Rajasthan

by Cristina  


Rajasthan is a state in northwest India, bordered by Pakistan to the west. The most important travel destinations include the Desert of Thar, the oldest mountain ranges in the world and the Rajput heritage. The state capital if Jaipur.

How to get to

The state of Rajasthan is large and covering distances by land can take quite a lot. The plane is a good option, especially because Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur are all served by airports, which receive flight from other Indian states.

Trains are also available from Delhi and Mumbai to most of the large cities in Rajasthan. If you want to travel further , then contemplate another day or two on the train.

Other options include the buses and the cars. Rajasthan is served by a network of good roads which connect to Delhi and Mumbai.

Weather

The weather changes according to the topography , but four seasons can be distinguished: pre-monsoon, monsoon , pot-monsoon and winter. The pre-monsoon is the hottest season, summer, lasting from April to June. Temperatures can reach 45C and even 48C but Mt Abu has the coolest weather now. Heaving winds may bring sand storms. The monsoon season lasts from June to September and the temperatures fall to about 35C. However, humidity is very high now. Post-monsoon lasts from mid September until November and the temperatures usually stay between 33C and 38C. Winter is definitely the best time to visit Rajasthan . It lasts from December to March and the temperatures vary from 8C to 28C.

Some temperatures

Jaipur
Dec avg high 22C ; avg low 10C
Apr avg high 36C ; avg low 23C
Sept avg high 33C ; avg low 23C

Jodhpur
Dec avg 18C
Apr avg 30C
Sept avg 29C

Udaipur
Dec avg high 25C ; avg low 8C
Apr avg high 36C ; avg low 20C
Sept avg high 30C ; avg low 21C

What to do

The most important highlights of the state include:

  • The Amber Fort, Jaipur : it is built in hybrid Hindu-Muslim style dates back to Raja Man Singh. It’s a bit of a hike up from the town, so be prepared for a workout (or hitch an elephant ride)
  • The Camel Fair, Pushkar : it takes between October and November.
  • The Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur : it is the largest fort in the state. Located on a hill, it offers splendid views of the area.
  • The Junagarh Fort, Bikaner: it is also a museum and displays weapons and ornaments.
  • The Bundi Palace, Bundi

Aside from these highlights, all major cities are filled with temples, monuments and palaces. Camel safaris are very popular among tourists, as well. You can also explore the state by horseback. Hiking is also a good option if you like to be active on your vacation.

If you like henna patterns, then this is the place to get it. So, ladies, be happy! And also, don’t forget to check out the bazaars where you can pick up textiles and souvenirs.

Food is very spicy , so pay attention especially when you are not used to such foods. Dairy-based sweets are very popular in this area.

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