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Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pali, Jodhpur, Narlai, Udaipur
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Discover the cultural and historic wonders of India’s colourful desert state as you explore the highlights of Rajasthan. Travel with flair and elegance as you stay at some of Rajasthan’s most stylish boutique properties along the way.
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India may have arrived late to the boutique culture, but it has caught on fast and Rajasthan is no exception. Alongside the mighty forts, colourful cities, lavish palaces, ancient ruins and sprawling countryside are a number of stunning boutique properties that are almost destinations in their own right. This two week itinerary takes you on a journey to discover Rajasthan’s iconic highlights, whilst staying in some of the best boutique properties this princely state has to offer. We combine some stylish heritage properties and newly built fortresses in the major cities of Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur with the stunning and remote Lakshman Sagar and a welcoming 17th century fort surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Narlai.
Days 1 - 3 : Delhi, India
Stay at The Manor Hotel for 2 nights
Your trip begins in India’s vibrant and bustling capital city of Delhi. Upon arrival, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to The Manor, an exclusive boutique hotel located in the tree lined streets of New Delhi. That afternoon in Delhi is at your leisure. You may choose to enjoy some Ayurvedic spa treatments at The Manor’s Zehen Spa or, alternatively, a guided tour of Delhi’s magnificent garden tombs and the Lodi Gardens can be arranged. The following day with be spent with a private guide discovering Delhi’s main attractions, including the ancient bazaars of Chandni Chowk, Humayun’s Tomb, and the Qutb Minar minaret. On the morning of day three, you will be transferred to Delhi’s train station in time to catch a short two hour train to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. As you arrive in Agra, you will be taken to visit this iconic masueoleum before beginning the four hour drive to your next destination - Jaipur.
Days 3 - 6 : Jaipur, India
Stay at 47 Jobner Bagh for 3 nights
Upon arrival in Rajasthan’s rose-tinted capital, you will be taken to 47 Jobner Bagh, a charming boutique property in the heart of the city. Your first day in Jaipur will be spent exploring the city with a private specialist guide, visiting the historic City Palace, the Jantar Mantar observatory, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and the bazaars of the old city before learning how to cook typical Rajasthani cuisine in an evening cooking class. Your second day in Jaipur takes you a little more off-the-beaten-track as you enjoy a guided walk to the settlement of the Meena Tribe, before ascending the Aravalli Hills on a historic path. The path offers breath-taking views of Jaipur’s spectacular Amber fort, which you will then visit later in the afternoon.
Days 6 - 8 : Pali, India
Stay at Lakshman Sagar for 2 nights
A four hour drive will take you to Lakshman Sagar, a former hunting lodge converted into a magnificently unique boutique retreat. Remotely located in the middle of the Rajasthan’s Pali district, your time at Lakshman Sagar is the perfect place to unwind and experience many aspects of traditional Rajasthani village life. Try your hand at goat herding, enjoy nature walks into the surrounding area, fly a kite and spend evenings stargazing from your private cottage. Everything about Lakshman Sagar is about the local and the authentic, providing a personalised experience for every guest; it is truly a one of a kind property.
Days 8 - 10 : Jodhpur, India
Stay at Raas for 2 nights
Leave the serenity of Rajasthan’s desertscape behind as you are driven three hours to Jodhpur, a vibrant city awash with blue-coloured buildings and home to the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. You will be spending the next two nights as Raas, a wonderfully romantic 18th century haveli in a stunning location just beneath the Mehrangarh Fort. That afternoon and evening are at your leisure before enjoying a guided tour of Jodhpur the following day, visiting sights including Mehrangarh Fort, the Jaswan Thada cenotaph and its blue city.
Days 10 - 12 : Narlai, India
Stay at Rawla Narlai for 2 nights
From Jodhpur, it is approximately a three hour drive to the 15th century village of Narlai, one of Rajasthan’s most beautiful rural areas that has remained largely untouched for centuries. You will spend the next two nights at Rawla Narlai, an exquisitely decorated heritage hotel replete with colourful frescoes and ornate alcoves. Spend the days exploring local village life, relaxing by the hotel’s large outdoor swimming pool and enjoying a delicious evening meal in a 1,000 year old stepwell. A wonderful off-the-beaten-track destination, Narlai provides a rare experience of traditional rural Rajasthan life.
Days 12 - 14 : Udaipur, India
Stay at Bujera Fort for 2 nights
On the morning of day 12, you are driven two hours to the beautiful lakeside city of Udaipur, your final destination on this tour of Rajasthan. Whilst exploring the city’s delights, you will be staying at Bujera fort, a magnificent newly built fortress in the Aravlli Hills overlooking the city and its highlights. The following day, enjoy a rural cycle tour through Udaipur’s beautiful countryside before exploring the city’s main attractions with a private guide, including the City Palace, Saheliyon-ki-bari and Jagdish Temple. The next morning, you will be transferred to Udaipur’s airport in time to board a flight home via Delhi.
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When to go
December to March is the perfect time to visit Rajasthan and the North when rainfall is minimal and temperatures are pleasant during the day. It can get cold at night, so make sure to pack a few extra layers when visiting at this time. Summer starts mid-March and can get very hot getting into May and June. The monsoon period follows directly after from July to September, where humidity is high and the region receives the majority of its rainfall, although still very minimal amounts. The months of October and November after the monsoon season are also a great time to visit the region as it experiences warm and dry weather during the day with cooler temperatures at night.
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From $3145 per person
All accommodation and breakfasts
Private car and guide
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.