Traditional Rajasthan itineraries move between the large cities, which are home to some of the state's most famous attractions, however there is much more too see in this vibrant state.
Spending time in the rural areas allows you to break your journey up and experience something completely different. Whether visiting a local school, watching traditional potters ply their trade or joining a farmer tending to the crops, in rural Rajasthan you can experience a way of life that has continued largely unchanged for centuries.
Our Rajasthan & the North highlights
Soak up the vivid colours of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is known as India's most colourful state and it's easy to understand why. The bright saris and jewellery of the women and colourful turbans of the men make the people stand out. The wonderful local markets, golden deserts and the blue washed houses of Jodhpur make for an unforgettable landscape.
Spot tigers in Ranthambhore National Park
Explore the adundant wildlife of Ranthambhore in an open-top jeep - a fantastic way to see spotted deer, monkeys, colourful birdlife and tiger. There is something truly magical about seeing this beautiful cat emerge from the undergrowth and patrol its territory in stunning, natural surroundings.
Relax in the rural idyll of Orchha
The many palaces and gardens of this sleepy 16th century town are easily explored on foot, and its serene location in ancient forest on the banks of the Betwa River make this an ideal place to spend a few days exploring or simply relaxing.
Experience the magic of sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Whilst the majestic domes and beautifully-carved columns of the Taj Mahal are magnificent at any time of the day, they are at their most breathtaking first thing in the morning as the sun rises and casts a magical soft pink light across its elegant facade.
See Delhi's architectural treasures
Delhi boasts many architectural gems, such as the Baha'i House of Worship and the India Habitat Centre, which combined with the Secretariat, Lutyen, make it one of the world's great architectural capitals.
Take an evening boat ride along the Ganges at Varanasi
A place of spiritual pilgrimage for thousands of years, Varanasi sits on the banks of the Ganges, India's holiest river. The best way to appreciate the flurry of activity and huge gatherings of people making offerings to the goddess Ganga, or Aarti, is from a sunset boat cruise along the river.
Some of our favourite places in Rajasthan & the North
With shimmering marble domes and towers reflecting in landscaped pools, the Taj Mahal is Agra's highlight and the world's greatest monument to love. Cool and white by moonlight, its elegant façade is at its best glowing pearlescent pink at dawn, but at any time of day this iconic building never fails to take your breath away.
Many tours will start and finish in Delhi, India's bustling capital. On the surface it is very much a symbol of modern India - contemporary and developing, but scattered throughout the city lie testaments to Delhi's intriguing past. The vast Red Fort and the Jama Masjid Mosque are some of the architectural splendours of northern India.
Great places to stay in Rajasthan & the North
Located only 600 metres from the Taj Mahal and with every bedroom facing the monument, this has to be one of the best situated hotels in the world.
In the midst of the wrinkled old Aravalli Hills, Chhatra Sagar is run by two charming brothers and their wives as an oasis of comfort.
This large hotel of considerable character is located in the centre of New Delhi's most fashionable area. Built in 1931 during the British colonial period, the hotel still retains much of the eminence of that time.
Situated on a 10 acre wilderness area just a 10-minute drive from the reserve, this delightful camp is surrounded by the natural world.
This hotel was originally the townhouse of the Prime Minister of Jaipur and is situated within the city walls, the perfect location for sightseeing in the city.
The Gateway Hotel
A haven of peace and tranquillity in this crowded and ancient temple city. Set admist 40 acres of lush gardens in the cantonment area of Varanasi just 6kms from the city centre.