Rajasthan is undoubtedly the most multi-faceted and multi-coloured state in the nation and ranks as one of the topmost tourist destinations. With centuries old royal cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Jaipur, the state never fails to disappoint the travellers and backpackers with its world-class beauty and charm. Not only Indian tourists, but travel enthusiasts from all over the world visit the desert city.
The tall, ancient forts are not only mesmerizing but narrate a plethora of stories of its mighty heritage and rich historical past. Whether it’s the charming Chittorgarh Fort or the majestic Mehrangarh fort, the desert city has plenty of attractive spots to render a stunning experience to the tourists. Here’s a list of must visit places in Rajasthan that will sweep you off your feet.
This mighty fort not only overlooks the entire city of Jaipur but also served as the capital of valorous Rajputs for more than seven centuries. It is the star attraction of Jaipur with a perfect combination of Hindu and Mughal influence and encloses several palaces inside, including Sheesh Mahal- also known as the Hall of Mirrors. Several Bollywood biggies have done their shoots here and the fort has been showcased in a number of movies like Mughal-e-Azam and Jodha Akbar.
The Mehrangarh fort of Jodhpur is considered as India’s most majestic forts. This huge structure is quite significant to the city and is also one of the best places from where one can get the visuals of the ‘Blue City’ as a whole. The bird’s eye view of the city can be grabbed from the cannon point inside the fort. The delicious and authentic Rajasthani cuisine at Chokelao Mahal restaurant inside the fort should top the wish list of any tourist visiting this fort.
Considered as one of nation’s top bird sanctuaries, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although, it was initially a duck hunting reserve of the royals. Bird watchers and nature lovers shall be delighted by Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur. More than 370 species of birds can be found there, including a large congregation of non-migratory resident breeding birds.
Just a three hours drive from Delhi will take you to this interesting place called Alwar which includes an 18th century City Palace complex and a heritage government museum as the main spots. History enthusiasts flock here the most. The luxurious lifestyle of the kings is showcased here. However, it’s Lake Sagar and the dome-shaped pavilions behind the City Palace along with the Bala Quila which attracts the tourists most.
You will miss out on the best enthralling observation of the city of lakes if you don’t visit Lake Pichola. Dotted with some of the significant temples, hills and havelis – this is a mind blowing location to calm your soul. At the centre of Lake Pichola is the Lake Palace on Jag Niwas Island, which is made using pure white marble. There are plenty of restaurants in the area where one can enjoy gorgeous sunset and sunrise visuals over the lake.
Sam Sand Dunes of Jaisalmer
Undoubtedly a gem to look at, Sam Sand dunes is the ideal place at the heart of the desert city to enjoy camel safari and night camping. Relish the real desert experience by staying overnight in a tent. The Rajasthani folk dancers grooving to the cultural music, is treat to the ears and eyes at night.
Constructed in 1478 under the leadership of Maharaja Rao Bika, the fort showcases a perfect blend of Mughal, Gujarati and Rajput architectures. The courtyards and balconies with intricate designs on windows add grace to the fort. It’s hard not to fall for this piece of art. Inside there are several mini mansions and palaces including Anup Mahal, Chandra Mahal, Dungar Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Diwan-e-khas and Ganga Mahal, adorned with the magnificent mirror work. Junagarh fort in Bikaner is certainly a must visit.
Ranakpur Jain Temple
A bunch of exquisitely carved Jain temples in Ranakpur is not to be overlooked at all. Situated on the banks of the Maghai River, it is located some 90 km from Udaipur. The three major Jain temples are dedicated to the auspicious tirthankars or gurus of Jains. They are Rishabhdev, Parshvanath and Neminath.
An exquisite depiction of world class architecture with the true essence of the culture of Rajasthan can be felt here. Spread over a sprawling area of about seven hundred acres, this distinguishing fort with a royal feel has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 2013. The fort in Chittor was constructed by Chitrangad Mori of the Maurya dynasty and can be traced back to the 7th century AD.
The only hill station in the desert city-Mount Abu is a treat for the travellers. A three hours drive from Udaipur will take you here. Famous for its romantic vibes, it is located at a height of four thousand kilometres above sea level. It is considered an unique destination for foreigners. The top things to do in Mount Abu are about relishing the great outdoors.