Things to do in
Look into the eye of the tiger. While they still exist. Ranthambore National Park is a top place to see tiger with, at the last count, 61 roaming its forests. The effect of seeing one of these elusive yet exalted creatures is one that can move even the toughest to tears. Fecund with other fauna, from Baloo-style sloth bears to leopards and hyenas, this former private hunting ground of the Jaipur’s Maharaja is now a crucial centre of conservation.
Go back in time to a world of princes and palaces and soak up the luxurious lives led by Maharana, Maharajahs, Nawabs and Rajkumars going back hundreds of years. The artisan skills emanating from these times still thrive, such as traditional hand lacquered ceramics, fine embroidery and hand woven pashminas. Jaipur and Jodphur are top cities for top crafts.
Go glam or grassroots as there are exquisite and eclectic places to stay in Rajasthan. With its regal history, heritage castles, forts and palace hotels are like something straight out of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. You can swap chauffeur for cycle and have one foot firmly planted in the grass roots of Rajasthan visiting, for example, indigenous Bishnoi desert dwellers, dining and staying with homestay owners. Or go on a tailor made trip and do bits of both.