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'.
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
Some of the traditional
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 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
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).
The Rajasthan Government is located in Jaipur.
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
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.
Rajasthan is home to some of the best Indian national parks and
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.
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.
The Indian state of Rajasthan is divided into 33 districts for
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
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Jalore is located in the South West of Rajasthan.
The main attractions in Jalore are the Jalore Fort, Topkhana, and Sire
Sundha Mata Temple is 105km from Jalore, or 35km Bhinmal.
Jhalawar lies in the south-eastern region of Rajasthan, at the edge of
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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Best Places to Visit
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
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
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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