City of Blue Houses & Heritage


Get the first glimpses of the rolling sand dunes of the Thar Desert, silhouettes of camels and colourful Rajasthan vistas in Jodhpur. This is where you begin the golden triangle tour of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner

Jodhpur is magical with shades of blue and pink popping out of the sandy hues of the desert and in contrast to the looming Meherangarh Fort high up on the hills. The fort threatens to swallow the town on the one side and looks over a sheer drop on the far side.

This city is Rathore Rajput heartland that lost out on capital status to Jaipur only due to its distance from far Delhi. The first feel of Jodhpur is all the vivid colours especially the limestone houses termite treated with blue pigment form a charming mosaic when viewed from the fort.

Sneak into the Umaid Bhavan Palace (if you can), which is now a luxury hotel parts of which the royal family still resides to enjoy the surprising Art Deco motif, high domed ceilings and luxury of the royals. 

Go on a Village Safari to the Bishnoi Village and enroute see the wildlife of Khejarali, and the Raaika cameleers’ settlement to understand the commoner way of life. Other near-by places of interest include, Osian, the ancient town in the Thar Desert known for its many temples and Khimsar, a desolate moated castle that has seen many wars and is today one of the finest hotels in Rajasthan.

Highlights

  • First view of the Thar Desert

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  • Camping Maharajah

    Explore the Ranthambore Fort, which is regarded as the last bastion of the Rajputs against the Mughal might. Walk along the ruins, listen to the legends and see how the jungle and the lake have invaded into the fort.

     

  • City of Lakes & Palaces

    Enjoy 48 hours in a place considered by many as India’s most romantic city. Udaipur is more charming than ever with its bounty in monsoons of late, sublime even! The beauty of Udaipur is as defiant against the arid roughness of the rest of Rajasthan as its warmongering past. In fact, so picturesque is the fortified city that you crave companionship to delight in its sceneries.

  • Crane Your Neck & Look Carefully

    For a decade the park has been starved of water by the state government destroying the swamp land and nearly driving the Siberian Crane to extinction. The swamp land is being revived and once again you can see this most secretive of birds.

  • Elephant Polo Game and Camping

    Try a game of elephant polo, a game like no other and finish it off by feeding your mounts and retire into the sunset with cocktails.

  • Elephant Ride in Jaipur

    A visit to the Amber Fort comes with an elephant ride up to the palace inside. It will be really easy to imagine you are a Maharaja back from a conquest.

  • Eyeing the Tiger

    Visit one of the famous former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, the Ranthambore National Park today is a major wildlife tourist attraction spot that has pulled the attention of many wildlife photographers and lovers to this destination.

    The park is most famous for its tigers and is one of the best locations in India to see these majestic predators in their natural habitat. This Royal Bengal Tiger land is home to a host of other surprising animals and birds that are more likely to catch your eye than the elusive wild cat. 

  • Forts & Palaces

    One of the three desert cities of Rajasthan and home to both a fabulous fort and palace. Explore the durbars of the Raj and stay in the palace hotel

  • Hobnob with the literary crowd - January in Jaipur

    Come to Jaipur if you are in India in January and take in the free Jaipur Literature Festival where famous authors from around the world converge to meet their readers. Lots of cultural shows happen here and the best of local and international food at the venue.

  • Impregnable City of the Jats

    Bharatpur is home to the impregnable Lalgarh Fort situated on an island with moats before both the fort and palace. Explore Suraj Mal's stronghold which finally fell to the British and the Museum nearby.

  • Jodhpur RIFF

    Folk music and its raw energy welcomes you at Jodhpur during the RIFF (Rajasthan International Folk Festival). With the Jodhpur Maharaja as chief patron and Mick Jagger as the international patron you can expect an eclectic music fiesta around the imposing Mehrangarh Fort. 

  • November Camel Carnival

    Pushkar is a place for relgious fervour round the year, but when it is November camels from all over Rajasthan flock to this town for the camel fair. It is a sight to behold!

  • Sightseeing in Jaipur

    Begin your journey with this salmon-hued city, which is a prelude to the splendour of Rajasthan. Jaipur is a place to marvel, from the beauty of its most famous Maharani to the grandeur of its palaces and forts.

  • Sunset & Iktara recital on a sand dune

    Go on a camel safari in the late afternoon stop and watch the sun set on a sand dune from where you can see Pakistan. Listen to an Iktara recital while sipping a hot cuppa.

  • The Fort Where the Women Die

    Chittorgarh Fort is India's greatest fort covering 691 acres and with a fascinating history. The history of the fort commemorates the repeated sieges and battles and the occassions where the females of the fort committed mass suicide. Visit this extraordinary fortification and learn of the sad history.

  • The Golden City in the Desert

    The magical golden city that rises out of the desert from the distance: India's most medieval city and still a place of great charm. Spend 48 hours  exploring the city, the ghost town of Khuldera and the desolate Thar desert

  • The Oberoi Rajvilas

    The Oberoi Rajvilas revives the princely lifestyle of India’s legendary Rajput princes and offers consistently high standards of facilities and services.

  • Touring Maharaja

    The Palace on Wheels is a luxury experience with your own personal assistant to fuss over you. Tour Jaipur, Jodhpur, Rathambore, Jaisalmer, Udaipur and end it all at Agra in true Maharaja style!

  • Walk the Long Wall of Kumbhalgarh

    These are the longest walls after the Great Wall of China and offer outstanding views across Rajasthan as well as being a good walk in its own right. You wont walk all 36km of the walls though!

  • Wetting Your Whistle on Mount Abu

    Visit the only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1960 and covers 290 km² of the mountain. Mount Abu is (said to be) home to 33 crore Gods and Goddesses (3.3 million). Despite such a population of deities, the atmosphere is peaceful and unspoilt.

  • What is life without whimsy?

    Dress the part and enter the hotel as the Maharajah of Southampton or wherever you come from and get the royal treatment and even the Presidential suite. No one will bat an eyelid in the exclusive Palace hotels of Rajasthan and 'Your Royal Highness-es' will be pampered silly! 

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