Introducing Chetram Voyages – A tour operator from Rajasthan

Exploring India is not a rare desire. More than 6 million travelers from all over the world land at International Airports of India just to experience the rich culture of the vibrant country. And most of these travelers are interested in visiting Rajasthan, which is the only royal state of India.

Rajasthan was once known as Rajputana, a name given to the states of current Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. In Rajputana, there were more than 30 kings with their palaces and forts. But after the 1947 independence, these Maharajas lost their power to collect tax, but they turned their forts into museums and palace into luxury hotels. And because of these forts turned museum and palace turned hotels, Rajasthan is one of the top two tourist attractions in India.

Introducing Chetram Voyages

Chetram Voyages

Chetram Voyages is a tour operator from Rajasthan which offers tour packages for various cities of Rajasthan. Their list of packages include:

  • Tour of Jaipur, the pink city.
  • Tour of Jodhpur, the blue city.
  • Tour of Jaisalmer, the golden city.

Apart from this, they offer trips to cities like Pushkar, Ajmer, Bundi, Ramgarh, Bikaner and the lake city of Udaipur. The reason I am mentioning Chetram Voyages at our site is that they have visited most of Rajasthan and thus they are more qualified to assist us all in exploring Rajasthan.

Below are some insider view from Chetram Voyages on how and when to explore Rajasthan.

How to explore Rajasthan?

Rajasthan tourism

In Rajasthan, one can explore the state by flights as Rajasthan has major airports in cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. But the cost of traveling by air becomes too costly as apart from Jaipur, no other cities get a high number of flights from major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, etc.

Second option to explore the state of Rajasthan is by train. All the key cities are well connected with train network. A piece of advice – always book trains that are express trains.

Third and final options is to travel Rajasthan by road. As Rajasthan gets a high number of foreign and domestic travelers, both central and state government has done a remarkable job to develop National & State Highways. The cost of traveling by road is not as expensive as flights but demands little more than the train.

Best months to explore Rajasthan?

As Rajasthan is a dry state or desert state, it is advisable to plan a holiday in the months from August to March. Many domestic travelers visit cities like Jaipur and Udaipur as they are quite close from cities like New Delhi, Ahmedabad, etc. So even in the off-season, which is from the months of April to July, weekends are full of domestic travelers.

A list of road trips for Rajasthan from New Delhi

The road trips in Rajasthan are thrilling and truly delighting. Rajasthan has so much to see, and if you want to visit each and every place of your itinerary, your trip should be well planned.

Road trips let you feel the culture, breeze, sample the local food and enjoy the region. The state is well-connected to the other parts of the country by road and rail. These are a few must-visit road trips in Rajasthan:

Delhi to Ajmer:

Ajmer

Ajmer is a quite popular destination and is famous for Dargah of Saint Moinuddin Chisti which is revered by all communities. The road between Delhi to Ajmer is superb, and you can easily go by car. The route you will follow is Delhi-Jaipur-Pushkar-Ajmer.

You can take stoppage first at Jaipur and then at Pushkar because there are Lots of must see sites in both the cities. Jaipur is famous for Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Amer Fort, GovindJi Temple and Jantar Mantar.

Every site carries a unique architectural style and a Royal past. Pushkar is famous for classic palaces and temples. The temple of Brahma Ji near Pushkar Lake is a well-known pilgrimage site.

Also have a look at this thread started on suggestion on travelling in Rajasthan via road.

Delhi to Jaisalmer

Jaialmer

You can take the route Mandawa-Bikaner-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer. You should take halts in between to enjoy the beauty and culture of the state. Mandawa is a small town in the district, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. The streets and houses of the town are painted with frescoes. There is a Fort and many Grand Havelis which were made by local Marwaris.

Bikaner is well-known for Junagarh Fort and Lalgarh Palace. Jodhpur is the land of Forts; Umaid Bhawan Palace. Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada are best examples of the Great Ancient work.  Jaisalmer is the land of sand. It is world famous for Sam-Sand Dunes and Jaisalmer Fort, also known as Golden Fort.

Delhi to Udaipur

Udaipur

From Delhi to City of Lakes, Udaipur. It is one of the most favourite road trips of Rajasthan. The route can be Delhi-Jaipur-Bundi-Chittorgarh-Kumbhalgarh-Udaipur. Roads on this route are okay. This is a long course and has many fascinating sites on the way.

You can take stop in Jaipur to see Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace and Kanak Vrindavan.

Bundi is famous for Garh Palace and Sukh Mahal. Raniji ki Baori in Bundi is a fascinating place. Chittorgarh is known for Chittorgarh Fort, Vijay Stambha and Meera Temple.

Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh has a wildlife sanctuary which can be a great experience. Kumbhalgarh Fort, Badal Mahal and many temples are a major attraction of Kumbhalgarh. Udaipur, the City of Romance, has sheer beauty, picturesque lakes and authentic Forts.

Source of Transportation

While going on a road-trip, it is advisable to go by car or tempo-travelers, if total count of people is 5 or more. It is always cost-efficient, but if you 2 or 3 people are travelling, you should go by trains to reduce the cost. From Delhi railway station, there are trains available for every station with suitable timings.

This is how one should plan a Luxury Tour of Rajasthan in 2017

Rajasthan is commonly known as the Land of the Kings. Here one can easily find Hill Forts, Palaces, Lakes and Great Temples which all reveal the royalty of the state. A trip to Rajasthan can be very much luxurious, and in this post, we have tried to share some points which will be useful for travellers planning to visit Rajasthan.

Stay at some of the finest luxury places:

Lake Palace in Udaipur 2017
Lake Palace in Udaipur 2017

There are a few Royal Palaces in Rajasthan that has been converted into Resorts. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Rambagh Palace and Taj Lake Palace are a few famous examples.

Umaid Bhawan Palace located in Jodhpur & is an iconic structure made by Maharaja Umaid Singh. A part of this palace is the Royal residence, and the remaining portion has been converted into a luxury hotel, preserved by Taj Hotels.

Umaid Bhawan Palace
Umaid Bhawan Palace

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur was once the residence of Maharaja of Jaipur is now a luxurious hotel. A stay at this place is partaking of a wealth of experience. Taj Lake Palace also has the honour of being counted on top 5 luxury hotels of the world. Located in Pichola Lake, the beauty of palace is remarkable. It has 347 suites and rooms.

Also have a look at this post on Some mind blowing palaces from Rajasthan which turned in hotels. Here you will find a list of hotels in Rajasthan who were once royal palace. Some of the best ones for traveller planning a luxurious Rajasthan Road Trip.

The Royal Ranthambore Safari:

Ranthambore national park
Ranthambore national park

Ranthambore National Park is situated at the intersection of Aravalli and Vindhya ranges. You can enjoy the sights of the jungle in a safari ride. If lucky, you can get to see tiger or sambar deer. To witness the beasts in their natural habitat, can be the most unforgettable sight. The King of Jungle “The Royal Bengal Tiger” is an endangered species.

The best-known tiger reserve in India, Ranthambore is referred as the crown of Royal Heritage of India. This Tiger reserve is open twice a day: Morning 7.00 AM to 10.30 AM and Evening 2.30 to 6.00 PM. The best time to visit Ranthambore is between October and end of June. It remains closed during rest of the year.

Must Experience Sightseeing Tours:

Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh Fort

The city of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur must be present on your itinerary. Jaipur is famous for Amer Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort,  Jal Mahal and Kanak Vrindavan.

City Palace is an excellent blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur. Hawa Mahal was built in the 18th century and is the most remarkably designed monument of Jaipur.

Jal Mahal
Jal Mahal

Jodhpur, known as Blue City in known for diverse experiences. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada and The stepwells of Toorji Jhalara are well-known sights of Jodhpur.

Udaipur is known as The most Romantic City of the world. The city of lakes has beautiful lakes and picturesque views. Lake Palace, City Palace, Saheliyon ki Bari, Bagore ki Haveli and Lake Pichola are famous tourist spots in Udaipur.

The Best Source to Explore Rajasthan:

Maharaja Express train
Maharaja Express train

Rajasthan is a vast and widely spread state. There are two ways to explore the large state. One option is to hire a cab or tempo traveller. It is a convenient way to travel and you can many on the route sites.

The second option is to travel by Maharaja Express train. Maharaja Express is one of the leading luxury trains of India with elegant décor and gourmet dining. The train consists of different suites and cabins. It takes you to the most famous tourist route of India.