Including the pink city of Jaipur with its imposing Amber fort, the blue city of Jodhpur, the lake city of Udaipur, the living fort of Jaisalmer and Ranthambore National Park for excellent tiger sightings.
Rajasthan shows India at its most colourful and exotic best. All the things that come to mind when you think of India can be found in Rajasthan – palaces, forts, desert, camels, elephants, tigers and snake charmers. This is India encapsulated in all of its magnificence.
Main Cities: Jaipur (State capital), Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Ranthambore, Bundi, Pushkar, Ajmer.
Airports: Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer
Local Language: Hindi
Fun Fact: The Taj Lake Palace Hotel on Lake Pichola in Udaipur was used in the James Bond movie Octopussy.
The sights, sounds, chaos, colours and smells of India; Rajasthan is bursting with them all. This is a land of unsurpassed physical beauty, hospitality, romance, legend and tradition, and is home to magnificent forts, palaces and havelis. It also boasts some of the most fabulous hotels we have ever come across and in a surprising variety of styles. Royal Palaces and military forts have been reborn as luxury hotels catering to every possible desire. Ancient havelis, or merchant houses, have been lovingly restored and now welcome guests into their rambling, characterful rooms. And of course, there are some slightly quirky places that quite simply have to be experienced.
The “Pink City” of Jaipur is vibrant and full of captivating ancient palaces and forts, with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborate architecture. Jaipur forms part of India’s popular Golden Triangle tourist circuit, and lures visitors with its stunning remnants of a bygone era.
Udaipur is an enchanting place full of old mansions, beautiful gardens, intricate temples, and grand palaces overlooking expansive shimmering lakes. The City Palace, which stretches along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, leaves visitors spellbound.
Jaisalmer is often referred to as being straight out of a romantic Arabian Nights fable. It’s the perfect way to describe this remarkable sandstone city that rises magically from the sand dunes of the Rajasthan desert.
Affectionately known as the “Blue City” for its blue painted buildings, Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. The fascinating, walled old part of the city is presided over by the looming Mehrangarh Fort.
In contrast with many national parks in India, Ranthambore National Park is really accessible and easy to get to. The chances of spotting a tiger in the wild at Ranthambore are amongst the best in India.
Away from the main cities, rural Rajasthan is a wonderful place to explore. You’ll find beautiful scenery, communities rich in heritage and culture and some stunning properties in which to spend some down time during a busy tour.
Whatever your preference, we will organise the right tour for you, be it the classic ‘Golden Triangle‘, or maybe a more rural, less explored adventure.
Bikaner Camel Festival
The celebrations include camel races, camel milking, fur cutting design, best breed competition, camel acrobatics and camel beauty pageants. There's plenty of scope for eating, souvenir-shopping and photography at this festival. Other sights to watch out for include the skirt-swirling folk dancers, fire dancers and the spectacular fireworks show that lights up the night sky above the fortified Desert City.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival
This festival takes place on the sand dunes around January-February and celebrates colourful Rajasthani folk culture. Highlights are puppeteers, acrobats, camel tattoo shows, camel races, camel polo, traditional processions, camel mounted bands, folk dances, etc.
all of Rajasthan, January
This unique festival is a wonderful spectacle as kites take to the sky all across the state. The festivities peak in Jaipur on or around 14th January of every year when tourists can enjoy kite flying along with various cultural performances.
Jaipur Literature Festival
Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, this festival celebrates writers from all across the world.
Nagaur Cattle Fair
Held every year between January and February, this is the second biggest fair in India. Approximately 70,000 bullocks, camels and horses are traded every year at this fair. The animals are lavishly decorated and even their owners dress up with colourful turbans and long moustaches.
Dhulandi Festival (Festival of Colours)
All over India, March
Young and old alike play with colours and water to mark the beginning of spring. There is a special celebration for tourists on the lawns of the Khasa Kothi hotel in Jaipur.
All of Rajasthan, March-April
A very important festival in Rajasthan, it is celebrated especially by women, who worship clay idols of “Gan” & “Gauri” in their houses. These idols are worshipped by unmarried girls who seek the blessings of Gan & Gauri for a good husband, while the married women pray for the good health and long life of their husbands. On the eve of Gangaur festival, women decorate their palms and fingers with henna. The idols are immersed in a pond or in a nearby lake on the last day of the festival.
The main attraction of this festival is the folk music centering around the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers. Among other attractions is the Camel Tattoo Show and various competitions like Moustache, Turban Tying, Tug of War, Matka Race, Traditional Dress Competition and many more.
Pushkar Camel Fair
This colourful event sees huge numbers of camels converge on the small town of Pushkar. They are elaborately dressed up, paraded, raced, traded and even entered into beauty contests!
The best time to visit Rajasthan is between October and March