Rajasthan Tour Packages
Its regal heritage aside Rajasthan is many things to many people and is visited for many reasons. Make sure to indulge in the following while planning a Rajasthan tour.
Forts, palaces and lakes
The biggest attractions of all in Rajasthan are the several specimens of its fortified excellence. The magnificent ramparts watching over the cities, gargantuan gates that offer ingress to the horses and elephants through the winding accesses of the forts. The insides decked with glittering giant chandeliers, intricate glasswork, chairs made out of the finest timber, halls full of gewgaws in iron, brass, copper, pearls, stones, brought in from across the globe, pillars carved out of marble, and an endless ceiling acting as a sanctum for these valuables. Rajasthan has a remarkable number of forts and palaces overlooking the lakes, moats and hills.
Some of them forgotten with time while some have been restored and turned into world-class heritage hotels. Among the places to visit in Rajasthan are the marque set of Amber fort in Jaipur set in red sandstone, the spectacular Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur, the golden-hued bulwark in Jaisalmer, the pride of Chittorgarh, and the old fort of Junagarh.
Apart from the impregnable might of the forts, the landscape of Rajasthan is dotted with grand palaces with stories of sybaritic lives of the kings and the rulers of the land. Make sure to strike off from your list the Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur, the sheer splendour of which has been captured in many movies and is rented for ritzy weddings of the well-heeled.
Have a dekko at the City Palace in Jaipur – striking yet gone trite with too much of commercial hardsell. And not to be missed is the picture postcard-perfect, lavish City Palace by the banks of the shimmering Lake Pichola in Udaipur.
The famous craftsmanship
The arts and handicrafts encouraged and patronised by the kings continues to exist and can be seen in various forms strewn across the streets of the state. Still an inspiration for many designers, the vibrancy of Rajasthan is inescapable. The famous bandhini, the tie n dye style of which made it to the creative studios of fashion houses or the jutti which made it to the shoe closets of many.
The bazaars here brim with colour and bustle. Head to Mirza Ismail Road in Jaipur for stunning pieces of pottery and intricate stone sculptures and other artefacts. Then there are centres for the complex work on gemstones and marble. A stopover to one such can be found in many Rajasthan packages.
Precious stones and exquisite handiwork is available at tourist rates. Nehru Bazaar is where to find the best of textiles and local fabric. Get a bargain on juttis and some good old bandhini saris. For brasswork explore the Tripolia bazaar and discover rare finds on lac jewellery which is another Rajasthani takeaway.
You can even encounter a lac bangle being made and feel the warmth of a freshly moulded one in your hands. Visit the Shilpgram in Sawai Madhopur for a diverse range of village art and craft.
A peek at the wildlife
A rare sight of the elusive tiger, a pack of deer huddled by the rivulet, exotic birds perched on the branches overhead, the wildlife of Rajasthan is unparalleled with such sightings with a backdrop of crags, lakes and deciduous trees. Among the things to do in Rajasthan are visiting the national parks, wildlife reserves and sanctuaries.
The name that tops the list is Ranthambore National park in Sawai Madhopur. Famous among the wildlife enthusiasts across the globe, this one is probably the most-frequented for being home to tigers. Today it’s managed by the royal house of Jaipur. One can spot hyena, leopard, jackal, wolf, blue bull antelope, crocodiles and more.
The landscape is adorned with one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan. Another important mention is the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary for over 370 species of migratory birds such as raptors, geese, ducks and more. Explore the ecosystem of the Thar desert at the Desert National Park to see blackbuck, desert fox, saker falcon and the endangered Indian bustard.
Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar sits in the lap of Aravallis and is home to jungle cats, chitals, rhesus macaque, harbour quails and more apart from tigers. Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary in Bikaner, Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur, Ramgarh Sanctuary in Bundi and Nahargarh Bioolgical Park in Jaipur are a few other hubs to spot the unison of fauna and flora.
How to reach Rajasthan
If you’re wondering how to reach Rajasthan then read on to know your options.
Air : Jaipur Airport is the main airport situated in Sanganer at about 13 km from the capital city of Jaipur. The airport has both Indian and international network. Apart from the Sanganer airport, there are domestic flights to Udaipur and Jodhpur airports as well.
Rail : Rajasthan has a vast network of train routes and connects to almost all major cities in the country. You can disembark at many railways stations like Jaipur, Bikaner, Kota, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Baharatpur and more with Jaipur being the main hub.
Road : Planning a road journey from the nearby cities of Delhi, Gurgaon, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh is pretty breezy owing to the smooth state highways. There are around 20 national highways in Rajasthan with NH8 being the busiest. Self-drive aside there are buses operated by RSRTC connecting the neighbouring cities.
When to visit Rajasthan
Rajasthan has four seasons namely summer, winter, monsoon and post-monsoon. The best time to visit Rajasthan is from October to February and be wary of the infamous Rajasthan summer which starts to peak from April and continues to scorch the land till June. The mercury soars up to 48 degree Celsius in majority of the state barring hill stations like Mount Abu and Ranakpur which can be visited during summer.
The monsoon from July to September is sparse yet brings respite and eases sightseeing. Plan a trip around these months to avoid the crowds and to book Rajasthan hotels at cheaper rates. The post-monsoon and the onset of winter i.e. from October to February is the peak season with expensive tourist attractions and hotels.
Also, post sunset the temperatures tend to drop to an extreme low compared to the day time temperature, so keep your jackets handy. Also enjoy self drive packages and weekend getaways packages from Rajasthan.