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RAJASTHAN & THE NORTH HOLIDAYS AND TOURS

Rajasthan and the north of India – a region also incorporating Gujarat, Delhi and Agra – simply bursts with life and vitality, beauty and colour, unrivalled architecture and fine traditions of hospitality.

Rajasthan is home to theRajput warrior caste who variously claim descent from the sun, the moon and the flames of the sacrificial fire. Over the centuries theRajputs have developed a highly evolved code of chivalry and honour similar to that of the European medieval knights. Rather than face the dishonour of being taken captive by a victorious enemy they would don the saffron robes of martyrdom and ride out to certain death.

And their women would fare no better, hurriedly building huge pyres and committing a grim mass-destruction in an event known as Jauhar. Fiercely defending their territory to the death, the Rajputs built mammoth forts such as at Chittorgarh, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, and the fabulous palaces of Udaipur, Jaipur and Amber which, of course, can still be seen - and even stayed in - today.

Although Rajasthan is full of amazing spectacles, perhaps the most striking aspect of a visit to the land of kings today is the abundance of colour. As an antidote to the harsh, monotone desert landscape, the people of Rajasthan have created through their luminous canary yellow turbans, lime green saris and flame red headscarves, a vibrancy of colour unequalled anywhere on the subcontinent. And nowhere is this more in evidence than at the rarely visited Chandrabagha Animal Fair.

But that’s not all. In this part of India lies Gujarat, an extraordinarily diverse region of temples, palaces, unique textiles and, in the Rann of Kutch, some of the most surreal landscapes and interesting wildlife the subcontinent can offer. Also worth a visit is Amritsar, home of the Sikh religion and their famous Golden Temple.

And then of course there is Agra and the eternal Taj Mahal – a place that never disappoints and always amazes with its sublime symmetry and exquisite changing colours.

Maintaining our unique blend of luxury and adventure, here in Rajasthan and the north of India we specialise in getting you off the beaten track and into the more secret parts of this amazing state. We offer a variety of group trips and can work with you to tailor-make the perfect private holiday.

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Group tours

Travel with a small group of like-minded people on one of our award-winning group tours

GROUP TOUR

Rajasthan: Taj, Temples & Tigers

Combine the highlights of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur and Ranthambore National Park with rural Rajasthan and out of the way temples.
15 days from $3,983
GROUP TOUR

India: Gujarat & Rann of Kutch

Explore diverse Gujarat, from salt flats to textiles, Jain temples to the ruins of Champaner on this off the beaten track adventure.
16 days from $3,850
GROUP TOUR

India: Classic Rajasthan

A perfect first-time trip taking in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Bijaipur and a stay in the real Marigold Hotel.
11 days from $2,793
GROUP TOUR

India In Slow Motion

Immerse yourself in the of rural life of Central India visiting temples, forts and smaller charming towns coinciding with a local festival or fair for extra colour!
14 days from $4,403
GROUP TOUR

Karakoram Adventure - Kashgar to Kashmir

From Kashgar's Sunday Market in China, travel through Pakistan's Hunza Valley, to Lahore, Amritsar in India and finish with a stay on a houseboat in Srinagar.
21 days from $6,825
GROUP TOUR

India: Journey to Ladakh

Travel to the heady heights of Ladakh or 'Little Lhasa' with its stunning Himalayan scenery dotted with Buddhist monasteries. Drive along the spectacular Manali highway and ride the toy train to Shimla.
14 days from $4,095

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

The tours below are suggested itineraries, one of our experts will be happy to tailor a trip to suit your tastes and budget.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

TAILOR-MADE

Classic Rajasthan

A classic introduction to the beauty of Rajasthan, journey from ancient forts and palaces, through spectacular scenery and colourful backstreets, to the wilds of Ranthambore as you go in search of the elusive Bengal Tiger.
14 days from $4,193
TAILOR-MADE

Rajasthan in Style

This very special luxury journey takes in some of India's most exclusive experiences and properties. Go beyond the highlights and enjoy an array of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from private candle-lit dinners to backstage tours after dark.
17 days from $13,993
TAILOR-MADE

Rajasthan Family Adventure

Rajasthan is the perfect destination for a family adventure, with an abundance of culture, history and wildlife, as well as some wonderful properties which cater to families. You can enjoy tiger tracking and village walks, creative workshops and meeting with local families, as well as some much-needed downtime.
15 days from $4,060
TAILOR-MADE

Undiscovered Rajasthan

This adventure is ideal for second visit to Rajasthan or for someone wanting to go off the beaten track. This trip will offer the opportunity to explore some truly beautiful remote regions of Rajasthan.
14 days from $4,123
TAILOR-MADE

Complete Rajasthan

This trip will offer the opportunity to do an in-depth journey of Rajasthan, exploring the main regions and the fascinating cultural highlights. It also goes off the beaten track and into beautiful rural countryside.
22 days from $6,874
TAILOR-MADE

Classic Ladakh

A classic trip that takes in the beauty of the Ladakh region in the high Himalaya, journeying from impressive monasteries to dramatic Himalayan landscapes and traditional Ladakhi rural landscapes.
10 days from $3,220
TAILOR-MADE

Kashmir Wild Walking

This itinerary takes you to some of the most pristine and unspoiled Himalayan mountain trekking regions of Kashmir. Get off the beaten track and journey over high passes, through forested mountains and beautiful open valleys.
10 days from $2,835
TAILOR-MADE

Wild Walking Mountains & Villages

This trip takes you to some of the most pristine mountain regions of Kumaon in the Western Himalaya, after which you go in search of tigers in Corbett National Park, ending in the sacred city of Rishikesh.
14 days from $4,746
TAILOR-MADE

Wild Central India in Style

This extraordinary wildlife journey takes you into the jungles of Central India where you can experience some of India's best properties. You will be taken on expert-led safaris that will allow you to spot numerous species, including the enigmatic Bengal Tiger.
13 days from $4,956
TAILOR-MADE

Central India - Hill Forts & Palaces

Journey from ancient forts and monuments, through spectacular scenery, to the wilds of Satpura as you go in search of wildlife and tigers, before finishing in Goa.
15 days from $5,754

HIGHLIGHTS OF RAJASTHAN & THE NORTH

BEST EXPERIENCES

Please see below a selection of the best experiences.

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Agra

Agra is the city that possesses the most photographed building in Asia, the sublime Taj Mahal. This most famous Mughal monument was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in child birth. For twenty two years 20,000…

Delhi

Capital of India, of the British Raj and the Moghul empire, Delhi,is a fascinating place to explore, bursting with centuries of colourful history, of old imperial splendour and modern mayhem. From the chaotic, narrow alleyways of the old town to the relative…

Jaipur

The Pink City, founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, is the capital of Rajasthan and is a major attraction for the first-time visitor. It's surrounded on all sides by rugged hills, crowned with forts and enclosed by medieval walls. Houses with latticed windows line…

Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in Northern India. The park is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of south-eastern Rajasthan, which is about 130 km from Jaipur. Originally one of the famous hunting grounds of…

Udaipur

If you were to ask the staff of Wild Frontiers - many of whom have spent a considerable amount of time in India - which was their favourite town on the Subcontinent, you would almost certainly receive the answer, Udaipur. As romantic as any city on earth - with…

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

From luxury accommodation to small guesthouses, browse our pick of the country’s best places to stay below.

Haveli Dharampura, Delhi

Originally built in 1887 AD, the haveli in Dharampura, Old Delhi has been transformed into an award-winning heritage hotel. After six, painstaking years of renovation, the property now offers one of…

Khem Villas, Ranthambore

At Khem Villas, it is common to see jackals, jungle cats, hyenas, desert fox and crocodiles within the 10 acres of surrounding grasslands. The hotel has a series of cottages and tents, each with…

Samode Haveli, Jaipur

Samode Haveli was converted into a heritage hotel in 1988 after previously being the suburban manor house to the Samode Royal family. The building itself faces north so as to avoid the blistering heat…

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

A private floating palace in the middle of Lake Pichola, the Taj Lake Palace is an opulent marble haven, worthy of its status as best hotel in the area, indeed the state. You enter this beautiful…

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

Rated amongst the leading resorts in the world, The Oberoi Amarvilas offers the best view of the Taj Mahal in Agra. The hotel is located 500 metres from the Taj Mahal and all rooms, suites, the lobby,…

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WHEN TO GO

Please find below average daily temperature and rainfall charts for various places within the country.

INSPIRATION

60 SECOND GUIDE TO RAJASTHAN

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USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers India though you should be upto- date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is present in some parts of India so we recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments. 

Currency 

In India the official unit of currency is the Indian Rupee (INR).  

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com  

 Cultural Sensitivity 

On our tours we frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your guides will be able to advise you accordingly.   

 In Southern India people are used to foreign visitors, but traditionally clothing is quite modest and so you should bear this in mind when packing for your trip. Vest-style tops should be avoided, and women may find a scarf or shawl useful on occasions to cover their chest and shoulders.  

Kashmiris and Buddhist Ladakhis are modest dressers and therefore while out of the privacy of the houseboats or guesthouses, both sexes should wear a reasonable amount of clothing, covering legs and shoulders. When in Kashmir, visiting the mosques, ladies should cover their heads with headscarves and men should wear trousers and long-sleeved shirts.   

Shoulders and legs should be covered when visiting temples and other important religious sites. Shoes must also be removed when visiting important places in India; it is therefore a good idea to carry a pair of socks with you as the floors can get very hot!  

Important: Please note, in the Tamil Nadu region, men and women must wear traditional Indian attire when visiting temples and religious sites. Your guide will be able to advise you on what is appropriate and where clothing can be purchased.  

Normal summer clothes are fine if visitors appreciate that India is a conservative country and respect local sensibilities. Long t-shirts and shorts are usually acceptable however it is worth noting that women especially can attract unwanted attention and therefore may feel more comfortable wearing longer less revealing attire. We would recommend investing in some light cotton trousers, shirts and lightweight jumpers.  

Language & Religion 

In India, the major language is Hindi, with 17 other official regional languages and English as a common language for all. Religion is mainly Hinduism alongside Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism and Christianity.   

Time 

India is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT.  

A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com  

Food and drink 

One of the great myths about travelling in India is that the food is poor. We are delighted to inform you that on our trips this is definitely not the case. Indeed, many people find the delicious food to be one of the highlights of a visit to India. The food can be quite spicy, so it may be worth asking how hot the dishes are likely to be before purchasing them if you are not a fan of spicy food.   

For the more adventurous eater, India is a never-ending snack. An incredible array of delicious street food is available throughout the country with local delicacies to be found in each state. Ask your guide or driver for their recommendations. Conventional street food safety wisdom is to avoid any raw veg that hasn’t been peeled as it will have been washed in local tap water.  

India is the perfect place for vegetarians, and those with special dietary needs can also generally be catered for easily. Please let us know your requirements as soon as possible so we can make any arrangements to cater for your needs.  

Most alcohol is available but often hard to get hold of and the quality is sometimes questionable. For a decent shot of Scotch at sundown it’s probably best to buy it duty free.  Beer is available throughout most of the country from the restaurants and accommodation venues that we use.  


Most alcohol is available but often hard to get hold of and the quality is sometimes questionable. For a decent shot of Scotch at sundown it’s probably best to buy it duty free.  Beer is available throughout most of the country from the restaurants and accommodation venues that we use.

RAJASTHAN & THE NORTH REVIEWS