Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away during cold winter months.
Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It’s the hottest season so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get great value for money if you don’t mind the heat. In western Rajasthan temperatures may soar, particularly in May and June, so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.
The monsoon season usually runs from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. During this period 90% of the rain Rajasthan occurs, although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall. Lakes and rivers will be higher and there's more colour to the landscape.
October to March is the best time to travel to Rajasthan. Expect warm and sunny weather, perfect for exploring and relaxing. Please note that hotels are at their busiest over the Christmas and New Year period. December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also normal to expect some fog in the major cities of northern Rajasthan in December and January.
Dera Amer is a located in the countryside that surrounds Jaipur, at the foothills of the Aravalli Range. Its serene location is perfect of those who want to experience the palaces, forts and winding bazaars of the city without staying amongst it.
This luxury camp is a must animal lovers. At Dera Amer you get the opportunity to meet with the three resident elephants who were adopted by the owner. The elephants who used to walk tourists up and down from Amber Fort now live a quiet life with their Mahout, and during small scheduled points of the day interact with guests in peaceful surroundings.
The camp is set on the families private land and offers a true 'glamping' experience with each of the six tents being decorated with bespoke furnishings which have been designed to reflect the Raj era. The large tents have private bathrooms and hot running water. Outside of the tent you can relax on your deckchair and in the evening sit around the bonfire enjoying private music and dance performances. The camp can accommodate groups of up to twelve adults, but with no more than one family or two couples sharing the camp at one time.
As well as looking after the elephants the property is also invested in making sure that the local village is supported and many of the staff are locals who have been with Dera Amer since the beginning. Projects are also in place to support the local school and have provided stationary and computers. The Meena Tribe who occupy the local village will be more than happy to see you and offer you a cup of chai.
There are six luxury tents spread over acres of wild scrub land. Each tent is beautifully furnished with double size teak wooden beds, large Indian floor rugs and the bathrooms have all the comforts of home.
Dera Amer welcomes all ages but we would suggest waiting until the kids become teenagers so all of the activities can be enjoyed by all.
Dining here tends to be an outdoor affair, sharing your space with the elephants that are happily grazing nearby. Dinners here are incredibly special, with lanterns dotted around and a bonfire creating a lovely lounge area to enjoy a drink pre or post dinner. Western food can be requested but do not leave without trying the local Pushkar cuisine.
It really is all about the elephants here but aside from the walking with the elephants and bathing them you can also head off towards the local village to spend some time with the Meena Tribe and enjoy a cup of chai with some village elders. If you can't get enough of animals then take full advantage of the experts at the camp and set off early to do some bird watching, you might spot a Whit-naped Tit or even a Dusky Eagle Owl.
Jaipur is awash with craftsman and artisans which make an amazing wander through the streets unforgettable. You will enjoy the sights with a personal guide.
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