Part 1 of a 15 days Rajasthan Trip in 2018
When I was planning a vacation in Rajasthan starting end of March, people thought I was out of my mind. One colleague from Rajasthan warned me that in April even car ACs fail in Rajasthan! I relied on Wikipedia and advices of few likeminded well-wishers (2 of them from Rajasthan, whom I met accidentally at an official training). Rajasthan is not entirely desert. In fact the state can be distinctly divided into desert area and semi-arid area. My research showed the maximum temperature during my visit hovers in the range of 33-35 C, which is acceptable compared to Kolkata standard. Also I had some personal constraints regarding the time selected. So finally I went ahead with the planning.
My intention was to cover maximum places during the trip. Given the rail heads from Kolkata, Rajasthan can be entered from two major cities. Either through Jaipur (via Agra Fort or Old Delhi) or Bikaner (via Old Delhi). One can also enter from Mount Abu (via Ahmedabad), but that is a longer route and falls in between the usual routes. Major cities to be covered in the state are Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Mount Abu, Ajmer, Bharatpur and Chittorgarh. I like to plan and arrange for my trip myself. Various packages offered by online travel providers and local operators give me an idea of the route and places. I avoided flight, as in my opinion travelling with kid is best enjoyed by train. They get time to be accustomed and enjoy the journey. I initially planned my trip as:
Howrah - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur - Mt. Abu - Udaipur - Ajmer (via Chittorgarh & Pushkar) - Jaipur - Howrah.
Since I was travelling with my 2.5 year old son there were certain constraints. So I had to tweak my plan a bit.
Howrah – New Delhi – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer – Bikaner – Mt. Abu – Udaipur – Ajmer (via Chittorgarh & Pushkar) – Jaipur – New Delhi – Sealdah.
This ambitious plan was covering almost entire of Rajasthan in a single trip!