“Kesaria balam aao nee padharo mhare desh” – This is how the royal land of Rajasthan welcomes its visitors. Also referred to as royal abode, Rajasthan is a beautiful state and ensure some of the most beautiful spots to visit for tourists. Here are some of the best places you should visit on your Rajasthan tour:
Jaipur – The Pink City
Also referred to as the City of Victory, you will be welcomed by stunning hilltop forts, magnificent palaces, colourful bazaars and much more. It holds an immense wealth of accommodation and dining options. You would love to visit the towering malls of glass and chrome and indulge in buying textiles, Rajasthani crafts, art and gems.
Best time to visit – All through the year. It is best to avoid summers.
Major attractions – Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Birla Mandir.
Things to do – Desert safari, shop for Rajasthani crafts, textiles, and gems and savour authentic Rajasthani cuisine.
Jaisalmer – The Golden City
The land of desert in right at the gateway to the Thar. So indulge in the camel safari through the sand dunes. Pay a visit to the Jaisalmer Fort that crowns the town with its sand-coloured walls. It is also home to an old museum. Sprinkled with exquisite Havelis constructed by wealthy merchants. The most popular ones include Patwon-Ki-Haveli, known for intricate architecture.
Best time to visit – September to November and late January to April
Major attractions – Sam sand dunes, Jaisalmer Fort, Gadisagar Lake, Tanot Mata Temple
Things to do – Attend the Desert festival of Jaisalmer (January – February), enjoy camel safari to the Sam sand dunes, a visit to Longewala border
Udaipur – The City of Lakes
Udaipur is a romantic city, as endorsed by Colonel James Tod in his Annals & Antiquities of Rajasthan. Framed by the ancient Aravalli hills in the year 1829. Home too much sought after City Palace, that surrounds glassy waters of Lake Pichola, Udaipur is a must visit for all. The blue-tinge houses in the city are a feast to eyes. A visit to Umaid Bhawan Palace, partially a heritage hotel will soothe your senses.
Best time to visit – November to March
Major attractions – Fateh Sagar lake, Lake Pichola, City Palace, Swaroop Sagar, Jag Mandir, Udai Sagar lake, Jagdish Temple, Monsoon Palace, Kumbhalgarh fort
Things to do – Try your hand at zip-lining over the Mehrangarh Fort, Flying Fox, savour mouth-watering, authentic Jodhpuri onion kachoris, visit Sojati Gate, boating on Lake Pichola, visiting the palaces.
Mewar – An Amazing Land for Tourists
The Kumbhalgarh Festival is the most famous event here. It falls in December and attracts thousands of tourists from world across. The cultural festival is held in magnificent Kumbhalgarh Fort where fine artists from all corners of the state gather to showcase their talent. Tourists will enjoy folk performances during the day. The Sound & Light Show is must see for all. The event also organizes games such as Tug of War in which the spectators also participate.
Best time to visit – November to December
Major attractions – Kumbalgarh Fort
Things to do – Participate in the cultural event
Pushkar – The Sacred Land
When in Rajasthan, make sure you visit the pious ground of Pushkar. Shree – the Sacred Festival is held in with great pomp and show. Attain total bliss through yoga, music, and guided meditation. If you happen to be here during the festival, this 3-day event and a star-studded affair will let you have a gala time. The event has been a hot favourite among renowned musicians like Kailash Kher and Shubha Mudgal who gave amazing performances here.
The beauty of Pushkar attracts many thousands of tourists from all over the world. It is a holy pilgrimage site for the Hindus. Home to over 52 ghats and 400 small temples sprinkled all around the city, it is certainly a must visit for vacationers. Brahma temple, Pushkar lake, and Savitri temple are key attractions. If you are planning to visit the place in December, do not miss out Shree, The Sacred Festival, which welcomes visitors with a lineup of celebrated musicians, guided meditation, amazing folk performances, heritage walks, and much more.
Best time to visit – October-December. This time is also world famous Pushkar Camel Fair.
Major attractions – The world famous camel fair, Meerabai Temple, and serene Pushkar lake.
Things to do – Boating on the beautiful lake, photography at the fair, and sightseeing at various temples.
This beautiful place was founded in the year 1763 by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh, the beautiful place is among the best tourist places in Rajasthan. Also home to Ranthambhore National Park, celebrated for inhabiting tigers. The Ranthambhore Palace is certainly another tourist attraction here. It is also declared a UNESCO heritage.
Best time to visit – November to February
Major attractions – 10th century Ranthambore Palace, tigers at Ranthambhore National Park
Things to do – Jungle safari, bird watching, photography
Bundi – Welcome to The city of Baoris
This is a very beautiful yet one of the most underrated tourist destinations in Rajasthan. Located at 210 km from Jaipur, Bundi once served as the native place of a tribe called Bunda Meena. This is how this amazing place inherited its name. You must visit the city for its magnanimous forts, baoris (step reservoirs), architectural masterpieces from ancient age and lakes.
Best time to visit: All year round
Major attractions: Sukh Mahal, Nawal Sagar, Dabhai Kund, Bundi Palace, Taragarh Fort, and many steep well reservoirs
Things to do: Explore Badal Mahal inside the Taragarh fort for the ancient painting, exhibiting the rest while opium trade, visit the baoris and understand the ancient technique of water harvesting, explore the forts and palaces
So when are you planning a visit to the royal state of Rajasthan?