Rajasthan, literally means the “Land of The Kings” and true to its name it remains the land of Indian royalty. The massive state is home to the Thar Desert, magnificent forts, spectacular palaces, royal culture, traditions, and the best of all true Indian hospitality. It goes without saying any visit to India remains incomplete without Rajasthan tours. With so much to see, do and experience, Rajasthan remains at the very top of the favourite holiday destinations in India.
Many of the cities in Rajasthan have formerly been the royal kingdoms of Rajputana and till date have sights that take visitors back to the days of the bygone era. In addition, there is rendezvous with the Thar Desert while enjoying camel safari or camping amid the desert dunes. Other unmissable delights include safari at the Ranthambore national park, bird watching in Bharatpur bird Sanctuary, blissful boating on the lakes, colourful festivals, stay in the heritage hotels, taste of the delicious Rajasthani cuisine, shopping at the vibrant markets and alleys.
The capital city Jaipur nicknamed the “Pink City” is one of the most popular places to visit in Rajasthan. It is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, massive forts, royal palaces, elaborate architecture, royal culture and so much more. The city is one of the points of the popular tourist circuit in India, the Golden Triangle. Shopping at local shops for Rajasthani crafts, textiles and gems, cultural performances, dining and pampering stay in heritage hotels gives reason to plan a visit to Jaipur.
Highlights of Jaipur: Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, City Palace & Museum, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, JantarMantar, Birla Mandir, etc.
Ranthambore National Park
Listed among the must-visit sites in Rajasthan, the Ranthambore National Park is beyond amazing. It is popular as the home to a healthy population of Royal Bengal Tigers. The Ranthambore forest much like most places in Rajasthan have roots in ancient history. It was formerly the hunting grounds for the royalfamily of Jaipur and now has been named among the best wildlife sanctuaries in India. The national park is also home to the Ranthambore Fort, listed among Hill Forts of Rajasthan listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.
Highlights of Ranthambore: Wildlife safari on jeeps and elephants, stay at wildlife resorts, exploring the heritage of the 10th century fortress, etc.
The ‘most romantic city in India’, the ‘most beautiful cities of the world’, Udaipur enjoys preference as one of the best holiday packages in Rajasthan as well as India.The picturesque setting of the Aravalli Mountains as well as many cerulean lakes adds much to the charms. Nicknamed ‘City of Lakes’ the erstwhile Kingdom of Mewar is blessed with amazing sights of the olden days. Beyond the colourful heritage, there are many cherished experiences that steal your hearts! Boat ride at sunset on Lake Pichola is a beautiful memory as it attending the wonderful puppet shows. And, any visit to the city reamisn incomplete without stay at the finest heritage hotels of the city.
Highlights of Udaipur: City Palace, Sajjangarh Palace a.k.a Monsoon Palace, Jagdish temple, Bagoreki Haveli, Vintage Car Museum, Ranakpur Temple, Kumbalgarh Fort, etc.
Set right at the edge of the golden expanse of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is named the ‘golden city’. Frequented by visitors from all over the world, this magical town has the chance to explore the royal heritage as well enjoy exploring the sand dunes of Thar. The iconic landmark is the yellow-sandstone Jaisalmer Fort, named among the hill forts of Rajasthan listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.
Highlights of Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer Fort, Sam sand dunes, Gadisar Lake,Tanot Mata Temple, etc. are the popular sights. The must do activities include camel safari as well as attending The Desert festival of Jaisalmer, etc.
Known as the “Blue City” for its blue-painted buildings, Jodhpur makes its mark among the must-visit destinations in Rajasthan. Also named “Sun City” for its sunny weather, the historic city has much to delight. The iconic Mehrangarh Fort looms over the city. The medieval era architecture is truly splendid as are the other attractions. The newest palace of India is located in the town that offers a wonderful stay as well as treasures of the royal family of Jodhour.
Highlights of Jodhpur: Mehrangrah Fort, Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Gardens, Ghanta Ghar, Kalyana Lake, etc.
Last but not the least, Pushkar is among the best places to visit in Rajasthan. The quaint little town has not much to offer but owing to its hosting of the annual Pushkar Fair, it deserves a visit. The Pushkar festival presents traditional dancing and music performances showcased by local artists as well as camping in sand dunes.