Rajasthan is a bastion of Indian history, known as the Land of Kings for its array of medieval forts, intricate temples and lavish palaces built by maharajas. Sprawling from the heights of the Aravalli mountain range to Ranthambore’s tiger-spotted jungles and the dry sands of the Thar Desert, the region is peppered with architectural relics from India’s past. Heavy hitters include Jaipur’s honey-hued Amber Fort and Lake Pichola Palace in Udaipur, as well as Jodhpur’s imposing Mehrangarh Fort.
In Rajasthan’s lively capital, Jaipur, you can spend days wandering the walled city, which was painted rose pink on the orders of Maharaja Ram Singh, to honour the visiting Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria. Tour temples dressed with elaborate frescos, wander the mammoth spice market and pass through ornate doorways to stay in family-run havelis. The nearby Amber Fort beckons with its mirrored halls and decorative courtyards, poised on a hilltop a few miles from the city.
Continuing the colour theme, the Blue City of Jodhpur offers a tangle of indigo cube houses beloved by photographers, shadowed by Mehrangarh Fort which looms above the city. Get lost in the labyrinthine streets, stumbling upon ancient stepwells and tie-dye gurus, stopping to take in rooftop views and taste fiery curries at a local cooking class. Then there’s Udaipur, perhaps India’s most romantic city, where you can sail across Lake Pichola at sunset and stay in an opulent palace hotel.
Rajasthan’s storied past is best explored with local guides; let our India experts arrange tours of the region’s historic wonders and stays in family-run havelis and high-end hotels.
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