If you only visit India once, make sure to set your sights on Rajasthan. The region certainly lives up to the hype: full of colour and culture, it epitomises all that the country has to offer - delicious cuisine, immense beauty and glorious history. A holiday to Rajasthan is the perfect place to begin any journey through India.
Places to visit in Rajasthan
Rajasthan holiday experiences
- Breakfast on your balcony at Oberoi Amarvilas as the sun rises above the Taj Mahal.
- Leave the dust of the city behind for the dust of an ox cart or camel cart ride at The Serai.
- Walk through the old artisan quarters of Delhi and Jaipur and witness the city as a local.
- Gain private access to the royal quarters of the City Palace, Jaipur on our Classic Rajasthan Expert Led Group tour.
Festivals of Rajasthan
The many festivals and fairs of Rajasthan add colour and are worth considering in the planning and timing of your Rajasthan holiday:
- In October, Jodhpur is home to the RIFF International Music Festival that showcases different musical heritages over five days.
- In January, Jaipur hosts the annual Jaipur Literature Festival, established in 2006 by William Dalrymple.
- In February, Jaipur hosts the Wonderful Workshops — a week experience where you learn age old art forms.
- In March, the Elephant Festival in Jaipur is a colourful experience.
- In November, just before the full moon, the small town of Pushkar plays host to one of India’s most famous religious festivals and fairs, the Pushkar Camel Fair.
Travelling around Rajasthan
Our first choice to travel around Rajasthan is by private car and driver. This way you can sit back and take in the incredible scenery, avoid any public transport delays and be confident that you will reach your destination in good time. Having the freedom to stop on a whim, to ensure you don’t miss those serendipitous moments. We use air-conditioned vehicles, all meeting our strict criteria. Most drives between destinations will take between four to five hours. An alternative to road travel is a first-class train journey.
Hotels in Rajasthan
Forts and palaces abound and, while many have been transformed into small heritage hotels — Shahpura Bagh or Samode Haveli are run by their princely owners. There are also larger magnificent buildings, such as the beautiful Taj Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur and the Umaid Bhawan in Jodphur.
When to visit Rajasthan
October and November are great months to visit Rajasthan as the region is alive with colour and festivals following the months of monsoon rain.
The winter months of December and January offer significantly cooler temperatures, which may suit you better but please be aware that flying in the region may involve some delays due to fog.
February and March are stunning months to visit Rajasthan, with the weather getting much warmer. If you can withstand the heat, savings are to be made if you opt to travel in the summer months of April to June.