Rajasthan in North-West India is
India's most visited tourist destination, renowned for its desert, culture,
festivals, forts, palaces, wildlife and heritage hotels. The state comprises the
arid Thar Desert to its west, the thriving countryside of North / South /
Central Rajasthan alongwith the sparsely populated and densely forested eastern
part. Rajasthan's forts are listed as part of the UNESCO world heritage site
list, its national parks are home to the elusive Royal Bengal Tigers and its
destinations are home to some of the finest heritage hotels in India. However,
it's the countryside of Rajasthan where you will find "Real India"
thriving with its colourful attires, festivals, ancient crafts and superb
cuisine. "Padharo Mhare Des", the tagline of Rajasthan tourism,
epitomises the hospitality that makes Rajasthan one of the most visited sectors
Udaipur (250 kms from Ahmedabad) is renowned for its lakeside heritage. While Lake Pichola and the old city around it capture the heritage character of Udaipur, the getaway resorts around Udaipur city capture the countryside character of South Rajasthan. Udaipur is an excellent base point to explore the Lord Krishna pilgrimage of Shrinathji (42 kms), the Jain temples of Ranakpur (85 kms) and the UNESCO listed forts of Kumbhalgarh (55 kms) and Chittorgarh (120 kms). Today, Udaipur is considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world, alongwith being a renowned standalone getaway and an integral part of every Rajasthan itinerary.
Jodhpur is the gateway to the desert
areas of Western Rajasthan and is renowned for the Mehrangarh Fort (UNESCO
heritage site), Umaid Bhavan Palace (the grandest palace hotel in India), craft
heritage (textile) and wide-ranging experiences. While in Jodhpur, travellers
visit heritage monuments (fort, cenotaphs, museum, heritage sites), undertake village
excursions (Bishnoi Villages), enjoy desert experiences (Osiyan - 60 kms from
Jodhpur) and indulge in some crafts shopping (tie-dye, rugs, carpets, etc.). Today,
Jodhpur is considered a popular getaway for experiential travellers and is an
integral part of every Rajasthan itinerary.
Jaisalmer lies in the Thar desert on western edge of Rajasthan and near the India-Pakistan border. The city is renowned for its majestic fort, the only living fort in India with communities living inside for over many centuries. Jaisalmer is also renowned for its old city heritage, cenotaphs and Jain Temples. However, travellers come to Jaisalmer to capture the desert character of Rajasthan. Sand dunes, camel rides and wide ranging activities / experiences are the highlights at Sam (45 kms) and Khuri (50 kms) alongwith a traditional sit down Rajasthani cuisine dinner over cultural performances. Jaisalmer offers the most exotic character among all the destinations of Rajasthan and remains its most sought after destination.
Jaipur is the capital of
Rajasthan and is renowned for its heritage monuments (UNESCO sites), old city
experiences, ethnic cuisine and heritage hotels. Amer Fort (12 kms) is arguably
the most impressive fort of Rajasthan, whereas Jantar Mantar Observatory is
home to the world's largest sundial. Jaipur is renowned for its shopping options
- Juttis (decorated shoes), dress materials, Silver Jewellery and bridal wear. The
city is home to perhaps the largest collection of heritage style hotels in
India and a heritage style stay is the preferred choice for travellers to
Jaipur. Today, Jaipur is a part of the famed Golden Triangle Circuit alongwith
Delhi and Agra, a renowned standalone getaway, a preferred choice for
destination weddings and is visited as part of most Rajasthan itineraries.
Ajmer is renowned for its Ajmer Sharief Dargah, a renowned pilgrimage for travellers from all faiths and religions. Ajmer is the base point to visit Pushkar (12 kms), a lakeside destination visited for its spirituality, Brahma Temple (one of its kind) and desert style experiences. Ajmer / Pushkar are ex-Delhi getaways and important stopovers on the Udaipur - Jaipur route. The Pushkar Mela, a world-renowned cattle fair is held in November every year at Pushkar. It remains the most sought after festival to experience for all experiential travellers.