Rajasthan presents you with a bundle of experiences. This royal state has rugged topography and 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. Here we offer the best 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 states in India. Among the many cities, four, in particular, deserve your special attention. These are Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer. It would be worthwhile to stay at least two nights in each of these cities, as each town offers many attractions and activities. Are you planning a road trip between these cities? Then, add a day more to your itinerary, as there are several tourist attractions that you would want to stop by.
Choosing an accommodation
Regardless of the city you happen to find yourself in, and you will find various accommodation options catering to your budget. You can choose to live the lifestyle of royalty by booking your stay with heritage hotels, or you can pick smaller Havelis that have been converted to hotels and homestays for a comfortable night's 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 the railways? Well, it all depends, among other things, on the amount of time. If time is short at hand, railways are the best option undoubtedly. However, when it comes to exploring the famous and not-so-famous attractions 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 for 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 their operating methods. While some offer a point-to-point drop, others offer a complete day package where the tourists go 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 most of the population is mainly vegetarian, non-vegetarian food is also not hard to find. Rajasthan's most famous restaurants 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 recommended that you choose an official personnel guide 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. Therefore, be insistent on asking questions and going to places he may not be covering.
Enjoying shopping in Rajasthan
Shopping is one of the exciting things to do in Rajasthan. The various shops lined on both sides of the street display various items, 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 tourists immensely. To appreciate art, head to art destinations in Jaipur, like Jawahar Kala Kendra, Rajasthan Fine Art Institute, and Kalaneri, among others.
These are the traveling tips for Rajasthan, which will help you to enjoy a fantastic vacation in an easy-going mode. You can plan your trip by booking a tour package of Rajasthan with us.