Day 1, DELHI: Arrive Delhi, check in to hotel. Afternoon tour of New Delhi.
Day 2, SHEKHAVATI: Drive to the Shekhavati area of Rajasthan, renowned for its painted frescoes and ornate havelis ('merchants' houses). We spend two nights in a desert resort of beautiful and luxurious mud huts, with a great pool. (B)
Day 3, SHEKHAVATI: Walking tour of one of Shekhavati's small towns followed by a camel ride to surrounding villages. Today we get a real insight into the way of life of the people of Rajasthan. (B)
Day 4, JAIPUR: Drive to Jaipur, popularly known as the 'pink city'. Afternoon visit to the splendid Amber Fort, with magnificent views over the hills around. We stay for two nights in a small heritage home with beautifully furnished rooms, an excellent restaurant and a swimming pool. (B)
Day 5, JAIPUR: Morning Jaipur city tour. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore the lively bazaars and haggle for exotic souvenirs. (B)
Day 6, RANTHAMBORE: Drive to Ranthambore National Park where we take an afternoon game drive and try to spot tigers and other wild animals. (BD)
Day 7, KARAULI: Morning visit to the magnificent old Ranthambore Fort, now populated only by monkeys. After breakfast, drive to Karauli where we stay in a Maharaja's residence.
Day 8, KARAULI: Morning walking tour of Karauli market (a very 'local' experience!) and the wonderful City Palace, where you won't see another tourist and can get lost for hours in the hidden passages and beautiful rooms. (B)
Day 9, BHARATPUR - AGRA: A short drive takes us from Karauli to Bharatpur where we visit the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world. We finish the day in Agra, where we stay in a hotel with a pool. (B)
Day 10, AGRA: Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, the beautiful Moghul tomb, before returning to Delhi by evening express train. (B)
Day 11, DELHI: Tour ends after breakfast. (B)