Jaipur’s “Pink City” was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and is part of India’s renowned Golden Triangle Touristic Circuit. Not unusually, the city is one of the tourist destinations of Rajasthan. It has many famous castles and forts, most of which have evocative views and sophisticated architecture. Staying in Jaipur is a lot of fun. Accommodation is reasonably priced and several have been transformed into historic properties, providing a real experience for visitors! Jaipur is also a good shopping spot. Plan this Jaipur guide for your journey.
Udaipur is often said to be India’s most romantic city because it is full of vast lakes and palaces. The city’s main town center and the royal family still lives in part, stretches across the eastern shore of the Pichola Lake. In the city palace museum, Udaipur is given a very royal feeling by many personal Royal Heirlooms, familial photos, and other memorabilia. In City Palace, you can even stay! Otherwise, there are lake-side heritage hotels with amazing views for budget guests like the Hotel Jagat Niwas Palace.
See these great things to do in Udaipur and places near Udaipur like the powerful fortresses of Kumbhalgarh and Chittorgarh.
Due to its blue painted buildings, Jodhpur was affectionately named the “Blue City.” It is Rajasthan’s second-largest city. The city walls are led by Mehrangarh Fort, which offers the best view of the blue buildings of Jodhpur. It is one of the largest and best-preserved fortifications in India. A number of palaces, a museum, and a restaurant are located within. There are many low-cost yet characteristic spots in Jodhpur overlooking the fort. It’s cool to simply relax on the rooftops and soak up the mood. This is how to get the most out of Jodhpur.
Bishnoi is just 45 minutes from Jodhpur and can be spent during a day’s trip in the community of nature lovers. Safari Village Bishnoi organizes tours and lodgings.
Jaisalmer, a remarkable sandstone town magically raised from the sand dunes of the Thar wilderness, seems like a fable from the Arab nights. Built-in 1156, it is a stunning old fort perched on a pedestal with a view over the town. It’s alive and fascinating inside the fort. It has palaces, temples and some elegant Havelis and shops, and other residences. In Jaisalmer, these top things cover the best in Jaisalmer and its surroundings. Stay in a hotel overlooking the fort or a desert camp.
If without crowds and marketing, you want a desert camel safari experience, Osian is an ideal alternative option. This little town is on the way to Bikaner and is surrounded by several sand dunes, around 1 hour and a half north of Jodhpur. Interesting are also the carefully sculpted steel temples from the 8th century. Stay at the Camp and Camp or the Camel Camp at the Osian Sand Dunes Resort.
Pushkar is a sleepy little holy city for most of the year, attracting a number of people who love to backpack. But in October or November, the Pushkar Camel Fair hits the city really comes alive for a couple of weeks. If you want to chill out you should visit Pushkar at any time of the year. Unfortunately, though the city isn’t as it used to be. Pushkar is nowadays much westward and tourist-oriented. The priests are very vigorous in demanding donations by the bathing ghats. Avoid that area and take a shopping trip to the Pushkar market!
Due to its out-of-way location, five hours north of Jodhpur, the far and quaint desert town of Bikaner is less touristy than many others in prominent destinations in Rajasthan. The atmospheric Old City and Fort are the main attractions. Bikaner is also known for the quite amazing temple of Karni Mata rat nearby. One of the quirkiest festivals in India is the Karni Mata Festival held to honor the rats there. Each January there will also be a Camel Fair in Bikaner. Stay on an unforgettable trip at the outstanding Narendra Bhawan heritage hotel. It is one of the finest heritage hotels in India.
Nagaur is located approximately halfway between JodhPur and Bikaner, which makes the town an ideal stopover destination. Its massive Ahhichatragarh fort, dating back to the 12th century, was re-established by the Museum Trust in Mehrangarh and was awarded the 2002 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Historical Conservations Prize. Every year in February, the fortress hosts the World Sacred Spirit Festival. In January or February, the Nagaur Cattle Fair – the second biggest in Indian – is an additional annual event.