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Rajasthan Holidays - The Vibrant Heartland of Ancient Empires

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This is the vibrant and colourful heartland of the great empires and kingdoms ruled by emperors and the maharajas who – according to Kipling – were created by providence to provide mankind with a spectacle!

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Why Rajasthan?

The diversity of a Rajasthan vacation is astounding – not only does the region boast beautiful architecture, from the art deco influences by Le Corbusier to buildings and monuments designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, but desert countryside and nomadic cultures, too. With its ancient sandcastle forts, pastel-coloured cities, dust-speckled light and its swathes of scarlet, fuchsia and marigold textiles, India's largest state is sure to induce a bout of wanderlust.

Located in the north-west of India and covering an area roughly the size of Germany, Rajasthan has the most tightly-packed collection of cultural sights of any Indian state, thanks to the legacies of the Rajput warriors and Mughal emperors. For soft adventure and sheer spectacle, Rajasthan is hard to beat.

The transport network is second to none which makes it easier to traverse even for a first time visitor, offering an incredible opportunity to relive the lost era of the kings and queens.

Where should I go?

There is such a host of special experiences on offer for your holiday in Rajasthan – from walking through the old bazaars with an expert guide in the evenings, or a private meal in a historic fort or beautiful setting, situated behind the hills of the famous Amer Fort. Float on the Venice of the East in Udaipur, take an art tour with an artist, or visit the Jantar Observatory with an expert on astronomy.

In rural Rajasthan, be involved with a group of elders discussing the problems their village faces in the 21st century, and see the palaces and forts which house miniature art and Rajput treasures. Perhaps stay in Ranthambore National Park, one of the country’s most romantic parks, and where you can take one of the best tiger safaris in India.

Or visit the Taj Mahal and other gems of Mughal and Rajput architecture. This is the India of rich colours, ornate and opulent palaces and gorgeous royal tented camps. Here are the colourful festivals of Pushkar and Nagaur.

There is a miscellany of things to do, from camel-riding on a Thar desert safari and perhaps watching the villagers making the pottery that they use every day, to riding on the magnificent Marwari horses. Or stay in beautiful havellis, dining with the owners (who may be the descendants of nobility) and where you will, in all likelihood, depart more as friends than just visitors.

What we’ve outlined here is just a glimpse of what one may experience on one of our Rajasthan tours, and there is so much more to it beyond the oft-visited Golden Triangle.

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- Our founding principle is to always ‘put something back’

- An amount from each holiday is donated to our selected conservation and humanitarian charities


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