Rajasthan is often held up to represent ‘classic’ India, and certainly a luxury tour taking in the dazzling cities, sights and sounds of the region would be an ideal introductory visit to this hugely fascinating country.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • No building lives up to expectations as much as the Taj Mahal in Agra. For a different perspective of the iconic site, cross the Yamuna River in the evening for wonderful sunset views of the Taj reflected in the river
  • There are too many incredible sights in Rajasthan to list, which is partly what makes it such a stimulating destination. From the majestic palaces and forts to the simple Bishnoi villages, the colourful markets in the bustling cities to the smaller bazaars in the villages, there's something to amaze at every turn
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There's nothing more exhilarating than galloping across the desert on one of Siddharth’s amazing Mawari horses (the warrior horses of the Rajputs).

Miranda, Original Traveller

A note on price

Flights to India cost approximately £570 (economy) and many airlines fly directly from the UK. Accommodation-wise, prices vary hugely: Rajasthan could cost around £3,000 per person for two weeks, whilst South Kerala would come in a lot cheaper comparatively for a stay of a similar length. Learn more about our pricing

What to do in Rajasthan & Agra

Forts and Palaces

Forts and Palaces

Rajasthan is justifiably famous for its wonderful forts and palaces

Forts and Palaces
Zip Touring

Zip Touring

Try India’s first zip tour.

Zip Touring
Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

In our humble opinion, this might just be the classic site anywhere worldwide that most lives up to expectations.

Taj Mahal
Riding

Riding

One of the best ways to explore the beautiful Rajasthani scenery is on horseback, riding through small villages and experiencing the culture close up.

Riding
Expert-Led Journey: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), 6th - 13th October 2014

Expert-Led Journey: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), 6th - 13th October 2014

The Rajasthan International Folk Festival, more affectionately known as RIFF, descends on Mehrangarh Fort for four nights in October. Usually closed to visitors after dark, seeing the Fort at night is a spectacle in itself. The Fort commands the surrounding desert landscape and sits atop a craggy outcrop overlooking the painted blue roofs of the city, opulent palaces, and the sands of the Thar desert - what could be a better setting?

Expert-Led Journey: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), 6th - 13th October 2014

Where to stay in Rajasthan & Agra

Mihir Garh , luxury hotel in India

Mihir Garh

This small mud fort is perched on a sand mound, surrounded by scrub desert, just south of Jodhpur.

Mihir Garh
The pool at Sher Bagh, luxury hotel in India

Sher Bagh

Just minutes from the gateway into Ranthambore National Park, Sher Bagh is a charming and romantic jungle camp.

Sher Bagh
Rawla Narlai, luxury hotel in India

Rawla Narlai

This delightful 17th century property, surrounded by forested hills, represents a Rajasthan that few see today and is in one of the most beautiful parts of the state.

Rawla Narlai
Devi Garh, luxury hotel in India

Devi Garh

The ingenious owners have given life back to what was a derelict hilltop palace and it is now a luxury 'palace' hotel, the epitome of modern India, with an emphasis on design and detail using local marbles and semi-precious stones.

Devi Garh
Pool at Oberoi Amarvillas, luxury hotel in India

Oberoi Amarvilas

The Oberoi Amarvilas - Sanskrit for ‘Eternal Haven’ - is set among lush and serene Mughal-inspired pools and terraced gardens.

Oberoi Amarvilas
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.

Oberoi Udaivilas
Balcony at Raas, luxury hotel in India

Raas

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

Raas
Pool at Samode Haveli, luxury hotel in India

Samode Haveli

Built over 150 years ago as the Samode royal family’s suburban house, the hotel stands as a reminder of the past, beautifully restored.

Samode Haveli
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.

Taj Lake Palace
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.

Amanbagh
Lounge at Samode Palace, luxury hotel in India

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.

Samode Palace
Garden at Shapura Bagh, luxury hotel in India

Shahpura Bagh

This beautiful 45-acre heritage estate was a summer residence of the rulers of Shahpura and is now an elegant heritage hotel.

Shahpura Bagh
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.

Rohet Garh
Exterior at Chhatra Sagar, luxury hotel in India

Chhatra Sagar

This idyllic haven comprises luxury tents pitched on a dam, overlooking a lake teeming with birds.

Chhatra Sagar
The Serai, luxury hotel in India

The Serai

The luxurious canvas tents are divided into three categories – fourteen with their own verandahs, drawing rooms, and spacious air-conditioned bedrooms; six with additional private walled gardens with plunge pools; and, the ‘Royal Suite’ with its own private spa, pool, and lounge tents for the ultimate in desert luxury.

The Serai
Ramathra Fort, luxury tents in India

Ramathra Fort

Set within a 350 year old fort, the accommodation includes luxury tents and has fantastic views out to rural India.

Ramathra Fort
Interior at Umaid Bhawan, luxury hotel in India

Umaid Bhawan

Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, the palace offers guests a taste of royal living, once only available to kings and princes.

Umaid Bhawan
Vintage car at Rambagh Palace entrance

Rambagh Palace

Located in the heart of Jaipur, this palatial hotel has the best of both worlds – a central position yet set in 47 acres of gardens. It captures the elegance and charm of a bygone era - peacocks play in the large gardens, the architecture is nothing short of impressive, and the rooms are opulent and lavish enough to make one feel rather royal.

Rambagh Palace
Leopard at Jawai Leopard Camp, luxury camp in India

Jawai Leopard Camp

Jawai Leopard Camp pioneers a new age of camping in India. Sujan’s latest ‘glamping’ experiment is located in the remote wilderness of the Aravalli Hills between Jodphur and Udaipur, where would you believe it, leopards roam freely.

Jawai Leopard Camp

Details for Rajasthan & Agra

A little more info

RAJASTHAN HOLIDAYS

Situated in the northwest of the country, Rajasthan is a large province famous for its many historic cities and desert landscapes. Add in the must-see that is the Taj Mahal in the neighbouring province of Uttar Pradesh, and this is a dream luxury tour.

LUXURY RAJASTHAN TOURS

Spend a day or two acclimatising and exploring the main sights of Delhi, including the Red Fort, the Qutab Minar (the highest stone tower in India) and the great Jama Masjid mosque, India's capital and political hub is an ancient city that has something for everyone. Settled seven times over the centuries, Delhi is India's showcase, be it architecture, religion, shopping, culture - everything is available here - waiting to be discovered.

Few visitors to Rajasthan will bypass a trip to Agra to view one of the world's most beautiful buildings - the exquisite architectural masterpiece that is the Taj Mahal.

From Agra, take in the beautifully preserved ghost city of Fatephur Sikri and a tranquil tiger reserve before driving to Jaipur, the pink-walled, buzzing capital of Rajasthan, and a shopper's paradise famed for its precious stones.

Next stop is Jodhpur, the famed Blue City, and home to the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. Then it's on to Udaipur, the most romantic city in India, if not the world.

Finally, end up in the vibrant modern metropolis of Mumbai for some more contemporary luxury before flying on to other regions of the subcontinent, or back home.

RURAL RAJASTHAN HOLIDAYS

Meanwhile, this is a very exciting time in rural Rajasthan, with many new heritage properties opening their doors to holiday guests.

Rural Rajasthan is strewn with temples and hill top forts, the largest being Chittorgarh, and on your holiday it is worth staying in at least one converted fort in the countryside to enjoy the scene and pace of rural life which continues as it has for centuries.

If you are keen to get off the beaten track and away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, then this is the holiday for you, and in most of the hotels you are never too far from the city.

Outside Jodhpur ride through the desert scrubland on the beautiful Mawari Horses belonging to the Rohet family. Outside Jaisalmer at the Serai you can enjoy camel rides in pristine sand dunes.

In Ranthambore, enjoy game drives in the beautiful park, which is dotted with small palaces in the lakes and overlooked by the majestic fort.

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Flight from London

8:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +6 hrs

Miranda is our Rajasthan & Agra expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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