Rajasthan is regarded as a jewel in the crown of India. This ‘Land of Kings’ is dotted with exquisite forts, palaces, and vibrant markets. Rajasthan offers endless attractions to explore and 8 days are not enough to traverse this quintessential state. But a professional guide can turn this 8-days Rajasthan Tour into a dream vacation. Readout this 8 days Rajasthan diary to know what lure travellers to this vibrant place.
If you want to experience the real essence of India’s age-old opulence and grandeur, you must visit Rajasthan. The excellent architectural beauty, city planning and vibrant culture will just mesmerize you. All across Rajasthan, there are numerous magnificent forts and palaces that reflect the class of Rajput and Mughal architecture. There are so many attractions which make it difficult to decide the best amongst the many places to visit in Rajasthan. Every city is rich in its own valor and offers a unique experience.
People of Rajasthan are warm and friendly. They welcome everyone with their colourful culture and great delicacy. You cannot experience such a vibrant culture anywhere else and will easily fall in love with the folk dance, the lovely attire and of course the yummy Dal Bati Churma.
Travel from Jaipur – the ‘Pink City’ to Udaipur – the ‘Venice of the East’ and spend some days at Bundi, Bassi, and Mandawa. All the places are unique.
Jaipur is famous for the old forts and palaces along with the lively street markets for shopping. The first destination you will visit is the Nahargarh Fort. Constructed for the protection of the capital, the fort allows a stunning panoramic view of Jaipur during sunset. Post-sunset, the illuminated city looks like a dreamland. Then you can visit a nearby village, Chokhi Dhani. There, you can enjoy the folk dance while savouring some authentic Rajasthani food, camel ride, elephant ride, and bullock cart ride. Also, visit the village fair to explore colourful paintings and traditional products.
On the second day, you can visit Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, and City Palace. Amber Fort is located at the peak of a hill and casts a stunning view in the Maota Lake. You can reach the fort on an elephant’s back that also allows you to cherish a panoramic view of the city. Next, visit the City Palace. There are many gardens and edifices within the palace complex. Due to this, it is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan. There are endless things to do in Jaipur. Peep into the streets of Jaipur as the Royal women used to do from one of the 953 windows of Hawa Mahal. It is really fun doing that.
On the third day, you can head towards Mandawa situated 190 km north of Jaipur. The beautiful heritage town is dotted with colourfully painted Havelis. Visit the Murmuria Haveli, the Harlalka Well and an Open-Air Art Gallery. All the attractions are unique and feature exceptionally beautiful paintings.
Start the day 4 of the tour by travelling to Bundi, the best-preserved town in Rajasthan. Bundi was the capital city during the era of the Rajputs. It is a beautiful town, surrounded by Aravalli ranges and lined with blue houses, lakes, hills, and bazaars. You will see a temple at every turn of the town that has conferred the city a nickname ‘second Kashi’. You can enjoy legendary stories from the locals. The Bundi Palace is famous for Bundi Murals, a kind of wall painting. Also, visit the Taragarh Fort which towers over the city as a witness of grand Rajput legacy.
On the fifth day, you can visit the pride of Rajasthan, Bassi. Situated in the Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan, the city has rich historical significance. It is amongst the must-visit destinations in Rajasthan. Visit the Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary, a home to different species of birds and animals. Explore two large water reservoirs which are used act as irrigation dams and known as Bassi Dam and Orai Dam. Walk around the village and meet the locals to explore the beautiful craftsman’s work.
You can also visit the famous fort of Chittorgarh, which is the most prominent symbol of Rajput glory. You can enjoy a Light and Sound show in the fort of Chittorgarh. This show explains the history of the land, the dignity of royal families and the development of the region.
On day 6 visit Udaipur, the Venice of East. If you are travelling to Rajasthan, Udaipur is a must on your bucket list. Here, you can visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Jag Mandir, and Saheliyon-Ki-Bari. The colourful paintings in the City Palace will just mesmerize you. The palace once used to be the royal residence during the Mewar dynasty. The brilliant architectural design and superb interior decoration give the palace an exceptionally beautiful look.
Next, visit Saheliyon-Ki-Bari – a wonderful garden. The name translates to the ‘Garden of Maids’. You can spend some time in the wonderful garden and then go to Lake Pichola. The beautiful lake is surrounded by palaces, temples, mansions, Ghats, and restaurants. Boating on the lake is a mind-boggling experience. Enjoy a wonderful view of the sunset from the boat.
On 7th day, you can visit Ranakpur. This is one of the five holiest places of the Jain community. Ranakpur is nestled in a remote valley in the Aravalli range and it houses the most notable Jain temples of the country.
Return to Udaipur and visit Saheliyon-Ki-Bari, a wonderful garden and the name translates to the ‘Garden of Maids’. Adorned with lush green lawns, marble art, and fountains, this beautiful garden offers a breath-taking sight.
The Best Time to Visit Rajasthan
The peak season in Rajasthan is from October to March. As 60% of the land is dominated by the Thar Desert, summer is awfully hot and dry here.
The best time to visit Rajasthan is early March when the festival of Holi is celebrated in the state. Holi is the festival of colour and if you want to experience the real essence of Rajasthani culture, this is the perfect time to visit. During this time, Rajasthan sees a riot of colour. The locals in traditional attire crowd the streets. The folk dancers perform in every corner of the street and temporary shops put traditional jewellery, clothes, and wooden showpieces on sale.
How to Reach Rajasthan
Rajasthan is well connected to every major Indian city both by air and rail. The Jaipur Airport operates flights to and from some of the Asian and Gulf countries like Dubai, Sharjah, Muscat, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Bangkok. The major cities like Jaipur and Udaipur are also easily reachable by road from Delhi.
Tips and Advice
Before visiting any new place, it is wise to research about the local rules, regulations, and culture. This will help you avoid any kind of unpleasant incident. Here are some tips:
- Rajasthan is a safe place to visit. The place is also safe for solo travellers or women travellers.
- There are endless attractions to explore. So, plan your trip at least for a week.
- Rajasthan is spotted with beautiful forts and palaces both on plain land and on the hilly area.
- Jaipur and Udaipur are the prime destinations dotted with magnificent palaces.
- Markets in Rajasthan are really colourful and ideal for purchasing souvenirs.
- People of Rajasthan like to be in traditional attire and expect tourists to respect their culture.
- Rajasthan is dry, so drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
- You will find a Dhaba or street hotel en route to all your destinations.
A Rajasthan trip can be completed keeping in mind a wide range of travel costs. It totally depends on your expectations and how you want to be treated. If you spend a luxury vacation, there are heritage hotels and royal transport facility which are super expensive. You can also travel to Rajasthan at a very affordable cost. An average starting cost of INR 45000 will offer good quality accommodation, transportation, and breakfast. There are many Rajasthan Tour Packages available and you can easily choose one suitable for you.
Author Bio :A soul bred in the mountains, Akansha Negi doles out travel inspiration from solo wandering, exploring heritage and culture, tasting local cuisine, adventures, and experiences of her travels. As a travel enthusiast, she loves to travel in India as this country is a sumptuous mixture of traditions, spiritual beliefs, and magnificent landscapes.