This will be one epic journey. The colors, sounds, smells, history, culture... A bit overwhelming? Perhaps. But who wants to travel across an ocean to be underwhelmed? Amid the raw energy, peace can be found. In Brahmin temples and quiet desert. And in our luxury hotels—some of the world's finest. Join us. It's time to experience India.
1-2 Travel through Rajasthani history, from the Maharaja kingdoms to British rule and India's dynamic present Explore Jodhpur's staggering 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort Gaze out over the "Blue City," where indigo-washed houses provide a stunning contrast with the warm desert surroundings Enjoy a culturally rich bike ride to Bisnoi, stopping to admire the region's finest pottery and dhurrie rugs A local family welcomes us into their home for a traditional Indian feast.
3 Relive a classic Indian form of travel, a camel caravan across desert sand, for a night beneath the stars in safari-style tents (with all the necessary amenities, of course) Pedal through the countryside, rolling dunes and green farmland.
4-5 Bike and walk in rural India, past friendly villagers, colorful temples, peacocks, cows and goats Hike to the village of Manvar and visit the homes of local farmers Feed sacred cows on your journey to the ancient trade town of Pali, followed by an afternoon walk up Elephant Mountain Explore Kumbhalgarh, an imposing 15th-century citadel perched above the arid landscape.
6-7 From Ranakpur, a breathtaking 14th-century Jain temple with 1,444 intricately carved pillars, cycle through rolling terrain to the opulent Devi Garh, our home for the next two nights Venture into the countryside by foot, bike—or even camel!
8-9 Spin past palaces and temples en route to the lakes of Udaipur Peruse craft shops for handmade paper, silver, copper or leather goods Relish some R&R at one of the world's most luxurious and romantic hotels.