Do not get carried away by the title because Rajasthan has much more to it than what meets the eye. Now that we have your attention, let us address the elephant in the room – the gem of a place that is Rajasthan. Without one shadow of a doubt, it is one of the most vivacious and vibrant states in India. Not only does it boast of a rich cultural heritage that is preserved in pockets till date, but it is also the home to many magnificent palaces, sumptuous and lip smacking food and most importantly, it is a popular shopping hub for traditional clothes, jewellery and artifacts! Let us take a sneak peek into the beauty and richness that thrives in every nook and corner of Rajasthan.
Rajasthan has always attracted tourists because of the grand hospitality that runs down its history along with some spectacular sites. There is something for everyone here. In fact, Rajasthan has lately emerged as the most sought after site for destination weddings. Not only Indians, but couples from overseas as well are choosing Rajasthan to take their vows. Much credit needs to be given to Bollywood, which is the linchpin when it comes to recreating the magical Rajasthan on celluloid and taking it across countries.
Here we have listed a multitude of places that are a must visit if you are planning to have a piece of Rajasthan anytime soon. There is just so much to discover, travel and unleash in Rajasthan that any no matter how much time you spend there, you can never have enough of the place!
Jaipur: This is the most obvious entry in our list. The ‘gulabi town’ is indeed one of the most important cities in Rajasthan. It is the capital city in true measure and has successfully managed to preserve the cultural heritage while taking forward strides into the modern world. It has all the elements that define a developed city, like commercial malls, broad clean roads, fancy restaurants, picturesque palaces and the constituents of the old world charm. No matter what you do, do not forget to splurge in the local Johri Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar and indulge in the ultra famous Rawat ki kachori.
Udaipur: The city of lakes is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan, which comes as no surprise really. Laden with aesthetically pleasing scenic beauty and serenity, Udaipur was previously called the Venice of East. The plethora of lakes and innumerable palaces make for the most spectacular sites in the city. Do make a point to stop by the Kumbhalgarh Fort, lake Pichola, and Fateh Prakash Palace among other sites. In fact, a heritage walk in Udaipur will be a great idea.
Jodhpur: One of our personal favourites, Jodhpur is a place we just can’t get enough of. It is the second largest city in Rajasthan and has a tremendous and fascinating history behind it. The Umaid Bhawan Palace is one grand site to stop by. The Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most popular tourist places in Jodhpur. It rises above the city and is a site of sheer cultural heritage. You must also visit the old market and the Clock Tower. It is chaotic, colourful and beautiful all at once, known for colourful handicrafts, accessories and home utility products. Though overcrowded at times, but it transcends the actual essence of the city.
Jaisalmer: Like every city in Rajasthan that has a unique past to boast about, Jaisalmer has a tale of valour that runs down history. This of course, is in conjunction with the vibrancy and colourfulness that is a trademark of Rajasthan on a whole. The Golden Fort of Rajasthan or the Jaislamer Fort is nothing short of magical. The architecture too is simply majestic. The positioning of the Fort amidst the desert speaks of the finesse and genius that went behind its planning. Other noteworthy sites include Patwon-ki-Haveli, Sam Sand Dunes (perfect for a desert safari) and Gadisar Lake among many others.
Chittorgarh: Another fascinating location in Rajasthan is Chittorgarh. The place is sure to immerse you in the rich historical traditions reflected in the architecture and the serenity of the city. Sites which you just can’t afford to miss out on are Vijay Stambh, Chittorgarh Fort, Padmini’s Palace and Fatta Haveli. There are innumerable temples that are architecturally rich and enable you to get in touch with your religious selves. Moreover, Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary is one to watch out for all nature lovers out there.
Mount Abu: The only hill station in the desert state, Mount Abu has enjoyed an unparalleled status since years. In a nutshell, the site is beautiful, peaceful, and serene and stands in sharp contrast to the other cities of Rajasthan that are replete with forts and palaces. That being said, it is not without its share of historical and cultural importance. Mount Abu has a number of pilgrimage sites and temples that attract tourists all year round. It provides respite from the scorching sun and takes you in the lap of nature surrounded by lush greenery and pleasant weather. Ergo, it should come first in the pecking order in your Rajasthan travel itinerary.
Pushkar: Everyone has heard of the famous Pushkar Fair that is central to the mythical town of Pushkar. It is a beautiful small town to visit in Rajasthan that has a unique mythological history behind it. Bordering the one and only Thar Desert, the town is set on Pushkar Lake which is considered as a sacred holy Hindu site laden with 52 stone staircases. Once there, you are bound to visit Brahma’s Temple and Dargah Sharif as well.
Ranthambore National Park: After having visited a number of opulent forts and palaces and experiencing the cool breeze of Mount Abu, you ought to pay visit to the Ranthambore National Park, one of the largest national parks in North India. In case you happen to be a photography aficionado, then this wildlife experience is surely meant to satisfy your senses.
So, go and immerse yourself in the rich history of Rajasthan and revel in the true spirit of the vibrant land!