Rajasthan, known formerly by the name Rajputana or the land of the kings, is the largest state in the republic of India. It covers an area of 342,239 sq kilometers which is 10.4% of India. However despite of its large size it is covered by the Great Indian Desert, Thar. The Thar Desert runs parallel to the Sutlej-Indus river valley. Being located at the forefront of Indian civilization, the state of Rajasthan has seen the age of kings thus, explaining the moniker ‘the land of kings’. Rajasthan houses an amazing display of arts and architecture, courtesy of it being a princely state. Each individual kingdom of Rajasthan has a distinctive style of architecture and arts making it one of the most culturally diverse places in the world. In this article we shall list out the 10 popular places to visit in Rajasthan.
Famous for: Heritage, Forts, Shopping, Cuisine.
Major Attractions: City Palace, Amer Fort, Pink City Bazaars.
The capital of the state, Jaipur is also the largest city in the princely state of Rajasthan. It was founded in 1727, by the Kachwaha Rajput Ruler Sawai Jaisingh II, who was the ruler of Amber. Also known by the nickname ‘Pink City of India’ which is due to the distinctive saffron or pink color of the buildings. The planning of the city was done according to the Vedic Vastu Shastra (Indian architecture). The well planned streets and detailed and artistic architecture make it one of the top preferred tourist locations.
In the 2008 Conde Nast Traveller Readers Choice Survey, Jaipur was ranked #7 of the best places to visit in Asia. Jaipur has lots to offer to even the most average tourists. Forts, monuments, temples, Gardens, museums and vast market places of Jaipur bring tourists who come from all around the world to experience the food, fun and frolic at this wonderful town. Jaipur is also home to a huge no. of arts and craft with over 20 unique specializations.
Jaipur International Airport is the nearest airport and can be accessed from all major cities in India. Internationally, it is connected to Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Bangkok and Singapore. A prepaid cab or taxi can be availed from here to the city at a short distance.
Located at the heart of the city, Jaipur Junction (JP) is connected to all cities in India with daily trains running from all major cities with The Palace on Wheels also making a stop here. The other railway stations around the city are Gandhi Nagar Jaipur railway station (GADJ), Durgapura railway station (DPA) and Sanganer (SNGN).
The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) provides regular Volvo and deluxe buses between Jaipur and neighbouring cities like Delhi, Kota, Udaipur, Ahmedabad and Ajmer. It is connected via NH 8 (Jaipur-Delhi), 11 and 12.
To learn more about the tourist places in Jaipur, please visit: places to visit in Jaipur. You might want to plan a separate 3 day itinerary for this city alone.Jaipur is also an ideal destination because of its proximity to many other tourist destinations. Samode, Dundlod, Jhunjhunu, Deeg, Alwar, Dausa, Shekhawati, Mandawa, Bharatpur, Bhangarh, Abhaneri, Sariska National Park and Neemrana. These destinations will take less than a day’s journey via road.
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Famous for: Heritage, Forts, Lakes, Weddings.
Major Attractions: City Palace, Lake Pichola, Lake Palace.
While in a few texts, it has been termed as the Venice of the East, the City of Udaipur is known by its common moniker, the city of lakes. The city was the capital of the Sisodiya Rajputs of Mewar and is famous for its palaces that exemplify the finesse of Rajputana Style architecture. Udaipur was founded in 1553 by the Sisodiya Rajput Ruler Maharana Udai Singh II. The Mewar Rajputs founded the city to relocate their capital from Chittor to a more secure location. Today, most of the palaces have been converted into hotels, thus attracting a huge no. of tourist crowd to this city.
The city’s picturesque location at the foothills of the Aravalli Mountains, the state of Udaipur is a unique destination. Apart from its various palaces, forts, market places, and various temples are also the reason for its popularity. The cities are well planned and the people hospitable, the place is not only famous for its palaces and monuments, the city of Udaipur has a lot to offer its visitors.
Maharana Pratap Domestic airport is 20 kms away from the city and can be accessed via all metropolitan cities. Flights also run from cities like Kozhikode, Bhuj, Dharamsala, Kanpur, Goa etc. A prepaid taxi or cab can be accessed from here to the city.
Udaipur City railway station (UDZ) is connected with all major cities via the same railway line as Jaipur and therefore The Palace of Wheels also makes a stop here. It is about 3km from the city's center and a taxi or rickshaw can be taken from here to any part of the city.
Udaipur is connected to Delhi and Mumbai via National Highway No.8. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) connects Udaipur with all the major cities of Rajasthan and also with its neighbouring cities.
To learn more about the popular tourist places in Udaipur, please visit: places to visit in Udaipur. Some of the attractions nearby Udaipur city are Dungarpur, Ghanerao, Banswara, Dungarpur, Rajsamand, Nathdwara, Haldighati, Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh and Mount Abu. These places will take a day’s time to visit.
The second largest City of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is also the second most populated city of Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city was founded in 1459 by the Rathore Rajput Ruler, Rao Jodha Singh of Marwar. The city was founded as Marwar’s new capital after the fall of the former capital of Mandore. Jodhpur is also called the Sun City as it enjoys a bright sunny weather all year round. Strategically, it is considered to be the most important city of western Rajasthan as it lies only at a distance of 250 kilometers from the Indo-Pakistan border.
Also, because it lies in the center of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is an important tourist destination as well. Jodhpur has been listed many a times in various tourism magazines and documentaries and has topped the lonely planet’s list of most extraordinary place to stay in 2014. The various hill forts, palaces and the old walled city are just a handful of attractions from the multitude that this wonderful city has to offer.
Jodhpur Domestic Airport is 5 kms away from the city centre and can be accessed via all metropolitan cities and also through all airports in Rajasthan. Flights also run from cities like Leh, Kullu, Raipur, Surat etc. A prepaid taxi or cab can be accessed from here to the city. This airport also shares its base with Indian Air Force (IAF).
Jodhpur Junction (JU) is connected with all major cities via Jodhpur- Bikaner railway line and The Palace of Wheels also makes a stop here. It is about 5 km from the city center and a taxi or rickshaw can be taken from here to any part of the city.
Jodhpur is well connected on state highways and can be reached from all major cities in Rajasthan. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) runs buses on a daily basis from here to all the neighbouring and major cities. The National Highways passing through the city are NH-65, NH-112, NH-114.
To learn more about the famous tourist places in Jodhpur, please visit: places to visit in Jodhpur. Other places nearby Jodhpur are Khimsar, Pali, Nagaur, Ranakpur, Osian and Phalodi. These places are a must visit and would take less than a day’s time to explore.
Famousfor: Heritage, Thar Desert, Havelis.
Major Attractions: Jaisalmer Fort, Sam Sand Dunes.
The aptly named 'golden city', which comes from its view during the day, the city of Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Thar Desert. The city was founded by The Bhati Rajput ruler Maharawal Jaisal Singh in 1156 Ad and it gets its name from the golden sands of the Thar Desert and the same golden colored sandstone used in the city’s architecture. This is a famous tourist spot due to its magnificent architecture and the various arts and crafts which are unique to this region. It thrives on tourism, and can be called a home away from home for a huge no. of tourists from all around the world.
The unique feature about the city of Jaisalmer is its architecture. It was built as a walled city which makes it one of the largest forts in the world. You might want to pack a lot of paperbacks and almost 3-4 days to enjoy the life in this city to its fullest. The fort has numerous eateries that offer Italian, French and local cuisines. Visit during the months of November and December and you will enjoy this castle city to its fullest.
Jodhpur is the nearest airport and can be accessed via all metropolitan cities. The quickest way to reach Jaisalmer from here is via road through a 5-6 hours journey via a prepaid taxi or bus. Jaisalmer airport is not easily accessible and only accepts chartered flights.
Jaisalmer Railway Station (JSM) is connected with all major cities and therefore The Palace of Wheels also makes a stop here. It is a short distance from the city's center and a taxi or rickshaw can be taken from here to any part of the city.
Jaisalmer is connected to all cities in Rajasthan and also Gujrat through buses by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) running on a daily basis to and fro. National Highway 11 runs through here and connects it with all the tourist spots in Rajasthan.
To know more about the main tourist spots in Jaisalmer, please visit: places to visit in Jaisalmer. Other noteworthy places near Jaisalmer that would richen the your experience are Kuldhara, Khuri, Lodhruva and Barmer.
Famous for: Heritage, Cuisine, Rat Temple.
Major Attractions: Junagarh Fort, Karni Mata Temple.
The city of Bikaner was founded in 1488 by the Rathore Rajput Ruler Rao Bika. Rao Bika was the son of the Rathore Ruler Rao Jodha who founded Jodhpur. The land was usurped from the rivaling Jat rulers of that time. However, no matter how many wars the ancient city has seen in the past, today Bikaner is another prime tourist destination and is famous for its sweets and snacks. The place is known for its forts and food.
The various arts and crafts of this place are also unique, especially the intricately carved windowpanes called jharokhas. It is one town we would personally recommend for you to visit if you want to experience the authentic taste of rajasthani cuisines. The various fairs held in Bikaner also attract a huge no. of visitors from all around India and the world.
Jodhpur is the nearest airport 251 kms away from Bikaner and can be accessed via all metropolitan cities. The next nearest airport would be Jaipur's Sanganer Airport, 332 kms away. The Nal airport, 13kms away from Bikaner would start flights connecting the city to Delhi from June (2017).
Bikaner Junction railway station (BKN) is connected with all major cities through the Western Railway line and also is a stop for The Palace of Wheels. It is located in the city's center and a taxi or rickshaw can be taken from here to any part of the city. The other railway station located 6kms away from Bikaner Junction is Lalgarh Railway Station (LGH).
Bikaner is connected to all the cities of Rajasthan with The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation running buses to and fro on a daily basis. National Highways passing through here are NH 11, 89, & 62.
To know more about the main tourist destinations in Bikaner, please visit: places to visit in Bikaner. Some other places that are a must visit are Deshnoke, Nagaur, Khimsar, Salasar and Churu. These places would take a day’s journey to visit and would surely add to your memories.
Lying in the Ajmer District of Rajasthan, the holy City of Pushkar is often described as the king of pilgrimage sites in India. The town is located at the shores of the Pushkar Lake, which was created by the tears of Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest cities of India and the date of its origin is unknown and is often associated with the Hindu mythology. It is famous for its temples and various Ghats which are frequented by hundreds of visitors during the annual bath. The water of the lake is considered sacred and thus is responsible for the town’s repute as a pilgrimage spot.
Perhaps the most illustrious attraction of Pushkar is the annual camel fair. It is a five day fair held where people buy and sell livestock. But that’s not all; the fair is home to a large no. of tourist crowd that is attracted by the music, dance and various events that are held here during the camel fair. Camel races are one of the major attractions as well.
Jaipur International airport is the nearest airport 140 kms away from Pushkar and can be accessed via all metropolitan cities. The quickest way to reach the city would be to take a cab or taxi from here.
Ajmer Junction (AII) is the nearest railway station and is about 30 mins away from Pushkar. This junction is well connected to all the cities in India.
Pushkar is well connected to all the major cities of Rajasthan and Delhi via Ajmer. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) runs regular bus services from here. The National Highway passing through here is NH 58.
Sawai Madhopur was built by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh of The Kachwaha Rajputs and was founded in 1763. While the town itself doesn’t have any notable tourist attractions, just two attractions have made this city a must visit place in Rajasthan. They are the Ranthambore Fort and the Ranthambore National park. The Ranthambore forests were the hunting grounds for the Kachwaha Rajputs of Jaipur till the time India received its independence. After independence it was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary and it rose to being a tiger reserve in 1973 and got its national park status in 1980.
One should also visit the Ranthambore fort, which is a part of the UNESCO world heritage site. The fort is situated in the forests of the Ranthambore National Park. The construction of the fort predates the reign of the Kachwaha Rajput Clan and was founded by the Nagil Jat Ruler Raja Sajraj Veer Singh Nagil in 944 AD. The fort housed many different ruling clans till it finally fell to the Kachwaha Rajputs of Jaipur. The vast cultural history imbibed in this ancient architecture is a must visit indeed.
Jaipur International Airport, 180 kms away is the nearest airport and can be accessed via all major cities of India. A private taxi or volvo bus can be accessed from here to the city.
Sawai Madhopur Junction (SWM) railway station is connected with all major cities via the New Delhi–Mumbai line. Many luxury trains like The Palace of Wheels also make a stop here. The city is easily accessible from here via cabs, auto rickshaws.
Sawai Madhopur is well connected with all its neighbouring cities. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) buses pass this city on a daily basis. NH-116 (Tonk-Sawai Madhopur ) and Kota-Lalsot Mega Highway passes through the city.
The ancient city of Chittorgarh also known as Chittor, was said to have been founded by the Maurya Dynasty. However its significance rose when the Ruler of the Sisodiya Rajput Clan of Mewar captured the city in 734 Ad and made it the capital of Mewar. The place is known to be the birthplace of many great warriors and historical figures like the Great Maharana Pratap and the Hindu saint, Meera Bai. The city being an ancient place contains many different palaces, temples and forts which display some of the most advanced architectural designs and artistic mastery.
is the Chittorgarh fort, which is the largest fort in India. The fort was the former capital of mewar before its relocation to the more secure city of Udaipur. The fort was founded in the 7th century by the 1st Sisodiya Rajput Ruler Bappa Rawal and spreads over an area of 2.8 sq kilometers and its highest elevation point is 1,075 meters above sea level. Upon visiting you will experience and witness the Rajput style architecture at its best. The fort complex itself contains several palaces, gardens and temples most of which have a great historical significance.
Maharana Pratap Domestic airport is the nearest airport, 70 kms away and is connected to all major cities of India. A prepaid taxi or bus can be accessed from here to the Chittorgarh.
Chittaurgarh Junction (COR) located at a short distance from the city is connected to all major cities of Rajasthan like Jaipur, Ajmer etc. Some weekly trains to Hyderabad and Kolkata and Bangalore pass through this station. The Palace of Wheels also makes a stop here.
Chittorgarh is the part of the Golden Quadrilateral Road Project and therefore connected to all major cities of Rajasthan with buses passing this city on a daily basis. NH 48, 27 and 56 pass through this city.
To know more about these places, please visit major places to visit in Chittorgarh. Other nearby places of interest nearby are Kota, Jhalawar, Bhilwara and Ranakpur. These places are sure to astound you and won’t take more than a day’s time to explore.
9. Mount Abu
Famous for: Hill station, Nature, Jain Temples.
Major Attractions: Dilwara Jain Temple, Nakki Lake.
The place takes pride of it being the only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan. Mount Abu is situated in the Aravalli mountain range and is a part of the Sirohi District of Rajasthan. The place apart from being a retreat for the people of Rajasthan and Gujarat from the scorching sun but has a lot of historical and religious significance. Mount Abu was known as the Arbuda Mountain, which has been mentioned in the Hindu Epic Mahabharata and is known to be the place where the Great Sage Vasistha retired. The hill station houses many ancient sites and temples which are frequented by many pilgrims from across India along with many forts and lakes.
The place is a heavenly retreat for the sun scorched people of Rajasthan, with its lush green surroundings and various picnic spots.
Maharana Pratap Domestic airport, 173 kms away from the city is the nearest airport and can be accessed via all major cities of India. A prepaid taxi or bus can be availed to Mount Abu.
Abu Road railway station (ABR) is connected with all major cities through the Jaipur-Ahmedabad line. Mount Abu, 25 kms away can be reached by taking a prepaid cab from here.
Mount Abu can be easily reached by the buses passing through Abu Road bus station, 14 kms away. Many RSRTC buses also connect this hill station with all the major cities nearby. National Highway 14 connects Abu Road to cities of Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Ajmer is surrounded by Aravalli ranges and is a city seeped in both history and culture. It lies near Pushkar, a major Hindu pilgrimage site and is the home of the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. This makes it a unique pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Muslims. Apart from being a pilgrimage site, it is also the home of many fascinating historic sites and therefore welcomes tourists from all over the world. In 2015, Ajmer was selected as a heritage site for the HRIDAY - Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India.
Jaipur International Airport is around 135 kms away. It is connected to all the major cities in India and even to some countries internationally. A cab or bus can be hailed from here to Ajmer and would take about 2 hours.
Ajmer Junction (AII) located at the heart of the city is well connected with other cities of India. An auto or prepaid cab can be hailed from here to anywhere in the city. It lies on Jaipur-Ahmedabad line.
Ajmer is connected to all major cities in Rajasthan by many state highways passing through the city. NH-8 is the main highway connecting Ajmer to Jaipur and Delhi.
Places to Visit:
Ajmer Sharif Dargah.
Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra.
Abkari Fort and Museum.
Soniji ki Nasiyan.
To know more about the main tourist destinations in Ajmer, please visit: Places to Visit in Ajmer. Other attractions nearby are Pushkar and Bundi. A visit to these places would take less than a day’s time.
Rajasthan, the land of kings and forts, with its rich cultural history will have a different flavor with every single place you visit. The aforementioned places unfold just a handful of the many secrets this ancient kingdom hides. A visit to tourist places in Rajasthan is one of the most spiritual experiences you will ever witness and is sure to captivate your mind the moment you land here.