Rajasthan is the land of kings, the most visited state of India and India at its most colour and exotic best. It homes an incredible show of arts and structure, courtesy of it being a princely state. Sprawling palaces, towering forts, vibrant culture, luxurious hotels, scenic lakes and century’s old heritage remind one of the region’s history. From desi bazaars to metropolitan malls, it is a splendid mix of traditional and modern culture.
The moment you enter any city of Rajasthan, you will experience that every city has its own history, colour and uniqueness. Be it the simplicity of rural charm, the class of the royal palaces, the bright turbans, gotapatti lehengas or mouth-watering daal-baati-churma, all have their individual charm and attraction.
Scroll down for the ten most beautiful and enchanting places of Rajasthan:
1. Pushkar Mela: It comes around only once a year – timed with the November full moon – Pushkar Camel Fair is one of the world’s largest camel fairs. Camels are bought and sold, and also bejeweled and entered in beauty contests. There are quirky competitions like ‘matkaphod’, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’. Pushkar is known as ‘teerth raj’ or the ‘King of all Pilgrim Sites’.
2. Mehrangarh Fort: This fort is a brilliantly impressive building. The fort contains within its thick walled-palaces, gardens, courtyards, shops and a museum. It is one of the largest and most popular forts in India. The fort is located in the centre of the city. At the gate, you will be welcomed by musicians playing folk songs!
3. Hawa Mahal: It is a stunning architectural landmark and an extraordinary sight to behold, thanks to its height, its hues and architecture. This so-called ‘Palace of the Winds’ is today’s one of the most popular sights in Jaipur. Trek five storeys up for spectacular views over the surrounding city.
4. Umaid Bhawan Palace: It is one of the world’s largest private residences. It was named after Maharaja Umaid Singh; this monument has 347 rooms and serves as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family. A part of the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a museum. It has the museum which focuses on the 20th century history of the Jodhpur. It is a must-see tourist place.
5. Lake Palace: It is one of the most visited heritage places in Udaipur. Built on Lake Pichola, it is popularly known as Taj Lake Palace. The palace is an exemplary of exquisite architecture with beautiful marble sculptures. You will feel the romantic essence everywhere once you are here!
6. Ranthambore National Park: Located in the southeast of the State, it is the largest nature preserve in northern India and was once used as hunting grounds for the local maharajas. Today, the park is renowned for its protected population of wild Bengal Tigers and a number of safari experiences. You can even do camping at various resorts nearby. Adventure at its epitome!
7. City Palace: Belonging to the royal Mewar family, it has a number of features that greatly attract tourists. You will be awestruck with the exquisite architecture. The crystal gallery, the vintage car museum, Daawat-e-Aam, Daawat-e-Khaas, Maharani Palace and the view of the city and Lake Pichola are the major attractions of the City Palace. There is a splendid Mewar Light and Sound Show loved by every visitor.
8. Amber Fort: This fort lies on the outskirts of Jaipur and ranks amongst the most visited sights in the region. The building is an architectural wonder, blending royal Mughal influences. Wander your way through its alleys. This labyrinthine fort is also famous for its ‘Light and Sound show’.
9. Sheesh Mahal: It is the highly rated restaurant at the opulent Leela Palace hotel in Udaipur. Overlooking Lake Pichola, the restaurant’s balcony is one of the finer places in the city to spend a pleasant evening with your loved ones. It is famous for its rich, cream-based curries and mouth-watering Rajasthani cuisine at its best. Definitely, a must-go place for every food lover.
10. Lake Pichola: It is a 4 km-long manmade lake and is believed to be one of the most splendid ones. Its famous boat ride attracts the tourists from all over India. The lake has two famed islands namely Jagniwas and Jagmandir. You can get a perfect view of Udaipur while riding on the boat.
Come, explore the friendly state Rajasthan and be a part of its rich heritage and culture.