May 192013
 
Rajasthan shows India at its most colourful and exotic best. All the things that come to mind when you think of India can be found in Rajasthan – palaces, forts, desert, camels, elephants, tigers and snake charmers.  This is India encapsulated in all of its magnificence.

  • Tiger at Ranthambore

    Tiger at Ranthambore

  • Mihir Garh Hotel, near Jodhpur

    Mihir Garh Hotel, near Jodhpur

  • Pushkar

    Pushkar

  • Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

    Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

  • Elephant Polo, Jaipur

    Elephant Polo, Jaipur

  • Jaipur Snake Charmer

    Jaipur Snake Charmer

  • Jaisalmer

    Jaisalmer

  • Jaisalmer Fort

    Jaisalmer Fort

  • Jain Temple at Ranakpur

    Jain Temple at Ranakpur

  • Jodhpur

    Jodhpur

  • Jaswant Thada Jodhpur

    Jaswant Thada Jodhpur

  • Devi Garh Hotel, Udaipur

    Devi Garh Hotel, Udaipur

  • Bikaner

    Bikaner

  • Raas Hotel, Jodhpur

    Raas Hotel, Jodhpur

  • Samode Haveli Hotel, Jiapur

    Samode Haveli Hotel, Jiapur

  • Taj Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur

    Taj Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur

  • Oberoi Udaivilas Hotel, Udaipur

    Oberoi Udaivilas Hotel, Udaipur

  • Udaipur

    Udaipur

Western Rajasthan is dominated by the Thar Desert which was once ruled by three great kingdoms: Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Bikaner. The eastern plains contain the state capital, Jaipur, and the Ranthambore National Park, famous for its tigers. In the hilly wooded south are the wonderful palaces, lakes and forts of Udaipur and the spectacular Jain temples at Ranakpur and Dilwara.

About

The sights, sounds, chaos, colours and smells of India; Rajasthan is bursting with them all. This is a land of unsurpassed physical beauty, hospitality, romance, legend and tradition, and is home to magnificnet forts, palaces and havelis. It also boasts some of the most fabulous hotels we have ever come across and in a surprising variety of styles. Royal Palaces and military forts have been reborn as luxury hotels catering to every possible desire. Ancient havelis, or merchant houses, have been lovingly restored and now welcome guests into their rambling, characterful rooms. And of course, there are some slightly quirky places that quite simply have to be experienced.

Whatever your preference, we will organise the right tour for you, be it the classic ‘Golden Triangle‘, or maybe a more rural, less explored adventure. We have no set tours or dates, although there are some suggestions on this website to start you thinking, so anything and everything is possible!

Jaipur The “Pink City” of Jaipur is vibrant and full of captivating ancient palaces and forts, with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborate architecture. Jaipur forms part of India’s popular Golden Triangle tourist circuit, and lures visitors with its stunning remnants of a bygone era. A visit to Jaipur will give you a feel for how the monarchy once lived in all its glory. Staying in Jaipur is also particularly enjoyable. The city has some incredible heritage hotels that have been converted from old palaces, giving guests a very regal experience!

Udaipur is an enchanting place full of old mansions, beautiful gardens, intricate temples, and grand palaces overlooking expansive shimmering lakes. The City Palace, which stretches along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, leaves visitors spellbound. The way it has been constructed is exquisite, with Rajput military architecture and Mughal style decorative techniques both combined together. The narrow lanes of the old city are fascinating to explore.

Jaisalmer is often referred to as being straight out of a romantic Arabian Nights fable. It’s a cliche, but how better to describe this remarkable sandstone city that rises magically from the sand dunes of the Rajasthan desert? Jaisalmer’s mesmerizing ancient fort, built in 1156, is perched high on a pedestal overlooking the city. Inside, the fort is alive and spellbinding. It houses five palaces, several temples, and some exquisite havelis (mansions), as well as shops and other residences.

Jodhpur. Affectionately known as the “Blue City” for its blue painted buildings, Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. The fascinating, walled old part of the city is presided over by the looming Mehrangarh Fort. One of the largest forts in India, it’s the pride of Jodhpur.  Inside the fort are a number of palaces, and a museum. The fort is also an excellent place to view Jodhpur’s blue buildings.

Ranthambore National Park is full of history, having witnessed many battles played out on its land, and the rise and fall of many rulers. The chances of spotting a tiger in the wild at Ranthambore are amongst the best in India. In contrast with many national parks in India, Ranthambore is also really accessible and easy to get to. The landscape is dominated by the formidable 10th century Ranthambore Fort. It’s a huge structure that contains ruined pavilions, splendid monuments, and three Hindu temples.

Itineraries

We organise an itinerary specifically to your requirements. Do as much or as little as you like – the choice is yours. Local English speaking guides will ensure that you make the most of your sightseeing time. A private, air conditioned, chauffeur driven car will transport you between your chosen locations & provides an unforgettable experience in itself!

The example tours below all feature visits to Delhi and Agra as well as Rajasthan to make the most of your visit to India. However, we are happy to put together bespoke tours to match your requirements.

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 Colours of Rajasthan   (12 nights)
The tour starts in Delhi where you will be able to spend a short time seeing the contrasting sites of the New and Old cities before travelling to Agra. Here you will see the indescribable Taj Mahal and the fascinating deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri.
The three ancient Thar desert cities of Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Bikaner are included in this tour.  Jaisalmer, with its mesmerising ancient fort, built in 1156, perched high on a pedestal that rises magically from the sand dunes. You will visit Jodhpur, affectionately known as the “Blue City” for its blue painted buildings; the fascinating, walled old part of the city is presided over by the looming Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India. Here you can also spend time with fascinating local desert tribes people. Bikaner has an old walled town where camels saunter past colourful stalls. It has many temples and the magnificent Junagarh fort – the most ornately decorated fort in Rajasthan.
This tour also includes the vibrant “Pink City” of Jaipur: a city full of captivating ancient palaces and forts, with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborate architecture.  The final city visited is Udaipur, an enchanting place full of old mansions, beautiful gardens, intricate temples, and grand palaces overlooking expansive shimmering lakes. Between Jodhpur and Udaipur you will also visit the impressive Jain temple at Ranakpur.

Classical Rajasthan   (10 nights)
This classic tour includes the vibrant “Pink City” of Jaipur: a city full of captivating ancient palaces and forts, with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborate architecture. You will visit Jodhpur, affectionately known as the “Blue City” for its blue painted buildings; the fascinating, walled old part of the city is presided over by the looming Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India. Here you can also spend time with fascinating local desert tribes people. The tour includes Udaipur an enchanting place full of old mansions, beautiful gardens, intricate temples, and grand palaces overlooking expansive shimmering lakes. Between Jodhpur and Udaipur you will also visit the impressive Jain temple at Ranakpur.
The tour starts in Delhi where you will be able to spend a short time seeing the contrasting sites of the New and Old cities before travelling to Agra. Here you will see the indescribable Taj Mahal and the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri.

 Hidden Jewels of Rajasthan   (12 nights)
This tour is about staying is some wonderfully different hotels (hidden jewels) as much as the fabulous places you will visit. The hotels are Devi Garh fort, Lakshman Sagar and Mihir Garh.
Clinging to the Aravalli hillside, Devi Garh fort emerges out of the desert valley imperiously: its solid marble exterior as impressive as it is imposing. The interior, however, belies its façade; here a modern, minimalist style fuses seamlessly with traditional Rajasthani, with expert attention to design and detail this hotel is seriously stylish.
Lakshman Sagar could be the quirkiest place to stay in Rajasthan. En route between Jaipur and Jodhpur, this place is a hidden gem and well worth a break from city sightseeing for a few days relaxing interlude. Part fairy tale castle, part stylish boutique hotel, there is nothing else quite like it.
Mihir Garh provides a haven of great comfort, with 9 large suites, each with adjoining sitting rooms and all stunningly decorated in soft, earthy colours and with a Moroccan/African/Rajasthani air. Each has its own courtyard and glorious terrace facing out to the surrounding countryside and with either a plunge pool or a Jacuzzi.
The tour starts in Delhi where you will be able to spend a short time seeing the contrasting sites of the New and Old cities before travelling to Agra. Here you will see the indescribable Taj Mahal and the fascinating deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. Explore the vibrant “Pink City” of Jaipur: a city full of captivating ancient palaces and forts, with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborate architecture. You will also visit Jodhpur, affectionately known as the “Blue City” for its blue painted buildings; the fascinating, walled old part of the city is presided over by the looming Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India.
On the way to Devigarh and Udaipur, you will also stop at the impressive Jain temple at Ranakpur. Udaipur is an enchanting place full of old mansions, beautiful gardens, intricate temples, and grand palaces overlooking expansive shimmering lakes.

 The Golden Triangle   (5 nights)
The “Golden Triangle” classically refers to the three “jewels in the northern Indian crown” of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The tour starts in Delhi where you will be able to spend a short time seeing the contrasting sites of the New and Old cities before travelling to Agra. Here you will see the indescribable Taj Mahal and the fascinating deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. The tour concludes in Rajasthan with the vibrant “Pink City” of Jaipur: a city full of captivating ancient palaces and forts,with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborate architecture.

 Golden Triangle with Ranthambore   (7 nights)
The “Golden Triangle” classically refers to the three “jewels in the northern Indian crown” of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The tour starts in Delhi where you will be able to spend a short time seeing the contrasting sites of the New and Old cities before travelling to Agra. Here you will see the indescribable Taj Mahal and the fascinating deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. This tour includes the Rajasthani highlights of Ranthambore National Park, famous for its tigers, and  the vibrant “Pink City” of Jaipur: a city full of captivating ancient palaces and forts, with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborate architecture.

Prices

All our holidays are bespoke, tailored to your requirements. Because of this we operate a “price on application” system. However, this page will give you an indication of the cost of your holiday.

Below are guide prices for our suggested Rajasthan tours for 2 People sharing a room, half board, in standard or superior accommodation. Also included are:

  • International flights from the UK
  • Any internal flights
  • All transfers by air conditioned car
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports and hotels by our Indian representative
  • An English speaking local guide for the major sights
  • All entrance fees
Total Prices for 2 adults: Low Season High Season
Tour Nights Standard Superior Standard Superior
The Golden Triangle 5 £1,819 £1,986 £1,999 £2,234
Golden Triangle with Ranthambore 7 £2,288 £2,518 £2,481 £3,096
Classical Rajasthan 10 £2,541 £4,414 £2,995 £5,864
Colours of Rajasthan 12 £3,011 £6,024 £3,448 £7,696
Hidden Jewels of Rajasthan 12 £2,723 £5,255 £3,155 £6,951

 

High season: October to March (prices are higher again over Christmas and the New Year)
Low season: April to September

Please note that we also specialise in holidays involving both India and Maldives.

Places to Stay

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Jaipur

Taj Rambagh Palace
Palace GardensAnother impressive Taj Group hotel, the Rambagh Palace is often referred to as the “Jewel of Jaipur”. It is Jaipur’s most magnificent palace hotel, and was home to the royal family for over 30 years. The hotel is set amongst 47 acres of magnificent gardens to the south of the Old City. The hotel of choice for celebrities and sport stars across the globe, Rambagh Palace, is widely considered to be one of the best hotels around the world.
Samode Haveli
samode-haveli-in-rajasthanThis restored haveli (mansion) in the heart of old Jaipur has character in abundance. No two rooms are the same but all are gorgeously decorated with style and opulence, a few even have a small outdoor terrace. The swimming pool and surrounding relaxation area are simply gorgeous with enormous canopied day beds to chill with a cold aperitif at the end of a busy day. The central courtyard turns into a magical candle lit dinner venue in the evening and the food is very good indeed. All in all, a very impressive package – I loved it!
Shahpura House
p1240713Shahpura House is a friendly Heritage Hotel with loads of character, located around 4 kms from the city centre. Rare among hotels, it has remained a family home and they will welcome you as their honoured guest. Mixing old and new, the hotel boasts stunning Shekhawati decor and royal architecture with stylish and modern, comfortable facilities. All rooms are different but equally gorgeous, my personal favourite having a pretty sit out overlooking the inner courtyard. A secluded swimming pool and fantastic rooftop restaurant serving delicious local food complete this very reasonably priced hotel.

Udaipur

Taj Lake Palace
p1230972The iconic place to stay in Udaipur, the Taj Lake Palace’s pure white marble glimmers across Lake Pichola: an island of tranquil seclusion amidst the hustle of India. Once the summer residence for a ruling class of old, the Taj spares no expense in immersing its clientele in a splendid opulence. From the heart of Udaipur be spoiled by the hotel’s very own spa boat, Jiva. Surrounded by history, the Taj Lake Palace takes you to a bygone age where you are the regal Maharana of centuries before, adorned with all the luxuries of now.
Oberoi Udaivilas
Yoga at the SpaEncompassing 30 acres of manicured gardens and courtyards, The Oberoi Udaivilās is designed as a Mewari palace, recreating the luxurious ambiance of a royal residence, complete with decorative water featrues and carved stone pillars. Expect all the luxuries of an Oberoi experience but with spectacular views across Lake Pichola to the City Palace and two 17th-century island palaces on the lake – Jag Mandir and Jag Nivas. We particularly loved the opulent rooms with private outdoor terrace and direct access into the enormous moat style pool. Gorgeous.
Devi Garh Fort
Private Suite PoolClinging to the Aravalli hillside, Devi Garh fort emerges out of the desert valley imperiously: its solid marble exterior as impressive as it is imposing. The interior, however, belies its façade; here a modern, minimalist style fuses seamlessly with traditional Rajasthani, with expert attention to design and detail this hotel is seriously stylish. Utilising every nook & cranny at their disposal, Devi Garh has created bespoke private dining spaces, cosy sitting areas and a tranquil spa. Wonderfully unique bedrooms, fantastic dining and a huge pool to boot, Devi Garh is a fine example of the boutique, heritage hotel we love and is our top place to stay in Udaipur.

Jodhpur

Lakshman Sagar
One of the 12 Mud & Stone CottagesThe quirkiest place to stay in Rajasthan. En route between Jaipur and Jodhpur, this place is a hidden gem and well worth a break from city sightseeing for a few days relaxing interlude. Part fairy tale castle, part stylish boutique hotel, there is nothing else quite like it. The gorgeous swimming pool is literally carved into the rocky plateau and has stunning views over the surrounding desert. The pink mattress day beds that adorn the rocks are typical of the bizarre and ‘shabby chic’ style of this fascinating property. For something completely different and in total contrast to the regal splendour of Rajasthan’s ancient forts and palaces, a stay at Lakshman Sagar is highly recommended.
Mihir Garh
Aerial ViewAs we sped through the Thar desert, sand clouds trailing in our wake, a hazy mirage of golden stone crenellations came into view. Standing alone in splendid isolation is Mihir Garh, the result of a 12-year dream by Rajput husband-and-wife owners, Sidharth and Rashmi Singh. This place is different. This place is special. This is quite possibly my favourite place to stay in the whole of Rajasthan.
Raas
Dining with a ViewOnce an urban noble residence in the heart of Jodhpur, Raas has been lovingly and painstakingly brought back to life and up to date by the inspired owners. The combination of the old and the new works extraordinarily well. It is young at heart and different and has a pretty central swimming pool, an enchanting spa, an atmospheric dining room a cool café, and al fresco terraces. It is the only luxury hotel located within Jodhpur’s Old Walled City and the views of the mighty Meherangarh Fort looming above are unbeatable.
Ajit Bhawan Palace
Dining CourtyardThe Ajit Bhawan Palace was once the residence of the family of the late General Maharaj Ajit Singhji. The original palace building is now the grand entrance to the Heritage hotel and accommodates the indulgent luxury suites. My personal favourite however are the Garden Rooms which have a nice outside terrace and look out over the lawns and gardens towards the rather unusual swimming pool. Al fresco dining here is a delight and there is regular entertainment provided by local musicians and performers. A great property and at a very reasonable price.

Jaisalmer

The Serai
Luxury tented suiteThis outrageously luxurious camp is situated outside Jaisalmer, in desert scrubland where shepherds and villagers wander. It takes accommodation in the area to a new high and the 21 huge tents are magnificently decorated in desert colours. The finest linen, hand made furniture, Jaisalmer stone floors and beds, and local artefacts all blend to create an atmosphere which is very easy on the eye. With a large sitting area inside and outside, and immaculate, roomy bathrooms, the tents are amongst the largest and finest in all India.
Ranthambore National Park
Sher Bagh
Luxury TentAn idyllic, luxury tented camp just a few minutes drive from the gates of Ranthambore National Park. I loved the comfortable, stylish and yet authentic tents and the gorgeous swimming pool with views across the countryside to the wildlife park. Complete with camp fire for evening socialising and BBQ’s, this is a simply gorgeous place to compliment your wildlife experience.
Ranthambore Regency
LobbyThis popular hotel offers comfortable, modern accommodation, lovely gardens with outdoor pool, excellent value for money and is located a short distance from the national park. But what really impressed me here was the management. Run by two brothers, it is clear that this is a labour of love where attention to detail and high standards of personal service really do matter. This is clearly reflected in the ambience of the hotel which is friendly, informal and happy. The hotel has it’s own fleet of safari vehicles and my early morning start was richly rewarded with the most amazing tiger experience.

Pushkar

Bikaner