Rajasthan the land of palaces and forts is one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. Words don’t match the pride and the glory this place holds. It has some of the most colorful cities in India. Jaipur is pink, Udaipur is white, Jodhpur is blue, Jaisalmer is golden and Jhalawar is purple. This Rajasthan travel guide is filled with ideas & tips to kick-start your vacation planning.
Rajasthan is more than just a desert. Many historic palaces, forts, beautiful lakes and mountains are spread across the entire state. Mount Abu is the hill station of Rajasthan where it is impossible to find a spec of dry land and it is also a place where the temperature plummets to minus seven during winter!
Walk through the age-old forts, shop for exclusive traditional handicrafts and gorge on mouthwatering delicacies; Rajasthan, with all its richness and diversity, is the perfect place to create priceless memories!
The cities across the country are well connected with a great network of local and express trains. Major cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata have direct train routes to Jaipur. The cities within Rajasthan are connected with local trains.
Rajasthan has a great road transport facility with 20 national highways which ensure a smooth ride. The most popular one is the NH8 which connects major cities like Udaipur, Jaipur, Delhi, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and many other cities.
The international airport at Jaipur provides a direct connection to places like Dubai, Malaysia, Muscat, Bangkok, and Sharjah. It is also well connected with some of the major cities in India. Apart from that Delhi international airport is the nearest one to reach Rajasthan.
October to March is considered the best time to visit Rajasthan as the temperature is optimal for sightseeing and other activities. This is the peak time as people from all over the world come during this season to explore the beautiful city.
One of the things that you should not miss when you are visiting the deserts of Rajasthan is the camel ride. Ride through the desert on a camelback and observe the rustic beauty of the rural desert life of Rajasthan.
Known as desert safari, Dune Bashing is an adventure to explore the sand dunes of the desert. People who love adventure will definitely enjoy riding through the desert on a car and not on a camel.
Enjoy flying in the open and get a bird’s eye view of the entire city with a balloon ride in Jaipur. It is an hour long ride and this is available only in Jaipur. The beauty of the pink city is breathtaking from up there.
Adventure enthusiasts take a zip line ride to get a glimpse at the majestic forts of Rajasthan. Feel the thrill of riding from one hill to another overlooking the mighty hills. It is one experience you do not want to miss.
International Kite Festival, held on the occasion of Makar Sankranti is a must visit if you are visiting Rajasthan in January. Held on 14 of January every year, this festival attracts tourists and participants from the entire country. Celebrate the festival and enjoy the pleasure of flying kites.
Rajasthan is also famous for its vibrant and colorful street markets. Here you can find items like handicrafts, ethnic jewelry, leather goods, miniature paintings and much more. Johari Bazaar in Jaipur is known for handmade jewelry, Clock Tower market in Jodhpur is famous for spices. Traditional Bandhani fabrics are found in Nai Sarak market in Jodhpur. Shop for some miniature paintings and home decor at the Hathi Pol Bazaar in Udaipur. Don’t forget to try the traditional Rajasthani sweets at Kote Gate in Bikaner.
Touring the land of Forts dotted with glimpses of glory is one of the perfect ways to experience the scent and life of Rajasthan. In Rajasthan, most of the roads are in good condition. With a company of friends who shares the interest of riding, a motorcycle tour through Rajasthan will definitely prove to be a good memory you can cherish forever.