A vast land stretching almost from Delhi westwards through the Thar Desert and to the border with Pakistan, Rajasthan was the land of the great Rajput kings and their warriors. For centuries the Rajputs fought to stay in control of this region, until finally the British forced them into submission.
- Immerse yourself in the intimate World Sufi Festival at Nagaur Fort
- Track leopards through the Aravalli Hills at Jawai Camp
- Become Rajasthani Royalty by staying in historical Palaces and Forts
- Get up close and personal with the elephants of Dera Amer Camp
- Enjoy sundowners in the dunes of the Thar desert near Jaisalmer
The Maharajahs were allowed to stay on as leaders in their own princely states until modern times, when socialist India forced them to give up their often outrageously extravagant lifestyles. Since this time many of the former royal families have turned their ancestoral forts and palaces into stunning boutique properties where one can really explore the rural side of this vast state.
However their cultural and architectural legacy in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer is unparalleled and the forts, temples and palaces of the area make Rajasthan one of the most attractive regions of India.
The Palace of Winds in Jaipur, the Meherangarh Fort of Jodhpur, the Lake Palace of Udaipur and the fort of the Golden City of Jaisalmer are just a few of the gems that await any visitor. On account of its proximity to the Thar Desert and its rich tradition of festivals and fairs, Rajasthan can offer a number of other exciting options. Jeep or camel safaris into the desert can be arranged with mobile deluxe camps, as can visits to the Camel Fairs in Pushkar or Bikaner to witness two of the world’s most extraordinary and colourful trading events.