Rajasthan, as the name suggests, is the land of the kings and their royal heritage. It was formerly known as ‘Rajputana’ and is currently the largest state of India in terms of area. Every corner of this wonderful state reflects its colourful culture, rich history and beautiful arts in its very own way.
Rajasthan is not just a state it’s a museum which displays the excellence in architecture that the royal Rajputana and ancient India possessed. From the splendid forts, palaces and temples, built in distinctive styles, to the variety in colours and tastes, every part of this amazing state demonstrate an unbelievable blend of history, religion and nature.
All these things contribute to this state to be one of the most diverse and blessed places in the world. So, turn your imagination into reality, plan a trip to Rajasthan and let this magical land show its hospitality to you. Check out the top 5 places to visit in Rajasthan—
Jaipur is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Rajasthan and even in India. It is not only the capital city of Rajasthan but is also the largest city of this state. The city of Jaipur was founded by the Rajput ruler Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1727, after whom the city is named.
It is said that Jaipur was planned according to the Vedic Vastu Shastra. This beautiful city houses some of the most famous forts, monuments, museums, temples and gardens of India. It is also called as the pink city due to unique pink colour buildings here. If you want to dive into the architectural beauty of India, Jaipur is a must-visit destination for you.
The Hawa Mahal or the palace of the winds, the City Palace, Jal Mahal and Amer fort are some of the names which don’t require any introduction to the world. These places offer a lot of amazing and exciting stuff like Elephant ride and light shows to attract massive crowds towards them.
The Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is a living example of the advancement of science and astronomy in ancient India. So, pack your bags and reach this beautiful city as soon as you can because Jaipur has a lot to offer for every tourist and is surely a marvel to visit.
The beautiful city of Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in the year 1553. Udaipur is surrounded by seven lakes and is often regarded as “the city of lakes”. Like every city of Rajasthan, Udaipur has a lot to show off in its own uniqueness. If you want to experience the royal and luxurious lives of the kings, the grand palaces of Udaipur, converted into hotels and restaurants, are the best place for it.
The mesmerizing man-made architecture along with breathtaking natural beauty spread the feeling of romanticism in the air all around the city. That is why Udaipur is also called the “Venice of the East”. But if you are more of a religious person, don’t be upset because there is no dearth of temples in this magical city.
Jagdish temple, Bohra Ganesh Temple, Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ranakpur Jain Temple and Rishabhdeo Temple are some of the well-known temples of Udaipur. The Royal Vintage Car Museum and Shilpgram are also a delight to watch. But even after seeing every monument in the city, a successful trip to Udaipur is impossible without boating in the serene waters of Lake Pichola.
Jodhpur is yet precious gem-studded in the diadem of Rajasthan. It is the second largest city of Rajasthan, after Jaipur. The foundation of Jodhpur was laid by Rao Jodha Singh of Marwar in the year 1459. This beautiful city is nicknamed as “the blue city of India”.
The spectacular hilly forts and palaces of this city and the stories and history associated with them are as grand as the stunning architectural beauty possessed by them. The Mehrangarh Fort is the major tourist attraction of Jodhpur.
The Umaid Bhawan Palace which was once the residence of the royal family is partially converted in a hotel now. It also consists of a museum which you can see the impressive car collection of the royal family. Apart from that, Thar Heritage Museum, Bada Bagh, Patwan-ki-Haweli, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Ghanta Ghar and Rao Jodha Desert Rock are some of the main tourist destinations of Jodhpur.
The holy city of Pushkar lies in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan and is often regarded as “Tirth Raj” or “the king of pilgrimage sites” in India. Pushkar is one of the oldest cities of India and it has a significant place in Hindu mythology. This beautiful destination is located at the banks of Pushkar Lake.
It is believed that this sacred lake was created by the tears of Lord Shiva himself and a dip in this lake cures all the diseases. The Brahma Temple of Pushkar is the only temple in the world dedicated to Brahma-the creator. The major attraction of Pushkar is its annual camel fair.
This fair is not all about buying and selling of cattle, it demonstrates the tradition and culture of Pushkar through music and dance. After all, the evening aarti at the Pushkar Lake will be a unique experience for your soul which you may have never experienced before.
5. Mount Abu
Situated in the lap of Aravali mountains, Mount Abu is the paradise of Rajasthan. It is the only hill station in this dry and hot state and is truly a blessing for the people of Rajasthan. Mount Abu has great historical and religious importance.
It is mentioned in Mahabharata by the name of Arbuda mountain. There are many historical temples and forts here and thus, it is a major destination for pilgrims. The Arbuda Devi Temple, Dilwara Jain Temple and Durga Ambika Mata Temple are some of the famous religious sites at Mount Abu.
Guru Shikhar, Achalgarh Fort, Sunset Point, Toad Rock and Mount Abu Wildlife sanctuary are also worth watching. The pleasant weather and greenery of this place have something special in them that will not let you go easily.