India cultural tour
India
Royal Rajasthan Private Journey

Rajasthan, the Land of Kings, is India at its most colorful and exotic. Our remarkable journey through India takes in the wonders of Jaipur and Jodphur, explores the Thar Desert by camel back, and visits the Taj Mahal at sunrise.

India Trip Overview

In Rajasthan, there are reminders everywhere of an era when warrior-kings ruled the land. We travel in royal style - staying in palace hotels, strolling through rambling ancient hill forts, and shopping for jewelry fostered by those bygone rulers. Men in neon yellow turbans with soup-strainer moustaches vie for attention with women wrapped in saris of screaming orange and flaming magenta. Traditional desert culture is one of Rajasthan's enchantments and a camel trek provides a glimpse into rural Rajasthani culture and the traditions of the Thar Desert. We also enjoy a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. After all, what journey in the land of palaces would be complete without a visit to the Taj?

Itinerary at a Glance

SAMPLE ITINERARY: Please note that this is a sample itinerary. Our Private Collection of journeys allows us to customize a trip that is perfect for you. Please contact our destination specialist to discuss the many options possible.

Days 1-3: Our adventure begins in Delhi, India, and we explore Delhi's imposing Red Fort and monuments of the Mughal Empire, then head to Agra and the Taj Mahal, 'the proud passion of an emperor's love, wrought in living stones,' as English poet Sir Edward Arnold wrote.

Days 4-6: We travel to the famed "Pink City" of Jaipur, a showcase for Rajasthan's distinctive architecture. Explore the Hawa Mahal ('Palace of the Winds') and other sights, including the Amber and City Palaces. Enjoy free time for shopping and exploring on your own.

Days 7-8: Today we head for the colorful Rajasthani countryside. Our home for the next two nights, in the rural town of Shahpura, is an 1880's country residence that was built as a summer home for the rulers of Shahpura. The surrounding area abounds with more than three hundred lakes, and is a migratory paradise, which ensures a heady mix of desert and oasis.

Day 9: Our exploration of the countryside continues as we spend a peaceful night surrounded by lush green fields of wheat, mustard, cotton and chilis, and vast grazing pastures, at luxury tents overlooking a hundred-year-old reservoir -- an ideal getaway from city life.

Days 10: A camel safari (or jeep if you prefer) brings us through the Thar Desert and to traditional Rajasthani villages where we visit local artisans. All along our route we visit tribal dwellings and spot various desert wildlife. Our luxurious permanent camp provides a comfortable and secure haven, and we drift off into the desert night with evening folk entertainment followed by a candlelit dinner.

Days 11-12: We emerge from the desert to explore Jodhpur, a gated 15th-century city of temples, palaces, gardens, and bustling bazaars. A return flight brings us to Delhi, where we enjoy a farewell dinner at our favorite restaurant. Transfer to the airport for departure.

TRAVELING IN ROYAL STYLE

We travel in royal style - staying in deluxe palace hotels, country villas, and desert camps that transport us back to the time of the Maharajas, and provide the perfect retreat at days end during our cultural immersion of this fascinating country.

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Group Size

1+

Trip Rating (1 Easiest - 5 Most Strenuous)

Description of Trip Ratings

Adventure travel may involve exotic destinations, varying levels of physical exertion, and activities that may be new to you. We want to make sure that you choose the adventure that's right for you from our many one-of-a-kind trips. Each trip is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest, and 5 being the most strenuous. A few of our trips have had a "+" added to the number, indicating something that falls in between. Our Trip Ratings may be found on the trip schedule and on our website. Our detailed itineraries provide additional information on what to expect on the trip you are considering (detailed itineraries are available by mail or e-mail; or you can find them on our website: www.BoundlessJourneys.com). We encourage you to call one of our travel experts with any questions or concerns that you may have. We are happy to assist you in selecting the most appropriate adventure for you.
 
EASIEST 1
 
Our easiest trips are generally hotel-based cultural and nature journeys that offer light activity. Walks and hikes (approximately 2 to 4 hours) are through gentle terrain with little elevation gain or loss. Altitude is not a factor on these tours. Other activities, such as snorkeling or sea kayaking, are optional. Examples: Galapagos Islands Cruise, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
 
EASY TO MODERATE 2
 
Hotel nights and/or deluxe, safari-style camping. Walking, hiking (approximately 3 to 5 hours), kayaking, or other activities on most days. Trails and paths are through rolling countryside, with occasional steep trails with up to 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Many of our hotel-based walking trips are in this category. Examples: Tuscany & Umbria, Turkey, and Bhutan.
 
MODERATE 3
 
Hotel or inn-based hiking trips, that involve full day hikes (approximately 4 to 6 hours), mostly on unpaved trails and paths through hilly terrain with typical elevation gains and losses of 1,000 to 2,000 feet. There may be occasional steep sections of trail. Examples: Slovenia, Amalfi Coast, Spain.
 
MODERATE TO STRENUOUS 4
 
Full day hikes (approximately 5 to 7 hours) through mountainous terrain with significant elevation gains and losses (2,000 to 3,000 feet). Terrain may be rugged with uneven footpaths. The average altitude is generally no more than 12,000 feet. Vehicle support is limited. These trips may involve some full-service camping or simple accommodations in remote locations. Examples: Tour du Mont Blanc, Peru Trek, Haute Route.
 
MOST STRENUOUS 5
 
Full-day trekking (approximately 6 to 8 hours) through rugged mountainous terrain with steep climbs and descents and the following present: elevation gains and losses of as much as 4,000 feet, altitude that exceeds 12,000 feet, and rugged uneven footpaths with some exposure. These trips typically offer minimal to no vehicle support and include full-service camping in a remote setting.

Activity Details

Easy walking tours, optional elephant and camel riding, and some long drives.

Meeting Point

Delhi, India

Departure Point

Delhi, India

Traveling to and From

Most Convenient Airport:
Indira Ghandi International Airport (Airport Code DEL), Delhi, India

Meeting Place and Time:
Delhi, India; at the international airport on the first day of the tour upon your arrival. Airport transfers will be provided for those arriving on Day 1.

Departure Place and Time:
Delhi, India; on the last day of the tour.

India Accommodations

Overview: Luxury or Deluxe hotels and palaces; all with private baths.

Luxury Accommodations Option:

Nights 1 & 2: The Imperial
New Delhi, India

World's Best Top 50 Hotels in Asia, Travel + Leisure

India Cultural Tour - Imperial Hotel, New Delhi - Boundless JourneysKnown as a “museum hotel”, the Imperial proudly displays an impressive collection of historical artwork. For over 70 years it has continued to earn its title as one of the most luxurious hotels in Delhi, complete with modern amenities, wonderful gardens, and a great location.

 

Night 3: The Oberoi Amarvilas
Agra, India

Rank as the 5th Best Hotel in the World by the readers of Travel + Leisure

Oberoi Taj Mahal Agra India - Boundless JourneysBuilt in a style inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, the resort is a splendid display of terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools, and pavilions with rich interiors that take you back to an era of Emperors and Princes.

 


Nights 4 & 5: Rambagh Palace
Jaipur, India

India Trips - Jai Mahal Palace Jaipur, IndiaHonored guests find themselves quickly immersed in the beauty of this refined and thoughtfully restored palace. Each richly renovated room has opulent interiors with unique themes, befitting royalty.

 

 

Nights 6: Shahpura Bagh
Shahpura, India

India Cultural Tours - Shahpura Bagh Shahpura, India - Boundless JourneysFew locations will afford you the history, beauty, and culture that Shahpura Bagh can deliver. Once the summer residence of Shahpura rulers, this majestic oasis is located on the shores of sparkling lakes and a golden countryside.

 

 
Night 7 & 8: The Oberoi Udaivillas
Udaipur, India

India Tours - Chhatra Sagar Nimaj, IndiaConceived as a traditional Indian palace, The Oberoi Udaivilas showcases the rich heritage of the Mewar region of Rajasthan with its rambling courtyards, gentle rippling fountains, reflection pools and verdant gardens.

 

 

Night 9: Mihir Garh
Thar Desert, Pali, India

India Cultural Tours - Mihir Garh, Pali India, Boundless JourneysRising out of the desert, this fort holds nine magnificent suites. Private jacuzzi’s or plunge pools with each suite, re-define the word indulgence. the Thar. From village safaris to royal picnics, from the novel experience of riding some of the finest specimens of horses, to watching an antelope prance past, Mihir Garh will keep you yearning for more.

 
Nights 10 & 11: Umaid Bhawan Palace
Jodhpur, India

Featured Conde Nast Traveler, Reader's Choice Awards – Top 100 Asia Hotels list.

India Walking Tours - Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, India Boundless JourneysAmong India's first Heritage Palace Resorts, the Umaid Bhawan is one of the largest residences in the world, set high about the desert capital of Jodhpur. After nearly 15 years in construction, the 347-room palace was completed in 1943 and has served as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family, and a very special place for international guests since.


Night 12: Trident Gurgaon (day use)
New Delhi, India

TRiden Gurgaon, New Delhi - India tour with Boundless JourneysCentrally located, the award winning Trident, Gurgaon, is set among seven acres of landscaped gardens, walkways, courtyards, reflection pools and fountains.

 

 

 

Deluxe Accommodations Option: 

Nights 1 & 2: The Taj Palace, Delhi
New Delhi, India

Night 3: The ITC Mughal
Agra, India

 IT C Mughal Agra India - Boundless JourneysSprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, the ITC Mughal, is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past.

 


 

Nights 4 & 5: Jai Mahal Palace
Jaipur, India

India Trips - Jai Mahal Palace Jaipur, IndiaCompleted in the 1740's, this recently refurbished heritage hotel was the former palace of Jaipur's Prime Minister. The lush surrounding gardens and regally designed guest rooms ensure that your stay at the palace will be both a naturally and culturally beautiful experience.



Nights 6: Shahpura Bagh
Shahpura, India

India Cultural Tours - Shahpura Bagh Shahpura, India - Boundless JourneysFew locations will afford you the history, beauty, and culture that Shahpura Bagh can deliver. Once the summer residence of Shahpura rulers, this majestic oasis is located on the shores of sparkling lakes and a golden countryside.

 

 
Nights 7 & 8: The Leela Palace
Udaipur, India

Leela Palace - Udaipur India - Boundless JourneysWith a majestic location on the Lake Pichola and spectacular view of the Aravalli Mountains, The Leela Palace evokes grandeur and opulence of the land of the Mewar. Beautifully designed to reflect the surrounding style and influences.



Night 9: Mihir Garh
Thar Desert, Pali, India

India Cultural Tours - Mihir Garh, Pali India, Boundless JourneysRising out of the desert, this fort holds nine magnificent suites. Private jacuzzi’s or plunge pools with each suite, re-define the word indulgence. the Thar. From village safaris to royal picnics, from the novel experience of riding some of the finest specimens of horses, to watching an antelope prance past, Mihir Garh will keep you yearning for more.


Nights 10 & 11: Taj Hari Mahal
Jodhpur, India


Night 12: Trident Gurgaon (day use)
New Delhi, India

TRiden Gurgaon, New Delhi - India tour with Boundless JourneysCentrally located, the award winning Trident, Gurgaon, is set among seven acres of landscaped gardens, walkways, courtyards, reflection pools and fountains.

 

 

India Detailed Itinerary

SAMPLE ITINERARY: Please note that this is a sample itinerary. Our Private Collection of journeys allows us to customize a trip that is perfect for you. Please contact our destination specialist to discuss the many options.

DAY 1
Arrival in Delhi


Upon arrival in Delhi, meet your Boundless Journeys representative at the airport and drive to our hotel. The rest of the evening is free to relax or explore.
Taj Palace, Delhi

DAY 2
Delhi City Tour

Easy walking, 2-4 hours.

This morning, gather with your fellow travelers at breakfast before heading out to explore India's bustling capital. Our local guide leads us through the cultural icons of India's Muslim history in Old Delhi, as well as New Delhi's commercial and financial districts. Discover Delhi's varied architectural styles, from the Pathan and Mughal periods. This evening, toast the exciting journey ahead.
Taj Palace, Delhi

DAY 3
Delhi to Agra; Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal (approximately 4 hours)

Easy walking, 2-4 hours.

Following breakfast, drive about four hours to the historic riverside city of Agra, former capital of the Mughal Empire. This afternoon, explore the imposing Agra Fort—a.k.a the Red Fort—a World Heritage site that took seven years to rebuild, beginning in 1565, on a site that had been occupied for centuries by an older fortress. The Mughal ruler Akbar commissioned the red sandstone Agra Fort, christening it the capital of his empire. Grandson Shah Jahan transformed the fort's militaristic style into a handsome palace with ornate gardens and white marble buildings. Stroll through the great halls, towers, ornate alcoves, and terraced pavilions. Be sure to see the Pearl Mosque—Jahan's personal place of worship—the spectacular mirrored palace of Sheesh Mahal, and the Khas Mahal, which displays one of the best examples of painting on marble in the world.

Later we visit India's stunning iconic landmark, the Taj Mahal, built in 1632 to remember Shah Jahan's favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This equisite white marble mausoleum is the world's finest representation of Mughal architecture, combining Persian, Turkish, Indian, and Islamic influences. We will have plenty of time to delve into the Taj's offerings, including its outlying buildings, the tomb itself, and the charbagh, a spectacular formal garden complex with sunken flowerbeds. Amble along the path by the reflecting pool and admire the finer details, such as the hand painted calligraphies, precious stone inlays, and superb carvings.
ITC Mughal, Agra

DAY 4
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal; Agra to Jaipur

Easy walking, 2-3 hours.


This morning, rise early to take advantage of a tremendous photo opportunity: the Taj Mahal at sunrise, when striking images of light capture the ethereal quality of this stupendous masterpiece. Return to the hotel for breakfast then travel about five hours to the captivating "Pink City" of Jaipur, so called for its pink stucco buildings that mimick sandstone. The Mughal buildings were painted pink in the late nineteenth century for the visit of Prince Albert.

With the aid of a Hindu priest-turned-architect, Jaipur's founder, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, created the current city in 1727. While most of India's cities at that time had been a jumble of narrow, twisting streets, Jaipur was laid out according to Hindu architectural principles, which called for strict geometric planning. Thus, the city was built in the form of a nine-part Mandala, which signifies the nine planets of the ancient astrological zodiac. Sawai Jai Singh II was a great astronomer. In addition, the shops were designed in multiples of nine with one cross street representing each of the nine planets. Following dinner you will have the chance to explore this lovely city on your own.
Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

DAY 5
Jaipur

Elephant safari; Easy walking, 2-4 hours.

Our day begins with a short drive to the Dera Amer camp, situated behind the hills of the famous Amber Fort. Our elephant safari is conducted in the original Aravali forests surrounding the camp and follows a route through villages, agricultural fields, hills and ancient monuments. The birdlife in the thick forests is thriving, and though panthers do inhabit the surrounding jungle it is very rare to see them. Occasionally hyena and wolves may be spotted, and antelope and jackals are in abundance.

Following our elephant safari and picnic breakfast we proceed to the 16th-century Amber Fort, a classic fusion of Hindu and Mughal styles set in the rugged Rajasthani hills outside of Jaipur. What today is known as the fort was initially a palace complex within the original fort for the city of Amber. You can choose to walk up the hill to the fort or go by elephant-back, a great way to see the surrounding area. Inside we view the impressive wall paintings, carvings, and mosaics. Notice how the use of tiny mirrors enhances the feel of interior spaces. Explore the palace's royal apartments, gardens, halls, gateways, temples, and pavilions. Ascend the regal flight of stairs to the Hall of Public Audience, with its lattice-work galleries and double-row columns each with an elephant for its capital.

Another Jaipur landmark, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) adjoins the City Palace and is a truly remarkable complex built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. The building's unusual five-story, pyramidal design offers panoramic views of the main streets of Jaipur, where ladies of the court could peer through windows at the bustling life below without being observed themselves. Across the road from the City Palace, we see one of five of Sawai Jai Singh II’s Jantar Mantars, astronomical observatories built in a unique style between 1727 and 1734. At this, the largest of the five, we see the fourteen unique geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, and tracking the stars and planets. All are cut sandstone and fixed in place, like a garden of giant steps leading to the heavens. The largest instrument is 90 feet high, and its shadow carefully plots the time of day.
Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

DAY 6
Jaipur to Shahpura (approximately 4 hours)

Easy walking, 2-4 hours.

We continue our expedition with a four-hour drive to the rural walled town of Shahpura, founded in 1629. We check into our hotel, the former palace known as Shahpura Bagh, a 30-acre estate granted to the grandson of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 for his military successes. This estate served as the summer palace for many subsequent rulers, and to this day is the home of the local ruling family. The house includes fine examples of Shekhawati frescos and architecture. Legend has it that ruler Rajadhiraj mortgaged the palace and his private collection of precious jewels in the 1920's in an effort to bring water to the people of Shahpura. The three surrounding lakes were created in the process. In addition to the 250 smaller lakes in the area, the larger manmade lakes provide a lush and refreshing atmosphere for visitors and residents.

After lunch we enjoy a leisurely walk through Shahpura's historic quarter for a look into the town's rich and varied culture and fascinating artistic traditions. Observe a craftsman as he carefully details a phad, a colorfully illustrated cloth painting of mythology and history. Visit the local school to meet with children and teachers, then have lunch at a rustic family farm, where we're invited to share with village residents for a glimpse into everyday Rajasthani life. The rest of our day is equally relaxed and carefree, as we continue our explorations of town. Take in the view from Dhikola Fort, situated on a hilltop above the vibrant green and rolling landscape dotted with sparkling lakes. Stroll through the wetlands of Nahar Sagar or Umaid Sagar at Shahpura Bagh to look for some of the region's diverse birdlife, including herons, godwits, and kingfishers. At sunset, visit Ram Dwara, an 18th-century temple built by the Ram Snehi, a Hindu sect. Its cluster of painted domes and impressive carvings make for excellent photo opportunities.
Shahpura Bagh, Shahpura

DAY 7
Shahpura to Udaipur (approximately 4.5 hours)


Udaipur is a charming city, with palaces built along the shore of Lake Pichola, and the Aravali Hills forming the backdrop. Home of the Mewar Rajputs, whose symbol is the rising sun, Udaipur was built as a result of the former Mewari Capital, Chittorgarh, being destroyed in a bloody siege.

Later in the afternoon enjoy a private cruise on Lake Pichola (subject to water level), sailing past picturesque ghats and palaces. This lake was originally created in the 15th century by a grain merchant who built the dam to create a roadway for his grain carts in the monsoon season. You glide past Jag Mandir, site of two important historical events. This 17th century palace was the refuge for Prince Khurram, later known as Shah Jahan, when he was exiled by his father. His palace here is a curiosity, the upper floor designed in a Hindu style while the lower floor is built in a Muslim style. Later during the uprising of 1857, the Rana of Mewar offered safety to several British families here who fled from nearby Neemuch.
The Leela Palace, Udaipur

DAY 8
Udaipur and the Eklinji and Nagda temples

Easy walking, 2-4 hours.

Today we start with an exploration of Udaipur. Begin with the City Palace, home to the Maharanas of Udaipur, who according to legend descend from the Sun. This sprawling palace was built over three centuries and is a series of four interconnected palaces, illustrative of various architectural styles. The main is a blend of Rajput military architecture and lavish Mughal inspired decorative art. Also of particular note here is the exquisite collection of priceless Rajput miniature paintings done in the Mewari tradition. Continue to the Crystal Palace that houses a rare collection of Osler's crystal.

Lunch this afternoon is at Devi Garh, the 18th-century palace which has been described as one of the most romantic places on earth, and is nestled in the Aravali hills around Udaipur.

After lunch we visit the Eklinji and Nagda temples. Eklingji is believed to be the ruling deity of the once Princely State of Mewar. The beautifully sculpted temple complex includes 108 temples, and the main temple dates back to the 15th century. We next continue to Nagda, now in ruins, it was once the scene of frequent Muslim invasions. It has two 11th-century temples ornamented with unusual carvings.
The Leela Palace, Udaipur

DAY 9
Udaipur to Mihir Garh via Ranakpur (approximately 5.5 hours)


After breakfast we depart for Mihir Garh, en-route visiting the 15th-century Ranakpur Jain temples. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple. The pillars are all differently carved and no two pillars are the same.

A beautuful and leisurely lunch is enjoyed at Maharani Bagh Orchard. Beautifully located at the foot of the thickly forested Aravalli Hills that divided the former kingdoms of Jodhpur and Udaipur, Maharani Bagh remains essentially a fruit orchard. Acres and acres of mango, lime, and pomegranate give way to clusters of lovely little cottages and intimate gardens in full bloom.

After lunch we continue our drive to Mihir Garh. The mud fortress is perched on a sand mound on the edge of the desert, blending understated luxury with a rustic and sumptuous earthy elegance.
Mihir Garh, Pali

DAY 10
Mihir Garh to Jodhpur (approximately one hour)

After breakfast, you are taken on a guided jeep tour to discover the unique culture of the local Bishnois, and explore the traditional lifestyle of rural Rajasthan. We visit farming communities that provide insight into the traditional ways of farming and the water harvesting system used to provide irrigation to the dry lands of Rajasthan. We look for some of India's elusive wildlife, including blue-bulls—a large antelope species—gazelles, foxes, hares, partridges, sand grouse, peacocks, and demoiselle cranes.

This afternoon we depart Mihir Garh and drive to Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan and once the capital of Marwar State at the edge of the Thar desert. Founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha—chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs—the city is dominated by the massive Mehrangarh, a fort looming over the city atop a rocky hill. Jodhpur remains one of the leading producers of wool, cattle, camels, and salt. Upon arrival, we have lunch and then set out to explore the city, whose year-round sunny weather has made Jodhpur the "Sun City" of India. It's also known as the "Blue City" because of indigo tints visible in the oceans of whitewashed houses. The old section of the city is contained within a massive stone wall with six gates.
Taj Hari Mahal, Jodhpur

DAY 11
Jodhpur

Easy walking, 2-4 hours.

After breakfast we explore the 15th-century fortress of Mehrangarh, which took more than 200 years to build. Despite its stark exterior, inside the fort features colorful antiques, intricate carvings, courtyards, ancient instruments, miniature paintings, and elephant saddles. It also contains the palace of the reigning Maharaja of Jodhpur. The fort originally had seven gates, or pols, one of which had spikes to prevent attack from elephants. The Fatehpol (Victory Gate) was erected by Maharaja Ajit Singh in 1907 to commemorate his victory over the Mughals. Beside the Lohapol (Iron Gate) you will see 15 handprints, the sati marks of widows of Maharaja Man Singh, who threw themselves upon his funeral pyre in 1843. Stroll through the period rooms, armory, museum, and galleries.

Later, visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace, named for the current Maharajah's grandfather and truly one of the last remaining magnificent palaces in India. It sits upon Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur, with commanding views of the city. It is still home to the royal family of Jodhpur and has 347 rooms and 26 acres of gardens. You will have time to explore different sections of the palace, including the expansive lawns, dance hall, theater, underground hospital, swimming pool, central hall, and museum. Here you'll find a collection of antique clocks, pictures, swords, and other possessions of past royal families.
Taj Hari Mahal, Jodhpur

DAY 12
Jodhpur to Delhi Flight

Easy walking, 2-3 hours.

After breakfast, head out on foot to discover more of the city, perhaps strolling through lively markets or stopping to watch the daily life of Rajasthanis. After lunch, drive to the airport for our flight to Delhi, arriving around mid-afternoon. We check into our hotel and the rest of the day is free for further exploration or relaxation. You may choose to depart late this evening or the following day based on your flight schedule.
Taj Hari Mahal, Jodhpur (day use only with check-out at 10:00pm)

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary to take advantage of weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these should the need arise.

Also, please note that Flight schedules are subject to change, possibly affecting the order of events, but not the quality of experience, in the itinerary.

Trip Length

12 Days

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From $4995 per person

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Deluxe accommodations:
2-3 Guests: from $5,395 per person
4+ Guests: from $4,995 per person

Luxury accommodations:
2-3 Guests: from $6,895 per person
4+ Guests: from $6,495 per person

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Deluxe: from $2300 Luxury: from $3500

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Single Supplements:

Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement.* This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Please note, free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.

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Internal Airfare

$195 (may be subject to change)

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Jodhpur to Delhi

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  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
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With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work – the mark of a truly great leader – our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own.

Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.

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Picture Yourself Here:

Marveling at the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world 

Staying in enchanting palaces and forts of the maharajas

Exploring the architectural wonders of Jaipur and Jodhpur

Camel treking through untouristed traditional desert villages

Upcoming Trips:

October through March, on request

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Extension Options:

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What others have said...

On our Royal Rajasthan trip we were treated like royalty. From the incredible hotels, to feeling like a queen when the village children raced to see us…a wonderful enlightening experience.

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Kathy Larsen, Oxford, OH

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Deborah Tobey, Destination Manager What types of trips do you offer and who are your customers? Many consider Boundless Journeys trips to be a bucket list for the adventurer’s soul. Our itineraries span from majestic peaks to lush landscapes, from serene deserts to dramatic coastlines, and from historical meccas to the world’s great wildernesses.

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Only a few more rooms available for our Iceland: The Land of Fire and Ice hiking tour, July 17-24. Call 800.941.8010 or e-mail Karen@boundlessjourneys.com for details and to learn about special incentives to join us.

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Testimonials

Botswana Safari"Thank you, thank you for your most diligent efforts, meticulous attention to details, and most of all, patience with dozens of emails and calls, questions, and changes-of-mind.  Jim and I are looking forward to a wonderful trip, knowing that everything is flawlessly planned. We appreciate all your efforts!"
- Alison Forbes, Botswana Private Adventure

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