Rajasthani Nights - Luxury Desert Tour of North India
12 days from £5,280 for 2023 per person
Combine sparkling sand dunes, secluded tented camps, sunset camel rides, impressive forts and glittering palace hotels on this romantic tailor-made tour of Rajasthan's desert landscapes.
Explore the best of Rajasthan's desert landscapes in style with this luxury tour. Our suggested itinerary starts in the Blue City of Jodhpur, with two nights at RAAS, a magical boutique hotel located in the very heart of Jodhpur's walled city. With views over the awesome Mehrangarh Fort, a relaxing spa, swimming pool and selection of heritage suites, this is the place to stay if you want to be in the heart of the action. Spend a morning zip lining around Mehrangarh Fort and an afternoon exploring the city's tempting baazars, accompanied by your private guide. From Jodhpur drive to Mihir Garh, a secluded retreat located outside the small village of Rohet. Relax by the desert-facing infinity pool, while away the hours in your private plunge pool or make the most of your surrounding landscapes on horse back or on a village safari around the nearby Bishnoi villages.
After a few days of rest and relaxation journey up to the desert town of Jaisalmer for two nights at Killa Bhawan, a heritage hotel built into the fort's walls. Watch the sunset over the city from the hotel's impressive roof terrace after a day exploring Jaisalmer's Desert Festival (14-16 February 2022). The ancient city, which dates from the 12th century, can easily be explored by foot; don't miss Jaisalmer's impressive Jain temples and former palaces. After two busy days at the festival, retire to The Serai, an idyllic tented camp located in the sandunes surrounding Jaisalmer. On your first afternoon enjoy a sun downer camel ride, before returning to the camp and enjoying dinner around its open campfire. The following day make the most of the the camp's activities; enjoy a romantic picnic in the wilderness, take a jeep safari through the dunes or walk around the camp's organic vegetable garden.
Once rested and rejuvenated the tour will then take you to the Osian Camel Camp, a small and atmospheric tented camp. The following day take a camel ride around the local tribal villages, or simply soak up your surroundings by the pool. The camp is owned by the grandson of the Maharaja of Jodhpur, Reggie Singh, who you may be lucky enough to meet over cocktails at the camp's safari bar. The following morning return to Jodhpur's magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace for your final night in style.
This luxury tour is purely a suggested itinerary; it can be booked as it is or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own ideal holiday to India. If you'd like to see similar trips, take a look at our Honeymoon collection, as well as our favourite Wildlife and Festival itineraries.
12 days from £5,280 for 2023 per person
- Day 1 - RAAS Jodhpur - Jodhpur
Arrive in Jodhpur and transfer to your hotel. Take the rest of the day at leisure. This evening enjoy sundowners on RAAS' roof-top terrace with its magnificent views of Mehrangarh Fort.
- Day 2 - RAAS Jodhpur - Jodhpur
Take a tour of Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort with your private guide, before zip lining around the fort itself. Spend the afternoon exploring Jodhpur's walled city and bazaars.
- Day 3 - Mihir Garh - Rohet
Spend this morning at leisure. Later travel to Mihir Garh (approx. 1 hour). Afternoon Bishnoi village safari with your private guide.
- Day 4 - Mihir Garh - Rohet
Full day at leisure to enjoy your desert surroundings. Spend the afternoon horse riding or taking in the landscape from your private plunge pool. This evening enjoy a private candlelit dinner in Mihir Garh's grounds.
- Day 5 - Killa Bhawan - Jaisalmer
Drive to Jaisalmer (approx. 5 - 6 hours). On arrival take the rest of the day at leisure.
- Day 6 - Killa Bhawan - Jaisalmer
Take a sightseeing tour of Jaisalmer with your private guide. Spend the afternoon at Jaisalmer's Desert Festival (14-16 Feb 2022).
- Day 7 - SUJÁN The Serai - Jaisalmer
Spend the morning at the Jaisalmer Desert Festival (14-16 Feb 2022). After lunch transfer to The Serai (approx. 30 mins). Take the rest of the day at leisure until your sundowner camel ride safari in the nearby dunes.
- Day 8 - SUJÁN The Serai - Jaisalmer
Full day at leisure. Activities and excursions available include desert walks, picnics, photographic safaris, spa treatments, tours of the camp's organic vegetable gardens and trips to the nearby Jain temples.
- Day 9 - Reggie's Camel Camp - Osian
Drive to Osian (approx. 5 - 6 hours). Take the rest of the day at leisure. This evening enjoy a champagne dinner around the campfire.
- Day 10 - Reggie's Camel Camp - Osian
Full day at leisure. Optional activities include camel rides to nearby Bishnoi villages, wildlife safaris and an excursion to the nearby 6th and 8th century temples.
- Day 11 - Umaid Bhawan Palace - Jodhpur
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur (approx. 1 hour). Spend your last day in Rajasthan in style at Umaid Bhawan Palace.
- Day 12 - In transit.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to home via Mumbai or Delhi.
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