Holidays to Rajasthan – The Ultimate 2019 Wishlist
Rajasthan in North West India is the most popular destination in India for international travelers. It is visited for its UNESCO heritage sites, grand palaces, heritage hotels, craft heritage, wildlife and superb countryside. Let me summarize holidays to Rajasthan in a nutshell for a first-time traveller.
Access – How to Reach Rajasthan
Delhi (North India) is the most popular access point for international travellers to Rajasthan. Travellers combine Delhi’s UNESCO heritage sites and Taj Mahal (Agra) with destinations of Rajasthan.
Jaipur (Rajasthan) and Ahmedabad (Gujarat) also get a few international flights and are used as an access point for visiting Rajasthan.
Places to Visit in Rajasthan
Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan (260 kms from Delhi) and the most visited destination for holidays to Rajasthan. It is visited for the Amer Fort (UNESCO world heritage site), Jantar Mantar (world’s largest sundial and a UNESCO world heritage site), City Palace and its shopping (textile craft, decorated shoes, etc.). Jaipur is also visited for its wide range of activities (segway, hot air balloon ride, etc) and experiences (craft village visit, elephant village, heritage walk, ethnic cuisine, etc.).
Jaisalmer (300 kms from Jodhpur / 325 kms from Bikaner) is situated on the western edge of Rajasthan (and India) bordering Pakistan. It is visited for its Thar Desert experience, Jaisalmer Fort (India’s only living fort and a UNESCO world heritage site) and wide-ranging experiences (dune bashing, village safaris, desert national park, etc.)
Jodhpur (300 kms from Jaisalmer / 260 kms from Udaipur / 345 kms from Jaipur) is the gateway to the famed deserts for fulfilling holidays to Rajasthan. It is renowned for the Mehrangarh Fort (UNESCO world heritage site), craft heritage (textile craft), local experiences and experiential retreats (e.g. Rohetgarh).
Udaipur (250 kms from Ahmedabad / 260 kms from Jodhpur / 400+ kms from Jaipur) is a lakeside destination, considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world. It is renowned for its City Palace Museum, boating in Lake Pichola and is an excellent base to explore the nearby Kumbhalgarh Fort (55 kms – UNESCO world heritage site) and Ranakpur Temples (85 kms – architectural masterpiece). Udaipur is also where travellers arrive for heritage style stays around Lake Pichola or internationally renowned luxury retreats.
Wild Tigers in Ranthambhore
Ranthambhore (180 kms from Jaipur) is a wildlife destination, renowned for sighting the elusive Royal Bengal Tigers. Ranthambhore has seen prolific wild tiger sightings in the last few years and is a premier wildlife destination in India for tiger sightings. It is also renowned for its luxury retreats that offer lots of style, character and are ideal for an experience of a lifetime while you create memories on your holidays to Rajasthan.
Highlights of a Rajasthan Holiday
Rajasthan is best visited for the following:
Forts and Palaces
Rajasthan has a rich history and heritage, reflected in its forts, palaces, step wells, royal observatories and many other monuments. Every destination in Rajasthan has its own history and unique character. Monuments of Rajasthan represent the very best of architecture (some of them are UNESCO as world heritage sites) and represent a definitive experience.
Heritage Hotels and Experiential Retreats
Many of the old palaces, mansions and residences have now been converted into heritage hotels. Living in a heritage style hotel is one of the sought-after experiences while on holidays to Rajasthan. Many of these offer authentic local experiences that would make your stay unlike any other in the past.
No trip to Rajasthan is complete without its local experiences such as heritage walks, village visit, ethnic cuisine and craft explorations. This is where you discover India in its most authentic form, often termed as “Real India”.
The Great Thar Desert
Western Rajasthan is characterized by desert villages, sand dunes, camel rides and unique camp style stay where you can experience living in the middle of the Thar desert. Your holidays to Rajasthan are almost incomplete unless you’ve spend a night in one of these desert camps!
Fairs and Festivals
Rajasthan is renowned for its many colourful festivals. India’s largest cattle fair is held in Pushkar (150 kms from Jaipur) in November. Nagaur (100 kms from Jodhpur) and Jodhpur are home to a very engaging Sufi music festival in February. The world-renowned Jaipur Literature Festival is held in January. In addition to these, Rajasthan has at least 20 other major festivals that would offer a unique experience for every international traveller.
Wildlife and Bird Watching
Ranthambhore (Tigers) and Bera (Leopard) are two renowned wildlife destinations. Bharatpur (near Agra – UNESCO heritage site), Kheechan (near Jaisalmer) and Jawai Bandh (near Bera) are some of the most renowned birding destinations in Rajasthan.
Holidays in Rajasthan
Holidays to Rajasthan are best travelled as part of a circuit. We have a number of itineraries for Rajasthan that can be customised as per your preferences. For starters, here is our best-selling Rajasthan Holidays Package:
Stunning Palaces of Rajasthan – An itinerary for luxury travellers interested to experience the grand forts and palaces of Rajasthan. This is an easy paced itinerary with ample time for the palace stay experience along with local explorations.
Helpful Rajasthan Information
A few links that could help you while you plan your holidays to Rajasthan. Although we have everything planned minutely for you, information like these also help our visitors in painting a picture before they begin their travel to Rajasthan.