Geographically, Rajasthan is the largest state and one of India’s most popular tourist destinations. Suffused with royal grandeur and renowned for the tales of Rajput courage and chivalry, Rajasthan attracts tourists with its awe-inspiring tourism options such as culture, traditions, wildlife sanctuaries, forts, palaces, Havelis and undulating sand dunes of Thar Desert.
Monuments & havelis are the lifelines of Rajasthan tourism. The town is quite famous for its heritage hotels, such as Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Mehrangarh Fort, Golden Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort, and Lake Palace.
The state also attracts many wildlife enthusiasts with destinations such as Ranthambore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Desert National Park, and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
The state is quite famous for its fairs and festivals, which are celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. During festival season, tourists have an incredible opportunity to see & observe the real traditions and culture of the state. Fairs and festivals in Rajasthan boast of both religious and tourist delight festivals such as the Gangaur Festival, Brij Festival, Teej, Urs Ajmer Shariff, Elephant Fair, Pushkar Fair, Kite Festival, Summer Festival, Desert Festival, and Nagaur Festival.
If fairs and festivals are essential for getting familiarized with the local lifestyle of Rajasthan, a trip through the vast expanse of the Thar Desert offers an affair with the local tribes and villagers. Seeing sand dunes via Camel Safari is a unique and lifetime experience.
List of Top 5 Destinations in Rajasthan:
1. Jodhpur – The famous Blue City
The second largest city in Rajasthan, Jodhpur, is located on the border of the Thar Desert. Since most of the houses in Jodhpur are painted blue, it is often dubbed as the ‘Blue City. The history of Jodhpur began in 1459 AD when it was founded by the Rao Jodha of the Rathore Clan.
Some famous lakes include Kailana Lake, Balsamand Lake, Gulab Sagar Lake, and Ranisar Padamsar. Nai Sadak and Sardar Market are some favorite shopping areas in Jodhpur. These places are famous for Bandhej Sarees, Mojris, handicrafts, spices, and tea.
2. Udaipur – The City of Lakes
Udaipur is another city in Rajasthan that has a royal connection. It is another example of the bravery of valorous Rajputs. Maharana Udai Singh II founded the town in 1559 as the former capital of the Mewar kingdom. Fondly known as the ‘City of Lakes, Udaipur is quite famous for its elegant palaces and lovely lakes. The City Palace is a unique combination of terraces, courtyards, and hanging gardens.
A part of City Palace serves as a museum for a collection of artifacts. Taj Lake Palace, also known as Jag Niwas, has been voted the most romantic hotel in India. Other tourist attractions in Udaipur include Jagdish Temple, Lake Palace, Pichola Lake, Fateh Prakash Palace, Eklingji Temple, Monsoon Palace, Nagda Temple, Gulab Bagh, Maharana Pratap Memorial, Fateh Sagar Lake, and Udai Sagar Lake.
3. Jaisalmer – The Golden City
Jaisalmer, fondly known as ‘The Golden City, is a beautiful tourist place and a popular city in the royal state of Rajasthan. Located in the heart of India’s largest ‘ the Thar Desert,’ Jaisalmer was founded by Rao Jaisal Yadav in 1156. The city is also known as ‘Golden City’ owing to its yellow sands giving a yellowish golden tinge to Jaisalmer city and its surrounding areas.
Some famous tourist attractions include Golden Fort, Jain Temples, Merchant Havelis, Camel Safari, Sand Dunes, and Desert National Park. Often described as ‘Mini Rajasthan,’ Jaisalmer plays a great role in the book of Rajasthan tourism.
4. Bharatpur – The Avian Heaven
Established in 1773 by Maharaja Suraj Mal, Bharatpur was the capital of Jat maharajas and was situated in the Mewar region. The Royal family of Bharatpur traces its history to the 11th century A.D.
Lohagarh is another name for the city of Bharatpur. According to a popular legend, Bharatpur was named after Bharata, the second son of Kaushalya and Dashrath. Bharat was the younger brother of Lord Rama. There are so many popular tourist places in and around Bharatpur.
One such name is Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, inhabited by various avian species such as China, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and Siberia. Keoladeo gets its name from an old Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Other popular attractions in Bharatpur include Bharatpur Palace, Lohagarh Fort, Deeg Palace, and Bharatpur Government Museum.
5. Mount Abu – The Sole Hill Retreat in Rajasthan
A small hill retreat in the sylvan forests of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a perfect destination for romantic honeymooners and laid-back vacations. It lies in the west of Udaipur, around 185 kilometers by road, and is the only hill station perched at an altitude of 1200 meters. The hill station is quite famous for its natural greenery, starkly opposite the surrounding Thar Desert.
Mount Abu is a popular summer destination and an important pilgrimage center for Hindus and members of the Jain community. Some famous attractions in Mount Abu include Dilwara Jain Temples, Nakki Lake, Gau Mukh Temple, Sunset Point, Honeymoon Point, Arbuda Devi Temple, and Mount Abu Sanctuary. In addition, the famous Khadi Bazaar in Mount Abu is an excellent place to buy some handmade textiles and fabrics at reasonable rates.
The Rajasthan Government Emporium is also an excellent place to buy traditional Rajasthani handicrafts made of stone and wood. Other popular markets for shopping are Piccadilly Plaza, Kashmir Cottage Emporium, and Chacha Museum.
Rajasthan is one of the most majestic lands of the country, where you will see the royalty, tradition, and culture altogether. Moreover, you can explore the famous cities where history is still alive to amaze the tourists. The above are the best destinations in Rajasthan where you can enjoy your vacation. You can contact us to book your tour of Rajasthan through our well-designed tour packages.