Rajasthan was once a land of royalty and today revels in its regal past. Scores of forts and palaces loom from the arid desert sands, along with cities as colourful as their brightly swathed locals, who fill the streets in dazzling fabric outfits.
Rajasthan's city greats
The ‘pink city’ of Jaipur is one of pastel-hued buildings, palaces, forts and finely carved temples, while ‘blue’ Jodhpur – a labyrinth of medieval lanes framed by a tumble of blue-washed buildings – is dominated by the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort. Then, flung far out in the great Thar Desert, the sandstone citadel of Jaiselmer is straight from Aladdin’s Agrabah and serves as the starting point for myriad desert adventures. And, if all that wasn't enough, Udaipur, with its tranquil lakeside setting, white marble palaces and beautiful gardens, is India’s at its romantic best.
Our Rajasthan holidays take in most if not all of these incredible cities, taking in their architectural wonders and showcasing their colourful, often chaotic appeal. It's a real feast for the senses, but if it all becomes too much you can rely on the region's palatial hotels – many of which are themselves the former home of kings and queens – to provide a wonderfully relaxing end to even the busiest days.
Tigers of Ranthambore
While Rajasthan's cities are all hustle and bustle, its natural world is just as remarkable. As a standard bearer for conservation in India, Ranthambore National Park is the place to spot wildlife in the region. Expect a superb range of accommodation, from simple but comfortable camps to stunning luxury jungle lodges, and the chance to head out in the company of expert rangers to seek out sambar deer, jackals and Royal Bengal tigers amid its dense jungle and crumbling ruins.
Elsewhere, there's the chance to see India's other big cat species at the wonderfully remote JAWAI Leopard Camp. Here, guests have the chance to pair wilderness walks in the company of a resident naturalist, with gourmet dining experiences and infinity-pool relaxation, far off the beaten track. Speak to our specialists about the options available.
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Explore India's princely state on this luxury tailor-made holiday, staying at Taj hotels throughout. Witness Delhi's big-city bustle and the Taj Mahal's white-marble glow before delving into the glittering palaces and towering forts of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
Top itineraries in Rajasthan
The Golden Triangle, made up of the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, is classic India at its very best. This tantalising triumvirate serves up everything you'd expect from a country with such a rich and varied history and a reputation for chaos and conformity in equal measure.
This luxury India holiday will illustrate the beautiful essence of Rajasthan, from its warm and welcoming people, to its bustling cities, antiquated villages, and regal heritage.
Travel across India in style aboard the Maharajas' Express, a train experience as opulent and luxurious as the palaces that inspired it. Visit Agra's Taj Mahal, take a tiger safari in Ranthambore and explore the glittering palaces of royal Rajasthan before sweeping south to Mumbai.
Top places to stay in Rajasthan
When greeted with a shower of rose petals on arrival, you can see why this is one of India's most famous and romantic hotels. This 19th century summer palace is brimming with old world elegance.
The Rambagh Palace is located in the centre of busy Jaipur, Rajasthan. The hotel maintains the finest traditions of Rajput hospitality, offering guests a taste of royal living.
Renowned as one of the finest properties in India, the Oberoi Vanyavilas offers unparalleled, personalised service and luxury, tented accommodation on the edge of the Ranthambore National Park, one of the world's best tiger-viewing regions.
Where to go in Rajasthan
Rajasthan's Ranthambore National Park is home to one of the finest and most popular tiger reserves in India.
Udaipur is perhaps one of the most romantic cities in India. Founded on the shores of Lake Pichola, its mix of white marble palaces, historic temples, placid blue lakes, attractive gardens and lily ponds and fertile green hills are a world away from the surrounding desert.
The ‘blue city' of Jodhpur is entirely dominated by Rajasthan's showcase citadel, the spectacular Meherangarh Fort. A 10-km high stonewall protecting the old city, with 101 bastions and seven gates leads to a maze of narrow streets and lively markets.
When to go to Rajasthan
The best time to visit Rajasthan and the northern plains is between October and March, when the days are clear and sunny, with temperatures between 16 and 30 degrees, and the nights pleasantly cool. Throughout April and May the temperature and humidity builds as the summer monsoon approaches (July to September), bringing short, sharp downpours and fewer crowds.
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