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1 Week Tour of Rajasthan - Suggested Itineraries and Tours

Rajasthan is one of the most varied and impressive states of India, it is a region of arid lands, magnificent forts and a fascinating history. Rajasthan makes for wonderful destination for a short touring holiday for the intrepid and independent visitor who is limited by time. This article will provide a choice of different 1 week tours of Rajasthan and then explain in more detail the highlights of each destination.

Suggested 1 week tour For……

Visitors who want to fully experience each destination

• Jaipur 3 day

• Jodpur 1 day

• Jaisalmer 3 day

This tour visits the best cities in Rajasthan and allows sufficient time to fully explore each of the destinations. While based in Jaisalmer there is time to camel trek into the dessert (and scrublands) of the Thar desert and spend a night under the stars. This is our preferred 1 week route.

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Painted elephants for the elephant festival Jaipur

Visitors who want to cram in as much as possible

• Jaipur 2 day

• Jodpur 1 day

• Jaisalmer 2 day

• Udaipur 2 Day

If cramming the most into the week is the importance than this is the tour to follow. Do expect a hectic trip and lots of traveling but there will be many more great photo opportunities……

puppets of jaipur

The colourful puppets of Jaipur

Visitors who have never visited India before.

• Delhi 3 Day

• Agra 1 day

• Jaipur 3 day

This is the classic golden triangle tour and in incorporates the famed sights of India, without the long, draining train or bus journeys. This route may not visit much of Rajasthan but is suited to visitors who have not experienced the challenges or difficulties of the country.

Taj Mahal agra

The Taj is simply stunning

Practicalities for Rajasthan

The main international airport of northern India is Delhi and most short tours/holidays begin in the capital, which typical requires 2-3 days to fully explore. There are direct train and buses between Delhi and Jaipur, which is typically the first city in Rajasthan to be visited. Agra, and more importantly the Taj Mahal, can be visited as a day trip from Delhi – there is no reason to spend more than a day in Agra as it is a bland, industrial city.

Rajasthan average weather

The average weather conditions for Rajasthan India

Rajasthan has insanely hot weather from March until the very brief and light monsoon season (October). The majority of tourists visit between November and February when weather is more tolerable.

Introduction to the main cities of the tour routes - Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and is a chaotic sensory overload. The opulent Amer fort, majestic water palace and historic city palace are counteracted by the grinding pollution, poverty and hassle of the city. Jaipur has by far the most significant tourist attractions of any destination in Rajasthan but it is equally the most challenging. Highlights include entering the Amer fort on the back of an elephant, watching the monkeys play at Galta Ji, or marvelling at the intricate detail of the Palace of Winds.

Jaipur Amer fort

The stunning Amer fort and a load of chaos......

A typical stay in the pink city is for two full days. The first explores the sights of the city Hawa Mahal (Wind Palace), City Palace, the city walls and the Jantar Mantar astronomical instruments. For the second day hire a taxi to visit the sights around Jaipur; Amer fort, Jal Mahal (water palace) and the monkey temple of Galta Ji. For a full guide to Jaipur please click here.

Rajasthan Best Cities - Jodpur

Jodpur is the blue city, with all houses and shops painted a royal blue and are at stark contrast to the arid orange landscape. There is a single main tourist attraction in Jodpur, the Mehrangarh Fort, and this magnificent complex is the most impressive fort in Rajasthan, and possibly India. Mehrangarh towers above Jodpur and blends as one into the giant rock outcrop on which it was constructed upon. Jodpur only requires 1 day to explore and is conveniently situated between Jaipur and Jaisalmer breaking up the long journey.

Mehrangarh Fort

The imposing Mehrangarh Fort

Jaisalmer - Rajasthan Tour destinations

Jaisalmer is the majestic walled city that is situated on the edge of the Thar Desert at the very western side of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is often described as the golden or sandcastle city, as the old town is guarded by solid sandstone walls and 96 tower battalions that resemble sandcastles. Jaisalmer is one of the most scenic cities of Rajasthan and is the starting location for camel safaris into the desert. These enjoyable camel tours often spend a night on the sand dunes, but the Thar Desert is more dry scrubland than rolling sand dunes.

Mehrangarh Fort

The imposing Mehrangarh Fort

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