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Weekend Getaways in Rajasthan

The state of Rajasthan is synonymous with a rich cultural heritage, vibrant colours, and . The Rajputana region was home to some of India’s greatest rulers, known for their majesty, dignity, and magnificence. And Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is known worldwide as the pink city because of the terracotta pink shades it appears to be in. Home to incredible palaces, lofty forts, and magnificent temples, Rajasthan is known for its rich architectural and historical legacy. Short trips from the capital city Jaipur take you to some of the most beautiful and historically renowned places that give you a lot to explore and enjoy weekend places near Jaipur.

With many attractive tourist destinations, there are plenty of weekend getaways in Rajasthan that can be covered within a few days. Over the last few years, the tourism in Rajasthan has increased due to the magical lure of cultural practices and customs, along with luxurious lodging alternatives and an excellent communication system. Cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Chittoor tell the tale of India’s history, while the palaces and forts built by the Rajput rulers stand the test of time and are testimony to the days of yore.

If you are looking for a weekend getaway to Rajasthan, take a pause and read on till the end to get a complete idea of what a short trip to Rajasthan could be like. The experience would be definitely worth your time.

Most Popular Weekend Getaways in Rajasthan Packages

Weekend Getaways in Rajasthan No. of Night / Days Price*
Blend Of Mughal and Rajput Culture (Winter Special) 3 Nights / 4 Days Rs. 18 799
Rajasthan - Architectural Delight (Winter Special) 3 Nights / 4 Days Rs. 22 399
Magnificient Udaipur and Kumbhalgarh (Winter Special) 3 Nights / 4 Days Rs. 19 299

Guide on Weekend Getaway Rajasthan

With a Rajasthan weekend trip, you can rest assured that you will not have a dull moment. First, there are too many places to visit, be it the Jantar Mantar and the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur  or the Dilwara Temple at Mount Abu . There are several tour packages available for a Rajasthan weekend trip. The Blend of Mughal and Rajput Culture tour takes around three days and four nights, covering Agra, home of the famous Taj Mahal and Jaipur. A night stay at Udaipur lets you explore the marvelous and legendary Udaipur Palaces. 

The desert state also boasts several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, including the Ranthambore National Park  and the Sariska Tiger Reserve , bringing you closer to nature. The Ajmer Sharif Dargah at Ajmer, the Brahma temple, and Pushkar Lake are some of the best weekend places near Jaipur and are only a short drive away.

Rajasthan Travel Tips : Before Travelling

Rajasthan is a big state with four chief cities — Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, and Jodhpur. Before you take off for the trip, the following tips can make your stay all the more enjoyable:
  • Plan your visit: As mentioned before, Rajasthan has four primary locations, and each city deserves special attention. If you plan your trip around Jaipur, Jaisalmer is the farthest destination. So, for a short break in Rajasthan, you need to narrow down the places you want to visit. If it is a 3-day and 4-nights tour, then focusing on Jaipur and Udaipur might be more beneficial than cramping all the sites together. To explore all of Rajasthan’s beauty, you need at least a week!

  • Plan your roadmap: If you want to make the most of your trips, hiring a car is your best option. The chauffeur-driven, smooth roads and well-managed traffic ride ensure that you do not have to get stuck in jams, and you can enjoy the natural scenery as you move from one destination to the next. The hotels usually provide car service, but you can also avail of cabs at affordable prices.

  • The right fit: Rajasthan is a desert state where the days can get hot, and the temperature falls at night, though. Therefore, the clothes you pack require attention. Cotton apparel and headgear help combat the heat during the day. You might need a warmer or a comforter to keep you warm at night. Since a short trip to Rajasthan involves a lot of walking, wearing flats or a pair of good old reliable sneakers is also crucial. The roads are dusty, so wearing darker shades can be advantageous.

How to Reach Rajasthan

Rajasthan has well-connected road, rail, and airways systems. Flight is the easiest way to reach Rajasthan from any other Indian state. Many trains and flights connect Jaipur and other metropolitan cities, like Kolkata, Delhi, and Mumbai. The following list can give you a better idea of the different travel options and alternatives to make your Rajasthan short breaks worthwhile and fun.

If you plan a short trip to Rajasthan, going via flight or train is probably the more intelligent decision, as it will save time.

If you are looking for more pocket-friendly travelling alternatives, multiple trains with outstanding facilities come within affordable price range. Once the peak season kicks in, the rush makes it difficult to get train tickets, and you might have to drive all the way. The drive is exceptionally charming, but it can take a day and a half if you are farther away.

City Distance Travelling Options Time taken (approximately)
New Delhi 422 km (via NH48) By Car  7 hours to 8 hours
Kolkata 1,800 km By flight or train 2.5 hours (by flight); 1 day (by train)
Mumbai 1,186 km (NH48) By flight or train 1 hour and 40 minutes (by flight); 5 hours (by train)
Chennai 2,120 km (approximately) By flight  4 hours (or less)

If you live outside India, then the Jaipur International Airport is your only choice, as no other airport in Rajasthan caters to foreign flights.

Things to Do in Rajasthan

Rajasthan has a lot of fun activities for tourists. Camel rides, adventure sports, and spectacular sightseeing destinations are a must on a Rajasthan weekend trip. Here’s a list of the fun things to do in Rajasthan on your weekend getaway to Rajasthan. 
  • Wildlife Safari: One of the most popular weekend places near Jaipur is the Ranthambore National Park. The other wildlife sanctuaries, like Keoladeo National Park and the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary , also have wildlife safari options. You can avail of these safaris anytime between 7 am and 3 pm. Just book your slot beforehand to prevent any issues later on.

  • Camping in the Desert: If you are in Rajasthan and not getting the desert experience, you're missing out on a lot. There are beautiful camping spots in the Thar Desert, and you can enjoy the grandeur of the desert on your Rajasthan weekend trip.

  • Chokhi-Dhani: If you want to taste the delicacies from different parts of the state, you must visit Chokhi-Dhani , also called “mini Rajasthan". From traditional Rajasthani dances to full body massages and amazing Rajasthani food, Chokhi Dhani has them all. The place is open from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm and must-visit. Even if you miss out on some ancient palaces and Rajput manors, do not miss visiting Chokhi Dhani!

  • The Kalbeliya experience: Rajasthan’s rich culture and heritage can be enjoyed the best with the dance and music of the Kalbeliya tribe. The members of the Kalbeliya community enthral you with vibrant ghagras and graceful movements and leave you spellbound, making your short trip to Rajasthan worthwhile.

Best Routes to Explore Rajashtan

The car rental services in Rajasthan connect you with all the weekend places near Jaipur and other cities. Some of the most popular tourist destinations include Ajmer, Chittorgarh, and Alwar, among many others. 

  • Delhi to Jaipur via Alwar- If you are driving down from Delhi, Alwar will be your first stop, situated precisely midway between NCR and Jaipur. Thus, the Delhi-Jaipur route takes you through the famous Bhangarh Fort and the Sariska Tiger Reserves via Alwar. 

  • Delhi to Jhunjhunu- The city of Shekhawati is renowned for its unique and extensive collection of fresco paintings and open galleries apart from the palatial havelis and clear lakes. Enjoy the open-air museum of Rajasthan while travelling from Delhi via Gurgaon, Rewari, Ateli, Narnaul, Singhana, Chirawa, and Jhunjhunu.

  • Jaipur to Udaipur via Kumbhalgarh- Or you could visit the tall Kumbhalgarh fortress, which would remind you of the Rajputana’s glory and bravery and leave you in awe of its architecture. UNESCO has declared it a world heritage site. Situated at the very centre of Rajasthan, the town of Nathdwara should be at the top of the list of places to visit in Rajasthan. Guarded by the Aravalli hills, this Rajasthani township is one of the primary pilgrim spots for Hindus worldwide. Finally, Udaipur, the city of lakes, is one of the most loved tourist destinations and never fails to mesmerize travelers with its charisma and grandeur.

  • Jaipur to Kota- If you want to explore the terrain, then the Chambal Gorge in Dradita Mahadev at Daulatganj is also a great tourist attraction in rajasthan. It also has its hill station amidst the never-ending deserts that house the Dilwara Temple at Mount Abu. Incidentally, many come here to trek, especially during the colder months of October, November, February, and March. With winter being the peak season, you need to have your rooms booked beforehand to enjoy the trek or a boating experience without any hassles.

  • Jaipur to Bikaner- The camel ride at Bikaner  is crucial if you want to enjoy the ultimate Rajasthan short tour.

Famous food to eat in Rajasthan

If you are in Rajasthan and munching on the Rajasthani delicacies, your remainder trip will be an ultimate gastronomic experience. Chokhi Dhani offers you most of the traditional Rajasthani dishes. Enjoy this resort based on a rural Rajasthan theme and savour the delectable Rajasthani dishes. Some of the most well-liked dishes include the famous Dal Bati Churma and the sweet dish Mohan thal. Though the food varieties are usually vegetarian, you also get great non-vegetarian dishes like Laal Maas. The spicy Laal Maas is prepared on a base of red hot chillies, tomatoes, and various other flavors. On the other hand, the Mohan Maas is slow-cooked in milk and cream and is full of healthy dry fruits. The high spice levels help the local people combat the heat during the day and keep warm at night when the temperature falls by a few degrees.
A typical Rajasthani breakfast includes Pyaz Ki Kachori, which comes stuffed with fresh onions and a variety of spices and herbs paired with Dahi and green Pudina Ka Chutney. The delicious tongue-tingling taste profile makes Rajasthani food a hard miss on your weekend trip. If you are looking for a tea-time knack, Mirchi Bada or fried chillies is your companion. Jodhpur’s Mawa Kachour adds a sweet twist to the traditional savoury dishes and is perfect as a morning or evening snack. Since the days are hot, you could sip a glass of Masala Chhach or Jaljeera to cool off and relax. Ghewar, Bajra Ki Raab, and Malpuas are both tasty and super healthy alternatives that give you an energy boost and provide proper nourishment. Dessert options like Churma Laddoos, Balushsahis or Indian doughnuts, and Boondi Raita are must-have Rajasthani delights. To make your weekend getaways in Rajasthan even more unique, you need to try the gattes that come in different flavours and go best with Moong Dal and Kadhi.

Adventurous and Relaxation Activities in Rajasthan

No trip is complete without a dose of an adrenaline rush, and Rajasthan has several adventure sports and activities waiting for you. From wildlife safaris to camel rides and dune bashing, Rajasthan has them all.
  • Hot Air Ballooning: Hot air balloons allow you to take Rajasthan’s beauty and charm from the best seat in the house. You can book a personal balloon ride with your family and friends at Jaipur and Pushkar. One of the most lifting experiences, the hot-air balloon ride, requires specific fitness prerequisites, so it is not for the weak-hearted. The rides are available between 10 am and 7 pm.

  • Dune Bashing: The entire desert is your playground for dune bashing. The strong winds shift the sand dunes, enhancing the experience. All you need is an SUV that is available for hire right at the location. Drive into the desert at full speed and get your heart racing with the stunning views and a fantastic drive into the heart of the Thar Desert.

  • Zip Lining: Neemrana and Mehrangarh Forts are two primary hubs of zip lining. You can swing between two cliffs under expert supervision and get amazing views of the forts and the greenery beneath. This adventure sport needs to meet specific prerequisites and is probably not a great idea for those with a heart condition. The helmet and a full body harness ensure your safety and protect you during the fun activity. The operating hours are from 9 am to 5 pm.

  • Camel Safaris: Any trip to Rajasthan is incomplete without the legendary camel safari . It is your chance to become one with the desert and learn about the people's lives. There is no additional entry fee, and you can enjoy this ride anytime between 8 am and 8 pm. The scorching heat can become an issue for the old and younger members of your group, so do not forget to wear appropriate clothing and carry sufficient water with you.

Chief points to remember before you go on the weekend trip to Rajasthan: 

  • Pack your bags carefully, and do not forget your sunscreen. Carrying scarves and cotton dupattas can be a massive help in the scorching daytime heat. Similarly, it is better to come prepared with a stole or a wrapper for the night when the temperature falls. You need to be attentive to the footwear and carry shoes and sandals that keep you most comfortable. Depending on your weekend tour plan, you may have to walk much.
  • You will also need a good cleanser or a scrub to remove the grit and the dust after a day in the desert, and lotions and moisturisers keep your skin hydrated. Other absolute necessities are dark goggles and sunglasses. As the sun rises above, it will get difficult to see very far ahead, so you must carry a pair of shades on the trip. Pure cotton and linen clothes keep your body cool and protect you from the harsh heat waves common in Rajasthan's desert state.
  • Book your slots before your visit, and don’t leave any planning for the last minute, as that can affect your availability of rooms and lodging options and can prove to be a spoiler. 

Do's and Don'ts on Rajasthan Weekend trip

Do's Don't
Going to a restaurant or trusted eatery is better than consuming street food. There’s no guarantee of their safety; you could get sick if the food does not sit well with your stomach. Do not accept any hospitality from street vendors. They know a tourist when they see one and will try to force you to buy some of the most expensive items that are otherwise available at a much lower rate at the government-authorized shops and market spaces. If they gauge your inexperience, chances are you will be duped into buying something you did not want or need in the first place. 
Keep your belongings safe from pickpockets. Avoid getting into thick crowds where chances of pick-pocketing are high. Do not wear heavy make-up and perfume when participating in a wildlife safari. The make-up might get damaged and cause skin troubles. The strong fragrance can bother the animals, and the safari might not be as fulfilling as you wanted it to be. Also, do not litter. First, it pollutes the environment of the wildlife reserves and national parks. Second, it can be a health hazard for wild animals. 
Always carry a bottle of water with you and something to munch on.   

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