Long weekends serve as a perfect excuse to travel around. Thanks to the long list of festivals in India that we get to take 2-3 days off work just to break the monotonous circle of the daily routine. Rajasthan is a vast state and hence holds a wide range of options for every age group. Whether it’s sightseeing or an adventurous trip the state is full of such places in abundance.
As half of 2018 has already passed we thought of compiling information about all such destinations in Rajasthan where you can spend your weekends. Here is a list of 6 places to visit in Rajasthan over long weekends for the rest of the year, enlisted as per the month:
As 15th June is going to mark Eid-Ul-Fitr followed by Saturday on 16th and Sunday on 17th, you could very well utilize the three days to visit Chittorgarh. Founded by the Maurya Dynasty in 734 AD, it’s one of the most ancient cities of India and has been the birthplace of legends like Maharana Pratap.
The city is endowed with heritage forts, monuments, and temples. Some of the places of interest in Chittorgarh include Chittorgarh fort, Rana Kumbha’s Palace, Rani Padmini’s Palace, Kirti Stambh and Vijay Stambh.
Mount Abu is the only hill station of Rajasthan and hence one should not miss this place for the sake of the scenic beauty that it possesses. Since there are no festivals coming up in July, you can take a leave on any weekend combined with a Friday or Monday to enjoy a short trip.
It won’t take more than 3 days to complete your tour in Mt Abu as the main attractions of the city are boating in Nakki Lake, exploring the magnificent Dilwara temples, trekking on the Guru Shikhar Mountain and enjoy the panoramic view of Mt Abu from Achalgarh Fort.
Jodhpur is yet another gem that you will find in the list of places to visit Rajasthan for a royal tour experience. Nicknamed as the Blue City the Sun City, this place has a charm owing to the presence of so many forts and palaces here.
Apart from Mehrangarh Fort, tourist places like Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mandore Gardens, Ghanta Ghar, Sardar Samand Lake, and Masuria Hills. Since 22nd August is Eid-Ul-Zuha and 24th August is Onam followed by Rakshabandhan on 26th August, just take two more additional leaves and you are good to go for spending four days of leisure in Jodhpur city.
Due to the festival of Janmashtami on 3rd September, you will get to take 3 days off from work which you can spend exploring the small town of Bundi in the Hadoti region of Rajasthan. It has a perfect balance of temples, lakes, valleys, and hills. From the historical Raniji ki Baori to the ancient Garh Palace and the magnificent Taragarh Fort, this place will soothe with its beauty and the same time give you a blissful experience of being close to nature.
In the month of October, as 18th will be celebrated as Ram Navami and 19th will be Dussehra followed by two days of the weekend, you will have enough time to plan a short trip to a place like Udaipur, especially if you reside nearby or within Rajasthan.
Udaipur is the best tourist destination in India and the reason is its exquisite beauty. Nicknamed as the City of Lakes, this place is a perfect travel destination for couples or for those who are looking for a royal tour. The main attractions of Udaipur are Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Monsoon Palace, Udai Sagar Lake, and Kumbulgarh Fort.
The first weekend of November will be dedicated to the long list of Hindu festivals that include Dhanteras, Diwali, Govardhan Pooja, and Bhai Duj. So to spend more than 7 days of your vacation, the best place to visit in Rajasthan in November would be Jaipur.
There is a myriad of places to visit in Jaipur that include City Palace, Albert Hall, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, Nahargarh, and Jal Mahal. Besides, with more time to spare, you can visit the nearby places like the famous Brahmaji temple in Pushkar and Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Ajmer.
December is the best time to visit Rajasthan, particularly Jaisalmer. Situated in the heart of the Thar Desert whereby its sun-soaked dunes distinguish it from the rest of the state. Interestingly, the aerial view of the city depicts an image of a prince sitting on the ridge of sand dunes which is crowned by the Jaisalmer Fort.
Also since it’s Christmas time, you can spend your extended weekend in the desert camp of Jaisalmer, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. The trip also includes a cultural performance on the Rajasthani folk music and the delightful, mouth-watering cuisine.