When many of us think of India, we think of Rajasthan to be the quintessential heart of the country.
From its world-famous landmarks to its exotic taste in spicy culinary delights, Rajasthan offers travellers an excellent destination to experience the authentic India. Visit the “Venice of the East” or wander through the streets of Jaipur made famous, more recently, as the home of the “Marigold Hotel.
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Rajasthan experiences a tropical desert climate with very hot summers and cool winters. From April until September temperatures can rise above 40 degrees Celsius, although July and August can be very wet with 400 mm of rainfall. Winter temperatures (November to February) can dip to an average of 19 degrees.
Jaipur, “The Pink City”, is the capital of Rajasthan state. Its famous nickname comes from the colour of the buildings which were painted pink for the visit of the Prince of Wales in 1876. The city has many interesting buildings to view including the world famous Hawa Mahal and the stunning City Palace, which was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in the 19th century. Another interesting complex is the Jantar Mantar Observatory, a UNESCO World Heritage Site completed in 1738.
Situated in the town of Amer, the spectacular Amber Fort sits on the top of Aravali Hill overlooking Maotha Lake. The fort consists of magnificent large ramparts and gateways and can take several hours to discover all its secrets. In the evening, there is a dramatic light and sound show.
Located on the shores of Lake Pichola, Udaipur is known as the most romantic city in India. It’s also been called the “Venice of the East” due to the number of artificial lakes which it surrounds. It also has its fair share of spectacular palaces including the beautiful City Palace, which consists of a colossal complex of 11 palaces, gardens and courtyards.