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ndoubtedly the most popular circuit for first time visitors to

Northern India is known as the “Golden Triangle”, beginning

in bustling New Delhi with a visit to Agra (Taj Mahal) before

headingwestwards into the country’s largest state. Rajasthan, steeped

in 5,000 years of history, is the nation’s heartland, flanked by the

mighty Thar Desert and shrouded by the ancient Aravalli mountain

range. Rich in colour and tradition the traveller will be captivated by

a welcoming people with very modern ambitions living in ancient

cities with historic forts, splendid temples and grand old palaces

evoking the magnificence of the golden age of the Maharajas.

Agra

(innearbyUttarPradesh)

Be inspired by the greatest love story ever told. Agra is home to the Taj

Mahal, the most beautiful building in the world - and a tale of undying

love. Uncover mysteries at Fatekpur Sikri, a dreamcity built fromwarm

sandstone, then witness the majesty of the Mughal rule at Agra Fort.

Jaipur

While known as the Pink City, Jaipur should be famous for a broader

palette of colour. A shining example of Indian vibrancy, with palaces

and forts rising out from the organised chaos of modern life.

Discover the rich history of the Rajasthan capital - just try not to get

lost in the

bustle. The town

itself is a stunning

example of an old regal

city; expect dawdling

camels, knowledgeable

rickshaw drivers and an

elephant or two returning

from duty at the Amber Fort.

Jodhpur

From top to bottom, Jodhpur is a wonder. Below the old city is a

wash of blue within which you can find markets of every colour

selling just about everything - haggle with intent or escape to the

serenity of the surrounding desert by jeep or camel.

Udaipur

Settings don’t come any more romantic than Udaipur. The city

borders many shimmering lakes including Lake Pichola, nestled

among the lush hills of the Aravallis. Discover 500 years of history

exploring palaces, temples and havelis as they jostle together on

streets winding like rivers through the old city.

S

et amid 47 acres of lush manicured gardens, the

prestigious Rambagh Palace is an institution in the pink

city of Jaipur. Built in 1835, originally as a hunting lodge

before being converted at the turn of the century into a palace,

Rambagh was once the residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur.

It was made into India’s first palace hotel in the 50’s and to this

day remains one of the most opulent hotels in the country.The 78

palatial rooms are grand and utilise rich fabrics with silk drapes

and furnishings reminiscent of the days of the Maharaja.

Rambagh Palace

Jaipur

W

hile exploring the ancient city of Jodhpur opt to stay at

the impressive residence of the remaining Jodhpur royal

family. Although you won’t find the Maharaja himself

taking your booking and escorting you to your room, they do still

reside in the palace. A wing of the palace has been taken over by

Taj and turned into an elegant 64-room hotel.

The palace, in its tawny and gold hues sits high above the desert

city of Jodhpur, its decor is opulent and regal yet contemporary. It

boasts 26 acres of well manicured gardens, a zodiac pool, a butler

for each room and an array of vintage cars to chauffeur guests

around the stunning old city.

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Jodhpur

Regal Rajasthan

Exploring India’s heartland in style staying at the Taj Palaces