Which One City to Visit in Rajasthan

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This question has always been in my mind considering overseas tourists who are travelling to India for the first time.

If one is travelling under a tight schedule and/or tight budget and wishes to see Rajasthan. Which Rajasthani city should be recommended though I agree that each city is unique in terms of monumements, archtecture, and ambience.

My vote goes to Jaisalmer because of a) Its proximity to desert, and b) Opportunity to stay inside an inhabitated fort
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It would be very difficult to suggest a city as it will depend on a few factors. From where is tourist is coming to Rajasthan and where is the tourist going to from Rajasthan.
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Yes, but Jaisalmer is an 18 hour train ride from Delhi (the probable port of entry for an overseas tourist visiting Rajasthan), which works against the tight schedule and possibly budget. I'd suggest Jaipur, as it's close to Delhi in both expense and time.
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Originally Posted by Hal View Post Yes, but Jaisalmer is an 18 hour train ride from Delhi (the probable port of entry for an overseas tourist visiting Rajasthan), which works against the tight schedule and possibly budget. I'd suggest Jaipur, as it's close to Delhi in both expense and time.
18 hours journey can be a touch long (here "tight schedule" becomes a relatiive term) but I think that the cost of staying is definitly less in Jaisalmer as compared with Jaipur.
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Originally Posted by Photofreak View Post I think that the cost of staying is definitly less in Jaisalmer as compared with Jaipur.
That's a gross overgeneralization. The most recommended stay options here on IM for Jaisalmer include Desert Boys - they routinely charge abour INR 1300/- for two people (inside the fort). Rajmahal palace - a slightly better property charges a bit more. In Jaipur, Arya Niwas charges about 1800/- and Umaid Bhawan 1600/-. There are rooms in Jaipur for half price that as well....and you can take a bus (local) if auto is unaffordable.
I think how much you spend in either of these cities is largely a function of what is your travel style.
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If I had to pick one city in Rajasthan, it would be Udaipur for me. One of the best cities in India and fantastic hotels to stay )notably Lake Palace and Udaivilas). Udaipur has the charm and the grandeur. Jodhpur & Jaipur would be close second. Then Jaisalmer.

If I am in a wildlife watching mood, I'd pick Ranthambore over the cities.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post That's a gross overgeneralization. The most recommended stay options here on IM for Jaisalmer include Desert Boys - they routinely charge abour INR 1300/- for two people (inside the fort). Rajmahal palace - a slightly better property charges a bit more. In Jaipur, Arya Niwas charges about 1800/- and Umaid Bhawan 1600/-. There are rooms in Jaipur for half price that as well....and you can take a bus (local) if auto is unaffordable.
I think how much you spend in either of these cities is largely a function of what is your travel style.
It may appear to be "gross overgeneralization" but it would be interesting to ascertain the percentage (not the total number) of budget hotels in Jaisalmer as compared with Jaipur.

I am not trying to promote Jaisalmer through this thread but when we talk about affordability, it also includes the intrinsic value we attach with a certain location/place. This will also influence how much we are ready to pay.

For instance, personally speaking, if I have only one evening to spare in Rajasthan,I would prefer to watch sunset from the rooftop of my INR 1,500 per day hotel/guest house (away from the noise and chaos of city), which itself is perched on the top of a fort in Jaisalmer.
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Originally Posted by Photofreak View Post it also includes the intrinsic value we attach with a certain location/place. This will also influence how much we are ready to pay.

For instance, personally speaking, if I have only one evening to spare in Rajasthan,I would prefer to watch sunset from the rooftop of my INR 1,500 per day hotel/guest house
This is a little clearer now. You may want to put these points as hard constraints (to aid in making a comparison) and perhaps put a poll with city names to get a better response.

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Originally Posted by carcorodoncarcharias View Post If I had to pick one city in Rajasthan, it would be Udaipur for me.....Udaipur has the charm and the grandeur.
I agree but Jaisalmer would come in second because of its unique location and the 'fort factor'.
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Udaipur or Jaisalmer, cant say which one, even Jodhpur is among the best(because of the fort). That would depend on what the traveler expects from Rajasthan.
And Jaisalmer would definitely be cheaper,it's a small town.There are ways to save money in big cities,but then as a whole it's cheaper.
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The response rate regarding the question posed has not been encouraging so far...but still...surprisingly no body has mentioned Bundi as yet
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I vote for Dungarpur.

I would go back there in a blink of an eye. Plus, if you time it right, there are bhil tribal festivals.
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1 place to visit in Rajasthan

Without much thought, my initial suggestion would have been Udaipur followed by Jaisalmer and Bikaner. However, whenever we talk about our wonderful 4 week visit to Rajasthan, I always seem to bang on about Bundi. Have to say, I loved the place.
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I vote for Jaisalmer because of its unique location (desert) and its charm.
Then comes Udaipur.
How about Pushkar?
Nobody mentioned it.
I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer.
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I haven't been to Jaisalmer (would love to) but given that, my vote would be for Udaipur - a fabulous place.

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