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International economy flights and taxes from the UK
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A real treat for wildlife enthusiasts, Ranthambore comprises over 1300sqkm of wild jungle
Ideal for country lovers, discover hidden gems like Bundi, once home to Rudyard Kipling
Expert guides throughout, get an authentic insight into the culture and history of Rajasthan
Get a real insight into rural life with visits into villages
An opportunity to experience Indian hospitality in family-run camps and heritage properties
Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away from European winters.
Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It is the hottest season, with temperatures ranging from 32 degrees C to 45 degree C, so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get cheaper rates if you dont mind the temperature in the high 30s. In western Rajasthan the temperature may reach at high as 45 degrees C, particularly in May and June so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.
The second season - technically the "Monsoon" (although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall) extends from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. 90% of the rain Rajasthan can expect occurs during this period. Lakes and rivers will be higher from mountain run-off and flowers and grasses come to life, bringing added colour to the landscape.
The Post-monsoon period is from October to November. The average maximum temperature is 33 degree C to 38 degree C, and the minimum is between 18 degree C and 20 degree C. The official "season" for hotels in Rajasthan starts in October. It’s a great time to travel - warm and sunny during and perfect for exploring and relaxing.
The fourth season is "winter", and runs from December to March. With day time temperatures still in the high 20's during the day this a very popular time to travel. Hotels are at the their busiest over the Christmas and new year period. Be aware though that 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 fairly standard to expect some fog in the major cities of Northern Rajstasthan and Delhi in December and January.
With regards to game parks, you're more likely to see tigers in the warmer months if if you can take the heat as the bush is less dense and animals will be closer to water. Ranthambore National Park is closed during the monsoon season (July to September).
There is no better way to unlock the mystery and romance of Rajasthan than to get into the countryside and stay in former Maharajah’s palaces. This off the beaten track itinerary is perfect for a second time trip, largely bypassing the major cities and providing a more in-depth experience of rural Rajasthan, highlighting the Indian way of life.
Begin your journey in Delhi, where every corner there is something new to discover. Take a full day to explore both Old and New Delhi, from the Red Fort, rickshaws through Chandni Chowk, the Jama Masjid Mosque, Rajpath & Humayun's Tomb. We can give you some excellent restaurant recommendations where you can sample some authentic Rajasthani cuisine over your two nights here.
From Delhi you will take the highspeed train to Agra where you will have one night here, in order to visit the impressive Taj Mahal. A romantic masterpiece, it was designed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Your next stop is Ramathra Fort, which you will reach by car with a four hour drive and where you will be spending your next two nights. Ramathra Fort is one of the best historic forts that has been turned into a place to stay. You will feel the peacefulness at once, and there are countless things to see and do such as wander into local villages, head out on a boat at the nearby lake, or see the fort at Utgir or the caves temples of Ghanteshvar and Kurka.
After your two nights at Ramathra Fort, you will continue to Ranthambore National Park and there is a little known off-road link between the two areas which takes you through the buffer areas as your bags are taken directly in your vehicle. This gives you a fantastic introduction to the wildlife of the park. Over the three nights that you have in the Park, you will have the chance to see a great deal of wildlife, including the Royal Bengal tiger. We arrange game drives twice a day, in jeeps, and suggest you have about 3-4 game drives whilst staying in the park.
You then venture into Southern Rajasthan's rural heartlands for two nights. Reachable by car from Ranthambore at just over three hours; very few tourists travel to these areas, so it is wonderfully authentic. Bundi, with its towering Taragarh Fort, is as interesting as some of Rajasthan's more well known cities. You will see some intricate paintings and murals which are some of the finest in Rajasthan.
From Bundi you will continue by car to Shahpura Bagh, a romantic ancestral Fort and an ideal rural stopover. The activities here are great fun and give you the chance to really get under the skin of this rural area. Enjoy sundowners over Dhikola Fort before some delicious home cooking under the stars.
Before heading back to Delhi where you will finish your holiday you will have two spectacular nights in Udaipur. This beautiful city has so much to offer and we have included a city tour followed by an exclusive sunset boat cruise on Lake Pichola, a romantic way to end the day.
Finally fly back to Delhi from Udaipur and spend one more night in the city before taking your return flight home.
Visit the small village of Kachpura, a rural settlement, with a stunning backdrop of the Taj Mahal.
The youth from the community, who have been trained up as tour guides, take you through the village allowing you to real get a feel of village life.
The Taj Mahal at sunrise is often on many people's ultimate wish lists and it never disappoints. Seeing the sun rise over this amazing monument makes you sit back in awe as Taj's colour slowly changes as the sun shimmers against it.
Delhi has some of the most amazing restaurants. We always keep our ear to the ground about the latest places to dine, and speak to all our guests about dinner reservations before they travel.
Head to Old Delhi's most famous market, Chawri Bazaar, and discover the incredible sights and smells. Your foodie tour will take you around the narrow streets, where your guide will talk you through the variety of delicacies on offer.
Explore New Delhi, the area that Britain constructed between 1911 and 1931 as their new Imperial capital in India. Think of leafy, wide avenues, and white-washed bungalows. See the vast Rajpath, the Parliaments Buildings and Humayun's Tomb.
A train journey in India can be an exceptionally rewarding experience. You see the life and soul of India in its many stations, as well as fantastic views of India's countryside.
Take a full day exploring both Old and New Delhi taking a Rickshaw through Chandni Chowk and visiting the Jama Masjid Mosque, Rajpath & Humayun's Tomb.
During Salaam Baalak Trust City Walk, you will be guided by a young adult who used to live in the streets of Delhi before joining Salaam Baalak Trust. Your walk will give you a unique perspective and at the same time empower a worthwhile programme.
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