Jaipur: The capital city Jaipur has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dotted with numerous heritage sites, the Pink City is an unmissable destination.
Udaipur: Dubbed the City of Lakes, Udaipur is adorned with many man-made lakes, palaces, and the Aravalli Hills which make it a popular tourist destination in Rajasthan.
Jodhpur: Home to the impressive Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhavan, Jodhpur, the second-largest city in Rajasthan is a history lover’s paradise.
Jaisalmer: The Golden City, Jaisalmer is flanked by the Thar Desert and adorned with a living fort. Reflecting on the rich history of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is a land of experiences you cannot forget.
Ranthambore National Park: One of the major tiger reserves in India, Ranthambore National Park boasts rich wildlife, historical monuments, and an enthralling wildlife safari experience.
Pushkar: One of the oldest cities in India, Pushkar is a religious destination that also has a hippie vibe. Its 52 ghats and one-of-its-kind Brahma Temple attract many from across the world.
Bikaner: Displaying the opulence of Rajasthan’s culture and history, Bikaner is popular as the world’s largest camel research and breeding farm and is home to the unique rat temple, Karni Mata.
Ajmer: Famed as an important Muslim pilgrimage, Ajmer is a sacred destination in Rajasthan that is also known for historical opulence.
Chittorgarh: The largest fort not only in Rajasthan but in India, Chittorgarh is known for its architectural brilliance and different periods of history that it has been the witness of.
Kumbhalgarh: Boasting one of the longest walls in the world, Kumbhalgarh is the second-largest fort in India. This impressive fort is not to be missed witnessing in Rajasthan.
About Rajasthan Tourism
Rajasthan is a state of vibrant folk dance and music, gigantic forts and palaces, spicy food, colorful and large turbans, extensive golden sand desert, camels, and rich handicrafts. It is, therefore, an incredible place to visit in India for enjoying unforgettable holidays. Sprawling in an area of 342239 sq km, Rajasthan is perfect for history buffs, culture aficionados, adventure lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, family vacations, honeymoon, and more.
Architectural Splendour: Forts, Palaces & Havelis!
The major tourist attraction of Rajasthan is its Havelis, palaces, and forts that add to the experience of exploring one of the historically wealthy states in India. Some of the most famous and most visited forts in Rajasthan are Chittorgarh, Mehrangarh, Jaisalmer, Jaigarh, and Junagadh Forts. Of these, the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur is spread over 5 kilometers and stands on a hill almost 125 kilometers high. Chittorgarh Fort is also a must-visited tourist attraction, as it’s the largest fort in Asia. It is spread over an area of 700 acres, extending to 3 km in length and 13 km in peripheral length. The exquisite architecture isn’t only confined to the palaces and forts as Rajasthan also boasts impressive Hindu & Jain temples like Dilwara Jain Temples and Eklingji Temple.
A Rich Melange of Dances, Songs, Rides & Colors!
For culture aficionados, there are several fairs and festivals in Rajasthan to witness. The flamboyant manner in which even the cattle fairs take place in Pushkar and Nagaur is truly something to behold. Some of the most famous tourism festivals that showcase the rich traditions, customs, folk dance, and music of the state are the Desert Festival, Bikaner Camel Festival, Nagaur Fair, Pushkar Fair, Elephant Festival, Mewar Festival, Mount Abu Winter Festival, Gangaur Festival, and Teej.
Rajasthan Also Boasts a Rich Wildlife!
Rajasthan, even though a hot and arid place, is rich in wildlife tourism. It offers several opportunities for tiger sighting and birdwatching. Some of the famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of the state are Ranthambore National Park, Sariska National Park, Keoladeo, and Mukundra Hills National Park. It is blessed with a rich variety of vegetation and animal & birds species. To spot the Royal Bengal Tigers, Ranthambore National Park and Sariska National Park are the most famous wildlife destinations in Rajasthan.
Those who love birdwatching should visit Keoladeo National Park (Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it is home to at least 230 species of birds. Home to indigenous water birds and migratory waterbirds, specifically the Siberian Crane, the Bharatpur Sanctuary also boasts many species of mammals like Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, and Boar. It is the major tourist spot for most ornithologists today during the hibernal season. Apart from these, Rajasthan is home to a large number of leopards, blackbuck, great Indian spotted eagle, and marsh crocodiles.
From Jewellery to Paintings!
An indispensable part of the culture of Rajasthan is the handicraft skills, shopping for which is an experience to have. The state is famous for its jewelry pieces and is one of the largest centers for hand-cut gems in the world. Gold and silver jewelry is extremely famous, along with Kundan and Meenakari styles of ornaments. The gold work on glass, called Thewa is also quite a popular thing to buy in Rajasthan.
Another shopping-worthy article in Rajasthan is the miniature paintings that have a Mughal influence on them. These paintings have intricate detailing and come in different styles like Mewar, Bundi, Kota, Marwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, and Kishangarh. The ancient art of scroll painting called Phad also makes for one of the best things to take back home from Rajasthan. Pichai’s are another form of paintings, a little different from Phad; but equally attractive.
Apart from the home decor in the form of paintings, Rajasthan offers an opportunity to buy some authentic and exquisite leather items, amongst which Mojari/Jutti/Shoes are the most popular things to buy. One can get the best Mojari from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Barmer, and Jaisalmer along with musical instruments made out of leather. From Bikaner, one can purchase lampshades, shields, vases made out of camel hide.
Luxury Holidays and Royal Hospitality!
For luxury holidays, Rajasthan tourism has a decent number of heritage hotels that along with offering incredible hospitality to all its guests also cater to the fantasies of honeymoon couples. There are several ways that you can experience both luxury and royal hospitality in Rajasthan. One of these is taking a ride on the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels Train where you can sink into a relaxing massage session; sample spicy Rajasthani cuisine in restaurant and bar-cum-lounge; relaxing stay in twin-bedded chambers with attached bathrooms and pampering session in the well-furnished salon, while enjoying the pretty view of the desert rolling by.
You can also stay at the heritage hotels, which were once palaces of the princes and maharajas but were later on converted into heritage hotels. The major percentage of hotels are adorned with exotic murals; original artifacts; king-sized beds, manicured gardens; mirrored bar; sunlit corridors, and most modern style with the convenience that were once the properties of the reigning monarchs. Some of the most famous heritage hotels in Rajasthan are Leela Palace, Taj Lake Palace, Umaid Bhawan, and Jal Mahal Palace. The fabulous exteriors, spectacular interiors, and hospitality normally reserved for royalty are some of the experiences in store for you at these heritage hotels. A stay in any of these hotels would transfer one to the world where everything is lavish, luxurious, and larger than life.