The name Rajasthan does total justice to the vibe the biggest Indian state gives out. Rajasthan can be roughly translated as “Land of the Rajas (kings)”. Rajasthan is popular as the land of the forts, palaces and temples. You can travel to Rajasthan to discover outstanding examples of Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. The beauty of the desert and the rich cultural heritage make it an unrivaled destination. You can explore the vibrant and colorful past of this state by visiting the best tourist spots in Rajasthan.
The top attractions in Rajasthan's cities are a witness to a bygone era of royalty and excess and still exude a romantic charm. Indian Holiday offers you an opportunity to explore the best tourist spots in Rajasthan with its travel packages. Not only domestic tourists, international visitors, too, regard Rajasthan as an incredible destination. The royal residences of the Maharajas, the forts, the temples and the arid desert make for a memorable experience.
Create memories of a lifetime by planning your India travel to the various cities of Rajasthan. Here are some of the tourist attractions of Rajasthan you must visit during your holiday.
City Palace of Jaipur, Jaipur
The City Palace, Jaipur – together with the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal – is one of the most spectacular palatial complexes in India. Previously the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, the complex encompasses some architectural gems in the form of courtyards, manicured gardens and formidable buildings – each a wonderful specimen of Indo-Saracenic architecture. A typical tour to Rajasthan would ideally begin with a trip to the City Palace.
Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, Jaipur
The Hawa Mahal is a unique 5-storey palatial building designed on the lines of the crown worn by Hindu God, Krishna. The palace has an exquisite honeycomb façade with 963 jharokhas (windows) and rises to a height of 50 feet above ground level. The monument is built from red and pink sandstone, in theme with the other monuments in Jaipur.
Amber (Amer) Fort and Palace, Jaipur
Amber (Amer) Fort and Palace complex paints the picture of the glorious past of Jaipur. The fort is built with red sandstone and marble. The Diwan-e-Aam, the Diwan-e-Khas, the Sheesh Mahal, and the Sukh Niwas, are some of the attracting elements of the fort. Moreover, sound & light show in the evening is in tradition since 1070 till today. There are four main divisions of the fort, each division having its own entry gate and courtyard.
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
A UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of the largest observatories that have been ever been built in the world. Constructed by Sawai Jai Singh, it houses an assortment of architectural astronomical instruments. This astronomical observatory is also home to the world’s largest Sundial. Jantar Mantar comprises of 14 prime geometric devices for measuring time, keeping track of the constellations and for monitoring the orbits around the sun.
Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), Jaipur
Situated inside the Amber Palace, Sheesh Mahal is one of its most well-known structures, also known as Hall of Mirrors. An important part of Jag Mandir, its unique interior is its USP. The walls as well as ceilings of the hall have been encrusted with mirrors that reflect light rays that illuminate the entire hall of Jai Mandir. Built by Raja Jai Singh in 1623, this hall was used at the time of meetings with the special guests. The glass used in the hall has been brought in from Belgium.
Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur
Jaipur’s oldest and the most loaded museum is also one of the finest examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture itself. Enclosed within the perimeter of the Ram Niwas Garden outside the city walls, Albert Museum has an exquisite collection of paintings, royal costumes, armor, weapons, carpets, sculptures etc. straight from the times of the Maharajas.
Jal Mahal, Jaipur
Roughly translated as the “Palace on Water”, Jal Mahal floats right in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. The Mahal sits pretty against the backdrop of the Aravallis, and has undergone a huge makeover to reclaim its status as a tourist magnet. The 300 acre lake has been treated for sewage and a new water treatment system keeps it clean. The Nahargarh Fort is perched on a hill close to the lakeside and provides a bird’s eye view of the lake.
Jain Temple - Ranakpur, Udaipur
The Jain Temple of Ranakpur is a wonderful architectural specimen made from 1444 marble pillars – all of which, it is believed, are impossible to count at once. The temple has four faces, symbolizing the Tirthankara’s conquest of the four cardinal directions. Don’t miss the single rock carving with 108 snake heads.
City Palace of Udaipur, Udaipur
The City Palace in Udaipur was previously the throne of the Sisodia Rajput clan in the 16th century. The palace complex is on the eastern bank of Lake Pichola. Other notable attractions within the palace include the Jag Mandir, Monsoon Palace and the Nemach Mata Mandir. The Lake Palace of Udaipur was also featured in the James Bond movie, Octopussy, starring Roger Moore. Off topic, Udaipur has been hailed as “the Venice of the East”.
Kumbhalgarh Fort, Udaipur
This magnificent fort was built during the 15th century by Rana Kumbha, and expatiated during the 19th century. The fort has boundary walls that cover an area up to 36 km and 15 ft thick frontal walls. There are seven fortified gateways and about 360 temples within the fort. The palace top also provides mesmerizing view of Aravalli Range and the sand dunes of the Thar Desert. The wall of the Kumbhalgarh Fort is recorded as the second largest wall in Asia.
Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Lake Pichola is an artificial fresh water lake, made in the year 1362 AD. The four islands on this lake, namely Jag Niwas, Jag Mandir, Mohan Mandir, and Arsi Vilas, provide phenomenal views of the lake. Apart from this, there are numerous other places developed to provide excellent views. The lake gets its name from the nearby Picholi village and was constructed in 1362 AD by Banjara, during the rule of Maharana Lakha.
Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur
The Fateh Prakash Palace is a part of the City Palace complex in Udaipur and was commissioned by Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur. An architectural gem, the palace has now been transformed into a heritage property and offers accommodation on a day basis. The Palace has recently undergone renovation and added separate wings for holding private functions and corporate seminars.
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
You can still see the imprints of cannonballs fired at the thick walls of one of the greatest fortresses in India – the Mehrangarh Fort. The 400 feet high fort sits pretty on top of a hill and flanks the city from outside. The fort complex also has a well maintained museum exhibiting a selection of royal palanquins, arms, paintings and royal costumes from the 18th century.
Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer
Bang in the middle of absolute wilderness, some 42 kilometers from the city, are Sam’s Sand Dunes – an enigmatic attraction that takes you deeper into the Thar way of life. Enjoy stays in luxurious tented accommodations as you sit back and absorb the sights and sounds of folk artists performing live on melodious songs with cheesy lyrics.
Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur
Ranthambore National Park, lying in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, is one of the largest wildlife reserves of the northern part of India. The park, covering an area of 392 square kms boasts of being home to a large population of tiger (around 55) and is one of the Project Tiger reserves of the country. The national park also hosts as many as 300 species of birds including some rare ones such as Siberian Crane.
Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh
Chittorgarh Fort, the largest fort of India, is also the best known fort of Rajasthan. Situated on a hilltop 180 meters high, this fort was constructed during the 7th century AD at the time of the reign of Mauryans. Further additions were made to the structure of the fort by the Mewar rulers who were the successors. Spread in 692 acres of land, the fort has around 84 water bodies and numerous small palaces, like Rana Kumbha Palace, Rani Padmini’s Palace, etc.
Dilwara Jain Temples, Mount Abu
Dilwara Jain Temples are stunning marble temples built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD by Chalukya Rulers. Reflecting the Jain values like honesty and frugality, the temples have opulent entrance and simple architecture. This temple complex with architectural perfection is nestled in the midst of forested hills and surrounded by a high wall. You will also find ornamental detailing in the doorways, panels, ceiling, and pillars.
Dargah Shariff, Ajmer
Ajmer Sharif is the Sufi shrine of the celebrated saint, Moinnuddin Chisti and is a pilgrim center of people from all faiths. The shrine is visited by hundreds of thousands every year, some of them being national and international celebrities. Do not miss out on the riveting Qawwalli session, where Sufi artists produce popular renditions praising the Almighty.
Pushkar Lake, Pushkar
The sacred Pushkar Lake is flanked by 52 bathing ghats, and is close to more than 500 Hindu temples. Pushkar is especially famous for one of the world’s only two Brahma temples. The Pushkar Lake has rich aquatic reserves and recent treatment procedures have rendered it free of pollution. If you can, visit the Lake during the months October-Novemeber which is when the famous Pushkar Fair is held.