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The Serai

Rajasthan, India

1/5 Sun downers on the dune, The Serai
Sun downers on the dune, The Serai
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The Serai is an unexpected oasis in the middle of Rajasthan's Great Thar Desert. Surrounded by miles of desert scrub this glorious tented camp is a marvellous place to experience desert life in absolute comfort. Jaisalmer and its spectacular living fort seems a world away, though in reality it’s little more than half an hour’s drive to the town.

The camp design is inspired by the military camps of the Raj and the attention to detail is superb. Instead of a refrigerator there’s a leather encased cool box with ice in each of the 21 tents, brass-plated service buttons beside your bed and glass-stoppered bottles. There is plenty of space with a terrace, sitting room with writing desk, bedroom and a stylish bathroom with rain shower. Despite the luxury, you are still under canvas so be prepared for night time noises and lizards and insects that will invade your tent if you leave the lights on and the flaps open!

Physical comforts aside, the real treats here are fantastic service and unobtrusive staff for whom nothing is too much trouble. There are no meal timings so you can eat exactly as and when you like. Fresh herbs, salads and vegetables come straight from the camp’s organic garden. Before dinner you can enjoy a sun downer in the dunes or kick back with a cocktail in a leather armchair as the sky turns shades of orange and pink.

 If you can tear yourself away from the pool, desert picnics and excellent spa, the fort and bazaars of Jaisalmer are within easy distance. Pristine sand dunes are just a camel ride away from the camp, the desert views are sublime and the night skies filled with an impossible number of stars. 

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Luxury tented desert retreat with 21 tents, swimming pool and spa

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1/5 The City Palace on the shore of Lake Pichola, Udaipur
The City Palace on the shore of Lake Pichola, Udaipur
2/5 Holy cows wander the lanes lined with painted houses in Jaisalmer's living fort
Holy cows wander the lanes lined with painted houses in Jaisalmer's living fort
3/5 Inside the City Palace in the Pink City of Jaipur
Inside the City Palace in the Pink City of Jaipur
4/5 Buying supplies in the bazaar, Deogarh
Buying supplies in the bazaar, Deogarh
5/5 Mehrangarh fort towers over Jodhpur's blue city
Mehrangarh fort towers over Jodhpur's blue city

Rajasthan

Rajasthan is probably the best known state in India and for some it is the very essence of the country. With its royal palaces and impregnable forts, vast deserts and magical festivals, and everyday life bursting with colour it is a natural place for many first-time visitors to begin their discovery of India. Read more?

1/5 For many first time visitors, Rajasthan is India. Rural villages pulse with vibrant colours of saris, turbans and even painted cow horns in contrast to the desert.
For many first time visitors, Rajasthan is India. Rural villages pulse with vibrant colours of saris, turbans and even painted cow horns in contrast to the desert.
2/5 Young tigers rough and tumble in the lake at Tadoba
Young tigers rough and tumble in the lake at Tadoba
3/5 View of Mt Trishul in the Himalaya while trekking in the Kumaon hills
View of Mt Trishul in the Himalaya while trekking in the Kumaon hills
4/5 A myriad of colourful sculptures representing gods of the Hindu pantheon decorate temple towers across India
A myriad of colourful sculptures representing gods of the Hindu pantheon decorate temple towers across India
5/5 The balmy Kerala Backwaters make for the perfect tropical escape
The balmy Kerala Backwaters make for the perfect tropical escape

India

Hike with views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya, drift through lazy tropical backwaters, visit colourful desert villages and explore jungles home to endangered wildlife. India has diversity like nowhere else on earth. With such complexity, India has a unique identity that can captivate you in one moment and challenge you in the next.  We personalise your India tour to give you the experiences you want while smoothing your way through this incredible country. Read more?

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Andrea Hulme’s travel experiences could fill a small novel; from a bit-part in a Tamil movie, to leading expeditions in Kyrgyzstan and negotiating landslides along the Karakoram highway.

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