Rajasthan holidays

DISCOVER THIS MAGNIFICENT REGION
AND GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

South + South East Asia

Rajasthan

rural gems, vivid colours, off the beaten track adventures, quintessentially indian experience

Vivid colours, swirling crowds, majestic forts and palaces, teeming medieval cities, the heat and dust of the desert and the dreamily romantic lakes – Rajasthan delivers the quintessentially Indian experience. For this to be truly magical, however, it must be handled with care. While most visitors tend to race from one city to another, packing in as much as they can, we believe in a different approach. Although the major sights are wonderful – and an important part of your experience they are ‘well touristed’ and seeing too many of them can become more of an endurance test than a holiday.

We believe in taking Rajasthan at a more leisurely pace, combining the cities with some rural gems that we have discovered and enabling you to get under the skin of this incredible State.

At these little rural places there are no grand sights but that is the point; here you will see a Rajasthan that is off the beaten track, its way of life little-changed over the centuries. We try to show off each of these places with special experiences that are unique to cazenove+loyd, and the insight of some exceptional private guides.

Nevertheless, although we believe that properties with character and authentic charm are essential to a genuinely Indian experience, we are not averse to a good dose of luxury – and we combine Rajasthan’s new breed of world-class hotels with just the right mix of more authentic places.

Best visited: October to April. August and September ok but it will be very warm and possibly have rain showers but spectacular landscape after any rain.

All itineraries are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange ten days in Rajasthan (not including flights) from £2600 per person

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For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.

bhangarh ghost town

The Bhangarh Ghost Town is a deserted town where over 10,000 houses were abandoned 300 years ago. It is an incredible feeling wandering the empty streets with very few other visitors. 

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city palace, udaipur

visit city palace in udaipur Rajasthan

Few other palaces in Rajasthan boast such a glorious display of wealth and princely treasures as the City Palace in Udaipur. Your expert guide will bring the glorious history of the City Palace to life and although you can stay here we feel there are more interesting and better run hotels in Udaipur.

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mehrangarh fort

The dramatic Mehrangarh Fort was built in the 15th Century and is at first sight absolutely remarkable, set on a perpendicular cliff which looms over the city of Jodhpur. Rudyard Kipling described it as “the work of giants” so colossal are its proportions. The fort dominates the skyline of Jodhpur, the ‘Blue City’ which was once the capital of Marwar.

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the bishnoi community

The Bishnoi community is a farming community based in mainly Eastern Rajasthan. They follow the principles of non-violence of the Vaishnava sect and are pioneers in wildlife conservation and environmental management, We can get you exclusive access to see how they go about their day to day lives and how their culture has evolved. 

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JANTAR MANTAR

visit the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur

A visit to see the fascinating Jantar Mantar literally known as 'Instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens’ is a highlight of any day spent exploring the sites of Jaipur. The observatory has a fascinating history and with the help of one of our knowledgeable guides you can learn how each extraordinary instrument is used for a particular function and can even today still give a fairly accurate reading. 

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Itineraries

The creation of each individual itinerary starts with a client’s dream.  In discussion we translate these initial desires and aspirations into our vision of the best achievable holiday. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

DISCOVER RAJASTHAN

tailor-made luxury trip to Rajasthan India

Rajasthan is the perfect introduction to India, it is an incredible yet sometimes overwhelming region so we suggest taking it at a leisurely pace combining cities with some rural gems to understand how the majority of people live on a subsistence farming life. There are so many palaces and forts to see, with your guide will work out which cities are best for you to prioritise during your visit. Spending an afternoon riding across rural Rajasthan is a great way to get a real feel for the local life and meet villagers, however if riding is not for you we can organise an afternoon hot-air ballooning to see the mesmerising landscapes below. Rajasthan does deliver a quintessentially Indian experience that takes in all the sounds, smells, colorful textiles and beautiful landscapes.

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Stories

As every one of the holidays we create is unique, all of our clients come back with different stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. We at c+l are also always travelling to our destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.

riding across rural rajasthan

Riding was not one of Alex Townsends passions, it actually filled her with dread. However faced with a challenge, Alex took a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to ride with a guide across rural Rajasthan, which turned into an experience she will never forget. 

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the perfect day in rajasthan

Nothing could prepare our client for his experience of seeing the Taj Mahal at first light. Escaping the crowds and the hustle and bustle, his day started in luxury and made for a truly memorable experience.

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'we didn't want grand we wanted authenticity'

Victoria Pilkington wanted to take her family to India to for a holiday they could all remember and enjoy. Alex at c+l planned activities for each of the children's different interests and made sure that the holiday was an authentic experience without the loss of comfort.

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Hotels fit for a king in rajasthan

The Best place to stay in Jodhpur

One of our clients, Chris Sturdee had the most amazing time imaginable staying in some of India's most interesting and luxurious hotels. He is already dreaming about his next trip to India in 2015.

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Riding and Culture in Rajasthan

High End Horse Riding Holiday to Rajasthan

Susie Aird was asked by a friend to arrange a riding trip to Rajasthan. Her Bridge Four, joined by two more friends, spent a week enjoying the cultural sights of the city followed by a week on horseback riding through local villages experiencing the beauty of rural Rajasthan.

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a photographic journey through rajasthan

Cultural Tour of Rajasthan with private guide

Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell persuaded Georgia Oetker to go to small, owner-run places in rural communities to allow her to develop a real sense of the place and culture. She captured hundreds of amazing images getting under the skin of India, capturing the people and the richness of their souls.

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rana dancers in rajasthan

Samode Palace in Jaipur

Chris Wilmot-Sitwell experienced a rare, spirit-soaring moment of tear-inducing poignancy after watching a beautiful dance performed by Rana girls. Their delicately measured dancing is rooted in centuries of Rana tradition. The joy and passion of the girls, who keep their traditions alive, is clear to see on their faces.

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full of hot air in rajasthan

Hot Air Balloon Ride in Rajasthan

Our Asian destination expert, Sabrina, was unsure about her hot air balloon ride over Jaipur. But as soon as the balloon was propelled by the sudden flare of flames, her fears subsided and she enjoyed the glistening views beneath her as they floated down over hidden towns and villages.

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colours and cloth in rajasthan

Grace Cooper, one of our clients, is a fashion graduate. She travelled to Jaipur where she was in heaven browsing the multiple fabric shops which are the life and soul of the town. She was in awe at all the colours and cloth - from the beautiful silks of the saris to the intricate work of the dhurri makers.

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Guides

Our relationships count for a lot and we still work with some of the same people we have worked with for twenty years. There is also constant change and the teams are always reviewing and adding to the experiences which they can offer and the lodges, hotels and guides they work with.

manjeet singh

cultural guide

guided tour of Delhi mosques

Manjeet has been one of our best guides in Delhi for over five years and gives our clients a hugely memorable experience of all that Delhi has to offer and a real insight into all aspects of Indian history and culture.

Our clients appreciate his calm approach, great sense of humour and his love for his country which is only surpassed by his love for cricket (which he used to play professionally). Manjeet gained his management training from the Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism Management. He has also done a diploma from the Delhi National Museum, in Indian Art and Culture and has been guiding for over 6 years, pan India but with a special interest in Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan.  

Manjeet knows the country back to front, and our clients who have specific interests delight in his vast knowledge of Indian history and architecture. He recently arranged tea with the Maharaja of Jodhpur for our of clients in the grounds of the Umaid Bhawan Palace. He has also escorted many high profile guests and so understands the importance of being discrete and ensures that all of our clients have a faultless experience in India.

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Reviews

At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have details conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration

amanbagh

luxury hotel in Rajasthan

Amanbagh is a destination unto itself and one of our favourite hotels in the region. We think Amanbagh works very well in a Rajasthan itinerary as a place for our clients to relax and unwind as it has the most magnificent pool and spa which are luxurious beyond comparison in the region. However, Amanbagh is much more than a rural retreat and the plethora of activities to do here and nearby sites to see that are rarely accessed by tourists, makes it an ideal place to experience the colourful traditions and culture of timeless, rural India.

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raas

modern luxury hotel Rajasthan

Situated in the heart of old Jodhpur, RAAS was the first luxury boutique hotel to open in the city and it is still the only hotel worth staying at in the centre of Jodhpur. We love the modern amenities of RAAS and its uniquely intimate setting beneath the magnificent Meherangarh Fort. Guests can relax and unwind in this peaceful retreat after a day sightseeing.

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taj rambagh palace

luxury palace hotel in Jaipur Rajasthan

The Rambagh Palace is a cazenove+loyd favourite in Jaipur and it is one of the best converted palaces in the region. Once the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the palace epitomises old world charm and stands as a testament to the rich heritage and royal history of the city. We love the fact that the palace is ideally located in the centre of Jaipur’s old city and set within an astonishing 47 acres of landscaped gardens. The palace provides a calm environment in which to dip into the famous sites and shopping of Jaipur.

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the oberoi udaivilas

best hotel in Udaipur Rajasthan

Situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, Udaivilas is uniquely set in acres of sprawling lush gardens, which gives the hotel a great sense of space and privacy, that other hotels in Udaipur lack. The hotel is newly-built but greatly inspired by the grand palaces of Rajasthan and pays homage to the rich heritage of the city whilst offering you the upmost in luxury and comfort. Our clients have commended the impeccable standard of service and the delightful views of the lake and Udaipur town.

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