Rajasthan has some of India’s best fairs and festivals throughout the year. Consider coinciding your trip with one of these, and you’ll get to experience the local culture at its best.
Some favorites include:
The walled fortress city of Jaisalmer rises from the desert, almost like a golden mirage.
Its undulating fort walls hold intricately-carved havelis (traditional townhouses and mansions in India), stunning temples, and markets within.
Some of the top attractions include:
Lovingly known as the Venice of the East, Udaipur’s lakefront palaces — and the lake itself — are truly dazzling.
Udaipur's magnificent City Palace is a must-visit, and a boat ride on Lake Pichola with a stop at Jag Mandir palace is a traveler-favorite.
If you have the funds to stay at the Lake Palace (now run by Taj Hotels), it’s well worth it.
Make sure you see Jagdish Temple, go for a boat ride on Fateh Sagar Lake, visit Monsoon Palace, and see the Bagore Ki Haveli.
Top pick: Be sure to catch sunset atop one of the city’s many rooftop restaurants.
Rajasthan is loaded with glorious palaces and forts, some of which are now hotels.
Here are some of the most beautiful palaces and forts to squeeze into your trip:
A wildlife safari in Ranthambore National Park and tiger reserve is thrilling, while boating on one of the region’s many lakes is a relaxing pastime.
You can’t go to Rajasthan without a desert camel ride among the sand dunes, followed by fire-roasted flatbreads and camping under the starry sky. That’s one seriously unforgettable adventure.
For the truly brave, a visit to Bikaner’s Karni Mata Temple (or rat temple), home to thousands of rodents, is the ultimate test in courage.
Enjoy sunset lake views from ancient hilltop palaces, see crumbling pink old quarter, and visit the chaotic bazaars of Jaipur with our local insider, Natasha.
For those ready to brave the crowds and the smog, Delhi local Ariel shares her top seven unbeatable experiences.