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A Journey Through Rajasthan, the Land of Kings

A Journey Through Rajasthan, the Land of Kings

Some time has now passed since Lola returned from her Indian adventure to Rajasthan, and her spirits have not dampened. Having discovered a new corner of the world, she was surprised at her reaction of India, and how positively uplifted it left her feeling. Follow in the footsteps of her journey through the Land of Kings, with this beautiful and insightful photoblog...

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1). Starting the trip with a bang! What a view from the stunning Udaipur City Palace. This is what maharaja living is all about.

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2). A city exploration: Udaipur is a dazzling combination of white marble palaces, historic temples, ancient streets, lush landscaped gardens and bustling markets.

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3). Big city life – the buzzing back streets of Udaipur.

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4). Up in the clouds at Kumbhalgarh Fort and it reminded me of and “Indian Great Wall of China”. What great lengths!

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5). Catching the shade in the midday heat.

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6). Our drive from Kumbhalgarh to Jawai Leopard Camp and we were caught up in rush hour. I loved seeing the local shepherd herding the livestock home at sunset.

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7). Hello Jodhpur! The view of the Blue City from Mehrangarh Fort.

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8). Peacocks everywhere and the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort in the background; living the palace life at Umaid Bhawan Palace.

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9). There are more than 100 stepwells in Jodhpur making the most of the excess ground water. This is the impressive Toorji Ka Jhalra.

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10). The majestic Palace of Winds, the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, no wonder it’s called the Pink City!

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11). We met Mr Tikam, the renowned Jaipur street portrait photographer, outside the Hawa Mahal for our photograph! A forgotten art in this digital age.

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12). A rare moment of calm in the frenetic bustle of India.

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13). We were with this beauty in Ranthambhore for about an hour. This queen is the renowned tigress’ Machali’s granddaughter, we were truly blessed.

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14). India is colour! Here in Ajabgarh we passed a wedding preparation party, a hub of excitement and flourishes of vibrancy.

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15). “Hi hi hi hi hi!” “Bye bye bye bye bye!” these adorable cheeky monkeys were just irresistible.

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16). This is rural Rajasthan away from the palaces. Oh, and that bike was a present from the Indian government for him doing well in his final exams. He was so proud!

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17). And breathe… Amanbagh was an utter haven we had all to ourselves.

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18). All smiles as we ate our freshly made bedmi puri in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk.

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19). India is full of surprises as we stumbled across this Bollywood worthy idyll in Chandni Chowk.

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20). Calm amidst the chaos at the Lodi Gardens. Surrounded by history and culture, it was the perfect way to end our trip.

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Client Testimonials

I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had dealings with. Everything – from the individual care and attention in helping to plan the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round.
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India

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