At Original Travel we like to walk the walk as much as talking the talk, and with one of the founders enjoying a wonderful luxury honeymoon in Rajasthan a few years ago we know this is a romantic post-wedding winner.

India as a whole is a magical destination, but in our experience many couples tend to try to plan their honeymoon to somewhere neither has been before. When that's the case, and with a nod to the lovely likes of Kerala, Karnataka and the Himalayas, there's nowhere quite like Rajasthan to enjoy the best that India has to offer for first-timers.

So where to start? The majestic cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur should definitely appear in the itinerary - Jaipur for high energy and highly luxurious places to stay, Jodhpur for the impressive Mehrangarh Fort and beautiful blue-painted houses and finally Udaipur. Because? Well, because it's simply the most romantic city in India, and somewhere couples can enjoy boat rides or even private dinners on a platform on the lake.

If you've got time, try to visit the westerly city of Jaisalmer, sitting pretty like a gigantic sandcastle in the Thar Desert, and while it's technically not in Rajasthan, we'd also recommend working Agra in to the mix because the Taj Mahal is every bit as beautiful as dvertised, and the ultimate architectural statement of love.

Away from the cities, Rajasthan has a wide range of landscapes to explore, and lovely places to stay from which to enjoy them. There are the deserts mentioned earlier, but also areas of verdant hills and - most notably in Ranthambore National Park - wild jungle where tigers still roam. A few days safari while staying in a charming tented camp and spotting tigers (fingers crossed) is another truly memorable honeymoon experience.

As you can probably tell by now here's more than enough to do in Rajasthan to fill a fortnight's honeymoon, but if the lure of the beach is too irresistible, Rajasthan works well in combo with either Kerala in the south of India, or Oman which has some seriously superb beachfront properties.

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Where to stay

Sher Bagh

Sher Bagh

Just minutes from the gateway into Ranthambore National Park, Sher Bagh is a charming and romantic jungle camp that remains probably our favourite place to stay in the region.

Balcony at Raas, luxury hotel in India

RAAS Jodhpur

RAAS is situated at the foot of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, in the heart of Jodhpur’s (Blue) Walled City.

Samode Palace

Samode Palace

The hotel offers a quiet, elegant and luxurious atmosphere, and the owners, (the existing royal family of Samode) play a very active role in running the property.

The swimming pool at Oberoi Udaivilas, luxury hotel in India

Oberoi Udaivilas

The hotel stands on the banks of Lake Pichola facing Udaipur, with views across the water to the 17th century palaces of of Jagmandir and Jagniwas.

Pool at Taj Lake Palace, luxury hotel in India

Taj Lake Palace

Built on top of a small island in 1746, the structure was purposely designed without any land visible beneath or around it, creating a surreal and enchanting atmosphere.

Pool Pavillion at Amanbagh, luxury hotel in India

Amanbagh

Amanbagh, or ‘peaceful garden’, was previously the site of the Maharajah of Alwar’s tiger hunting lodge and pleasure garden and is now one of the superb Aman resorts properties.

Garden at Rohet Garh, luxury hotel in India

Rohet Garh

Very much a family concern; the Singh family still reside here and run the hotel, which has been restored in the traditional Rajput style.

The Serai, luxury hotel in India

The Serai

The Serai is a romantic collection of luxury tents in the heart of the majestic Thar desert near the beautiful city of Jaisalmer.

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