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Rajasthan Tour: Discover India and its hidden wonders by following our two-week itinerary in the beautiful state of Rajasthan. Between imposing forts and colorful cities, you will live an unforgettable cultural experience in, undoubtedly, the most beautiful region of India.

We went there for 2 weeks. We’ll guide you through must-see destinations like Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur, as well as lesser-known but equally breathtaking places. Prepare to marvel at the epic landscapes and historic buildings of this fascinating region of India. Let’s go !

What is Rajasthan Tour in India?

Rajasthan in India is one of the most famous regions and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful. It lies on the border with Pakistan and is surrounded by the regions of Uttar Pradesh, Hariyana, Punjab, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Its geographical location is exceptional and offers breathtaking scenery.

This part of India is very popular with tourists from all over the world because it has managed to keep its ancient traditions. The northern region of India is very different from the others that can be found in this country. Here, each city and each temple is different and has its own history. Some locals do not necessarily speak the same language as their neighbor.

It’s another world when you set foot in Rajasthan in India. This is why we wanted to discover it. For two weeks: Rajasthan Tour, we explored its towns and villages and we had a wonderful experience.

2-week itinerary of Rajasthan Tour

The Rajasthan region in India is very vast so there are a lot of things to do. We chose to start in the south and work our way north. Of course, this is one route among many others. It’s up to you to choose the one that suits you best.

We therefore advise you not to be afraid to look at other itineraries on other travel blogs. This will allow you to have a general overview. We weren’t able to see and do everything during our stay in this beautiful part of India.

STEP 1: UDAIPUR, THE WHITE CITY

After taking an overnight train from Mumbai, we arrived in Udaipur early in the morning. First city in Rajasthan Tour and not the least because it is one of the cities we preferred during our stay.

Udaipur is nicknamed the White City because the buildings are painted white and are in stark contrast to what we had seen before, especially Mumbai. This city is located on the banks of two large artificial lakes surrounded by large mountains and immense valleys. It is magnificent, has a unique charm and the facades of the buildings take us back a century.

What initially shocks us is the calm which is visible from the city. We are far from the permanent chaos of Mumbai. You should know that Udaipur is renowned for being the quietest city in Rajasthan, India. Nothing better than starting this journey with Udaipur, an easily accessible city where life is good, even for us Westerners. It allows you to enter gently into this region, which you will see later, has many surprises in store.

What to visit in Udaipur?

The City Palace

It is the number one attraction in Udaipur. The City Palace is a multi-palace complex built in 1559 with a unique architectural style blending European, medieval and Chinese culture. To be honest, this is the most beautiful palace we visited during our stay in Rajasthan.

The palace is huge and it takes several hours to get through it. Take the time to look around you because there are plenty of hidden details, including exceptional rooms or views. To make the most of this place, it is important to arrive there very early.

Practical information
Entrance costs 500 INR (approximately 5.7 euros) per person and you have to add 250 INR for the camera. This palace is open Monday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Jagdish Temple, Udaipur

This temple is located right in the middle of the historic city center of Udaipur. It is the largest temple in the city and the details are impressive. It features the different Indian gods and according to legend, it contains a slab with the magical ability to cure various ailments.

For your information, there is a shop below the temple. It is a store specializing for flowers and incense etc. We advise you to take the flowers for ceremony of this temple & one of the priest will explain you about the religion and temple etc.

Practical information
The advantage of this temple is that entry is free. It is open Monday to Sunday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ranakpur temple

The Ranakpur temple is a huge & favorite during our stay in Rajasthan in India. This is one of the most breathtaking temples we have seen in India. Built during the 15th century, it has no less than 29 rooms supported by 1444 pillars all sculpted with different ornaments.

Several rules must be respected within the Ranakpur temple grounds. Indeed, it is obligatory to take off your shoes and women must cover their heads. The locals on site provide scarves free of charge.

Practical information
Entrance costs 200 INR (2.30 euros) per person and 100 INR for the camera. The temple is open Monday to Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan

As for Kumbhalgarh Fort, it is the second largest fort in Rajasthan, India. The latter overlooks the valley offering a magnificent view of everything that surrounds it. It is surrounded by a large wall because it served as a refuge for the ancient kings of previous dynasties.

It is possible to walk on the walls. The panorama is excellent and it’s a good way to take a step back from this beautiful place. Opposite the entrance to the fort, there is a viewpoint not to be missed.

Practical information
Entrance costs 550 INR (6.30 euros) per person. The place is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Ranakpur Temple & Kumbhalgarh Fort that we mentioned above are not in Udaipur. They are located several kilometers from the city. We were lucky enough to meet another couple of travelers and therefore share the taxi costs to get there.

To better understand, we invite you to consult the map. We visited both places on the same day. Then, our taxi took us directly to Jodhpur, the second city of our stay in Rajasthan. We recommend this option because the temple and the fort are on the route.

Where to sleep in Udaipur?

We slept at the Karohi Haveli Udaipur located in the city center of Udaipur. It is perfectly located because it is close to the main monuments not to be missed. The rooms were in good condition with wifi and hot water. This is the best value for money we found in this city. In addition, it has a rooftop with a breathtaking view of the lake and the City Palace.

Practical information
The price of the room was 4500 INR (52 euros). Breakfast is included.

Where to eat in Udaipur?

We had a great time in Udaipur. The city has a multitude of restaurants, each one more original than the last. It is possible to eat traditional or Western dishes. Honestly, it’s a perfect place to get acquainted with Indian cuisine.

Our best restaurants

Jheel’s Ginger Coffee Bar and Bakery: This restaurant is located in the old center of the city. The advantage of coming to eat here is that it has a view of the neighboring bank. The mango lassi are delicious.
Lakeshore: This is our favorite restaurant in Udaipur. It is located on the bank opposite the town and therefore offers a magnificent panorama. This area is quieter because it is not in the city center. The best garlic cheese naan in India is here.
Hotel Baba Palace: the restaurant offers an extensive menu and the prices are reasonable. We advise you to try their lentil-based thali. Don’t hesitate to eat on the top floor because the view of the Jagdish temple is impressive.

STEP 2: JODHPUR, THE BLUE CITY OF RAJASTHAN IN INDIA

Jodhpur is unlike any other city in Rajasthan, India. You have to prepare yourself because the change of scenery is total. It was the first time we felt like we didn’t belong. Nicknamed the blue city, it owes this name to the color that predominates in the streets. The latter is used to dispel the sun’s heat from houses. This gives it a very special charm.

It is full of small temples and typical neighborhoods. But its main attraction remains the impressive Mehrangarh Fort, which overlooks the city from the cliff. In our eyes, Jodhpur is the most “complicated” city in Rajasthan. There is something there that we cannot explain. This is undoubtedly due to the poverty and living conditions of the locals. Some scenes of life are hard to see but that’s also India.

What to visit in Jodhpur?

Mehrangarh Fort In terms of spectacular scenery, Jodhpur sets the bar very high. Mehrangarh Fort overlooks the city and from the streets, no one can miss it. Surrounded by a wall more than 9.5 kilometers long, this fort served as a landmark for the kings of the time. Its geographical location was a big advantage during the wars.

To be honest with you, it’s not the prettiest fort in India. The museum inside retracing its history is excellent but the other rooms are of little interest. Despite this, its exterior facade is breathtaking, it would be a shame not to come and visit it all the same.

Practical information :
Entrance costs 600 INR (7 euros) per person. The fort is open Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 p.m. Saturday).

The blue zone, Navchowkiya

It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and it is here that you will find the most blue houses. The neighborhood has a lot of charm and it’s a pleasure to walk around. Unfortunately, it is a very poor place, and you may face difficult scenes.

No cars are allowed within the Navchowkiya area. Perfect for walking away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. Strangely, the neighborhood is very quiet and the residents are very welcoming. It was in this neighborhood that we were able to talk with some residents to learn more about their living conditions.

Practical information
Entrance is of course free, and you can explore it at any time of the day. Preferably, avoid walking there at night.

The Jaswanth Thada Cenotaph

The Jaswanth Temple in Jodhpur is a Hindu cenotaph dedicated to the ancestor of Jodhpur dynasty. It is known for its unique architecture. Located on top of a hill, it offers breathtaking views of the entire city. This site is also considered to be one of the most important places in the city of Jodhpur and Rajasthan in India.

We went there at the end of the day to admire the sunset and enjoy the peace and quiet in the surrounding parks. The place is well known to locals who come with their families to play among themselves. On the other hand, there are few tourists there, preferring to visit the fort. Personally, this is the best activity we did in Jodhpur.

Practical information
Entrance costs 50 INR (0.60 euros) per person. It is open Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be careful as entry is prohibited after 4 p.m.

Where to sleep in Jodhpur?

We slept at Fort Chanwa. It’s a much more expensive place than normal but we wanted comfort in Jodhpur. This hotel is located in the old center and all the essential activities to discover can be done on foot from this hotel. The rooms were in excellent condition, with very good wifi, air conditioning and hot water.

Practical information
We paid 4800 INR (58 euros) per night. Breakfast is included in the price of the night.

Where to eat in Jodhpur?

Jodhpur has several excellent restaurants with very good local dishes. However, we preferred to eat in Udaipur. For what ? Perhaps because of the atmosphere of the city… Despite everything, here are some excellent addresses.

1- On the Rocks
2- The Raas

STEP 3: JAISALMER, THE GOLDEN CITY

Lost in the middle of the desert, Jaisalmer is the most beautiful city of Rajasthan in India. The city has a huge citadel that sits on top of a hill right in the middle of the city. This is where the heart of Jaisalmer is located.

Each building is constructed of yellow stone which earned it the nickname of the golden city of Rajasthan. Many stores and museums are present in its center. The premises are pleasant and warm. It’s a real pleasure to wander the streets of this city.

We literally fell in love with this place. In India, there is nothing like Jaisalmer and that is why it is unique. You absolutely must come and visit it if you have the opportunity. Many tourists do not go there because it is not on the main route of Rajasthan. After reading our article and seeing our photos, you will quickly want to come visit Jaisalmer.

What to visit in Jaisalmer?

Jaisalmer Citadel

Jaisalmer Citadel is a historic fort located on a hill, giving it stunning views of the surrounding area. It is home to many historic buildings, such as temples but also havelis. What makes it unique is that the locals live inside it. Thus, there are lively markets and several colorful streets.

The best activity is to walk the streets and meet the locals. This is how we were able to better understand their way of life. The inhabitants of this town are of rare kindness, and some do not hesitate to invite you to drink chai, their local tea. For us, Jaisalmer has the most welcoming locals in the Rajasthan region of India.

Practical information
We advise you to sleep inside the citadel because you will be close to all the city’s essential activities. Being in the heart of the city will allow you to stroll on foot without being bothered by vehicles because they are prohibited within the walls of the Jaisalmer citadel.

Visit the Havelis

Jaisalmer Havelis are traditional houses located inside or outside the citadel. They were once the homes of wealthy merchants or members of the local elite. Their appearance is fantastic and highlights the architectural traditions of the region. Some Havelis are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Nowadays, they have been transformed into museums or hotels. Some of them have rooftops which allow you to gain height and observe the roofs of Jaisalmer. Visiting these Havelis is a good way to discover more about the history of the region and understand the ancient way of life of the locals.

Practical information
You have to pay every time you want to enter a Haveli. The houses are not open all day. The most famous Havelis are Patwon-ki-Haveli, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli and Nathmalji-ki-Haveli.

Spend a night in the Thar Desert

Most people who come to this city intend to go on a desert expedition for several days. The Thar Desert is a well-known desert in northern India. As soon as we arrived in the city, locals offered us their jeep to go and sleep under the stars. If you are interested in this experience, you will not have trouble finding someone who will provide you with information.

As per my opinion, 2 Nights, 3 Days package is best for camel ride through the Thar Desert and enjoy the rural life.

Where to sleep in Jaisalmer?

We stayed at Rang Mahal located in the heart of Jaisalmer. This hotel is situated toward Sam Dune. Here lot of hotels base category to 5* deluxe. But we choose this is the best one.

Where to eat in Jaisalmer?

Honestly, we have never seen so many typical restaurants per square meter as in Jaisalmer. But, not all are equal and it is important to avoid tourist traps. Clearly, the three that we recommend are more than sufficient for a stay in this beautiful city.

Our best restaurants

  • Oasis restaurant: this restaurant is located in the heart of the citadel. We loved it so much that we came back several times. In addition to making good food, the manager is a wonderful person and will not hesitate to help and advise you.
  • Sunset Palace restaurant: as its name suggests, you have to go there at the end of the day to enjoy the sunset. Their smoothies are delicious and there are even corners where you can lie down and watch the sunset.
  • Lake view restaurant: located on the other side of the citadel, it overlooks the city and the lake. It is possible to sit on the city ramparts to observe the alleys below.

STEP 4: JAIPUR, THE PINK CITY OF RAJASTHAN IN INDIA

You can make Jaipur first or last stop on your journey through Rajasthan in India, Jaipur is the most famous city in this region. Nicknamed the “Pink City”, the latter is a must-see in Rajasthan. We had only heard good things about it and therefore had high hopes.

What strikes us from the outset is its immensity. We are far from the small village of Jaisalmer. The city is dense, and the traffic is hellish. But after several days, the findings are mixed because the city is not the most beautiful. The activities to do on site are disappointing. This is explained by the fact that we visit it last on our Rajasthan itinerary. It suffers from the other incredible cities we explored before. Maybe if we had started here, our point score wouldn’t have been the same.

What to do in Jaipur?

The City Palace of Jaipur

Located in the heart of the city, the City Palace contains a large complex of two palaces dating back centuries. Well known in Rajasthan, this place has several outdoor gardens and courtyards which makes it quite pretty. There are also a crazy number of museums, and it is here that you will learn more about the royal families and the customs of the time.

Practical information
Entrance costs 700 INR (8 euros) per person. It is open Monday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Try to go early in the morning as it is a popular spot for locals.

Amber Fort

As you can see, there is a fort in every town in Rajasthan India. And the city of Jaipur is no exception to the rule. Indeed, Amber Fort is by far the best known and most visited in India. Every year there are more than a million visitors.

This is understandable when you see it for the first time. It is huge and its surface area is more than 4 square kilometers. Its main asset is its exterior facade which is magnificent. It sits on top of a hill overlooking Maota Lake just below and the city of Jaipur in the distance.

Practical information
Entrance costs 500 INR (6 euros) per person. Fort Amber is open Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are two entrances but we recommend the front one because it opens directly onto the exterior facade.

The Palace of the Winds

Hawa Mahal “The Palace of Winds” in Jaipur is one of the most famous buildings in Rajasthan, India. It is more than 15 meters high and strangely reminiscent of a beehive. His style is very different from what you can find in India. Previously, the Palace of Winds was used by women to observe men and alleys without being seen. You should know that some of them could not be shown to the public.

It is possible to climb to the roof of the Palace of Winds to admire the streets of Jaipur from a different point of view. Personally, we didn’t do it because entry is relatively expensive. Avoid visiting it at the end of the day as it will be in the shade.

Even though we had seen it hundreds of times on the internet, the Palace of the Winds is worth the detour. It is the prettiest monument in Jaipur. We recommend it 100%.

Practical information
If you want to visit it, entry costs 200 INR (2.30 euros) per person and it is open Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where to sleep in Jaipur?

We slept several nights at the Hotel Dev Mahal. It’s a high standard hotel and after several weeks in India, it did us the world of good. The rooms are magnificent and there is all the necessary comfort. Unfortunately, its only drawback is being located outside the city center.

On the other hand, this hotel will not suit everyone because of its price. If you are looking for budget accommodation, we advise you to look in the old center of Jaipur. Also, you will be closer to all the activities not to be missed.

Where to eat in Jaipur?

Anokhi café: this restaurant offers European dishes and after 2 weeks of eating only Indian, it feels good. On the other hand, prices are higher than elsewhere.
Burger Love: it’s an original way to eat a burger in India, but it was one of the dishes we missed the most. The burgers are homemade and their fries are incredible.

Conclusion

Our two weeks Rajasthan Tour in India were full of discoveries. This is our favorite part of this wonderful country. Each place has its own specificities and nothing is the same. It’s a wonderful journey and we come out changed thanks to the people we met but also to what we learned.

It is not an easy trip to visit Rajasthan. We have seen difficult scenes and it is a poor and polluted region. Then, Rajasthan is huge and night train journeys are tiring. You need to allow at least two weeks to take the time to visit this region.

We hope our article helped you understand this part of India better. Thank you for taking the time to read us. Please feel free to leave us a comment or message us on Instagram if you have any questions. We will be happy to answer them.

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