Splashed in imperial greatness, Rajasthan has forever been a sought-after tourist destination. Rajasthan boasts places to spend holidays like never before. It is a state where history still prevails oozing a silhouette of fairy tales. The various tales of kings and queens, of mighty warriors, still flow in the air of this exquisite land. From the beautiful lakes of Udaipur, and the limitless desert of Thar to the various antiquated monuments in the form of grand palaces and fortresses survive the scrape of time putting forward a nostalgic charm in the heart and mind of all the travelers. Several Indian, as well as international tourists opt tour to Rajasthan year after year simply because of its scattered diversities of nature and man-made wonders. Here we have listed some of the must-see places to visit in Rajasthan that are famous worldwide.
Best places to visit in Rajasthan
Here is a sneak peek into the different places to visit in Rajasthan that are famous worldwide for your perusal.
Ajmer for Dargah Sharif
Ajmer is famous for its ‘Dargah Sharif’, the saint’s marble arched tomb which is India’s most significant holy place. Whoever comes to pray at this Dargah their wishes always gets an answer. If duch happens, they revisit the shrine to offer their prayers, chadar, neem and ghilaph. The dargah is one of the most revered shrines and a famous pilgrimage center of the Muslims. Not just muslims but people from different religious backgrounds from all over the world come here to offer prayers. This holy shrine was constructed in respect of the saint Khwaja Moin-Ud-Din Chisti. The Dargah reveals the Mughal tone of architecture having a construction of marble with a gold-plated dome.
Chittorgarh for its legendary fort
Counted among the largest forts in the country, the royal fort of Rajasthan Chittorgarh Fort is located in Chittor. The fort stands 500 feet high and the area covered by the fort is 700 acres. It was the capital of the Mewar where there are several wonderful structures that will transport you to the bygone era of raja-maharajas. This fort has a history of beauty, profuseness, bravery, deception, patricide and many other darker and brighter layers of the Rajput rulers, famous for their show of might against the mighty Mughals. The spectacular beauties of these man-made wonders along with scenic landscapes summon a great number of tourists to this fort round the year. There are many enchanting stories associated with this fort and one has to visit it to know them.
Jaisalmer for the biggest Thar desert
Mere the word Rajasthan evokes the beautiful images of vast sandscape land. This golden land has an irresistible charm and cherished culture. An enormous stretch of desert land subjugates a massive part of this magnificent state. This part of Rajasthan is well popular as the Thar Desert. Thar Desert is India’s biggest desert that can be best discovered at Jaisalmer, the golden city. It is famous for rippling sand dunes and a blend of nature and culture. The rippling effect of sand dunes and the sunsets in the desert are mesmerizing that never cease to fascinate people. To visit this bewitching desert and its indomitable rustic beauty, plan your trip to Jaisalmer. There are many other attractions to visit in Jaisalmer like majestic forts, ornate Havelis and even an elegant lake.
Jodhpur for Umaid Bhawan and Mehrangarh
Jodhpur, the blue city symbolizes royalty and resplendence. The heritage and grandeur of this royal city clearly depicts in its Mehrangarh fort and Umaid Bhawan. The awesome Mehrangarh Fort dominates the skyline of a city that is fascinating to the core. The fort rests atop the hill and the view from above depicts the beauty of Jodhpur city. To your surprise, Umaid Bhawan is one of the largest royal residences in the world which has now transformed into a heritage hotel. It is breathtakingly beautiful and was designed by the famous architect Edwardian Henry V Lanchester. Without a visit to these landmarks, your trip to Jodhpur will surely be incomplete.
Sawai Madhopur for Ranthambore national park
Ranthambore national park is one of the biggest as well as the most renowned national parks. This former royal hunting ground, situated 14 km from Sawai Madhopur, is now home to tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles. This landmark includes the imposing 10th-century Ranthambore Fort, on a hilltop, a Ganesh Mandir temple as well as a wildlife reserve. This park is famous for not only its large tiger population, but also for its dense forests along with architectural and heritage beauty. It is undoubtedly one of the world’s best-known wilderness areas and one of the must-visit places to visit in Rajasthan.
Kumbhalgarh for the grand Kumbhalgarh fort
Also known as the Great Wall Of India, Kumbhalgarh is a fortress that is the birthplace of Maharana Mewar. The imperial wall of the fort running through the entire castle is the biggest wall in the world right after ‘The Great Wall of China’. Hence, it is fondly popular as ‘The Great Wall of India’. This fabulous fort that nestles in the interior of a woodland has now turned into a wildlife sanctuary. For those who are architecture aficionados and history buffs, this fort is a must-visit. This impregnable citadel nestles on the top of a high ridge between the eleven peaks of the Aravalli ranges. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the mighty fort is 3600 ft tall and 38km long.
Jaipur for Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar
Popularly known as Pink City, Jaipur is a wonderful destination home to some of the wonderful historical monuments famous all over the world. Its regal lineage has blessed it with numerous stunning tourist spots which let you savor the real quintessence of Rajasthan in a nutshell. The prominent of all tourist places in Jaipur are Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Amer Fort, and Jantar Mantar which resounds with the tales of valor of the chivalrous Rajput rulers. The pink city will make you lose yourself amidst the pink-hued constructions with multi-hued cheerfulness. More to this, each of the attractions of the city is joyous to discover one should not miss.
Pushkar for a holy yet distinct vibe
Pushkar is a quaint town located near Ajmer. It famous as tirtha-raj, which literally means the king of pilgrim sites. Also called ‘The Rose Garden Of Rajasthan’ it is also among the five pilgrim sites for people following Hinduism. The vibe of the city is very different which attracts many international tourists. It has a lineup of around hundreds of impressive temples with a sacred lake in between. This lake is believed to have healing power that washes away sins. Other than Pushkar lake and Brahma temple, this town is also popular for its hundred-year-old Pushkar fair, which draws flocks of tourists with its unique competitions such as the ‘Matka phod’, ‘longest mustache’ and ‘bridal competition and cricket match.
Udaipur for its beautiful lakes and hotels
Udaipur is a city straight out of a fairy tale and a treat to the senses. Popular as the ‘City of Lakes’ and ‘Venice of East city’, and ‘Kashmir of Rajasthan’, this picturesque city is like an oasis in this desert state that boasts of natural and architectural beauty. Many of the Bollywood movies have been shot in the heart-throbbing atmosphere and lovely locations of Udaipur. Lake Pichola and Lake Fateh Sagar are astonishing lakes positioned in Udaipur. City Palace, Lake Palace, Jag mandir island, Sajjangarh fort, and the palatial heritage hotels are also among the pleasant venue to host a destination wedding in Udaipur. This serene towni s one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan that attracts scores of tourists with its romantic and royal aura.
Nathdwara for the feeling of devotion
Nathdwara is a small town on the banks of the Banas River known for the very famous temple of Shrinathji, an infant incarnation of Lord Krishna. The sacred Hindu temple is 45 km away from Udaipur and is flocked by thousands of tourists every year. Such is the crowd at this temple that you get just a few seconds to admire the idol. The temple famous as Thakur Ji Ki Haveli has a presiding deity beautifully carved out of single black marble decked in fineries with silk and gold. The idol of Shrinath Ji which rests here came from the Braj Bhoomi many centuries ago to protect from the wrath of Aurangzeb. The chariot that was used to bring this idol is also placed in the temple premises.
In conclusion, these are the cities where folklores of royal princes and maiden princesses echo, magnificent palaces unleashing a dream-like scenery and crystal clear lakes exuding a magical aura, and holy shrines emits sheer bliss. These are the places that have captured the hearts of millions worldwide.