This 14-day holiday idea is the perfect holiday for a return visitor to Rajasthan. Having previously visited those must-see cities in the Golden Triangle, now take time to explore the unique flavours and customs beyond the Amber Fort and Taj Mahal. This holiday suits anyone with a strong love of nature and a sense of place. Ramble through restored forts and palaces, rubbing shoulders with family descendants of former Maharajas. These rural idylls deliver Rajput hospitality at its best.
- Stay in charming, unpretentious restored forts, havelis, and palaces dating back over 300 years
- Walk with the red-turbaned Rabari herdsmen in early morning sunshine who live as their ancestors did for centuries
- Take a walking tour through the hamlets and farms and meet the and herders and villagers
- Bring your binoculars and explore on foot, by boat or jeep
- Spend time in Udaipur - the most romantic city of Rajasthan
Leaving the sprawling cosmopolitan city of Delhi behind, see a different side of this region. Travel to the heart of an untamed wilderness, rocky outcrops and ancient lands of rural Rajasthan. Take a short flight to Jaipur and a road journey across the Daang plateau to Ramathra.
This green farming belt in the Kalisil River valley where the sunsets are spectacular and at twilight watch the herds returning from the forest. Sit on top of the fort's outer walls, looking out over the farmlands, take a village walk and an evening boat ride. With just six rooms and six tents, peace and quiet are the norm in this tranquil rural setting, as well as a strong sense of history.
Bundi, a captivating little town, retaining its medieval character. Arriving here feels a little off the beaten track, but well worth the inclusion on this Rajasthan itinerary. Home to intricate and beautiful stepwells and the most stunning palace, looming over the old town, where the famous Bundi murals can be seen. The town’s Rajput legacy is well preserved in the form of the massive Taragarh Fort. Few places in Rajasthan retain so much of the magical atmosphere of past centuries.
A charming boutique property built only feet away from the rampart walls of Bundi Garh Palace. The 300 year old haveli is reached on foot through the old alleyways leading up from the streets below. The entrance is unique with a magnificent 40ft stone archway. With only seven rooms and a rooftop terrace with views over the town, the atmosphere here is intimate and romantic with great attention to detail.
Lakshman Sagar has redefined heritage hotels in Rajasthan by offering a fabulous and fully rural experience. Spend time in the local villages, chatting with goat herders, take a jeep safari in the wildlife sanctuary or visit Raipur Fort. The 12 beautiful villas, Shikhar Ghars, are colourful, exotic and vibrant, and come equipped with private rock cut plunge pools. The restaurant is menu-less allowing you to eat what you want having watched the chef prepare your meal.
Stay at Jawai Camp, renowned for its remarkable record of leopard sightings. Jawai Leopard Camp offers a chic camping experience in Rajasthan, with a particular focus on leopard safaris. The camp’s tents are spread out in this remote setting ensuring peace and tranquillity. Whilst tracking the elusive Leopard travel in a customised 4 x 4 jeep and meet the charismatic herdsmen of the Rabari community who share this landscape. Back at camp visit the spa tents, enjoy sundowners and private dining.
Once the 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, which fill its historic centre and add a dash of splendour to its tranquil lakeside.
The most famous of these is the City Palace, which adorns the lake's eastern shore, and the Lake Palace, which appears to float on the lake's surface. The latter of these featured in the 1983 James Bond film, 'Octopussy', as the character's lair. Short and frequent flights between Udaipur and either Mumbai or Delhi allow visitors to connect with their international travel.
Perhaps you still haven’t made it to the Taj Mahal? This itinerary allows flexibility - add a visit to Agra, it really is worth the detour.
Do you yearn to spot a tiger in the wild? Don’t put it off any longer. Experience the wild side of Rajasthan, and visit the tiger reserve at Ranthambore National Park.
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