A treasure-trove of royal attractions
Replete with glorious history, Rajasthan is a fabled land of raja-maharajas and their magnificent palaces and forts with rich history. Aptly called the land of kings, it is one destination of India which finds its place on almost every traveler’s wish list. This land of Rajputs boasts of island palaces, forts and temples set on hilltops, camels walking over soft sand dunes of the Thar Desert, luxury trains, glittering lakes, colourful culture, vibrant festivals and fairs, lip-smacking cuisine, beautiful handicrafts and much more.
Cities of Rajasthan
There are several wonderful cities and towns in Rajasthan, each brimming with its own fascinating history and attractions. Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Ajmer, Bharatpur, Mount Abu, Ranakpur and Jaisalmer are some of the must-visit destinations of Rajasthan.
Forts, palaces, havelis and monuments
A testimony to the era of raja-maharajas and their fabulous creations, the grand forts, palaces, havelis and monuments are a treat to the eyes. Visiting these architectural marvels will take you back in time to the bygone royal era. Some of the palaces, forts and havelis have been transformed into heritage hotels. Some of the most famous structures are The City Palace, Udaipur; Hawa Mahal, Jaipur; Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur; Amber Fort, Jaipur; Jantar Mantar, Jaipur; Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer and Samod Haveli; Jaipur.
Explore the enchanting museums of Rajasthan where you will find glimpses of the royal era of kings. The museums have rarest and finest articles on display. The City Palace Museum, Udaipur; The City Palace Museum,Jaipur; Jaigarh Fort Museum, Jaipur; Mehrangarh Fort Museum, Jodhpur etc are the must-see museums of Rajasthan.
If you wish to experience royalty to the hilt, then a stay at the luxurious and royal heritage hotels of Rajasthan is the best bet for you. There are the places where the raja-maharajas lived once and some of them are still inhibited by the royal families. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Lake Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, Samode Haveli are some of the heritage hotels which are abodes of luxury and royalty.
Lakes and gardens
Charming lakes and blooming gardens in the desert land of Rajasthan is itself a great attraction. Lake Fateh Sagar, Pichola Lake, Ana Sagar Lake, Pushkar Lake, Sisodia Rani ka Bagh, Kanak Brindavan Garden and Sahelion Ki Bari are some of the famous lakes and gardens of Rajasthan.
Fairs and festivals
Rajasthan is a land of colourful fairs and festivals reflecting the beautiful culture. They are marked with interesting competitions, traditions, delicious delicacies, traditional attires, folk dance and music etc. Pushkar Fair, Elephant Festival, Desert Festival and Mewar Festival are the popular fairs and festivals of Rajasthan.
One can really feel the grandeur of Rajasthan through its rich cuisine with a wide range of dishes. Daal baati churma, gate ki sabzi, rajasthani dal, lal maas are some of the popular dishes of the state.
Rajasthan is endowed with a good variety of flora and fauna. There are several wildlife national parks and sanctuaries in the state where you will find an array of wildlife species. Bharatpur National Park, Ranthambore National Park, Sariska National Park, Desert National Sanctuary, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary are a few to name.
Adventure is found in abundance in Rajasthan. Some of the popular adventure activities you can indulge in are hot air ballooning, camel ride, trekking, camping, polo, angling, boating, water skiing and desert safari.
Rajasthan is a paradise for shopping lovers. Its bustling bazaars are full of a wide variety of wonderful handicrafts like kundan jewellery, blue pottery, batik paintings, block printed textiles, tie and dye fabrics, mojari (local shoes), sandalwood carving items, stone carvings etc.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Rajasthan is from October to February.
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