Gandhi Jayanti Weekend: The Ultimate 3-Day Rajasthan Itinerary

From the vibrant streets of Jaipur to the blue-painted houses of Jodhpur and the romantic lakes of Udaipur, Rajasthan has something for every traveller
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Rajasthan, often called the "Land of Maharajas," is a mesmerising state known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning architecture. Rajasthan offers a unique blend of the old and the new with its magnificent palaces, intricate forts, and colourful bazaars. Planning a trip to Rajasthan can be overwhelming due to its vastness and diversity, but fear not. We've crafted the perfect 3-day itinerary to help you make the most of your visit to this enchanting state. And what better time to embark on this journey than during the upcoming Gandhi Jayanti long weekend?

Day 1: Jaipur - The Pink City

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
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Your journey begins in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and famously known as the "Pink City" due to its pink-hued buildings. Start your day with a hearty breakfast and prepare for a day filled with history, culture, and architectural wonders.

Places To Visit

  1. Amber Fort (Amer Fort): Begin your day by visiting the iconic Amber Fort, a majestic hilltop fortress that offers breathtaking views of the city below. Explore the intricately designed palaces, courtyards, and gardens within the fort. Don't miss the chance to take an elephant ride to the fort's entrance for a truly royal experience.

  2. Jal Mahal: Head to Jal Mahal, the Water Palace, a stunning architectural masterpiece in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. Although you can't enter the palace, the view of this palace amidst the serene lake is a sight to behold.

  3. City Palace: After lunch, visit the City Palace, a grand royal residence showcasing a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. Explore the museum within the palace, which houses an impressive collection of artefacts.

  4. Hawa Mahal: Your next stop is the Hawa Mahal or the "Palace of Winds." Admire its intricate façade with 953 small windows, designed to allow royal ladies to watch street festivals without being seen.

  5. Shopping in the Old City: Spend your evening strolling through the bustling markets of Jaipur's old city. Shop for traditional Rajasthani textiles, jewellery, and handicrafts in places like Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar.

Places To Stay

Luxury

The Rambagh Palace: Experience royalty at this former royal palace turned luxury hotel. It offers exquisite rooms, lush gardens, and exceptional dining options. Book here.

Mid-Range 

Samode Haveli: This beautifully restored haveli (mansion) blends traditional Rajasthani architecture and modern comfort with a lovely courtyard and pool. Book here.

Budget-Friendly

Hari Mahal: A charming budget hotel with clean rooms and friendly staff, providing a comfortable stay without breaking the bank. Book here.

Places To Eat

In the heart of Jaipur, the Pink City, you'll find a culinary haven awaiting your taste buds. For a truly regal experience, indulge in the exquisite flavours of Rajasthani cuisine at Suvarna Mahal, set within the Rambagh Palace. If you seek a mid-range option, go to the iconic Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar (LMB), where you can savour traditional Rajasthani thali and sweets amidst the city's bustling atmosphere. Budget-conscious travellers will appreciate Niros, an enduring restaurant known for its affordable yet flavoursome Indian and Rajasthani dishes, making it a perfect choice for an authentic culinary adventure.

Depart from Jaipur at 6:00 PM to reach Jodhpur, approximately 300km away, by 11:00 PM.

Day 2: Jodhpur - The Blue City

Jodhpur
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On your second day, depart for the enchanting city of Jodhpur, often called the "Blue City" due to its blue-painted houses. Jodhpur is famous for its majestic Mehrangarh Fort and vibrant culture.

Places To Visit

  1. Mehrangarh Fort: Start your day with a visit to Mehrangarh Fort, a colossal fort that towers over the city. Explore the fort's palaces, courtyards, and museums, which offer a glimpse into the royal history of Marwar.

  2. Jaswant Thada: After the fort, visit Jaswant Thada, a serene marble cenotaph built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The intricately carved marble architecture and peaceful gardens make it a quiet spot for reflection.

  3. Umaid Bhawan Palace: Visit the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace, a part of which is now a luxury hotel. Admire the stunning architecture and well-maintained gardens.

  4. Mandore Gardens: Explore the Mandore Gardens, which house beautifully landscaped gardens, historic cenotaphs, and the Hall of Heroes with its memorials to Rajput rulers.

  5. Blue City Exploration: In the late afternoon, stroll through the Blue City's narrow lanes. The vibrant blue houses and bustling markets offer great photo opportunities and a chance to interact with locals.

Places To Stay

Luxury

Umaid Bhawan Palace: If you want to live like a Maharaja, this is the place to be. The palace offers luxurious rooms and impeccable service. Book here.

Mid-Range

Raas Jodhpur: Located at the base of Mehrangarh Fort, Raas offers well-appointed rooms and stunning views of the fort. It combines modern amenities with Rajasthani charm. Book here.

Budget-Friendly

Kalinga Hotel: A budget-friendly hotel with a great location, comfortable rooms, and a rooftop restaurant offering excellent fort views. Book here.

Places To Eat

Jodhpur's culinary scene mirrors the city's vibrant blue hues. At the luxurious Risala within Umaid Bhawan Palace, dine like royalty while savouring a blend of Indian and international cuisines amid regal surroundings. Indique at Pal Haveli offers local delicacies and a romantic atmosphere for a mid-range option with stunning views of Mehrangarh Fort. Those on a budget should head to On the Rocks, a delightful eatery known for its pocket-friendly North Indian and Rajasthani dishes, allowing you to taste the Blue City without breaking the bank.

Depart from Jodhpur at 6:00 PM to reach Udaipur, approximately 240km away, by 10:00 PM.

Day 3: Udaipur - The City of Lakes

On the final day of your Rajasthan adventure, head to Udaipur, the romantic "City of Lakes." Udaipur is known for its picturesque lakes, stunning palaces, and rich cultural heritage.

Places To Visit

  1. City Palace: Start your day at the City Palace, a sprawling complex of palaces overlooking Lake Pichola. Explore the museum, visit the Crystal Gallery, and enjoy panoramic views of the city and lake from the palace.

  2. Boat Ride on Lake Pichola: Embark on a boat ride on Lake Pichola, passing by the famous Lake Palace (Jag Niwas) and Jag Mandir Island. The serene waters and picturesque views make this experience unforgettable.

  3. Jagdish Temple: Visit the Jagdish Temple, an exquisite Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The intricate carvings and architecture are a testament to Rajput craftsmanship.

  4. Saheliyon-ki-Bari: Explore the beautiful Saheliyon-ki-Bari, a historic garden adorned with fountains, lotus pools, and marble pavilions.

  5. Evening at Lake Fateh Sagar: Spend your evening by Lake Fateh Sagar, enjoying the cool breeze and stunning sunset views. You can also visit the Moti Magri (Pearl Hill) to see the statue of Maharana Pratap on his horse.

Places To Stay

Luxury

The Oberoi Udaivilas: Situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, this opulent hotel offers luxurious rooms, a serene ambience, and exquisite dining experiences. Book here.

Mid-Range

Hotel Fateh Garh: This boutique heritage hotel combines modern amenities and traditional architecture, offering panoramic city views. Book here.

Budget-Friendly

Mewar Haveli: A budget-friendly haveli-style hotel with comfortable rooms and a restaurant overlooking Lake Pichola, providing a picturesque setting. Book here.

Places To Eat

Udaipur's enchanting lakes set the stage for memorable dining experiences. For a luxurious and romantic evening, dine at Sheesh Mahal in The Leela Palace, overlooking Lake Pichola, offering a diverse menu of culinary delights in a picturesque setting. If you're seeking mid-range options, Natraj Dining Hall & Restaurant is a must-visit, renowned for its delicious Rajasthani thali and vegetarian dishes. For budget-friendly yet tasty cuisine with a fantastic view of the City Palace, ascend to the Savage Garden rooftop restaurant and savour the flavours of Udaipur without breaking the bank.

Getting There

  • To embark on your 3-day Rajasthan adventure during the Gandhi Jayanti long weekend, start by booking a flight to Jaipur International Airport (JAI), the closest major gateway to the state. 

  • Rajasthan boasts an extensive railway network, making it accessible by train from various parts of India, with major stations including Jaipur Junction, Jodhpur Junction, and Udaipur City Railway Station. 

  • If you prefer the road, well-maintained highways connect Rajasthan to neighbouring states, offering the option of hiring a taxi or enjoying a scenic road trip. 

  • Once in Rajasthan, utilise local transportation options like rickshaws, taxis, and public buses to explore the cities. 

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