It will take a normal man more than his average lifetime to explore a country totally, especially a country like India. And, if there is one state in the country that vouches for this entirely, it is the state of Rajasthan. Located on the west, the state alone is believed to hold more history and culture than the whole country put together. And, to believe this you have to visit this enchanting state situated by the Thar Desert (also known as The Great Indian Desert). Rajasthan is the land of the kings and their kingdoms, of magical events, of heartbreaking battles, of breathtaking citadels, mesmerizing traditions and cultures, and crazy adventures such as zip lining and sleeping under the stars in the middle of the desert.
Ideally, one should spend at least 1 week in every city in Rajasthan to start knowing the state and its people better, but we have put together a shrunken version which comprises 5 cities of Rajasthan which you absolutely CANNOT miss. Here is the list:
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2 weeksEasyThe state of Rajasthan is a major tourist attraction in India, specially for its rich history and culture. Prices for facilities vary from one city to another but are mostly economical except for the capital city of Jaipur and the city of Udaipur. These two cities could be a little costlier than the rest, however, they are still affordable. Various types of accommodation available in the city include dormitories, guest houses, budget and luxury hotels. Prices start from INR100-200 a night for dormitories and can go up to INR40000 for luxury hotels such as the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. Local Rajasthani food is available everywhere and so are other Indian and international dishes. A simple thali at a decent budget restaurant would cost approximately INR80-100. Shopping is also a very exciting activity in the state as it is impossible to resist the colorful handicrafts, mirror works, and apparels. Prices vary from shop to shop and city to city but the key factor is to bargain.Though Rajasthan has seen its fair share of the international crowd, the people are still somewhat culturally grounded. It is advisable to respect the Indian culture and Rajasthani heritage by not wearing objectionable attire. It is okay to wear shorts and skirts and t-shirts for women provided they do not look sleazy. Also, keep in mind that the weather of Rajasthan can be very hot during summers so it is better to carry and wear light cotton clothing. Carry sunscreen (the higher the SPF count the better). Sunglasses, scarves, hats can be an added advantage. Apart from these, you can also carry a travel medical kit with all the basic medicines and ointments.The major airport of Rajasthan is Jaipur Airport though it is a domestic Airport. Jaipur airport has regular incoming and out flights from the major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. The nearest international airport to Jaipur is Indira Gandhi International Airport (New Delhi). Various cities of Rajasthan are also inter-connected with cities within the state of Rajasthan and other nearby cities via regular train and bus services.Travelling around in Rajasthan is very easy for it has plenty of transportation options such as cabs, cycle-rickshaws, and auto-rickshaws. In some cities such as Udaipur and Bikaner, you can rent cycles and mopeds to travel around the city yourself.Being a major tourist city, there are touts for everything - hotels, camel safaris, and sightseeing trips, surrounding you most of the times during your visit. It can get nerve-wracking but if you are not interested just politely say no and ignore them even if they keep persuading. If you decide to pick one of them, you must haggle and try to reduce the original price by 30-40% if not more. Additionally, before you go on a camp with an agency or a sightseeing tour, make sure your organizer tells you everything clearly and that there is complete transparency in terms of costs.
Updated: April 17, 2015