Small Group Discoveries

+ The Mughal gardens of Mehtab Bagh promise an unforgettable sunset view of the one-and-only Taj Mahal.
+ Go to Birla Temple for Aarti, an evening Hindu ceremony of light and prayer.
+ Gain deep insight into Indian life and culture when you dine in the inviting home of a family in Jaipur.
+ Delve into the glory of the princely states of Rajasthan as you explore three fortress palaces including Jaisalmer, perhaps the
greatest of them all!
+ Visit Jodhpur, missed by so many others, and venture into the desert to experience village tribal traditions.
+ 6 UNESHCO World Heritage Sites
  • DAY 1 | Welcome to Delhi

    On arrival at the airport, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the Taj Palace Delhi. Our luxury city-center hotel is situated on six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in the heart of the prestigious Diplomatic Enclave.
  • DAY 2 | Discover Delhi... New + Old

    After breakfast, you'll join our engaging native-born guide for a full-day tour of India's vibrant and endlessly fascinating capital. Focusing this morning on the sights and sounds of Old Delhi, you'll begin with Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Then hop aboard a traditional pedicab - a delightful way to immerse in the colors and rhythms of the city. Step off at the bustling and fragrant Spice Market and explore among the many vendors as our guide offers insight into India's enduring cultural and culinary traditions.

    Then continue your exploration with the historic landmarks of New Delhi, starting with the India Gate – built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Drive along the elegant Rajpath past Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Viceroy's residence and now the official home of the President of India. At Qutab Minar c, you'll discover the tallest brick minaret in the world – a graceful, fluted, tapering tower completed in the 14th century with beautiful terra cotta embellishments and balconies. Tonight, you'll enjoy an à la carte dinner with wine.  Meals B+D

  • DAY 3 | Agra + The Taj Mahal

    After breakfast, you’ll embark on a scenic southward journey to Agra, the venerated 16th-century capital of the Lodhi Dynasty. On arrival, check in to the 5-star Trident Hotel and refresh before setting out for some guided sightseeing. Behind the impressive 1.5-mile long fortress walls of the Red Fort of Agra, you’ll discover lovely grounds, mosques, audience halls and fairytale palaces. Dating back to the 16th century and reflecting elements of both Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, this fort is more aptly described as a magnificent, walled palatial city.

    As the sun dips towards the horizon, we’ll take you across the Yamuna River to Mehtab Bagh. Most visitors don’t know to come here, but this lovely Mughal garden located on the river banks across from the Taj Mahal offers some of the most captivating views of the iconic monument – especially in the golden light of sunset. This evening, you’ll dine in a charming city restaurant that specializes in fine Mughlai cuisine. Meals B+D

  • DAY 4 | Journey to Jaipur

    Arise early this morning for a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. You of course did already see this renowned “Monument to Love” yesterday evening, but the strikingly iridescent and translucent façade of the Taj Mahal offers a different but equally enchanting experience in sharper light of early morning.

    After a late mid-morning breakfast back at the Trident Hotel, check out and embark on the scenic drive into Rajasthan, one of India’s most historic and culturally rich states. Stop in the village of Abhaneri and visit Chand Baori, a 1,000-year-old step well. With the earliest such wells dating back to the 6th century and once found throughout Rajasthan here on the edge of the foreboding Thar Desert, these ancient wells were crucial for storing water during the extremely dry months that follow the torrential seasonal monsoons. With 3,500 steps and 13 levels that descend nearly 65 feet, Chand Baori is one of India’s deepest and most beautifully carved step-wells.

    Continue to Jaipur and check into the 5-star ITC Rajputana. Inspired by the fine gardens and regal architecture of India’s historic “Pink City,” our 5-star resort offers modern comfort close to the historic center of town. This evening, your native-born guide will take you to Birla Temple, built in the shadow of an historic hilltop fort and dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Here in this evocative setting, you’ll witness Aarti - an ancient Hindu ceremony of light and prayer.  Meals B+L+D

  • DAY 5 | In and around Jaipur

    Founded in the 11th century and beautifully constructed from yellow and pink sandstone and gleaming white marble, the spectacular Amber Fort just outside of town stands in testament to the once-powerful and never-conquered Rajput Kingdom. Entering through the towering Sun Gate, your fascinating guided tour reveals lavish courtyards, beautifully decorated halls and the dazzling Chamber of Mirrors.

    Back in the city, you’ll see Hawa Mahal, the oft-photographed Palace of Winds. Built at the end of the 18th century and comprised of delicately latticed windows, its ingenious design allowed women of royal families to remain concealed while they observed the hustle and bustle of the street below. At the City Palace Museum, our knowledgeable guide will enhance your tour of its extensive and carefully curated collection including miniature paintings, ancient weapons and traditional Rajasthani royal costumes. You’ll also visit Jantar Mantar, an observatory built in 1726. You’re sure to be astounded by these architectural stone instruments – skillfully designed and constructed to measure time, predict eclipses and track the movements of the stars and planets; the largest instrument stands 90 feet tall and all are amazing accurate.

    As the afternoon wanes, you’ll have time to stroll through the vibrant and colorful bazaars of Old Jaipur as the come alive with the setting sun. The city is famed for its skilled artisans and you’ll find wonderful ateliers and shops specializing in textiles, metalwork, jewelry, wood carvings and the famous blue pottery of Jaipur. Tonight’s dinner with a resident family promises a delicious and traditional home-cooked meal enlivened by congenial conversation that is sure to deepen your understanding and appreciation of Indian culture.  Meals B+D

  • DAY 6 | Onward to Bikaner

    This morning’s drive takes us deeper into historic Rajasthan to Bikaner, an ancient city surrounded by the vastness of the Thar Desert. The town’s many forts, palaces, temples and residences are built of red and yellow sandstone and reflect traditional Rajasthani architecture during the reign of famous Mughal Emperors like Akbar and Jahangir.

    Just outside of town is the National Camel Research Center. With our well-informed guide, your visit at the Center offers a chance to observe and learn about these fascinating creatures. Then enjoy dinner and an unforgettable stay at the Narendra Bhawan Hotel.  Meals B+L+D
  • DAY 7 | Junagarh Fort + Onward to Jaisalmer - India's Golden City

    After breakfast and check-out, join your guide for a tour of Junagarh Fort, regarded by many as the most interesting of Bikaner’s landmarks. Built in 1588, this monumental fortress was never successfully conquered though it was attacked many times. Behind its huge towers, formidable walls and encircling moat, you’ll explore a lovely complex of palaces, courtyards, temples and pavilions – many embellished with exquisite stone carvings, lattice-enclosed balconies and painted interiors.

    Leaving Bikaner behind, continue onward to Jaisalmer, India’s fabled “Golden City” in the far western reaches of Rajasthan. Despite its remote setting on a sandstone ridge in the heart of the starkly beautiful Thar Desert, this captivating city was a thriving medieval trading center along ancient camel trade routes. Today, this architectural legacy makes Jaisalmer one of India’s most fascinating cities to explore. On arrival, check in to the deluxe Suryagarh Hotel where your evening is free to relax and dine as you wish.  Meals B+L

  • DAY 8 | Jaisalmer Fort

    Set on a hill amidst the sweeping expanse of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest and most impressive of Rajasthan’s many hill and desert fortresses. Built in the 12th century and witness to numerous fierce battles and attacks, the fort’s defensive bastions encircle numerous winding lanes, shops, homes and temples. Jaisalmer is one of the world’s very few “living forts” and with thousands of residents still living within its ancient walls, your guided exploration offers a penetrating look into the former glory and enduring legacies of the princely Rajput states that flourished in Rajasthan centuries ago.

    Like the sandstone walls that surround it, many of the fort’s interior buildings seem to glow with the same tawny lion-mane color as the surrounding defensive walls and towers. Expertly narrated, your guided tour promises not just visual delights but also a greater understanding and appreciation for India’s rich history and culture. Outside of the fortress walls, you’ll visit Salim Singh Haveli, one of Jaisalmer’s many enduring merchant homes. Built two centuries ago, this architectural masterpiece is impressively embellished with lattice-enclosed balconies, delicately carved arches and pale blue cupolas.

    Later this afternoon, you’ll embark on a thrilling adventure as you join our guide for a camel trek across the dunes. As the sun begins to set across the golden sands, you’ll arrive at our enchanting desert encampment for dinner and traditional Rajasthani entertainment under the stars.  After this magical experience, you’ll be escorted back to your 5-star hotel in town.  Meals B+D

  • DAY 9 | Travel to Jodhpur

    This morning’s journey through the desert landscapes brings you to Jodhpur, an historic city settled more than 500 years ago. Dominated by the imposing silhouette of Mehrangarh Fort and home to broad streets lined with the town’s signature blue and white homes, Jodhpur captures the ambience and spirit of a bygone era. On arrival, check in to the luxurious Taj Hari Mahal and take this free afternoon to enjoy as you wish. Our delightful hotel is set amidst lush gardens and features distinctive architectural elements including graceful cupolas and latticed balconies – it’s the perfect place to relax, explore, and maybe catch up on your correspondence or travel journal. An elegant dinner with wine is included this evening.  Meals B+D
  • DAY 10 | Spectacular Desert + Magnificent Fort

    Despite its seemingly barren stretches of remote scenery and foreboding semi-arid terrain, the rural and desert landscapes outside of Jodhpur are home to thriving communities, unique flora, and a surprising diversity of wildlife - including nearly 200 species of birds like the Himalayan griffin, tawny eagle, and grey-headed cannery flycatcher.

    Setting out with an experienced driver in a comfortable 4x4, you’ll venture across the rugged terrain, even going off road for a true desert adventure. More than just an adrenaline-rushing expedition however, today’s excursion offers a wonderful way to learn about the centuries-old history of Rajasthan as well as its culture, flora and fauna. And with our specialist guide, born into an old noble Rajasthani family, you’ll also spend time with members of the Bishnoi community, an indigenous tribe known for their deep reverence for the sacredness of all life.

    Later this afternoon, you’ll tour the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, which stands atop a 400-foot hill overlooking the city. Behind these massive walls which soar up to 120 feet is an extraordinary complex of ornate places decorated with carved panels, delicate lattice windows and beautiful stained glass. First established in 1459, many of the fort’s current structures were built in the 17th century and today Mehrangarh is one of the largest forts in all of India. It is also home to a fabulous collection of memorabilia from Jodhpur’s royal families – ornate palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings, priceless antiques and glittering costumes. End your touring with a guided stroll through the city’s bustling market – which comes to life as the sun sets and the desert air begins to cool. Tonight you’ll dine on a rooftop terrace at a local restaurant situated in one of Jodhpur’s historic merchant homes.  Meals B+L+D

  • DAY 11 | Onward to Udaipur

    Check out from your hotel after breakfast and journey southward to visit Ranakpur Temple, one of the largest and most important Jain temples in all of India. Established in the 15th century in a remote and tranquil valley of the Aravalli Hills, this immense and breathtaking complex covers more than 45,000 square feet. Within, there are four shrines and 24 pillared halls of exquisitely carved sandstone domes and columns. Each of the 1,444 columns is unique; with intricate designs and ornamentation, now two are exactly alike.

    Continue your journey to Udaipur and check in to the Taj Lake Palace for an unforgettable 2-night stay. Originally built as the pleasure palace of a young prince, our fabulous luxury hotel is set on a private island surrounded by the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola. Late this afternoon, we’ll take you on a sightseeing cruise to experience the setting sun as it casts is golden rays across the hills and waters that cradle Udaipur, regarded by many as India’s most romantic city.  Meals B+L

  • DAY 12 | The City of Dreams

    Udaipur has been called India’s “City of Dreams” and you’ll understand why as you explore the immense City Palace - set magnificently on a ridge overlooking Lake Pichola. With its courtyards and grand halls, all wonderfully ornamented with pillars, balconies, towers and cupolas, this architectural masterpiece was built over several dynasties, but the harmony of its design makes it one of the finest palaces in all of Rajasthan. Now a museum, the richly decorated Palace is famed for its superb collection of cultural treasures including Mogul paintings and carvings.

    Venturing into the heart of the city, you’ll enjoy a guided stroll through the bustling local market to Jagdish Temple. Built in 1651 and decorated with towering tiers of bas relief carvings, this Hindu temple enshrines a black stone image of Lord Vishnu and his vehicle, a mighty bird called Garuda.
    At the Rajasthan School of Art, you’ll meet students who are learning traditional arts like miniature painting. After lunch, the rest of your afternoon is at leisure so you can enjoy the idyllic setting of your private-island lake resort. This evening, you’ll gather with your fellow travelers for a congenial farewell dinner here at the hotel.  Meals B+L+D

  • DAY 13 | Return to Delhi

    After breakfast and a leisurely morning, you’ll be escorted to the airport. We include your flight to Delhi where you will connect to your onward flight.  Meals B

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  • Taj Palace - Delhi, India

    The Taj Palace Hotel, nestled in six acres of lush greenery, has been host to heads of state, corporate moguls, and high-profile businessmen from across the world. The 442 rooms and suites are equipped with data ports for PCs and modems, telephones and voicemail, mini-bars, satellite TV, and wireless internet access. The Taj Palace offers several ways to unwind after a long day, including swimming, golfing, a beauty salon, state-of-the-art fitness center, spa, and Ayurvedic massages. Additionally, the hotel has its own restaurant and nightclub.

  • Trident Hotel - Agra, India

    In homage to Agra’s Mughal era, our 5-star hotel is built of local red sandstone amidst landscaped gardens and fountains.

  • ITC Rajputana – Jaipur, India

    This Luxury Collection Hotel enjoys a wonderful setting close to the historic heart of India’s fabled Pink City. Designed to evoke the Mughal gardens and indigenous architecture of the region, our elegant 5-star retreat features a traditional redbrick façade, gleaming white marble interiors, secluded courtyards and graceful lattice work. Spacious air-conditioned guestrooms feature an in-room coffee + tea maker, minibar, electronic safe, spa-quality bath amenities, and a deep soaking tub with rainforest shower. For your onsite dining pleasure, the ITC Rajputana offers buffet and a la carte dining featuring a fine selection of Indian specialties and international cuisine.

  • Narendra Bhawan Hotel - Bikaner, India

    The new hotel Narendra Bhawan Bikaner is a retelling of the legend of the last reigning Maharaja of Bikaner, His Highness Narendra Singhji (1948-2003). Designed as a Grand Residence, patrician in its characteristic, the Bhawan’s interiors are a landscape of memories where wisdom and wonder interweave. 

  • Suryagarh Jaisalmer - Rajasthan, India

    Blending traditional Rajasthani style and modern amenities, our deluxe hotel is centered on a tranquil palace-style courtyard.

  • Taj Hari Mahal - Jodhpur, India

    Spread across six acres of landscaped lawns and manicured grounds, our evocative luxury hotel celebrates the grandeur of Rajput and Mughal architecture with graceful cupolas, latticed balconies and colorful frescoes. Spacious, light-filled guestrooms offer 400 square feet of space in which to relax and sleep. With fine furnishings and original artwork, guests enjoy complimentary WiFi, premium bath amenities and 32” LDC televisions with theater-style surround sound entertainment. After sightseeing, you can take a refreshing dip in the pool or sip a cocktail in the inviting lounge surrounded by contemporary Rajasthani art.

  • Taj Lake Palace - Udaipur, India

    The Taj Lake Palace is located in the middle of Udaipur's Lake Pichola, constructed of white marble, and a glistening oasis in the lake. The 83 rooms and suites are lavishly constructed, all with satellite TV, telephone, mini-bar, internet access, and air-conditioning. Hotel leisure time activities include aerobics, a game room, the Taj Spa, private puppet shows, a shopping arcade, and a swimming pool. Outside the Taj Lake Palace, guests will find endless events to occupy their time.

Our Small Group Jouney Value

+ Comprehensive sightseeing with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees
+ 27 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 9 dinners with wine and beer at all midday and evening meals
+ 12 nights in our handpicked deluxe hotels
+ On-tour transportation and airport transfers with on-coach WiFi and one internal flight
+ Luggage handling, hotel taxes, and gratuities for waitstaΠand porters

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10/27/2019
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11/17/2019
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Bikaner Camel Festival
2/16/2020
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  • Susan from CA gives this tour 

    The accommodations were amazing in each city and everyone on the entire trip was so friendly and helpful! Our guide was patient, very knowledgeable and open to sharing information about every aspect of the culture. Our driver was extremely skilled in handling the traffic in the cities and getting from city to city. Our driver assistant made sure we got on and off the bus safely and that our luggage was secure. I felt like they were our new friends. The restaurants and food were delicious and one evening when we had an included dinner but no one in our group was hungry enough to eat, our guide was able to handle that and have another meal covered the next day instead. We felt safe and well cared for the entire time. We did not have to worry about a single thing as our guide and driver took care of everything for us. Our fellow passengers became new friends whom we will keep in touch with from now on as well.


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    Date Traveled: 1/7/2019

  • Kelsey from WA gives this tour 

    The entire experience was wonderful. From being picked up at the airport to the promptness of our tour guides. The itinerary was perfect for our needs and we were able to adjust it when we saw fit. This was especially nice in Northern India when our guide would complete the itinerary for the day and then offer to take us other places of interest if we wanted. There was no pressure and it did not seem like it would be a problem for him. It was nice that we had help traveling through the airports and that the guide stayed with us and gave direction. Also, the road trips weren't as daunting as I had expected. Our comfort stops were placed accordingly and broke the drive up. Overall, I have more positive remarks about this trip than negative remarks. India is a must see for everyone in my opinion.


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    Date Traveled: 11/6/2018

  • Steve from MD gives this tour 

    The spectacular sights of India were well enhanced by our very knowledgeable guide in placing history, religion and persons into an understandable perspective. We went from city to city, from fort to fort, from palace to palace from temple to temple in a never ending 2 weeks of splendor.


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    Date Traveled: 2/26/2018

  • Elizabeth from MD gives this tour 

    The trip was great. We saw and did the expected activities, but the best part were the places we went that we had never heard of, such as the Step-Well in Chand Baoir and the Jain Temple. The guide was fabulous and took us to wonderful restaurants and hotels.


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    Date Traveled: 2/26/2018

  • David and Linda from IN gives this tour 

    Wonderful seeing the culture and enjoying our private driver, Dev. Our accommodations were excellent. We are so glad we paid the extra money for a private tour. Our driver made the trips from city to city very enjoyable. He was eager to share his knowledge of his country.


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    Date Traveled: 1/16/2018

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