Rajasthan .. a popular tourist destination in India .. is a land of colours, traditions, history, immense beauty, a foodies paradise and shopaholics ” Alice in wonderland”. The largest state of India has numerous tourist destinations.
Best time to visit Rajasthan is no doubt between October to Feb end when the Sun is less harsh and the evenings are very pleasant with chill breezy wind.
We did a 10 day Rajasthan trip in Oct 2018 covering Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Chittorgarh. Consider staying at least 2 days in the major cities to cover all the major attractions, key experiences, delectable food, exclusive handicrafts, and a peek into the lifestyle of the natives.
Although there is still so much to explore in Rajasthan, we were sure travelling across these cities, with 10 days at hand .. we could get the best essence of the state.
If you have more time .. you can travel via train passing through many states enjoying various local cuisines through food delivery in train apps like Railrestro, one can enjoy all the authentic local flavours of different states right in the train sitting in our seat as we pass by.
The first task was to select the mode of travelling..Travelling through Rajasthan is an experience as the state is very large and while planning the itinerary I realized we would be spending a lot of time on the road. Whenever we think of travelling, initial homework and planning part is done by me…I, in fact, enjoy doing that. So after googling many sites, I prepared few draft itineraries n we together finalized our itinerary for the trip as below :
Decide Where to go?
As i said earlier, Rajasthan has lot to offer, decide on the place you want to visit based on your interest and how many days you have in hand. These are the places that we froze on :
Day 1: Fly to Jaipur early morning and cover the city attractions in the next two days.
Day 3: Road journey to Ajmer & Pushkar. Overnight travel to Jaisalmer from Jaipur via sleeper bus. We hired a taxi from Jaipur to Ajmer, Pushkar.
Day 4: Jaisalmer local sightseeing and shopping.
Day 5: Start early to Sam Sand dunes covering on the way Bada bag, Lodhrava, Tanot-Longewala, Indo Pak border.
Reach Sam sand dunes before Sunset. Overnight stay at dessert.
Day 6: Start early to Jodhpur from Sam Sand dunes. The journey is around 5 hours. On the way, you can cover, Kuldara .. haunted village. Explore the bazaars of Jodhpur.
Day 7: Jodhpur local sightseeing.
Day 8: Start early to Udaipur via Kumbalgarh, Haldi gati and Ranakpur. Keep a day for this journey as you would be spending quite a time at each of these destinations.
Day 9: Udaipur Local sightseeing.
Day 10: Start early from Udaipur to Chittorgarh via road.The travel takes around 2.30 hours. Finish sightseeing… Back to Udaipur and night fly back to Bangalore.
How to reach the Selected Destination?
Rajasthan has a good network of rail if you are travelling within India. There are several routes which you can opt for a train that connects to different cities of Rajasthan. And yes while travelling, don’t forget to explore the Rajasthani special dishes via Railrestro, order food online in train
But this time As you can see from the above itinerary, from Bangalore to Jaipur and back Udaipur – Bangalore we opted for flight, as it could save a lot of time. We had booked early to get some good deals.
Next major headache was how to travel local and from one city to another. Since Jaipur to Jaisalmer, is almost a 10 hours journey, we decided to opt for a sleeper night bus. With 2 kids in the trip, I feel that’s the best decision we made … none of us neither felt bored nor realized it was so far … indeed a comfortable journey.
Rest of the journey was majorly covered via road in a taxi. This gives you an advantage of covering the various destinations en route the journey. Hiring a taxi in Rajasthan is not at all difficult. You can find plenty of cab services online or tell your hotel manager to arrange. We booked a different taxi for each city as it works economical. Jaisalmer to Sam sand dunes to Jodhpur cost us approx Rs 5500 n rest of the journeys not more than 3500 Rs each. To travel around in the city there is inexpensive rickshaws. Most of the major local attractions are in the old city, amidst narrow lanes .. travelling to these spots in an auto rikshaw helps. Bargaining is a must .
Where to stay :
Once your itinerary and mode of travel is decided , book hotels for stay. There are so many options at each destination suitable for each budget .. from the luxury royal palace and havelis to pocket-friendly hotels to bachelor friendly hostels. Based on your preference, you can book in advance. Check out my stay at jodhpur
Yes .. we are all set for our trip to Rajasthan … It’s time to book your tickets, pack your bag, if travelling in train enjoy ordering food in train via Railrestro and get set go …Stay tuned for my detailed post about my experience at each city covering various tourist attractions .. let’s make memories together 🙂