SOME OF THE PLACES you will visit with us
Is Rajasthan the land of colours or of smiles? Is there more to it than its ancient forts and recorded history that spans thousands of years? Is it more than the arid yet beautiful desert and the proud nomads that wander them?
Aldous Huxley rightly said that “to travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” So don’t follow a guidebook. Find your own slice of Rajasthan. Learn a new skill; meet communities and people that make a difference to everyday India. Travel off the beaten track and feel the warmth of rural India and perhaps give back a little. Leave with more than just souvenirs because India is not just a vacation but an experience! Take back a lifetime of friendship and thank us later.
“Only let this one tear-drop, this Taj Mahal, glisten spotlessly bright on the cheek of time, forever and ever.” - Rabindranath Tagore
We need no more odes to this beautiful edifice which is rightly one of the wonders of the new world. Watch the sun rise or set as it tints the marble pink and heave a sigh at the beauty that is the Taj Mahal.
Agra also has the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, the city founded by Emperor Akbar in 1571 which reflects both the Hindu and Muslim form of domestic architecture of the time.
Delhi is the old and the new. Where monuments and forts nudge shoulders with everyday buildings. A city where the past and present coexist in perfect harmony and where you can spend as much or as little as you want because there is something for everybody. Experience the history of a country in a single city.
Places we visit in Rajasthan
If you thought frescoes belonged to Europe, you can think again. Towards the semi arid North of Rajasthan lies the semi arid region of Shekhawati which is home to some larger than life edifices decorated with colourful murals both inside and out. In addition to the pantheon of Gods and Goddesses are Kings, Queens, everyday life scenes and even the British as these buildings were built by prosperous merchants between the 17-19th c AD.
The ancient Fort of Amer which is a UNESCO world heritage site stands sentinel over the chaotic, colourful pink city which is also the state capital of Rajasthan. There are ornate doors and intricately flamboyant windows everywhere you look. Visit palaces, temples, characterful bazaars and gardens. Watch artisans weave magic and print exquisite motifs onto cottons and silk. Shop for exquisite jewellery and clothes, savour local cuisine or catch an exhibition. Catch your breath. Fill your senses.
The holy city of Pushkar is where you will find the only Brahma temple in the world and also the famous Pushkar roses which provide the exquisitely fragrant oil which scent many a perfume. The Pushkar Camel fair and Sufi music festival need no introduction. Watch the sun set on the lake, take part in a puja on the ghats and perhaps learn the true meaning of the word “mystical” in this vibrant city.
Genteel Udaipur lies nestled between the magnificent Aravalli mountains and a series of shimmering lakes. Truly one of the most romantic cities in the world with its magnificent palaces, temples, winding lanes and breathtaking vistas.
Founded in 1558 AD by Maharana Udai Singh II, his city still manages to charm visitors who inevitably leave a piece of their hearts behind and who could blame them?
In the shadow of the beautifully restored Mehrangarh fort lies the ancient blue city of Jodhpur. Visit a city steeped in history. See stepwells which are an indigenous way of preserving water in an arid landscape. Meet the Bishnois who are the original tree huggers. Stay at magnificent palace hotels (no dearth of them in Rajasthan for sure) and shop till you drop.