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Detail of decorated gateway, Amber fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Forts and Palaces of Rajasthan

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

14 Days

Prices Start from

£4,300 ex. flights

This holiday idea has been specially created to take in the highlights the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur) and also take you further into the heart of Rajasthan to explore other royal cities and rural retreats.

 

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Royal Spa Boat, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India 1

Stay in Heritage Properties

Stay in magnificent forts, havelis and palaces for the most authentic experience of Rajasthan.

Rajasthani Woman, Rajasthan, India 2

Visit Rural Villages

Spend time wandering through the villages and meet local families.

Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada Mausoleum, Jodhpur, India 3

Explore the Royal Cities

Dominated by magnificent royal palaces and dominating forts, each city is a thrill to visit.

Leopard, Jawai Leopard Camp, Rajasthan, India 4

Experience the Jawai Leopards

Get up close and personal with the leopards at Jawai.

Why we like it

We challenge you to find any other destination which packs the cultural punch of Rajasthan whilst at the same time treating you like royalty and creating some incredibly magical moments. This bespoke journey promises Rajput hospitality at its best, with expert resident guides to bring a greater depth to each experience that is specially curated with you in mind. Your dedicated chauffeur will drive you safely throughout your journey and we’ve included some heavenly places for you to rest your head at the end of each day.

Included as Standard

Airport VIP meet and greet, a bottle of wine on arrival, a spa treatment, a dedicated member of our team available 24/7, an upgrade at one of your chosen hotels and cars with Wi-Fi connectivity.

 

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

Keys:
Internal Flight
  • Day 1
    Delhi
  • Day 2
    Delhi
  • Day 3
    Agra
  • Day 4
    Agra - Bharatpur - Jaipur
  • Day 5
    Jaipur
  • Day 6
    Jaipur - Nimaj
  • Day 7
    Nimaj
  • Day 8
    Nimaj - Jodhpur
  • Day 9
    Jodhpur
  • Day 10
    Jodhpur - Jawai
  • Day 11
    Jawai
  • Day 12
    Jawai - Udaipur
  • Day 13
    Udaipur
  • Day 14
    Udaipur - Delhi
Amber Fort, Jaipur, India
Jaipur, India
Akshardham Temple, Delhi, India
Akshardham Temple, Delhi, India
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Taj Mahal, Agra, India

India's Golden Triangle

India’s Golden Triangle comprises of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, three of the most visited cities, all connected by excellent roads, internal flights and rail links. For a first time visitor to India, this is a good place to start, dubbed “golden” for a very good reason due to its extraordinary wealth of cultural and historical sights.

India’s capital Delhi is a sprawling metropolis, the old and the modern vying for attention, both offering unforgettable scenes and experiences. Agra is best known for the most beautiful monument to love, The Taj Mahal which adorns the banks of the Yamuna River. Jaipur is Rajasthan’s capital and home to some of Asia’s best markets, hotels and historical monuments. Jaipur is then your stepping off point into the rest of this magnificent state.

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Shahpura Bagh, Shahpura, India
Shahpura Bagh, Shahpura, India

Spend Time in Rural Rajasthan

The antithesis to the cities, venturing out into rural Rajasthan brings peace, solitude (yes this is possible in India!) and far-reaching views across pristine countryside and farmland, dotted with quaint villages and dusty towns. As the melee of the sound of horns, traffic and people fade in the distance, it is replaced with birds song, children laughing, cowbells and the local temple’s call to prayer. Spending some time in the rural parts of Rajasthan allows time to change the pace of your trip and reflect on what you’ve experienced so far. There are plenty of heritage properties where you can stay and visit local farming communities to gain an understanding of a slower, more simple way of life. Some of our favourite places to stay are Chhatra Sagar and Shahpura Bagh.

Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada Mausoleum, Jodhpur, India
Jodhpur, India
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Jodhpur, India

The Blue City of Jodhpur

One of our favourite Rajasthani cities is the majestic city of Jodhpur, once a key member of the powerful Rajput alliance of principalities. The mighty Mehrangarh Fort epitomises this power and towers over the city, standing upon a steep-sided plateau and dominating the city skyline. The views from the top are superb.

Lying beneath the fort, Jodhpur’s old city is a maze of medieval streets, littered with glittering blue houses. Traditionally built to denote the homes of members of the highest caste, it is these colourful structures that have led to Jodhpur being known as the ‘Blue City’. Jodphur’s old city is easy to wander around although, with the gentle guidance of our resident expert, you are sure to get much more out of your stay here.

Leopards of Jawai, Rajasthan, India
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The Remarkable Leopards of Jawai

The haunting beauty of the Jawai hills contains the highest density of leopards in India and is the best place to sight leopards in the day time. The unique behaviour of the Jawai leopards reveals leopards living together and peacefully with local communities.

Stay at the luxurious Sujan Jawai Leopard Camp who works tirelessly with local communities in conservation efforts to protect the leopard population and help reduce human/animal conflict. During your stay, take a wilderness drive in search of these remarkable leopards, walk around the lake to view crocodiles and migratory birdlife, horse ride accompanied by a guide for a couple of hours, cycle ride across the beautiful landscape or enjoy a field day out to walk in the footsteps of the Rabari herdsmen.

 

Lake Pichola, Leela Palace, Udaipur, India
Leela Palace Udaipur, Udaipur, India

Udaipur and the Floating Lake Palace

One of Rajasthan’s least frenetic cities, 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.

Spend three nights here to allow enough time to see everything and spend time simply relaxing at the end of your tour. With our resident expert explore 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. Visit little lakeside cafes and restaurants and watch local life play out.

 

Camel Safari, Jaisalmer, India
Jaisalmer, India
Male Indian tiger, Ranthambore, India
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Trip Extension Options

Venture into the Thar Desert to discover Jaisalmer. Known as the ‘golden city’ Jaisalmer is as far west as you can drive before hitting the Pakistani border. The fort of Jaisalmer appears to rise up out of the desert landscape, evoking images of camel-train trade routes and desert mystery. Much of the fort is still inhabited and fascinating to explore. Concealed inside are magnificent havelis carved out of golden sandstone.

Yearning to see a tiger? Why not include a visit to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, easily included on a route through Rajasthan. With excellent sightings and a growing tiger population, there is a very good chance you will see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

 

Accommodation

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

The Imperial £££££

  • India

Continuously ranked as one of Asia’s finest hotels, The Imperial Hotel, Delhi is a legend that offers a unique experience, embracing facets of India’s history. Built in 1931, The Imperial Hotel is known for its contemporary colonial style. With high ceilings, impeccable decor and equipped with all the facilities and modern conveniences, the luxury accommodation of 190 rooms and 43 suites are designed with distinct interiors and overlook the verdant gardens. Restore your energy at the award-winning spa and stretch out in the large swimming pool. The South-East Asian cuisine at the award-winning Spice Route restaurant is a must-do when in town.    

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Oberoi Amarvilas £££££

  • India
  • City

Amarvilas is the latest addition to the Oberoi chain of deluxe hotels. The rooms are elegantly appointed with teak wood flooring, hand-crafted furniture and spacious marble bathrooms. Continental, Asian and Indian cuisine is offered in two different restaurants and meals can be taken on the terrace. Leisure facilities include a pool and jacuzzi, gymnasium and a spa offering beauty and relaxation treatments. Situated just 600m from the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan’s mausoleum can be seen in the window of the hotel foyer.

RAAS Haveli £££££

  • India
  • Boutique

Raas Boutique Hotel is a glorious little hotel lying at the foot of the mighty Meherangarh Fort in the heart of Jodhpur’s Walled City. It is the only luxury hotel to be based in the old town and the views of the fort, which looms directly above you, are truly spectacular. The hotel is situated in the prestigious north-eastern quarter of the Walled City, just a stone’s throw from the Clock Tower. The hotel is in four charmingly-restored buildings in characteristic local rose-red sandstone, alongside new buildings designed by an acclaimed architect. Not only is this a beautifully-preserved hotel, but it is also eco-friendly.

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RAAS Devigarh £££££

  • India

Raas Devigarh is no ordinary palace hotel. Chic and elegant, it blends modern with 15th-century originality. It stands amongst wheat fields deep in the Aravalli hills, 30 minutes drive from Udaipur. Interiors are clean and contemporary with daring splashes of colour. Spend time at the heated pool and indulge in the bespoke spa programmes. The views from the fort are spectacular and many an hour can be spent over an excellent meal sourced locally from the chefs garden.

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Jawai Leopard Camp £££££

  • India
  • Tented Camps

Jawai Leopard Camp offers a luxury camping experience in Rajasthan, located in an area renowned for its leopard population. The camp has nine luxury tents including one royal suite, each with space and privacy, in a remote setting ensuring peace and tranquillity. The tents ooze understated elegance and offer ensuite bathrooms with rain shower and contemporary furniture with a splash of scarlet inspired by the Rabari. Each tent has its own private veranda with views of the dramatic wilderness around.

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Taj Lake Palace £££££

  • India

The Lake Palace or Jag Niwas was built in 1754 by Maharana Jagat Singh II, who gave his name to this elegant white building. Now a wonderful heritage hotel, it was originally built as a summer retreat for the royal family. With 85 rooms and suites, cool white marble walls and coloured glass windows make the Lake Palace something of a marble legend as it rises majestically from the waters of Lake Pichola. The setting alone makes for a memorable stay.

Oberoi Rajvilas £££££

  • India
  • City

Unquestionably one of Oberoi’s finest creations, Rajvilas is a revival of gracious living in the true spirit of Rajasthan. The hotel is located just outside Jaipur, boasting Mughal inspired trellises, courtyard fountains, superb cuisine, wandering peacocks and the most perceptive staff that serve your every need without you having to ask. The location is perfect for those who want a little peaceful haven to retreat to, away from the noise of the city of Jaipur.

Oberoi Udaivilas £££££

  • India
  • City

Conceived in the royal tradition of the palaces of Mewar, the resort oozes grandeur and majesty. Echoing corridors, domes covered in gold leaf, hand-painted murals, pavilions, arches and fountains, all come together to recreate a bygone age of royal living.

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Rambagh Palace £££££

  • India

Once you’ve checked into the Rambagh, head for the shade of the white marble verandahs and order a mint sprigged iced-tea. Sitting there, you will see the Suvarna Mahal restaurant; the Ballroom; the Neel Mahal and the Polo Room – all splendid reminders of a time gone by. Needless to say, the Rambagh is fit for a king. Built in 1835, the hotel is managed by the Taj Hotel Group, but ownership of the property is retained by the family. There is an indoor swimming pool built of stone and marble and a spa offering massages. Croquet, tennis and squash can all be played during your stay.

Samode Haveli £££££

  • India
  • Forts and Palaces

The townhouse of the Samode family lies at the heart of Jaipur. It is a real find with fabulous frescoes and large gardens allowing you to forget that you are in one of the city’s busiest streets. As with Samode Palace, the bedrooms are scattered around the rambling building and are superbly decorated. The huge swimming pool is one of Jaipur’s finest and is a draw in itself.

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When to travel

India in January

January is a very popular time to travel to India, due to mild temperatures and very little rainfall. The climate varies across India from snow in the Northern States to the Southern regions experiencing daily sunshine – perfect for an escape to Kerala’s beaches.

India in February

During peak season, February is an ideal month to travel to India, experiencing all regions of the country from Rajasthan in the North to Karnataka in the South.

India in March

Temperatures begin to rise with March typically being the last month of the peak season. A significant month for religious, Hindu festivals, March can become busy in some regions however also a perfect time to travel to experience Indian culture and wildlife.

India in April

With temperatures starting to rise, regions in Northern India start to become more accessible with excellent opportunities to discover hiking trails and the wildlife of these regions. Temperatures can sometimes exceed 40°C, with high levels of humidity in Southern India.

India in May

From May to September, Monsoon rains affect the North and Central states of India with daily rainfall and thunderstorms. During the Monsoon season, it is best to experience high altitude regions and avoid beach resorts.

India in June

Most regions of India will experience the Monsoon season in June alongside high daily temperatures and high levels of humidity. Whilst, not a popular time to travel, experience the mountainous regions as opposed to Central India to experience slightly cooler temperatures at the start of the month.

India in July

At the peak of the Monsoon season, most of the country experiences frequent, heavy rainfall. Whilst travel plans may be interrupted due to the climate, it is a great time to visit India to experience the national parks and the great outdoors.

India in August

As the Monsoon continues, the climate is very similar to that of June and July. Whilst not a suitable time to travel to India’s Southern beaches, other Northern Regions are popular with locals for hiking and outdoor pursuits.

India in September

As the final month of the Monsoon season, rainfall will be less frequent with the occasional sunny spell showcasing the lush, green vegetation that has flourished during the heavy rains.

India in October

As the monsoon rains have finished, humidity levels remain high and the peak travel season begins. During the month of October, there are lots of religious festivals, including Diwali, where some regions may become busier with domestic tourists.

India in November

As one of the best times to visit the country, November brings comfortable temperatures for sightseeing with the monsoon rains dying out from October. As the temperatures drop, however, Northern India and the Himalayas will become less accessible.

India in December

In December, temperatures and climate will be dependant on the region. In the Southern States, India will see a pleasant and mild climate, ideal for sightseeing, whereas, in Northern India and mountainous regions, snow and cold temperatures are likely.

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