A royal experience in Rajasthan’s old palaces
INDIA’s princely state of Rajasthan is home to many magnificent palaces.
Although the India of today is often associated with poverty and hard times, it was not always so.
The grandeur and scale of India’s architectural and historical wonders offer us only a glimpse of the opulent lifestyles that the maharajahs must have led.
And unlike the damp and draughty image of European castles, Indian palaces can be a marble wonderland set amid delightful exotic gardens.
Some of the palaces in India, such as the Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur and the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, are famous because they have been renovated by large hotel chains and converted into luxurious and expensive tourist retreats.
Alsisar Palace, Khimsar Castle and Kuchaman Fort are littleknown gems scattered throughout the desert state of Rajasthan.
Here the traveller can truly soak up the mood of a bygone era and enjoy the bustle of a small village or the peace and quiet of a jungle retreat at the same time.
Asiaquest Tours runs a 21-day Palaces and Castles Tour to Rajasthan between October and March every year.
This is the ultimate royal experience where travellers stay at palaces and visit others which have been converted to monuments and museums.
No trip to India would be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal.
Although not a palace, this monument is the final resting place for a queen and a symbol of enduring love.
Its colour and translucency change with the light, ensuring that it never looks the same no matter how many times you visit.
Finally, it’s on to Delhi and the end of a fairytale journey through the life and times of Indian royal families.
More: Asiaquest Tours, phone 1800 144 738.