One of the most sought after tourist destinations in India is Rajasthan. It is no exaggeration that this largest state of the country is the lifeline of travel and tourism department. A large number of both local and international tourists opt for Rajasthan tours every year. This desert state of Western India is known for its royal past, rich cultural heritage and unique traditions. It boasts of being home to innumerable magnificent monuments, forts, palaces, temples, havelis or mansions, wildlife conservation parks and vast deserts. This royal state is also home to several historical cities as well as villages, which are also the major tourist attractions. This article enlists 5 places you cannot miss during Rajasthan tours:
The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, is also the largest city. This royal city has a lot to offer to its tourist like palaces, markets and heritage properties. It is popular as ‘the Pink City of India’ as the all the monuments built in the walled city are pink in color. Every building, fort and palace has a massive structure such as Amber Fort, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Nahargarh Fort, Albert Hall Museum, Govind Devji Temple, Birla Temple, Rambagh Palace, etc. the city has amazing markets where you can shop for handicrafts and traditional clothes, which you are going to get nowhere in the world.
Popular asthe Dream City of the state, Udaipur is one of the chief tourist attractions. It boasts of being home to stunning group of lake palaces, that are nestled near Lake Pichola. The shadow of the structure of Lake Palace that is Jag Niwas in the water of the lake, forms a thrilling view. You can also enjoy boat ride here in the evening. Often referred to as ‘ the Venice of the East’, situated at the foothills of Aravalli in the southern part of the state, this is a beautiful city. Every monument of the city has its own fairytale- Jag Mandir, the Palace Museum, Sahelion ki Bari, the temples of Nathwada and Eklingji.
Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is not only known for its exotic wildlife but also has a history behind it, with Ranthambore Fort, built during the 10th century. Situated in Sawai Madhopur district of the southeastern region of the state, it is the largest national park of India and also the most-visited. Once the private hunting grounds of the Maharaja, it is known as the best place for spotting the big cats. This well-connected national park spreads across 392 sq and was declared as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger in 1973.
Known as the ‘Blue City’, Jodhpur is located on the borders of the huge Thar Desert. Most of the buildings and monuments of this city are painted in blue. The most well-known site here is the majestic Meharan Garh Fort. Then there are Madore Gardens, cenotaphs of Jaswant Thada, Mahamandir, Bel Samand Lake/Palace and the stunning Umaid Bhawan Palace that has now become a landmark. The city also has numerous museums too.
Generally a quite city,Pushkar comes alive during the Pushkar Camel Festival in the months of October and Novermber. This festival is known amidst international travelers as one can take part in various activities like folk performances, exhibitions and camel rides. It is one of the 5 dhams for the devotees of Hindu religion and is a must-visit for the attainment of salvation.