Tailor-Made Holiday

Luxury Rajasthan

Experience the award winning Oberoi Vilas

12 days

from £4,325pp

This 12 day holiday offers the experience of palatial living at the award winning Oberoi hotels. These distinctive hotels boast some of the finest iconic residences in Rajasthan. Enjoy Rajput hospitality at its best.

  • Explore the narrow lanes of Old Delhi as the city awakes
  • Visit the private quarters of the city palace in the pink city of Jaipur
  • Photograph a tiger on safari in Ranthambhore National Park 
  • Sunset helicopter ride over Lake Pichola in Udaipur

Starting in Delhi take an insightful tour of Old Delhi with a choice of transport options; slow life on foot, ride in a rickshaw or negotiate the lanes by bicycle. Experience Asia’s biggest spice market at Khari Baoili, visit the renowned shopper’s paradise of Dilli Haat Craft Market, and the ancient silver markets of Dariba Kalan. Eat in the chic restaurants, of which Delhi has many and if you have a love of food don’t miss the Delhi food tour, guided by an expert.

Travel by express train to Agra to marvel at the Taj Mahal – never fails to impress. The Oberoi Amarvilas is the place to stay when in town.

Chance your luck at spotting a tiger in the picturesque park at Ranthambhore with two days spent in the jungle on safari. Take a private game drive accompanied by an expert naturalist.

Explore Jaipur with a local private guide, and visit the City Palace after closing, visiting the normally off limits Royal Quarter.  Experience the modern day international cosmopolitanism of Jaipur and visit Lasiwalla, Jaipur’s best lassi stall and rub shoulders with the expats at Palladio, before finishing off with a meal at the city's oldest restaurant, Niro’s.  

Travelling across the photogenic and rural Aravalli range, the oldest fold mountains in India, arrive in the romantic city of Udaipur.

The Maharaja of Udaipur is renowned for his love of vintage cars. His collection can be viewed. Enjoy the lake front terraces for dining in the evening and soak in the views of the lake from the sky by helicopter. It is unforgettable. The Oberoi boasts a lake front property in Udaipur, and the charming boat transfers to and from the jetty are an experience in itself.

Spend a final evening in the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai and all it offers. Great spot to hit the shops whilst based on Colaba Causeway.

 Oberoi has frozen their prices for any travel plans arranged for October – March 2017. Benefit from this exceptional offers. Bookings to be confirmed with Steppes Travel by the 29th February 2016.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • International flights
  • Internal flights
  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • All transfers

what is excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Delhi

Blaring horns and the babble of its many inhabitants often drown out the fact that there is more to Delhi than the chaos on its busy streets. It may be one of the world's largest metropolises, but architectural wonders - new and old - fill the city, hidden beneath Delhi's urban sprawl.

Mughal treasures, including the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, are complemented by more recent additions to Delhi's architectural heritage, such as the stunning Lotus and Akshardham Temples.

Meanwhile, contemporary Delhi thrives in Connaught Place, which - with its colonially-designed buildings - is the most westernised part of the centre. Globalisation is in evidence, with brand names splashed across every storefront.

Day 2

The rest of the day at leisure

You will be staying at Oberoi Gurgaon

Day 3

City tour of Delhi
Start the tour by exploring the fascinating and the living legacy of the Indo-Islamic culture, lifestyle in Old Delhi. Wander in the busy and narrow streets of the mile long Chandni Chowk, popularly called “The Silver Street”, surrounded by shops and bazaars. Visit the largest mosque of Old Delhi which can accommodate 20000 people at one time - Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes. You will also have the opportunity to experience rickshaw ride here.
Afternoon, drive past the magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and India Gate in New Delhi. End the tour at Humanyun’s Tomb, built in the 16th century and architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal.

Travel by road from Delhi to Agra

A journey time of approximately four hours on the new highway.

Often considered synonymous with the Taj Mahal, historic Agra is in fact bursting with a variety of Mughal treasures. Whilst its pièce de résistance is undoubtedly this iridescent-white tribute to love, the city was once the capital of the Mughal Empire and its Mughal legacy survives through the magnificent structures that dot the area. A victim of its own success, Agra is plagued by wallahs, touts, guides and souvenir salesmen in a manner that can be quite overwhelming. Despite this, the city's wondrous sights make it completely unmissable and the bedlam on the streets fades away once the magnificence of the Taj takes a hold.

You will be staying at Oberoi Amarvilas

Day 4

Sightseeing Agra Fort
Agra Fort was once the flourishing centre of the Mughal dynasty and four successive Emperors helped to create its massive walls, within which Hindu and Muslim styles merge into a splendid fusion. The fort has an irregular triangular shape with a 2.5 kilometre perimeter, its longest side being parallel to the river to afford all the major palace rooms a magnificent view of the river and sunrise. The continuous fort wall is punctuated with bastions and monumental gateways.

Magical Taj Mahal
One of the world’s most iconic buildings and undiminished by the crowds of tourists, the Taj Mahal remains magical and breathtaking and lives up to its reputation as a monument built for love. Meaning ‘crown of palaces, the Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum built by the great Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal when she passed away in 1630. Work for this great tomb began in 1631 and it took the efforts of 20,000 workers and almost 20 years of masterly craftsmanship to complete this grand monument whose marble dome is 35 metres high.

Afternoon visit to the Taj Mahal
Visit the Taj Mahal with your local guide. The Taj Mahal, meaning ‘crown of palaces', is a white marble mausoleum built by the great Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal when she passed away in 1630. Work for this great tomb began in 1631 and it took the efforts of 20,000 workers and almost 20 years of masterly craftsmanship to complete this grand monument whose marble dome is 35 metres high.

You will be staying at Oberoi Amarvilas

Day 5

Drive from Agra to Bharatpur (Road Journey)

Drive from Agra to Bharatpur visiting Fatehpur Sikri en route.

Travel from Bharatpur to Ranthambore National Park (Rail Journey)

Ranthambore is located near the town of Sawai Madhopur, which is around 180 km south east of Jaipur in Rajasthan. The park derives its name from the 11th century fort of Ranthambhore, which sits on a rocky outcrop in the forest. The fort was a vital citadel for the control of central India. Though overrun by vegetation, remnants of the summer palaces, temples and guard stones within the fort still remain.

Earlier the hunting reserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the park at Ranthambhore was once the scene of royal hunting parties.Today, it is famous for its tigers and is one of the best places in the country to see these majestic predators in the wild. Being one of the most accessible parks it is very popular and therefore runs with strict rules and regulations. Why not consider flying above the mountain ranges of Ranthambhore by balloon, for the ultimate birds eye view of the wildlife. Travelling over parts of the forest that nobody else can tread. A wildlife lover and photographers dream come true.

You will be staying at Oberoi Vanyavilas

Day 6

Morning and Afternoon Game Drives in Ranthambore
Spend the morning and afternoons on game drives with specially trained naturalists.

You will be staying at Oberoi Vanyavilas

Day 7

Morning Game Drive in Ranthambore
Morning game drives leave the lodges at day break. The jeep safari is always accompanied by a naturalist. Routes are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Returning to your accommodation for breakfast after the morning drive which lasts approximately three hours.

Drive from Ranthambore National Park to Jaipur

The journey is approximately three to four hours.

Known as the 'Pink City' due to the pale red wash that coats its buildings, the magnificent city of Jaipur lies on an apex of the popular 'Golden Triangle' route. The capital of Rajasthan, the city claims to be India's first planned metropolis and acts as a gateway to the state's vast deserts.

Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th century, it was designed around a system of nine squares. Now packed with elegant Rajput architecture, the city is a testament to its founder's creative genius.

Alive with bazaars, street vendors and animals, Jaipur remains a vibrant, captivating place.

The rest of the day is at leisure

You will be staying at Oberoi Rajvilas

Day 8

Half Day Visit to the Amber Fort
Explore the Hindu-influenced Amber Fort, which lies in the nearby town of Amer and was built by Maharaja Man Singh. Later extended by the Jai Singh dynasty, this sprawling citadel is spread across a rugged hillside. Mirrored glass decorations adorn the inside, whilst a lake and restored gardens sit below.

The fort can be accessed by elephant or, for those who prefer more conventional forms of transport, by 4x4 or on foot.

Afterwards, visit the Anokhi Musueum of Block-Printing, housed in a beautifully-restored aristocratic home, before continuing to the Jai Mahal. This island pleasure palace is a fine example of conservation and restoration.

Spend Half a Day Exploring the Pink City
Discover the treasures that fill Maharaja Jai Singh II's 'Pink City'. Roam the City Palace complex and enter the distinctive Hawa Mahal with its delicate pink sandstone. Explore the decorated courtyards and royal armouries, before heading to the adjacent Janta Mantar complex.

A huge outdoor observatory, Janta Mantar was one of five such buildings built by Jai Singh II, who was a keen astronomer. This was the largest of his constructions and remains the best preserved of all the observatories.

Afterwards, wander the old streets and explore the city's busy bazaars. This is a feast for those who enjoy craftsmanship, photography or simply people-watching.

Private Tour of City Palace Royal Quarters
With special permission, enter the royal quarters of the City Palace in the company of Mr Yunus Khimani, Director of Museum. A private opening of the museum will be arranged. After visiting there will be a private royal arrangement organised for dinner this evening.

You will be staying at Oberoi Rajvilas

Day 9


Travel to Udaipur, a journey of approximately six hours. A packed lunch will be prepared for you.

Once capital of the principality of Mewar, Udaipur sits beside the calm waters of Lake Pichola with the tree-dusted ridges of the Aravali Hills rising up around the city. Often referred to as the 'Venice of the East', the city is famed for the temples and palaces that fill its historic centre and add a dash of splendour to its tranquil lakeside.

The most famous of these are the City Palace, which adorns the lake's eastern shore, and the Lake Palace, which appears to float mesmerically upon the lake's surface. The latter of these featured in the 1983 James Bond film, 'Octopussy', as the eponymous character's lair.

The rest of the day is at leisure

You will be staying at Oberoi Udaivilas

Day 10

Half a Day Exploring the Walled City
Spend several hours exploring Udaipur's congenial walled city with our resident expert. The narrow alleys are lined with traditional white-washed and painted houses, whilst the landmark Jagdish Temple stands amidst a maze of colourful bazaars selling everything from glorious fabrics and jewellery to local vegetables.

All manner of local activities are on display and there will be the opportunity to see local miniature painting, as well as some of India's vibrant contemporary art.

Helicopter Scenic flight
Take to the skies to appreciate the lakes around Udaipur. Travelling high above the city by helicopter take a 15 minute sightseeing flight at sunset.

You will be staying at Oberoi Udaivilas

Day 11

Fly Udaipur to Mumbai

You will be staying at Oberoi Mumbai

Day 12

Fly Mumbai to London


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Oberoi Amarvilas

Oberoi Amarvilas

Amarvilas is the latest addition to the Oberoi chain of deluxe hotels....

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Oberoi Rajvilas

Oberoi Rajvilas

Unquestionably one of Oberois finest creations, Rajvilas is a revival of gracious living in the true spirit of Rajasthan....

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Oberoi Mumbai

Oberoi Mumbai

Located in the heart of Mumbais business district, this elegant luxury hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea offers impeccable service, understated luxury and excellent facilities including an exclusive spa and fitness center by Banyan Tree....

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Oberoi Vanyavilas

Oberoi Vanyavilas

Oberoi Vanyavilas is a luxurious jungle resort located close to the famous Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve....

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Oberoi Udaivilas

Oberoi Udaivilas

Conceived in the royal tradition of the palaces of Mewar, the resort oozes grandeur and majesty....

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