Rajasthan is suffused with grandeur and renowned tales of Rajput chivalry, courage, and tradition. Geographically it is the largest, and one of India’s most popular tourist destinations. It lures tourists with its awe-inspiring options such as culture, forts, palaces, Havelis, vast expanse of Thar desert, and wildlife sanctuaries.
Each kingdom of Rajasthan has a distinctive style of architecture and arts making it one of the most diverse places in the world. Forts and monuments are the lifelines of the state as the endless list includes places like Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Mehrangargh Fort, and Lake Palace.
The Rajasthan Tour is incomplete without, visiting wildlife sanctuaries such as Ranthambore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. The state of Rajasthan is also known for its fairs and festivals that are celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. During festival season, and festivals like Ganguar Teej, and Pushkar Fair, tourists have an opportunity to see and observe the real traditions of the state.
Savouring delectable Rajasthani cuisine amidst the royal setting of a luxurious hotel is a unique experience that the “Land of Kings” has to offer.
The essence of Rajasthan is visible in its splendid palaces, ancient temples, beautiful lakes, and unmatched culture. As you move forward from one place of interest to another try to add as many incredible places to visit in your itinerary.
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Unlatch the treasure chest of attractions as you plan a visit to Jaipur with the Jaipur Tour. The capital of Rajasthan Jaipur is a bustling city with fascinating attractions and things to do. Jaipur is also called the Pink City, and along with Agra and Delhi, it forms the Golden Triangle. It houses a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Amer Fort, and Jantar Mantar. It is also known for its magnificent palaces, forts, museums, and the hustle and bustle of local bazaars where one can shop to one’s heart’s content. Do try the well-known local and famous dishes like Dal Baati and Churma, Ghewar and, Pyaaz ki Kachori. Amber Fort is an opulent fort perched on a hilltop and steeped in history besides being a glorious example of architectural brilliance.
The fort has some prime attractions like the Sheesh Mahal, Shukh Niwas, and the Diwan-e-Khas, or Hall of Private Audience. The light and sound show is held every evening which enlivens the fort and its history. When one is trying to figure out the list of must-visit places in Jaipur, then you can’t afford to miss Jaigarh Fort. With a towering height of 500 feet above sea level dates back to the 18th century. It is the crown of the Aravali Ranges better known as “Cheel ka tila “or the “Hill of Eagles” as it boasts of red sandstone construction.. Hawa Mahal is a five-storied pyramidical iconic landmark with red and pink sandstone was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. It has 953 small windows and resembles a honeycombed hive, and as you reach the top you get an amazing view of the Jantar Mantar and City Palace.
One of the prominent tourist attractions located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan is Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is also known as the “golden city “ because of its castles draped in golden honey sandstone and golden dunes. It is blessed with Jain temples and decked with havelis and lakes. Indulge in a camel safari and wander through the desert as you camp under the sky filled with stars for an unforgettable experience. Jaisalmer Fort is like a citadel that has narrow valleys that have been inhabited by locals for generations along with shops selling handicrafts. Nathmal Ki Haveli was once the residence of the then-prime minister Diwan Mohta Nathmal.
It is a fine example of Islamic, Rajasthani, and Rajput styles of architecture dating back to the 19th century. It is built in beautiful yellow sandstone and the haveli looks magnificent during sunrise and sunset when the yellow rays of the sun touch the edifice. The interior walls of the haveli are adorned with paintings whereas the exterior has intricated and elaborate carvings on them. Vyas Chhatri is dedicated to sage Vyas, who wrote the epic Mahabharata. His Cenotaph lies in the north of the structure which is an accumulation of golden sandstones. It is also known as the city’s sunset point and gives a bird’s eye view of Jaisalmer. The carvings and elevated dome-shaped pavilions are a visual delight.
Udaipur is known by many names and one of them is the “City of Lakes”. It is one of India’s most romantic cities which lies snuggled between the silent waters of the lakes and the ancient Aravelli Hills. Despite being a city with a modern outlook it still retains its charm and vibe of a quaint town. It was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II on the Banas River. Boating through glistening Lake Pichola is one of the most fascinating sights and highlights of the Udaipur trip. It is also known as the “Venice of the East”. City Palace in Udaipur on the banks of Lake Pichola is regarded as the largest royal complex in Rajasthan. Built by Maharana Uday Singh, it served as the main seat of power from where the Maharanas administered the kingdom and lived. The Palace has an assortment of Mahals, pavilions, courtyards, terraces, and hanging gardens. Lake Pichola is an artificial lake resting in the heart of Udaipur.
It is one of the oldest and largest lakes in the city. It was built by Pichhu Banjara, in 1362 who transported grain during Maharana Lakha. The lake is dotted with lofty hills, chabutaras, bathing ghats, and heritage buildings making it a dreamy experience for romantics and nature lovers. A boat ride in the serene lake especially during sunset is hard to miss as the golden rays fall on the glimmering vistas of Jag Mandir, City Palace, and various ghats amidst the sun-kissed waters is a feast for the eyes. Eklingji Temple is one of the popular temples to visit in Rajasthan. It is located twenty-two km north of Udaipur. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a double-storied temple that was established in 734 A.D. by Bappa Rawal. As one enters the hall one sees a beautiful silver image of Nandi along with other images of Nandi carved in black stone and brass. The temple is known for the four-faced idol of Eklingi made out of black marble. Its height ranges around fifty feet and the four faces depict four forms of Lord Shiva.
Jodhpur known as the Blue City is the second-largest city in Rajasthan. The name is justified as most of the architecture temples, Havelis, and even houses are built in vivid hues of blue. It was founded by Rao Jodha of the Rathore Clan in 1459 A.D. and has many captivating palaces, forts, and other architectural wonders to explore. Perched atop a 400-foot-high hill is the beautiful Mehrangarh Fort. The foundation stone of the opulent fort was laid by Rao Jodha in the mid-15th century. Built over five hundred years it bears testimony to the glorious era of the ruling dynasty.
It houses possibly the best museum in Rajasthan featuring paintings, armoury, textiles, and other prized exhibits. Some of the prominent palaces inside the fort are Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, and Phool Mahal. Jaswant Thada is a brilliant example of India’s architectural wonders as it sits beside a lake a little away from the Mehrangarh Fort. It was built in the 19th century in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, who once ruled the city. Visit this place in Jodhpur for its bewitching beauty, peaceful and scenic vistas, and collection of portraits and paintings of Jodhpur rulers. The trip to Jodhpur would be incomplete without visiting the spectacular Umaid Bhawan.
It was built in 1929 by Maharaja Umaid Singh, this palace is one of the largest private residences in the world. Presently it houses a royal residence, a luxury hotel, and a family museum which is the only part of the palace open to the general public. Mandore once acted as the capital of the kingdom of Marwar till it was abandoned in 1459 CE. But Mandore Gardens has fought the trials and tribulations of time and stands strong to narrate tales of the glorious past. The garden houses an ancient temple, cenotaphs of rulers of Jodhpur, a Hall of Heroes, and a government museum that showcases the cultural heritage of the princely state.
Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan. Located in the Aravali ranges, the hill station stands at an elevation of 1722 m above sea level. Dilwara Jain Temples are perhaps one of the best places to visit in Mount Abu. The temple depicts unique human craftsmanship, with intricate carvings on a radiant white marble stone. The interior walls, roofs, pillars, and archways are adorned with mind-blowing designs and patterns. The Jain temples are made of five temples-Vimal, Luna Vasahi, Pittalhar, and Mahavir Swami. Nakki Lake is known to be the country’s first man-made lake, an amazing place of interest for couples and nature lovers. It is often referred to as a “love lake” due to its green environs and clean blue water that lend it a romantic feel. Toad Rock is a massive rock formation shaped like a toad and located near Nakki Lake. One can climb the rock which has around 250 steps, to relish panoramic views of the lake and green surroundings.
If you have not been on a trip to any of these cities, then it is high time you plan one for a few days. And spend time absorbing their splendour, exploring major attractions, and indulging in key experiences.
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