11 Best Places to Visit in Rajasthan, India

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. Jaisalmer

India has all kinds of extreme. Jaisalmer and Udaipur are some very popular tourist destinations of Rajasthan, India. Khuri is a nearby place from Jaisalmer and if you are keen to get a glimpse of the rural village lifestyle of desert people then it’s a must-visit place.

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.

Located on the top of a hill in an erstwhile palace, the Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace is a stately luxurious hotel placed about 3 km from the mighty City Palace. It's a grand palace-like hotel that exhibits the rich history and vibrant culture of Rajasthan. If you're staying with your family, you'd be elated to know that the palace offers a free stay for lovely kids.

The palace offers a grand ride of camels, horses, and puppet shows with a royal performance by a bagpiper band.

If someone wishes to experience the real luxuries in Udaipur, then the Oberoi Udaivilas is their final destination. The 5-star luxurious villa in Udaipur gives a magnificent view of the Lake Pichola and ends up being a perfect spot for a lavish vacation.

For romantic couples looking forward to spend some quality time on their honeymoon, this luxurious villa provides the perfect setting of gleaming sunlight at dawn, cool breeze at dusk, and a fascinating view of the lake and gardens.

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3. Sikar

If you're looking to take a fun road trip through Rajasthan, then drive over to Shekhawati. Nothing brings people together like a roadtrip! Take a spin on the highway, with a drive from NCR to Shekhawati in Rajasthan.

This open-air gallery is super underrated - and the wonderfully restored havelis are the perfect chance to experience some royal treatment! Have a picnic on the sands, take a walk through the village, chill by the pool, and enjoy some folk and dance along with delicious food! 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.

Churu is known for its deserts. It lies in the Thar desert on the NH-65. Churu is also known for its Havelis like Kanhaiya Lal Bagla Ki Haweli and the Surana Haweli with lots of small windows. This is the city where you can found the marble statues at the center of the town and is the hottest city of Rajasthan.

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. 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.

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. Do you want to escape the chaos of Jaipur for a couple of hours?

Well, nothing better than going to see a Bollywood movie at the Raj Mandir cinema, one of the oldest in Jaipur. This merengue-shaped cinema was the dream of Shri Mehtab, who wanted a cinema that crossed the frontier of traditional cinema and taught more than just a movie.

Shri Mehtab wanted a cinema that could impress the audience not only for what it saw on the screen but also for its style and elegance. That the public felt like a guest of royalty in a palace with the sole purpose of entertaining. Since then, this cinema has become one of the symbols of the city and is undoubtedly another of the things to see in Jaipur.

The people inside the theatre lives the film completely, as if it were a concert and the decoration of the Raj Mandir will not leave you indifferent. Many say that the Raj Mandir is the most famous, big and ostentatious cinema in India.

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. Kumbhalgarh

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.

10. Alwar

Alwar is one of the best places near Jaipur to visit in Summer. Ancient ruin lovers may enjoy heritage havelis, forts, most picturesque Lakes, and nature reserves. Silisera lake is the best place to visit in Alwar in Rajasthan. Many films have been shot here.

11. 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.
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