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Rajasthan is a one stop destination for satiating your soul. Here is our Rajasthan tour guide to help you know everything about this grand place.

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Māru-Gurjara architecture (Rajasthani architecture) is an outstanding combination of colonial, Islamic and Hindu architecture

Rajasthan Tour Guide

The magic of Rajasthan lies in its rich culture, enthralling history, jaw-dropping forts and palaces, active sand dunes, commendably melodious folk songs and super delicious food. It is a land of colourful bandhej turbans, fierce moustache, ghoonghats and heart-warming hospitality. Sounds royal, right? So, if you want to experience sheer royalty,here is the most comprehensive Rajasthan tour guide that tells you everything you need to know.

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Best Time To Visit Rajasthan

Best Time To Visit Rajasthan

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You don’t need magic to disappear to heaven; all you need is a destination like Rajasthan!

Planning a Rajasthan trip? Wondering which the best time to visit Rajasthan?Well, the best time to visit Rajasthan is the period between the months of October and February. The weather is very pleasant during the day though the nights are extremely cold with temperatures as low as 0 degree Celsius. The state looks vibrant and colourful with numerous fairs and festivals such as, the very famous Pushkar Mela and Shilpgram festival that are celebrated around this time.
Rajasthan’s climate can be divided into three seasons – summer, monsoon and winter. Temperatures differ according to the seasons and the region you plan to visit. Plan your Rajasthan trip and get to know more about the seasons, climate and places to visit through our Rajasthan tour guide.

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Summer

Summers in Rajasthan start in the month of April and extend till June. A trip to Rajasthan should be avoided at this time as the weather is very hot and humid with temperatures rising up as high as 45 degrees Celsius. That being said, if you still wish to visit the state around this time, head to places like Mount Abu, Ranakpur or Kumbhalgarh. The weather in these places is pleasant with some overwhelming views.

Monsoon

Monsoons start in the month of July and last till September. The temperatures tend to drop down and the state looks beautiful with peacocks dancing to the music of the rain. If you want to enjoy the monsoons to the fullest you must head to the gorgeous town of Udaipur, which is fondly referred to as the ‘Venice of the Eest’. Bundi, Chittorgarh Fort and Keoladeo National Park are other places worth visiting during this time.

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Winter

Temperatures start dropping from the month of October and marks the beginning of the winter season. The winter season extends till the mid March and is considered the best time to visit Rajasthan. Onset of winters marks the peak season of Rajasthan tourism with destinations such as Jaipur, Mandawa, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Bikaner becoming a hot favourite among holiday-makers.

Rajasthan trip helpful tips:

  • Make sure you carry plenty of sunscreen and keep yourself hydrated during summers.
  • Carry umbrellas and raincoats to prevent yourself from getting wet monsoons and carry lots of layers during winters (especially when travelling with children).

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How To Reach Rajasthan

How To Reach Rajasthan

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Sand-Dunes at Jaisailmer; rajasthan.gov.in

The largest state of India, Rajasthan, also popularly known as the ‘Land of Kings’ is one of the best tourist destinations in India and is visited by travellers from all over the world. The state is very well connected to the major cities of India by air, road and rail. So, if you are planning to visit this royal state, our Rajasthan tour guide tells you the ways in which you can reach Rajasthan.

Air

If you want to get to Rajasthan without spending too much time in travelling, this is the best option. Whether you are flying in from within the country or from another country, you will find a variety of options. Jaipur International Airport is the main airport besides two other domestic airports in Udaipur and Jodhpur. Indra Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi, which is 250km from Jaipur can also be considered to reach Rajasthan.

Rail

For all those who want to enjoy the scenic beauty while travelling to Rajasthan, train is the best option. Rajasthan has a wide network of rail with a railway track of 4600km. There are direct superfast and express trains connecting the state to the rest of the country. If you want to experience utmost luxury, you can travel by the ’Deccan Odyssey’. It actually lets you replicate the era of the princes with lavish interiors where you can pamper yourself at air-conditioned saloons, try delectable dishes at the restaurants, sip tasteful cocktails at the bar and glance through the rich history of Rajasthan at the library.

Road

Travellers looking for some adventure can take a road trip to Rajasthan. The state has twenty national highways which guarantee a smooth travelling experience. NH8 is the most well connected national highway which connects Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahemdabad, Mumbai and many other cities. The state also offers an appreciable bus service operated by the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC).

Travelling Within Rajasthan

Travelling Within Rajasthan

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Decorated tuk-tuk in Jaisalmer

There are ample options for local transport in Rajasthan. From cycle rickshaws to battery operated autos, auto-rickshaws, buses and taxis. There is no fixed rate for autos. Some of them might offer door to door service while others might also agree for a day package which includes sightseeing. Taxis are generally metered but most of them do not go by the meter, so it is better to fix a price before boarding to avoid confusion. Apps such as Ola and Uber have completely transformed the local transport scenario in Rajasthan. Now, you can conveniently use your smart phone to book a taxi and very often it is cheaper than an auto-rickshaw.

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Where To Stay In Rajasthan

Where To Stay In Rajasthan

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The blue city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan with Mehrangharh Fort and Jaswant Thada mausoleum

Travel back in time and witness the lavishness of Rajasthan at its very best. The state offers an array of accommodation options to make sure that you take home some very precious and cherished memories. From ultra luxury chain hotels, resorts, palaces and forts to low budget hotels and home stays, the majestic state has it all. If you want to travel in style and experience the aristocratic ambience, stay at some of the state’s magnificent palaces that have been converted into hotels such as the Rambagh Palace, Bhanwar Singh Palace, Deogarh Mahal, Fort Rajwada, Samode Palace, Taj Lake Palace, The Oberoi Rajvilas and Ananta Spa and Resorts. All these hotels have breath-taking interiors, arched gateways and they do not leave a chance to spoil you with their extraordinary and in vogue services. Alternatively, you can also stay in smaller Havelis converted into hotels for a comfortable and a budget stay. These Havelis are very well done and offer attractive traditional accommodation. They give you a sight of the rich Rajasthani culture through eye-catching decor and sumptuous food. Confused? Well, don’t be. Just lose yourself in the rambling glory of Rajasthan and enjoy your stay in leisure.
Travel tip: Do check various Rajasthan tour packages before booking your hotel.

Places To Visit In Rajasthan

Places To Visit In Rajasthan

1. Jaipur

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Jaipur  is a major sightseeing destination in Rajasthan

Where all to visit in Jaipur? Our Rajasthan tour guide tells you all about it. The ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. It is so picturesque that the minute you land here, you will feel that everything has simply come out of the pages of some novel. Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1727, Jaipur along with Delhi and Agra forms the India’s Golden Triangle, which is the most admired tourist journey in India. Jaipur also holds the merit of being the first planned city of India. It is an ideal holiday destination with a perfect amalgamation of history and modern comforts. It is one of the best tourist places in Rajasthan with heritage forts, palaces, exotic food and busy markets. Do visit Hawa Mahal that overlooks the streets and bazaars of the city and serves as an exclusive Jaipur sightseeing for tourists. Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the finest places to visit in Jaipur. Other famous attractions include Amber Fort, City Palace, Nahargarh Fort and Jal Mahal. Jaipur is a paradise for street style shopping, so do check out Bapu Bazaar and Nehru Bazaar for products like bangles, bandhani printed saris, meenakari trinkets, mirror worked clothes and bed sheets and blue pottery. While you are here, do visit the very well known Chokhi Dhani, an awesome place to eat and enjoy. Drooling already?

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Jaipur, Vibrant Capital Of Rajasthan

2. Udaipur

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The lake city of Udaipur

Udaipur, commonly known as the ‘city of lakes’ is one of the most romantic places to visit in Rajasthan. Enclosed by the beautiful Aravalli Hills, the city has an incredible wealth of natural beauty, enticing temples and awe-inspiring architecture that enchants all its visitors. Lake Pichola is a top attraction here and taking a boat ride in the serene waters of the lake is a must. Other Rajasthan tourist attractions include the City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Jagadish Temple, Jag Mahal, Shilpgram and Saheliyon ki Bari. The Shilpgram Mahotsav and the Mewar Festival are the finest festivals here and proffer a great chance to take a sneak look at the culturally affluent city of Udaipur. The city is famous for tribal jewellery, masks, dolls, musical instruments, puppets, paintings and most of all for a rather large assortment of vintage cars. Excited? Do keep this Rajasthan tour guide handy when travelling to Udaipur.

3. Mount Abu

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There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan with a cool atmosphere and lush green surroundings. It lies in the Aravalli mountain range at an elevation of around 1220 meters above sea level. It is an idyllic place to enjoy treks, bike tours and sightseeing. The remarkably elaborate architecture of the Dilwara Temples is the main attraction here. The ornate carvings and the faultless stone arrangement make it one of the most gorgeous religious spots in the world. Trevor’s crocodile park is a man made crocodile breeding spot and an ideal spot for picnic. It is a great place to watch birds and wild animals in their natural habitat. Other interesting places include Nakki Lake, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Guru Shikhar and Achalgarh Fort. A trip to Mount Abu is unfinished without shopping in its popular markets such as Piccadilly Plaza, Government Handicraft Emporium and Khadi Bhandar. With so much diversity, Mount Abu is undoubtedly one of the most favourite Rajasthan destinations.

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Things To Do In Rajasthan

Things To Do In Rajasthan

1. Visit The Amer Fort & Palace

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Marvel at the sight of Amer Fort.

Nestled amidst the pictorial Aravalli Hills, Amer Fort is located at a distance of about 11km from the Pink City of Jaipur. The beautiful backdrop of the Maota River, elaborate wall paintings with the use of precious gems and jewels make it the most excellent example of the Indo-Islamic architecture. There are numerous other buildings within the courtyard such as Lion Gate, Tripolia Gate, Palace of Man Singh I, Sukh Mahal and Diwan-E-Aam. The Sheesh Mahal or the ‘Palace of Mirror’ is the most charismatic hall within the fort. It is embellished with several pieces of mirror tiles and designed in such a way that even a solo ray of light can enlighten the entire hall. It is the pride of Jaipur and definitely one of the best things to do in Rajasthan.

2. Explore Saheliyon ki Bari

Rajasthan tour guide for Rajasthan trip - Unwind at the ‘Saheliyon ki Bari’.

Unwind at the ‘Saheliyon ki Bari’.

Saheliyon ki Bari or the Courtyard of Maidens, is a magnificent garden in Udaipur. It was built by Maharana Sangram Singh to woo his princess. It is located on the banks of the Fateh Sagar Lake with beautiful marble fountains, lush green lawns, Lily ponds and Lotus pool with marble pavilions and statues. There is a small museum with the garden that exhibits pictures and other things of the long-gone era. Initially, only the royal ladies had the right to use it, but today it is open to the public to get a glimpse of the extravagant lifestyle. It is an enjoyable experience and one of the best things to do in Udaipur.

3. Experience Royalty At The Mehrangarh Fort

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Witness royalty at its core at Mehrangarh Fort

Most certainly, the Mehrangarh Fort tops the list of must visit places in Jodhpur. It is one of the most glorious forts of Rajasthan with marvellous architecture and diverse history. The fort was built by Rao Jodha in the year 1459. It is spread over an area of 5km and is located in the outer edge of Jodhpur city. There are seven gates to enter the fort and all these seven gates are made by different rulers. There are many palaces in the fort such as Jhanki Mahal, Moti Mahal, Takht Vilas, Sheesh Mahal and Phool Mahal. There are two temples inside the fort- Chamundi Devi Mandir and Nagnechiaji Mandir. There is a museum also which exhibits paintings, costumes, arms and ammunitions and musical instruments. Although the Mehrangarh Fort is very popular, its popularity increased further more after the movie, The Dark Knight Rises was shot here.

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What To Eat In Rajasthan

What To Eat In Rajasthan

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The very satisfying Dal Baati Churma.

Rajasthan is a land of rich culture and traditions, grand palaces and impressive landscapes. But what makes the state most distinguished and popular is its relishing cuisine. The Rajasthani food is influenced largely by the scarcity of fresh ingredients and water in the dry state. The use of milk, beans, dried lentils, buttermilk and red chillies is quite common. Most of the dishes are prepared in pure ghee which adds a lot of taste, flavour and aroma. Your Rajasthan trip is in complete without tasting their lip-smacking delicacies.

  • Do not leave the princely state without tasting their signature dish, Dal Baati Churma. The golden round Baatis soaked in pure ghee with Panchkuti Dal and Churma make a blissful combination.
  • Laal Maas, which literally means red meat, is a delectable mutton curry which gets its colour from the sizzling red chillies. It is best served with Bajra rotis.
  • Ker Sangri is a kind of pickle made with desert vegetables Ker (wild berry) and Sangri (long bean). This flavoursome side dish also goes very well with Bajra rotis.
  • Do try Raab, a thick broth made from millet flour and buttermilk.
  • Do try out a Thali here, a silver plate filled with Dal, curd, vegetables, rice, roti, pickle and a dessert. Bikaneri Bhujia, which is a crispy snack from Bikaner is a must try and also serves as a popular edible souvenir for friends and family.
  • Other delicacies include Gatte ki Khichdi, Shahi Gatte, Onion Kachori, Papad ki Sabji and Boondi Raita. Do not miss tasting the different variety of sweet dishes such as Ghevar, Mawa Kachori, Gujia, Badam ka Halwa, Balushahi and Churma Ladoo.

Apart from the traditional Rajasthani food, you will find a number of restaurants that serve other Indian cuisines as well such as south Indian, Gujarati, North Indian etc. The bigger cities have several multi-cuisine restaurants serving Italian, Mexican, Continental and Chinese. The Rajput Room, Zolocrust, Chao Chinese Bistro, 1135 AD, Cinnamon and Samode Haveli are some of the best restaurants in Jaipur. Describing Rajasthani food in words is actually unfair to its sumptuousness as it is best enjoyed live. So, stop salivating and start planning your own Rajasthan tour guide.

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Shopping In Rajasthan

Shopping In Rajasthan

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Shopping that will gratify your soul

Shopping in Rajasthan is absolutely a pleasure. It is all about colourful knick-knacks, lamps, bags, spices, shoes, jewellery, leather goods, traditional Indian artefacts and much more. You will find plenty of street shopping at almost every corner of the road. And if you are buying from street vendors do not forget to bargain. Be prepared to make your way back to home with double baggage. Looking for authentic Rajasthani souvenirs? Our Rajasthan tour guide suggests few places. Do visit the famous Johari Bazaar (Jaipur) to shop for classic jewellery and ornaments. Bapu Bazaar (Jaipur) is a one stop destination for bangles, handlooms, bed sheets, textiles, clothes, accessories, Pagris, carpets, brassware and what not! And the best part is that everything here is very reasonably priced. Bada Bazaar (Udaipur) is very well known for Bandhani dupattas, turbans, sarees, Mojaris and antiques. Clock Tower (Udaipur) is a prominent landmark and has a number of shops selling all sorts of accessories, earthen pots, copper products and traditional wear. Each and every shopping place has its own charm which is quite different from others. Don’t think much, just pack your bags, catch a train or flight to Rajasthan and shop till you drop!

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Money In Rajasthan

Money In Rajasthan

The currency of Rajasthan is same as that of whole India, Indian Rupee. The Rupee comes in the denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2000. ATMs are widespread and almost all major debit cards and credit cards like American Express, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. Currency can be easily exchanged in airports, banks, hotels and money exchangers.

Tips For Your Rajasthan Trip

Rajasthan Tour Guide – Helpful Tips

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Once a popular dance form, now it is typically performed as a tourist attraction in the luxury hotels of Rajasthan.

  • Keep your identity proofs handy.
  • Keep a digital copy of all your important documents in your mobile phone in case of an emergency.
  • Make sure you have the print out of the tour confirmation voucher.
  • Pack your clothes according to the location, weather and the month of travel.
  • Make sure you carry sunglasses, sunscreen, scarf etc to keep yourself covered in the heat.
  • Dress a little conservatively while visiting places of wirship.
  • If you are travelling far away from major towns, always carry cash as backup.
  • It is best to drink bottled drinking water.
  • In case of an emergency, dial 100 (Police) or 102 (Ambulance).

Rajasthan will surely mesmerize you and will give you an exceptionally wonderful experience to cherish forever. Hope this Rajasthan tour guide covers everything you need to know before you go on your Rajasthan trip. Happy travelling!

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