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India's largest state is Rajasthan also known as the land of the kings. It covers an area of 342,239 sq kilometers which is 10.4% of India. However, despite its large size, it is covered by the Great Indian Desert, and 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 is home to an incredible collection of arts and architecture. Rajasthan has many different styles of architecture and arts, making it one of the most culturally diverse places in the world.

We will list out the ten best places to visit in Rajasthan in this article.


Jaipur

Rajasthan's capital, Jaipur, is also its largest city. Amber was founded in 1727 by the Kachwaha Rajput ruler Sawai Jaisingh II. The city is also known as the Pink City of India due to the distinctive saffron or pink color of its buildings. Vedic Vastu Shastra (Indian architecture) guided the design of the city. The well-planned streets and detailed and artistic architecture make it one of the top preferred tourist locations.

Jaipur was ranked #7 of the top places to visit in Asia in the 2008 Conde Nast Traveller Readers Choice Survey. Even the average tourist can find plenty to do in Jaipur. There are tons of forts, monuments, temples, gardens, museums, and vast market places in Jaipur that draw tourists from around the world to enjoy the food, fun, and frolic in this wonderful city. Jaipur is also home to a huge no. of arts and crafts with over 20 unique specializations.

Jaisalmer

The Golden City of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is known for its beautiful, sun-soaked dunes, exuberant forms, and rich culture and traditions. Jaisalmer is one of the top five cities to visit in Rajasthan, known for its palaces, forts, and temples. Maharaja Jaisal Singh gave the city its name. Interestingly, an aerial view of the city is like an image of a prince sitting on the ridge of dunes, crowned by the Jaisalmer fort. There are several exciting things to do in Jaisalmer throughout the year, including the annual Desert Festival in January-February, which attracts travelers from around the world to witness the magic of Rajasthani art forms.

Bundi

A very important tourist destination in Rajasthan, this city is often forgotten in the curation of places to visit in Rajasthan. Bundi, located 210 kilometers from Jaipur, was once the home of a tribe called Bunda Meena, hence the name. It has magnificent forts, baoris (step reservoirs), lakes, and ancient architecture.

Udaipur

Despite being referred to as the Venice of the East in some texts, Udaipur is also known as the city of lakes. Known for its palaces that exemplify the finesse of Rajputana Style architecture, Sirodiya was the capital of the Sisodiya Rajputs of Mewar. Sisodiya Rajput ruler Maharana Udai Singh II founded Udaipur in 1553 to relocate their capital from Chittor to a more secure location. The majority of the palaces have been converted into hotels, bringing a huge number of tourists to this city.

In its picturesque setting at the foothills of the Aravalli Mountains, Udaipur is a unique destination. The popularity of the city is also due to its palaces, forts, markets, and temples. The cities are well planned and the people are friendly. Udaipur is not just known for its palaces and monuments, but it also has a lot to offer its visitors.

Bikaner

Rao Bika, a Rathore Rajput ruler, founded Bikaner in 1488. Rao Bika was the son of the Rathore Ruler Rao Jodha who founded Jodhpur. At that time, the rival Jat rulers usurped the land. No matter how many wars Bikaner has seen in the past, today it is a top tourist destination and is famous for its sweets and snacks. It is known for its forts and food.

This place is also known for its intricately carved windowpanes called jharokhas. This is one town you should visit if you want to taste authentic Rajasthani cuisine. Visitors from all over India and the world attend the various fairs held in Bikaner.

Pushkar

Pushkar is one of the best tourist destinations in Rajasthan. In the truest sense, this is a riot of colors. This holy city is known all over the world for its annual Camel Fair. Pushkar is home to the rare Brahma Temple, one of the oldest cities in India. Additionally, Pushkar Lake is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site, with several ghats that host magnificent evening aartis. Pushkar's evening aarti is one of the best things to do. Pushkar is a must-see for those who are passionate about photography since it embodies rural India in its most original form.

Sawai Madhopur

Sawai Madhopur was built by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh of the Kachwaha Rajputs in 1763. There aren't any notable tourist attractions in the town, but two attractions have made it 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 be a tiger reserve in 1973 and got its national park status in 1980.

Ranthambore Fort is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Ranthambore National Park surrounds the fort. Built by the Nagil Jat Ruler Raja Sajraj Veer Singh Nagil in 944 AD, the fort predates the reign of the Kachwaha Rajput Clan. Various ruling clans inhabited the fort before it finally fell to the Kachwaha Rajputs of Jaipur. The vast cultural history imbibed in this ancient architecture is a must-visit indeed.

Chittorgarh

Chittorgarh, also known as Chittor, was founded by the Mauryan Dynasty. Nevertheless, its significance increased when the Sisodiya Rajput Clan of Mewar captured the city in 734 AD and made it the capital of Mewar. Many great warriors and historical figures have been born here, including Maharana Pratap and Hindu saint Meera Bai. A city is an ancient place with many different palaces, temples, and forts with some of the most advanced architectural designs and artistic mastery.

Chittorgarh is home to the largest fort in India, the Chittorgarh fort. Before its relocation to the more secure city of Udaipur, the fort was the capital of Mewar. Fort Bappa Rawal was founded in the 7th century by the 1st Sisodiya Rajput Ruler Bappa Rawal and covers an area of 2.8 square kilometers. Its highest elevation is 1,075 meters above sea level. Upon visiting you will experience and witness the Rajput-style architecture at its best. Many of the palaces, gardens, and temples within the fort complex have great historical significance.

You should visit one of its cities if you haven't already. Take time to explore these colorful towns, including their major attractions, unique experiences, delicious food, exclusive handicrafts, and a peek into their culture. Before visiting the best places in Rajasthan, ensure that your leave is approved.

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