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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.
Taj Rambagh Palace
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Best for: Highlights, Honeymoon, Spa
The Taj Rambagh Palace in Jaipur is a magnificently opulent heritage hotel with glorious manicured gardens and impeccable service, allowing you to live the lavish lifestyle of the Rajput Maharajas.
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Now a member of Leading Hotels of the World, the Rambagh Palace was originally built in the 1830s by the Maharaja of Jaipur, and stands as an extraordinary reminder of the grandeur and romance of a bygone era. The 78 individual rooms and suites are exquisitely renovated. Rooms are decorated with hand painted motifs, regal four-poster beds, walk-in wardrobes and luxurious bathrooms befitting royalty. Suites feature high ceilings and chandeliers along with green Udaipur stone arches and stunning period furniture, while French windows open out onto formal Mughal gardens, with views of the Nahargarh Fort and the Aravalli hills. For a special treat, request the legendary Peacock suite, which overlooks the terrace where the Maharaja used to celebrate Holi, the festival of colour and lights.
Dining is similarly opulent and there are four restaurants from which to choose. The Suvarna Mahal restaurant serves an exotic array dishes based upon the cuisines of the royal houses of India in a truly aristocratic setting, with gold plated tableware, fine china and crystal and original Florentine ceiling paintings and mirrors. The Verandah provides charming al fresco dining, while the Steam restaurant offers lighter fare in a restored steam engine, and the Rajput Room serves up contemporary cuisine. The legendary Polo Bar, adorned with polo trophies and memorabilia, is a superbly atmospheric place to enjoy a nightcap.
The hotel has a croquet lawn and a mini golf course, and you can even watch a chukka at the adjacent polo fields. Whilst not out sightseeing in Jaipur, guests can enjoy the Jiva Grande Spa. Wooden floors, glowing chandeliers, royal pennants and regal Indian love swings make it the perfect place for relaxation. Alternatively, guests can take a dip in the swimming pool or wander through the hotel’s 47 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.
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, feed and bathe 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.
Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Visit the magnificent deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and discover the history of the Mughal Empire.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Nimaj, Rohet, Udaipur
This two week itinerary takes you through Rajasthan’s captivating highlights in style. Stay at some of this princely state’s most deluxe hotels, including converted palaces, exclusive retreats and a luxury tented camp.