Places to visit in Rajasthan
- Jaisalmer- Known for its imposing, Golden-hued “Sonar Qila”, the city is known for its grandeur and exuberant havelis, the vast expanse of Sam Desert where sun-soaked sand dunes can be seen shimmering bright, beautiful temples, exotic flora and fauna and a lot more. The best time to visit this beautiful city is during Desert Festival held in the months of January or February when the whole city come alive with a lot of fun-filled activities and a stupendous show of local folk culture.
- Jaipur- This city finds a firm position in every discerning tourist’s wish list. Also known as Pink City for its pink hued buildings in Old City Area, the city is known for its imposing forts of Amer, Jaigarh and Nahargarh, beautiful palaces of Amer, Hawa Mahal, and City Palace, revered temples of Govind Devji, Moti Doongri Ganesh Ji, Birla Mandir, Galta ji and more, sprawling gardens, museums, and a lot more. The old buildings are known for their architectural brilliance. Jantar Mantar is another must-visit attraction when visiting Jaipur.
- Jodhpur- Also referred to as the Blue City for its blue-coloured houses close to the soaring high, magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, the city is also known for its architectural marvel, the Umaid Palace. Lovely palaces with intricate carving are a major draw for the tourists interested in architectural details. Other attractions when visiting Jodhpur are the Jaswant Thada, Mandore Gardens, Sardar Samand Lake, the Kaylana Lake and more.
- Sawai Madhopur- If you are a nature and wildlife lover, head to Sawai Madhopur, a beautiful destination that houses the world-famous Ranthambhore National Park. When exploring this park, you will come across the magnificent Ranthambhore Palace which has been declared a UNESCO Heritage Site. The place holds a lot of insight into rich culture, and history of erstwhile Rajput Kings, clans, and their architectural knowledge.
- Pushkar- Pushkar can also be referred to as the city of temples. Interestingly, it is the only city that has the rare temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. The city shot into limelight for its annual camel fair. This is a city frequented by Hindu pilgrims to pay homage to their ancestors. There are a lot of ghats where tourists can a dip into holy Pushkar Lake. The evening aarti at Pushkar Lake ghats is a memorable experience.
- Udaipur- Udaipur is a beautiful city located in the centre of soaring high Aravalli Hill range. Also known as the city of Lakes, the city offers a lot of attractions like stunningly beautiful City Palace where the present Mewar King still resides, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichhola, Jagdish Mandir, Jag Mandir, The Lake Palace, Udai Sagar Lake, the Monsoon Palace, and a lot more. It is a beautiful city with lakes and hills adding a lot of character to the land of brave Mewar Kings.
- Ajmer- Ajmer is a cosmopolitan city and is known for the famous Dargah Sharif-a shrine of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chisti. It is gently surrounded by Naag Pahar Range and Aravalli Hills. The beautiful Ana Sagar Lake offers a perfect place to spend balmy evenings admiring the glorious views of the city. When visiting this city, do not forget to attend an evening of Qawalis at Dargah Sharif.
- Bundi- Bundi, a beautiful city known for its magnificent stepwells or baoris is known for its ancient architecture, gigantic forts, beautiful palaces and lovely lakes. When visiting Bundi, do not miss exploring Taragarh Fort, Badal Mahal, Sukh Mahal, Nawal Sagar, Bundi Palace, Dabhai Kund, and a lot of steel well reservoirs. Bundi is also known for using the ancient techniques of rainwater harvesting.
- Bikaner- Enjoy a heartwarming holiday in Bikaner exploring the symbols of magnificence- The Junagarh Fort. The city is also known for its beautiful Lalgarh Palace, Laxmi Niwas Palace, Karni Mata Temple, and more. It is also known for its annual Camel Festival when the city witnesses a huge influx of tourists. The Chadwa and Utsa artforms of geometric and floral patterns has also gained a lot of popularity among art connoisseurs.
- Chittorgarh- Chittorgarh located close to Udaipur is an ancient city. The city is proud of being the birthplace of Meerabai, the ardent bhakt of Lord Krishna and Maharana Pratap, the courageous ruler of Chittor. Located at the banks of River Berach, this magnificent city stands guard to magnificent forts, palaces, temples and monuments. The famous Chittorgarh, palace of Rana Kumbha, Kirti Stambha, palace of Rani Padmini, Kumbhaswamini Temple, Kalika Mata Temple, and Vijay Stambha tell stories of the valour of Rajputi men and women.
- Shekhawati- The Shekhawati region of Rajasthan comprises of small towns and cities like Mandawa, Sujangarh, Lacchmangarh and more. The place is known for its sterile landscape interspersed with vibrant colours, cultures, frescoed havelis, art, mythology, and wildlife. The place is an architectural treat for tourists who love exploring ancient buildings and monuments.
- Mount Abu- This quaint destination is the only hill station in Rajasthan. It appears as a gem in the draught-ridden plains of the state. It is located close to Gujarat Border, in the Aravalli Mountain Range. It is famous for the beautiful Nakki Lake, Dilwara Jain Temples, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Peace Park and more.
Things to do in Rajasthan
When visiting Rajasthan on a carefully curated holiday package, ensure that the package allows you an opportunity to indulge in some interesting and exhilarating activities. Some of the major things to do in Rajasthan are-
- Zip Lining- It is a thrilling activity which you can try at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur and Neemrana Fort, Neemrana. Also known as Flying Fox, this activity allows you to zip across one structure or cliff to another and while doing so, enjoying splendid views strewn below.
- Safari- If you are a true wildlife lover, you must ensure adding Safari to your holiday package and enjoy exploring some of the most famous bird and wildlife sanctuaries and parks of Rajasthan. You can visit Keoladeo National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Ranthambhore National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and more. You can spot some of the rarest wildlife and fauna species besides elephants, tigers, birds, bears, and boars.
- Desert Camping-Your trip to Rajasthan is incomplete without enjoying desert camping. Stay in beautiful camps erected in the desert areas and enjoy marveling the beauty of star-lit sky, delicious Rajasthani cuisines, colourful puppet shows, melodious folk music and dances, and a lot more. It is the best activity to enjoy in Rajasthan.
- Hot-Air Ballooning– It is another interesting activity that can be enjoyed when visiting this royal state. Travelers love this activity which allows them to soar high and enjoy the magnificent views of unique landscape and lovely heritage structures below. This activity can be enjoyed in Jaipur, Pushkar, and Ranthambhore.
- Choki Dhani- If you wish to have the taste of royal hospitality, head to Choki Dhani, a lovely restaurant with its rural appeal. It is famous for foodies who would love enjoying the lip-smacking Rajasthani cuisines. The décor and service are par excellence and give you true idea of Rajasthani hospitality. Folk dances by local artists, puppet shows, camel rides, and cultural performances augment your experience by several notches.
- Vintage Car Rally- Watching Vintage Car Rally where cars from erstwhile era runs on the street is a sight to behold. Some of the most awe-inspiring machines can be spotted in the rally. If you are an ardent car lover, you will enjoy witnessing this rally that showcases the luxury of Rajasthan.
- Trekking- Another adrenaline pumping activity that can be enjoyed when visiting Rajasthan is trekking. It can turn out to be a tiring activity, particularly when visiting this destination in the summer season. But if you choose to enjoy this activity on a slightly windy day when the temperatures are not too high, you will enjoy a lot. Adventure lovers can trek in Mount Abu and Alwar where there is lush greenery all around. It is fun interacting with locals and spotting exotic birds while trekking in thick jungles.
- Checking out stunning architecture- If you love admiring architectural marvels, you can add places having monuments and structures known for their architectural brilliance. You can visit Abhaneri, located close to the capital city Jaipur where the stepwell or Chand Baori is known for its sheer beauty and imperial structure.
- Camel Breeding- Another activity that is worth indulging in is a visit to the famous Camel Breeding Farm in Bikaner. Here, you can enjoy playing and befriending this lovely creature, also referred to as the “Ship of the Desert”.
- Dune Bashing- It is another adrenaline pumping activity wherein you can ride in a 4×4 and ride at a very high speed over the vast expanse of san dunes.
Best Time to Visit Rajasthan
Rajasthan experiences extreme temperatures with scorching hot summers and chilly winters. When planning to visit this beautiful destination, plan a trip between October and March. This is the time when it is possible to explore the lovely attractions of the state at a leisurely pace. The monsoon months from July to September are also good to travel to Rajasthan as rain-drenched state gives you splendid views of its mesmerising beauty. The months from April to June when temperatures are at its peak is lean season but at this time travellers can enjoy best deals, discounts, and affordable tour packages.
How to reach Rajasthan
Rajasthan is a magnificent destination located in the north-west of India. It is a popular tourist destination and is well connected with some of the major cities of the country. A large number of domestic and international tourists plan a visit to this Royal Land and enjoy exploring the opulent forts and palaces besides rich culture and history. Reaching Rajasthan is not difficult.
Air- Rajasthan has four airports-Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner, and Jodhpur. Jaipur has a domestic and international airport. Foreign tourists can reach either of these cities via Delhi or Mumbai. The cities enjoy excellent air connectivity with major Indian cities.
Train- Rajasthan enjoys excellent train connectivity with major cities and towns of the state and the country. There is no dearth of direct trains plying its services to Rajasthan. International travellers can also use train services after landing at any of the International airports of the country. When visiting this state, arrive in style traveling in royal trains like Palace on Wheels and Fairy Queen.
Road- Rajasthan is well connected by road with major cities, towns and villages. Many private and public buses ply its services connecting major Rajasthan cities and destinations. Private taxis and cabs are also available.
Culture of Rajasthan
Rajasthani culture is dependent on the premise of warm hospitality beautifully depicted as, “Padharo mhare des”. It is also dependent on its rich past which is full of heroic deeds by men and women of the state alike. Where Rajputi Kings fought bitter battles with their enemies, the womenfolk committed jauhar to protect their respect. Bravery and chivalry flows in their blood. Another thing that adds more to the culture of this place is living happily with a smile on their face despite living in adverse conditions. They try to overcome the arid and dull landscape of their state by wearing vibrant coloured clothes. The folk music and dance of the state is melodious and worthy of foot tapping. Tourists love swaying to the hypnotic beats of Rajasthani music and dance forms like Ghoomar. The amazing architectural style manifested in its marvellous monuments, forts, palaces, temples, and other structures also make the state special.
Food of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is known for its lip-smacking vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
Daal Baati Choorma
When talking about Rajasthani cuisine, the first thing that strikes our mind is spicy daal, served with wheat flour batis dipped in asli ghee and sweet churma. It is served on special occasions like festivals, weddings, religious occasions, and more.
Gatte ki Subzi
It is a flavoursome curry-based cuisine made up of gram flour balls. The curry has a unique flavour because of buttermilk added to it. It is served with rice and chapati.
Made from fine gram flour mixed with buttermilk, it is a very tasty cuisine enjoyed in all Rajasthani households. It is served with baatis, rice, rotis, or khichdi. It can be prepared quickly and easily.
It is a mouth-watering non-vegetarian dish prepared painstakingly. It is a lamb dish with hot and spicy curry and is served with bajre ki roti.
Pyaz Ki Kachori and Mirch Bada
When visiting Jaipur and Jodhpur, do not miss out enjoying the delectable taste of pyaz ki kachori and mirchi bada. This spicy snack is enjoyed all through the seasons and can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It is served with coriander and tamarind chutney.
Ghevar is one of the most liked and popular sweet dishes enjoyed in Rajasthan. It is made up of flour, paneer, ghee, and sugar syrup. Ghevar making is an art and can be pulled of only by experts.
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