What To Keep In Mind When Traveling to Rajasthan During Covid
If you love the golden sands of the Thar Desert, grand palaces and forts, a proud and vibrant culture, and a lot more, then Rajasthan is the place for you. But before traveling to Rajasthan during Covid, you need to know everything about the regulations and restrictions. While we don’t recommend that you travel during a pandemic, remember that the onus lies on you to make sure it safe for you and the people around you.
How To Travel To Rajasthan
While traveling has started to open up, it cannot be emphasized enough that there still is the risk of coronavirus looming large. With the spike in Covid cases, the Rajasthan Government has imposed a strict lockdown until 24 May 2021. During this lockdown, all travel is prohibited except for medical and emergency services. But if you have to travel to Rajasthan for these reasons, here’s how you can go.
Getting To Rajasthan By Air
It may be the fastest mode of travel, but you will be bogged down by the stringent lockdown restrictions surrounding planes. You’ll have to download the Aarogya Setu app, undergo a screening process, and have to submit a Covid self-declaration form.
Those arriving from other states will have to produce a negative RT-PCR test that’s not older than 72 hours before departure. Failing to do so means you’ll be quarantined.
Getting To Rajasthan By Train
Train services are available, but you’ll need to plan beforehand to book tickets and check if there are trains from your city to Rajasthan. Again, trains are public transport and as you want to stay isolated from people, best avoid it.
Getting To Rajasthan By Road
Bus services are available from major cities to Rajasthan including Mumbai and Delhi. However, you’ll need to check if you can get to Rajasthan from your city via bus. Most importantly, keep in mind that social distancing is top priority for you. So, public transport like buses increases the risk of transmission of Covid.
You can travel in your own vehicle, though it’ll be quite expensive. It would surely depend on where you stay and which part of Rajasthan you are looking to visit. Also, long hours of driving can leave you fatigued. A good idea would be to travel with a friend so you can take turns driving.
Keep in mind that whatever your choice of transportation is, a negative RT-PCR test that’s not older than 72 hours is compulsory during the lockdown.
Places To Visit in Rajasthan During Covid
Rajasthan is a place where there is a lot to see and do – explore the sandy dunes of the Thar Desert, the imposing yet beautiful palaces that speak of the land’s rich past, murals depicting the valor of the Rajputunas, the colorful attires of the locals contrasting with the desert landscape and of course, the delicious cuisine.
Even when the restrictions are relaxed, it’ll be better if you try to stay off the beaten path as it would mean fewer people. Let’s check out some such places in the Land of Kings.
If you’re a history buff with a love for forts, this is a must-visit place for you. Built atop a hillock near the Gambhiri River, the Chittor Fort is sure to leave you intimidated by its sheer size. It was built by the Mauryas and throughout history, the fort was contested for its impregnability. Also, Chittor Fort is the largest in India and also a UNESCO heritage site.
The place is full of history – from the Padmini Palace, the intricately carved Kalika Mata Temple, and the sacred waters of the Gaumukh Kund, which ensured a supply of water for the soldiers at the fort when it was under siege. The Rana Kumbha Palace may not be for the faint-hearted, as it is rumored to be haunted by a royal woman who committed jauhar (a practice of self-immolation by women to save their honor from invading armies) who asks for help.
Ranthambore National Park
This place should be on an animal lover’s bucket list while exploring Rajasthan. This is one of the few tiger reserves in India. Also, the park and the surrounding hotels will have all the Covid safety regulations in place, thus making for an ideal adventure travel destination.
If you’re up for hiking, there’s the majestic Ranthambore Fort within the park which you can go to even in your own vehicle. You can just be amongst animals in their natural habitat and once you reach the top of the fort, you’ll be greeted with a panoramic view of the park.
The major attraction of Ranthambore National Park, of course, is the tiger safari. If you can choose, go for a Gypsy truck instead of a canter for the safari as it’ll be more comfortable and you’ll be with fewer people. With patience and a bit of luck, you never know, you might be able to feast your eyes upon a majestic big cat going about its life. Please note that those above 65 years and below 10 years of age won’t be allowed for the safari.
For the traveler who wants to experience the majestic Thar Desert, Khuri is the place to be. It is located just about 50 km away from Jaisalmer, a popular tourist hub. As Khuri is relatively unknown to tourists, you can experience solitude here and have a socially distanced holiday.
Khuri is mostly about relaxing in the sands and getting in touch with a hostile-yet-beautiful environment. If you have an urge for adventure, you can set out on a desert safari on the sand dunes of Khuri. Also, there are camping sites in Khuri – a perfect romantic getaway to gaze at the ruby-red sunset. The camps offer you delicious Rajasthani food and a chance to enjoy the local arts. Just make sure that you carry warm clothing with you as the desert tends to get really cold at night. Of course, it goes without saying that you should be having your mask and sanitizer too.
Covid Precautions While Traveling
Traveling to Rajasthan during Covid would definitely contribute to the tourism industry, which was worst hit by the lockdown. But given the situation as of writing this article on 13 May 2021, you’ll have to put your travel plans on hold. Here are some travel tips:
Follow social distancing norms at all times, everywhere you go.
Wear your mask at all times and keep sanitizer with you.
Travel with the least number of people.
Avoid interacting with too many people.
Use your private vehicle to reduce the risk of infection.
Have your coronavirus self-declaration form available with you.
Use online payments in order to reduce the risk of infection.
Look for hotels and locations that adhere to the safety guidelines.
Ensure that you call up your destination to know that the places are open – subject to Covid safety guidelines. You don’t want to reach your destination and realize that your place of interest isn’t open to the public yet.
If you start developing symptoms, seek help immediately.
Lastly, wherever you go, try your best to make your weekend trip happy and safe for yourself and those around you.
Is Rajasthan Under Lockdown?
As of writing this article on 13 May 2021, Rajasthan has been put under lockdown until 24 May 2021.
Are Tourists Allowed In Rajasthan?
Yes, you can enter Rajasthan but only with a negative RT-PCR test, without which you’ll be quarantined for 15 days. Also, travel within cities and districts is only allowed for emergencies.
Which Is The Best Month To Visit Rajasthan?
The winter months of October to March are the best time to visit Rajasthan. This is when the weather is mild and not too humid.
How Many Days Do You Need In Rajasthan?
Considering how big Rajasthan is and the many places that are worth visiting, keep at least a week to visit all the major cities and attractions.
What Is Rajasthan Famous For?
Rajasthan is best known for its many grand palaces and forts, vibrant culture and valiant history, delicious cuisine, and of course, the golden sands of the Thar Desert.
Is Rajasthan Food Spicy?
Yes, Rajasthani food is generally on the spicier side. Since Rajasthan is a desert state, there’s a lack of vegetation. So spices were traditionally used to make the foods last longer. Also, having spicy food has also been proven to help beat the heat (sounds ironic, we know!)
How Can Ventilation Reduce The Risk Of Contracting Covid-19 In Airplanes?
Ventilation systems in airplanes have HEPA filtration systems that are efficient in removing microbes in the air. So traveling in planes (while following Covid protocols) is quite safe.
Can Covid-19 Be Transmitted Through Water?
As of now, there’s no evidence of the Covid virus surviving in water or getting transmitted through it.
Can Covid-19 Enter Into The Body By The Hands?
Yes, your hands touch a lot of surfaces that may be contaminated by the virus. Touching your eyes/nose/mouth without washing your hands may result in you letting the virus in your system. This is why it’s necessary to wash your hands regularly.
What Precautions Can I Take To Avoid Contracting Covid-19?
Four simple precautions can greatly help in reducing the risk of getting Covid-19:
Wear A Mask: Covid spreads when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes, releasing the virus particles in the air. Wearing a mask, especially the N95, can help in reducing the spread of the virus.
Wash Your Hands: Your hands touch a lot of surfaces, which may have the virus, and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth can lead you to get infected. To remedy that, wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Maintain Safe Distance: Keeping at least 6-feet distance from others means you’re not in close contact with someone who may be infected. Combine social distancing with a mask, and you’re even safer!
Get Vaccinated: Vaccination drives have begun. So make sure that you register yourself for the shot on the Aarogya Setu app. Keep in mind that getting vaccinated doesn’t make you immune to the virus, it only makes you more resistant to it. So the other three precautions mentioned above still apply!
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