Known by the former name of Rajputana and covering an area of 132139 square miles, Rajasthan is the largest state in India. Given the fact that a significant part of its size is covered by dessert explains the moniker “the land of kings” and also makes it obvious that this place has witnessed the many great battles and deeds that took place during the age of kings. If this is enough to hook you to visiting Rajasthan, then below we’re going to take a closer look at some of the best places you should see when coming here.
Also known as the Golden City, Jaisalmer is located in the Thar Desert in the proximity of the Pakistan border and it’s considered the last stop for anyone who is heading W. through Rajasthan. If you want to live your dreams of rolling sand dunes, camel safaris and mirages, then Jaisalmer is the place to be. And since it’s a World Heritage Site you can have the peace of mind that your adventure here is going to be worthwhile. Crowned by a fort, the city stands on a ridge of golden sandstone, with the fort containing not only the palace itself, but also many ornate Jain temples. Better yet, many of the temples and houses here are finely sculptured, so there’s a lot you can admire if you love ancient structures.
Full of majestic palaces that overlooking the expansive glimmering lakes, but also adorned with intricate temples, stunning gardens and many old mansions, Udaipur is a place of incredible beauty. Stretching along the E. shore of Lake Pichola, the City Palace is a major highlight and one that you should certainly check out. What makes it stand apart is the unique combination of decorative techniques inspired from the Mughal style and Rajput military architecture. As for its museum, it’s a grand place that displays lots of memorabilia, including family photos and dozens of royal heirlooms to name a few.
Jaipur’s Pink City is brimming with ancient forts and palaces, with the majority of them featuring elaborate architecture and offering breathtaking views. What makes this place even more special is the fact that it’s part of the Golden Triangle Tourist Circuit of India and it therefore manages to lure tourists with its haunting remnants of a past era. Coming here will make you easily understand how the monarchy lived its life. On top of that, staying in Jaipur is a very enjoyable experience, given the fact that there are plenty of heritage hotels you can book, with many of them having been converted into one from old palaces, therefore offering tourists an authentic regal experience.
Ranking number two on the list of the biggest cities in Rajasthan, Jodhpur. This place features many temples, forts, but also majestic palaces and is therefore a very popular tourist destination that attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year. Since it enjoys a sunny and bright weather all year round, Jodhpur is also known as the Sun City and it’s a great destination for anyone who wants to have a great time in a perfect climate. As for the most popular tourist attractions you can visit here, they include the Mehrangarh Fort, the Ghanta Ghar and the Umaid Bhawan Palace, but also the Sardar Samand Lake and Palace, Ratanada Ganesh Temple and the Balsamand Lake. If you’re planning to have a perfect vacation in India and are looking for great accommodation and lots of incredible architecture and scenic locations, then Rajasthan should certainly be your number one vacation destination this year.