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Cultural Rajasthan Tour

The Best Guide to Exploring Rajasthan’s Culture

The Cultural Rajasthan tour is a trip through the Indian desert, Rajasthan’s most culturally rich regions. It is curated to offer you a glimpse into its regal past with the grand palaces and well preserved traditions that reflect in its every lane. Experience their royal hospitality, lively cultural performances and the untouched beauty of its desert, every step of the journey.

Best Commute Options to Get Around in the Towns

Hire a Taxi!

To get the best out of your stay duration in Rajasthan, the best way to commute around is via a private taxi. We recommend hiring one through a good travel agency, or through your hotel. On an average it takes 22 mins to cover 10 kms of distance by road in the cities.

Although cheaper and visibly more in number than taxis, auto rickshaws can be frantic for those not used to it. It will give you the local Indian experience and can get you around the city pretty well. Having said that, you could consider hiring an auto rickshaw driver for the full day tour. But since they’re easily found outside any monument or popular place you visit, you might want to hire one every time you leave a place.

Jaisalmer

Known as the “Golden City” for its distinctive sandstone architecture that seems to glow in the sunlight, Jaisalmer is a mesmerizing destination that transcends time. Jaisalmer is renowned for its ornate havelis, mansions adorned with intricate carvings and latticework. Beyond the city’s walls lies the vast expanse of the Thar Desert. The city has retained its timeless charm with narrow winding streets within the fort, lined with bustling, colorful bazaars. 

Best Places to Stay

Luxury/5 Star Picks

  1. Hotel Rang Mahal
  2. Fort Rajwada
  3. Jaisalmer Marriott Resort

Luxury Boutique Hotels

  1. Gorbandh Palace by IHCL
  2. Suryagarh
  3. Guulab Haveli

Budget/Backpacker Options

  1. Hotel Amar Villa
  2. Hotel Lal Garh Fort
  3. Hotel Helsinki House

Must Visit Sights & Landmarks in Jaisalmer

Start at the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort, also known as the Golden Fort, and explore the adjacent beautiful, royal market at Manak Chowk. Salim Singh-ki Haveli is distinctive mansion for the city’s elite from the past, known for its peacock-shaped architecture and Kothari’s Patwaon-Ki-Haveli is a cluster of five havelis with stunning architecture with each haveli telling a unique story of the prosperous Patwa family. Visit the royal residence of the Mandir Palace and then the Gadisar lake, surrounded by temples and ghats, for a calm interlude. Drop by Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli to discover its showcase of craftsmanship, with intricate carvings adorning its walls. If time allows, explore the nearby Kuldhara village, abandoned and haunted with a story to tell and the Lodurva village for a beautifully restored ancient Jain Temple.

Food & Restaurants in Jaisalmer

Fine Dining Experiences in Jaisalmer

For luxurious Indian fine-dining experiences, dine at Jaisalmer Kitchen, Angaara Restaurant, Wyra Restaurant, Godavan, & Aarogosa at Chokhi Dhani.

World Cuisines in Jaisalmer

Visit the Killa Corner for international delights. For italian cuisine, dine at the Jaisalmer Oasis restaurant, Cafe Cavalli and the Lio Pizza. Enjoy Mexican delights at the HALO & the Roof Lounge.

Bakeries & Coffee Shops in Jaisalmer

Mugs4Buds – By the Lake, KB Cafe, Cafe Cavalli & the Big Tree Cafe are some of the top coffee shops in Jaisalmer. For bakery treats, visit the Krishna Boulangerie & the German Bakery & Coffee shop.

Local Food Experiences in Jaisalmer

Rajasthan’s cuisine is as rich & diverse as its culture. Try out the famous Ker Sangri, Daal Baati Churma, Makhaniya Lassi, Pyaz Kachoris & Mirchi Vada.

Shopping in Jaisalmer

Street Markets in Jaisalmer

Shop at the Bhatia Bazaar for silk fabrics, sarees and home decor. Sadar Bazaar is famous for its leather products, paintings & carpets. For the best of jewelry, visit the “Sonaron ka Baas”, which translates to “goldsmiths’ abode”. Pansari Bazaar and Manak Chowk markets are famous too.

Must Do Experiences in Jaisalmer

Experience the Indian Thar Desert and take a camel safari on the golden sands. Watch cultural performances and enjoy a savory dinner under the stars in the desert. Boating in the Gadisar lake is a rejuvenating, picturesque ride. There are adventurous activities available in the desert, ranging from Paramotoring to Dune Bashing, explore & book these unique opportunities well in advance. Sunset around the Golden Fort is famous for being one of the prettiest, watch it as you enjoy food at any good rooftop cafe with the Fort in view. The Havelis, Palaces & forts are adorned with lights when the sun sets, take a night walk around Jaisalmer to witness this beauty. 

Museums, Nature & Parks in Jaisalmer

Visit the Akal Wood Fossil park to be surprised by the prehistoric era fossils displayed there. Explore Jaisalmer War Museum for another dive into history. Also visit the interesting Windmill Park.

Spas & Wellness in Jaisalmer

Take on a rejuvenating & luxurious spa experience in any of these spa centers: the Spa Hibiscus by Ramada, Heavenly Spa by Westin, Jiva Spa by Tajview & the Kaya Kalp. We recommend you to book the experiences with the respective hotels well in advance to avoid the walk-in hassles.

Lessons & Workshops in Jaisalmer

How would you like it if you could print your own beautiful Indian style cloth? You can participate in such hand embroidery, natural dye, hand printing & traditional block printing workshops in cities across Rajasthan. Explore and book such workshops & classes via Tripadvisor or through reputable travel agencies. Some top hotels also organize these workshops.

Do’s & Don’ts

  • Being very close to the expansive Indian Thar Desert, expect Jaisalmer to be hot & humid during days. Plan your trip accordingly and pack comfortable clothes for the weather.
  • Considering the weather, keep yourself hydrated & carry enough water and drinks with you during your tours.
  • If possible, plan your tour around the Jaisalmer Desert Festival, which takes place in the month of February.
  • Give the city & the desert at least two days to explore well.

How to commute to Jodhpur?

The best way to commute to Jodhpur is by hiring a private taxi. It takes about 4-5 hours to reach Jodhpur by road, which is about 300 kilometers away from Jaisalmer. This distance can be covered by a bus too. Alternatively, a train ride can take you there in about 5-6 hours. We recommend the Corbett Park Link express for the same.

Jodhpur

On the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur or “The Blue City” is steeped in history. Founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, the city became the capital of the Marwar region. Wander through the narrow lanes of the old city, and you’ll find a sea of indigo-hued houses. Life in Jodhpur unfolds in the shade of centuries-old traditions. It’s in the vibrant turbans adorning men’s heads and the twirl of colorful ghagras worn by women.

Mehrangarh Fort jodhpur

Best Places to Stay

Luxury/5 Star Picks

  1. Umaid Bhawan Palace
  2. Indana Palace
  3. Radisson Jodhpur

Luxury Boutique Hotels

  1. Hotel Ratan Vilas
  2. Govind Bagh Resort
  3. Ekaa Villa

Budget/Backpacker Options

  1. Kalinga Hotel
  2. Apex International
  3. Shanti Bhawan Heritage Hotel

Must Visit Sights & Landmarks in Jodhpur

Begin your journey at the formidable Mehrangarh Fort, which stands tall on a rocky hill. Explore Navchowkiya within the Fort, a courtyard adorned with intricately carved marble. Adjacent to that, visit Jaswant Thada, a serene marble cenotaph with intricate carvings. Head to Mandore Gardens, for a peaceful retreat surrounded by lush landscapes. Visit the majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace, a symbol of architectural opulence. Part of the palace is now a museum, for a glimpse into the royal lifestyle through artifacts, vintage cars, and the grandeur of the palace. Move on to the ancient step well, Toorji Ka Jhalra Bavdi, a tranquil spot in the heart of the city. Head to Pachetia Hill for breathtaking vistas of Jodhpur’s landscape.

Food & Restaurants in Jodhpur

Fine Dining Experiences in Jodhpur

For luxurious Indian fine-dining experiences, dine at the Umaid Bhawan’s Risala, Marwar at Taj Hari Mahal & the Spice Story.

World Cuisines in Jodhpur

Visit Darikhaana at RAAS & The Hoot@Ota to try out their international cuisines. For particularly Italian food, dine in at Cafe 651 in Hotel Howard The Fern. Try out The Recipe Restaurant & The Good Earth at Taj Hari Mahal for pan-Asian cuisines. 

Coffee Shops & Bakeries in Jodhpur

Walk in at Sam’s Art Cafe, Cafe Sheesh Mahal and Cafe Laalten for some of the best coffee & snacks that Agra has to offer. For bakery-lovers, 15 A.D. & Innings Bakery cannot be missed.

Local Food Experiences in Jodhpur

Jodhpur is widely famous for its street foods, Shahi Samosa, Mirchi Vada and Jalebi. Other famous local delights include Laal Maas & Daal Baati Chorma. Laal Maas is a spicy dish; do ask the server to adjust it to your liking if needed. Jodhpur is also famous for multiple sweets, ranging from Ghevar to Gulab Jamun from Chaturbhuj to Mawa Kachori.

Shopping in Jodhpur

Street Markets in Jodhpur

The most famous street market in Jodhpur is the Clock Tower Market, and you can find pretty much everything here– jewelry, spices, traditional outfits and pottery items. Other markets include the Nai Sarak, Sojati Gate, Mochi Bazaar (for shoes) and the Umaid Bhawan Palace Markets.

Must Do Experiences in Jodhpur

Everyone knows Jodhpur as the “Blue City”, but where are its Blues? To witness that make sure you take a walk, either guided or on your own, around the streets where most houses are painted in blue. If you seek adventure, take up zip-lining & paragliding at the Mehrangarh Fort. If you crave for more, go trekking through the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park. Take a camel safari through the town & experience Bird-watching in Khichan if you’re a bird enthusiast.

Spas & Wellness in Jodhpur

Take on a rejuvenating & luxurious spa experience in any of these spa centers: the Zodiac by Indana Palace, J Wellness Circle by Umaid Bhawan Palace, Svnth Heaven Spa & Tattva Spa. We recommend you to book the experiences with the respective hotels & centers well in advance to avoid the walk-in hassles.

Do’s & Don’ts

  • Expect Jaipur to be hot & humid during the day. Plan your trip accordingly and pack comfortable clothes for the weather.
  • Considering the weather, keep yourself hydrated & carry enough water and drinks with you during your tours.
  • Give the city at least a day and a half to explore well.

How to commute to Udaipur?

The best way to commute to Udaipur is by hiring a private taxi. It takes about 4-5 hours to reach Udaipur by road, which can be covered by a bus too. Another not so efficient alternative is an 8 hour long train ride. 

Udaipur

Often hailed as the “Venice of the East, Udaipur is a city that transcends the conventional definitions of beauty. The city’s foundation, laid on the shores of Lake Pichola, was a strategic decision, for natural fortifications and abundant water sources. Over the centuries, Udaipur became a bastion of Rajput valor. The city is home to some of India’s most renowned heritage hotels. 

Udaipur Rajasthan

Best Places to Stay

Luxury Picks

  1. Raffles Udaipur
  2. Radisson Blu Palace
  3. The Ananta Udaipur

Luxury Boutique Hotels

  1. Oberoi Udaivilas
  2. Taj Lake Palace
  3. The Leela Palace

Budget/Backpacker Options

  1. Ambey Villa
  2. Devi Villa
  3. Dream Heaven Haveli

Must Visit Sights & Landmarks in Udaipur

Begin your exploration at the City Palace, a regal marvel that dominates the skyline of Udaipur. Located on the eastern banks of Lake Pichola, this palace complex is a showcase of intricate architecture, opulent courtyards, and panoramic views. Venture to the Jagdish Temple, an ancient Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu that boasts remarkable carvings and an awe-inspiring architecture. Visit the exquisite Saheliyon ki Bari, a historic garden adorned with fountains, kiosks, and marble elephants. Built for the royal ladies, the garden exudes charm with its lotus pools and lush greenery. Visit Gangaur Ghat, a lively waterfront that captures the essence of Udaipur’s cultural vibrancy. The ghat is a perfect spot to witness the daily life along the lake, with diverse markets and the backdrop of the City Palace. You can then conclude your tour at the Crystal Gallery, housed within Fateh Prakash Palace. Marvel at the world’s largest private collection of crystal objects, which showcases the opulence of the Mewar dynasty. If time allows, make a visit to the beautiful Monsoon Palace, Bagor ki Haveli and the Garden Lake Palace

Foods & Restaurants in Udaipur

Fine Dining Experiences in Udaipur

For a luxurious Indian fine-dining experience, visit Ambrai Restaurant at the Amet Haveli, 1559 AD, Neel Kamal by Taj and Khamma Ghani Restaurant

World Cuisines in Udaipur

Visit Little Italy, Savage Garden & Taro for Italian delights and Charcoal for Mexican cuisine. Dine at Enigma for great international delights.

Coffee Shops in Udaipur

Walk in at Malibu the Brew House, Aosa and Helloboho for some of the best coffee & snacks that Udaipur has to offer.

Bakeries in Udaipur

Explore some of the best bakeries in Udaipur– Baker’s Blend, NIK 94, and The Bake Affair. 

Local Food Experiences in Jaipur

Try out Udaipur’s famous local delights– Falooda, Kachoris, Daal Baati Churma, Masala Papad & Mirchi Vada.

Must Do Experiences in Udaipur

Take a tranquil boat ride on Lake Pichola– that’s one experience you must not miss at any cost when in Udaipur. Watch the light and sound show at the Kumbhalgarh fort. For adventure-seekers, go horse-riding and take a ropeway ride with gorgeous views of the city. Visit the vintage car museum which showcases the fascinating royal car collection. 

Spas & Wellness in Udaipur

Take on a rejuvenating & luxurious spa experience in any of these spa centers: the Ramada Udai Spa, Jiva Spa by Taj, Trident Spa & Panghat Spa by Tattva. We recommend you to book the experiences with the respective hotels well in advance to avoid the walk-in hassles.

Lessons & Workshops in Udaipur

Participate in cooking classes, yoga and Henna art lessons in Udaipur. Explore and book such workshops & classes via Tripadvisor or through reputable travel agencies. You can also check with your hotel if they organize any such workshops.

Do’s & Don’ts

  • Expect Udaipur to be hot & humid during the day. Plan your trip accordingly and pack comfortable clothes for the weather.
  • Considering the weather, keep yourself hydrated & carry enough water and drinks with you during your tours.
  • Give the city at least two days to explore well.

Jaipur

Affectionately known as the “Pink City” due to its terracotta-hued buildings, Jaipur is a destination that truly encapsulates the spirit of royalty and tradition. Perched on hills surrounding the city are forts with its imposing ramparts and ornate palaces, telling the story of Rajput valor. Jaipur has also been a hub of culture, arts, and crafts.

Jaipur Hawa Mahal Tour

Best Places to Stay

Luxury/5 Star Picks

  1. Taj Jai Mahal Palace
  2. Rambagh Palace
  3. Oberoi Rajvilas

Luxury Boutique Hotels

  1. Hotel Sarang Palace
  2. Laxmi Palace
  3. The Johri Jaipur

Budget/Backpacker Options

  1. Nahargarh Haveli
  2. Chitra Katha
  3. Hotel Jai Singh Palace

Must Visit Sights & Landmarks in Jaipur

Start your city tour with the majestic Amber Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled atop a hill, this fort-turned-palace boasts intricate architecture, mirrored halls, and sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. Explore the Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace) and the intricate carvings that adorn this regal edifice. Venture to the Hawa Mahal, an architectural marvel with its honeycomb of windows and experience the grandeur of the City Palace, Jal Mahal and Albert Hall Museum. Visit the Swargasuli Tower, an iconic structure on the city skyline.

Foods & Restaurants in Jaipur

Fine Dining Experiences in Jaipur

For a luxurious Indian fine-dining experience, visit Suvarna Mahal at the Rambagh Palace, Topaz & Sangria, and Baradari at the City Palace. 

World Cuisines in Jaipur

Visit Giardino, Socorro & Bar Palladio for Italian delights and Burrels & Mixtape Bistro for Mexican cuisine. Check out Thai delights at the Dragon House and Atsui in the Radisson Hotel.

Bakeries in Jaipur

Explore some of the best bakeries in Jaipur– Jaipur Baking Company, Petite Patisserie, Brown Sugar and O’Baque

Local Food Experiences in Jaipur

Try out Jaipur’s famous local delights– Dal Baati Chorma, Pyaaz Kachori & Mirchi Vada.

Shopping in Jaipur

Street Markets in Jaipur

Explore Bapu Bazaar for all kinds of traditional items ranging from garments to shoes to decor items. Shop at the well known Johari Bazaar and witness local artisans work on their handicrafts live. This market is famous for all kinds of jewelry & stones. Visit the Chandpole Bazaar for decor handicrafts that will leave you in awe, especially the marble carvings.

Must Do Experiences in Jaipur

To witness Hawa Mahal at its best, visit it once during the day and again at night to see its real beauty reflected in its shining mirrored windows. The same goes for the Albert Hall Museum. Take a boat ride in the Man Sagar Lake and witness the beautiful Jal Mahal, which literally translates to “Water Palace”! 

Museums, Nature & Parks in Jaipur

For an encounter with gorgeous peacocks, visit the Smriti Van. This is a serene forest for a relaxing nature getaway. Also visit the Anokhi Museum of Hand printing to witness the handicraft art marvels of the artisans.

Spas & Wellness in Jaipur

Take on a rejuvenating & luxurious spa experience in any of these spa centers: the Tattva Spa, Rejuve Spa by the Lalit, Kerala Ayurveda Kendra & the Seven Seas Spa. We recommend you to book the experiences with the respective hotels well in advance to avoid the walk-in hassles.

Paint & Pottery Studios in Jaipur

For traditional pottery & paint workshop experiences, book a class via Tripadvisor. You may also check with your hotel if they organize the same.

Lessons & Workshops in Jaipur

How would you like it if you could print your own beautiful Indian style cloth? You can participate in such hand embroidery, natural dye, hand printing & traditional block printing workshops in cities across Rajasthan. Explore and book such workshops & classes via Tripadvisor or through reputable travel agencies. Some top hotels also organize these workshops.

Do’s & Don’ts

  • Being close to the expansive Indian Thar Desert, expect Jaipur to be hot & humid during days. Plan your trip accordingly and pack comfortable clothes for the weather.
  • Considering the weather, keep yourself hydrated & carry enough water and drinks with you during your tours.
  • Give the city at least a day and a half to explore well.

Best Time for the Cultural Rajasthan Tour

The best months to do the Cultural Rajasthan tour are October to March. During these months, the weather is moderate & pleasant, making it the best time to visit the hot desert state.

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