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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.
Bijay Niwas Palace
Ajmer and around, India
Best for: Highlights
Miles away from the nearest town, hushed with floral scents and punctuated with sounds of nature, Bijay Niwas Palace is the perfect place to switch off and relax.
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Bijay Niwas Palace is a charming boutique family run hotel nestled in enormous private farmlands and orchards on the banks of the Khari River, just 70km from Ajmer and 180km from Jaipur. This delightful retreat is a fantastic place to stop on the way to Udaipur and guests are guaranteed warm hospitality and excellent service from Mr Dushyant Singh, a descendant of the Royal Masuda Family. The hotel is a place to simply relax after touring the surrounding cities, and has a lovely swimming pool and a poolside garden.
The hotel has Garden View Deluxe Rooms, Heritage Superior Rooms and Luxury Suites, each which sleeps two adults and two children. Each of the rooms are uniquely decorated and come with en-suite bathrooms. The Garden View Deluxe and the Heritage Superior rooms open out to a huge orchard outside, and the Luxury Suites have large balconies where you can sit out and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.
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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Things to do
Jaipur Musical Demonstration
An instrumental and vocal performance at an Indian music learning centre.
Block Printing workshop
A late afternoon trip to Sanganer, the global centre of block printing, to take part in a workshop. You will make your own print which you can take home as a souvenir.
Cycling Tour of Jaipur Countryside and Picnic Lunch
A cycling tour of the countryside of Jaipur with the opportunity to meet and feed an elephant before heading off for a safari.
Evening Cooking Class
A wonderful experience to learn how to cook typical Rajasthani cuisine in a friendly local home. Your visit can also include a trip to the local market to purchase ingredients.
See a Bollywood movie at the iconic Rajmandir Cinema
Catch a Bollywood film at the Rajmandir Cinema in Jaipur – one of India’s oldest, most luxurious and iconic movie theatres; it is a true symbol of popular culture in the city.
Visit a Blue Pottery Workshop
Jaipur is famous worldwide for its beautiful blue pottery. This afternoon trip takes you to a blue pottery centre to learn about its history and how it is made.
Sunset Kite Flying with Local Professional
This is a truly unique experience to spend some time with a local kite flying expert, learning about the history and traditions of the sport and how to do it successfully.
Jaipur City Tour
Explore Jaipur, visiting the historic City Palace, the Jantar Mantar and the Hawa Mahal. The tour ends with a visit to the bazaars of the old city – a taste of vibrant and authentic Rajasthan.
Explore Amber Fort
Explore Jaipur’s spectacular Amber Fort, visiting the Palace of Mirrors and The Hall of Public Audience. Discover its cobbled streets, gateways and enormous ramparts and transport yourself to 16th century Jaipur.
Walk the Bazaars of Old Jaipur
Getting lost in any Indian Bazaar is one of our favourite things, and Jaipur's Old Town has a fantastic ones! A region famous for jewellery, gift lovers should head straight for the bangle and ring makers where expert craftsmen will be at work.
Miniature Painting workshop
A tour that takes you to visit a miniature painting artists and learn some of the techniques they use.
Meena Tribal Walk
Enjoy a guided walk to visit the settlement of the Meena Tribe and ascend the Aravalli hills on a historic path, enjoying breathtaking views of the Amber fort and surrounding landscape.
Street Food tour of Jaipiur
A tour of Jaipur’s street food hotspots. Your guide will lead you to various stalls and tell you about the history of each dish and how it is prepared.