• Luxury tour of India - Rajasthan tours including Jaipur and the Amber Fort
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    Marvel at the colossal Amber Fort in Jaipur.

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    Stunning fusion design at Devi Ratn.

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    Experience the rural idyll that is Ranakpur.

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    The charming Ludwara temple, off the beaten track near Jaisalmer

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    Relax by the lake at the ultra serene Chhatra Sagar in Nimaj

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    including a divine stay at the inimitable Devi Garh

DRIFT - A relaxing Rajasthan holiday

With almost three weeks in Rajasthan, DRIFT is more of a meander around the state, a leisurely wander through all that is breathtaking and beautiful. There's a fine selection of hotels – from grand palaces, to remote hideaways and plenty of opportunities to connect with the locals.

You'll get to know rural Rajasthan as well as life in the bigger cities, from tuk-tuk rides to Mawari horses, sand dunes to a small local railway train. Life in this vast state is unbelievably varied, and we're here to introduce you to as much of it as possible!

DRIFT is a 20-day tour starting in Jaipur (flight arrival in Delhi) and including Sambhar, Kuchaman, Pushkar, Nimaj, Deogarh, Eklingji, Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh, Ranakpur, Rohet, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Khimsar, Dundlodh, (Mandawa and Fatehpur) and returning to Delhi.

For a day-by-day summary of this tour, please click below. 

All meals and activities mentioned in the summary are included in the price (see left) and this tour can be customised (including being shortened) to meet any particular requirements that you have.

  • On day one and we'll be eagerly awaiting your arrival at the international airport in Delhi. Our first priority will be to give you a chance to freshen up after the long flight, before we get on the road and head in the direction of Jaipur. It's a five-hour drive, but we'll provide drinks and snacks – and plenty of opportunities to get out and stretch your legs along the way! Depending on your arrival time, we'll get you checked in to the hotel and you can have lunch (or dinner) and then spend the rest of the day relaxing. Unless you're feeling particularly energetic, in which case we'll take you for a wander around the Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort so you can get your first glimpse of the enormity of Jaipur as the sun sets. Dinner will be served back at the hotel and then you'll probably be ready for a good night's sleep.
  • A leisurely start to day two and after breakfast we'll take you by tuk-tuk to explore the heart of Jaipur. It's the fastest way to get around the busy streets and it will give you a real taste of life in Rajasthan's lively and somewhat chaotic capital. Before lunch you'll have chance to take in the City Palace, Observatory and Palace of Winds, but not to worry the pace doesn't need to be too hectic. After lunch we'll show you more of the sights and return to the  old city so you can experience the markets, selling a variety of anything and everything from the exotic to the mundane. The streets come alive even more at dusk as locals take advantage of the cooler evenings. From street level to the skyline – for dinner you can experience one of Jaipur's many stylish rooftop restaurants and yet another perspective on this amazing city.
  • On day three we'll be heading to Sambhar, famous for it's salt lake, which seems a little incongruous with the desert surroundings. It's a haven for birds during the winter and a on walk around the lake you're bound to spot numerous species. Even if birds aren't really your thing, a flock of flamingoes in flight is quite something to watch. From Sambhar we'll head further east to Kuchaman where you'll be spending the night. Post lunch you have the option to explore the local area, either on a tour of some of the local farms or on horseback across the countryside. Whichever you choose, you'll start to get a picture of life in rural Rajasthan (and there's plenty more to come). Enjoy al fresco dining on the ramparts of the hotel in the evening.
  • Pushkar is on the agenda for day four, so after breakfast we'll start on the two-hour drive.  You'll be staying at a luxury tent resort just outside Pushkar itself and we'll make a stop there first to get you checked in before heading in to town to explore. You'll be able to visit the world-famous Brahma temple and then take a wander through the streets. It's difficult to get lost in Pushkar and much better if you can explore at your own pace, so we'll give you a map and our personal recommendation for lunch and you can just go for a stroll. After lunch choose to relax a little more in the chilled out atmosphere, or work off the calories by taking the long walk up to the Savitri temple which sits high above the town. The views are spectacular, and well worth the climb!

    Dinner will be served in one of the greenhouses (from which the resort takes its name) which has been converted in to the restaurant.
  • Another reasonably early start on day five as we make our way to Nimaj and another luxury tent camp. Chhatra Sagar resort is set at the edge of wetlands and built on a dam. Its setting could not be more idyllic and the serenity of being surrounded by this much nature is completely relaxing. You'll be staying here for two nights and can enjoy a range of activities organised by the resort. Don't miss the village tour where you'll be introduced to local villagers and get an insight in to their very different world.

    In the evening simply relax by the water with a glass of wine and prepare yourself for a firelight dinner before retiring to your tent.

    On day six, if you're awake you should definitely see the resort and it's surroundings at dawn. It's almost magical and will leave you with a spring in your step for the rest of the day. Today you'll be uncovering the wildlife around Chhatra Sagar as a local guide takes you on a nature walk in the morning. In the afternoon, you'll have the choice of camel, jeep or foot as your means of seeing more of the luscious landscapes surrounding the lake. Lunch and another dinner with a view will be served at the resort.
  • Leaving Chhatra Sagar on day seven, we'll move on to Deogarh, a small town that has a lot to show you. The Deogarh Mahal, your hotel for the next two nights is an absolute delight. The service is perfect and the food fantastic. Add to this that they have a list of activities as long as your arm and it's sure to be a very memorable stay.  It's a one and a half hour drive from Nimaj and you'll be arriving shortly before lunch. Take time to wander through the streets of Deogarh and browse through the everyday items for sale in shops. It's not particularly touristy and people are very engaging so take time to make new acquaintances! After lunch you'll have a number of options – among our personal favourites are the small local railway trip (which is not like normal train travel in India) which takes you through the picturesque countryside, or riding on horseback over to Seengh Sagar and the tiny fort on the lake.

    Depending on what time you return to the hotel, take a dip in the lotus-shaped pool, or relax with a spa treatment before dinner. Dinner itself will be one of the highlights of your stay! Served on the terrace, it's accompanied by an excellent wine list (ask the owner for his recommendation – he knows his wines!) and if you stay up late enough for “lights out” you'll be able to marvel at the canopy of stars overhead.
  • Another day in Deogarh on day eight and with yet more to see and do. Set your own pace for the day and just let the extremely obliging staff know what you would like to do and when – they'll take care of the rest. Whether you're interested in wildlife or want to know more about how rural Rajasthan works, you'll be in very capable hands. Once again you also have the choice of a list of spa treatments, and some relaxation time by the pool. The hotel is a historical palace and has its own audio guide, so feel free to browse. The owner's collection of vintage cars is also impressive and there's the chance to take an evening drive in an old-timer. In between all this lunch will be served at the hotel, and for dinner we'll arrange a very special private dining experience at the nearby Anjana Fort.
  • After breakfast on day nine, we'll head towards Udaipur, via the ancient Eklingji, a legacy of the Mewar dynasty its high walls enclosing no less than 108 temples. Arriving in Udaipur around 1pm you'll be able to get checked in to the hotel and freshen up before lunch. Afterwards we'll show you the Ahar Royal Cenotaph before heading up in to the hills where you'll go on the ropeway ride in time to enjoy sunset over Lake Pichola and the city. If you'd prefer to do more horse riding that's equally possible.

    You'll be able to enjoy dinner at the hotels open air restaurant with stunning views across the lake to the Lake Palace and City Palace which are beautifully lit at night. Gourmets beware - the hotel's chef is an absolute   master, and the resident sommelier will able to recommend the perfect wine from their walk-in wine cooler. Bliss!
  • Day ten is devoted to exploring the sights of Udaipur. Again, it's not a huge town, so we think you'll enjoy discovering the centre by yourself. We're always on hand if needed and will of course provide you with all the information you need, so just wander at leisure and enjoy the City Palace, Pratap memorial and Garden of the Maids of Honour (Saheliyon ki bari). Udaipur also seems to have an increasing number of German bakeries, so make sure Kaffee und Küchen are on your to-do list! After lunch see the Jagdish temple with it's fine, intricate carvings and stroll through the streets and Ghats around the lake before taking a boat ride which includes the Jagmandir island. You'll have the option of a rooftop restaurant for drinks and dinner with a fantastic view over the city described as the “Venice of the East” and Rajasthan's most romantic city.
  • Kumbhalgarh is the first stop on day eleven, so after breakfast we'll make the drive which is just a little over one hour. You'll be able to explore the massive fort, and it's collection of temples and wonder at the incredible mountainous landscapes from the vantage points at the top. It reveals a whole other side of Rajasthan. After lunch nearby, we'll make our way towards Ranakpur, taking the scenic route and driving through farming communities, many of which still use traditional methods (like oxen and ploughs) to work the land. It's almost like stepping back in time and gives you an impression of how varied life in Rajasthan can be. In Ranakpur we'll take you to the temple complex which is an important pilgrimage sight for the Jain religion. It's 1444 individually unique pillars are fascinating and it's quite possible to spend hours simply taking in every detail. Perhaps this was the intention of itt architects. Make a wish and say a prayer under the “tree of life” carving before you leave.

    After checking in to the hotel (and depending on the time) there's an opportunity to get a relaxing massage or enjoy the pool before dinner.
  • You'll be getting acquainted with Mawari horses and the desert on  day twelve as we move on to Rohet where you'll be staying at Mihir Garh, a fortress built from mud using traditional methods. But mud doesn't mean that's it's not luxurious – far from it! The landscape around Rohet really turns to sandy desert, so after lunch there are a number of ways to explore. The hotel's owner breeds Mawari horse and so the best way is to go on an afternoon ride. If that's not really appealing, then you can always take a jeep and get out to spot Black Buck and Blue Bull which are common in the area. You'll also be able to explore a Brahmin village and possibly the opium-tea ceremony.

    The hotel's suites have their own private plunge pool or jacuzzi, each with a fantastic view out across the desert – the perfect way to wind-down before a camp fire and delicious dinner.
  • Start  day thirteen early with a private yoga lesson or if you're keen to get back in the saddle a morning ride. Or treat yourself to a long lie-in. After breakfast we'll drive around 45 minutes to Jodhpur. Your hotel is right in the heart of the old city in a maze of narrow streets, so we'll transfer to the hotels' customised tuk-tuk and take you in to the melee that is the “Blue City”. After you've checked in, we'll head up to the Jaswant Thada (cenotaphs of the royal family of Jodhpur) and then further up to the Mehrangarh Fort which is quite formidable. Before exploring you'll be able to have lunch on the terrace, and then spend the rest of the afternoon uncovering the history of the fort. In the early evening we'll head back down to the markets around the clock tower, where again dusk brings throngs of people on to the streets adding to the vibrant feel. 

    You'll have dinner at one of Jodhpur's most well-known rooftop restaurants before a nightcap back at your hotel.
  • On  day fourteen there are a number of options and you can choose how to spend your day discovering more about Jodhpur. For example...start with a wander around the streets of the old city (perhaps do a little shopping), then perhaps go to see the Umaid Bhawan Museum, and then after lunch try the Flying Fox zip wire, which gives you a unique view of Jodhpur from the air. And those are just a few of the options! In the evening take advantage of the hotel's spa before drinks on the terrace (with amazing views up to the illuminated Mehrangarh Fort which dominates the horizon) and then indulge in the hotel's chic dining room, with its modern take on some classic Indian dishes.
  • Exchanging the busy city for the solitude of the desert on day fifteen, we'll be turning towards Jaisalmer. It's a five-hour drive and the landscape changes frequently along the route. We'll make time for stops to stretch your legs, but essentially there's not much of particular interest en route (we tried our very best to find something on the Rajasthan Research Run!) so it's really a case of sitting back and enjoying the scenery.  We should arrive in time for you to quickly check-in and then set about a late lunch.

    After the drive, the plan for the afternoon is quite light. We'll show you the 2000-year old Ludwara Jain temple carved from burnished-ochre Jaisalmer stone. It's colour and its fine detail make it quite a special place and very different from what you will have seen before. The rest of the afternoon can be spent enjoying activities at the hotel, including a cookery lesson, or local arts and crafts.

    In the evening enjoy the magnificent views from the hotel's expansive terraces and a candlelight dinner.
  • Day sixteen  and you'll explore start to explore Jaisalmer itself, much of which still remains inside the walls of the fort. Everywhere you go, the Jaisalmer is ever present and adds a wonderful warmth to the place, even though it's already in the desert! We'll show you the palace inside the fort and the Jain temple, before heading to The Trio where you'll be having lunch. After lunch you'll take a guided walk around the old city where there are many havelis, all adorned with fine carvings in the local stone. The complexity of the lattice work - all hand-carved is sometimes defies belief. As the sun sets, find a nice spot to enjoy a drink and the sunset over the desert, and then choose to either return to the hotel for dinner or opt for one of the many rooftop restaurants and enjoy the cool desert evening.
  • Although Jaisalmer is said to be in the heart of the Thar desert, on  day seventeen you'll discover a lot more sand. We'll drive to Khimsar where you'll be staying at the Dunes Village, which nestles amongst towering piles of sand. It's only accessible by jeep, horse or camel, so after lunch at Khimsar Fort you can decide which way you want to arrive. The setting is awe-inspiring and the tranquility hard to fathom. Spend the afternoon just relaxing by the pond or climbing the dunes barefoot... the simplest pleasures. The resort is eco-friendly and tries to minimise light pollution so you can appreciate the dramatic skies at night, and you'll be able to have dinner sitting atop one of the dunes, making for spectacular views in every direction.
  • After breakfast on day eighteen we'll leave for the tent camp in Dundlod, arriving in time for lunch. The camp is part of the Royal Equestrian and Polo Centre and home to more than 50 Marwari and Kathiyawari horses, all expertly trained. In the afternoon you can visit the stables and go out for a ride with the owner Kr Raghuvendra Singh Dundlod, or take the heritage walk around the village and to local farms. Dinner will be served in the open air around a camp fire.

    The nearby Dundlod Fort is the first stop on day nineteen with an option to visit Mandawa and Fatehpur with their array of havelis, the former homes of rich merchants who displayed their wealth and importance through architecture. Lunch will be served back at the camp and afterwards you'll have another opportunity to explore the local area. Depending on your interestes, more horse riding, more havelis or the Satyanarayan temple are possible options. The day ends with a Rajasthani cultural performance and yet another sumptuous dinner.
  • Your last day in Rajasthan, the programme for day twenty will depend on your flight departure time. Where possible, you'll be able to have a relaxing morning before driving to Delhi. For late flight departures there's an option to do some sightseeing or last minute shopping in Delhi and we can arrange dinner if necessary and then make sure you're at the airport in time to check-in for your international flight.

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