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What You Should Know More About Rajasthan

  • 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.

  • Recommended reads for destination

    Government website: 

    Rajasthan Govt. Tourism

    Books to read on Rajasthan: 

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


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

Traveller Tales from Rajasthan

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Dhanesh Achari

28 December 2015

The most enthralling experience of my life. Never thought of doing it in India. but this trip made my dream come true. Would definitely recommend everyone.

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Shridevi Saini

28 December 2015

Seeing the pink city from high in the air is one unforgettable experience you can have. Went with the family and really enjoyed the trip.

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Aagneya Pilla

25 October 2016

I went on the Pushkar Camel fair 2015 with my friends. We were a group of 10 friends who decided to have some camping fun. This indeed was one helluva travel experience for me. Initially, I thought if it is a festival in Pushkar, it will only be about camels and cattle. However, when I went there, I was left agape. There were several fun and adventure activities organized too. Right from the camel ride to paragliding and enjoying some thrilling moments on the Thar’s Golden sand, I enjoyed every activity that we did here. Camping again was a thrill. Ours was a 3 day trip which left with us lasting memories. We danced, sang songs, played games and shared stories with people who were just like us. Surprisingly, besides the number of locals here there was also an array of foreigners who were having an equal fun on the lands of Rajasthan. Of course, when you see them enjoying, you get a different level of satiation. They were not only participating in every activity but also relished on the Rajasthani food, as much as we did. You have to keep your calorie count aside and completely immerse yourself in the typical flavors of Rajasthan. Surprise element of this festival was the cricket match. I am not sure whether it was included in our itinerary but I was definitely not aware of this. We Indians are cricket buffs so we never shy away from cricket. Here a match was organized between foreign tourists and the local Pushkar club. This was super fun. Of course, we won this friendly match and our enthusiasm was at a different level altogether. Do go there, not just for the camel rides but also to partake in the different activities here.

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Nanda Mehra

06 September 2016

Thanks to my colleague Satish for suggesting me a day sightseeing of Udaipur. I have been to Rajasthan on official duty many times, but this time I wanted to hang out with my friends and colleagues. The trip was not only affordable but it covered all the places on-dot. The driver was punctual and seemed to have knowledge of not only the local places but also of the famous hotels and shopping places, this was like an icing to our cake. In short we bought many things at a very nominal price. The lunch and snacks we had at the recommended places were hygienic and clean – full marks to our driver for helping us out in and out. Communication was never a problem as the localities are able to speak Hindi very well. The magic of the tour is still lingering in my eyes, the beauty of the places at Udaipur are to be seen personally. We are very much satisfied with the services and the day package. At some places we hired the guides and they were totally co-operative and flexible in communicating with us. Overall Kudos to the tour organizer for their excellent provision of behind – the –scenes insights! There are no words to give a complete review of what we felt – but here are some highlights of the trip – the city palace is the most popular place which shouldn’t be missed out, the Jagdish temple shows the artistic skill of the craftsmen, the Pichola lake even though being an artificial lake gives a real look that soothes your eye and soul, and your trip will not be complete if you don’t visit the sukhadia circle at the evening time. The tour ended within a day but the memories of it are still sweet and fresh in our mind.

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Inder Kaur

06 September 2016

I had read many reviews of Jaipur tour; I personally feel that this trip is awesome. Initially we had doubts in hiring a private car for Jaipur sightseeing as all the members in our gang were girls. But then after having taken up this trip, I have no words to praise about the trip and about the driver, who was courteous and showed us all the places on-time. The driver was a professional one and he was a knowledgeable guide too, we never required a personal guide anywhere. We didn’t want any hurry-burries and so we decided to take up a whole two day sightseeing of Jaipur, thankfully we chose this option. Sightseeing Jaipur in one day is not a best thing as there are many things to cover and you will not be able to see all the places leisurely. The elephant ride and amber fort itself will take more than half a day, hence little bit of planning is needed. The car stopped then and there for our refreshments and rest stops. As the car was comfortable we didn’t face any kind of issues, but of course, we faced bit of dehydration as we took up this tour in June month. The Hawa Mahal was wonderful, and the city tour was marvelous. Compared to other modes I feel that Jaipur sightseeing by car is the best way to travel and enjoy all things leisurely. The only regret is that we didn’t have ample time to shop, heard Jaipur shopping is the coolest things in Rajasthan, but due to lack of time, we couldn’t make this out. Well these being said, I am longing forward for yet another trip to explore Jaipur.

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Buddhana Naik

25 October 2016

I went back to Pushkar Fair after 4 years. We wanted to give our children an experience that stays with them forever. The very atmosphere, sounds, smells, livestock, sunsets and the beautiful oasis village, everything is just perfect. It is nowdays a good idea to book the tickets online in advance to not miss out on this festival as finding any stay or accommodation at that time is very difficult. We booked nearly a month in advance and were delighted with the best tents here. I am so thrilled that my kids finally tried something desi. I am originally from Pushkar but live with my family to Gurgaon. Why wouldn’t I not want my kids to have a feel of my roots? It was a simple experience with too many surprises. Camel ride was an obvious fun. Rajasthani cuisines were out of the world. Every meal that we ate had a different local cuisine of Rajasthan. People cooking here did take an effort to keep our taste buds satiated. I very well appreciate the efforts taken by every member of the team right from the organizers to the cleaning and maintenance guys, all of them did a pretty well job to ensure that the guests were at an absolute comfort. To this date, I have tried several adventure activities but the quad biking that I tried here was very well set up. It is a good and a very cost effective package. If you want to experience something unique and apart from the rest of the world, this festival is meant for you.

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Shashikala Chopra

26 October 2016

I will not say, if you are in Pushkar during the fair days, you must visit this fare. Ask me why? Because, even if you have no such plans, you ought to be there to attend the Pushkar Camel Fare. It is an incredible experience that will help you carry with you so many memories home that you’ll just not be able to get over it anytime soon. Right from the food to the accommodation to the activities, everything was beyond perfection. Our tents were very well maintained. We were provided with all the necessary amenities in the tents in advance that we never have to ask for anything. There was sufficient water provided and the sheets and blankets were all neat and clean. Our camping experience here was indeed better than the ones we had at core camping sites. Further parasailing and camel rides were very well organized. I loved it. Food was delightful and very delicious. I’ll definitely recommend you to try this annual fair at least once in life to explore the true flavors of Rajasthan or rather a rural shade of India. Make sure you click several pictures with horses, camels and cattle here to ensure that you have a reason to come back again and again.

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Arindam Devar

26 October 2016

If I sum up my experience at the Pushkar Camel Fair or Pushkar Mela in one word then it has to be magical! Indeed, it was every bit magical for me! I have never experienced such humble and warm people elsewhere in my life. I work in Mumbai and you know people here have completely lost the personal touch. So, this for me was my high point of the 3 day Pushkar trip. Food again was a sheer delight. Every dish we ate was so well prepared that you cannot help but hog on more. You’ll actually experience the real flavors of the villages in Pushkar and other parts of Rajasthan. Delicious! I have eaten Rajasthani Thali before but that was at some restaurant in Delhi. When I compare the taste of the two, I can’t just help but fall in love with this place further. Stalls here sold some Rajasthani ornaments and clothes which were colorful and nice. I even bought few Rajasthani jackets for myself. Camel ride and Quad Biking were an absolute delight. I had never done these activities before but the instructor here made sure, we were all safe. Great experience! Definitely will come back next year!

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Siddhran Dwivedi

06 September 2016

My girl friend wanted to experience a desert camping and so I took her over to the Samsara desert campus. The ambience, location, service and food was moderate. The highlight of the stay was the desert camping, like us there were many couples and hence we had fun time mingling with the other travelers. Mobile network reception was average, but however there weren’t Wi-Fi connectivity (my GF wasn’t able to update her pics on Insta). It was a different experience to stay in a village away from the city life. The manager of the property was polite, knowledgeable and friendly too, each time we reached our bedroom; the staff had managed to decorate it beautifully with towel art and fresh flowers. All the more this place is completely safe and ideal for couples, honey moon trips and family. My GF is totally impressed and has put an indent now itself to take her there again for her birthday. Friendly place!!