Rajasthan is the state of desert and jungles, camel and tigers and importantly art and culture. It is one of the must-visit states of India.
The Flamboyant state of Rajasthan is home to many of the World’s most beautiful forts and palaces. The City of Kings provides a truly royal experience with its fairytale castles and rich heritage. However, there is much more to this iconic region. It is the state of desert and jungles, camel and tigers and importantly art and culture. It is one of the must-visit states of India, bursting with startling and incredible attractions.
Jaipur, the pink city, is an epitome of cultural magnificence. As the capital of one of India's flamboyant state, Jaipur has a habit of captivating its audience with the heart throbbing architecture and the enthralling history and culture that follows it. In the mist of colourful chaotic street filled with swarms of autorickshaws, you will find glorious palaces, bargain-filled bazaars and mouthwatering cuisines. Visit the vibrant palace of Hawa Mahal and the City Palace that portrays a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Rajput. Don’t forget to visit the Amber Palace that is just 11 kilometres from Jaipur.
The blue city of Jodhpur is an architectural masterpiece. The awe-inspiring Mehrangarh (Mehran Fort) is one of the must-visit places of Jodhpur. Standing 400 feet above the city, this magnificent beauty demonstrates the trademanship of Rajput Builders. Inside its boundaries, there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. Adventure lovers can also go ziplining with Mehrangarh Fort in the background
Other notable charms of Jodhpur are the Umaid Bhawan Palace, a palace that portrays the unique combination of the Indian and European style of architecture, Jaswant Thada, the Government Museum and its beautiful Mandore Gardens and Kailana Lake.
3. Sariska Tiger Reserve
Only two hours away from Jaipur, Sariska Tiger Reserve provides a perfect getaway for peace and tranquillity. The rocky landscape, deciduous forest and the diverse flora and fauna make it a sanctuary worth visiting even without the lure of the tiger. This 866 km² reserve is home to chital, sambar, caracal, langur, wild boar, four-horned deer (chowsingha) and several species of birds. Apart from its biodiversity, it also includes the spectacular hilltop Kankarwari fort that provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the valley. the famously haunted, 17th-Century deserted city, Bhangarh, also lies here.
4. Ranthambhore National Park
Located in southeastern Rajasthan, Ranthambhore National Park is one of the most renowned national parks of northern India. Previously considered as one of the famous hunting reserves, today this national park has become a sanctuary and the best place to spot Bengal tigers in Rajasthan. At its centre, lies a 10th century Ranthambhore Fort. The fort is surrounded by ancient temples and mosques, crocodile-filled lakes and vine-covered burial tombs. Take a hot air balloon tour and witness the detailing of heritage structures and wide expansive greeneries.
The crown jewel of the state of Rajasthan, Udaipur is considered as one of the most romantic spots in the Indian continent. Often referred to as the “Venice of East”, Udaipur offers a majestic experience through its massive historic forts, fantastical palaces, museums, galleries, natural locations and gardens, architectural temples, as well as traditional fairs, festivals and structures. The city of lakes is located in the centre of Lake Pichola and is hemmed in by lush green hills of Aravallis. The tranquil boat ride through the serene waters of Lake Pichola and the bustling colour of ancient bazaars will be enough for any visitors to know why Udaipur is called the pride of Rajasthan.
6. Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort is an important landmark in the city of Jaisalmer. The breathtaking site of the sand castle, exotic camel train trade and the desert mystery takes you to a bygone era. The intricate fortress along with its narrow winding lanes and the concentric fortress makes it a delight for photographers. Inside you can find shops wrapped up in bright embroideries, number of handicraft shops and restaurant.
Compiled by Ayusha Pradhananga