Rajasthan Travel Guide : The Land of Maharajas

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Rajasthan is located on the northwestern side of India is the largest state of India by area. Formerly called as Rajputana (“The Country of the Rajputs”) is the historic state of India with Palaces and Forts showcasing different kingdoms that once ruled the place. It is a good tourist destination with lots of tourist attraction and good tourist facilities. Rajasthan travel guide attracts tourist with its rich culture, tradition, monuments, forts, palaces, national parks and sanctuaries. Jaipur known as “The Pink City” is the capital and largest city of Rajasthan.

With so many places to visit and discover, Rajasthan travel guide will highlight some top places which can build a strong and everlasting memory and can put a smile in the future. The most sought places are listed below :

Jaisalmer :

Jaisalmer named after Maharaja Jaisal Singh, situated in the heart of Rajasthan Thar desert (The Great Indian Desert) is known as the “Golden City”. Jaisalmer has got some unique attracting places that can overwhelm the visitors. Forts, museums and temples are the most sought destination for the tourist. The annual desert festival hosted in the month January-february, attracts travelers from all over the globe to experience the Rajasthani art forms, music, culture and tradition. Some top attracting places to be included in the Rajasthan travel guide to Jaisalmer are listed below :

Jaisalmer fort,Rajasthan

  • Jaisalmer Fort ( Golden Fort or Sonar Quila).
  • Jaisalmer Government Museum.
  • Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli.
  • Salim Singh Ki Haveli.
  • Patwon Ki Haveli.
  • Mandir Palace.
  • Gadisar Lake.
  • Jain Temples of Jaisalmer.
  • Bada Bagh.
  • Desert National Park.
  • Akal Wood Fossil Park.
  • Vyas Chhatri.
  • Amar Sagar Lake.
  • Jaisalmer War Museum.

Jaipur :

The capital and the largest city of Rajasthan named after Maharaja Jai Singh II is also known as the “Pink City” because of the dominant color scheme of the buildings. It is regarded as the first planned city of India and was planned according to Indian Vastu shastra. Enriched with palaces, museums, parks and lake can easily confuse a traveler. Thus, the top sites that can catch anybody’s eyesight are:

Amber Fort and Palaces, Jaipur

  • Amber Palace.
  • City Palace.
  • Jantar Mantar.
  • Hawa Mahal.
  • Albert Hall Museum( Central Museum).
  • Nahargarh Fort.
  • Jaigarh Fort.
  • Birla Temple.
  • Jal Mahal.
  • Gaitore (Memorials of Kings).
  • Galtaji.
  • Nahargarh Biological Park.
  • Sambhar lake.
  • Akshardham Temple.
  • Museum of Jem and Jewellery.

Jodhpur :

The second largest city of Rajasthan, founded by Rao Jodha in the year 1459 AD is located on the edge of the Thar desert. The city has got two different names : commonly known as the “Sun City” because of the sunny weather throughout the year, and is also known as the “Blue City” because of the blue colors that decorate many houses in the old city area. Forts, temples and palaces attract visitors throughout the year and is one of the major tourist destination to be included in the Rajasthan travel guide. Top sites one should visit are listed below :

Mehrangarh fort,Jodhpur

  • Mehrangarh Fort.
  • Khejarla Fort.
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace.
  • Moti Mahal.
  • Sheesh Mahal.
  • Phool Mahal.
  • Ranisar Padamsar.
  • Jodhpur Government Museum.
  • Jaswant Thada.
  • Ghanta Ghar.
  • Mahamandir Temple.
  • Sardar Samand Lake and Palace.
  • Mandore.
  • Kailana Lake.

Udaipur :

Founded by Maharana Udai Singh II in the year 1553, is situated in the southern part of Rajasthan state. Udaipur is often known as the “City of Lakes” because of the advanced lake system and is termed as the “Venice of East”. Besides lakes it is famous for historic forts, palaces, museums, temples, gardens, festivals and fair. some of the top site to look out for are listed below:

Monsoon palace(Sajjangarh palace),Udaipur

  • Udaipur City Palace.
  • Lake Palace.
  • Monsoon Palace.
  • Jag Mandir.
  • Ahar Museum.
  • Jagdish Temple.
  • Fateh Sagar Lake.
  • Lake Pichola.
  • Gulab Bagh and Zoo.
  • Bagore Ki Haveli.
  • Udai Sagar Lake.
  • Haldighati.

Chittorgarh :

Chittorgarh, regarded as one of the most ancient city of India was built by the Mauryans in the 7th century AD. The city garners huge respect because of the Legendary Tale of Queen Padmini’s act of jauhar(act of self-immolation) and is the birthplace of famous ruler Maharana Pratap and Meera Bai, the most famous female Hindu spiritual poetess. Chittor Fort is considered to be the largest fort in India and Asia. The top sites to watch out for are :

Chittor Fort, Chittorgarh

  • Chittorgarh Fort.
  • Rani Padmini’s Palace.
  • Vijay Stambh.
  • Kirti Stambh.
  • Fateh Prakash Palace.
  • Jain Temples.
  • Kalika Mata Temple.
  • Tulja Bhavani Temple.
  • Gaumukh Reservoir.
  • Ratan Singh Palace.
  • Rana Kumbha Palace.
  • Kumbha Shyam Temple.
  • Meerabai Temple.
  • Nagari.
  • Bhainsrorgarh Fort.

Ajmer City:

Located in northwestern region and surrounded by Aravalli mountains is the fifth largest city of Rajasthan. Famous for its Dargah is considered to be the “Holy City” of Islamic religion. The tomb of Moinuddin Chisti, the founder of the chisti order of Sufism is here. Ajmer city often considered as the gateway to Pushkar – an ancient Hindu pilgrimage city. It is also an important place for Jain religion and the famous Mayo College – Country’s first school for British style education. The famous tourist places to be added in the Rajasthan travel guide to Ajmer city are:

Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Ajmer

  • The Ajmer Sharif Dargah.
  • Adhai Din ka Jhonpda.
  • Mayo College.
  • Anasagar Lake.
  • Soniji Ki Nasiyan.
  • Lake Foy Sagar.
  • Nareli Jain Temple.
  • Sai Baba Temple.
  • Ajmer Government Museum.

Bikaner :

Bikaner, founded by Rao Bika in 1486 is situated in the northwestern region and is the fourth largest city of Rajasthan. The city has got some famous camel rides and is often nicknamed as the “Camel Country”. You can enjoy some of the best camel rides safari over the sand dune . The camel festival held every year in the month of January-February is a major tourist attraction to be included in the Rajasthan travel guide. Some of the best places to be included for your tour to Bikaner are:

Junagarh fort, Bikaner

  • Junagarh Fort.
  • National Research Centre On Camel.
  • Lalgarh Palace and Museum.
  • Rampuria Haveli.
  • Ganga Government Museum.
  • Laxmi Niwas Palace.
  • Prachina Museum.
  • Deshnok Karni Mata Temple.
  • Gajner Palace and Lake.
  • Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Devi Kund.
  • Jorbeed.
  • Kolayat.

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Conclusion :

With so many places to explore, it is indeed one of the best tourist place in India. The Rajasthan travel guide has highlighted some of the best iconic location that can fill your heart with pleasure and mind with a royal memory through its historic forts, palaces, haveli, museums, lakes and temples. The rich history of the Rajput kingdom is marked in the state of Rajasthan whose essence can be felt everywhere.

I hope you enjoyed the article on “Rajasthan Travel Guide”. If you have any comments or suggestions please leave them below in the comment section .








7 Comments to Rajasthan Travel Guide : The Land of Maharajas

  1. Sanders says:

    Hi Tony,
    India seems to be popping up more and more as I look into vacation spots to visit. When I was younger, I traveled a lot on business but never traveled to India. Perhaps that explains India popping up on my vacation searches so much.
    The Rajasthan area looks to be like a fantastic area, with a lot of different cities and experiences to offer.
    I live in Iowa, USA and so going to Jaisalmer for the Desert Festival sounds like a no brainer for me. Warm weather and a wealth of other sights would make the winter a little easier to handle. Udaipur also caught my eye. I have been to Venice and to add the “Venice of East” into my memories would make a more complete circle.
    Thanks for the glimpse of what India and Rajasthan in particular have to offer.

  2. Simon says:

    Thanks for your Rajasthan Travel Guide article detailing the many wonders, retail parks, lakes and museums etc which can be visited, a captivating introduction combined with a wealth of information for the inexperienced traveller like ourselves.

    We recently watched a TV series where a group of celebrity pensioners travelled to India to explore their culture. Inspired with the vibrant, cultural and fascinating places they visited spurred us on to start planning a completely different holiday to accomplish a whole new experience.

    Regarding these places you mention here, where would you advise a newbie to venture first? The Sun/Blue City of Jodhpur captured our initial attention.
    All the best,

  3. Matiss says:

    Hey, Tony!

    Wow… Rajasthan probably takes way over a month to actually get a taste of everything, even for very rapid explorers. Way, way, way over a month.

    Chittorgarh has been on my radar for a while now! Would definitely love to visit.
    Thank you for all the insight, I do appreciate it!
    Cheers and have a great one!

  4. Ahmad says:

    Hello Tony, nice review on Rajasthan. One of my biggest dreams in the world is to travel around the world. I have already planned to visit India one day, and I would love to see the Ajmer City. I would also love to take a ride on a camel on a desert as well during the sunset. Thanks again, and continue to do what you do!!!

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