Though the “Land Of Kings” and “City of Joy” are in the opposite corners of India, the people from Kolkata learn about Rajasthan from an early age when they are handed over a book “RajKahini” written by the famous nephew of Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore. The book introduces the characters of Rani Padmini, Rana Bhim Singh, Rana Khumbha and many more. The enticing stories surely leave the young hearts with a strong desire to see the place where the events took place. The next brush with Rajasthan comes when introduced to the film “Sonar Kella” by Satyajit Ray set against the backdrop of Jaisalmer.
Rajasthan and Kolkata have much in common in terms of cultural heritage and vibrant traditions. Much like Kolkata, which was under the foreign rule and served as the capital of the British Indian Empire till 1911, Rajasthan too has seen many foreign invasions from Arabs to Ghurids, from Sultanates of Delhi to the Mughal invasions. Rajasthan’s landscape is marked with human endeavors, wars, patriotism, and chivalry. The Forts, Palaces, and museums in the region tell the tale of the time that has passed but not yet forgotten.
If you too wished to see the historical landscape of Rajasthan or are now yearning to visit the places that have been marked by unforgettable history, then now is your chance. Our Rajasthan Tour Packages from Kolkata can help you enjoy a royal retreat, just the way you want to. Our tour packages are customized and take you through an array of tourist locations, famous landmarks, fortifying forts, beautiful wildlife sanctuaries keeping in mind which shade of Rajasthan do you wish to explore.
Kolkata and Rajasthan are both well developed with robust communication system. Though situated in the opposite corners of the nation, people from both the places can easily reach each other with any mode of transportation, from trains to flights. The mode you choose would depend on what you are seeking from your vacation. Here is a glimpse of the option you have:-
Road– There are no buses available from Kolkata to Rajasthan for the obvious long distance it would have to cover. But people can embark on a road trip either in their own vehicle or hire a cab or taxi. The rates depend on the type of car you hire. Usually, it starts from Rs. 9 per km for Sedan Car, Rs. 11 per km for Innova Car, and Rs. 16-20 for tempo travellers. The best route you can take would be- Kolkata-(793Km via NH19)-Allahabad-(431Km via Kanpur-Allahabad Highway and NH27)-Orchha-(367Km)-Bundi-(155.9km)-Chittorgarh-(119.2Km)- Udaipur-(102.5km)-Kumbhalgarh-(33.4Km)-Ranakpur-(163.1Km)-Jodhpur-(333Km)-Jaipur-(240Km via Bikaner-Agra Road)-Agra-(602Km via NH19)-Benaras-(681.4km)-Kolkata The above route will take 10-12days to cover, depending on how much distance you cover when you drive. The estimated fuel cost will be Rs.20,000.
Train– There are a number of trains that run from Howrah to different cities in Rajasthan the fastest being Pratap SF Express(12496) which runs from Howrah to Jaipur and has a travel time of 24hrs 25mins. This can be the most economical way of traveling as the ticket costs Rs.625 for sleeper, Rs. 1655 for AC 3-tier and Rs.2400 for AC 2-tier.
Flight– There are direct non-stop flights from Kolkata to Jaipur. Go Air, IndiGo, Air India all operate flights between the two destinations. If you book your tickets in advance you can easily book it at around Rs. 4000. Traveling via flight you will reach Jaipur in 2hrs 20mins
Best places to visit in Rajasthan
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Badi Lake, Udaipur
City Palace, Udaipur
Sajjangarh Palace, Udaipur
Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore
Dilwara Temple, Mount Abu
Brahma Temple, Phushkar
Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh
Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Ajmer
Akbari Fort & Museum, Ajmer
Prithviraj Smark, Ajmer
Junagarh Fort, Bikaner
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur
Alwar City Palace, Alwar
Neemrana Fort Palace, Alwar
Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajsamand
Best places to Stay in Rajasthan
Jaipur- Hotel J W Marriot, Hotel Taj Jai Mahal, Hotel Oberoi Trident, Hotel Radisson.
Jaisalmer- Himmatgarh Palace, Hotel Brys Fort, Hotel Fifu, Hotel Fort Rajwada
Jodhpur- Ajit Bhawan, Fort Khejarla, Hotel Raas Jodhpur, Idana Palace, Taj Gateway
Kota- Hotel Palkiya Haveli, Welcomheritage Umed Bhawan Palace,
Bundi- Annapurna Haveli, Hotel Bundi Haveli, Hotel Hadoti Palace, Hotel Bundi Vilas
Chittorgarh- Hotel Pratap Palace, Lake Nahargarh Palace,
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to travel to Rajasthan from Kolkata?
People from Kolkata can visit Rajasthan in Winter or Monsoon Season. Situated away from the coast, Rajasthan can dry climate throughout the year. The temperatures vary drastically from season to season and depending on the region. Tourists visit Rajasthan throughout the year with a majority preferring to visit it in winters. The climate is welcoming during winters, the mornings are comfortable and perfect for visiting the major tourist attraction in the state.if however you are not a fan of the crowd then you can visit the state in the Monsoon season in the month of September or October.
What are the fairs and festivals of Rajasthan that attracts tourists to Rajasthan?
Kite Festival, across the state especially Jaipur- 14th January
Jaipur Literature Festival-January
Nagaur Fair, Jodhpur- January & February
Desert Festival, Jaisalmer- February
Brij Holi, Bharatpur- March
Gangaur, Jaipur and Nathdwara-March April
Mewar Festival, Jodhpur- March & April
Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur-October
Kota Adventure Festival, Kota- October
Pushkar Camel Fair, Pushkar- October-November
Winter Festival in Mount Abu, Mount Abu-December
Where are the best markets for shopping in Rajasthan?
Some of the best markets for Shopping in Rajasthan are:-
Johari Bazar, Jaipur- Best for handmade Jaipuri ornaments.
Bapu Bazar, Jaipur- Best for Rajasthani Textiles and Handlooms.
Clock Tower Market, Jodhpur- Best for different kinds of spices.
Nai Sarak, Jodhpur- Best for Rajasthani signature fabric Bandhani.
Bada Bazar, Udaipur- Best for leather goods, traditional jewellery, Bandhanis.
Sadar Bazar, Jaisalmer- Best for jootis and silver ornaments.
What are the best places in Rajasthan to visit in Summers?
Udaipur or the “Venice of East” is a must visit in Summers along with the hill station Mount Abu and Ranthambore which is famous for its national park and sanctuaries.
What are the best places in Rajasthan to visit in Monsoon?
If summers in Rajasthan mean scorching heat then monsoon are a spell of rejuvenation. The dry barren land transform into green lush haven. For pluviophile then visit to Rajasthan during the rainy season will be an experience you’ll remember forever. With minimal crowd, the season is best suited for offbeat travellers who wish to see a different side of Rajasthan other than the usual tourist crowded places. Jalore, Bundi, Alwar, Banswara, Mount Abu, Pushkar,Jhalawar,Tonk, Nagaur, Keoladeo, Kumbhalgarh, and Madawa are the list of places you must visit in Monsoon.
What are the best places in Rajasthan to visit in Winter?
It is a treat to explore Rajasthan in winters as the places get even prettier in winters. Mewar, Jaipur, Pushkar, Keoladeo, Bishnoi & Pali, Bundi, Dausa, Udaipur and Jaisalmer are some places you must visit in winters.