to a truly authentic and off-beat experience of the rural side of Rajasthan.
The 18th Century Rawla Jojawar will be your abode for tonight, Built on the 2 billion-year-old Aravalli hills. Rawla Jojawar takes a lot of pride in being a premier boutique heritage hotel in the Pali district of Rajasthan. It is countryside heaven where one can pick a bicycle to visit the lush green fields of Aravalli, may interact with the local communities, or ride a horse on the stud farm of the resort.
Pamper your hungry taste buds with some famous Rajasthani delicacies, served with tales of the old days, transport you back in time.
Overnight stay in the fort Rawla Jojawar.


Jojawar - Udaipur

After breakfast drive ahead to “The Venice of the East”- Udaipur. 
Udaipur is referred to be “the most romantic spot on the continent of India", located around cerulean water lakes and is circumambient by lush green hills of Aravallis.
The city is a blend of culture, architecture, heritage Havelis, fountains and lakes.
Wandering through the quiet, pretty waterfront streets and popping into the shops is one of the best ways to get a feel for Udaipur. Else, go for a tuk-tuk ride to Hathi pol bazaar, Bappu bazaar to buy artisanal products. 
Overnight in a luxurious Lakeside Hotel.



After breakfast, discover “The White City” of Rajasthan with our tour guide, also called “The City of Lakes” - Udaipur, where the first marvel of the day would be The City Palace, a miscellany of balconies, Gateways, Gardens, cupolas and palaces.
Visit Jagdish Temple- a 17th century temple, devoted to Lord Vishnu, is a three-storied Hindu Temple. The elaborate temple showcases Indo- Aryan architecture having white columns with a large number of statues and carvings, graceful ceilings and intricately decorated walls. 
Next get escorted to The City Palace Museum - exhibiting stone carved sculptures from the 7th to 20th century, armoury witnessing artistry, royalty and history of Mewar. Advancing to Saheliyon ki Bari or “Garden of maids”, which has majestic green lawns offering a mesmerising view of carved marble canopies, fountains and kiosks.
In the evening, sail for a picturesque boat ride at Lake Pichola that offers a panoramic view azure waters of the lake against the setting of the City Palace and Aravalli hills.
Overnight in a luxurious Lakeside Hotel.


Udaipur - Bijaipur

After breakfast, drive ahead for Bijapur via Chittorgarh. With Imprints of Rajputana and Sisodia dynasties' architecture, The Fort of Chittorgarh is one of the UNESCO heritage sites, built in the 7th Century AD during the Mauryan Empire. Fort reverberates with tales of heroism and sacrifice and displays the Rajputic valour in the real sense. The culinary masterpieces of the citadel are two stambhs (towers) and the Meera temple.
Drive ahead to Bijaipur. 
Experience a grand stay and the warm hospitality of living in a castle in Bijaipur.



Live in the royal ambience like a King and enjoy the warmth of Rajputana hospitality in the Castle of Bijaipur. The Castle is set against the background of the Vindhyanchal Ranges with a picturesque view of the valley. Wake up to peacocks dancing on the lawns outside your room. Hear songs of birds during sun salutation. Pick a book and laze around on a reclining chair or let a new body awake from a rejuvenating massage by the pool.
Dine on a subtly blended variety of aromatic spices in home-cooked food from the royal kitchen!
Overnight stay at Bijaipur Castle.


Bijaipur - Jaipur

Drive to a land of royalty, grandeur and opulent architecture - Jaipur,
“ The Pink City” of India - a gateway to Rajasthan. Pink - a colour of Love, Kindness and hospitality symbolises the city. The place is packed to the rim with labyrinthian old town houses and countless treasures with its bazaars, designers, street food and age old culture.
The city offers history and heritage, Forts and Palaces, temples and tradition and therefore is listed as one of the UNESCO Heritage sites.
The bustling streets of Jaipur come alive with women wearing colourful saris, costumed elephants, snake charmers and vendors hawking their wares - discover the city on foot or by hiring a rickshaw.
Overnight at Jaipur.



Discover the royal city with our local tour guide, who will assist you first to - Amber Fort (Amer Fort) installed high on top of a rugged hill with a splendid view of the city and Maota lake. Its magnificent courtyards, manicured grounds and intricate carvings are greatly influenced by Hindu and Mughal architecture. Next on the card would be - Hawa Mahal, (The palace of winds), built-in blush-hued pink sandstone, a building with hundreds of jharokhas (windows). Moving ahead to the City Palace, a masterpiece of Mughal and Rajput architecture consists of vast courtyards with beautiful paintings, temples and museums displaying Rajputana glory. Witness the magnificence of the Jantar Mantar UNESCO’s World Heritage List describes it as “an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince.
The evening is at leisure. 
Overnight at Jaipur.


Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

The journey continues to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri, another UNESCO Heritage site of India, built in the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The city sits on a rocky ridge and is built in red sandstone. Visit Buland Darwaza, Tomb of Salim Chisti in Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India.
Drive ahead to the city in the Indo-Gangetic Plain, sitting proudly on the shore of river Yamuna- Agra, home to one of the seven wonders of the world - The Taj! 
History fanatics and architecture buffs are sure to have a ball there.
Overnight stay in Agra.


Agra - Delhi

Today, get astonished to see the beauty of the Taj with the rising sun. 
Taj Mahal, the monument of eternal love, is most alluring in the quiet of the early morning, shrouded in mists and bathed with a soft pink glow. As its vast marble surfaces reflect the rays of the sun, its colour changes, from soft grey and yellow to blush pink to pearly cream and dazzling white. As said by poets - Taj, “ is a teardrop on the cheek of time", depicts the sheer opulence of an era. The awesome structure, the monument of love that Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan gave to the world, stands as a testimony of his intense love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Take photos as a return ticket to the moment.
Drive ahead to Delhi.
The evening is at leisure.
Overnight stay at the hotel, Delhi.


Delhi and departure

Our representative will drop you at the Delhi International Airport.
Catch your homebound flight.
Having seen the moon shine on the other side of the Earth,
You will not be the same. 
A “New You” will get off the airbus!!

Our price Include

  • Accommodation based on two persons sharing one double room with breakfasts included as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfer from the airport to the first hotel and from the last hotel back to the airport 
  • All transfers and sightseeing by private Air-Conditioned vehicle with a private chauffeur.
  • Personal and experienced tour guide throughout the tour from arrival to departure.
  • Fuel charges, road tax, toll and parking charges.
  • All hotel taxes included.
  • 24x7 assistance by the Team of Indian Experience.

Our prices do not Include

  • Air transport to and from India.
  • Visa permit fees.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Entry Fee to any Monument or Museum.
  • Camera entry fee wherever chargeable.
  • Expenses of personal nature, such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages etc.
  • A single room is provided with further supplement charges for those travelling alone.
  • Lunch and dinners are not included in the package.
  • Any other items not mentioned under Inclusions are not included in the cost of the booking.

** Additional cost will be charged for extra services except mentioned in the “Inclusions” in every trip.

In case of cancellation of your trip, the cancellation fees charged by Indian Experience will be calculated according to the following scale

• More than 60 days before departure: 35% of the total price of the trip.  
• From 60 to 31 days before departure: 40% of the total price of the trip.  
• From 30 to 21 days: 40% of the total price of the trip.   
• From 20 to 14 days: 60% of the total price of the trip.  
• From 13 to 8 days: 70% of the total price of the trip.  
• From 7 to 2 days: 75% of the total price of the trip.  
• The day before or the day of departure: 100% of the total price of the trip


2 reviews

Catherine H


Our holiday was a varied mixture personalised to our interests in historic towns and sites, architecture, Forts and Palaces, rural life, nomadic culture and even the rather niche subject of UNESCO Heritage sites of Rajasthan.
Rating for tour operator: 
Indian Experience listens to what our interests and preferences might be before constructing an itinerary. They have done a pretty impressive amount of background work to deliver many fascinating and enriching options and not just the standard grand venues offered by other companies. 

Emma Boyle


Me and my Husband relished the rich experience of visiting the princely state of Rajasthan , the land of forts and palaces. Spending our days in an astounding ambience of Gajner Palace ; Jodhpur equipped with traditional decor; spacious lounges dining bays and jacuzzi baths in palatial resorts were the richest experience of our life. Then the panoramic view of Udaypur from the Pichola Lake kept us mesmerized. Jaisalmer’s stay was the best ever experience when we spent a night under the bare skyline. Junagarh Palace of Bikaner an example of the glorious legacy of Rajputs. Staying in palaces and Havelis was a comprehensive addition in my knowledge. A big thank to Indian Experience for a wonderful holiday in Rajasthan which will remain long in our memory.

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