Jaipur: The capital of the state, Jaipur is also the largest city in the princely state of Rajasthan. It was founded in 1727, by the Kachwaha Rajput Ruler Sawai Jaisingh II, who was the ruler of Amber. Also known by the nickname ‘Pink City of India’ which is due to the distinctive saffron or pink color of the buildings. The planning of the city was done according to the Vedic Vastu Shastra (Indian architecture). The well planned streets and detailed and artistic architecture make it one of the top preferred tourist locations.
In the 2008 Conde Nast Traveller Readers Choice Survey, Jaipur was ranked #7 of the best places to visit in Asia. Jaipur has lots to offer to even the most average tourists. Forts, monuments, temples, Gardens, museums and vast market places of Jaipur bring tourists who come from all around the world to experience the food, fun and frolic at this wonderful town. Jaipur is also home to a huge no. of arts and craft with over 20 unique specializations.
City Palace, Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Pink City Bazaars, Albert Hall Museum, Galtaji, Birla Temple,Govind Dev ji Temple
Udaipur: While in a few texts, it has been termed as the Venice of the East, the City of Udaipur is known by its common moniker, the city of lakes. The city was the capital of the Sisodiya Rajputs of Mewar and is famous for its palaces that exemplify the finesse of Rajputana Style architecture. Udaipur was founded in 1553 by the Sisodiya Rajput Ruler Maharana Udai Singh II. The Mewar Rajputs founded the city to relocate their capital from Chittor to a more secure location. Today, most of the palaces have been converted into hotels, thus attracting a huge no. of tourist crowd to this city.
The city’s picturesque location at the foothills of the Aravalli Mountains, the state of Udaipur is a unique destination. Apart from its various palaces, forts, market places, and various temples are also the reason for its popularity. The cities are well planned and the people hospitable, the place is not only famous for its palaces and monuments, the city of Udaipur has a lot to offer its visitors.
City Palace, Lake Pichola, Lake Palace, Lake Garden Palace, The Royal Vintage Car Museum, Bagore Ki Haveli, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Jagdish Temple, Shilpgram, Moti Magri
Jodhpur: The second largest City of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is also the second most populated city of Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city was founded in 1459 by the Rathore Rajput Ruler, Rao Jodha Singh of Marwar. The city was founded as Marwar’s new capital after the fall of the former capital of Mandore. Jodhpur is also called the Sun City as it enjoys a bright sunny weather all year round. Strategically, it is considered to be the most important city of western Rajasthan as it lies only at a distance of 250 kilometers from the Indo-Pakistan border.
Also, because it lies in the center of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is an important tourist destination as well. Jodhpur has been listed many a times in various tourism magazines and documentaries and has topped the lonely planet’s list of most extraordinary place to stay in 2014. The various hill forts, palaces and the old walled city are just a handful of attractions from the multitude that this wonderful city has to offer.
Mehrangarh Fort, Unmaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Tanda, Mandore Gardens, Kailana Lake, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Osian
Jaisalmer: The aptly named ‘golden city’, which comes from its view during the day, the city of Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. The city was founded by The Bhati Rajput ruler Maharawal Jaisal Singh in 1156 Ad and it gets its name from the golden sands of the Thar Desert and the same golden colored sandstone used in the city’s sands of the Thar Desert and the same golden colored sandstone used in the city's architecture. This is a famous tourist spot due to its magnificent architecture and the various arts and crafts which are unique to this region. It thrives on tourism, and can be called a home away from home for a huge no. of tourists from all around the world.
The unique feature about the city of Jaisalmer is its architecture. It was built as a walled city which makes it one of the largest forts in the world. You might want to pack a lot of paperbacks and almost 3-4 days to enjoy the life in this city to its fullest. The fort has numerous eateries that offer Italian, French and local cuisines. Visit during the months of November and December and you will enjoy this castle city to its fullest.
Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Sam Sand Dunes, Thar Heritage Museum, Gadisar Lake, Nathmal Ki Haveli, Jain temples, Salim Singh Ki Haveli
Bikaner: The city of Bikaner was founded in 1488 by the Rathore Rajput Ruler Rao Bika. Rao Bika was the son of the Rathore Ruler Rao Jodha who founded Jodhpur. The land was usurped from the rivaling Jat rulers of that time. However, no matter how many wars the ancient city has seen in the past, today Bikaner is another prime tourist destination and is famous for its sweets and snacks. The place is known for its forts and food.
The various arts and crafts of this place are also unique, especially the intricately carved windowpanes called jharokhas. It is one town we would personally recommend for you to visit if you want to experience the authentic taste of rajasthani cuisines. The various fairs held in Bikaner also attract a huge no. of visitors from all around India and the world.
Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, National Research Centre on Camel, Shri Laxminath Temple, Ganga Singh Museum
Sadul Singh Museum, Jain Temple
Pushkar: Lying in the Ajmer District of Rajasthan, the holy City of Pushkar is often described as the king of pilgrimage sites in India. The town is located at the shores of the Pushkar Lake, which was created by the tears of Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest cities of India and the date of its origin is unknown and is often associated with the Hindu mythology. It is famous for its temples and various Ghats which are frequented by hundreds of visitors during the annual bath. The water of the lake is
considered sacred and thus is responsible for the town’s repute as a pilgrimage spot. Perhaps the most illustrious attraction of Pushkar is the annual camel fair. It is a five day fair held where people buy and sell livestock. But that’s not all; the fair is home to a large no. of tourist crowd that is attracted by the music, dance and various events that are held here during the camel fair. Camel races are one of the major attractions as well.
Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, Savitri temple, Apteshwar Temple, Varaha Temple,Rangji temple,Man Mahal
Sawai Madhopur: Sawai Madhopur was built by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh of The Kachwaha Rajputs and was founded in 1763. While the town itself doesn’t have any notable tourist attractions, just two attractions have made this city a must visit place in Rajasthan. They are the Ranthambore Fort and the Ranthambore National Park. The Ranthambore forests were the hunting grounds for the Kachwaha Rajputs of Jaipur till the time India received its independence. After independence it was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary and it rose to being a tiger reserve in 1973 and got its national park status in 1980.
One should also visit the Ranthambore fort, which is a part of the UNESCO world heritage site. The fort is situated in the forests of the Ranthambore National Park. The construction of the fort predates the reign of the Kachwaha Rajput Clan and was founded by the Nagil Jat Ruler Raja Sajraj Veer Singh Nagil in 944 AD The fort founded by the Nagil Jat Ruler Raja Sajraj Veer Singh Nagil in 944 AD. The fort housed many different ruling clans till it finally fell to the Kachwaha Rajputs of Jaipur. The vast cultural history imbibed in this ancient architecture is a must visit indeed.
Ranthambore National Park, Chamatkar Temple, Chauth Mata Temple, Ranthambore Fort, Khandar Fort
Chittorgarh: The ancient city of Chittorgarh also known as Chittor, was said to have been founded by the Maurya Dynasty. However its significance rose when the Ruler of the Sisodiya Rajput Clan of Mewar captured the city in 734 Ad and made it the capital of Mewar. The place is known to be the birthplace of many great warriors and historical figures like the Great Maharana Pratap and the Hindu saint, Meera Bai. The city being an ancient place contains many different palaces, temples and forts which display some of the most advanced architectural designs and artistic mastery.
One of the major places to visit in Chittorgarh is the Chittorgarh fort, which is the largest fort in India. The fort was the former capital of mewar before its relocation to the more secure city of Udaipur. The fort was founded in the 7th century by the 1st Sisodiya Rajput Ruler Bappa Rawal and spreads over an area of 2.8 sq kilometers and its highest elevation point is 1,075 meters above sea level. Upon visiting you will experience and witness the Rajput style architecture at its best. The fort complex itself contains several palaces, gardens and temples most of which have a great historical significance
Chittorgarh Fort, Rana Kumbha Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, Meera Temple, Rani Padmini Palace
Mount Abu: The place takes pride of it 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 for the people of Rajasthan and Gujarat from the scorching sun but has a lot of historical and religious significance. Mount Abu was known as the Arbuda Mountain, which has been mentioned in the Hindu Epic Mahabharata and is known to be the place where the Great Sage Vasistha retired. The hill station houses many ancient sites and temples which are frequented by many pilgrims from across India along with many forts and lakes. The place is a heavenly retreat for the sun scorched people of Rajasthan, with its lush green surroundings and various picnic spots.
Dilwara Jain temples, Guru Shikar, Achalgarh, Nakki Lake, Sunset Point, Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Trevor’s tank, Mount Abu Bazaars, Wildlife Sanctuary, Toad Rock
Rajasthan International Folk Festival(RIFF).
RIFF is Celebrated in Jodhpur, this festival is a celebration that focuses on traditional dance, music and art. The festival is celebrated in Mehrangarh fort. More than 200 artists of different genre visit this venue to exhibit their talents. You can find many fairs, exhibition and shows of different styles during this festival.
Date: 24th -28th Oct 2018
Celebrated in the Sam sand dunes of Jaisalmer, this festival focuses entirely on the desert. People drive to the desert in 4WD or camels to enjoy interesting events like camel races, belly dance, turban tying festival, moustache competition, gymnastic stunts and so on. The festival takes place for three days and people prefer night camping in the desert & camel desert safari to enjoy the evening activities. You can find many stalls find with unique handicrafts and souvenirs.Date: 29th – 31st January
Pushkar Camel Fair:
Pushkar Camel Fair, Pushkar
Based on the banks of Pushkar Lake, this camel fair attracts tourists and merchants alike. This festival takes place for five days and it is five days of just camels. You can enjoy interesting events like camel race, camel beauty contest, puppet shows, camel trading, music and dance performances. In the morning the ground turns to be a trading center and by the evening people join together to celebrate with music and dance. This is the right place to buy camel souvenirs like camel leather articles, camel hair accessories and others. You can enjoy many local delicacies during this fair.
Date: 15th – 23rd Nov
This festival is celebrated throughout the state. However, this festival is commercialized in Jaipur. You can find many celebrations that involve the women of native. You can find interesting rituals in the temples. Street procession of the goddess with thousands of devotees dancing around with chariot bands, music, antique palanquins and much more is the iconic element of this festival.
Date: 13th August
This is another fair that focuses on camels, oxen, cows and other animals. This fair takes place in Nagaur and is famous for animal races, cock fighting and much more. As the evening approaches, the ground turns into an open-air theatre where people exhibit their talents in local dance and music forms. Although not as famous as the Pushkar Camel Fair, it is a delight to watch and enjoy.
Date: 22nd -25th Feb
This is the iconic festival of Jodhpur, which takes place during January as a part of harvest festival. This three-day festival is all about flying and floating. You can enjoy kite competitions, helicopters releasing kites, balloon releasing and much more. This three-day festival is filled with fairs, exhibitions, stalls and much more. It is a very colorful festival to watch.
Date: 14th January
This is an ancient festival of Mewar region (now today’s celebrated in Udaipur). This festival marks the welcome of spring. The town will be colorfully lit with bright lights and decorations. You can find traditional processions, cultural events, exhibitions, stalls and much more. Each region celebrates this festival in a different manner and if you love to enjoy the culture of the land, this is the best festival to enjoy. Many stalls will be set up for selling souvenirs and handicrafts during this festival.
Date: 18th – 20th March
This is one of the grandest festivals of Rajasthan. It is celebrated in the Brij region of Bharatpur as a pre-festival of Holi, the festival of colors. You can find interesting rituals in the temples and people sing and dance during this festival. You can find fancy dress competition, unique religious dance forms and much more. The people enjoy by throwing color powders at each other. This is a colorful religious celebration of Rajasthan.
Date: 23rd February