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Rajasthan Holidays

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.

Destination Highlights
  • Roam Rajasthan’s spectacular array of ancient forts and ornate palaces, found all over the state
  • Take a trip to the City of Lakes, Udaipur, and live like royalty in one of the former palaces
  • Unearth India’s most exotic wildlife at the vast Ranthambore Sanctuary - with the chance to see the elusive tigers
  • Marvel at an incredible sunset over the undulating dunes of the Thar desert in Jaisalmer

Time Zone

GMT +5.5 hours

Currency

INR - Indian Rupee

Visa Information

Irish citizens are required to obtain a visa from the Indian embassy prior to arrival.

Language

Hindi and English are widely spoken.

Health Information

Some vaccinations are recommended when travelling to certain areas in India. Please contact your GP for vaccination requirements.
  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “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!”

     

  • Jas, Destination Specialist

    Jas

    Destination Specialist

    “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.”

  • Pushkar Festival

    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.

  • Elephant Festival

    Held the day before Holi in March, elephants adorned in jewellery and bright patterns parade through Jaipur’s streets during Elephant Festival. The festival is part of Jaipur’s Holi celebrations and a hark back to Rajasthani royalty - elephants historically being their sacred animal.

  • Kite Festival

    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.

  • 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

    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 subzi

    Accustomed to little rain and a shortage of vegetables, Papad ki subzi 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

    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.

Our Rajasthan destinations

Jodphur

Rajasthan

Jodhpur

Jodhpur
City Palace, Udaipur

Rajasthan

Udaipur

Udaipur

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