Experienced travelers know how versatile Rajasthan is. On the outset of your travels into Rajasthan, you’ll be misled that the world’s favourite South Asian travel destination is only concerned with all things royal. Indeed, first time travelers dabble a bit in the “forts and castles” itinerary. It soon unfolds as a shopping destination, a detailed look into history, an adventure paradise – anything you want it to be. Rajasthan’s appeal is timeless, and spans generations.
Therefore, it only makes sense that even a travel itinerary for a family must include a variety of experiences. You’ll find at least one idea here worth your while.
Jaipur: local sightseeing
If you set up base camp at a centrally located hotel like Diggi Palace, you’ll have great access via quick auto-rickshaws to do the “classic Jaipur sightseeing – including the Hawa Mahal (known for its latticed windows), the Jantar Mantar royal observatory and the famous City Palace which where the kids will be excited to see an armoury fully stocked with swords and knives. There will be a lot of local shopping opportunities, but be willing to haggle, because everyone will promise you rubies!
Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort
300 kilometers away lies Jodhpur and a daily evening Ranthambore Express will get you there in 5 hours. The spectacular Mehrangarh Fort is the most exciting part of your journey here – it rests majestically on a rock outcropping high above the city. Maintained by a trust established by Jodhpur’s Maharaja, the Fort is a scholar’s delight, with great audio tours, and well maintained artistic influences present on every wall that survived the ages.
En route Udaipur: Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh fort
As your trip moves along, you’ll be captivated by the more remote destinations in Udaipur. It’s better to hit the road with a car rental, as the road south of Jodhpur is a beautiful drive towards the lush Aravallis. En route to Udaipur is the temple town of Ranakpur, home to a world famous Jain temple known for India’s finest sculptures. It is an authentic and glorious monument created for, and dedicated to Jain tradition and legacy. The temple is famed for its magnificent pillars and ornate artwork.
Kumbhalgarh is the state’s highest fort, and is home to the ‘Cloud Palace’, which involves a 15 km trip of walking through medieval temples, bordered by forested hills. Your journey forth will lead you into hamlets and quiet settlements.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Both the kids and the elders will love a trip to the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, which entailed a guided 4 hour walk that proceeds from the Palace into thick forest and shrub, before opening into lakes and streams.
Nearby lie famed lakes like Pichola Lake, Udai Sagar, Fateh Sagar and Swaroop Sagar. The ‘city of Lakes’ is also known for the beauty with which palace overlook the waters of the lakes. Local tours will provide you boat trips through the city, and you will be regaled by your guide with stories of valour and honour.