Rajasthan – the very name conjures images of magnificent monuments, colorful clothes, undulating sand dunes, forts, camels, rich food, dance and music. To truly savor the Rajasthan experience, you need to spend at least two weeks in the state – the second largest in India – because there is simply too much to see, experience and enjoy! Here we present 10 of the spots we think you should not miss out.
This is the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan in Jhunjhunu district Often referred to as the ‘biggest open art gallery in the world’, Mandawa is host to numerous havelis, or mansions, featuring lavishly painted murals and frescoes, intricate carvings and fascinating architecture.
Situated on the western border of India, Bikaner is famous for the magnificent Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Gajner Palace and Wildlife Sanctuary and the Karni Mata Temple – known as the Temple of Rats – in Deshnok. Daytime camel safaris are popular here. There are also a few ancient Jain temples and museums. Bikaner is also famous for savory snacks – especially Bikaneri Bhujiya.
Militarily critical, Jaisalmer is known as the Golden City, thanks to the golden colored bricks of which nearly all the buildings here are built of. The Golden Fort – a living, sprawling, colossal fort, is the main attraction here. You can also visit opulent havelis built by the rich Marwari traders of yore and intact to this day. The temple of Thanot Mata, the ghost village of Kuldhara, Cenotaphs of past nobility, the Sam Sand Dunes – with live folk dance and music performances – are not to be missed.
The imposing Mehrangarh Fort, visible from almost anywhere in Jodhpur, is the pride of this city. Its museum contains one of the most comprehensive collections of weapons, palanquins, art and instruments of times gone past. The pristinely magnificent white cenotaph of the ruler, the Jaswant Thada is right next to it. You can also walk through the Rao Jodha rock park if you’re a Nature lover. Jodhpur is also home to a vibrant market in the Ghanta Ghar region, the Mandore Gardens and ancient Jain temples. Other places worth visiting are the Bishnoi village, Dhurry (carpet making) cottage industry, and so on.
This small town has a fair number of beautiful Jain temples that feature exquisite architecture of its times. Situated in the scenic and green Aravalli hills, Ranakpur is less crowded than other tourist destinations, making it an ideal place to visit.
The city of lakes! The splendor of Lake Pichhola is only matched by the opulent City Palace. Saheliyon ki Bari is an interesting garden with unique fountains, built by a King for his daughter. Visit the renowned Jagdish Temple, take a sunset cruise on the lake, and enjoy the mesmerizing dance forms of Rajasthan at Bagore ki Haveli, situated on the lakeshore.
Thanks to its temples that feature erotic art, this town is sometimes referred to as mini Khajuraho. This town in Bhilwara district is the perfect picnic spot with its many waterfalls, woods, and gardens. There are several ancient Buddhist temples and excavation is still ongoing.
Just as in other places in Rajasthan, Bundi also boasts of a picturesque fort, located on top of a hill. The vibrant bazars, or local markets are great for shopping for curios and colorful fabrics; be sure to sharpen your bargaining skills though!
The capital city! Known as the pink city because of the pink stone buildings, Jaipur has at least 3 magnificent forts, with the Amer Fort being the most lavish and opulent. You can climb up the fort on foot or riding an elephant. Marvel at the ancient wisdom of its rulers at the Jantar Mantar (astronomical observatory), and enjoy the beauty of the City Palace and the iconic Hawa Mahal.
The very name brings to mind romantic images of the King of the Jungle, resplendent in his yellow and black stripes, surveying his kingdom from atop a huge rock! For Nature and wildlife lovers, a visit to this mind-blowingly beautiful wildlife park is an absolute must.
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