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The Golden Triangle is a great starting point for anyone visiting India for the first time. The journey is made up of three of the most visited cities in north India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, offering a fantastic combination of history and culture.
Only after stepping foot in India will you realise that Indian cuisine, as you know it, just doesn’t exist. To paint both the delicate and punchy flavours of India with the same broad brushstroke overlooks the smorgasbord of dishes on offer from north to south. Tried and tested recipes balance coriander, cumin and cardamom with almost scientific precision, guaranteeing a culinary experience you will never forget.
Enjoy a sneak peek into daily life in India by staying at a haveli or in a homestay. If only for a few nights, you will be shoehorned into a family, enjoying traditional Indian hospitality, sampling home cooked food and exploring the path less travelled. Staying at one of these unique lodgings will give you an incredible insight into real India, and you will be welcomed with open arms by hosts whose wealth of local knowledge knows no bounds. Coming in all shapes and sizes, from plantation bungalows to historic houses, majestic forts and charming cottages, a short stay in one of these unique properties allows you to immerse yourself in India rather than simply visit it.
India is a magical country which welcomes travellers with a chaotic and colourful assault on the senses. Never is this more prominent than during one of the many festivals. Below we have listed the dates for the major festivals in India in 2017. Speak to one of our specialists about incorporating one of these into a tailor-made itinerary.
With millions of passengers on the move every day, travelling on some 71,000 miles of track, India's intricate network of railways are the arteries of the country, connecting its bustling cities with its sleepy villages and everywhere in between. The sprawling rail network reaches the nooks and crannies of India which are otherwise impossible to find. Amongst the country's miles of train tracks are some of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world, most notable of which are its famed toy trains. Whilst perhaps not the most efficient way of getting from A to B, the experience is an absolute must to add to your India itinerary.
Jaipur, Nagaur, Chanoud, Deogarh, Shahpura, Bundi
Best for: Highlights, Honeymoon
Escape the tourist crowds on this two week trip through Rajasthan’s lesser known destinations, exploring largely untouched ancient villages, tiny farming communities and stunning rural landscapes many visitors never get to experience.
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This two week itinerary takes you beyond the commonly travelled cities and towns to explore the hidden wonders of Rajasthan, including lesser visited ancient cities, sleepy villages and rural farming communities, giving an authentic experience of Rajasthan that eludes many others. From the bustling cities of Jaipur, Bundi and Nagaur to the rural villages of Chanoud, Deogarh and Shahpura, spend your days exploring fairy-tale forts, forgotten cities, ancient ruins and a vast rugged landscape.
This itinerary is perfect for second-time visitors to Rajasthan, who are looking to get off-the-beaten-track and gain a deeper insight into the traditional life and culture of the area. We can also easily add some more time in the major cities for first-time visitors wishing to explore the highlights as well as the hidden gems.
Days 1 - 3 : Jaipur, India
Stay at 47 Jobner Bagh for 2 nights
The trip begins in Jaipur, the biggest and brightest of Rajasthan’s colourful cities. Upon arrival, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to 47 Jobner Bagh, a charming boutique property in the heart of the city. The following day takes you to discover some of Jaipur’s more off-the-beaten-track attractions, beginning the day with a guided walk to the settlement of the Meena Tribe, before ascending the Aravalli Hills on a historic path. Later that day, enjoy an open-top jeep safari through the rural villages outside of Jaipur, interacting with locals and enjoying a traditional farm lunch.
Days 3 - 5 : Nagaur, India
Stay at Ranvas for 2 nights
From Jaipur, it is approximately a four hour drive to the bustling city of Nagaur. The next two nights will be spent in the wonderfully romantic Ranvas, an exquisitely restored property housed in the ramparts of the 12th century Nagaur Fort. Spend your time at Ranvas exploring the fort’s frescoed halls, pleasure pavilions and manicured gardens, strolling along the ramparts at dusk, relaxing by the swimming pool and enjoying a private lamp-lit dinner in one of the palace’s courtyards.
Days 5 - 7 : Chanoud, India
Stay at Chanoud Garh for 2 nights
On the morning of day five, you will be driven five hours to Chanoud Garh, a 300 year old palace in the small rural village of Chanoud. Chanoud Garh is a lovely place to unwind and experience the day-to-day life of rural Rajasthan. Excursions offered from the property include guided walks to the local village, cooking lessons and a jeep safari through the surrounding farmland and salt-pans beyond.
Days 7 - 9 : Deogarh, India
Stay at Dev Shree for 2 nights
From Chanoud, you will be driven three hours to Dev Shree, a wonderful heritage retreat in the small town of Deogarh. Your time at Dev Shree is free to spend how you wish. We would recommend exploring the surrounding rugged mountain scenery and taking part in some of the excursions offered by the property, including local village walks, bird-watching, historical site visits and culinary workshops.
Days 9 - 11 : Shahpura, India
Stay at Shahpura Bagh for 2 nights
From Chanoud, it’s approximately a five hour drive to Shahpura, a quiet town surrounded by green hills, vast fields and glistening lakes. You will spend the next two nights at Shahpura Bagh, an absolute gem of a heritage property offering an authentic taste of rural Rajasthan in an unspoilt rural setting. Your time in Shahpura is free to spend how you wish, relaxing by the Shahpura Bagh’s outdoor pool, lounging amongst the 45 acres of lush gardens or enjoying expeditions to the explore local villages, temples and palaces well off the common tourist path.
Days 11 - 13 : Bundi, India
Stay at Bundi Vilas for 2 nights
On the morning of day 11, you will be driven approximately two hours to Bundi, an ancient city brimming with murals, extravagant stepwells and an extraordinary hillside palace. Upon arrival, check-in to Bundi Vilas, a small heritage hotel built against the rampart walls of the city palace that boasts wonderful views of both the palace and the Jait Sagar Lake below. The following day, enjoy private tour of Bundi, visiting its ornate forts, palaces, stepwell reservoirs and the Taragarh Fort.
Day 13 - 14 : Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Stay at 47 Jobner Bagh for 1 night
Finishing the trip where you started, today you will be driven back to 47 Jobner Bagh for one final night in Jaipur. The following morning you will be taken to Jaipur airport in time to board your flight back home.
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When to go
Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away from European winters.
Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It is s the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degree C to 45 degree C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you dont mind the temperature in the high 30s. In western Rajasthan the temperature may reach at high as 45 degree C, particularly in May and June so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.
The second season - technically the "Monsoon" (although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall) extends from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. 90% of the rain Rajasthan can expect occurs during this period. Lakes and rivers will be higher from mountain run-off and flowers and grasses come to life, bringing added colour to the landscape.
The Post-monsoon period is from October to November. The average maximum temperature is 33 degree C to 38 degree C, and the minimum is between 18 degree C and 20 degree C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny during and perfect for exploring and relaxing.
The fourth season is "winter", and runs from December to March. With day time temperatures still in the high 20's during the day this a very popular time to travel. Hotels are at the their busiest over the Christmas and new year period. Be aware though that December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also fairly standard to expect some fog in the major cities of Northern Rajstasthan and Delhi in December and January.
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From $2753 per person
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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.