Circuit the action-packed Jaipur by lanes and bazaars hawking ethnic pottery, textiles, metal ware, and jewelry. The soothing pink of its architectural extravagance contrasts with the flaring colors of the local attire. Enjoy intellectual camaraderie at the Jaipur literature festival; a crafts tour to a handmade paper industry; gaze at quaint colorful frescoes in the tired havelis of Shekawati; get camel happy at Pushkar; visit the sole Brahma temple in the world; pump up with game viewing at Ranthambore Park. Stay at luxurious Amanbagh amidst the Aravalli Hills. Live life king size with a round of camel polo, Yoga lessons at abandoned forts; villages safaris and chai brewed with love and leaves.
Raw Rajput unfolds in the blood-stained ruins of Chittoor, the ghosts of valor and pride. Slow down to bed the impossibly romantic Udaipur: a cluster of toy island palaces amid shimmering lakes and panoramic rolling greens. Go vintage with the Palace Garage Car Collection; enjoy moonlit dinner on a shikara boat. Wander through Amber stone carvings of Jain temples. Picnic to the artisans' village Shilpagram.
Lap up the medieval charm of forts looming over the blue cornflower-colored houses in Jodhpur. Kick back with exclusive champagne walks; luxurious stays at art deco Umaid Bhawan Palace; shop for antiques, vintage textiles, and handicrafts. Run into the unique Bishnois tribes in the wildlife delight of Guda; befriend this robust sect that preserves all forest life forms and follows 29 tenets of good living; visit a local school; partake in an opium ceremony; ride indigenous Marwari steeds; indulge in contemporary Riff Music Festival patronized by Mick Jagger.
Get to know the ancient villages rife with folk traditions, mud huts, and harsh Thar desert life in Barmer; know the desert mystery that next door Jaisalmer is - its fabled living citadel filled with beautiful crumbling havelis and palaces, lived in by warm hospitable rural folks. Enjoy the nostalgic something in the deserted village Kuldhara; snap up some Jaisalmer stonework in Ramkunda. Explore village of fire dancers and dairy farmers in Bikaner.