Rajasthan Travel: Trip Report and Hotel Update, 2010

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From Maggie and Lincoln

We have just returned from Rajasthan where we spent two weeks inspecting hotels. Rajasthan is not at its most glorious during the wet, muggy, moody, monsoon season. However, nothing could dampen our enthusiasm and dedication to the task in hand.

Our trip commenced in Delhi, then went on to Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar and Jaipur, taking back roads along the way to visit interesting places off the beaten track. In all, we saw 46 hotels of amazing architectural and cultural diversity – some located in bustling cities, some in peaceful rural areas – affording options ranging from budget stays to super splurges.

These fabulous properties comprised old palaces with bright and graceful exteriors, hilltop forts with grand, austere facades, rambling hunting lodges and traditional havelis (mansions) – all converted into heritage hotels – some opulent and luxurious, some faded reminders of their former majesty. In addition we visited a number of chic and contemporary larger hotels and small and charming boutique hotels, bed and breakfast accommodation (homestays) and eco friendly resorts. Rajasthan certainly has something to suit everyone’s taste!

We had our favourites, of course, and we’ll be featuring some of these in future newsletters. We hope you’ll be inspired to visit India and stay at some of the wonderful properties we’ve discovered.