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This captivating journey offers new travellers to India and those returning, the opportunity to experience the highlights of Rajasthan in great style and comfort. Jennifer Wilkinson, ET's Owner and Director, will lead this exhilarating small group journey. Jennifer's love for and experience of India is extensive and her desire to share this magnificent country with her guests is palpable.

“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colours, smells, tastes and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolour.”
Keith Bellows former editor-in-chief National Geographic Traveller

Our journey begins in Delhi, the capital of India, with its Mughal monuments and Imperial City built by the British. Delhi is a heady experience of old and new and we enjoy its architectural masterpieces, unbeatable shopping and vivid energy.

We travel to Jodhpur to experience the magnificent “Blue City” where every building is painted the same light blue hue. Towering above the city are the impenetrable walls of the Mehrangarh Fort, that rise like sheer cliffs from the rocky outcrop on which it is built. From its ramparts, enjoy postcard views of the ancient blue city below and in the distance, the grand Umaid Bhawan Palace, residence of the current Maharaja.

We continue on through the breathtaking landscape of Rajasthan to the famed cities of Udaipur and Jaipur with their stunning palaces and forts.

Udaipur is regarded as the most romantic city of Rajasthan and its beauty lies in its rolling hills, serene lakes and palatial splendour. Built on the shores of Lake Pichola by Udai Singh II in 1559, Udaipur was also the capital of the legendary Sisodias of Mewar, believed to be direct descendants of the Sun. Today it is surprisingly quiet and relatively traffic-free having a small town atmosphere. The impressive City Palace complex overlooks the legendary “floating” Lake Palace on Lake Pichola. Udaipur is also one of Rajasthan’s great centres of contemporary art as well as of miniature paintings.

We get a taste of rural life in Rajasthan at Shahpura Bagh, a boutique heritage property set on 45 wooded acres with frontage to two lakes making it a sanctuary for birdlife. The property, once the summer residence of the Rajadhiraj of Shahpura, has been beautifully restored and furnished with a wonderful mix of antique and contemporary pieces.

An absolute highlight of our journey is taking up residence in the newly restored Fort Bawara, close to Ranthambore National Park. Once owned by the Rajasthani royal family, Fort Bawara has stood for seven centuries. Its conversion to a luxury hotel has taken almost a decade of painstaking restoration by Rajasthan’s most skilful artisans, achieving a blend of Rajasthani and contemporary design. We spend one of our three days at this divine property exploring Ranthambore NP, home to the magnificent Bengal tiger.

Jaipur – the “Pink City” – is one of the few planned cities in India and its name comes from the deep pink, lime-plastered buildingsBuilt by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh, Jaipur is the gateway to the splendour and magic of Rajasthan. Stunning Forts and Palaces dominate the skyline. The bazaars, within the walls of the old city, exude Jaipur’s unique energy and the city is a magnet to global jewellery and textile designers.

Before returning to Delhi our final and most revered destination is the Taj Mahal in the city of Agra.

Our accommodation is a mix of magnificent historic hotels true to their tradition alongside palaces and forts which have been architecturally redesigned in a contemporary style.

Rajasthan delivers the quintessential Indian experience with its vivid colours, swirling crowds, spectacular deserts, tranquil lakes and rich cuisine.

Epicurious travel owner and Director Jennifer Wilkinson leads this small group journey. Her love for and experience of India is extensive and her desire to share this magnificent country with her guests is palpable.

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  • This was my second trip to India with Epicurious. As with my trip to Kerala, this trip to Northern India was well planned and covered a variety of sights and experiences which added to the richness of the journey.
The tour operators Jennifer Wilkinson and Alok Singh were excellent in their care of us and nothing was too much trouble. I will definitely be returning to travel with Epicurious.

    Indian Odyssey – Jennifer Egan March 2018

  • This trip was all that I had hoped for. The attention to detail and the organisation meant that I could relax and really enjoy all that India had to offer. The food, the colours and the culture were vibrant and fascinating and the people are welcoming. I also really enjoyed learning and understanding better the history and influences of different rulers and religions. There is so much to remember and I do so with great fondness.

    Indian Odyssey – Jane Orton 
March 2018

  • A small group tour beautifully managed by Jennifer and Alok our third with Epicurious and hopefully more to come.

    Indian Odyssey – Jenny and Maurice Owen March 2018

  • We were amazed at the grandness of the forts, palaces and other monuments we visited in or en route to the major cities. It was also great to swap the man made splendour of these places with the natural beauty of Ranthambore and Nimaj, both of which we really loved. On the organisational side of things  all the arrangements put in place by Epicurious were absolutely faultless and worked a treat.  The meeting and greeting, guiding, drivers (our tour driver-Billu- was fantastic ), hotels and meal options were all wonderful. All the hotels were absolutely splendid and we felt rich and famous in all of them. Collectively they probably represent the best hotels we have stayed anywhere in the world. And the Indian food was to die for – particularly the vegetarian dishes which are much more imaginative than those you find in Australia. Not a hint of Delhi belly, but we both put on heaps of weight – we’re thinking of suing Epicurious for this – after all someone must be responsible!
    So we had a great time and we are in debt to you for the fabulous itinerary and faultless arrangements. February 2018

    North India – Wendy and Tony Hely January 2018

  • My visit to India with Epicurious Travel’s Himalayan Odyssey exceeded every expectation, every day. Jennifer’s understanding of India, combined with the specialist knowledge of local guides, provided the background to two of the most enthralling weeks of my life. The itinerary covered everything from gritty street life to privileged luxury, opening up a view of India that I cannot imagine finding any other way. Incredibly beautiful scenery, wonderful food, the opportunity to meet local residents in their homes and workplaces and a truly congenial group of like-minded people to share it with made this trip a one-off that I will never forget. Bravo Epicurious… your’e all class!

    Himalayan Odyssey , Jennifer Gilchrist March 2019

  • Jennifer knows India so well, you feel in very good hands throughout. Best trip to India, great diversity, great group, fantastic scenery and food, really good pace, most enjoyable!!!

    Himalayan Odyssey, Cary and Rob Gillespie March 2019

  • This was our second trip to India with Epicurious Travel but our first with a group. We were a little apprehensive having never travelled like this before however we found out quickly that we were with like-minded travellers and friends.
    The Himalayan Odyssey was a fantastic tour to explore the north of India. From the “wow” moments of the Golden Temple to sunrise over Kangchenjunga and the majestic Himalayas we experienced many emotions. India effortlessly gets under your skin and leaves you wanting more.
    The tour arrangements were fantastic and Jennifer was great fun. Jennifer and the Epicurious team made our tour seamless and comfortable. It was great to share our experience with new friends. We are small group tour converts.

    Himalayan Odyssey, Katrina and Andrew Wannan March 2019

  • “From the moment that we were energised by Alok’s beaming smile at Delhi, after our delayed flight from Singapore finally arrived, to our delightful guide Yamini yesterday helping us through the delicious menu at Soam we have felt very special. Like being upgraded to a suite at the Taj Lake Palace; watching a Polo match with the Maharaja of Jodhpur; nature and village walks at Chhatra Sagar; eating Kachoris and Lassis on a Jaipur street; or playing cricket with local kids in narrow steep alleys in Jodhpur – we have collected many great memories.” January 2018

    North India – Katrina and Andrew Wannan January 2018

  • We had a fantastic time through out the entire trip. Everything went perfectly to schedule with no fuss.
    The cities we visited were so varied and interesting with the combination of heritage hotels and a splurge of a few very special ones, all made this one of the best holidays my husband and I  will always remember (along with all the beautiful photos we were able to capture).
    The guides and tour company were excellent and could do more than enough to make our holiday just that much more perfect.
    I would recommend anyone to travel with Epicurious Travel and would definitely travel with them to another destination.

    Karen Johns – Majestic Rajasthan Spiritual Varanasi