All our Rajasthan collections:
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.
Jaipur (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.
Jodhpur (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.
Jodhpur (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.
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.
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.
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.
Jaipur (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.
Jaipur (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jodhpur (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jaisalmer (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.
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.
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.
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.
Jodhpur (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.
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.
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.
Pushkar (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chittorgarh, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Bikaner (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jaipur (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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Jodhpur (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.
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.
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.
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.
Jodhpur (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.
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.
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.
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.
Sawai 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jaipur (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.
Jaipur (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.
Jodhpur (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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
Jaisalmer (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.
Sawāi 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.
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.
Pali 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.