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Experience quintessential India in Rajasthan with its vivid colours, swirling crowds, spectacular deserts, tranquil lakes and rich cuisine.


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

Your journey begins in Delhi, the Capital City of India and a heady experience of old and new with unbeatable shopping and boundless and vivid energy. Explore the Mughal monuments and architectural masterpieces in this ancient city. In Agra visit the greatest monument to love; the Taj Mahal where one cannot help but be awestruck by this most fascinating and beautiful edifice.

Continue through the breathtaking majestic landscape of Rajasthan with its stunning palaces and forts and important cities of Jaipur, Jodphur and Udaipur.

Varanasi, the oldest living city in the world, is often the place in India that has the most profound effect on visitors. Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the land of Varanasi will attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth. Varanasi is considered the most sacred place for all Hindus and is also a pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Jains.
Accommodation on this journey includes luxury hotels, Rawla Narlai – a quaint former hunting lodge and the luxury lakeside tents in the remote town of Nimaj.

Food & Wine

Cuisine of the Indian States of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh are typical of Northern India. Samosa, Pakora and Kebabs hail from this area and curries are richly spiced with cardamon and saffron. Breads of Naan, Roti and Paratha along with Biryani, Kofta and Raita are readily available to tempt you. Western and Indian style breakfasts are served at accommodation featured in this program.

TourDates

The best time to visit north India is between October and March.
Recommended extension tour: Darjeeling and Kolkata or Vana Retreat.

JourneyHighlights

~ View the stunning Taj Mahal at sunrise
~ Stay at the luxurious Lake Palace in Udaipur
~ Experience remote Rajasthan at the idyllic haven of Chhatrasagar
~ Visit the holy city of Varanasi, the religious capital of Hinduism
~ Embrace the mystic and spiritual significance of the evening Aarti ceremony on the River Ganges
~ Enjoy an early morning boat ride to witness life on the Ganges at dawn

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GuestStories

  • 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

  • “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

    Katrina and Andrew Wannan

  • 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

    Wendy Jeffery and Tony Hely