The state of Rajasthan boasts of charming cities scattered with incredible palaces, majestic forts, and scenic views. As you venture through the cities of Rajasthan, you will be mesmerized by the grand architecture, intricately carved temples, and lush wildlife. One can get lost in the winding alleyways of Bundi, wandering around the beautiful lakes of Udaipur and stroll around the Ghats of Pushkar. Each city in Rajasthan is different from the other in its own way, from the arid lands of the Great Indian Desert or the Thar Desert to the dazzling palaces in Jodhpur; the state has something for every type of traveler.
This guide to Rajasthan palace tour will help you plan an unforgettable trip to Rajasthan:
How to Reach Rajasthan:
Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Jaipur have domestic airports connecting these cities to other parts of India. Jaipur airport also has an international air terminal.
International travelers can take a flight to Delhi and then reach Jaipur by the road that will allow them to enjoy the scenic countryside views on the way to the city.
Trains and buses frequently run from other Indian cities to the major cities of Rajasthan.
Travelers can also opt to fly between cities if they wish to cut down the travel time. The state of Rajasthan and domestic airline company, Supreme Airlines has several intercity flights. These flights offer luxurious interiors, seats with ample leg space and other luxury arrangements. However, they are limited to 8-9 passengers in one flight.
Travelers could also hire vehicles to travel to different cities in Rajasthan from Delhi or other Indian cities.
Best Time to Visit:
The best time to plan a trip to Rajasthan is from October to March. The weather during these months is usually pleasant with chilly evenings during the winter.
April and May months are not advised for traveling to Rajasthan unless you are accustomed to bearing the scorching heat.
Getting by in Rajasthan
The state has great road networks connecting all the cities with each other. One may choose to travel in private vehicles or hire taxis for intercity transfers on their trip to Rajasthan.
Buses and trains also ply across all major towns and cities of the state.
Where to Stay:
Rajasthan has several hotels ranging from ultra-luxurious to budget stays.
Travelers can live like former kings at Rajasthan’s palatial hotels and other heritage properties.
One can enjoy state-of-the-art services and try out unique experiences offered at these properties during their stay.
What to Eat:
Rajasthan is known for its rich cuisine that is influenced by the warrior-like lifestyles of its people and the availability of produce in the region.
Travelers can choose from a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that are famous in each region during their trip to Rajasthan.
Sweet dishes are never referred to as desserts in this state as Rajasthani sweets are served before, during and after meals.
Mentioned below are some of the must-visit cities during your trip to Rajasthan.
Pink City, Jaipur:
The city of Jaipur was founded in 1727 by the royal family. The city is known for its rich history and is the capital city of the state of Rajasthan. The buildings in Jaipur are painted in pink color, due to which Jaipur is known as the Pink City. One can enjoy long hikes to the forts in the region, enjoy an elephant ride or take rickshaw ride while in Jaipur.
What to do:
Visit the City Palace: This beautiful palace still houses the royal family of Jaipur. The palace has several gardens and courtyards and it is well-known for its stunning architecture. The palace is located in the heart of the city and is an important tourist destination in Jaipur.
Hike at Amer Fort: This majestic fort lies in the north of Jaipur and is a major tourist destination in the city. The fort has several building complexes are striking in its own way. Travelers can enjoy climbing the fort on the back of an elephant-like the former maharajas.
Visit Jantar Mantar: This place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest stone sundial making Mantar, one of the must-visit places in Jaipur. The building is known for the intricate architecture that includes small windows called Jharokhas that are decorated with intricate artistry.
Blue City, Jodhpur:
Jodhpur is the second-largest city in Rajasthan. The city was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination that features a number of palaces, forts, and temples. It is popularly known as Blue city or Sun city. The city is surrounded by Mehrangarh Fort that is situated about four hundred feet over the skyline of Jodhpur.
What to do:
Visit Mehrangarh Fort: This colossal fort was built in 1460 and it is one of the largest forts in India. The fort gives its visitors an impressive view of the city of Jodhpur. There are many beautiful palaces and courtyards inside the fort. Travelers can also choose to spend time going around the fort on a zipline or take a hike around the fort.
Visit Umaid Bhawan Palace: The palace is one of the largest private residences in the world and houses the royal family of Jodhpur. A portion of the palace is managed by the Taj hotels. A part of the palace is also open to visitors as it is a museum that focuses on the history of the royal family of Jodhpur.
Visit Jaswant Thada: This cenotaph was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur in memory of his father. Jaswant Thada also serves as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar. It is known for its marvelous architecture that includes carved gazebos, lush gardens, and a beautiful lake.
Golden City, Jaisalmer:
The city of Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer is named after a Bhati king named Rawal Jaisal who founded the city in 1156. The ancient Jaisalmer Fort overlooks this magical city. The fort contains a palace and several ornate temples. Most of the houses and temples of Jaisalmer are built of finely sculptured sandstone.
What to do:
Visit Jaisalmer Fort:
This fort towers above the city of Jaisalmer. Over one-fourth of the city’s population still lives inside the fort. The fort also has numerous shops, restaurants, and cafes.
Take a Jeep Safari or Camel Safari: One can choose to take a jeep safari or camel safari while in Jaisalmer. Travelers can tour through the dunes, relish the delicious cuisine and sleep under millions of stars in luxurious tented accommodations.
City of Lakes, Udaipur
The city of Udaipur was founded in 1558 by Udai Singh II of the Sisodia clan of Rajputs. It is surrounded by the Aravali Range that separates Udaipur from the Thar Desert. The city is dubbed as the most romantic spot in India and is widely known for its history, culture, scenic locations, and stunning palaces. Udaipur is also known as the City of Lakes as it has seven lakes surrounding the city.
Visit the Pichola Lake:
A visit to Lake Pichola is incomplete without a boat ride. The lake is flanked by lofty hills of the Aravali Range, heritage buildings and numerous ghats. The renowned Lake Palace has perched in the middle of Lake Pichola and Jag Mandir palace on Jag Island.
Visit City Palace:
The City Palace is built on the banks of Lake Pichola is one of the largest royal complexes in the state of Rajasthan. This magnificent palace was built in 1559 and has an assortment of courtyards, pavilions, rooms, and hanging gardens. The palace complex also houses a museum that showcases some of the finest elements of Rajputana heritage and culture.
Spend time at Saheliyon-ki-Bari: This is a garden located in the northern part of the city that has fountains, kiosks, a lotus pool, and marble elephants. It is said that Saheliyon-ki-bari was built for a group of forty-eight women attendants who accompanied a royal princess to Udaipur as part of her dowry on her marriage into the royal family.
Most travelers visit the cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer on their trip to Rajasthan. Other must-visit cities and towns to include on your trip are Bundi, Pushkar, Ranakpur, Jawai Bandh, Bishangarh and many more. The state of Rajasthan is popular for its warm hospitality and delectable cuisine. A trip to Rajasthan will bring you face to face with the opulence of former kings along with the rustic side of Rajasthan’s villages.