Rajasthan Tourism, India 2020 (120 Tours & Activities)

Royal heritages, cultural sites, architectural beauty, desert, wildlife, bazaars and markets, the list is endless when it comes to tourist places in Rajasthan. Rajasthan has a plethora of options to offer when it comes to things to do and places to see in Rajasthan. In earlier times, known as Rajputana, meaning the land of kings, this state is no doubt a royal paradise and a treat for those interested in royal history and rich culture. Apart from the natural and diverse scenic beauty the state has to offer, the forts and palaces add to its splendour. Tourists from not only India, but all around the world visit Rajasthan for its heavy cultural and traditional heritage.

 

While the state flourishes with many points of interest to admire, it also has some unique activities that you can only experience there. Camel safaris, luxury wildlife stays and the luxury trains are not to be missed during your visit to Rajasthan. There are several camping and trekking options available too for those looking for a more adventurous holiday. Staying in one of the palaces of Rajasthan will have you feeling like you belong to the royal family with the luxury stay and services provided. With umpteen numbers of things to do and tourist places to see in Rajasthan, most travellers are confused on how to plan their trip. Here is a compiled list of frequently asked questions and the answers to them to make your choices and preferences easier to narrow down to. We recommend you going to Rajasthan if you wish to explore the mesmerizing tourist places in Rajasthan.

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26 February 2019
Excellent
"It was a wonderful experience for the day. Driver was quite polite and took us to all the places mentioned in the tour guide. Even the tour organiser was quite helpful in arranging the cab as it was a last minute booking. This trip will be remembered for a long time and will surely recommend it to others(infact already recommended). "
05 November 2019
Excellent
It is a great deal. Beautiful place to stay. Owner Mr. Mahaveer is very humble and helpful person. Food was tasty & ample. The provided unlimited mineral water for us as and when required. Camel safari was also good & enjoyable. We enjoyed true Rajasthani folk cultural program at night. It was diwali on that particular day. They had arranged some in-house fireworks. Dark starlit sky, campfire, fireworks, folk music & wines - the whole ambiance was ecstatic. Overall a very good & comfortable stay. Only thing I would like to remind you that the region where the camp is located is named Osiyan. Here, you won't find complete desert like Jaisalmer. It is more like a terrain covered with thorny bush. Sand dunes are limited though the camel will take you to a nearby one. But, it's not a fault of owner. You will get compensated with their warm & humble hospitality.
04 January 2019
Excellent
"Desert camping in Jaisalmer remains highlights of your memories ????\nNice Food, Places, Scenic place..\n"
03 January 2019
Excellent
Really nice experience, we were treated really well. Any inconvenience was taken care immediately. The trekking was the best part of the trip. Guides have ample knowledge and took good care of us.
28 August 2019
Excellent
Been there for a day outing, took sightseeing package from Thrillophilia paying 1500 for 2 people, We got a polite driver named Mukesh through Thrillophilia. Overall happy with the service
15 January 2020
Excellent
This is my first experiment with Thrillophillia.. Totally loved it, the driver was so polite. We had covered couple of places the previous day, they have considered the same and suggested couple of other places instead of that in the same package. They provided a complimentary guide, personally we didnt like him ignoring him the overall experience is awesome Definitely will book more packages from thrillophillia.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rajasthan

  1. What will you like in Rajasthan:

    • Camping experience in Rajasthan: Experience adventure beyond words in the state of Rajasthan. Lie below the clear contemporary skies and stay among the tented camps that are typically surrounded by gorgeous golden deserts.  You would have travelled to another world as this is one of those must-do things in Rajasthan.

    • Shopping spree through the local streets of Rajasthan: This princely state will not fail to surprise you. Understand the true and cultural heritage of Rajasthan by travelling through the local streets of the state and shop for all kinds of products.

    • Relax by the quite lakes of Rajasthan: Tired after a long day of exploring and travelling through Rajasthan? Understandable. Spend an evening by the quite, scenic lakes of Rajasthan. Enjoy the huge gardens filled with blossoming flowers and relax as cool breeze kisses your cheeks.

    • Enjoy the fairs and festivals typical to this princely state: Don’t forget to explore the traditional side of this historic state. Filled with vibrant colours and displays of artefacts, folk songs and dances – there are numerous festivals that take place all year. Have the lip-smackingly good delicacies of the place. Some of the festivals include The Camel Fair, Kite Festival, Mewar Festival, Desert Festival and Pushkar Fair among others.

  2. Recommended reads for destination

    Government website: 

    Rajasthan Govt. Tourism

    Books to read on Rajasthan: 

    A history of Rajasthan, Museums of Rajasthan, Rebels in Rajasthan


  3. What is the best time to visit Rajasthan?

    Winter would be an ideal time to visit Rajasthan, from the months of November to February. The summers can get really hot with temperatures soaring up till 45 degrees. The only place that might provide a suitable climate during the summer is Mount Abu, all other places will have a scorching weather. During the monsoons (July till September), the land is fairly wet and the best place to visit would be Udaipur, as the monsoon rains fill up several lakes in the city adding to its beauty. Though the weather is said to be extremely cold during the winters, cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jaipur are frequently visited and are popular among tourists.

     

    Thus, the place of choice is very important with regards to the season when visiting Rajasthan.

  4. How to reach Rajasthan?

    There are various ways through which you can reach Rajasthan. The most popular modes are:

     

    • Airplane – both domestic and international flights can fly in at the Jaipur International Airport.
    • Train – You could catch a train from Delhi to various cities in Rajasthan like Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. Delhi is only 288 km by rail.
    • Bus – You could take a bus from Delhi to various cities in Rajasthan like Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. Delhi is only 268 km by road and takes about 8.5 hours to get there.
  5. Which are the best places to visit in Rajasthan?

    This northern state is a great way to throwback to the kingdom's history as it hosts various palaces and forts dated way back. It is also the largest state in the republic of India, rich in arts and architecture. The best places to visit in Rajasthan are:

     

    • Amer Fort in Jaipur -: Explore Jaipur
    • Lake Palace in Udaipur
    • Pink City Baazars in Jaipur
    • Lake Pichola in Udaipur
    • Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur
    • Jaisalmer Fort in Jaisalmer
    • Sam Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer
    • Junagarh Fort in Bikaner
    • Ranthambore National Park in Sawai Madhopur
  6. What things can I do in Rajasthan?

    Although Rajasthan is a truly royal state, there is much more one can do there other than just visiting historical sites. Here is a list of things you can do and where to try them during your visit to Rajasthan:

     

    • Zip lining from one fort to another – Neemrana Fort, Mehrangarh Fort.
    • Wildlife Safari – Rathambore Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
    • Hot Air balloon – Rathambore, Pushkar or Jaipur.
    • Dessert Camping
    • Witness the vintage car rally- best in Jaipur, great for car lovers.
    • Trekking – Alwar, Mount Abu
  7. Which are some best resorts to stay in Rajasthan?

    There are various beautiful resorts to stay at during your trip to Rajasthan. Many of these resorts are designed in Rajputana style with glorious views and thrives in culture. Some of the best resorts to stay over here are:

     

    • Mihir Garh, Jodhpur
    • Ramathra Fort, Sapotra
    • Deogarh Mahal, Udaipur
    • Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
    • Samode Palace, Jaipur
    • Dadhikar Fort, Alwar
    • Gajner Palace, Bikaner
    • Lallgarh Palace, Bikaner
    • The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur
    • Suryagarh Haveli, Jaisalmer
  8. Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Rajasthan?

    Rajasthani cuisine is influenced by the war lifestyle and thus mainly consists of food that could last several days and can be eaten without heating or made without much. The food is thus made from the staple ingredients found in the region. They use a lot of ghee in their food and some popular dishes of the region are Dal Baati Churma, pyazz kachori, gate ki sabzi and papad ki sabzi. Some good places to experience the local cuisine are:

     

    • Spice court restaurant in Jaipur – to try: laal maas
    • Natraj in Jaipur – to try: thali meals
    • Rawat Mishtan Bhandar – to try: onion and dal kachories
    • Laxmi Mishtan Bhandar sweet shop – to try: Ghevar
  9. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Rajasthan?

    Rajasthan has many choices when it comes to public modes to commute around the place. Some of them are:

     

    • Taxis- available in most cities and towns. Usually runs by meters.
    • Cycle Rickshaws – most convenient to cover short distances. Very cheap.
    • Auto Rickshaws
    • Tonga – horse driven carriages available in small towns.
    • Buses – available for inter-state and intra-state travels.
    • Bicycle – can be rented to explore the place by your own.
  10. What are the best places of shopping in Rajasthan?

    Well known for the state’s arts and crafts, Rajasthan is a great place to buy traditional pieces such as hand woven sarees, ethnic jewellery and pottery work. Some of the best places for shopping in the region are:

     

    • Jaipur – for jewellery, gems, kundan work, minakari work, tie-dye fabrics, hand block printed textiles, etc.
    • Bikaner – for crafts made from animal skin like camel and sheep. Chairs, rugs, belts, bags, etc.
    • Jodhpur – for ethnic clothes, handicrafts and carved furniture.
    • Udaipur – folk toys, bandini textile, bead and mirror works, puppets, woodencrafts, etc.
    • Pushkar – leather goods, miniature pottery, brass utensils.
  11. Which are the famous forts and palaces in Rajasthan?

    Rajasthan is a state filled with beautiful architecture everywhere. No doubt it has numerous ancient buildings and structures to admire and explore. Some of the famous forts and palaces in Rajasthan are:

     

    • Lake Palace, Udaipur
    • Udai Vilas Palace, Udaipur
    • City Palace, Udaipur
    • Deogarh Mahal, near Udaipur
    • Amber Palace, Jaipur
    • Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
    • Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
    • Neemrana fort palace, Alwar
    • Bundi Palace, Bundi
    • Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner
    • Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
    • Fateh Prakash Palace, Chittorgarh
    • Devi Garh Palace, Delwara
    • Jag Mandir Palace, Udaipur
  12. Which are some of the best destinations for a honeymoon in Rajasthan?

    If you thought Rajasthan is all about just history and architecture, you are wrong. The beautiful state has some of the most romantic destinations with rich historical background to it making it perfect for a honeymoon. Some of the best destinations are:

     

    • Jodhpur – for a unique honeymoon amongst the golden sands of the city.
    • Udaipur – the tranquil lakes and marble palaces sets the mood for a romantic holiday.
    • Jaisalmer – Forts, palaces and lakes make it a great place to explore for couples.
    • Ranthambore – this is for more adventurous couples, stay amongst the wildlife.
    • Jaipur – The Pink City, undoubtedly one of the best places for honeymoon due to the magnificent sunsets, folk music and places to stay.
  13. Which are famous Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks of Rajasthan?

    The wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of Rajasthan are home to some of the most critically endangered species. Some of the famous ones are:

     

    • Ranthambore National Park – Sawai Madhopur
    • Sariska National Park – Alwar
    • Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary – Bharatpur
    • Desert National Sanctuary, Jaisalmer
    • Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary- Kumbhalgarh
    • Darrah Sanctuary – Kota
    • Mount Abu Sanctuary – Mount Abu
    • Sita Mata Sanctuary - Pratapgarh
  14. Which are some famous fairs and festivals in Rajasthan?

    Rajasthan being rich in culture and heritage, hosts some enthralling fairs and festivals throughout the year. Some of the famous ones are:

     

    • Rajasthan International Folk festival, Jodhpur – celebrated during Sharad Purnima.
    • Desert Festival, Jaisalmer – celebrates the delights of the desert in the month of February.
    • Pushkar Fair, Pushkar – livestock fair for camel trades, art, music and a lot more.
    • Teej Festival, Jaipur – during monsoon season, perfect for honeymoon as the festival tries to display the love of the wife for her husband.
  15. Which places are good for desert camping in Rajasthan?

    Rajasthan is known to be home to a stretch of deserts in the region. Many of these deserts host camping options for a unique experience. Some places good for camping in Rajasthan are:

     

    • Jaisalmer, The Serai
    • Rajputana desert camp
    • Winds desert camp – Jaisalmer
    • Jaisalmer desert safari camp
    • Lakhmana desert camp, Jaisalmer
    • Joggan Jaisalmer Camp
  16. Where can I go for desert safari in Rajasthan?

    Rajasthan has a plethora of options when it comes to desert safaris given its long stretches of deserts. Some places where they offer great desert safari tours are:  

     

    • Sam desert in Jaisalmer
    • Khur desert in Jaisalmer
    • Osiyan desert in Jodhpur
    • Camel safari in Thar Desert, Jodhpur
    • Rajputana desert
  17. Which are some palacian stays in Rajasthan?

    Rajasthan is definitely known for the numerous palaces in the state. There are some exclusive palaces that do offer stay options and what can make your holiday even better than staying and treated like royals. Some Palacian stay options in Rajasthan are:

     

    • The Ranvas, Nagaur
    • Mihir Garh House, near Jodhpur
    • Lakshman Sagar, Pali, Jodhpur
    • Thar Vilas, Jaisalmer
    • Raas Devigarh, Udaipur
    • The water house resort
    • Oasis in the Desert, Jodhpur
    • Citadel in the Thar, Jaisalmer
  18. Where can I get a chance to experience hot air balloon ride in Rajasthan?

    Imagine flying over the glorious cities of palaces, lakes and sand dunes and witnessing this beauty from straight above at a 360 degree view. Rajasthan does have hot air balloon options to give you this experience:

     

    • Hot Air Ballooning in Jaipur: 3 hours, INR 9000 per person.
    • Pushkar Hot Air Balloon Festival: 1 hour, INR 12,000 per person.
    • Hot air ballooning at Ranthambore: 3 hours, INR 12,000 per person.
    • Hot air ballooning at Neemrana: 3 hours, INR 12, 000 per person.
  19. Which are the best cycling tours in Rajasthan?

    With beautiful buildings and structures all over the place, Rajasthan must be explored by foot or bicycle at least for a day. To make this experience worthwhile, there are various cycling tours that you can join in Rajasthan. Some of them are:

     

    • Rajasthan Cycling Tours - Udaipur
    • Le Tour De India – Jaipur
    • Lets trip cycle tours – Udaipur
    • Art of bicycle trips – Udaipur
  20. Which places are good for a bike trip in Rajasthan?

    Rajasthan has beautiful views to offer while travelling from one place to another and this can best be enjoyed by going on a bike trip. Some good places to take a bike trip in Rajasthan are:

     

    • Ajmer
    • Barmer
    • Jaisalmer
    • Jaipur
    • Udaipur
    • Pushkar
  21. How is the experience of travelling in luxury trains in Rajasthan? Which are the different luxury trains and what is cost of travelling?

    Rajasthan has a couple of luxury trains that will take along the beautiful scenic views from one place to another. These luxury journeys are quite expensive but definitely worth it. You can choose from cabins to rooms to suites and the services provided by the staff are outstanding. The experience is truly luxury on the go. Some of the popular luxury trains in Rajasthan are:

     

    • The Palace of wheels -  USD 865 per person/per night or INR 56116
    • Maharajs’ Express – USD 5980 for 8 days and 7 nights or INR 387952 (deluxe cabin)
    • Royal Rajasthan on Wheels – different tariffs for foreigners and Indians, USD 6300 for foreigners and INR 3,78,000 for Indians (For 7 nights)
    • The Indian Maharaja-Deccan Odyssey - different tariffs for foreigners and Indians, USD 6100 for foreigners and INR 4,27,000 (for 7 nights and 8 days – deluxe cabin prices)
  22. Are there any backpackers hostels in Rajasthan?

    Backpackers require only the basic requirements during their trip when it comes to stay options. Rajasthan has some hostels which provide more comfort and facilities than just the basic needs. Some of the best hostels for backpackers in Rajasthan are:

     

    • Bunkstop, Jaipur
    • Crashpad, Jaipur and Jodhpur
    • Le Pension, Jaipur
    • Moustache hotel, Jaipur
    • Bunkyard hostel, Udaipur
    • Backpacker Panda hostels, Udaipur and Jaipur
    • Zostels – Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Pushkar
  23. Which are the famous temples in Rajasthan?

    Along with its numerous architectural beauties, Rajasthan has some majestic temples too that are worth a visit. Some of the famous temples in Rajasthan are:

     

    • Birla Mandir, Jaipur
    • Ambika Mata Temple, Jagat
    • Karni Mata Temple, Deshnoke
    • Eklingji Temple, Udaipur
    • Galtaji Temple, Khania-Balaji
    • Mehandipur Balaji Temple, Karauli
    • Saidham, Rani
    • Salasar Balaji Temple, Salasar
  24. Which are some famous village tours in Rajasthan?

    A visit to Rajasthan would be incomplete if you do not explore the village side of the desert capital. The best way to exploring the tradition and culture of the state is to take a village tour. The most popular village tours in Rajasthan are:

     

    • Khuri Village Tour
    • Bhijaipur Village Tour
    • Samode Village Tour
    • Mandawa Village Tour
    • Bishnoi Village Tour
  25. When is the famous Pushkar Camel fair held? What is so special about it?

    This annual five day camel and livestock fair is held in the city of Pushkar during the Kartik Purnima Season, generally falling towards the end of October to start of November. The livestock includes camels, sheep, cows and goats. Thousands of tourists and visitors flock to Pushkar just to witness this event. Apart from the trades, there are also several competitions that take place at the fair which make it all the more interesting and inviting. These competitions include Matka Phod, longest moustache and bridal competitions. There are numerous stalls put up for the women who visit to purchase textiles, accessories and so on.

  26. Where can we go for wildlife camping in Rajasthan?

    With plenty of wildlife available in Rajasthan, there are some great wildlife camping opportunities available in and around. Some of the best wildlife camps are:

     

    • Camping at Mount Abu, AchalGarh Fort – 1 night and 1 day, approximate INR 1650 per person.
    • Sujan Camp at Jawai, luxury camp – 2 days and 1 night, approximate INR 57000
    • Trekking and Camping at Achalgarh, Umaid Lake Palace – 2 days and 1 night, approximate INR 2000 per adult.
  27. Where can I experience camel safari in Rajasthan?

    When it comes to Rajasthan and desert or camels, the options are limitless. There are various camping tours that you can take in the dunes of the state and the ones with camel safaris are the most popular. Some of the popular places where you can experience the camel safaris in Rajasthan are:

     

    • Thar desert in Bikaner – offers numerous safaris and most of the popular camel safaris along with camping options.
    • Moving cam camel safari in Bikaner – this camp does not limit you to one spot and has you moving around the region on camel backs, lasts for 4 days and 3 nights.
    • Camel Safari and Camping from Dawa to Kakoo, Thar Desert