Best place to Visit in Rajasthan

About Rajasthan

Rajasthan, the Land of Kings is synonymous to heroism, royalty and honour. Historic tales of battles fought and romance of the riches adorn the walls of the state. Established in the era marked with wartime ballads yet living in the modern period, this beautiful region is a travellers' destination. Those looking out for the remnants of the past should not pass up a trip to Rajasthan. For wanderers interested in adventures at the various landscapes should definitely get a glimpse of this venturesome state. And for the ones who plan to have a quiet sojourn gazing at the beauty of the golden sand dunes, Rajasthan tops your list. Come, explore the miscellany of the old and the new in Rajasthan, a glittering jewel of India.

Best Time to Visit Rajasthan

Locals and travel experts recommend the period between the months of November to February as the best time to visit Rajasthan.

Places to Visit in Rajasthan

Explore Udaipur

Often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’, the lake city of Udaipur is known as the centre for performing arts and crafts. The famous Lake Palace, located bang in the middle of Lake Pichola is easily one of the most beautiful sights of Udaipur. Udaipur is also home to Jaisamand Lake, the largest artificial lake in Asia. The beautiful City Palace and Sajjan Garh (Monsoon Palace) add to the architectural beauty and grandeur of the city. The city is also known for its profusion of zinc and copper mines. The solar observatory in Udaipur is known as one of the best in Asia and has been modelled after the Solar Observatory at Big Bear Lake in Southern California. Udaipur is also renowned for is miniature paintings. The Shilpgram festival, held sometime around the New Year manages to pull in great crowds of people interested in arts and crafts.

Place of Interest in Udaipur
  • City Palace
  • The Lake Palace
  • Jag Mandir
  • Monsoon Palace
  • Ahar Museum
  • Haldighati
  • Jaisamand Lake
  • Jagdish Temple
  • Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park
  • Fateh Sagar Lake
  • Saheliyo-ki-Bari
  • Gulab Bagh
Explore Jodhpur

Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan is popularly known as the Blue City. The name is clearly befitting as most of the architecture – forts, palaces, temples, havelis and even houses are built in vivid shades of blue. The strapping forts that tower this magnificent city sum up to a spectacle you would not want to miss. The mammoth, imposing fortress of Mehrangarh has a landscape dominating a rocky ridge with the eight gates leading out of the fortress. The new city is located outside the structure. Jodhpur is also known for the rare breed of horses known as Marwari or Malani.

Place of Interest in Jodhpur
  • Mehrangarh Fort
  • Khejarla Fort
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace
  • Moti Mahal
  • Ghanta Ghar
  • Mandore
  • Kailana Lake
  • Ranisar Lake
  • Jodhpur Museum
  • Jaswant Thada
  • Mahamandir Temple
  • Sardar Samand Lake
  • Machiya Safari Park
Explore Jaipur

Planned by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, Jaipur holds the distinction of being the first planned city of India. Renowned globally for its coloured gems, the capital city of Rajasthan combines the allure of its ancient history with all the advantages of a metropolis. The bustling modern city is one of the three corners of the golden triangle that includes Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Jaipur traces back its origins to 1727 when it was established by Jai Singh II, the Raja of Amber. He shifted his capital from Amber to the new city because of the rapidly-growing population and an increasing water scarcity. Noted architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya used the established principles of Vastu Shastra to build the city.

Place of Interest in Jaipur
  • City Palace
  • Amber Palace
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Jal Mahal
  • Digamber Jain temple
  • Albert Museum
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Lakshmi-Narayan Temple
  • Galtaji
Explore Jaisalmer

The city of Jaisalmer also acts as the guard to western Rajasthan (and India’s) frontier. This 'Golden City’ is located close to the Pakistan border and in close proximity to the Thar Desert. The city’s most prominent landmark is the Jaisalmer Fort, also called Sonar Qila (Golden Fort). Unlike most other forts in India, Jaisalmer Fort is not just a tourist attraction. It houses shops, hotels and ancient havelis (homes) where generations continue to live.

Jaisalmer traces its inception to the 12th century. History tells us of Rawal Jaisal, the eldest heir of the Rawal of Deoraj, was passed over for the throne of Lodurva and a younger half-brother was crowned king.

Place of Interest in Jaisalmer
  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Jaisalmer Museum
  • Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli
  • Salim Singh Ki Haveli
  • Gadisar Lake
  • Jain Temples
  • Bada Bagh
  • Kuldhara
Explore Bharatpur

The history of Bharatpur dates back to 5th century BC, when the Matsya kingdom flourished here. The Matsyas were allies of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata war. Legends say that the origin of the name Bharatpur is traced to Bharat, younger brother of Lord Ram. Laxman, the other brother, was given the most prestigious position as that of the family deity of the ruling family of Bharatpur. His name also appears in the state seals and coat-of-arms.

The history of Bharatpur dates back to 5th century BC, when the Matsya kingdom flourished here. The Matsyas were allies of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata war. Legends say that the origin of the name Bharatpur is traced to Bharat, younger brother of Lord Ram. Laxman, the other brother, was given the most prestigious position as that of the family deity of the ruling family of Bharatpur. His name also appears in the state seals and coat-of-arms.

Place of Interest in Bharatpur
  • Bharatpur Palace
  • Ganga Mandir
  • Laxman Mandir
  • Keoladeo Ghana National Park
  • Lohagarh Fort
  • Deeg
  • Kaman
Explore Bikaner

Bikaner is home to one of the only two models of the biplane used by the British during World War I. They were presented by the British to Maharaja Ganga Singh, then ruler of the city. Another unique aspect about Bikaner are the sand dunes that are scattered throughout the district, especially from the north-east down to the southern area. Bikaner is situated in the northern region of Rajasthan. One of the earlier established cities, Bikaner still displays its ancient opulence through palaces and forts, built of red sandstone, that have withstood the passage of time. The city boasts of some of the world’s best riding camels and is aptly nicknamed ‘camel country’. It is also home to one of the world’s largest camel research and breeding farms; as well as being known for having its own unique temple dedicated to Karni Mata at Deshnok, called the Rats Temple.

Place of Interest in Bikaner
  • Junagarh Fort
  • National Research Centre on Camel
  • Lalgarh Palace and Museum
  • Laxmi Niwas Palace
  • Karni Mata Temple
  • Gajner Palace and Lake
  • Gajara Wildlife Sanctuary
Explore Barmer

Barmer is among the larger districts in Rajasthan. Being in the western part of the state, it includes a part of the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer is to the north of this district while Jalore is in its south. Pali and Jodhpur form its eastern border and it shares a border with Pakistan in the west. Partially being a desert, this district has a large variation in temperature. The temperature in summer can rise up to 51 °C and falls to 0 °C in winter. Luni is the longest river in Barmer district. After travelling a length of almost 500 km, it passes through Jalore and merges in the marshy land of Runn of Kutch.

Place of Interest in Barmer
  • Kiradu Temples
  • Barmer Garh
  • Rani Bhatiyani Temple
  • Juna Fort and Temple
  • Shri Nakoda Jain Temple
  • Devka- Sun Temple
  • Vishnu temple
Explore Alwar

Alwar is a where the journey of the Fairy Queen ends! The oldest working engine in the world and one of India’s national treasure, Fairy Queen leads a train from Delhi encampment to Alwar in Rajasthan. The engine was built in 1855 and acquired by the Eastern Indian Railways from a British firm. The train that harnesses this engine is now used for tourism.

Alwar is one of the oldest cities in Rajasthan. Paradoxically, the city is also the most recent of the Rajput kingdoms. Its traditions can be traced back to the realms of Viratnagar that flourished here around 1500 BC. Also known as Matasya Desh, this is where the Pandavas, the mighty heroes of the Mahabharata, spent the last years of their 13-year exile.

Place of Interest in Alwar
  • Bala Qila
  • Alwar City Palace
  • The Palace Museum
  • Sariska Tiger Reserve
  • Tijara Jain Temple
  • Bhangarh
  • Garbhaji Falls
  • Neemrana Fort
  • Silliserh Lake
Explore Ajmer

The city of Ajmer gets its name from ‘Ajay Meru’. Roughly translated, it means ‘invincible hills’. Nestled in the Aravallis south west of Jaipur, Ajmer was founded by Raja Ajaypal Chauhan in the 7th century AD. Till the late 12th century AD, Ajmer was the epicentre of the Chauhan dynasty. After Prithviraj Chauhan’s loss to Mohammed Ghori in 1193 AD, Ajmer became home to several dynasties. The Mughals in particular, fancied it as their favourite destination due to the presence of the holy Ajmer Sharif Dargah.

Ajmer is home to the famous Dargah Sharif, which houses the Tomb of Garib Nawaz, also known as Moinuddin Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of Sufism. Ajmer is also known for Mayo College, one of the country’s first schools that was a stepping stone for British style of education. It is also a sacred city for Hindus and Muslims alike and is renowned for being a centre of history and culture and beauty.

Place of Interest in Ajmer
  • Ajmer Sharif Dargah
  • Adhai Din Ka Jhonpda
  • Mayo College
  • Anasagar Lake
  • Soniji ki Nasiyan
  • Lake Foy Sagar
  • Nareli Jain Temple
  • Ajmer Government Museum
Explore Pushkar

Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India. Located to the northwest of Ajmer, the tranquil city of Pushkar is a favoured destination for thousands of tourists and devotees flocking to Rajasthan. Situated at a height of 510 metres, Pushkar is surrounded by hillocks on three sides. The ‘Nag Pahar’, literally meaning Snake Mountain forms a natural border between Ajmer and Pushkar. Known as ‘the rose garden of Rajasthan’, the essence of the famous Pushkar rose is exported all over the world. Along with an interesting mythological history, a legacy of timeless architectural heritage makes Pushkar a fascinating city.

Place of Interest in Pushkar
  • Pushkar Lake
  • Brahma temple
  • Gurudwara Singh Sabha
  • Savitri temple
  • Rangji Temple
  • Atmateshwar Temple