Palaces, forts, temples and trains—a magical journey through India

If you've always wanted to visit India, what better way than combining a fascinating Hindu festival with travel on the luxury Royal Rajasthan Palace on Wheels train.  This train offers a welcome alternative to traveling on India's crowded roadways and an opportunity to enjoy the scenery without having to pack and unpack. On this adventure we visit all the highlights of India:  Rajasthan with its forts, palaces and a camel safari; Agra with the unaparalleled Taj; Varanasi and the iconic Ganges River and Khajuraho's fascinating temples.  These destinations are crowned by the very popular Hindu festival, Dussehra.  Dussehra marks the defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama and also symbolizes the triumph of warrior Goddess Durga over the buffalo-demon, Mahishasura. Come join us on this unique cultural adventure in India.


11 days of easy activity. The activity consists of walking for sightseeing.


  • Immerse yourself in the commanding forts and sumptuous palaces of Rajasthan
  • Ride a camel in the land of the Bishnoi—an ancient ethnic group in Rajasthan concerned with environmental and wildlife protection
  • Delight in the wonder of the Taj Mahal and Agra’s other treasures
  • Spot wildlife at the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary—a haven for 380 resident and migrant species
  • Revel in the Hindu Dussehra Festival which marks the defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama

Duration: 11 days Start Location: Delhi End Location: Delhi

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  • Day 1 : Arrive in Delhi (This entire trip is below 6,000' elevation)

    Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the hotel.

  • Day 2 : Delhi – Jodhpur – Siana

    Fly from Delhi to Jodhpur. Then drive four hours to Siana.

  • Days 3 - 4 : Siana

    We embark on a two-day camel safari in the land of Bishnoi, a religious group that dates from the 15th century.

  • Day 5 : Siana – Jodhpur – Royal Rajasthan

    This morning we’ll drive about four hours to Jodhpur, arriving in time for lunch aboard the Royal Rajasthan Train.

  • Day 6 : Royal Rajasthan – Udaipur

    Arrive in Udaipur and tour the city.  Then move on to Chittaur Fort.  In the evening journey by train to Sawai Madhopur.

  • Day 7 : Royal Rajasthan – Sawai Madhopur – Jaipur

    Early morning visit Ranthambhore National Park, then depart for Jaipur.  Upon arrival, tour the city.

  • Day 8 : Royal Rajasthan – Khajuraho

    Spend a full day exploring the amazing temples of Khajuraho.

  • Day 9 : Royal Rajasthan - Varanasi

    Spend the day in Varanasi: taking a boat ride and visiting a temple, then exploring Sarnath and the Ghat.

  • Day 10 : Agra

    Today we take in Agra Fort and the magnificent Taj Mahal.

  • Day 11 : Agra – Bharatpur – Delhi - Departure

    Tour Fatehpur Sikri and Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, then travel to Delhi and depart in the evening.

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DATES: Best time to go: October Departures: Oct 2 - 12, 2014


2014 Prices

$6,795 (10-15 members)
$7,195 (6-9 members)

$1400 single supplement

$280 internal airfare - Delhi/Jodhpur - subject to change

  • Radisson Hotel
    New Delhi

    The closest hotel to the Delhi Airport (3 miles), the five star Radisson Hotel Delhi is located near the business hub of Gurgaon in the New Delhi National Capital Region (NCR). This business hotel in New Delhi has a large inventory of rooms, exceptional services for the corporate traveler and on-site dining at The Great Kabab Factory


Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

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Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.


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Oct 2 - 12, 2014

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