The word Rajasthan means the Land of Kings. The place dates back to the Indus Valley civilization. At present, Rajasthan happens to be our nation’s largest state spread across 10.4 percent of what India has got: totaling at 132,139 sq. mi. The state was once patronized by royal families and is known to host some of the brilliant forts and palaces in India.
Rajasthan has long been acknowledged as a prominent tourism spot globally. Every year this state notes a differentiable increase in the number of tourists. These visitors are from within the country and from other distant lands as well.
Rajasthan is best known for its heritage, the royal ambiance all around, sand-dunes, safaris and lush-forests. The state alone contributes to more than 20% of the nation’s foreign tourist count. A power-packed itinerary of Rajasthan tour will take a minimum of 10 days and will cover the most popular places to visit in Rajasthan.
Popular Cities to visit in Rajasthan
The state hosts an array of beautifully crafted cities which are famous for their forts and lakes. Ajmer, Bikaner, Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Ranthambore, Udaipur, Pushkar, Mandawa, Dungarpur and Ranakpur are the cities worth a visit.
Jaipur -The Pink City
This usually is the landing point for the tourists and also is the most colorful city of the state. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and is commonly known as the Pink City. The city houses some of the most popular places to visit in Rajasthan and is known for its collection of humongous forts, exotic palaces and the serene gardens. People here have always been appreciated for being warm. Some of the places which are a must visit are the Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh, Royal Gaitor, Albert Hall Museum and Galta Ji. The old city here is known for its market places. Chand Pol Bazaar, Johri Bazar, Tripolia Bazaar and Bapu bazaar are some great shopping places to visit in Rajasthan. (Click for more information)
Jaisalmer – Never the miss the Fort here!
This is yet another popular place to visit in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is known for its scenic beauty and mystic sand dunes. The city fort is the main attraction for tourists, another point of interest happens to be Patwon ki Haveli. Tourists here prefer to go on the Camel safari and visit the sand dunes. Jaisalmer also houses three must visit museums. The Government Museum, Desert Culture Museum and Jaisalmer Folklore Museum are some great historical places to visit in Rajasthan. (Click for more information)
Jodhpur – History comes alive!
This lovely city dates back to 1459 and had housed the famous Rathore clan. The city boasts on an array of scenic artifacts which comes under the popular places to visit in Rajasthan. Here lies the Mehrangarh Fort belonging to the Maharaja of Jodhpur. Jodhpur is another place for shopaholics to pay a visit, one can find exotic handicraft and textile goods at Sadar bazar. If you are planning to stay at Jodhpur for couple of days there is a lot of sightseeing to do. 40kms from the city lies the wonderful heritage village of Rohet Garh. Manvar Desert Resort and Camp is another place you can visit on your way to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur or way around.
Ajmer – City of Temples and Mosques
The city of Ajmer is just 131 km from Delhi and is a pious place for the Muslims. Garib Nawaj Khwaja Mauinuddin Chisti Mosque is located here at the old town. This happens to be one of the most important Islamic pilgrimages in India. Ajmer also flaunts some of the other popular places to visit in Rajasthan such as Ana Sagar Lake is there by the river Luni, Akbar’s palace which is presently refurbished into a museum & flaunts a set of miniature paintings, various weapons & some historical stone sculptures etc. Daulat Bagh brings forth wonderful scenic beauty. Ajmer gets its water supply from the Foy Sagar lake which is worth visiting. Other notable places include Mayo Collage, Nasiyan Temple and Taragarh Fort. Ambrosia Restaurant and Fragrance of India are two popular food joints in the city. While in Ajmer, one must visit Pushkar which is a renowned holy place hosting many temples and the famous Pushkar Sarovar. A notable event here is the Pushkar Fair, organized every year.
Bikaner – For the History Freaks
This city gets pride by the famous Lallgarh Palace built by Maharaja Ganga Singh. The noteworthy fact is the magnificent design and composition. The palace consists of red sandstone and has a perfect blend of Mughal, Rajput and the European style architecture. Bikaner flaunts one more popular place to visit in Rajasthan, the Junagarh Fort built which belonged to Raja Raj Singh. This fort houses the Prachina Museum having a collection of regal costumes and antiques. The Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum also finds its place in Bikaner tourism.
Chittorgarh – For Religious people
This city holds imminent historical value and hosts Vijay Stambh built by Maharaja Kumbh, Kirti Stambh built by the Jain businessmen. The city also houses Meera Bai’s Temple where she devoted her voice to Lord Krishna.
Mount Abu – The Main Attraction of Rajastan
The state consists of the biggest desert of the nation but nevertheless amongst the most popular places to visit in Rajasthan, Mount Abu takes its place as the only hill station. In summer Mount Abu makes it at 24-34 degrees Celsius. Sunset at Mount Abu is an absolute delight. Amongst the must visit places here are, the Nakki Lake, Gaumukh Temple and Delwara Jain Temple. (Click for more information)
Ranthambore – for the Wildlife lovers
If you are more into the wild Ranthambore is the place to visit in Rajasthan Tour. Ranthambore National Park has given shelter to Tigers, Jackal, Hyena, Leopards, chinkara and sloth bear. Jeep Safaris are organized here which offer an exciting look into the wildlife. (Click for more information)
Udaipur – The City of Lakes
This city blends the nature and architectural constructs in a fine blend creating a serene ambiance. Often known as the city of lakes Udaipur flaunts a series of places which are a must visit and experiences one gets here are priceless. The Majestic City Palace, Jag Mandir Island, Bagore Ki Haveli and Jagdish Temple are some of the lead attractions here.
Popular Food in Rajasthan
Apart from all these lovely places to visit in Rajasthan, the state offers delicious spicy cuisine. People here offer a collection of pickles and papad. Some of the exotic dishes found here are Dal-Baati-Churma. It is a staple food here and comprises of balanced diet in terms of carbohydrates and proteins. Rajasthani cuisine is known for the usage of dry and powdered spices which make their dishes rich and finger licking good. When it comes to meat, you can find very limited source here as most of the population comprise vegetarians. In the desert section though, the state excels with the much appreciated Rabri topped jalebi. Sohan Halwa from Ajmer is quite renowned.
If beautiful view and picturesque ambiance is what you are looking for, you will enjoy your stay in this state. Make sure you visit these popular, must see places to visit in Rajasthan.