India has long been a popular destination for travellers & tourists. As it begins to reopen with international flights, the country is hoping that events and incentive travel will be just around the corner. While Delhi, Mumbai and Goa remain firmly on the tourist trail for visitors, Rajasthan is also one of the country’s most stunning areas. On this week’s webinar, we were joined by two experts from the region, Prateek Kalra, from 30-year-old DMC, Discover India and Avijit Singh, from the boutique hotel group, House of Rohet.
Prateek says one of the area’s biggest selling points for events is its accessibility. As well as being home to four international airports, including Jaipur and Jodhpur, the region is well connected by train and road. It’s also ideal for anyone who wants to take the traditional ‘Golden Triangle’ route, between Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, three of the country’s most famous tourist hotspots. Jaipur, known as the pink city, is home to numerous ancient forts and is an iconic spot on every traveller’s map. Whether you’re having breakfast along the fort walls overlooking the city or hiring the City Palace for a private gala dinner event, there’s plenty of options for groups. It bodes well for the city, that it continuously ranks amongst the top few cities of world for travel (according to Trip Advisor).
To the west of Jaipur lies Jaisalmer, the golden city. Situated deep in the desert close to the Pakistan border, it’s known for its golden sand dunes and yellow sandstone. The city has charming palaces, lakes and forts, and is known for its folk dancing and celebrations – especially during the desert festival that takes place every February. One of the most charming things about Jaisalmer is that it’s a living citadel with the old city still living within the boundaries of the fort.
Other options for groups include Bikaner, a city in the northwest famous for its camel breeding and Shekhawati, a historical region in the northeast which is sometimes referred to as the largest open air gallery in the area, due to the stunning art and painted walls.
Visitors looking for something truly unique should also head to Udaipur, a city of lakes known as the Venice of East. Incentive visitors can travel on to the secluded Sardargarh Fort, which is a 90 minute drive outside the city. With 38 rooms, it can be privatised for events or overnight stays.
Jodhpur is one of the most well known cities in Rajasthan. According to Avijit, the ancient Mandore Gardens should be on the ‘must visit’ list for any visitor, as well as Jaswant Thada, the ‘Taj Mahal’ of the region. For the adrenalin junkies there are ziplining tours available from the Mehrangarh, one of the largest forts in India. Groups can also try dune bashing in the wilderness, bangle making, and street food tours. For a truly secluded stay for small incentive groups, the Mihir Garh is a fantastic choice, situated a 45 minute drive outside the city. Built on a sand dune it blends into the landscape of the region and feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. All the furniture and textiles in the property have been taken from the region, and it’s home to nine private suites with private pools or jacuzzis.
The 30-room Rohet Garh is another heritage hotel, one of the first to be created. Every room is individually designed and activities include a safari which offers insight into life in rural Rajasthan, horse riding, dinners out in the desert, birdwatching excursions, and village walks. There’s also a range of incredible wildlife experiences you can try in the region, including visiting the Ranthambore National Park, home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, or as he was known in Mowgli – Sher Khan. If you want to see the Jungle Book come alive you’ve come to the right place.
As well as boutique hotels and unique experiences, Rajasthan has a wide range of larger luxury hotels, including the Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, JW Marriott Jaipur, and The Leela Palace among others.
Lesley Tyler of Gray Dawes Events was impressed by the region’s diversity and says the webinar gave a huge insight into what Rajasthan has to offer. “There were so many things you can do in the region, it would be an amazing programme to put together. I will certainly be talking to our clients about this.”
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