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.


  • Spend Christmas Eve and Day at Castle Bijaipur, enjoying yoga sessions, village walks and a glass of champagne!
  • Explore the backstreets of Udaipur and enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola
  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at Wild Frontiers’ own private party, with fire-eaters, magicians, traditional dancers and fireworks
  • Option to spend a night in a safari camp along Pangarh Lake for boating, walking, biking, fishing and swimming opportunities
  • The chance to learn local crafts and traditions in a cooking lesson or miniature painting class
  • Be transported to the times of the Maharajas as you stay in beautiful heritage properties and castles

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a 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 our office)


Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 4

Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 8

You can typically expect most nights to be spent in comfortable and often characterful accommodation, making your overnight stays a real highlight of the trip.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 2

These tours are not particularly physically demanding but you should still be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. Any longer walks are likely to be optional.

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 8

With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a strong focus on culture. Depending on the trip this could involve exploring ancient sites, medieval architecture, ethnographic museums and/or having tribal encounters.

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