Rajasthan in Style
Experience majestic Rajasthan in all its glory on our ’In Style’ holiday, which will take you from the heady heights of balloon flights over ancient cities and dinner with a royal family, to the rocky crags of leopard country, where you’ll stay in a luxurious safari camp.
At a glance
- Take to the skies over Jaipur in a hot air balloon
- Head deep into rural Rajasthan
- Enjoy dinner overlooking the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort
- Spot for leopard on a jeep safari in Jawai
- Meet a nomadic tribe
- Stay in ancient forts & eco lodges
- Take a sunset boat ride in India’s most romantic city
Jaipur - 3 nights
Known as the ‘Pink City’ because of the rose-hued buildings in its historic centre, and newly designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jaipur is one corner of India’s famed Golden Triangle (along with Delhi and Agra). Its Hawa Mahal, aka the ‘Palace of Winds’, is a particularly eye-catching five-storey structure built entirely from red and pink sandstone, and you'll see many other extraordinary buildings on your sunrise balloon flight over the region, and tours around the 'Old City' and Jaipur at large.
Day 1 - Arrive Jaipur
On arrival in Jaipur, you'll be met by a Selective Asia representative, who will accompany you to your hotel.
Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.
Day 2 - Tour of Jaipur highlights & Amber Fort
You’ll be collected this morning by a lady driving a distinctive pink e-rickshaw. The Pink City Rickshaw Company is an non-profit-organisation which offers much-needed employment opportunities to women from Jaipur’s low income households. You’ll be driven to Govind Dev Ji, one of Jaipur’s most sacred Hindu temples, in time to witness the morning ritual of ‘unveiling the deity’, while offerings are made and prayers are chanted. The temple is within the city palace complex - with your guide, stroll around this impressive array of Rajashtani and Mughal buildings, some of which are still occupied by the royal family.
Head next to the Jantar Mantar Observatory, a remarkable 18th century collection of astronomical structures including the world’s largest sundial, which is accurate to two minutes. Return to your hotel for a break, pausing at the Palace of Winds for a photo opportunity, before a late afternoon visit to the Amber Fort for a memorable sunset view of Jaipur from its marble ramparts.
Day 3 - Sunrise hot-air balloon flight, Old City walking tour
Prepare for a very early start this morning, but we promise that the hour-long sunrise balloon flight over Jaipur will make it worthwhile! The balloon will soar above Jaipur’s historical forts, palaces, countryside and villages, with your knowledgeable on-board guide pointing out places of interest as the sun rises.
(Please note that the balloon flight and associated transfers will be shared, that the direction and duration of the flight will depend on the wind, and that if weather conditions are unsafe the flight could be cancelled altogether.)
Once your feet are back on the ground, you'll be returned to your hotel in time for breakfast and a few hours at leisure, before meeting your guide in the late afternoon for a walking tour of the Old City. This chaotic maze of twisting alleys offers a fascinating and rather intense insight into local life, as - with your guide - you weave between the market stalls, food vendors, tuk-tuk drivers, cyclists, and strolling cows and goats. You'll pause to sample popular snacks, and observe local artisans at work. You'll also get the opportunity to meet and take chai with a local family.
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Barli - 2 nights
Barli is a small village in rural Rajasthan, where life revolves around agriculture and the daily routine has changed very little over the centuries. You'll be staying in the 340 year old Fort Barli, which has been converted into a homely, family-run heritage hotel by its aristocratic family owners, who'll treat you to a traditional royal dinner. Spend your time here relaxing in the peaceful countryside and exploring local village life.
Day 4 - Drive to Fort Barli, Traditional royal dinner
Set off for Fort Barli, where you'll be welcomed by the family, who are descended from the regional monarchs. Spend the afternoon at leisure, relaxing into your peaceful surroundings, and preparing for your evening meal - a traditional royal dinner.
Day 5 - Bullock cart ride through countryside
After waking for breakfast in your regal fort, you'll switch to a more humble style as you set off to explore the surrounding farmland and villages in a traditional bullock cart. These are actually very comfortable, and a very relaxing way to sway through the landscape, stopping to explore villages and colourful markets, and visit the homes of a leather worker and potter. After your gentle adventure, you'll return to Fort Barli for an afternoon at leisure.
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Jodhpur - 2 nights
Dubbed the ‘Blue City’, due to the astonishing indigo walls of the Brahmin-owned houses within the old city walls, Jodhpur is a maze of winding alleys and bustling bazaars overlooked by the imposing Mehrangarh Fort. This atmospheric settlement is rich in culture and history, with plenty of ancient temples, ornate palaces and gorgeously decorated havelis to explore. Your stay will include dinner on the terrace of Mehrangarh Fort, and a behind-the-scenes walking tour of the old city, taking in ancient stepwells and meeting a Brahmin family.
Day 6 - Drive to Jodhpur, dinner overlooking Mehrangarh Fort
Bid farewell to Fort Barli and depart for Jodhpur, where you'll have an afternoon at leisure before setting out to Mehrangarh Fort in time for dinner at Chokelao Mahal, which boasts spectacular uninterrupted views across the illuminated fort on one side, and a bird's eye view across Jodhpur on the other.
Day 7 - Walking tour of ‘Blue City’
Spend your morning with an expert local guide, exploring the lesser-known treasures of the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur on foot. Stroll through the narrow alleyways lined with indigo buildings, experiencing local life and meeting the residents. While your guide shares stories of the city, you'll discover ancient stepwells, visit a historic Krishna temple and meet the priest's family, sample Gulab Jamun and other traditional Indian sweets, and spend time at a community kitchen. Finish at the city's famous 19th century clocktower, where you'll be driven back to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
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Jawai - 2 nights
The Jawai region of rural Rajasthan is a dramatic wild landscape of scrubland, dissected by sand riverbeds, and scattered with boulders and granite outcrops. It's the ideal habitat for leopard, and a sizeable population of them roam free here - the craggy Aravalli mountains around Jawai contain the highest density of leopards in India. The region is also home to the Rabari nomadic herdsmen, who have coexisted harmoniously alongside the big cats for centuries. Your stay here will introduce you to both groups, with a safari to look for leopards, and a meeting with representatives of the tribe.
Day 8 - Drive to Jawai in time for afternoon safari
Head south to your safari camp in Jawai, where you'll have time to settle in and freshen up before a late afternoon 4WD safari, looking for leopards, with the help of an experienced naturalist. Although a sighting cannot be guaranteed, sightings are extremely frequent. The area is also home to monkeys, deer, lizards, and an incredible variety of birdlife, which your guide will be able to identify. Storks, herons and flamingos can be spotted around Jawai dam, where you're also likely to see crocodiles.
Day 9 - Leopard-spotting safari, meet a nomadic tribe
Set off early this morning in the jeep, on safari to spot for leopard and other wildlife. Listen out for the sounds of nearby villages coming to life as the sun rises, and return to camp in time for breakfast. Later in the morning, you'll head off to meet members of the Rabari tribe, a nomadic herding community who have roamed northwest India for centuries. Recognisable by their distinctive outfits, the tribe have a fascinating harmonious relationship with the region’s wildlife. Once you're back at camp, the rest of your day will be at leisure.
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Udaipur - 3 nights
Udaipur is frequently referred to as one of the most romantic spots in India, with its picturesque lakeside setting and rolling hills beyond. This is a place for aimless wandering through the maze of narrow winding streets, ornately decorated havelis and colourful bazaars, and romantic boat trips across the shimmering Lake Pichola, with majestic buildings lining its shore.
Day 10 - Drive to Udaipur via Ranakpur Jain temples, sunset lake cruise
This morning you'll be driven to Udaipur, stopping en route to see the beautiful 15th century Jain temples at Ranakpur. Scenes from Jain scriptures are intricately carved into the pillars and ceilings of these white marble buildings, and the site is an important destination for Jain pilgrims. Continue to Udaipur, where you'll take a boat trip on the lake for scenic views of the City Palace, the lakeside havelis, the bathing ghats and the city’s mountainous backdrop as the sun sets. Don’t forget your camera!
Day 11 - Walking tour of palace & Old Town
Spend the morning exploring Udaipur with your expert local guide, beginning with the majestic city palace for a taste of royal life in Rajasthan. It's the largest palace complex in the state, having been enlarged over the centuries by successive rulers, and contains an interesting museum full of well-preserved artefacts. Enjoy impressive views from the palace towers before heading on to a nearby 17th century temple, with intricately carved stonework and beautifully decorated ceilings. Finally, plunge into the hubbub and narrow lanes of Old Town, with its bustling bazaars which sell everything from jewellery and miniature paintings to spices and clay pots. Ornately decorated havelis and Hindu temples line the streets, and painted frescoes adorn many of the buildings. Having completed your tour, the remainder of your day will be at leisure.
Day 12 - Explore Udaipur under your own steam
Your day will be at leisure to explore the town.
Day 13 - Depart Udaipur
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.
Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.
|Hotel class||Price per person (based on total # travelling)|
|2 persons||3 - 4||5 - 6|
Dera MandawaBuilt to impress members of the 19th century Jaipur court, the Dera Mandawa is a simple, serene boutique with just a whisper of regal charm... See more
Pal HaveliSheltered by Jodhpur’s historic Old City walls, the Pal Haveli encompasses all the care and character you’d expect from a well-loved, family-run boutique... See more
Castle BeraCastle Bera is located in a small village surrounded by the Aravali mountains, in prime leopard spotting country! This intimate, family-run heritage hotel... See more
Jagat Niwas PalaceBrushing the shores of Lake Pichola, the Jagat Niwas Palace offers haveli accommodation with sweeping views over the water... See more
Samode HaveliSheltered by beautifully tended gardens, the Samode Haveli exemplifies the regal elegance of a traditional Indian mansion... See more
Vivanta by Taj - Hari MahalConveniently located in the heart of the city, 20 minutes from Mehrangarh Fort, the Vivanta by Taj - Hari Mahal offers an affordable, comfortable base to explore Jodhpur... See more
Bera Safari LodgeCamouflaged against craggy hills between Udaipur and Jodhpur, Bera Safari Lodge is a simple, peaceful retreat... See more
Taj Fateh Prakash PalaceOverlooking the wide waters of Lake Pichola, Fateh Prakash Palace presents a sumptuous vision of regal hospitality... See more
Samode PalaceExclusive, stately, and dare we say it, romantic, this property offers a true sense of history, alongside contemporary comfort and luxury. Exactly as you’d expect in fact, when staying in a palace! See more
Raas JodhpurDiscreetly tucked away off a narrow lane within Jodhpur’s ancient walled city, RAAS is a stylish conversion of an 18th-century Maharajah’s residence. From its enviable, central location you can... See more
Sujan JawaiBringing to mind the vintage elegance of old-world expeditions, Sujan Jawai offers high end luxury camping between Jodhpur and Udaipur ... See more
The Leela Palace UdaipurThe Leela Palace Udaipur reflects regal luxury onto the calm waters of Lake Pichola... See more
Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.
These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).
Whilst many clients are happy with one of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
The important stuffPlease note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.
- English speaking, local guide
- All accommodation listed
- Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
- Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
- Any train journey listed (unless marked otherwise)
- All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
- All meals listed
- International flight reconfirmation.
- Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
- Entry visas
- International airport departure taxes
- Any meals not listed in the itinerary
- Drinks, other than water on activity days
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
- Travel insurance
- All other services not listed in 'inclusive'
Please noteAll prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.
FlightsWe will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.
VisaYou will require a visa to enter India. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
PassportPlease ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
InsuranceYou will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.
Vaccinations and Malaria PreventionYou will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.
Booking ProcedureOnly once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.
Travelling ResponsiblyWe care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.
Our tailor-made service costs you no extra
This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...
Your own private guides & drivers
You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.