Namaste India Tours offers a standard 16-day Rajasthan tour package. My trip is based on their itinerary. I simply added more time (I’ll be touring for 26 days, not 16) and a few items of particular interest to me. Here’s some of what’s on the agenda. There are temples, forts, palaces and museums at each site, so I didn’t list them all:
Bikaner Camel Farm: photo by Dieser Benutzer.
Mata Karni Rat Temple: photo by Shakti
Visit Mata Karni Devi Temple (rat temple). (They look like mice to me.)
Jaisalmer: photo by Valentina Pierantonio
Day 7-9: Explore Jaisalmer.
Day 10-11: Explore Jodphur, the Blue City. Shopping reputed to be excellent here, with much lower prices than Delhi. Side trip to Salawas, a weaving village known for making dhurries (small rugs).
City Palace, Udaipur: photo by Geri from Biel/Bienne, Schweiz
Day 14: Udaipur, the Venice of India.
Indian Elephant at Jaipur: photo by Faraz Usmani.
Day 17-21 Jaipur. Here’s where the Elephant Festival will happen. Seriously, if I see anything like the above, I’ll wet myself! Holi Festival is the day after the Elephant Festival.
Hawa Mahal Palace, Jaipur. Photo from Wikimedia.
Lots to see in Jaipur, also known as The Pink City. Side trip to Sanganer to see how textiles are block printed by hand.
Taj Mahal: photo by Yann.
Day 23-24 Agra. Visit Taj Mahal and various forts and temples.