Rajasthan Tours & Holidays
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Discover a land of royalty, mediaeval battles and tigers on a tour of Rajasthan.
Home to majestic palaces, historic forts and colourful festivities, India's largest state is the epitome of a dream destination. Located in the country's north, it has seen its fair share of battles over the centuries, with its vast array of forts and other military buildings offering a fascinating look at its turbulent past. Aside from the state's man made attractions, there is plenty of nature to enjoy. A particular highlight for many, tours of Ranthambore National Park provide the chance to spot tigers in their natural habitat.
In Jaipur, the state's capital, the Hawa Mahal charms visitors with its exquisite detailing and striking architecture, while the Amber Palace stands proudly as a perfect example of Rajput architecture. Often hailed as the Venice of the East, Udaipur boasts lavish palaces and is surrounded by lakes. Jodhpur, Rajasthan's second largest city, is home to an atmospheric old town featuring mediaeval lanes and bustling bazaars.
Ready to explore this enigmatic region of northern India? Our Rajasthan holiday packages include visits to other superb destinations in India, from the beaches of Goa to the iconic Taj Mahal.
Things to do in Rajasthan
Covering an area of 342,239 square kilometres, Rajasthan is home to an incredible array of history, culture and nature. With such a vast array of things to do in the state, you may be wondering what to add to your Rajasthan tour itinerary. Not to worry - here are a few ideas to get you started.
Explore Udaipur's City Palace
Having been constructed over a period of 400 years, the City Palace of Udaipur is Rajasthan's largest palace and comprises an array of structures. Among the more intriguing sights in the palace's buildings are a tiger trap, the maharaja's personal toilet and a false door used to trick guests.
Spot tigers in Ranthambore National Park
Animal lovers will no doubt be delighted to enjoy a safari of Ranthambore National Park. The nature reserve is home to wildlife including leopards, hyenas, and macaques. However, the area's biggest draw is undoubtedly its population of tigers, including Machhali, who, at 17 years old, is said to be the oldest living tigress in the world.
Tour the Amber Palace
A highlight of many tours of Rajasthan, the Amber Palace is a striking fort complex located close to Jaipur. Reached by 4x4, the complex is home to an array of buildings and structures, beautifully constructed from red sandstone and white marble. There are four separate sections to explore, each with its own pretty courtyard.
Things to see in Rajasthan
From grand palaces with ornate interiors to powerful mediaeval forts, there's no shortage of incredible things to see on holidays in Rajasthan. You needn't choose between safaris and city tours in this diverse state - here you can watch elusive wildlife in addition to enjoying the comforts and culture of vibrant cities.
Food and drink in Rajasthan
There is an abundance of mouthwatering food to experience on Rajasthan holidays. The state is particularly welcoming to those with plant-based diets - around three quarters of the population are vegetarian. However, there are still a number of wonderfully flavourful meat-based dishes to try, and dairy products also feature heavily on the region's menus.
As the largest of India's states, Rajasthan's cuisine often varies from city to city and town to town. However, there are certain characteristics that underpin the mouthwatering dishes on offer here. Firstly, the dry climate and scarcity of water means that hardy crops are favoured, and oil, ghee and milk are the liquids predominantly used in cooking. Unlike other regions in India, rice is used sparingly, with different types of breads the accompaniment of choice.
You'd need to complete many, many food tours of Rajasthan to sample all of the delectable dishes on offer in the state. However, its signature dishes are a great place to start. The most popular meat-based option is laal maas, which comprises lamb cooked in a spicy sauce of chillies, yoghurt, onion and garlic. Safed maas is also much loved and is made from mutton cooked in a thick and creamy nut-based sauce.
The most common vegetarian dishes include dal bati churma - baked wheat balls served with lentil curry and crumbled chapatis mixed with sugar - and gatte ki sabzi - chickpea flour dumplings in a spicy curry sauce. If you'd like to finish your meal with something sweet, try mawa kachori. These deep-fried pastries are filled with mixed nuts covered in sugar syrup, and given how rich and filling they are, they are often eaten at breakfast.