HISTORIC EXTRAVAGANCE OF RAJASTHAN
“Padharo Mhare Desh' which means 'Welcome to my country'.
Rajasthan is the northern part of India. It is known for absolute royalty, the exquisiteness of the architecture. From the hippie vibes in Pushkar to the stunning landscapes of Jodhpur. From the charisma of white city Udaipur to the savouries of Jaipur. From eye-catching sandstone palaces to the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer. Plan a trip here, this is a place where you can find prehistoric and historic palaces, forts and Havelis which are the testimony of a rich past. On this Land of the Kings or Maharajas you can find contrasting backdrops. That is why Rajasthan is known as a very colour coordinated state. Such as jaipur is pink, jodhpur is blue, Udaipur is white, Jaisalmer is golden and Jhalawar is purple. Rajasthan is perched on the oldest mountain range of Aravalli hills and it is the largest district with 39,313 sq km area. Witness the unending and undulating contrast of sand dunes to vibrancy of city lights. Rajasthan have world’s earliest attested plough field in Kalibangan, Rajasthan. There are three UNESCO world heritage sites in Rajasthan namely keoladeo national park, janitor Mantar of jaipur and hill forts of Rajasthan which includes Chittor fort, Kumbhalgarh fort, Ranthambore fort, gagron fort, Amer Fort, Jaisalmer Fort.
Also, Kumbal fort in Rajasthan is perched on 38kms long Walland it is the second largest after the iconic Great Wall of china.
Rajasthan is perfect for all kinds of vacationers, tourists ,couples and travellers. Be it a historian, or a shopaholic or on a break to relax and unwind. Be it a luxury travel to backpackers, Rajasthan has numerous options with many variations from cheapest to luxury. Rajasthan is the best place to relive history, to spot tigers in the national reserves to enjoy the sunset amidst the sand dunes. Experience the traditional local blend of spices, culture and camp under the natural celestial display. You can experience and explore the whole Rajasthan with the royal taste of historic extravagance with us at Kausalya trips. You can find more details on our website. Make sure to plan it in advance to explore the beauty to the core.
Best time to explore and experience Rajasthan: undoubtedly the best time to visit Rajasthan is during winter months. From November to February is the most ideal time to visit Rajasthan. Weather is relatively cool and you can explore the desert regions like Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, and Bikaner. And the majority of the festivals are also celebrated during winter time such as the iconic camel festival. So it’s a good time to also get indulged in adventure activities like hot air balloon rides , day hikes to sanctuaries and much more. April to June is the hottest season where temperature soars to 50 degrees. Only early morning and evening time is the best during summers. Day time is very unbearable to endure in Rajasthan. July to September is the monsoon time and is a good time to go for holiday in Rajasthan. witness the green beauty of the city of lakes, Udaipur during monsoon. you can witness different landscapes according to the changing weather.
Where to go in Rajasthan: as it is cited above there are numerous places you can explore. Such as:
This bustling and bumbling city of Jaipur brings together a unique mix of the old and the new that attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Jaipur is also known as hunting grounds of the royals. Overall we know that Jaipur has a lot to offer in terms of tourism opportunities. This makes the city more vibrant and enjoyable.It’s a pure depiction of architectural beauty to the rustic forts and ruins. From renovated through fresco paintings to decades of old designs. From varied colour depiction to mirror works. From intricate carvings to huge door architectures. From cultural practices during the reign of ancient kings to the splash of modernism.
Key highlights of Jaipur:
The reason behind the name being called udaipur as white city is, Rajput style Palaces and Forts in Udaipur are made up of white marbles. And city of lakes because it is surrounded by many lakes which makes the city a little cooler as compared to other parts of Rajasthan. Udaipur has a very charismatic royal touch and is filled with serenity. From the elevated stretch of Aravalli Range to picturesque panorama.
Udaipur is an epitome of Royal heritage architecture. Precisely, Marwar architecture with some beautifully designed jharokhas , windows, colourful tint glasses, marble, mirror rooms and the grand rooms. Apart from experiencing historic forts, grand palaces, serene lakes, architectural temples, museums, galleries, traditional festivals and rich culture you can also get indulged in adventure activities.
Key highlights of udaipur:
Jodhpur is Rajasthan’s vintage blue city. It is known for its colourful bazaars, sneaky streets and houses predominantly blue.
This city was founded by Rao Jodha, the chief of the dominant clan in the 15th century. Without any doubt you will fall in love with the labyrinth of medieval alleys, of jodhpur. You can travel Delhi to jodhpur by road, if you want to experience timelessness. Apart from monuments and palaces you can go hunting offbeat while being on road. It is also called the “sun state” and its one of the hottest places in Rajasthan.
Explore the majestic 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort complex. Do you know that “the dark knight horse” was shot here! This royal state is well strategized and planned. Experience the Royalty of Umaid Bhawan Palace, Ghanta Ghar for shoppers and food lovers and much more.
Key highlights of Jodhpur:
Jaisalmer, is known as the golden city which is the heart of Rajasthan. The land of imperial forts, luxurious palaces and splendid havelis with intriguing art. Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is a very vibrant, rich in culture and beautiful city situated in the heart of Thar desert.
From Grand Cenotaphs to Gadisar Lake, best for capturing sunset views. It is a man made artificial reservoir in Jaisalmer. Jharokhas is really an ideal spot for pictures and this rich architecture will automatically draws your attention. learn the history behind the prehistoric walls. And immerse yourself in the beautiful culture of the desert state of Rajasthan.
Key highlights of Jaisalmer:
Pushkar is definitely beyond camel festivals and mythological importance. You will come across many palm reading, holistic healing happening rooftops which is a perfect place for hippie vibes. You can definitely explore Pushkar Lake, Ghats, temples, history, and the famous Pushkar Festival Mela. You can savour vegetarian street-side wraps near Varaha Ghat, it's immensely popular and delicious among tourists and travellers. There will be a lot of temptation to resist when you come across a variety of things to catch your attention from embroidered clothes, leather bags, a variety of handicraft items, costume jewelry etc.
Key highlights of Pushkar:
Opulence at its best, exemplary hospitality and stimulating ambience Bikaner. Bikaner is also the gateway to Thar. You can get knowledge about camels at the National Research Centre on Camels, there are almost 300 camels of various age groups. Visit Junagarh Fort, which is known for its
architecture, haveli style, culture. Kolayat lake is a complete Ascetic Retreat. Also, many of you might not know it but Bikaner has a crazy obsession with rasgullas. Known for its sweets and snacks, Bikaner is surrounded by the Thar desert. Not just that it is known for its architectural beauty, royal paintings, artworks and armours and traditional textiles.
Key highlights of Bikaner:
Ranthambore National Park:
Ranthambore National Park is located about 13.5 kilometers from the city of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. It is perched between Aravali and Vindhya hill ranges, this is one of the finest places to witness wild animals. The park covers an area of approximately 400 sq km. this place is perfect for wildlife lovers. You will get an adrenaline rush through this adventure itinerary. You will see numerous water bodies across the park, which is a respite to the wild animals during the scorching and harsh days in summers. The winter season, is considered as the ideal season which starts from October & lasts till March. It is a great time to visit Ranthambore National Park for its pleasant weather & the numerous opportunities for spotting the animals as they bask under the sun.
Key highlights of Ranthambore National Park:
it is the only hill station in rajasthan and also in packages. It is Located on the beautiful Aravali Plateau. The city of Mount Abu is adorned by luscious green forests and loaded with pristine beauty of lakes, architecture of temples and heritage of ancient historic forts and havelis. You can visit various serene spots like the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Peace Park, Guru Shikhar Peak, Sunset Point, Abu Road, Trevour’s Tank Toad Rock and many more. You can even get involved in a plethora of adventure stuff here. From camping below the starry nights to rowing the boat in Nakki Lake, to some of the best adrenaline rushing activities. You might need to make reservations in advance for that during peak season in winters.
Key highlights of Mount Abu:
Accessible routes for Rajasthan:
By Air: the most efficient and fastest way to reach Rajasthan is by air. Rajasthan has several airports that are very well linked and connected to domestic as well as international flights. It is really convenient for tourists who travel from a long distance. Jaipur boasts of an international airport that is very well-connected to international as well as domestic destinations. Not just that but also, Asian and Gulf countries such as Dubai, Sharjah, Muscat, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok are very well connected through Jaipur International airport. That’s why every year, lakhs of tourists swarm all together. Other domestic airports are also connected to Jaisalmer Airport, Jodhpur Airport, Maharana Pratap Airport at Udaipur, Kota Airport and Nal Airport at Bikaner. You can fly into Rajasthan from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Indore, Chandigarh, Jammu, Goa and Pune.
By Railways: whole Rajasthan has many major as well as moonier stations, which makes it easy for tourists to come. And it’s a great idea of all backpackers to remain in budget and explore the varied colours and culture freely.
By Bus (roadways): Rajasthan is a very blooming tourist destination, it is well connected by road too. There are almost twenty national highways run through Rajasthan which make travelling a smooth and convenient experience. NH8 is the busiest national highway which connects Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and several other cities.
Most favourable time to explore and experience Rajasthan:
Rajasthan is perfect to explore during winter months, that is the most ideal time to visit. And also, the majority of the tourists and travellers across the globe plan during the winter season. Winters last from November to February when the temperatures dip to make your Rajasthan trip pleasant throughout the day. The weather is quite favourable and pleasant for a perfect trip to the land of vivid colours, culture and traditions. During day time average temperatures lies between 10 degrees to 15 degrees and sometimes at night temperature drops around 5 degrees and sub zero’s too. Tourists can freely move anywhere and explore sight-seeing attractions as well as have some traditional culinary experiences, shopping, get some instagramable pictures on stunning locations, night life experiences, local interactions and so much more very comfortably from your monochrome to colour burst places.
Mid months like July to September is also a good time to plan your trip as it is relatively cooler than the summer months. And a monsoon shower brings joy in the cities and you can witness a new landscape.
Summers, from the month of March to June are extremely hot and the temperatures soars above 48 degrees. It's very harsh and scorching during the day. But during evening time, post 5pm tourists can move out to explore.
Traditional Rajasthani Cuisine:
When in Rajasthan, dal bati is a must! Because, it’s incomplete without relishing on some delectable local delicacies and cuisines. Dal Bati churma is a traditional preparation of lentils to be had with wheat flour baked balls topped with a generous amount of home cooked ghee. Another thing you can go for is Gatte ki sabzi, is another heartwarming local dish which will make you lick your fingers, it's delicious. for non-vegetarians the most authentic is Laal Maas, a traditional meat curry, which will satiate your cravings for delicious spicy food. It is one of the integral part of local cuisine from the kitchens of Rajput warriors. You can pair it up with hot chapati for the best experience. Also, don’t forget to savour yourself with some pyaaz kachori and a special sweet dessert known as Ghewar for breakfast.
Satiate your Shopping cravings too:
Rajasthan is known for its myriad shopping options. You will definitely go gaga over its artistry pieces. You can buy some historic souvenirs which speak of a legendary past. People come here from across the world, and make their way to home with twice the baggage. Go to Johari Bazar, it is a paradise for all gems and jewellery lovers. Jaipur flaunts some of the best jewelry collections in India, and this place in particular will make your eyes glisten with all the glitter. Not just gold but many stones too such as Emerald, Rubby, Agate, Amethyst, Topaz etc.
This colorful bazaar is enveloped with pretty rustic-pink buildings, it showcases the best glimpse of the royal city. Bapu Bazar is a best place to shop for some Rajasthani textiles, handlooms, accessories . Get some carpets in geometric shapes, floral decorations, in varied pattern styles
Make sure to buy iconic, lehriya printed clothes and dupattas. Jodhpur Juttis are very popular footwear in Rajasthan, so make sure you buy it.
Iconic Ghanta Ghar in Jodhpur, is known for its original spices, antiques, handicrafts, flavoured-teas, and clothings. But make sure that you need to boost your bargaining skills in advance. Grab some Bandhani to antiques, available at reasonable to cheap prices from Bada Bazar, Udaipur one of the most charismatic destinations of India. Get some Jootis made out of camel leather and silver ornaments from Jaisalmer Sadar Bazar. And whatnot?
Adventures in Rajasthan:
Jungle safari: diverse wildlife that is found here that includes tigers, leopards, cheetahs, elephants and many other exotic species.
Elephant safaris: the most popular among the tourists. You can go for an elephant ride to most of the tourist hotspots. This is a perfect opportunity to get close with nature and experience serenity that only a natural setting can offer. It will be a different experience in itself
Experience Hot Air Balloon: gives you a whole new different perspective of the city. You can get some amazing aerial views of palaces, forts, lakes, wildlife sanctuaries. Get an aerial view of Ranthambore, Jaipur or Pushkar as you traverse the sky and you can get some amazing snaps.
Go for desert camping: it’s a must go on thing along with Camel rides which are on everyone’s bucket list in Thar desert. Witness the celestial display and enjoy a lively traditional dance performance under the stars twinkling in the sky.
Experience Rajasthani hospitality at Chokhi Dhani: it is an ethnic 5 star village resort that lets you experience the culture of Rajasthan under one roof. 20 km away from the Jaipur Railway station. You will get to see the exquisite dance forms like Kalbeliya, Ghoomar and Chari dance, which can only be found in rajasthan. Explore some history of our ancestors the Mughals and the Rajputs. It is Open all day between 5pm and 11pm.
Best cafes to explore in Rajasthan:
The stag cafe, Jodhpur: Located right opposite to Amer Fort, this café is known for the most splendid view in Jaipur. You can try some Iced-Tea, White Sauce Pasta
It’s open from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
Caffe Palladio Jaipur: perfect for dinner date with both indoor and outdoor seating. You can capture some best photographs here too for your Instagram feed. Order some Prawns Pasta, Coffee Cake, Salads, carrot cake and cold coffee.
Timings are 12:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Jheel ginger coffee bar and bakery, udaipur: the most famous in udaipur for its lakeside views and some amazing wood fired pizza. You can order some food, cappuccino, walnut cake, pizza. Timings are 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM.
KB Café Jaisalmer: enjoy the view of Patwon ki Haveli and the city views are wonderful from this café. It is a great place for those who want to enjoy the authentic food of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Timings of this café is 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
The Book cafe, Jodhpur: This cafe have a very peaceful ambiance. Which is not only perfect for nerds and bookworms but anyone looking for a place to chill out, relax, work or have a date. Timings are 11am to 11pm.
Udai Art cafe, udaipur: it’s just a minute walk from Jagdish temple. You will be not only mesmerised by its intricate artistic decor but also it’s vibe. You can grab some sandwiches and Greek salad. Timings are 8.30–19.30pm.