The Top 11 Places to Visit in Rajasthan
Rajasthan is the largest state in the India. Despite of its large size it covers the Great Indian Desert Thar thus making its weather hot and sunny.Rajasthan has seen ages of many kings who have ruled it for centuries. Thus it is named as Rajasthan which is made by Raja (King) + Sthan (Place or Land) meaning ‘Land of the Kings’. Rajasthan has mixture of art and architecture of many ages.What makes Rajasthan one of the most culturally diverse places in the world is its every kingdom having a distinctive style of architecture and art. It has covered all the great places of history thus making it even more valuable. With your every pace you will find a new variety of Rajasthani language. When it comes to tourism there are so many exotic places to visit in Rajasthan that you might miss some places for the others. The Great Forts, Luxury Palaces, Refreshing Lakes, Adventure thriving Forests, Sunny Weather, Sand Dunes, Camels and Multicolored Turbans add up to make Rajasthan an irresistible travel destination. Here we have assembled a list of the top 11 places to visit in Rajasthan:
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort is located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.It is one of the largest forts in India and also the most magnificent fort in the whole Rajasthan.The fort is amongst the popular tourist places in India. The fort seems to crowns a rocky hill which is 400 feet about the surrounding places.It seems to command the whole landscape of Jodhpur. Inside the Mehrangarh fort there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. A circular road leads to Mehrangarh Fort from the city.Rao Jodha (1438-89) began to build this fort. Jodhpur was named after him. It has been the headquarters of the senior branch of Rajput clan known as the Rathores for over five centuries.
Things to See:
Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Takhat Vilas, Moti Mahal, Khabka Mahal, Jhanki Mahal, Moti Vilas and Sardar Vilas, Umaid Vilas, Sileh Khana, Daulat Khana, Elephant Howdas, Palanquins, Paintings, Turbans, Folk Musical Instrument Gallery, The Chamunda Mataji Temple and much more.
Amer Fort, Jaipur
Amer Fort is located in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.Amer Fort is known for the artistic style of Hindu elements.It has large ramparts, series of gates and paths. The fort has Maota Lake at its forefront. The Rajput Maharajas and their families used to live in the fort. Hence it has many luxury rooms.It has seen many centuries and is live example of Indian history.
Things to See:
Diwan-e-Aam, the Diwan-e-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Sila Devi Temple and much more.
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Hawa Mahal is a palace located in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.It was named so as it was a high screen wall built for the women of the royal household so that they could observe street festivals and no one could see them from the outside.It is constructed by red and pink sandstone.The palace is on the edge of the City Palace and extends to the zenana.It is a five-storey pyramidal shaped monument and is 50 feet (15 m) high from its base.It has royal interior, Jharoka and Coloured glass work in it.
Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
Jantar Mantar is an intriguing monument located in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. It is an excellent collection of architectural astronomical instruments. It was built by Sawai Jai Singh, the then king. He was interested in learning about the sky above his head. There is another Jantar Mantar in Dehli which was made before the Jantar Mantar of Jaipur. Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is the largest and best preserved of these. It has been described in the World Heritage List as “an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period”.
City Palace, Jaipur
City Palace is a palace complex located in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. It was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur the head of the Kachwaha Rajput clan. It has a museum and is also royal residence. The palace complex has an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The architecture of the fort has a fusion of the Shilpa Shastra of Indian architecture with Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture.
Things to See:
Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal
Tanot Mata Temple, Jaisalmer
Tanot Mata is a temple located in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. The village of the temple is close to the border with Pakistan. It is a famous tourist destination in India. According to factual stories, during the Indo-Pak War of 1965 Pakistani Army dropped several bombs targeting the temple but none of the bombs could fall on the temple and large number of the bombs near to the temple did not explode. After the war the management of temple was handed over to Border Security Force of India. The temple owns a museum which has collections of the unexploded bombs dropped by Pakistan. Tourists are not allowed to go beyond this temple to see the Indo–Pak Border unless one gets the relevant documentation in advance from the District and Military Authorities.
Baba Ramdev Temple, Jaisalmer
Baba Ramdev Temple is located in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Ramdev Pir (or Ramdevji or Ramdeo Pir or Ramsha Pir) was a ruler of Jaislamer in the fourteenth century. He had miraculous powers and devoted his life for the upliftment of downtrodden and poor people of the society. He is worshiped as Ishta-deva by Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. Many miracles have been performed by Baba Ramdev and these are described in traditional stories and songs. During Baba Ramdev Jayanti lakhs of people from all around the India visits Baba Ramdev Temple at Pokran. Many Handicaped people, people with uncured diseases have claimed to have become healthy by the repeated visit to the temple. To make wishes come true one must visit Baba Ramdev temple at Jodhpur first and then immediately Baba Ramdev temple at Jaisalmer.
Pushkar Lake, Ajmer
Pushkar is a town in the Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. It is one of the oldest cities of India. The date of its origin is not known but God Brahma is associated with its creation. It is one of the five sacred dhams (pilgrimage site) for devout Hindus. It was formed by the tears of Lord Shiva which he is believed to have shed after the death of his wife, Sati. According to the stories when Sati died Shiva cried so much and for so long that his tears created two holy ponds – one at Pushkara in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India and the other at Ketaksha, Chakwal District, Pakistan. It is often called “Tirth Raj” (the king of pilgrimage sites) and has in recent years become a popular destination for foreign tourists. Pushkar has many temples. Most of the temples are not very old because many temples were destroyed by Muslims when they had conquered the area. Subsequently the destroyed temples were rebuilt. The Pushkar lake has 52 ghats where pilgrims descend to the lake to bathe in the sacred waters.
Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajsamand
Kumbhalgarh Fort is located in the Rajsamand, Rajasthan, India. It was built during the 15th century by Rana Kumbha and enlarged in the 19th century. Kumbhalgarh is the birthplace of Maharana Pratap (the great king and warrior of Mewar). It is the most important fort in Mewar after Chittaurgarh Fort. It is located on a hill which is 1100 m above sea level. The fort of Kumbhalgarh has perimeter walls that extend 36 kilometres, it is the second longest wall in the world. The frontal walls are fifteen feet thick.
Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Lake Pichola is located in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. It is an artificial fresh water lake named after the nearby Picholi village. It is one of the several contiguous lakes and developed over the last few centuries. The lakes around Udaipur were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of the city and its neighbourhood. Two islands Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake.
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur
Kaoladeo National Park (or Keoladeo Ghana National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary) is located in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India. It is a famous bird sanctuary that plays role of host to thousands of birds. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the Keoladeo National Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. The Sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world. Resident birds and Visiting Migratory birds including water birds are known to nest here. According to Sir Peter Scott Keoladeo Sanctuary is the world’s best bird area. You can feel the natural environment in this park.