ELEPHANT SAFARI – AMBER FORT, JAIPUR
What to carry: Water bottle, hats/dupattas to protect yourself from the sun.
Max it up: Soak in the sights and sounds around you. You get great views of the lake, gardens and the hilly terrain
around as your elephant trudges up from the car park to the main courtyard. That regal feeling is incomparable.
Charges: Rs. 900 for two
Booking details: On the spot bookings. Make sure to get there before 9 am to avoid a queue for booking the elephant ride. On till 11 am.
Best season: November to February
How to reach: Every major train passing through Rajasthan stops at Jaipur.
BIRD WATCHING, KHICHAN
What to carry: Water, snacks and a pair of binoculars to see the birds properly.
Max it up: Walk up to the ponds for amazing views of ducks along with the famous Demoiselle Cranes. Or wait for
their snack time at the Chugga Ghar or feeding enclosure where the 9,000-odd birds are said to consume five quintal of grain in one day. Peafowls are the other birds seen around the cranes.
Booking details: Just fix your hotel — there is no need to book a tour to watch the birds.
Best season: November to March
How to reach: The nearest railway stations are Phalodi and Jodhpur. There are plenty of express and passenger trains connecting Jodhpur.
HOT-AIR BALLOONING, RANTHAMBORE
What to carry: Jackets, mufflers and gloves since it gets quite cold during winter. Whatever the season, sunshades
are a must.
Max it up: You get a bird’s eye view of the green forest area. Enjoy the scene at an unhurried pace. Take the early morning trip to witness a breathtaking sunrise.
Charges: Rs. 12,000 per person approximately
Booking details: There are ample number of tour operators whom you can contact online and book. Only for
children above 5 years.
Best season: September to March.
How to reach: The nearest railhead is Sawai Madhopur. You can take a cab or bus thereafter.
What to carry: Water bottle, helmet, first aid.
Max it up: Cycle at your own pace and enjoy the beauty of the lakes, the rustic charm of the surroundings and the luxury of Rajasthan.
Charges: Free cycles are available at Fateh Sagar Lake side in Udaipur for a one-day trip around the city. Don’t forget to carry your ID card. Average cost for a half-day trip in Udaipur is Rs 2,000 per person.
Booking details: You can book yourself a tour online well in advance.
Best season: September to April
How to reach: Udaipur is very well connected by rail network.
Written by: Neharika Mathur Sinha