Rajasthan, the land of regal palaces, vibrant culture, and timeless beauty, has long been synonymous with winter tourism. However, there's more to this enchanting state than meets the eye. Rajasthan's allure extends far beyond the chill of winter, embracing travellers throughout the year. Whether it's the warmth of autumn or the bloom of spring, Rajasthan captivates visitors with its distinct charm.
According to Dalip Singh Rathore, the Deputy Director of the tourist department, seasons no longer dictate Rajasthan's tourism patterns. The state welcomes visitors year-round, a trend that has gained momentum in the post-COVID era.
The autumn season, spanning September to October and just before Diwali, has become a sweet spot for domestic travellers, especially those from southern states. Rajasthan's pleasant weather and vibrant festivities during this period draw countless explorers. However, the state's tourist peak season remains from October to March, offering a mix of delightful weather and cultural experiences.
Rajasthan's tourism landscape is as diverse as it is enchanting. It boasts famous landmarks, heritage sites, unique heritage villages, craft villages, experiential tourism, desert adventures, wildlife encounters, ecotourism escapes, weekend getaways, spiritual journeys, wedding extravaganzas, wellness retreats, rural immersions, and even film tourism. This eclectic blend makes Rajasthan a premier choice for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) tourism. With the wedding season in hibernation, hotels now offer attractive packages, making it an ideal time to explore Rajasthan's opulent accommodations at more accessible rates.
Mount Abu, Rajasthan's beloved hill station, enjoys year-round popularity. Nestled amid lush surroundings, this serene destination beckons with its high cliffs, tranquil lakes, and agreeable climate. Gurushikhar, the highest peak in the Aravalli mountain range, provides a sense of walking among the clouds. Dilwara Jain Temple, Nakki Lake, and Sunset Point cast a spell on visitors, creating a captivating ambience.
Just 265 kilometres from Ahmedabad and 180 kilometres from Mount Abu, the "City of Lakes," Udaipur, lures indigenous tourists from Gujarat, Maharashtra, and international travellers. Udaipur stands as the second most favoured destination for foreign tourists after Jaipur. Beyond its shimmering lakes and majestic palaces, Udaipur offers vibrant markets that entice shopaholics with their treasures.
Venturing to Kumbhalgarh allows travellers to step into a world of wonder. Kumbhalgarh Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013, perches atop the Aravalli range's foothills, surrounded by thirteen magnificent peaks. This imposing fort is nestled within a wildlife sanctuary, adding to its allure. Renowned as the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, Kumbhalgarh Fort boasts a remarkable perimeter wall stretching 36 kilometres—second in length only to the Great Wall of China. This formidable fortification, often referred to as 'The Great Wall of India,' is up to 15 meters wide, wide enough for eight horses to walk abreast.
Dalip Singh Rathore highlights the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Sawai Madhopur, inviting wildlife enthusiasts to explore its natural wonders. For a unique experience, embark on a Camel Safari through the mesmerising sand dunes of Jaisalmer. Rajasthan offers a plethora of experiential, heritage, and spiritual tourism opportunities, leaving indelible memories.
Lastly, Bundi leaves a velvety impression with its fort, palaces, ceramics town, and lush green forests, showcasing another facet of Rajasthan's captivating allure.