14N/15D Jaisalmer Desert Festival Tour from Delhi

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Embark on a captivating journey through the enchanting landscapes and cultural gems of Rajasthan with our 15-day tour.

Tour Overview

Your adventure begins in the vibrant city of Delhi, where you’ll explore historical sites such as the impressive Red Fort and Jama Masjid. In Agra, marvel at the exquisite Taj Mahal, a symphony in white marble, and visit the grand Agra Fort.

Immerse yourself in the regal allure of Jaipur as you traverse the Amber Fort on an exotic elephant ride and discover the City Palace and Jantar Mantar observatory. Traverse the desert landscape to reach Bikaner, where the 14th-century Junagarh Fort and the old town’s charm await. Step into the medieval caravan outpost of Jaisalmer, a city adorned with yellow sandstone buildings hidden within its majestic fort.

Experience the vibrant Jaisalmer Desert Festival, capturing the essence of Rajasthan’s cultural tapestry. Continue your odyssey to Jodhpur, the Blue City, with its magnificent Meherangarh Fort and bustling bazaars. Explore the remote valley of Ranakpur, home to stunning 14th-century Jain temples, before reaching the romantic oasis of Udaipur. Cruise on the picturesque Lake Pichola and visit the elegant City Palace.

Conclude your voyage in Delhi, bidding farewell to newfound friends and the cherished memories of Rajasthan’s rich heritage and picturesque beauty.

Destinations Covered

Delhi: India’s capital, Delhi, offers a vibrant blend of historical grandeur and modern vibrancy. Explore the majestic Red Fort, witness the awe-inspiring Jama Masjid, and pay homage at Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

Agra: Agra is synonymous with the iconic Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a testament to eternal love. Discover the intricacies of Agra Fort, an architectural marvel that stands as a symbol of Mughal power.

Jaipur: Known as the Pink City, Jaipur captivates with its majestic forts, including the towering Amber Fort reached by a charming elephant ride. Experience regal opulence at the City Palace and the scientific marvel of Jantar Mantar.

Shekhawati Region: Immerse yourself in rural India as you explore the semi-desert Shekhawati region, adorned with beautifully painted havelis (mansions) showcasing the artistic legacy of wealthy merchants.

Bikaner: Step back in time in the medieval desert town of Bikaner, where the formidable Junagarh Fort and the old town’s vibrant bazaars offer a glimpse into Rajasthan’s storied past.

Jaisalmer: Known as the Golden City, Jaisalmer enchants with its exquisite sandstone buildings within the ancient Jaisalmer Fort. Experience the lively Jaisalmer Desert Festival, a celebration of Rajasthani culture.

Jodhpur: Explore the captivating Blue City, Jodhpur, dominated by the magnificent Meherangarh Fort. Wander through bustling bazaars and embrace the city’s unique indigo-hued architecture.

Ranakpur: Nestled in a remote valley, Ranakpur boasts exquisite 14th-century Jain temples, a true masterpiece of intricate marble carvings and spiritual tranquility.

Udaipur: Bask in the romantic allure of Udaipur, the Venice of the East, where the serene Lake Pichola sets the stage for the majestic City Palace and charming boat cruises.

Each destination on this tour offers a unique blend of history, architecture, culture, and local experiences, creating an unforgettable tapestry of your journey through Rajasthan.

Detailed Tour Plan

Day 1: Delhi

Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrive Delhi, included transfer to hotel. Overnight – Delhi

Day 2: Sightseeing in Old & New Delhi

This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We’ll then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid – India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat – the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more.

Red FortJama Masjid DelhiMahatma Gandhi's Memorial Delhi

Tonight, we enjoy Dinner at a restaurant specializing in classic Indian cuisine. Overnight – Delhi

Day 3: The Taj Mahal

Departing Delhi, we journey to Agra, once India’s Mughal capital.

Taj-MahalHere we explore the legendary Taj Mahal. Built entirely of white marble, the Taj Mahal has no peers.

Red Fort AgraContinuing, we visit Agra fort, which boasts some of India’s finest Mughal buildings behind it’s fortified walls. We also visit a marble craftshop. Overnight – Agra

Day 4: Jaipur

Agra – Jaipur. En route to Jaipur we visit the stunning former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri – Emperor Akbar’s vision in red sandstone.

fatehpur sikriWe enjoy lunch at Udai Vilas Palace in Bharatpur, before continuing our journey to Jaipur. Overnight – Jaipur

Day 5: Jaipur

This morning, we travel beyond Jaipur to the 16th century Amber Fort.

amber fort jaipur

An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we’ll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza.

Elephant ride to the fort

Later in the afternoon we tour the City Palace, which boasts an interesting museum of regal attire and Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory.

City Palace jaipur Jantar Mantar jaipur

Overnight – Jaipur

Day 6: Surajgarh – rural India

Jaipur – Surajgarh/ Shekhawati region. Today, we drive to the semi-desert Shekhawati region.

beautiful-Havelis-of-the-Shekhawati-regionThe small towns in this region became important trading posts, a lasting legacy of which are the beautiful painted havelis (mansions) constructed by wealthy merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy an afternoon village walk. Overnight – Surajgarh

Day 7: Bikaner

Surajgarh – Bikaner. Travelling west, our next stop is the 14th century desert town of Bikaner.


Once an important staging post on the great caravan routes, much of the atmospheric old town which we will explore is still encircled by massive fortified walls. Within these walls are havelis, artisan shops and people going about their daily lives.


We also visit the spectacular Junagarh Fort & museum, built between 1587 and 1593 during the rule of Rai Singh. Overnight – Bikaner (B)

Day 8: Jaisalmer

Bikaner – Jaisalmer. Driving through the Rajasthani Thar desert we arrive at the medieval caravan outpost of Jaisalmer, one of the jewels in India’s crown. Exquisite wood and yellow sandstone buildings dot the town and within Jaisalmer Fort are homes, hotels and shops hidden in ancient lane ways.

Jaisalmer FortLate afternoon and evening at lesiure. Overnight – Jaisalmer

Day 9: Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Bright and early this morning we take a guided tour of the Jaisalmer Fort. Today we have a wonderful opportunity to experience the exciting spectacle of the golden city’s grand parade. As the drums of Rajasthan beat out aloud brightly adorned elephants with their mahouts and tassel laden camels and riders, colourful floats, singers, dancers and marching bands will waltz on by in the city’s annual street parade.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Afterward we’ll wait in readiness at the First Gate of mammoth stone fort. Here, with the honey colored fortress as a backdrop there will be plenty of photo opportunities as the procession marches by. Then, together we can walk alongside the festival and street parade as it weaves its way through the city streets of the Rajputs to gates of the town stadium.

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

We too will enter the stadium (scheduled to arrive at 12 noon) and watch the festival events for an hour or so before continue with our city sightseeing tour (time permitting).


Later in the afternoon after time to freshen up and have some lunch we enjoy a camel ride across the vast, rolling sand dunes of the desert. Overnight – Jaisalmer

Day 10: Jodhpur & the Mighty Thar Desert

Jaisalmer – Jodhpur. An interesting drive through increasingly varied scenery takes us to Jodhpur, a town at the edge of the mighty Thar Desert.

mehrangarh-fort-jodhpurDominated by Meherangarh Fort which sits majestically atop a hill, Jodhpur is known as the Blue City.

Blue City Jodhpur

This is because of the coloured houses in the old town, painted indigo. We’ll enjoy some touring in this colourful Rajasthani city, taking in the mighty fort and bazaars of the old city which are gathered around the city’s tall clock tower. Overnight – Jodhpur

Day 11: Ranakpur

Jodhpur – Ranakpur. Leaving Jodhpur, we drive to Ranakpur, a small town tucked away in a remote valley and famed for its beautiful 14th century Jain temples.

Ranakpur Jain TempleWe’ll enjoy some exploration here and time to relax at our hotel. Overnight – Ranakpur (B)

Days 12 – 13: Ranakpur – Udaipur – picturesque Lake Pichola

Continuing south, we arrive at Udaipur. An oasis of cool, with its massive lake and Venetian-like appearance, Udaipur is one of the most romantic towns in Rajasthan.

pichola lake udaipur

A favorite amongst travelers, Udaipur is crammed full of palaces and temples. During our stay we’ll enjoy a cruise on Lake Pichola, plus touring of the imposing City Palace, not to mention free time to explore and perhaps shop for colorful Rajasthani souvenirs and Indian spices.

jagdish temple udaipur Taj-Palace-Hotel-Udaipur

Overnight – Udaipur

Day 14: Fly back to Delhi

Udaipur – Delhi. Departure transfer to the airport to board a morning flight to Delhi / Mumbai, see note below. The afternoon is free for you to relax at the hotel or to head out and further explore Delhi. Overnight – Delhi

Day 15: Delhi

Saying goodbye to our new found friends, our tour ends, hotel check-out and included onward transfer to airport.

End of Tour

FAQs about the Tour

Q: What is the duration of this tour?
A: The tour spans 15 days, offering an immersive exploration of Rajasthan’s cultural and historical treasures.

Q: What are the main highlights of the tour?
A: The tour highlights include visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra, exploring Jaipur’s forts and palaces, experiencing the vibrant Jaisalmer Desert Festival, and cruising on Lake Pichola in Udaipur.

Q: Are accommodations included in the tour?
A: Yes, accommodations are included in the tour. You will stay in well-selected hotels throughout the journey.

Q: Are meals provided during the tour?
A: Most meals are included in the tour, as specified in the itinerary. You’ll have the opportunity to savor a variety of Indian cuisines and regional specialties.

Q: How will I travel between destinations?
A: The tour utilizes a combination of train and road travel to connect the different destinations, providing a chance to witness diverse landscapes.

Q: Can I participate in local cultural experiences?
A: Absolutely! The tour offers village walks, camel rides, and opportunities to witness cultural festivals like the Jaisalmer Desert Festival.

Q: Are entrance fees to monuments included?
A: Yes, entrance fees to major monuments and attractions mentioned in the itinerary are included in the tour package.

Q: What is the climate like in Rajasthan during the tour dates?
A: Rajasthan typically experiences a warm and dry climate during the tour dates. It’s advisable to carry light clothing, sun protection, and stay hydrated.

Q: Can I extend my stay in Delhi after the tour?
A: Yes, you can extend your stay in Delhi if you wish to explore more of the city’s attractions. Our team can assist with arrangements.

Q: Is the tour suitable for solo travelers?
A: Absolutely! The tour welcomes solo travelers, couples, families, and friends alike, providing a safe and enriching experience for all.

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