10 must do in Rajasthan that we missed

We did a 10 days trip to Rajasthan covering Jaipur and Udaipur in September, 2016. Although there is so much more to see in Rajasthan, still we had included only these two cities in our itinerary so that we could thoroughly enjoy every bit of these two places. I was sure, with 10 days at hand, we could do all there was to do and see all there was to see in Rajasthan. But, to my surprise, we still feel short of time. There is so much of culture and tradition to soak into that it was simply impossible to have it all. There’s still more left to cover. We hope to return back soon and cover the rest.

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In the meanwhile, we decided to add this post so that it helps any other traveler do their due diligence and form their itinerary accordingly. So, here goes a list of things that we missed on our recent trip of Rajasthan or that we wished to have done differently, had we known better.

1) Minimum two full weeks itinerary instead of 10 days

Although we went for 10 days vacation covering just two well connected beautiful cities , still time felt short. We had a toddler with us and we had to spend some extra time resting between places. Instead of 12-14 hrs a day, we had to stick to 8 hrs a day itineraries. Moreover, most of the places worth visiting open to tourists by 9am and close by 5-6pm. Due to this, time felt even lesser. Had we foreseen it, we would have planned a trip of  2 weeks so that we had more time to soak into the Rajasthan culture and tradition. And also cover everything that we had to miss on in these two cities.

I am not sure when we will get a chance to make a trip to these cities again. But to all fellow travelers, I would recommend to make a minimum of two weeks itinerary when going on a trip to Rajasthan, particularly if you are traveling from far. If you are going on weekend getaways from other nearby cities, then maybe you can stick to one location at a time. This way, you will be able to do justice to the place you visit.

2) Cover places around Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur as a city can be covered in three to four days. We do recommend a 3 days itinerary of Jaipur here. But, there are many places around Jaipur within 200km worth visiting. We had not taken this factor into account when we did our trip. Had we put some extra days into our itinerary, we could have made day trips to Bharatpur, Sikar, Alwar, Ranthambore, Bhangarh, Pushkar, Ajmer etc. But there was so much to see and do in the city itself that we couldn’t step out of the city within the three days that we spent there. We wish to plan another trip to Jaipur, wherein we stay in Jaipur for a week or ten days and do beautiful day trips to all these adjoining places.

If you base yourself in Jaipur when you travel to Rajasthan, I will strongly recommend to visit these beautiful destinations around Jaipur. To cover Jaipur city as well as these places around will require a minimun of two weeks itinerary. Also, if forming this itinerary, you can take into account the weather conditions. For instance, Ranthambore national park opens for tourists only post monsoons, in the month of October. When we went to Rajasthan in September, the park was still closed for tourists.

3) A visit to Anokhi Hand Printing Museum in Jaipur , Rajasthan

I particularly love the hand printing that is tradition of Rajasthan. I was eager to visit Anokhi hand printing museum to see how the different kind of hand printings are done. Anokhi hand printing museum is located very near to Amber fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan. But, unfortunately, we had planned to visit Amber fort on Monday. And this museum stays closed on Mondays. But we didn’t have time to alter our plans. So, we decided to continue with our trip to Amer, Jaigarh and Nahargarh forts. Thus, we had to drop Anokhi Hand Printing Museum. Next time when I go to Rajasthan, I am surely going to make it here. But had I known this fact beforehand that the museum remains closed on Mondays, I would have better planned my itinerary so I could accommodate this place in our itinerary.

4) A boat ride on lake Pichola in Udaipur, Rajasthan

Well, you might be smiling by now. Went to Udaipur and didn’t do a boat ride on lake Pichola, huh!! In a way, it was a calculated decision at our part to stay farther, near to Fateh Sagar lake instead of lake Pichola. As, we liked the quiet area around Fateh Sagar lake compared to the busy commercialized area surrounding lake Pichola. Still we were counting on one boat ride in lake Pichola. But we couldn’t do it in lieu of time. Actually, we left the city of Udaipur carving for a boat ride on lake Pichola. And it is really hard to wait for the next time.

We did a four day trip of Udaipur city. In these four days, two days we went out, one on a day trip to Ranakpore and Kumbhalgarh and another one on a day trip to Chittorgarh. So, we actually spent only two days in the city of Udaipur. Although we did a lot during these two days. On one of these days we visited the places around Fateh Sagar lake like Sahelion ki Bari, Shilpgram etc. On the last day of our trip in Udaipur, we visited the old city covering the Udaipur City Palace, Jagadish Temple, Bagore Ki Haveli Museum and did a lot of shopping end of the day. We couldn’t get time for boat ride on lake Pichola at the end of it all.

5) Visiting more temples of Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan

There are so many beautiful temples in Jaipur and Udaipur. We visited some but wanted to pay a homage to some more , which we couldn’t due to lack of timing. We, however, happened to visit the marvelous Jain Temple of Ranakpore which more than compensated for what we missed, still, wish we could have visited some more. As, my mom was particularly eager to visit the pilgrimage & holy places. These include the Karni Mata Temple, Ekling Ji Temple, Srinath Ji Temple of Udaipur. Also, the Birla temple and Kalki Temple of Jaipur. Definitely when we go there next time, we will cover these. But wish we had little more time for these temples. Since they are all unique (and famous) in their architecture.

6) Being early bird in Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur, Rajasthan

On our last day in Jaipur , we visited Chokhi Dhani in the evening. Our cab was delayed by an hour. Then, we didn’t know the route.  Finally, with the help of gps and some guidance from locals here and there we arrived at Chokhi Dhani. Upon arrival, we had to roam a little before we were able to fix our parking spot.

By the time we arrived at the resort, it was 8pm (That also, on a Sunday evening). It was crowded and we had only 3 hours left to enjoy the place and have our dinner as well. As, the resort closes at 11pm. Once we entered inside Chokhi Dhani, we realised there was much more to cover & see than we had anticipated. In no time, we were already preparing for our way back. Time just flew as we went through different stalls, performances and street food counters. I particularly regret to have missed the pottery unit where we could try our hands on pottery making and take with us the miniature pottery created on the wheels – our own master art!! Seriously, wished we would have started early and reached the resort by max 6pm.

7) Trying the street food of Rajasthan

Don’t really know why this one didn’t fall in place. Most probably because in both Jaipur and Udaipur we stayed in farther locations away from the hustle and bustle of the main city. And we also did day trips out of the city. So, on most of the days by the time we returned back to the city it was dinner time, and we headed straight to our hotel. We wish we would have got a chance to try the famous thalis, Samosa and kachoris, matka kulfis and other mouth watering street delicacies of Rajasthan.

I particularly wanted to try the mouth watering Pani Puri in Rajasthan. Because I had heard the taste is quiet unique here (nothing surprising , pani puri does have a different taste in almost all the states of India, each adding a twist of it’s own and I love them all ). Next time when I am going to make my trip to Rajasthan, I will make sure not to miss on the street food part at any cost.

8) Visit to these places is Jaipur and Udaipur, Rajasthan

There were a few things that we had planned in Jaipur and Udaipur. Also, we had added a few places to visit and dine here and there. For instance , Leela for a dinner overlooking lake Pichola, Birla temple and Shisodri Rani Palace in Jaipur and several other such places that we couldn’t accommodate in our itinerary. So, basically, even within the city, we had to drop a few places here and there from our itinerary because of the crunch of time that we had. Next time when we make our trip, we will cover the places that are left.

9) Visit to an artist village

We wanted to keep a day for visit to a nearby artist village in Jaipur wherein we could see how the paintings, tie-dye, and carpet weaving and blue pottery are done. But unfortunately, we couldn’t get time to materialize this visit. I am an artist at heart, who loves to get her hands on painting, pottery, and other crafts. So, for me, this trip meant a lot. But we couldn’t do it. I have heard Rajasthan is full of artists and their villages.

So, next time, even if I happen to visit any other part of Rajasthan, still I will try to find out an artisit village near it and make a trip there. But I truly wish I could have done it on this trip itself. So, for those who are planning your trip to Rajasthan, I would strongly urge you to include a visit to an artist village in Rajasthan. Without this, the trip would remain incomplete.

10) Namkeens and Sweets of Rajasthan

Rajasthan is famous for it’s namkeens (salty snack items) and sweets which last long. We wanted to buy some Rajasthani delicacies, including sweets and namkeens that are trademark of Rajasthan. And we also wanted to take these with us on our way back home, also, as gift for friends and relatives. We had saved this for the last moment so that whatever we buy would be as fresh as possible. But finally, at the end, we didn’t get time to buy these. Guess we should have bought a little here and there as we got chance. Nevertheless, Bikaner is quiet famous for it’s namkeens and we haven’t been there yet. So once we go there, we will make up for this loss.

Still, the fact that we still are wishing for things to have done on the trip , guess we needed better planning (and more number of days) for our trip. Gosh! we need to make another trip to Rajasthan soon….

10 must do things in Rajasthan that we missed to do.

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Sahelion ki Bari, Udaipur

City Palance, Udaipur

Shilpgram: Must visit in Udaipur

A day trip to Chittorgarh fort from Udaipur

A day trip to Kumbhalgarh fort from Udaipur

The magnificent Jain Temple of Ranakpur

How best to spend 4 days in Udaipur – itinerary 

3 days Jaipur Itinerary

An evening at Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur

The unconquored fort of Nahargarh, Jaipur

One day trip to Amer fort, Jaipur

Shopping in Rajasthan

Hotel Ram Pratap Palace, Udaipur

Bagore ki Haveli Museum, Udaipur

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70 Responses

  1. finaciofotografia

    Hum, reading your post I can see that I missed a few things in Rajasthan too… Mostly Udaipur, In my 6 times in Rajasthan I never went to this city, to be honest don’t know why, i think I need to work on it next time 😀
    I am also thinking about artist villages, never hear about it, will try to find something to visit, just love art 🙂

    • Wow..you have been to Rajasthan 6 times!! I am planning another trip there soon to cover Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. I wish to go to Udaipur again, because still there are things that we missed and we want to cover them on the next trip.

  2. You did miss a lot of good stuff man.

  3. A very informative blog! Do read mine on Dubai – its my first, would love some suggestions

  4. We just spent 3 weeks (November 2016) in Rajasthan, and I absolutely agree that 10 days are not enough. But you covered one of our favorites: Udaipur. What I woudl also add to your list are the Havelis of the Shekhawati-Region. They are really stunning.

    • Thanks Julia. Even we have heard a lot about the Havelis. Actually many of them are now turned into hotel. So, we plan to stay in one when we visit there next

  5. Now I can’t imagine how big Rajasthan is… but I’m sure it is a great place that has a lot to offer…
    I understand how you feel that you missed these 10 places, I always have these regrets as well for not being able to visit a certain place because of lack of time (and even planning) though it is always a good reason to come back 🙂

    • You are right. It has really given us a reason to get back as soon as possible. And yes, Rajasthan has too much to offer. It is one of the biggest states in India. But more than size what matters is it is so full of history and culture. That makes it difficult to cover the length and breadth of this place in depth

  6. in a way it’s like my hometown with galleries and art museums.. im curious about the handprinting, was hoping to see photos of handprints/ hand printed pieces .. thanks to your post I’d definitely not miss the hand printing museum

    • Thank you. If you make note of what not to miss, the purpose of our post is served 🙂 Definitely Rajasthan is quiet rich on art, culture as well as tradition

  7. It’s my first time hearing of such place. Is that in India? I’m not really aware of my geography these days. Anyway, what a detailed guide you did. I’m sure a lot of people will benefit from it.

    • Thanks, yes, it is in India. One of the most popular tourist hubs in India to be precise 🙂

  8. Wow, you’ve written 10 amazing things to do in this place and would love to experience it if given a chance. There’s so much to see and experience in this place and your photos are truly amazing. I like how you write your travel experience cause I really enjoy reading it and at some point I can really relate to some of the situations.

    • Thank you so much. Hope these points will help you when you plan your own trip to Rajasthan

  9. Reading through the post brought back fresh memories as we just returned from Rajasthan. Really there are so many things to cover in Rajasthan, that a couple of weeks is less. Would like to travel leisurely across the state for a month.

    • Same here Sandy N Vyjay. Would love to explore it for a month. Already planning the second trip 🙂

  10. Rajasthan sounds like an incredible place to visit! Even in just 10 days you did a lot. India is high on our places to visit so we will make sure to plan plenty of time (at the very least 2 full weeks) to make sure we see as much as possible.

    • In 2 weeks you will be able to cover many places, but still many will remain 🙂 Nevertheless, you can always return back on a next trip if you love the destination

  11. So it looks like there are so many things to do and see in Rajasthan. Now I know that if I ever get there I should stay longer. I wouldn’t want to miss the Anokhi Hand Printing Museum. I just googled it, it’s amazing what they can do!

    • You should keep at least two weeks at hand. And yes, do visit Anokhi and share your story when you do. I will love to hear how it was like

  12. I can totally relate to this article Neha. Though we managed to cover some of the destinations/activities you have mentioned here, there are a few which we failed to cover. The Ranakpur Jain temple being the one I miss the most. However, we were lucky to have discovered some amazing gem of places such as Menal, Garadia Mahadev, Bhimlat etc. Besides, we also wanted to visit Churu, Bikaner, Pushkar, Ajmer, Rantambore and Jaisalmer. We took a conscious decision to miss them during our trip so that they could be covered on our 2nd trip. Even a 2 weeks trip would not be sufficient to cover a state as mighty as Rajasthan especially when you have a kid with you.

    • You are so right Sindhu. It would take more than a month to cover all that Rajasthan has to offer. Still you covered a lot of the places. And then I know there are so many more 🙂 For the same reason, we are planning our second trip as soon as possible.

  13. Such a great and in depth post. Great itinerary for me to use when I finally get over to India!

  14. Amazing! I didn’t have enough time to visit fully Rajasthan as well. Next time I will follow your description!

  15. I have been wanting to visit India after seeing posts from here this year. I think I will go in March. I will be saving this guide

  16. I wasn’t familiar with Rajasthar so I had to Google it. It’s always cool to read about “off the beaten path” trips. The street food, namkeens and sweets sound especially good, as well as the artist villages. I’ll keep this place in mind when I travel to India.

    • Rajasthan is actually not so much off the beaten path. It is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in India 😀 But yes, there is so much to do here and so much to see that you should definitely do your exploration before heading here

  17. Some places have so much to offer that even if you go for a longer period you just feel you are missing something. This just happened to us recently so I understand how you felt

    • You have put it in the apt words. You can never get done with some destinations

  18. Some of those things are definitely stuff that one should not miss. Its sad you had to miss them but i too always feel in my trips that i can have a 2nd better trip to the same place.

    • Yes, you are right. We have limited time. There seems to be so much to see and do all around. One trip is never enough

  19. I’ve always been wanting to travel to India and experience its diverse culture and tradition. I am also fascinated in visiting temples and just do nature tripping. I hope to do all these things once I step in India! 🙂

  20. I love street food and 10 days in Rajasthan eating my way through sounds perfect! Love art and the artist village in Jaipur sounds like it would be a lovely day out.

  21. 2travellingsisters

    The rajasthani street and sweets were the highlight of the trip, just couldn’t stop ourselves from hogging on all the traditional delcacies. Great post on must do things in Rajasthan.

  22. Perfect itinerary. How do you suggest we should move from one city to another, train or bus?

    • Depends. I would prefer trains because most of the cities have overnight trains between them and this would save time. But then if too many train journeys are taken at short gap, it might tire you out. So, if you are moving between multiple cities, use a mix of train and road trips

  23. Big ups on traveling with a toddler! It is a pity you didn’t make it to the artistic village, hopefully you will have a chance to visit there soon in the new future. Thank you for the detailed post and recommendations for the places you weren’t able to see.

    • Thanks Chanelle. We hope we will be able to make a trip here soon and on that trip we will more than compensate for what we missed

  24. This visit experience sounds amazing. The views are great too. I don’t think I could visit there in any near future, but just reading about it makes me fell happy!

  25. The artist village sounds very interesting (: I like that you were so detailed and I can feel like I was there.

    xoxo
    Isaly Holland

    • Thanks Isaly. The artist village was one great experience we missed..definitely we will make it to here the next time

  26. Wow, you experienced a lot. I had no idea that there was such a thing as a hand printing museum, that looks intriguing. Sounds like you need a return trip to purchase those sweets that you did not have time to go back for.

    • Exactly Sara 🙂 We will make another trip to these cities for sure to cover what we missed

  27. This is a great guide for someone looking to visit Rajasthan. We were also in Rajasthan in the month of September 2016 though we covered Jaipur and Jodhpur only with a stopover at Ajmer. We missed going to Nahargarh, which we plan to complete in Jan. 🙂

    • Wow..glad to know that. See, we all have to miss out on something or the other because Rajasthan has so much to offer. Same for us, will be planning a second trip to cover what we couldn’t in the current trip

  28. fulltimecanada

    Planning for travel can be tough, especially with time constraints. You may not have done everything you wanted, but at least you now have a reason to make a return trip, right?

    • You are right. I guess I just needed an excuse for a return trip since the place is so beautiful and has so much to offer. I would have returned here anyways 🙂

  29. Its such a shame when you miss out on things at a destination – but it is a great excuse to go back and visit again soon! 😉

    • hmmm… however sometimes you are left carving for more and due to other constraints, a second trip doesn’t happen soon enough

  30. After a long trip, everyone has to deal with the pros and the cons of his itinerary.
    In 10 days you have seen a lot of things and have surely enjoyed your time, plus, you were sightseeing with a toddler so, you were just great like this!
    But I also loved your honesty to point out what didn’t work on your planning: I always read about how perfect are one or the other trip, and no one usually says “probably it was better do things like this instead of what we did”, and I want to thank you for that. I think that many travelers would like to read more about that, because also these informations are vital to plan a journey!
    I’m looking forward to your next trip there 🙂

    • Thank you so much alice for your sweet comment. I totally agree, and in the same spirits I have written this post so that others can see the flaw in my planning, take a learning and then better plan their trip so that they don’t miss out on what we did. No one can cover everything, but we can wisely choose what we like the most.

  31. Wow Rajasthan looks like such a culturally rich area of the world! Those photos are absolutely breath taking! Thanks for all the tips and information, will definitely use this for when we go travelling around that area! 🙂

  32. Rajasthan is such a colorful place. Must visit!

  33. I had been wanting to go to rajasthan in Jan. You provided me with a perfect itinerary. Thanks ☺

  34. stylishtravlr

    To be honest I have never heard about this place before so before I started to read your post I googled it and I have to admit it looks fabulous ! and you recommend such a great places to see over there! Thank you for sharing !

  35. Jaipur is somewhere in India that I really want to go to. The artist village in particular sounds neat!

    • Yes, a trip there, in my opinion, can’t complete without a visit to an artist village

  36. Wow great post! these places look beautiful and i’m so craving a trip to visit now after reading your post! The Namkeens sound absolutely delicious!

  37. Really in-depth report – not sure if I even still have to go there now. Just kidding, it’s really nice to get so much information about so non-mainstream destinations. This will definitely help us for our planning, thanks!

    • Thanks Markos. We thought to put all the info thoroughly so that you could benefit from it 🙂

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