It is not surprising that Rajasthan is one of India’s most visited states; it portrays India in an iconic, colorful, and exotic way, just as many of us dreamt of the country before visiting. With its breathtaking desert, historic forts, intricately decorated palaces, stunning lakes and of course its unique and fascinating culture. It really is one of the most incredible and diverse places to visit in India. Here are the 5 best places you absolutely have to visit when you are in Rajasthan.
With its extensive lakes, and picturesque palaces, Udaipur is quite often referred to as India’s most romantic city. The city is dominated by the astonishing City Palace Complex which stretches along the shore of Lake Pichola. The royal family is also actually still living in one part of the complex! You can visit their museum where numerous pieces of royal family memorabilia are on display. Udaipur also offers some stunning accommodation many boasting a lake view.
Jodhpur is the second biggest city in Rajasthan and one of the its most famous. Known as the “Blue City” due to its charming characteristic blue painted buildings it is a real wonder to take it. The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort in the walled part of the city offers exquisitely paintinted palaces and a detailed museum to visit to learn more about this fascinating place.
Jaisalmer is a sensational sandstone city rising from the dunes of the Thar desert. It appears like a mirage, an oasis in the desert and almost like something taken straight out of an Indian fairytale. One of the most impressive places to visit is the ancient fort that looms over the city. Inside it is very much alive with culture, colour and art. With many palaces, mansions and residences to explore.
This is a perfect destination for anyone who loves and appreciates art, history, and architecture. Many describe Shekhawati as like a vast open-air gallery, its old mansions (Havelis) have walls, decorated with impressive frescoes, and staying in one of these fabulous buildings can be a real treat. Shekhawati Region is also off the beaten track when it comes to mass tourism in India and can be enjoyed free of crowds which makes it that much more enjoyable!
Jaipur is one of the most popular Rajasthan destinations for tourists. The Pink City has many extraordinary palaces and forts with breathtaking views and outstanding architecture. If you decide to stay in this amazing city, you are in for an experience you will never forget. Accommodation is reasonably priced and it is possible to stay in one of the converted heritage properties for an even more special experience.
Travelling to Rajasthan
Jaipur International Airport is the main dub for the region and offers good connections between the rest of the country as well as the rest of the world. This is the airport most travellers with arrive into the state through and it offers good connections to the rest of Asia including places like Dubai and Bangkok for long haul connections. Be sure to check the best time to book cheap flights as long haul trips from here can be more expensive than travelling via Mumbai or New Delhi.
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