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Alternative Christmas In India

Castle Bijaipur is a charming heritage hotel. Situated in the heart of the spectacular Aravali Hills of Rajasthan and surrounded by forests of tamarisk, unspoiled rural villages, lakes and ancient temples; it is the perfect location for walks, horse rides, painting, bird watching or simple relaxation. At Wild Frontiers we consider this our slightly smarter but equally charming version of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as depicted in the 2012 film.

Facilities on offer include a swimming pool, a masseur, bicycles and a stable full of beautiful Marwari horses. Yoga (suitable for beginners as well as the more advanced) is on offer every day to help you unwind, and the beautiful lake city of Udaipur is only a couple of hours away. Besides the delights of the castle, this trip is all about exploring rural India from the comfort of the same place; a gentle land of bullock carts and bicycles, of elegant sari-clad women carrying water urns from the wells, or turbaned men working in the fields, of wandering elephants and accompanying sadhus.

Most trips to India rush from one place to another with barely enough time to see the sights, never mind experience the living culture. All in all, this makes for one of our favourite trips and the perfect way to enjoy a well-earned Christmas break.


  • Castle Bijaipur and surrounding villages
  • Tented camp by a lotus lake
  • Yoga, cooking lessons, bikes and horses
  • The White City of Udaipur – the ‘Venice of the East’

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 11 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • On this tour we will use boats, jeeps and mini-bus coasters
  • 14 nights accommodation in hotels - including 10 nights in a heritage hotel and 1 night in a lakeside fixed camp
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)


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