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5 Long Weekend Destinations in Rajasthan

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The monsoon showers have deluged entire south, west and northern regions of India and this rejoicing weather is urging you to go out and enjoy the monsoon showers with family and loved ones or may be with yourself 🙂 But the work is not allowing you to take days off. Right? Oh well well !! Here’s your chance to steal some fun moments from the calendar. This year, Independence Day is falling on Friday, which means you will be getting a three day weekend to enjoy a desirably satisfying small holiday and your share of Monsoon!!

In this post we would suggest you some quick getaways to Rajasthan!! Here’s a list of some stunning and awesome destinations to spoil you with compelling choices.  Go ahead and plan your extended weekend!

  1. Udaipur and Mount Abu

Plan a trip to Udaipur endearingly called “Venice of East” for its mighty forts and palaces surrounded by shimmering lakes. The rustic hues of monsoon offer a marvelous experience of the royal city. Get awed by the beauty of Monsoon Palace, Lake Palace, Bagore Mansion, take a royal ride on horseback or indulge in city street shopping. If the city get a little too much urban, take a road trip to Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan complete with gushing waterfalls, melting sunset points and awe inspiring natural sceneries.

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Possible Itinerary: Delhi – Udaipur -Mount Abu – Delhi:

14th August (Thursday night) Delhi to  Udaipur ( Friday Morning) by Chetak Express / Mewar Express or by bus.

15th August: (Friday) Spend the day in Udaipur

16th August (Saturday): Enjoy the morning in Udaipur, leave for Mount Abu in the afternoon by a bus, reach Mount Abu by late evening

17th August (Sunday): Sightseeing in Mount Abu

17th August (Sunday night): Mount Abu to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Swarna J Raj Express or Ashram Express or by bus via Jodhpur or a direct taxi to Delhi

From Mumbai also you can travel the beautiful city Udaipur along with Mount Abu.

15th August, Friday: Reach Udaipur by Flight in the morning or by UDZ Superfast Express Train in the Afternoon.

15th August: Spend the evening in Udaipur.

16th August Saturday: Enjoy the morning in Udaipur leave for Mount Abu in the afternoon by a bus, reach Mount Abu by late evening.

17th August (Sunday): Sightseeing in Mount Abu

17th August (Sunday night): Mount Abu to Udaipur and then flight back to Mumbai.

  1. Jodhpur Jaisalmer from Delhi

The rambling desert land of Jaisalmer covers itself up in shades of green during the monsoons while Jodhpur, the blue city of Rajasthan accentuates its colors in the rains. These rain washed cities look picturesque dotted with ancient forts like Mehrangarh Fort or Jaisalmer Fort; Palaces like Patwon ki Haveli and Umaid Bhavan Palace are just some of the many culturally and historically significant sites to see.

Mehrangarh Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Possible Itinerary: Delhi – Jaisalmer – Jaipur – Delhi:

14th August Thursday Board a delhi Jaisalmer express train on Thursday to reach Jaisalmer on Friday Morning or take a taxi/bus.

15th August: (Friday) Enjoy the day in Jaisalmer, Explore Sand dunes nearby and the Golden Fort

16th August (Saturday): Enjoy the day in Jaisalmer, leave for Jodhpur in the evening by a bus or by a cab or by Jaisalmer Delhi express, reach Jodhpur by late evening

17th August (Sunday): Sightseeing + Food tour +Shopping in Jodhpur

17th August (Sunday night): Jodhpur to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Mandor Express by bus/taxi

  1. Ranakpur Kumbhalgarh

Ranakpur is a marvelous epitome of nature’s beauty and fabulous marble architecture. Mainly a Jain pilgrimage, Ranakpur would offer you a delighting monsoon experience amid the lush Aravalli ranges. Followed by the sculptured temple sighting tour you can head to a trip to the mesmerizing Kumbhalgarh fort by road. With seven fortified gateways, Kumbhalgarh Fort is famous for its longest wall in after the Great Wall of China.

Ranakpur

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Possible Itinerary Delhi-Ranakpur-Udaipur-Delhi

14th August Thursday: Take HW ADI Mail and reach Falna station on 15th August Friday Morning. Take Taxi/Bus to Ranakpur.

15th August Friday: Sightseeing, Shopping and Photography in Ranakpur.

16th August Saturday: Afternoon 45 minutes drive to Kumbhalgarh Fort and then reach Udaipur.

17th Sunday Udaipur sightseeing and Journey back to Delhi by Train/Bus.

 

  1. Ajmer Pushkar

The holy cities of Pushkar and Ajmer together house two of the most revered holy sites in India. The 14 century Temple dedicated to Brahma is surrounded by numerous ghats and the Pushkar Lake which owes its existence to a legend. Ajmer on the other hand is known for the Shrine of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chistri, Ajmer’s Dargah Shariff is an important pilgrimage site. Akbar Fort Museum in Ajmer is another place to visit or you can also go shopping in the small colorful markets of Pushkar for handicrafts.

Pushkar Fair Pushkar Fair

Possible Itinerary: Delhi – Ajmer – Pushkar – Delhi:

15th August (morning) Delhi to  Ajmer ( Friday afternoon) by Ajmer Shatabdi or by a taxi/bus, spend the day in Ajmer

16th August (Saturday): Visit Pushkar by a cab/bus and enjoy the day in Pushkar

17th August (Sunday): Relax in Pushkar in the lake side cafes; go back to Ajmer by evening

17th August (Sunday night): Ajmer to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Chetak Express by bus/taxi

  1. Mandawa Nawalgarh Shekhawati

Walk through the painted frescoes of Mandawa and Nawalgarh – the story book town of Shekhawati.  Famous for its magnificently painted havelis and frescoed walls, mandawa is a small town and Nawalgarh is an absolute retreat for those who admire art. The land of great business families of India depicts stupendous history through it intricate paintings and ancient havelis. The famous ones are Poddar Haveli, Morarka Haveli and Aath Haveli in Nawalgarh and Mandawa haveli.  Also don’t miss to check out the colorful bazaars of the town.

nawalgarhMandawa

Possible Itinerary  Jaipur- Mandawa- Nawalgarh

15th August Friday: Take a bus/taxi from Jaipur and Reach Nawalgarh in 3- 4 hours.

15th August : visit Havelis like Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Bansidhar Nevatia Haveli till evening Dinner at Hotel and retire for Night.

16th August Saturday: Breakfast in the hotel, check out from Hotel and drive to Nawalgarh. Enjoy the fresco trail route of painted walls on the streets of Nawalgarh followed by a Rajasthani style dinner and entertainment at the hotel.

17th Route back to Jaipur with splendid views of lush green Aravalli ranges and roads washed with monsoon showers.

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Rajasthan to have one more Sound & Light Show at Akbari Quilla, Ajmer

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Cameras rolling-Light, Sound and Action!!

The musical extravaganza is just around the corners! Visitors to Akbari Quila in Ajmer will get to enjoy a 45-minute sound and light show narrated by renowned lyricist Gulzar from Friday! Wooahh 🙂

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The main attraction of the event will be a song dedicated to revered Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chisti ‘Garib Nawaz’ which has been penned down by noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi as sung by Playback singer Sonu Nigam and the music being composed by Sajid-Wajid!

Ok, so that’s all about having panache. But the event offers some historical vibes, which infuses the feel of golden era as well!

It’s when the musical extravaganza will take the audience to historic days portraying the valor of Rajput ruler Prithviraj Chauhan, the history of Mughal kings while in Ajmer, including the significant treaty signed by Jahangir and Sir Thomas Roe with the religious significance of Pushkar.

jahangir & sir thomas roe

This sound and light project has been set up on a PPP (Private Public Partnership) model by the state department of Archaeology and Museums and a Private – company at an approximate cost of Rs. 2 crores, according to Ajay Sharma, assistant director, Tourism Department.

As all appraise that music transcends all boundaries so also the English version of the show will be ready in few upcoming months whereas the state Tourism Minister Bina Kak will introduce the Hindi version of the show!

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But if you miss out then you can opt for such shows which are also operational at the Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, Chittorgarh fort and Kumbhalgarh fort, so just go in for any of the venues and indulge your soul on hymns and chores; rhymes and chimes! 🙂

Extend your weekends and turn them into mini vacations!!

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If you are planning your vacations in advance for the coming festive season, the good news is there are some holidays in between the weeks and near weekends that can be easily extended to make a small vacation.

If you have a five-day week, then taking a holiday on October 12th and 15th will stretch the weekend from October 12 to October 16 (Navratra Sthapna). Even those working on Saturday can at least get a three-day break. The long holiday from October 26 to 28 can begin earlier with a day’s leave on October 25, as October 24 is Dassera.

While Diwali is on November 13, a day’s leave on November 12 (Monday) can light up the weekend right from November 10. It may get extended if Pratipada, the day after Laxmi Pujan, is also a holiday for your establishment. The last opportunity to extend the weekend in the year comes if one avails a day’s leave on December 24 (Monday), making it a holiday from December 22-25.

Here’s the chart!!

13, 14 october- weekend; 16 october – Navaratri sthapna.

take leave on- 12, 15 october.

Your vacations- 5 days.

24th & 26th Oct (Wed & Fri) – Dussera & Bakri Id

Take leave on: 22nd, 23rd & 25th Oct (Mon, Tue & thur)

Your vacation: 9 days!

13th & 14th Nov (Tue & Wed) – Diwali
Take leave on: 12th, 15th & 16th Nov (Mon, Thur & Fri)
Your vacation: 9 days!

25th Dec (Tue) – Christmas
Take leave on: 24th Dec (Monday)
Your vacation: 4 days!

Now, enjoy your smartly planned vacations with your friends and family. The Colorful Rajasthan could be one of the best destinations to explore within these holidays!!