Rajasthan is one of the most popular visited states in India. It is not surprising because it shows India in its most colorful and exotic appearance. All the things that come to mind when you think of India can be found in Rajasthan: palaces, fortresses, desert, camels, elephants, and snake charmers. These tourist places to visit in Rajasthan should not be lost.
The “pink city” of Jaipur is part of the renowned tourist circuit of the Golden Triangle of India and is one of the most popular destinations in Rajasthan. It has many forts and famous buildings, with most of them boasting stunning views and elaborates architecture. Being in Jaipur is particularly pleasant. The accommodations are reasonably priced and many have been converted from historic properties, giving guests a truly regal experience!
It is often said that Udaipur is the most romantic city in India, full of lakes and old buildings. The exquisite City Palace Complex, which extends along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, dominates the city and the royal family still lives in part. Many personal memorabilia, family photos, and other memorabilia are displayed in the City Palace Museum, giving Udaipur a very regal atmosphere. You can even stay at the City Palace!
An extraordinary sandstone city that magically rises from the sand dunes of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer seems to have emerged from an Arabian Nights fairytale. Its charming ancient fort, built in 1156, is perched on a pedestal overlooking the city. Inside, the fort is alive and fascinating. It houses five buildings, several temples and some havelis (residences), as well as shops and other residences. Also, camel safaris in the desert are a popular thing to do in Jaisalmer.
Affectionately known as the “Blue City” for its buildings painted blue, Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. The old walled part of the city is presided over by the fort of Mehrangarh, which offers the best perspective among the blue buildings of Jodhpur. It is one of the largest and best-preserved fortresses in India. Inside, there are a number of ornate buildings and a museum. One of Jodhpur’s most tempting things is that there are many inexpensive but quaint places to stay with the views of the fort. It’s nice to do nothing but relax on the roofs and immerse yourself in the atmosphere.
For most of the year, Pushkar is a sleepy little holy city that attracts many types of backpackers and hippies. However, it really comes on for a couple of weeks in October or November, when the Pushkar Camel Fair hits the city. It is a singular show and a great opportunity to attend a traditional Indian traditional style festival. Pushkar deserves a visit at any time of year if you want to relax. Unfortunately, it’s not like before. In these days Pushkar is becoming much more westernized and focused on tourism. The priests of the bathing ghats (steps) are known to be very strong even in requesting donations. Avoid that area and go to the Pushkar market for some great shopping!
Ranthambore National Park
The Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places in India to spot a tiger in the wild. In contrast to many wildlife national parks in India, Ranthambore is also truly accessible and easy to reach. This makes it very popular (and, unfortunately, is facing a lot of tourist pressure). In addition to nature, the park is home to the formidable X-century Fort of Ranthambore. It is a huge structure that contains ruined pavilions, monuments, and three Hindu temples. The park is full of history, having witnessed many battles disputed on its land and the rise and fall of many sovereigns.
If you are an art lover, or even someone who makes architecture and history, the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan deserves to be included in your itinerary. Located in the triangle of Delhi, Jaipur, and Bikaner, many people overlook it in favor of the most popular destinations in Rajasthan. This makes it pleasantly without tourists! This unique region is often referred to as the largest outdoor art gallery in the world, with old havelis (villas) with walls adorned with painted frescos. Do not miss staying in one!
The delightful town in the Bikaner desert receives fewer tourists than many other important destinations in Rajasthan. It is a less commercialized place for a camel safari, as an alternative to Jaisalmer. The main attractions are the ancient walled city and the fort. Bikaner is also famous for the infamous Karni Mata rat temple nearby. The Karni Mata Festival, held to venerate mice there, is one of the strangest festivals in India. In January, a camel fair is held in Bikaner. Stay at the quaint historic Narendra Bhawan hotel.
Although increasingly popular with travelers, Bundi is often overlooked as a tourist destination in Rajasthan. Still, it is a captivating place to visit, with its lakes, markets, temples and similar blue houses in Jodhpur. This relatively quiet city is dominated by the extraordinary and impressive Bundi Palace, which protrudes from the hill. The old and winding streets of the Old Town are fascinating to travel. Bundi also has about 60 steps and a dilapidated fort above the building.
Village of Bishnoi
Rural tourism is growing in Rajasthan, with Bishnoi and Pali becoming desirable destinations to get off the beaten track. Bishnoi is a community of nature worshipers about 45 minutes from Jodhpur and can be traveled on a day trip, while Pali is a little further out and needs at least one overnight stay.
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