Our Essence of Rajasthan tour has been crafted to represent the kaleidoscopic colours that swirl through the region. Beginning in the capital city of Delhi, you’ll explore the stark contrasts of both Old and New; from the narrow streets of Chandni Chowk bazaar to the tree-lined lanes around colonial Connaught Place. Next, onwards to Agra, home of the magnificent Taj Mahal. Heading into Rajasthan, the colours will begin to jump out from all directions; from the hot pinks and flaming oranges of the ladies saris to the vibrantly painted houses and buildings. After taking in the splendid forts and palaces of Jaipur (aka the ‘Pink City), steer off the beaten track to Raipur for a two-night stay in the rural ‘badlands’ of Rajasthan. Continue into the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer, before journeying to the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur to take in the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, colourful spice markets, vibrant textiles and traditional puppets. Before ending in the fairy-tale like lake city of Udaipur, make a stop in the sleepy village of Narlai to experience the slow pace of life in rural Rajasthan. Our Essence of Rajasthan is designed to give you an idea of what’s possible and is simply a starting point when designing your tailor-made itinerary – every detail can be tweaked or completely transformed to best suit you.
Upon arriving in Udaipur later today, the evening is free to enjoy Rajasthan’s most romantic city. Udaipur is abundant with lakes and ancient water palaces. Resting on the banks of Lake Pichola, the Oberoi Udaivilas is unashamedly opulent and is something straight out of a fairy-tale. The Oberoi Udaivilas is our personal favourite of the Oberoi hotels. It’s completely grand and really the definition of luxury. In both 2015 and 16, the Oberoi Udaivilas hotel was ranked as the ‘Best Hotel in the World’ by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine in the US.
The Essence of Rajasthan tour we’ve described here is a merely a starting point to share a flavour of the possibilities. It can be tweaked or completely transformed until we’ve created your ideal Indian getaway. For inspiration, we’d recommend taking a look through our Insider’s Guide to Oberoi Hotels in India, or our popular Ultimate Luxury Rajasthan Tour. Let us know what you’d like to create and we’ll make it happen!
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