India Forts and Palaces Tour

Tour Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
The peculiarity of the tour lies in showcasing 11 UNESCO listed World Heritage Site across the capital city, Delhi; commercial capital, Mumbai and the princely state of Rajasthan. We embark our journey with an enduring rickshaw ride experience through the bustling streets of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi. Viewing the majestic white beauty in Agra, Taj Mahal will surely boggle your mind. Mohabat: The Taj Show adds more glory as it depicts the making of marvelous Taj Mahal. Witness the royalty like yesteryear as you climb up to Amer Fort in Jaipur on an elephant back; just how the Maharajas (Kings) did. The grandeur of Rajasthan lies in its massive forts and palaces. We jaunt through Khimsar Fort, Jaisalmer Fort & Mehrangarh Fort to terminate our Rajasthan journey on a boat ride at Lake Pichola in Udaipur. Finally, we walk through intricately carved out rocks forming Elephanta Caves and adjourning in the city teeming with life and energy.

All about the India Forts and Palaces Tour

The massive forts rising high from the land of Rajasthan, once were home to Maharajas (Kings) and their province. With varying topography; we find Jaisalmer Fort amidst the vast desert; while Ranthambore Fort is fenced with umbrageous jungle. Where Amer Fort hangs on a cliff viewing the entire city; Khimsar Fort resides well between a small village. Making way through these massive forts and palaces, spread across the state of Rajasthan will surely leave one speechless.

The tour package should comprise of all elements that pulls hundreds of travelers; and this surely is a blend of knowing India’s ethos and culture, rich ancient history, remarkable monumental sites, camel ride over Sam sand dunes, relaxation by the lakes and an exciting elephant ride uphill.

Join us on this tour of exploring the grandeur-ness of forts and palaces across Rajasthan, living up to the energy of enigmatic city of Mumbai, reliving the British and the Mughal days in Delhi and Agra.

Heritage Sites

  • Western Ghats, Mumbai
  • Amber Fort, Jaipur
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
  • Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
  • Humayun's Tomb, New Delhi
  • Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
  • Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
  • Qutub Minar, New Delhi
  • Taj Mahal, Agra
  • Red Fort Complex (Old Delhi), New Delhi
  • Agra Fort, Agra

Tour Itinerary at Glance

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Day 2: Delhi (B, D)
Day 3: Delhi/Agra (Drive 220 Kms / 4 Hours) (B)
Day 4: Agra (B)
Day 5: Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/Jaipur (Drive 245 Kms / 06 Hours) (B)
Day 6: Jaipur (B, D)
Day 7: Jaipur/Khimsar (Drive 290 Kms / 05 Hours) (B, D)
Day 8: Khimsar/Jaisalmer (Drive 290 Kms / 05 Hours) (B)
Day 9: Jaisalmer (B)
Day 10: Jaisalmer/Jodhpur (Drive 287 Kms / 05 Hours) (B)
Day 11: Jodhpur (B)
Day 12: Jodhpur/Udaipur Via Ranakpur (Drive 280 Kms / 06 Hours) (B)
Day 13: Udaipur (B)
Day 14: Udaipur/Mumbai by Flight (B)
Day 15: Mumbai (B, D)
Day 16: Mumbai / Home (B)

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance

  1. Whats included in this tour
    • Hotels as mentioned or similar
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • All sightseeing and transfers by Air-conditioned transportation
    • Entrances fees
    • Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi
    • Camel Safari at Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer
    • Jeep Ride at Amber
    • Services of English-Speaking guide for sightseeing as per the itinerary
    • Domestic airfare in Coach class (Udaipur - Mumbai) 
    • Audio Guide in Ranakpur
    • Mohabbat The Taj Show at Kalakriti- Agra  
    • Jeep ride at Khimsar 
    • Private boat ride at Lake Pichhola in Udaipur
  1. Whats not included in this tour
    • International airfare & departure taxes
    • Insurance & visa fees
    • Drinks/beverages with meals
    • Tips/gratuities
    • X’mas & New year Eve Dinner (Hotel may apply mandatory supplement)
    • Any other meals than those mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour packages General Terms and Conditions
  1. General Terms
    • The prices are Per Person on twin sharing basis.
    • The above cost is valid for the mentioned departure dates only.
    • Please note that smoking is prohibited in public and all parts of the hotels except in designated areas and bedrooms, where smoking is permitted.  Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know.  The fulfillment of this request is subject to availability of smoking rooms and is not guaranteed. 
    • Unless specified, check-in at hotels in India is at 14:00 Hrs and check out is at 12:00 Hrs
    • Our liability does not arise in case of Force Majeure (political disturbances, natural phenomenon etc.)
    • Reporting time at the International at the airport is generally 3 hrs prior to departure of the flight.
    • Check-in counters of most flights close approximately 45 minutes before departure and boarding gates close about 15 minutes prior departure.
    • Reporting time at the Domestic airport is generally 2 hrs prior to departure of flight
    • For booking domestic air seats we need names as per passport.
    • Baggage allowance in internal flights with in India is 15 Kg per person 
    • We will be providing transport as per below 
      •  1 to 2 pax we provide AC Toyota INNOVA MUV
      •  3 to 7 pax we provide AC Tempo Traveler
      •  8 pax to 9 pax we provide AC Mini 18 seater coach
  1. Cancellation Policy

    b. Airfare:
    Refunds on airfares purchased through BTS will depend on the rules of the carrier and the applicable fare base used for the purchase of the ticket. BTS will charge a ser­vice fee of no less than 10% of the airfare paid by the Client. Clients are advised not to purchase airfares till the tour is confirmed and visas (if any) procured.

    c. In the case of Rail Journeys or luxury train tours, luxury cruises. Specific cancellation policy pertaining to the specific rail journey, luxury train, luxury cruises as laid down by the operator will apply. There will be a 10 % cancellation processing fee applied by Bestway2india in addition to the cancellation charges levied by the operator.

    “Bestway2india”, “BTS” reserves the right to cancel the Tour due to an insuffi­cient number of participants. In such an event, and only in such an event, “Bestway2india”, “BTS” will refund the said Deposit to the Client. “Bestway2india”, “BTS” will have no further liability to the Client for damages or inconveniences caused to the Client. Client hereby expressly waives any claim he/she may have against “Bestway2india”, “BTS” for such cancellation. In the event that “Bestway2india”, “BTS” decides:
    a) that the Tour may jeop­ardize the safety or security of the Clients, “Bestway2india”, “BTS”, or any staff of “Bestay2india” “BTS” and/or Services Providers; or
    b) the Tour cannot commence and/or continue for circumstances beyond the control of “Bestway2india”, “BTS”, “Bestway2india”, “BTS” may, in its sole discretion, postpone, cut short or cancel the Tour at any time. Such changes and/or cancellations may be necessitated for political, military, health, weather conditions or other valid reasons affecting local conditions, but will not be limited to the aforesaid reasons only. In such an event the liability of “Bestway2india”, “BTS” is limited to refunding the Client such monies which represent unused services, less

    a. any monies expended by “Bestway2india” “BTS”
    b. any liability incurred by “Bestway2india” “BTS”, and
    c. a reasonable amount of the Tour Price for services rendered by “Bestway2india” “BTS”

  1. Day 1 Arrive Delhi

    Arrival. Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax.


  2. Day 2 Delhi

    The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. We explore Old Delhi, starting with the Red Fort Complex*. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement and each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions. After visiting the Red fort, we embark on a captivating journey on a Rickshaw passing through the narrow lanes of the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaar, it was originally built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his daughter Jahan Ara in 17th Century since then many changes have taken place however it still remains Old Delhi's one of the Oldest and busiest markets in Delhi. Finally end our rickshaw ride at Jama Masjid, Mughal majesty and India's largest mosque. After visiting the mosque, we proceed to Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. In the evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at a well-known local restaurant. 

    Please Note: Red Fort Complex is closed on Mondays for visitors. Chandni Chowk remains closed on Sundays.

    Meals Included
  3. Day 3 Delhi/Agra (Drive 220 Kms / 4 Hours)

    We start our morning tour with New Delhi and visit Birla House, the Former Residence of Mahatma Gandhi before he was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse on January 30, 1948. Later we visit the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place and Humayun's Tomb*, the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, built in 1570. We continue to Qutub Minar and its Monuments* Built in the early 13th century the red sandstone tower of Qutub Minar is 72.5 m high. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art and two mosques. After the tour of New Delhi, we drive to Agra. On arrival in Agra, we check in our Hotel.

    Please Note: Birla House is closed on Mondays for visitors.

    Meals Included
  4. Day 4 Agra

    Sunrise we visit to one of the most well-known wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal*. An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. Situated on the right bank of the Yamuna in a vast Mogul garden, this funerary monument combines elements and styles of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architecture. After visit to Taj Mahal we return to hotel for breakfast. 

    Later we visit Agra Fort*. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, audience halls and two very beautiful mosques.

    Evening enjoy Mohabbat The Taj Show at Kalakriti - a unique Musical Dance Show performed by the renowned stage actors from Mumbai.

    Please Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays for visitors.

    Meals Included
  5. Day 5 Agra/Fatehpur Sikri/Jaipur (Drive 245 Kms / 06 Hours)

    After breakfast we drive to Jaipur en-route visit to Fatehpur Sikri*, Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, the City of Victory was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid and the artistically designed mausoleum of the revered Sufi saint, Salim Chisty. Upon arrival in Jaipur we check into our hotel.

    Meals Included
  6. Day 6 Jaipur

    This morning we take a Jeep Ride uphill to the intriguing Amber Palace, a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. Located in a valley formed by a range of Aravallis known as Kalikho hills. The Palace and Fort are located on top of the hill with the city on slopes, and the valley protected by fort walls with four gates in the four cardinal directions. The construction of  the fort began in 1592. It shows the evolution from the purely defensive fort settlements of the early medieval period to the palace fortress type of architecture typified in the 16th century. This palace fortress was never attacked or invaded. The fort comprises of number of gardens, courtyards and palatial spaces derived from Mughal architecture and are a distinguished example of 17th Century Rajput architecture. We return to Jaipur and experience the art of carpet weaving & block printing. Later we visit the majestic City Palace, which houses a rare collection of Indian art and the beautiful Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, where the ladies of the royal harem used to watch the city from behind the intricately carved facade. We also visit the Jantar Mantar*, an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century that includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. It is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period. The evening is free to enjoy both shopping and the cultural experience in the bazaars. Jaipur is noted for its craftsmen, skilled in brass inlay, lacquer work and stone setting. In the evening we enjoy our dinner followed by Rajasthani Cultural dance show. 

    Meals Included
  7. Day 7 Jaipur/Khimsar (Drive 290 Kms / 05 Hours)

    Today we drive towards Khimsar- A thikana of Jodhpur, Khimsar Fort is beautifully located in the middle of a small village.  In the far distance are sand dunes that shelter fields where blackbuck can be spotted grazing. Established in the 15th century by a scion of the house of Jodhpur, its history is reflected in the architecture of its fortified castle. The construction of the fort began in 1523 by Rao Karamsji - the 8th son of the founder of Jodhpur Rao Jodha. Upon arrival we check into our hotel. In the afternoon we enjoy the jeep safari to see the rural life

    Meals Included
  8. Day 8 Khimsar/Jaisalmer (Drive 290 Kms / 05 Hours)

    After breakfast we drive to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. On arrival we check in at our hotel. The remainder of the day is free for relaxation. 

    Meals Included
  9. Day 9 Jaisalmer

    Today we visit Jaisalmer Fort, one of the largest forts in the world. It was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from where it derives name. The fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, and has been the scene of many battles. Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion color during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the "Golden Fort". Life within the citadel conjures up images of medieval times as we wander through narrow lanes filled with havelis (mansions), temples, skilled artisans and of course camels. We then explore the Jain temple dating to the 11th century BC, the Folk Museum and Patwon-ki-Haveli, the home of a wealthy merchant belonging to powerful Oswal Jain community and banker who had over three hundred trading centers from Afghanistan to China. This ornate five-story complex took fifty years to complete and is the largest, and most elaborate of Jaisalmer’s havelies. We also visit Gadisar Tank, a scenic rainwater lake with numerous beautiful shrines around and a spectacular avian variety. In the late afternoon we drive to Sam village in the Thar Desert. We ride on camels to the nearby sand dunes to enjoy the beautiful desert sunset. 

    Meals Included
  10. Day 10 Jaisalmer/Jodhpur (Drive 287 Kms / 05 Hours)

    After breakfast we drive to Jodhpur, the blue city, a crazed mass of indigo angles, spreads, along the edge of the Great Thar Desert. Upon arrival we check in to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free. 

    Meals Included
  11. Day 11 Jodhpur

    After breakfast we visit Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India. The fort is situated 400 feet (122 m) above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. We enter through the Gate of Victory (Jaipol) and explore the series of courtyards and palaces decorated with beautiful terracotta lattice work. The museum in the fort has one of the best collections of the splendid trappings of Indian royalty, including some amazing elephant’s howdahs (essential for glittering processions), miniature paintings and the inevitable Rajput armory and ephemera from ivory inlaid ladies dumbbells to camel bone carpet weights. Later we visit Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II with an array of whimsical domes.

    In the afternoon we visit the clock tower, a popular landmark in the old city near the Sardar Market and narrow alleys lead from here to bazaars selling vegetables, spices, Indian sweets, textiles, silver and handicrafts. It is a great place to ramble around at leisure. 

    Meals Included
  12. Day 12 Jodhpur/Udaipur Via Ranakpur (Drive 280 Kms / 06 Hours)

    After breakfast we drive to Udaipur en-route visiting the famous Ranakpur temples, constructed in the AD 1439.  The Ranakpur Jain Temple was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. There are four subsidiary shrines, twenty-four pillared halls and eligibly domes supported by over four hundred columns. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved no two being alike. The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an engrossing sight. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 Kilograms whose sound echoes in the entire complex. From here we drive continue to Udaipur. Udaipur was the historic capital of the former kingdom of Mewar and no other city in Rajasthan is quite as romantic. Misty ochre-shadowed hills and pale, intricate buildings encircle beautiful Lake Pichhola. On arrival we check in our hotel. The remainder of the day is free.

    Meals Included
  13. Day 13 Udaipur

    We start our experience of Udaipur by visiting the City Palace. The palace has several architectural and artistic highlights such as the Mor Chowk, known for its stunning peacock mosaics and the Bhim Vilas Palace with its series of lovely wall paintings. From the City Palace we can see the Lake Place, shimmering like a jewel in Lake Pichola. Later we visit the Jagdish Temple, Fateh Sagar Lake and Saheliyon Ki Bari, the Garden of Maids. We end our tour of Udaipur with a boat ride at Lake Pichola and visit Jag Mandir, a palace built on an island in 1551. The royal family used the palace as a summer resort and pleasure palace for holding parties

    Meals Included
  14. Day 14 Udaipur/Mumbai by Flight

    Today we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai we are transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free. 

    Meals Included
  15. Day 15 Mumbai

    We start our day with a visit to the Gateway of India, Mumbai's most famous monument. Here we embark on our excursion to the Elephanta Caves*, located on an island in the Sea of Oman. The caves contain a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva. Here, Indian art has found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly the huge high reliefs in the main cave. We return to Mumbai by motor launch and visit the Prince of Wales Museum and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus*, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival Architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The building, designed by the British Architect F. W. Stevens, became the symbol of Bombay as the ‘Gothic City’ and the major international mercantile port of India. Its remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground plan are close to traditional Indian palace architecture. Our Next Stop is at Mani Bhawan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed here during the Freedom Struggle. The house is now converted into a Museum. From here we leave for Hanging Gardens, the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, the bustling Crawford Market and drive past Haji Ali, the tomb of a wealthy Muslim merchant. We end our tour at the Dhobi Ghat, the world's largest outdoor laundry. The word Dhobi Ghat is used all over India to refer to any place where many washers are present. In the evening we enjoy farewell dinner at well known restaurant. 

    Please Note: Elephanta Caves are closed for visitors on Mondays.

    Meals Included
  16. Day 16 Mumbai / Home

    Today we are transferred to the international terminal for our flight home. We bid farewell to India after what will have been a memorable journey into history, culture, art, architecture, making new friends and lots of memories

    Meals Included

Day 2 : Red Fort, New Delhi


Day 3 : Qutub Minar, New Delhi


Day 4 : Taj Mahal, Agra


Day 5 : Fatehpur Sikri


Day 6 : Jantar mantar, Jaipur


Day 8 : Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer


Day 9 : Jaisalmer Gadsisar, Jaisalmer


Day 10 : Blue City, Jodhpur


Day 11 : Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur


Day 13 : City Palace, Udaipur


Day 15 : Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai

  1. FAQ 1 What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?

    We strongly recommend bringing a backpack or a duffel bag, as suitcases can be cumbersome and difficult to store in buses, under seats, etc. Keep in mind that you will normally have to carry your own luggage on and off buses and trains and up and down hotel staircases.

  2. FAQ 2 What vaccinations are recommended for this tour?

    It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic. Below are the links to a number of websites that contain excellent background information related to travel health issues. Nevertheless, these websites are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional. For Canadian Citizens: For American Citizens: For UK Citizens: For Australian Citizens: For EU Citizens:


  3. FAQ 3 What clothing should I pack for one of your tours?

    We always recommend packing as light as possible however the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Our 'General Conditions' includes a suggested packing list and these can be downloaded from each individual tour page. The checklist is tour specific and based upon the experience of our ground staff.

  4. FAQ 4 Do your tours include international airfare?

    Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.

  5. FAQ 5 What type of ground transportation is used on your tours?

    Our ‘General Conditions’ includes the details of all the transports used during the entire service. The details can be found on each individual tour page.

  6. FAQ 6 Are airport transfers included?

    All of our tours include airport transfers and the prices for the same are included in our tour rates.

  7. FAQ 7 Can I join a tour late or leave it early?

    It is possible to join a tour late or leave a tour early. Though you would be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult our Specialist before you book your tour.

  8. FAQ 8 Can you provide me with a list of the hotels we will be staying at?

    We use a variety of hotels en-route and a complete list of hotels is provided for your tour. Hotel voucher of each hotel registered for the tour is shared too.

  9. FAQ 9 I'm a single traveler, will I be charged a single supplement?

    All of our trips have a single supplement. The cost and the details vary by trip, so please refer to each tour page for details.

  10. FAQ 10 What are the age restrictions on your tours?

    There are no upper age limits for most of our tours (although for tours under ‘Trekking in the Himalayas’ and ‘Himalayan Panorama’ requires a fit medical condition. For the same, we have a ‘Medical Form’ which is mandatory to be filled by all age groups). For children below the age of 12 years, a parent/guardian should be present. If an assistance is needed, it is to be mentioned at the time of booking. The same will be chargeable.

  11. FAQ 11 How many people can join a tour?

    We keep our group sizes very flexible. So a group of 7 or a group of 70, we welcome all with the same zeal and fondness.

  12. FAQ 12 Who are my travelling companions?

    For privacy reasons, we cannot provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, our tours appeal to a wide range of travelers, most of whom share a traveling passion and a desire to experience these destinations at a grass-roots level. Our tours are conducted in English and so they attract many travelers from Canada, North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

  13. FAQ 13 Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after my tour?

    Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels. Please contact our Specialist for price information. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.

  14. FAQ 14 Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?

    Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion.

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