Majestic, Dazzling Rajasthan, gorgeous hotels, fantastic forts & charming countryside | 25 Feb-14 March 2025


We like small hotels with charm, character and comfort, and Rajasthan delivers on all counts. Some are set on the fringe of the cities we visit, others within walled gardens with pools and spas. Guest rooms are big and quiet, they’re pretty and stylish, comfortable and relaxing.


We’ll sample traditional sweets in Jodhpur and daulat ki chaat, a cold-weather treat on the streets of Old Delhi, have lunch under a fig tree among peacocks at Mountbatten Lodge and dine in one of the world’s finest contemporary Indian restaurants.


The Mughal invaders brought with them an artistic sensibility derived from Persian arts and architecture which fused with India’s natural taste for colour and ornament, best seen in Rajasthan’s exquisite palaces and forts.


Silks, pashminas, precious stones, silverwork, ceramics, woodwork and antiques – India’s arts and crafts have dazzled the wider world since Roman times. Our Rajasthan tour is a chance to buy at source, from the artists and craftworkers themselves.


At Narlai, a charming Marwari village where we stay in a former royal hunting lodge, we’ll take an early morning hike with a Rabari guide up Elephant Rock for tea and biscuits at the top while the temples come to life in the village at our feet.


Music is one of the threads woven into Indian culture and we’ll hear the wild and hypnotic music of desert-dwelling herdsmen, sacred Sanskrit music performed at a stepwell by the flickering light of a thousand oil
lamps and qawwali music from Sufi singers in the courtyard of a city mosque.


Generally any reasonably fit person should be able to participate & fully enjoy all that the tours have to offer.
You should be comfortable walking around towns and countryside. The tour will include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).
Be able to walk and negotiate stairs and pedestrian thoroughfares
Be able to stand for 30-60 minutes in galleries and museums at a time without a break
Be able to get on and off a coach with stairs, unassisted
Use a combined shower/bath (please note that we cannot guarantee walk-in shower facilities at all hotels)

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