How To Get To Rajasthan
Possibly one of the largest states located on the north-west side of the country, Rajasthan is filled with vibrancy, color, culture and heritage. What's beautiful is the diversity present in each city of the state. A must visit during the winter months preferably when the sun is pleasurable company and the night winds are soothing. Rajasthan is well connected by all three means of transport - air, road and rail.
The convenient and easiest way to travel to Rajasthan is probably by flight. You can catch direct flights to Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur and it doesn't take much time. If you're coming from parts of the country further from the north, you'll probably have a stop at Delhi. For travelers from abroad, the international airport is located in Jaipur.
For those who want to enjoy the scenery while travelling, take a train to Rajasthan. All cities in the state have a railway station, so there's probably a bit more freedom in terms of landing up directly where you want. If you're travelling by train from either Delhi or Mumbai, it's going to be an overnight trip. If you are travelling to further parts in the state like Jaisalmer, it'll probably take you a day more to reach. A great option for those who aren't looking to rush their travel plans.
Among the many trains that you could book your journey on, consider Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi for their excellent standards of service! While you are in Rajasthan, add a royal flavor to your experience there and book a train ride on the Palace on Wheels. You can partake in an exquisite week long journey carved for you replete with lavish interiors and rich Indian cuisine.
If you're feeling too adventurous, you can just make a road trip to Rajasthan. From Delhi, you can take the NH8 which is a gorgeous road to be travelling on. You'll reach Jaipur in about 5-6 hours, keeping in mind possible traffic. Mumbai might be a tad bit too far to embark on a road trip for, but you could fly in to Delhi, rent a car or use a friend's car and drive to Jaipur. Alternatively you could choose to travel via taxi services wherein you will be charged per kilometer. You'll find numerous sumptuous dhabas on the way that will do more than justice to your appetite. With some good music and great company, a road trip might turn out to be the best option! Another idea for travelers from Maharashtra is to hop onto a state-run Shivneri bus serviced by Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation. Enjoy a comfortable air conditioned journey from Pune/ Mumbai to Udaipur.
Once you're in the state, you can travel around easily with the help of public transport. A number of bus routes are available to travel by within the state. You could also hire a car with a driver which is the more expensive option but offers more convenience and comfort. Of course, once you're in the deserts of Jaisalmer, please avail the camel rides to explore the desert a bit, especially a little before sunset. It's not too hot, the sky is a pinkish blue, there's a slight wind blowing- it's beautiful.