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Pearl Palace 23 rooms from $13Jaipur (Ajmer Road)
Budget hotel in the heart of Jaipur with bundles of charm and a popular rooftop restaurant. It's 23 rooms are packed with character and there is a pleasant lounge and well stocked library. Peacock Restaurant serves delicious Rajasthani dishes and is always thriving. Staff are happy to help.Sights nearby - The Amber Fort is an absolute must visit.Full of characterQuirky - An experience!
The Blue House 15 rooms from $18Jodhpur (Nai Sarak)
This Blue City family-run historical guesthouse would have European boutiques begging for the same charm, antique furnishings and intimate atmosphere. Charming, unique rooms with access to a rooftop restaurant. A prime spot for panoramic views of Jodhpur and the 15th Century Mehrangarh Fort.Local exploring - A fantastic part of the Blue City to base yourself for exploring the countless sights.Families - Welcomes all the family to stay, offering babysitting services with prior arrangement.Value chic - Stay in The Blue City, in The Blue House for the best priceGreat walks - The 26 acres of manicured gardens within the walls of the Umaid Bhawan Palace make a memorable backdrop for a leisurely stroll.
Singhvi’s Haveli 12 rooms from $19Jodhpur (Ramdeo Ji ka chowk)
A 560-year-old haveli in the midst of Jodhpur’s Old City. Set apart from most of the other guesthouses and hotels, and yet still a five-minute walk from the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. Family-run and full of character. Individual and colourfully decorated rooms complete the stay.Value chic - A quintessentially Rajasthani stay for a great value price.Local exploring - Located in the heart of the Old City.Sights nearby - Within walking distance of the Clock Tower and PalaceLocal markets - Mehrangarh Fort has to be seen to be believed.
Inn Seventh Heaven 12 rooms from $19Pushkar (Rajasthan)
An alabaster oasis in the heart of bustling Pushkar town. This 100 year old haveli provides boutique accommodation at a great price. Rooms are decorated in a fusion of Parisian chic and retro Indian style. Antique Rajasthani furnishings complete the look. Food at Sixth Sense is an Epicurean affair.Local markets - Pushkar market is a great place to pick up local pottery, clothes and homeware.Sights nearby - Give offerings and perambulate the holy Pushkar lake.Great walks - Up to the Savitri Temple for views across the town.Full of character
Haveli Braj Bhushanjee 14 rooms from $28Bundi (Rajasthan)
A 19th century haveli and a fine example of Rajasthani architecture. Awash with decorative arches, wooden pillars, colourful artwork and murals. Rooms transport you to another era and feature large living areas. The restaurant serves excellent Indian cuisine specialising in popular local dishes.Sailing - Take a boat out on Jait Sagar Lake and visit the nearby house that Kipling once stayed in.Sights nearby - Bundi Palace, which the hotel is directly below, has the most spectacular wall paintings.Great walks - All the way up to Bundi Fort with views across the town.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Hotel Ramgarh Fresco 12 rooms from $28Shekhawati
Lovingly restored historic city mansion with a timeless aura. Hand-carved period wooden furniture in simple but tastefully decorated rooms, each with en-suite. Frescoes adorn the walls. A comfortable, secluded haven in a historic Rajasthani gem. Dine on local cuisine in the restaurant with a view.Local exploring - Ideally located to get to know the area around ShekhawatiViews - Enjoy a view of the city from your bedroomGreat walks - Guided walking tour of RamgarhFull of character
Pearl Palace Heritage 10 rooms from $37Jaipur (Ajmer Road)
Featured in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Providing idiosyncratic rooms with decor from around Rajasthan. Each of their ten rooms are individually and intricately decorated - right down to the bathroom tiles. Dine and the popular Peacock restaurant (just 200m away). Excellent value.Great walks - Head out onto the streets of The Pink City with your personal guide.Sights nearby - You cannot visit Jaipur without seeing the Amber Fort.Full of characterQuirky - An experience!
The General’s Retreat 10 rooms from $38Jaipur (C Scheme)
A homely, comfortable guesthouse with a large garden in a smart suburb. Pretty rooms feature tiled floors, white washed walls and attractive fabrics. Lovely sit out terrace, breakfast room and dining room. An affordable gem.Sights nearby - From Jantar Manter to the Amber Fort there is plenty to see in Jaipur.Swimming Pool - Outdoor Pool shared at nearby HotelSecluded setting - For escaping.
The Kothi Heritage 12 rooms from $39Jodhpur (Rajasthan,)
Delightful, boutique property showcasing the best in Rajasthani interiors and Rajput hospitality. Colourful stained glass windows create a beautiful effect against its alabaster walls whilst antique furnishings complete the look. Mughals dishes are a feast and Ayurvedic massages a treat.Value chic - Traditional, colourful, Rajasthani decor at a great priceQuirky - An experience!
Dundlod Fort 22 rooms from $41Jhunjhunu, Shekhawati
A dilapidated but charming fortress in Shekhawati, the open-air gallery of Rajasthan. Here, you can enjoy wonderful hospitality, feast on delicious food and set out on a riding safari with a prince.Full of character - Filled with antiques and colourful traditional craftsSights nearby - Badalgarh FortLocal markets - Good for local colour.Hideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
Inn Season 10 rooms from $43Jodhpur
Charming, idiosyncratic collection of rooms and suites in 1930s Art Deco style. Lovely pool, garden and verandahs for dining. Comfort and character in a peaceful residential neighbourhood. Great value for money. There is a delightful pool plus in room massages are available.Hideaway - A little flower filled haven complete with lovely pool, on the outskirts, yet within easy access of town.Sights nearby - You cannot visit Jodhpur without a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort.Swimming Pool - Beautiful Outdoor PoolQuirky - An experience!
Dia Home 5 rooms from $45Pushkar (Rajasthan)
A modern Rajasthani home, opened to the public providing top class 'homestay' accommodation. Located down a quiet and unassuming street outside of town each of the five rooms is individually decorated. Breakfast is served and other meals can be taken at their sister hotel's restaurant, Sixth Sense.Sights nearby - Just a 30 minute drive the Ajmer dargah, with its nightly qawaalis, is an emmersive experience.Local markets - Pushkar market is great for picking up vintage sarees, homeware, rugs and ceramics.Great walks - A sunrise or sunset walk up to the Savitri Temple is a must.Full of character
Jaipur Homestay 4 rooms from $35Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Charming family home run by the ever welcoming Dilip and Tanuja. Feel a part of the family with cosy interiors and traditional Indian home cooking - meals can be enjoyed with the hosts. Rooms are homely and of a good size. There is a living room and sunny garden in which to relax.Sights nearby - The Pink City's sights and attractions are within easy reach.Local markets - Bapu Bazaar is a favourite amongst locals and tourists.
Devi Bhawan 20 rooms from $46Jodhpur (Defence Laboratory Road)
Delightful old world charm and lush gardens in the centre of town at good value for money. Rooms overlook the garden and are decorated period furniture and Indian textiles. Lots of shady terraces to dine on. A characterful spot with warm hospitality.Value chic - Chic interiors and a comfortable stay for a great price, with massage sevices and beautiful outdoor pool.Great walks - This is a great city for wandering, head out from the hotel and explore the rabbit warren streets.Sights nearby - The Mehrangarh Fort, that stands tall over the city, is as impressive inside as it is from out.Local markets - The Clock Tower and its surrounding market is worth a visit.
Gulaab Niwaas Palace 27 rooms from $46Pushkar (Rajasthan)
This owner managed property provides respite from the hustle and bustle of Pushkar town. Large rooms are simply decorated but pleasant and all include private terraces or balconies. There is a quiet garden with views across the lake and a pool by which to relax. Local Indian dishes are served.Local markets - Pushkar market is excellent for shopping - sarees, perfumes, artwork and antiques they have it all.Sights nearby - The holy Pushkar Lake is a serene place and great for photographing pilgrims.Great walks - Up to the Monkey Temple with far reaching views of the town.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Kankarwa Haveli from $47Udaipur
In the same family for over 180 years this lovely, understated heritage hotel is slap bang in the centre of Lal Ghat: walking distance from the City Palace and other sights. Colourful rooms, some with private balconies, provide spectacular views of the Lake Palace. A charming stay.Local markets - Chetak Circle is perfect for picking up handicrafts and giftsSights nearby - Jagdish Temple, Lake Udaipur, City PalaceViews - Of Lake Pichola.Full of character
The Dera Kumbhalgarh 24 rooms from $47Kumbhalgarh
A good-value hideaway, just two kilometres from magnificent Kumbhalgarh Fort. Simple but comfortable accommodation in a wild, scenic landscape. There’s a brand-new swimming pool and spa as well as superb local food.Local exploringViews - To Kumbhalgarh FortSights nearby - Kumbhalgarh FortFull of character
Pal Haveli 21 rooms from $48Jodhpur
Traditional old haveli elaborately and colourfully decorated. Beautiful intricate bedrooms and suites with artefacts, furniture and old family photographs. Shady courtyards and two restaurants - one on the roof terrace with lovely views and great food. Understated elegance and romance.City Style - Central location, beautiful rooms and impeccable views of Mehrangarh FortLocal exploring - Slap bang in the heart of Jodhpur's Old City - right by the Clock TowerRomantic Break - Quaint rooms, breezy rooftops: the romantic Rajasthani dreamValue chic - Simply stunning interiors at a simply delightful price
Roop Niwas Kothi 26 rooms from $57Shekhawati
A unique and exciting mansion with an authentic grand courtyard and riding stables. Over 300 years old, the hotel now offers comfortable spacious accommodation with hand carved furniture and all mod cons including outdoor pool. Enjoy Indian and authentic Rajasthani cuisine. A truly unique venue.Historic - A great base for exploring the wider area.Sights nearby - Picnics at LohargalSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool
Alsisar Mahal 51 rooms from $57Rajasthan
A fairy-tale palace turned heritage hotel, set in a remote village in Shekhawati, Rajasthan. With its enormous swimming pool, attractive gardens, massage centre and lavish rooms, it’s the perfect place to relax in style.Sights nearby - Painted region of Shekhawati with beautiful havelisFull of character - Rajasthani motifs and antique furnitureSwimming Pool - OutdoorLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Laxmi Vilas Palace 30 rooms from $57Bharatpur,, Rajasthan
A great place to stay when visiting the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri, without having to stay in chaotic Agra. Boasting an impressive dining hall, manicured grounds and rooms decorated with traditional furnishings. Largely North Indian dishes are served, plus a continental breakfast. Well priced.Value chic - A stay in a palace for under £50 is a serious bargain.Sights nearby - The former Mughal capital of India Fatehpur Sikri, and the Taj Mahal are a short drive.Four poster beds - For romantics.Spa
Killa Bhawan 8 rooms from $57Jaisalmer (Near City Palace)
Traditional townhouse property within the fortress walls. Stone walls and floors, Indian carpets, furnishings in deep, vibrant hues. Stunning views of Jaisalmer from the roof terrace. Vegetarian homemade Indian food can be served on request. Excellent location with tremendous comfort.Sights nearby - Located right in the centre of Jaisalmer, you can get to all the best sights on foot.Roof terrace - Roof terrace decorated with Indian floor cushions and stunning views over the cityLocal exploring - The perfect location and base for exploring Jaisalmer and the wider area.Value chic - Doubles from as little as £45 per night including breakfast.
Karohi Haveli 26 rooms from $58Udaipur
An exquisite heritage hotel in Udaipur’s Hanuman Ghat, overlooking Lake Pichola, the Lake Palace and the City Palace. Delicious food is served at the delightful rooftop restaurant, providing spectacular views, plus there is a swimming pool for an added bonus. A great choice.Local markets - Chetak Circle is great for picking up traditional Rajasthani pieces.Sights nearby - The Lake Palace is moments away.Views - Lake Pichola and City PalaceSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool
Vesta Bikaner Palace 40 rooms from $60Bikaner (Himtasar)
Enjoy a princely stay at this heritage-style palace. In the sophisticated rooms, canopies in textured fabrics drape elegantly from above, hardwood floors and tasteful design throughout. Dine in the inviting restaurant or take your meal outside into the courtyard. Gym, pool, massage, plenty to amuse.WeddingsSights nearby - Junagadh Fort, Gagner Place, and Camel Research FarmSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolKids Club - Fully staffed.
Pushkar Resort 40 rooms from $60Pushkar (Rajasthan)
Sewara's first eco friendly offering shows its neighbours how it's done. An oasis amidst the Aravalli hills this tranquil abode features green lawns, a tropical pool and traditional spa. Chic interiors come in earthy tones and cuisine is local in both its flavours and sourcing. A great option.Total relaxation - A little oasis outside of town complete with luscious gardens, pool, spa, hot tub and sauna.Eco break - Sewara Resorts uphold strict eco policiesLocal markets - Pushkar has a thriving market with all sorts of clothes, handicrafts, jewellry and perfumesSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool.
Ratan Vilas 20 rooms from $67Jodhpur (Near Bhaskar Circle)
Built in 1920 by the present owner’s polo-playing great-grandfather. A family home boasting charming old world elegance. Bright spacious rooms with Indian fabrics and period furniture surround a central courtyard. Cookery lessons and traditional Rajasthani entertainment.Families - A charming property with plenty of space to run around, a lovely pool, and babysitting services- perfect for a family holiday.Total relaxation - A tranquil little oasis away from the bustle of the town, and with friendly hosts ready to answer your every need.Cooking classes - Guests can learn the art of Rajasthani cuisine at the in house cokkery school.Swimming Pool - Lovely outdoor Pool.
Vivaana Culture Hotel 23 rooms from $69Shekhawati
A delightful boutique hotel set in two renovated 19th-century havelis in Shekhawati. An idyllic and spoiling base from which to explore Rajasthan’s open-air art gallery, with lovely rooms, a gorgeous swimming pool and an Ayurvedic spa.Spa - Ayervedic SpaSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolBirdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.
Garh Jaisal 7 rooms from $70Jaisalmer
11th-century historic townhouse within the walls of Jaisalmer Fort. Jewel-toned furnishings on sumptuous, carved king beds in rooms with exposed stone walls. Languish in exquisite comfort, soaking up the old-world atmosphere & stunning city views. Restaurant serves Indian and international cuisine.Historic - 11th century townhouse situated within the walls of Jaisalmer FortOutstanding location - Within the Jaisalmer Fort, 100 yards from the sacred Jain templeViews - Balcony with view over the whole city of JaisalmerSights nearby - Bang in the centre of Jaisalmer
Pushkar Palace 50 rooms from $72Pushkar (Choti Basti)
An ancestral palace located in a prime position in Pushkar town, overlooking the holy lake. Traditionally Rajasthani in style the property is filled with ornate nooks and decorative murals. Antique oak beds dominate rooms. There is a charming rooftop restaurant serving continental or Indian dishes.Local exploring - Located on Pushkar's main market road yet maintaining a tranquil feel.Sights nearby - Pushkar Lake is one of the holiest lakes in the country. You will see many Hindu pilgrims bathing in its waters.Local markets - Pushkar market is a treasure trove of fabrics, clothing, jewellery and trinkets.Great walks - Trek the several hundred steps up to the Monkey Temple for panoramic views.
Bhanwar Niwas 25 rooms from $74Bikaner
Grand and princely manor house built in 1927, a sumptuous living testimony to the elegance and opulence of old India. Mouthwatering vegetarian fare served in dining hall. Rooms feature period furniture and traditional tiled motifs. Bright and airy central courtyard is an architectural delight.Restaurant - Dining hall serves delectable vegetarian foodSights nearby - Situated within the walled city of Bikaner
Palm Court Homestay 3 rooms from $76Jaipur (Jagatpura)
A large, modern family home combining style with traditional interiors. The three bedrooms are immaculate, demonstrating owner Smitri's love of colour and textiles. Food is delicious and home cooked and vegetarian and 'free from' diets are catered for. Enjoy a cup of chai in the sunny garden.Sights nearby - The intricate architecture of the Hawa Mahal should not be missed - the heart of The Pink City.Local markets - Bapu Bazaar is a favourite for sarees and jewellery, sweets and perfumes.Cooking classes - Kitchen Craft offers lessons in traditional North Indian cuisine.
Hotel Clarks Amer 211 rooms from $79Jaipur
A big hotel with a warm heart and unrivalled business facilities. Bright spacious rooms with white washed walls and wooden floors. Excellent gym, reception rooms with jewel-bright furnishing, and spectacular Ta Blu roof top terrace bar.Sights nearby - Amber Fort and the Jantar Mantar: to name but a couple.Local markets - Johari Bazaar is known for its jewellery.
Shahpura House 38 rooms from $80Jaipur (Rajasthan)
A little off Jaipur's main thoroughfare Shahpura House enjoys a peaceful spot, within easy reach of town. Everything here is rich and vibrant from the fabrics to the food. Rooms are individually decorated in bright colour palettes and astoral chandeliers. There is a spa and pool. Sheer opulence.Local markets - Jaipur is teeming with markets but Bapu Bazaar and Jaipur Textile Market are two of the best.Cooking classes - Cooking classes with the head chef are available on request.Sights nearby - The Amber Fort: a must see.Romantic - Good for couples.
Castle Bijaipur 30 rooms from $80Chittorgarh, Bijaipur,, Rajasthan
A 16th century castle maintaining plenty of original features. Crumbling in places it only adds to the charm of this ancient abode. Rooms feature bright silks and Mughal arches. Yoga, massage plus a tranquil pool and cooking classes complete the stay.Total relaxation - Secluded location with yoga and massages, plus a tranquil poolCooking classes - Pick up some local Indian flavours in the family kitchenSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolViews - Great views from hotel
Amet Haveli 20 rooms from $83Udaipur (Rajasthan)
Situated in the town's old quarter this haveli is quintessential Rajasthani. White walls, stained glass windows, intricate lattice work and ornate arches. Bedrooms are jam packed with decorative tiles and fabrics plus antique furniture. There is a roof terrace with lake views and a pool.Local markets - Bada Bazaar is one of the most popular where you can find saris, ornate jewellery, fabrics and much more. Great for gifts.Sights nearby - City Palace and the Jagdish temple are within walking distance.Great walks - Mountain Ridge trekking includes morning pick up and drop off.Sailing - Take a boat out onto Lake Pichola.
Khas Bagh 18 rooms from $85Jaipur (Rajasthan)
This farm retreat tucked away amidst the Aravalli Hills provides a regal homestay. Eighteen large rooms include capacious beds, ornate fabrics and modern bathrooms. There is an inviting pool and plenty of activities from yoga to polo. Feel right at home in rural Rajasthan.Sights nearby - Amer & Jaigarh Forts are a must visit.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Hotel Diggi Palace 70 rooms from $88Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Delightful haveli hotel in large beautiful grounds. Simple, traditional and elegant rooms with cooling verandahs. A haven of tranquility in a quiet part of town. In January it hosts the Jaipur Literary Festival.Sights nearby - The Water Palace, Amber Fort, City Palace are all must sees.Swimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolFull of characterRomantic - Good for couples.
Laxmi Niwas Palace 58 rooms from 71Bikaner (Lal Garh campus)
Travel back in time when you stay at this Maharaja's palace, a majestic architectural tribute to luxury and craftsmanship. Opulent rooms decorated with gilded filigree ornamentation and furnished in sumptuous fabrics. Tantalising Indian and Chinese fare. Outdoor pool and lofty central courtyard.Outstanding location - Former residential palace of the Rajasthani MaharajaPalaceRomantic BreakGreat walks - Desert trekking can be arranged upon request
Alsisar Hotel 45 rooms from $92Jaipur
A peaceful retreat in the heart of the city. Romantic rooms with antique furniture, intricately carved poster beds, and delicate medieval Rajasthani motifs on fabrics. Lovely swimming pool, shady courtyards and mosaic-work sitting room. Romance of another century.Sights nearby - Amber Fort, Water Palace, City Palace, Monkey Temple, Jantar Mantar: Jaipur keeps you busy.Local markets - Jaipur Textile Market is a treasure trove for fabrics and rugs.Swimming Pool - Outdoor PoolRomantic - Good for couples.
Udai Bilas Palace 23 rooms from $92Rajasthan
One of a kind. Handed down the generations each of the reigning maharajas has added their own twist - giving each room and wing a unique feel. There is a picture perfect outdoor pool, with lake views, plus two dramatic dining halls. Decor ranges from traditional Rajasthani to art deco chic.Romantic Break - The Maharawal Suite in particular is made for romance.Sights nearby - A visit to the family's former palace, the 13th century 'Juna Mahal' is just 15 minutes drive.Views - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.
Orchard 15 rooms from $93Pushkar (Ganehra)
A superb luxury camp, in beautiful gardens, just a 10-minute drive from Pushkar. Tranquil and secluded, with beautifully decorated tents, excellent staff and, even better, camels in the vicinity.Local markets - Good for local colour.Great walks - Good for walkers.Birdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.Cooking classes - Check for timings.
Bal Samand Lake Palace & Garden 36 rooms from $94Jodhpur
An utterly romantic summer palace overlooking a 12th century lake in 300 acres of landscaped grounds. The bedrooms are large, airy and elegant, and the dining room has the most sublime view across the lake. Sandstone waterways and pergolas, Mawari horses to ride in the hills. A regal experience.Romantic Break - Feel like royalty at this unique hotel, with elegant suites, candlelite dining and a stunning pool, in rural Pali.Birdwatching - Pali is a prime spot for birdwatching, don't forget your binoculars.Views - Lovely views of the lake from the restaurant.Sights nearby - Visit the famed Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur.
Lebua Lodge at Amer 40 rooms from $97Jaipur (Rajasthan)
This modern resort, made up of 40 luxury tents, provides a change from Rajasthan's bountiful haveli properties. Offering everything you could wish for there is a pool, tennis, spa, kids playground and much more. Bedrooms feature ceiling to floor glass doors and white, minimalist interiors.Great walks - Up the hill to the Monkey Temple - where over 5000 monkeys are meant to live.Sights nearby - The famous Amber Fort is within walking distance.Cooking classes - Check for timings.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Umed Bhawan Palace 32 rooms from $98Kota (Rajasthan)
Impressive turn of the century residence built by Sir Swinton Jacob located outside of town. Get lost along its labyrinthine corridors amidst taxidermy tigers. Rooms are grand with high ceilings, chandeliers and Rajasthani accents. There is a smart dining hall, sitting room and well stocked bar.Sailing - Take a boat trip along the Chambal River - you might even spot the odd croc!Sights nearby - Make sure to visit Kota's City Palace and Fort.OpulentFull of character
Castle Bera 7 rooms from $99Rajasthan
A heritage homestay in a ramshackle castle in the Aravalli Hills, one of the best places in India to spot leopard. Only a few hours’ drive from Jodhpur, yet feels marvellously remote.Local markets - Good for local colour.Birdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.
The Aodhi 26 rooms from $102Kumbhalgarh Fort
Offering seclusion in forested hills, this retreat provides you with luxurious comforts such as marble flooring, private balconies, and separate dressing rooms. Dine al fresco, in the atmospheric restaurant or in the terrace cafe with mountain views. Outdoor pool. Great for exploring the local area.Wildlife Area - The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife sanctuary, the only panther reserve in India is very close to the hotelSights nearby - Kumbhalgarh Fort and Kumbhalgarh Dam are within 0.6 miles from The AodhiViews - majestic views of the Kumbhalgarh FortSwimming Pool - Outdoor swimming pool
Sultan Bagh 20 rooms from $102Rajasthan
Just a short drive from the Ranthambore National Park, Sultan Bagh offers safari style accommodation. Luxury en suite tents feature four poster beds & air con. A pleasant garden, swimming pool and bar for relaxing after a busy day in the Park. Traditional Indian cuisine is served in the restaurant.Wildlife Area - This tented camp is ideally located for viewing the tigers in Ranthambore National ParkBirdwatching - 350 species of bird in the nearby parkSights nearby - Ranthambore FortHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
Fort Rajwada 95 rooms from $106Jaisalmer
Heritage hotel with impeccably designed interiors and authentic, ornate Indian architectural detail. Lavishly furnished rooms provide a taste of old-world princely comfort alongside modern amenities. Spa, gym, pool. Enjoy a drink in the bar, steeped in 16th-century charm, & dine on local cuisine.Local exploring - The perfect base for exploring the delights of Jaisalmer and the surrounding area.Sights nearby - Located close to the UNESCO listed Fort in JaisalmerDesigner - Opulent but gracious interiors designed by an eminent opera-set designerViews - Views onto the Sonar Fort from the in-house restaurant and bar
Brijraj Bhawan Palace Hotel 7 rooms from $107Kota (Rajasthan)
A charming ancestral home located outside of Kota with far reaching views of the town and Chambal river. With just seven rooms, decorated in a typical Rajasthani style there are pretty gardens in which to relax with plenty of quiet reading nooks. Delicious local cuisine is served.Great walks - Through the pretty Chambal Gardens - fortunately crocodiles no longer live here!Sailing - A wonderful way to get out of town is a boat trip along the Chambal River.Local markets - If visiting in October make sure to catch the Dussehra Mela.Sights nearby - The City Palace and Fort is a must visit.
Sariska Palace 5 rooms from $109Ghausganj,, Rajasthan
Within easy reach of both Jaipur and Agra this heritage hotel is ideally located for a relaxing break in India's 'Golden Triangle'. The Royal Chamber's suites are palatial with sparkling chandeliers and roll top baths. There is a grand dining hall, large pool, spa and tennis courts.Families - Plenty of activities on site, a large pool - great for all the familyTotal relaxation - There are 120 acres to explore and relax inSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolFour poster beds - For romantics.
Samode Bagh 44 rooms from $109Jaipur (Rajasthan)
This 300 year old resort, located just under 50km from Jaipur provides guests with a relaxing hideaway from the frenetic city. Luxurious tented rooms have ornate patterned ceilings and are filled with antiques. Fantastic local cuisine and beautiful gardens to stroll in. A romantic choice.Sights nearby - Amber Fort, City and Water Palace, the Monkey Temple, Jantar Mantar and much more are just a day trip away.Hideaway - Located out the way of frenetic Jaipur but still within a day trip of its sights.OpulentKids Club - Fully staffed.
Narain Niwas Palace 37 rooms from $121Jaipur
A comfortable heritage property in the pink city of Jaipur. Fantastic spa and pool in acres of garden, as well as specialty Thali dining. The fabulous Palladio serves excellent European dishes. One of the less expensive and less grand palaces in Rajasthan, but by no means less fantastical.Foodies - Boasting one of the best restaurants in town: Palladio.Local exploring - Enjoying a fantastically central location in Jaipur.Sights nearby - Jaipur has a bounty of sights: the Amber Fort, Water Palace, City Palace and much more.Local markets - Bapu Bazaar is a favourite amongst locals.
Gajner Palace 45 rooms from $122Bikaner (Gajner)
Romantic historic palace with captivating gardens and handsome architectural features, on the shore of a shimmering lake. This oasis in the desert offers regal accommodation in well-appointed rooms. Restaurant serves tantalising Rajasthani and international fare. A place of unparalleled splendour.Country EscapeWeddingsSights nearby - Junagarh Fort is less than a mile awaySecluded setting - For escaping.
Royal Heritage Haveli 28 rooms from $123Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Built in the 18th century and 10km from Jaipur, this unique destination has fourteen gorgeous suites draped in lavish silks and velvets. Serene lawns and a peaceful swimming pool set in a quiet courtyard. The restaurant uses ingredients sourced from the hotel garden.Local markets - Explore the infamous Jaipur bazaarsSights nearby - City Palace, JaipurDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Full of character
28 Kothi 5 rooms from $127Jaipur (Civil Lines Road)
Jaipur's newest boutique offering provides stunning accommodation at an even more attractive price. Their attention to detail is key. Design touches such as ornate light installations and colour co-ordinated libraries are a perfectionists dream! Yoga classes and in room massages can be arranged.City Style - A tranquil oasis within easy reach of many of Jaipur's main sights.Local exploring - Perfectly located for exploring Jaipur's sights.Sights nearby - City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Monkey Palace to name but a few are within easy reach.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
Neemrana Fort Palace 72 rooms from $127Neemrana, Rajasthan
15th Century Palace sprawled over a hill with terraces and courtyards looking over the Rajasthan landscape. Large, antique filled rooms are charming and comfortable. With three dining options, two pools, a spa and a zip line - this is the true definition of an oasis. A once in a lifetime stay!Birdwatching - For the desert location, there are a surprising amount of birds. Notably the green parakeet stands out against the desert.Sights nearby - Visit the forts 18th Century Water Well that is nine stories deep and formely for the visiting, weary travelers.Four poster beds - For romantics.Views - Great views from hotel
Khem Villas 22 rooms from $140Ranthambore, Rajasthan
A lush, eco retreat set in an oasis of wildlife off the beaten track. Luxury cottages and tents provide comfortable accommodation in a glorious outdoor setting. A cooling plunge pool and small spa offer ultimate relaxation. Guests can enjoy the hotel bar and evening drinks around the campfire.Back to Nature - The land surrounding the camp has become a natural habitat and is home to jackals, hyenas, jungle cats and many more!Wildlife Area - Ranthambhore National Park, the best place in India to see tigers in the wildSwimming Pool - Outdoor fresh water plunge pool, the perfect way to cool offGreat walks - 6km of walking tracks within the property
Trident Udaipur 141 rooms from $140Udaipur (Rajasthan)
Fool proof accommodation courtesy of Trident. The impressive exterior makes way to airy interiors. Rooms are modern and fuss free including tea and coffee facilities with garden views. There's a classic bar and restaurant Aravalli serves Indian and Continental dishes. Enjoy the pool & relaxing spa.Local exploring - This hotel is ideally placed for exploring Udaipur's sights.Sights nearby - City Palace, the Crystal Gallery, the Monsoon Palace or the beautiful JagmandirKids Club - The Trident Kids' Club features games, play area and their very own tentCooking classes - Sushma's Cooking Classes are a great way to learn the local flavours.
The Farm 7 rooms from $144Jaipur (Rajasthan)
A chic oasis just a short drive, yet a world away from town. This owner managed property reflects their young spirit. Retro rooms are decorated with wonderfully kitsch, Indian curios. There is an organic vegetable garden and room price is full board. Plenty of activities make it great for families.Sights nearby - Jaipur with its many sights is just a forty minute drive. Perfect as you can visit for the day and return to this haven.Hideaway - Located a forty minute drive from Jaipur the farm is an oasis of calm.Cooking classes - Just ask the chef!Secluded setting - For escaping.
Rohet Garh 34 rooms from $151Jodhpur (Dist. Pali)
A welcoming haven in traditional Rajput style. Landscaped gardens, beautiful verandas, exquisitely decorated rooms, and a host of fantastic activities - desert riding safaris, flora and fauna, and relaxation in the spa to name a few. A wonderful taste of Rajasthan.Active HolidaySwimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolSpaLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Ajit Bhawan Palace 69 rooms from $151Jodhpur
This Maharaja's royal residence is an oasis of hospitality and Rajput charm. A lovely garden hosts separate accommodations - you can choose between cottages, tents, or lavish rooms in the main property. Old-world elegance with all the modern comforts.Families - Attentive yet unfussy service, good value prices, a large pool plus spa and gym: great for all the family.Sights nearby - Venture back into the life of a Maharaja at the epic Mehrangarh FortSwimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Fodors
Shahpura Bagh 9 rooms from $153Shahpura
Amidst sprawling gardens this historic estate oozes elegance and charm. Suites fit for a maharaja include four-posters, ornate textiles and large, airy windows. A feast of traditional Rajasthani dishes is served in the dining room or al-fresco whilst the heated outdoor pool is the place to relax.Historic - 120-year old property, once the seat of local princes and still owned by the Raja.Great walks - There are some easy nature trails around Shahpura and more challenging trekking routes depending on your ability.Local markets - The town of Shahpura is just a short walk away where colourful sarees and local leather shoes can be bought.Cooking classes - Take home some local flavours with a private cooking class courtesy of the head chef.
Rawla Narlai 36 rooms from $159Rajasthan
A renovated 17th-century fortress in an unspoilt area of Rajasthan, half-way between Jodhpur and Udaipur. With exquisite rooms, a sublime swimming pool and the Aravalli Hills on your doorstep, this is a truly magical place to stay.Sights nearby - Holy temples and historic villagesSwimming Pool - OutdoorOutstanding locationLocal markets - Good for local colour.
Sardar Samand Lake Palace 19 rooms from $160Jodhpur (District Pali)
Built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1933 this former hunting lodge is still a favourite retreat of the royal family. Located on the edge of a picturesque lake, large, art deco style rooms make the most of the views. There is an Oriental Garden plus an outdoor pool and tennis courts. A charming stay.Country Escape - In the bucolic surround of the scrubby Thar desert, this former royal hunting lodge is a true escape into rural Rajasthan.Great walks - The extensive grounds stretching along the lake make for great scenic walking.Birdwatching - The lake attracts a huge variety of birdlife, bring your binoculars!Sailing - A boat ride on the lake is a lovely afternoon activity.
The Tree of Life Resort 14 rooms from $168Jaipur (Rajasthan)
Set within seven acres of land amidst the Aravalli hills and just a 30 minute drive from Jaipur, Tree of Life provides daily yoga and meditation classes and a revitalising spa. The prefect way to explore from afar. Rooms are comfortable with private terraces and food is mainly organic. A haven.Sights nearby - Make a day trip into town to visit the Amber Fort and other sights.Great walks - Explore the local villages and farms.SpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Ramathra Fort 12 rooms from $183Rajasthan
Seventeenth century charm; twenty-first century luxury. This lovingly restored hilltop hideaway provides lavish accommodation for those prepared to venture the extra mile. Choose from palace or tented accommodation. Impossibly romantic, guests can enjoy candlelit dining and spa treatments.Hideaway - The tarmac roads disappear on the last 100km approach. A rural retreat totally worth the journey.Romantic Break - Escape with a loved one. Palace and tented rooms are made for romance.Birdwatching - Grey partridges, night jars, hawks, doves, peacocks, orioles, curlew, pelicans, kingfishers and cranes can all be spotted.Full of character
Samode Haveli 39 rooms from $188Jaipur
A quaint spot in the middle of a lively city. A great choice for individuals or couples. Fantastic central courtyard swimming pool and sun deck is perfect for lounging or sipping on a cocktail. Romantically decorated bedrooms, soothing spa facilities and stunning dining room.Sights nearby - So much to see in Jaipur: the hotel will gladly organise your tour.Local markets - Jaipur Textile Market is the place for fabrics and rugs.Sailing - Head out on the Ramgarh Lake by boat.Swimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor Pool
Nahargarh Ranthambore 68 rooms from $203Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
Magnificent nouveau palace hotel on the edge of Ranthambore National Park. Traditional elegance and regal opulence throughout its interiors. Marble floors, chandeliers, arched ceilings, mosaic walls and frescoed ceilings. Romantic rooms and suites have four poster beds. Fantastic Indian food.Safari - Tiger safaris twice a day in Ranthambore National Park.In/by a Nature Reserve - On the edge of Ranthambore National Park.Back to Nature - Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.Foodies - Fantastic Indian food.
Ranvas 34 rooms from $225Jodhpur (Nagaur)
Following a twenty year renovation by the Maharajah of Jodhpur this collection of havelis is a chic oasis in the heart of the Thar desert. Film set worthy rooms and impossibly romantic candlelit dinners make it ideal for couples. One of the best places to embark on a horse or camel safari.Honeymoons - A regal and romantic escape with candlelit dinners in the fragrant gardens and indulgent interiors worthy of the Maharaja.Total relaxation - Unwind in style in the frescoed halls, temples, and Mughal pleasure gardens, not to mention the spa.Sights nearby - The desert towns of Bikaner, with its incredible fort and Mandawa konwn for its painted havelis are a drive away.Great walks - Hike the perimeter of the 12th-century fort’s magnificent ramparts.
Lakshman Sagar 12 rooms from $229Raipur (Rajasthan)
A boutique hideaway in the truest sense. Part of the Sewara chain of hotels known for their organic produce and eco credentials this property upholds the good name. Twelve private cottages, made from local stone have private pools. Decor comprises local artwork and gorgeous pop colours.Hideaway - A quiet place for guests to relax by the pool amongst the sounds of nature.Romantic Break - Private cottages all with private pool and gorgeous rooms.Cooking classes - Learn some of Rajasthan's culinary secrets from the excellent in house chef.Great walks - A guided sunrise walk through the region's henna fields.
Suryagarh 62 rooms from $229Jaisalmer
Mesmerising palatial hotel in the heart of the desert. Authentically prepared regional cuisine. Spa, gym, pool, billiards, yoga, meditation. Opulent interiors inspired by indigenous handicrafts. A remarkable location steeped in local culture offering a traditional taste of a luxurious lifestyle.Outdoor dining - Breakfast with peacocks in the desert, oasis picnic, dinner on the dunes or in the gardensArcherySpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
The Raj Palace 29 rooms from $251Jaipur (Nr Jal Mahal)
This luxurious Maharaja's Palace has beed exquisitely restored with the finest Italian marbles, Egyptian cottons, mahoganies, and Swarovski chandeliers. The 38 suites are divine, as are the equally majestic verandahs, gardens, and food in the wonderful restaurant.Sights nearby - The Amber Fort is Jaipur's main attraction. Go at sunset for the best views.Local markets - Bapu Bazaar is Jaipur's busiest and most popular market.Swimming Pool - Outdoor PoolSpaRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Samode Palace 43 rooms from $253Jaipur (Village Samode)
A traditional Rajput palace just outside Jaipur. Wonderfully romantic rooms and suites, all individually decorated, but each as magical as the next. Terraces, pools, tennis courts, camel safaris, fantastic Rajasthani and European food. Regal and luxurious.Romantic - Good for couples.Local markets - Jaipur's famous textile market is great for fabrics and rugs.Sights nearby - The Amber Fort is 50km away but well worth a visit.Swimming Pool - Outdoor rooftop infinity pool and courtyard pool.
RAAS 39 rooms from $254Jodhpur (Makrana Mohalla)
Wow factor around every corner in this luxury, contemporary designed hotel. Stunning views of the Fort from exquisite sun-dappled rooms and a beautiful infinity pool and indulgent spa. Lots of clever design features. A very special place to explore the magical Jodhpur from, right in the heart of it.Romantic Break - This chic hotel boasts design suites with statement bathrooms, fort views from the terrace restaurant and unbeatable glamour.Local exploring - Located down an unassuming gulley this modern hotel enjoys a most central location in the Old Town.Local markets - Check out the next door Sadar Market, the perfect spot for buying spices, sweets, silver and handicrafts.Sights nearby - Overlooking the fort, within walking distance of the Clock Tower and Old City.
RAAS Devigarh 39 rooms from $286Udaipur (Delwar)
Majestic Five Star 18th century palace restoration outside Udaipur. Minimal interior designs frame original historic architecture. Luxury boutique suites combine stone floors, marbles, hot tubs, balustraded terraces with all the mod cons. Fabulous views, excellent restaurant, extensive spa and pool.Total relaxation - Away from the hustle and bustle of town it is a wonderfully relaxing location to explore Udaipur fromRomantic Break - Luxurious suites and a romantic ambience make this a perfect couples retreatSpa breaks - A spoiling spa providing both Western and traditional Indian treatmentsArchitectural - 18th century palace renovation.
Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal 93 rooms from $300Jodhpur
This hotel is designed like a traditional palace, but aimed at younger and more modern Maharaja. Elegant rooms with equally fantastic technology, beautiful central courtyard with pool, and fantastic gourmet options. Heritage feel with a contemporary twist.Romantic Break - Sumptuous suites and pampering spa treatments make this a dream city break for couples.Families - Family suites, baby sitting services and a games room to occupy the little ones.Sights nearby - The Mehrangarh Fort is not to be missed.Swimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor Pool.
Dera Amer Elephant Camp 4 rooms from $329Jaipur (Kukas)
A truly unique property: "Glamping with Elephants"! Located a 30 minute drive from Jaipur this private desert camp features classic, colonial style tents and furnishings. Dine under the stars, by the campfire at night. Operational from October - April. Great for couples and families.Sights nearby - Jaipur and its many sights: City Palace, Amber Fort to name a few.Romantic - Good for couples.Secluded setting - For escaping.
Taj Lake Palace 83 rooms from $376Udaipur (Rajasthan)
As iconic as Udaipur. A shimmering white and gold vision located on Lake Pichola it is accessible only by hotel boat. Rooms are quite literally fit for a maharajah: stained glass windows, plush velvets, gilt work, and intricate murals. Plus a pool, famous rooftop restaurant and novel 'spa boat'.Sights nearby - Located in the heart of Udaipur, most of its sights are within walking distance.Local markets - Bada Bazaar is a favourite amongst tourists and locals alike.Private Hot TubViews - Great views from hotel
Taj Rambagh Palace 79 rooms from $380Jaipur (Rambagh)
Royal treatment in the home of the former Maharaja of Jaipur. The interior decoration and surrounding grounds echo the magic of a bygone era - marble floors, beautiful colonnades, and acres of luscious gardens. A fabulous place to stay.Swimming Pool - Indoor and Outdoor PoolsSights nearby - The Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar are all must sees.Local markets - Bapu Bazaar is awash with sparkling sarees and jewellery.Lively - Hip and happening.
Chhatra Sagar 13 rooms from $417Rajasthan
Regal tented camp on the shores of an historic reservoir with an aura of tranquil luxury. Complimentary fine dining can be enjoyed outside with a panoramic view. Airy tents are block-printed with traditional motifs and furnished with handmade local furniture, cosy beds, marble and slate bathrooms.Birdwatching - With a checklist of over 200 species, guests can enjoy birdlife from close quarters almost everywhere in the camp.Honeymoons - A totally romantic spot for newly weds, with stunning views and luxury as standardGreat walks - Go for nature walks in the foothillsLocal markets - Experience nearby village life
SUJAN Rajmahal Palace 8 rooms from $423Jaipur (Rajasthan)
A rose tinted palace in The Pink City. Eight desirable rooms have stylish interiors courtesy of the acclaimed Adil Ahmed. Rooms are decorated in chic palettes of contrasting colours: turquoises with pinks, blue with white (so photogenic). Dining is an equal parts aesthetic and tasty affair.Sights nearby - Enjoy a private tou or the City Palace.Romantic - Good for couples.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
The Serai 21 rooms from $455Jaisalmer (Bherwa Village)
Stunning luxury tent camp in the desert transports you to another time. Mesmerising views from the tranquil outdoor pool. Private tents and tent suites furnished with an eye for refined comfort. Spa, massage, reflexology, gym. Exquisite regional and international cuisine, private dining possible.Swimming Pool - Candlelit outdoor swimming pool, a unique inversion of a traditional Rajasthani step-wellSpa - Spa and wellness centre managed by internationally recognised spa company Raison d'EtreRestaurant - Cordon bleu cuisine, catering for both Indian and European tastesTented Camp - Luxurious desert camp and spa
Sher Bagh 12 rooms from $474Sawāi Mādhopur, Rajasthan
An authentic but luxurious jungle camp on the edge of Rajasthan’s Ranthambhore National Park, one of the best places in India to spot the Bengal tiger. Superb service, immaculate tents and an infinity pool. Magical.Birdwatching - Over 100 species of birds in areaOutstanding location - On Ranthambhore Tiger ReserveFull of character - 19th century furnitureGreat walks - Good for walkers.
The Oberoi Udaivilas 87 rooms from $495Udaipur (Rajasthan)
A modern Mughal masterpiece. What it lacks in age it makes up for in style; opulent, classic and with service to match. Relax by the black and white tiled pool or in the sumptuous spa. Rooms are divine and decorated with tasteful Oberoi flair. And it enjoys stunning views of Lake Pichola.Local markets - Bada Bazaar is awash with glittering sarees, jewels and much more.Cooking classes - Have a private cooking lesson with the hotel's head chef.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Opulent
Jawai Leopard Camp 10 rooms from $509Pali District, Rajasthan
A luxury, tented camp site combining opulence with adventure. Each tent has its own en suite and air conditioning. The camp offers guests superb food served in the communal dining room, a relaxing seating area with bar and private plunge pool. Safari drives, bird watching and star lit skies.Safari - Resident Big Cat Specialist Adam Bannister will share all his expertiseBack to Nature - Set amid unspoilt wildernessRestrictions on children - Best suited to teensSights nearby - Temples at Ranakpur
Oberoi Rajvilas 68 rooms from $534Jaipur
A five star palace just outside Jaipur. Luxury rooms, suites, tents, and villas decorated with the utmost style - romantic, sophisticated, antique. Four poster beds, private pools, butler services. Fantastic food, state of the art spa, attentive staff.Romantic - Good for couples.Sights nearby - Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, The Monkey Temple, CIty Palace and not to forget the Amber Fort.Private Hot TubSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
The Leela Palace Udaipur 80 rooms from $551Udaipur (Rajasthan)
Leelas are known for their exuberant style and their Udaipur offering does not fail to impress. Simply gorgeous at every turn rooms feature four poster beds, finest silks, ornate artwork and subtle lighting plus palatial bathrooms. Fine dining and an extensive wine collection completes the set.Sights nearby - The City Palace and much more are within easy walking distance.Sailing - Take a boat out on Lake Pichola - an iconic Udaipur experience.Local markets - Bada Bazaar is a favourite for picking up gifts and souvenirs.Cooking classes - Check for timings.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas 25 rooms from $660Ranthambhore, Rajasthan
Situated in the jungle, just ten minutes away from Ranthambhore National Park, this is glamping at its finest. Beautiful luxury tents have air-con and plush four-poster beds with animal print rugs atop teak boards, huge bathtubs and every imaginable Oberoi luxury. Enjoy a tiger safari in style!Wildlife Area - Situated on the edge of the Ranthambhore National ParkViews - Stunning views over the surrounding areaCooking classes - Patisserie lessons for childrenRemote - Off the beaten track.
Umaid Bhawan Palace 64 rooms from $665Jodhpur
The only way to experience the real magic of Jodhpur. This exquisite Maharaja's palace is the ultimate in grandeur and luxury. Elegant rooms with Art Deco trappings, swimming pools, spa, billiards, yoga - the list goes on. A truly romantic and old-world setting.Spa breaks - The Taj's signature JIVA spa is the ultimate in indulgent spa breaks.Palace - Astounding art deco Maharaja's palaceRomantic Break - Opulent suites are made for romance.Sights nearby - Mehrangarh Fort is a must visit.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection
Aman-i-Khas 10 rooms from $1297Ranthambore, Rajasthan
Aman-i-Khas is a luxury campsite just a stone's throw from Ranthambore National Park. Ten lavish tented suites scatter the resort, which has its own swimming pool, spa and restaurant. Wake to the sound of birdsong and views of the surrounding hills before embarking on a safari exploration.Safari - Ranthambore is the best place in India to see tigers in the wild.Birdwatching - Hundreds of migratory birds at Surwal LakeGreat walks - Guided nature walksSights nearby - Ranthambore Fort
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- Best places to stay in Rajasthan
Colourful land of romantic legends, Rajasthan is so full of wonderful sights that you could easily plan a trip of India's highlights and not leave this state. There's Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort, the views and lakeside palaces of Udaipur, Jaisalmer's giant gold sandcastle, colourful, magical Bundi with its storybook murals and traditional atmosphere, and Jaipur's fairytale pink, Hawa Mahal. Which is just for starters and will already have you here a week! The best places to stay in Rajasthan are also some of the state's royal palaces and homely havelis - historic mansion hotels.
Closest state to Pakistan, Rajasthan's harsh landscape has really shaped local cultures. The vast expanse of the Thar Desert and the beautiful Aravalli mountain range are attractions in their own right. This is a really spectacular backdrop for a camel safari. Or a hot air balloon safari. Or any safari at all.
Rajasthan is also one of the states traversed by the Palace on Wheels, one of the world's most luxurious trains.
You will need to come in off the desert into the towns and cities to see this state's wonderful man-made treasures, though.
Capital, Jaipur, the beautiful 'pink city' is a stop on many Indian journeys. The walled, old city is a historic gateway to this most flamboyant state. The same sea of motorbikes and rickshaws surrounds Jaipur's main sights, the City Palace, Hawa Mahal and the Jantas Mantas,but these majestic relics retain a certain peace, and you might even manage a moment of old India. As well as the city's buildings, the magical Amber Fort in the hills above is certainly worth a visit.
Famous with its sunshine and blue houses, Jodhpur is an age old market city on the edge of the desert, and another common stop on the grand tour of India. Once a key stop on the silk route, Jodhpur is still the region's central market for camels, cotton and cattle. And trade is in this town's blood. It feels like you can buy anything and everything in the mass of shops and stalls which spread out from the Clock Tower in the centre of town. The Mehrangarh Fort, with its epic stone walls and many palaces inside, and the 20th Century sandstone palace of Umaid Bhawan are Jodhpur's two other main landmarks.
Udaipur, Lake Pichola, the still beauty it sits beside, and the Aravalli Hills surrounding it, are another wonderfully and wonderfully atmospheric place to try to fit in.
The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in Rajasthan is wide ranging: from cheap and cheerful homestay options to no holes barred luxury in a royal palace.
For a once in a lifetime experience
- The Raj Palace was formerly the Maharajah's palace and is now a fabulous luxury hotel. It has been exquisitely restored with immense attention to detail, using the finest materials. Rooms and suites are bedecked with original furniture. The excellent restaurant houses a unique collection of china and the Swarkovski chandelier is the largest in India.
- Another of Jaipur's former royal abodes is the Rambagh Palace. This was once home to the Maharajah of Jaipur. You really feel like royalty here, amongst the marble floors, beautiful colonnades and acres of lush grounds - garlands on arrival are standard.
- Samode Bagh is a luxury tented village just outside Jaipur. These aren't just any tents though, their impressive canopies are filled with antique furniture, four poster beds, and they even have marble bathrooms. The food is wonderful, and local, and the grounds are a real pleasure.
- As well as being on the highlights of any visit to Jodhpur, the Umaid Bhawan Palace is also one of the best places to stay in Rajasthan. Built by the grandfather of the present Maharajah this wonderful building with its vast proportions is famous all over India. Set in 26 acres of lush gardens, everything here is elegant and luxurious, from the squash courts to the billiards room and yoga studio.
- The Ajit Bhawan Palace belonged to the younger brother of the above, so you're still in good company. But with its variety of room options - including cottages, rooms and permanent tents - it's a good choice for families.
- Jodhpur's Bal Samand Lake Palace and Garden is a favourite of today's Royal Family. This summer palace overlooks a lake and 300 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. And even if you stay in the rooms converted from the old stables you'll still feel like a Maharajah. As well as peace here you'll find every luxury. And a spa. And the chance to birdwatch, or ride up into the hills, or play golf.
For complete relaxation
- Samode Palace is a traditional Rajput palace in the hills above Jaipur. The views are incredible, but so is the hotel itself, with individually decorated rooms and terraces.
- Built as a hunting lodge in the Art Deco style of the 30s, the Sardar Samand Lake Palace is still a favoured summer retreat of the Royal Family. The lake it's built beside keeps it cool, but it also makes it one of the best places to stay inRajasthan for birdwatchers.
For a flying visit
- Samode Haveli is a quaint spot in the middle of lively Jaipur. Built around a central courtyard pool - which somehow manages to feel quiet and secluded, this is a romantic place to stay.
- If your lifestyle requires reliable internet, convenient locale and comfort then Vivanta, Taj Hari Mahal is a good choice. Here you'll find clean and quiet efficiency in a modern hotel which has been designed in the same way as a traditional palace.
For great value
- Good value in India doesn't always mean basic, and Jaipur's Alsisar Hotel is a great example of this. The hotel is beautifully decorated with traditional treasures and antiques, there's a shady courtyard and a lovely swimming pool. Rooms start from £47.
- Narain Niwas Palace proves there's even such a thing as an affordable palace hotel in Jaipur. Surrounded by acres of beautiful gardens, the building is comfortable as well as palatial, and you're very well positioned for exploring the city.
- Jaipur's The General’s Retreat is a homely, comfortable guesthouse in a smart suburb, with ten rooms starting from from just £25 per night.
- Pal Haveli is one of Jodhpur's best havelis. It's traditional and elaborately and colourfully decorated, with plenty of family heirlooms, and even some family photos. And you'll find excellent Indian food at Indique on the roof terrace, with the Mehrangarh Fort above, and great views over the old city.