Rajasthan Holidays: An Overview

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.

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  • 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

Luxury Rajasthan Tours and Safaris: The Detail

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.

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.

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.


Top picks for Rajasthan & Agra

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Rajasthan & Agra

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

What to do

Expert-Led Journey: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) with Amelia Stewart

Expert-Led Journey: Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) with Amelia Stewart

Rajasthan & Agra

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?

What to do

The swimming pool at Oberoi Udaivilas, luxury hotel in India

Oberoi Udaivilas

Rajasthan & Agra

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.

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Zip Touring

Zip Touring

Rajasthan & Agra

This is a heritage tour with a difference; fly down from ridge tops and hill forts on a series of zip wires seeing views over the Mehrangarh Fort and Jodhpur city accompanied by a trained instructor who imparts facts and the local history, culture and ecology.

What to do

Balcony at Raas, luxury hotel in India

RAAS Jodhpur

Rajasthan & Agra

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

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Riding

Riding

Rajasthan & Agra

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

What to do

Rawla Narlai

Rawla Narlai

Rajasthan & Agra

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.

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Pool at Samode Haveli, luxury hotel in India

Samode Haveli

Rajasthan & Agra

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

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Mihir Garh , luxury hotel in India

Mihir Garh

Rajasthan & Agra

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

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Devi Garh, luxury hotel in India

RAAS Devi Garh

Rajasthan & Agra

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.

Where to stay

Pool at Oberoi Amarvillas, luxury hotel in India

Oberoi Amarvilas

Rajasthan & Agra

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

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Pool Pavillion at Amanbagh, luxury hotel in India

Amanbagh

Rajasthan & Agra

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.

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