Sophie’s 19 days offbeat holiday to Rajasthan

New Delhi,Delhi
Agra,Uttar Pradesh
Jaipur,Rajasthan
Pushkar,Rajasthan
Bundi,Rajasthan
Chittorgarh,Rajasthan
Udaipur,Rajasthan
Jodhpur,Rajasthan
Jaisalmer,Rajasthan
Bikaner,Rajasthan
Mandawa,Rajasthan
New Delhi,Delhi

When Sophie got in touch with us, she was clear about the fact that she wanted a holiday to Rajasthan. But she was keen on visiting some of the more offbeat places along with the popular ones. Which is why recommended her to start her trip from Mandawa. The little town Mandawa is where she got to witness numerous fascinating Havelis. From Mandawa, she went down to the desert city of Bikaner. A city where she came across the Junagarh Fort and Bhandasar Jain Temple, amongst other wonderful sites.

Sophie’s holiday to Rajasthan then took her to Jaisalmer. Her visit to the Golden City was a royal experience that we felt she must not miss out on. The city offered her a chance to witness beautiful lakes and sand dunes. She was particularly thrilled about checking out the remains of a deserted village. Sophie even spent a few days at Jodhpur and Pushkar. The holy city of Pushkar enlightened her just as much as Jodhpur enchanted her with its historic forts. She even managed to try zip lining at Mehrangarh fort.

After her stay in Pushkar she drove down to Bundi. A city famous for its stepwells, majestic architectural sites and captivating artistic murals across the city. A holiday to Rajasthan would be incomplete without visiting the Pink City of Jaipur. The city has much to offer, be it in terms of authentic cuisine or cultural sites. Sophie sure did make the most of her time there. She ended her trip by making her way to Agra for a couple of days, before flying back to Delhi.

Throughout the trip Sophie drove down from one city to the other, in a private car we helped her hire. She stayed in a mix of homestays, hostels and some fascinating Havelis too. Overall, Sophie’s trip was one that gave her an authentic taste of Rajashthan’s culture, while including a few lesser visited places. If you’re also looking for a similar vacation in Rajasthan, get in touch with us right away.

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Sophie's 19 days offbeat holiday to Rajasthan

1-2    New Delhi
Tree Of Life

Right at the heart of India, and with monuments in every corner of the city, Delhi provides one with the eclectic vibe of India’s rich heritage and culture that the country is so famous for around the world. What makes the capital city a favoured one amongst tourists is also it's close proximity to other tourist hotspots like Jaipur and Agra.

3-3    Agra
Bansi Homestay

Agra carries with itself not only a comprehensive history but the entire culture of the Mughal dynasty in India. Places like Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikhri hold their own place in history and culture; but the crown jewel of this city is the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’.

4-5    Jaipur
Shahpura House

Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur is part of the ‘Golden Triangle Tourist circuit of India’. The Rajput Era forts and palaces are a huge part of Rajasthan heritage. The Jaipur City Palace complex, the Nahargarh Fort and the Birla Mandir, are all worth a visit; but the two most illustrious monuments are the Jantar Mantar and Amer Fort.

6-7    Pushkar
Inn Seventh Heaven, Pushkar

Devotees flock to Pushkar to worship Brahma, the Hindu God of Creation. The temples of Brahma and Saraswati are unlikely to be found anywhere else in India. The Pushkar Lake is also a spiritually significant lake with evening prayers taking place on the Varah Ghat. Since Pushkar is surrounded by a desert, camel safaris in the area are popular.

8-8    Bundi
Dev Niwas, Bundi

Also known as the blue city of Eastern Rajasthan, Bundi is mainly famous for its tourist attractions like mansions, forts, paintings, step wells, and palaces making it a perfect travel destination. A place known to take festivals too seriously, Bundi was the capital of a major princely state of the Rajput kingdom.

9-9    Chittorgarh
Fort Begu, Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh is a fort to remember: with 6km width and surrounded by 150m plus cliffs it seems like a rock island in the plain landscape. It is not just one of the biggest of India but also site of tragedy and love stories that will make a visit most interesting.

10-11    Udaipur
Madri Haveli

Udaipur has numerous palaces and forts, but what sets the city apart from the rest of Rajasthan are its beautiful lakes. There are 5 major lakes and a lot of the palaces here have been built right on the banks of these lakes. The City Palace has been built on the banks of Lake Pichola. Other must-visit monuments are Badi Mahal and Amar Vilas.

12-13    Jodhpur
Devi Bhawan

Jodhpur has been given the title of ‘The Blue City’. Most of the houses in the older part of the city have been painted blue, so as to mirror the color of the sky. The best place to visit in Jodhpur is the Mehrangarh Fort. Umaid Bhavan Palace, Ghanta Garh, and the Jaswant Thada are some other monuments worth visiting.

14-16    Jaisalmer
The Gulaal

Jaisalmer gets the name of the ‘Golden city’ because of the use of sandstones in many of their constructions. The biggest attraction is the Jaisalmer Fort, locally known as Sonar Kila. This beautiful fort glows in sunlight, which makes it appear as though it were made of gold. Camel safaris are the most popular activity in the city.

17-18    Bikaner
Vesta Bikaner Palace, Bikaner

Even though Bikaner is used mostly as a stopover between Jaipur and Jaisalmer if one would like to avoid a night train, it has so much more to over: a fantastic fort, dessert outpost vibe as well as the famous and interesting rat temple situated nearby. Furthermore it has great traditional palace hotels one should not miss.

19-20    Mandawa
Vivaana, Mandawa

The Shekawati region is home to the small town Mandawa, famously known for its Havelis which are palatial mansions from the 19th century built by merchants and the noble society. Mandawa seems like a town stuck in time: simple small town life juxtaposed with gorgeous fresco paintings and intricate architecture.

21-21    New Delhi

Right at the heart of India, and with monuments in every corner of the city, Delhi provides one with the eclectic vibe of India’s rich heritage and culture that the country is so famous for around the world. What makes the capital city a favoured one amongst tourists is also it's close proximity to other tourist hotspots like Jaipur and Agra.

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