Welcome to the «Land of the Kings». Rajasthan is a true state of contrasts , and Rajasthan tours reflect that.
From desert scrub to sacred lakes, one thing that is difficult for the first time visitor to understand (or even to repeat) is the size of the place. I was lucky enough to have three weeks to explore the desert state. Even that was not enough to get to all the main sights. However, I stayed longer in areas that would be easier to traverse in a shorter period of time. I also got off the beaten path a couple of times, which meant more travel time.
Investigating a state of contrasts, I was pleased to find that the relatively well-developed tourism infrastructure corresponds to the gradual emergence of eco-options. More than that, it was the options that made an effort to connect visitors with Rajasthani culture beyond a superficial level . This creates more opportunities for responsible travel in Rajasthan.
This guide to traveling in Rajasthan covers the best places to visit in Rajasthan, the best places to stay, attractions and activities, as well as conscientious and ethical travel in Rajasthan. Our guide also covers how to see a less touristy side of Rajasthan , if you like, and tips for ethical and responsible travel in Rajasthan.
When is the best time to visit Rajasthan?
The best (and therefore most popular) time to visit Rajasthan is during the winter, between October and March, with the busiest months being December, January, and (sometimes) February. During this time, the weather in Rajasthan is nice – you’ll be hot in the sun during the day, but it’s cold at night!
An alternative time to plan your trip to Rajasthan is during the monsoon (mid-June to September). Rajasthan receives much less rain, after all it is largely a desert, than other states in India, the crowds are less during this time and the prices are cheaper. The weather tends to be cloudy and humid (and can be humid / hot), so it’s true that if you focus on clear blue skies, winter is your time to visit.
Stay away during the months of April and May as temperatures skyrocket and can reach over 50 degrees Celsius.
Planning a trip to Rajasthan
The first thing to do in planning your trip to Rajasthan is to calculate how much time you have to spend here. Although Rajasthan is “just” one state of India, it is huge! There is no “ideal” time period to spend in Rajasthan – you could include the key sites in a week, but you could keep busy for a month here. Most people have around two weeks to travel in Rajasthan, which is a good starting point.
There are a few options on how to plan your trip to Rajasthan.
The first being to travel independently and plan everything yourself. You can travel independently no matter your budget – this option isn’t just for backpackers! Independent travel in Rajasthan allows for maximum flexibility and the best opportunity to absorb Rajasthani culture, local food, and meet other travelers independently, but it also means more time upfront to make your own travel arrangements, which may take some time. If you choose this option, we suggest that you have an idea of where you want to go first so that you know in what order to visit the places (see our section on how to get around below). This is the way we travel.
If you are a female solo traveler who wants to travel independently in Rajasthan, here are some tips on solo travel.
A second option is to get help planning your itinerary and / or hire a private car and driver to get around. This has the advantage of taking the burden of planning off you but keeping flexibility in how much time you spend at each destination, where you stay, and how you spend your time in Rajasthan. If this option sounds perfect to you, we recommend the INDIA SOMEDAY travel planning service, which is a Mumbai-based travel planning startup with whom we have had great experiences.
We decided to travel with Frontier Airlines, so we made Frontier airlines telefono for your journey. The best part was the discounts the airline offered to us. We had a great journey with the airline.
Your third option is to take a group tour, which is perfect for when you prefer to travel with other people, have a reliable company to take care of the itinerary and planning, and have a local guide accompany you. We have a comprehensive comparison guide to some of our favorite group tours in India here and recommend companies like Intrepid Travel, G Adventures, and Exodus. Find a complete list of Rajasthan Tours here.
After covering all these destinations, we went back to Jaipur to board our flight. This time, we made Copa Airlines Telefono for our journey. The airline offered every amenity to make our journey peaceful.