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Known as 'The Land of Kings', Rajasthan is the largest state in the Republic of India.

When we visit Rajasthan today one might be tempted to call it the 'Land of Travellers'.

Rajasthan Districts

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Ajmer, Alwar, Banswara, Baran, Barmer, Bharatpur, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Churu, Dausa, Dholpur, Dungarpur, Hanumangarh, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jhalawar, Jhunjhunu, Jodhpur, Karauli, Kota, Nagaur, Pali, Pratapgarh, Rajsamand, Sawai Madhopur, Sikar, Sirohi, Sri Ganganagar, Tonk, Udaipur.

Tourism in Rajasthan

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Jaipur (The Pink City), and Mount Abu (the only hill station in the desert) are among the main attractions of Rajasthan.

Other popular places to visit in Rajasthan are Jodhpur (The Blue City), Jaisalmer (The Golden City), and Udaipur (India's Lake City).

If you're lucky enough to spend more time in Rajasthan then consider venturing to Alwar, Ajmer Pushkar, Bikaner, Bundi, Bharatpur, Chittorgarh, Kota, Mandawa, Ranthambhor National Park, Ranthambore Fort (near Sawai Madhopur), Shekhawati, and Virat Nagar.

Some of the traditional Rajasthan Fairs and Festivals that attract many tourists to the region are the Pushkar Camel Fair (November), Desert Festival (February in Jaisalmer), Elephant Festival (festival of Holi in Jaipur) and Camel Festival (January in Bikaner).

Rajasthan Tourism:
Rajasthan is often portrayed as one vast open-air museum, with its relics so well preserved that it delights even the most sceptical traveller.

Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation:
Experience the charm of Rajasthan's exotic destinations with refined lodging and cuisine at budgeted prices. With headquarters in Jaipur, the company is fully owned by Government of Rajasthan.

Best Time to Visit Rajasthan

The climate of Rajasthan can be divided into four seasons: Summer (April to June), Monsoon (July to September), Post-Monsoon (October to November) and Winter (December to March).

Government of Rajasthan:
The Rajasthan Government is located in Jaipur.

Rajasthan Cultural Heritage

Rajput heritage lives on in the forts, temples and palaces built by the Rajput rulers.

The British government used the name Rajputana to cover it's dependencies in the region; 18 princely states, two chiefships and the British district of Ajmer-Merwara.

The British-given name remained in official use until its replacement by Rajasthan, in the constitution of 1949.

People of Rajasthan

The Rajputs, who were the rulers of most of the erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan, form a major group of residents of Rajasthan.

Wildlife Tourism in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is home to some of the best Indian national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

Ranthambore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Desert National Park, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Tal Chappar Blackbuck Sanctuary, and Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary are prime destinations for wildlife tourism in the state of Rajasthan.

Ranthambore National Park is considered to be one of the best places in India to see royal Bengal tigers in their natural habitat. Here you can easily spot the tigers even during the day time.

Rajasthan Districts

The Indian state of Rajasthan is divided into 33 districts for administrative purposes.


Surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains, Ajmer, also known as Ajaymeru, was the city once ruled by Prithviraj Chauhan.

Ajmer is connected to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Abu Road and Jodhpur by regular trains. Two of the best trains of the Indian Railways, Pink City Express and Shatabdi Express connect Ajmer to Delhi and Jaipur.


Alwar, among the Rajput principalities, was the closest to imperial Delhi.

A blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, the City Palace of Alwar dates back to the 18th Century.


Banswara was formerly a princely state ruled by the Maharavals.

As there is no railway station in Banswara you'll need to catch a bus from Ratlam Junction (80km away). Udaipur (160km) is the nearest airport.


The District of Baran was carved out of Kota District on 10th April, 1991.

Located 72km from Kota city, Baran is well-connected to all the major towns in Rajasthan by road. Baran station is situated on the Kota-Bina section of Indian Railways.

Most of the things to see in Baran district are quite a way from Baran city itself that you may wonder if it's worth the trouble.


Barmer is the second largest district of Rajasthan.


Bharatpur was founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal, in 1733.

Tourist attractions in Bharatpur include The Palace and The Iron Fort.

The Keoladeo National Park Bird Sanctuary, a former duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985. Located just 2km south-east of Bharatpur, the site is one of the major wintering areas for large numbers of aquatic birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia.


Located on the on Jaipur - Mumbai railway line Bhilwara is an industrial town, famous in India for its textile industry.


Bikaner, situated in the middle of the Thar desert, is famous for its Camel Festival, held in January.

Bikaner tourist attractions include Junagarh Fort (1593), Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum, and the Lakshmi Nath Temple, one of the oldest temples of Bikaner.


Home to magnificent palaces and imposing forts, Bundi has witnessed great battles and legendary tales of valour.

Chitrashala Palace and Taragath Fort are the main tourist attractions; then head to Raniji ki Baori, just south of Chogan Gate.


Chittorgarh is famous for its imposing fort, a witness to some of the bloodiest battles in history.

Chittorgarh (is the epitome of Rajput pride, romance and spirit. It reverberates with history of heroism and sacrifice, which is evident as it echoes with the tales sung by the Bards of Rajasthan.


Churu, the headquarters of the largest desert district, is a part of the frescoland of Shekhawati.

Bidasar, Chapper, Rajaldesar, Rajgarh, Ratangarh, Ratannagar, Sardarshahar, Sujangarh and Tarangar are other major towns in the district.


Dausa is situated in the eastern part of Rajasthan.

Situated on National Highway 11, 55 m east of Jaipur, Dausa is an ancient town of archaeological importance.


Dholpur is situated in the eastern part of Rajasthan.

Dholpur's tourist attractions include the Machkund temple, Shergarh Fort, and Talab Shahi Lake.

Nature lovers will also enjoy the National Chambal Sanctuary; a 400km protected stretch of the river. There's also the Van Vihar Wildlife and Ramsagar Lake Sanctuaries to be savoured.

Dholpur Hotels

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Raj Niwas Palace Hotel - Raj Niwas Palace, Dholpur 328001, Rajasthan.

Once home to generations of Royals, this converted palace still reflects the magnificence of the Rajasthani architecture of that era.


Dungarpur is located in the southern part of Rajasthan.

Dungarpur Hotels

Hotel Udai Bilas Palace - Dungarpur, Rajasthan
Hotel Udai Bilas Palace:
Udai Bilas Palace, Dungarpur 314001, Rajasthan, India.

Nestled in idyllic splendour, with the blue waters of Gaibsagar lake on one side and a cove of private reserve forest on the other, Udai Bilas Palace is the embodiment of the old world charm of princely India.


Carved out of Sri Ganganagar district, Hanumangarh became the 31st district of Rajasthan on 12th July, 1994.

The ancient fort, situated on the bank of river Ghaggar, was built in year 295; by Bhupat, the son of king Bhati of Jaisalmer.


The famous Pink City of Jaipur is the state capital of Rajasthan.

It's not often that a City Palace gets put in the shade but in Jaipur, the Hawa Mahal does just that.


Jaisalmer district, a part of the Great Indian Thar Desert, is sandy, dry and scorched. The fort and town of Jaisalmer was founded in 1156, by Maharawal Jaisal.

Jaisalmar Tourism

Jaisalmer may be remote but it's well worth making the effort to visit this desert fortress; once an important centre, on the ancient camel trade routes.

When in town, be sure to visit Jaisalmar's Desert Cultural Centre; after photographing the Jaisalmer Fort. Those with time should also consider a camel safari.


Jalore is located in the South West of Rajasthan.

The main attractions in Jalore are the Jalore Fort, Topkhana, and Sire Mandir Temple.

Sundha Mata Temple is 105km from Jalore, or 35km Bhinmal.


Jhalawar lies in the south-eastern region of Rajasthan, at the edge of Malwa Plateau.

Jhalawar is a unique combination of legends and folklore, of rocky terrain on one side and dense forests and rivers on the other.


Jhunjhunu is famous for providing considerable representation to Indian defence forces.

Jhunjhunu is connected by regular express trains from Delhi and Jaipur


Jodhpur, one of the largest Rajasthan districts, is centrally located in the western part of Rajasthan.

The main tourist attractions in Jodhpur are Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, and Umaid Bhawan Palace.


Karauli was the part of Matsya kingdom that was ruled by the Meenas after the 11th century.

Visitors to Karauli are offered three tourist routes: historical tourism; spiritual tourism; and eco tourism.

Karauli Hotels

Bhanwar Vilas Palace - Karauli, Rajasthan
Bhanwar Vilas Palace:
Agra-Jaipur Highway, Karauli, Rajasthan.

Built as a royal residence by Maharaja Ganesh Pal Deo Bhadur, in 1938, the colonial-style palace is a member of the Indian Heritage Hotels Association.


Kota was once a hallmark of the Rajput gallantry and culture.

Surprisingly unexplored, the Kota region of Rajasthan offers tourists a number of fortresses and palaces to visit; as well as beautiful gardens and waterways.


Nagaur district is the land of fairs as they are not only cattle markets but in real terms a way of life.

Tourist attractions in Nagaur district include Nagaur Fort, Khinvsar Fort (42km from Nagaur), Kuchaman Fort (one of the oldest forts if Rajasthan) and plenty of temples.


The Great Aravali hills link Pali district with Ajmer, Rajsamand, Udaipur and Sirohi Districts.

People from all over India travel to Pali to visit Ranakpur, Jawai Dam, Parshuram Mahadev Temple and Jadan Ashram.


Carved out of Chittorgarh, Udaipur and Banswara districts, Pratapgarh became the 33rd district of Rajasthan on 26th January, 2008.

No railways run through Pratapgarh: Mandsaur is 32km away and Chittorgarh is 110km.

Daily bus services connects Pratapgarh with Banswara, Chittorgarh, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Rajsamand, and Udaipur in Rajasthan. Buses also run to Mandsaur (for rail connections) Ratlam and Delhi.


Rajsamand is rich in history, religion, culture and mining industries.

Rajsamand places of tourist interest are Kumbhalgarh (the second most important citadel of Mewar after Chittorgarh), Haldi Ghati (the yellow vale), and Chetak Tomb (2km west of Haldi Ghati).

Sawai Madhopur

Sawai Madhopur is home to Ranthambhore National Park and the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.

The history of Sawai Madhopur revolves around the Ramthambhor fort. Other popular tourist attractions are the Ranthambhor Ganesh Temple and Amareshwar Mahadeo Temple; on the way to Ranthambhor National Park.


Sikar is an historical city and district head quarter of Sikar district.

There are number of places of touristic interest in Sikar, Laxmangarh (30km from Sikar), Fatehpur (52km from Sikar), and Ramgarh (74km from Sikar).

Khatushyamji Temple is located 65km from Sikar and 80km. from Jaipur.


Mount Abu, the highest peak in the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan, is located in Sirohi district.

Visitors to the district can view a number of Sirohi Temples.

The Pavapuri Tirth Dham temple is 22km from Sirohi, on the Kandla Highway.

Sri Ganganagar

Sri Ganganagar is the northern-most city of Rajasthan; located where the Satluj Waters enters the state.

Places of interest for Sri Ganganagar visitors might include Gurudwara Sri BudhaJohar Shahab, Baror, Shivpuri Kagad, Fort of Anoopgarh, Suratgarh and Jaitsar Farms, Shivpur Head, Suratgarh Super Critical Thermal Power Station, Sri Jagdamba Anand Vidhalaya, and Hindumalkot Border.


Located near the right bank of the Banas River, the town of Tonk is about 100km by road from Jaipur.

Tonk has a number of pilgrimage sights and other tourist attritions but no railway line.


Once the capital of Mewar, Udaipur was founded by Rana Udai Singh after the fall of Chittor to Akbar in 1568.

The Lakes are Udaipur's main tourist attraction; Pichola Lake, in the heart of the city, is the oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur.

No trip to Udaipur would be complete without visiting the city's glorious palaces and gardens.

Visitors to Udaipur can also visit the City Palace Museum and Jagdish Temple, located in the City Palace complex of Udaipur.

Hotel Association of Udaipur:
Select Udaipur hotels from the list of members.

Udaipur Plus:
Udaipur travel guide serving online visitors since 2000.

Best Places to Visit in Rajasthan:
The state is divided into the land of Marwar, the Thar Desert, the lakes of Udaipur and the forests of Ranthambhore. The forts, palaces, sand dunes, camels and the multicoloured turbans all add up to make Rajasthan an irresistible travel destination.

Palace on Wheels:
Travel like a king in the Palace on Wheels. The train is built in the style of the salon coaches of the former maharajahs and makes its journey through beautiful Rajasthan.

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels:
Your regal journey begins in Delhi and takes you through the princely states of Rajasthan - Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittor, Swai-madhopur, and Jaipur. After Rajasthan it's a visit to the Khajuraho temples, Varanasi, and Taj Mahal.

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