Tailormade Tours - Northern India

Based in Delhi, Rajasthan, India

A specialist operator offering customised itineraries to fit your personal travel dreams, in and around Rajasthan
Northern India is a big place that's full of highlights. There are the obvious ones - the Taj Mahal, the wild tigers in Ranthambhore - and then there are the hidden gems - the Jain temple at Ranakpur, the Bishnoi tribes of the Thar desert, Fort Mehrangarh in Jodphur. And you'll probably want to see as many of them as possible, which is why we'd recommend using a tour operator for your trip. Someone to offer guidance, make sure you don't try and do too much, and book all those confusing travel arrangements - because believe us, Indian train stations are chaotic.

We've teamed up with an India-based specialist, Oriental Routes. Not only do they have in-depth local knowledge and safe, dependable cars and drivers, we've found them extremely reliable (always turning up on time), and unfailingly polite and helpful. In our whistle-stop tour of Rajasthan, they kept things stress-free, and suggested some fantastic sights en route that we might have otherwise missed.

Whether you're after a heady but swift sample of Rajasthani delights or a 3-week exploration of the historic cities, let Oriental Routes help to tailor-make a trip of a lifetime. They will suggest itineraries, book accommodation and arrange all internal transfers. You just need to book your international flights - and decide where you want to go! And en route, remember that this is a trip purely for you. We found the local representative in one city rather pushy - don’t feel you have to say yes to any suggestions they make. Take your time and read up on things before committing to them; the whole point is that it's your dream holiday.

Why we chose this partner

  • They're well established, with 10 years' experience and 70 staff, which includes a good mix of foreign and local management. Their head office is in New Delhi, so they know about all the new openings and best things to do in and around Rajasthan
  • They employ their own guides and personally train them, then monitor their ongoing performance through customer feedback. During our trip, we found the local guides excellent: informative and friendly
  • Clean cars and friendly, careful drivers make for a very pleasant journey, no matter how rough the terrain
  • Drivers and guides shoo away hawkers; you’ll be extremely grateful at times
  • Being looked after. India is a fabulous place, but it’s overwhelming at times. Having someone to metaphorically hold your hand will give you confidence
  • They take their social responsibilities very seriously

Please be aware

  • i-escape can only vouch for those properties which are featured and reviewed on our website. For other areas and accommodations, while we do trust our operator to provide the best options for your needs, you should make sure that you are happy with their suggestions before confirming

Best time to go

October to early April, when it's warm and dry, is the best time to visit. December, January and February can be cold in the mornings and evenings, though warm and sunny during the daytime. March and April are fairly hot. In May and June it gets humid and the heat can become intense and uncomfortable. The monsoon breaks in July and lasts until September.

Our top tips

Leave jeans behind and pack 3-4 pairs of thin trousers in dark colours, because the streets of India are often dusty so your clothes get dirty quickly. A pashmina is another must-take. You can use it to cover your arms, chest and head when entering religious buildings, or to wrap yourself in entirely to keep warm or stop people staring.

Great for...

City Style
Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite


The accommodation options in Northern India are just incredible: royal Rajastani palaces, sandstone havelis, luxury desert tents and jungle lodges. We've reviewed the best of these in extensive detail, so read our reviews and tell Oriental Routes which ones you'd like to stay at during your trip. Alternatively, ask for their other options; they'll have something to suit every budget and preference.

Our reviews also cover each hotel's food. We still have fond memories of fiery curries with fresh coriander, tiny pakoras with tamarind sauce and pomegranate seeds, and sugar-loaded gulab jamun. Many hotels offer a Western menu too, but we went Indian all the way.


Things we loved...

  • Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi
  • The Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
  • Going on safari to spot wild tigers in Ranthambhore
  • Rickshaw rides through old Delhi
  • Staying in a Rajasthani palace
  • Boating on the lake in Udaipur
  • Wandering around Jodphur, the Blue City, and its Mehrangarh Fort

    Activities include:

    • Birdwatching
    • Cooking classes
    • Historical sites
    • Horse-riding
    • Museums / galleries
    • Plantlife / flora
    • Shopping / markets
    • Traditional cultures
    • Trekking
    • Well being
    • Wildlife
  • Activity:
    Kid Friendly:

    With Kids

    Travelling with children in India is a unique experience. The dramatic forts and fairytale palaces will capture their imagination; the city cows, hectic bazaars and desert camels will delight them. Most hotels welcome families and can provide extra beds or family rooms, as well as Western or mildly-spiced Indian food

    Family friendly accommodation:

    Extra Beds Available, Family Rooms

    Babysitting: Babysitting available by arrangement


    Oriental Routes can organise whatever you want. If you want to be met from your international flight and have a private driver for your whole holiday, you've got it. If you're covering a lot of ground, you can spend several hours in the car so it pays dividends to have a friendly and informative driver - not to mention a comfortable car for those pot-holed roads. If you want to mix things up and take a train or an internal flight, the company can book those for you, and arrange transfers to and from the station/airport.


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