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About Rajasthan Holiday - If you want to lose yourself in a land of colour and vibrancy, royalty and grandeur, food and festivals, music and dance, folklore and history, mystique and magic, there is a perfect place for you – Rajasthan! Book yourself a fabulous vacation to Rajasthan with Thomas Cook India’s Rajasthan Holiday Packages to the “Land of the Maharajas” and immerse yourself in the opulence and mysteries of the past. Thomas Cook India offers you a variety of Rajasthan Tour Packages to suit your interests, budget and holiday duration. Right from 2 nights and 3 days to 6 nights and 7 days, each Rajasthan trip offers you something special. Also don’t worry about the cost of your Rajasthan tour, there are Rajasthan holidays apt for every pocket – from INR 9,999 to luxurious INR 4,51,540 where Rajasthan will pamper you with a treatment befitting royalty.
Crafted by a team of holiday experts your Rajasthan holiday will be made special thanks to Thomas Cook India’s unmatched service both while booking and during your Rajasthan tour. Every aspect of your Rajasthan holiday is meticulously planned, right from accommodation in luxurious hotels and scrumptious meals. What’s more? These Rajasthan tour packages are available from all major cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur .
Also, if you are looking to understand more about Rajasthan then visit our Rajasthan tourism section which covers everything about Rajasthan like the Things to Do in Rajasthan, Best Times to Visit Rajasthan, Places to Visit in Rajasthan and much more.
|Rajasthan Tour Packages||No. of Days||Price*|
|Best of Rajasthan||6 Nights / 7 Days||Rs. 33,999|
|Rajasthan - Golden Triangle||5 Nights / 6 Days||Rs. 28,999|
|Rajasthan - Extended Jaipur Delight with Ajmer Excursion||3 Nights / 4 Days||Rs. 9,999|
|Rajasthan - Golden Triangle Fully Loaded||5 Nights / 6 Days||Rs. 33,999|
|Best of Rajasthan - Land Only||6 Nights / 7 Days||Rs. 24,999|
|Colourful Rajasthan with Flexi Flight||8 Nights / 9 Days||Rs. 50,388|
|Rajasthan - Panch Dwarka||6 Nights / 7 Days||Rs. 34,999|
Rajasthan is a state in the north west of India. Flanked by Pakistan on one side, it is the largest state in India by area. It is home to the vast Thar Desert also known as the Great Indian Desert. Rightly called the Land of the Kings or Maharajas, Rajasthan is a veritable abode for palaces, forts and havelis which are a testament to its rich historical past. Famous for its undulating sand dunes till as far as the eye can see, the vibrant colours of clothes and art found here form a fantastic contrast to the monochromatic desert background. The Aravalli hills run through this state as does the world-renowned palace on wheels train, the epitome of luxury and royalty. If you are imagining only a hot desert land, you are in for a surprise, three national tiger reserves also lie in the desert state of India as does one of the world’s best bird areas called the Keoladeo National Park which is a world heritage site. That’s not all, Rajasthan also boasts of a hill station to make you feel the chills.
Rajasthan is a perfect holiday destination for all kinds of vacationers– whether you are on a honeymoon or on an annual family vacation, whether you are a history buff, or a shopaholic or on a break to relax and unwind. From visiting the famed forts of Rajasthan and re-living history, to shopping for local clothes, jewellery and art in the bustling streets, to marvelling at the impressive architecture of the temples and havelis, to spotting tigers in the national reserves to enjoying the sunset amidst the sand dunes to experiencing local food, culture and dance under the stars at night, you can do it all on your Rajasthan tour with Thomas Cook India. Book your Rajasthan holiday package today or read on to find out more about this grand destination.
Best Time to visit Rajasthan
Winters are without a doubt the best time to plan a Rajasthan holiday, but the months from July to September are a good time too to visit the desert state. Winters last from November to February when the temperatures dip to make your Rajasthan trip pleasant throughout the day. Average temperatures hover around 10°C, while evenings and nights can see the mercury level fall to even sub-zero degrees. The pleasant winters allow tourists to explore sight-seeing attractions as well as enjoy culinary, shopping and other touristy experiences more comfortably. Hence these months are ideal to book your Rajasthan tour packages.
The period between July to September is also an excellent time to plan your Rajasthan tour as it is relatively cooler than the summer months.
Summer months which last from March to June can be scorching during the day. Evenings provide a respite from the harsh heat and allow tourists to step out and visit the tourist attractions.
How to get to Rajasthan
The fastest way to get to Rajasthan is by air. Rajasthan boasts of several airports. Jaipur international airport is well-connected to international as well as domestic destinations. Asian and Gulf countries such as Dubai, Sharjah, Muscat, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok are well connected through Jaipur International airport. Other domestic airports are Jaisalmer Airport, Jodhpur Airport, Maharana Pratap Airport at Udaipur, Kota Airport and Nal Airport at Bikaner. You can fly into Rajasthan from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Indore, Chandigarh, Jammu, Goa and Pune.
You can get to Rajasthan by train too. Major stations well connected with the rest of India are Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner and Ajmer.
Since Rajasthan is a hot tourist destination, it is well connected by road too. Twenty national highways run through Rajasthan which make travelling a smooth and convenient experience. NH8 is the busiest national highway which connects Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and several other cities.
Where to go in Rajasthan
Rajasthan tourism provides a wide variety of places to visit in Rajasthan, from deserts to national reserve forests, from the hustle and bustle of cities to places steeped in history and culture.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is also called the “Pink City” thanks to the signature colour of its buildings. Jaipur is known for the opulent City Palace Complex with its lush gardens, large open courtyards and the grand museum. An open-air astronomical observatory from as far back as the 18th century stands across from the City Palace.
The Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, has 953 small windows that look like intricate honeycombs, to keep the wind blowing inside the palace. A former chamber for royal women, made from pink sandstone, the Hawa Mahal is a distinctive tourist attraction in Jaipur.
Perched high on a hill, The Amer or Amber Fort is known for its artistic style elements. The fort’s ramparts, cobbled paths, and gates make it a must-see for all visitors during their Rajasthan tour. On the way to the fort, stop by the Man Sagar Lake to marvel at the partially submerged Jal Mahal palace which reflects beautifully in the water.
Set around a series of lakes and surrounded by the enchanting Aravalli range, this jewel in the state of Rajasthan is a destination you simply can’t miss. Also known as City of Lakes, Udaipur boasts of beautiful serene lakes and lavish royal palaces. City Palace built on the banks of Lake Pichola, is a spectacular palace which redefines royalty.
Take a boat ride in Lake Pichola and go to Lake Palace Hotel an erstwhile royal summer residence which occupies an entire island. Jag Mandir, another palace built on an island in Lake Pichola as well as Jagdish Temple are places of interest in your Udaipur itinerary.
The “Blue City” famed for its iconic blue houses and buildings is known for the Mehrangarh fort set atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the walled blue city. It is now a museum showcasing weapons, artefacts and paintings belonging to the royal family. The Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the world’s largest private residences, now converted into a hotel will take your breath away with its grandeur. The captivating white marble mausoleum, Jaswant Thada is another major attraction in your Rajasthan holiday. Don’t forget to visit the old city around the iconic Ghanta Ghar clock tower and experience the local sights and smells, spices and clothes.
Want to enjoy a desert safari? You are in the right place! Experience the sand dunes of Jaisalmer with an adventurous camel ride and enjoy a glorious sunset in the sprawling yellow sand of the desert. Visit the imposing Jaisalmer Fort to re-live a slice of history or make a trip to one of the many havelis, the traditional mansions with intricate designs and carvings. Patwon ki Haveli is a must-see for its jharokhas, mural work, arches and carved balconies.
Ranthambore National Park
There is something very exciting about spotting a tiger in its natural habitat. If you have never experienced the adrenaline rush that this adventure offers, Ranthambore National Park should be a definite destination in your Rajasthan tour. While here, you can also visit the mighty Ranthambore Fort as well as Jagat Mahal, a former hunting lodge built beside Padam Lake. And do you know, the second largest banyan tree in India stands by Jagat Mahal?
Conspicuous in this desert state is the hill station of Mount Abu providing a surprising contrast from the rest of the state, thanks to its cool weather. Standing atop a rocky plateau in the lush Aravalli range, Mount Abu is surrounded by forests. The famous centuries old Dilwara Temples built in marble with beautiful carvings on pillars, walls and roofs is an important pilgrimage site for Jains.
Set on Pushkar Lake this town is a sacred place for Hindus. 52 ghats lead up to the lake where people throng to take a holy dip. The town is dotted with hundreds of temples and if you are religious, you must carve out time to visit Pushkar. Activities such as hot air-ballooning, horse-riding and study of yoga can also be enjoyed here. The hundred years old Pushkar Mela, a multi-day camel fair is held here every year with races, folk dances and other cultural activities drawing in the tourists.
Known for its sweets and snacks, Bikaner is surrounded by the Thar desert. The impressive Junagarh Fort house to beautiful palaces, gardens and balconies dazzles tourists with its architectural brilliance. Prachina Museum within the fort is worth visiting for its royal paintings, artworks and armours and traditional textiles. Shri Laxminath Temple and Jain Temple Bhandasar are other places worth visiting.
Food in Rajasthan
Your Rajasthan trip is incomplete without relishing the local delicacies - the luscious sweets and rich savouries. Dal Bati churma is a traditional preparation of lentils to be had with wheat flour baked balls topped with a generous serving of ghee. Gatte ki sabzi is another hot favourite from the rich Rajasthan cuisine. If you dig non-vegetarian food, then Lal Maas, a traditional meat curry, will satiate your cravings for delicious spicy food.
Light up your days and trigger your happy hormones on your Rajasthan holiday with delectable sweets like the chena malpuas dripping in syrup and ghevar rabdi a delightfully rich and sinfully delicious dessert.
Shopping in Rajasthan
There is no deeper joy for shopaholics than the joy of shopping in Rajasthan with its myriad shopping options. Rajasthan is a hub for jewellery and gemstones. Johari Bazaar in Jaipur is the perfect place to indulge in some jewellery shopping. Visit Bapu Bazaar for Rajasthani textiles, handloom and accessories. You can’t come back home without shopping for the colourful tie and dye and lehriya printed clothes and dupattas. Hone your bargaining skills at the Ghanta Ghar market in Jodhpur as you shop for local spices and handicrafts.
Things to do in Rajasthan
Rajasthan Tourism has splendid experiences to offer to every type of traveller. All the popular tourist attractions will be covered in most Rajasthan Tour Packages, but it is the special experiences that you can add to your Rajasthan holiday package to make the most of your vacation in Rajasthan. Here are a few activities you can partake of to experience a different side of Rajasthan.
Experience the thrills of a jungle safari
Rajasthan is home to several wildlife and bird sanctuaries such as Ranthambore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Keoladeo National Park and Bharatpur bird sanctuary. A jungle safari to spot wildlife in their natural habitat is an experience you simply can’t miss. Elephants, boars, deer, bears, crocodiles and several species of birds welcome you into the jungles. And if you spot the tiger, it’s a cherry on the cake.
Camel safari and magnificent sunset in the desert
Nowhere else in the country can you experience a camel safari other than Rajasthan. Spectacular views of the widespread desert greet your eyes as you enjoy a camel ride. Allow the ship of the desert to take you through the breath-taking dunes and local villages. There is something magical about a picture-perfect sunset against the backdrop of the sand dunes. Enjoy this mesmerising experience in Jaisalmer and Pushkar.
Go desert camping
Want to enjoy a lively traditional dance performance under the stars? Fancy a scrumptious authentic meal and a night out in the desert? Soak in this experience under the cool starlit night with snug beds in cosy tents in the amazing desert camps. It’s a must-do in your itinerary, you won’t be disappointed.
Rush of adrenaline at Zip lining
Get a heady rush as you zip line from one structure or cliff to another and feast your eyes to amazing views of forts. Mehrangarh Fort and Neemrana Fort offer zip lining activities which will leave you wanting more.
Explore your religious side
Rajasthan has several temples and religious sites which can satisfy your devotional leanings. The white marble Birla Temple in Jaipur, the Dilwara Jain temples in Mt. Abu, Karni Temple in Bikaner and the famous Ajmer Sharif shrine known for fulfilling every wish of its devotees are some of the significant religious sites in Rajasthan. Make a trip to these places of worship and let a calmness pervade your senses.
Rendezvous with elephants
Get a warm welcome by elephants, feed them fruit, go for a walk with them and have a special organic lunch at a secluded part of the reserve at Dera Amer. This is a perfect opportunity to feel one with nature and experience serenity that only a natural setting can offer. It’s a day well spent with elephants!
Glide in the sky in a hot air balloon
Soar high up in the skies in a hot air balloon and feel the thrill flow through your veins. Look down at the majestic structures and vast greenery as you float high above the Land of Kings. Get a never-seen-before aerial view of Ranthambore, Jaipur or Pushkar as you traverse the sky.
Experience Rajasthani hospitality at Chokhi Dhani
Get a glimpse into the life and culture of Rajasthan with a visit to Chokhi Dhani, a re-creation of an ethnic Rajasthani village with folk dances, music, magic shows and puppet shows. Have an authentic rich traditional meal and experience true Rajasthani hospitality that will make you want to stay here forever.
What is the best time to visit Rajasthan?
The best time to visit Rajasthan is between November and February. Average temperatures hover around 10°C in winter making it pleasant to enjoy sight-seeing and other tourist activities. July to September is also an excellent time to visit Rajasthan as it is much cooler than the harsh summer months.
How far is Rajasthan from Delhi?
Jaipur in Rajasthan is about 270 kms from Delhi and takes approximately five hours by car. Flight from Delhi to Jaipur is a little short of an hour. Jodhpur in Rajasthan is about 638 kms and takes about 10.5 hours by car.
What is the distance from Udaipur to Mumbai?
Udaipur is approximately 754 kms from Mumbai and takes about 13-14 hours by car.
When is the Pushkar Mela held?
Pushkar Mela is an annual cattle fair held in the months of October and November in the town of Pushkar in Rajasthan.
How far is Mount Abu from the airport?
Mount Abu is 185 kms from Udaipur Airport and will take you 3.5 hours to get there by car. The closest international airport is Ahmedabad at 221 kms which will take you 4.5 hours by car.
How many days are required for a Rajasthan trip?
You can plan a short 2 nights 3 days trip to Rajasthan and cover one of the major tourist cities like Jaipur or Udaipur. But an ideal Rajasthan trip would take 6 nights and 7 days to explore its multi-city tourist attractions.
What is Rajasthan famous for?
Rajasthan is known for its grand and artistic palaces and forts, its royal vibe, its large desert and traditional bazaars. Amber Palace, City Palace and Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, City Palace and beautiful lakes in Udaipur and the Ranthambore National Park are some of the things Rajasthan is famous for.
Is Rajasthan safe for solo female travellers?
Rajasthan is safe for solo female travellers. Follow normal solo travel precautions, research your destination well, be aware of your surroundings and try and return to your hotel by 10 pm.
What is the distance from Jaipur to Udaipur?
The approximate distance between Jaipur and Udaipur is 412 kms and takes a little less than 7 hours by road. A train journey will take about 6 hours and 43 minutes whereas a direct flight will take 55 min
How many deserts are there in Rajasthan?
The Thar desert or the Great Indian Desert covers 70% of the land of Rajasthan and embraces the districts of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Barmer. Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Bikaner are famously called the Desert Triangle.
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