Experience Royalty in Colorful Rajasthan, India

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Explore the 'Desert Jewel of India.'

Rajasthan is a vibrant and exotic state in India where tradition and royal glory meet in a riot of colors against a backdrop of sand and desert. To travel Rajasthan is to experience an area unequalled in the world for heritage, culture, safaris, sand dunes, and lush green forests filled with wildlife.

Rajasthan is truly sugar, spice and many things nice, even with all the noise, chaos and heat. There is diversity everywhere you look, in people, customs, culture, costumes, music, manners, dialects, cuisine, and topography. Take a tour with GeTS Holidays to experience the the magical state of Rajasthan.

Soar high in the skies in Jaipur 

Famously known as the Pink City of India, Jaipur is the city of royalty, of tales of valor and courage, and of romance and chivalry. Majestic forts, luxurious palaces, lively temples, colorful bazaars, and vibrant streets have given the city a unique and unmatched character that immediately endears itself to every visitor. 

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Jaipur — the elephant ride to the historic Amer Fort — is just part of the experience on the 8-day Golden Triangle tour. The fort itself, built by Raja Mana Singh I, is an architectural symbol of the royal times. It is a mix of Hindu and Rajput influences, and like other forts of Rajasthan, you can feel the ornate aura here. 

While in Jaipur, you can enjoy a unique hot air balloon ride over the cosmopolitan city. Usually lasting an hour, you get a bird eye’s view of the entire landscape of the Pink City and get awe-inspiring views of city's the palaces, forts and natural beauty. Most balloon rides start from the Jal Mahal, Amer Fort, Shiv Vilas or the Delhi-Jaipur Road. If you opt for early morning rides, you can watch the sunrise from the balloon.  

Jaipur is also a foodie’s paradise, where you'll find delicious Rajasthani exotic dishes like Dal-batti-churma, Mawa Kachori, Mirchi Bada, and Ghewar. Another way to explore the beauty of the Pink City is on a 11-days escapade taking you through the famous cities of Delhi and Agra as well as giving you the best of architectural delights in Orchha and Khajuraho, concluding in the Spiritual Capital – Varanasi. 

Stroll the streets of the Blue City

Explore the splendor of the blue city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur, on this two week tour. The entire city of Jodhpur is painted in a beautiful hue of blue, which is where it gets it's name. Hovering over the blue is the impressive Mehrangarh Fort, situated about 120 meters above the city in an otherwise flat stretch of desert, and is thought to be one of the largest forts in India. Admire the intricate carvings on the walls of the fort and the far spread out massive courtyards.

The colorful street markets are also a shopper's paradise. Head to the Sardar Market, which is a huge bazaar filled with various sellers, near Jodhpur's clocktower. You'll find everything from brightly-colored bangles, traditional juttis (shoes), pottery, spices and fruits and vegetables.

Take a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola in Udaipur  

A quaint town built beside a small lake, Udaipur is the destination you want if you'd like to experience the glamour and royalty of Rajasthan. Go on a spectacular sightseeing tour of Udaipur and discover the gems that make this city stand out from the rest. Udaipur's magnificent City Palace offers a sneak peek into the lives of the many Mewar rulers who called the region home. Located on the east bank of Lake Pichola, it has several palaces built within its complex, most of which are topped by balconies and cupolas. A walk through the palace interiors will expose you to its deep-rooted history and stunning architecture. Come here for a warm afternoon tea served with delectable scones, jam and clotted cream. 

To experience elevated grandeur, visit the Taj Lake Palace, situated at the center of Lake Pichola in a way that it appears to be floating on top of the water. 

Be dazzled in Pushkar

Pushkar may not have the grandeur of other cities and towns in Rajasthan, but it's a must-visit destination for those who would like to observe how traditionally devout life happens in northern India. 

The town is colorful and chaotic, housing one of the few Brahma temples in the world. On this 8-day tour, you'll browse through the bustling, street-side shops and walk up to the hilltop Savitri temple for eclectic views of the town and surrounding countryside, before enjoying a banana lassie in one of the many rustic cafés. The town was built beside the glistening Pushkar Lake, now edged by traditional Indian-style pastel colored buildings. 

The town comes alive every year around October-November when it organizes its famous 5-day camel fair, known as the Pushkar Camel Fair. Here, Indian and foreign artists come together on the Jaipur Ghat and play instruments and perform, creating an electric atmosphere. 

Go on a wild ride in Ranthambore National Park 

One of the wildest things to do in Rajasthan is to go on an adventurous jeep safari tour of Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary. Ranthambore is one of the most well-known wildlife reserves in India and is home to tigers, elephants and a lot of other species of wild animals. This 7-night, 8-day itinerary will bring you through the Golden Triangle of Northern India (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur) for good tiger-spotting opportunities and spectacular views of their natural habitat. The tour will also take you through the famous forts, palaces, and local markets of Rajasthan, including a visit to the Taj Mahal and the brightly-colored local bazaars of Jaipur.

All photos courtesy of GeTS Holidays

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