Rajasthan is one of India’s most enchanting states, a kingdom of kingdoms. This part of India welcomes you in a vibrant splash of colour; from the iridescent hues of the peacocks and the emeralds and saffrons of the sari-clad women, to the gold glitter of palace spires and the burnt-orange dunes of the desert.
The name Rajasthan translates as Land of Kings, and it’s an apt name for a landscape blanketed in vast desert kingdoms, delicate pink palaces and evocative ruins whispering of a rich past. Rajasthan is a fairytale world: exotic, exquisite and endlessly intriguing. Few destinations can match the magnificence of India’s largest state, and it’s not just the architectural splendour - prepare to be blown away by the glorious cuisine, incredible hospitality of the Rajput people, breathtaking landscapes and infinite treasures of the bazaars.
Enter a kaleidoscope of colour on a holiday in Rajasthan
Your Rajasthan travels will transport you to a legendary land of chivalry and tradition; a kingdom still living in its historic past. Wander the dusky-pink cityscape of Jaipur, the third city in the Golden Triangle. Glide across shimmering lakes to the promise of opulent palaces on a trip in Udaipur, the City of Lakes. Find impressive mountaintop forts in Jodhpur and dive into crumbling sandstone ruins and majestic desert forts in Jaisalmer. Experience India’s mesmerising past, and its tendrils in the traditions and cultures of the present.
The richness of Rajasthan’s heritage mirrors the richness of its art and culture. Here you’ll find an abundance of exquisite artwork, beautiful clothing and intricate handicrafts. Plan your Rajasthan holiday around a festival to see the state’s colours and cultures truly come to life.
We organise spectacular holidays in Rajasthan - where you’ll reside in luxurious palace-hotels, dine at fine restaurants and explore all the region’s most incredible sights. To plan your adventure, get in touch.
Great sample itineraries
Pair your Rajasthan travel with adventures in India’s other locations, from Kerala to Kolkata. There’s no shortage of sights and spectacles in this magical part of the world.
Luxury Tour Of Rajasthan
Maharaja Express Indian Splendour
Maharaja Express Train Tour
Varanasi Tour From Delhi
Udaipur Luxury Tour
Private Tour Guide For Taj Mahal
“Consider visiting Rajasthan during one of the many colourful annual festivals, such as the incredible Camel Fair at Pushkar or Kite Festival in Jaipur. Few places celebrate like Rajasthan!”
“Rajasthan is famous for its vibrantly coloured clothes and incredible styles. While you’re in this part of India, make sure you do some shopping in one of the colourful bazaars."
Events & Festivals
If you attend a festival anywhere in India, make it Rajasthan. This is a state that knows how to celebrate. Colour and vibrancy are ordinary customs in Rajasthan, and during annual festivities, the state comes into its own.
The Pushkar Fair - or Camel Fair - is an annual, multi-day livestock fair and culture fete held in Pushkar in November. Thousands of camels litter the desert-town of Pushkar, beautifully decorated in patterns, jewels and colours. The camels are traded, entered in beauty contests, raced and paraded. A huge carnival is held with musicians, magicians, dancers, acrobats and snake charmers - all-in-all an exhilarating affair!
Jaipur Literature Festival
Jaipur Literature Festival takes place each January in India’s cultural capital, Jaipur. It is the world’s largest free literary festival, celebrating literature, creativity and ideas. Expect lively, dynamic debates and discussions, readings and speeches.
A blur of colour fills the sky above Jaipur during Makar Sankranti - the annual Kite Festival. Each January, locals gather for three days to compete in kite flying. This is a wonderful time to visit and makes for some stunning photographs.
Rajasthan is home to a host of innovative and delicious dishes, created as a result of the geographic conditions and culinary limitations of the arid state. Each region has a trademark dish - make sure you sample some while you’re there.
Dal Baati Churma
Rajasthan’s signature dish, Dal Baati Churma, is a popular three-in-one delicacy. The platter consists of a sweet fried Churma, a spicy Dal curry and a deep-fried Baati bread. It is typical of the Rajasthani sweet and savoury cuisine combinations.
Laal Maas is a fiery Rajasthani meat curry, prepared with mutton, a yoghurt sauce, lots of garlic and a variety of chillies, such as red Mathania chillies. This is a rich and spicy curry, typically enjoyed with chapatis or rice.
Papad ki sabzi
Accustomed to little rain and a shortage of vegetables, Papad ki sabzi is one of Rajasthan’s authentic dishes. Roasted papads are broken up and added to a yoghurt gravy of flour, chilli, coriander and turmeric.
Kalakand is an Indian sweet made out of solidified, sweetened milk and paneer. The result is a moist, slightly grainy, cake, garnished in nuts - found at street stalls throughout Rajasthan.
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