“INDIA is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the Grandmother of legend, and the great Grandmother of tradition.”- MARK TWAIN. India satisfies all the above tags perfectly as it’s truly a land offering diversity in cultures and religions.
Rajasthan, is one such state formerly known as Rajputana or the land of the kings, is located in the west of India, and is also the largest state of the Republic of India. They say, if Kerala is God’s own country, Rajasthan is the imperial state, and unquestionably, one of the most magical and incredible tourist places of India.
Besides the curlicue moustaches, brightly hued turbans and heavy silver ornaments, Rajasthan is about marvelous hill forts, glittering palaces, beautiful temples, religious places, museums, art galleries and vibrant bazaars. It is a place full of colors, art, traditions, culture and a lot more. Each individual kingdom of Rajasthan has a distinctive style of architecture and arts making it one of the most culturally diverse places in the world. The wonderful amalgamation of age old traditions and intriguing cultures can be only experienced in Rajasthan. It’s a state rightly called as the one being “Royal yet Humble”.
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The capital of the state, Jaipur is also the largest city being in the Princely state of Rajasthan. Also known by the nickname ‘Pink City of India’ which is due to the distinctive pink color of the buildings, makes the city look all the more beautiful. Visiting this city marks a perfect start to the royal tour to Rajasthan and brings with it a true joy of experiencing the royal feel. Jaipur can be rightly called as the gateway to a culturally wealthy state and is also one of Rajasthan’s most visited place by tourists. There is indeed so much to see in this city that starts right from the forts and palaces to the handicraft fairs. From the mouth watering daal baati churma to the bumpy camel rides and even the proud moustaches of Rajasthani men with colourful turbans on their heads. The major attractions in the city for majority of tourists are Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort.
Needless to give reasons for this being the most beautiful and popular tourist place of Rajasthan. Udaipur is rightly termed as the ‘Venice of the east’ and is also known as ‘the city of lakes’ by its common moniker. The city’s picturesque location at the foothills of the Aravalli Mountains, makes the state of Udaipur a unique destination. Apart from its various palaces, forts and market places, various temples are also the reason for its popularity. This classy destination is definitely worth visiting once in the lifetime. From going around the massive palaces to taking the romantic ride on the lake, from paying visit at the celebrated Shilpgram to take an exhilarating ride of cable car, every moment in Udaipur is a fascinating one! None other place in India offers such regal and heritage feel.
A remarkable sandstone city that rises magically from the sand dunes of the Thar desert, Jaisalmer looks like it’s straight out of an Arabian Nights tale. The city is a famous tourist spot due to its magnificent architecture and the various arts and crafts which are unique to this region. The Jaisalmer Fort crowns the town with its sand-coloured walls and houses an old museum, telling stories of the royal times. The city is also peppered with beautiful Havelis (mansions) built by wealthy merchants. The most famous of these Havelis is the Patwon-Ki-Haveli, which is an absolute must-visit for its intricate architecture and aura. Camels safaris into the desert is something not to be missed being in Jaisalmer.
The second largest City of Rajasthan- Jodhpur, is also known as the ‘Sun City’ as it enjoys a bright sunny weather all year round, and is known as a ‘Blue city’ for its blue painted buildings and architectures. The various hill forts, palaces and the old walled city are just a handful of attractions from the variety that this wonderful city has to offer. Adding to its beauty, the grand Mehrangarh Fort forms an ideal backdrop for this beautiful city. The views of the city’s blue-tinge houses are best experienced from the roof of this lavish 15th-century fortress. It’s one of the largest and most well maintained forts in India. Another place of attraction and one of the most picturesque historical monuments in Rajasthan is the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Umaid Bhawan palace is listed among largest private residential properties which has got 347 rooms in total. It’s located on the highest point of the city, the Chittar hill.
Breaking the monotony of ragged Aravallis, this city is an emerald beauty. It is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and is about 150 kms from the city of Jaipur. The city being one of the princely states of the Rajputana has tonnes of tourist attractions. The forts, temples and the immense abundance of natural Fauna has makes this place popular and attractive for tourism. Just a few of the many famous places of attractions in Alwar are- The sariska tiger reserve, Neemrana Fort, The Haunted Bhangarh fort and Alwar Fort, which reflect the highest quality architecture of the time of rajputs.
The place takes pride in being the only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan. Mount Abu is situated in the Aravalli mountain range and is a part of the Sirohi District of Rajasthan. The place apart from being a retreat from scorching sun, for the people of Rajasthan and Gujarat also has a lot of historical and religious significance attached to it. It makes for a charming emerald hill station with its lush green surroundings, rolling hills, accompanied with cool breeze and serenity all around. It is also a popular honeymoon destination owing to the romantic ambience this place offers to its tourists. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Trevor’s Crocodile Park, Nakki Lake, the most Famous Dilwara Jain Temples and the ruins of Achalgarh Fort which was built in the 17th century are some of the places for a must visit being in this lovely place which offers nothing less than a heavenly retreat.
This is one jewel of Rajasthan which can by no means be ignored. About 135 kms from Jaipur, Ajmer is a popular religious place in Rajasthan which has the mystic Dargah Sharif of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chisti. This holy shrine sees tourists in huge numbers, from India and abroad and gave Ajmer the status of being a place that fulfills their wishes and takes away all sorrows and pains. The city also serves as a base for the nearby renowned temple town of Pushkar. Nasiyan Temple, Foy Lake, Adhai din ka Jhopra, Taragarh Fort and Ana Sagar Lake also attracts large number of tourists everyday.
Ranthambore attracts tourists from all parts of the country to enjoy the vast and unique wildlife of Rajasthan. Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places in India to spot a tiger in the wild. In contrast to many national parks in India, Ranthambore is easily accessible to tourists, which makes it a very popular place. It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district and is only 130kms from Jaipur. Ranthambore National Park is also known for its rich flora and fauna, apart from the wild tigers which catches the maximum tourist attention. This wildlife reserve is also an ideal place for bird watching, wildlife photography and of course a perfect place to unwind and feel refreshed.
Kumbhalgarh is the place with the longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China and is also indeed the most popular places in Rajasthan that attracts a lot of tourists from around the globe. It is situated in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan and is 100 kms away from Udaipur. Its gigantic fort called Kumbhalgarh, gives a spectacular and unmissable view of this beautiful city and has been the greatest attention grabber at this place. This town is peaceful and serene, a perfect place to spend some time with your own self while breathing in the regal and historic feels of the ancient times. The Vedi Temple, Badal Mehal, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Muchhal Mahavir Temple, Parshuram Temple and the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary are the major attractions for the tourists at this place.
The ancient city of Chittorgarh also known as Chittor, is also known to be the birthplace of many great warriors and historical figures like the Great Maharana Pratap and the Hindu saint, Meera Bai. It is framed for its colossal fort, which is believed to be one of the largest forts in India being spread over an area of 2.8 square kilometres and its highest elevation point is 1,075 meters above sea level. It is situated in the Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan, at a distance of about 116 kms from the city of Udaipur. The fort complex in itself contains several palaces, gardens and temples most of which have a great historical significance. Chittorgarh has found fame because of the strong cultural and historical values attached to the place, which reflects the perfect blend of courage, grace and beauty. Kirti Stambh, Padmini Palace and Gaumukh Reservoir are the other places of major tourist attractions in Chittorgarh.
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