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Have any travel plans to visit Rajasthan? One colorful Indian state, Rajasthan is known for the rich history and its cultural heritage. To ensure you keep up with the culture of the royal state and explore each and every architectural marvel, we have jotted down some significant things you should see your package also includes when planning a trip to Rajasthan.

If a weekend is all you have to get away from your daily life, then Rajasthan is the perfect place to temporarily unhook yourself from the headache of monotony. There are rolling sand dunes, Pushkar Mela, heritage and royalty, a variety of open-air galleries and palaces turned into boutique stays. Celebrate your vacation like the world is your oyster, with castles and boat rides, villages and handicrafts, folk and fusion!

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Here is our guide to travel Rajasthan.

1. Kuldhara

At 15 km from Jaisalmer, one of the most haunted places in the world watches the relic of the Kuldhara town that disappeared one night without any explanation. As per the mysterious stories from Rajasthan, one night without previous warning the settlers left without anyone knowing where they went. Almost 1500 villagers disappeared among them with some old and many young people. The only legend that is known about this town is that it has a curse! Every person who tries to live here dies in a brutal way.

At present, there are few people who visit this place, and much less those who stay for one night in a town where there is only one curse. For years, the abandoned Kuldhara village had the reputation of a haunted place. A few years ago it began to develop as a tourist place and is usually part of the touristic tours of the area.

There are a diversity of opinions about this place. For some it is a waste of time to come here because they are only walls of destroyed houses, although others think it is very interesting to get an idea of how they lived here in the past, visit their pretty well preserved temple and know the mystery of their abandonment.

Local people entertain visitors with music and an effort is being made to increase their popularity. The people who live nearby do not believe in haunted stories or ghost stories, but they have spread this rumor to attract tourists. In Rajasthan, there are numerous abandoned villages where it seems that the ghosts have found a home.

Although the stepwell of Kuldhara village, about 18 km from Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, has water, the stepwell has no sign of life. According to stories from the area, the head of this village had a very beautiful daughter who had gone to Jaisalmer. The Diwan of Jaisalmer Salim Singh was fascinated by the daughter of the Mukhiya and wanted to bring her into his harem.

It is said that the Paliwal Brahmins cursed the village that it would never get settled again. Since then, this village has been deserted. It is said that ghosts and strange sounds come here at night. Therefore a big door has been erected outside the village. In the daytime, people can go from this door to the village and roam the village but at night no one goes to this village.

2. Udaipur

Want to truly have a lush and royal experience? Visit Udaipur. This city of lakes is a great opportunity to wake up to picturesque sunrises, maybe even have a nice lunch on a boat. All while laying back on soft beds and infinity pools that are a slice of heaven.

It was one of the places that we took the most photos in Rajasthan, along with the Patrika Gate of Jaipur. And if you go or come from Jodhpur, do not miss the Jain Temples of Ranakpur and the Kumbhalgarh Fort, which are halfway between the two cities.

Kumbhalgarh fort is located on top of a mountain and from its battlements the whole region is dominated. It has 7 access doors and 36 km of wall, and is the second longest in the world after the Great Wall of China.

Interesting Reads: Places to Visit in Udaipur

3. Sikar

Nothing brings people together like a roadtrip! Take a spin on the highway, with a drive from NCR to Shekhawati in Rajasthan. Enjoy a night at The Art House - akin to an open air gallery - with folk music, outdoor picnic dinner, and tons of gup-shup.

Shekhawati is one of the many regions predominantly occupied by the Rajasthan merchants. It is home to several grand havelis and temples built by wealthy merchants. In fact, the Shekhawati region comprising Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Churu and Nagaur is one of the most aesthetically appealing destinations in India. Shekhawati also enjoys being referred to as an open-air museum.

4. Chittorgarh

The elements of romanticism, misfortune, courage and sacrifice makes Chittorgarh a must visit destination in Rajasthan. Get overwhelmed by the stories of love echoing through the walls of history. This Land of the braves have fascinated history enthusiasts and art lovers from all over the globe.

5. Ranakpur

This city has the largest set of Jain temples in India and one of the five holy places of pilgrimage. Chaumukha Temple dedicated to Adinath is the most beautiful and largest Jain temple in India. Parshvanath and Neminath Temples are smaller and more important than the previous one. They are also built with white marble and have carved figures.

Sun Temple is located outside the complex and is dedicated to Surya. It is of white marble and has an octagonal shape. The carved figures represent warriors and chariots of horses.

6. Bhangarh

One of the scariest places on earth, Bhangarh and its ruins are closed to visitors from dusk to dawn, reportedly the moment with the most paranormal activity in the place. This abandoned city in Rajasthan, home to a majestic fort, is one of the most haunted places in India. According to one of the horror stories about Bhangarh, a tantrik priest fell in love with the princess Ratnavati, who was described as the beauty queen of Rajasthan.

The priest planned to enchant her so that she too fell in love with him. However, when the princess learned of this plan, the priest was killed. Before he died, he cursed the city. Now, it is in ruins and is habitable for anyone. It is believed that the roofs of temples and houses fall the moment they are built.

7. Bharatpur

Lohagarh or Iron Fort remained unconquered despite several attacks by the British. Unlike fortresses in Rajasthan, it is not extravagant, but it generates an aura of strength and magnificence. It is worth visiting Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas and Kothi Khas. Moti Mahal, Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj were erected to commemorate the victory over Mughals and British.

Displaying the right blend of Mughal and Rajputana architecture, Bharatpur Palace is a fine piece of architecture that was built over a period of different Kings. The Palace is adorned with intricate design patterns towards its main entrance. There is a museum located in the center of the palace that exhibits the art of the 2nd century and the workmanship.

Ganga Mandir, which resides in the heart of the city of Bharatpur is one of the most beautiful temples of Rajasthan. In it stands the magnificent deity of Ganga Maharaj made of pristine white marble. Maharaja Balwant Singh began the construction of this temple in the nineteenth century. However, he had a very unique request that required all the rich inhabitants of the city to donate a month's salary to help towards the temple of creation.

Deeg is a beautiful garden city located north of Bharatpur. It has many embellished palaces that add to the beauty of the place. Known for its forts, palaces, gardens and fountains, Deeg's highlight is an impressive fortress surrounded by pits and entrances. It was built by Raja Suraj Mal and stands on a slightly elevated point. Although the interiors are almost in ruins, the clock tower containing a weapon still keeps watch over the city.

8. Jaipur

Ah, the beloved capital of Rajasthan. This old city with its walls and floating palaces is a true tribute to splendid city planning. Enjoy the bustle of the city and its lovely monuments, all while experiencing relaxation and comfort.

Sambhar Salt Lake or Shakambari Jheel is a lake in Rajasthan, some hundred kilometers from Jaipur. To be exact, it is not as surreal as many of the places mentioned in this post, nonetheless, it deserves a mention. A humble village welcomes you and even a humbler railway station.

9. Barmer

The station of Munabao between India and Pakistan is one of the two train stations between India and Pakistan, and is rather the one less famous amongst the two. A train passes through it once a week, and the train is called Thar Express. It was closed for 40 years after the 1965 Indo-Pak war, when the Pakistani troops captured the Indian town of Munabao, and then it was reopened.

Another interesting fact about this station is that the Thar Express does not stop at this station at all. The train runs from Jodhpur and is only escorted to the Pakistan side from here. This is done for security and immigration reasons. This is one of the most heavily guarded train stations in the world. This is also the station that is the first one to be closed when tensions between India and Pakistan rise.

10. Bundi

Pay a visit to a remarkable town located in the Hadoti region of the land of Royals - Bundi. Please your eyes with the finest of the sights of palaces like Sukh Mahal and Garh Palace, stepwell reservoirs like Raniji Ki Baori and splendid forts like Taragarh Fort.
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  1. All 11 places sounds really cool! I want to visit India one day
    I am from Pakistan!

  2. I've always wanted to visit India! These pictures are stunning, thanks for making a quick travel guide!

  3. I have just returned from a trip to India but of all the places you talk about we only visited Jaipur. It's a fabulous city. Your article has just reinforced what I already knew about India - that I need to go back. So many wonderful places to see. It's an amazing country.

  4. I am from India and Rajasthan is the only place I haven't been till date. I want to visit Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. Hopefully Soon.

  5. So many fun places to visit! I've never been there before but this will certainly be helpful, thanks!

  6. I studied in Rajasthan many years ago in Mt. Abu. I've visited Jaipur and Udaipur some years back. I love Rajasthan and hope to visit more places soon. Your post is very informative and tips on what to see and visit are so useful.

  7. So many beautiful places to visit in India and Rajasthan looks very beautiful

  8. India has never been on my list of places to visit but maybe I should. It sounds like a country rich on culture.

  9. It looks so stunning. I literally stared at the photo for more than a minute. Definitely a must visit.

  10. I first learned about Rajasthan from my geography professor, hes a photographer and showed so many amazing photos. I hope to visit one day

  11. It would be really cool to visit a haunted town. As long as no ghosts follow me home. LOL

  12. I have visited Jaipur and udaipur. Have heard about bhangarh. Our family is planning to visit kumbhalgarh fort Soon.

  13. Never been to Rajasthan, India so reading your post is like a quick short travel there, even though a virtual one, and I love it,Thanks for sharing this!

  14. Wow, this was full of surprises. I never considered this area, but it honestly sounds like the perfect place for me and my family. It’s so beautiful

  15. The fort sounds like something we'd be interested in checking out. We love visiting different places.

  16. Wow, there are so many places to visit in Rajasthan. Love the rich culture of this country.

  17. All of the places look great, I wish there wer emore of these gorgeous photos in here! :)

  18. These all look like beautiful places and as a person who loves Asia I will head there soon. I will use your guide.

  19. Rajasthan is just incredible. There are so many places to visit. Places like Jodhpur, Bikaner or Pushkar fair are equally good and should not be missed.


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