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Rajasthan

An epitome of everything Rajasthani, from every postcard you've probably ever seen, the spectacular sandstone royal desert town of Jaisalmer is charming and mysterious all at the same time. Self-explanatory as a 'golden city', Jaisalmer's fort is perched on a yellow sandstone ridge, keeping a watchfuleye over the ever-spreading town beyond its walls. Step into the fort for a vision of medieval prosperity that meets the 21st century in the thriving bustling township within. Havelis, Jain temples, curio shops, hotels and restaurants lie beside each other on cobbled narrow alleyways. Take a walk through the streets of old Jaisalmer for glimpses into the lives of locals, cooking or hard at work in skilled craftwork, art and sculpture. There's something new around every corner here in Jaisalmer, from spicy food to handicrafts, so expect your walk to take longer than the distance warrants as you stop for a much-needed break at one of the rooftop cafes. Get your taste of the local brew at one of the government-approved 'bhaang' (hemp) shopsoutside the fort gates, but be prepared to get in line with a group of locals waiting in queue for a glass.Head over to the pristine sand dunes for a camel tour through the barren Thar outside the city. If you're lucky enough to be un[travel]ing in January/February every year, join in the Desert Festival revelry with dancing, folk music, camel racing and the odd turban-tying contest as well.

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Things to do

Kumbhalgarh - Ranakpur Hike - The world's second longest fortified wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an 86-kilometre drive away from Udaipur. Clearly not Chinese, The Kumbhalgarh fort and its walls make a good 38-kilometre long trek through undulating terrain.

Half Day Hike Around Udaipur - The scenic Aravali range around Udaipur has some spectacular views, is home to a host of wildlife and makes for some fantastic trekking opportunities. Drive down to City Centre where you will meet our local guide and begin the hike to Tiger Lake, the Badi Talab.

Trek from Amer - Kuntalgarh Fort - Head over to Amer Fort after breakfast, a mere 11 kilometres away from Jaipur, through ancient cobbled pathways towards the fascinating serpentine stairs that lead up to the fort. Built on separate levels, step out onto each courtyard for amazing views of the Aravallis beyond.

Bishnoi Village - Ardent nature lovers and fierce protectors of animals, the Bishnoi tribe of Rajasthan has earned a reputation for itself. So fierce is their love for the nature legend has it that 363 villagers lost their lives when they offered their heads for every tree the king wanted to cut here. The Maharaja ultimately ordered that no trees would be felled near Bishnoi villages and neither would animals be hunted there.

Related Trips

  • What makes India unique is its ability to carry forward the best part of its past into the present. A 'land beyond time', the subcontinent has managed to preserve its varied cultural heritage from magnificent forts, sprawling palaces and majestic tombs to vibrant art and dance forms accompanied with rich cuisine.

    12 Days | INR 38,104 per person
  • The 'City of Lakes', Udaipur, with its contiguous artificial lakes and small islands, presents a fairly contradictory picture to what arid Rajasthan is presumed to be. The banks of serene Lake Pichola are dotted with impressive palaces. The Lake Palace, stark white with beautiful courtyards and magnificent lawns, is now run by the Taj group.

    4 Days | INR 10,557 per person
  • Erstwhile hunting grounds for royalty, Ranthambhore National Park is now a huge has made long leaps in conservational efforts involving locals as well. From 26 tigers in 2005 to over 62 tigers a decade later, with 10 zones across 392 square kilometres, Ranthambhore is clearly your best bet at a big cat sighting in the wild

    3 Days | INR 7,700 per person
  • Starting with the pink city of Jaipur, interlude with a Tiger park and the first wonder of the world, ending with the capital of India, this one is one trip to take. Jaipur, the majestic home to erstwhile royals is complete with old-world charm surrounded by colourful markets and chaotic streets.

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  • Beautiful indigo blue ink-spill patterned buildings make picture-perfect Jodhpur everything it's made out to be, and a little more. The fabled city of Jodhpur, bathed in blue, is viewed at its spectacular best from the looming Mehrangarh Fort. The beautiful white-marble Jaswant Thada, close to the fort, offers stunning sunrises and sunsets so get here early.

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Best time to visit November to March

Late October to early March is the best time to visit Rajasthan. In these months you see the temperatures dropping and can enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Winters set in by late November and stay on till February. The sun feels good here during these months and one can enjoy the outdoors to the fullest.

Summers start from April and last till June. These months are hot but places like Mount Abu and Kumbhalgarh have lower temperatures.

Monsoons bring the temperature down and most of the areas, barring the desert region, see a lot of green. The beauty of overcast skies in Rajasthan are unmatched.

How to reach

Air

  • Rajasthan has good connectivity with many cities around the globe and has three major airports. For domestic / international flights, there is an airport in Jaipur. Another international airport closest to reach destinations in Rajasthan by air is at Delhi 260 kilometers away from Jaipur. Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur have domestic airports connected from major cities in India.

Rail

  • To reach Rajasthan, train is a good option. The state as a whole has 4600 Km of railway track, which means that it is evenly spread throughout the region. This wide railway network enables the state to get easily connected with the rest of the country. However, there are direct links from major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

  • If you want to experience extraordinary leisure tour across the most significant tourist destinations in Rajasthan, you should also check out Palace on Wheels, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels and Maharajas Express. These luxury trains offer 3 to 7 night all inclusive tour in Rajasthan.

Road

  • The state has well connected state and national highways. There are twenty National Highways that snake around the state covering an area of 6373 Km. The most famous National Highway is NH8, which passes through Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Vadodra, Mumbai and many others.

Blogs

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    Jaipur -Off the beaten trail in The 'Pink' City

    India's official 'pink city', there's much more to Rajasthan's capital than its pink-red tinged buildings and historic splendour. This majestic home to erstwhile royals is complete with old-world c...

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    Jaisalmer - Of Forts, Golden Sands and More

    An epitome of everything Rajasthani, from every postcard you've probably ever seen, the spectacular sandstone royal desert town of Jaisalmer is charming and mysterious all at the same time. Self-ex...

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    The Ideal Rajasthan Itinerary

    Zillions of superlatives put together won't exactly define the beauty called Rajasthan. Located in northwestern part of India, Rajasthan is a geographically diverse region that can fascinate you ev...

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