One of the India’s largest states by area, Rajasthan is located on the western side of the country. Rajasthan is all about shiny palaces, peaceful temples, museum-art galleries, huge forts and monuments and lively Bazaars. The state is divided into the hilly southeastern region- Aravali mountain ranges and barren northwestern desert- Thar Desert.
Rajasthan is home to two tiger reserves- Rathambore National Park (a UNESCO World heritage site) in Sawai Madhopur and Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar. Keoladeo National Park is the world Heritage site in eastern Rajasthan.
Forts and Palaces in Rajasthan
Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Chittorgarh are such cities which are spotlight for forts and palaces in Rajasthan. The forts and palaces represent the famed architectural Heritage of the state. Rajasthan is renowned for its historical and royal past which captivates huge tourist population from all over the world.
Almost all cities of Rajasthan are lined up with forts and palaces built by prehistoric rulers and architects. There are six forts which are declared as the World Heritage sites namely Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Jaisalmer, Rathambore (Sawai Madhopur), Gagaron (Jhalawar) and Amber Fort in Jaipur.
The forts are protected by locals and the nature itself, the landscapes, hills, deserts, rivers and dense forests and also feature water harvesting system which is still in use. The thick walls optimize various hill terrains, specifically the river Gagron, and the dense forest at Rathambore and the desert at Jaisalmer.
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Monuments and Havelis of Rajasthan
Rajasthan is famous for its royal historical past and grand Havelis. Decorated by intricate wall paintings, these Havelis and Monuments are storehouse of historic objects and the memories of Rajput and European architecture.
Cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur,Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Chittorgarh are main focus for these monuments and Havelis in Rajasthan which draw a huge tourist population from all over the world. The complex designs made on tough ground symbolize the roughness and compassion of Rajput kings.
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Some of the famous monuments and Havelis in the state are – Amber Fort, Hawa mahal and Jal mahal in Jaipur; Kumbalgarh Fort, Lake Palace and Chittorgarh Fort in Udaipur; Mandawa Havelis in Shekhawati; Salim Singh ki Haveli and Patwon ki Haveli in Jaisalmer and City palace in Alwar.
Museums, Lakes and Gardens in Rajasthan
There are a lot of museums and art galleries in Rajasthan which exhibit the royal lifestyle of past rulers and the historic objects of the state. Some the most renowned museums in Rajasthan are Bhartiya Lok Kala Mahal, Archaeological Museum Chittorgarh, Albert Hall, City Palace Jaipur, Folklore Museum, Raja Madho Singh Museum and Mehrangarh Fort Museum. These museums and art galleries are well-maintained and taken care as they narrate the stories of bravery and loyalty of kings and queens.
The mesmerizing beauty of lakes and gardens in Rajasthan attract tourists from all over the world. Visitors can indulge in outdoor activities like boating, swimming and water rafting in the Chambal River in the Kota region. Some of the well-known lakes and gardens of Rajasthan are Bada Bagh, Saheliyon ki Bari, Vidyadhar Garden, Gardens of Bhangarh, Chittorgarh Fort Garedens, Gad Sagar Lake, Nakki Lake, and Bathing Ghats in Pushkar, Pushkar Lake and Pichola Lake.
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Fairs and Festivals in Rajasthan
The fairs and festivals of Rajasthan symbolize the tradition and culture of the state. The dance, music, puppetry and locals dressed in traditional clothes make the festivals livelier.
Some of the famous fairs and festivals of the state are camel festival – a large number of camels participate in the festival and are decorated before declaring the best one; Pushkar festival- the festival is famous for its Rajasthani handicraft and a number of artists perform on Rajasthani Folk songs and International Kite festival- on this auspicious day one can watch the kite-play in the sky.
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Best time to Visit Rajasthan
Tourists can plan their trip to Rajasthan between the months of November to February when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold and the temperature varies from 10 degree Celsius to 27 degree Celsius. City of Lakes – Udaipur appears as the paradise in Monsoons.
Therefore, one can plan a trip to Rajasthan in Monsoons too. As Rajasthan is not one of the Summer Holiday destinations in India, one should avoid a summer trip.
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How to Reach Rajasthan
Reach By Flight : Rajasthan is well-connected to all major parts of the world. One can easily get Domestic/International flights from Jaipur city which is 260 kms away from Delhi. Also, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaisalmer have domestic connectivity to all major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
Reach By Train : Rajasthan has a wide Railway network which is well-linked to all major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. There is also availability of luxurious trains namely; Palace on wheels, Royal Rajasthan on wheels and Maharajas Express.
Reach By Bus : Frequent bus services are available from all major cities of India. Also, Rajasthan itself owns bus services with the name of Rajasthan State Road transport Corporation (RSRTC) which are available from all important cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
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Places Where to Stay in Rajasthan
Experience the royal housing spaces at Rajasthan. Well known for its majestic history of grand havelis and monuments, Rajasthan offer its visitors with the feel of kings and queens life. The tour to Rajasthan would be incomplete if you don’t book a stay at any heritage hotel.
Heritage hotels like the Udai Vilas, Palace, Laxmi Niwas Palace and Lake Palace in past times were owned by some rich merchants, kings and ministers.
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Some of the other accommodation options include apartments and guest houses and B&B, which are- Oro Residency stay, the Saneer, Umaid Mahal, Vinayak guest house, Tara Niwas, Haveli Heritage Inn and Juna Mahal.
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