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Rajasthan is a universe of vibrance, culture, and heritage. Known as the Land of Kings, every nook and corner of Rajasthan embrace chivalry, grandeur, and regality. It is a land of surreal deserts, exotic wildlife, and luxurious living that tourists come flocking in great numbers.
Rajasthan Travel Guide
Before you set out exploring the mystical land, there are a few things that you must know about Rajasthan. Read on the travel tips and information to have a memorable Rajasthan Holiday.
Rajasthan is the largest Indian state encompassing an area of 3,42,239 square kilometres. It nestles in the western part of the state, amid the mountains of Aravali Ranges and sand dunes of Thar Desert.
Rajasthan is a place of abundance, giving your senses a delightful experience. From magnificent palaces to ethereal markets, from never-ending deserts to lush green forests, from a rich heritage to the modern lifestyle, the place has everything one can ask for. The unparalleled hospitality and comfort can make your Rajasthan Travel worthwhile.
Experiences Unique to Rajasthan
1. Desert Safari / Dune Bashing
Being a desert state, Rajasthan can offer the best desert safari experience. The sand dunes of Jaisalmer offer the best experience where you can mount on a jeep to enjoy the adrenaline rush.
2. Hot Air Ballooning
To enjoy the panoramic views of the glorious deserts of Rajasthan, you can try the hot air balloon rides in Pushkar. The surreal views and peace, away from the busy life, can give you a magnificent experience.
3. Camel Safari
No trip to the desert is complete without a camel safari. Travel the never-ending desert on a camel’s back and live the lifestyle.
4. Desert Camping
Desert Camp in Rajasthan
While exploring the desert is a great experience, you can also camp there. Live under the starry sky in basic tents or even luxury camps for a serene camping experience.
5. Stay in a Palace
Rajasthan Suryagarh Palace
Living is a palace like the royalty is a dream for many, that can only come true in Rajasthan. There are many forts and Havelis which are converted into hotels, where you can enjoy a luxurious stay.
6. Shopping in Vibrant Markets
Shopping in Rajasthan
Rajasthan is full of markets that sell artefacts, local handicrafts, and even handlooms. You can explore the vibrant markets with colourful merchandise. The wide variety of silver jewellery and ‘jutti’ can leave you baffled.
7. Visiting the Forts
Rajasthan Forts to visit
Rajasthan is home to plenty of Forts, each speaking stories of the glorious past and rich heritage. Taking a walk through these old walls can transport you back in time and let you feel like royalty.
8.Exploring Rajasthan’s Rich and Vibrant Culture
Rajasthan Culture – dance & Music
The place is known for its deep-rooted heritage and culture that can regale the visitors. From delicious authentic Rajasthani food to ‘ghoomar’ dance, from mesmerizing folk music to intricate art and crafts, the vibrant culture is worth experiencing.
Rajasthan Vibrant Culture – Art & Craft
Primarily, Hindi is spoken in Rajasthan. But the locals also have five distinct dialects like Marwari, Dhundhari, Mewari, Mewati, and Harauti. English can be understood by the locals.
Climate in Rajasthan
The climate of Rajasthan varies throughout the state. While the desert areas are hot and dry majority of the time, the Aravali Range can be wet and humid.
- Summers in Rajasthan start from April and go on till June.
- Monsoon season is from July to September.
- Winter season begins in October and ends in March.
Best Time to Visit Rajasthan
The ideal time to enjoy your Rajasthan holiday would be the winter season. The months of October to March offer pleasant weather conditions allowing you to explore the place. It is the peak season for tourists.
How to Reach Rajasthan
There are three ways to reach Rajasthan. They are:
1. Rajasthan By Air:
The easiest way for Rajasthan travel is by air. Rajasthan has three main airports with both international and domestic flights. While Jodhpur and Udaipur Airport only have domestic flights, the Jaipur Airport has both.
2. Rajasthan By Road:
Rajasthan has well-maintained roads that allow connectivity with the neighbouring states and cities. The roads make up a picturesque backdrop for a memorable road trip.
3. Rajasthan By Railways:
The state also has impeccable railway connectivity. There are direct trains from all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bangalore.
Getting Around Rajasthan
Travelling in the state is very easy. You can avail buses, autorickshaw, cab, and even train to explore Rajasthan. You can easily book a taxi from outside the airport or through an app. While a taxi or cab is the fastest way to move around, it may also be heavier on the pocket. It can take around 5-6 hours to reach from one city to another.
Accommodation in Rajasthan
Rajasthan offers the ideal accommodation for every budget. Whether you are a backpacker looking for a hostel or yearning for luxury 5-star hotels and forts converted into stays, you can find the right accommodation here in these regions.
Palace Hotels Rajasthan
Jaipur: The busy ‘Pink City’ with plenty of hostels and hotels
- Udaipur: Opulent palaces become the epitome of a luxurious stay
- Jaisalmer: Magnificent Forts nestled in the lush green forests
- Jodhpur: Intricate Havelis offering surreal views of the ‘Blue City’
- Bikaner: Bikaner is home to top resorts and getaways
Rajasthan Top Cities to Visit:
Jaipur, also known as the ‘Pink City,’ is not only the capital but also the major hub of Rajasthan. It is home to many historical and religious sites like City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory and Birla Mandir.
The city of Ajmer is renowned all around the globe for the Dargah Sharif, the shrine of Saint Moinuddin Chishti. It lies in the foothills of the glorious Aravali Ranges and offers picturesque views.
Jodhpur is an embodiment of royalty. It was the centre of Mewar rule and still contains several magnificent palaces like the Mehrangarh Fort, which bespoke their grandeur. Also known as the ‘Blue City’ or the ‘Sun City,’ it must be on traveller’s itinerary.
From serene Gadisar Lake to majestic Jaisalmer Fort, from expansive sand dunes to intricate temples, Jaisalmer has a lot to offer.
A Rajasthan Holiday is never complete without visiting Udaipur. The ‘City of Lakes’ can take you on a luxurious getaway amid peaceful Lake Pichola glorious and Kumbhalgarh Fort.
The city of Pushkar is more like God’s own canvas painted with all the beautiful colours. Apart from Pushkar Lake, the city is known for hosting the infamous Camel Fair each year.
The ones looking forward to getting the authentic experience of Rajasthan’s rich culture and heritage, they must head to Bikaner. It is home to an abundance of forts and temples, all embracing distinct artforms called Usta and Chadwa.
8. Mount Abu
Mount Abu is a quaint hill station amid the expansive deserts of Rajasthan. The lush green and serene ambience makes it a perfect getaway from the hustle of city life.
With vibrant flora and fauna, Alwar also boasts of rich history. The city has seen various battles during the British Rule. You can visit the Karni Mata Temple, Sariska Tiger Reserve, and also the haunted Bhangarh Fort.
Chittorgarh is one of the oldest cities in the country. Situated on the banks of river Berach, the city has a lot to offer. One can visit the Chittorgarh Fort, Rani Padmini’s Palace, and Kalika Mata Temple.
Days Required to Explore Rajasthan
To experience the real essence of Rajasthan, you need to spend a minimum of 10 days in this mystic land. During this period you will be able to cover 5 cities and have an enjoyable experience.
Rajasthan Travel Guide
The Golden Triangle Tour
For people who are planning to travel for only 3-5 days can make the most of their vacation with the Golden Triangle Tour. It encompasses three major cities, Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra, which form a triangle on the map. The three cities have distinct experiences to offer and can amount to a thrilling holiday.
How Expensive is Rajasthan?
Rajasthan travel isn’t too expensive. Food and moving around the place will not cost you much. The stay can be a little expensive, especially if you choose a luxurious haveli or 5-star hotel.
Bikaner Main Attractions are
The Karni Mata Temple
Bikaner – Karni Mata Temple
The Junagarh Fort
National Research Centre on Camel / Camel Breeding Farm
Camel Species Identification & Usage
The Bikaneri Camel
The Jaisalmeri Camel
The Mewar Camel
Rann of Kutch Camel
National Research Centre on Equines
The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum
Shri Laxmi Nath Temple
The Lalgarh Palace
Places to Eat in Bikaner
Shopping in Bikaner
Music, Dance & Festivals
The Bikaner Camel Festival and Fair
Namastey from Team India Ghoomo, It’s Sarita & Kamal and welcome to Rajasthan series on our channel. In this post/video, we will share our dune bashing experience at Sam Sand Dunes at the Thar Desert.
Jaisalmer – Thar Desert Safari Dune Bashing at Sam Sand Dunes
Rajasthan in India is famous for its rich culture, traditions, majestic forts, decorated havelis, temples and Sand dunes that attracts tourists from around the world. 45 km west from the Golden City of India – Jaisalmer, is one of the most authentic desert dune site – The Sam Sand Dunes. Here, one can enjoy some dune bashing followed by camel ride and later enjoy the breathtaking views of the sunset.
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The Sam Sand Dunes
45 Kms from Jaisalmer
How to Reach –
Hire a 4X4 wheel drive either from Jaisalmer or book an accommodation at a desert camp. Most of the camps offer desert safari in their package ( plz confirm with them before booking)
Desert Safari / Dune Bashing Timings –
The safari starts at around 3:30 pm
Desert Safari Best Season –
From October to March is the best season to visit the Sam sand dunes of Jaisalmer.
Desert Camps near Sam Sand Dunes –
There are a number of desert camps on the way from Jaisalmer towards Sam Sand Dunes that need to be booked in advance. The price range varies from between 6k – 10k per night.
Jaisalmer Dune Bashing at Sam Sand Dunes
Things to Keep in Mind while Dune Bashing at Sam Sand Dunes
– The safari gets really tough over the dunes , so it’s important to get hold of your seats.
– People suffering from back problems, heart or lung ailments, pregnant women and small children should refrain from this activity.
– A number of local artists would be willing to perform for/with you. Enjoy the activity and don’t forget to offer them some tip for the same.
– At the dunes site, a number of vendors can be seen offering tea and snacks. You can have them or carry your own snacks / water bottle.
– After the jeep safari, you can go for a camel ride. At Sam sand dunes, you will find a number of locals with their camels offering camel rides. These rides are priced between Rs. 250 – 300 per head (Plz note prices are subject to change)
– Enjoy the views of the beautiful sunset and click lots of pictures.
Dune bashing experience at Sam Sand Dunes at Thar Desert is something one should definitely not miss. We at India Ghoomo highly recommend this activity.
Jaisalmer Dune Bashing Sam Sand Dunes
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Jaisalmer Sam Sand Dunes
Jaisalmer Sam Sand Dunes Desert Safari
Jaisalmer Sand Dunes Desert Safari
Jaisalmer Dune Bashing
Jaisalmer Camel Ride
Bikaner in Rajasthan – India, is famous for its imposing palaces, forts and temples. 30 Kms from Bikaner, in the town of Deshnok is one of the strangest and unusual temples in the world – The Karni Mata Temple. The impressive architecture and the spiritual significance of Karni Mata temple makes it one of the most sought after tourist attractions in Bikaner.
Mysterious Karni Mata Temple in Bikaner – Rajasthan Rat Temple
The current temple was built by Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner about 100 years ago. It is made of marble and stone, with silver doors at the entrance. Everyday, thousands of tourists, locals and pilgrims visit Karni Mata temple to seek blessings of the goddess and the rats that rule the temple – yes, you hear it right RATS.
The temple is home to over 20,000 rats also called “Kabas or “little children,”. These rats are treated sacred. Hence, are fed, protected and worshipped here.
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Namastey from team India Ghoomo, It’s Sarita & Kamal and welcome to Rajasthan series. In this post/video, we will take you to Karni Mata Temple and explore the uniqueness of this beautiful mystical temple
The main deity in the temple is Goddess Karni Mata who is regarded as the incarnation of Maa Durga & The kabas are believed to be the manifestations of Karni Mata herself and her sons.
Rats at Karni Mata Temple Rajasthan
The Main Shrine at Karni Mata
The shrine has a beautiful 75 cms tall idol of Karni Mata holding a trident or trishul in her hand. She is adorned with a crown and a garland of flowers. It is popular belief that Goddess Durga in the form of Karni Mata lived at the place where the temple stands today and performed miracles during 14th century.
The moment you enter the temple courtyard you will see rats all over the place – popping out of holes in its marble walls, running around crossing the isle ,tumbling down the staircases and balancing on the frames of the cast-iron gates. You will also find a bunch of them lazing around.
Karni Mata Temple Bikaner – Rajasthan
These rats are very friendly and do not bite the barefooted pilgrims who enter the temple. Rather, you will find them running around and playing with the visitors. And if a kaba happens to run across you feet, consider it auspicious.
You will find the rats either nibbling on sweets and prasad that has been offered to them or slurping milk and water from huge metal bowls kept on the ground. Rats can also be seen inside the main shrine feeding on the prasad and milk offered to Karni Mata, while the pujari performs puja rituals.
The temple rats are different from the ones found in houses. House rats are known of spreading diseases such as plague and often bite people. But the temple rats are totally harmless. There are no recorded cases of humans contracting a disease from the temple rats. The temple has never had an outbreak of plague, unlike other areas of India. The rats are also not known to ever bite or attack humans in any way and they never leave the temple even though they are free to do so.
Yet another strange and astonishing fact about the rats in this temple is that no one has ever seen newborn Kabas and most of them are of a typical size and look replicates of each other. No one exactly knows anything about their mysterious life cycle. However, there is a legend associated with their life cycle that we have mentioned in our blog post. Link is in the description box below.
Karni Mata Temple is the best place to visit if you want to observe fascinating religious customs and want to enjoy watching thousands of rats running around you and over your feet as you walk around in the temple and feel the presence of Karni Mata.
Things to Keep in Mind at Karni Mata Temple
– There is no entry fee
– Temple opens at 4:00 am
– Milk and prasad is easily available at various stalls just outside the temple. Carry some to offer to the deity and to feed the rats.
– Footwear is not allowed inside the temple. However, you are free to wear socks. On request, fabric shoe covers are available outside the temple. You can cover your feet with them before entering the temple.
– The rats are everywhere inside the temple. Hence, their chances of coming underfoot is very high. The temple rule says if anyone happens to crush a rat under his/her foot, they will have to offer a rat made of gold to the temple as punishment. Therefore, be extra careful.
– During Navratri the temple witnesses huge influx of locals to come to seek Karni Mata’s blessings.
Rats at Karni Mata Temple Bikaner Rajasthan
Rats at Karni Mata Temple Bikaner in Rajasthan
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