The royal state of Rajasthan is known for its rich cultural and architectural heritage; visible in its mighty forts, grand palaces, elaborate temples, and other ancient monuments. India’s largest state, Rajasthan, invites travelers for an unforgettable experience of Indian culture and hospitality. As the climatic conditions in this desert state can be inhospitable during summer, it is ideal to plan your trip post summer, especially during the winter season (November to February) for a great sightseeing experience. Below is a list of the top five tourist places to visit in Rajasthan during your holiday.
Udaipur – The City of Lakes
Built around glistening lakes and surrounded by the beautiful Aravalli Ranges, Udaipur is one of the most romantic cities in India. Hence, the ‘Venice of the East’ is frequently visited by honeymooners along with families and solo travelers. Historical forts, fairytale-like palaces, ancient temples, and museums also abound in this royal city; giving a peek into its rich history. You can also chill out at its pretty lakes, gardens, and parks. Sunset boating on the serene Lake Pichola is a must-have experience when you are in this city.
Popular Udaipur attractions: Lake Pichola, City Palace, Monsoon Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar Lake, Jag Mandir, Jagdish Temple, Karni Mata Temple, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Gulab Bagh, etc.
Ranthambore National Park – A Wildlife Hotspot
Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan to see the royal Bengal tigers in their natural habitat. Not only the big cats, but you can also spot several species of animals and birds, including the rare and endangered ones in the dense forests of this national park. Go for a safari ride in private jeeps or shared canters and enjoy wildlife spotting. Expect to see sloth bear, leopard, Indian wolf, wild boar, sambar deer, nilgai, etc. Explore the ruins of the ancient Ranthambore Fort and visit old temples situated within the park. Ranthambore remains closed for visitors during monsoon season, so plan your trip soon and book cheap flights to India with Indian Eagle.
Popular Ranthambore attractions: Ranthambore Fort, Trinetra Ganesh Temple, Padam Talao (Lake), Malik Talao, Surwal Lake, Kachida Valley, Ranthambore School of Art, Wild Dragon Adventure Park, Raj Bagh Ruins, Jogi Mahal, Village Women Craft, etc.
Jaipur – The Pink City
A top tourist attraction in Rajasthan, Jaipur is home to many breathtaking monuments painted in a pinkish hue. It is the first planned city in India, and a UNESCO World Heritage city too. Being a part of the ‘Golden Triangle’ tourist circuit, Jaipur attracts millions of travelers every year and mesmerizes them with its vast collection of forts, havelis, palaces, temples, and other architectural marvels. Jaipur is also known for its traditional handicrafts, and you can see its local markets always swarming with people.
Popular Jaipur attractions: Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Albert Hall Museum, Rambagh Palace, Birla Mandir, Galtaji, Jaigarh Fort, Amrapali Museum, etc.
Jaisalmer – The Golden City
Located in the heart of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan to take in the desert landscapes and understand the rustic lifestyle of the villagers living in the desert. Nicknamed the Golden City, Jaisalmer boasts of two of the famous Thar dunes, namely the Sam and Khuri Sand Dunes. An incredible experience at traditional camps set amidst the soft sand dunes and a range of exciting activities such as camel safari and jeep safari among others await you at these Jaisalmer villages. The annual Desert Festival held in February is a great time to witness the natural and cultural diversity of this place.
Popular Jaisalmer attractions: Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon Ki Haveli, Sam Sand Dunes, Gadisar Lake, Bada Bagh, The Thar Heritage Museum, Nathmal Ki Haveli, Jain Temples, Kuldhara Village, Tanot Mata Temple, Jaisalmer War Museum, etc.
Mount Abu – A Pleasant Hill Station in the Desert State
As the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is frequented by tourists seeking a respite from the sweltering heat in the rest of the state. Settled at 1,220 m above sea level in the Aravalli Ranges, Mount Abu enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year and is often referred to as the ‘oasis in the desert.’ This hill station is rich in both natural and historical attractions and a visit to its lakes, waterfalls, rivers, forests makes for an ideal summer getaway. Its Hindu and Jain temples are popular with religious travelers. Mount Abu also has a wildlife sanctuary, where you can spot many plant, bird, and animal species.
Popular Mount Abu attractions: Nakki Lake, Dilwara Jain Temples, Guru Shikhar, Sunset Point, Trevor’s Tank, Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Toad Rock, Achalgarh Fort, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Peace Park, etc.
Which of these tourist places in Rajasthan have you already been to and what is your favorite thing to do at these places?
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