A lifetime is not enough to study the heritage-soaked terrain of Rajasthan. Its medieval forts and proud history hide many secrets. Conspiracies, brutal wars, heroic triumphs and a fascination with the aesthetics are just some of the things one can deduce about the legacy of the different Rajasthani dynasties.
The Royal Capital
Jaipur is a grand entrance to this regal world. It is considered one of the best places to visit in India – offering visitors a perfect blend of contemporary joys laden with heritage and culture. Delhi to Jaipur by car is a comfortable 5-hr drive via the NH48.
Main attractions in Jaipur include the expansive complex of the Amer Palace and the mighty ramparts of the Jaigarh Fort above. One needs at least a day to soak in some of the sights and sounds here. A maze of hidden walkways and quintessential Rajasthani architectural elements like chattris and jaalis are some of the highlights of this famed fort.
Close by Nahargarh Fort is provides another rugged setting as the Aravalis rise from the plains. The view from the summit here is what many come for. In the city, areas to explore include the old bazaars in the walled city, the Hawa Mahal and the City Palace.
Jaipur to Jodhpur – The Desert Beckons
Jodhpur is another hotspot of Rajasthani culture. The 330-km route to Jodhpur is that of serrated hills and the golden desert sun. Looming above the blue-tinged city is the Mehrangarh Fort. The fort is more than 500 years old and it houses many historical treasures. The fort gates and the museum are some of the highlights. One can see the different tools and artefacts of the old royals, including elaborately carved palanquins and heavy war armour.
Jodhpur is a great place for those who want to experience an authentic slice of Marwar culture. One can walk around the Ghanta Ghar area, the oldest part of town, dotted with eateries, markets and old havelis. The Umaid Bhawan Palace and the Balsamand Lake are some more Jodhpur attractions.
Best Way to Explore
Travelling on one’s own terms is the best way to experience Rajasthan. Its wide highways and dramatic horizons make for the best road trips. Informed travellers are choosing car rentals over regular transport. It is a more affordable and end-to-end option and travellers enjoy complete privacy and control over the pace of the journey. Rentals like Zoomcar are app-based and offer a wide variety of cars to choose from. 24/7 on-road support adds another layer of convenience to the overall travelling experience.
Rentals are the best choice for road trips. Other popular routes include Delhi to Shimla by car. Enjoy the open highway, discover local cuisines, interact with the world and find inner peace – get out and get behind the wheel.