Spy a prowling tiger as it paws its way across the leafy jungle and spend the night in a royal palace fit for the Queen on magical holidays in Rajasthan.
Rajasthan holidays are like tumbling into a fairytale book. Tigers rule the wilderness and epic fortresses guard a blushing terracotta-pink city, where you can just as easily spot peacocks wandering through gardens, an elephant stuck in a traffic jam or a troop of monkeys leaping between rooftops. Queen Elizabeth II graces the guestbooks of the state’s royal residences, most of which are now hotels that would blow away the most seasoned five-star hotel guests.
Most visitors take a whistle-stop tour that only touches a tiny part of Rajasthan as part of the Golden Triangle – the first-timers’ holy grail combination of Delhi, Agra for the Taj Mahal and Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital. Beyond Jaipur, there are spectacular jewels strewn all over India’s largest state. Check in to a Bond villain lair-style floating palace; watch the amber glow radiate from a fort built by the same Mughal Emperor who built the Taj Mahal; and get a glimpse of the notoriously secretive leopard at a butler-serviced camp in the wilds of India.
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- Travel through Rajasthan’s desert landscape to beautiful Jaipur on a tour of India's Golden Triangle
- Live like a maharaja in one of the royal state’s palatial heritage hotels or escape to a luxury tent in the wild
- Add on a tiger safari in India's most famous wildlife park, Ranthambore, as part of your Northern India itinerary
- Take a luxury train journey and travel in comfort via Rajasthan on the way to Mumbai or Delhi
- Car and driver tours allow flexibility and the chance to create your own Rajasthan itineraries.
Rajasthan holiday highlights
Rajasthan is best known for its excellent tiger-spotting territory in Ranthambore National Park, where you can watch langurs playing and hopefully see majestic striped predators, the real Shere Khans. Jaipur is the dazzling 'pink city' where you can tour the Amber Fort or see the City Palace, while in the contrasting blue city of Jodhpur you can stay in Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, a regal spectacle that’s still home to the royal family.
Find water the edge of the Thar Desert at Chand Baori – one of the best preserved Indian stepwells – and sit pretty on a boat on Lake Pichola, the setting to Udaipur and its splendid palaces. And for off-the-beaten-track glamour, Rajasthan is the best place for luxurious camps in the wild and heritage hotels once home to maharajas. Visit a village in the hills and have a private dinner by a beautiful candlelit stepwell at Rawla Narlai, follow in the steps of Rajput warriors and stop under Chhatra Sagar’s billowing canvas tents in rural Rajasthan and track leopards from Relais & Châteaux camp, Jawai.
Where is Rajasthan?
Rajasthan is the largest state in north-west India. It shares its western border with Pakistan, and its eastern border meets several Indian states including Uttar Pradesh (where you’ll find Agra, home of the Taj Mahal) and Madhya Pradesh (home to Bandhavgarh and Kanha national parks). Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur, is four hours’ drive or a two-hour flight from Agra, and five hours’ drive or an hour’s flight from Delhi – these three classic destinations are easily visited as part of a Golden Triangle tour. Rajasthan is also one of India’s most famous places for tiger safaris; it’s where you’ll find Ranthambore National Park.
Rajasthan is vast but relatively easy to get around. There are trains including luxury services like Maharajas’ Express and Deccan Odyssey which stop at Jaipur and Ranthambore en route to Delhi and Mumbai. Taxis are readily available in cities like Jaipur and a car and driver is one of the best ways to cover a broader itinerary or get to harder-to-reach hotels and camps. A guided tour is the easiest way to visit the most important attractions accompanied by local guides.