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Perfect tents: Camping in Rajasthan
How many nights have you spent under canvas dreaming of an extra pair of socks for your frostbitten toes? Well, on your first night at the Serai luxury desert camp near Jaisalmer - after a massage, a steaming-hot shower and an evening of music and dinner under the stars, when you slip into bed in your pre-heated tent to find a hot water bottle, you may feel truly indulged.
Rajasthan is known for three things: hospitality, beautiful women and barren landscapes offset by colourful clothes – all of which are in abundance in these red deserts. Your basic camping set-up covers about 1,000sq ft, and features a sitting room, a bed the size of a judo mat and a bathroom with a plumbed toilet, twin sinks and shower. The porch demands that you watch the sunset armed with a G&T, ordered by ringing one of the bedside bells. Four suites also have private sunken pools, while the Royal Suite comes with its own butler – this was good enough for even Mad Madge Madonna to take a camping holiday.
A seven-day Boutique India itinerary from Bales Worldwide, BalesWorldwide, costs from £2,295 per person, based on two sharing a twin/double room. Price includes international and domestic flights with Jet Airways, JetAirways.