|STATE BIRD OF RAJASTHAN||Great Indian Bustard|
|STATE ANIMAL||Camel, Chinkara|
|MAIN TOWNS||Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Pushkar, Sawai, Madhopur, Chittorgarh, Mountabu, Ajmer.|
|TEMPERATURE||Summer 24°C to 47°C (April to June) Monsoon 20°C to 35°C (July to September) Winter 10°C to 26°C (October to February)|
Rajasthan: The state of Rajasthan is among the best places to visit in India. The real meaning is ‘Land of Kings’. It is India’s largest state by area as it covers 10.4% of India’s total area. It is located on the northwestern side of India where it comprises of Thar Desert which is also known as the Great Indian Desert. It also shares a border with the Pakistani province of Punjab in northwest. There are many tourist places in Rajasthan that attracts huge amount of visitors.
Rajasthan is bordered by five other Indian states: Punjab to North, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in Northeast, Madhya Pradesh to Southeast and Gujarat to Southwest.
Best Places Visit in Rajasthan:
Jaipur is the first place in our list of the best places to visit in Rajasthan. Jaipur is the capital city which was found in 1727, by the Kachwaha Rajput Ruler Sawai Jaisingh II, who was the ruler of amber. It is also called as ‘Pink City Of India’ because of saffron or pink color of buildings. The city was planned in accordance of Indian Architecture or Vedic Vastu Shastra. Jaipur was ranked 7 in 2008 by Conde Nast Traveller Readers choice survey as the best place to visit in Asia. Main tourist attractions are Samode, Dundlod, Jhunjhunu, Deeg, Alwar, Dausa, Shekhawati, Mandawa, Bharatpur, Bhangarh, Abhaneri, Sariska National Park.
It was founded in 1553 by the Sisodiya Rajput Ruler Maharana Udai Singh II. It is also known as the ‘Venice of the East’ and the city of lakes. The city is famous for its palaces which shows the Rajputana style architecture. Most of the palaces is converted into hotels which attracts a huge no. of tourist crowd to this city. There are many tourist places in Udaipur that makes this place one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan. Main attractions are Dungarpur, Ghanerao, Banswara, Rajsamand, Nathdwara, Haldighati, Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh and Mount Abu.
Also known as the Sun City of India as it enjoys the bright sunny weather. It is the second largest city and also the second most populated city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by the Rathore Rajput Ruler, Rao Jodha Singh of Marwar. It is the most important city in western Rajasthan as it lies at a distance of about 250 km from the Indo-Pakistan Border. Khimsar, Pali, Nagaur, Ranakpur and Phalodi are the main attractions.
It lies in the Thar Desert and is named as ‘Golden City’ which Comes from its view during the day. This city of Rajasthan was founded in 1156 by The Bhati Rajput ruler Maharawal Jaisal Singh. Golden colored sandstone used in the city’s architecture. Jaisalmer is famous for its architecture. Kuldhara, Khuri, Lodhruva and Barmer are main attractions.
This city was founded by the Rathore Rajput Ruler Rao Bika in 1488. This place is famous for its forts and food. Jharokhas or carved windowpanes are also unique of this place. Huge number of visitors from all around India and the world are attracted by various fairs held in Bikaner. Deshnoke, Nagaur, Khimsar, Salasar and Churu are the main tourist destinations.
It lies in Ajmer district of Rajasthan and is also described as the king of pilgrimage sites in India. This town is located on the shores of Pushkar lake which was created by the tears of Lord Shiva. It is also one of the oldest cities of India and is also associated with the Hindu mythology. It is famous for its temples. Main attraction of Pushkar is the annual camel fair which is a five day fair held where people buy and sell livestock. Also, camel races is one of the main attractions. Bundi and Ajmer are the two main attractions.
It was founded in 1763 and was built by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh of the Kachwaha Rajputs. The two main attractions i.e. Ranthambore Fort and Ranthambore National Park. The Ranthambore Forests was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary after independence and it rose to being a tiger reserve in 1973 and became a national park in 1980. Ranthambore Fort is a part of UNESCO world heritage site. Chamatkar Temple, Chauth Mata Temple are also other attractions.
It is also known as Chittor and have been founded by the Maurya Dynasty. This place is also famous as it is the birthplace of many great warriors and historical figures like the Great Maharana Pratap and Hindu Saint, Meera Bai. The world famous Chittorgarh Fort, which is the largest fort in India is spread over an area of 2.8sq km and its height is 1075m above sea level. One will witness the Rajput style architecture in this fort. Kota, Jhalawar and Ranakpur are the main tourist attractions.
Because of its immense beauty, Mount abu placed in our list of the best places to visit in Rajasthan. It is the only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan. It is the part of Sirohi district of Rajasthan and is situated in the Aravalli mountain range. It has a lot of historical and religious significance as it was previously known as Arbuda Mountain which is mentioned in the Hindu Epic Mahabharata. It is also known to be a place where the Great Saga Vasistha retired. Sun-scorched people of Rajasthan found its a heavenly place as it includes green surroundings and various picnic spots. Dilwara Jain Temples, Guru Shikhar, Achalgarh, Nakki Lake, Sunset point, Trevor’s tank, wildlife sanctuary are the places to visit.
Ajmer is home to the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. It’s a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Muslims. Ajmer was selected as a heritage site for the Heritage City Development And Augmentation Yojana Scheme started by Government Of India in 2015. Abkari Fort and Museum, Anasagar Lake, Soniji Ki Nasiyan are the main attractions.
Rajasthan experience varying climate throughout the state. The desert areas experiences hot and dry in summer and cold in winters. The western part of Rajasthan is dry and infertile and southwestern part is hilly and wet.
Fairs and Festivals of Rajasthan:
International Folk Festival
This festival is celebrated in the city Jodhpur of Rajasthan. This festival was started by the Maharaja of Jodhpur and Sir Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. It is also known as “People’s Platform for creativity and Sustainable development.” The festival is a music and art festival which is celebrated annually. This festival also includes promotion of traditional folk music and arts. It is celebrated on the day of Sharad Purnima which is the biggest full moon night of the year. This festival is a favorite of music and art lovers.
It is one of the best and most famous dessert fairs of Rajasthan. It is held in Pushkar which is located on the banks of Pushkar Lake of Rajasthan. It is celebrated on the day of Kartik Ekadashi. This festival is celebrated on that day as it is supposed that on this day Pushkar Lake was created by Lord Brahma. In this festival buying and selling of camels is done. This fair attracts tourists in huge number which makes it a best cultural bonanza of art, music, dance, puppet shows, gypsy dance, races and competitions. The festival is celebrated for five days and these five days of fair completely enlighten the whole city of Pushkar.
It is celebrated in Jodhpur with huge joy and happiness. This festival is celebrated for two reasons: 1) A woman’s love for her husband 2) coming of monsoon season. In this festival women apply mehndi designs on their hands and enjoy long swing rides. Women also dances and sing different songs with other women. In this festival celebration of union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is enjoyed.
This festival is celebrated in Jaipur. This festival is celebrated on the homecoming of Goddess Parvati. This festival is celebrated with great joy and with huge fanfare in Rajasthan. Goddess Gauri is carried all over the city. The festival ends with fireworks.
This festival is celebrated in Nagaur city of Rajasthan with great joy and enthusiasm. It is the second largest fair in Rajasthan. It is a famous festival among the animal owner which bring their horses, cows, bullocks, oxen, camels etc. It is generally a cattle fair. More than one and half lakh animal owners participate here. Many animal races are done. This festival brings the true flavor of Rajput of Rajasthan.
Famous Cuisine of Rajasthan
After the list of the best places to visit in Rajasthan, let’s talk about some famous cuisine of Rajasthan.
- Dal Bati Churma (most famous dish)
- Laal maas (spicy dish served with bajra roti)
- Mohan mass (treat for every non-vegetarian)
- Ker Sangri ( kind of pickle)
- Gatte ki khichdi (Best rice dish )
- Dil Kushal (popular sweet)
- Boondi raita (famous dish of north India)
- Rajasthan kadi (spicy and goes well with rice)
- Gatte ka pulao (combination of fresh steamed rice and spicy gatte)
- Churma Ladoo (most delicious sweets)
- Badam ka halwa
- Aam Ki Launji ( pickle made of raw mangoes)
- Methi Bajra poori
- Mawa Kachori (filled with dry fruits and khoya)
- Pyaaz kachori (filled with onion potatoes and spices)
- Shahi Gatte
- Gujia (sweet savored)
- Kalmi vada (perfect tea-time snack)
- Ghevar (disc-shaped sweet)
- Balushahi (same as donut)
Interesting Facts About Rajasthan
- Hill Forts of Rajasthan, Keoladeo National Park, Jantar Mantar, is one of those famous sites in Rajasthan that are part of world heritage sites in India.
- Only temple of Lord Brahma in the world is situated in Pushkar, Rajasthan.
- On the basis of area, Rajasthan is the largest state in India.
- The popular cities of Rajasthan is coated with the different colors. You must have heard about the pink city Jaipur.
- India’s oldest mountain range Aravalli is in Rajasthan.
Things to Do in Rajasthan
- Elephant ride at Amer Fort, Jaipur
- Zip lining in Neemrana Fort and Mehrangarh Fort.
- Safari in Ranthambore National Park, Keoladeo National Park, and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
- Hot-Air Ballooning In Pushkar, Jaipur, and Ranthambore.
- Vintage Car Rally in Jaipur
- Visit Abhaneri Step Well in Jaipur
- Visit to Chokhi Dhani
- Camel Safari in Jaisalmer
- Luxury Stay at Rambagh Palace
- Boating in Nakki Lake, Mount Abu
Best Time to visit Rajasthan
The best time to visit Rajasthan is October to March when the weather is quite pleasant.
How to reach Rajasthan
Rajasthan has three main airports, namely Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. All the three airports operates both domestic as well as international flights. So basically you can get a flight to and from Rajasthan easily.
If we talk about the railway connectivity, Rajasthan is well connected to all the major cities of India as well. If you want to get a taste of royal train journey, you can “Palace on Wheels”, which runs through Jaipur.
If you are visiting the Rajasthan first time, we prefer you to take road transport. This is because, during the trip you will go through some amazing places that you can not see if you use take flight or train. The road connectivity and condition is very well. So you will not find any problems during your travel.
So, this is all about the best places to visit in Rajasthan. We hope you like our list.