One of the largest states in India, Rajasthan was also known as the birthplace of Historical figures and home to Maharajas. The city of Forts gives us a majestic experience of its forts, rivers, sand dunes and foothills. Rajasthan is truly a worthy place to be.
Located in the Western part of the country, Rajasthan is the biggest state of India. The land of Maharajas as it is known popularly is a majestic place which combines, forts, rivers, deserts, wildlife, and foothills. It is also a treat to the eyes of artists, as a few art forms which are only found in Rajasthan are practice here. It’s a place of colors, culture, heritage, food and of course people with warm welcoming heart.
Rajasthan cannot be covered within a short trip. It needs a minimum of 10 days to plan for a tour but even that won’t be enough to eye witness the beauty of Rajasthan. The Government of Rajasthan has taken a few initiatives to promote tourism. Let’s quickly go through the top 10 must-visit destinations in Rajasthan.
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, also known as the “Pink City of India”. Jaipur got its name from the unmatched and unique color of their ancient forts and buildings around the city which can be found nowhere in the word accept Jaipur. Mesmerizing yet well-planned streets and architecture are sure to win your heart. Jaipur is home to famous forts, museums, colorful local markets, gardens of Maharajas and many more. The must-see places are Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Albert Hall Museum, Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, and local bazaars.
Udaipur was once the Capital of the Mewar Rajput Maharajas and today resembles with ‘Venice’. The architecture of Udaipur forts is inspired truly by the Rajput dynasty. The picturesque views of the city along the foothills of Aravalli Mountains are truly breathtaking. The must-see places are City Palace, Royal vintage car museum, Lake Garden Palace, Lake Palace, Lake Pichola, Bagore ki Haveli, Saheliyon ki Bari.
Jodhpur is named as the ‘Sun City’ and is the second largest state in Rajasthan It steals the heart of tourists by its bright view of sunny Hilltop forts view of walled palaces. The must-see places in Jodhpur are Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Tahnada, Nagaur Fair, Marwar Festival.
Jaisalmer is the world’s largest walled fort city. The main attractions of Jaisalmer are the Thar Desert and its rich tradition and artistic culture. Its art and crafts are famous around the world. The places to see are Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Patwon ki Haweli, Sam Sand Dunes, Gadisal Lake, Salim Singh ki Haweli, Camel Ride in The Thar Desert.
Bikaner is home to Rajasthan savory and traditional fairs and rich architectural forts. These forts have specially carved windowpanes called ‘Jharokhas’. To taste the real cuisine of Rajasthan, you must come to Bikaner. Find Rajasthani cuisine and forts at Lalgarh Palace, Junagarh fort, National Research Centre on Camel, Shri Laxminath Temple, Ganga Singh Museum.
Pushkar Lake which is said to be created by the tears of Lord Shiva according to Hinduism is a holy pilgrimage for many. Pushkar is home to many temples and is a sacred place to visit. It is also known for its temples and fairs. Places you can’t miss to see here are Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, Savitri Temple, Varaha Temple.
Ranthambore National Park and Ranthambore Fort (which is a part of UNESCO World Heritage) are the two tourist places to visit in Madhopur. You can experience the rich wildlife which surrounds the fort as it is situated at the heart of the forest.
Chittorgarh, itself is a fort which covers an area of 2.8 sq. Kilometers. It also has historical resembles as it has witnessed the birth of Maharana Pratap and Meera Bai. The tourist places are Chittorgarh Fort, Rana Kumbha Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, Rani Padmini Palace, Meera Temple.
Rajasthan is home to deserts but very less known to people that it is also home to Mountains as well. Mount Abu Situated at the Aravalli Mountain Ranges is a great view for the tourists with a rich historical background. Must visit places in Mount Abu are Dilwara Jain Temple, Guru Shikar, Achalgarh, Sunset Point, Mount Abu Bazaar.
Ajmer is situated amidst of Aravalli Ranges and Pushkar Lake, is home to Hindu and Muslim Pilgrimage. Apart from its religious background, it is also home to several historical sights. The must visit places in Ajmer are Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Taragarh Fort, Abkari Fort and Museum, Anasagar Lake.
Best time to visit Rajasthan
Rajasthan is mostly a desert, therefore the best time to visit is during the winter season around October to March. This is the time when the temperature is relatively low. During the day time, the temperature is low and nights are colder. Interestingly most of the festivals and fairs in Rajasthan are hosted during this period of time.
Due to the vast presence of The Thar Desert, it is obvious that the temperature is high around 48 degree Celsius during day time in Rajasthan. The summer season runs from April through June. But the Thar is at its ultimate beauty under the bright Sun and tourists are eager to see this view. Places like Mount Abu, Kumbhalgarh, Kanakpur can be accessed at daytime during summer, whereas, for other places, tourists have to choose a time before or after Sunset.
Monsoon runs from July through September. If you are visiting Rajasthan during Monsoon you can expect sudden changes in the landscape as it seems that the desert is touched by nature’s magic. It is relatively cooler than summer. If planning a trip to Rajasthan during monsoon then the must visit places are Bundi, Udaipur, and Keoladeo National Park.