It is an Indian state bordering Pakistan. Its palaces and forts are reminders of the many kingdoms that historically vied for the region. In its capital, Jaipur-“Pink City“, are the 18th-century City Palace and Hawa Mahal. Here we present to you the top 10 places to visit in Rajasthan.
1. Hawa Mahal
It was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside. Constructed of red and pink sandstone, the palace sits on the edge of the City Palace and extends to the zenana, or women’s chambers. It’s one of the best places to visit in Jaipur.
2. Amer Fort, Amer
It is known for its artistic Hindu style elements. With its large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks Maota Lake. The palace was the residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families.
3. Ranthambore National Park:
It is one of the largest national parks in northern India. It is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. It is named after the historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the park.
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4. City Palace, Udaipur
It was built over a period of nearly 400 years, with contributions from several rulers of the Mewar dynasty. The palace is located on the east bank of Lake Pichola and has several palaces built within its complex.
5. Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
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It is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, and completed in 1734 CE. It features the world’s largest stone sundial and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
6. Ghats at Pushkar lake
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It is located in the town of Pushkar. The Hindu scriptures describe it as “Tirtha-Raj” – the king of pilgrimage sites and relate it to the mythology of the creator-god Brahma, whose most prominent temple stands in Pushkar.
7. Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
It is one of the largest fully preserved fortified cities in the world. It was built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from whom it derives its name. The fort stands amidst the sandy expanse of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill. It’s one of the most beautiful places to visit in Rajasthan.
8. Jal Mahal, Jaipur
It is located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake and is considered an architectural beauty built in the Rajput and Mughal style. The palace, built in red sandstone, is a five storied building out of which four floors remain underwater when the lake is full and the top floor is exposed.
9. Lake Pichola, Udaipur
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It is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD. There are four islands on this lake; Jag Niwas, Jag Mandir, Mohan Mandir, and Arsi Vilas. Octopussy, a 1983 James Bond film, was filmed in the precincts of the Lake Palace. it’s one of the classic tourist places in the city.
10. Chittor Fort
It is one of the largest forts in India. This fort used to be the capital of Mewar and is today situated in the Chittorgarh town. The fort precinct has several historical palaces, gates, temples and two prominent commemoration towers. These monumental ruins have inspired the imagination of tourists and writers for centuries. It’s one of the top-rated tourist attractions in Rajasthan.
11. Sam Sand Dunes, Rajasthan
This is an ideal attraction in Rajasthan and the main destination for those who are in search of adventurous activities. This sandland area is known for desert camping, camel safari, 4WD, quad bike riding, paragliding, and other thrilling activities. People also love luxurious camping sites to have the pleasure of cultural performances, traditional cuisine, and romantic moonlight dinner.
12. Shilpgram, Rajasthan
If you’re an art lover and a cultural lover too, then thi sis the apt place for you! You can explore the living museum, art exhibition, traditional houses, and a series of shops, and a lot more. This is a perfect laid-back vacation spot, where you’ll find so many antiques, culture-connected activities, traditional sightseeing spots in this area.
13. Jag Mandir, Rajasthan
Jag Mandir is a memorial, which inspired the Taj Mahal. Situated on the island of Pichola Lake, this palace was constructed for Prince Khurram, when he revolted against his father. This island palace is renowned for its rich architectural wealth, marble-made chambers, abundant traditional gardens, and something more.
14. Mandore Gardens, Jodhpur
Mandore Gardens is not just an ordinary garden or a botanical garden. It’s the 6th-century park, featuring a huge temple, devoted to 33 crores of Hindu demi-gods, statues, a heroes’ hall, a government museum, lush gardens, and so much more.
If you are going to the garden, then plan a picnic. If you are interested in enjoying an exploration journey through the remains of the fort, then go to Mandore Fort, near the garden. You can enjoy shopping in the street shops nearby the garden.
15. Karni Mata Temple, Bikaner
There are about 20,000 black mice (rats) in this temple. The main god of the temple is the ‘Rat’. People give food to the mice and the remaining food is eaten by these creatures and is offered to pilgrims as holy food.
Many tourists come to this temple, having an intense desire to explore the temple and experience the rituals.
16. Lalgarh Palace, Rajasthan
This red sandstone palace of the 20th century is famous for its Indian and European mixed architectural style. The garden all over the palace is enriched with a peacock. If you roam during monsoon season, you can see plenty of dancing birds here. Other than the architectural beauty of this palace, the castle is popular for having a historical museum along with a luxury hotel.
17. Gajner Palace, Bikaner
This fortress is situated just a short distance from Bikaner city. This magical imperial structure is now a heritage hotel. This palace is well-known for its panoramic view of Lake Gajner from the galleries. Also famous for its terrace designing, rich decor, carved balconies. People opt for this castle to stay full of fun, nature and enjoy boating.
18. Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur
The Nahargarh Fort is positioned on the Aravali ranges, visible from Jaipur city. Constructed in the 18th century, it was originally a protective or defensive architecture. Today, the fort is famous for its magnificent views, sculpture parks, sights, cafes, and others. You can also see many interesting entertainment venues around the fort. The best time to visit the fort is evening and see when the fort is shining with thousands of lights.
19. Kilana Lake, Jodhpur
Kilana Lake is a huge water body located in the desert area of Jodhpur. This artificial lake of the 19th century was once used as the main water source for the city. Currently, it is a major tourist attraction for those who love birds. If you travel in the winter season, you can see many migration birds, boating, picnics, lake walks, and other activities.