When one dreams of travelling within India, the exoticism, history, varying cuisine and culture immediately spring to mind. A destination that is constantly in evolution demands to be witnessed firsthand, for the rich storytelling and sense of place will quicken your pulse and inspire your mind . The wilderness here is abundant yet severely underrated, and being able to contrast these sights and sounds with the frenetic pace of vibrant cities is unique to every observant voyager. Most of all, the people you’ll meet along the way — so proud to share their upbringing and heritage — is the beating heart that pictures or words simply cannot capture. 360 Private Travel welcomes you on an epic road adventure from Delhi then weaves your way through some of Rajasthan’s most soulful highlights…
From the labyrinthine maze of Old Delhi by rickshaw to the surprisingly green hideaways in New Delhi, and a must for foodies, the buzz of the capital titillates all your senses. To maximise on your experiences, benefitting from a knowledgeable guide is incredibly worthwhile, bringing India’s history and highlights to life while prioritising your tastes along the way. The Aravalli Range starts here and its magnificent green ridges can be spotted throughout your journey.
Stay at: contemporary The Lodhi with spacious pool suites, The Oberoi Delhi with breathtaking views and enhanced technology, or The Imperial New Delhi Hotel as a living historical museum.
Standing tall for nearly four centuries as the prized jewel of the country, this monument of love is a symmetrical and evocative masterpiece. Over 13 years of construction and 20,000 labourers made this vision a reality, and the incredible detail is a testament to its legacy. Don’t miss the sandstone mosque with octagonal minarets and white marble domes.
Stay at: Oberoi Amarvilas as the only property in a no vehicle zone just minutes away. Best spot for sundowners within striking distance of the Taj Mahal.
Renowned as the Pink City which sets ablaze at dawn and dusk, Jaipur has inherited an effortless style that has attracted artistic and intellectual travellers from all around the world. For collectors of speciality antiques, block printed quilts, or the perfectly tailored shirt, the range and quality of shopping here is endless. Here you’ll see the largest sundial in the world, experience a private puja ceremony, visit rehabilitating elephants and learn of Princess Diya Kumari’s non-profit foundation.
Stay at: Raas Rajmahal Palace, once welcoming royals and dignitaries with distinctive style in just 13 suites. Taj Rambagh Palace has vintage cars and exceptional gardens where peacocks roam. Samode Haveli has welcoming spaces and open courtyards with a stunning Sheesh Mahal suite.
Jodhpur’s Blue City is a sight to behold! Within the fortified old city, this particular indigo shade may have once been used to deter termites or honour Shiva. Walking through the serpentine alleys offer a glimpse of bazaars and village life untouched, and the array of shades are soothing to the eye and mind. The majestic fort and Umaid Bhavan Palace are both architectural marvels, while the heritage of sword and perfume makers can be found; this is an authentic destination that demands a visit.
Stay at: Raas Jodhpur, a dance on light and shadow that boasts an electric powered tuk-tuk and unbeatable views of Mehrangarh Fort. Taj Umaid Bhavan echoes an Art-Deco inspired past; we love their Maharani suite.
The dramatic wilderness in India is so rich when properly preserved, with enchanting landscapes and charismatic rangers who are truly passionate about showing you what their land has to offer. Savour this moment in pure serenity matched with adventure, as you gain a deeper insight into community and conservation projects that place indigenous flora and fauna at the forefront. As night falls, let the wonderful sounds of Nature take over…
Stay at: Sujan Jawai which elevates an intimate safari with its ten luxuriant tents, impressive photography, a chance to ride Marwari horses and exceptional leopard encounters amidst ancient rock formations. Raas Chhatrasagar is a great place to break up the journey from Jaipur to Jodhpur, a bird-spotting paradise with elevated panoramic views from your embroidered luxury tent. Raas Devigarh is a breath of fresh air, perfect for trekkers in the Aravalli hills with marble bathtubs, a splendid bar and divine spa treatments.
A glittering White City along the shores of Lake Pichola, Udaipur is known as Venice of the East and the icing atop your Indian adventure. The miniature paintings and antique double doors are unique to the area, and traversing by boat will dial up the romance during your stay. The City Palace retains ornate glass and elaborate gateways, maze-like in its discovery. This is truly the perfect location from which to start or end your exploration.
Stay at: Taj Lake Palace in palatial Maharaja suites and arrange a bespoke candle-lit dinner under the stars for your most special occasions. The Oberoi Udaivilas offers sweeping views of the City Palace, traditional music always seemingly within earshot.
Every step of the way, you’ll have a newfound perspective on aspects ranging from interiors to mixology, fine craftsmanship to hospitality that goes above and beyond. This journey will surely open your eyes and exceed your expectations of what you think you know about India … so get in touch with your 360 Travel Designer to start the planning process for your next great escape.