Rajasthan Tourism

by - December 15, 2020

 

            The state of Rajasthan, famously known to many as the Region of Kings, is a lovely example of the age-old opulence and splendour of India, traces of which still remain in the air of this state. One of the most colorful and vibrant states in India, with a strong blend of culture, history, music, cuisine that falls in love with Rajasthan doesn't take much time. Rajasthan has more heritage than the entire country put together—it is the domain of the former Maharajas and their luxurious palaces and glorious forts. Golden sand deserts, local handicrafts, authentic food, and amazing palaces all contribute to make Rajasthan an ideal holiday place. Visitors should wish everyone "Khamma Ghani" while once is here.

       Rajasthan prevails in forts providing a spectacular view of the scenic landscape. Three of the most prominent forts in Rajasthan are the Amber Fort in Jaipur, the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur & the Jaisalmer Fort, widely known as Sonar Quila.

            Rajasthan also has a large number of historic palaces, the popular being the Umaid Bhawan Palace and the Jaipur City Palace. Both of these palaces time back to certain age ago, and the furniture and other items used by royal families can be seen in these palaces. Top places to be seen in Rajasthan such as Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Mount Abu, Puskar Lake, Jodhpur, Ajmer, etc.

1. Pink City Jaipur

            Jaipur is a lively combination of the old and the modern,   known as the Pink City, the capital of the royal state of Rajasthan, has been ruled by the Rajputs for long times and established as a planned city in the AD 17th century. Together with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur creates the Golden Triangle and hails as one of India's most popular tourist circuits.

            With the old town surrounded by walls and gates adorned with sketches of a lovely pink shade, Jaipur, the pink city has succeeded in maintaining its old-world charm. Host to a few UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar, Jaipur is located to several majestic forts, palaces, temples and museums and the busy local markets where one can shop to your heart's desire. Famous markets in the town include Bapu Bazaar, Tripoli Bazaar, and Johri Bazaar. The town is also well popular for its local food and the most renowned dishes include Ghewar, Pyaaz Kachori, and Dal Baati Churma.

        One of the biggest cities across India, Jaipur is also related to modern facilities with some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts on the Earth. The city is famous for an international airport and is also well attached by rail and road. The metro, local buses, shared cars, auto-rickshaws, and taxi aggregator applications, like Uber and Ola, solve the city's traffic problems very easily.

        Majestic houses, tales of epic wars, spectacular forts, and palaces, and multi-faceted characters, Jaipur has always been one of the finest cultural jewels in the history of the Indian subcontinent. With people known for their warmth, Jaipur offers travelers a variety of choices.

Amer Fort:

            The Amer Fort, one of India's most majestic palaces, lies in the Pink City of Jaipur, cradled on the top of Aravali Hill. Also commonly known as the Amber Fort, this magnificent structure, with its maze-like passageways and sinuous stairs, is an architectural masterpiece of great significance in Indian history. Just 13 km away from Jaipur, Amer Fort is coated in pink and yellow sandstone and is part of a large complex. Founded by one of the reliable generals of Akbar, Maharaja Man Singh I, in 1592, Amer Fort was the primary residence of the kings of Rajput.

            The Amer Fort, through its wide ramparts, many gateways, and paved roads, overlooks the Maotha Lake in the city of Amer. Having an elephant ride up the stairs of the Amber Fort is also a famous tourist activity. The fort has more than 6000 visitors a day and the Amer Fort, along with 5 other forts, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site listing as part of the 'Rajasthan Hill Forts'.

Hawa Mahal:

                The huge Hawa Mahal building stands at the junction of the main road in Jaipur, Badi Chaupad, and was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Hawa Mahal originally comes from its unique structure, a grid of small windows that allowed the cool wind to enter the palace and thus kept the palace pleasant during the hot summer seasons. The main reason behind the building of the palace was to enable the women of the royal house to watch the festivals on the streets while becoming invisible from the outside as was the custom of the area.

            Hawa Mahal is a red and pink sandstone structure with a pyramidal structure that almost represents a crown. It was decorated with 953 tiny windows. Within the main palace, a beautiful fountain greets you, from where one can make his/her way to different floors. The peak of the palace provides a beautiful view of the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, and the ever-busy Siredeori Bazar.

Jantar-Mantar:

              Positioned near the City Palace in the royal town of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar is the largest celestial stone observatory in the world. Due to its rich cultural, heritage, and scientific importance, Jantar Mantar in Jaipur has also been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient study features nineteen instruments made of stone and brass and was designed in 1727-34 by Raja Sawai Jai Singh. The intelligent design and placement of these instruments allowed the visitors to examine the location of the heavenly bodies with their naked eye alone. Time has failed to lay dust on this engineering wonder, and it still functions as it used to in the old days.

            The devices here pertain to the Egyptian analysis of Ptolemaic astronomy and obey three classical celestial coordinates in order to track the locations of the celestial bodies, namely the horizon, the local system, the equatorial system, and the ecliptic structure.

The Fort of Nahargarh:

            Nahargarh Fort is situated in the Pink City of Jaipur and is one of the several palaces and lovely historic buildings that speak of the city's majestic and rich past. Decorated with delicate carvings and stonework, the Nahargarh Fort is an impenetrable structure that, together with its two neighboring forts, Amer and Jaigarh, once stood as the strong protection of the town of Jaipur. The fort was founded as a refuge by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734. With some spectacular views of the area, the Nahargarh Fort is known for its expanded wall that links it to the Jaigarh Fort.

panoramic view of Jaipur city from Nahargarh Fort

            Nahargarh Fort was mainly used as a refuge for the ladies of the royal family and has a ladies' quarter called 'Zenana.' Also known as the Madhavendra Bhavan, the 'Zenana' was designed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Its equivalent, the 'Mardana Mahal,' was also designed in the royal mansion. The Nahargarh biological park is another feature in the Nahargarh Fort.

2. Lakes City Udaipur

            Udaipur, also identified as the City of Lakes, is the crown jewel in the state of Rajasthan. It is covered by the majestic hills of Aravalli in all ways, making this city as lovely as it is. This 'Venice of the East' has an abundance of natural beauty, mesmerizing temples, and beautiful architecture that makes it a must-see attraction in India. A boat trip through the peaceful waters of Lake Pichola will suffice to prove to you why Udaipur is the glory of Rajasthan.

            Situated in the valley and flanked by four lakes, Udaipur has natural attractions multiplied by human effort to make it one of the most captivating and unforgettable tourist destinations. It justifies all the titles that have ever been given to its elegance from 'Jewel of Mewar' to 'Venice of the East.' And while the architecture of the entire city is flattering, the hotel at Lake Palace is something that gives the city a visual meaning. The sacred Nathdwara Temple is about 65 kilometers from Udaipur.

Lake Pichola:

            Lake Pichola is an impressive sight in the heart of Udaipur, Rajasthan. The oldest and one of the largest artificial lakes in the region, Lake Pichola, observes lakhs of tourists because of its tranquility and elegance. Flanked by lofty hills, heritage buildings, and bathing ghats, the dream of paradise and nature lovers has come true. A journey to Lake Pichola is incomplete without a boat trip, particularly at dawn. In the evenings, the whole area appears to have been soaked in gold as you can see the heritage buildings and the pristine water turning yellow with the sun's reflection. Exciting views will take you to another realm of stillness and bring out your romantic side as well.

            Founded by Pichhu Banjara during the reigning time of Maharana Lakha in 1362 AD, Pichola Lake is three miles long, two miles wide, and thirty feet deep. Maharana Udai Singh, fascinated by the beauty of the lake, widened it and built a dam on the banks of the lake.

Fateh Sagar Lake:

            Location northwest of Udaipur, Fateh Sagar Lake is a sparkling lake that is one of the key tourist spots in the city. Surrounded by the Aravalli Hills, the second largest artificial lake in town is renowned for its stunning scenery. The climate here is peaceful, and the visitors are bound to find themselves impressed by a blanket of tranquility where the place warms them up. 

            You can see the diameter of the Fateh Sagar Lake by driving along the Moti Magri Road and have a spectacular view of the entire lake. Besides enjoying a relaxing afternoon in the serene beauty of this location, also try boating and a variety of other outdoor activities that are available here for tourists. The Fateh Sagar Lake is spread over an area of 1 sq. km and divided into 3 separate islands. The largest of these is called Nehru Park and houses a boat-shaped restaurant and a small children's zoo. It's also double as a popular picnic spot.

            Besides these, travelers can also visit Eklinji Temple, Sajjangarh Palace, City Palace, Vintage Car Museum in Udaipur.

3. Golden City Jaisalmer

            Jaisalmer is a significant tourist destination present in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, India. It is also known as the golden city' because of its golden dunes and castles clad in golden sandstone. Jaisalmer is decorated with lakes, elegant Jain temples, and palaces. Ride to the camel seat and make your way through the desert or camp under the night sky in this golden land for an amazing adventure.

            The Fort of Jaisalmer stands as a citadel and is encircled by narrow alleys inhabited by people who have been living there for decades after decades. With stalls selling colorful handicrafts and Havelis that will make you travel back in time, Jaisalmer is an amalgamation of exotic Indian desert culture, heritage, and exploration.

Experience in the Thar Desert:

          Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is an area frequented by tourists for its vast stretches of desert sand. Most of the tourists prefer to avail themselves of the desert safaris and the scheduled packages. These tours are carried out either in the early morning or in the evening to prevent scorching heat. Also, once the desert safari in Jaisalmer is finished, you can enjoy a delicious meal alongside a musical dance program featuring the local Rajasthan culture. Although tourists generally prefer to take these safaris early in the morning, the night is when the desert actually comes alive. The soft golden sand of Jaisalmer appears all the more beautiful. It is also known as the golden town of Rajasthan and is also the place where the ancient Jaisalmer Fort is situated. There are two types of Safari provided, namely Camel Safari and Jeep Safari.

            The soft golden sand of Jaisalmer also seems all the more beautiful. It is also famous as the 'Golden City of Rajasthan' and is also the area where the old Jaisalmer Fort is positioned. In the camel safari, a camel rider is needed for a 60-90 min safari tour. People can hire the same for a ride from a local tour operator. In a jeep safari, visitors need to travel 50 km to Sam Sand Dunes.

Jaisalmer Fort:

            Jaisalmer Fort, situated on the golden sands of Thar Desert, is not just a fort, but a small town with houses, temples, stores, and restaurants. The UNESCO World Heritage Site falls under the category of 'Hill Forts of India.' Built-in 1156, Jaisalmer Fort is named after former Bhati Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal. More than three thousand five hundred people live inside the fort walls with multiple door entrance to the top of the path, the last of which takes you to the famous public square called Dashera Chowk. The fort stands at a massive height of 260 ft. and is encircled by 30 ft. high walls. Due to its altitude, it offers a stunning panoramic view of the city of Jaisalmer, draped in golden yellow!

            Jaisalmer Fort, built on Trikuta hills, one of the largest forts in the world, is located on the southern edge of the city and is popularly known as 'Sonar Qila' or 'Golden Fort.' It is an impressive structure with its artistic beauty.

Gadisar Lake:

         On the edge of Jaisalmer, in the upland state of Rajasthan, lies the stunning Gadisar Lake, an oasis in the heart of the desert. Back in the Middle Ages, there were no canals or irrigation systems, or other scientific methods for carrying water to the arid regions of Rajasthan. This reservoir was designed by Raja Rawal Jaisal, keeping in mind the needs of his people. Built near the Jaisalmer Fort, the lake is a simple relief from the hot and dry desert environment. Gadisar Lake offers dramatic and stunning views of the lake and the adjacent fort, particularly as the eastern sky is red with blood and the sun rises, with its rays on the upper floors of the Jaisalmer Fort.

            People can go boating in the lake or just take a stroll around the bank. If winter is your time to meet, visitors may be fortunate enough to enjoy beautiful colorful migratory birds flocking in and around the lake from the nearby Bharatpur bird sanctuary.

            Visitors can also watch the beautiful Jain Temple, Kuldhara village, Desert National Park in Jaisalmer.

4. Mount Abu

                The only hill destination in Rajasthan, its cool environment and lush green surroundings make it a big tourist spot in the state. The most significant attraction, however, is undeniably the temples of Dilwara, which is one of the most spectacular pieces of architecture in the world. If you're a history buff or an architecture buff, this is one of the places you shouldn't miss in India.                

        The exceptionally complicated architecture of the temples of Dilwara is of course the prime attraction here and how the temple was built over two centuries, almost a thousand years ago. Various lakes and viewpoints such as Honeymoon Point, Sunset Point, etc. can also be seen here. Tourists enjoy quiet and peaceful boating in Nakki Lake and a sunset view from Sunset Point. The highest peak of the Aravali range is also in Mt. Abu, encircled by thick green forests. Mt Abu is going to give you everything you can expect from a famous and traditional destination of a more romantic and simple nature.

4. Jodhpur

                Also popular as The "Blue City" "Sun City" and "Gateway to Thar" Jodhpur is notable for its Mehrangarh fort, blue houses, temples, sweets, and snacks. Apart from the fort, there are several temples, lakes, shopping streets that are like a mirage from the past.

                The former capital of Marwar, Jodhpur is one of the most captivating cities in Rajasthan, with its majestic Mehrangarh fort overlooking the city. The city is called the Blue City, as it is completely blue in color from an aerial point of view due to its blue walls and blue buildings. Nearby Jaswant Tada and Umaid Bhawan Palace are among the major attractions in Jodhpur. But the magic lies in the old town itself with hundreds of shops, guest houses, dining halls, and vendors making it a bustling place, particularly near the landmark clock tower and the Sardar Market.

Mehrangarh Fort:

        Mehrangarh, also known as Mehran Fort, founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 in Jodhpur, is one of the largest forts in the world. It is located at the top of a 415-ft high hill, guarded by huge walls. One of the most easily identifiable forts in Jodhpur has appeared in several Hollywood and Bollywood films. The entrance to the fort, on the top of a hill, is magnificent and has 7 gates. They are named Victory Gate, Fateh Gate, Gopal Gate, Bhairon Gate, Dedh Kamgra Gate, Marti Gate, and finally Loha Gate. Each of these was designed at various periods and serves a very particular function. Although one still has signs of cannonballs being struck, the other has spikes that can shield it from elephant and animal attacks. However, the Victory Gate was designed to commemorate the victory of Maharaja Man Singh over the Jaipur and Bikaner armies. The fort also has lavish palaces, including the Sheesh Mahal (Glass Palace) and Phool Mahal (Rose Palace).

Umaid Bhavan Palace:

            Constructed in 1943, Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur is a wonderful fusion of an intriguing past and a luxurious present. It is at the same time, a heritage hotel, a museum, and the domicile of the royal family of the current owner, Raja Gaj Singh. In relation to being a historic landmark, the palace was hired in 1929 to provide employment to the drought and the grieving farmers of the area and thus took longer to finish. Umaid Bhavan Palace offers wonderful encounters, ranging from heritage walks to memorable dining experiences. The award-winning hotel is well famous and loved for its hospitality and comfortable lifestyle. At current, the 348-room palace was divided into three parts. One part of it is the residence of the royal family, where visitors are not allowed to enter.

5. Ajmer

                Encircled by the ranges of Aravali, the town of Ajmer is most popular for the Ajmer Sharif Dargah of St. Muin-ud-din Chishti. Placed at a distance of 135 km from Jaipur and 15 km from Pushkar in Rajasthan, the city is connected by its culture and traditions. Ajmer has the distinctive charm of philosophy and craftsmanship practiced over the centuries.

                Tour Ajmer to see the elegant Mughal architecture set in an atmosphere of spirituality. The town is also a popular religious place for Jains because of the Golden Jain Temple. During the festival of Urs, commemorating the anniversary of the death of Saint Moinuddin Chishti, the city was thronged by believers from all over the world. A lot of travelers visiting Pushkar stop by Ajmer and go on a day trip. Ajmer has also been chosen as one of the heritage cities for the HRIDAY (Heritage City Growth and Augmentation Yojana) scheme of the Government of India.

Pushkar:

            Pushkar, a tiny temple town, is located about 15 km from Ajmer in Rajasthan. Every November, Pushkar hosts Pushkar Mela, one of the largest camel fairs in the world. The perfect option for a weekend getaway from Jaipur, Pushkar is situated in the middle of the Aravali range. Popular for the only dedicated Brahma temple in the world, Pushkar is primarily a pilgrimage site for the Hindus.

            Spend a few nights sitting in the ghats while drinking tea or strolling through narrow alleys while listening to the chants of the temples surrounding the ghats. The Pushkar Mela draws millions of tourists from all over the world. With folk performances, rides, shops, and even magic shows, the whole town is lit up, every house is full of music, and everyone is in a festive spirit. Pushkar has steadily grown from a religious place to a multi-cultural hotspot of travelers from all over the world.

Best Time to Visit

            The best season to visit Rajasthan is between Oct and Feb, i.e., the cold season. The weather remains good during the day during the winters, making it ideal for enjoying the palaces, temples, and forts. Jul to Sep can also be an excellent time to visit, as the largely dry and arid state receives some rainfall. Nevertheless, the humidity and temperatures are mostly high. The state also experiences exceptionally high temperatures during the summer season, which starts in Mar and lasts until Jun.

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