Unmissable experiences... in Rajasthan

| August 30, 2018

Steeped in 5,000 years of history, this region offers a wealth of historic forts and sumptuous palaces that stretch from the vast Thar desert through the Aravalli mountains to the spiritual Ganges river. Take part in some truly authentic experiences that lay bare the life of its people and ever-changing culture.

This is a destination that appeals to the artistic traveller, the food lover, the culture vulture, the historian, the photographer and the wildlife enthusiast alike. Cox & Kings can offer unique ways to experience this land of colour and ensure that you really get under the skin of this vibrant nation.

Courtyard at the City Palace, Udaipur


Evening chaat crawl, Agra

Take part in an Indian food adventure on a carefully curated chaat crawl, visiting the city's most celebrated and tourist-friendly chaat and food stalls. Chaat are savoury snacks, typically served at roadside stops from stalls or carts. Agra holds the accolade for serving up some of the country's best fare. This tour is designed to deliver the gastronomic satisfaction that real food lovers crave. An evening chaat crawl is a safe and hygienic way to sample Indian street food at its best.

Street food, India

Street food, Agra

Private City Palace visit, Jaipur

The City Palace in Jaipur showcases a wonderful fusion of Mughal and European architecture. A private guided tour gives you access to some of the private rooms within the complex. See an exquisite gold-lacquered room designed by master craftsmen, considered to be one of the most beautiful rooms in the palace, and discover other hidden treasures including early Mughal paintings, artefacts and furniture commissioned directly by the maharajah of Jaipur.

City Palace doorway, Jaipur

City Palace, Jaipur

Rural cycle ride, Udaipur

Explore the rural landscapes of Udaipur on a gentle guided bike ride to Lake Badi, passing local villages and the spectacle of the Monsoon Palace en route. The perfect activity for families, the 2- to 3-hour tour unveils tranquil landscapes, brightly clad women and thriving farming communities. Look out for kingfishers, cows, goats and dancing peacocks along the way before stopping to visit a local family for a cup of warming masala chai.

Woman carrying water, near Udaipur

Woman carrying water, near Udaipur

Balloon ride over Jaipur

Drift slowly over the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur experiencing the sights from the air on an exhilarating one-hour sunrise or sunset hot air balloon ride. Highlights include seeing the mesmerising Amber fort from above, the vast Aravalli mountain ranges surrounding it and the hidden forts and palaces of the Rajasthan countryside. As you sail over the vast terrain, you will pass over many traditional villages and see friendly locals waving from below from a very special perspective.

Amber Fort, Jaipur

Amber Fort, Jaipur

Explore the village of Sanganer, Jaipur

The village of Sanganer, near Jaipur, is a hub for local artisans who create wonderful handmade crafts using traditional techniques. Visiting workshops and factories, see the simple but compelling technique of wooden block printing, watch paper being made by hand and see potters at work. Also to be discovered are several Jain temples, a ruined palace, and on a walk along the river you will have the opportunity to see brightly coloured fabrics drying in the sun.

Block printing on fabric, Rajasthan

Block printing on fabric, Rajasthan

Bishnoi village safari, Jodhpur

Visit the Bishnoi community close to Jodhpur, who have become known for their conservationist religious beliefs. Living in tiny hamlets, they protect their flora and fauna with reverence and farm large agricultural tracts, of which they keep parts fallow for the benefit of wildlife. Their history and customs have become legendary and as far back as the 16th century they are known to have resisted royal edicts ordering the felling of trees by wrapping themselves around them.

Bishnoi village near Jodhpur

Bishnoi village near Jodhpur

Creativity in Udaipur

There is incredible amount of diverse and imaginative creativity found in Rajasthan, and the city of Udaipur is an excellent place to see this first hand. One of the most extraordinary art forms found in the city is a painting on water technique known as Jal Sanjhi, where coloured pigment and stencils are used to create designs that are then skilfully lifted from the water. You can also see miniature painting and the art of koftgari, a technique for decorating arms and weaponry.

Explore hidden Delhi

There are many hidden gems in Delhi away from the main tourist trail. Explore the charming Hauz Khas village, a unique blend of boutique shops and cafes set against the backdrop of Hauz Khas lake with its mosque and tomb; visit the deep and historic stepwell of Agrasen-ki Baoli; and the nearby Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh temple. Witness the pomp and colour of the Saturday morning changing of the guard ceremony at the President’s Palace and indulge your taste buds on a paratha tour of Chandi Chowk.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi

A suggested itinerary...

Golden Triangle & Rural Rajasthan: 15 Days & 13 Nights from £2,965
This tour gets off the tourist trail and explores the rural side of Rajasthan. A journey through this intriguing region provides an opportunity to meet local farmers, see a myriad of wildlife and discover a region that has always been at the forefront of art and architecture.

Alternatively, please speak to one of our India experts to organise a tailor-made holiday.

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