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.
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.
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
rickshaw drivers and an
elephant or two returning
from duty at the Amber Fort.
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.
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.
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.
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
Exploring India’s heartland in style staying at the Taj Palaces