Winters (November to February) are the best time for a Rajasthan road trip. Majority of the places to see in Rajasthan are outdoors, like the sand dunes in the deserts, the migratory birds, ancient forts, even the folk performances. So it is more suitable to visit them in cooler temperatures. Here are some of the places to see in Rajasthan this winter.
Rajasthan road trip recommendations
Pushkar – Immerse yourself in the Shree Sacred Festival
With 52 ghats and 300 plus temples, especially the Brahma Temple, Pushkar Lake, and Savitri temple, Pushkar is a definite stop on your Rajasthan road trip. The Shree Sacred festival held over two days in Pushkar for 2 days. A mix of heritage walks, yoga, meditation and sacred music on the banks of the Pushkar Lake is a poignant and divine experience. It is a star-studded affair with popular musicians like Shubha Mudgal and Kailash Kher performing to enchant the crowds.
Mount Abu – The only hill station in Rajasthan
One of the top places to see in Rajasthan is undoubtedly the 3 day Winter Festival at Mount Abu. The festival brings with it performances of folk dances and songs, rowing competitions, cricket matches, kite-flying, hot-air ballooning, and colorful processions to name a few. Dance forms like Daph, Sufi Kathak, Ghoomar and Gair mesmerize the audiences. The highlight of the festival is Deepdaan (offerings of earthen lamps) when innumerable lamps are illuminated and set afloat Nakki Lake.
Jaisalmer – Fun ride and Camel Safari on the Dunes
If you are looking for some adrenalin pumping fun and adventure activities on your Rajasthan road trip, then Jaisalmer is the perfect destination. Indulge in sand dune tours on a 4×4 vehicle or the royal camel safari. Camp on the dunes after a hard day of riding and revel in the Rajasthani folk dances. Take a heritage trip to the city of Jaisalmer to participate in the Annual Desert festival in Jaisalmer. This is a great starting point to visit some of the places to see in Rajasthan like Gadisagar Lake, Longewala Border Post, and the haunted Kuldhara Village.
Udaipur – Winter in the lap of Lakes
Udaipur is one of the most romantic places to see in Rajasthan with the picturesque Lake Palace Hotel set in midst of lake Pichola. The city boasts of palaces, ancient gates, temples, and intriguing alleys. Every turn and bend is full of tales of chivalry, valor, and heroism. These are showcased through the evening cultural show at Bagore-ki-Haveli which is a must-watch event in your Rajasthan road trip. Amongst the top places to see are the Monsoon Palace, Gulab Bagh, Pratap Memorial, Saheliyon Ki Baadi, Jagdish Temple and Vintage car collection.
Mewar – Kumbhalgarh Festival
Kumbhalgarh Festival takes the first place in the top ten places to see in Rajasthan. The festival falls in December every year with cultural activities showcasing performances of renowned artists. Tourists thoroughly enjoy the magnificent Light & Sound show along with the folk dances and songs. If you are traveling with kids on your Rajasthan road trip, the spectacular tug of war is a must-watch where the spectators also get to take part.
Jodhpur – A Heritage City
The majestic Mehrangarh Fort is the must-visit destination on every Rajasthan road trip. From the turrets of the 15th-century fortress, the sprawling unending blue colored houses are a breathtaking sight. A day trip must be made to the Umaid Bhawan Palace which is now a heritage hotel in parts and the beautiful memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. If you are craving for some fun in the winter sun try your hand at the zip wiring for a bird’s eye view of the Mehrangarh Fort.
Alwar-Ranthambore–Bharatpur – Wildlife at its closest
If you are a wildlife photography enthusiast – the Rajasthan Circuit of Alwar, Ranthambore and Bharatpur are the perfect destinations for your Rajasthan road trip. This circuit boasts one of the best bird and tiger reserves found in India. Siberian birds of Bharatpur and tiger spotting at Sariska Tiger Reserve and Ranthambore are activities than can be enjoyed in winter. The forts in Alwar and the Deeg Palace and Fatehpur Sikri are less than 40 km from Bharatpur, making them some other places to see in Rajasthan
Jaipur – Magnetic Fields Festival
Jaipur is a tourist’s delight any time of the year. The Magnetic Fields Festival and other year-end festivals make it one of the most enticing places to see in Rajasthan during winters. The Magnetic Fields Festival a 3-day musical delight, with the audience camping under the clear winter sky with the heady mixture of music floating around. Visitors of all age groups indulge in the rooftop dancing, treasure hunting, yoga classes and secret parties that highlight the festival.
These are some of our recommended places to see in Rajasthan on your next road trip.
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