Experience Rajasthan, from its captivating cities to its rural villages, staying in historic palaces and encountering the Taj Mahal along the way.

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 The Taj Mahal, Agra  Jama Masjid, Delhi Credit: Naveed Ahmed  India Gate, Delhi Credit: Mohd Aram  Rashtrapati Bhawan, Delhi  The Taj Mahal, Agra  Architectural detail from the Red Fort, Agra  The ethereal Taj Mahal  Ancient stepwell near Jaipur  Detail of architecture at Jaipur's Amber Palace  Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) in Jaipur  Ancient observatory in Jaipur  Mehrangarh Fort perched on the hill, Jodhpur  Kumbhalgarh, Udaipur Credit: Ashwini Chaudhary  The City Palace overlooking Lake Pichola, Udaipur  Architectural details, City Palace courtyard, Udaipur  Courtyard of the City Palace, Udaipur

Timeless India: A Tailor-Made Journey

14 days from $4,335

Experience Rajasthan, from its captivating cities to its rural villages, staying in historic palaces and encountering the Taj Mahal along the way.

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or call 855-215-8690

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The Imperial New Delhi

New Delhi, India

One of Delhi’s finest heritage hotels, the Imperial is something of an icon. Built in 1931 during the British colonial period by an architect named Blomfield, an associate of Sir Edwin Lutyen, it is considered one of the best hotels in Asia and is renowned for its first-class service. Guests are greeted with polished marble, Burmese teak furniture and a collection of art and antiques. There are a selection of room types available, many of which overlook the large and lush gardens, and a number of award-winning restaurants serving up an eclectic mix of cuisines, from innovative Indian fare to sweet pastries.

Number of nights: 2

Coral Tree Homestay

Agra, India

Enjoy Indian hospitality at a family-owned boutique hotel situated amid lush greenery just a few minutes’ walk from the Taj Mahal. The property’s four spacious rooms are brightly decorated with local textiles and décor, as well as modern amenities, and each opens onto a private veranda with garden views. Home-cooked meals are served in the lounge where a well-stocked library is full of informative books about India. Inviting sitting areas are tucked into the gardens, where about 100 species of birds have been recorded. The owners are passionate naturalists, and offer to take guests on a nature walk with views of the Taj Mahal.

Number of nights: 1

Dera Mandawa

Jaipur, India

A calm retreat away from the chaos of Jaipur, the Dera Mandawa is a lovely example of traditional Rajasthani architecture complemented by British touches. Rooms and public spaces are decorated with rich colours and furnishings, giving the property the ambiance of an authentic Indian home. The attentive hosts make their guests feel very much a part of the family, even giving them the opportunity to join in the family temple ceremony each evening. Traditional meals are served in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings, and guests are invited to take part in cooking demonstrations.

Number of nights: 2

Fort Barli

Barli, India

Dating back to 1675, Fort Barli has been owned by the family descendants of legendary Rajput warriors for 16 generations, and has been brought back to its former glory. The family creates a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and are on hand to explain the history of the property and show you around. The gardens and swimming pool are ideal for a relaxing respite from the bustle of India’s cities. A visit to the surroundin village is a great way to absorb rural day-to-day life.

Number of nights: 2

Pal Haveli

Jodhpur, India

Pal Haveli belonged to the family of Thakur Umaid Karanji, who accompanied the new Maharaja from Gujarat to Jodhpur in the 19th century. It served as their home from the 19th century until 2000. Now a hotel with vibrant local character, the property provides a comfortable base as you explore the delights of Jodhpur’s old city. Its central location puts you right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of daily life. The haveli retains traditional features such as teakwood furnishings, stone staircases, and materials crafted by local weavers. With comfortable rooms, a restaurant and bar, and wonderful views of the fort from its rooftop, the hotel makes a great base for exploring this colorful city.

Number of nights: 2

Chanoud Garh

Chanoud, India

Built by Thakur Anoop Singh Ji, Chanoud Garh has been in the hands of the same family for 13 generations and is steeped in history. Like many forts in the region, the property is laid out around two main courtyards, with your friendly hosts, the Singh family, living around one courtyard with their dogs, and the handful of guest suites located around the other.The fort has been carefully restored, with much attention taken to respect the original building's style and character. You'll be warmly welcomed by the Singhs, who like to host drinks each evening before dinner and are always keen to show guests around the area.

Number of nights: 2

Jagat Niwas Palace

Udaipur, India

Jagat Niwas is a 17th-century haveli (mansion) that has been beautifully restored to blend its regal origins with modern conveniences. Built in the Mewar style, this historic hotel is set right on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola, and offers views of the lake and surrounding palaces. The rooms are decorated in a traditional Rajasthani style. A highlight of the property is its restaurant, which serves a variety of cuisines and offers stunning views across the lake and city.

Number of nights: 2

Tailor-Made Benefits

Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

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