Rajasthan tailor made holiday, India
Description of Rajasthan tailor made holiday, India
This is an Indian adventure combining bustling cities, village experiences and a chance to see some of the country's most iconic architectural jewels.
After the sights of India's capital city Delhi, Rajasthan delivers an array of stunning historic buildings. There's the Taj Mahal at Agra, of course, but also the majestic architecture of Jaipur – the Maharajas' City Palace and its museums, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), the Birla White Marble Temple and the ancient Observatory – plus fantastic views of the city from the terrace of the rugged 500-year-old Fort.
Jaipur is complemented by some lesser-known but no less spectacular historic Rajasthan neighbours. In Bikaner City, the 17th century Junagarh Fort guards a clutch of ravishing palaces – Anup Mahal, Karan Mahal and Bijai Phool Mahal. You can compare these with further forts and palaces in Jodphur and Udaipur.
The 12th century citadel city of Jaisalmer, meanwhile, was a key spot on the legendary Caravan route that provided India's historic link with Persia, Arabia and the Mediterranean. Here, you'll visit grand medieval merchant houses (known as havelies) whose intricately carved decorative features provide a striking contrast to an evening enjoying freshly-cooked local dishes in a specially recreated Rajasthani village setting.
As an alternative itinerary, take a trip to Varanasi and the famous temples of Khajuraho.
3 Reviews of Rajasthan tailor made holiday, India
Reviewed on 07 Apr 2023 by Mark StephensAn interesting and unforgettable experience. Its a chaotic environment in the towns and cities that we are not used to and travelling on the roads can be a bit scary. Plenty of historic sites to see. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Mar 2020 by Ann DieckmannFabulous!....It was a holiday of lots of highlights, but Udaipur, the Taj and Varanasi were all amazing Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Nov 2016 by Kevin VarleyI went with some expectations and it blew away all of my preconceptions and totally wowed me. Read full review
Planet and peopleThis is a different kind of a trip as compared to other cultural trips as our emphasis is to use only heritage old palaces & Havelis so that the revenue generated can go straight to the local owners of these buildings and they can continue maintaining their heritage buildings. All the owners of the heritage properties employ 90% local staff so you can see from the way they talk and interact with the clients that they are keeping the local tradition of Rajasthan still alive. A briefing is given at the time of arrival of all the clients that they should honour the local culture of the destinations they are going to visit.
At Jaisalmer Sand Dunes, a typical Rajasthani village is created for this evening with mud walls gaily painted with an entrance. Food stalls are built with thatched roofs where Rajasthani woman cook local food in traditional earthenware pots. The group members are entertained with Rajastahani Folk music and dance. The whole evening is organised by the local people who are very well paid and looked after.
We use only local guides as we feel that in Rajasthan one should have a local guide who can share his knowledge with the tourist as, in India the culture, caste and the language changes every 100km, and it becomes necessary to have local guides everywhere.
All our accommodations which we have carefully chosen are environmentally friendly and use CFL lamps for lighting to save electricity. Many of our accommodation grow their own vegetable for their daily needs in their own gardens and most of the Heritage hotels recycle waste water for gardening purposes.
On this trip we support an NGO called Jagrit who are involved in giving education, accommodation, clothing and food to small children who are found begging in railway stations. An amount of £5 per person goes to this NGO.