Rajasthan literally translates into the “Land of Kingdoms”. Consider this a sign of its glorious heritage and history. It is India’s largest state and is home to an incredibly diverse topography and climate. On the one hand, it comprises mostly of the Thar Desert while on other other hand, it shares borders with other Indian states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, which lend it green spaces and natural beauty.
Historically, Rajasthan was home to legendary kings, who were the patrons of India’s greatest works of architecture and art. The Indus Valley Civilization, among the world’s oldest civilizations, rose and thrived in Rajasthan. As for being a tourist attraction, Rajasthan offers the visitors many vistas to explore. Be it in the form of sight-seeing or adventure activities. These aspects are what charm tourists, year after year, to this state and make Rajasthan one of India’s most popular tourist destinations. On Trip Advisor, a leading travel portal, the following destinations have been cited as being the most popular amongst vacationers.
Known as the pink city for the beautiful pink stucco architecture that dots its streets, Jaipur’s major highlights include its various palaces. You’ll need at least 2-3 days to explore the city fully because you shouldn’t be missing out on either the City Palace or the Hawa Mahal, or the Amber and Jaigarh forts.
Udaipur is known as the Venice of the East for its many sparkling lakes. Tourists would love to visit the Udaipur Solar Observatory and Nehru Garden, located on two small islands – Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir. The regal City Palace is located on the banks of the Pichola river, and features beautiful courtyards and artwork.
Those entering Jodhpur will be enamored by the massive fortress wall and the stunning blue buildings that are known as a photographer’s delight. There are stunning palaces, forts and temples to explore. Tourists also love to shop at the local bazaars and pick up textiles, embroidered leather work, antiques and carpets.
Once a desert fortress (its name translates to the “Hill Fort of Jaisal”), it is known as the “The Golden City”. It is known for forts and ‘havelis’ built in the 12th century. Here, you can spot endangered blackbucks, desert foxes and chinkaras (Indian gazelle). Apart from tourism, the state also earns from its Manganyar musicians and dancers, who perform across the world. Tourists can also explore the leather messenger bags made from the hide of wild camels. As camels are a native animal, camel safaris are also popular.
Pushkar is among India’s oldest cities. Its significance to Hinduism stems from its many temples, including the Brahma Temple, one of the few temples to Lord Brahma in the world. Hindu devotees make it a point to take a dip in the sacred waters of the Pushkar lake. Pushkar’s highlight is the five day long cattle and camel fair, the biggest fair of its kind in India.