Rajasthan (the Land of Kings) is the largest state (area wise) of India and also one of the most visited travel destinations. The vibrant culture, cities and food of the state have simply no match. Travelers from different parts of the world come here to see and experience the royal legacy of Rajasthan. The state is famous for its extravagant palaces, forts and temples (that are truly an architectural wonder). Be it the festivals, food, shopping, cities or the historical monuments, Rajasthan is on the must visit list of every traveler coming to India.
Cultural festivals, religious gatherings and craft fairs are really worth experiencing. And no trip to Rajasthan can be complete without tasting its delicious and mouthwatering delicacies. So let’s begin our tour of the most colorful state of India.
Best Time to Visit
Rajasthan is a desert state and the summer season can be extremely harsh. Winter season on the other is the best time to come here. The temperature during winter season (October to March) is quite favorable for the travelers.
How to Reach
By Air – The major cities of the state are directly connected to most of the domestic and international cities. Air route is one of the best ways to reach Rajasthan.
By Road – You can either take state run or privately run buses to Rajasthan from the major India cities.
By Train – Most of the cities of Rajasthan are well-connected to major Indian cities via Indian railways.
Getting Around – To commute within the state, you can either take the buses, trains or taxis.
Visiting the Colorful Cities
The colorful and vibrant cities of Rajasthan are simply mesmerizing. They are among the top most visited cities of India by both domestic as well as international travelers. All the cities have their own charm and popular tourist attractions. Here is the list of cities that are most preferred by the tourists.
- Jaipur – The capital of Rajasthan, also known as the ‘Pink City, Jaipur is on top of the list of the travelers coming here. Famous for its forts and palaces, Jaipur is one of the most popular and visited cities of this state. It is also an important destination of the Golden Triangle tour (Delhi, Agra and Jaipur). To experience the best of royal legacy of Rajasthan, you must plan a visit to Jaipur.
- Jodhpur – Also known as the ‘Blue City’ (as most of the houses here are painted blue), Jodhpur is a must visit city for every traveler. The second largest city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is famous for Umaid Bhawan and Mehrangarh Fort (one of the largest forts in India).
- Udaipur – Call it the ‘City of Lakes’ or ‘Venice of East’, Udaipur is truly a fascinating destination for every traveler. It is one of the most popular cities of Rajasthan and is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Plan for a romantic boat ride on Lake Pichola and enjoy the mesmerizing view of the sunset.
- Jaisalmer – This city seems like a perfect setting for an Arabian Night story. Famous for its palaces and havelis, Jaisalmer is one of the top tourist attractions of India. When in the city, do not forget to visit the famous Jaisalmer fort.
Other Must Visit Cities of Rajasthan
- Pushkar – famous for Camel Fair and Brahma Temple
- Bikaner – for sweets and snacks
- Ajmer – for Dargah of Moinuddin Chishti
- Bharatpur – for bird sanctuary
- Bundi – for Bundi Fort
- Chittaurgarh – for Chittaurgarh Fort
- Mt. Abu – it’s a famous hill station
- Shekhawati – for its heritage havelis
- Sariska – for its wildlife sanctuary
- Ranthambore – for its wildlife sanctuary
- Ganganagar – known as the ‘Breadbasket of India’
The Culinary Delight
Indian food is famous world over and when it comes especially to Rajasthani food, there is no match of it. A perfect blend of spices and flavors, Rajasthani cuisines are known for their unique and mouthwatering taste. Be it any city of Rajasthan, you will find similar taste and aroma. Given below are some of the most popular Rajasthani dishes that you must try on your trip.
- Dal, Baati, Churma – Rajasthani food is incomplete without this dish. You can even call it the national dish of Rajasthan (just to say it). Baatis are generally baked round bread served with dal (5 lentils boiled and cooked with ghee) and churma (it’s a sweet dish made of roasted wheat flour and powdered sugar).
- Gatte ki Sabzi – It’s a Rajput dish made of Besan (gram flour). In this dish the flour is kneaded with the spices and is cut into small pieces. Then these pieces are boiled and cooked with oil, onion and other common Indian spices.
- Laal Maas – It is a legendary Rajput red meat curry dish. Laal Maas is a fiery combination of mutton, hot spices and red chilies.
- Aam ki Launji – It’s an instant pickle made of raw mangoes. It can be sweet and sour in taste and is definitely an awesome way to beat the heat.
Other Famous Dishes of Rajasthan
- Ker Sangri
- Haldi ki Sabzi
- Boondi Raita
- Rajasthani Kadi
- Banjari Gosht
- Methi Bajra Poori
- Pyaaz Kachori
- Rajasthani Mirchi Vada
- Mawa Kachori
Must See Travel Attractions
- Amber Fort (Jaipur) – One of the top tourist attractions of Rajasthan, Amber is also known as the Amer Fort. Every year thousands of domestic as well as international travelers visit this fort to adore its magnificent architecture and the amazing view of the Jaigarh and Nahargarh forts.
- Lake Palace (Udaipur) – Lake Palace has been converted into a luxury hotel and is quite popular among the domestic and international celebrities. Built in 1746, Lake Palace served as a summer resort for the royal dynasty of Mewar.
- Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur) – Situated at an elevation of 440 feet from the city, Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India. This fort is quite popular among the tourists coming here from different parts of the world. There is also a museum inside the fort which is a must visit place for every traveler coming here.
- Mt. Abu – Mount Abu is a beautiful oasis in the desert and is the only hill station of Rajasthan. Located in the Aravalli range, Mount Abu is a beautiful hill destination that is quite popular among the honeymooners. You will find a number of lakes, rivers, waterfalls and evergreen forests here.
Other Popular Travel Attractions of Rajasthan
- City Palace (Jaipur)
- Jantar Mantar (Jaipur)
- Kumbhalgarh Fort (Udaipur)
- Lake Pichola (Udaipur)
- Fateh Prakash Palace (Udaipur)
- Jain Temple, Ranakpur
- Haldi Ghati (Udaipur)
- Umaid Bhawan Palace (Jodhpur)
- Mandore Gardens (Jodhpur)
- Pushkar Lake
- Pushkar Camel Fair
- Keoladeo National Park (Bharatpur)
- Jaisalmer Fort
- Sam Sand Dunes (Jaisalmer)
- Gadsisar Lake (Jaisalmer)
- Jagmandir Palace (Kota)
- Dilwara Jain Temples (Mt. Abu)
- Nakki Lake (Mt. Abu)
- Chittorgarh Fort
- Junagarh Fort (Bikaner)