The stage is set. Undulating sand as far as the eye can see. A rumble grows under your feet and as your heart races, so does your quad bike! Blast off across the Thar Desert. Six Flags and Disneyland have nothing on these dunes.
The bird’s eye view of Mehrangarh Fort is a breath-taking experience that beautifully complements the indoor tour. Whizz across 6 different lines that take you over lakes and ramparts – adrenaline rush galore! Just remember, the sixth line made intentionally low is your chance to prove what a pro zipper you are.
The pink of Jaipur fades in from grey as it chases after the wonderful hues of the morning sky. Take flight in the wee hours of the day for an astounding view of the city from a hot air balloon. And just before you land, as you descend over the villages, the locals stand on their rooftops waving leaving you feeling special.
A proud descendent of the valiant steeds of heroes on the battlefields will be your mounts as you ride the trails where Rajput armies moved, now dotted with cenotaphs and wild life sanctuaries. Following in the footsteps of legendary legions and weaving through impressive castles is a lifetime experience for keen horsemen.
The ‘real’ India lies in the outskirts of major metropolises. Discover the pottery makers, puppet makers and miniature painters – artisans in their own right – on a leisurely walk through an Udaipur village. We’re sure you’ll leave with a profound sense of respect for the neo designers who recycle waste into contemporary works of art.
Quiet whispers whip through the desolate lands of Kuldhara. Experience the surreal solitude far from civilization, as you walk through this village, abandoned overnight. The history of this place will give you the chills. We bet you’ll find yourself asking, “Where are they now?”
The slate is clean, but wrinkly. We’re talking mammoth canvas and vibrant vegetable dyes. The elephants sway gently as you paint a masterpiece. There’s something metaphorical in washing it away at the end of the day though, for just like the paint, your woes are ephemeral. Lose yourself in this relaxing activity.
Opulence is scarcely sufficient to describe the times of the Rajputs. The Maharajahs and Ranis were always decked in ornaments, ate only the best food in multi-course meals and slept on beds stuffed soft. Now, it’s time to step into the shoes of the Royals and travel in style as the train chugs along softly.
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The mural route passing through many towns is a grand collection of havelis from the turn of the 19th century. Quirky paintings like a train made of cottages and men blowing into a hot air balloon are just the tip of the iceberg for explorers looking for artsy fun.
Tigress Queen extraordinaire Machli, lords over the Ranthambore National Park. Her legendary tiff with a 13 ft crocodile at the peak of her reign remains etched in time. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of her graceful elegance through trees and copious wildlife.
The apex of the Aravalli, the glorious hill station atop Mount Abu provides the perfect vantage point to look out over Rajasthan. A softy ice-cream in hand with toppings you couldn’t imagine, is just a regular day out at Mount Abu.
Once a trading hub, the golden city in the Thar was probably dismissed as a mirage by many weary wanderers. Seen from the desert the Jaisalmer Fort dominates the skyline – ramparts, bastions and all.
The peacock insignia seared all across the walls of the City Palace on the banks of Lake Pichola is a great tool for a drinking game! Jokes aside, the 11 palaces within the complex can keep you enraptured for days.
Mehrangarh, the perfect vantage point overlooking the blue of Jodhpur. The endless lacquer paintings, inlay work and filigree carved into walls will have you pondering the cushy life of Maharajahs just as the homes of Jodhpur will have you wondering if the people were always blue.
Anywhere else in the world, rats would be captured and condemned but here in Bikaner the famous Karni Mata Temple is believed to worship the Goddess. If you spot a white rat, know that you are lucky for they are believed to be manifestations of the deity and her four sons.
The trademark ‘Pink City’ remains the royal seat in Rajasthan. Jaipur was designed with immense forethought, the City Palace at its centre – colonnaded and impregnable, and a grid style street layout where the city comes to life.
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