The Land of Maharajas - travel to experience the best of Rajasthan, 2023
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The Land of Maharajas - travel to experience the best of Rajasthan, 2023
Rajasthan is a centre of creativity, diversity, magnificence, and beauty with a lavish and industrious past. This 17 days/15 nights tour encapsulates the grandeur of Rajasthan’s impressive history, its rich cultural roots and contemporary, flourishing future.
You will be visiting and staying in Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Khimsar, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
Rajasthan is often referred to as ‘the glittering jewel of India’. Amidst a rugged landscape once thick with forests, tilled fields, fine palaces, forts and estates, the marvels of the region’s architectural splendour are as many as the stories behind them. Join us and discover gems from Delhi’s Mughal-era Red Fort and the unforgettable Taj Mahal in Agra, to Jaipur’s lavish palace complex, Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort and Udaipur’s impressive Jagdish temple, the largest Hindu temple in the region.
This tour will not only take you to splendours of Rajasthan’s past, it will also give you the chance to see many wonders of the natural world. Go on safari in Ranthambore National Park and spot tigers and leopards in the wild, then enjoy an extraordinary birding experience in Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and important bird sanctuary.
Our flexible programme allows you to include special cultural experiences to suit your interests from music and dance, to textiles, photography and sport. Here are some suggestions to whet your appetite…. visit the home of a master scholar for an introduction to Indian classical music; meet with a member of the Rajasthan Cricket Association; visit a local artisan whose family has been creating textiles for generations for a hands-on workshop; take an off-the-beaten track photography tour; visit an elephant sanctuary; join a Bollywood dance class; make - and then fly - a kite in the skies of Jaipur.
What we love
- Expert and attentive local guides full of inside knowledge
- The flexibility to tailor your adventure to your interests
- Staying in fabulous hotels and heritage homes, all with first class service
- Visiting iconic sites and discovering hidden gems
- Meeting local people, experts and artisans
- Getting up close to the wildlife of the Ranthambore National Park
Experiences you will treasure
- Two safaris to spot leopards and Bengal tigers and an evening talk with a Naturalist
- Walking among grand palaces and forts and learning about the rich history of their royal rulers
- Two train journeys, including one on India's first semi-high speed train, the Gatimaan Express
- Seeing the Taj Mahal (if you have seen it before… once is never enough!)
- Visiting the workshops of artists whose ancestors created the masterful inlaid marble designs of the Taj Mahal
- Watching a Kalbelai Dance performance, followed by dinner in the sand dunes in Khimsar.
- A steamboat ride on Udaipur’s serene Lake Pichola
- Visiting a UNESCO wetland of international importance for migratory waterfowl – look out for the rare Siberian crane.
- Dinner and cooking demonstration with a noble Rajasthan family at their home in Jodhpur
- Tasting authentic Mewar Style cuisine at the legendary House of Bedla
- Seeing glittering galleries of luxurious, monumental cut glass created for royal and noble families - the largest private collection of crystals in the world
- Visiting traditional artisans and having opportunity to learn from them at hands-on workshops
- Tailoring the tour your own way with our pick 'n mix options
What people say
This is indeed India! … The one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined.
How much is it?
Specially curated visits and experiences* - you decide!
For a more immersive holiday, we have created a flexible programme so you can 'pick and mix' from a selection of specially curated excursions and activities in each destination. (*Please note, all these experiences require pre-booking and carry an extra charge.) Please email us for more details.
Delhi - Day Two
- Visit to Salaam Baalak Trust - working with street children in Delhi
- Visit Balaknama - an Indian newspaper run by children
- Visit to Gandhi Smriti (Birla House) - a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi
- Visit to Purana Qila fort
- Evening visit to Lodhi Garden
Agra - Day Four
- Take a colonial tour of Agra for an insight into life in the days of the British Raj
- Cross the Yamuna River and see hidden treasures of Agra beyond the Taj Mahal
Ranthambore - Day Six
- Visit Dastkar cooperative society of artisans creating amazing traditional craft
Jaipur - Day Seven
- Design and print your own woodblock print with artist Renu Bhagwat (read more about Renu here)
- Make your own piece of Jaipur blue pottery and meet a master of the art
- Visit the Elefantastic elephant sanctuary - an amazing opportunity to spend time with these majestic creatures
Jaipur - Day Nine
- Experience a wood-blocking workshop in Bagru village, then visit Titanwala textile museum - a must for textile lovers! (Read more about Bagru's fascinating block printing tradition here )
- Go on a photography tour of Jaipur - snap the best photographs of extraordinary sites in Jaipur
- Take a Heritage Water Walk - learn about the sacred importance of water in Rajasthani culture
- Get creative in a leather-making workshop - learn ancient techniques and processes, then make your own piece
Jaipur - Day 10
- Learn about the art and tradition of Kathputli - Rajasthan puppetry
- Visit Samode - a small village famous for its haveli and fort
- Meet a kite maker, then make and fly your own
- Join a Bollywood dance class - learn to dance under expert instruction.
- Take a tour of the Albert Hall Museum and Royal garden Sisodia Rani a Bagh
Jodhpur - Day 13
- Learn about Bandhani Art (Tie and Dye art) and take part in a hands-on workshop with a local family who have been creating Bandhani for generations
- Take a photography tour of Jodhpur - snap the best photographs of extraordinary lesser-known sites of Jodhpur
Udaipur - Day 14
- Meet with a member from the Rajasthan Cricket Association at the Field Club and enjoy High Tea
- Visit the home of a music scholar for a fascinating insight into classical Indian music, a vocal recital, and Sitar and Tabla performances
Udaipur - Day 16
- Tour the village of Menar with either a bird or photography expert
- Visit to Bada Bazaar and the Sadhna Women's Handicraft Enterprise to learn about the women artisans' life and work
A Deeper Dive
Once part of a royal Maharaja hunting lodge, this quintessentially Rajasthani wild life park is home to predators such as tigers and leopards, as well as jackals, sloth bears, crocodiles, the common Langaur monkey. The extensive birdlife includes jungle fowl, partridge, quail, crested serpent eagle, woodpeckers, and flycatchers. The park also plays an important role in protecting its wildlife, particularly tigers, and the rangers are incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about Ranthambhore’s commitment to conservation. The Park has been under the Protect the Tiger scheme since 1972.
These are some of our favourite books about India:
Freedom at Midnight by Lapierre and Collins
A Princess Remembers by Gayatari Devi
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Maharajas of India by Ann Morrow
City of Djinns by William Dalrymple
India A Million Mutinies Today by V.S. Naipaul
Indira by Katherine Frank
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