What to see in Rajasthan in 10 days
There is a lot to see and experience in Rajasthan. It is a beautiful state with old forts and charming cities with a lot of history. Here are our top picks for 10 days in Rajasthan. Focus on Food, Heritage and the three most popular cities in Rajasthan
Travel map for Rajasthan
10 day itinerary for Rajasthan
How to see Jaipur
Jaipur is the capital of the princely and proud state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is on the Golden Triangle tours of India that take people from Delhi to Jaipur to Agra and back.
Why go to Jaipur
Jaipur is the stepping stone to the desert cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. It has the amazing Amber fort and various other sights to see. Jaipur is also the Jewellery capital of India. There is still a lot of wealth in this city. Most semi precious stone inlay work in done in Jaipur and exported to the rest of world. Jaipur also has amazing block printed fabrics and is the headquarters for Anokhi, a famous clothing store in India. Be aware of scammers though. People will try to sell you fake gems - walk away.
It is also called the pink city because old part of Jaipur is painted pink.
Where to stay in Jaipur
You can spend a lot of money on hotels in Jaipur. Its money well spent. The Fort/Palace hotels is this state of India are in excellent condition and provide extraordinary service. Here are our recommendations:
- Rambagh palace: The Jewel of Jaipur and owned by the Taj Group of hotels
- Oberoi Rajvilas: Sets a high bar for any other hotel in India.
- ITC Rajputana: The Indian Tobacco Company's flagship hotel is a part of the SPG group. They have great food and hospitality and are 1/4 the price of the previous two hotels
- Samode Hotel: A beautifully ornate hotel. See the hotel's website to learn more.
- Hotel Diggi palace: Beautiful palace hotel centrally located
What to see in Jaipur
aka Amer fort. A world heritage sight, this massive fort-palace complex dates back to Raja Man Singh and was the royal palace of the Kachwahas from c. 1600-1727. It is truly massive. The main sights within the fort include the Sheesh Mahal. It has thousands of mirror tiles on its walls and ceiling.
This fort is one kilometre from '''Amber Fort'''. It was never conquered in battle, this was considered the strongest of the three forts in the area. It is best known as the site of the world's largest cannon, the Jaivana
This is the smallest of the three forts. It has excellent views over Man Sagar lake and the vast sprawl of Jaipur
An imposing blend of traditional Rajput and Mughal architecture, this palace was build by Jaisingh. Jaipur is named after him.
Water palace in Jaipur in the mansarovar lake is great to see. You can catch a glimpse of it on the way to Amber fort from Jaipur.
Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Singh as part of City Palace was an extension to the women's wing and its entire facade is full of windows. It's a must see.
How to get from Jaipur to Jodhpur
Get our of Jaipur by Train if you dont have your own car. The journey will take 6.5 hours and we recommend picking a train from this nice guide. You can take the 22478 Jaipur - Jodhpur SF Intercity Express. It takes only 5 hours but you might have to book in advance. Book on cleartrip.com. Their user interface is easy to understand.
Moving onto Jodhpur
Why go to Jodhpur
Go to see the massive Mehrangarh fort and the blue houses below. Go and sample the rich food of the region. Go to sample amazing hospitality. Go in February and see the world sacred spirits music festival. There is nothing like it.
Where to stay in Jodhpur
Fort hotels in Jodhpur should be on your list of places to stay in Jodhpur. These are:
- Umaid bhawan palace by the Taj Group of hotels
- Hari Mahal by Taj Hotels
- Oddly named WelcomHotel by ITC Group
- Mihirgarh fort hotel
- Raas - Nicely located, modern hotel
- Ranbanka Palace - Cheaper and nicely located
What to see in Jodhpur
This is huge 15th-century Fort on a high point in the city. It is a former palace that’s now a museum. The Museum has many weapons, paintings and palanquins. Get great views of the city from here and see why it's called the blue city.
Jai Pol, is a gate to the Mehrangarh fort. It's a massive gate and is a good sight to see while you are close to Mehrangarh fort.
Getting to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur
Is visiting a 12th century fort a good enough reason to go? Is visiting one of the only living forts in the world a good reason to go? What about Sand Dunes? Tasty food?
Desert Boy's Dhani
Great place to sample local food in Jodhpur.
Pronounced "Sum", is the epicentre of all desert camps and sand dune activities. Go there in the late afternoon from Dec-Feb and leave after riding a camel and watching a sunset. The camp gets very cold at night as temperatures fall below zero.