The camels, the sand dunes, traditionally dressed men and women of Rajasthan, everything used to fascinate me whenever I used to see this place on TV during my childhood. Little did I knew that one day I’ll be exploring my favorite cities… I love Rajasthan and don’t ask me why I have a special place for Rajasthan in my heart. Rajasthan is travelers paradise; the culture, the lovely people, their customs, cuisine, art, dance, music. In short, everything is rich and full of life that you just fall in love with the place. Rajasthan depicts our true history with the numerous forts and palaces most of which are maintained well even now.
Rajasthan has emerged as one of the most favorite tourist destination among Indians as well as among international travelers. There are a number of beautiful places to visit in Rajasthan, let me tell you my favorite ones.
Jaipur: The capital city of Rajasthan and the nearest from Delhi. Jaipur needs to be the first one on my list as it’s one of my favorite city and I can visit Jaipur any number of times. It’s a shopping heaven for girls. From jewelry to shoes, to bags to colorful dupatta and traditional attire all you’ll get there. There are a lot you can do and see in Jaipur. Read our detailed blog post about Jaipur here.
You can experience a royal stay in Fairmount Jaipur a luxurious hotel which depicts the history and culture of Jaipur along with all the modern comforts
How to reach Jaipur: You can either book flight tickets to Jaipur or you can opt rail or road option. Jaipur to Delhi is 270 Kms approx by road.
Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer is situated in the mighty Thar Desert and so it is known as ‘ Golden City’. Jaisalmer is named after Maharaja Jaisal Singh. The main attractions in Jaisalmer are exploring the beautiful Jaisalmer fort which is one of the largest forts in the world, enjoying the sunset and sunrise in sand dunes of Thar desert, jeep safari in the desert, getting the experience of staying in a tent in Thar desert etc. Best time to visit is Jaisalmer is during the month of October to December first week and February to April. They also host Desert festival which happens at the beginning of the year.
The nearest airport is in Udaipur City which is a 500Km drive. You can opt air travel if you are covering Udaipur as well else you can opt for a train. Jaisalmer city is well connected to all the major cities by rail.
Udaipur: Another beautiful city to visit in Rajasthan is the city of lakes, Udaipur. The Pichola Lake is one of the main attractions in Udaipur along with Lake Palace situated on the bank of Pichola Lake.You can opt for Boat cruise in the Pichola Lake where you can enjoy the Palace, the view of town and hills on the other side.There is also a Vintage Car Museum for all the grease monkeys.
The best time to visit Udaipur is from November to April
How to reach: Maharana Pratap Airport is 22 km from the city and it’s a domestic airport. The city is also well connected through railways and roadways.
Jodhpur: Jodhpur is also known as the blue city because of the blue houses built in the city. Like Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur; Jodhpur also has historical importance during the reign of the Rajput rulers. You’ll see The Mehrangarh fort standing tall in the center of the city. Apart from the fort you can have a tour of the town and click some great pictures of the local living and the blue houses.
Ranthambore: We have already written about Ranthambore here. Ranthambore National Park is most famous for the Tiger siting and it is said that it has the most population of tigers. Apart from Ranthambore National Park(Read here), you can also visit Ranthambore Fort. Ranthambore is situated in Sawai Madhopur and it is 380 Km by road from Delhi. The city has a good connectivity by road and rail. Nearest Airport is Jaipur International Airport which is 15Kms approx.
Ajmer Sharif and Pushkar: During your trip to Jaipur you can also plan Ajmer Sharif and Pushkar which is around 150 Kms from Jaipur. Ajmer Sharif is a famous dargah in the District of Ajmer which is visited by many tourists. 15 km from Ajmer Sharif is Pushkar Brahma Temple which is one of the few Brahma temples in India. While your visit to these religious places make sure you are not looted in the form of offerings.
These are the major attractions in Rajasthan which you can cover in a single trip of about 10 days. Apart from these, there are places like Bikaner, Mount Abu, Alwar, Neemrana Fort Palace( Read here) etc which are famous tourist destinations and also have high historical importance.