India’s culture and history come alive in places like Rajasthan. With an array of cultural attractions and historical locations, Rajasthan has become a popular tourist destination. When you’re touring India, this colourful state is a must visit at least once. But even so, you can’t capture the vast beauty of this place in a single visit. Whether you’re short of time or you came only to see Rajasthan, grab your camera and get ready to witness the extensive eye-catching and appealing locations of this state. To help you out, here’s seven places you should visit when in Rajasthan. Take a look!
1. City Palace, Udaipur
Over four hundred years old, this vast palace complex is a favorite tourist destination. Perched upon the banks of Pichola Lake, City Palace has various palaces in the vicinity. With a combination of Mughal architecture with Rajasthani, this palatial area is spread over a vast area with beautiful and intricate architecture, which is the most striking factor. Evenings welcome a glorious view of the City Palace adorned with twinkling lights that give it a golden glow, and it looks especially attractive from the lakeside. Udaipur, being a beautiful city in itself is a sought after tourist spot.
2. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Palace of Winds or Palace of Breeze located in Jaipur is fondly known as Hawa Mahal. It was built for the women of the royal family so that they could watch the street outside from the small windows (jharokhas) that are elaborately and beautifully carved, giving the palace a distinct and remarkable view. The pink and red bricks of this palace add to the commonly used title of ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Hawa Mahal is a popular and iconic tourist spot, with its vast courtyard and museum located inside to provide information of the Rajput kings and queens of that time.
3. Dilwara Temples, Mount Abu
Rajasthan’s one and only hill station Mount Abu houses the famous Dilwara Temples, consisting of spectacular artistry and architecture. The Jain temples attract a lot of devotees every year, and tourists find it to be quite an attractive location due to its gorgeous ambience. Most people claim that the architecture and design of these temples is unparalleled, and that this spot must be visited by every tourist at least once on their tour to Rajasthan. So gather your friends and family and don’t forget to visit the Dilwara Temples!
4. Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
This World Heritage site is unmatched in its beauty. Constructed by Raja Jaisal, the Jaisalmer fort has seen plenty battles. The golden yellow colour of this fort makes it as charming as it is, and towards the evening it looks even more delightful. This extensive fort has tall, spread out walls that give it a vast appearance, and the courtyard is wide and spacious, having been the seat of battles for long during the rule of the Rajputs. Whether you visit during the day or the evening, this fort is sure to leave you entranced with its sandstone structure and glowing desert surrounding.
5. Chittorgarh Fort, Chittor
One of the biggest forts of India, the Chittorgarh Fort is another World Heritage site, and the former capital of Mewar. This stately fort spread over a vast area was besieged by Emperor Akbar after he defeated Maharana Udaisingh. Having seen many battles, this fortress has also lost quite a few, resulting in the women taking up Jauhar at the defeat of the men. The fort annually celebrates the Jauhar Mela in honour of the Jauhar performed by Rani Padmini. The view from this fort of the Aravalli range is quite an appealing factor, and it is great if you’re looking to know more about the Rajput heritage.
6. Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore
One of the largest and most well-known national parks of India, the Ranthambore National Park is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast or a wildlife photographer, this is the place to be. Take a peek at the endangered species —tigers — found here and there while touring the park, because sighting them has become a rare opportunity anyway. You can also visit the neighbouring wildlife sanctuaries while at the park, and witness all of the rare variety of animals, birds, and vegetation.
7. Ana Sagar Lake
This artificial lake situated in Ajmer was built by a king called Anaji Tomar, who was the grandfather of Prithviraj Chauhan. Ajmer is a place of tourist importance as it is, and the Ana Sagar Lake only adds to its charm. If you’re a photographer or a nature lover, this place is where you will get the best view of Ajmer, and the boat-ride in the lake is a delight in itself. So pick up your camera and capture the wonderful artificial lake of Ajmer, for it is a sight to remember.
Rajasthan is a state of varied attractions scattered all across its area. India takes pride due to its marvellous cultural and historical diversity all throughout the state, with distinct features in every spot you look at. It is one place you don’t want to miss.