Rajasthan is probably the best known state in India and for some it is the very essence of the country. No visit is complete without including one of its monumental cities, such as Jaipur or Jodhpur, but what’s important is the way you get to know them; discover both the iconic and the forgotten, look beyond the obvious to the hidden, and escape the crowds away from the usual well-known highlights. We’re happy to share some of our secrets. After the hullabaloo of the cities the Rajasthan countryside presents a great opportunity to slow down to a pace of life no faster than a trundling bullock cart. To us this is where you’ll find the real heart of India, off the beaten track in villages and smaller towns.
5 reasons you’ll fall in love with Rajasthan
- Royal palaces complete with resident maharajas who enjoy nothing more than conversation with guests
- Wild landscapes of vast deserts and rugged hills perfect for hiking, cycling, camel treks and jeep safaris
- Impregnable forts with incredible stories of Rajput chivalry and derring-do
- Magical festivals of colour and lights, huge fairs trading horses, camels and cattle
- Villages frequented by snooty camels and trundling bullock carts, wandering cows offered the first chapatti of the day fresh from the housewife’s oven
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Where to start?
With so many enticing things to see and do whittling down a must-see list is not easy but our own experiences have taught us not to try and do too much. The old adage of less is more couldn’t be more relevant in Rajasthan – it’s almost the size of Germany so the last thing we want you to do is spend most of your time sitting in a car. We’ll help you plan your trip , recommend the best way to get around Rajasthan, make suggestions of where to go depending on your interests and arrange as much or little guiding as you want so that you can travel your way, at your own pace. Talk to us about planning your trip.
Don’t miss out on . . .
A night as the guest of a Maharaja
Walk with Rabari herdsmen
Ride an elephant in the Aravali Hills
Crumbling wall paintings at the centre of a family feud
Camel ride to a desert camp
Craftsmen at work in hidden bazaar
Immersion in village life
A home-cooked meal shared with a family
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When to go
The best time to visit Rajasthan is between October and March when days are generally dry, clear and sunny with cooler nights. Temperatures range from 16-30’C but it can get chilly at night and early morning particularly in December and January. July and August have their own attractions - if you're prepared for the heat and the risk of a heavy downpour, rates and visitor numbers are low and vegetation fresh and green. Find out more about the weather in Rajasthan.
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Posted by: Andrea Hulme