Classic Rajasthan: the Mr & Mrs Smith trip

Classic Rajasthan: the Mr & Mrs Smith trip

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Covering New Delhi to Delwara, this city-to-jungle – and beyond – journey through Rajasthan thinks outside the Golden Triangle.

This trip can be fully customised into the unique Indian experience you have your heart set on. A few nights more, a room upgrade, a private meal fit for a maharaja: just say the word…

This 11-night trip is £3,450 a person (approximately 4,410 USD), based on two guests sharing.* 

To kick off your trip, contact the Smith24 team around the clock on:
+44 (0)330 100 3180 from the UK,
+1 800 464 2040 from the US.

 

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Highlights

Highlights

  • Stay in the best Mr & Mrs Smith luxury and boutique hotels
  • Earning your stripes tiger-spotting in Ranthambore National Park
  • Take high tea in private at the Pink City’s Grand Palace
  • Mooning over Mehrangarh Fort and temple-hopping in Delwara
  • Retreat to a legendary Rajput-style tented camp

 

Need to know

Need to know

When to go
Rajasthan is at its best from October to March, with cooler nights and dry days. If you can’t take the heat, beware: the mercury rises relentlessly from April onwards, and the monsoon season (July to September) is best avoided.

Getting there
Delhi’s main hub – Indira Gandhi International Airport – is easily reached from all over the world; direct flights from London take eight-and-a-half hours, and some carriers fly direct from the US. The Smith24 team can help with your travel arrangements, including booking international flights (call on 03333 318 985). There’s one short internal flight (from Delhi to Jaipur), and the trip ends in Udaipur, from where you can travel onwards or connect back to Delhi for your return flight. All road transfers included on this itinerary are in a luxury, air-conditioned minivan chauffeured by a friendly, English-fluent driver.

Packing tips
Travelling in India requires some forward-planning. Here’s what to stash in your suitcase:

  • A cover-up to wear at holy sites
  • Binoculars to spot shy animals with
  • A wad of rupees to splash in bazaars

Days 1–3: Delhi

New Delhi is a delirious whirl of colour and noise: swirling saris and piled-high market stalls, cows holding up traffic, horn-honking tuk-tuk drivers… On landing, you'll be whisked to grand New Delhi to check in to sleek luxury hotel The Lodhi.

Your hotel…

Your hotel…

Fans of elegantly-executed minimalism will adore the hallmark style of ideally located New Delhi base The Lodhi hotel, your home for two nights. This shining stone monolith is softened with jaali panels and reflecting pools; it overlooks the Lodhi gardens and sits a 10-minute walk from Connaught Place.

Smith Extra A jet lag or foot massage each for two guests on arrival

Day 1: After you’ve settled in, your private guide will show you New Delhi – the city’s groomed and gracious side. You’ll see Parliament House and Edward Lutyens-designed presidential abode Rashtrapati Bhavan, gaze up at 13th-century tower Qutab Minar and spy mini Taj Mahal (the inspiration for the mausoleum), the tomb of Mughal Emperor Hamuyan.

Day 2: After breakfast, head to Old Delhi with your private guide to experience its magical madness. Its narrow, action-packed streets are lined with market stalls where gulab jamun balls bob in sizzling pots and vendors flip and fill parathas on flour-dusted skillets. 

Marvel at the cinnamon-hued Red Fort and the minarets and marble domes of Jama Masjid. Then practice your haggling skills in Chandni Chowk, one of India’s most famous markets.

Day 3: Today you’ll leave the Lodhi for greener pastures: namely, wonderfully wild Ranthambore National Park.

Days 3–5: Ranthambore

After a train ride through the lush greenery of India's interior, you'll stay in the kingly comfort of royal-hosting luxury camp Sher Bagh. It's just a whisker away from Ranthambore National Park, home to the whole Jungle Book crew. 

Your hotel…

Your hotel…

Check-in for a two-night stay at Sher Bagh, a creature-comfort-packed tented camp inside the park, which dates back to the 1920s, when King Edward VIII bedded down in one of the hand-stitched abodes. The resident chef uses produce plucked from the leafy surrounds in feasts fit for a king, and there's a spa on site, so you'll be royally looked after.

Day 3: You'll arrive at Ranthambore National Park in Darjeeling Limited-style, on a train from New Delhi station (roughly a three-and-a-half-hour journey). Once you’ve settled in and donned your exploring khakis, you’ll embark on a shared jeep safari.

Day 4: Jackals, jungle cats and monitor lizards, oh my… Your second day will be spent in the park on shared safaris in the AM and PM, pausing for lunch and to compare the animals you've papped. Here’s your critter-collecting checklist: Indian hare, mongoose, marsh crocodile, gazelle, five-striped palm squirrels, long-eared hedgehogs and snub-nosed marsh crocs… And the animals only get more fantastical from there.

Day 5: After breakfast, you’ll depart for the journey to historic city Jaipur.

Days 5–7: Jaipur

Your next stop, Jaipur: dubbed India’s Pink City for its buildings’ blush hues, no rose-tinted shades are required here. It's a heady mishmash of ornate buildings, dramatic step wells and vivacious markets.

Your hotel…

Your hotel…

You'll feel like the Maharajas (and ranas) of old, checking in to Rambagh Palace for two nights, after the four-hour chauffeured drive from Ranthambore. Swan through its Mughal gardens, waltz through its chandelier-lit ballroom, and try the lifestyle of Indian nobility on for size.

Day 5: Once you’ve dropped your suitcases and gleefully run around your Palace Room, your private guide will escort you to the City Palace, for a tour for two. Explore the majestic Mughal and Rajput building before being whisked to the grand private drawing room – where few visitors set foot – to take high tea (or a flute of champagne). After, visit the lotus-shaped astronomical observatory built for Maharajah Jai Singh.

Day 6: Amber is the region’s former capital; its turmeric-hued fort stands strong. Today, with your guide, you’ll wander the Jagmandir (Hall of Victory), which glitters with inlaid mirrors, and the Temple of Kali. Take the reigns at lunch, when a local Rajput family will teach you how to make Jaipurian delicacies. 

Day 7: Today, you’ll swap palatial digs for princely tents when you’re chauffeured to peaceful rural retreat Chhatra Sagar.

Day 7–8: Chhatra Sagar

You'll be whisked from Jaipur, through expansive farmland and animal-roamed wilds to Chhatra Sagar Tents. During British Colonial times, this luxury camp was quite the swinging spot; a private hunting reserve fit for the titled, it maintains its blue-blooded refinement today. 

 

Your hotel…

Your hotel…

After a three-and-a-half-hour drive, in air-conditioned comfort, you'll arrive at luxury camp Chhatra Sagar Tents for one night. This row of white tents overlooks a 100-year-old dam and reservoir, where wildlife and birds come to quench their thirst. Each marquee has a veranda, a concrete bathroom and decor inspired by local textiles.

Smith Extra A champagne dinner for two on a hilltop and a tent upgrade (subject to availability)

Day 7: Once you’ve admired the local handicraft in your new hideaway, the rest of the day is left at leisure. If you wish, you can acquire a guide for a gentle nature walk, or travel by jeep to a local village. In the evening unfold a star map and turn your gaze heavenward.

Day 8: After a sound snooze under canvas, you’ll wake, breakfast and head to the second of India’s most colourful cities, beautiful, blue-sy Jodhpur.

Jodhpur

Day 8–10: Jodhpur

On the drive from Chhatra Sagar, you'll notice the buildings turn Brahmin blue as you approach scintillating city Jodhpur. This vibrant outpost was once the seat of the powerful Rathore clan, whose roots stretched back to 470AD. While here, you'll stay in suitably regal digs, luxury hotel Raas Jodhpur.

Your hotel…

Your hotel…

The chauffeured drive to Jodhpur is around two-and-a-half hours. Staying at 18th-century haveli Raas Jodhpur for two nights, you get an eyeful of the city’s main attraction: Mehrangarh Fort, handily located opposite. However, this stay offers far more than views: poolside butlers, lush gardens and rooms in sandstone pink and periwinkle blue. 

Day 8: On arrival you’ll be left to explore the city at your own pace. Perhaps hop on a bike, or a camel, if you’re so inclined; or pound the pavements past Krishna Temple, market and street-food stalls, and a community kitchen. Let us know what you’d like, and we’ll make it happen.

Day 9: Today you’ll witness Jodhpur’s many wonders with your guide, starting at Mehrangarh Fort. Marvel at intricate stained-glass windows and ornate marquetry, and at how the emperors of old hit the town: in a stately palanquin or atop an elephant on a cushioned howdah.

When descending from the Fort’s hilly seat, stop at Jaswant Thada – marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Then wander through the Old City’s Sadar Bazaar, piling on brightly coloured bangles or marigold and jasmine garlands.

Day 10: Today you’ll ready your suitcases for a chauffeured drive to Delwara. There’s a stop at intricately decorated, still-active Jain temple Ranakpur along the way, which is decorated with 1,144 uniquely carved columns. 

Day 10–12: Delwara

Udaipur-set spot Delwara means Town of the Gods, and true to its name, it once had more than 1,000 temples. After a five-hour transfer from Jodhpur, during which you can watch the views change from green to ochre, you'll arrive at luxury stay Raas Devigarh.

Divine Delwara

Divine Delwara

Welcome to the Town of the Gods, where there's a temple at every turn. Here, you’ll check in to former fortress Raas Devigarh, now a luxury stay with a view-blessed pool. Indian-minimalist in style – which still embraces maximalist touches – elegant modern rooms have gilded decor and the odd palm-tree print.

Day 10: After check-in, you can relax. On request we can arrange treatments at Raas Devigarh’s Ila Spa, or you can simply dive into the scenic pool.  

Day 11: Board the hotel’s boat and float to Dudh Talai; from here, hop on a mountain-bike for a spin through Mewar countryside, passing villages and valleys. You’ll stop at Sisarma Village, before pedalling through guava orchards to Badi and Fatehsagar lakes.

After rest and refreshments, a private guide will take you round Udaipur City (on foot). You’ll see the palatial home of Udaipur’s Maharanas and the Bagore Ki Haveli arts and crafts museum, then stroll through the city, stopping to haggle for Rajasthani paintings and camel-leather bags.

Day 12: After breakfast at Raas Devigarh, guests will be driven to Udaipur Airport to catch a flight onwards or home.

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*The package includes all Smith boutique hotels and local transportation with your own driver; entry fees; local guides and naturalists; and all applicable taxes.

Not included in your package

  • International flights, visa fees, airport taxes or insurance.
  • Any items which are not mentioned as ‘included’ in the itinerary.
  • Any increase in government taxes.

General conditions

  • The price for this itinerary applies for each guest.
  • The given price is not valid if travelling between Christmas and New Year (20 December to 4 January), during the Pushkar Camel Fair (5–20 November) and throughout February.
  • All prices are subject to any revisions to taxes or tariffs.
  • From December to January, fog may delay flight and train departures in North India.
  • Domestic airfare charges will be finalised depending on the date of travel. Each passenger on the economy-class flight has a check luggage allowance of up to 15 kilogrammes, and a carry-on allowance of seven kilogrammes.
  • All flight and train timings are based on the current schedule and are subject to change.
  • Please note that foreign visitors to India require a visa in advance of arrival in the country.

 

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