A trip to Rajasthan is something which lets you experience the most immense cultural vibes and a whole traversal to the days of royal rajputana history. With the highest number of forts compared to any other state, vibrant local market consisting of enormous varieties of traditional handlooms and antique handmade silver jewels, this place is definitely a must visit.
Below given are some must-to-do things in Rajasthan –
1) Witness the architectural excellence in the Historical Forts and Palaces
Rajasthan is described as India’s royal state. So naturally visiting forts and palaces comes first on our list. The palaces are picturesque and magnificent, if you are a historic freak or want to experience the royal tradition feel then visit the following forts –
- Mehrangarh Fort – It is situated in Jodhpur (which is called as the blue city of Rajasthan, as most of the houses are painted blue in color making for a great photo-op). There is a museum within too which contains royal artifacts.
- Umaid Bhawan Palace – This palace is also situated in Jodhpur. This is a palace turned hotel so you can stay here as well to experience total royalty. The palm court marble used in its construction is same as that of Taj Mahal, Agra.
- Amer fort – This is located in Jaipur. There are many other tourist attractions to visit in Jaipur including City Palace, Jal Mahal and Hawa Mahal.
- City Palace – The great City Palace of Udaipur.It is known as the white city of India because there are many candid Rajput-style palaces standing all around the lake. All the architecture is done of white marble. Also known as, “city of lakes”.
- Chittorgarh Fort – It is also termed as “water fort” . It has 22 lakes and ponds. It was the capital of Mewar Dynasty for 834 years.
- Jaisalmer Fort – It is believed to be one of the very few “living forts” in the world as nearly one-fourth of local population still resides within the fort.
2) Explore Wildlife Sanctuaries –
If you are a wildlife enthusiast, nature lover and has some appetite of wonder then you must know that one of the state’s highlights is its beautiful sanctuaries and national parks. They have diverse and incredible wildlife. Some of them are
- Ranthambore National Park
- Sariska Tiger Reserve, known for Royal Bengal Tigers.
- Keoladeo National Park (Bharatpur), home for a large number of migratory birds.
There are Safari tours organized within these sanctuaries so you can get a close encounter with the amazing creatures.
3) Fall in awe with this desert land by Desert Camping –
To have the best camping experience of your lifetime, visit Jaisalmer where the camps are situated on the Thar DEesert itself for a thrilling experience. The starlit sky, lively folk dances, colorful puppet shows, ravishing meals make for a best camping experience in Rajasthan during winters.
4) Chokhi Dhani –
Exploring Rajasthan is incomplete without tasting the variety of cuisines it offers. Chokhi Dhani serves as a Rajasthani fare, where all the traditional entertainment like folk dances, cultural performances etc happen. It serves as a place to experience Rajasthan at an individual place itself. The variety of different cuisines are served here which are a must.
5) Ajmer Sharif Dargah –
The holy shrine of Ajmer sharif, resting place of Sufi Saint and Moinuddin Chisti is wrapped in the aura of harmony, spirituality and serenity. People visit here to seek peace of mind and blessings. The interior of this Dargah is enchanting with huge silver doors, and in the courtyard is the tomb of Sufi Saint plated with gold and marble.
6) Witness the beauty of breathtaking lakes –
Though Rajasthan is quite closely associated with deserts, the state also boasts some picturesque lakes that provide a scenic boat tour and tourists can visit the temples and palaces along its shore.
- Lake Pichola, Udaipur – This lake tops the list with a spectacular view in the evening, a mesmerizing sunset with a palace to visit just in the middle of the lake. The ferry leaves from City Palace in Udaipur. So hop on and enjoy the wonderful views of nature.
- Mansagar Lake (Jaipur) and Pushkar Lake (Pushkar) are some other lakes to visit while in Rajasthan.
7) Shopping in local market–
You cannot miss the colorful shopping experience in Rajasthan. Almost every market lets you experience the local life, culture and buy authentic and traditional items. Jaipur is famous for its classic ornaments.
8) Vintage Car rally –
Showcase of luxury of Rajasthan is the prime attraction of this rally. Jaipur is famous for these. It is certainly a must thing to do for a car lover and machine fanatics.
9) Temples –
The royal state also is a spiritual hub, which numerous temples each having a unique history and architectural charms. Some of the must visit temples are – Brahma temple (Pushkar), Eklingji Temple(Udaipur), Mehandipur Balaji Temple (Dausa), Birla Temple (Jaipur).
10) Adventurous vibes –
Various activities take place in Rajasthan such as speed boating in Fateh Sagar Lake (Udaipur), trekking in Alwar and Mount Abu , Hot-air ballooning in Pushkar and Jaipur, elephant riding(Jaipur), zipLining (Jodhpur).
Best time to visit Rajasthan –
The best time to visit Rajasthan is in winters during the months of October to March. During this time the temperature is at its lowest level. During the day it is quite bearable and during the night its comparatively cool. As it is a desert region so winter is no doubt the best time to visit RAJASTHAN cities like Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur and Bikaner. Most of the festivals also take place during winters only so it’s the best time to experience cultural vibes and adventurous activities.
How to Reach Rajasthan?
Rajasthan is well connected by a rail, road and air travel as well. It depends on your convenience.
By Air – The fastest way to reach Rajasthan. The main airport is in Jaipur whereas there are two other airports in Udaipur and Jodhpur. There are many domestic airports as well.
By Train – Rajasthan is also well connected by rail and major stations are Jaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur.
By Road – Rajasthan has 20 national highways, which ensures a smooth traveling experience. You can arrive in Rajasthan via any city conveniently.