Rajasthan — Tour Highlights and Travel Tips
- Take in some of the state’s most unmissable sights, including the Hawa Mahal, the Jantar Mantar and the City Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan’s famed ‘Pink City’
- Marvel at the imposing walls of Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort, among Rajasthan’s most impressive edifices
- Gaze upon Udaipur’s impossibly picturesque Lake Pichola, surely Rajasthan’s most romantic setting
- Go on safari in Ranthambore National Park, a place where you stand as good a chance as anywhere in India of spotting an elusive wild tiger
- Head into the great Thar desert on a camel trek, a quintessential Rajasthan experience
- Brave the Rat Temple at Deshnok near Bikaner. Properly known as Karni Mata, this temple is populated by hundreds of sacred rodents
- Witness Pushkar’s spectacular annual camel mela — with tens of thousands of traders and similar numbers of animals, it’s the world’s largest camel fair
- During your Rajasthan trip, don’t expect alcohol to be readily available — Rajasthan is among India’s driest states in more ways than one.
- If you can choose, take your Rajasthan holiday between October and February, when the weather is at its coolest and most comfortable. Avoid the months from March to May since this period can be punishingly hot.
- Desert camel safaris are traditionally organized from Jaisalmer, but the scene there has become something of a tourist circus. A more laidback alternative is to do your trek out of Bikaner.
- All the main tourist spots are well connected by rail, so unless you want to visit some of the more out-of-the-way locations, train travel is an efficient and convenient way to get about during your Rajasthan vacation.
- Restaurants in Rajasthan are generally vegetarian and the food is often very spicy. It is usually best to avoid non-vegetarian food, except if you eat in more upmarket hotels.
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