Honeymoon Special: 5 Nights in Royal Rajasthan Without Spending A Bomb

10th Oct 2017

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Photo of Honeymoon Special: 5 Nights in Royal Rajasthan Without Spending A Bomb by Adete Dahiya

The name of the place literally translates to 'Land of the Kings'. So it comes as no surprise that everything in Rajasthan is done with a touch of royalty, even romance. But, a honeymoon in the princely state isn't everyone's cup of tea. If you're looking for something different, something far away from the beach vacations and mountain adventures, something that speaks of culture, vibrancy, colours and a lot of love, then head to Rajasthan for the perfect post-wedding vacation.

Whether you want to take your beloved on a hot-air balloon or watch the moonrise over the dunes, you will be spoilt for choice here. We have the perfect 5-day itinerary for you to kickstart your life after the wedding.

Day 1

Bask in the colour of love

Amber Fort, Jaipur; photo by pixabay

Photo of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Adete Dahiya

The Pink City makes for a lovely honeymoon destination. It has all the ingredients for giving a royal start to your married life. There are spectacular views of the desert, ancient palaces that attract tourists from across the world, budget-friendly shopping spots, and heavenly food options. The city has been on the radar of love birds for over a decade now and continues to remain popular. There's no reason why you shouldn't head here to celebrate the beginning of your new life.

Things to see and do

Usually you can visit all the attractions in a single day. Spend one day here and visit the Hawa Mahal, or spend a romantic evening looking at stars at the Birla Planetarium. You can watch a film with your better half at Raj Mandir, soar over the city in a hot-air balloon, go for a romantic date at one of the many heritage hotels, and even go shopping at MI Road.

Our top 3 hotels

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Photo of Pride Amber Vilas Resort Jaipur, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Adete Dahiya

This popular resort gives you the feeling of living like a true blue Rajput in the villages of Rajasthan. They've paid attention to the minutest of details to give you the true Rajputana experience. Their mouthwatering, authentic Rajasthani food and the step-well style swimming pool are the highlights here.

Tarrif: Rs 5,000 per night onwards (including breakfast)

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Photo of Shahpura House, Bani Park, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Adete Dahiya

Known for its grandeur and beautiful Rajasthani architecture coupled with Mughal interiors, Shahpura House speaks of an era gone by. If you're looking for a rich heritage experience, this is the place to be. The beautiful courtyard is perfect for taking romantic strolls with your loved one and the rooftop restaurant offers a splendid dining experience. The buffet breakfast is to die for.

Tarrif: Rs 3,500 per night onwards (including breakfast)

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Photo of Umaid Bhawan Hotel, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Adete Dahiya

For those of you looking for a more personalised experience than is offered in resorts and hotels, Umaid Bhawan Hotel is the ideal destination. This home-stay is run by the Rathore family and offers one of the most elegant stay experiences in the city. It is a heritage property where a palace was converted into a hotel, so it will give you a glimpse of the Rajasthani culture from the eyes of the royals.

Tarrif: Rs 5,500 per night onwards (including breakfast)

Day 2

A royal start to your married life

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Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Adete Dahiya

Familiar with the phrase, "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,"? They say that if these four items are with a bride on her wedding day, they act as good luck charms. The 'Blue City' or Jodhpur can give you all of this and more. It is the very definition of 'picture perfect' with its rustic charm, grand palaces, gorgeous lakes, and golden sand dunes. This place's scenic beauty and its magnificence make it perfect for a romantic getaway.

Things to see and do

Make sure you spend at least two days here to take in all that the city has to offer. Visit the Umaid Bhavan Palace (museum and garden), spend a romantic evening at Takhat Sagar Lake, witness the sunset at Kailana lake, take your beloved for a romantic dinner at the Mehran Terrace Restaurant.

Our top 3 hotels

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Photo of Ranbanka Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Adete Dahiya

An exclusive heritage property, the Ranbanka Palace was built in 1972 as the residence of Maharajadhiraj Sir Ajit Singh Ji. It is a classic mix of colonial style and Marwar heritage. Exuding a rustic charm, the palace is well decorated and offers an unforgettable yet authentic experience. Make sure you try the Ranbanka Thali at the Rajasthani baithak and spend an evening relaxing at the chabutra pool.

Tarrif: Rs 4,700 per night onwards (including breakfast)

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Photo of Bijolai Palace, A Treehouse Palace Hotel Jodhpur, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Adete Dahiya

One of the more luxurious heritage properties in Jodhpur, the Bijolai Palace is known for its gorgeous landscape, and marvellous art and stonework. It is nestled amidst the Aravallis and overlooks the Bijolai lake, making it the perfect romantic retreat. The palace, which was built in the 19th century, has a cluster of 30 rooms and suites and the best part about it is that it is eco-friendly and supports conservation practices.

Tarrif: Rs 4,600 per night onwards (including breakfast)

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Photo of Indana Palace Jodhpur, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Adete Dahiya

Indana Palace is reflective of Rajasthani vibrancy and culture in a classic setting. The beautifully decorated palace is a popular choice among travellers because of its location and the fact that it combines heritage with modern luxury. It is situated at a 10km distance from Mehrangarh Fort and about 6km from the railway station. It is also the perfect place to unwind with attractive spa packages and serene surroundings.

Tarrif: Rs 5,900 per night onwards (including breakfast)

Day 4

Magnificent honeymoon

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Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Adete Dahiya

Udaipur is often seen as a luxury destination, but not many know that it has just about as much to offer for budget travellers. Also known as the Venice of the East, Udaipur makes you feel like you're in a fairy-tale. Opulent palaces that speak of a glorious past, the sunshine gleaming on the lakes and a vibrant folk culture make this city a coveted spot on most tourist packages. The perfect combination of desert camps, cultural events, camel safaris and old-world charm make it the ideal destination to bring your honeymoon to a wonderful close.

Things to see and do

Spend at least two to three days in Udaipur to take in the beauty and the charm. Start with spending a romantic evening at Lake Pichola, visit some of the most beautiful palaces in the city, shop at the Shilpgram, visit the Vintage Cars Museum and the Udaipur Solar Observatory.

Our top 3 hotels

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Photo of Hotel Boheda Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Adete Dahiya

Boheda Palace is considered to be one of the best heritage properties in Udaipur. It is located in the old city area and is merely a walk away from all the major sights. But it is the architecture with its hanging balconies, hand-painted roofs, and arched windows, which gives you a taste of the Rajputana culture that make this hotel a popular spot amongst tourists. It is practically a hideout in a bustling city. The staff is gracious and they have customised Ayurvedic massages on offer.

Tarrif: Rs 3,000 per night onwards (including breakfast)

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Photo of Madri Haveli, Chand Pole Road, Ganesh Ghati, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Adete Dahiya

Formerly owned by the Maharaj of Madri, this haveli is 0ver 300 years old. A new wing has been developed to accommodate more rooms. The hotel is located on a hilltop and therefore offers gorgeous views of the Lake City from the terrace. The architecture of the haveli also make it a popular choice for heritage walks. The hotel has delectable Mughlai and Rajasthani cuisine on offer for all your food cravings.

Tarrif: Rs 3,000 per night (including breakfast)

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Photo of Lake Pichola Hotel in Udaipur, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Adete Dahiya

The Lake Pichola Hotel is an Indo-Islamic architectural marvel. It is one of the very few places in the city to show this kind of influence on architecture. Located on the banks of one of the most popular lakes, Lake Pichola, the property dates back to 1599, when it was founded by Maharana Udai Singh. It is perfect for a romantic stay as it offers a gorgeous view of the lake and at night, the dining area is set up to look like something out of a fairytale. Perfect for romantic dinners we say.

Tarrif: Rs 5,000 per night onwards (including breakfast)

Day 6

Head back home

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