Classic Rajasthan

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6 HOTEL STAYS
12 DAYS, 11 NIGHTS

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Highlights

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

Destinations

State of play

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…
On landing, you'll be whisked to grand New Delhi to check in to your luxury hotel. You'll have someone to help with your bags, a personal driver, water to-hand, and a blissfully cool ride in an air-conditioned minivan.
Delhi Indira Gandhi International

1 Hour

Delhi

Days 1–2: 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 at your sleek luxury hotel.

Hotel

The Lodhi

Style

Modern Mughal

Setting

Serene South Delhi

Room

Lodhi Deluxe Room

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.

Private tour of New Delhi

Delhi is a city of two halves (and nearly 25 million people); on this guided tour for two you'll get to know New Delhi, the city's groomed and gracious side. Along the way, 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.
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Day 2

After breakfast, head to Old Delhi with your private guide to experience its magical madness. You'll wander down winding streets, check out market stalls and sample local flavours.

Private tour of Old Delhi

A full-day adventure takes you to Old Delhi with a private guide, where you'll experience the energy of its narrow, action-packed streets. Winding alleys 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.
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You'll leave for Ranthambore National Park in Darjeeling Limited-style, on a train from New Delhi station.
New Delhi Railway

3.5 Hours

Ranthambore National Park

Days 3–4: Ranthambore National Park

After a train ride through the lush greenery of India's interior, you’ll arrive at Ranthambore National Park, home to the whole Jungle Book crew. 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.

Hotel

Aman-i-Khás

Style

Wild at heart

Setting

Tiger territory

Room

Luxury Tent

You'll stay for two nights in the kingly comfort of luxury camp Aman-i-Khás, a creature-comfort-packed tented hotel on the edge of Ranthambore National Park. Inspired by Maharajas' lavish hunting parties of old, the hotel is made up of 10 luxurious tents on the edge of tiger-spotting territory. Butler service, afternoon G&Ts and marble tubs add to the regal feel of what might be the world’s chicest safari.

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A camel safari for two, including sunset drinks

Day 3

Once you’ve settled in and donned your exploring khakis, you’ll embark on a shared jeep safari in wonderfully wild Ranthambore National Park.

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.
Your private, English-speaking driver will pick you up at the hotel and whisk you away to Jaipur in a luxury air-conditioned car.
Ranthambore National Park

4.5 Hours

Jaipur

Days 5–6: 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.

Style

All that glitters

Setting

Fairytale desert fort

Room

Deluxe Room

You'll feel like the Maharajas (and ranas) of old, checking in to Samode Palace for two nights. Once the home of Samode's ruling family, this is your chance to try the lifestyle of Indian nobility on for size: swan through the gardens, glide through the glittering mirrored halls and spend hours swapping between the day spa and marble-lined outdoor swimming pools.

Smith Extra

An escorted tour of Samode village, plus high tea in the gardens at Samode Bagh

Day 5

After breakfast, you’ll depart for the journey to historic city Jaipur. Once you’ve dropped your suitcases and gleefully run around your glamorous hotel, your private guide will escort you to the City Palace.

Take high tea in the City Palace

A regal experience to remember – your guide will escort you to the City Palace for a private tour. You'll explore the majestic Mughal and Rajput building before being whisked to the grand private drawing room – where few visitors set – to take high tea (or a flute of champagne). Top off your high tea with a visit to the lotus-shaped astronomical observatory built for Maharajah Jai Singh.
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Day 6

Amber is the region’s former capital; its turmeric-hued fort stands strong and today you’ll wander through it with your private guide.

Tour of Amber Fort

Your guided tour starts with an elephant ride through the stately splendor of the Main Palace. You’ll be lead through the Jagmandir (Hall of Victory), which glitters with inlaid mirrors, and the Temple of Kali. After exploring the Temple of Kali, you’ll join enjoy a local Rajput family for a private cooking lesson and lunch.
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After a three-and-a-half-hour drive, in air-conditioned comfort, you'll arrive at your luxury stay-for-the-night in Chhatra Sagar.
Jaipur

3.5 Hours

Chhatra Sagar Tents

Day 7: Chhatra Sagar

Your journey from Jaipur will take you through expansive farmland and animal-roamed wilds to lakeside Chhatra Sagar for a night of glamorous camping.

Hotel

Chhatra Sagar Tents

Style

Pitched perfect

Setting

The beautiful and the dam

Room

Luxury Tent

Chhatra Sagar 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. 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.

Day 7

Having filled up at breakfast, your private driver will take you on to Chhatra Sagar. 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.
The chauffeured drive to Jodhpur is around two-and-a-half hours; you’ll know you’ve arrived when the wilderness views have faded and the buildings have turned Brahmin blue.
Chhatra Sagar Tents

2.5 Hours

Jodhpur

Days 8–9: Jodhpur

Scintillating city Jodhpur is a vibrant outpost that was once the seat of the powerful Rathore clan, whose roots stretched back to 470AD.

Hotel

Raas Jodhpur

Style

Achingly hip haveli

Setting

Shadow of Mehrangarh

Room

Luxury Room

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

Smith Extra

A fruit basket. Guests staying two nights or more also get a heritage tour; for three-night stays, you'll also get a cooking class and dinner set-up (food and drinks extra). For four nights or more, return transfers and a bottle of wine are thrown in.

Day 8

After breakfast, you’ll head to the second of India’s most colourful cities, beautiful, blue-sy Jodhpur. 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 your guide will lead you on a private tour of Jodhpur, from fort to bazaar.

Private tour of Mehrangarh Fort

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.
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Settle in, the journey from Jodhpur to Delwara is five hours long; but, the scenery changes from views change from green to ochre and you'll be driven in air-conditioned comfort the whole way.
Jodhpur

5 Hours

Rajasthan

A little extra…

There’s a stop at intricately decorated, still-active Jain temple Ranakpur along the way, which is decorated with 1,144 uniquely carved columns.

Days 10–12: Delwara

Watch for when the views change from green to ochre, and you’ll know when you’ve arrived at Udaipur-set spot Delwara. True to its name, which means Town of the Gods, it once had more than 1,000 temples.

Style

Modernised Maharaja’s keep

Setting

Hill-ringed heights

Room

Palace Suite

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.

Smith Extra

A guided heritage walk around the palace with a glass of sparkling wine

Day 10

Today you’ll ready your suitcases for a chauffeured drive to Delwara. After check-in, you can relax. Have our Smith24 team arrange soothing spa treatments or a leisurely dinner for two.

Day 11

A boat will ferry you to your mountain-biking start point in the Mewar countryside; after a spin, you’ll have lunch and a private walking tour of Udaipur City.

Cycle and city tour of Delwara and Udaipur

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.
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Day 12

After one final breakfast in Delwara, you’ll be driven to Udaipur Airport to catch a flight onwards or home.
Your driver will pick you up from your stay in Delwara for your private transfer to Udaipur Airport.
Rajasthan

1 Hour

UDAIPUR

When to go

Summers in Rajasthan last from April to June and are are scorching hot with temperatures rising up to 48°C during the day. You’ll find the Monsoon season (July to September) far more manageable with temperatures between 21 and 35 degrees, and refreshing down pours every now and then.

Getting there

Book return flights from Delhi, and on your way back, catch a connection from Maharana Pratap Airport to Delhi. Our Smith24 team are on hand day and night to arrange your travel, if needed. Train tickets and all domestic transfers by luxury air-conditioned car – with your own English-speaking driver – are included.

Packing tips

With safaris, cycling and walking tours on offer, be sure to bring a suitably robust pair of shoes and trousers. You’ll want something a little more fashion-forward and glamorous for sundowners in the grand hotels, and easy, breezy city wear for your urban boltholes.

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What's included
The package includes all accommodation in Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels; and all applicable taxes.
What's not included
International flights and car hire, visa fees, airport taxes or insurance. Any items which are not mentioned as included in the itinerary. Any increase in government taxes. For the Timeless Tuscany package, car hire is included, but guests will be responsible for drop-off fees if delivered to a different end point than Florence Airport, refuelling charges, delivery and collection, extra insurance, additional driver costs, admin fees, tax and parking.
General conditions
The price for this itinerary applies for each guest. All prices are in GBP and are subject to change, depending on what time of the year you travel. All prices are subject to any revisions to taxes or tariffs.

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