Rajasthan is the chosen destination of most tourists to India. Lying southwest of Delhi, on India’s western boundary with Pakistan, Rajasthan is the land of romance and chivalry, of legendary Rajput rulers whose tales of valor, patriotism and love have passed into folklore. If you were to drive through the state of Rajasthan you would be struck by its great physical beauty and contrast - verdant hills and lakes, shifting sand dunes, camels and nomadic cattle herds.
Rajasthan is filled with magnificent forts on distant ridges, spectacular palaces and stunning ‘havelis’ (mansions of the nobility or rich businessmen). The grandeur of the palaces, their walls and ceilings ablaze with gorgeous patterns in colored stone, glass and mirror inlays, will leave you spell bound. There is so much to see in Rajasthan that you can spend a whole fortnight touring the state and still want more!
Capital: Jaipur, Jodhpur (Judicial)
Best Time of Visit:
- Though it can be a year round destination, the best time to visit Rajasthan is in winter, between October to March when the desert sun is not so intense and the days are cool and pleasant.
- Most of the desert festivals planned as tourist attractions are also held in winter. For travellers heading to the hills of Mt. Abu, the summer months of May, June and July are good.
- The desert also comes to life after the monsoon in the months from July to September when the hills are clothed in green and have a charm of their own.
Min Days Required: 6 days
Places of Interest:
- Jaipur – Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort
- Jodhpur – Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Clock Tower, Umaid Bhavan Palace
- Jaisalmer – Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Khaba Fort
- Bikaner- Junagarh Fort, Bikaner Fort, Kote Gate, Lal Garh Palace and Museum
- Udaipur – Fatehsagar Lake, Jag Mandir, Shiv Niwas Palace, Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Monsoon palace0
- Rajasthan has a wide range of climatic variations with extremes of hot and cold in the desert areas, and relatively moderate climate in the hilly areas of the south.
- In Jaisalmer the summer temperatures could go up to 47° C and down to minus 1° C in winter.
- On an average day temperatures reach a high of 44°/46° C in the peak of summer, in May, June and July but fortunately the evenings are cooler and there is a palpable drop in night temperatures. Similarly, the winter temperatures can go lower than 0° C.
Things to carry:
- When you are visiting Rajasthan, make sure you are carrying the right clothing. Rajasthan clothing depends upon the season in which you are visiting the state.
- However, one thing to be kept in mind is that the clothes should not be too revealing or too skimpy. The people of Rajasthan are still quite traditional and it will be better if you keep their outlook in mind before deciding on the clothes to wear in Rajasthan.
- The weather of Rajasthan in summers is extremely hot and dry. So, if you are planning to visit Rajasthan in the summer time, it is advisable for you to carry loose cotton clothing. Avoid any body hugging or synthetic type of clothes.
- Don't go out in the sun without putting on a sunscreen and sunglasses. Also, the night temperature in the desert falls to a considerable degree. So, do pack some thick clothing for the night time
- In the wintertime, the winters is quite pleasant and enjoyable. However, as a precautionary measure, you should carry a mix of woolen and light woolen clothing.
How to get there:
- The National Highway 8, which runs through Rajasthan, is excellent and connects Delhi to Mumbai.
- Though Mumbai may be too far away, this is the most popular way to travel to Jaipur from Delhi as the road is in excellent condition and the drive can easily be completed in under 4hrs.
- Rajasthan is one of the larger Indian states and distances are long, making planes a fairly good option for getting in. Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur all have airports withdirect links to many major cities, though if coming from a smaller city, one has to go via Delhi.
- Overnight trains from Delhi and Mumbai reach most of Rajasthan's major cities. For points further out, like Jaisalmer, you'll be looking at a second day on the train as well. The Shatabdi and Rajdhani express are excellent trains and have excellent service.
- Another option is Palace on Wheels which is a week long luxury train ride through Rajasthan. New Luxury train also started for Rajasthan Named Royal Rajasthan on wheels it is also a best option for travel royal Rajasthan on wheels