Rajasthan, the Land of the Kings, is undoubtedly one of the most attractive tourist destinations for tourists across the globe. Being the largest state in the country, it has had the fortune of being home to numerous rulers in the past. From the spiritual Ghats to the historical shrines and from regal palaces to the aesthetic landscapes, the state has it all! Owing to its stature of a princely state, there are umpteen places to visit in Rajasthan but let’s talk about the Top 10 for now.
Summarizing the essential elements of the state, we have prepared a list of top 10 places to visit in Rajasthan as follows:
The number 1 slot in the list is occupied by the capital city of the state i.e. Jaipur, also known as the Pink City. Apart from being a well-planned city with magnificent architecture, the city’s hospitality is one of the main reasons as to why people keep coming back to the place. It will keep you away from the hustle-bustle of the metropolitan cities but at the same time, you won’t face a lack of amenities in any form.
Popular for places like Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, and Hawa Mehal that have been showcased in numerous movies, Jaipur’s market areas like Bapu Bazaar and Johari Bazar will keep you busy with the amazing range of shopping stuff, some of which is exclusively available in the state. The food and accommodation facilities in the city are also available at reasonable rates. It won’t take you more than 2-3 days to visit the important places of Jaipur.
Known as the Lake City as well as Venice of the East, Udaipur is one of the ideal places to visit in Rajasthan. If you wish to observe the Rajput lifestyle closely, this city won’t disappoint you at all. Apart from the lakes that the city flaunts, some palaces in the city have also been transformed into hotels, providing ultimate luxury to the guests.
The most popular destinations in the city are Fateh Sagar Lake, Pichola Lake, and the Jagdish Temple featuring stunning carvings. Other elements like architecture, food, art, and friendly nature of the local people; there’s no reason as to why one won’t want to visit the beautiful city. The ideal time taken to visit Udaipur and its prominent tourist places is 2 days.
The second largest as well as second most populated city of Rajasthan i.e. Jodhpur is also one of the most frequently visited places in the state. The city was founded in 1459 as Marwar’s new capital after the fall of the previous capital Mandore. It’s called the Sun City as there is a bright sunny weather all the year round.
The city contains numerous temples and forts among which the most famous and frequently visited is the Mehrangarh Fort. The complex of the 15th Century fort houses a stunning mirrored hall, sandstone screens in the Zenana deodi and the Chamunda Mataji Temple.
Rising from the sand dunes of the Thar Desert, it’s a remarkable sandstone city also known as the Golden City. The most striking feature of Jaisalmer is the Jaisalmer Fort or Sonar Qila, which is still inhabited. The fort complex can be seen with houses, shops, and even restaurants.
People can also buy souvenirs inside the fort complex mainly bronze statues and silver jewelry. Apart from fun activities like shopping and boating, the desert safari in Jaisalmer, especially during November and December is also fun.
The city of Chittorgarh, aka Chittor, is located on the banks of the Breach River is one of the best tourists places of Rajasthan. Chittor is the birthplace of some great warriors like the Great Maharana Pratap and the Hindu Saint Meera Bai.
Built in the 7th Century, the fort is guarded by seven gates and contains several gardens, palaces, and temples. It also contains Rana Kumbha’s Palace and Meera Temple which features several idols. Founded by the 1st Sisodiya Rajput Ruler Bappa Rawal, the fort is spread over an area of 2.8 square kilometers. Its highest elevation point is 1,075 meters.
The only hill station of the Rajasthan, Mount Abu, located in the Aravalli mountain range. Also known as the Arbuda Mountain, the place is a refreshing retreat from the scorching weather of other places across the state.
Not just forts and lakes, the city features many temples and pilgrim destinations with a historical importance. On one side the Nakki Lake will give you a nice boating experience while on the other hand, the Dilwara Temples carved from white marble stones will make you wonder about the magnificent ancient art.
Founded in 1488, the Bikaner city is famous for mainly two things- food and fort. Although the place has witnessed numerous wars in the past, today it’s clearly a popular tourist destination of the state. Another highlight of the place is the Karni Mata temple which is full of rats. A camel fair is also organized in the city in the month of January. One must visit the place to enjoy the art and craft of the city and mouth-watering delicacies.
Although not as big as Jaipur or Udaipur, Bundi is a unique tourist destination of Rajasthan that has a lot to offer. Famous for its step wells, the city captivates the attention of tourists with its lakes, markets, and temples. It also flaunts houses painted in Blue similar to the ones found in Jodhpur.
The Bundi Palace protruding out of the hillside is a treat to the eyes. Besides, the Queen’s Step Well dating back to the 15th Century with more than 200 steps is also quite popular. Other destinations in the region include Taragarh Fort built in the 16th Century and the Ramgarh Vishdhari Animal Sanctuary.
Considered as the king of pilgrimage sites in India, Pushkar lies in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. Located on the shores of Pushkar Lake, it’s believed to be one of the oldest cities in India as its origin is unknown. The Ghats and temples of the city are frequently visited by pilgrims. Besides, the Pushkar Fair, which is an annual affair, is also one of the most crucial factors for tourists wanting to visit the place.
Founded in the year 1763, Sawai Madhopur was built by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh. Although the city is not a major tourist place it has two ideal destinations that are considered as must-visit spots. These are Ranthambore Fort and National Park.
Established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary, the place was declared a tiger reserve in 1973, followed by the national park status in 1980. Moving on to the fort, it’s a part of the UNESCO world heritage site. The vast cultural history narrated by the site is definitely something that History loves wouldn’t want to miss.