A land of fierce warriors, the Rajputs and the oldest civilisation in the world. Rajasthan is the India of postcards and holiday brochures.
Welcome to Rajasthan – a dazzling land of deserts, lakes, palaces, colour, textiles and buffalo butter. It is famed for its luxurious upperclass cookery – an exotic mix of dry, spicy desert food and gloriously rich, creamy Muslim indulgence. Rajasthan is wildly inspiring in terms of design, cuisine, music, old crafts like weaving, painting, tie-dying and really traditional culture.
It is the only state which had relatively little British intrusion during the Raj (British control), retaining autonomy and semi-feudal princely rule right up to 1971 when Indira Gandhi abolished the maharajas. It is the most conservative and culturally rich state in India.
We meet up in Udaipur at the Jagat Niwas Palace hotel and begin our day with a Thali welcome dinner followed by two days enjoying art, painting and culture right at the edge of the famous Pichola lake. Next stop is Narlai in the Thar desert for three days of cooking classes, temples, a jeep safari adventure and a sunset horse-ride. Our final three nights are spent in the blue city of Jodhpur at the very chic Raas Hotel, where a fabulous final night party concludes our tour.
Along the way we learn how to tie-dye, paint temple art, cook in the desert, find out how to weave with gold thread, float on lakes, eat with our fingers in faded glory palaces and do a bit of yoga when it all gets too fabulous and we need a lie down.
IMPORTANT: For this tour you must be physically fit and healthy with no mobility issues. There is a lot of walking involved and the temperatures are hot.
2019 Rajasthan TOUR
Udaipur, Narlai & Jodhpur
26 October – 4 November
NZD 8,750 per person
(based on twin share)
This includes 9 nights accommodation, internal transport, cooking classes, cultural visits, guest chefs, restaurants, all meals & wine with meals. ($950 single supplement subject to availability).
Maximum of 14 guests.
About our tours
Our mission has always been to provide really authentic gastronomic and cultural experiences. We travel initially to lose ourselves and next to find ourselves, because travel cracks us open and so pushes us over all the walls and low horizons that habits and defensiveness set up.
Behind every person and every household is a story of local traditions and daily life in villages and towns. Traditional food is about ancestral memories and looking back and holding on to old cultures – it is profoundly about identity. Come with us and partake in the honesty, grace, generosity and fun that is a Peta Mathias tour. Suitable for fit and healthy gastronomic adventurers!