A tour in Rajasthan: a desert state of northwest India; also known as the Thar Desert, attracts domestic and international tourists for the rich historic architecture, art and culture. It is a part of the India’s golden triangle i.e. New Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan. It is also home to one of the oldest mountain ranges in world, the Aravalis. All the cities in the state and major tourist sightseeing places stand witness to the rich and evident history of the Rajput rulers and their lifestyle. Since it is a desert state the climate here is extreme so the months of August to February are favourable for tourists. Here, we are enlisting the top 8 places to visit in Rajasthan –
Ajmer : The holy city
The itinerary of the Rajasthan tourism is incomplete without paying homage to the famous Ajmer Dargah Sharif, the shrine of the muslim sufi saint Garib Nawaz. Once an education hub including the famous Sophia and MAYO College; city’s Ana sagar lake, Foy sagar lake and Man mahal are the spectacular tourist spots to channel your inner peace.
Next stop in the Rajasthan tour plan is Pushkar, the lake with 52 ghats (stone staircases) including the Bhrama temple is one of the important pilgrimages for hindus, this tourist spot is only a 15 km drive away from the Ajmer city. A 7-day annual fair- Pushkar Camel fair is the largest cattle, horses and camel trading fete of India.
Jaipur : The Pink city
The capital city of the state is so called because the then king Maharaja Ram Singh colored the entire city ‘pink’ (the color of hospitality) in order to welcome the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria. The city has numerous places for its tourists like the Amer, Jaigarh and Nahargarh forts embodying the history of the royal kings, for photography and sightseeing the city has Jal mahal (water palace), hawa mahal (palace of breeze), city palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory and Albert Hall museum.
Jodhpur : The Blue City
The name ‘blue’ city comes from the tradition of coloring the exterior of the houses in blue to combat the harsh summers in the city. It has three major attractions viz. Meharangarh for, Ummed Bhawan Palace (Royal residence) and Jaswant Thada (cenotaph). For shopping the Jodhpuri suit for men also called ‘jodhpurs’, bandhej dresses for women and leather footwear for all are very famous. If you have a sweet tooth, then do not miss the specialty called ‘mawa kachori’.
Sawai Madhopur ( UNESCO’s World Heritage Site)
This city is a must in your list of Rajasthan sightseeing because- Ranthambore National Park for the love of tigers! The famous national park of the north India is a natural habitat for tigers. Cuddled up in the eastern zone of the state the city has other tourist places that include Ranthambore fort, Jogi mahal and Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History.
Udaipur : The city of lakes/ Venice of East
Founded in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh this city is another chief place to visit for witnessing the grandeur of Rajasthan tourism. The different lakes i.e. lake Pichola, Fateh sagar, Dhebar, Swaroop sagar, Doodh Talai, Lake Badi and Udai Sagar lake and the historical architecture like Saheliyon ki bari; are the major attractions for sightseeing in this city.
Bikaner : camel country
The district of sand dunes is the next stop in the list of Rajasthan tour plan. The Junagarh fort, Lalgarh Palace and museum, Rampuriya haveli, Ganga government museum, Laxmi Niwas palace, Gajner Palace and lake and Karni mata temple are a few of the attractions for the visitors. The city is also famous for its one of a kind dedicated, National Research Centre on Camel. The sacred dolls known as ‘Gangaur’ are the speciality of the wooden handicrafts of the city.
Jaisalmer : The golden city
A golden city in the Rajasthan tour quite literally! The city’s bounteous golden dunes are the reason for its name as the golden city. The Jaisalmer fort is the crown of the city including several orante temples within it. The beautiful contrast of the landscape is a magnificent view from atop of the fort. A night in the camp under the black starry sky is the unforgettable experience to soothe the wanderer soul in you. Other places for sightseeing in the golden city are Bada Bagh, the Thar Heritage museum, Folklore museum, Vyas Chhatri, Patwaon ki haveli, Jaisalmer War museum and Jaisalmer sunset point.