Places to visit in Rajasthan – The Abode of Kings

Places to visit in Rajasthan – To experience India’s age-old grandeur and heritage with a perfect blend of art, history, legacy, culture, and cuisine, there is no better place than Rajasthan.

The opulence of the great Rajput kings, popularly known as ‘maharajas’ still linger in the atmosphere of the state.

Rajasthan is probably the most contrasting state of India, with the Aravalli mountain range dividing it diagonally.

To the northwest is the stark and inhospitable Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian desert, while the southeast is fertile and hospitable.

Rajasthan is one of the most vibrant and colorful states of India. ‘Padharo Mahre Desh’ is the state’s tourism slogan, which means – ‘ welcome to my land.’

The people of Rajasthan are known for their hospitality. There are abundant places to visit in Rajasthan. Here are our top suggestions-

1. Jaipur

Jaipur, the pink city of India, is a beautiful amalgamation of old-world charms, pink hue buildings, UNESCO World Heritage sites like Jantar Mantar and Amer Fort, architectural marvels like the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Albert Hall Museum, Galtaji, bustling markets.

Jaipur Gharana of Kathak (a popular classical dance form in India) is known for its intricate dance form.

You will definitely enjoy the Ghoomar folk dance and the Kathputli Tamasha (puppet dance show) if you were to visit Jaipur.

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Pink palace Hawa Mahal, aerial panorama in Jaipur, India.

2. Jodhpur

Jodhpur, popularly known as ‘The Blue City, ‘Sun City, ‘Gateway to Thar’ is famous for its enchanting mirage of the ancient era. The city has much to offer.

The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Garden, temples, lakes, chirpy markets are a few of the tourism hotspots.

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Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India. Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India.

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3. Udaipur

The City of Lakes, Udaipur, has been conferred with titles like ‘Venice of the East and ‘Jewel of Mewar.’ The city has natural offerings as well as realms of the Rajput era.

Popularly known as the pride of Rajasthan, Udaipur has abundant and serene natural beauty, breathtaking architectural marvels, enthralling temples.

Go for a boat ride through the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola, and you will know why Udaipur is a must-visit destination in India.

The tourist hotspots include City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Eklingji Temple, Jaisamand Lake, Doodh Talai Musical Garden, Saheliyon Ki Bari, and a lot more.

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City Palace view from the lake. Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

4. Bikaner

Bikaner, a cultural paradise located in the northwest of Rajasthan, offers you majestic and magnificent views ranging from the ancient palaces, forts, and temples to the rugged sand dunes through which the camel’s amble.

It also hosts the International Camel Festival, which draws the attention of people across the world.  The few must-visit places in the Bikaner include the Junagarh Fort, the Lallgarh Palace, Rampuriya Haveli, Karni Mata Temple, etc.

These forts, palaces, and temples are built in the ancient era with intricate detailing and excellent craftsmanship. They are architectural marvels in themselves.

Other things you must do in Bikaner include taking a desert safari, visiting the colorful markets with artifacts, antiques, local crafts, ivory, and lacquer products, savoring the famous bikaneri bhujia’s (a dish made with gram flour), thandai, daal bati churma, etc.

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Lalgarh Palace now converted to a Hotel at Bikaner in Rajasthan, India.

5. Chittorgarh

Land of forts with its immortal folklore of heroism, courage, and sacrifice, Chittorgarh is the pride of the Chattari Rajputs.

Well, remember in the pages of history for the self-sacrificing Jauhar performed by Rani Padmini to thwart the siege of Khilji ruler Alauddin. The Chittorgarh Fort, Padmini Palace, Kalika Mata Temple, Maha Sati, Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary, Vijay Stambh, Sathis Deori Temple attract tourists throughout the year.

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Kirti Stambha and Kalika Mata Temple, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India

6. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

The famous Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is famous for having the magnificent Royal Bengal Tiger. Situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, it is aesthetically pleasing and rich in biodiversity.

The Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Kaldevi Sanctuary surround this reserve. Together these three are a part of the tiger reserve project in India.

The Ranthambore Fort located here is a World Heritage Site as listed by UNESCO.

Tigress (Panthera tigris) sitting on the dirt road, Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India
Tigress (Panthera tigris) sitting on the dirt road, Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India

7. Keoladeo National Park

Formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, the Keoladeo National Park located in Bharatpur is famous for its huge variety of avifauna.

This is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a man-made wetland. Every year thousands of birds from the polar region migrate to this park for foraging, wintering, and breeding.

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White-throated kingfisher, Halcyon smyrnensis, Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India

Rajasthan is a treat for both the eyes and soul of a tourist. You must definitely add these destinations to your bucket list.

This concludes my research on – places to visit in Rajasthan.

Also read – The land of Legends, Colorful Gujarat.

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