- Rajasthan Trip – 11 days, 21 hours, 13 minutes to India
- Rajasthan Trip – Lift off!
- Rajasthan Trip – Kind of a chaotic beginning
- Rajasthan Trip – Mandawa … I want more
- Rajasthan Trip – Bikaner
- Rajasthan Trip – Deshnok
- Rajasthan Trip – Khichan
- Rajasthan Trip – Jaisalmer my top picks part I
- Rajasthan Trip – Jaisalmer my top picks part II
- Rajasthan Trip – Jaisalmer my top picks part III
- Rajasthan Trip – Jaisalmer my top picks part IV
- Rajasthan Trip – Jodhpur
- Rajasthan Trip – Ranakpur
- Rajasthan Trip – Kumbhalgarh
- Rajasthan Trip – Udaipur
- Rajasthan Trip – Wonderful Hideaway
- more to come the coming weeks…
I call it “Our Rajasthan trip”, but it actually also includes Delhi and Agra.
I like India, the colors, the heritage, the clothes, the food… Every time I am there for business I try to annex some fun time, sight seeing and shopping. But it is always too short and too little. I want more…
So, I started to explore “What is there to see?” in India. I think the density of beautiful sites, the diversity, the many distinct cities, the history, the food, the climate, … actually almost everything about Rajasthan appealed to me.
What do I want?
In order to plan and prep for a great vacation I really need to understand what I want and what my travel companion wants.
Here we go… I WANT:
- As usual, to do a road trip, a loop across the region
- Experience the Maharaja era
- To take unique pictures as well as the type of pictures I found on the net, using that special light, typical scenes, …
- Local and genuine: Get as close as possible to the local population, taste the local food, buy local products, meet new people, …
- Actually, I expect again some cool coincidences and funny situations
- See cattle and other animals taking part in traffic again
- Expand my knowledge of Indian cuisine… by eating a lot of different things 🙂
- Refill my (and my mum’s and daughter’s) inventory of beautiful jewelry, scarfs, fabrics, bags, and all other stuff we can imagine…
- Have a real vacation with one of my best friends, without kids or husbands. So in essence, being selfish.
- Sleep in a variety of places, from high end resorts, historical buildings, tents (glamping…), homestays, budget hotels and hostels.
- Have chill moments… mainly in resorts next to the pool
- Squeeze the most out of it – see and do as much as possible without running a marathon
- To be driven, not drive myself this time
- Have freedom to change whatever we want, when we want
Looking back at this list… I think we can check them all! Including being treated as and called a Maharani, pigs passing by with monkeys on their backs, being dazzled by some great properties and treatments, enjoying local food in local family restaurants, and spending too much as usual…
Not sure why most travel agencies start a Rajasthan trip with the Taj Mahal. I want to keep the biggest treat for the end.
Day 1: All day travel from Brussels through Frankfurt and arriving in Delhi after midnight local time
Day 2: Don’t waste time and head straight from the airport to Mandawa, where we can explore the city and relax at our hotel Vivaana in a restored haveli.
Day 3: Visit Bikaner and the Rat Tempel in Deshnok. Initially planned to stay over in Phalodi or Khichan, but there is not much available so we stay in Bikaner for the night.
Day 4: Observe the migrating birds at Khichan. Continue towards Jaisalmer. Stay in a quaint hotel (Hotel Heritage House).
Day 5: Further explore Jaisalmer and its fort. Depart to the desert for the camel safari with sleeping under the stars.
Day 6: Waking up in the desert. Once back in Jaisalmer, some more sightseeing and enjoy the lushness of our resort Suryagarh.
Day 7: Head out to Jodhpur. Keep it to one night instead of two in favor of more time in the mountain ranges.
Day 8: Explore the blue city a bit and travel to Ranakpur to marvel at the Adinath Tempel.
Day 9: Pass by Kumbalgarh Fort and make our way to Udaipur. Staying at Gaj Villas.
Day 10: Explore Udaipur.
Day 11: Drive to Raipur, where we have our own little cottage with private swimming pool… ideal to celebrate my birthday. Staying at Lakshman Sagar Resort.
Day 12: After being extremely lazy, drive towards Pushkar. Glamping at Orchard Pushkar.
Day 13: Explore Pushkar and later in the day make our way to Jaipur.
Day 14: Enjoy Jaipur and Amber.
Day 15: Play with the elephants.
Day 16: Celebrate Holi!.
Day 17: Via Chand Baoli stepwells get to Agra. Seeing and exploring Agra and the Taj Mahal in different ways.
Day 18: Our last day. Exploring some more Agra and Delhi. And then our very early morning flight home…
We found our driver through Pearls of India/ Nepal. What a find! I will dedicate a post to him including contact details for other travelers to enjoy an equally stress free vacation in Rajasthan.