Rajasthan-A Home to Grand Vestiges of Kings
The magical charm of vibrant Rajasthan represents the folklore of chivalry and romance, resounding from the majestic monuments. Standing gloriously these heritage forts and palaces still re-echo the tales of bygone era. An incredible destination for international tourists, Rajasthan enables them to experience the rural charm in their own way.
Take a safari on camels or elephants, treat your eyes with gorgeous sand-dunes, embark on a tiger trail or just enjoy the sights of birds in the wetlands. The heritage palaces offer you to live amidst the luxury in a kingly style. This royal land offers something for every type of tourist and exceeds their expectation every time they visit. Visit any destination of Rajasthan like Udaipur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Kota, Ajmer, Jaisalmer, Chittaurgarh or Bundi, what all you will get the regal experience and lasting memories.
Rajasthan served as a part of Ashoka's empire in the 3rd century BC. In the 7th century AD, it was ruled by the Bactrians, the Scythians,the Guptas & Harshavardhana. From 7th to 11th century, the state was ruled by several Rajput dynasties. Later a Mughal invader Babu capitalized the region. Then many rulers like Akbar, Aurangzeb and Marathas came to influence in the region. After independence, the Rajput kings surrendered their authorities to the central government and Rajasthan came into existence.
Rajasthan Tourist Destinations & Attractions
Surrounded by the Aravalli Hills, the holy city of Ajmer positions itself around 130 km southwest of the capital city. Encircled by the Ana Sagar Lake on one side, Ajmer is better known as the “Place of Khwaja”. It has the Dargah or tomb of the Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti. Thousands of devotees throng to the place to visit the tomb every year. The city also takes pride in various monuments dating back to the Mughal era. Adhai din-Ka-Jhonpra, known for its ornate calligraphic inscriptions as well as intricate trellis work, is an interesting place to visit. Ornate Mughal tombs, The Nasiyan (Red) Jain Temple and the Ana-sagar Lake are other important places to visit.
The small yet captivating town of Pushkar lies just 14 km away from Ajmer is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage destinations for the Hindus with its temples and Ghats. Wrapped in the Aravalli hills, the town houses the mythical Pushkar Lake where all the devotees wish to take a holy dip. The only Brahma Temple in the world also lies in the city. Other famous temples include names like Savitri Temple and Mahadeva Temple. Various ghats in Pushkar are also other important places to visit. Pushkar is known for its cattle fair, which is the biggest annual event in the world. This calm town turns into a bustling city with lots of activities during the time of the fair.
The "Pink City" of Rajasthan is large, bustling and centre point of reaching the state. Full of fascinating ancient forts and palaces, the city is home to the Pink stones buildings. Most of the monuments boast of stunning views and elaborate architecture. The city also forms as an important destination of Golden Triangle tour. Attracting tourists with its marvellous remnants of bygone era, Jaipur houses Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Central Museum, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Rambagh Palace, Albert Museum and lots more. Jaipur also houses some heritage hotels that have been turned from ancient palaces, offering guests a very royal experience.
Renowned as the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu lies at an elevation of 1200 m above sea level. It positions itself on the southern corner of the Aravalli hills. Serving as an important pilgrimage centre for the Jains since the 11th century, the Dilwara Jain Temples add fame to the destination. The annual summer festival attracts thousands of voyagers from across the globe. Legend says that Mount Abu is home to the 330 million gods and goddesses of the Hindu.
Udaipur Acclaimed for being the city of lakes, Udaipur is the most romantic destination in Rajasthan. This enchanting place boasts of old mansions, ancient temples, beautiful gardens and majestic palaces that overlook shimmering lakes. Stretching along the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, the City Palaceattracts visitors with its grandeur. Shri Eklingji Prabhu Temple, Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake and Bagore ki Haveli are some of the must visit attractions of Udaipur.
JodhpurLocated on the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur boasts of being the second largest city of Rajasthan. It is famously known for its majestic forts and palaces that make it a must visit destination of the state. It houses the Mehrangarh Fort, which is a living specimen of the military power of the Rajputs. Another spectacular palace is Umaid Bhawan dating back to 20th century. It is also named as the “Blue City” and houses several museums. Handicrafts of the city are also popular.
Best time to Visit
The temperature in Rajasthan represents distinct variations during the day. Best time to visit Rajasthan is during winters because this is the time of festivals.
The culinary delights in Rajasthan include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Dal-bati-churma, Gatte ki Sabji, Rabdi and malpuas are the traditional cuisines of the state. Non-vegetarian dishes include mainly Lal Maans (red meat) and Safed Maans.
Rajasthan abounds in shopping places. Being traditionally rich, the state offers exquisite handicrafts and hand looms. Popular shopping items include jewellery, Tie-and-Dye and block Printed Textiles, leather juttis, Blue pottery, paintings, gems, stones and lots more.
Rajasthan offers a variety of accommodation options including luxury hotels, star hotels and budget hotels. For a lavish experience, you can head to the heritage palaces of the state.
How to Reach
Popular Rajasthan cities like Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur have airports that connect the state with Delhi and Mumbai.
Rajasthan is well linked on the vast network of Indian railways. Express, super fast and mail trains go on regular basis to cities like Jaipur, Kota, Ajmer, Bundi, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Chittaurgarh, Bikaner, Sawai Madhopur and Udaipur.
The state is well connected to the major cities of India by State and National Highways.