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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: Off the beaten track, Culture History, Family
Ranvas is a stunning fort hotel in the middle of Rajasthan’s Thar Desert, just two hours from Jodhpur. Exquisitely restored, Ranvas is wonderfully romantic and fits perfectly into an off-the-beaten-track Rajasthan desert itinerary.
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Brainchild of The Maharaja of Jodhpur, Ranvas is an elegant hotel set among the frescoed halls, temples, colonnades and pleasure gardens of an enormous fort, originally built in the 12th century. There can be few places in the world where you can stay in virtually your own private fort, take an evening stroll along the ramparts past peacocks and pomegranate trees, and gaze down on the town’s busy streets and quiet desert countryside beyond. There are 27 rooms divided between ten individual havelis, each with its own courtyard, an open-air living room and a few spacious bedrooms with en-suite marble bathrooms, rain showers and comfortable beds. Furnishings are rich and warm, and delicate prints add a subtle charm.
Painstakingly restored over many years, Ranvas's public spaces are also lovely. Although there are two restaurants, it’s much more romantic to dine privately in one of the palace’s courtyards surrounded by 700 oil lamps, or enjoy a high tea on the palace rooftop. There is also a huge and very inviting swimming pool just made for relaxing by, and in-room spa treatments are also offered. Ranvas Nagaur fits perfectly into a desert itinerary and adds an exciting one- or two-night stopover in tours around the Marwar region. It can be combined with Chhatrasagar, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Rohet very well. Nagaur is also home to the world famous and fabulous Sufi Festival held here each February.
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
Nagaur cattle Fair (Feburary)
Explore Nagaur Cattle Fair and witness the thousands of bulls, camels, goats and cows brought to the fair to trade.
Romantic stepwell dinner at Rawla Narlai
Enjoy an oxcart ride followed by a romantic candlelit dinner in a 6th century stepwell in Rawla Narlai.
Explore the Havelis of Churu
Explore the villages of Churu and discover the beautifully painted Havelis. These Indian mansions offer an insight into the history of the British Raj.
Temples of Khajuraho
A tour to visit the temples of Khajuraho to explore their spectacular sculptures and impressive architectural elements.
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.
Kanha National Park Game Drives
Enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive in Kanha National Park, an excellent trip for keen birders. You can also expect to spot tigers and leopards!
Explore Nagaur Fort
Explore Nagaur Fort and its various temples and mosques within its walls.
Game drives in Ranthambore National Park
Heading out in the early morning and late afternoon are the best times to look for the amazing wildlife that Ranthambore has to offer in perfect light. Open jeeps give you an uncluttered view and offer the best chance of sighting the elusive Bengal Tiger.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Jaipur, Nagaur, Chanoud, Deogarh, Shahpura, Bundi
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.