The Land of Kings, rich wildlife, warm hospitality and India’s largest state also known as the Royal State of India – Rajasthan, has an area of 342,239 km². This north Indian state is home to the Aravalli range which is the oldest mountain range in India. This state has 33 districts. A magical universe having forts, palaces and antiques, things that are the cause of boost in Rajasthan tourism. A place, known for medieval castles or forts that stands tall and proud, amidst jeweled crowns. A place with the mystical desert that has seen numerous wars, heard many secrets and also has recited numerous stories. Moreover, this princely state is home to many nomadic tribes which are the major part of the total population.
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WHAT TO SEE IN RAJASTHAN?
Rajasthan’s castles, finely carved temples and extravagant palaces comprise one of the country’s richest crops of architectural monuments. But this is not the only heritage of this multi-artistic history. There is immeasurably more to see like various colorful cities, remote treasures, wildlife and their food to taste.
Some prominent and noted metropolises :
Jaipur – This vibrant megacity which is also the state capital, is known as the “Pink City” because of the reddish paint applied to its structures. They are decorated with complicated patterns or shapes.
It is one of the most sightseeing tourist places in Rajasthan. Some of the major and notable attractions of this megacity include the Nahargarh Fort, Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, the City Palace, and Jantar Mantar. These monuments showcase the Rajput architecture and traditions, beautiful landscapes, beautiful designs, and royal aesthetics are the things to observe.
Jodhpur – All be painted with the heart-warming tones of blue, the “Blue City”, is centered on a Tangled and complicated old walled town and is overlooked as the most imposing hilltop fort. Jodhpur is among the most polychromatic cities or places to visit in Rajasthan. Once you visit this city you would surely be amazed by its vibrant outlook, royal grandeurs, and splendors of history. A visit to the Jaswanth Thada also known as the Taj Mahal of Marwa, elegant Umaid Bhavan Palace Mandore Gardens and Mehrangarh fort.
Jaisalmer – This UNESCO World Heritage site is the magical desert city of Rajasthan, erected from original sandstone, and is termed the “Golden City”. This city is known for its majestic forts, great sand dunes, ancient Havelis, grand palaces, and breathtaking views of the Thar desert. The view of the entire city from the Jaisalmer fort is striking, indulge in the tranquility of the Gadi Sagar lake, respect the artificer at some of the most cultural Havelis, witness wildlife at the desert national park, camp under the open sky of the Thar desert and eventually visit the India Pakistan border.
Udaipur – Far south of the state, this hasn’t gained a color label yet, but it can be called the “White City”: coated in decaying limewash, its inshore palaces and Havelis are framed by distant glims of notched hills. Udaipur is home to Rajasthan’s largest palace which is the city palace. The city of lakes has some psychedelic attractions like the lake palace at the banks of Lake Pichola and the Garden Palace. The 15th-century stronghold of Kumbhalgarh situated near Udaipur is a must-visit. There are a lot of things to do and see in Udaipur and is a must-visit on any Rajasthan holiday.
Bharatpur – This wonderful city is also known as ‘Lohagarh’ due to its unbreachable defense line and was innovated by Maharaja Suraj Mal. Moreover, this city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also celebrated many days before Holi, this special Brij Holi is celebrated with the worship of Lord Krishna, splashing of colours, dance and music. This is one of the most notorious carnivals in Rajasthan. Local people take a dip in the ghats of the Banganga River before offering prayer to the Radha Krishna Temple.
Pushkar – Pushkar is known as the city of carnivals and is one of the oldest cities in India. This famous city is considered the most pious and devoted place in the entire state. There are probably more than five hundred temples in and around Pushkar, like the splendid Vishnu Temple and the most important shrine, the Brahma Temple, has a four-headed image of Brahma. This town is famous for its peaceful and quiet atmosphere. Some of the major attractions of this town are Pushkar Lake, Savitri temple, Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Rangji Temple, Brahma Temple, and much more. This city is also famous for the Pushkar Camel Fair also known as Kartik Mela which is celebrated during the month of November. All the camels are dressed in colorful attires and various competitions like longest moustache, camel race, bridal competitions, and Matka Phod are held here.
Bikaner – Once a barren piece of land, this city was established by Rao Bika in 1488 and was originally named ‘Jungladesh’. It became one of the wealthiest princely states in Rajasthan over the years and is still one. This city is full of exciting tourist places, the forts and palaces are the main attractions of the town. The Junagarh Fort is the most amazing fort and it also encloses various mosques, Hindu temples, Gothic archways, Buddhist monuments and beautiful mansions within it.
Lalgarh Palace and Museum, Rampuria Haveli, Laxmi Niwas Palace, and Gajner Palace and Lake are some of the places you must visit as a sightseer place in Bikaner.
Similarly there are so many places like Ajmer, Kota, Alwar and festivals.
- Nagaur cattle fair in south of Bikaner.
- Desert festival near Jaisalmer.
- Elephant festival on the streets of Jaipur.
- Mewar Festival in Udaipur.
- Gangaur in Jaisalmer and Mount Abu and more to see in the Royal State of Rajasthan.
Way To Rajasthan
By Road – Rajasthan has a network of state and national highways and public roadways that covers an area of approximately 6373 km. There are bus services which have been operating for 40 years, or even if you opt for a car/taxi, you will get to see the most beautiful landscapes and that will make for a scenic drive.
By Flight – Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur are well connected to other parts of the country by air but for International flights, Jaipur is the only option. Delhi is just a mere 260 km away from Jaipur, making it a viable option when traveling to and from internationally.
By Rail – Rajasthan has a collective 4600 km of rail tracks spread evenly throughout the state, well connected to the rest of the country. Major trains like Rajdhani and Shatabdi, there are luxury trains as well like The Indian Maharaja-Deccan Odyssey, Maharajas’ Express, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels and Palace on Wheels, are operational for some of the prime travel destinations in the state.
Best Time to Visit
The best time considered to visit Rajasthan is October to March as the temperature is optimal for sightseeing and other activities. People from all over the world come during this season to explore the beautiful city as this is the peak time.
Do plan your visit to this beautiful and royal state – Colorful Rajasthan!