Our suggested Rural Rajasthan tour is a twelve-day trip from Delhi to the bustling Indian cities of Jaipur and Udaipur, steering off the beaten track mid-way to discover the charm, beauty and slow pace of life in rural Rajasthan.
Begin with two nights in the thronging capital of Delhi, where you’ll explore the contrasts of both Old and New; from the souk-like bazaars of Chandni Chowk to the tree-lined boulevards of Lutyens’ Delhi. Next, head southwest into Rajasthan and the glorious city of Jaipur, with its iconic pink city overlooked by the splendid 17th-century Amber Fort. As well as exploring these fascinating sites with your guide, you’ll soak up the colourful local bazaars and head to the peaceful outskirts for an evening with elephants. It’s from here that you take a more unusual route, stepping off the usual tourist trail to discover the hidden gems of rural Rajasthan, beginning with two nights at the charming Lakshman Sagar. Here, spend your days exploring the local area and way of life on a number of unique excursions, from local liquor tasting to vegetable picking. Move on to Deogarh and you’ll spend two nights at Dev Shree, a luxury homestay in the heart of rural Rajasthan where your gracious hosts (descendants of the Deogarh royal family) will show you around; from a scenic ride on the narrow-gauge train to drinking chai with the villagers. Your journey comes to an end in Udaipur, a spectacular city of lakes, palaces and temples surrounded by the Aravali hills. Here in Udaipur, you’ll soak up the best of its romantic architectural splendours and revel in the delights of the dreamy Taj Lake Palace hotel.
If you’d like to visit the Taj Mahal, a night or two in Agra can comfortably slot in between Delhi and Jaipur. Similarly, nights can be added or taken away – or alternate accommodation included – to best suit your tastes, budget and schedule. For more inspiration, do check out our 8 Favourite Hideaways in Rural Rajasthan. Lastly, the Luxury Escape to Rural Rajasthan we’ve described here is merely a suggestion to serve as inspiration and can be tweaked or completely transformed until we’ve refined your ideal holiday to India.
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