Like the jewels for which Rajasthan is famous, this arid region dazzles with splendid colours.
A sea of pink, blue and white buildings dominate the cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur while nomadic camel herders with their red and pink turbans roam the countryside. Peacocks with bright blue and green feathers grace hotel lawns, and mighty palaces and forts hold riches and tales of an opulent and colourful past.
Within the last hundred years, powerful maharajas still ruled much of this land. They lived in luxury in lavishly decorated palaces while private armies kept watch for enemies from vantage points along stout fortress walls.
Nowadays, the lives of the maharajas have changed. Their titles and feudal powers have been swept away. Most of their palaces remain, some as private domains for descendants, while others are museums showcasing hunting trophies, vintage cars and antiques. Many are hotels, some as palatial as ever, despite the careful addition of modern deluxe amenities. Others are rambling properties where little has changed.
Each year some of India’s biggest events are held in Rajasthan – Ancient forts provide a backdrop for gala dinners and world- renowned festivals providing an abundance of places to visit in Rajasthan.
Come and experience Rajasthan’s royal history and architectural beauty for yourself on one of our suggested Rajasthan tours, or discuss custom holiday packages to suit your requirements. Along the way you’ll meet any number of characters – from shopkeepers to local guides to royal descendants – who’ll charm you into agreeing that Rajasthan is indeed India’s most dazzling state.
Suggested Tours of Rajasthan
Despite belonging to the country’s most arid region, Rajasthan is one of the most vibrant and exciting states of India. This tour is an ideal introduction to the many charms and charming people of Rajasthan.
This 10-day itinerary is the perfect introduction to the splendours of the former princely state of Rajasthan and includes one-night stays in the Indian capital, Delhi, and in Agra, home of the sublime Taj Mahal.
Featuring India’s grandest accommodation, and a private charter flight to visit the Taj Mahal, this itinerary is most aptly named: Rajasthan in Style.
This leisurely-paced itinerary gives you ample time to explore Rajasthan’s famous cities and quiet villages, meet its charismatic people and enjoy its rugged natural beauty.
Designed for those who are already familiar with Rajasthan, this trip skips the main sightseeing attractions to delve into less travelled, but no less fascinating, places. It’s ideal for those who like to explore on their own and progresses at a pace that suits their inclinations.
This trip offers a range of experiences which provide an insight into Rajasthan’s past – from cultural excursions to village walks and wildlife safaris – whilst enjoying the best of modern Rajasthan in hotels which have recreated the opulence of a glorious past.
A principal attraction of Rajasthan is the majestic forts and palaces built by the Rajputs over the centuries. Many of these spectacular buildings have been restored and converted into hotels, reviving the glorious lifestyle of the rulers who built them.
This itinerary highlights Rajasthan’s heritage of sustainability. The trip includes several hotels that utilise traditional rural and desert sustainability practices, visits to NGOs and activities that provide a benefit to local communities.
James Tod was an officer of the British Raj who first arrived in India in 1799. This tour draws on Tod’s writing as it retraces his travels through the area. Relive the romance, chivalry and glory of his ‘Rajputana’.