When you think of Rajasthan, you immediately think of exotic architecture and history. It has everything from elephants to camels, from forts to palaces, from safaris to boat rides, anything and everything to please everyone’s palate. Here are the top ten tourist destinations in Rajasthan that you should never miss.
Top ten tourist destinations in Rajasthan
Better known as the pink city, Jaipur is definitely one of the places to see in Rajasthan. The city has a long history and it is evident from the massive forts and the innumerable palaces scattered around the city. With reasonable pricing for a cultural accommodation, Jaipur is definitely ranked among the top ten tourist destinations in Rajasthan.
Popular places to visit: Amer fort aka Amber Fort, Hawa mahal, City palace, Jal mahal, Birla Mandir, Nahargarh fort, Jaigarh fort, Albert Hall museum, Jantar Mantar, Rambagh Palace and more.
With its large lakes and ancient majestic palaces, Udaipur beckons the romantic in you. The city palace still houses the royal family, part of which is converted into a museum displaying some royal memorabilia and heirlooms. You can even stay in the city palace making it one of the must places to see in Rajasthan.
Popular places to visit: Lake Pichola, Monsoon Palace, City Palace, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, Fateh Sagar Lake, Saheliyon ki Bari, Moti Magri, Gulab Bagh and zoo, Shiv Niwas Palace.
The first image that comes to your mind upon looking at this city is Arabian nights. Made mostly out of sandstone, it has a huge fort housing several mansions, temples, shops, residences and most importantly five huge palaces. Another of the things to do in Rajasthan is to take a camel safari from here.
Popular places to visit: Jaisalmer fort, Bada Bagh, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Kuldhara Abandoned village, War Museum, Tanot Mata Temple, Patwaon ki haveli, Gadsisar Sagar lake,Maharaja’s Palace.
If Jaipur is pink city, then the blue city is Jodhpur. It is also the second largest in the state. The Mehrangarh fort gives you a better view of the blue city and it houses a museum along with palaces. In terms of relaxing and giving into the serene feeling, this is definitely one of the things to do in Rajasthan.
Popular places to visit: Mehrangarh fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Balsamand Lake, Kaylana Lake, Ghanta Ghar, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Mandore Gardens, Sachiya Mata temple, Phool Mahal.
Have you heard of a fair for camels? No. Then, you should definitely visit Pushkar then during the October or November when this fair is held. It is a place you can visit any time of the year and relax.
Popular places to visit: Pushkar Lake, Savitri temple, Brahma temple and many more temples.
Among the many things to do in Rajasthan, spotting a wild tiger at its own habitat is a must. The National park is easy to access by road which is both a boon and a bane. The park also has the famous fort of Ranthambore built in 10th century which has many monuments and temples inside it. The history makes it as one of the top ten tourist destinations in Rajasthan.
Popular places to visit: Ranthambore fort, Trinetra Ganesh temple, Surwal lake, Padam lake, Kachida valley, Jogi Mahal, Raj Bagh ruins, Lakarda & Anantpura, Malik Talao, Akaula Region.
Not many are aware of the artful splendor of the Shekhawati region. So, if you are an art lover, then this is one of the places to see in Rajasthan. The old mansions, known as havelis are decorated with frescoes, a sight to behold. No wonder the place is referred to as the largest open art gallery in the entire world.
Popular places to visit: Laxmangarh Fort, Castle Mandawa, Khetri Mahal, Badalgarh Fort, Cenotaph of Sardul singh, Singhania haveli, Khedwal Bhavan, Mertani Bhaori, Birdi Chand ka kaun and much more forts and havelis.
Another place where you can get into the desert atop a camel, this city also has the much talked about rat temple. Another of the things to do in Rajasthan is to witness the celebration of rats during the Karni Mata festival here.
Popular places to visit: Junagarh fort, National research center for camel, Jain temple Bhandasar, Lalgarh palace and museum, Gajner lake, Shri laxminath temple, the royal cenotaphs, Kote Gate, Gajner temple, Prachina Museum.
While many may not know about this place, it is equally captivating and is one of the places to see in Rajasthan. The Bundi palace stands impressively on the hill side with a dilapidated fort on top. The step wells and the winding lanes are a must see.
Popular places to visit: Garh Palace, Taragarh fort, Cave paintings, Chitrashala – Ummed mahal, Raniji-ki-Baori, Step wells, Dhabhai kund, Sukh Niwas Mahal, Nawal sagar, Chaurasi Khambon ki Chatri.
A hill station in the desert with a quite a lot of history to it! Offering sanctuary to those suffering from the sun, this hilly retreat also houses the ruins of the Achalgarh fort. The cool climate makes it as one of the top ten tourist destinations in Rajasthan.
Popular places to visit: Dilwara jain temples, Guru shikhar, Lake Nakki, Sunset point, Achalgarh fort, Gaumukh temple, Wildlife sanctuary, Vimal Vasahi, Trevors tank, Bailey’s walk and more.