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Rajasthan Tourism Guide

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Tourism in Rajasthan

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About Rajasthan Tourism (2020)

A rendezvous with royalty at the land of deserts, palaces & forts

The north Indian state of Rajasthan is home to the Aravalli Range, the oldest mountain range of India. The state comprises a total of 33 districts. Sprawled over an area of 342,239 km², Rajasthan is the largest state of India as per the surface area. This princely state is home to many forts, palaces, and antiques, things that are the cause of boost in Rajasthan tourism. Moreover, Rajasthan is also home to many nomadic tribes that are a major part of its total population. Some of the major cities of Rajasthan are Jaipur (capital), Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Jaisalmer, Ajmer, Bikaner, Kota, etc. The tourist places in Rajasthan offer something or the other for travelers of all kinds. The Thar desert occupies a major part of the state. The state received a tourist footfall of approximately 475.27 lakh in 2017. 

History of Rajasthan

A colorful melange of opulence and royalty best exemplifies Rajasthan tourism with grand forts, desert safaris, fairytale palaces, and vibrant festivals all around. The history of Rajasthan dates back to various historic battles, magnificent palaces, and incredible rulers. Visiting is like setting foot in the ‘Land of the Kings’ and explore the rich cultural heritage of this region where the Rajputs fought various grand battles. These places present a plethora of rich culture and heritage. A major part of Rajasthan’s history constitutes the Rajput empire which contributed majorly to the culture and heritage of the state. However, human settlements began in the area since the Indus Valley Civilization. Honor, valor, and sacrifice were the major principles that Rajputs governed with.

Culture of Rajasthan

Desert tours, camel rides, hot-air balloon rides, captivating folk dances, exquisite handicrafts, wildlife expeditions,  bustling marketplaces, and historic forts & palaces draw tourists to Rajasthan from every corner of the world. Rajasthan culture can be best explored by visiting Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Pushkar, etc. You can tread on the sands of time in the state by visiting the painted Havelis, the camel fairs, the medieval bazaars, glistening deserts, and the undulating Aravalli hills. Something you must experience here is savoring the Rajasthani specialty Ghevar while shopping for precious gemstones and handicrafts in the colorful bazaars.  

Dresses of Rajasthan

Listed below are some of the major elements of a traditional Rajasthani dress. 

Pagri (Turban): Pagri is worn on the head and different areas of Rajasthan have different styles of wearing a turban. The width of the pagri is often 8 inches long.

Dhoti/Pyjamas: These garments are mostly made of cotton clothes, even though they are also available in silk. Dhoti is a garment for the lower body.

Odhni: Odhnis are often as long as 2.5 meters. This garment is worn over the head also covering the blouse and is stuck inside the skirt.

Angrakha: Angrakha is the upper garment worn by men. It is made of cotton.

Jewelry: Jhumkas, nose rings, stone-studded trinkets, bangles, etc., are an essential part of Rajasthan’s traditional attire. 

Adventure Sports in Rajasthan

The state of forts and palace is also a place for mindboggling adventure. Listed below are some of the adventure sports that you can indulge in Rajasthan:

Hot Air Balloon Rides: One can enjoy a hot air balloon ride in Neemrana, Ranthambhore, Pushkar, and Jaipur.

Paragliding: Jaipur and Jodhpur are the top destinations for paragliding in Rajasthan.

Camping: Camping is one of the most sought after activities in Rajasthan. Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Pushkar, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur, Udaipur, etc. are the perfect spots for camping.

Camel Safari: Camel Safari is a must-do activity on your visit to Rajasthan. Through this activity, you will get to enjoy glimpses of sand dunes.

Wildlife Safari: One can also enjoy a wildlife safari in Ranthambore National Park. 

Zipline: There are several spots where you can also enjoy the adrenaline rush of ziplining.

Interesting Facts About Rajasthan

Kalbeliya is a unique dance form of Rajasthan named after the tribe of the same name.

One can also enjoy boating in Rajasthan in Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola, Nakki Lake, Gadsisar Lake, and Siliserh Lake. Daal Baati Churma is considered the most famous dish of Rajasthan. In February, a vintage car rally takes place in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Sambhar Salt Lake situated in the Thar desert is one of the largest inland salt lakes of India. Foodies must indulge in dishes like Dal-Baati, Gatte ki sabzi, Choorma, and Ghevar during their holiday in Rajasthan.

Make sure when you visit Rajasthan, you explore the major cities like the Pink city Jaipur, the Lake City of Udaipur, the Sun City Jodhpur, the Golden City Jaisalmer, and the Holy City of Pushkar. One of the most popular destinations for honeymoon in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is located about 4 hours away from Udaipur. Mount Abu is an ideal hill station to visit during summer in Rajasthan. Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace Udaipur, Mehrangarh Fort, Ranthambore National Park, and Jantar Mantar in Jaipur are some of the best Rajasthan destinations for travelers. Take along a Rajasthan tourist map for a self-exploring trip, or book one of the Rajasthan tour packages for a more relaxed sort of a trip. Another fun thing you can try on your trip to Rajasthan is going on a Golden Triangle Tour where you can explore the magnificence of the three cities: the grand Mughal heritage of Delhi, the land of the Taj Mahal: Agra, and the colorful bazaars of Jaipur.

This Rajasthan travel guide has adventure activities like paragliding,  flying fox, desert and camel safaris, and hot air balloon rides.  Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy fun road trips and excursions in Rajasthan where the landscapes will leave them mesmerized. This royal land is perfect for shopaholics as you can pick up royal gemstones, paintings, jewelry, metal works, carpets, puppets and pottery from the famous bazaars in Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Udaipur, Jodhpur, and Kota. Delicious food, exquisite shopping, sightseeing tours of ancient palaces and forts are what you can look forward to in this royal state. So pack your bags and head here for an authentic cultural experience!

Tourism in Rajasthan caters to couples, friends, and families who can enjoy a luxurious retreat in this medieval wonderland. So grab a Rajasthan tourism map and start discovering the largest state in India, and don’t forget to cover all of the popular destinations and be a part of its culture. Another thing that this state is most famous for is its folk songs. Most of these songs are foot-tapping numbers. All this while humming the very catchy Rajasthan tourism song by the Rajasthan Tourism Corporation.


This Rajasthan tourism guide has adventure activities like paragliding,  flying fox, desert and camel safaris, and hot air balloon rides.  Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy fun road trips and excursions in Rajasthan where the landscapes will leave them mesmerized. This royal land is perfect for shopaholics as you can pick up royal gemstones, paintings, jewelry, metal works, carpets, puppets and pottery from the famous bazaars in Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Udaipur, Jodhpur, and Kota.

Foodies must indulge in dishes like Dal-baati, Gatte ki sabzi, Choorma, and Ghevar during their holiday in Rajasthan. Delicious food, exquisite shopping, sightseeing tours of ancient palaces and forts are what you can look forward to in this royal state. So pack your bags and head here for an authentic cultural experience!

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Clock Tower In Jodhpur

Clock Tower Jodhpur

The Clock Tower in Jodhpur is a magnificent landmark in the old city, and one of the most recognizable monuments in Jodhpur. The Clock Tower, named as ‘Ghanta Ghar’ by the locals, which is almost a literal translation, is three-storey tall and has a giant English style clock at the top which is still ti...

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Amber Fort In Jaipur

Amber Fort is the most famous tourist attraction of pink city, Jaipur which is located at distance of about 10 to 12 kilometres which is short drive away from main city. The palace was beautifuly constructed by Raja Man Singh in 1592 Century and further construction was completed by Sawai Jai Singh in 18th century. The grea...

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Gadisar Lake In Jaisalmer

Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer is one of the most famous tourist spots located on the outskirts of the Golden City.

Gadisar Lake History

It is an artificial water reservoir, which was built by Maharaja Gadi Singh in the year 1400, and was named after him only. The lake is surrounded by numerous temples, the most popular being ...

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Things To Do In Rajasthan

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Dune Bashing In Jaisalmer

There’s no better way to calm your adrenaline rush and witness the beauty of the desert than doing Dune Bashing in Jaisalmer. It lets you unleash the adventurer within while taking you on a roller coaster of exceptional experiences. 

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Balloon Ride In Jaipur

Jump into your childhood with (or even without your kids) and live the most thrilling time of your life with the balloon rides in Jaipur. The Sky Waltz Balloon Safari is a safe and fun way of getting a panoramic view of the Pink City. It is an invigorating feeling as you are able to see the city from a distance and get the ...

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Boating In Gadisar Lake

The Gadisar Lake is one of the top most popular attractions in Jaisalmer. While a visit to the lake is enough to soothe your mind, boating here is one thing that will make your experience even more blissful. It’s a perfect activity to indulge in, especially for nature admirers, photography enthusiasts, and experience seeker...

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How To Reach Rajasthan

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By Air

If you want to reach Rajasthan without spending too much time in commuting, the best option is to travel by air. The main airport in Rajasthan is the Jaipur International Airport. Besides this, there are two other airports in Udaipur and Jodhpur. There are also a number of domestic airports in Rajasthan from where you can catch flights easily from one city to another. The list of domestic airports in Rajasthan includes Udaipur Airport (Maharana Pratap Airport), Jodhpur Airport (Civil Airport), Kota Airport, Jaisalmer Airport, Nal Airport (Bikaner Airport), Phalodi Air Force Station, and Suratgarh Air Force Station.

These airports have numerous facilities like restaurants, mobile prepaid communication centers, sweet and bookshops, internet facilities, and branded outlets.

By Train

Rajasthan is also well-connected by rail and the major stations here are in Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, and Ajmer.  Though, the busiest railway station of Rajasthan is in Jaipur. Ajmer Jn (AII), Udaipur City (UDZ), Bikaner, and Jodhpur Jn (JU) are the popular railway stations in Rajasthan. Some of the popular and major trains in Rajasthan are the super fast, express, passenger trains Shatabdi and Rajdhani.

For a luxurious tourist experience, you can travel by the 'Palace on Wheels'.  It lets you relive the era of the princes on this train where you can sit in air conditioned saloons, and try some scrumptious dishes at the restaurants. You can also browse through the history of Rajasthan at the library and sip on a cocktail at the bar. This train passes through important attractions like Hawa Mahal, Ranthambore National Park, the Hill Fort Palace, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, the Taj Mahal, and Jantar Mantar. The total journey takes seven days.

Another tourist train for experiencing the royal treatment while traveling to Rajasthan is the 'Heritage on Wheels'. Some other luxurious trains include Maharajas’ Express, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, and the The Indian Maharaja-Deccan Odyssey.

By Road

Rajasthan has twenty national highways, which ensure a smooth travelling experience. The most well-connected national highway in Rajasthan is NH8 that connects to Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and many other cities.

You can travel by buses to the different cities of Rajasthan and for getting to various attraction as well. These buses are operated by the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation(RSRTC). You can also travel by Gandhi Rath / Semi Deluxe, Volvo / Mercedes Benz, Air Conditioned Gray Line Sleeper Services, Air Conditioned Gold Line Services, Ordinary Services, Blue Line Services(Long Distance Express and Night Services), and CTS Services.

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    How safe is it to travel to Rajasthan?

    Rajasthan is a safe destination for tourists. Locals are pretty friendly and welcoming, and there are proper procedures in place for emergencies.

    What is special about Rajasthani food?

    Rajasthan has a plethora of culinary delights, ranging from the very hot garlic pickle of Jodhpur to the sweet ghewar of Mewar. Other specialities include Bikaneri Bhujia, Mirchi Bada, Pyaaj Kachori, Malpauas and Bajre ki Roti.Rajasthan has a plethora of culinary delights, ranging from the very hot garlic pickle of Jodhpur to the sweet ghewar of Mewar. Other specialities include Bikaneri Bhujia, Mirchi Bada, Pyaaj Kachori, Malpauas and Bajre ki Roti.

    Are there any export restrictions on taking souvenirs from Rajasthan?

    Export of art pieces and sculptures that are more than a hundred years old is prohibited from India. Make sure that you have received certificate of legitimate sale and permission for export from the customs department.

    Is Rajasthan safe for tourists?

     

    Rajasthan is one of the safest places to visit in India. Many people travel to Rajasthan both in groups as well as solo. Even though it is a safe place to visit, it is always recommended to remain cautious of your belongings.  

    How many days are enough in Rajasthan?

    A duration of 6 days is enough to explore the magnificent state of Rajasthan.

    Which city is famous in Rajasthan?

    Udaipur is considered one of the most famous cities in Rajasthan due to its diversified beauty of varied forts, palace, and lakes.

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