As we all know Rajasthan is among the extremely visited states in India. Things that come in mind when you think of Rajasthan can be desert, forts, palaces, camels, snake charmers and elephants. Here I will suggest some places in Rajasthan that should not be missed while visiting there.
Being the capital of the state, Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan too. This city was founded in the year 1727. It was established by Kachwaha Rajput Ruler, Sawai Jai Singh II (ruler of Amber). Jaipur is popularly known as ‘Pink City of India’ which is because of the saffron or pink color of the buildings present here. Jaipur was planned as per the ‘Vaastu’.
Must Visit: City Palace, Amber fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Galtaji, Pink city Bazar, Albert Hall
The Second-largest city of Rajasthan is Jodhpur which also has the second largest population after Jaipur. The city was founded in 1459 by the Rajput Ruler, Rao Jodha Singh of Mewar. Jodhpur is popularly known as the Sun City as it has bright sunny weather all around the year. Jodhpur lies at a distance of 250 KM from Indo-Pakistan border.
Must Visit: Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Balsamand Lake, Mandore Garden
Jaisalmer has founded in the year 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput Ruler i.e. Maharawal Jaisal Singh. It is located at the center of the Thar Desert. This city is also known as the golden city because of the golden colored sandstone used in architecture and from the golden sand of the Thar Desert. It is one of the famous tourist spots In Rajasthan because of the unique arts and crafts found here and its stunning architecture.
Must Visit: Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Sam Sad dunes, Thar Heritage Museum, Jain Temples
The city was the capital of the Sisodiya Rajputs of Mewar and is popular for its palaces, which illustrates the deceit of Rajputana Style tectonics. The Sisodiya Rajput Ruler Maharana Udai Singh II founded Udaipur in 1553. This city was founded because the Mewar Rajputs wanted to relocate their capital from Chittor to a more safe location. Today, almost all the palaces have been converted into hotels that attract a large number of tourists in Udaipur.
Must Visit: Lake Pichola, Lake Palace, Lake Garden Palace, Bagore ki Haveli, City Palace
Mount Abu is located in the Aravalli mountain range and it is the only hill station in the desert area of Rajasthan. It is a share of the Sirohi District of Rajasthan. Apart from being a retreat for the people from the blazing Sun, this place has its religious and historical significance too. Mount Abu was preliminarily known as the Arbuda Mountain, it was also mentioned in the Hindu Epic Mahabharata. This is the place where the Great saint Vasistha retired. The hill station has various temples and ancient sites which are patronized by many pilgrims from across India. They also visit many forts and lakes present there.
Must Visit: Sunset point, Dilwara Jain Temple, Guru Shikhar, Achalgarh, Nakki Lake, Trevor’s Tank, Mount Abu Bazaars
Bikaner was founded in 1488 by Rao Bika who was the son of the Rathore Ruler Rao Jodha who had founded Jodhpur. The land was taken from the rivaling Jat rulers of that time. Bikaner is known for its food forts. The elaborately carved windowpanes called jharokhas found here are the most unique one. It is the best place to experience the authentic taste of Rajasthani cuisine.
Must Visit: Junagarh Fort, Lalgarh Palace, Shri Laxminath Temple, Ganga Singh Museum
Chittorgarh was primarily known as Chittor and is said to be established by the Maurya dynasty. Although it came insignificance after it was captured by Ruler of the Rajput of Mewar in 734 AD. It was the birthplace of the Hindu saint Meera Bai and the great Maharana Pratap.
Must Visit: Chittorgarh Fort, Fateh Prakash Palace, Meera Temple, Rani Padmini Palace, Rana Kumbha Palace
Ajmer is steeped in both culture and history and is surrounded by Aravalli ranges. It is the home of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Dargah and is near Pushkar, an important Hindu pilgrimage site. Ajmer also has various captivating historic sites and thus greets tourists across the world. Ajmer was selected as a patrimony site for the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of Government of India in the year 2015.
Must Visit: Ajmer Sharrif Dargah, Taragarh Fort, Anasagar Lake, Soniji ki Nasiyan