Rajasthan is a kind of tourist destination that is on everybody’s wish list. Wonderful colors, ancient forts telling a million stories, gorgeous sand dunes for desert safari, and that pride and honor of the people of Rajasthan, all of this is something every traveler must experience. This largest state of India is home to many royal ruins that’ll take you back to the rich past of the royal kingdom. Dotted with grand forts and beautiful palaces, there’s no dearth of places to visit in Rajasthan. If you have never been to any of the glorious cities of Rajasthan, then this is high time you plan a trip. Make sure you spend a few days in each city to experience the colorful towns and majestic villages. Let the culture of Rajasthan’s villages leave you speechless with their hospitality and richness. Here’s a list of 10 places to visit in Rajasthan that you should not skip at any cost. 1. Jaisalmer Right in the heart of Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is a wonderful city known as the Golden City due to its brown sand dunes, exuberant forts, absolutely rich culture, colorful village streets, and lovely traditions. Popular all around the nation for its grand palaces, forts, and ancient temple, the has got its name from Maharaja of Jaisalmer, Maharaja Jaisal Singh. An ariel view of the city shows like an image of a prince who’s sitting on the ridge of sand dunes, which is beautifully crowned by Jaisalmer fort. If you look at the tourist attractions of Jaisalmer, you’ll see that the most important and popular tourist places you’ll find is Rajasthan are here. From the wonderul heritage temples to the wonderful museums, there’s everything to keep you engaged. The city is also popular for its annual Desert Festival, which is celebrated between Jan-Feb and attracts thousands of travelers not only from India but across the globe. Best time to visit Jaisalmer: September to November and late January to April Attractions in Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer Fort, Sam sand dunes, Gadisagar Lake, Tanot Mata Temple 2. Jaipur Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is the largest city of the state. Also known as the Pink City, it was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727. Among the most popular and beautiful cities of the state, it has so many experiences to offer to you. You can make a long list of historical and heritage monuments when it comes to Jaipur. Best time to visit: Except summer months, you can visit Jaipur anytime of the year. Attractions in Jaipur: City Palace, Amber Fort and Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory, Birla Mandir. 3. Jodhpur Jodhpur is basically the extension of royalty that you see in the wonderful Jaipur and Jaisalmer. In the olden times, the royal city of Jodhpur was the center of power and it has got many grand forts, temples, and palaces that attract not only those who love the historical palaces but also those who want to experience a rich culture. Popular as “Sun City” due to its sunny weather, Jodhpur is also known as the “Blue City” due to the blue and white houses near Mehrangarh fort. Best time to visit: Except summer months, you can visit Jaipur anytime of the year. Major attractions in Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort, the Umaid Bhavan Palace, the Mandore Gardens, the Jaswant Thada, the Kalyana Lake and Garden, the Ghanta Ghar, Sardar Samand Lake and Masuria Hills. 4. Sawai Madhopur Established by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh in 1763, Sawai Madhopur is among the most ancient and culturally rich districts of Rajasthan. Home to Ranthambhore National Park, which is known all around the world for being home of tigers, the city must be visited by wildlife lovers. Ranthambhore Palace is another tourist attraction, which has also been declared a UNESCO world heritage site as it showcases the grand culture and architecture of the state. Best time to visit: November to February
Major attractions in Sawai Madhopur: The tigers at Ranthambhore National Park, 10th century Ranthambore palace 5. Pushkar If you want to witness a riot of colors in a city, then Pushkar is the right place for you to be at. Popular as a holy city, it is majorly known for its annual Camel Fair. Among the most ancient cities in India, Pushkar is home to the rare Brahma Temple. Other than that, Pushkar Lake is another famous Hindu pilgrimage, which has also got spectacular ghats that host marvelous evening aarti. If you love photography, then Pushkar is where you should be headed. Best time to visit: October-November Attractions in Pushkar: The world famous camel fair, the serene Pushkar lake, and Meerabai Temple 6. Udaipur Udaipur, the city of lakes, is the capital of the kingdom of Mewar. This gorgeous city has many incredibly beautiful lakes that look amazing in photographs. There are so many tourist places like Lake Palace, City Palace, Jagdish temple, and what not. Also known as “Venice of East”, the city has awesome winter season, and witnessing the beauty of the mesmerizing landscapes will leave you speechless. Best time to visit: November to March Attractions in Udaipur: Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar lake, City Palace, Jag Mandir, Udai Sagar lake, Jagdish Temple, Monsoon Palace, Swaroop Sagar, Kumbhalgarh fort 7. Ajmer Known for the popular Dargah Sharif, which is the shrine of sufi saint Moinuddin Chisti, is located in Ajmer city. It is the 5th largest city in the state, which is surrounded by the beuatiful rolling Aravali hills and Naag Pathar range. Many Bollywood celebrities often pay a visit to Daragah Sharif to seek blessings. Best time to visit: All through the year Attractions in Ajmer: Dargah Sharif, Ana Sagar Lake, Naag Pathar ranges 8. Bundi A popular tourist destination in Rajasthan, Bundi is a wonderful city to explore. When you think of places to visit in Rajasthan, it often happens that people leave Bundi because of its unpopularity. Located about 210 km from Jaipur, this place is home to gorgeous Bundi Palace and Bundi Meena, who are the tribe of the place. Best time to visit: All through the year Attractions in Bundi: Nawal Sagar, Sukh Mahal, Dabhai Kund, Taragarh Fort, Bundi Palace, and several other steep well reservoirs Rajasthan Tourism has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years. Let it marvel you with its wonders.