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Top Places to Visit in Rajasthan

A place of grandeur, royalty and immense culture, Rajasthan sets an example of India’s diverse and rich heritage at a global level. Rajasthan has always been a prime aspect when it came to India’s vast kingdoms and their emperors. The state exudes ethnic music, captivating palaces, shining sand dunes to rugged Aravali and Vindhya ranges. Rajasthanis are known for their exquisite bandhani art and gracious hospitality, who are always open to tourists with a warm smile on their face. Here are some top places to visit in Rajasthan which capture the region’s essence. 

The Pristine Pink Capital –  Jaipur 

The city of victory takes you through a journey in time. The semi-metropolis and ancient city displays a unique blend of palaces and skyscrapers. The walled city was built by Sawai Jai SIngh in 1727 AD. As fascinating as it seems, it is India’s first planned city. The strategic architecture, temples, palaces, gardens of the city has finally led to being a UNESCO world heritage site. The prime site to visit in this walled city is The City Palace. The landmark occupies one seventh of the area with its extraordinary courtyards, gateways, temples and impressive structures of seven storeyed Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, the Diwan-i-Am and Diwan-i-Khas. The Diwan-i-Am also known as the hall of Audience has intricate wall decorations and manuscripts in Persian as well as Sanskrit. Also, do not miss out on Jantar Mantar, Govind Devji Temple, Moti Dungri Ganeshji Temple, Man Sagar Lake, Shakambhari Jheel etc

  • The Jaipur city is well connected via roadways and railways. 

Sawai Madhopur, Tiger’s den

Moving towards the Aravali and Vindhya ranges, Ranthambore portrays the forest and wildlife side of Rajasthan. It also contains fort, temples and villages that still follow the olden ways of living. The fort is known to be the oldest fort of Rajasthan, dating back to the Yadava Dynasty in the 8th century and Chauhans in the latter 10th century. The path to the fort is a combination of zigzag ramps, spectacular gateways all in natural escarpment creating a drop of 65 m offering stunning summit views. The climb till the summit is 250 m which is partly in the ruins. Badal Mahal is also an interesting place to visit during Ganesh Chaturthi as it contains a famous Ganesh Temple in the fort premises. TheRanthambore National Park and its efforts in preserving the tigers of India deserves an honorary mention. It is 10 kms from Sawai Madhopur stretching from Aravalli in the east to Vindhya ranges. Two or three tigers can be spotted in early mornings during November and April. The park offers jeep safaris, Jogi Mahal, Padam Talab and forest rest houses. There are several lodges and RTDC guest houses outside the park in Sawai Madhopur. 

Unparalleled Udaipur

The city of lakes, jewel of Mewar is a beautiful city with enchanting marble palaces and pristine lakes and gardens. The city of Udaipur was founded by Maharana Udai Singh to overcome his misfortunes in Chittorgarh. The city since then came into being around the lake Pichola. Udaipur is quite famous for being a popular destination among foreigners and an ideal  romantic destination for the locals. The palace contains a grand entrance, Suraj Gokhada and Mor Chowk which are preserved as  museums along with its ancient royal artifacts. Please visit Fateh Sagar, Pichola Lake, Jag Mandir Island, Jag Niwas. Dhebar Lake, Ahar, Sas-Bahu ka Mandir, Saheliyon ki Bari and many more. 

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MindBoggling Mount Abu

Unlike the popular beliefs, Rajasthan is more than dry deciduous desserts and palaces, The hilly green oasis towards the south near Gujarat is Rajasthan’s only hill station. It is 1219 m above sea level and is also the highest point between Nilgiris in the south and the Himalayan range in the north. Mount Abu has its own lake and Dilwara Jain Temples dating back to 11th and 13th century.  The sightseeing spots in and around Mt. Abu are Achalgarh Fort, Nakki Lake, Arbuda Temple, Bali, Pali, Guru Shkhar, Sunset point etc. 

Rendering Ranakpur

Ranakpur is the spiritual getaway for Jains. The region consists of some of the renowned marvelously carved Jain temples. The central ‘Chaumukha’ is dedicated to the venerated Tithankara Rishabji and has distinctively carved 29 halls and 1444 pillars. It also houses the idol of Adinath with 24 Tirthankars carved on the mandaps. There are other Jain Temples within the premises dedicated to Parsvanath and Nemisnath.  Places like Sun Temple, Amba Mata Temple, Sadri Desuri, Machhal Mahaveer contain a plethora of Hindu, Jain temples and Mosques. 

Rejuvenating Jodhpur

The Blue City of Jodhpur is a breath of fresh air to the tourists. Set at the edge of Thar desert, Jodhpur was once a capital of the Marwar state. The famous places to visit in Jodhpur are the Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort, Girdikot and Sardar Market, Ghanta Ghar, Rao Jodha desert park, Osian. Do experience the desert by visiting Osian, the ancient Thar Desert Town. It is located 65 kms away from Jodhpur and contains monuments spanning five centuries of artistic evolution. Capture the most picturesque jharokha and darwaza spurt out thousands of stories along the narrow alleys. 

Jaunting Jaisalmer

The city of Jaisalmer was a major post along the  trade route that connected India to the west through the great Thar Desert. It is called Golden City since it looks as if every rock on this enchanting ground bathes in the golden light of the Sun. The landscape is dry, barren yet so hauntingly beautiful that it makes Jaisalmer a golden heaven in itself. The havelis, palaces, temples and even the desert are drenched in the golden light of the mighty Sun. The place is occupied with vibrant cloths, skilled artisans and camels. The must-see places of Jaisalmer are; Kuldhara, Gadsisar Lake, Jaisalmer Fort, Pokaran, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Sam(sand dunes), Khuri Sand dunes, Desert National park etc. experience the vibrant and musical culture of Rajasthan at Khuri village where there are programs conducted showcasing folk dance, local food, camel rides etc. Have yourself a cultural evening under the starry sky by the desert sand.  

Astounding Ajmer

Wrapping up with a soothing destination of Ajmer. The city holds a religious signficane among the Muslim Folks. Situated in a basin at the foothills of Taragarh hills. The muslim pilgrim site of Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Dargah is tomb of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Akbar used to visit this spiritual site once a year.  The Dargah offers rice, dry fruits and condiments to its visitors as sanctified food. Other attractions in Ajmer include; Adhai-din-ka-Jhopra, Ana Sagar, Akbar’s Palace, Foy Sagar and Kurki. 

The state of Rajasthan is painted with every bright color you can imagine. It houses the rich culture of Rajputs, preserves tigers, exports fine quality bandhani cloths and home to several  havelis which still howl with gentle breeze coming from the jharokhas.