I honestly cannot describe my love for India and the unbelievable colour and eye opening culture that the country offers. It truly is the most magical place and for that reason I was totally over the moon to be invited on a press trip with Taj hotels to explore places I had never been to.
We started our adventure with Taj by flying with Jet Airways to Mumbai. I am not a fan of flying but I can honestly say the flight was a total comfortable dream. Jet Airways flies thrice daily from London to Mumbai, from as little as £412 return and also flies all around India.
I actually flew out a day late to the others as I had a commitment in London so when I got to Mumbai I went straight to bed and met everyone at breakfast. It was dark when I landed, so I literally woke up in heaven at Taj Mahal Palace. I woke up super early and looked out of my window at sunrise to the most incredibly view.
That morning we flew to Jaipur. I have to admit this was where I was most excited to explore. Jaipur is the gem capital of India and I have actually started using a new factory for Rosie Fortescue Jewellery in Jaipur so it was a hugely thrilling to be able to visit such an inspiring and colour city.
We stayed at Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, and to say I was blown away on arrival is a complete understatement. We were greeted by music and elephants and it really was breath taking. I have never seen an elephant in real life before, let alone been able to touch one. The elephants and their trainers are supported by Rambagh Palace. They cannot be let back into the wild, so Taj aims to give them a better life than in tourism.
We definitely made the most of our 2 days in Jaipur and fully explored the city. City Palace is truly as beautiful as I imagined! The pink city really captured my heart and the bright colour all around totally instilled my love of colour that I will keep in mind when designing for Rosie Fortescue Jewellery! My next collection uses a rainbow series of stones and I can’t wait to launch a much more colourful collection, and this was designed even before my trip to India.
Another speedy flight to Hyderabad later, and we arrived at Taj Falaknuma Palace with a horse and carriage awaiting our arrival. Falaknuma Palace was incredibly different to Rambagh Palace. It was white, green, and if it was possible, I was even more in aware of the stunning building interior and exterior. I just adored the vibe of this hotel. Hyderabad was another dreamy city, and I also had a massage in the hotel spa which was divine. We even had a cooking lesson and constantly ate like queens. I am a huge fan of spicy food and the quality and level of creativity in Taj’s restaurants is mind blowing. I am also allergic to gluten and they could not have been more accommodating!
From sunrise yoga, to playing croquet whilst having afternoon tea, Falaknuma Palace was a destination to remember forever. Our final destination, was back to Mumbai and this time to Taj Lands End. I was so excited to explore Mumbai because I didn’t manage to when I arrived. We had a lovely tour of the local area and went to a super beautiful fishing village, where all the houses were bright pastel colours. I really felt immersed in the culture and it was an honour to be able to be welcomed into the village by everyone.
I really cannot put into words how absolutely unbelievable this week in India was with Taj hotels. It was the trip of a lifetime and I feel so touched by everything I saw and learnt during our stay. I will forever cherish my memories in my heart and hope to go back in the future