Rajasthan – One of the Best Cultural Trips

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The desert state of Rajasthan is one of the most impressive parts of the itinerary of most Britons on an India tour. The city literally dribbles with the regal splendour it inherited from the erstwhile Rajput rulers. The desert state makes a wonderful haven for history and culture buffs with its palaces, forts, lakes, revered shrines and even a hill station.

Places to visit

Cities of Rajasthan are crammed full of interesting places and attractions that reflect the state’s rich heritage and incredible natural grandeur. Here are some of the most impressive places in Rajasthan which entice Britons to book flights from London to India.

Udaipur

‘Often called the ‘Venice of the East’ and regularly referred to as the ‘city of lakes’, Udaipur is full of astounding gardens, temples, forts, and famous lakes such as Pichola, Fateh Sagar, Udai Sagar, and Swaroop Sagar. Being Mewar’s historic capital in the bygone days, Udaipur is full of generous chunks of colourful history and is also pretty close to sizzling sightseeing places like Ranakpur Jain Temples, Mount Abu, Chittorgarh Fort, and Kumbhalgarah Fort. Udaipur is well known for its puppet shows as well.

Jaipur

Jaipur, popularly known as the ‘Pink City’, is perhaps the major highlight of the ‘Golden Triangle Tour’ of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Going on an elephant safari and checking out the numerous historic structures make Jaipur an unforgettable part of a Rajasthan holiday experience. Some of the absolutely not to be missed sights are Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall, Government Central Museum, Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, and Amber Fort.

Ajmer

Ajmer also has quite a few interesting claims to fame. It is believed that anyone, irrespective of faith, who offers prayers at the Dargah here with a pure heart, is never disappointed. Ajmer is also well known for the sacred Pushkar Lake and numerous temples. Exploring all these delights is best ventured during the cool winter months.

Mount Abu

Mount Abu is Rajasthan’s only hill station and at an altitude of about 1,220 metres above sea level, this pristine location does not prove to be bitingly cold for a winter visit. Fabulous sunsets, boat cruises on the Nakki Lake, lovely trekking terrains, and magnificent Hindu and Jain temples make Mount Abu one of the most well known spots in Rajasthan.

Best Time to Visit

Rajasthan is best visited during the winter months of November to February. However, the hill station of Mt. Abu may well be attempted during the summers. Rajasthan weather during sunny winters proves perfect for indulging in activities like camel desert safaris, visiting the dozens of sightseeing magnets, and trying out the fiery cuisines of the state. During summers, temperatures can go up to nearly 50°C and become extremely uncomfortable. However, summer is also the time when there are higher chances of netting discounts on air tickets to India as well as cheap hotel deals.

Travel Tips

A tour to Jaipur city is a part of the famous Golden Triangle Tour from Delhi. Those on a quick trip can advantage from this tour.
Palace on Wheels, the luxury train is perfect to explore Rajasthan the royal way. The train departs from Delhi and covers Rajasthan’s Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ranthambore and Udaipur cites.
Sunglasses and sun lotions and enough water are must-carry on all trips to cope with the scorching heat in summers.
Currency should only be exchanged at authorized money changers and a receipt must be taken.
Try to book auto rickshaws and taxis from prepaid booths or kiosks. However, if you have to hail an auto or taxi, decide upon the fare beforehand.
Women should avoid wearing revealing clothes and accepting rides from strangers.
Similarly, one should avoid taking edibles or drinks from unknown people.