Rajasthan & Rajput Explorer

Delhi - Mumbai

16 days through India
FROM: $1950 USD
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Camel
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
Comfortable Hotel 2 nights
Basic Hotel 7 nights
Guesthouse 2 nights
Camping 2 nights
Camping without facilities 2 nights
Breakfasts x 6, Lunches x 4, Dinners x 6
$260 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

Rajasthan is undoubtedly the most colourful part of India; despite being such a harsh arid area that culminates in the Thar Desert. It's the juxtaposition of the deep orange and browns of the desert with the iridescent reds, yellows, blues and greens of the saris, dhotis, and turbans that create such a vibrant atmosphere. Add in the spectacle of the multi coloured spice market, spectacular sunsets over blood orange desert sands, the vivid deep blues of Jodphur town houses, and the mirror whites of Udaipur and you get a feel for what awaits the traveller in Rajasthan.

This trip takes us through the great cities of Rajasthan, through the deserts and beyond to some of India's hidden gems and none more so than the Ghost City of Mandu; yes, its way off the beaten track and takes a long time to get there, but that's why so few folks visit. Add to this the great sites and cave temples of Ellora and Ajanta and you have an amazing trip. Above all its about rural India and village life…. Oh and, of course, Mumbai and Bollywood!

Explore the backstreets and alleyways of bustling Delhi
Witness the holy rats in the Karni Mata rat temple near Bikaner
Explore Jaisalmer and all its fascintating sites
Overnight Rajasthan camel safari into the Thar Desert
Explore the blue city of Jodhpur and the mighty Mehrangarh fort
Overnight in a community guesthouse to experience true Indian hospitality
Visit and support the Sambhali Trust near Jodhpur
Discover the stunning white city of Udaipur
Visit an extensive hill-top fort from the Mughal era at Mandu
Explore the Buddhist, Jain and Hindu Caves and templed of Ellora and Ajanta

A great trip to show the depth of rural India and village life. The pace is relaxed with a good number of 2 or 3 night stays but also some long rural drives where road conditions are not the best. But if you are after an authentic Indian journey; you really can't go far wrong with this trip. Many small hotels and hostels with some camping including in the desert.

Witness the holy rats in the Karni Mata rat temple near Bikaner

Trek into the Thar Desert on an overnight camel safari with Rajasthani camel drivers

Visit and support the Dragoman-supported Sambhali Trust near Jodhpur and see the excellent work they do to provide local women and girls with education and vocational skills

Explore the blue city of Jodhpur and the mighty Meherangarh fort

Visit to Ranakpur Jain marble temple

Day 1 - Delhi

Border Information: If joining the trip in Delhi, you will most likely enter India at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (IATA code: DEL).

Today is a free day to explore Delhi. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Delhi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Delhi.

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

Explore the Sanjay Colony 'slum' area of Delhi on a guided tour to see the micro-industries, schools and residential life there

Entrance: 1,000 INR

Explore the site of Humayun's Tomb a phenomenal early Mughal tomb that is said to be a major inspiration for the Taj Mahal

Entrance: 500 INR

See the India Gate at the end of Delhi's ceremonial axis built to commemorate all Indians who have died in various wars

Entrance: Free

Freely explore the colossal Mughal Red Fort in Old Delhi built by the emporer Shah Jahan in 1648 upon moving the capital there

Entrance and audio guide: 620 INR

Day 2 - Bikaner
Day 3 - Jaisalmer
Day 4 - Jaisalmer
Day 5 - Jaisalmer
Day 6 - Jodhpur
Day 7 - Jodhpur
Day 8 - Udaipur
Day 9 - Udaipur
Day 10 - Udaipur
Day 11 - Mandu
Day 12 - Mandu
Day 13 - Ajanta
Day 14 - Ellora
Day 15 - Mumbai
Day 16 - Mumbai - End Date

Lisa C

I just cant say enough great things about the leaders. They made the trip to India totally fabulous!

Kelly M

Excellent crew.


Local guides were very informative.

Madeline L

Rafik was great, I loved looking forward to his meals every night, especially the nightly pakoras.

Katrin J

Great guides and cooks on home stays and during camping!

John P

Great crew - I was amazed at how 2 people that have not met before can work as such an effective team so quickly!

Erin B

This was my third dragoman trip, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Both the crew were exceptional, and ensured that we got the most out of our trip.

Helen J

My 8th trip with you and this was one of the best

Peter J

It's our 8th trip with you Say no more

Graham C

I love the group experience and seeing a country warts and all from the road rather than the insides of airports and hotels. I like the Indian people and was surprised at how much I enjoyed the food. The Indian cooking course was a highlight.

Hilary C

Very enjoyable

Jeffrey I

camping in the Thar desert was a highlight

David R

This trip was a great adventure from start to finish! I really enjoyed visiting the Forts in Jaisalmer and Jodhpur as well as the amazing sights in Udaipur, Ajanta and Ellora. Mandu is an especially beautiful and magical site!

Alisha A

I enjoyed our new years gathering and night dancing with most people from our group as well as our camel experience and guide in jaisalmer. Our guide Lalu in jaisalmer was absolutely amazing and I'd recommend him again for dragoman; he showed us the tourist things with the history but he also went deeper to share on the current culture and the heart of india and provided the best experience of the trip! And he was willing to just hang out and share and eat with us casually and help us with absolutely anything. Best guide I've ever had

Katherine R

Excellent tour guide Prim helped so much