Rajasthan is one of the most visited places by tourists from all across the world because it has got something amazing for one and all from a budget traveler to a luxury holidaymaker. It is known as the most royal state of India with miles long forts made centuries ago by spending a fortune and hard work of thousands of laborers. From lakes to deserts to forts to mountains, you name it and Rajasthan has it. One more thing that attracts people to this fantastic province is the availability of food and accommodation of all sorts that too at reasonable prices. If you are someone who loves folk music, handicraft, nature, colorful travel attractions then Rajasthan is the state, you need to head to.
On the other hand, exploring the whole place in 2 or 3 days is not possible and requires at least a week to cover all the major travel destinations. And to make sure that you plan your trip to Rajasthan the right way I have made an itinerary, which I myself followed on my first solo trip to Rajasthan and had a great time. This itinerary is ideal for holidaymakers of all sorts because it will help you make the most of your time, save a good amount of money and enjoy every single travel destination in the best possible manner.
Day 1: Bikaner
The first place you need to travel to on your vacation to this vibrant state is Bikaner, It is a quaint little town, which is not that popular amid tourists and can also be considered as an offbeat travel destination. If you are someone who loves playing with sand and taking a camel ride then Bikaner is the city, because from here the sand dunes of India start. Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace,Kani Mata Temple in Deshnok (Also Known as the Rat Temple), Shri Laxminath Temple, Bhandasar Jain Temple, Devi Kund Sagar, and Rampuria Haveli are the places, which are a must visit and can be explored in a day.
Pro Tip: Start early and cover all the places in daylight and don’t forget to take your sunglasses.
Day 2 and 3: Jaisalmer
Take an overnight or early morning train from Lalgarh to Jaisalmer and to get a fair taste of The Golden City of India, Jaisalmer. When in Jaislamer, One of the favorite attractions amongst holidaymakers is Sam Sand Dunes or Thar Desert wherein you can enjoy off road adventures in a jeep as well as camel riding. The list of places to visit in Jaisalmer includes Patwon Ki Haveli, Jaislamer Fort, Gadisar Lake, Vyas Chhatri, Bada Bagh, Ludurwa Jain Temple, Tanot Rai Mata Mandir, Kuldhara Abandoned Village, Suryagarh Palace Hotel and Longewala, which are worth a visit. Furthermore, try out the delicious and mouth-watering authentic Rajasthani cuisine at Hanuman Chowk, which is also the city centre.
Pro Tip: Enjoy the best sunset of your life from the Sunset point close to Artist colony with local Rajasthani folk music playing in the background.
Day 4: Jodhpur
There are both overnight as well as early morning superfast trains available from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur and it takes approximately 5 to 6 hours to reach, The Blue City, Jodhpur. This dazzling Rajasthani city hosts a number of mesmerizing travel attractions like Mehrangarh Fort, which is the largest fort in Rajasthan India. Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Zenana Deodi, Chamunda Mataji Temple, and Turban Gallery are a part of this mammoth fortress. The next big thing in Jodhpur is Umaid Bhawan Palace, which was the last fort built in India in the year 1944 and is now being transformed into a luxury hotel that has hosted weddings of celebrities from all across the world. Other attractions like Navchowkiya, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Gardens, Khejarla Fort, Ghanta Ghar Clock Tower and Sadar Market are also worth a visit.
Pro Tip: Checkout the beautiful blue houses of Navchowkiya on foot and experience the thrill of Zip-Lining within the Mehrangarh Fort.
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Day 5, 6 and 7: Udaipur
The distance from Udaipur to Jodhpur is not that much and the route is wonderfully scenic as well, but there are no direct trains from both the places, so taking a bus at day time is highly recommended. Famous all across the world as “The City of Lakes – Udaipur” is on the travel bucket list of people of all classes. Said to be the “Venice of the East” Udaipur is known for its lakes, lavish palaces, forts, holy temples, lush green gardens, and romantic backdrops. A number of travel movies have been shot here like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and The Fall, to name a few. Udaipur hotels offer all the basic amenities that tourists need that too at reasonable prices. Nevertheless, there are a lot of backpacking hostels in Udaipur as well, which offer a value for money stay.
The list of places to visit in Udaipur is pretty long and consists of Udaipur City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Pichola Lake, Badi Lake, Doodh Talai, Saheliyon ki Bari, Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur Solar Observatory, Jagdish Temple, Sajjangarh Biological Park and Udaipur Zoo, and Shilpgram Crafts Fair. Sunrise and Sunsets are a treat for your eyes when you are in Udaipur, so enjoy it to the fullest at places like Monsoon Palace, Gangaur Ghat, Ambrai Ghat, Badi Lake and while having a meal at lakeside restaurants. Also, eat some of the most lip-smacking Rajasthani dishes that will certainly satisfy your appetite.
Pro Tip: Don’t miss the Dharohar Dance Show at Bagore ki Haveli performed by local female villagers.
Day 8: Pushkar
Pushkar is just a few hours away from Udaipur and is very well connected through all modes of transportations. Pushkar is one of those travel attractions, which is heaven for vegans as there is only vegetarian food available and no liquor is allowed within the town. In addition to that, it is a lake city surrounded by lush green mountains of Aravalli Range, which offer it a naturally beautiful backdrop. This Rajasthani city is mainly famed amongst the local tourists because of the one and only “Brahma Temple” in the world. Pushkar Camel Fair is the time when the place is full of travel freaks as people come here to see local dance performances and flamboyantly dressed camels. Moreover, if you are in for a hike then do visit Savitri Temple and Aloo Baba for breathtaking panoramic views of the holy city.
Pro Tip: Do spend some time on the Pushkar Ghat to feel the serenity of this quaint little town.
Day 9: Jaipur
The last city on our list is Jaipur, which is also known as The Pink City and is the capital of Rajasthan. It is the first planned city of India, known mainly for its local markets, forts and easy connectivity to all the international destinations. Reaching this vibrant city is pretty easy from anywhere in the world and through trains, buses and flights within India. Amber Fort, Jantar-Mantar, Hawa Mahal,, Jaigarh Fort, City Palace, Albert Hall (Central Museum), Nahargarh Fort, Galtaji and Jal Mahal are some of the major places to visit in Jaipur. Shopping for Rajasthani handicraft, furniture, and clothes is also a delight because everything is available at affordable prices (If you know how to bargain).
Pro Tip: Don’t miss the Sunset at Glorious Galtaji Temple also known as the Monkey Temple.
Bonus City: Ranthambore
If you feel like exploring the wildlife of Rajasthan then do head to Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve situated in Sawai Madhopur, which is not that far from the national capital, New Delhi. This place is open from October to June and will surely leave you spell bounded by its greenery. It is also one of the most filmed natural wildlife reserves across the globe and is home to a variety of different animals, birds, trees, aquatic plants and reptiles, which are only found here.
Pro Tip: Start Early Morning for the Jungle Safari in a Gypsy or Canter to Experience the Jungle Life for an Entire Day.
All these are the key places to visit in Rajasthan and it is recommended not to go there in the summer season because the weather is burning hot in most of the areas. If time is not a concern then cities like Mount Abu, Bundi, Bharatpur, Neemrana, Ranakpur, Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh and Kota can also be taken into consideration on your Rajasthan trip. However, if you love exploring the unexplored and are fond of beaches then do look into our latest travel blog on Pondicherry, which has got some of most fabulous beaches in India accompanied by awe-inspiring French architecture.