Rajasthan means ‘The Land of Kings’, and rightly so. It is the largest state in India by area and offers a royal experience to all visitors. Known for its hospitality and the generous, welcoming nature of the locals, Rajasthan has become a favoured holiday destination for people worldwide.
Read on for ideas to help you plan your perfect trip to Rajasthan. Top 5 Mesmerizing Places to Visit in Rajasthan
1. Jaipur – Pink City
Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan and boasts of being one of the first planned cities in India. It is known as the ‘Pink City’ because most of its houses are painted a light pink colour. Now a bustling metro, Jaipur is where traditional cultures and customs meet modernity in the most beautiful of fusions. Visit the City Palace and Jal Mahal while you’re there, and don’t forget to sample some of the local cuisine that the city is famous for.
2. Udaipur - White City
The ‘White City’ of Udaipur is known for its enchanting, serene lakes and the stark contrast it makes with the Aravalli Hills and adjacent plains. Its romantic atmosphere makes it a much-loved spot for destination weddings. Many sight-seeing locations in Udaipur are surrounded by artificial lakes built by erstwhile maharajas. Definitely visit Lake Palace and Jaisamand Lake at some point during your trip.
3. Jodhpur – Blue City
If Jaipur is the ‘Pink City’, then Jodhpur is lovingly known as the ‘Blue City’. The houses painted in hues of blue stand out against the golden colour of the land. Mehrangarh Fort overlooks the city as if it were a crown. Royalty greets you everywhere in Jodhpur and narrates the indelible history that’s laid a solid foundation for the city. Shopping is a major attraction in Jodhpur because of its many markets full of traditional memorabilia. Definitely a great place to pick up souvenirs for your loved ones back home!
4. Jaisalmer – Golden City
Known as the ‘Golden city’ of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer rises like a phoenix from within the majestic Thar Desert. It is called the Golden City because of the burnished colour of the sandstone used in most of the buildings. Jaisalmer is also a World Heritage Site. The major tourist attractions here are the sand dunes, desert safaris, and the sprawling, magnificent forts.
Pushkar is a comparatively traditional city and is host to some big festivals, the most popular being Holi. It is a colourful city and sprawls around a beautiful lake. In fact, this lake is said to have been formed when Lord Brahma struck a demon with his weapon, a lotus flower. The demon was killed and three lotus petals fell to earth, one on Pushkar, giving it its name. You might want to plan a visit to Pushkar during the annual camel fair. This falls every November and is sure to be a unique experience. Rajasthan tourism is incomplete without visiting these places.
Interesting Things To Do In Rajasthan
1. Boating In Fateh Sagar Lake - Rajasthan
An exciting activity to do in Udaipur is to go speed-boating in Fateh Sagar Lake. Time it right with the orange-pink sky and the setting sun, and it becomes a delight for people all ages!
2. Trekking In Rajasthan
It might come as a surprise but the desert state has mountains and lush greenery as well. This makes it ideal for trekking. Alwar and Mount Abu are two go-to destinations for trekking enthusiasts.
3. Elephant Ride In Jaipur
Elephants are indigenous to the state, and you can ride one at Dera Amer, a tourist destination close to Jaipur.
4. Desert Safari In Jaisalmer
This is a must-do on your itinerary. A visit to Rajasthan is incomplete without a desert safari, preferably atop a graceful camel. You can enjoy this experience in Pushkar and Jaisalmer.
5. Paragliding In Jodhpur
Soaring several hundred feet above civilisation is a dream for many of us. You can easily make it a reality in Jodhpur and Jaipur.
6. Hot-Air Balloon Rides Near Amer Fort
Hot-air balloon rides take you over the clouds while letting you feel the air on your skin. If you time it right you can watch the sunrise or sunset from up above. Check for the facility at Amer Fort near Jaipur, and in Pushkar and Ranthambore. Rajasthan tourism is full of such fun filled holiday activities in which you can take part with family
How to reach Rajasthan
According to your convenience and current location, Rajasthan is easily accessible by air, rail, or by road. Here are more details on each mode of travel:
1. By air
You can reach Rajasthan by flight. You can fly into the international airport in Jaipur or the domestic airports in Jodhpur and Udaipur. All major flight carriers serve these airports; some are direct flights while others may have stops depending on where you are coming from.
2. By train
Every major city in India connects to Rajasthan by train. In fact, if your budget allows it, hop aboard a royal ride. Two popular choices are Maharaja’s Express and Palace on Wheels. Staying true to the hospitality of the land, these offer you a luxurious experience.
3. By road
Rajasthan is connected by well-maintained roads, making it an ideal destination for a road trip. This is also a great way to explore the vastness of the state and experience its beauty. Driving a car, even if it’s hired, gives you the freedom to take less frequented roads and make an itinerary based on all the places you want to visit.
Best Time To Visit Rajasthan
Rajasthan, being a hot desert state, is at its most pleasant during October-February, when the heat abates a little. Keep in mind the climatic conditions – in the warmer months of the year (say, June) temperatures could rise up to 46 degrees Celsius.
Rainfall in Rajasthan is a beautiful sight, although it is rare. However, if your heart is set on watching the rains while you are there, consider planning a trip between July and September. The temperature isn’t extremely hot or cold at this time, but you can expect days to be much warmer compared to the nights.
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