Rajasthan is known for its vibrant colours, deserts and beautiful palaces. When you think about it, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
Well, there are tons of places to visit in Rajasthan and all of them are one of a kind and internationally famous. Today we will take a look at some of the most famous places to visit in Rajasthan that you can’t miss!
The pink city of India is a beautiful culmination of culture and heritage. It was recently declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is one of the most popular places to visit in Rajasthan. The city has so many palaces like Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal and so many more. You can also experience living in forts and palaces as many of the heritage properties are converted into hotels, the price is higher than usual but worth it. Jaipur also has a great shopping collection that you can’t miss!
The city is called the pink city because, in 1876, the Prince of Wales visited India to tour. Since the colour pink is symbolic of hospitality, Maharaja Ram Singh painted the entire city pink. The city was first established in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amber. Noted architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya used the established principles of Vastu Shastra to build the city.
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It is another one of the famous places to visit in Rajasthan, it is said to be the most romantic city in India as it is filled with expansive lakes and palaces. The City Palace Complex that stretches across the eastern shore of Lake Pichola, dominates the city and the royal family still lives in parts of it.
You will see some royal family photos and heirlooms in the City Palace Museum giving Udaipur a royal feeling. Udaipur is often known as “Venice of the East” as it is surrounded by beautiful water lakes and lush green Aravallis. Udaipur was established in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh II as the new capital of the Mewar Kingdom.
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Other than the pink city, Jodhpur is called the blue city! It is one of the most gorgeous places to visit in Rajasthan and also the second-largest city of Rajasthan. You must visit Mehrangarh Fort that might be the largest forts in India and is also very well maintained. It is called the blue city as most of the architecture in the city is covered with vivid shades of blue. You will also find a rare breed of horses called Marwari or Malani and they are exclusively found here.
Jodhpur is one of the oldest cities and it was established in 1459 AD. Rao Jodha, the chief of Rathore Clan is known as the originator of Jodhpur. The people of Jodhpur are commonly Marwaris.
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Bikaner is the origin of Bikaneri snacks that you find in supermarkets. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Rajasthan however tourists often miss this amazing location as it is out of the city and around 5 hours away from Jodhpur. The most popular location to visit in Bikaner is the Old City and the fort.
You can visit the Karni Mata rat temple and also attend the Karni Mata Festival that is held to worship the rats there, it is one of the strangest festivals in India. A camel fair is also hosted every year in January.
Bikaner is also known as the Camel Country with the world’s best riding camels. It is also home to the world’s largest camel research and breeding farms.
I am falling in love with this state as I get to know more about it, no wonder why Bollywood movies are shot here, the aesthetic beauty of these cities will leave you awestruck. Jaisalmer is a breathtaking sandstone city that rises magically from the dunes of Thar desert. Jaisalmer looks straight out of an Arabian Nights story. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Rajasthan. Geology lovers must visit The Wood Fossil Park that is located 15km away from the city. This ‘Golden City’ is close to the Pakistan border and the Thar Desert.
The most popular destination is the Jaisalmer Fort that is also called Sonar Qila. The city was established in 1158 by Rawal Jaisal who constructed a mud fort and named it Jaisalmer after his name and declared it his capital.
It is believed that Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling penned down a part of his famous novel “Kim” here. In fact, he was so impressed that this is what he wrote about the palace:
‘Jaipur Palace may be called the Versailles of India … Jodhpur’s House of strife, grey towers on red rock, is the work of giants, but the Palace of Bundi, even in broad daylight, is such a palace as men build for themselves in uneasy dreams – the work of goblins rather than of men.’
Bundi is an underrated tourist destination that is 36km away from Kota. It is known for its beautiful lakes, temples, markets, miniature paintings, blue houses etc. It is one of the most unknown places to visit in Rajasthan yet worth the visit!
If you live in Delhi then this is a great one-day popular place to visit in Rajasthan. You can visit the 18th century City Palace complex and government museum here, lake Sagar and the chattris behind the City Palace complex that is visually impressive and will give you some great photos indeed!
It is one of the oldest cities of Rajasthan but also it is the most recent one in the Rajput kingdoms.
So, these are some of the must-visit places to visit in Rajasthan that you can’t miss at all when you visit it!