The most convenient and optimal way to get to Rajasthan is via flight. Major Indian cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata offer direct flights to the state’s most significant regions - Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur. When it comes to the quickest route, New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is the nearest air hub. Situated only 250 km from the state, it offers a flight duration of approximately 55 minutes. Furthermore, it poses as a transit destination for all the far-off cities in the country.
Individuals may select from the following airlines to reach Rajasthan – Go Air, IndiGo, Air India, Jet Airways and Spicejet. Furthermore, they can book flights to the following airports - Jaipur International Airport, Maharana Pratap Airport, Jodhpur Airport, Jaisalmer Airport, Bikaner Airport or Kota Airport – depending upon their itineraries and tour packages.
For those traveling from abroad, Jaipur International Airport is the only exclusive airport that serves international destinations. It is an efficient and well-connected airport, located in the suburb of Sanganer, a mere 13 km away from Jaipur city centre. As the state’s largest airport, it has been bestowed with many honours such as ‘world's best airport’ in 2015. Upon arrival, one can select from a bus, autorickshaw, train, taxi or car rental to reach their desired destination. Check out the best places to visit in Rajasthan and plan your travel ltinerary accordingly
If cost is your priority and time is on your side, you may want to consider train travel. Rajasthan is well connected by rail to all the major cities in India. However, the duration may vary depending upon the point of departure and point of destination. For instance, if you’re travelling from New Delhi to Jaipur, the train duration will be approximately 4.5-5.5 hours. However, if you’re traveling from Mumbai to Jodhpur, the train duration is as long as 16 hours. Hence, train travel can be extremely exhausting for those seeking quick commutes.
Individuals may choose between Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express and Duronto, all of which adhere to gold standards. Jaipur Junction, Jodhpur Junction, Kota Junction, Ajmer Junction, Bandikui Junction, Bikaner Junction and Marwar Junction, are just some of the important railway stations in the state.
Furthermore, if you’re looking to experience the grandeur and decadence of royal Rajasthan, there are luxury trains that run along the state - Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Palace on Wheels, Maharajas' Express and The Deccan Odyssey and The Golden Chariot. These opulent carriers enable insight into the state’s rich history and culture, whilst chugging through exquisite landscapes. With plush interiors and sumptuous cuisine, this week-long extravaganza is simply breath-taking.
If adventure is what you’re seeking, then you most definitely need to hit the road. Rajasthan is blessed with an intricate network of roadways, rendering connections to all the commercial hubs of the country. In its repertoire are 20 national highways that enable a truly seamless traveling experience. The state’s most efficient and well-connected national highway is NH8, that lays paths to cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Vadodara and Ahmedabad. In-fact, the NH-8 makes for a delightful road trip from New Delhi to Jaipur, in just 6 short hours. The journey is exhilarating, amidst gorgeous sceneries and aromatic dhabas. You can opt for taxi services or car rentals, depending upon your requirements. Those who are traveling from Maharashtra may avail of the state-run Shivneri Bus, serviced by Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation. It is a comfortable commute from Mumbai or Pune to Udaipur.
Like in most Indian states, rickshaws are a common denominator of local transportation. From auto rickshaws to cycle rickshaws, individuals may avail of this affordable and accessible 3-wheeled contraption. Make sure the meter is switched on or negotiate a price before you get on. Carry loose change, as drivers rarely do so. If you’re traveling at night, be aware of the fact that prices are higher.
Jeeps are a common transportation vehicle that usually ply on intra city routes in Rajasthan. Be it open or closed jeeps, individuals can access this dirt-cheap automobile that offers a unique experience. However, they tend to be extremely crowded and are far more risky than other mediums.
From local taxis to prepaid taxis and cab sharing platforms such as Uber and Ola, the options are endless. If you’re carrying luggage or travelling at night, know that drivers usually charge extra – irrespective of whether or not the meter is switched on. You may want to negotiate a price before you step into the taxi.
Although buses will be found in most urban cities of the state, it’s much more comfortable to opt for taxis or rickshaws instead. This is simply because of the traffic, speed and commotion that one will have to deal with when traveling by mammoth-sized buses.
Rajasthan is endowed with an efficient network of railway lines; be it inter or intra state. It is also home to India's sixth metro rail system after the likes of Kolkata, Delhi, NCR, Mumbai and Bangalore. Individuals have a plethora of choices when it comes to urban trains.
Now that you’re aware of how to reach Rajasthan and how to travel in Rajasthan, all you need to do is book your Rajasthan Tour Package with Thomas Cook! A mystical state awaits your presence.