Jaume Vaquer Sánchez
My travel across India
Rajasthan is probably the most famous state of India. It concentrates most of the tourists travelling across the country (with obviously some exceptions like Agra, Varanasi, Delhi and Goa). Despite other areas of India are amazingly interesting, travelling in Rajasthan will show you a ‘little India’, with all its main interests in one single state.
From one desertic side (Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert), to rich rainforests in the other (Udaipur and Sayra). From highly populated cities to remote rural areas.
In this article you’ll see the highlights of the main cities, and my personal experiences as well.
Wanna keep reading and discover Rajasthan? Let’s jump into it!
WHAT TO SEE IN RAJASTHAN
Points of interest
The most beautiful cities in my opinion: Jodhpur and Pushkar.
The most beautiful corners I discovered in India where in these two cities.
Their culture, streets, food, fairs and people are their endless highlights. If you are in a tight schedule, I strongly recommend visiting these two cities.
Cities of Rajasthan
My best one, no doubt of it!
Jodhpur’s streets are amazingly beautiful
SREETS OF JODHPUR
— This city is known as ‘The blue city’, and is indeed blue. Making endless walks through its old blue town is the best approach to its beauty. The ‘most blue’ area of the city is located near the Fort. Click on this link to see it in Google Maps.
Jodhpur’s Fort: a must see
— Locally known as “Mehrangargh”, is the highlight of Jodhpur. From its walls you’ll be able to see all the city and inside it there’s a big palace as well.
Where to eat – Wanna taste the best ‘Aloo Gobhi’ curry I tasted in all India? Then go to Jhankar Choti Haveli Really tasty!
Some of my pictures of Jodhpur:
One of the most exciting cities of India
Pushkar’s Camel Fair is something you have to experience once in your life
— Once a year, during the Full Moon of November, camel dealers meet in this city to trade. In addition, during the same week, a Hindu festival take place in the city, so it really gets crowded of both camel traders and hindu pilgrims.
In this Hindu festivel I experienced one of my most excitings photography experiences of my travel in India
Regarding to the Camel Fair, depending on the year, 10.000 ejemplares camels are taken to the fair (and maybe the same amount of tourists…!) .
Some of my pictures taken during the Camel Fair:
A peaceful corner of India
Desert and camel safari: not to be missed.
DESERT AND CAMEL SAFARI
— Near the Pakistan border, Jaisalmer is near the desert as well. The Thar Desert is at ‘camel ride’ distance from the city. If you choose the two-days option safari, you’ll be able to sleep under the Milky Way in the middle of the desert.
Jaisalmer’s Fort is impressive, but I felt a high pressure as a tourist: you are expected to spend money!
Expect to be offered camel safaris all over the city. I opted for Trotters Safaris because they look the more ‘professionals’ to me and I have to say that the experience was great. It cost me 2.100 rupies.
Tip: take suncream and a hat to protect from the Sun.
The most elegant city in Rajasthan
Udaipur is an uncommon city of Rajasthan
CITY OF LAKES AND PALACES
— Any travel guide that you have bought will tell you with high detail which palaces to visit, but I will focus in areas around Udaipur, as long as they are not pointed in tha main travel guides.
AROUND UDAIPUR –
CHITTORGARGH – Chittorgargh Fort is only 120 kilometers away of Udaipur. You can reach this city by train (3 hours) or bus (2 hours).
This is a nice one-day-visit from Udaipur that I strongly recommend.
Some of my pictures of Chittorgargh Fort:
Decorated palaces non-stop!
— The main city maybe don’t has special interest as Jodhpur’s, but the palaces and Ajmer Fort (a quick visit from the city) are good visits to do.