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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.
Best for: Culture History, Family, Highlights
In a stunning location just beneath the majestic Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur’s old walled city, Raas has serious wow factor, updating an eighteenth-century haveli with chic, contemporary design to create a romantic oasis of peace from which to explore.
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The excellent location of Raas in the beautiful Blue City makes it an ideal base for exploring the labyrinth of lanes and markets in this spectacular walled city. The hotel has a fleet of customised tuk-tuks to chauffeur guests around town and back to the hotel, which is an incredibly enjoyable experience! When not out and about you can take the opportunity to relax around the pool or indulge in therapeutic massages and other treatments at the lovely Serena Spa.
The hotel has 40 rooms and suites which have amazing views of the fort and are comfortable and sophisticated, with great attention to details and chicly decorated. The style draws heavily on influences from Jodhpur such as the pink Jodhpur sandstone used for the wall panels. Bathrooms are bright and stylish and all the rooms have private verandas, most of which overlook the fort. Despite its central location, Raas has a spacious courtyard and a beautiful pool area that is magically lit up by small candles at night.
Raas has two restaurants: Darikhana with its magnificent views of Mehrangarh Fort providing the perfect setting for a romantic meal; and Baradari, which serves breakfast along with Thai- and Mediterranean-inspired lunches. Spices are sourced from a shop hidden among the winding streets of old Delhi, and the seasonal vegetables, salads and herbs are grown in Raas’ own organic garden.
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
Camel Safari in the Thar Desert
Explore the Thar Desert using camels which is the experience of a lifetime! Camel safaris are the ideal adventure, which take you through the vast golden dunes of the Thar providing a glimpse of the desert lifestyle.
Private visit to Mehrangarh Fort Museum
A tour around the Mehrangarh Fort Museum by the curator after it has closed to the general public. This exclusive and personalised experience ends with dinner on the fort itself.
Walk the Blue City
A walking tour of the ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur with a local expert guide, visiting bustling bazaars and local craftsmen by walking down interesting alleyways and lanes.
Jodhpur City Tour
A half day tour of Jodhpur, visiting Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and the silver, textile and handicraft markets in the clock tower area.
Bishnoi villages exploration with picnic wilderness lunch
A 4x4 tour of Bishnoi Villages in the Jodhpur countryside including the opportunity to interact with many local villagers and spot local wildlife.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Nimaj, Jodhpur, Narlai, Udaipur
Discover India’s most enchanting state, exploring rural villages, colourful cities, mighty forts and glittering palaces on this two week trip through Rajasthan’s most iconic and memorable landmarks.
Jaipur, Shahpura, Udaipur, Jawai, Jodhpur, Delhi
A great combination of wildlife and culture, this itinerary takes you on a tour of Rajasthan’s historic and colourful cities, coupled with tracking leopards in the rural wilderness of Jawai, whilst staying in some of India's most magnificent properties.
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pali, Jodhpur, Narlai, Udaipur
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.