Our Rajasthan Tour with Varanasi is an extended journey through northern India, which has been crafted to reveal the highlights of this fascinatingly diverse region. Soaking up many different facets of Indian culture, this immersive journey begins by exploring the majestic capital city of Delhi, followed by the ancient and sacred city of Varanasi, before arriving in Agra – home of the world’s favourite monument to love; the Taj Mahal.
Continue your journey by exploring what we do best – the regal state of Rajasthan, whose fascinating history is told in innumerable legends and evidenced by its towering forts and dramatic scenery. Take your time to soak up the rich heritage and splendid architecture of Jaipur and Jodhpur, and track wild Bengal tigers in Ranthambhore National Park. The easy-going lake city of Udaipur is the perfect place to end your journey, with its fairy-tale like palaces and romantic lakes.
No two stops on this culturally-rich journey are alike, and together they span many centuries of Indian history; forming the backdrop to landmark events such as the birth of Buddhism, Mughal invasion and rule, epic Rajput battles and British imperialism. However, this tour is merely a suggestion to share a flavour of the possibilities, and simply a starting point when crafting your tailor-made Rajasthan tour – we can make any number of refinements until we’ve created your ideal experience.
In the early evening, you’ll be met by your guide for a tour of the Ganges – and its many ghats – by boat, culminating with the evening aarti ceremony. These ancient rituals have changed very little over hundreds and hundreds of years. The scent of sandalwood and incense swirls around, whilst the sounds of prayer chanting and clashing symbols rise to a crescendo. Hundreds of little oil lamps flickering on the river are a beautiful sight.
Optionally, rather than retrace your steps back to Delhi, you may prefer to end with a two night stay in Mumbai (we’d suggest the Taj Mahal Palace, or the Oberoi Mumbai). Those with a keen interest in architecture may like to include a stop in Khajuraho (the Lalit Temple View), famed for its extraordinary carvings. Or, experience Rajasthan’s golden dunes with a visit to Jaisalmer on the edge of the great Thar Desert (The Serai). All our journeys are private and tailor-made to complement your tastes and interests – the Rajasthan with Varanasi tour described above is really just a starting point and together we can refine it into your ideal Indian experience.
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