Rajasthan presents you with a kaleidoscope of experiences. Its rugged topography is dotted with larger than life forts and palaces that shed light on the glorious eras of the past. Visitors are enamored of its colorful culture marked by lively folk music and dance, while its cuisines never fail to leave the visitor excited and satisfied.
Naturally, who wouldn’t want to visit this state of varied charms and attractions? However, before visiting Rajasthan, there are a few tips that you should be acquainted with. These help to make your stay an enjoyable one. This blog brings you the top travel tips for Rajasthan. Follow these, and enhance the entire experience of your visit to Rajasthan.
Duration of Stay
You should know that Rajasthan is a massive state, one of the largest state in India. Amongst the many cities, there are four in particular which deserve your special attention. These are Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer. It would be worthwhile to stay at least two nights at each of these cities, as each city offers a plethora of attractions and activities. Planning a road trip between these cities? Add a day more in your itinerary as there are several tourist attractions which you would want to stop by.
Choosing an accommodation
Regardless of the city you happen to find yourself in, you will find a variety of accommodation options catering to your budget. You can choose to live the lifestyle of a royalty by booking your stay with heritage hotels, or you can pick smaller havelis which have been converted to hotels and homestays for a comfortable night stay. Both of them are outstanding when it comes to hospitality, amenities, food and décor.
Preferred mode of transportation
Should you go for a road trip or stick with railways? Well, it all depends, among other things, on the amount of time at hand. If time is short at hand, railways is the best option undoubtedly. However, when it comes to exploring the various attractions, both famous and not-so-famous, of Rajasthan, opt for a road trip. An example of this is the route between Jodhpur and Udaipur. On this route, you can also visit Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur along the way. Another example is the route from Jaipur to Jodhpur, where you can make a stop between Pushkar and Ajmer.
What about the local transport?
You will find plenty of options when it comes to local transport in Rajasthan. These range from tuk-tuks to battery operated rickshaws, from tourist buses to cabs. However, the autos have no fixed rates and vary in their ways of operating. While some offer a point to point drop, others offer a complete day package where the tourists from one point to another.
Restaurants and eateries
There are a lot of restaurants and eateries where you can taste the cuisine of Rajasthan, along with Indian and continental fare. While the majority of the population is largely vegetarian, non-vegetarian food also is not hard to find. Some of the most famous restaurants in Rajasthan range from Suvarna Mahal in Jaipur and Raas Hotel in Jodhpur to Devi Garh in Udaipur and The Trio in Jaisalmer.
Enjoy sightseeing the safe way
One of the attractions of visiting Rajasthan is visiting its numerous forts, museums and palaces. From the colossal Mehrangarh Fort to the “floating” Taj Lake Palace Udaipur, there is enough to captivate your senses. Of course, while visiting these monuments, you will come across a lot of guides. However, it’s highly recommend that you choose a guide who is an authorized personnel with an ID from the State Government and the Tourism Board. Another thing to remember while hiring a guide is that he covers the attractions well. Be insistent on asking questions and going to places which he may not be covering.
Enjoying shopping in Rajasthan
Shopping is one of the interesting things to do in Rajasthan. The various shops lined on both sides of the street here display a range of items, ranging from traditional Rajasthani dresses and jewelry to textiles. Jaipur has famous markets like Johari Bazaar and Bapu bazaar. In Jodhpur, the famous markets are Clock Tower Market and Nai Sarak. Of course, nothing beats the Bada Bazaar in Udaipur. Sadar Bazaar in Jaisalmer and Mahatma Gandhi Road in Bikaner are highly sought after by tourists.
Cultural hotspots in Rajasthan
Rajasthan is scattered with cultural hotspots. Some of the most famous ones are Choki Dhani – a cultural village in Jaipur, Desert Safari camps in Jaisalmer and Bagore ki Haveli in Udaipur, among others. Besides these, puppet shows and Rajasthani folk dances and songs win the hearts of the tourists immensely. To appreciate art, head to art destinations in Jaipur like Jawahar Kala Kendra, Rajasthan Fine Art Institute and Kalaneri, besides others.