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an Udaipur palace,  Rajasthan, India

Udaipur, Rajasthan, the 'White City'


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Rajasthan is quintessential India, priority viewing, a magical, historical region the size of France loaded with extraordinary forts, extravagant Rajasthani palaces, monster moustaches, red saris, orange turbans, yellow deserts, blue homes, camel and elephant transport systems, fantastic shopping created by artisans imported by Rajput princes and amazing bedrooms owned by the same royalty but occupied now by tourists.

Just west of Delhi, Rajasthan is easy to get to and hard to leave.


Jaipur, the Pink City street,  Rajasthan, India

Jaipur, the 'Pink City'


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For those on a short leash Udaipur, Jaipur and Jaisalmer should be the prime targets, though the latter is a long way and demands solitude, but you will not be alone...nor should you expect to leave poverty behind.

Wildlife seekers have their best chance - though it's not a good one - of seeing a wild tiger in the Ranthambore National Park, near Jaipur. Keoladeo NP, near Bharatpur and en route for Agra is the place for those twitching for birds.


Jodhpur, the Blue City view from the fort, Rajasthan, India

Jodhpur, the 'Blue City'


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Jaisalmer, the Golden City fort, Rajasthan, India

Jaisalmer, the 'Golden City'
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Pushkar woman, lake and pilgrims, Rajasthan, India

Pushkar, the Sacred City


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Other tourist places in Rajasthan

- Junagarh Fort, temples and desert around Bikaner.

- Chittorgarh Fort.

- Ranthambore National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, for tigers, monkeys, birds and more.

- Mount Abu, Dilwara Temples.



A typical Rajasthan tour itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Udaipur from Delhi/ Mumbai, half day sightseeing plus boat excursion on Lake Pichola.
Day 2: Leave for Mount Abu, visit Dilwara Jain temple, Nakki Lake and Sunset Point.
Day 3: Drive to Jodhpur, visiting the Ranakpur temples en route.
Day 4: Spend morning at the fort of Jodhpur. After lunch, drive to Jaisalmer.
Day 5: Morning tour of Jaisalmer fort and Havelis. After lunch, leave for Khimsar.
Day 6: Early morning visit to the village, and then leave for Mandawa. Afternoon, sightseeing in Mandawa.
Day 7: Drive to Jaipur. In the afternoon, take a tour of the City Palace, and other attractions.
Day 8: Sightseeing at Amber Fort, and then continue by road to Delhi.

Getting there

Flights: the bigger Rajasthani cities such as Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur have airports with flights to/from Delhi, Mumbai, and other points in India.

Rail: Trains run through almost all Rajasthan towns.

Bus: Buses are the people's transport so they will go everywhere, more cheaply but less comfortably than trains.

Car/Taxi: Travelling by car into Rajasthan is easy in terms of distance, with New Delhi only 260 kms from the capital of Jaipur and Agra nearly the same. However, getting to Jaisalmer, one of Rajasthan's must-dos, is 645 kms from Jaipur so will require quite a lot of driving if your time is short.


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