All You Need To Know About Planning A 8-Day Trip To Rajasthan For Under Rs. 40,000

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Palaces, forts, camel caravans and some of the best fairs, Rajasthan is an Arabian dream come true. Literally translated to the 'land of kings', Rajasthan does everything with a pinch of royalty, whether it’s the intricate designs of its palaces or the mix of desserts like Ghewar and Boondi Laddoos, that are fit for a king’s palate. Oddly the number of palaces in the state can be beaten down by the number of varieties of desserts available here.

Beyond the monuments, the markets will drive you shopaholic crazy with their authenticated handcrafted fabrics, jewellery, mojris, and handicrafts dipped in solid rainbow colours. Indeed, it’s the colours that has most fascinated any tourist travelling here; the colours of men’s turbans, women’s bangles, and even great cities of Jaipur (pink city), Jodhpur (blue city) and Udaipur (white city). All of these colours gather for its most popular annual Camel Fair, Pushkar which happens somewhere around October to November – the best time to be in Rajasthan.

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Getting Around in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is easily accessible by Rajasthan tourism's inter-city buses, but the best way to experience the best of the desert state is by a coach or a private taxi. Taxis are available on hire from Jaipur and all other major cities in Rajasthan. Many of these services are bookable online and will cost between Rs.20,000 - Rs 30,000 for 8 days in Rajasthan. The total cost of this Rajasthan Itinerary will range between Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000 per person on a twin sharing basis.

Day 1

India's pinkest city is a multi-layered cultural extravaganza. Nostalgic, yet refreshingly cosmopolitan, the city is a feast of traditional Rajasthani flavours, served with a generous dose of India's vibrant plurality.

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One Day In Jaipur

Jaipur is easily accessible and well connected to all major cities in India by air, train and road. Government-run buses, some operated by the official Rajasthan Tourism Department, leave from Delhi frequently from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Bikaner House near India Gate and from IFFCO Chowk in Gurgaon. Tickets need to be booked in advance online or at the counter at Bikaner House near Rajiv Chowk, to guarantee a seat.

Two Amazing Things to Do in Jaipur

Here are some of the best things to do in Rajasthan's most cosmopolitan city.

Start your Rajasthan itinerary with one of Rajasthan tourism's finest experiences. Gaze at the splendid Amer Fort from a Hot Air Balloon.

Read 'How Jaipur Stole My Heart' by Abhigya

Shop like a local in the bustling streets of Badi Chaupar and Johari Bazaar

2. The Heritage Palace - Rs. 2900

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Best Rated Places to Eat in Jaipur

1. Tapri- The Tea House - A low-key but utterly delightful cafe serving a selection of classic Indian fare. Alongside all the several decadent things to do in Rajasthan, this understated teahouse is a pleasant breath of air.

2. The Peacock Rooftop Restaurant - Popular with both tourists and locals alike, this is a must try on any Rajasthan itinerary. Reservation recommended.

Day 2

Experience the expansive magnificence of the Thar desert, engulfing the gilded outposts of Bikaner. Away from the characteristic bustle of Rajasthani streets, Bikaner is where the pace slows down to the undulating gait of camels and their herders that wander the streets and the deserts beyond.

Two Days In Bikaner

Late Afternoon is the best time to head to the outposts of Bikaner from Jaipur. Taxis, coaches and Rajasthan tourism local buses will get you there in around 6 hours.

Two Amazing Things to Do in Bikaner

Here are some unique things to do in Rajasthan's desert outposts in Bikaner -

Soak in the desert vibe on a camel safari and top it off with a night under the stars.

Witness the underrated architectural legacy of Jainism at the Jain Temple.

Best Rated Places to Stay in Rajasthan: Bikaner

1. Hotel Bhairon Vilas - Rs. 2250

2. Umaid Desert Eco Lodge - Rs. 1000

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Best Rated Places to Eat in Bikaner

1. Kings Pavillion Restaurant - Indulge in royal ambiance at this restaurant perched on the rooftop of a heritage palace.

2. Gallops Cafe - Enjoy a cup of espresso with a view. Right across from Junagarh Fort, the cafe is a popular hangout spot.

Day 4

Another shade of Rajasthan, distinctively painted through the cityscape in a brilliant hue, Jodhpur is a joy to behold. Descend into the blue maze and discover the life lurking within the brilliant labyrinth.

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2 Days in Jodhpur

Jodhpur is under five hours away from Bikaner by road. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and set-off for your next destination through the heart of the Rajasthani hinterlands on the 4th day of this Rajasthan itinerary.

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Two Amazing Things to Do in Jodhpur

The blue city is host to to an array of sublime things to do in Rajasthan itinerary.

Watch the sun sink behind the blue city from the vantage of the hills around the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. Among Rajasthan tourism's most spoken about attractions.

Discover Jodhpur's local artistry in Pukhraj Durry Udyog

Best Rated Places to Stay in Jodhpur

1. Devi Bhawan - Rs. 2600

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2. Mandore Guest House - Rs. 2950

Best Rated Places to Eat in Jodhpur

1. The Curry's - Enjoy a lamplit dinner, framed by the statuesque shadow of the Mehrangarh Fort. This Rajasthan itinerary would be incomplete without a dining experience in a setting so full of history and grandeur.

2. Ravla - Authentic Rajasthani cuisine served with characteristic hospitality. Low-key and cheerful, Ravla is one of Jodhpur's best attractions.

Day 6

Udaipur's panorama is the postcard-perfect image of Rajasthan's royal heritage that decorates the pages of travel magazines. Unmistakably opulent yet undeniably mellow, the city of lakes is a poetic spectacle that will make you sigh.

Two Days In Udaipur

Leave for Udaipur early in the morning from Jodhpur. The drive takes under 5 hours, so aim to get to Udaipur in the afternoon.

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Two Amazing Things To Do In Udaipur

Revel in romance on a boat-ride on Lake Pichola during sunset. An absolutely unmissable experience of all the things to do in Rajasthan.

Read 'A two-day Affair with Udaipur' by Manas

Visit Shilpgram for a surreal foray into the artistic legacy of Udaipur

Best Rated Places to Stay in Udaipur

1. Kotra Haveli - Rs. 2800

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2. Boheda Palace - Rs. 3150

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Best Rated Places to Eat in Rajasthan: Udaipur

1. Tribute - One of the most consistently raved about places in Udaipur. See for yourself what the fuss is all about.

2. Grasswood Cafe - A laid-back spot, perfect for winding down and meeting other travelers.

Day 8

An oasis in the desert state, Ranthambore is where tigers roam free. Spend a night with India's big cats and the best of India's natural heritage.

A Day In Ranthambore

The drive from Udaipur takes around seven hours, so leave very early in the morning to enjoy the afternoon in Ranthambore.

Ranthambore National Park is a national treasure, teeming with tigers and a host of native wildlife. From the desolate arids of the hinterlands to the wild flourish of tropical forests roaring to be explored, Ranthambore is the perfect place to end the trip in the lap of nature. Explore the National Park on a horseback safari for a truly immersive experience in one of the best preserved Tiger reserves in the country. One of Rajasthan's absolute highlights!

Read 'Tracking the Pugmarks of the Wild Wild Tiger' by Richa

Tripoto's Pick for the best place to stay is Sher Vilas Resort, where a night's accommodation costs around Rs. 2500.

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All prices are approximate and were last updated on Jan 8, 2016.

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