The name Rajasthan translates as "the country of princes", and even today it feels untouched by time. From the palaces of the Maharajas to impregnable fortresses, from the Thar desert to luxuriant forests harboring natural reserves in which tigers roam free, this trip is none other than a waking dream.
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Hotel and restaurant in the desert. The Serai, Jaisalmer, a luxurious camp, sits on a 100-acre private estate of indigenous desert scrub, drawing inspiration from the designs of the royal caravan sites of Rajputana; blending their dash and vivacity with modern amenities and services. Venture into the mystical environs of Jaisalmer, discover its fabled golden fortress, now a Unesco World Heritage Site. Amidst this haven of peace the SUJÁN spa offers treatments in enclosed gardens. We serve local delicacies and western selections from daily changing menus that are meticulously planned using fresh ingredients. The enchanting location makes for a perfect evening to succumb to the charms of the legendary Manganiyars musicians. ... Learn moreless
The first impression is that of seeing a mirage. With its 99 bastions, the citadel of Jaisalmer seems surreal. However, the fortress is very much "alive". In the middle of the desert, sheltered by walls, its winding alleys are home to thousands of inhabitants, magnificent havelis (small palaces) and...Read More less
The Thar Desert is India’s largest scrub desert and home to a variety of desert dwelling species that include desert cat, fox, gazelle and the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard. Despite being largely scrub desert with a fair amount of undergrowth the Thar is also home to a few outstanding dispersed...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in the desert. This superb “Fortress of the Sun” overlooks the Thar desert, right in the heart of Rajasthan. Mihir Garh, designed throughout by Sidhart Singh and his wife Rashmi, was born out of their desire to share this heaven on earth. The fortress mirrors the architecture of the local villages, with its rounded edges, open fireplaces and alcoves, and the colour of the stone merges seamlessly with the surrounding sand. Mihir Garh stands as a tribute to this land swept by the desert winds and has been designed as an eco-friendly hotel. Each suite provides a unique place to relax, where luxurious appointments act as a foil to the mineral sand of the surrounding desert. ... Learn moreless
In its stables, Mihir Garh has splendid and rare horses of the Marwari breed. Rides are organised to reflect your desires for one or several days. You can walk your horse or trot, to the song of birds, in amazing landscapes. With a bit of luck, you may meet a few blackbucks…
Located about sixty kilometres from Mihir Garh, the city of Jodhpur still calls to mind Rajasthan's feudal splendour. The blue houses of the old city, the rich palaces and the lively bazaars make the ancient "blue city" special. Dominated by the impregnable citadel of Mehrangarh, Jodhpur for a long...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in the desert. With spectacular views of a dramatic wilderness, life at Suján JAWAI celebrates the great outdoors. Spend unforgettable days on wilderness adventures and tracking leopards; breakfasts in the bush, yoga outdoors and delicious dinners under constellations of an unending starry sky. It is the most sophisticated and ecological way to discover a truly enchanting landscape. A wander to outlying villages allows immersive experiences of local culture and insights into some of the camp’s brilliant community projects. With just 10 tents including a Family and a Royal Suite, Jawai redefines sustainable luxury in the wilderness. ... Learn moreless
Birdwatching is an art, and the area around Jawai definitely offers an amazing scene: depending on the season, up to 170 different species of birds can be spotted! The staff at Sujan Jawai will accompany you to the heart of the steppe to bring you to the favorite spots of both migrating and resident...Read More less
In the shadows of the Aravalli mountain range, the small village of Ranakpur is home to some of the most important Jain temples in India. Among these is the enormous Adinatha temple, constructed in the 15th century and boasting 29 majestic halls and 1,400 sculpted columns and pillars. This true jewel...Read More less
The staff of the Dev Shree Hotel offers trips to meet the local people in an original way by having you share a moment in the life of the schoolchildren from the surrounding villages. This interaction with the curious and carefree students and their instructors is full of smiles and conversation. By...Read More less
In Bisalpur, like everywhere else in Rajasthan, nine festivals are held each week! The changing of seasons is a particularly propitious time for village celebrations, and Holi is perhaps the most festive of them all. Dedicated to the god Krishna, this celebration heralds the arrival of spring to the...Read More less
Nicknamed the "pink city" for the color of the buildings in its old town, Jaipur fascinates visitors as much by its architecture as by the effervescence that reigns there. Founded in 1727 by Prince Sawai Jai Singh II, its unique checkerboard layout follows ancient astrological design rules. Linger in its streets and in the City Palace that Rudyard Kipling compared to the Palace of Versailles, or in front of the sumptuous Hawa Mahal (“Palace of the Winds”), which is worth the trip alone... ... Learn moreless
Is it a facade or a fantasy postcard? Hawa Mahal is more of an icon than a palace, whose five floors of pink sandstone illuminate the city. Although the building has 953 vertical niches and windows, it only has the depth of a single room! It was built in 1799 to enable the royal ladies to observe the...Read More less
Its name signifies both “instrument” and “magic formula”. Built in 1728 by the Maharajah Jai Singh II, the Jantar Mantar observatory is a collection of fifteen astronomical instruments of colossal dimensions. They were all designed to provide the astronomer-prince and his scholars unprecedented precision...Read More less
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Lodge and restaurant in a game reserve. Nestled on the borders of world renowned Ranthambore National Park Suján Sher Bagh Bagh transports you to the 1920s, evoking life on safari during the heyday of the British Raj. The Suján family has played an active role in the conservation effort at Ranthambhore since 1974, and continues to do so more than 40 years on. Sher Bagh is a pioneering camp of 10 luxurious tents, and 2 exceptional tented suites. Enjoy crackling campfires under star lit skies, where naturalists to share the facts of the forest. It’s a place where comfort, style and conservation meet. Sher Bagh’s guides and offer an unsurpassed game drive experience. Their incredible knowledge of the park and the behaviour of its star inhabitant, the tiger, together with their passionate enthusiasm, make a stay here unparalleled. When not on safari, relax under the shade of sleepy neem trees with a book from the library or to take a dip in the private, heated swimming pool watching the sunset. The cuisine here combines Anglo-Indian style lunches and traditional Indian dinners cooked over the fire in clay ovens using homegrown ingredients, hand-picked from the gardens. ... Learn moreless
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ranthambhore fort is so old historians are unable to date its exact origin. It bears witness to the bygone glories of what was once the bastions of the Rajput dynasty of the Chauhans. It remains one of the most impressive forts in Northern India, and amongst its largest....Read More less
A former home to Jaipur maharajahs who hunted tigers there, the Ranthambhore nature reserve is now the ideal place for wildlife lovers. Between October and April, mugger crocodiles, tigers (currently around 70 individuals), lynxes and the local sambar deer are all visible on the banks of lakes or the...Read More less
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.